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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

942 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 173
Gots: 88 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

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 Wasatch
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.

Photo of John_M
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!

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my Southern Tier pint glass. Pours a golden amber color wit ha one finger fluffy white head. The head slowly faded to a thin white covering but left excellent lacing on the glass. A very good looking beer as I drank the glass.

Aroma is floral and citrusy, pretty much all hops in the aroma. very good smelling beer if you like hops. Taste is floral and citrusy up front with a moderate bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good. I could drink this all night, it's hoppy but not overly bitter or malty making it easy drinking.

Reminds me a lot of some of the best west coast hoppy beers. Would definitely purchase this frequently if available.

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from IllNate, ages ago. Review from the notes I made waaay back then, close to 5-6 months ago, just found em. In a pint glass, thanks Nathan.

Poured an orange/amber with slightly offwhite head, fluffy and creamy. SLightly hazy and lots of webbed lace. Nose is sharp pineiness, citrus, orange zest, peach and some sweet malt. Sweet malt hits the palate first, with a powerful and full orange/citrus flavour to it. Bitter pine strikes around the mid-mouth and remains in the long finish. Medium carbonation. Finish isn't too dry, and neither is the mouthfeel. Drinkability is huge, and the ABV is not detectable at all. One of the best in Canada, always on my wants list!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, off-white head that settles into a low profile coating. Aromas of tangy sweet caramel malts and biscuits in the backbone, with a resiny and subtle floral hops profile. Smells like a well balanced IPA. Flavors are floral and resiny bitter forward, with a solid caramel and toffee backbone keeping the balance. Roasted throughout, with piny highlights. The end of the palate is dominated by bitter, green, hops resin, leading to a bitter, rich aftertaste, with citrus tart notes showing up, as well. Smooth, somewhat light in mouth, but bold overall. Great lacing left along the glass. Bitter, slick, slightly drying finish. Solid brew.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From can to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/18/11

A: A clean and clear ambery orange. Not much in the way of head, a mere one finger or so. Retention and lacing are meager.

S: Fresh cut cedar. The heavy hop oil also strikes a bitter chord here too, but it's faint. Without question this is the highlight of the beer.

T: Red Racer initally comes off slightly citrusy and sweet. By the time the brew reaches the mid-palate, the hoppy bitterness catches up like a dog on a leash. As it goes down, the malt bites my tonsils. It's really quite unique how all of these different and equally enjoyable aspects come together.

M: Not what I was expecting. It's lighter then I would've liked, and had they left this one unfiltered and pulled back on the prickly forced carbonation, this could be (and I stress "could") an outstanding American IPA. As it stands, this is the beer's weakest link.

O: This is one I've been hunting for, and I'm glad to tick it off of my list. The nose on this one is simply marvelous, and if Central City ever gets into the air freshener business, I'll be first in line.

As I mentioned above, the mouthfeel really doesn't do this one any favors. If they would cut back on the intense level of carbonation, it would really allow the subtle nuances of the hops to shine through.

Regardless, this is a good beer. Here's to hoping that Central City's Red Racer find it's way to the DC market on a consistant basis.

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

Crystal clear with a light amber body and a thick white cap of rocky and fine bubbles. Sticky foam coated the top of the glass and lacing was left behind as the beer disappeared into my belly. Sharp citrus aroma, bright grapefruit and a bit of pine resin. Notes of tropical fruit appeared as it warmed a bit. Same in the flavour, along with some biscuit and caramel sweetness, some floral character, and solid bitterness that lingered long into the finish along with a bit of citrus/spicy hoppiness. Creamy carbonation, medium bodied with a bit of dryness, nice texture overall. This is a solid IPA and one that I really enjoyed.

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Viggo
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!

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

A: Clear, amber-bronze with a white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Big piny nose, with grass, tangerine & rind.

T: Tangerine, pine, nectarine and citrus rind, with some underlying malty goodness (not sweet, just some quality malt protein). Certainly balanced to the bitter side, but it's not at all harsh with their soft water. Plenty of hop flavour here!

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is smooth with a hint of hop acidity.

D: A sessionable IPA for any hop lover.

Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to OKComputer for this one, it was my pay for helping him move his couch. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a coppery amber color with about a half-inch of off-white head that had low retention, but good lacing.

The aroma was a bold blend of pine and citrus hops, with just enough malt in the background to provide a solid base. On the tongue those bright hops carried through nicely, certainly the focal point of the beer, but there was enough malt to separate it from the "hop water" pack.

The body was solid, sticky and just enough thicker than typical to be noticeable. Drinkability was very good, I don't generally have more than 1 IPA in a row, but I could easily have several of these nice brews.

Overall, a very nice beer that's worth some effort to obtain.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good ipa color here, amber, orange and yellow. Nice 3/4" head on it, doesn't stick around too long, its somewhere between white and off white.

