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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

861 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 162
Gots: 55 | 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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guezarka

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-22-2012 02:36:23 | More by guezarka
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tln13

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-20-2012 21:05:09 | More by tln13
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krisklyne

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-12-2012 17:19:33 | More by krisklyne
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flowbee

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-09-2012 01:41:16 | More by flowbee
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a warm orange-amber hue with a finger width of white bubbly head. Slightly cloudy and bubbly.

Smell - Citrus/grapefruit, robust hops, passion fruit - overall, a light, crisp, and fruity scent.

Taste - Starts with a light citrus flavour, then hits you with a gentle kick of hops. Leaves a nice bitter and citrusy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch of fluffiness to the feel. Very refreshing on the palate.

Overall - A great, well-crafted IPA by Central City Brewing. There are some wonderful aromas and the taste remains true to the IPA style. Definitely a must try.

Serving type: can

04-08-2012 23:33:08 | More by leaddog
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BigDaftAl


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

04-08-2012 02:35:58 | More by BigDaftAl
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Didn't produce more then a layer of bubbles, but somehow managed to still leave good lacing. The body boasts high carbonation to go with it's slightly cloudy orange colour.

Smell: A powerful floral and citrus aroma on this one as the hops make their obvious appearance, with notes of pine. Didn't need any warming, although no noticeable malt and I know it's going to be too hoppy for my tastes.

Taste: Hey, this one's a lot better then I'd thought it would be. It starts with a caramel malt that has only the barest herbal and floral hop notes that builds slightly and then gets annihilated by the explosion of citrus, pine and earthy hops that disagree with me and grow harsher as the beer progresses.

Mouthfeel: I'd have liked a slower buildup to the hop annihilation. However the carbonation is good at holding it in check. Still, the hop oil doesn't know when it's overstayed it's welcome and it seems the nicer herbal and floral hops are drowned out by the pine and earthy ones. It also seems to get harsher and harsher the closer to the bottom you get.

Drinkability: It was doing so well up until about the 1/4 mark, at which point my stomach seemed to reject it, which is a shame. The carbonation was good, but I just don't see myself wanting to put this back with anything but maybe some really spicy food.

Final Thoughts: Well Red Racer, you have fared far better then most IPAs do, so take that in stride. It's one of the top beer in Canada so I had to review it, but like all but the most tamest of IPA's it's not for me.

Serving type: can

04-08-2012 00:13:51 | More by TheHammer
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 07/05/12. Pours a clear orange red, with a one inch white that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is tangerine, grass, pine, carmel, and apricot. Taste is lots of citrus up front and bitter pine and grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium, plenty of life, a dry finish, and very drinkable. This is a nice IPA.

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 18:21:05 | More by SawDog505
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

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

Now Called "Red Betty", guess Bear Republic got mad. 1 month old, should be good, cool can design.

A: Pours a clear, golden/pale amber, thin head. Quickly dissipates. A bit of lacing but not much.

S: Boom, a rich citrus based hop flavor, red grapefruit, blood orange, also some caramel/molasses sweetness. smell delicous.

T: Big hop flavors, pineapple/mango? citrus hops up front, a smooth but subdued maple/oak malt flavor, punch, piney after that. Lingers with a "wet" bitterness that is mainly piney and floral. Not overly complex, but whatever hop bill is I dig it. Seem to be butter flavors too as it warms.

M: High carbonation (maybe cuz head was small), pretty creamy, with a lightish oil viscosity, medium bodied. Abv isnt surprising.

O: Definitely a solid IPA, at one month old it smells fantastic, could look better but can pours are unreliable. Price point was high so I was expecting something unique, its good, but rather simple straightforward. For ABV big flavors. A notch below the the Union Jack/Racer 5/Hop Devil, but quite tasty.

