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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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879 Ratings

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 166
Gots: 65 | 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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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-19-2012 03:11:56 | More by Schmuckles
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-09-2014 05:34:49 | More by YamagamiTravis
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz can ~ packaged 6/11/11

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a finger of creamy head that fades pretty fast - nice lacing though. Nose is hoppy, mostly citrus and pine. Taste follows right in line, a bitter pithy citrus flavor up front with a nice malty balance. Not overly aggressive at all. Medium body and a nice level of carbonation. An overall nice IPA.

08-24-2011 01:50:06 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of hansgruber


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

07-11-2013 17:57:22 | More by hansgruber
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3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

11-16-2012 05:18:19 | More by JamesMN
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-30-2014 02:32:05 | More by lgmol
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

06-27-2012 19:08:08 | More by jackorain
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

08-09-2010 20:48:42 | More by Anthony1
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

11-21-2011 06:06:53 | More by cbnz
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

04-03-2012 23:20:39 | More by RWNay
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-05-2013 23:17:41 | More by FadetoBock
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

Updated on 1/13/2011 with a Washington distributed imported version (just as good!)

appearance - pours an orange/amber color with a good head and immediate retention on the lacing that crawls up the side of the glass

smell - hops on the nose with some light malt accents

taste - tingles the tongue, floral and pine hop notes intertwine with a nice malt body, hop forward but not a bomb, very tasty

mouthfeel - some carbonation, some creaminess

drinkability - this is incredibly drinkable for an IPA, very solid

03-27-2010 22:53:19 | More by djbreezy
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

I picked this up on a recent trip to Calgary. Poured with a murky orange and apricot hue, opaque with one finger dense beige head and slippery, sheet lacing. Carbonation a bit muted but this remained one nice looking beer!

Smell was awesome with pungent grapefruit and mango aromas, piercingly hoppy on the nose. Taste also of huge hops, enough to cause a pucker on the lips with grapefruit and orange citrus notes, brutally sharp on opening and settled a bit with air. Hoppy mouthfeel was no surprize considering the smell and taste but pine resins coating the roof of the mouth caused me to pause while writing this review. Dry and bitter with a bit of malty caramel sweetness trying to make an impression here and there.

If you like your IPA's hoppy and multi-dimensional, this is the beer for you. A real delight to taste and savour yet presented with a bit more complexity than I expected, this deserves the high marks it gets. I only wish I could buy it in Ontario!

09-01-2010 02:37:44 | More by ThatWineGuy
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

11-08-2012 02:34:55 | More by dipso123
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Believe the hype this is one nice beer from a can no less. Picked up at Wholefoods in Portland, Me then picked up some more at Bootleggers in Thopsham, Me

A - Nice hazy orange with a a white head with some lacing on the glass.

S - Floral, citruis, grapefruit some pine.

T - Orange comes through nicely, again more hops at 6.5 not bad at all.

M - Again leaves that sort of bittering feel when you have a really nice ipa that stays with you after a sip.

D - So greatful my local store has this will be on the regular rotation wonderfully done!!

12-15-2009 22:55:41 | More by Casey10
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-19-2014 06:34:08 | More by 77apm
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-02-2012 03:29:03 | More by Skye1024
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Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +17.4%

08-20-2013 15:01:04 | More by rogerdandy
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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-13-2013 13:38:11 | More by montrealbcr89
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

355 ml can poured in a pint glass. Bought at Willow Park main store in Calgary.

Cloudy amber colour. Off-white head is 1/4 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Spots of lacing here and here.

Delicious aroma of citrus hops and caramel malts. Grapefruit and lemon with caramel sweetness.

Grapefruit hops through and through with hints of caramel and toffee in the start and middle to balance it out. Bitter cascade hop finish is long and luscious. A great example of how a beer can be a hop bomb without obliterating your tastebuds.

Medium bodied and smooth with a slight oily texture. Very little pin pricks of carbonation.

Quite possibly the best American IPA I've ever had. Loaded with full, lush flavours without overpowering your senses. I wish this beer was available in my area!

12-19-2010 02:55:03 | More by Noxious26
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-22-2013 00:29:05 | More by Luk13
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-15-2011 08:12:29 | More by ej285701
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Not much crack when I opened the can of Red Racer IPA. As I pour it, the smell of oily crushed pine bark, the beer is a clear amber with a thin wisp of eggshell foam. The smell is very inviting and becomes increasingly more citrusy as the beer fills my snifter. The beer tastes solidly bitter with sharp grapefruit peel rind, a hint of pineapple sweetness and a very clean finish with just a bit of lingering bitterness. This is a very good IPA, but I don't know that it's worth of a top 10 rating.

12-06-2010 03:42:53 | More by Soonami
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -20.2%

Appearance: Didn't produce more then a layer of bubbles, but somehow managed to still leave good lacing. The body boasts high carbonation to go with it's slightly cloudy orange colour.

Smell: A powerful floral and citrus aroma on this one as the hops make their obvious appearance, with notes of pine. Didn't need any warming, although no noticeable malt and I know it's going to be too hoppy for my tastes.

Taste: Hey, this one's a lot better then I'd thought it would be. It starts with a caramel malt that has only the barest herbal and floral hop notes that builds slightly and then gets annihilated by the explosion of citrus, pine and earthy hops that disagree with me and grow harsher as the beer progresses.

Mouthfeel: I'd have liked a slower buildup to the hop annihilation. However the carbonation is good at holding it in check. Still, the hop oil doesn't know when it's overstayed it's welcome and it seems the nicer herbal and floral hops are drowned out by the pine and earthy ones. It also seems to get harsher and harsher the closer to the bottom you get.

Drinkability: It was doing so well up until about the 1/4 mark, at which point my stomach seemed to reject it, which is a shame. The carbonation was good, but I just don't see myself wanting to put this back with anything but maybe some really spicy food.

Final Thoughts: Well Red Racer, you have fared far better then most IPAs do, so take that in stride. It's one of the top beer in Canada so I had to review it, but like all but the most tamest of IPA's it's not for me.

04-08-2012 00:13:51 | More by TheHammer
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-15-2013 16:01:05 | More by CurtisD
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
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