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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

459 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,012
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 188
Gots: 123 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-10-2009

A style of ale that was fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hop, hops, and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmasters choice.

Known as Red Betty IPA in the United States.
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Reviews: 459 | Hads: 1,012
Photo of maximum12
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rutager for dropping this 12 oz. can as an extra into a recent box. Had this on tap during trips to Vancouver years ago & really enjoyed it, so very happy to have a few sips in the comfort of my own pig sty. Best by 5/2/13 stamped on the bottom, whatever that means.

The pour is non-stop orange, clear as a bell (sound-wise, not sight-wise), with a nice white cap if that's your thing. Actually reminds me a bit of champagne. Nose consists of citrus, pine, bitterness, & a bit of sweet, malt-dipped bread.

Red Racer could be used as a defibrillator. This patient has had too many barrel aged stouts, quick, grab the Red Racer....wham! Beep beep beep. Over-the-top hops start with tongue-fired bitterness before opening the trench coat to reveal drippy, thick pine sap. Faint light fruits, but their overwhelmed by the bitterness. Mid-palate come a few dry, crumbling flowers along with burnt caramel. Bitterness reasserts itself on the end, & I do believe the top of my mouth is actually a little singed & tender. Very syrupy for a good IPA, which I find unusual - usually syrupy = over malty. I could drink this until the Twins won another World Series.

Well, I do believe this doesn't suck. If you like your IPAs with balance, stay away. If you like your IPAs like they should be, drink this. Excellent with undertones of wonderful: a top-shelf IPA. (1,367 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a very murky deep copper orange body with a thin beige foam that is supported by strands of microbubbles that appear close to the glass.

S- The green hop hint finishes with a strong pecan nut aroma. There is some green woody aromas to the hops that turn into endive as it opens but they stay soft.

T- The full taste of butter pecans leads to a watery taste and a faint pungent woody bitterness lingers in the finish.

M- the medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no astringency or alcohol heat noticed

O- This beer is very odd but not bad. I was hoping for and IPA but there was really no hops noted at all. The butter pecan flavor was one of the best nut flavors I have tasted in a beer. I which this was dated cause I have no idea if this was the intended flavor or the aged flavor? (835 characters)

Photo of Muhly
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 ml can poured into nonic pint glass.

A-Pours a clear red-copper. About three fingers of white head with good staying power. Powdery white chunks of lacing stick to the glass.

S-Lots of grapefruit. Some bitter aromas from the hops.

T-Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. citrusy hops with a bit of pine. Also get malt sweet finish, but I'm not sure if this isn't just something else from the hops.

M-a full bodied IPA with moderate carbonation.

O-a hoppy, but multi-faceted IPA. Each new sip brings something slightly different. I immensely enjoyed this beer and glad I have five more in the fridge. Will be a go to for IPA drinking. (626 characters)

Photo of MaxwellSchaefer
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Very pretty burnt orange color, with excellent head and good lacing. It's a mighty fine looking beer, crisp and not cloudy.

Smell: Piney hop aromas with a certain sweetness to it. The smell makes you want to drink it.

Taste: Wonderful hoppy character with a sweet delicious malt backbone. It's piney with a resinous after taste but finishes clean on the pallette. The carbonation level gives it a nice bite and the mouthfeel is pleasantly on the oily side.

Overall: Wow, what a great beer. I wish I had bought more than just the single can for this review. What really shines is the clean finish and the hops to malt balance. It all seems so wonderfully thought out. (681 characters)

Photo of TerryW
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A delightful, flavourful beer.

Pours a good-sized head that is fairly long lasting. Settles to a thin film that gives up some good lace. Rich looking amber coloured brew.

Nice fruity aroma, lots of citrus hops over sweet malts, quite appetizing. Solid mouthful, good presence. Pleasantly bitter flavours of pine, grapefruit overlaid on caramel malt. Nicely evenhanded, 6.5% alcohol fits in well and doesn't distract. Lingering bitter finish. A treat to drink.

Flavour rules! Definitely worth a try (or two). (510 characters)

Photo of Dools9
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a SA Perfect Pint. BB 2/12/13.

A: Pours a gorgeous orange amber color, lots of carbonation rising. Two finger egg shell head retains well and laces very nicely.

S: Blend of sweet caramel malts, resiny pine, and light citrus fruits. Not the in your face aroma I was expecting as it is a bit subdued.

T: Right off the bat your hit with a combo of fresh resinous, sprucey pine (think Christmas tree) and a smack of tropical citrus and grapefruit. Hops are pretty dominant but there is a bit of caramel malt sweetness to offset the bitterness and they work well off each other. Dry, lingering hop finish, very clean.

M: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, very easily drinkable.

O: Blends fresh pine, citrus, and malty sweetness together nicely. The nose was a bit of a let down, but besides that, its a very solid IPA. Would like to know exactly how old the can was and will look for this in the future to compare. Having this super fresh would probably be amazing. (975 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy caramel/tan hue with a thin soapy off-white head.

Aroma: Grapefruit juice with a little orange. Some caramel/crystal malt in the background to fill it out a little more. Like a Midwest IPA.

