1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

886 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 886
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 168
Gots: 66 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) Alström Bros
Ratings: 886 | Reviews: 444 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Schreibeers
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored from a can into snifter

A: Nice golden color, beautiful head, and absolutely unbelievable lacing. (an additional .5 for the can)

S: very nice, fruity, sweet hop aroma, grapefruit, citrus

T: Hoppiness hits you first, but never overwhelming, fades into a very nice sweetness with the hops never really leaving the picture, very well balanced here, malty sweetness used just right with the hoppy bitterness

M: Medium to light

D: very drinkable, and a great example of the style

Schreibeers, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of crossovert
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Herd some hype about this beer, finally got around to buying it. I guess people are probably just gazonked because it is a Canadian beer. I would take it over a molson any day after my hockey games.

It pours an interesting golden orange color with a soapy white head that leaves some pretty nice lacing.

It has a really nice smell. It has melon, citrus, pineapple, and mango. It has just a hoppy must to it that is intoxicating to sniff.

The flavour is right on. Tonnes of melon here. It has a creeping bitterness in the finish with some pink grapefruit. There is also a big taste of flowers, like honeysuckles or something, very floral, maybe akin to orange blossom honey.

It is a great fruit bomb with enough west coast attitude to appeal to the people who love bitterness.

crossovert, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can marked K1810 (think that means November). Reviewed Jan 17, 2011

Bright medium amber with a short-lived frothy head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Modest grapefruit and herbal hops on the nose. Hops dominate the flavor with citrus and grapefruite hops, mixed with earthy and pine flavors. A bit of malt sweetness shows at the finish, before a pleasant lingering hop bitterness reappears.

Juicy with medium body and good carbonation. A nice drinking IPA that emphasizes the hops. The flavor is headed in the direction of a double IPA, but with the alchohol and body of a single.

A keeper!

CliffBrake, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hazy golden orange color, but the head is thin and weak. The head looks like soap suds.

Piney and grapefruit hops dominate the nose.

Strong pine flavor with lingering grapefruit and orange rind. There's a small bit of buttery malt.

Mouthfeel is sticky and a slight bit flat. Nice and bitter, though.

I really like this IPA and will certainly revisit it. I'm pretty stoked I now have another quality IPA in a can to go camping (or wherever bottles aren't allowed) with.

Vonerichs, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of LazyL
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice IPA. Love the can logo, which is the same for all their beers, just in a different color combination. Nice pink grapefruit rind aromas and tastes flow from this can and at 6.5% you can get a little ahead of yourself. Very easy to drink and kind of cool to drink something this good out of a can. Perfect camping beer.

LazyL, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Pint Glass

A - Beer poured with a small amount of head, white in appearance; dissipated pretty quickly; plenty of carbonation followed by some lacing; copper color body (nice and healthy looking)

S - Citrus and flowery scents immediately come up; great hit of hop and malts aromas; some caramel-nut notes, but mostly citrus; great smell comes up immediately after opening the can

T - Slight nut and buttery taste followed by the hop bitterness that's loaded into this beer; citrus flavors are faint but present; hop-dry aftertaste lingers for a bit

M - Thin consistency followed by an effervescent feel over the tongue; sips leave a slight tart feel on the sides of the tongue

D - I'm really impressed with this beers, especially since its coming out of a can; easy to drink for an IPA and smooth; I definitely could have a few more of these; I would recommend to others immediately

ferrari29, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no freshness information, but this one hasnt been sold in my area until just recently.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a mostly clear amber/copper colored body with an average sized bright white head on top. the head is fast to fall and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- the first thing i think after taking a whiff of this is hops. its full of them. lots of pine and grapefruit. theres some orange and pineapple in here also. some sweet caramel malt faintly comes through in a poor attempt at balance.

T- the caramel malts i could taste make an appearance and provide a sweetness against the massive backdrop of hops. tons of grapefruit and pine. theres a little bit of grass and some more tropical fruits like pineapple and orange. very nice.

M- the body is a little light, but the carbonation is about right. nice and dry. nicely bitter.

