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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)

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Ratings: 803
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%

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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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Derek. Pours golden with some lasting white head. Average mouthfeel, smooth though with slightly acidic finish. Good IPA for sure, right there with other representations of style, but would not say exceeds it. Could have a six-pack of this in a weekend.Aroma may be impacted by being in the can.

Serving type: can

08-16-2009 02:49:19 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Derek for the can. Purportedly BCs best beer according to CAMRA.

Bright orange pour with a frothy white head. Good retention and some nice rings of lace put down. A wonderfully fresh C-hop aroma greets the nose. Buckets of grapefruit, tangerine and resiny hops. Sublime. Impressively bitter for a Canadian beer and this IPA can hang with the big boys. The balance is definitely weighted to the hops, which provide huge grapefruit and orange peel notes. Its very leafy and delicious. The malt comes through with some biscuit and a light touch of sweetness. Smooth, medium body with a refreshingm yet soft, carbonation.

This is extremely impressive stuff. If this came from a renowned US craft brewery it would be highly desired by all BAs. As it is, lets keep this Canadian secret to ourselves for now.

Serving type: can

08-11-2009 01:21:55 | More by bobsy
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

Great beer. Big NorWest pine/citrus hop along with some floral and tropical notes, not dissimilar to beers made with the Australian hop variety Galaxy. Solid malt underpinning that isn't too fat or sweet. Great balance and drinkability. My current favourite BC IPA.

Serving type: can

08-10-2009 22:27:19 | More by Dig
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the Alibi Room in Vancouver. Wonderful floral and citrusy aromas were here, great hoppy flavor, everything in its right place. Just a solid I.P.A here. If you see it, drink it: you won't be disappointed.

Plus, I would totally do the "Red Racer" on the logo.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 01:49:03 | More by shoebacca
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light amber with 1/2" head that fades quickly.

smells of lemon, hops and slightly grassy

tastes of juicy citrus followed by nice hops then buscuity malt.

drinkability is high, i could easily drink a 6 pack, but would feel nice and fuzzy after.

a great IPA from a great brewery. the food here is awesome too!!

this was the #1 rated beer in BC by CAMRA vancouver.

delicious.... and nutritious!

Serving type: can

07-25-2009 23:32:25 | More by niz
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

Canada finally has a serious contributor to the American IPA style. Thank you Central City Brewing.

The aroma is strong citrus. As soon as you smell it you know you're in for a treat. It's fruity at the front end, and strong hops finish off the back end. It goes down smooth and leaves you wanting another. The growler is better suited to the beer than the can, but if all you can get is the can, it will only take away a fraction of the enjoyment.

Serving type: growler

07-23-2009 03:17:12 | More by 604growler
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Clear, amber-bronze with a white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Big piny nose, with grass, tangerine & rind.

T: Tangerine, pine, nectarine and citrus rind, with some underlying malty goodness (not sweet, just some quality malt protein). Certainly balanced to the bitter side, but it's not at all harsh with their soft water. Plenty of hop flavour here!

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is smooth with a hint of hop acidity.

D: A sessionable IPA for any hop lover.

Serving type: can

07-20-2009 18:55:15 | More by Derek
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my boy Jon for hooking me up with this can.

Pours a clear amber, some orange, medium sized off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lacing sticks. Smell is nice, floral and grapefruit, orange peel, some caramel sweetness, tropical aroma, nothing great but pretty solid. Taste is similar, grapefruit and floral, some oranges, very citrusy IPA, dry biscuit malt and a touch of caramel/honey, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy drinking. A good solid IPA, glad to see BC pumping good ones out. I'll try to grab some more when I'm back in BC. Thanks Jon!

Serving type: can

07-03-2009 19:33:47 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz can. sampled june 21/09.

pours crystal clear orangey amber with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. grapefruit. orange peel. pine. light alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit.

taste is good. orange and grapefruit. tangerine. pine. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of alcohol. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. a solid ipa.

Serving type: can

06-30-2009 23:17:57 | More by grub
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

A - amber, slight haze, moussy white head, leaves nice sticky lace behind.

S - piney, bitter grapefruit, very hop forward nose, very fresh/raw,

T - more pine and bitter grapefruit up front, barely balanced by the malt, tropical fruit too, lingering pine bitterness, very smooth hop flavour despite being quite agressive.

M - low carbonation, med light body, not overly creamy, light astringency from the hops, dry puckering finish really brings out the smooth bitterness

D - damn, I'm gulping this down while I review, superb stuff.

Before doing this review, I had brewed up a batch of barleywine. So when I first grabbed the glass of Red Racer IPA for an initial sniff I thought, "hmm, guess I didn't wash my hands very well, they reek of raw hops." Turns out my hands were squeaky clean, it was the Red Racer!

Ultra fresh, agressive pine notes are a tough thing to pull off properly, and Red Racer has done it flawlessly. This is about as hoppy as a single IPA can get without being an over the top mess. It's a straight up IPA, but there are lots of interesting hop flavours. I am very sad I only have the one can. More people need to know about this beer, it is easily the best IPA in Canada that has touched my lips!

Thanks to Canucklehead for the can!

Serving type: can

05-30-2009 20:51:49 | More by markaberrant
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG this is the best IPA in BC. Bigger and more fragrant than Hophead or Phillips. Incredibly balanced and hoppy as all hell. This is the one I have been waiting for since I started drinking IPAs in BC. Utterly brilliant and also in a can for bonus points

Serving type: can

04-10-2009 03:32:46 | More by canucklehead
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

I've had this on tap and in growler...both are stellar and deserve the title of BC's best beer.

Appearance: Copper-yellow with a small, lasting head.

Smell: Verrry fragrant hops. You can almost smell the bitterness. A little grassy and definitely oily. A sourness comes through as well as a dark fruity malt richness.

Taste: Bitter and oily. A little bit of a spicy character. Not as citrusy as some other highly hopped IPAs. Just plain hop juice. This is what I imagine hop tea would taste like. There is a little alcohol as well in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Less carbonation than your average bottled IPA. Probably since this is a growler sample, but it's perfect. Extreme bitterness that goes unrivaled by other CDN IPAs. Dark, rich flavours pervade and a little bit of oiliness as well.

Drinkability: Very high. Alcohol is too high to session, but a few pints(with a designated driver) would be perfect. Great bitter character that isn't oppressive and doesn't leave you bored either.

Overall: Best IPA in BC? Yep! Can't get much better than this. Huge hop profile with strong malty richness to back it up. I'd love to try an Imperial version of this if the brewer was ever so inclined to make it :)

Serving type: growler

07-13-2008 23:53:32 | More by Hornet2003
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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
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