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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing

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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

896 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 169
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-10-2009)
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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange/deep yellow hue, 1 finger head, good lacing.

S: big pine, earthy, mild citrus aroma

T: bitter pine earthy finish.

M: med/light, mild prick on the front of tongue. slight sticky finish

D: Good IPA in a can, but not the best. I prefer Ska Modus Hoperandi. I will look for more beers from Central City. Nice to see a flavorful beer that can still be sessionable. Give it a try, but not a must have.

BeerLover99, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of CaptainTripps
3.03/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First can review! Yay!

Can poured into a duvel tulip.

A: Has a nice amber appeal to it with golden hues on the edges. Poured a nice off white finger and a half's worth of head, fair amount of lacing left on the glass. Decent looking beer.

S: This beer def resides on the grapefruity - piney side of the ipa spectrum. Pretty aromatic beer. Floral hop character dominating the nose.

T: Following the nose, big piney taste hitting up front then a grapefruit bitterness within the finish. Bready malt character is there but is really hidden behind the floral hop arrangement.

M: Semi-balanced beer, decent amount of carbonation, medium mouth feel.

D: Fairly drinkable beer, little bit to piney for me, could use a tiny bit of more malt to back up the pretty full on hop arrangement. Good beer, but average on scale.

CaptainTripps, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of ozmodium
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

purchased in a 6 pack of 355ml cans, poured in to my favourite Vancouver Canucks Ale Glass

This is my favourite beer right now (today...lol)

Poured a slight hazy golden orange, not much head...perhaps I poured it too cold tho...what head there was, left a little bit of lacing tho.

Estery, resiny, grapefruit peel hops, sweet malty deliciousness!

Nearly perfectly sweet roasted malts, warming alcohol and complex bitter, grapefruity, piney hop characters show an attention to detail during brewing not seen in most if any other local micros.

Near perfect carbonation and body. Nice slippery beer. Goes down smooth.

If youre a hopster like I am, then this stuff is divine nectar. Really the only thing that is hindering this beer is the lack of head and the fact it's sold in cans...They should sell this stuff in larger glass bottle singles...or something. To me beer always pours and (almost always) tastes better out of a bottle.

ozmodium, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Dawkfan
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured this into a tulip glass. Color is a clear light amber orange. Small white head with some spotted lace. Nice looking color and clarity for an IPA. Extra 0.5 for the lacing on the glass after I was finished drinking it.

S- Smell is loaded with citrus which is my preference in an IPA. Tangerines, orange, and grapefruit. Mild aroma of pineapple as well. The hops are held up with a solid caramel malt backbone.

T- Sharp grapefruit & citrus rind up front, turns slightly sweet and ends with a piney bite, but it doesn't linger much.

M- I think the body could use a little help with the weight, but decent overall.

D- By far the best IPA from Canada that I can get my hands on in my neck of the woods at a decent price. The low level of bitterness and hidden abv makes this dangerously drinkable.

Dawkfan, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of number1bum
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a creamy and pillowy ivory head. Head fills the glass to the rim and retention is very good. Keeps a thick and full lace and coats the sides of the glass beautifully.

The nose on this beer is just oozing with grapefruity goodness. Incredibly citrusy. It's dank, it's resiny, and smells an awful lot like pot; it's filthy and it's intoxicating.

Taste is also very citrusy, with lots of juicy orange and grapefruit rind. Big grapefruit pith flavor with a correspondingly aggressive bitterness. Very resiny and earthy; doesn't quite have the dank, weed-like quality that the nose did, but that's just fine. It's not lacking in hop flavor by any stretch. Has just a touch of malt sweetness and a bready backbone. The bitterness is aggressive in this beer but it doesn't linger very long on the palate. It's not a bitter bomb, but frankly I prefer it that way.

Mouthfeel is a very creamy and smooth mediunm body. Very slick, oily feel, with good carbonation. It dries out in the finish.

Wow, this is really excellent. Tons of hop flavor, and the nose is just superb. Probably smells more like weed than any IPA I've had, but it's citrusy as hell as well. This is awesome stuff.

number1bum, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of eagles22
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: beautiful white color head with deep orange body

Smell:grapefruits!! and lots of other citrus fruits such as oranges, pineapples and somewhat appple like,

Taste: awesome upfront citrus blast with a nice bitter finish at the end..just enough malt backbone to make it somewhat balanced.

