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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

961 Ratings
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94
outstanding

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 176
Gots: 99 | 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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Ratings: 961 | Reviews: 463
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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 JayAre46
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shout out to RUTAGER for this 6 of red racceeaaa BIG ups to him.

first off what a can, vintage look with a slick red head just killing it on the fat tire, feet not even on the pedals son!
A - Pours an off white 1 1/2 finger head that recedes to sticky bubbles and a sheet supported by angry bubbles shooting to the top. Some rings, some spider webs, lacing of the lost bubbles. Translucent burnt orange head with some golden streamers streaming streamlessly. don't judge me.

A - fresh hops, we've got some pine here, we've got some citrus, its tangy its grapefruit, slightly sweet malt backbone to help control the hop aromas. I like the hop aromas maybe i want a little more cascade or others, i don't want control sometimes i want some anarchy driven hops that say fuck off, control this...keep em coming people.

T - very pale bready crystal malts also hints of a caramel background, hops follow the nose strong grapefruit and some pine present sweet and tangy fruits i want to say pineapple but i don't think thats it, its too subtle. Slight bitter finish and very crisp with a complimentary carbonation level, at first i felt the carbonation was too high but it creates a crisp finish that pushes this to one of the most refreshing ipa's i've had. Alcohol is not present.

M - Light to medium body, carbonation is at its peak, prickly. The hops linger, showing loyalty of a Gah Damn dragon there to the end for that awesome hop breath you want to breathe in the faces of new borns and watch them pucker. Mouth open = random flying hop dragons spreading the love, slapping faces until they sleep, then sip and reload son. AAAHHH YOU DIG IT THE MOST!!!

O - As smooth as it gets with this carbonation, well rounded ipa nothing messy or overbearing. This is my first red racer i told myself im having one, i just cracked the second one open. Whatever. Extremely refreshing very easy to drink, I could drink 6 of these and the last would be as good as the first, if i could get this on the reg. it would be a constant in my fridge. "This is such a good IPA, its the best IPA in the world" just imagine tony montana saying that, its what im doing.

Photo of ozmodium
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

purchased in a 6 pack of 355ml cans, poured in to my favourite Vancouver Canucks Ale Glass

This is my favourite beer right now (today...lol)

Poured a slight hazy golden orange, not much head...perhaps I poured it too cold tho...what head there was, left a little bit of lacing tho.

Estery, resiny, grapefruit peel hops, sweet malty deliciousness!

Nearly perfectly sweet roasted malts, warming alcohol and complex bitter, grapefruity, piney hop characters show an attention to detail during brewing not seen in most if any other local micros.

Near perfect carbonation and body. Nice slippery beer. Goes down smooth.

If youre a hopster like I am, then this stuff is divine nectar. Really the only thing that is hindering this beer is the lack of head and the fact it's sold in cans...They should sell this stuff in larger glass bottle singles...or something. To me beer always pours and (almost always) tastes better out of a bottle.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear deep amber, similar to that of high quality polished amber set in jewellery. Delicate lacy trim around the glass.

S: Strong scent of orange flower water with a chaser of grapefruit rind. A mix of fresh pine needles round out the scent.

T: Hoppy bitterness pops in the front followed with the acrid pairing of grapefruit rind and fresh pine. The alcohol is nearly undetectable, despite being 6.5%.

M: mouthfeel is fairly thin - which pairs well with the bold smell and flavour, too long on the tongue and this would overwhelm the tastebud with bitter.

D: I find this beer best drank with a meal, particularly something spicy and capable to balance out the bitter. I choose to match this with Pad Thai, the earthiness of the peanut sauce, heat from the chilies, hits of sweet of the tamarid and pineapple play off the bitter hops. That said, I'd definitely drink this on the patio mid summer for a refresher, excellent replacement for lemonade.

Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is a very clear gold with a finger and a half of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a big pine needle aroma right from the start. Reminding me of a spruce tree, the aroma reminds of Christmas and the well of the Christmas tree.

The taste is a bit of a mouthful of hops. The bitterness mixes here with that pine flavor and some slight citrus flavor that is trying to announce itself but is beat down by a fresh hop flavor all over this beer.

The feel is a bit lighter then expected but still has a good feel to it.This beer goes down smooth with a slight bitter aftertaste that does hang for a short while. A refreshing IPA, this is a good summertime beer.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of ericj551
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a recent trip to Calgary. Poured with a murky orange and apricot hue, opaque with one finger dense beige head and slippery, sheet lacing. Carbonation a bit muted but this remained one nice looking beer!

