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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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857 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 162
Gots: 55 | FT: 2
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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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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Lots of hype around this one. I'm excited!

Pours a slightly chill-hazed bright orange with a decent 1 cm head that keeps for a bit before reducing, leaving some very nice lacing marks on my glass.

Smell is full of rich pine-y notes and some of the juiciest citrus notes I have ever come across. Some nice bread, maple sugar and biscuit in the background too. Encouraging indeed!

Taste is lively with lots of piney, grapefruity-citrus hops right up front and throughout intermixed with caramel and a good amount of bready malt flavours on the finish and linger which provide for a beautifully hoppy yet balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel is bright and prickly with a surprising touch of cream and a bit of that classic IPA oilyness. The Finish is nice and clean with a touch of spice on the linger.

As for drinkability, there's not much to complain about. I could see myself drinking a few of these in 1 sitting way too easily. It goes down real smooth and provides for an interesting enough taste experience to satisfy any palate. It delivers everything an IPA lover would want but doesn't go overboard in any way - when it comes to this beer, balance is bliss.

All this from a can? Are you kidding me?!?!

I don't know if I've ever felt so privileged to have such open access to a beer before.

Serving type: can

03-19-2010 04:16:08 | More by Graham5161986
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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

12 oz can (thanks Thorpe429!) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, bright reddish-amber with a moderate column of carbonation leading up to a 3/4" head of fine tan foam; average retention and a good amount of spotty lace. Great looking beer, and just the color I like from an IPA.

S: Fresh hoppy aroma is mainly floral and piney, with just a hint of caramel malt backing it up. Pleasant and straightforward, but not particularly deep or complex.

T: Terrific, zesty explosion of hops up front - hugely floral, with some pine and citrus as well - followed by some pretty dry, almost biscuity malt before the intensely bitter finish. It's breathtaking right up until a bit of astringency creeps in on the aftertaste, but this is a pretty minor quibble. Delicious IPA.

M: The body is a bit on the light side of medium, with soft, moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

D: The overly bitter aftertaste continues to bother me, but this beer is tasty enough to transcend such complaints. I could easily and gladly drink more of these.

Notes: I've been wanting to try this one for a while, and lo and behold Thorpe429 hooked me up with a can as an extra. Unlike the UPS driver who broke the growlers I sent him, this beer did not disappoint. It was fun to try a West Coast IPA that wasn't from CA. Good stuff.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

03-19-2010 02:58:02 | More by woosterbill
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 12oz can into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a very clear light orange with an off white head that only rises about half a finger and is gone right away.

The aroma is really nice. Perfect combination and sweet and better. Starts off with a really nice sweet citrus fading into a perfect amount of hops, enough to know they are there but not all dominating.

The taste is equally as nice. It starts off a little sweet then fades into a great hoppy finish. An almost pefect ipa balance because in neither respect does the other overpower the other.

The feel is nice, with a very long lasting dry finish.

Overall, this was a great little ipa. Could almost be a really nice ipa sessional

Serving type: can

03-16-2010 00:04:09 | More by jrallen34
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

OK, so I've heard some grumbling about this beer and was excited to give it a try. I actually love that it comes in a can.

We are off to a good start here. Pours with a beautiful creamy off white head with excellent retention and structure. Bright orange amber in color with excellent clarity. Clumps of lacing everywhere. On the last pour from the can some dark floaters went into my glass. They slowly made their way to the bottom of the glass. More than just sediment, which usually mixes into the beer and makes it hazy. These were larger and sank.

Aroma is fantastic and fresh. Huge perfume like hop presence. I think I'm getting more pine resin type aromas along with some grapefruit peel. A whiff of alcohol. Almost reminds me more of a DPA vs. a standard.

Wow, excellent IPA. Living up to the comments I heard. Still feels a little more assertive for a 6.5% ABV, but quite nice. Juicy hop explosion. Lots of fruity esters and a bit of cracker malt breadiness. The hop punch is big/fresh and wonderful.

Body is light, but hops make the mouth feel large! Wonderful.

This is a great IPA and just made my regular purchase list. For a hop head this is fantastic. Great IPA!

Serving type: can

03-14-2010 18:49:51 | More by Reagan1984
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hops1337

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from lunch on a recent trade.
Poured from a can into my SA perfect pint glass. Nice copper color with medium white head that dissipates into a decent sticky lace. Nice grapefruit aroma. Taste is slightly metallic im sure due to the can but is still quite good. I got a faint tea flavor in the background that was real unusual. Weird that i live 30 minutes from B.C. but i have never seen this beer in my town. Thanks again lunch!

