Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing
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3.85/5 rDev -9.6%
Thanks Derek. Pours golden with some lasting white head. Average mouthfeel, smooth though with slightly acidic finish. Good IPA for sure, right there with other representations of style, but would not say exceeds it. Could have a six-pack of this in a weekend.Aroma may be impacted by being in the can.
08-16-2009 02:49:19 | More by Sammy
4.6/5 rDev +8%
Picked up at Julio's on 02.26.2010.
A: Pours a nice copper with a bit of a reddish tint to it. Very nice tan head, leaving loads of lacing as it goes down.
S: Loads of citrus, grassy, and earthy hops atop a slightly-sweet caramel malt base. I had heard this described as "baby Furious" and that actually comes pretty close.
T: Some sweet malt in the background, which balances things out a little bit, but this one is almost entirely hops. Definite earthy and herbal hops with bits of citrus. Hoppy flavors, although it's not terribly bitter.
M: Medium body with a smooth creaminess. Slightly chewy. No alcohol presence.
D: Very, very drinkable. Hopefully we'll see expanded distribution on this one soon.
03-08-2010 15:02:46 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Can: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of hops is pretty intense with bitter and citrus notes clearly identified. Taste is a great mix between some citrus and bitter hops with a good caramel malt backbone. Body is a bit thin for style with good carbonation. Well done and would stand well within some of the staple of the style.
11-25-2009 14:16:55 | More by Phyl21ca
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
A fantastic IPA that gets back to basics with crisp malt flavor, intense bitterness, smooth hop flavor and aroma, and a dry refreshing finish.
Red Racer pours with a glowing deep golden, light copper hue. Off white foam coats the beer with an even 1" blanket that laces very well. A classic IPA look.
Assertive grapfruit, orange zest, pine resin, and fresh cut grass dominate the rim of the glass. The hops allow just a peak at caramel malts that offset the pungent display of hop oils.
Flavors are very citrusy up front with the rinds of orange, grapefruit, and lemon grass. Light hints of ginger and pine give an extra bite above and beyond the normal IPA's. Bitterness is aggressive and bite pretty hard in the back of the throat. Even with the aggression, the beer remains smooth and crisp with the graham cracker malt buffer.
Medium malty up front with emphasis on hop flavor- later fading into a crisp and fleeting bread crust note and growing hop bitterness.
I like the "back to basics" attitude of this beer. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada's IPA but with more gumption. Thanks indiapaleale!
02-06-2010 00:58:34 | More by BEERchitect
4.97/5 rDev +16.7%
I am sorry but this is easily, easily one of the best IPA's I have ever had. Hands down. Served cold and poured from a can into a pint glass to enjoy with my lunch today in between cleaning out the garage, this one was consumed on 11/08/2009.
The pour was just wonderful. Clear as day with a rich orange tinted amber color that held together very well. Nice two inches of head on top quicky settled down to a thin film which thoroughly coating the entire inside of the glass to the point nothing could be seen inside. The I lean in for a whiff. Holy citrus knockout. This thing is a cannon of hops. Rich orange and tangerine notes lined with loads of pineapple and grapefruit. This is just insanely fresh. Even warming does nothing to depart from the super fresh hops that are just owning my face right now. Intense is not even the right word for it. Crisp and clean taste offers more of the same, just intense and crisp, hop flavor all over the place. Pineapple and grapefruit dominate, clean dry finish with super sticky resin like flavors, not an ounce of balance here and none needed.
Overall this was a beast of an IPA, that dare I say I liked better then most anything I have had from this country lately. Hands down this is unreal. Please go find this and send me a case, I have found my house beer.
11-08-2009 18:50:20 | More by mikesgroove
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
Big thanks to Jared for sending me a sixer of these recently.
A: The pour is a crystal clear light amber color with a moderate white head and sheets of lacing.
S: A very solid grapefruit aroma along with some orange and a mild pine. The malt is present, but definitely in the background.