Mouthfeel:very thick and oily from the hops i love it!!

Drinkability: all day!!

eagles22, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of kbscott
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I only bought this because I hadn't seen it before. I didn't really have high expectations but I was blown away. One of the best IPA's I've had! The smell is amazing! Interesting that it only comes in a can (at least where I can get it - Calgary).

kbscott, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to OKComputer for this one, it was my pay for helping him move his couch. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a coppery amber color with about a half-inch of off-white head that had low retention, but good lacing.

The aroma was a bold blend of pine and citrus hops, with just enough malt in the background to provide a solid base. On the tongue those bright hops carried through nicely, certainly the focal point of the beer, but there was enough malt to separate it from the "hop water" pack.

The body was solid, sticky and just enough thicker than typical to be noticeable. Drinkability was very good, I don't generally have more than 1 IPA in a row, but I could easily have several of these nice brews.

Overall, a very nice beer that's worth some effort to obtain.

beertunes, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of ChristianBlack
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber color with a nice colored head. Pretty good lacing.

Aromas are of strong grapefruits. One of the more grapefruity aromas I've ever smelled.

Taste is of bitter grapefruit hop flavors up front, beer then settles into caramel malts. Finish is okay, with bitter hop notes.

Mouthfeel is nice, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good. Expected a little better when I saw the reviews, but still, quite tasty, and very pleasant.

ChristianBlack, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of IllNate
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Surprisingly clear for an IPA. With good helping of white head. Decent retention.

S - Blast of citrus (grapefruit) and pine and grassy hops, in that order. Hops dominate and nothing else really comes out.

T - Again, hops dominate with citrus and pine. Malt character is more detectable here, mostly rich with a bit of caramel.

M - Puckering for sure, with a good and smooth mouthfeel (other than the puckering, haha).

D - Highly drinkable. I've been drinking these for a while.

IllNate, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Schreibeers
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored from a can into snifter

A: Nice golden color, beautiful head, and absolutely unbelievable lacing. (an additional .5 for the can)

S: very nice, fruity, sweet hop aroma, grapefruit, citrus

T: Hoppiness hits you first, but never overwhelming, fades into a very nice sweetness with the hops never really leaving the picture, very well balanced here, malty sweetness used just right with the hoppy bitterness

M: Medium to light

D: very drinkable, and a great example of the style

Schreibeers, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of crossovert
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Herd some hype about this beer, finally got around to buying it. I guess people are probably just gazonked because it is a Canadian beer. I would take it over a molson any day after my hockey games.

It pours an interesting golden orange color with a soapy white head that leaves some pretty nice lacing.

It has a really nice smell. It has melon, citrus, pineapple, and mango. It has just a hoppy must to it that is intoxicating to sniff.

The flavour is right on. Tonnes of melon here. It has a creeping bitterness in the finish with some pink grapefruit. There is also a big taste of flowers, like honeysuckles or something, very floral, maybe akin to orange blossom honey.

It is a great fruit bomb with enough west coast attitude to appeal to the people who love bitterness.

crossovert, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can marked K1810 (think that means November). Reviewed Jan 17, 2011

Bright medium amber with a short-lived frothy head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Modest grapefruit and herbal hops on the nose. Hops dominate the flavor with citrus and grapefruite hops, mixed with earthy and pine flavors. A bit of malt sweetness shows at the finish, before a pleasant lingering hop bitterness reappears.

Juicy with medium body and good carbonation. A nice drinking IPA that emphasizes the hops. The flavor is headed in the direction of a double IPA, but with the alchohol and body of a single.

A keeper!

CliffBrake, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hazy golden orange color, but the head is thin and weak. The head looks like soap suds.

Piney and grapefruit hops dominate the nose.

Strong pine flavor with lingering grapefruit and orange rind. There's a small bit of buttery malt.

Mouthfeel is sticky and a slight bit flat. Nice and bitter, though.