Taste: Lots of flavorful bitterness throughout and it lingers quite nicely. Pine/grapefruit/citrus hop profiles, in that order. Not too heavy on the malt which is good. The intense bitterness tends to override the actual flavor at times but that's not exactly uncalled in this one. The finish is dry and the lingering bitterness attaches itself to your palate. There are moments when I taste more depth that lead me to believe a fresh can would really show off how good this beer could be. Pretty robust for 6.5% ABV but not a huge surprise with the amount of hops that must be in this.

Mouthfeel: Near tongue splitting bitterness at first but the palate is quick to adjust. Medium bodied with average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: As an appetizer this beer would be a wise choice. Lots of bitterness and good flavor. Would I drink it again? Sure. (1,067 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden orange colour. Pours a nice frothy white head that keeps and the lacing continues for a long time during consumption.

S: Grapefruit on the nose, some hints of caramel malts

T: Grapefruit flavours with caramel/toffee flavours. Hints of apricots develop as the beer warm up.

M: Med-hi carbonation, light-med bodied, bitterness start to finish and then keep on. There is a bitter puckishness that occurs later after the sip.

O: A great beer and if you are a true IPA fan, you need these in your fridge. (513 characters)

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml can, served in Bellwoods tulip

A - Billowy head, sticks around for a bit, a little lacing. Red/golden yellow body

S - Citrus, a little bread, some pine/resin

T - Beautiful. Body wise, it's somewhere between an regular and an imperial. Nice crystal malts, with citrus hops, but not over-powering. No citra, I think. My can is a little old, but it had more sharpness to it before. It's mellowed well. Nice alcohol taste.

M - Medium-heavy. Medium carbonation, goes down extremely well.

O - Dangerous brew. Keep up the good work. (537 characters)

Photo of SamJory
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can poured into a Leffe Tulip.

Pours a hazy amber with a rocky off-white head which recedes to some small lacing.

Big hit of earthy, piney hops on the nose and a hint of pineapple.

Taste matches the smell, although the pine and hop bitterness dominates, leaving only a trace of tropical fruit aromas. Really earthy.

Smooth mouthfeel and a long, bitter finish. One of the better IPAs from BC. (403 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.49/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO while at home last summer.

From a 355ml can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Head fades slowly to a splotchy wisp and ring. Clear burnt orange in color with a few floaties and no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Same as their ESB really.

SMELL: Lots of pale malts, caramel and honeydew melon, with nice notes of grapefruit. Very nice citrus aromas and bold enough as well.

TASE: Pale malts, caramel malts, with lots of bitter floral hops and pine notes at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish with lots of bitter floral hops and pine flavors, then just a hint of caramel sweetness as balance. Nice stuff, though the flavor is a little more one dimensional than the nose. Caramel and floral, piney hops.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, too light really, a bit airy going down, and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Too light and carbonated for the style. Same as their ESB, though a touch oilier perhaps.

OVERALL: The palate is a little too weak in my book and the hop profile is not exactly my style, but I can see how this one gets so much praise, as it is definitely a well-made beer. For my tastes, I'll take Nickelbrook's Headstock IPA while at home, but it doesn't surprise me that this one is so popular. Worth checking out for sure. Recommended. (1,466 characters)

Photo of badandy
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Bright, brilliant copper. Medium head retention, nice lacing. A beautiful beer.

S: Grapefruit, sweet pine, hints of earthyness. Very intriguing and unique! 90% hops with a tiny bit of malt background. Glade needs to make a fragrance that resembles this!

T: It's like a pine tree and a grapefruit tree made sweet sweet love and this is their love child. Brilliant aroma hops perfectly balanced with just the right amount of bittering additions. Spot-fuckin-on!

M: Perfectly to style. Medium body with just enough character to make it stand up on its own.

This is one of my favourites! My goto beer at the LCBO.... wonderfully unique and bold, but I could put away 2 or 3 or these a night no problem. Don't pass this one up! (729 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden orange colour. Thick off-white head shows decent retention but little lace. Big aromatic notes of mango, ripe juicy peaches, and flowers. The aroma is just outrageous. If this were a perfume, I'd give it to my girlfriend on her birthday. Bold juicy mango and toasted grain flavours to start, transitioning to white grapefruit before finishing with firm pithy bitterness. Just malty enough for you to notice something other than the hops. Lingering evergreen aftertaste. Just short of medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and light. Oily, resinous sensation left on the palate between mouthfuls. A very, very tasty IPA. Bold flavours and a simple flavour profile that puts tropical and citrus fruit at center stage make this a real winner for my palate. Good linger to the bitterness as well. (815 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden amber colored body leaving a nice spider web ringy lacing appears over top of a foamy white two finger head. The head lasts the entire time. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: pine and hops in front with some light breadiness in the background.

T: bittersweet - basically the same. The aftertaste and finish are dry.

M: light with nothing harsh on the tongue, sessionable

O: this is a decent beer that I would come back to. (462 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(4.5) A: Very pleasing clear amber colour with a tall and billowy head that leaves patches of clinging lace as it slowly recedes. Great stuff.

