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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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 177
Gots: 114 | 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 Gatch
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy, golden-yellow with shades of copper. Huge, pillowy, foamy head that settles into small piles of thick foam. Very sticky lace. With a quick swirl, the head shoots back up into a few inches of fluffy bubbles. Good head retention. One if the finest looks for a beer I've ever seen.

S - Very piney with hints of mango as well as grapefruit and other citrus. Everything an IPA should smell like.

T - Tons of delicious fruit up front. Refreshing. Mango comes to mind as does grapefruit. All finished with pine and cedar flavors. Perfect bitterness and the right amount of complementary malt in the finish to keep the hops as the star.

M - Extremely enjoyable to drink. Not overly bitter with the right amount of dryness and carbonation. Actually, thirst quenching.

A fantastic West Coast IPA!

Photo of LtCracker20
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
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 CrazyMike
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber brown appearance with lots of brownish head that slowly settles down leaving good retention. Smell has a strong hint of hops along with citrus, fruit and caramel.

Taste is mainly powerful hops, with a strong hint of citrus and various fruit such as mango's and grapefruit, kind of tropical. It has a hint of bread as well.

Although the taste is heavily shifted towards hops, it is clean and the other tastes blend well together, barely taste the alcohol. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Aftertaste is a very bitter hop taste.

If you like hops, this is the beer for you. One of the best IPA's I've tried despite and worth the large price tag (cost $18 in Calgary).

Photo of muletrane
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can (J1211 code on bottom of can) into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber colour. 2 fingers of frothy off white head and lots of lacing. Great looking beer!

S: Caramel malts in the forefront with some piney hops on the back end.

T: Nice balance between malts and hops. The caramel maltiness and the piney hop flavor work well together here. Not a real hoppy IPA here. Just a nice smooth well balanced beer. Nice lingering bitterness here as well.

M: Moderate to slightly thin body. Carbonation is fairly light. Smooth feel all around.

Overall this a nice IPA. A little pricey at $15.99 a sixer but still a nice beer overall. Well balanced and very drinkable.

Photo of fostachild
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a fairly clear, yellow/orange amber colour. almost an inch of foamy head. nice lacing as well.

smell was super hoppy - tons of grapefruit/citrus up front. also fruity, bitter - really nice and interesting.

taste was citrusy/hoppy with bready malts, and nice bitter aftertaste. good balance and drinkability. overall was pretty tasty - definitely met my expectations of a good ipa.

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

even more thanks for DaftCaskBC for another canadian ipa!

a - cracked the can and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. brew poured a transparent soft orange with a generouse frothy ipa head. slow carbonation swam to the surface. as the head faded, chunky milkshake like lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

s - soft and subtle, but a sweet fruity citric kick. not sweaty. more candy. more orange peel than piny. nice, but i'm more of a sticky sweaty piny hop smell fan.

t - rather interesting and unique. on the sweet and candy side of the ipa universe. not piny or sweaty at all. finishes a bit bitter.

m - heavy carbonation. bitter tingles. coats the mouth.

o - overall a nice ipa, but on the sweeter side of the spectrum which for me is enjoyable, but not the top of the heap. good solid beer, worth seeking out...if it was local, i'd definitely have this in the rotation, but not something i'll be actively seeking out regularly in the trade market. glad i tried it.

Photo of dc55110
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received courtesy of slentz!
Can with a date code of F0711, which I think is June 7th, 2011.

Pours a cloudy golden with slight orange-ish hue to it. A vigorous pour yields a solid inch plus of pillowy white head, a small amount lacing is left behind.

I'm greeted by a the familiar aromas of pine and citrus... but there is something else there behind the hops but in front of the hint of sweet malty-ness is an off smell... I cannot place it, somewhere between medicinal and cleaning supplies. I still enjoy the aroma, but this unknown element has thrown me for a loop.

A burst of piney resin! Somehow it is full of piney hops but isn't all that bitter. After the deluge of pine, a bit of citrus makes a brief cameo followed by a uncredited role by a slightly sweet malty-ness.

Surprisingly the hops don't destroy your tongue, it is very smooth for a such a hop forward IPA. The carbonation is good, slightly low, but not enough to be detracting.

A very good IPA. Nothing amazing, just a well balanced "west coast" style IPA from the Canuck land.

Photo of slentz
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can to tulip at about 50 degrees. No can date on this one but this is from a fresh batch as it just hit shelves.