Smell was awesome with pungent grapefruit and mango aromas, piercingly hoppy on the nose. Taste also of huge hops, enough to cause a pucker on the lips with grapefruit and orange citrus notes, brutally sharp on opening and settled a bit with air. Hoppy mouthfeel was no surprize considering the smell and taste but pine resins coating the roof of the mouth caused me to pause while writing this review. Dry and bitter with a bit of malty caramel sweetness trying to make an impression here and there.

If you like your IPA's hoppy and multi-dimensional, this is the beer for you. A real delight to taste and savour yet presented with a bit more complexity than I expected, this deserves the high marks it gets. I only wish I could buy it in Ontario!

Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid IPA overall. Can given to me by dyan, thanks dude. Poured from a can into a goblet. Beer is amber with a slight haze, forms a white head. Has moderate carbonation and lacing is good. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet and has a nice citrus hop character. Smells really good. Not very complex but overall nice.

Medium bodied beer. Good mix of citrus and pine hop flavors, decent hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gdrydenc
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light orange, with about an inch of white head on top. Not a particularly good looking beer, but man, I can smell it from a ways away.

S - Wow, this is a pungent beer. Hops, hops, hops. Citrusy fruits, mainly orange. I can't imagine a better smelling IPA.

T - Slightly less exciting than the smell, but still a very good tasting beer. Pretty much everything from the smell, but slightly muted. A decent malt body at the finish to round it all out and clean the finish.

M - Fairly creamy, well carbonated. The alcohol isn't palatable, which I like. There isn't a lingering bitterness, which is awesome.

Overall, an awesome beer. I love the can-ness of it, and it's a super fruity IPA. Low ABV helps, too. Very well done.

Photo of jwinship83
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass. no freshness information, but this one hasnt been sold in my area until just recently.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a mostly clear amber/copper colored body with an average sized bright white head on top. the head is fast to fall and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- the first thing i think after taking a whiff of this is hops. its full of them. lots of pine and grapefruit. theres some orange and pineapple in here also. some sweet caramel malt faintly comes through in a poor attempt at balance.

T- the caramel malts i could taste make an appearance and provide a sweetness against the massive backdrop of hops. tons of grapefruit and pine. theres a little bit of grass and some more tropical fruits like pineapple and orange. very nice.

M- the body is a little light, but the carbonation is about right. nice and dry. nicely bitter.

D- i really enjoyed this one. its sure to make my regular IPA rotation. i just wish that it had come with six beers instead of four. check this one out if youre a fan of the west coast styled IPAs. the can makes it perfect for camping or the beach.

Photo of Ralphus
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An IPA in a can? My first was Keith's - laugh. This is my second and what an IPA it is!

Pours a crystal clear orange color with golden highlights. The head is large, pillowy and descends with ample lacing down the side of the glass. Nicely done. I'm not sure what more you could want in the looks department except for a slightly more attractive color.

The smell is fairly tame with some soft malts and pine but at the same time you know you are in for a great beer as so many well done IPAs smell just like this.

The taste is an extremely well balanced blend of pine, grapefruit hops combined with sweet caramel malts. Its shockingly well balanced to my palate. My only criticism is that it's not terribly complex... but don't let that stop you!

For the mouthfeel is silky smooth and despite the beers lack of complexity in nose and palate - what it does do - it does exceptionally well. The beer goes down in gulps. Another can (and I only have 23 left) is in the works.

Photo of Alextricity
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Being told this was "City Red IPA" at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan, I got it on-tap. Seeing as how this is all that comes up when I type that in, I have to assume this is the beer. And considering its high ratings... I think it's a safe assumption.

Appearance: A deep red color with no head ... no lacing to speak of either. Rather "blah" and unexciting.

Smell: Hops, but there's more to it than that... you can definitely tell it's a red, because there's plenty of malt notes in there. A lot of piney aromas dominate. My friends weren't too happy when I talked ... they thought it smelled awful. It probably did on my breath. :(

Taste/feel: Outstanding, to say the least... it truly is. There's a pretty massive bitterness, but the mouthfeel is smooth and the finish is pretty sweet. If you want some hops, this'll do it for you. A lot of the grassy and piney notes without much citrus, so go with this if you want a beer along those lines. Incredibly balanced, insanely drinkable, fantastic tasting. I absolutely love the red characteristics with the hops in this one ... a lot of times it's out of whack, but this is very nicely done.

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

355 ml can.
Limited release in LCBO Summer 2011.

Pours into a mug a clear, crisp golden orange with a three finger beige foamy head. Nose is sharp notes of zest and citrus. Taste is bitter hops, grapefruit and pine, good balance of malt to even it out. Long dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy. Been waiting a long time to try it and very glad that it arrived on shelves here. Finally, a true well crafted canadian IPA - its been awhile since i've gotten to have any decent American style IPAs, so this is a welcome addition to the fridge.

