Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing
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4/5 rDev -6.1%
Chilled can into a glass. Thanks Ted.
A: Pours a clear amber body. It's well carbed, with good retention and some spots of lace.
S: Pine, grass, caramel. It's maltier than I was expecting (given how some West Coast hopheads raved about it), but I'm not pretending that's terrible. It is just unexpected.
T: It's malty, with a substantial caramel backbone, but it's obviously very fresh, with a bright green hop flavor. Pine needles, fresh-cut grass. A small grapefruit (pith and rind) flavor. It has noticeable lingering bitterness; I'm guessing this is why the malt is played up a bit.
M: I prefer something with a cleaner finish, but it's still good. It's a little thick for an IPA.
D: It's good stuff! I don't think I'd go out of my way to track it down since I can buy better stuff locally, but it's quite enjoyable.
EDIT: On reading other reviews, I see that there was supposed to be a huge citrus burst in this beer. I barely got any citrus at all. Makes me wonder if I had an old can after all.
08-18-2010 19:19:00 | More by Arbitrator
4.7/5 rDev +10.3%
Pours an amber/orange color with a perfect sized head that fades slowly enough, also leaves quite the cap on top and some sticky lacing along the glass.
The smell has that perfect balance between citrus and piney hops and compliment each other, in the back there is some caramel malt.
Taste has a nice crisp body to it yet the carbonation is also rather soft and creamy, the hops are the show but the bitterness isn't overwhelming either, I like the citrus the most from this beer but there's also a piney presence so it isn't one-sided when it comes to the hops, there is a significant caramel malt backing but in the end it makes this beer more balanced and far more drinkable.
It's weird that a canned Canadian beer can turn out to be such a great IPA, I'm just glad Maine happens to be one of the states that receives it right now.
08-18-2010 18:46:33 | More by deltatauhobbit
British Columbia (Canada)
4.93/5 rDev +15.7%
Picked up a growler from Central City. I've been waiting for this for a while. I'm not the biggest IPA fan, but here goes.
Poured this into a pint glass.
A- Like a golden honey colour. Got about a finger and a half of frothy head. Not bad retention and it holds on to the sides of the glass beautifully. Really nice looking.
S- Holy cow! It smells like I just had a pine tree shoved up my nose. I really didn't expect this. Hoppy and a touch of citrus. I would use this stuff as an air freshener if I could. I wanna smell it all day.
T- Tastes great. The pine is there, but in a good way. I wouldn't have thought that chewing a pine tree would taste good, but this is incredible. Its not overwhelming, but the taste really lingers. There is a citrusy taste that backs up the hops nicely. Very good.
M- Medium body. Definitely fuller than most IPAs I've tasted. Good carbonation that feels good passing over my tongue.
D- Very good. I'm very excited to live so close to the brewery, because this will hold a permanent place in my fridge. I usually don't like really hoppy beers, but this has won me over. Thank you Central City!!
08-18-2010 07:36:15 | More by H1N1
4.23/5 rDev -0.7%
Can from the MLCC in Winnipeg. Additions based on further samples.
A - Amber/orange colour. Thick head, slightly darker than a white. Lot's of carbonation. Good lace rings and half finger of retention.
S - Great pine as soon as poured. Really strong aroma. Some maltiness in there too but it's fainter than the hops. Toffee, citrus, pineapple.
T - Huge piney hop character. Lot's of citrus. Pine character is strong. Nice.
M - Good bitterness. Medium body. Carbonation is really noticable and it coats the entire mouth.
D - Quite a nice IPA. Really drinkable and tons of great hop flavour with a nice bitterness. Well done.
08-14-2010 04:28:14 | More by tbeckett
3.93/5 rDev -7.7%
I feel very lucky that I can get this one locally. Easily one of my favorites. Poured this one in a tulip. Pours a copper orange color with a rocky head about an inch high. Big bubbles and sticky lacing with this white head. Not much retention, but still good looking. Smells citrus and pine hops. Grapefruit and other tartness to the nose. Really dig the juicy smell. Hoppy! This is hard on the tongue. Immediately a big piney hop flavor with big bitterness to the finish. Not a juicy as the nose leads me to believe but still very good. The carbonation and big hop flavor make this a little aggressive in the mouth but the body is balanced well and this is an easy one to kick back regularly. Which is what I do.
08-13-2010 03:43:51 | More by Bendurgin
3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
Spotted this one many times, excited to finally try it.
A- Dark orange-amber with a creamy, slightly fizzy head that builds up to a few fingers in size. Good retention and random patterns of spotty lace.
