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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

474 Reviews
THE BROS
94
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Reviews: 474
Hads: 1,049
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 193
Gots: 148 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada | website

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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Photo of beerbutcher
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours pale copper with quick dissipating head.

aroma is first hoppy. bright candied tangerine/ mandarine aroma. yummy. trace of alcohol and faintly malty. super yummy citrus nose.

on the palate the beer is crisp and fresh. medium body with good carbonation and clean malt. finishes lightly tart and hoppy

mouthfeel may be a bit light and dry for my tastes but fits the style.

overall, very drinkable. conceals its alcohol well and aside from being well made, is also interesting. highly recommend trying this beer.

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

This beer was poured out of a 355ml can with some cool art that depicts a racey redhead riding a bike. A nice copper colored brew with a small white head.

Smell of pine and some malt in the background. A sip brings a bitterness to the back of the tongue. The pine comes through in the taste, a very light citrus note, the malt is in there somewhere. The hop bitterness sticks around in the finish with a light mouthfeel.

This is a great IPA and probably the best IPA that is available in this area on a regular basis.

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Photo of slentz
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can to tulip at about 50 degrees. No can date on this one but this is from a fresh batch as it just hit shelves.

Woah I cracked the can and the beer came billowing out the top all over my table...wtf!

A: Finally after it subsided was able to get a nice easy pour down the center of the glass that created a finger and half of very nice head. Looks like this will have some really nice lacing. This beer is a nice apricot color, very murky when held to light. 4.0

S: Smell is of really nice fresh hops tons of citrus and a bit of pine with a touch of alcohol. A nice nose on this beer. 4.0

T: Taste is somewhat muted and not what I had expected from the wonderful nose. Hops are definitely there but something is lacking. Getting somewhat of an underlying green tea flavor. This is definitely enjoyable but doesn't keep up with the best of the best IPA's 4.0

M: Mouthfeel is ok, definitely lacking a bit, somewhat under carbonated which is surprising considering it pretty much exploded upon opening. I suppose the carbonation left the beer at that point. Missing that oily hop presence as well. 3.0

O: Overall this is not a bad IPA however the mouthfeel and light carbonation could be improved. Still a 4.0 overall.

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
4.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, clear orange color, with a two finger head of off white, fluffy tight foam that leave a little lacing as I drink.
The aroma is of citrus and pine. A sweetness hides behind the hops and the alcohol scarcely makes an appearance.
I quaff, I hold the Grapefruit and citrusy hop liquid on my tongue, then swallow, once, twice, breathing out slowly and picking up the malty backbone.
The carbonation is on the lower side, the feel is quenching, yet dry finish. The bitterness lingers.
Exceptional.

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Photo of al_al1357
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a can, beer appears a dark golden-orange copper colour with a finger of head that quickly disappears. Rich bouquet of hops, grapefruit and citrus on the nose. Taste is clean and refreshing and boasts flavors of cascade hops, grapefruit, pine, and citrus. Beer surprisingly does not finish as bitter as I would have expected it to, which is nice for those who dislike a very bitter-tasting finish. Carbonation is relatively high but tolerable and the finish is otherwise quite smooth. Overall a pleasant beer to drink.

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Photo of hoser
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My go to IPA the last summer probably about the 100th can I have had. Yeah it is balanced towards hops but I don't care it is a rip snortin IPA in a can that is awesome. Have had it on tap and I rocks there to.My go to IPA the last summer probably about the 100th can I have had. Yeah it is balanced towards hops but I don't care it is a rip snortin IPA in a can that is awesome. Have had it on tap and I rocks there to.

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Photo of psiweaver
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my Black Raven Imperial Pint Glass

pours copper orange with a small white head

Smell is lots of citrus, pine very hoppy and delicious.

very well balanced, if a little hop forward, not quite on the same level as pliney but its certainly much easier to get, cheaper, comes in cans and is very delicious, a big recommend for any hop head.

very nice level of carbonation smooth mouthfeel if a little bitter, really ejoyed this 6 pack that Jakeohut brought by me.

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Photo of Fluke828
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a cervoise-ish style glass.
Canned on what would appear to be April 8th, 2011.

A-> Pours a pretty clear (filtered?) copper/orange blend of a color with about a half finger head and little retention with some good lacing.

S-> Smells immediately of fruit. Getting some good citrus as well as some pine and a pinch of some sweet malt somewhere in there.

T-> Nice, crisp pine hop bite mixed with the citrus fruits from the nose make for a pleasant and balanced flavor. Malts are very much on the back-burner in this one although not completely undetectable.

M-> Good carbonation and definitely on the lighter end of medium bodied spectrum, if not light-bodied for an IPA. Leaves a nice bitter taste behind that isn't unpleasant. Very refreshing

O-> Glad I finally got to visit this one. Don't really try too many beers from America's Hat and this one certainly did not dissapoint!