Woah I cracked the can and the beer came billowing out the top all over my table...wtf!

A: Finally after it subsided was able to get a nice easy pour down the center of the glass that created a finger and half of very nice head. Looks like this will have some really nice lacing. This beer is a nice apricot color, very murky when held to light. 4.0

S: Smell is of really nice fresh hops tons of citrus and a bit of pine with a touch of alcohol. A nice nose on this beer. 4.0

T: Taste is somewhat muted and not what I had expected from the wonderful nose. Hops are definitely there but something is lacking. Getting somewhat of an underlying green tea flavor. This is definitely enjoyable but doesn't keep up with the best of the best IPA's 4.0

M: Mouthfeel is ok, definitely lacking a bit, somewhat under carbonated which is surprising considering it pretty much exploded upon opening. I suppose the carbonation left the beer at that point. Missing that oily hop presence as well. 3.0

O: Overall this is not a bad IPA however the mouthfeel and light carbonation could be improved. Still a 4.0 overall.

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

12 oz. can poured into Duvel tulip glass. Packaged on June 23, 2011. Brought back from visit to Boston (purchased at Boston Wine Exchange) in August.

A: Cloudy amber, expansive off-white head that drops very slowly and leaves very sparse lacing.

S: Sharp, clean, distinct grapefruit/tangerine; other lime-like citrus.

T: Fresh grapefruit, followed by pine and gradually growing bitterness; very balanced, w/o perceptible alcohol.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation; very rich & creamy; neutral, though bitter finish.

O: This is a terrific IPA, even at 5 months old. Delicious.

Photo of NightINgale
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml can.

A - Copper body, with a nice fluffy beige head. Good head retention and some lacing. Nice.

S - The moment I smelled the beer, I thought "Passion fruit!" Indeed, this beer gives out a very tropical fruit like smell, with hints of citrus and caramel. Very appealing!

T - Wow, this is pretty hardcore! It kicks off with a solid citrus hop punch, which then transforms into a more tropical taste, with hints of passion fruit, mango and peach. Some bready toasted malts in the background. Fairly sweet. Lots of hop oil characteristics, some light astringency. Interestingly enough, the hoppiness is so intense that it lingers on up until the after-taste, in both flavour and bitterness.

M - Medium body and medium level of carbonation. That being sad, this is no ordinary IPA. It's super bitter, fairly dry and if you're not used to high IBU's you might even find this a bit challenging to drink. However, if you are a hop-head, I'm certain you'll enjoy it!

O - I'm really glad to finally try this beer. Another great IPA to come out of Canada. Definitely not a beer for everyone and, perhaps, not a session beer, BUT this is still amazing; the depth of its hoppiness makes up for everything else.

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

Poured from a 355ml can into a nonic.

Thanks to my boss for bringing this back from BC for me - I haven't had it since Mondial earlier this year. I love this beer enough to use it for my first review...

A beautiful frothy head sits atop the clear coppery liquid. Everlasting lace runs down the glass as I delve into the pint. Fine beads of carbonation escape rapidly as I admire its presentation.

The aroma is racy, alright - quite strong and seductive to a hophead. Grapefruit is predominant but tropical fruit notes consistently waft from the glass. There is plenty of pineapple and mango here, sweet aromas with a trace of pungency and a light pine element. It's hard not to enjoy this...

Grapefruit carries the day from a tasting perspective. Juicy hop fruitiness is the primary flavour and a clean yet pithy bitterness follows in the finish. Exceptionally balanced for the style. Hops are the focus but there is so much more to savour. There is a very slight hint of sweet caramel malt , but it is well integrated and plays second fiddle to a dry breadiness. This is incredibly full flavoured and it's very hard for me to not drain the glass immediately; it tastes that pleasant.

Weighing in at 6.5% ABV and laced with hops, there's no doubt that this may be full bodied for some. As an individual who enjoys strong ales, however, I found this to be quite sessionable. The mouthfeel was right up my alley - not too slick, not too watery, and the alcohol is completely imperceptible. Its certainly luscious, though.

Hands down, this is the best Canadian IPA I've ever had. I've tried Stone, DFH 60 Minute, Sculpin et cetera and it is certainly in the same league as those venerable beers. My inclination is to give it a perfect score, but since I have no access to American micros to calibrate my tastebuds for this style I'll be slightly more restrained and conservative in my grading.