S- Reminds me of the Pale Ale I just had by them. Hops up front, a lot of floral and peach notes. Some sweet light caramel malt in the background. Strength fades.
T- The hops lend a lot more pine than I expected and just a bit of floral, citrus and fruit notes, surprising considering the aroma. Biscuit, caramel and bready notes behind the hops.
DB- A very nice bitterness here, probably my favorite part of the beer. It is bitter but it doesn't feel offensive. Moderate creamy body with high carbonation and a bit of warmth.
MF- A solid IPA with a nice pine-forward hop profile. Nothing out of this world but a solid, balanced pickup for any craft lover, nice mouthfeel. Would probably be even better in the winter.
08-12-2010 02:48:08 | More by cbutova
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
12oz can, standard pint glass
A - pours with almost an inch of loose and frothy, very light tan colored foam. the beer is slightly hazy, light copper/orange in color.
S - big piney hops, wet grass, lightly sweet caramel, lightly spiced finish...run of the mill, but solid
T - melded pine, grass, bitter grapefruit...big hop bite at the back of the tongue. ample yet secondary malts, caramel and toasted nuts. detecting a small amount of alcohol at the very end despite its low-ish ABV. finishes with lingering piney bitterness, soap, and earthy spice.
M - medium bodied yet nice and creamy with an oily dank finish. perfect tight yet not distracting carbonation aids in refreshment and propels the flavors.
D - very good, all around. though this might have a little bit of age on it, still holds up quite well. cures the biggest hop craving, yet quite drinkable and balanced. the best IPA i've had from Canada? you know it!
08-11-2010 00:21:32 | More by Stigs
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
Golden in the glass with a slight haze. Pours with two fingers of head that slowly settles to a crown. Raw hop aroma, grapefruit and pine, with some sticky malt in the background. There's a bit of tropical fruit too. Flavors of pine and citrus combat with strong resiny bitterness. There's a bit of crackery malt, but this is dry and bitter on the whole.
08-09-2010 20:48:42 | More by Anthony1
2.95/5 rDev -30.8%
A 12 oz can from Al's of Hampden.
A: The IPA has a gingantic head on first pour, exceeding 4 fingers in my tumbler glass. As it recedes, it settles on a steady two finger height that hangs around for a while. The remnants of the first pour are evident in lacing around the glass. The ale itself is an amber orange color, radiant at times and translucent.
S: Piney hops, albeit with a little age under their collective belts, jump out. Caramel malts are equally abundant. The intensity of the nose is average, nothing memorable on either end of the spectrum.
T: Piney flavors, a decent hop profile, lend a pleasing bitterness to the ale. That hoppiness sits atop ample caramel and pale malts. Aged is evident, the hops have lost a step or two. The malt body stands in, substituting its caramel bready sweetness for the hoppiness that has been lost. Too bad, this is the third Central City beer that I've had and I haven't been impressed.
M: The mouthfeel is, despite the huge head, still, allowing the hoppiness that remains to pool together. Those hops have, though, taken on a syrupy taste.
D: One and done. I was hoping this would break the Central City Curse but it didn't. In fact, I didn't finish the can - no need to choke down a beer I don't like. Hey BC, send us from fresh cans!
08-08-2010 14:31:28 | More by akorsak
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Had this on 2010-08-07 in Columbia, PA
A - Attractive, russet color with a generous 2-finger head
S - LOTS of pine, floral, some citrus and mild grain. Can smell it easily from 18" away. Very nice.
T - Again, lots of pine, grapefruit, oak tannin, caramel, orange candy, slight sourness with a sweet and lingering bitter finish. It's a very good tasting beer.
M- Buttery and just about right with a light-medium body and medium carbonation.
D - For beer in a can, this is great. I'd love to have a couple of these chilling in a mountain stream to go along with the trout I'm catching. Hmm, gonna have to do this!
08-07-2010 22:03:30 | More by Tucquan
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
amber color, quite dark, active medium bubble carbonation activity, offwhite foamhead
smell: strong hop smell, citrus, some herbs
taste: strong hop taste, bitter but very mild and almost fruity,sweet. very good taste well balanced
mouthfeel: full body,round
drinkability is excellent, nice ipa moderate bitterness with attitude and punch
08-07-2010 20:18:47 | More by Otterburn
4.55/5 rDev +6.8%
Served in a 16 oz. pint at the Alibi Room in Vancouver. Amber with good head retention. Medium white with expected amount of lace. Clear with no visible carbonation. Big grapefruit nose with some caramel malt. Carbonation bite up front, well balanced middle with both citrusy hops and malts playing well with each other. Finish is very bittersweet. Think dark chocolate on the back of the palate. Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel.