D- i really enjoyed this one. its sure to make my regular IPA rotation. i just wish that it had come with six beers instead of four. check this one out if youre a fan of the west coast styled IPAs. the can makes it perfect for camping or the beach.

jwinship83, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer is golden very transparent head forms and resides the edge

The aroma is sweet piny and citrus hops loaded. There is a slight earthiness in the finish

This beer starts smooth with a building carbonation the taste starts dry and moves to a citrus grapefruit the body is light all hops not a hint of malt until just before an earthy hops finishes with a lingering bitter. Very nice

bishopdc0, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can. Got in my SS package from OakedCanuck.

A- Pours a light hazed golden orange color. Two finger white head has amazing retention! Nice thick collar of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of citrus grapefruit hops in the front, middle, and end of this. Nothing over the top as the caramel bready malts do a nice job of balancing out the aroma.

T- Citrusy hops in the front burst with a big part of grapefruit. This gets blended with a light piney bitter hop bite. Middle of the beer balances out with a nice bready caramel note that lingers all the way through the background. Ending of the beer is mostly citrus hops that balance out the ending malt. Light alcohol flavor comes out as well in the ending.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light grapefruit and piney hops left on the palate. Citrus hops, light alcohol, and bready malts left in the aftertaste. Alcohol had light drying on the palate. Flavors were very well balanced as far as IPA goes. Clean flavors with nothing out of the normal.

D- This IPA had a ton of drinkability to it. Nothing over the top as far as hop explosion wise which makes it a sixer easy. ABV is low enough to handle the six pack easy as well. Just a nice well balanced IPA that delivers.

alleykatking, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of jpmclaug
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can into my New Belgium globe.

A - hazy golden orange with a big ole orange tinted head. This looks about as good as any IPA I've ever seen. The head is nice and fluffy... wow... that sounds funny but hey its the truth. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Nice grapefruity hop aroma. A bit of bready malt poking through but then put aside with more grapefruit.

T - A nice grapefruit hop bite up front with a formidable bready backbone. I dunno maybe this isn't as fresh as it should be. Still it is solid. The grapefruit hop notes are nice.

M - medium bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Goes down easy. Could be a bit hoppier. I'm afraid this isn't as fresh as I would like but can't find the date on it. Anyhow this is certainly enjoyable and I wouldn't mind drinking it again.

jpmclaug, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Oxymoron
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Can we give extra points for the red head on the can?

Pours a mostly hazy orangy color with a bubbly soft white head. Good retention and lace through out the taste. The nose has a lot of kick. Great hop presence with noticeable citrus and centennial aromas. Hints or orange and grapefruit, but very West Coast IPA. Some hints of chalky and yeast notes but overall great nose.

The taste really showcases the hops. A great centennial grapefruit, orangy flavor. Bitterness comes out nicely and balances well with the strong hop notes. The malt is limited and leaves a dry finish with a chalky backing. Some sudsy notes and a little yeast but light. Lingering hop flavor.

The body is moderate but finishes dry. I think this really helps out with the strong hoppy aroma and taste. Very good IPA.

Oxymoron, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of ggilman
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into craft beer in a can. I'm a believer!

A - After vigorously pouring into a Sebago Brewing Company tulip glass, a thick foamy white head sat atop a hazy amber concoction. The head quickly settled to a thin, tight layer. Didn't leave much lacing.

S - Great pine sap & grapefruit aromas arise after a strong even pour from the can.

T - Hops come through strong, with lots of bitterness lingering. Syrupy, rich hop flavor with a strong malt presence that doesn't overwhelm.

M - Lighter feeling than you'd expect. It looks, smells and tastes like it should have a super-thick mouthfeel, but surprisingly clean, and sharply carbonated.

D - Very drinkable, I love this beer. It sits a little heavy, and the 6.5% ABV hits you immediately. I may have gulped this down a little too fast.

ggilman, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Steve (a74gent) for thinking of me and grabbing me this while picking me up an entirely different beer.