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6.5% ABV, 80 ibu, 355ml can.
A - golden copper clear with half finger head, I expected more carbonation from can.
S - floral, oranges (peel), sweet fruit, piney, caramel, there's some kind of savory spice at the back, couldn't tell what the exactly. dank, resin.
T - very full flavored palate, good carbonation mouthful, balanced which is not that hoppy with 80 ibu. taste is similar to the smells. piney n sweet, went out dry. sweetness, grassy, caramel malty, and then bitterness lingering.
O - more copper color, floral aroma & sweeter than HOP CIRCLE IPA. it's a really nice daily IPA, will get it next time.

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Photo of Scrylol
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle, no dating. Clear dark orange body with two fingers of bubbly white head. Lots of lacing.

Tons of grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange peel and citrus notes on the aroma. Some sort of "dank" hoppy note too.

Citrus and grapefruit flavor on the tongue and forwards into big hop bitterness with some lemon and orange peel notes. Juicy hop flavor. Leaves a dry, very bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

Medium body, smooth and quaffable. Nice amount of carbonation to go along with the body and flavor.

Nice IPA from Central City.

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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.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Day sixteen of the Central City/Parallel 49 advent calendar. 330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep orange with a monstrous off white head that leaves sturdy rock climbing wall lace as it recedes.

Smells of citrus rind, pine resin and tropical fruit with some caramel malt.

Tastes of pine resin, bitter oranges, pineapple and caramel malt backbone. Citrus and pine rule here.

Feels medium-heavy with smooth carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Easily a contender for Canada's best IPA.

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Photo of DrMalt
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Deep orange/copper color with a full sturdy white head.

Terrific hop aroma with loads of citrus.

The taste I look for in an IPA with grapefruit, piney, grassy but some balancing maltiness.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Drinkability is where this beer will shine. I can only imagine how many I could drink of this beer without any feeling of too much of a good thing.

What a great beer. I think this beer stacks up with my favourite Surly Furious. At first I doubted the hype...now I am a believer.

I tried 18 different IPA's last week in a tasting but not the Red Racer. This would have been the pick of the litter!

Taking a 24 back home to Sask with me.

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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

The can has a classy look of a red headed beauty in garters straddling a classic bike frame. This is not your grand daddy's canned beer, but if it were he would love the design as much as it's contents. One finger of near white head rests on top of and deep orange hazy body. Small amounts of lacing are clinging to the sides of the glass. After a few short sips the head has now diminished to small islands of larger bubbles surrounded by the smaller beaches of tiny head. This IPA has a sweet hop aroma and rich caramel profile. Inviting robust Red Racer has my interests piqued. The first gulp bring a rush of bitterness and sweet caramel balance. The hops come with an earthy and piney taste. The finish is long lasting and complex. Citric and floral, sweet and thick. I could drink quite a few of these. The ABV comes in a tad lower than most IPA's, so I will feel less guilt downing more than one can.

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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.

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Photo of TonyReaves
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My local store randomly got a single six-pack of this in.

Huge, huge fluffy head atop a golden body. Took me 3 pours over 2 minutes to get it all on the glass.

The foam is releasing aromatics you can smell from 3 feet away, and it's fantastic. Reminds me of opening a bag of hop cones.

Holy crap. The hoppiness lurking in this can is phenomenal. Huge citrus notes- grapefruit up front, pine in the finish. Maybe I'm just shocked to be drinking this from such a harmless looking little can, from a brewery I'd never heard of, but this is stunning.

Mouthfeel is a good carbonation with a smooth body- I'd guess flaked barley.

It's strong, but I have to give this high marks for drinkability, considering how fast I finished this. Now I just need my local store to buy more.

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Photo of Birchgrove77
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Glarus nonic glass.

A- Pours a beautiful, clear amber/orange color with a very thin white head. Very few bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Upon drinking some very nice lacing is present.

S- Initially, a very resinous fresh pine aroma that gives way to some citrus pithiness.

T- Hop forward bitterness gives way to a nice maltiness. Bitterness starts out a bit piney, but gives way to some tangerine and grapefruit notes. Actually, a touch of clementine pithiness exists as well. Malt is apparent and provides a nice sweetness. Hoppiness isn't as dominant as I had expected, possibly low turnover at my local store.

M- Lack of carbonation leaves a little to much sweetness on the palate. Thinking the acidity of carbonation would improve this beer.

D- A nice IPA, but neither the hoppiness doesn't make this memorable. Very well could be a pour package with the noticeable lack of carbonation. Will definitely revisit and see if there is a better example.