08-04-2010 07:21:17 | More by LittleDon
4.33/5 rDev +1.6%
Red Racer IPA pours a slightly hazy, amber color with a medium sized creamy white head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind some spots and patches of lace on the glass.
The aroma is loaded with floral hops including notes of orange citrus and pine. A hint of bready yeast and pale malt is mixed in.
Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and dry on the palate with a light carbonated fizz on the tongue. The flavor is hoppy and bitter with a nice malt balance. It begins with a bitter floral hop flavor of orange citrus, pine and a peppery spice. In the middle some toasted and amber malt moves in which helps balance out the hops. It finishes dry with a sweet malt flavor. Once gone the bitter peppery spice lingers on the palate.
This is a well balanced, very tasty beer. It may become my go to beer when I need a six pack for a party or to enjoy at home.
07-31-2010 19:11:20 | More by WanderingFool
3.7/5 rDev -13.1%
Thanks to barnesy148927 for hooking this one up in a recent trade.
Poured in the low 40 degree range into a tumbler. A normal pour gave me a good two finger width offwhite head with good retention and excellent lacing. The body is colored fairly dark compared to most IPAs, sort of a dusty dark orange, lots of haze.
Huge piney resins in the nose. I also get grapefruit zest, tangerine, and some butterscotch. Kind of a mish-mash, but pretty nice smelling.
This IPA reminds of a lot of east coast style IPAs that I've had. It actually tastes a lot heavier than a 6.5% IPA, seems almost more like a double IPA. There's a big butterscotch component up front. I don't really like butterscotchy IPAs in general. The hop profile comes in quick though and rescues the flavor. Juniper, spruce, pine, and slight grapefruit are the main components. Not getting much citrus here at all. I'm guessing they used a bunch of Simcoe.
Mouthfeel seems a bit heavy for a regular IPA. It also seems a bit wet and chewy. I'm thinking the Final Gravity is not very low. Nice oilyness here makes it feel silky in my mouth.
Overall this felt like a solid IPA, and I understand the high scores. With that said, I love the west coast style which showcases brighter, cleaner flavors and less sugary malt on the backend. Still, really happy I was finally able to try this one and definitely enjoyed it.
07-30-2010 05:57:32 | More by Bubba83
4/5 rDev -6.1%
a: from the can into a tiny hotel water glass because the Brooklyn snifter (RIP) bit the dust last night in an unfortunate accident, light maple amber in color with an average head, light retention
s: bready caramel body, of modest sweetness under the balancing influence of pale base malts, nice potent hop aroma - mostly dark green pine and sweet citrus, but still in line with the malt profile, tangerine or clementine
m: carbonation on the low end, body on the lighter side of medium
t: caramel structure thinned with pale malts as to not be very thick or sweet, a touch of toasted bread, more sweet citrus, big hops of mostly west coast pine impart a nice sappy bitter to the finish, good stuff
d: a quality ipa, but it's a bit of a mystery as to where the A came from, others note the same good aromas and flavors I've found - but the intensity they found just isn't there for me
saw loads of this up in Canada this month, but picked up this single from OUaV, Richmond
07-27-2010 02:16:49 | More by blackie
3.9/5 rDev -8.5%
Awesome 4-pack of cans received from masterhomebrewer recently. Thanks, Dave! I've been wanting to try this one for awhile.
12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a creamy off-white head resting on top. Pretty fair retention; leaves lots of sticky lace and sip rings on the glass. The nose is a little underwhelming. Some faint citrus, mild floral tones, and some grassy notes.
Great body on this one. Plenty of carbonation, but smooths out on the finish. Crisp hoppy bitterness right away. Starts out a bit spicy and peppery, but as I continue to sip, the harshness mellows to a semi-sweet citrus. Aftertaste is a bit bready and warm. Alcohol presence not really felt.
This was a splendid IPA. Spot on for my liking. Great job, CC! Recommend.
07-26-2010 19:03:10 | More by Onenote81
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Pours a hazed coppery oranage color with full frothy white head. Scent is of grapefruit and pine with touches of light carmel and even some nuts. First sip is aggresively bitter, the piney and earthy hops overshaddow the citrus and the malt backbone is fairly aggressive, not too sweet, maybe a little nutty and bready. Medium bodied, fully carbonated, drying. A good solid IPA, but maybe not as big as the hype dictates.
07-26-2010 13:11:49 | More by rfgetz
3.73/5 rDev -12.4%
poured from a can a hazy burnt orange to a sun king shaped pint glass with a full finger nearly white long lasting head that leaves just a bit of lace to the rim.
strong grapefruit aroma with a hint of other citrus behind.
crisp, bitter grapefruit forward fading to sweeter citrus. very enjoyable.
medium to strong carbonation, not particularly smooth, fairly bitter bite.
low abv, very crisp, very good cold. quite drinkable.
