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: 1,006
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 190
Gots: 119 | 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 DrJay
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear with a light amber body and a thick white cap of rocky and fine bubbles. Sticky foam coated the top of the glass and lacing was left behind as the beer disappeared into my belly. Sharp citrus aroma, bright grapefruit and a bit of pine resin. Notes of tropical fruit appeared as it warmed a bit. Same in the flavour, along with some biscuit and caramel sweetness, some floral character, and solid bitterness that lingered long into the finish along with a bit of citrus/spicy hoppiness. Creamy carbonation, medium bodied with a bit of dryness, nice texture overall. This is a solid IPA and one that I really enjoyed. (629 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to Jlindros for sending this along as an extra in a trade!

Comes in a rather cheeky green can adorned with hops and sporting a fetching redhead astride an old school bike that immediately makes me forget about Fat Tire. There's a red maple leaf on the can, an advertised 6.5% abv, and an illegible born on date on the bottom. Nice packaging overall.

A. This foams out of the can (???!) when I crack it, necessitating a hasty pour into my trusty Sam Adams glass. This can was refrigerated upright for days prior, so I'm not sure what this is about, but eventually I get it in the glass and it pushes up a crackling, big-bubbled 3 finger tall head that dies fast, leaving behind a clear, still, light copper ale. I resist the urge to make a joke about feisty redheads that lose interest fast, and move on.

S. Mmm, hops. Wonderful nose here, big (but not too big) citrus hop aroma expertly balanced with interesting and adequate malt. Picking up grapefruit, pine resin, semi-sweet malt and some sweetness. Hard to pin down, but rest assured this is Good Stuff. This is what real IPAs should smell like.

T. Surprisingly good! I can't recall any Canadian beers that were this hop-forward, but this is a winner all the way. As per the nose, a fine blend of sweet roasted malt and big, bold citrus hops works quite well together. Dangerously drinkable - I'm down to 2 inches left in my glass and I'm only half-way through this review!

M / D. Not much to say here - medium body, slightly low carbonation -- odd, considering how foamy this was at first - and boasts a fantastic finish, all low sweetness and wonderful, succulent citrus hops that are neither too bitter or astringent but rather fade away softly, leaving you wanting more. Grand stuff.

Red Racer was a real surprise from a brewery I knew nothing about. This can easily stand up to some of the the "classics" of the style, ie, SN Torpedo, Stone IPA, etc. British Columbia should be proud to have such a good IPA at their disposal, and I frankly would like a lot more of this. The best IPA in a can I've had? Maybe so.... (2,090 characters)

Photo of pugdogbeer
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red Racer IPA from Central City in Surrey, BC, is one my all-time favourites.

Appearance is a slightly-hazy orange-hinted colour typical of American-style IPAs. Lots of lace around the glass when poured.

But it is the first drink and sniff that gives the game aware. Fistful of citrus, grapefruit taste and smell.

The taste is big, robust mouthful of hops. Not a sipping beer. Very smooth tasting with a long, lingering aftertaste of hops.

Red Racer IPA deservedly was quoted Beer of the Year in BC by local CAMRA for the last two years. (542 characters)

Photo of oregonskibum
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a burnt orange with hints of amber. Poured with a one inch off-white head. Splotch lacing.

S: Oh, smells those hops. Nice piney, green hops up front with some citrus hops mixed in as well. There's a caramal, malty backbone present. But the smell is definitely all about the hops.

T: Picking up a lot more tropical notes on the taste than in the smell. Pineapple and mango mixed in with the citrus hops. Piney, green flavors really take a back seat. Caramal malts and some bready flavors come in mid taste and stay through the finish. The finish is bitter, but not overly so. Slightly on the chewy side. I think the finish is the one area where I would mark this beer done.

M: Medium body and medium to medium-low carbonation. Generally in style. A little chewy on the finish.

D: For a Canadian IPA, this is solid. Generally anticipate Canadian IPAs to really hold back on teh hops and taste more like a pale, but this one really surprises. If this was readily available (and a little more affordable by US standards), it would be a regular. (1,100 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

a - Pours a reddish amber color with two inches of white head that has great retention. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and carmamel and bready malts. A nice combination.

t - Tastes of citrus and herbal hops, as well as smooth caramel malts. Almost feel like it has a bit of tea taste to it thanks to the herbal hops. Again, a nice combination.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

d - This was a very enojoyable IPA that is very easy to drink. A nice citrus hop and malt combination and would love to have again. (604 characters)

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to indiapaleale for this beer that I won in a NCAA pool.

Poured from the can to a pint glass. Has a nice head which settles quick. Good lacing on the glass. Smell and taste are a mix of pine & citrus hops. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is drinkable hop bomb. A very, very good IPA which is worth seeking out. I would love to try this on draft. (348 characters)

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

Poured from a can into a pint glass. The beer pours a vibrant orange with a copper center. There is a sticky bubbly two finger head that fades to a tight cap, leaving sheets of sticky lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is outstanding. Citrus, oranges, mangos, grapefruit and lemon zest. Along with all the citrus there is a decent amount of pine. There is just a hint of caramel and sugared candy in the background.

