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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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,005
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 190
Gots: 117 | FT: 3
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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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tully's in Wells just started carrying this and the Pale Ale. I liked this IPA a lot, so will definitely be getting the Pale Ale. In a pint glass it was a golden color with a thick wghite head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving some nice lacing. It had a citrus arom, and just a hint of flowers. Grapefruit taste, little bit of resiny pine, with a nice malt background. Not a hop bomb, still on the assertive side. Good Beer. (428 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber color with a thin head that disappears quickly. Doesn't leave much lacing.

S: I smell some floral hops, grapefruit, oranges, and some earthy notes.

T: Floral hops up from and a malty and bitter after taste. Though I should note that the longer it sat the more watery it tasted.

M: Fizzy light carbination.

D: Pretty good tasting and highly drinkable. Hop bitterness hides the ABv's very well.

Probably the best beer I have ever had out of a can. Reminds me of all the popular west coast IPAs. (512 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spotted this one many times, excited to finally try it.

A- Dark orange-amber with a creamy, slightly fizzy head that builds up to a few fingers in size. Good retention and random patterns of spotty lace.

S- Reminds me of the Pale Ale I just had by them. Hops up front, a lot of floral and peach notes. Some sweet light caramel malt in the background. Strength fades.

T- The hops lend a lot more pine than I expected and just a bit of floral, citrus and fruit notes, surprising considering the aroma. Biscuit, caramel and bready notes behind the hops.

DB- A very nice bitterness here, probably my favorite part of the beer. It is bitter but it doesn't feel offensive. Moderate creamy body with high carbonation and a bit of warmth.

MF- A solid IPA with a nice pine-forward hop profile. Nothing out of this world but a solid, balanced pickup for any craft lover, nice mouthfeel. Would probably be even better in the winter. (926 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I got this in Philadelphia and the can reads as "Red Betty."

The beer comes in a dark rich amber, almost ruby color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has grapefruit, a bit of caramel malt, and tons of pine, some spiciness. A very clean hoppiness. Very deep dank pine in there and a bit of alcohol in the end.

The flavor starts of some caramel malt. Then there is just lots of grapefruit, dank pine, huge flavor, lots of lasting bitterness. A hop juiciness that keeps the beer clean and not too cloying bitter. This beer is very in your face with the pine and long bitterness.

I had this next to Bell's Two Hearted and preferred this. This is just a fantastic IPA. It packs tons of flavor and also has a good balance of hops and malt. For pine bombs, like Green Flash West Coast, this is where I think it is at. Just a world class IPA.

I had this blind next to Meadowlark IPA and Ithaca Flower Power. This one out with Flower Power in second. (948 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can (thanks Thorpe429!) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, bright reddish-amber with a moderate column of carbonation leading up to a 3/4" head of fine tan foam; average retention and a good amount of spotty lace. Great looking beer, and just the color I like from an IPA.

S: Fresh hoppy aroma is mainly floral and piney, with just a hint of caramel malt backing it up. Pleasant and straightforward, but not particularly deep or complex.

T: Terrific, zesty explosion of hops up front - hugely floral, with some pine and citrus as well - followed by some pretty dry, almost biscuity malt before the intensely bitter finish. It's breathtaking right up until a bit of astringency creeps in on the aftertaste, but this is a pretty minor quibble. Delicious IPA.

M: The body is a bit on the light side of medium, with soft, moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

D: The overly bitter aftertaste continues to bother me, but this beer is tasty enough to transcend such complaints. I could easily and gladly drink more of these.

Notes: I've been wanting to try this one for a while, and lo and behold Thorpe429 hooked me up with a can as an extra. Unlike the UPS driver who broke the growlers I sent him, this beer did not disappoint. It was fun to try a West Coast IPA that wasn't from CA. Good stuff.

Cheers! (1,313 characters)

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: from the can into a tiny hotel water glass because the Brooklyn snifter (RIP) bit the dust last night in an unfortunate accident, light maple amber in color with an average head, light retention

s: bready caramel body, of modest sweetness under the balancing influence of pale base malts, nice potent hop aroma - mostly dark green pine and sweet citrus, but still in line with the malt profile, tangerine or clementine

m: carbonation on the low end, body on the lighter side of medium

t: caramel structure thinned with pale malts as to not be very thick or sweet, a touch of toasted bread, more sweet citrus, big hops of mostly west coast pine impart a nice sappy bitter to the finish, good stuff

d: a quality ipa, but it's a bit of a mystery as to where the A came from, others note the same good aromas and flavors I've found - but the intensity they found just isn't there for me

saw loads of this up in Canada this month, but picked up this single from OUaV, Richmond (979 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100th review. Poured in to my Red Racer pint glass. This has got to be the best beer logo around!!