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Photo of ghisty
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance:
amber,orange, not entirely clear.
pours with some gravity, lands into one finger of solid foam
poured it a couple min ago , to let it settle in, and its head is still foamy and not dissipating, this is one of the longest staying heads ive seen..
lacing is thick and leaves rings for each drink.

smell:
immediate note of cascade hops, followed by some sweet grapefruit, and a bright
yeasty note like home made bread with citrus jelly. very sweet nose. amazing
brightness , the smell is strong and immediate, citrus cascades.

taste:
other reviews Ive read have said the bitterness was the most forward
part of this beer's taste, for me , its bright resinous hops, a burst of sharp dank hops
followed by the citrus flavour so obvious from the nose, then it levels down to
the bitter flavour, but its sweet into the aftertaste, complex, but not overdone.
it has a heavy almost orange peel flavour from the resins in the fresh hops.
the cascade hops are very present throughout. but balanced well by some other hops,
which they didnt mention on the can.

mouth:
surprisingly flat and easy drinking for the level of hops used,
and the slightly higher ABv, it starts off a bit foamy and levels down to a bitter
almost dry sort of aftertaste which lingers for a long time, fives of minutes even.

overall:
I generally avoid the whole range of IPA, as its not a style I've enjoyed often.
but hearing such high reviews of this ale I picked one up, and I had decided that
even if it isnt my preferred style, something scoring so highly must be worth trying,
I am still not a huge fan of this style of beer, but I am glad to have bought this one.
as its sort of redefining how I thought this style could be presented.
I've tried numerous IPA from various local craft brewers and other shelf stock,
and always found them to be overstated, and just disgustingly bitter or sour.
as I review more I have been finding exceptions to every style,
rarely do I find one so drinkable as this beer, mind you it isnt something I will
be drinking often, but if I find myself in the mood for something citrus and complex
but still very drinkable , this beer will be a go to.
the higher ABv isnt something i normally look for, as it often heats up the beers taste.
but this has been balanced perfectly in this beer, and it compliments to the style.
an enjoyable complex beer with a higher ABv , I will be buying this again.

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Photo of Tiklmelmo
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Crystal clear copper colored beer with a thin off white head. Decent lacing for the small amount of head. Fairly dark for an IPA, almost amber.

S - Lovely smell. Huge citrus hop aroma. Lots of tangerines and ruby red grapefruit.

T - Well balanced. Taste follows the nose, with some toasty malt behind the hops. Definitely the tastiest single IPA I've ever had from a can, and one of the better ones I can remember, period.

M - Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and just a hit of resinous slickness.

D - Downed the first can in about 2 minutes flat. This is a seriously drinkable beer. I'd bring a case of this to a BBQ in a heartbeat.

Great beer. Definitely a welcome addition to the growing number of fine beers in a can. I love a good canned beer in the summer, and you really can't beat this one for less than $2 a can in a 6-pack.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can to Glass

Can is about two weeks old!

Appearance - Clear copper/orange colour with a big white head

Smell - Strong smelling, tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, pine

Taste - Tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, pine, hops

Overall - An excellent West Coast IPA

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Photo of ChristianBlack
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml can. Price keeps going up, but this remains a bargain.

Dark copper pale ale colour. Clear as heck. Inch-and-a-half of foamy head. Nice lacing.

Aromas of earthy, resinous pine combined with some ripe fruit.

This one tastes really dank. Some ripe fruit from the Centennial hops. A classic west coast IPA profile. Some sweet, complex malts in there as well.

This seems highly carbonated for an American IPA. Adds nicely to the overall intensity.

I'll confess to really loving this beer, albeit slightly less than I did before they started filtering it. Back then it was like this strange, beautiful rainforest creature that came to f you right in the tastebuds -- so, so intense. It's since been domesticated just a wee bit too much for my liking.

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Photo of ozmodium
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of vespahulb
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is the second time i've bought a 4-pack and it still delivers. As in most things in life, it's all about balance. When a beer such as this one achieves such a beautiful amalgamation of bitterness, body and flavor in perfect harmony, yet only boasts 6.5%, it's hard to forget.

In the nose, really bright and fresh, resiny pine, pithy grapefruit and a touch sweet and toasty malts.

In the mouth, all of the flavors in the nose follow through. First a staunch bitterness with a bit of pithy lemon and grapefruit, followed by a resinous mouthfeel. In the finish, the beer has great acidity that cleanses the palate and makes you want to drink more. The dude abides.

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Photo of Watershed
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355mL can into a pokal. Rich gold with pinkish highlights, it doesn't have the richness of colour that many IPAs do, almost as if its been a little over-filtered. The smell is sharp piney hops backed with sweet floral malts, and not overly strong -- an aroma that leads one to expect an IPA on the light, refreshing side, rather than a fuller, more mouth-filling example of the style. And that's exactly what we get: a quintessential summer IPA, nicely balancing an almost British malt profile (think Deuchars IPA) with west-coast hops, while not going overboard on either. In the finish, though, the hops take over, their grapefruit-pith bitterness lingering after any hint of sweet has vanished.

Overall, while there's a lot of flavour here, its lightness both keeps it almost sessionable and (less positively) prevents it from reaching the highest heights of the style.

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.