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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

942 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 458
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 173
Gots: 88 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-10-2009

A style of ale that was fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hop, hops, and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmasters choice.

Known as Red Betty IPA in the United States.
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Photo of Bubba83
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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

Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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!

Photo of thecarster1
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

The can has a classy look of a red headed beauty in garters straddling a classic bike frame. This is not your grand daddy's canned beer, but if it were he would love the design as much as it's contents. One finger of near white head rests on top of and deep orange hazy body. Small amounts of lacing are clinging to the sides of the glass. After a few short sips the head has now diminished to small islands of larger bubbles surrounded by the smaller beaches of tiny head. This IPA has a sweet hop aroma and rich caramel profile. Inviting robust Red Racer has my interests piqued. The first gulp bring a rush of bitterness and sweet caramel balance. The hops come with an earthy and piney taste. The finish is long lasting and complex. Citric and floral, sweet and thick. I could drink quite a few of these. The ABV comes in a tad lower than most IPA's, so I will feel less guilt downing more than one can.

Photo of boralyl
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a huge puffy white head into a pint glass. The head sticks around forever and leaves some very nice lacing. The beer is clear and light golden-orange in color.

S - There are 2 dominate smells in the aroma the first is fresh pine and the 2nd is caramelized malts. It's not super strong, but it's enough so to give you a hint as to what the beer will taste like.

M - Light-medium in body and moderately carbonated. It's got a nice creamy feel to it.

T - The taste has a nice sturdy caramel malt backbone with just the right amount of pine and bitterness in the finish. There's nothing groundbreaking about the flavor, it's just very well put together.

A very well balanced IPA. It's got the perfect blend of ingredients to make a delicious beer. Additionally it comes in cans which makes it great to take to the pool, beach, or camping. I'd certainly recommend this beer to friends.

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

Served from 12 ounce can. Great to see this brew hit Manitoba! Pours a slight hazy tangerine with a thick fluffy head. Nose- pine, grapefruit rinds and cookie dough. Taste- good initial hop presence with a spike of west coast hops followed chewy biscuit malts. Creamy mouthfeel from the malts mixed with a nice oily hop finish. Its awesome having this in province- one of the finer Canadian examples of the style that I've had the pleasure of sampling. Just a shame the MLCC doesn't have these in the fridge vs. sitting out at room temp with the third world lagers...

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

A: Clear amber color with a thin head that disappears quickly. Doesn't leave much lacing.

S: I smell some floral hops, grapefruit, oranges, and some earthy notes.

T: Floral hops up from and a malty and bitter after taste. Though I should note that the longer it sat the more watery it tasted.

M: Fizzy light carbination.

D: Pretty good tasting and highly drinkable. Hop bitterness hides the ABv's very well.

Probably the best beer I have ever had out of a can. Reminds me of all the popular west coast IPAs.

Photo of mjl21
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Rob. 12 ounce can poured into a SA perfect pint glass. C1910 is stamped on the bottom. Comes in at 6.5%.

A-Pours a fairly clear amber and has a thin layer of head that covers the top. Leaves a nice ring of lace around the top of the glass.

S-It smells of musty citrus hops. It smells like a 3 month old IPA.

T-It is a mix of grapefruit and earthy hops. It has a touch of metallic bite to it. Has a good amount of bitterness that lingers between sips.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D-Not bad, but it is hard to gauge this beer being as it is getting towards the end of its lifespan.

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

Brought in my the MLCC, maybe I will complain a little bit less about them now. Can dated F0710, which I think means June 7, super fresh! Poured stiffly into a tulip.

The beer is a lightly cloudy wonderful amber-orange hue with a smaller than expected head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is delectable, dominated by citrusy hops, with grapefruit coming strong through both the nose and the palate. The beer is perfectly balanced between a slight caramel sweetness which is overwhelmed by the immensity of the grapefruit hops. The beer lingers nicely with a biting bitterness that recedes quickly. Carbonation is perhaps a touch too strong, but man this is a drinkable beer. Best Canadian non-Belgian style beer? Perhaps, but that's another debate.

Photo of koopa
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of dasenebler
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!

Photo of Shadman
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of IronLover
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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