Serving type: can

03-14-2010 06:05:32 | More by hops1337
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

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

Had two of these bad boys sent to me as extras in a recent trade with Lunch. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a translucent dark-golden with a really nice looking two and a half fingers or so of puffy head rising off of the body. Lots of beading and great head retention. Takes a long time before the head dies back to about a quarter finger sheet that sticks around for the rest of the drink. Moderate amounts of lacing as well.

Smell- Big on tropical fruits here. Lots of aromatic hops smelling of pineapple and orange with a little bit of bitter grapefruit. Very rich and fruity, I like this one.

Taste- Very hop forward but not quite as fruity as I was expecting. Starts out with bitter grapefruit and pineapple citrus flavors but is rounded out with a healthly amount of resiny bite on the finish. Very solid flavor profile.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Good here on both accounts. Slick and substantial with very good carbonation and goes down easy with the nice flavor profile.

Overall, a very good IPA. Big on west coast smells but with some east coast piney IPA flavors coming through as well. Though not my favorite IPA ever, this is a very good offering and I recommend it.

Serving type: can

03-13-2010 22:14:48 | More by boatshoes
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can on 3/5/10.

A - Emerged from the aluminum as a clear amber/orange body with almost two fingers of frothy beige foam that retained quite well and yielded thick swatches of lacing.

S - A pungent hop bouquet of pine and citrus with hints of herbal notes happliy coexists with a sweet caramel malt foundation to create a wonderfully aromatic IPA nose.

T - Lots of hops in here with primarily citrus and piney attributes, but also herbal and perfumy notes as well. The caramel malt backbone provides a sweet balance to the fairly aggressive hop character. The citrus presence really becomes more apparent as the liquid warmed up a bit. Finishes with a moderate hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with a slick, oily texture and lively carbonation, resulting in a pretty crisp mouthfeel. Finishes with lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - IPA from a can. Why aren't there more of them around? Them Canucks can make a good IPA, eh?

Serving type: can

03-13-2010 21:24:08 | More by ffejherb
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aerozeppl

New York

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

The lone can that made it back from EBF weekend. Picked up at Julios on the way out.

A: Hazy copper color with a little under a finger of white head. A nice amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose on this beer simply kills. Fresh whole hop cones abound. Citrus. Grapefruit. A little bit of peaches as well. Smells like a big OL DIPA.

T: Little bit bitter up front. Goes into a little bit of a charcoal taste then the hops just come at you and do not relent. Not nearly as big a hop taste as the nose.

M: Really good. Little bit creamy with a little bit of stickiness to it.

D: I love a good beer in a can and this is just that. Would love this for tubing or fishing. Hopefully we will see this beer in NY soon though I know I am fooling myself just by typing that.

Serving type: can

03-11-2010 22:32:35 | More by aerozeppl
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NewGeneric

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Casey10 for hooking me up.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a gold amber color with fluffy off-white head that dissipates very slowly laving patterns of lacing all over the glass. Very clear as well, looks impressive.

S: Big piney hops with a citrus finish. Hints of malt come through, but they're pretty well dominated by the hops.

T: Much more balanced than I was expecting based on smell. Beautiful, luscious hops are complemented by a warming malt backbone. Quite tasty.

M: Very impressive mouthfeel for an IPA. Incredibly smooth, with just enough bite from the hops. Leaves my mouth slightly slick. Gorgeous.

D: I don't think it can improve in this category. Hands down, one of the most drinkable IPAs I've ever had. Thanks again Brian!

Serving type: can

03-10-2010 22:30:35 | More by NewGeneric
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Picked up at Julio's on 02.26.2010.

A: Pours a nice copper with a bit of a reddish tint to it. Very nice tan head, leaving loads of lacing as it goes down.

S: Loads of citrus, grassy, and earthy hops atop a slightly-sweet caramel malt base. I had heard this described as "baby Furious" and that actually comes pretty close.

T: Some sweet malt in the background, which balances things out a little bit, but this one is almost entirely hops. Definite earthy and herbal hops with bits of citrus. Hoppy flavors, although it's not terribly bitter.

M: Medium body with a smooth creaminess. Slightly chewy. No alcohol presence.

D: Very, very drinkable. Hopefully we'll see expanded distribution on this one soon.

Serving type: can

03-08-2010 15:02:46 | More by Thorpe429
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Adamdc

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into snifter.

