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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

849 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 162
Gots: 54 | 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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koopa

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack received in a trade with EskimoDave thanks!

Appearance: The can itself is a work of art! Pours a bright orange yellow with a massive slightly off white crown that shows great retention and tons of lace. Neon is Nice!

Smell: Really nice pineapple grapefruit combo with pine, a hint of alcohol and a touch of grass.

Taste: Same as nose. The malt is fairly toasty which I think takes away from the tropical notes a bit. Still fantastic though, don't get me wrong.

Mouthfeel: A touch sticky and fairly full bodied. A hefty brew for the style indeed!

Drinkability: The flavor profile and nose are great and the mouthfeel and abv make it a good drinker.

Serving type: can

06-26-2010 02:35:41 | More by koopa
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a small very sticky light white head thats almost a bit yellow, very nice. Nose is very nice and floral, citrusy and hoppy, sweet and sharp with hints of grapefruit and onion.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, a good amount of carbonation makes it very smooth. Taste is a bit sharp at first, then a light bitterness but lots of citrus dominates, very solid IPA, and I love that it's in a can!

Serving type: can

06-26-2010 01:53:20 | More by kingcrowing
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12fl oz can poured into my pint glass

The appearance is that of a medium copper color with a frothy slightly tan two inch head. Great head retention that subsides very slowly and leaves a thing blanket covering the top of the beer. Noticeable amount of scattered lacing cling to the sides of my glass.

Huge citrus aroma come luring your nose with dominate smells of grapefruit, peaches, passion fruit, and tangerines. Traces of pink bubblegum can be detected along with caramel malts.

Taste upfront is slightly sweet with citrus flavors of grapefruit and tangerines. Pine like bitterness hops builds up midway through the sweetness with caramel malts and that pink bubblegum taste finishing it off.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing and tasty aftertaste.

Overall this beer is highly drinkable and is pretty much an exact twin of another beer that comes in a green can. That beer is from Ska Brewing-Modus Hoperandi. If you love this beer then you MUST check out Modus Hoperandi and see for yourselves how exact these two beers are.

Serving type: can

06-25-2010 23:04:02 | More by tr4nc3d
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dasenebler

Maine

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

Pours a rich, light-copper hue with a creamy head. Lacing and retention are good.

Bigtime aroma of grapefruit, plus piney and woodsy hoppy goodness.

This is a very nice IPA. It's actually much more balanced than I expected, with a definite caramel note and some malt sweetness. Don't get me wrong though-- the hops are the main attraction, and the flavor is quite good. Not so much juicy as piney and resinous. The bitterness and light citrus flavors create a flavor profile that is highly suggestive of grapefruit. Bitter, rindy, and tea-like aftertaste. I appreciate the medium-low carbonation and resiny mouthfeel.

All in all, an excellent beer, with a sweet can design to boot-- I love the 50s cyclist girl, and also the green and black hop vine outlines in the background. Now all I need to do is find this stuff really fresh and on-tap!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 21:42:49 | More by dasenebler
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thought..bleh a can, 2nd thought..cool 50's chick on a bike....

Has the IPA look down pat. Deep copper orange, cloudy, nice rich off white head, great retention, tons of lacing. Did I mention from a can of all things?

Aroma sweet floral sugars, nice citrus pine.

Toasty sweet malts manage to hold their own vs the pine-like hops, but alas, the Hops prevail in the end. Grapefruit blends seamlessly with the pine and remaining malt sweetness.

Smooth, slight slick, slightly oily feel. Maybe a touch sticky sweet on the finish.

First rate IPA..if ALberta doesn't have it, my Dad will be making a trip to the beer store in Victoria to pick some up for this kid.

Serving type: can

06-21-2010 02:41:44 | More by Shadman
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

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

Deep orangish-yellow colorwith a slight haze and a thin head. Good carbonation with a very pleasant malty feel. Wet lacings on the glass that don't really stick. This IPA seemed to grow in character as it warmed up a bit. Citrusy orange sweet aroma with hints of bread and biscuit. Orange and biscuit flavors. Well-balanced malt and hop character. Neither very strong. Not as bitter and heavily hopped as most IPAs. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: can

06-20-2010 03:24:53 | More by IronLover
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of catty hops and orange citrus. The flavor is a little bit different. I get some resiny hops as well as some orange citrus and pine notes. The bitterness level is about medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: can

06-19-2010 04:53:31 | More by Mora2000
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased at Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, VA.