Photo of eat
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Color is copper and it is slightly hazy. Head has a soapy looks. The aroma intensity is average, I would have expected more intensity in the aroma. I get some citrus, grapefruits et pines. Nice. Smells like a good IPA. Taste is all grapefruits. Very good. Dry finish. Refreshing. Bitter. Wow excellent beer. Makes you want to drink more. Medium body. Overall, this is a true good IPA! Nicely done.

Photo of Axic10
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color with a finger of foam on top that settles after a few minutes.

Smell: Hops, biscuity malt and a nice aroma of grapefruit, pineapple and mango.

Taste: Bitter hops at first, followed by the grapefruit, pineapple and mango that I smelled and then the malty backbone. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dry, bitter finish.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable IPA that is reasonably priced and very tasty. It's not all hops and it's not all malt, very good balance. I can see this becoming a regular purchase if not just me buying another six pack.

Photo of Casey10
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Believe the hype this is one nice beer from a can no less. Picked up at Wholefoods in Portland, Me then picked up some more at Bootleggers in Thopsham, Me

A - Nice hazy orange with a a white head with some lacing on the glass.

S - Floral, citruis, grapefruit some pine.

T - Orange comes through nicely, again more hops at 6.5 not bad at all.

M - Again leaves that sort of bittering feel when you have a really nice ipa that stays with you after a sip.

D - So greatful my local store has this will be on the regular rotation wonderfully done!!

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

Pours a lovely bright, hazy orange amber with a finely bubble light orange head that shows beautiful retention and leaves thick lace. Lovely aroma of perfumey fruit (blood oranges, passionfruit) and pine. Juicy hoppy palate, loads of citrus rind and a minty eucalyptus herbal finish. so flavourful and drinkable. Absolutely outstanding for the hop complexity and sheer drinkability.

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

Got this as an extra in a trade with jlindros. I was immediately entranced by the lovely lady on the can and decided to make this my first review of my haul.
Good looking pour with a generous white head which subsides into a collar and leaves decent lacing on the glass.
Citrus scented hops are the most prominent feature of the aromas and hops are the most prominent feature of the taste as one would expect. However the hops not completely over the top and a nice bit of sweet malt and some biscuit/crackerlike malt mixes in. This is a very pleasing synthesis of hops and malt without one totally obliterating the other.
Moderately carbonated mouthfeel, and VERY easy to drink.
Most of my experiences with Canadian beer outside of Quebec province have not been exactly scintillating, but this is a very respectable example of an American IPA(IPeh), and the more I drink the better it gets.

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

$3 pints at The Cottage! Hell yeah! Totally worth telling the wife I needed to run to the grocery store.

Seems just like I remembered-- the pint is opaque, so I cannot comment on the color, but the pacing and retention are nice.

Grapefruity hops hit the nose with some nice sweet malts as well.

Taste has some sweet malts with great grapefruit and citrus hops. The beer is very well-balanced, and has a great assertive bitterness that I love. Bitterness with lots of flavor is a perfect way to make an ipa.

Body is nicely medium with great carbonation.

Overall-- just a fantastic beer. I couldn't pass up a chance to try this on tap. This is one of my go-to canned beers.

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

Red Racer IPA pours a slightly hazy, amber color with a medium sized creamy white head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind some spots and patches of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with floral hops including notes of orange citrus and pine. A hint of bready yeast and pale malt is mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and dry on the palate with a light carbonated fizz on the tongue. The flavor is hoppy and bitter with a nice malt balance. It begins with a bitter floral hop flavor of orange citrus, pine and a peppery spice. In the middle some toasted and amber malt moves in which helps balance out the hops. It finishes dry with a sweet malt flavor. Once gone the bitter peppery spice lingers on the palate.

This is a well balanced, very tasty beer. It may become my go to beer when I need a six pack for a party or to enjoy at home.

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

Best before Feb 13, 2012.

Pours a nice amber/coper colour, with a thick, frothy off-white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is full of hops. Citrus, pine and cedar- a rather woodsy scent. Clearly an IPA as soon as the can is cracked- the smell was striking from the outset. Actually, I found the smell to be extremely noticeable at first, and less so afterward. which is unusual for me.

Taste is great- a very good American IPA. Pine, grapefruit and orange; an ever-present bitterness that is just right. A bit of a malty backbone with a hint of caramel. Bitter aftertaste lasts for a long while.

Mouthfeel is good- moderate to high carbonation, medium bodied. A bit of an oily feel.

A really good IPA. I can see why this stuff sold out of the LCBO so quickly. I hope we can start seeing it here more regularly- could easily become a staple for me!

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.