A: Pours a nice copper/amber color with a very slight haze and one finger of white head that dissipates quickly to minimal lacing with extensive lacing

S: The smell is wonderful on this beer. A very nice layering of the citrusy/piney hop aroma sitting on the caramel malt backbone. Very nice!

T: This is very nicely balanced. The hop flavor is a mixture of citrus and pine (I get pineapple also) and the malt keeps it all in check. One thing I am noticing right now that I've never noticed before in this beer is that I'm definitely tasting some of the alcohol in the back end of it. I know this is only 6.5% abv but I'm definitely feeling some of the heat.

M: You don't get a lot of carbonation in this. I feel like it should have a little more. It definitely has a nice medium body for an IPA but it seems a little on the flat side.

D: The citrusy aroma and taste of the hops are what make this beer very attractive. It is a very tasty beer. The alcohol in the taste and the slight lack of some carbonation detract slightly from this. Overall I really like this and would put this in my 'second tier' of IPA's! I'm very excited that I'm able to purchase this locally.

Serving type: can

03-08-2010 02:54:44 | More by Adamdc
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

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

Another thanks goes out to kmurray8621 for sending me this. I'm an IPA fiend and don't care who knows it!

Pours a semi hazy orange copper color with about two fingers of off white head. It has great retention and manages to leave some intense sheets of lacing on the glass.

The nose is hoppy and sweet, with citrus and spicey hops the main players, while the malty backbone has just begun to peak its face through.

More spicey hops in the taste than I got in the nose, and the citrus and floral hops are gone, replaced by piney and resiny bitter hops. Malts come out a bit more in the taste. Still very hop forward without being one sided.

Light to medium in body, with a crisp carbonation and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is great.

Overall, a great IPA, and I'm really glad that I got a chance to try this, as it looks like it's gaining popularity and not a lot of people have had a chance to try it. Canadians brew good beer too!

Serving type: can

03-04-2010 03:31:57 | More by Mistofminn
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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

A-the pour gives hints of hop haze, mostly clear though, deep orangish amber color with hues of copper shining through. A white head is slightly thin; but nice and fluffy looking. It has decent retention and leaves a thick trail of lace that falls down right behind the head

S-this is big and juicy with tons of tropical fruits in the nose. Grapefruit, mango, and pineapple are strong with a light piney backbone

T-the taste is big and hoppy just like the nose. The is present but very light. Tropical fruits are strong with pineapple, mango towards the middle giving wayto a sweet and bitter grapefruit taste. Notes of herbal hops and grassy notes come in at the back as the bitterness from the grapefruit lingers for a moment

M-extremely creamy with a big medium body, very smooth with a great crisp finish from a well carbonated brew. This is juicy and wet but somehow slightly dry at the finish

D-this goes down so easy, great beer and one of the best IPA's out there. Hop lovers dream that doesn't let up with a great body and feel.

Serving type: can

03-04-2010 02:08:14 | More by cpetrone84
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange, nice 2-finger rocky off-white head. Retains very well and leaves great lacing. Smell is great as well, huge citrus/tangerine + grapefruit scents, and maybe some apple etc. Taste is unexpected, doesn't match the smell at all. There is a strange unidentifiable taste right off the bat, I can't quite put a finger on it. Someone in another review said tea leaves, maybe that's it. The strange taste along with some grassy notes mask any other potential flavors, leaving a bready caramel aftertaste. From the smell I expected a fruity crisp IPA but that's not what I'm getting here. Not bad but I prefer usual IPA flavors over this. Mouthfeel is good, a little more creamy than average for the style with a smooth malty finish. Good, but definitely hindered I think from that strange taste.

Serving type: can

03-03-2010 20:15:09 | More by Chico1985
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper-amber body. Good clarity. Huge off-white head. Nice and creamy with solid retention. Lacing provides good coverage of the glass after each sip.

S: Nice, if not mild, hop presence. Mostly grapefruit, orange and some light pine notes. Significant caramel sweetness.

T: Subdued blend of light, but pleasant citric and pine notes. More malt than the nose would suggest. People have described this as a prototypical west coast IPA, but I just didn't get that impression.

M: A bit lighter, in a thin-at-times kind of way. Nice bitterness throughout though. Slight astringent finish.

D: Overall, this was a solid, but not noteworthy IPA. On the plus side... it comes in cans which is a nice emerging trend.

Serving type: can

03-03-2010 03:26:42 | More by callmemickey
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heliosphann

Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz Can provided by my MAINe hook-up Casey10. Thanks Brian! Served in a Nonic Pint Glass. No canned on or best-by-date.