A - A deep golden color with a reddish tinge. Great clarity! A small head.

S - Piney and earthy hops. Stays strong from start to finish.

T - Citrusy bitterness and piney hop flavor with a touch of toasted malt. This beer really lights up your taste buds.

M - Starts with a moderate consistency but seems to thin out as you swallow. A moderate carbonation.

D - This is a flavorful, hoppy beer that satisfies yet leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: can

06-17-2010 23:23:27 | More by GJ40
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Overlord

California

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shogokawada wowed me with this box o' beer.

POus a really bright orange gold. It practically glows. Pretty. Three or four inch off-white head.

Huge grapefruit and pineapple aroma. Wow. That's one fine smelling beer. Very nice! Fresh white grapefruit and tropical notes abound.

Taste is good. No malt presence, just straight-up orange, big grapefruit, a splash of bittering pine (just a splash, this is mainly citrus), and the tropical aroma does carry through into the flavor. Very bright and tangy.

Nice mouthfeel. Fluffy. No real body to it. Insanely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 05:41:52 | More by Overlord
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can revealed a light, orange-copper liquid with a 2-finger white head which settled into a frothy skim. Lacing was heavy for an IPA and left a wonderful series of rings marking my LARGE sips. The carbonation that is so evident on pouring is there as well in the feel of this medium, sticky liquid. The nose is not overwhelming but a very sweet, flowery mix of grapefruit, oranges and piney hops. Taste begins with a little hop bitterness, but moves to a buttery, citrus (peach-like?), grassy, well-balanced set of flavors. Finish is mildly bitter. At 6.5% and tasty, this is a session beer to be sure. If you like balanced IPA's, I recommend you try this!

Serving type: can

06-14-2010 18:19:37 | More by regspeir
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from an attractive green can painted to reflect 1950's Americana. An interesting choice of design for a Canadian brewery.

Liquid is calm and lightly carbonated with thin head and almost no lacing. Color is a bright, nearly neon, red with hints of a straw gold.

Scent is of warm hops and tart citrus. Aroma is well balanced between sweeter smells & dryer scents and manages to be quite appealing.

Taste is malty with an almost biscuit-like quality. An amber sweetness is in the forefront and it ends up being a bit sweeter than expected. Unfortunately, the hop strength fades as it warms, which throws off the delicate balance.

This brew is smooth on the tongue and low on the hop scratch meter. It's more of a display of balance than power, most of the time, before it gives way to grapefruit sweetness.

I could see this being the go-to beer for IPA fans who prefer something a hint maltier, and, as a nice alternative to the traditional American IPA, it succeeds.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 01:11:53 | More by deapokid
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bonkers

New Jersey

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It is clear orange in color with a sticky white 2 finger head, and lots of lacing. Big sweet pine notes and big notes of grapefruit on the nose. Nice bitter pine and grapefruit up front. It mellows a bit mid palate and then the finish is very bitter with lots of sticky pine. The finish lingers on and on. This beer taste like a "bigger" beer due to its fuller body and very sticky mouthfeel. A great IPA that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: can

06-09-2010 22:22:12 | More by bonkers
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a cellar temperature can into a tumbler glass. The liquid has a light brown color. There is a lot of carbonation rising up from the bottom. The head is very big, foamy, and made up of tan bubbles. The beer has a great aroma. It's full of fresh hops and not too sweet. Maybe there's a bit of brown sugar or molasses, but it's hidden by all of the aromatic hops. The flavor starts out with some grassy hops and a touch of sweetness I could detect in the aroma. It builds up to a big bitter taste that lingers on after I swallow. It's piney and citrusy. It's a full bodied IPA and each swallow leaves a bit of a sticky coat, but not as much as some imperial IPAs (what I'm trying to say is this beer has the consistency of beer that usually has a sweeter mouthcoat). The carbonation is apparent on my tongue. This is an extremely drinkable IPA. I have gone through a number of cans in an afternoon, but I've also sat back and slowly sipped a single 12 ounce serving. This is an IPA any fan of the style should seek out.