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 01:26:11 | More by BigCheese
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Hewsinator

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

04-06-2012 17:04:19 | More by Hewsinator
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muchloveforhops3

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-04-2012 22:37:54 | More by muchloveforhops3
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RWNay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-03-2012 23:20:39 | More by RWNay
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C63AMG

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-02-2012 15:26:01 | More by C63AMG
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-31-2012 23:37:24 | More by muskiesman
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avaldivia

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-30-2012 03:47:27 | More by avaldivia
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-20-2012 13:41:02 | More by GeoffreyM
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Siriusfisherman

Montana

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BC sure has some great IPAs, and this is one of their best. The hop character of this beer is extraordinary, very citrusy and some nice complex piney notes mixing with other fruity characters. The body is great, and unlike many American IPAs, the malt bill plays a significant role in the character of this ale. To top this all off, it is served in a can, so I can bring it to a park when I go camping with my buddies. One great IPA.

Serving type: can

03-20-2012 03:51:37 | More by Siriusfisherman
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Brewsky29

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep orange with an inch of fluffy head that hangs out for the weekend and lacing is excellent.

The beer is very aromatic nice piney and floral with a little bit of malty nose.

The floral and citrus flavor here is fantastic with just enough malt backbone and nice hoppy zip that stays for a little while.

Very smooth and drinkable no boozy feel just right.

Overall I think that this is one of my favorite IPA's if not my favorite. This is a great beer.

Serving type: can

03-19-2012 19:02:50 | More by Brewsky29
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-18-2012 08:19:17 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear deep amber, similar to that of high quality polished amber set in jewellery. Delicate lacy trim around the glass.

S: Strong scent of orange flower water with a chaser of grapefruit rind. A mix of fresh pine needles round out the scent.

T: Hoppy bitterness pops in the front followed with the acrid pairing of grapefruit rind and fresh pine. The alcohol is nearly undetectable, despite being 6.5%.

M: mouthfeel is fairly thin - which pairs well with the bold smell and flavour, too long on the tongue and this would overwhelm the tastebud with bitter.

D: I find this beer best drank with a meal, particularly something spicy and capable to balance out the bitter. I choose to match this with Pad Thai, the earthiness of the peanut sauce, heat from the chilies, hits of sweet of the tamarid and pineapple play off the bitter hops. That said, I'd definitely drink this on the patio mid summer for a refresher, excellent replacement for lemonade.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 07:31:36 | More by FondueVoodoo
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B33R501

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty damn good ipa, had several this year that remind me of my favorite celebration, including this one. picked up 3 singles for $6 whole foods devon pa, good call.

pours nice brassy amber, good head, retension, lace. smells just ok, little citrus, some piney hops. tastes better, big citrus, piney, earthy herbal hop blast on a nice malt background. said this alot lately, balanced and very drinkable. then again, with the exception of port high tide, this is exactly how i like my ipas, balanced.

just for kicks ill list (by preference) this years ipas similar to celebration (but not quite as good) ...

central city red racer 4.28
thomas hooker hop meadow 4.13
sierra nevada torpedo 3.90
sly fox route 113 ipa 3.90

if you enjoy celebration, you cant go wrong with any of these 4 ipas.

Serving type: can

03-09-2012 17:02:14 | More by B33R501
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bottlerocket24

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-09-2012 00:50:48 | More by bottlerocket24
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hilgart1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-06-2012 00:42:43 | More by hilgart1
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ShadyJay

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-05-2012 21:26:26 | More by ShadyJay
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid 3 dollars for a can of this at the House of 1,000 beers. Was told this is the best IPA Canada has to offer.

A - Well appearance is good a nice clear amber color with an impressive explosion of over two inches of head out of the can into my pint glass. Takes a while to settle.

S - Smells sweet and balanced with crystal and bread malts and an attractive mango or pineapple like hop bitterness.

T - Taste is a touch more English at first with an herbal minty like hop character but it's quickly covered with sweet pineapple hops and a bready finish. Hops do linger on the palate after each sip but it never really gets too bitter. Not bad.

M - Nothing bad to say about the mouthfeel drinks with a light to medium body.

Overall not sure I would agree with the scores it is quite good but not near world class status. Not sure how old it is either and can only find it at one shop so that limits my score a tad.

Serving type: can

03-05-2012 00:21:06 | More by DrDemento456
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 861 ratings.