I really like this IPA and will certainly revisit it. I'm pretty stoked I now have another quality IPA in a can to go camping (or wherever bottles aren't allowed) with.

Vonerichs, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of LazyL
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice IPA. Love the can logo, which is the same for all their beers, just in a different color combination. Nice pink grapefruit rind aromas and tastes flow from this can and at 6.5% you can get a little ahead of yourself. Very easy to drink and kind of cool to drink something this good out of a can. Perfect camping beer.

LazyL, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Pint Glass

A - Beer poured with a small amount of head, white in appearance; dissipated pretty quickly; plenty of carbonation followed by some lacing; copper color body (nice and healthy looking)

S - Citrus and flowery scents immediately come up; great hit of hop and malts aromas; some caramel-nut notes, but mostly citrus; great smell comes up immediately after opening the can

T - Slight nut and buttery taste followed by the hop bitterness that's loaded into this beer; citrus flavors are faint but present; hop-dry aftertaste lingers for a bit

M - Thin consistency followed by an effervescent feel over the tongue; sips leave a slight tart feel on the sides of the tongue

D - I'm really impressed with this beers, especially since its coming out of a can; easy to drink for an IPA and smooth; I definitely could have a few more of these; I would recommend to others immediately

ferrari29, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no freshness information, but this one hasnt been sold in my area until just recently.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a mostly clear amber/copper colored body with an average sized bright white head on top. the head is fast to fall and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- the first thing i think after taking a whiff of this is hops. its full of them. lots of pine and grapefruit. theres some orange and pineapple in here also. some sweet caramel malt faintly comes through in a poor attempt at balance.

T- the caramel malts i could taste make an appearance and provide a sweetness against the massive backdrop of hops. tons of grapefruit and pine. theres a little bit of grass and some more tropical fruits like pineapple and orange. very nice.

M- the body is a little light, but the carbonation is about right. nice and dry. nicely bitter.

D- i really enjoyed this one. its sure to make my regular IPA rotation. i just wish that it had come with six beers instead of four. check this one out if youre a fan of the west coast styled IPAs. the can makes it perfect for camping or the beach.

jwinship83, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer is golden very transparent head forms and resides the edge

The aroma is sweet piny and citrus hops loaded. There is a slight earthiness in the finish

This beer starts smooth with a building carbonation the taste starts dry and moves to a citrus grapefruit the body is light all hops not a hint of malt until just before an earthy hops finishes with a lingering bitter. Very nice

bishopdc0, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can. Got in my SS package from OakedCanuck.

A- Pours a light hazed golden orange color. Two finger white head has amazing retention! Nice thick collar of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of citrus grapefruit hops in the front, middle, and end of this. Nothing over the top as the caramel bready malts do a nice job of balancing out the aroma.

T- Citrusy hops in the front burst with a big part of grapefruit. This gets blended with a light piney bitter hop bite. Middle of the beer balances out with a nice bready caramel note that lingers all the way through the background. Ending of the beer is mostly citrus hops that balance out the ending malt. Light alcohol flavor comes out as well in the ending.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light grapefruit and piney hops left on the palate. Citrus hops, light alcohol, and bready malts left in the aftertaste. Alcohol had light drying on the palate. Flavors were very well balanced as far as IPA goes. Clean flavors with nothing out of the normal.

D- This IPA had a ton of drinkability to it. Nothing over the top as far as hop explosion wise which makes it a sixer easy. ABV is low enough to handle the six pack easy as well. Just a nice well balanced IPA that delivers.

alleykatking, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of jpmclaug
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can into my New Belgium globe.

A - hazy golden orange with a big ole orange tinted head. This looks about as good as any IPA I've ever seen. The head is nice and fluffy... wow... that sounds funny but hey its the truth. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Nice grapefruity hop aroma. A bit of bready malt poking through but then put aside with more grapefruit.

T - A nice grapefruit hop bite up front with a formidable bready backbone. I dunno maybe this isn't as fresh as it should be. Still it is solid. The grapefruit hop notes are nice.

M - medium bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Goes down easy. Could be a bit hoppier. I'm afraid this isn't as fresh as I would like but can't find the date on it. Anyhow this is certainly enjoyable and I wouldn't mind drinking it again.

jpmclaug, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Oxymoron
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Can we give extra points for the red head on the can?

