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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

878 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 166
Gots: 64 | 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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rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a can into a pint glass. The beer pours a vibrant orange with a copper center. There is a sticky bubbly two finger head that fades to a tight cap, leaving sheets of sticky lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is outstanding. Citrus, oranges, mangos, grapefruit and lemon zest. Along with all the citrus there is a decent amount of pine. There is just a hint of caramel and sugared candy in the background.

The taste is not as defined, or pronounced as the smell, but still good. The citrus notes are first and foremost, mango, pineapple, oranges and lemon zest. The piney bitterness plays second fiddle, and all the hops are nicely balanced by caramel malts.

The beer is well carbonated, well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a great session IPA, something I will enjoy for sure in the summer months.

04-28-2010 17:35:55 | More by rpstevens
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a shimmering orange copper hue with two fingers of sticky white head that retains wonderfully and leaves sheets of lace.

Holy citrus! Strong and syrupy notes of grapefruit, pineapple, light mango and melon, pine resin and herbal hops with a zesty orange twist. Fantastic.

The sweet notes of melon and mango become more pronounced in the taste and mesh beautifully the clean star ruby grapfruit. Piney resin and herbal hops play as more of a backbone while all the sweet stuff goes on and is paired towards the end with a crusty bread finish.

Perfectly balanced, medium bodied, smooth, crisp, lightly creamy, and refreshing. I can't ask for anything more. Tooo easy to drink.

Overall, the best IPA I have had to date, and proud to have it be coming from Canada. Thank god for Premier Wines and Spirits down here in Halifax for carrying such a great selection. I paired this with some Italian gorgonzola and it went great. If you're into IPA's, it's not an option to pass this up.

04-27-2010 19:45:41 | More by ludachris
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BeckyFreesTibet

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

An impressive showing from a brewery with which I was unfamiliar.

Pours amber with peachy tones. Several fingers of frothy, bright white head and heavy, lingering lacing that literally coats the sides of the glass.

The aroma is everything an IPA should be. Very fruity with both citrus and tropical fruit present. Also a beautiful, floral, hoppy aroma.

The taste is mildly hoppy all the way. There is a notable amount of spice, especially pepper, tropical fruits, peach, and citrus at the end. It is never too bitter, but the taste is definitely more punchy than the smell.

Mouthfeel is incredibly full and consistent. Light, sparkly carbonation. Goes down like ice water on a hot day.

04-22-2010 19:11:14 | More by BeckyFreesTibet
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks to el meatwado for this fine canned IPA...

Poured into a 12 oz. fluted tulip, Red Racer had a compact cap of foam that settled and left a distinct solid ring of lacing inside the rim. Deep dried apricot color, fairly opaque, with what appears to be tiny hop pellets that have sunk to the bottom (???). On closer inspection, it seems to be yeast fragments from the ring that was agitated from the can. Looks almost like something that came from a mouse... 8:(

Candied apricots and caramel flavors, leafy herbal bitterness, and a spicy, floral nose. Lemon and grapefruit peel. Fairly sweet in the middle and it dries a little bit in the spicy finish. Still pretty fresh and kickin'. Body is light and it's dangerously drinkable. Once I got past the whole wierd yeast sediment it was great. Thanks again meatwad.

04-21-2010 00:46:59 | More by emerge077
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a translucent copper with a frothy, 2.5 inch cream-colored head. Head that eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with delicate strands of lacing and excellent adherence. Nose reveals characteristics of both grapefruit and herbal hops. Taste consistent with nose - not a lot of complexity, but perfect balance; just the merest suggestion of bittering lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation and a slightly oil quality across the tongue. Great IPA - drinks easy and is very satisfying. I also really dig the logo.

04-20-2010 23:58:42 | More by Jwale73
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muttyd

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

A - Bronze/orange pour with a thick foamy white head. Head settles to about a 1 inch thick head/ring.

S - Huge pine/earthy aroma mixed with sweet caramel/bready malts.

