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: 931
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 168
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of LtCracker20
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy and hazy golden yellowish-orange with a 2-finger white head that last a little while. Nice sticky lace.

S- Lemon and orange zest up front, grapefruit, pineapple, and maybe some mango.

T- Lemon and orange zest again, more grapefruit and pineapple.

MF- Medium body on this one. Lighter on the carbonation then it originally looked.

Photo of BeerForHokie
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Walken
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Central City: Red Racer IPA (Tasted 11/30/09)
12 oz. can, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazed gold with a monstrous off-white head of sea foam that leaves rings of lace on the sides of the pint glass as it fades, solid half-inch of residual head.
Odor: Damn. White grapefruit with a healthy dose of waxy rind, orange and some spice from the hops. Low riding crystal malt aroma melds perfectly with the hops, lending a a rich candied pineapple background scent. A little subdued for style, but what it lacks in intensity, it more than makes up for with variety.
Consistency: High end of light bodied, bordering on medium. Hop oils and low carbonation make for an ultra clean, smooth drinking experience.
Flavor: The aroma is very telling. Mouth full of C-hops, grapefruit. pine orange. Once again, the light honeylike/candied malt gives a sweetish, tropical fruit dimension to the hop flavor. Bitterness is firm, obviously going above and beyond balancing the malt. Finish is clean, hops dominate, leaving a light coating of bitter oily goodness on the tongue.

Man, it's expectional IPA's like this that make me smile. It's a hop bomb alright, it's unbalanced, but the beer isn't dry or sweet to the point of absurdity. Glad this is available in MA and in cans no less! Paired with spicy "all the leftovers fit to simmer turkey stew".

Photo of Sensaray
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/4 inch big bubbled foamy off white head with clear amber body.

Huge fresh hop aromas in this. Citrus and pine are most dominant. Slight sense of a sweetish caramel-y malt. Tropical notes hit here too, i get pineapple.

Hop spice followed by a caramel malt with the citrus finishing big with hops that linger to bitter close.

Very smooth mouthfeel light side of medium. Dry finish.

Delcious beer. Happy with the abundance of hops and the lingering bitter close, that has a hint of sweetness. Lots of taste packed in that can.

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of FrostyWPG
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

A - Surprisingly clear for an IPA. With good helping of white head. Decent retention.

S - Blast of citrus (grapefruit) and pine and grassy hops, in that order. Hops dominate and nothing else really comes out.

T - Again, hops dominate with citrus and pine. Malt character is more detectable here, mostly rich with a bit of caramel.

M - Puckering for sure, with a good and smooth mouthfeel (other than the puckering, haha).

D - Highly drinkable. I've been drinking these for a while.

Photo of timiskin
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hardrock
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of NewGeneric
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Casey10 for hooking me up.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a gold amber color with fluffy off-white head that dissipates very slowly laving patterns of lacing all over the glass. Very clear as well, looks impressive.

S: Big piney hops with a citrus finish. Hints of malt come through, but they're pretty well dominated by the hops.

T: Much more balanced than I was expecting based on smell. Beautiful, luscious hops are complemented by a warming malt backbone. Quite tasty.

M: Very impressive mouthfeel for an IPA. Incredibly smooth, with just enough bite from the hops. Leaves my mouth slightly slick. Gorgeous.

D: I don't think it can improve in this category. Hands down, one of the most drinkable IPAs I've ever had. Thanks again Brian!

Photo of notdriving
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of goalie35
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Wow - seriously pine hops!

Photo of boddhitree
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Central City Brewers: Red Racer IPA, 6.5%. -
no list of ingredients or IBU level on the bottle. This bottle was delivered by a friend who's a flight attendant, directly off the plane. Super!

Appearance: Light orange to amber with hints of brown, all under a snow white foam, which leaves a slight amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Lots and lots of melon, grapefruit, other tropical fruits, your typical C-hops aroma, and some crystal malt sweetness and then, a little alcoholic feel in the nose.

