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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
94
outstanding

845 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 160
Gots: 53 | 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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mdfb79

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with two inches of white head that has great retention. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and carmamel and bready malts. A nice combination.

t - Tastes of citrus and herbal hops, as well as smooth caramel malts. Almost feel like it has a bit of tea taste to it thanks to the herbal hops. Again, a nice combination.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

d - This was a very enojoyable IPA that is very easy to drink. A nice citrus hop and malt combination and would love to have again.

Serving type: can

04-30-2010 00:49:39 | More by mdfb79
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-19-2013 14:34:53 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head that leaves some ring lace. The liquid light amber and clear.

Strong pine-grapefruit citrusy aroma--like a true IPA.

This is a hop-lovers IPA, which says a lot given the nature of a typical IPA. I cannot detect any malt because the hop is the beginning, ending and aftertaste of the tasting. I'm speculating, but I think the bittering hop is one of the high-alpha kind. Still, it is tasting very fresh. Lighter body than expected.

Serving type: can

11-15-2009 23:20:51 | More by smcolw
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

07-07-2014 00:15:51 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, slightly cloudy golden orange/tangerine color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy yellowish beige head with very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Soapy chunks of lacing left behind.

Sweet uber fresh citrus hop aroma with lots of luscious tropical fruit notes and subtle earthy pine. Hints of pineapple, mango, orange and lemon peel along with pine needle and a subtle toasty caramel and biscuit malt character in the nose.

Chewy medium body that is bursting with fresh sweet citrus and earthy bitter hops, along with a ton of tropical fruit flavor and a subtle malt backbone. The tropical fruit notes are really pronounced with hints of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel. There is also a bitter earthy dryness that keeps things in check with hints of earthy pine. Subtle toasty malt backbone with hints of graham cracker and biscuit provides decent balance without taking anything away from the delicious hoppy flavor. Although this beer is more complex than it seems, the hops are the star here and they linger throughout into a sweet yet dry finish. The ABV of this beer is very well hidden making it dangerously drinkable. I had to stop myself from chugging it down to fast. Highly recommended!

Serving type: can

05-14-2010 20:33:56 | More by corby112
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: can

07-08-2012 16:23:30 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single can from Abe's Cold Beer, but I clearly should have bought more. Now I enjoy Dale's Pale Ale. It's a great IPA, and a wonderful canned beer. However, I find it a little thick at times.

Red Racer IPA, however, packs all the tongue-biting, mouth-watering hop characters of a beer like Dale's, but lightens the mouthfeel just enough to let me enough a few more cans.

Fruity and floral upfront, I was expecting a juicier IPA, like what Avery serves up. But after a quick sip, the pineapple quickly turned to a harsh (but balanced) pine and grapefruit rind from the other end of the hops spectrum.

I'm not easily impressed by IPAs, but this is a damn good example of the style. Thank you Canada.

Serving type: can

10-26-2011 04:35:08 | More by tempest
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark translucent copper amber color with a bubbly and retentive off white/cream colored head with moderate lacing. Moderate aroma, dominated by piney and citrus hops and caramel malt. Thick bodied with fine, sharp carbonation producing a chewy body with a pleasant sweet and bitter finish. Flavor packs a potent caramel malt backbone balancing a thick wall of sweet grapefruit citrusy hops. Not the greatest true to style IPA, but exceptionally drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: can

07-09-2010 03:01:54 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 12 oz can from Al's of Hampden.

A: The IPA has a gingantic head on first pour, exceeding 4 fingers in my tumbler glass. As it recedes, it settles on a steady two finger height that hangs around for a while. The remnants of the first pour are evident in lacing around the glass. The ale itself is an amber orange color, radiant at times and translucent.

S: Piney hops, albeit with a little age under their collective belts, jump out. Caramel malts are equally abundant. The intensity of the nose is average, nothing memorable on either end of the spectrum.

T: Piney flavors, a decent hop profile, lend a pleasing bitterness to the ale. That hoppiness sits atop ample caramel and pale malts. Aged is evident, the hops have lost a step or two. The malt body stands in, substituting its caramel bready sweetness for the hoppiness that has been lost. Too bad, this is the third Central City beer that I've had and I haven't been impressed.

M: The mouthfeel is, despite the huge head, still, allowing the hoppiness that remains to pool together. Those hops have, though, taken on a syrupy taste.

D: One and done. I was hoping this would break the Central City Curse but it didn't. In fact, I didn't finish the can - no need to choke down a beer I don't like. Hey BC, send us from fresh cans!

Serving type: can

08-08-2010 14:31:28 | More by akorsak
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
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?