A: Finger of nice, dense foam. Fades into a thin layer on top, riddled with different sized bubbled. Pours a pristine looking amber. Lacing is very nice for a IPA, leaving some soapy remains on the glass.

S: Fresh, grassy hops explode with some hints of citrus fruits. A big, sweet malty base balancing things out nicely. The b

T: Like I noted above, the raw resiny hoppiness is balanced perfectly by a solid malty backbone. There is some sweetness, but it's not cloying or overdone. Bitterness is present, but it's very fleeting and mostly on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Great viscosity on this brew. There is a little stickiness, but not much. The ample, but not overabundant carbonation helps make this nice and smooth.

D: This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for in a sessionable IPA. The 6.5% ABV is never noticeable, the hoppiness and bitterness are there, but they don't abuse the palate.

I've been calling this Furious' little brother, and that's some very high praise. A truly fantastic IPA, from our neighbors up north no less! Do yourself a favor and track down a can (or 12) of this tasty brew. You won't be disappointed!

Serving type: can

02-27-2010 02:01:40 | More by heliosphann
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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

Red Racer IPA has a very clear, dark golden colored body with highlights of red and orange. Slow moving carbonation bubbles slowly ascend to the fluffy, off-white head. The head settles to a foamy ring on top of the beer, leaving some good lacing along the side of the glass.

The aroma has a strong, bitter, grapefruit smell. Besides that there is a little bit of malt, but not much else. Lots of hops though, a quality aroma for an IPA.

Red Racer IPA is packed with hops like a good IPA should be. Tons of bitterness with flavors of grapefruit and pine resin. After that some caramel flavored malt brings some balance, but doesn't do much to get in the way of the hops. This is a quality, hopped-up IPA; I like it. Rating-wise it probably falls between a 4 and a 4.5, but I'm going with a 4 here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just a hair over moderate carbonation.

For a hop lover Red Racer IPA is a pretty good beer. I bought it because I dig craft beer in cans, but this stuff would be good poured out of anything.

Serving type: can

02-25-2010 01:32:35 | More by Hojaminbag
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beerbutcher

Maine

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours pale copper with quick dissipating head.

aroma is first hoppy. bright candied tangerine/ mandarine aroma. yummy. trace of alcohol and faintly malty. super yummy citrus nose.

on the palate the beer is crisp and fresh. medium body with good carbonation and clean malt. finishes lightly tart and hoppy

mouthfeel may be a bit light and dry for my tastes but fits the style.

overall, very drinkable. conceals its alcohol well and aside from being well made, is also interesting. highly recommend trying this beer.

Serving type: can

02-24-2010 05:57:07 | More by beerbutcher
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womencantsail

California

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

Big thanks to Jared for sending me a sixer of these recently.

A: The pour is a crystal clear light amber color with a moderate white head and sheets of lacing.

S: A very solid grapefruit aroma along with some orange and a mild pine. The malt is present, but definitely in the background.

T: The grapefruit translates quite well to the palate, giving Red Racer a pleasant citrus flavor. There is also a very intense piney bitterness which is not often found in IPAs outside of CA. The malt does not seem to be there at all.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and crisp finish.

D: Very much on the bitter side and very much in the vain of other west coast IPAs. A solid offering and one that I'm very glad to have tried.

Serving type: can

02-22-2010 07:06:13 | More by womencantsail
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can thanks to jlindros.

Pours a nice deep amber color with one and a half fingers of foamy white head.

Scent of sweet juicy citrus, bitter pine, caramel, and sugar. A great scent with a nice variety of hop characteristics.

Taste of grapefruit, pine, light caramel, and a hint of pineapple. Finishes dry with a bitter sappy pine flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a somewhat smooth carbonation.

I found this to be very drinkable, this would be great on a warm Spring or Summer day.

Serving type: can

02-20-2010 01:03:16 | More by paco1029384756
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John_M

Oregon

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

You know.... you take a look at this goofy looking, unpretentious looking can, and you think... you've got to be kidding me. Then you crack it open and take that first sniff....