Appearance. Pours a clear, almost glowing, deep golden amber with two full fingers of the thickest, dense, sticky looking, off white head that lasts a while and leaves beautiful bands and curtains of lace.

Smell. Huge piney hops with some sweet caramel and light toasted grains backing it up. Some yellow grapefruit and other light citrus notes with a hint of yeast funk.

Taste. Starts with nice caramel and light toasted grains. Grapefruit hops start to kick in and bitterness begins to build. More citrus fruit and pine sap with just a little mango. Finishes grassy, piney and bitter ...lasting, awesome bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium, smooth carbonation. Crisp and clean, alcohol well hidden.

Overall. I love this stuff. I've drank it hundreds of times in cans, pints, and cask pours and it never fails to amaze me. (933 characters)

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

Pours pale hazy amber-gold with a stiff, rocky head that leaves solid creamy sheets. Sinus clearing resin, orange and skunk nose - I'd be hard pressed to know I was sniffing fresh Centennial hops. Lemon sorbet and papaya malts - just enough to balance, the hops are trying to poke through from the start - with dueling pine, grapefruit and pineapple hops. Lingering citrus bitterness. Light to medium, creamy, soft and round, no burn.

Never seen every single angle of the C-hops working so well in the same beer. Brings hefty hops in both flavor and IBUs, yet somehow drinks as light as SNPA.

Reputation deserved - a bit of a wonder in a can. (646 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into Duvel tulip. Thanks to my bubby for thinking of me on his trip to Canada.

A: Pours a clear dark orange with about a finger of off white head that receded into a thin bubbly film that left really good lacing down the glass.
S: Nose is full of citrus hops, dank herbal notes, and some sweet caramel malt.
T: Clean and crisp flavors of herbal and bitter citrus hops. Sweet malt undertones and a touch of exotic fruits tie everything together. Finish is bitter but not outrageous.
M: Medium body, watery mouth with very low carbonation. A touch of chewy viscosity saves it.
D: An above average IPA. Pretty easy to drink, and I wouldn't mind having a few of these now and again. Not something I'd really seek out though. (732 characters)

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

Hazy orange in color, light tan finger of fluffy head adorns, leaving nice little spiderwebs as it goes down.

Smell is very nice, ample bitterness, nice citrus, and a pleasant bouquet of floral, earthy hops. Slight malt undertones lend to the good balance.

Taste is initially citrus sweet, moving sharply to a raw bitter palate. The bitter lingers a bit, turning rather piny and woodsy. Mid way through the slight sweet malts give a breather in between nice hop finishes.

Feel is slightly crisp, with good carbonation levels, a little bit of a velvety finish, upper-light in body as a whole.

Drinkability; exceptional. (624 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, so I've heard some grumbling about this beer and was excited to give it a try. I actually love that it comes in a can.

We are off to a good start here. Pours with a beautiful creamy off white head with excellent retention and structure. Bright orange amber in color with excellent clarity. Clumps of lacing everywhere. On the last pour from the can some dark floaters went into my glass. They slowly made their way to the bottom of the glass. More than just sediment, which usually mixes into the beer and makes it hazy. These were larger and sank.

Aroma is fantastic and fresh. Huge perfume like hop presence. I think I'm getting more pine resin type aromas along with some grapefruit peel. A whiff of alcohol. Almost reminds me more of a DPA vs. a standard.

Wow, excellent IPA. Living up to the comments I heard. Still feels a little more assertive for a 6.5% ABV, but quite nice. Juicy hop explosion. Lots of fruity esters and a bit of cracker malt breadiness. The hop punch is big/fresh and wonderful.

Body is light, but hops make the mouth feel large! Wonderful.

This is a great IPA and just made my regular purchase list. For a hop head this is fantastic. Great IPA! (1,183 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can (canned 4/8/11) poured into a balloon tulip

A: Pours a golden light-copper/bronze, mostly clear. Nearly two fingers of eggshell colored head, foamy. Good lacing.

S: Huge tangerine, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot with plenty of pine, caramel. This nose rivals any IPA and most DIPA.

T: All that tropical fruit is present right on the tip of the tongue with a very clean and balanced pine right behind it. Middle is fairly light base of lightly toasted malt with just a little caramel sweetness, just enough to balance out the bitterness. Finish is citrus and bitter resins. Definitely a hop-forward beer, the malt body is fairly thin and isn't very sweet, allowing the hops to shine.

M: Fairly light body, moderate to slightly high carbonation for the style. Despite the light body, this is extremely resinous, almost to the point of drinking pine sap. It's very crisp and seemingly refreshing, despite all the bitter resins.