Serving type: can

06-08-2010 00:58:24 | More by ToasterChef
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DoubleJ

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Racer IPA is slowly becoming noticed among beer geeks in both Canada and the US, and for good reason. I was lucky enough to try this growing giant at the source itself in Surrey, BC. On to the beer:

It's orange in color, and there are some strings of lacing sticking around in the glass. There's a healthy amount of fresh pine in the aroma which excites the beer drinker for what's next.

Red Racer IPA is filled with hops. clean, crisp hops! It's only a little bitter, which is nice. Floral notes exists too. The malt is crackery/biscuity. It's also a little sweet, which the best I can describe is like fruit infused hops with a sprinkle of sugar. It's very smooth in the mouth, and is a pleasure to drink.

Red Racer IPA lives up to the hype. A delicious beer that any any hophead would be a fool to turn down. The crazy thing is this wasn't the best IPA I tasted at Central City Brewing during my visit; you'll need to read my Double IPA review from that same brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 02:41:24 | More by DoubleJ
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was finally able to get my hands on a 6'er of this. Very much anticipated and definitely managed to meet and exceed my expectations.

A - Slightly foggy golden copper/orange, pouring a thin layer of head with a solid lacing ring.

S - Sweet pine needles and cedar sprigs, with a surprisingly strong citrus finish.

T - Super sweet citrus with a very bitter finish. I was quite surprised by the hop bomb that this can concealed. I had developed some expectations, and they were more than achieved. Lemon citrus, with some noticeable alcohol content, and a gin-like finish. Very delicious balance.

M - Mouthfeel was a bit heavier than I would have expected, but still reasonably light.

D - Very delicious and highly recommended to any IPA fan. At $17.00 per 6-pack it's a little on the pricey side, but well worth it. Very glad to have this in Alberta!

Serving type: can

06-05-2010 05:27:16 | More by andrenaline
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red racer pours a medium amber that is pretty textbook for an IPA. It has a wonderful, tightly packed head with great staying power and leaves good lace. The aroma is very piney and citrusy with the usual grapefruit, pine and zest aromas, as well as a good amount of caramel malt character. The taste reveals a nice, fairly balanced flavor that is all you could ask for in an IPA. Citrus and piney hops, firm bitterness and a nice malt backbone combine to make a very nice and very enjoyable IPA. The body is medium and mostly pleasant, if not a bit sticky at the end. Very drinkable and while not a must have IPA, certainly one of the better ones I have had. Another very good canned craft beer.

Serving type: can

06-02-2010 21:26:40 | More by zoso1967
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a darker shade of amber with a bit of haze to it...a big, two finger, white head formed and showed nice retention...nice lacing

S - A big dose of hops hits your nose...they are mainly citrus but you can pick up some floral and pine notes

T - The hops jump out up front as sweet...the citrus plays a nice role in the flavors...grapefruit and orange...about halfway through the beer the malts become noticealbe...they add some extra sweetness to the beer...the finish is bitter...a nice, drying bitterness

M - Medium bodied...crisp, slick, dry, and a long, lingering bitterness

D - This is one of the best canned beers I've had...and it's always nice to have an IPA inside that can...very balanced in the flavors with a prevailing bitterness...thank you Canada

Serving type: can

06-02-2010 12:21:33 | More by thain709
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seanh99

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Given a can in exchange for a can of Harpoon IPA, I think I came out ahead. From Tasting notes 5/30/10

A: Poured aggressivly into shaker/pint glass, Pours a dark copper, 3+ fingers of pillowy white head that settled to about 1 and then lasted thru more than half the beer.

S: Grapefruit smell upfront and maybe a bit of pine in the background, made my mouth water... I didn't get a lot of maltiness in the aroma

T: Big juicy, citrusy flavors, might have noted pineapple or not but no real Pine taste that I got from the Aroma. that finished with the nice (maybe biscuty, graham cracker) malt.

M: As expected Hop flavor coated my toungue. Felt good in my mouth

D: Really good, I agree that with a review below that this beer is dangerously drinkable. This in one that I could see having several sitting on my deck.

Serving type: can

06-01-2010 19:52:54 | More by seanh99
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Medium orange in color and very clear. One finger of pure white head with large sized bubbles.

Lots of citrus on the nose. Orange and grapefruit.

Lots of grassy type hops and orange citrus are in the forefront.

Mouthfeel is light, and refreshingly crisp.

Overall, a very approachable canned IPA. Not as good as the Caldera i had just recently but decent.