T: The grapefruit translates quite well to the palate, giving Red Racer a pleasant citrus flavor. There is also a very intense piney bitterness which is not often found in IPAs outside of CA. The malt does not seem to be there at all.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and crisp finish.
D: Very much on the bitter side and very much in the vain of other west coast IPAs. A solid offering and one that I'm very glad to have tried.
02-22-2010 07:06:13 | More by womencantsail
4.19/5 rDev -1.6%
This poured out as a nice amber color with a soapy white head on top. It was a bit darker in color than I expected it to be. The head settles and leaves a pretty good layered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy with a toasted malt aroma in there. The taste of the beer is more malty when it's cold, as the beer warms up the fruity citrus hops start to come alive. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, good carbonation and very drinkable. Overall this really seemed a lot like a Nugget Nectar to me... I'd have to do a side by side to really pick out the differences but I really think they were similar despite the difference of style. This beer was really good even though it wasn't the freshest of cans... regardless I would drink this again and recommend it to others as well.
05-25-2013 18:27:36 | More by Knapp85
3.83/5 rDev -10.1%
Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.
And the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender rolls mercilessly on. This participant pours a clear tawny topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose is heavy with lime-strong citrus hops, with some pine cross-hatched in there as well, all backed by oaky toffee. The taste continues along this path, with hops distilled from 50/50 or Squirt. The toffee is kinda dark, with a hint of char to it, but mostly maintaining its general sweetness. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a finish that tries to dry. Overall, a nice IPA, nothing really all that special, but economical and tasty regardless.
08-26-2010 08:05:29 | More by TMoney2591
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
Thanks to el meatwado for this fine canned IPA...
Poured into a 12 oz. fluted tulip, Red Racer had a compact cap of foam that settled and left a distinct solid ring of lacing inside the rim. Deep dried apricot color, fairly opaque, with what appears to be tiny hop pellets that have sunk to the bottom (???). On closer inspection, it seems to be yeast fragments from the ring that was agitated from the can. Looks almost like something that came from a mouse... 8:(
Candied apricots and caramel flavors, leafy herbal bitterness, and a spicy, floral nose. Lemon and grapefruit peel. Fairly sweet in the middle and it dries a little bit in the spicy finish. Still pretty fresh and kickin'. Body is light and it's dangerously drinkable. Once I got past the whole wierd yeast sediment it was great. Thanks again meatwad.
04-21-2010 00:46:59 | More by emerge077
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
Got a couple cans of this as extras from dyan. Thanks!
Golden in the glass with a slight haze. Pours with two fingers of head that slowly settles to a crown.
Raw hop aroma, grapefruit and pine, with some sticky malt in the background. There's a bit of tropical fruit too.
Flavors of pine and citrus combat with strong resiny bitterness. There's a bit of crackery malt, but this is dry and bitter on the whole. This is a raw, unrefined IPA, loaded with flavor but rough around the edges. Finishes a bit astringent, rougher than I remember it being on tap, but still quite good. Worth seeking out, but best sampled fresh from the brewery.
02-04-2010 04:00:30 | More by largadeer
4.23/5 rDev -0.7%
355ml can. Weird that this one appeared on the US East coast before here in Alberta, when it's made one province over in the Lower Mainland...and a bit pricey at 17 bucks a six-pack.
This beer pours a clear medium golden copper hue, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, ecru head, which dissipates slowly, leaving a wall of cheesecloth lace around the glass.
It smells strongly of grapefruit and orange pith, pineapple, a healthy dose of pine resin, some mellow, lightly bready caramel malt, and a further grassy/floral hoppiness. Very, very enticing. The taste is more acerbic grapefruit rind, bready, somewhat biscuity caramel malt, some pithy tropical fruit, and more than a bit of green piney, floral hops.
