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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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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 168
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Luk13, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
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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.

Soonami, Dec 06, 2010
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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.

TheHammer, Apr 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

hockeypuck, Jun 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

leprakhan, Dec 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Hirshi, Sep 04, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from a can into a pint glass. The beer pours a vibrant orange with a copper center. There is a sticky bubbly two finger head that fades to a tight cap, leaving sheets of sticky lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is outstanding. Citrus, oranges, mangos, grapefruit and lemon zest. Along with all the citrus there is a decent amount of pine. There is just a hint of caramel and sugared candy in the background.

The taste is not as defined, or pronounced as the smell, but still good. The citrus notes are first and foremost, mango, pineapple, oranges and lemon zest. The piney bitterness plays second fiddle, and all the hops are nicely balanced by caramel malts.

The beer is well carbonated, well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a great session IPA, something I will enjoy for sure in the summer months.

rpstevens, Apr 28, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Thanks to Stagger, for sending this my way via CanBif. Very nice looking, clear, deep amber bodied ale. Decent finger of pale tan head formed on a vigorous pour, and decided to hang out for a while. Looking pretty good...

This thing has quite the aroma going on too. Big hop nose of grapefruit and a touch of papaya. Some sweet caramel and whole grain aromas also present. Somewhat one dimensional, but thats pretty much the point and it is pretty nice.

Wow have to say that i was impressed with the first taste which was very quickly followed by the second for confirmatory purposes. This Red Racer is the real deal, a first class IPA, grapefruit hoppiness predominates over a nicely attenuated maltiness with hints of whole grain crusty bread and a hint of caramel.

Very nice mouthfeel. Nicely attenuated, helps accentuate the hops, and brings their resinousness and mild stripping of the palate to mind. Medium bodied and somewhat creamy in feel, for a solid mouth presence.

demcorhip, May 27, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden amber colored body leaving a nice spider web ringy lacing appears over top of a foamy white two finger head. The head lasts the entire time. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: pine and hops in front with some light breadiness in the background.

T: bittersweet - basically the same. The aftertaste and finish are dry.

M: light with nothing harsh on the tongue, sessionable

O: this is a decent beer that I would come back to.

BeerKangaroo, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

GoHabsGo, Dec 26, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

355ml can from a 12-pack purchased through the HMH Negotiants private order. Pours a hazed amber orange with slight golden hues, one finger of cream coloured head, and strands of lacing on the pint glass. Smell and taste are resinous pine needles, spruce, perfume, tiniest trace of toasty grain, citrus fruit (tangerine, grapefruit), nectarine, and boldly bitter hops. A weak caramel backbone adds more body than flavour. Mouth feel is oily, medium, not quite slick, delicate carbonation, some prickly spiciness, juicy and acidic, dry bitterness lingers in the finish. This is so drinkable it makes me chuckle. I could pound a sixer in no time, but Red Racer is meant to be savoured, so pacing is necessary. A dynamite IPA that stands up to the very best of them. Rock on Central City!

cratez, Aug 24, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

light-moderate yellow-orange color, crystal clear, moderate carbonation and a giant, cream of wheat head.

Grassy, soapy, piney hops with a light toasty caramel underneath. Smells very clean with slight, bright vegetation.

Everything that is in the nose, with the additional of sweet bubblegum immediately as you sip and a spicier malt profile. Rye? Sticky in the finish and very resinous.

Very bright and harshly carbonated.

A very good IPA, though very piney in the finish and a little sticky, though I like the abv% where it is. 7% can be a little high if not brewed right and 5% often times results in an unbalanced IPA.

tapman, May 03, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

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
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Boozecamel, May 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Mack, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

rale, May 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Beervana, Apr 15, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

a- can poured into a pint, one finger of rocky head, active bubbling, orangey brown color, slight chill haze, very cool can design.

s- really nice, so fresh, loads of pine, grapefruit, nice bitterness, some pineapple, some malt sweetness.

t- nice, earthy bitterness, grapefruit, pine, grapefruit pith, really hopped up ipa here. lingering bitterness, floral/herbal.

m- medium bodied, coating, smooth.

d- really nice ipa, glad i got the chance to try this beer, i'd drink this again for sure. one of the better ipas that i've had in awhile.

thecarster1, Jul 11, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

ACB, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Coldsnack, Apr 16, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Served from 12 ounce can. Great to see this brew hit Manitoba! Pours a slight hazy tangerine with a thick fluffy head. Nose- pine, grapefruit rinds and cookie dough. Taste- good initial hop presence with a spike of west coast hops followed chewy biscuit malts. Creamy mouthfeel from the malts mixed with a nice oily hop finish. Its awesome having this in province- one of the finer Canadian examples of the style that I've had the pleasure of sampling. Just a shame the MLCC doesn't have these in the fridge vs. sitting out at room temp with the third world lagers...

oakbluff, Jun 27, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a shimmering orange copper hue with two fingers of sticky white head that retains wonderfully and leaves sheets of lace.

Holy citrus! Strong and syrupy notes of grapefruit, pineapple, light mango and melon, pine resin and herbal hops with a zesty orange twist. Fantastic.

The sweet notes of melon and mango become more pronounced in the taste and mesh beautifully the clean star ruby grapfruit. Piney resin and herbal hops play as more of a backbone while all the sweet stuff goes on and is paired towards the end with a crusty bread finish.

Perfectly balanced, medium bodied, smooth, crisp, lightly creamy, and refreshing. I can't ask for anything more. Tooo easy to drink.

Overall, the best IPA I have had to date, and proud to have it be coming from Canada. Thank god for Premier Wines and Spirits down here in Halifax for carrying such a great selection. I paired this with some Italian gorgonzola and it went great. If you're into IPA's, it's not an option to pass this up.

ludachris, Apr 27, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Schlais, Aug 02, 2012
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
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