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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
95
world-class

931 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 931
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 168
Gots: 82 | 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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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
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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
4/5  rDev -5.9%
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
4.1/5  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!

Photo of tr4nc3d
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.

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
4.35/5  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.

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
4.22/5  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.

Photo of GJ40
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.

Photo of Overlord
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.

Photo of regspeir
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!

Photo of deapokid
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.

Photo of bonkers
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.

Photo of ToasterChef
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
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.

Photo of andrenaline
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!

Photo of zoso1967
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.

Photo of thain709
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

Photo of seanh99
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.

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 931 ratings.