Congratulations to Central City for crafting such a fine beer - Red Racer IPA would be my everyday choice if it was ever available in Newfoundland.

Photo of rudzud
3.41/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken while trying to figure out beer pairs for a beer dinner co-hosted with jlindros.

A - Poured into a tulip a slightly hazy orange colour with a silky one finger head that leaves a creamy blanket and nice modest side lacing.

S - Very light hop aromas, very subtle. The pine and grapefruit are there, but very light.

T - This is a bit rough. The can was clearly past its prime. The hops are there (pine and citrus) but its clearly older and drasticly faded.

M - Mouthfeel was still nice, its a creamier mouthfeel. Not too sharp, but bitter.

O - Overall, this clearly at one point was a good beer, unfortunately it just wasnt by the time it got to my lips. Would give it another try though.

Photo of timtwoface
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was my first love when it comes to IPAs, and it still is to this day. It will always hold a special place in my beer-drinking heart, and if you find some Red Racer IPA and are wondering if you should try it, DO IT - you will not be disappointed.

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 thehyperduck
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355 mL can picked up at the LCBO. Wow, even just cracking open the can gives me a solid whiff of what to expect... and considering how dulled my sense of smell is from smoking, that's an impressive achievement.

Pours a light orange-amber colour, topped with more than two fingers of fluffy, uneven off-white head that takes its sweet time before fading away to a soapy cap. Webs of lacing stick to the side of the glass. As I noted above, this stuff has an amazing aroma - juicy grapefruit, orange rind and mango are dominant, along with some floral notes. Very hard to detect much malt character underneath the wallop of hops, but what is there is vaguely sweet/caramel-like.

The flavour follows the nose for the most part - tons of juicy fruit notes... grapefruit is the most prominent but I am also reminded of oranges, pineapple, mango and pine sap. A backbone of doughy, biscuity caramel malts buried underneath the hops provides good balance, but rest assured this is still a hoppy, bitter brew. Some grapefruit rind bitterness and pine resin lingers in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied (leaning toward the light side), with middling carbonation levels to provide a good bite. High drinkability - I'm sure you could throw this back quickly, but why would you want to waste all that flavour?

The best Canadian-made American-style IPA I have ever had - this one has definitely earned its reputation. If it were easier to find in these parts, I would likely choose this over Mad Tom - and that is not meant as a knock against Mad Tom (which I consider very good) - Red Racer is just that awesome. This one is definitely worth a try.

[Updated Jan. 5 2014]

Another single can picked up at the LCBO, this time compared side-by-side with Boneshaker, Mad Tom and Baldwin Fisheye PA. This one has seen increasingly wide distribution over the past year or so, but I must admit I haven't returned to it as often as I'd like to. It's still the best Canadian-made IPA I've tried so far (comfortably beating out the three aforementioned IPAs), with more citrus and pine resin flavour than you can shake a stick at. If you don't like this, then either IPAs are not your thing or your tastebuds are not working properly.

Final Grade: 4.50, an excellent A grade.

Photo of Mit
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-pours a nice orangy amber with a nice head.

s-Piney...citrus notes...very slight maltiness.

t-Dominated by hops...almost no malts coming through. The smell promises more sweetness than what is delivered.

m-thicker...in keeping with a 6.5 abv

o-great beer...I love it and will def go back to get more.

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

Picked up a single can from Abe's Cold Beer, but I clearly should have bought more. Now I enjoy Dale's Pale Ale. It's a great IPA, and a wonderful canned beer. However, I find it a little thick at times.

Red Racer IPA, however, packs all the tongue-biting, mouth-watering hop characters of a beer like Dale's, but lightens the mouthfeel just enough to let me enough a few more cans.

Fruity and floral upfront, I was expecting a juicier IPA, like what Avery serves up. But after a quick sip, the pineapple quickly turned to a harsh (but balanced) pine and grapefruit rind from the other end of the hops spectrum.

I'm not easily impressed by IPAs, but this is a damn good example of the style. Thank you Canada.

Photo of Stocean1
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Walked into the LCBO tonight and there was a full case sitting where some other shite usually sits. Grabbed an armful for fear it was a mirage and ran home and put one in the freezer and the rest in my beer fridge. Poured a one finger white head upon a beautiful orange amber body, lots of great lacing. The smell bursts out of the can, orange rind, grapefruit, pine resin. The taste follows the nose with a nice malt backbone balancing out the hops explosion. Mango and papaya notes. Medium bodied with some carbonation. Bitter but not overly so. Smooth and very sessionable even at 6.4%. Spectacular.