The carbonation is moderate, quite lost under the intense and varied hoppiness, the body a hefty middleweight, and smooth as it could possibly be under these conditions. It finishes mostly dry, the hops still ceding no quarter to my taste buds.
A properly rendered West Coast IPA (still rare north of the 49th), in a can (points for novelty and convenience all around), adorned with a red-skirted redhead babe on a red bike (consistency in theme), and well, just freakin' yum! Can intense craft beer and six-pack occasions coincide? Yes, yes they can.
05-28-2010 23:37:51 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
I just couldn't pass up this cute little can of beer, and now I'm glad I didn't.
It pours a hazy deep amber body beneath a short head of white foam. The head drops steadily, but it continually maintains a creamy collar along the rim; and it leaves nice splashes and small patches of spotty lace about the glass as it goes.
The nose is really hoppy, loaded with Cascade! Pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, resins! I also pick up some apple-like fruitiness, some bready/biscuity malt, a hint of dried pine or spruce, some floral character, and a bit of leafiness as well (I'm not sure whether that's coming from the hops, or perhaps a combination of the malt and hops).
In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp. It seems to be 'can conditioned', but I'm not sure. The bubbles are certainly quite fine.
The flavor delivers a really nicely balanced combination of caramelish malt and citrusy and softly piney hops. The pineapple character of the Cascades is brightened a bit by the apple-like yeasty fruitiness; and that seems well threaded throughout the maltiness. It's really well-combined and balanced. Quite often with a beer like this you'll get a hit of hops followed by maltiness, a smack of bitterness, and then a dry hoppy finish - but this is much more focused and put together. There are more hops at the front, for sure, but the malt is still always there; and it finishes the same way except that the hops become much more leafy. There's also no harsh bump of bitterness to it, instead it just rises to its high point just before the swallow, and then gently drops down and recedes in the finish. Nicely done!
Overall, I quite enjoyed it. It reminds me of "real ale", and a hoppy one at that. If you enjoy hops it's really quite drinkable. Fresh and flavorful - well worth seeking out!
02-28-2011 15:35:22 | More by NeroFiddled
4.8/5 rDev +12.7%
Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty on the glass.
S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts with a strong bite of piney hops bitterness that is followed by a nice citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style, this is definitely one of the better IPA's that I've had and is a beer that I could drink for an entire evening.
08-26-2010 01:58:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
12 oz can into a pint glass.
Pours a clear copper, topped with at least 2 big foamy fingers of bright-white colored head. This retains with a hugely frothy look, which leaves a great looking cascade of super thick lacing down the sides of the glass. Nice look here! Pretty lush little hop aroma on this, smelling very floral, spicy, and citric, with a tangy underpinning of sweet malts underneath it. Just a nice fresh pop to this.
The taste is spicy and biting up front, with a splash of grapefruit adding an extra layer of bitter juiciness to the profile. Caramel and bread give this a good balancing tang but the finish is all about the hops, being seriously strong with spice and bitter fruit rinds. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth, with a generally smooth slickness to it that works itself into more of a pleasant creaminess towards the back of the swallow. The alcohol is very well hid here, helping keep the drinkibility of this up.
Really good canned IPA offering here, that packed plenty of hop character into a well balanced and easy drinking package. This was my first offering from Central City and it was a great start.
04-10-2010 19:54:59 | More by Kegatron
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
Found a sixer of this at Wine Gallery in Brookline. Poured into a stein.
A - Pours a transparent dark orange color, with lots of tiny bubbles rising upwards, and a big three-fingered frothy off-white foam that dissipates slowly and leaves thin, soapy, patterns of lace.
S - This still smells fairly fresh (probably two months), with soapy Cascade, some sweet peachy Simcoe, and perhaps some Warrior. There is some nice toffee malt character, and this seems far more like a hoppy East Coast brew then the unbalanced palate wreckers from California.