T - Follows the nose, as expected. Huge hop bite. Finishes with a slight astringency. Caramel malts balance out the piney hops, just perfectly.

M - Bubbly, chewy, and finishes very bitter.

D - Glad this one comes in a six pack. Very complex and full bodied, but still extremely drinkable.

04-18-2010 01:01:05 | More by muttyd
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augustgarage

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

Huge thanks to ShogoKawada for helping me tick this one off - it has been on my wants for a long time.

Lovely, clear, Princeton orange body with a hefty ivory froth which slowly recedes to lightly-whipped egg whites. A thin wallpaper of lacing decorates the sides in an even pattern.

Strong hop aroma, packed with seemingly the entire citrus family. Light malt, a little pink peppercorn, and a light herbal note as well. Surpassed my expectations.

More malt on the palate, a touch of caramel, pursued by a heady wave of grapefruit and orange zest - sweet, bitter, and refreshing. A little bread crust and melon into the finish which is tart and fairly dry.

Medium-light bodied, creamy, and well carbonated. Very mild astringency, and just enough alcohol to prevent you from guzzling too quickly.

Fresh, and on-tap, this might be exceptional - I'll have to update my review next time I'm in B.C.

04-15-2010 03:00:23 | More by augustgarage
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with at least 2 big foamy fingers of bright-white colored head. This retains with a hugely frothy look, which leaves a great looking cascade of super thick lacing down the sides of the glass. Nice look here! Pretty lush little hop aroma on this, smelling very floral, spicy, and citric, with a tangy underpinning of sweet malts underneath it. Just a nice fresh pop to this.

The taste is spicy and biting up front, with a splash of grapefruit adding an extra layer of bitter juiciness to the profile. Caramel and bread give this a good balancing tang but the finish is all about the hops, being seriously strong with spice and bitter fruit rinds. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth, with a generally smooth slickness to it that works itself into more of a pleasant creaminess towards the back of the swallow. The alcohol is very well hid here, helping keep the drinkibility of this up.

Really good canned IPA offering here, that packed plenty of hop character into a well balanced and easy drinking package. This was my first offering from Central City and it was a great start.

04-10-2010 19:54:59 | More by Kegatron
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%

Received this as an extra, but I can't remember from who. Anywho, thank you unknown BAer. Poured from can into my Goose Island pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark copper/orange with a couple fingers-worth of white frothy head. There's a good amount of lacing along the sides as the head dies down and a nice thin cap at the top. A really solid-looking IPA.

S - A nice crisp hoppy/floral aroma, slight malt, grapefruit. Very straightforward but then again, right on target for me.

T - I can tell this isn't super fresh, but it's still very good. Not quite as much hoppy/citrus notes as I expected, good floral notes, more malts on the palate compared to the nose. Slightly bitter finish but predominantly malts.

M - Light, clean & crisp, good carbonation with an oily finish.

D - A very solid IPA and I would love to have another chance at when super-fresh. That said, I enjoyed it very much!

04-09-2010 22:24:10 | More by Sean9689
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cavedave

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Thanks to knucks999 for this extra

Pours a beautiful, clear dark amber topped by a one finger head that fades slowly to a lasting cap, A gentle swirl leaves mountain ranges of lace.

The smell is a light aroma of orange peel, neutral sweet, and hints of pine in the background.

It is a full flavored IPA, featuring some nice citrus at the front, joined along the way with some tasty pine, some light bready sweet, and a floral/bitter that lets the finish burst on the palate. Nice flavors, nice hop profile, a worthy IPA that would stand out were it not for the plethora of even better ones in America 2010. Great taste, but rated against the competition it suffers. Great to be an IPA lover in America now.

The moutheel is not as good as others in this style. It has good (low) carb., but the resiny quality of it captures some of the lemony characteristics of the hops in an unpleasant way.

Drinkability is quite good. I already wish I had more than this one

Impression: A nice take on the style, but many better out there.