O: While I probably prefer a little more body and sweetness, this is one of the most refreshing, yet extremely resinous IPAs I've had, with plenty of tropical fruit to boot. While a little on the pricey side ($11.99 for a 6-pack I believe), it's one of the best IPAs on the market. (1,228 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG this is the best IPA in BC. Bigger and more fragrant than Hophead or Phillips. Incredibly balanced and hoppy as all hell. This is the one I have been waiting for since I started drinking IPAs in BC. Utterly brilliant and also in a can for bonus points (255 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was finally able to get my hands on a 6'er of this. Very much anticipated and definitely managed to meet and exceed my expectations.

A - Slightly foggy golden copper/orange, pouring a thin layer of head with a solid lacing ring.

S - Sweet pine needles and cedar sprigs, with a surprisingly strong citrus finish.

T - Super sweet citrus with a very bitter finish. I was quite surprised by the hop bomb that this can concealed. I had developed some expectations, and they were more than achieved. Lemon citrus, with some noticeable alcohol content, and a gin-like finish. Very delicious balance.

M - Mouthfeel was a bit heavier than I would have expected, but still reasonably light.

D - Very delicious and highly recommended to any IPA fan. At $17.00 per 6-pack it's a little on the pricey side, but well worth it. Very glad to have this in Alberta! (852 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Canned craft from Canada. With the crack of the can, the hops permeate the nose with grapefruit rind, cedar, orange zest, musk, sweet pipe tobacco and some evergreen sap. Clear brassy look going on. Creamy, fluffy medium body pops with a bit of crispness. Hops jump on the taste buds like white on rice, and they are quite aggressive as well, with a high-reaching bitterness and citric rind flavor that gets right to the point. Peach and passionfruit ripeness with some dry toasted maltiness. Bitterness and hop flavor keeps on raking the palate far into the aftertaste. This no-nonsense IPA is hardcore, clean and drinkable. (682 characters)

Photo of deapokid
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from an attractive green can painted to reflect 1950's Americana. An interesting choice of design for a Canadian brewery.

Liquid is calm and lightly carbonated with thin head and almost no lacing. Color is a bright, nearly neon, red with hints of a straw gold.

Scent is of warm hops and tart citrus. Aroma is well balanced between sweeter smells & dryer scents and manages to be quite appealing.

Taste is malty with an almost biscuit-like quality. An amber sweetness is in the forefront and it ends up being a bit sweeter than expected. Unfortunately, the hop strength fades as it warms, which throws off the delicate balance.

This brew is smooth on the tongue and low on the hop scratch meter. It's more of a display of balance than power, most of the time, before it gives way to grapefruit sweetness.

I could see this being the go-to beer for IPA fans who prefer something a hint maltier, and, as a nice alternative to the traditional American IPA, it succeeds. (975 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew for winning a LIF held by indiapaleale. Thanks Russ!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

Clear orange/yellow color with a white head that thinned to a layer and left good streaks of lacing.
Smell is good and hoppy, citrus and pine.
Taste is a blast of citrus hops with plenty of bitterness and subtle malt to balance things out.
Medium bodied with a crisp feel and dry finish.
Easy to drink this tasty American IPA from Canada. (451 characters)

Photo of argock
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at The Wood Restaurant (Canmore, AB).

A: Pleasing light honey-amber (not red) with 1/2-finger of light beige tightly bubbled head with good retention and a shade of intricate lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Big, bright grapefruit, pine resin, dank-musky, fruity, and floral aromas with a light-medium caramel note and clean ester and alcohol free profile. Very fresh aroma all the way around.

T: The aroma profile transfers elegantly to the flavor with a great mix of musky, dankness, pine resin, and graepfruit-passionfruit-pineapple fruitiness in the hopping. The name fools you because this is not a red IPA - it is a full blooded West Coast American IPA with a clean, slightly bready maltiness that provides a slight grainy edge which really works with the heavyweight hopping. Clean with no yeast or alcohol character -- really a well-formulated and crafted brew.

M: Clean and dry with light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable -- could have easily had 2-3 imperial pints of this brew.

O: I was really glad to have the chance to have this brew -- I had not read about it at all, but if I had I would have sought it out. I feel fortunate at it is a pure pleasure to drink with big hoppy aroma and flavor laid down on a superb malt backbone -- a bit of flavor but mostly a supporting structure for some fresh hopping, some of the freshest I have had, with a dry finish. It reminds me a lot of a Pliny Jr. to be honest. Really an exceptional beer. (1,508 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a good sized fluffy white head. Fades slowly with great retention but the lacing is so-so.