Flavor:
Front: The first flavor is citrus, melon, a decent amount of bitterness, a little tartness and some sweetness behind all that.

Mid: More citrus, melon, grapefruit, and again, a decent bitterness, heavy but not overpowering here. Again, a little tartness but on the side it’s both bitter and a crystal malt sweetness is quite strong, which is good, making it a nice balanced IPA.

Back: Lots more citrus and tropical fruit, and here we can feel a large sweet wave of crystal and pale malts to balance out the bitterness, which actually comes across quite mild. You get a very nice dose of caramel here, more than your average IPA… are they using Münchner malt?

Aftertaste: Bitterness, sweet caramel and tartness with a shot of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, not quite thick enough for my taste, but still not thin and weak. It’s almost süffig.

Overall: For a “West Coast IPA,” very very good, almost great. It’s not Heady Topper or Pliny the Younger, but what is? It’s still a excellent IPA.

I have to say what’s missing for me is healthy shot of caramel from Münchner that I’ve come to like from a few Germany IPAs. A 4.4 from 5.

Photo of bullywee
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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

Many thanks to macmaster761

A: Pours a brilliant clear deep golden color. Fluffy white head that lasts and leaves its mark.

S: Beautiful. Smells like a coniferous forest right after a spring rainshower, which sounds ridiculous...but its true! Also a little bit of spiciness in the aroma.

T: Wow. Spicy, piney hops. Not a lot of malt to back it up. All hops, all day. Juicy citrus...maybe tangerine? Slight malt sweetness in the finish.

M: Prickly carbonation feels appropriate. Slightly creamy. Nice fresh-hop aftertaste that lingers on, but in a pleasant way.

D: High. The only thing stopping me from grabbing another is the fact that I gave my other can to a friend. I could easily have several of these in one sitting.

The strong reviews are accurate. This is a very well done west coast style IPA. Who doesn't love a great beer in a can? This would definitely be a go-to beer for me if it was available in the area. I'll probably seek this out via trade again in the future.

Photo of squaremile
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If this beer was more widely distributed in the US it would be raved about. A true west coast IPA, orange/gold color with disappearing head, great hop bitterness, resinous, fills the mouth with flavor, biting on the sides of the tongue. The nose is just a tad mild for my liking and the drinkablity is excellent. One of the best single IPAs I've ever had.

EDIT: Drink these quickly, the hops seem to fade a bit even after a brief period of time.

Photo of esullivan880
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Schwantz
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JJOVa
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Azurescens
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can canned on 6/28/11 poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 8/17/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with off-white head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, grapefruit in particular with some pine notes and a touch of malt that comes through all the hops.

T: Moderate hop bitterness with citrus, pine and grass hop flavors and some sweet pale malt.

M: Crisp light-moderate body with moderate carbonation and dry finish.

O: Solid IPA, but nothing spectacular. Good drinkability and balance, not overly bitter like many IPAs out there.

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

amber color, quite dark, active medium bubble carbonation activity, offwhite foamhead

smell: strong hop smell, citrus, some herbs

taste: strong hop taste, bitter but very mild and almost fruity,sweet. very good taste well balanced

mouthfeel: full body,round

drinkability is excellent, nice ipa moderate bitterness with attitude and punch

good stuff

Photo of benbou17
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of gdrydenc
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light orange, with about an inch of white head on top. Not a particularly good looking beer, but man, I can smell it from a ways away.

S - Wow, this is a pungent beer. Hops, hops, hops. Citrusy fruits, mainly orange. I can't imagine a better smelling IPA.

T - Slightly less exciting than the smell, but still a very good tasting beer. Pretty much everything from the smell, but slightly muted. A decent malt body at the finish to round it all out and clean the finish.

M - Fairly creamy, well carbonated. The alcohol isn't palatable, which I like. There isn't a lingering bitterness, which is awesome.

Overall, an awesome beer. I love the can-ness of it, and it's a super fruity IPA. Low ABV helps, too. Very well done.

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 931 ratings.