T - Some nice sweet fuzzy peach and tangerine flavor, with a decent amount of residual bitterness and sour lemon flavor in the finish. The malt is much less present here, with the sweetness being supplied by the juiciness of C-hop varietals.
M - This is a super oily one - I can still feel the resinous hop textures long after swallowing. Nice dry fnish, soft medium body, with perfect light tingly carbonation. It's exactly what I like in my IPAs.
D - Very drinkable stuff - should have no problem killing a sixer with a buddy while watching football. Definitely the best Canadian IPA I've ever had, and competitive with my local options. Hope we start getting the cans in Chicago.
10-18-2009 18:53:20 | More by MasterSki
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
A solid IPA overall. Can given to me by dyan, thanks dude. Poured from a can into a goblet. Beer is amber with a slight haze, forms a white head. Has moderate carbonation and lacing is good. Looks fine.
Aroma is sweet and has a nice citrus hop character. Smells really good. Not very complex but overall nice.
Medium bodied beer. Good mix of citrus and pine hop flavors, decent hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.
01-29-2010 05:16:16 | More by drabmuh
4.7/5 rDev +10.3%
Lost this review in one of the crashes, but found again thanks to Google cache.
Another great looking beer from a can. Can't wait to give this a try and see how it is. It just showed up for the first time at my store, so it should be pretty fresh. Poured into my oversized DFH snifter.
A: A large 2 finger thick but large bubble head slowly dissolves, very slowly, leaving a nice lacing. It's very clear toasted auburn brown and orange color that's still pretty light in color. The head really does show no signs of disappearing.
N: Wow, a big hop aroma hits you with this, as I hoped. Lots of heavy pine and citrus on this baby. I get a really fresh hop oil aroma that really makes me feel like I'm crushing fresh hops in my hands. Nice citrus, lots of grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas. I don't get much else on the aroma except lots of fresh earthy juicy hops and, well, nothing else.
T: I'm getting excited in anticipation for the first sip that we may have another really awesome IPA at my finger tips. And the sip is really interesting, but definitely delivers. It's not as traditional hop taste with ridiculous bitterness, it actually starts with, well, fresh hop taste. I really get the taste like I'm chewing on a fresh hop, not even pellets. I get a very piney hop oil and some citrus, as well as grapefruit and tropical fruit overall. No malt character at all and not much for bitterness up front. A nice juicy hop character starts to emerge after a few sips with a slight grapefruit and tropical fruit taste. A touch of sweetness up front also helps.
M: Sticky and oily like the hop oils. Pretty good carbonation to go with it.
F: Here is the bitterness. It's not overbearing with the bitterness, but just right I think. It finishes pretty dry but doesn't rip the water right from the cells in your mouth as some do. I still have a fresh hop taste in my mouth like I just finished chewing on a hop flower right off the vine. I feel like I should be out on the harvest while drinking this delicious concoction. Then, surprisingly, the bitterness and hop flavors just disappear. My mouth is ready and awaiting for the next taste or endeavor. That is, until I swallow again and the salivary glands seem to excrete more hops, I think this has just absorbed into my blood and my body is sweating it out.
Final thoughts: A great fresh hop taste IPA. I really can only describe it as biting on a fresh hop flower. It's gone some piney and slight citrus/tropical hop juice and lots of hop oil. No malt character. I can only describe the beer as a transport method for getting the fresh hop flowers from the vine to my taste buds and into my blood stream. I might have enjoyed a slight malt character with it, but this is a west coast style. I also love that it comes in a can. Tasty crack cans! Can't wait to try their other beers in their lineup.
10-26-2009 16:35:45 | More by jlindros
3.78/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
05-26-2012 02:54:09 | More by Rifugium
4.22/5 rDev -0.9%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.
The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of catty hops and orange citrus. The flavor is a little bit different. I get some resiny hops as well as some orange citrus and pine notes. The bitterness level is about medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
06-19-2010 04:53:31 | More by Mora2000
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 879 ratings.