Serving type: can

06-01-2010 16:23:50 | More by BigMike
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bum732

Lesotho

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

Pours a clear golden orange, nice creamy head, great lacing. Smells of peaches, grapefruit, juicy fruit, tangerines, oranges, touch of pine, slight bready malt. Tastes of a citrus blast of hops with just enough sweetness to pull it together. Good solid bitterness dries the palate with some lemon rind and lots of grapefruit. Good crisp carbonation, full mouthfeel.

This is a fantastic beer and an amazing IPA. Very citrusy in the west coast tradition. I've heard some comparisons to Pliny and they may be correct. Loved the big peach notes, worked well with the traditional citrus notes. Also loved it was in a can! Will definitely get some more.

Serving type: can

06-01-2010 02:59:57 | More by bum732
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing better than a good IPA in a can! Red Racer IPA pours a hazy copper red with a foamy head that fades to a thin layer. The aroma is citrusy grapefruit and some resiny pine, with barleywine like hints of toffee. Grapefruit hits upfront in the flavor, but gives way long enough for some nice caramel maltiness to come through. The malt gives way to a nice heavy, resiny bitterness that lingers long after the beer is gone. It's funny now that I had to move back to New England (from Ontario) to get great beer from BC.

Serving type: can

05-31-2010 02:52:04 | More by ericj551
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish copper, with a nice frothy and white head. Looks great for the style.

S: Picking up big fruity and floral hops. A bit of malt sweetness. Good amount of grapefruit aroma.

T: Great deal of bitterness, yet some sweet fruits shine through as well. Some peach type flavors. Grapefruit and citrus zest and pith. Good balance here.

M: Nice and slick, leaves a bit of a syrupy feeling after consumed. Leaves a large and lasting amount of flavor.

D: This beer is dangerously drinkable. Packed with flavor and a huge aroma. ABV is just low enough that a few of these can be enjoyed in a sitting.

Serving type: can

05-31-2010 01:39:36 | More by kiddynamite920
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a clear, amber with a 3-finger, white head that leaves quite a bit of splotchy lacing. The ample carbonation is clearly visible.
The smell is a really nice pineapple and citrus blend with a bit of sweet malt apparent at the end of a deep inhale.
The taste is much the same as the aroma but is quickly followed by a dose of bitterness that lingers through the pleasant appearance of the bready, sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation.
Drinkability: This is hard to beat having great qualities to support this. Has great taste, not particularly high ABV, smells & looks good and comes in a can. I hope Philly can continue to get this on a regular basis. With Sculpin now coming in 12 ozers, and still my favorite, this will give a lot of people an excellent but difficult choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 01:56:12 | More by meatyard
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livewire78

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful translucent amber. Head dissipates pretty quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Smells of citrus, grapefruit, and flowers. I thought maybe there were fresh cut flowers in the house. Nope, its the beer!

Tasted amazing! Beautiful mix of citrus and floral tastes. Usually there is a malt backbone but in this case the caramel malts were intermingled with the hops instead of being on the back end. Smooth isn't even the word. More like polished.

Mouthfeel was exceptional. The can talks about a long finish. You can say that again. I actually counted and it was 15 seconds. No alcohol burn.

Actually, this was my first craft beer out of a can and I had some preconcieved notions going in. But holy smoke! Not anymore. I freakin loved it. Huge thanks to tilkmelmo for this one!

Serving type: can

05-29-2010 13:56:25 | More by livewire78
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hawks10

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into an imperial pint glass...

Pours a nice dark amber/reddish copper color with a bit of haze...a huge four fingers worth of creamy meringue-like beige head forms and lasts for a long time, some chunks of lacing are left behind...

Nice aroma of strong citrus hops, mainly grapefruit with a nice piny edge to it as well...a decent amount of bready malt adds a bit of balance to a wonderfully hoppy beer...

Taste starts with some aggressive bitter action, very piny and resinous...a few sips in and the brew starts to sweeten a bit, the citrus in the nose comes out a bit with some juicy fruity taste and a decent malt background to slightly balance this beer...but this one is definitely about the hops, and finishes dry and bitter...

Medium bodied with decent carbonation...slightly oily and slick with a very dry lingering finish...

Probably the best IPA I have had from a can...and just overall one of the best American IPAs I have had.Period.

Serving type: can

05-29-2010 05:24:03 | More by hawks10
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.