04-08-2010 10:05:43 | More by cavedave
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -21.2%

Pours a clear copper with a finger of head. Aroma is a nice balanced mix of sweet maltiness and floral/citrus hops.

The flavor is bitter pine hops up front with a musty malt backbone. Not really as clean as a top IPA should be, that mustiness really lingers after each sip. I like the balance, there is just that one major flaw.

The body is medium and carbonation is at good levels. Drinkability is slightly above average...this would be a great go-to beer for me to have with a burger and fries, but on its own I wouldn't really seek out another.

04-06-2010 04:22:03 | More by alcstradamus
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kirkpjr

Alabama

4.08/5  rDev -4%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a full three finger head. Color is a red amber or copper. The head dissipates to give way to spotted lacing.

S: Piney and grapefruit hops hit the nose. Pineapple also comes through in the finish.

T: Juicy chunks of pineapple. A nice bitterness here with a decent malt backbone. The piney hops come through too.

M: Resinous hops that sticks with bitterness throughout the beer.

D: Very sessionable IPA. Nothing outstanding here but glad I got the chance to try this one.

04-05-2010 02:27:56 | More by kirkpjr
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macmaster761

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance - Huge massive billowing white head with absolutely insane lacing when it finally disperses. Amber hue and just absolutely gorgeous.

Smell - Alpha hops, citrus and citrus rind, one of the greatest smelling ipas ever

Taste - More fruitiness than bitterness, lots of high alpha hops, grapefruit, somewhat astringent.

Mouthfeel - Smooth yet somewhat thin in my opinion

Drinkability - Very good, I could easily drink multiple cans of this on a summers night, somewhat decent pricing as well.

04-03-2010 00:01:48 | More by macmaster761
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OskarL

Sweden

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

A clear golden/amber color with a massive frothy white head that settles into a one finger head which has really good retention and nice leaves lacing.

A wonderful smell of hops, almost like smelling on them before brewing! Pine, citrus and a little floral backed by little sweetness.

Pine, some citrus, mangoo and pineapple that are backed by some sweet caramelmalt, finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and little carbonation.

03-31-2010 04:30:05 | More by OskarL
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -4%

Thanks to phil for this one

A: Nice transparent orange color, with four or five little strips of something i cant identify that slowly fall to the bottom of the glass. The head is an inch an a half thick with some gaping bubbles riding up the side of he glass. The head retnetion is good, bordering on a bit to slow and some decent lace remans.

S: Nice crisp herbal hops to start along with hints of citrusy mango and a bit of lemon and peach. Very pleasnt but not all that aromatic.

T: It has a very melony hoppy taste, like honey dew and cantelope with hints of lemon as well. Some caramel is present too

M: Slightly rough around the edges as it is prickly on my tongue. No heat and the body is on the lighter side

D: Overall this on is a very nice canned IPA, not quite as good as furious, but still one worth having around on a regular basis

03-29-2010 23:09:28 | More by mikey711
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

Found this one last week on a business trip to Maine and what a find this one was!

A - Pours a deep golden amber with mild carbonation and a massive three finger head.

S - The aroma of this beer is absolutely heavenly. It's saturated with pungent amounts of grapefruit, oily hops, and pine. Has some traces of pepper inthe aroma but the sweet oily hops dominate.

T - Taste is not as agressive as the aroma may suggest. Has a mild malt bisquit character that lies quiet in the background. The citrus flavoring is pretty even throughout the sip. Starts out with sweet citrus and evolves into a bitter, peppery grapefruit finish that is very dry.

M - Very smooth, medium bodied, and leaves a citrus grapefruitaftertaste in the mouth that lingers for a very long time.

D - I think I just found my most favorite IPA in a can. Incredibly drinkable with a lower ABV and I could drink several of these. It tastes good, but I really enjoy the hoppy aroma.