Aroma was hoppy, not proprietary hoppy, but just run of the mill C hop hoppy, and enjoyable. Maybe there was Simcoe, it was a little bit piney.

Taste, solid, not a heavy malt bill, but neither too light, minimal caramel, the hopping was solid, again, not too exotic, pretty straight up enjoyable. Peppery at times, but far from overly. Considerable bitterness that isn't a chore, because of the other flavors going on.

Grassy mouthfeel to the hops. Good stuff. Good, not great. Check it out if reasonably priced. But there's hundreds of 'em out there.

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a Four pack in Seattle.
12oz can poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, medium orange with a two finger yellow-cream colored head. Great retention and some lacing.

S - Huge pine and citrus nose. Lemon and grapefruit.

T - Pine, lemon, grapefruit, in that order.

D - High carbonation, average body. A big bitter bite, but it is welcome here. Creamy feel.

O - Great ipa, O' Canada.

Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden-orange hue with a touch of haze and two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Good looking!

Smell: very good hoppy aroma with grapefruit, funk and a little spiciness. A sweet & balanced citrus aroma-bomb - I love it.

Taste: big malt flavor balanced out with a very high, but smooth, bitterness. Hop flavor is funky and a little bit of the citrus of the aroma remains.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation for the style. I like it.

Overall: a really pleasing beer with a grand aroma. I'm glad I can get this down here in the US now.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can courtesy of H1N1 with a bottled on date of 7/27/10

Enjoyed at Volo
Didn't see a brewed on date but the number stamped on the bottoms was B2310, so perhaps Feb 23rd, 2010?

A -A nice bright orange colour, slightly hazy. Half finger of bubbly white head.

S - The nose if bursting with citrus and floral hops. There are hints of grapefruit, orange and tropical fruit. This is probably the most robust and fresh nose I have ever experienced in an IPA.

T - Bitter hops up front with floral and citrus notes. The hops are bursting with juicy grapefruit and orange flavours and taste so fresh. There is also a nice malt balance providing a sweetness that really rounds out this beer perfectly. Some bitterness lingers in the finish. A well balanced IPA.

M - Medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - This ranks right up there with the best IPAs in the world.

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Previous review from 7-31-10 from a can had at Volo in Toronto. Bottled on date of Feb 23, 2010, so this was 5 months old at the time of the review.

4.5 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.5 / 4.5

Photo of wordemupg
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can poured into Unibroue glass nov2 2009

A crystal clear golden amber with a thumbs width of head after a hard pour. it has decent retention with a few rings of lace

S very nice almost like I'm smelling a glass of grapefruit and tangerine juice. I also pick up on a little bit of booze, pine and some caramel to go along with the floral citrus

T tastes as it smells with a little bit of malt to balance things out. very good example for this style and the best canned beer I can think of

M thick enough to please me but I'm wondering if a little more carbonation might help its cause

D smell and sip a few times and its gone, very nice beer and I wish I had more of it

one of if not the best Canadian IPA's I've ever tried with out doubt. I'm even more impressed by the fact it comes from a can, much less impressed by not finding it east of BC far as I know. drink this whenever you get the chance it's a winner

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

I picked up a six pack from Julio's in Massachusetts, $12.99. Pricier than expected but I've had an eye out for this for nearly a year so I grabbed it.

It pours a dark golden color, more orange than golden, with a dense, solid foam. Lots of lacing too. The aroma is just what I'd hoped for, very citrus-forward with grapefruit and orange, also some pine sap, all the great things hops can do. A bit of caramel malt to balance it, which is sort of a shame per my preferences but works sometimes.

The beer tastes really good, the hops are expressed more with flavor than bitterness, although the bitterness IS there. Grapefruit, pine needle, etc. Not enough caramel malt to cause problems, but then again this is a 6.5% ABV construction. I suspect if Central City made a DIPA it would be the barleywine type but luckily this IPA is just fine.

Good carbonation and body, altogether a worthwhile treat. The only real complaint is cost, I can't say it's really better than Two Hearted or several from Lagunitas, all of which can be had for $9-10 per sixer. But I guess it matches the difficulty to find the beer.

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/brownish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus and hops, considerable bitterness. Taste is very flavorfull, citrus with lots of hops. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this was a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of THECPJ
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: golden orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops,

Taste: citrus, hops, bitter after taste

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp

Drinkability: What a great IPA. So not expecting this out of Canada. Would like to get some more. Enjoyed tremendously.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a clear bronze with very nice bubbling, two finger head after the pour, and a thick foam of white.

Citric hop leaf and resin aroma matched with a little toasted malt.

The taste starts with orange rind bitterness and a few flowers and grass. The middle has some of the toasted biscuit. The finish goes back to the citric orange peel flavors. The bitterness of this beer adds to the resiny palate.. The bitterness lingers slowly after each swallow. Pretty bitter, which I like, but not on the top of my sessionable IPA's. Still worth trying for any IPA fan and worth recommending.

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.