The beer pours a fairly light orange amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is a pretty yummy smelling IPA. There is a bit more noticeable sweet malt in the background then I'd like to see, but otherwise there is considerable white pepper, celery salt, citrus and a touch of pine, showing off the hoppy bitterness in this beer. The blend of sweet malt with the hoppy bitterness gives this beer some interesting tropical fruit flavors. On the palate, this is an impressively bitter IPA, but there's still some noticeable sweet malt and alcohol on the finish that I'm not in love with. Still, there's no denying that this beer displays a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness that really dominates the flavor profile. The beer is made very much in the West Coast style, and is on the dry side for IPA's. Very, very nice. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though there's no denyig the flavor packed flavor profile. Also, the beer finishes with a nice clean, refreshing, crispness that I quite like. Drinkability is good, but there's something of an alcoholic bite in the finish that I'm not totally in love with.

Hmmmm.... I can see the similarity between this and Blind Pig, as a friend (Dyan) suggested. However, I just can't say it's quite in the same class with the pig. While undeniably excellent, it just doesn't have quite the level of bitter intensity that I love so much in Blind Pig. That being said, there is no doubt that this is a very good beer... after Surly's furious, probably the best beer I can ever recall drinking out of a can . Impressive.

Thanks Dyan!

Serving type: can

02-17-2010 01:35:20 | More by John_M
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you have ever heard of the term "West Coast IPA" this beer is the definition of that. It's a light copper, a beautiful white head that leaves all kinds of sexy lacing. As soon as you crack the can you're assaulted, in a pleasant way, with citrus, creamsicle hop aromas with a smattering of pine and whispers of grapefruit and sweet malt. The pine intensifies in the taste and mingles with the citrus and hints of fruitiness to coat your mouth in that tantalizing way that hops like to work. A nice delicate malt backbone of caramel, biscuit, and a slight sweetness back up the hops. The dry finish, smooth body, perfect carbonation and 6.5% abv make this a dangerous beer. One is not enough.

Serving type: can

02-15-2010 07:38:00 | More by EskimoDave
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wagenvolks

Texas

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

Thanks to indiapaleale for sending this my way via his Nice Cans BIF. 12oz can into a Dogfish Head off-centered pint.

Red Rocket...errr...Racer 5....uhhh, I mean RED RACER (yeah, that's it!) pours a crisp peach body with a copper core. Evenly distributed carbonation throughout fuels a well-retained manila head that sticks a few splotchy swaths of lacing along the inside of the glass. Exceptional aroma makes my head spin with all the hoppiness: foresty pine (Simcoe?), grapefruit zest, sugared pineapple chunks, fresh grass--it's all in there, and it's all insanely enticing.

Tea leaves hit the palate first, throwing me into more of an English IPA mindset. Definitely sweet tea with a hint of lemongrass and peach. Maybe some cotton candy, too. The hops come in bold and bitter mid-palate, and linger long into the finish with a burst of resinous pine and citrus. A spritzy carbonation level seals the deal, while the medium-light body is crisp, juicy, and dry at the end. Overall, Red Racer is an immensely enjoyable, drinkable brew. More of an English-American hybrid of an IPA, but I'll take it.

Serving type: can

02-13-2010 05:17:26 | More by wagenvolks
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Free can from ritzkiss...I owe you one! Thanks Eric. I've been wanting to check this out for a while now.

Pours a hazy, light copper colour with a thin blanket of white head. Nice lacing up the sides of the glass. I'd rate is 4.25 but will have to settle for 4.0.

Big aromas of pine and grapefruit backed up by sweet malt. Great smell but I'm left wanting more of it.

Lots of hops. Bitter and drying, it's quite earthy. Pine seems to be dominate with some grapefruit in the background. This is very much a West Coast IPA, the hops clearly outbalance the malt profile, though not in an overwhelming way. Dry, piney aftertaste. The ABV isn't detectable.

Good feel: creamy medium body with a light carbonation.

If I lived somewhere where this was readily available, it would always be in my fridge. I can't wait to get my hands on some more of this stuff. Incredibly drinkable and very sessionable. This beer easily makes company with the best IPAs I've tried. I imagine this would be out of control when fresh.

Serving type: can

02-12-2010 06:52:54 | More by eat
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Durge

Connecticut

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

A crystal clear light amber color with lots of bubble action with a goodly off-white head and very nice lacing. The aroma is a stiff shot of citrus hops, a bit sharp with nice yeasty bread/sweet roll balance. The flavor that follows is definitely more of the same. Bright glorious citrus bite, mid-bodied and frisky carbonation. Very easy drinking but lots of hops here. I get some rice cereal graininess, a tad sweet but mostly sour dough and grapefruit. If you want a little hop blast, you'll be very happy. I liked this and see this as one of the better canned brews I've had and right up there with any of my preferred IPA's. I'm impressed.

Serving type: can

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