The taste is not as defined, or pronounced as the smell, but still good. The citrus notes are first and foremost, mango, pineapple, oranges and lemon zest. The piney bitterness plays second fiddle, and all the hops are nicely balanced by caramel malts.

The beer is well carbonated, well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a great session IPA, something I will enjoy for sure in the summer months. (840 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a shimmering orange copper hue with two fingers of sticky white head that retains wonderfully and leaves sheets of lace.

Holy citrus! Strong and syrupy notes of grapefruit, pineapple, light mango and melon, pine resin and herbal hops with a zesty orange twist. Fantastic.

The sweet notes of melon and mango become more pronounced in the taste and mesh beautifully the clean star ruby grapfruit. Piney resin and herbal hops play as more of a backbone while all the sweet stuff goes on and is paired towards the end with a crusty bread finish.

Perfectly balanced, medium bodied, smooth, crisp, lightly creamy, and refreshing. I can't ask for anything more. Tooo easy to drink.

Overall, the best IPA I have had to date, and proud to have it be coming from Canada. Thank god for Premier Wines and Spirits down here in Halifax for carrying such a great selection. I paired this with some Italian gorgonzola and it went great. If you're into IPA's, it's not an option to pass this up. (988 characters)

Photo of BeckyFreesTibet
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An impressive showing from a brewery with which I was unfamiliar.

Pours amber with peachy tones. Several fingers of frothy, bright white head and heavy, lingering lacing that literally coats the sides of the glass.

The aroma is everything an IPA should be. Very fruity with both citrus and tropical fruit present. Also a beautiful, floral, hoppy aroma.

The taste is mildly hoppy all the way. There is a notable amount of spice, especially pepper, tropical fruits, peach, and citrus at the end. It is never too bitter, but the taste is definitely more punchy than the smell.

Mouthfeel is incredibly full and consistent. Light, sparkly carbonation. Goes down like ice water on a hot day. (689 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to el meatwado for this fine canned IPA...

Poured into a 12 oz. fluted tulip, Red Racer had a compact cap of foam that settled and left a distinct solid ring of lacing inside the rim. Deep dried apricot color, fairly opaque, with what appears to be tiny hop pellets that have sunk to the bottom (???). On closer inspection, it seems to be yeast fragments from the ring that was agitated from the can. Looks almost like something that came from a mouse... 8:(

Candied apricots and caramel flavors, leafy herbal bitterness, and a spicy, floral nose. Lemon and grapefruit peel. Fairly sweet in the middle and it dries a little bit in the spicy finish. Still pretty fresh and kickin'. Body is light and it's dangerously drinkable. Once I got past the whole wierd yeast sediment it was great. Thanks again meatwad. (818 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a translucent copper with a frothy, 2.5 inch cream-colored head. Head that eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with delicate strands of lacing and excellent adherence. Nose reveals characteristics of both grapefruit and herbal hops. Taste consistent with nose - not a lot of complexity, but perfect balance; just the merest suggestion of bittering lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation and a slightly oil quality across the tongue. Great IPA - drinks easy and is very satisfying. I also really dig the logo. (599 characters)

Photo of muttyd
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Bronze/orange pour with a thick foamy white head. Head settles to about a 1 inch thick head/ring.

S - Huge pine/earthy aroma mixed with sweet caramel/bready malts.

T - Follows the nose, as expected. Huge hop bite. Finishes with a slight astringency. Caramel malts balance out the piney hops, just perfectly.

M - Bubbly, chewy, and finishes very bitter.

D - Glad this one comes in a six pack. Very complex and full bodied, but still extremely drinkable. (460 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ShogoKawada for helping me tick this one off - it has been on my wants for a long time.

Lovely, clear, Princeton orange body with a hefty ivory froth which slowly recedes to lightly-whipped egg whites. A thin wallpaper of lacing decorates the sides in an even pattern.

Strong hop aroma, packed with seemingly the entire citrus family. Light malt, a little pink peppercorn, and a light herbal note as well. Surpassed my expectations.

More malt on the palate, a touch of caramel, pursued by a heady wave of grapefruit and orange zest - sweet, bitter, and refreshing. A little bread crust and melon into the finish which is tart and fairly dry.

Medium-light bodied, creamy, and well carbonated. Very mild astringency, and just enough alcohol to prevent you from guzzling too quickly.

Fresh, and on-tap, this might be exceptional - I'll have to update my review next time I'm in B.C. (900 characters)

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with at least 2 big foamy fingers of bright-white colored head. This retains with a hugely frothy look, which leaves a great looking cascade of super thick lacing down the sides of the glass. Nice look here! Pretty lush little hop aroma on this, smelling very floral, spicy, and citric, with a tangy underpinning of sweet malts underneath it. Just a nice fresh pop to this.

The taste is spicy and biting up front, with a splash of grapefruit adding an extra layer of bitter juiciness to the profile. Caramel and bread give this a good balancing tang but the finish is all about the hops, being seriously strong with spice and bitter fruit rinds. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth, with a generally smooth slickness to it that works itself into more of a pleasant creaminess towards the back of the swallow. The alcohol is very well hid here, helping keep the drinkibility of this up.