(4.5) S: Wet pine, not overly strong grapefruit aroma, ripe banana, hearty baked bread, and faint nutmeg spice. There’s a level of general damp and earthyness to this. Very good complexity with a general sense of togetherness.

(4.5) T: A very nicely proportioned hop/malt element to this. Wet woody character, subdued grapefruit, lighter grainy-seedy bread quality, and definitely a bit of spice on the backend (ginger & nutmeg). Very tasty.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate/prickly carbonation. Good oily texture with some lasting bitterness that leaves mouth feeling slightly dry.

(4.5) D: This is a very delicious IPA, and one that I hope to continue seeing in the LCBO. It’s nice to see an option in the small can (355 ml) format as sometimes you might just want a smaller portion, as opposed to the tall can. (971 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber/orange with a thick white head, some retention.

Strong aroma of flowery hops, grapefruit, strawberries, tropical fruit.

Tastes of fruity/flowery hops, sweet honey, syrupy malty grains, caramel, strawberries and a nice bitterness to finish it off.

Wonderfully velvet mouthfeel that goes down smooth, easily one of the best Canadian beers, well done! (371 characters)

Photo of harrymel
1.6/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Canned: unk

Pours copper with a good two fingers of light taupe foam that falls to a sizable quilt. Lots of lace - good looker. Smells of weed, plastic, harsh chemicals and some grass; reminds me of beer made with untreated Spokane water. Not appealing nose. Flavor is bitter with a metallic character and some herbal and almost lemon tea flavors. Again, not impressive, not good. Medium bodied with moderate leaning toward hi carb and an off dry finish. I'm really surprised at the ratings on this beer. It's nothing as I had anticipated. Then again, I can't tell when this was canned. (587 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber with a dense white head. Leaves nice rings of lace.

S - Pungent grapefruit hops. Hints of orange, pine and honey.

T - Big hoppiness and a well-balanced sweet malty backbone. Lots of grapefruit pith and a lingering aftertaste.

M - Slick, oily body. Moderate-light carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Good straight-up, hoppy IPA. Tasty and drinkable. (362 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a sluggish, clear amber color with good carbonation and a moderate dirty white cap

S: Mainly pine and bread with some residual sweetness and light booze

T: Immediate bittering hops with chewy malt bckboine of toasted malt and oerhaos some caramel. Pine resin and orange peel poretty much dominate the flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied, sticky, not so refreshing and it felt a bit heavy and sweet on the palate for a 6.5er

O: Glad I was able to try this but not so sure I wuld be going back to this one. (519 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a good sized fluffy white head. Fades slowly with great retention but the lacing is so-so.

S: Wonderfully sharp tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple and mango mixes with a nice grapefruit. Very nice sweet caramel malt helps balance it out.

T: Tastes follow the nose. Tropical fruit up front with the pineapple and mango primarily. Maybe a hint of tangerine? There is some bitter grapefruit and maybe just a hint of pine. Mild caramel malt helps balance a bit but overall it's quite hop-forward and bitter. Quite drying in the aftertaste with a bit of pine and resin.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a little drying.

O: A very nice IPA that I had never even heard of before until I stumbled upon it by accident. Great hop variety, sharp bitterness and some caramel to smooth it all out. (809 characters)

Photo of Canslammer
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA tasted really FLAT! The date on the can said "10/02/2012" I think all of the positive reviews must have come from Canadians, because this is not a good IPA! The warmer it gets, the worse it tastes. I spent $14 Canadian for a 6 pack and it was not worth it! (265 characters)

Photo of Yeoman9459
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - very pale orange, little bit of white head, with quite a bit of head lacing.

Smell - citrus hops, heavy in the grapefruit and pineapple.

Taste - very floral hops, just enough malt, very tasty. Absolutely no alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel - light to medium feel.

Overall - big fan of a lot of the ipa's from B.C and this is one of my faavorites. (355 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

At least an extra 0.5 on the appearance because I love the artwork on the can! Who drew my wife on there?!?! Clear amber pour with a small white head that retained and laced well. Crisp hop aroma, lemon and apple skins. More citrus hops in the taste, with the malts taking a seat far in the back. Tasty, but lacks complexity. Light-medium body, and a very nice drink overall. (678 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a huge creamy orange-white head that lingered and left incredible lacing throughout. The aroma was tangy and sweetish with moderate pine, resin and faint pineapple. The flavor was tangy pine, resin, malty, and sour caramel. There were faint undertones of grapefruit and pineapple. The finish was long and tangy with lingering caramel and pine. Moderate mouthfeel and good carbonation throughout. A very nice IPA! (476 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Had a generous 3 finger frothy head that lingered for a bit, and left off white lacings on the glass. Beer was a slightly darker golden amber with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom. Smell started off slightly herby and then shifted to an orangey citrus aroma. Small hints of sweet and flowers rounded it out. Flavor started off with plenty of hops, but then shifted to a slightly offputting acidic flavor before changing back to a bit more of bitterness from the hops. Felt strange in the mouth, almost dried out the inside which was a unique feeling to have immediately after consuming a liquid. Overall not a bad IPA, but the strange taste in the middle coupled with the funny mouthfeel took it down a bit. (755 characters)

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.