Serving type: can

01-30-2013 14:59:05 | More by rhoadsrage
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-05-2013 18:54:50 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The CANQuest lives! I CAN't believe the number of responses that I have gotten to my request for new CANs to continue this wild journey! Many thanks to all involved in this endeavor.

My pour resulted in a good two fingers' worth of bubbly, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a hazy orangish-amber. Remember, "[c]larity is [way] overrated"! Nose was filled with piney hops, leaving no doubt that this was an American IPA, despite having been made in CANada. My mouth was absolutely watering in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium with a fantastic hops bite on the tongue, scrubbing away the taste of all of those crappy adjunct lagers that I have been subjected to lately. This was sooo good! I love American IPAs and having it come in a CAN is a double-plus bonus. Finish was as hoppy as a cross between a kangaroo, a frog and a rabbit - extra hoppy. More, please! Also, great lacing throughout. Plus, the logo is a bit racy. I love when the redheads wear a garter belt and show some leg ... Maybe they meant to call it "Red Racy" and couldn't get that past the censors.

From the CANadian CAN: "Best Beer in BC! 2008-2009 CAMRA Vancouver An ale fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hops, hops, and more hops, this ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. Drink as an appetizer on its own, or pair it with any hearty dish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmaster's choice. 'Cheers!'"

Serving type: can

01-06-2010 01:52:10 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

01-20-2013 18:42:55 | More by orangesol
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DoubleJ

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Racer IPA is slowly becoming noticed among beer geeks in both Canada and the US, and for good reason. I was lucky enough to try this growing giant at the source itself in Surrey, BC. On to the beer:

It's orange in color, and there are some strings of lacing sticking around in the glass. There's a healthy amount of fresh pine in the aroma which excites the beer drinker for what's next.

Red Racer IPA is filled with hops. clean, crisp hops! It's only a little bitter, which is nice. Floral notes exists too. The malt is crackery/biscuity. It's also a little sweet, which the best I can describe is like fruit infused hops with a sprinkle of sugar. It's very smooth in the mouth, and is a pleasure to drink.

Red Racer IPA lives up to the hype. A delicious beer that any any hophead would be a fool to turn down. The crazy thing is this wasn't the best IPA I tasted at Central City Brewing during my visit; you'll need to read my Double IPA review from that same brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 02:41:24 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange/copper color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick foamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice little malt note, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with a good malt blend, nice dose of citrus, and a touch of pine. Medium body. Very Drinkable, a pretty awesome IPA from a can.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 23:47:35 | More by Wasatch
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12 oz can. Pours a light amber with a soapy white head and a good amount of lace. Good clarity.

Smell: Bright aroma of orange marmalade, caramel malts, grapefruit. Christmas tree. Absolutely beautiful.

Taste: Solid pine upfront, very fresh tasting. Sappy, alittle grapefruit. Stinging bite. Hop oils coating the palate. Caramel malt backing and fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is perfect, finishes bitter and alittle dry.

Overall: Quite impressed. Kickass IPAs in Cans from Canada do happen apparently. I definately want more of this.

Serving type: can

06-20-2011 06:31:59 | More by Stinkypuss
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz CAN into a regular kitchen glass, looking forward to this one.

Red Racer IPA boasts a kinda bright orange with some shiny bronze shades within. A clean looking beer with no haze at all. Two fingaz worth of off white foam that is quite creamy looking and condensed. A bunch of lace on the glass.

The hops take up most of the nose with a big grapefruit bite and some pale malts to back it up with a sweet scent, slight caramel. Pretty bold and smells like the makings of a great IPA. Some small pine bitterness and hops on top of hops.

Tropical fruit on top of a nice malty layer. Grapefruit, pineapple, others, some bisquit giving malt. I'm really liking the balance on this, it's pretty much even. Some grassy earth towards the end going into a bitter pine like essense. This is a stand out IPA.

The feel is lighter than medium in build and a good amount of bitterness remains in the mouth for some time, I'm lovin it. Carb is just right not very high or overly crisp, I could drink this all day. I'm going on a camping trip soon and I think I just found out what Im bringing to drink.

If Canadians can brew a west coast style IPA that mimiks the quality over there, than why cant the east coast breweries do the same? I mean they all use the same equipment and ingredients right, maybe it's something in the air, I don't know.

Serving type: can

05-13-2010 05:50:56 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-08-2013 03:48:32 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Racer IPA looks good when held up to a bright summer afternoon sun; what appears gunky and smeared becomes a glowing, confident orange tone. The depth of its colour won't allow full fledged transparency but it becomes clear that its complexion is actually, well, clear. As for its head, even Michelangelo couldn't paint it any better.