S: Wonderfully sharp tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple and mango mixes with a nice grapefruit. Very nice sweet caramel malt helps balance it out.

T: Tastes follow the nose. Tropical fruit up front with the pineapple and mango primarily. Maybe a hint of tangerine? There is some bitter grapefruit and maybe just a hint of pine. Mild caramel malt helps balance a bit but overall it's quite hop-forward and bitter. Quite drying in the aftertaste with a bit of pine and resin.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a little drying.

O: A very nice IPA that I had never even heard of before until I stumbled upon it by accident. Great hop variety, sharp bitterness and some caramel to smooth it all out. (809 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can on 3/5/10.

A - Emerged from the aluminum as a clear amber/orange body with almost two fingers of frothy beige foam that retained quite well and yielded thick swatches of lacing.

S - A pungent hop bouquet of pine and citrus with hints of herbal notes happliy coexists with a sweet caramel malt foundation to create a wonderfully aromatic IPA nose.

T - Lots of hops in here with primarily citrus and piney attributes, but also herbal and perfumy notes as well. The caramel malt backbone provides a sweet balance to the fairly aggressive hop character. The citrus presence really becomes more apparent as the liquid warmed up a bit. Finishes with a moderate hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with a slick, oily texture and lively carbonation, resulting in a pretty crisp mouthfeel. Finishes with lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - IPA from a can. Why aren't there more of them around? Them Canucks can make a good IPA, eh? (934 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

pours cloudy copper orange with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smell is strong like a dipa - salty grapefruit pine hop resin

taste is much lighter then you would think from the nose - good balance of grapefruit and sweet malt but with plenty of bitterness

mouthfeel - i do not know if was the can but the beer is almost flat

drinkability - great nose good flavors outweighs the beer being flat (404 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this one last week on a business trip to Maine and what a find this one was!

A - Pours a deep golden amber with mild carbonation and a massive three finger head.

S - The aroma of this beer is absolutely heavenly. It's saturated with pungent amounts of grapefruit, oily hops, and pine. Has some traces of pepper inthe aroma but the sweet oily hops dominate.

T - Taste is not as agressive as the aroma may suggest. Has a mild malt bisquit character that lies quiet in the background. The citrus flavoring is pretty even throughout the sip. Starts out with sweet citrus and evolves into a bitter, peppery grapefruit finish that is very dry.

M - Very smooth, medium bodied, and leaves a citrus grapefruitaftertaste in the mouth that lingers for a very long time.

D - I think I just found my most favorite IPA in a can. Incredibly drinkable with a lower ABV and I could drink several of these. It tastes good, but I really enjoy the hoppy aroma. (951 characters)

Photo of kwjd
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich copper colour with great head and lacing down the glass. The glass is just coated with lacing. Smell is a blast of piney hops, with some citrus coming through. Taste is just a hop blast of juicy hops and pine oil resin, but it has caramel malt backbone in there too. Carbonation is spot on. I bought 48 of these through a private order to Ontario and I am going to have no issue finishing these off.

This isn't just the best Canadian single IPA I've had, it may be the best one I've had period. (508 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before Feb 13, 2012.

Pours a nice amber/coper colour, with a thick, frothy off-white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is full of hops. Citrus, pine and cedar- a rather woodsy scent. Clearly an IPA as soon as the can is cracked- the smell was striking from the outset. Actually, I found the smell to be extremely noticeable at first, and less so afterward. which is unusual for me.

Taste is great- a very good American IPA. Pine, grapefruit and orange; an ever-present bitterness that is just right. A bit of a malty backbone with a hint of caramel. Bitter aftertaste lasts for a long while.

Mouthfeel is good- moderate to high carbonation, medium bodied. A bit of an oily feel.

A really good IPA. I can see why this stuff sold out of the LCBO so quickly. I hope we can start seeing it here more regularly- could easily become a staple for me! (849 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra, but I can't remember from who. Anywho, thank you unknown BAer. Poured from can into my Goose Island pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark copper/orange with a couple fingers-worth of white frothy head. There's a good amount of lacing along the sides as the head dies down and a nice thin cap at the top. A really solid-looking IPA.

S - A nice crisp hoppy/floral aroma, slight malt, grapefruit. Very straightforward but then again, right on target for me.

T - I can tell this isn't super fresh, but it's still very good. Not quite as much hoppy/citrus notes as I expected, good floral notes, more malts on the palate compared to the nose. Slightly bitter finish but predominantly malts.

M - Light, clean & crisp, good carbonation with an oily finish.

D - A very solid IPA and I would love to have another chance at when super-fresh. That said, I enjoyed it very much! (894 characters)

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.