This one is a real beauty in the glass. A very nice bright opaque beer shifts from gold to amber to nearly copper depending on the light. A big head stands and, when settled, remains 3 fingers tall, rocky and dense, and when at the end it's fully and finally settled, and island of head I could set a pebble on remains. This beauty of a head leaves lots of lacing behind. If there were smaller grading increments, this would be more like a 4.6, but a 4.5 will suffice.
Lots of pungent hops in the nose with a touch of caramel malts. Given the flavor of this fantastic brew, I was surprised I didn't get a bit more out of the aroma.
This is where it's at. Hops are beautiful, with lots of bright bittersweet citrus blending with raw, earthy grassy and herbal notes and further mixing with a pure, raw pine. There's also a fantastic malty balance that finds the very difficult place between failing to properly balance and detracting from the hops dominance. Very well done with the caramel malts here and the delicious blend of hops. Where this really pulls through is in a very nice lingering semi-dry finish in which all the flavors come together very nicely. Let this one warm just a touch and you'll get a very nice caramel sweetness pulling up front before giving way to the hops.
As stated, this is a semi-dry beer in the feel. It's medium-bodied and smooth with active carbonation but not spritzed.
This beer is absolutely as delicious as I'd hoped it would be and at 6.5% what could detract from the drinkability?

Brenden, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

review from notes

Pours a lighter copper orange with a foamy white head, leaving some filmy lacing on the glass.

Juicy, piny hops with a bit of tropical fruit and sweeter malt in the nose.

Biting hops right up front, coupled with lighter caramel malt. Continues with some juicier hoppiness and more citrusy fruit notes, although the malty backbone stays present throughout the profile. Finishes very dry and bitter.

Medium body, lingering dryness and sticky feel. Easy to drink and abv is masked well, although I'd like some more complexity in the flavor.

xnicknj, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to zoso1967 for this tasty treat.

Pours yellow orange with a lovely white foam head 1 finger thick. The brew is clear showing off all of its carbonation. Lacing is very good leaving thick blobs above the liquid level.

Lots of orange citrus comes through in the scent. Ample malts back the citrus smells providing a muted balanced smell.

There is plenty of orange and grapefruit up front with a large malt backbone covering up a lot of the bitterness. The balance is superb.

Rich and creamy in the mouth with a full feel. The aftertaste is clean and is not too drying. It leaves my mouth feeling very satisfied.

This is a very drinkable brew worthy of high praise in its class. Definitely worth a try!

TCgoalie, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a rich orange hue with the slightest sudsy white head. Halfway through the pour I feared that the can was still.

Smell -- Things are getting better. Pine resin wafts from the glass along with tangerine, split grapefruit and a bit of green onion.

Taste -- Definitely the highpoint of this offering. Citrus zest, grapefruit pith, sticky tropical fruit, peach and apricot, and a hearty dose of resinous hop bitterness. Caramel malt backbone is gently sweet, giving those juicy/zesty hop notes a nudge closer to the forefront. Lingering flavors of peach nectar and resin. All in all, quite balanced.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light with mild carbonation. Canning issues?

Drinkability -- Man, I was really hoping to love this one. I really needed a top-notch IPA tonight and this one left me wanting slightly. The flavor was on the money, but the carbonation was woeful: no head and a very still mouthfeel. If the carbonation were bumped up I'd say this would be a top-tier American IPA, but it is what it is.

yeahnatenelson, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to northyorksammy for this one.

Pours a cloudy amber that almost looks like a peach colour because of the haze, 1/4" white head. Smells strongly of citrus, grapefruit is the most front and center, bit hop presence in the nose. Tastes of citrusy hops, nice dry bitterness that finished long and left a slight taste of white grape...very, very nice. Nice slick medium mouthful, very drinkable and overall outstanding IPA.

peensteen, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Noxious26
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355 ml can poured in a pint glass. Bought at Willow Park main store in Calgary.

Cloudy amber colour. Off-white head is 1/4 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Spots of lacing here and here.

Delicious aroma of citrus hops and caramel malts. Grapefruit and lemon with caramel sweetness.

Grapefruit hops through and through with hints of caramel and toffee in the start and middle to balance it out. Bitter cascade hop finish is long and luscious. A great example of how a beer can be a hop bomb without obliterating your tastebuds.

Medium bodied and smooth with a slight oily texture. Very little pin pricks of carbonation.

Quite possibly the best American IPA I've ever had. Loaded with full, lush flavours without overpowering your senses. I wish this beer was available in my area!

Noxious26, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Birchgrove77
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Glarus nonic glass.

A- Pours a beautiful, clear amber/orange color with a very thin white head. Very few bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Upon drinking some very nice lacing is present.

S- Initially, a very resinous fresh pine aroma that gives way to some citrus pithiness.

