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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
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942 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 173
Gots: 89 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
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 number1bum
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a creamy and pillowy ivory head. Head fills the glass to the rim and retention is very good. Keeps a thick and full lace and coats the sides of the glass beautifully.

The nose on this beer is just oozing with grapefruity goodness. Incredibly citrusy. It's dank, it's resiny, and smells an awful lot like pot; it's filthy and it's intoxicating.

Taste is also very citrusy, with lots of juicy orange and grapefruit rind. Big grapefruit pith flavor with a correspondingly aggressive bitterness. Very resiny and earthy; doesn't quite have the dank, weed-like quality that the nose did, but that's just fine. It's not lacking in hop flavor by any stretch. Has just a touch of malt sweetness and a bready backbone. The bitterness is aggressive in this beer but it doesn't linger very long on the palate. It's not a bitter bomb, but frankly I prefer it that way.

Mouthfeel is a very creamy and smooth mediunm body. Very slick, oily feel, with good carbonation. It dries out in the finish.

Wow, this is really excellent. Tons of hop flavor, and the nose is just superb. Probably smells more like weed than any IPA I've had, but it's citrusy as hell as well. This is awesome stuff.

Photo of eagles22
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: beautiful white color head with deep orange body

Smell:grapefruits!! and lots of other citrus fruits such as oranges, pineapples and somewhat appple like,

Taste: awesome upfront citrus blast with a nice bitter finish at the end..just enough malt backbone to make it somewhat balanced.

Mouthfeel:very thick and oily from the hops i love it!!

Drinkability: all day!!

Photo of kbscott
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I only bought this because I hadn't seen it before. I didn't really have high expectations but I was blown away. One of the best IPA's I've had! The smell is amazing! Interesting that it only comes in a can (at least where I can get it - Calgary).

Photo of beertunes
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to OKComputer for this one, it was my pay for helping him move his couch. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a coppery amber color with about a half-inch of off-white head that had low retention, but good lacing.

The aroma was a bold blend of pine and citrus hops, with just enough malt in the background to provide a solid base. On the tongue those bright hops carried through nicely, certainly the focal point of the beer, but there was enough malt to separate it from the "hop water" pack.

The body was solid, sticky and just enough thicker than typical to be noticeable. Drinkability was very good, I don't generally have more than 1 IPA in a row, but I could easily have several of these nice brews.

Overall, a very nice beer that's worth some effort to obtain.

Photo of ChristianBlack
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber color with a nice colored head. Pretty good lacing.

Aromas are of strong grapefruits. One of the more grapefruity aromas I've ever smelled.

Taste is of bitter grapefruit hop flavors up front, beer then settles into caramel malts. Finish is okay, with bitter hop notes.

Mouthfeel is nice, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good. Expected a little better when I saw the reviews, but still, quite tasty, and very pleasant.

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

A - Surprisingly clear for an IPA. With good helping of white head. Decent retention.

S - Blast of citrus (grapefruit) and pine and grassy hops, in that order. Hops dominate and nothing else really comes out.

T - Again, hops dominate with citrus and pine. Malt character is more detectable here, mostly rich with a bit of caramel.

M - Puckering for sure, with a good and smooth mouthfeel (other than the puckering, haha).

D - Highly drinkable. I've been drinking these for a while.

Photo of Schreibeers
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Photo of crossovert
4.42/5  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.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of LazyL
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of ferrari29
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Photo of jwinship83
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.44/5  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

Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of ggilman
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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?

Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.23/5  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!

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of peensteen
4.29/5  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.

Photo of Noxious26
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of Birchgrove77
3.28/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.