Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing
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4.64/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
01-02-2014 03:18:06 | More by dar482
3.86/5 rDev -9.4%
A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing
S-citrus, tropical fruit, malt, pine, hint of floral
T-bready malt, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, pine, light herbal and mild to moderate bitterness in the finish
F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp
O-decent IPA, but not as much forward hop flavor as I prefer
12-06-2013 20:33:58 | More by MDDMD
4.24/5 rDev -0.5%
Picked up a pair of 341 ml cans from an LCBO I'd never been in for $2.45CDN. Was aware that this was considered a very good beer, but didn't realize how good until recently.
Appearance - Clear copper orange color head with a last finger of white head. Tons of effervescent bubbles.
Smell - Quite piney and earthy with some substantial lemon undertones. I can tell that this will be hoppy, and quite astringent just from the smell.
Mouthfeel - Piney, but has a malty sweetness that I find lacking from all but the best in this style. This shows up in the middle of the sip. Also and earthy taste and obviously quite bitter. The sweet undercurrent lingers and contrasts nicely with the bitterness. Surprisingly the hops are not overdone here, illustrating technique and control, so whilst providing a great hoppy IPA, there is great balance too.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich, high carbonation, palate scrubbing.
Overall - Definitely worth trying, and one of the best IPA's I've ever had. While I enjoy IPA's it's not my favorite style, but really appreciated the complexity and balance in this one. A must try.
11-27-2013 15:01:33 | More by DenisKolkin
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.