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

500th review! Thanks to all on BA for being such a great community in which to explore beer. Reviewing and learning about brewing has turned it from a personal interest into a life long passion. Cheers!

Definitely a brew I've been meaning to try - Volo has had it in cans for a while now, but it's coming to LCBO shelves soon. Top 3 in Canada - worth cracking open for number 500!

Poured into a tulip. Bright marmalade orange in colour, with a big fluffy head possessing spectacular retention. Great circlets of lace cover the sides of the glass. Terrific looking stuff.

Nose is sweet, malty, and with a delightful citrus and tropical hop kick. Peach, orange, grapefruit, mango.

Opens with caramel and tropical fruit, with mango, orange and peach, before the hops clean things up with a crisp bitterness accentuated with notes of tobacco and smoke. Hop bitterness lingers for a touch after each sip. While not a true hop bomb, Central City has opted for balance and diversity of flavor, and the result has paid off nicely.

Medum bodied, touch of creaminess, assertive carbonation bite.

Definitely a top class IPA, and well-worth the hype. This is exactly the kind of IPA I like - though it most definitely provides that essential stiff hoppy jolt, it paints the rest of its picture with many different colours, making for a diverse and enjoyable sipper. Or I could slam several of them in a row straight out the can. Both options are there, which is something I really prize in a brew. Great stuff, and I couldn't be happier with the choice for a milestone review!

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

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy deep yellow almost orange color with a huge pillowy white head. Smell is full of citrus fruits and floral. Some malts and hops are also there. Taste is sweet and delicious. Fruits, candy and hops are dominant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very well balanced. Overall this is amazing. Great sessionable IPA.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2.25 can from Abe's.

Extremely hazy orange body, topped by four fingers plus of rocky white foam.

Inviting aroma heavy with oranges, backed with grapefruit and apricots.

Big dollop of caramel coats the tongue. Then it all drops away for a second, before juicy citrus arrives everywhere in the mouth. Bitter bite at the swallow that then dominates the aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel, not watery, but not as firm as most ipas.

Overall, an enjoyable IPA well worth trying.

Photo of Retail1LO
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Thanks to silentjay who sent this as an extra.

Pours a beautiful hazy, translucent, cloudy sea of orangish-gold beer with a two-finger head that sticks around for a bit before receding down the sides of the glass, leaving some sticky lacing behind. Very complex nose that boasts the hops, citrus, and maltiness all at once. You can pick out all the scents so distinctly. Very hoppy, yet bitter and malt-forward taste. The way the citrus fades quickly into the malt profile is very interesting and different. This has a bit of lingering staying power as the bitterness hangs out on the back of your tongue for a good long while. Takes a swallow with an empty mouth to completely expunge the taste. Overall, this is a very pleasant surprise indeed. Great job by the folks north of the boarder.

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

Pours a lovely bright, hazy orange amber with a finely bubble light orange head that shows beautiful retention and leaves thick lace. Lovely aroma of perfumey fruit (blood oranges, passionfruit) and pine. Juicy hoppy palate, loads of citrus rind and a minty eucalyptus herbal finish. so flavourful and drinkable. Absolutely outstanding for the hop complexity and sheer drinkability.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tanger. Can poured into my Stone IPA glass. It pours a hazy golden caramel color with a 2 finger frothy head that lasts quite awhile. Contrary to what most reviews picked up on the nose I smelled mostly floral,grass and pine hops with a follow of citrus. The tast pretty much follows suite but reverses roles, tart grapefruit, floral notes, and pine. The mouthfeel is there its got a medium body to it with good carbonation and a hope bite that lasts. This is a very good IPA and I believe my first Canada brewed craft beer, I enjoyed it very much.

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tumbler.

Out of the can, a foamy three finger large bubbled head is made, off white on appearance. Body color is clear pale amber and some solid rising carbonation, clear but slightly cloudy.

Nose is a good mix of citrus mild grapefruit, slightly mushy. Sense of wetness and clean.

A mix of English and American feel for hop potential. Mild grapefrut and light malt with a juicy booming texture. It is a little resin feel on the palate and teeth after the swallow. Tolerable and tight in feel almost, with a lingering hop bitter with mild astringency.

This is a real solid ipa while not looking that spectacular. I could have this often and wish I could find it where I live. Well done Canada well frikkin DONE!

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.