03-28-2010 03:18:13 | More by jzeilinger
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djbreezy

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

Updated on 1/13/2011 with a Washington distributed imported version (just as good!)

appearance - pours an orange/amber color with a good head and immediate retention on the lacing that crawls up the side of the glass

smell - hops on the nose with some light malt accents

taste - tingles the tongue, floral and pine hop notes intertwine with a nice malt body, hop forward but not a bomb, very tasty

mouthfeel - some carbonation, some creaminess

drinkability - this is incredibly drinkable for an IPA, very solid

03-27-2010 22:53:19 | More by djbreezy
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squaremile

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

If this beer was more widely distributed in the US it would be raved about. A true west coast IPA, orange/gold color with disappearing head, great hop bitterness, resinous, fills the mouth with flavor, biting on the sides of the tongue. The nose is just a tad mild for my liking and the drinkablity is excellent. One of the best single IPAs I've ever had.

EDIT: Drink these quickly, the hops seem to fade a bit even after a brief period of time.

03-26-2010 03:52:15 | More by squaremile
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

This came in locally a few weeks ago. Being the number one rated Canadian IPA at the time of this writing, as well as arriving in a city with quite a few hopheads, the whole supply ended up being sold in ~5 hours (or so the story goes).

Pours a deep, clear amber color with a finger of head. Head has staying power. Small amounts of lacing left on the glass.

Nice crisp clear nose. Definately hops, citrusy scents (pineapple) and fresh pine.

Flavor isn't abundantly hoppy, though it is present. A larger bready malt flavor is more present, and lasts through to the finish and the aftertaste. Also taste of pine, but no citrus.

Very nice IPA overall. I can see why it is highly regarded. It is definitely great, though falls a bit short of exceptional. A fellow friend and BA mentions having better examples of this, so I can only imagine what it is normally like.

03-25-2010 23:33:33 | More by Seanstoppable
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +11.3%

Was recommended by an elderly man in my local liquor store.

The beer is found in a can which is unusual for me because I am accustomed to purchasing craft beer in a bottle.

It pours deep orange with a thin head that leaves remnants atop the brew.

The smell of the beer is tremendous. There is a pungent super-hoppy/piney an fruity aroma that iterally flows from the can. The smell is delicious.

The taste offers exactly what the smell presents initially. The beer is deliciously hoppy with a perfect balance of citrus and pine hops. The best part about the beer is as it warms, a distinct pineapple flavor becomes present which inreases its scrumptiousness. There is a nice malty exit that is not very overpowering.

The mouthfeel is exceptional and ranks equally with many IPAs. It almost feels as if it could be a dIPA.

The beer has a powerful hop-foward taste but the alcohol is almost perfectly masked which heightens its drinkability. I fortunately have the opportunity to drink this beer regularly. Because of that, I must say that this guy is the steeple of my beer drinking preference. Easy to get for me and never, ever a let down. If you like a unique take of the style find this beer immediatley.

03-23-2010 20:50:55 | More by VelvetExtract
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Many thanks to macmaster761

A: Pours a brilliant clear deep golden color. Fluffy white head that lasts and leaves its mark.

S: Beautiful. Smells like a coniferous forest right after a spring rainshower, which sounds ridiculous...but its true! Also a little bit of spiciness in the aroma.

T: Wow. Spicy, piney hops. Not a lot of malt to back it up. All hops, all day. Juicy citrus...maybe tangerine? Slight malt sweetness in the finish.

M: Prickly carbonation feels appropriate. Slightly creamy. Nice fresh-hop aftertaste that lingers on, but in a pleasant way.

D: High. The only thing stopping me from grabbing another is the fact that I gave my other can to a friend. I could easily have several of these in one sitting.

The strong reviews are accurate. This is a very well done west coast style IPA. Who doesn't love a great beer in a can? This would definitely be a go-to beer for me if it was available in the area. I'll probably seek this out via trade again in the future.

03-22-2010 06:57:25 | More by AdamGarcia
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

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

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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!

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

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

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

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

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

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!

03-14-2010 18:49:51 | More by Reagan1984
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.