T- Hop forward bitterness gives way to a nice maltiness. Bitterness starts out a bit piney, but gives way to some tangerine and grapefruit notes. Actually, a touch of clementine pithiness exists as well. Malt is apparent and provides a nice sweetness. Hoppiness isn't as dominant as I had expected, possibly low turnover at my local store.

M- Lack of carbonation leaves a little to much sweetness on the palate. Thinking the acidity of carbonation would improve this beer.

D- A nice IPA, but neither the hoppiness doesn't make this memorable. Very well could be a pour package with the noticeable lack of carbonation. Will definitely revisit and see if there is a better example.

Birchgrove77, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of psiweaver
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my Black Raven Imperial Pint Glass

pours copper orange with a small white head

Smell is lots of citrus, pine very hoppy and delicious.

very well balanced, if a little hop forward, not quite on the same level as pliney but its certainly much easier to get, cheaper, comes in cans and is very delicious, a big recommend for any hop head.

very nice level of carbonation smooth mouthfeel if a little bitter, really ejoyed this 6 pack that Jakeohut brought by me.

psiweaver, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much crack when I opened the can of Red Racer IPA. As I pour it, the smell of oily crushed pine bark, the beer is a clear amber with a thin wisp of eggshell foam. The smell is very inviting and becomes increasingly more citrusy as the beer fills my snifter. The beer tastes solidly bitter with sharp grapefruit peel rind, a hint of pineapple sweetness and a very clean finish with just a bit of lingering bitterness. This is a very good IPA, but I don't know that it's worth of a top 10 rating.

Soonami, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

pours cloudy copper orange with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smell is strong like a dipa - salty grapefruit pine hop resin

taste is much lighter then you would think from the nose - good balance of grapefruit and sweet malt but with plenty of bitterness

mouthfeel - i do not know if was the can but the beer is almost flat

drinkability - great nose good flavors outweighs the beer being flat

jsh420, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of microwavabledish
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured fairly aggressively from a can into my Perfect Pint glass. Held up, but not directly into the light, it is a golden copper with a bit of orange tinge to it. Really great looking. the head forms about one finger high and dissipates to a thin layer that remains on top for the rest of the beer. As it is consumed, there is some thin lacing left on the glass. Very nice. Clarity is almost crystal clear, with a few bubbles rising to the top.

S: This Red racer has admittedly been in the fridge for a while, but still has is trademark grapefruit-pine Citrus explosion, with some sweet bready caramels from the malts. It makes my mouth water.

T: The hop flavor has lost a little bit of edge from a fresh can, but there is still the citrus flavors coming through with a touch of the pine from the nose. The caramel comes through a bit more in this one because the hops have backed off, so there is an evident caramel and bread characteristic.

M: A little sticky, no doubt from the age on it. Medium body with mild carbonation. Medium finish in the back.

D: One of my all time favorites, its fitting to be my first review. Fresh is definitely miles better, but even aged (1.25 months) it is still pretty good. I could have a few in an evening for sure. Would go well with some buffalo wings and Bleu Cheese sauce.

microwavabledish, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12oz can was poured into a cervoise. The orange to amber color was topped by a nice, 2 finger, fluffy white head. Minor lacing. Smell consisted mainly of citrus fruits, lemon, orange, grapefruit. It tasted similar to the smell, highlighted by strong bitter, piney, hops. I didn't find to strong of a malt presence, which is fine. It has a chewy and resiny mouthfeel with some stickiness. This beer is an easy drinker and would be great for camping!

OakedCanuck, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into Duvel tulip. Thanks to my bubby for thinking of me on his trip to Canada.

A: Pours a clear dark orange with about a finger of off white head that receded into a thin bubbly film that left really good lacing down the glass.
S: Nose is full of citrus hops, dank herbal notes, and some sweet caramel malt.
T: Clean and crisp flavors of herbal and bitter citrus hops. Sweet malt undertones and a touch of exotic fruits tie everything together. Finish is bitter but not outrageous.
M: Medium body, watery mouth with very low carbonation. A touch of chewy viscosity saves it.
D: An above average IPA. Pretty easy to drink, and I wouldn't mind having a few of these now and again. Not something I'd really seek out though.

scottfrie, Nov 29, 2010
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.