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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

855 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 162
Gots: 54 | 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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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-08-2013 03:48:32 | More by BillRoth
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mlefebvre7

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-06-2013 22:49:32 | More by mlefebvre7
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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

Serving type: can

12-06-2013 20:33:58 | More by MDDMD
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markgoodman10

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-01-2013 04:27:45 | More by markgoodman10
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: can

11-27-2013 15:01:33 | More by DenisKolkin
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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morningthief

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

11-18-2013 18:17:39 | More by morningthief
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mremoquillo

Manitoba (Canada)

5/5  rDev +17.6%

11-18-2013 03:36:04 | More by mremoquillo
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jtransel

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-15-2013 02:43:07 | More by jtransel
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass it exhibits a nice white head that fades after a few minutes leaving patches of floating foam, clear light amber beneath. Fresh and flowery nose filled with hoppy aromas then light malt is noticed. Light bodied but with assertive spicy hop bitters right off the bat then light yeasty fruitiness then the malt is tasted. It's a long and bitter finish, delicious and easy drinking thanks to the lightness of body. One of the better IPA's I've had in some time.

Serving type: can

11-15-2013 02:42:30 | More by beerluvr
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deNevers

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-13-2013 05:43:34 | More by deNevers
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-12-2013 19:19:31 | More by jwps214
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djoprahwinfrey

Manitoba (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - glowing copper pour, 2 fingers of thick fluffy head which recedes leaving good lace coverage throughout

S - lots of pine and grapefruit, mango, some mild malts. very pleasant

T - excellent. tons of hops and fresh pine, grapefruit and mango, a bitterness throughout with a lingering aftertaste

M - medium carbonation, creamy and smooth. very easy to drink

O - A potent and delicious IPA. This has quickly become one of my favorites and i highly recommend trying this.

Serving type: can

11-09-2013 09:49:24 | More by djoprahwinfrey
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

11-09-2013 02:56:26 | More by Brushkanna
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-07-2013 03:31:50 | More by mattsander
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baklo

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-05-2013 00:29:28 | More by baklo
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Hoptron_3000

Australia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-04-2013 22:27:22 | More by Hoptron_3000
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Remdog

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-02-2013 23:51:24 | More by Remdog
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-26-2013 06:40:50 | More by Erik-P
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MJ63

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-26-2013 00:55:19 | More by MJ63
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petermethot

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-21-2013 23:32:17 | More by petermethot
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-13-2013 03:06:46 | More by ZachT
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I will qualify this review by saying that I have searched for this one for a while, as it has a stirling reputation but is not always easy to find in Alberta. I found a six-pack at a Superstore liquor outlet of all places. Maybe a holy grail type mindset will bias this review, but regardless here goes. Pours a really nice burnished orange-amber color, with the copper liquid giving way to epic quantities of pale foam if you are patient and avoid a sissy pour down the sides, and I recommend this as the aroma is something to behold. Strong grapefruit and mango meld with brown sugar and pepper, and a taste echoes these elements and then some. I get these aromas on the palate, along with a musky tropical note like guava, a bittersweet component that recalls licorice, orange breakfast crystals, and a dank weediness like so-called BC bud. An amazing amount of flower shop perfume. Add some camphor and pine elements (catty?) and a bit of a musty currant vibe and you get a pretty amazing complexity that renders this beer's accolades just. The finish is classic bitterness but not hop bomb rank ... I enjoy the latter approach in imperial IPAs but here see the refined finish as a positive. The bitter builds a bit as you go but does plateau and the sweetness of the malts remains firmly by its side. A nigh perfectly balanced treat that strikes English malt and American hop notes simultaneously, without causing the Revolutionary War. They brew this in Surrey? I suppose the holy grail is going to be found in the remote inhospitable jungle, not on an idyllic beach.
Edit: I am happy with this review but figured I'd mention that this one is getting easier to find. Rejoice!

Serving type: can

10-08-2013 02:35:11 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Finatic

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-07-2013 22:26:26 | More by Finatic
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maplesyrup76

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +17.6%

10-07-2013 00:24:49 | More by maplesyrup76
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.