Pours a mostly hazy orangy color with a bubbly soft white head. Good retention and lace through out the taste. The nose has a lot of kick. Great hop presence with noticeable citrus and centennial aromas. Hints or orange and grapefruit, but very West Coast IPA. Some hints of chalky and yeast notes but overall great nose.

The taste really showcases the hops. A great centennial grapefruit, orangy flavor. Bitterness comes out nicely and balances well with the strong hop notes. The malt is limited and leaves a dry finish with a chalky backing. Some sudsy notes and a little yeast but light. Lingering hop flavor.

The body is moderate but finishes dry. I think this really helps out with the strong hoppy aroma and taste. Very good IPA.

Oxymoron, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of ggilman
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into craft beer in a can. I'm a believer!

A - After vigorously pouring into a Sebago Brewing Company tulip glass, a thick foamy white head sat atop a hazy amber concoction. The head quickly settled to a thin, tight layer. Didn't leave much lacing.

S - Great pine sap & grapefruit aromas arise after a strong even pour from the can.

T - Hops come through strong, with lots of bitterness lingering. Syrupy, rich hop flavor with a strong malt presence that doesn't overwhelm.

M - Lighter feeling than you'd expect. It looks, smells and tastes like it should have a super-thick mouthfeel, but surprisingly clean, and sharply carbonated.

D - Very drinkable, I love this beer. It sits a little heavy, and the 6.5% ABV hits you immediately. I may have gulped this down a little too fast.

ggilman, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Steve (a74gent) for thinking of me and grabbing me this while picking me up an entirely different beer.

This one is a real beauty in the glass. A very nice bright opaque beer shifts from gold to amber to nearly copper depending on the light. A big head stands and, when settled, remains 3 fingers tall, rocky and dense, and when at the end it's fully and finally settled, and island of head I could set a pebble on remains. This beauty of a head leaves lots of lacing behind. If there were smaller grading increments, this would be more like a 4.6, but a 4.5 will suffice.
Lots of pungent hops in the nose with a touch of caramel malts. Given the flavor of this fantastic brew, I was surprised I didn't get a bit more out of the aroma.
This is where it's at. Hops are beautiful, with lots of bright bittersweet citrus blending with raw, earthy grassy and herbal notes and further mixing with a pure, raw pine. There's also a fantastic malty balance that finds the very difficult place between failing to properly balance and detracting from the hops dominance. Very well done with the caramel malts here and the delicious blend of hops. Where this really pulls through is in a very nice lingering semi-dry finish in which all the flavors come together very nicely. Let this one warm just a touch and you'll get a very nice caramel sweetness pulling up front before giving way to the hops.
As stated, this is a semi-dry beer in the feel. It's medium-bodied and smooth with active carbonation but not spritzed.
This beer is absolutely as delicious as I'd hoped it would be and at 6.5% what could detract from the drinkability?

Brenden, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

review from notes

Pours a lighter copper orange with a foamy white head, leaving some filmy lacing on the glass.

Juicy, piny hops with a bit of tropical fruit and sweeter malt in the nose.

Biting hops right up front, coupled with lighter caramel malt. Continues with some juicier hoppiness and more citrusy fruit notes, although the malty backbone stays present throughout the profile. Finishes very dry and bitter.

Medium body, lingering dryness and sticky feel. Easy to drink and abv is masked well, although I'd like some more complexity in the flavor.

xnicknj, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to zoso1967 for this tasty treat.

Pours yellow orange with a lovely white foam head 1 finger thick. The brew is clear showing off all of its carbonation. Lacing is very good leaving thick blobs above the liquid level.

Lots of orange citrus comes through in the scent. Ample malts back the citrus smells providing a muted balanced smell.

There is plenty of orange and grapefruit up front with a large malt backbone covering up a lot of the bitterness. The balance is superb.

Rich and creamy in the mouth with a full feel. The aftertaste is clean and is not too drying. It leaves my mouth feeling very satisfied.

This is a very drinkable brew worthy of high praise in its class. Definitely worth a try!

TCgoalie, Dec 28, 2010
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.