07-24-2010 00:31:59 | More by robwestcott
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
This beer was poured out of a 355ml can with some cool art that depicts a racey redhead riding a bike. A nice copper colored brew with a small white head.
Smell of pine and some malt in the background. A sip brings a bitterness to the back of the tongue. The pine comes through in the taste, a very light citrus note, the malt is in there somewhere. The hop bitterness sticks around in the finish with a light mouthfeel.
This is a great IPA and probably the best IPA that is available in this area on a regular basis.
07-19-2010 22:47:36 | More by alpineclimber
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
Big thanks to G311 for this one.
A - Deep amber hue, eggshell head.
S - Surprisingly, it seems very malty; loads of caramel, and even the hop profile seems to mimic the malt. The flavor proves an entirely different matter...
T - Whoa. This is an all out-flavor assault. Nothing is toned down here; it is all cranked up. Full flavored herbal, grassy and floral notes are dominant, and quite pungent. Just big beer overall.
M - IPA. Nice.
D - Really well done stuff here. I can't say I was expecting this good of a brew. Thanks Vince!
07-17-2010 00:29:46 | More by ktrillionaire
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
a- can poured into a pint, one finger of rocky head, active bubbling, orangey brown color, slight chill haze, very cool can design.
s- really nice, so fresh, loads of pine, grapefruit, nice bitterness, some pineapple, some malt sweetness.
t- nice, earthy bitterness, grapefruit, pine, grapefruit pith, really hopped up ipa here. lingering bitterness, floral/herbal.
m- medium bodied, coating, smooth.
d- really nice ipa, glad i got the chance to try this beer, i'd drink this again for sure. one of the better ipas that i've had in awhile.
07-11-2010 03:03:36 | More by thecarster1
District of Columbia
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
12 oz can poured into a nonic.
Pours a dark translucent copper amber color with a bubbly and retentive off white/cream colored head with moderate lacing. Moderate aroma, dominated by piney and citrus hops and caramel malt. Thick bodied with fine, sharp carbonation producing a chewy body with a pleasant sweet and bitter finish. Flavor packs a potent caramel malt backbone balancing a thick wall of sweet grapefruit citrusy hops. Not the greatest true to style IPA, but exceptionally drinkable and enjoyable.
07-09-2010 03:01:54 | More by yourefragile
4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
A- Body is a completely transparent rich amber hue. Pours with a nice 2 finger or so foamy white head. Head fades to 1/2 finger and has really good retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.
S-Lots of juicy grapefruit, other citrus, a hint of pine, and a hint of sweet caramel malt. Nose is moderate in strength and the focus is on the hops.
T-A ton of juicy citrus-grapefruit and orange upfront-with a mild, but present caramel malt backbone. These flavors intensify for the finish with an added refreshing kick of prickly pine hops. What lingers is a moderate residual pine bitterness-crisp and refreshing.
M-Medium to high prickly carbonation and a full light to medium weight body that is slightly oily.
D- This is a great, refreshing IPA. Couldn't think of anything better on a 95 degree day here in WNW PA.
07-07-2010 01:10:20 | More by PittBeerGirl
4/5 rDev -6.1%
Cheers to Axic10 for this beer...thanks Alex
Thankful post six-hour-Fourth-of-July-drive filtered clear orange pour into a Great American Beer Fest taster glass. The clearness of this beer was a bit disappointing.
The hop profile in this beer is quite tropical and reminds me of a slightly less balsy blend of Dreadnaught and Dorado Dorado. Tropical and quite bitter with a significant malt spine.
Overall a nice beer, but that astringent bite at the back end seems out of place, even at 6.5%. Good, but not quite what I had hoped for.
07-05-2010 02:56:08 | More by BarrytheBear
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
Received in a trade with macmaster761.
A - Pours into the glass with a nice foamy head that had good retention. Fantastic stick and lacing on the sides. Clear, dark amber color, very impressive looking beer.
S - Lots of piney hops with a bit of resin, huge smell on this one. Floral, a bit of grapefruit, and a strong citrusy orange and pineapple smell. Even my non-beer roommate picked this out. Very good.
T - Some tropical notes and a bit of pine, the sweet fruit helps it from becoming too piney. Nice malty backbone. I think this is a fantastic IPA. Little bit of bitter resin at the end.
M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation, little sticky.
D - Goes down easy, can do a lot of these and enjoy them.
07-01-2010 16:28:50 | More by AgentZero
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.