Really good canned IPA offering here, that packed plenty of hop character into a well balanced and easy drinking package. This was my first offering from Central City and it was a great start. (1,150 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)

Photo of cavedave
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to knucks999 for this extra

Pours a beautiful, clear dark amber topped by a one finger head that fades slowly to a lasting cap, A gentle swirl leaves mountain ranges of lace.

The smell is a light aroma of orange peel, neutral sweet, and hints of pine in the background.

It is a full flavored IPA, featuring some nice citrus at the front, joined along the way with some tasty pine, some light bready sweet, and a floral/bitter that lets the finish burst on the palate. Nice flavors, nice hop profile, a worthy IPA that would stand out were it not for the plethora of even better ones in America 2010. Great taste, but rated against the competition it suffers. Great to be an IPA lover in America now.

The moutheel is not as good as others in this style. It has good (low) carb., but the resiny quality of it captures some of the lemony characteristics of the hops in an unpleasant way.

Drinkability is quite good. I already wish I had more than this one

Impression: A nice take on the style, but many better out there. (1,030 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a finger of head. Aroma is a nice balanced mix of sweet maltiness and floral/citrus hops.

The flavor is bitter pine hops up front with a musty malt backbone. Not really as clean as a top IPA should be, that mustiness really lingers after each sip. I like the balance, there is just that one major flaw.

The body is medium and carbonation is at good levels. Drinkability is slightly above average...this would be a great go-to beer for me to have with a burger and fries, but on its own I wouldn't really seek out another. (549 characters)

Photo of kirkpjr
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a full three finger head. Color is a red amber or copper. The head dissipates to give way to spotted lacing.

S: Piney and grapefruit hops hit the nose. Pineapple also comes through in the finish.

T: Juicy chunks of pineapple. A nice bitterness here with a decent malt backbone. The piney hops come through too.

M: Resinous hops that sticks with bitterness throughout the beer.

D: Very sessionable IPA. Nothing outstanding here but glad I got the chance to try this one. (504 characters)

Photo of macmaster761
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Huge massive billowing white head with absolutely insane lacing when it finally disperses. Amber hue and just absolutely gorgeous.

Smell - Alpha hops, citrus and citrus rind, one of the greatest smelling ipas ever

Taste - More fruitiness than bitterness, lots of high alpha hops, grapefruit, somewhat astringent.

Mouthfeel - Smooth yet somewhat thin in my opinion

Drinkability - Very good, I could easily drink multiple cans of this on a summers night, somewhat decent pricing as well. (502 characters)

Photo of OskarL
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear golden/amber color with a massive frothy white head that settles into a one finger head which has really good retention and nice leaves lacing.

A wonderful smell of hops, almost like smelling on them before brewing! Pine, citrus and a little floral backed by little sweetness.

Pine, some citrus, mangoo and pineapple that are backed by some sweet caramelmalt, finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and little carbonation. (471 characters)

Photo of mikey711
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to phil for this one

A: Nice transparent orange color, with four or five little strips of something i cant identify that slowly fall to the bottom of the glass. The head is an inch an a half thick with some gaping bubbles riding up the side of he glass. The head retnetion is good, bordering on a bit to slow and some decent lace remans.

S: Nice crisp herbal hops to start along with hints of citrusy mango and a bit of lemon and peach. Very pleasnt but not all that aromatic.

T: It has a very melony hoppy taste, like honey dew and cantelope with hints of lemon as well. Some caramel is present too

M: Slightly rough around the edges as it is prickly on my tongue. No heat and the body is on the lighter side

D: Overall this on is a very nice canned IPA, not quite as good as furious, but still one worth having around on a regular basis (850 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 djbreezy
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updated on 1/13/2011 with a Washington distributed imported version (just as good!)

appearance - pours an orange/amber color with a good head and immediate retention on the lacing that crawls up the side of the glass

smell - hops on the nose with some light malt accents

taste - tingles the tongue, floral and pine hop notes intertwine with a nice malt body, hop forward but not a bomb, very tasty

mouthfeel - some carbonation, some creaminess

drinkability - this is incredibly drinkable for an IPA, very solid (515 characters)

Photo of squaremile
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in locally a few weeks ago. Being the number one rated Canadian IPA at the time of this writing, as well as arriving in a city with quite a few hopheads, the whole supply ended up being sold in ~5 hours (or so the story goes).

Pours a deep, clear amber color with a finger of head. Head has staying power. Small amounts of lacing left on the glass.

Nice crisp clear nose. Definately hops, citrusy scents (pineapple) and fresh pine.

Flavor isn't abundantly hoppy, though it is present. A larger bready malt flavor is more present, and lasts through to the finish and the aftertaste. Also taste of pine, but no citrus.

Very nice IPA overall. I can see why it is highly regarded. It is definitely great, though falls a bit short of exceptional. A fellow friend and BA mentions having better examples of this, so I can only imagine what it is normally like. (867 characters)

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