The hoppiness in this bouquet is as big as an SUV. It is piercingly citric and has enough bitter resins to singe your nose hairs off. It has all the pungency of onions and reeks a little like them too. Fortunately, fruit factors in more heavily than vegetables and mango, orange and grapefruit would give this a most tropical air... if only they didn't smell so bitter!

If I could frame this taste and put it on my wall I would. It's like the most delicious creme brulee I can image - cream, sugar and vanilla custard - topped with candied grapefruit, orange zest and chunks of fresh mango. It is at once rich but light enough to be considered sessionable. And it has an almost spicy bite on the finish that is appreciably refreshing.

Red Racer IPA has the level of violent and gluttonous, tongue-splitting, palate wrenching bitterness that you'd expect someone like Quentin Tarantino would write for an IPA. Yet, curiously, it's irresistibly drinkable. On the aftertaste, the bitter, resiny, pithy flavours give way to more succulent, sweet tastes of caramel, cream and sugar. "Smooth" as they say.

This had a lot of hype precede it and often that means that it's bound to disappoint. With this one, however, I don't know that any expectations could exceed the quality and character of what is, for all intents and purposes, one of the finest, highly regarded IPAs I've tried. Don't try one - buy at least six. Trust me, you'll race through 'em fast enough.

Serving type: can

08-27-2010 21:25:30 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Dyan for the chance to try this.

Served in a pint glass. Wow, you gotta love that chic on the can...Rarrr...

A: This brew pours a beautiful sunset orange, effervescent with bubbles riding on their little bubble elevators up to the head, where they frolic upon the frothy, sticky stubbornness and bask in the lamplight under which I am ogling this inviting beverage.

A: floral, citrus

T: A tasty brew. Nothing jumps out in particular. Grapefruit and flowers, typical refreshing IPA. It's nice and hoppy, with a very slight bitter astringency in the finish.

M: crisp and clean, with a slightly bitter alcohol finish

D: this would make a really solid session IPA

Serving type: can

01-29-2010 02:01:58 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know.... you take a look at this goofy looking, unpretentious looking can, and you think... you've got to be kidding me. Then you crack it open and take that first sniff....

The beer pours a fairly light orange amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is a pretty yummy smelling IPA. There is a bit more noticeable sweet malt in the background then I'd like to see, but otherwise there is considerable white pepper, celery salt, citrus and a touch of pine, showing off the hoppy bitterness in this beer. The blend of sweet malt with the hoppy bitterness gives this beer some interesting tropical fruit flavors. On the palate, this is an impressively bitter IPA, but there's still some noticeable sweet malt and alcohol on the finish that I'm not in love with. Still, there's no denying that this beer displays a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness that really dominates the flavor profile. The beer is made very much in the West Coast style, and is on the dry side for IPA's. Very, very nice. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though there's no denyig the flavor packed flavor profile. Also, the beer finishes with a nice clean, refreshing, crispness that I quite like. Drinkability is good, but there's something of an alcoholic bite in the finish that I'm not totally in love with.

Hmmmm.... I can see the similarity between this and Blind Pig, as a friend (Dyan) suggested. However, I just can't say it's quite in the same class with the pig. While undeniably excellent, it just doesn't have quite the level of bitter intensity that I love so much in Blind Pig. That being said, there is no doubt that this is a very good beer... after Surly's furious, probably the best beer I can ever recall drinking out of a can . Impressive.

Thanks Dyan!

Serving type: can

02-17-2010 01:35:20 | More by John_M
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-30-2011 16:45:54 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-01-2011 04:57:38 | More by rab53
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my boy Jon for hooking me up with this can.

Pours a clear amber, some orange, medium sized off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lacing sticks. Smell is nice, floral and grapefruit, orange peel, some caramel sweetness, tropical aroma, nothing great but pretty solid. Taste is similar, grapefruit and floral, some oranges, very citrusy IPA, dry biscuit malt and a touch of caramel/honey, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy drinking. A good solid IPA, glad to see BC pumping good ones out. I'll try to grab some more when I'm back in BC. Thanks Jon!

Serving type: can

07-03-2009 19:33:47 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear amber color with a nice off white, one finger head. Head dissipated to a nice layer of bubbles on the top and down the sides as I drank.

S: Lots of citrus on the nose, some grapefruit and pineapple, really nice hop aroma.

T: Very refreshing, more hops here with the grapefruit and pineapple dominating. Slightly bitter finish, leaves a sticky feeling.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Extremely easy drinking, this was a great beer. I wish I had bought a few more cans.

Serving type: can

10-14-2010 01:45:21 | More by mdaschaf
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.