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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: 172
Gots: 87 | 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:
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 kwakwhore
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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

A- Poured this into a tulip glass. Color is a clear light amber orange. Small white head with some spotted lace. Nice looking color and clarity for an IPA. Extra 0.5 for the lacing on the glass after I was finished drinking it.

S- Smell is loaded with citrus which is my preference in an IPA. Tangerines, orange, and grapefruit. Mild aroma of pineapple as well. The hops are held up with a solid caramel malt backbone.

T- Sharp grapefruit & citrus rind up front, turns slightly sweet and ends with a piney bite, but it doesn't linger much.

M- I think the body could use a little help with the weight, but decent overall.

D- By far the best IPA from Canada that I can get my hands on in my neck of the woods at a decent price. The low level of bitterness and hidden abv makes this dangerously drinkable.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of glazeman
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce can poured into a snifter. Glad to get to try this now that it is distributed to Chicago.

A: The beer pours an amberish orange in color and has a one finger white head. The liquid is 100% translucent and the head has moderate retention and excellent lacing

S: There's some citrus on the nose, but not as much as in many IPAs. Particularly there's a little bit of orange. Another interesting aspect of the smell that's equally as strong as the citrus is a dry wheat with some acidity added.

T: The start of this beer has the citrusy flavors of pineapple and tangerine. There's a good level of bitterness in the middle of this, which is a nice contrast to most IPAs that have the bitterness localized to the finish. The finish of this beer isn't really bitter at all, rather it is fairly metallic and earthy. Very Nice!

M: Excellent mouthfeel. This beer finishes crisp and clean. It has a nice level or carbonation and sits well on the palate, particularly at the finish.

D: Wow, so glad this is readily available here. I will be seeking it out again, and often. The beer goes down easy, tastes great, and has a relatively low ABV, making it a very, very drinkable beer.

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

Appearance: 12 oz can. Pours a light amber with a soapy white head and a good amount of lace. Good clarity.

Smell: Bright aroma of orange marmalade, caramel malts, grapefruit. Christmas tree. Absolutely beautiful.

Taste: Solid pine upfront, very fresh tasting. Sappy, alittle grapefruit. Stinging bite. Hop oils coating the palate. Caramel malt backing and fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is perfect, finishes bitter and alittle dry.

Overall: Quite impressed. Kickass IPAs in Cans from Canada do happen apparently. I definately want more of this.

Photo of jrenihan
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Photo of Duhast500
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Sideswipe
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a standard pint.

A hard pour results in two fingers of off white, rocky foam. The haed dissipates slowly leaving a quarter inch coaster on top adn some decent lacing. The beer is a hazy golden, orange color. Looks good!

The aroma is citrus fruit forward with a hint of sweet sugar cookie. I'm getting notes of orange, mango, and tangerine. I also detect some floral characteristics. Nice.

The taste mirrors the nose. Juicy citrus takes center stage here, with distinct orange and tangerine flavors. Mild bitterness is present, but it is balanced nicely by the malt profile. Pine is largely absent in this one, but the refreshing citrus character of this brew makes up for it in spades. Super tasty!

The beer is medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation. It doesn't quite achieve the creamy quality of say, Sculpin, but it is quite pleasant nonetheless.

Drinkability is excellent. If I had to describe this beer in one word I would have to say it is "delicious". I am really enjoying this one. Wish it was available within driving distance, because I would drive to keep a couple of sixers of this in my fridge.

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

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.

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

A: Pours a hazy amber with a good sized fluffy white head. Fades slowly with great retention but the lacing is so-so.

S: Wonderfully sharp tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple and mango mixes with a nice grapefruit. Very nice sweet caramel malt helps balance it out.

T: Tastes follow the nose. Tropical fruit up front with the pineapple and mango primarily. Maybe a hint of tangerine? There is some bitter grapefruit and maybe just a hint of pine. Mild caramel malt helps balance a bit but overall it's quite hop-forward and bitter. Quite drying in the aftertaste with a bit of pine and resin.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a little drying.

O: A very nice IPA that I had never even heard of before until I stumbled upon it by accident. Great hop variety, sharp bitterness and some caramel to smooth it all out.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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 jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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 msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. can ~ 1 of 2 brought to Portland by BanditBrewingCo... how crazy that a Boston-area BA brings this British Colombian brew practically back home. Surrey is just 300 mi. north of here... Poured to a pint glass.

Eye-catching can design: lots of contrasting red and green, a burly criser bike ridden by a lovely lass, red hair and skirt a-flyin' against a squiggly backdrop of hop cones and leaves. She's hot. A keeper.

A: Popped the top and...a GUSHER! Ivory foam builds rapidly, an oozing eruption from the can; fortunately I caught nearly every drop. Cloudy, unfiltered complexion in a chestnut/auburn pour; a few small flecks of fallout rest at the bottom of the glass. Decent carbonation, but of any great strength or abundance. Lace as thick and white as the stockings worn by the girl on the can...sorry, I really can't stop looking at the label.

S: Piney hops pop from the glass at first...the aroma wafts from 3' feet away where the glass sat on the table. Scent subsides and becomes more 'musty grain' and duller hops, still good strength just not as enticing.

T: Wow! Now, that's an IPA: big caramel malt and pine tree resin and peppery spice to match. Green salad herbs, cut grass, plenty of pithy rind bitterness that tingles like an Arizona grapefruit. For all the brutishness of the hops, malts work deftly to balance - a little candy sweetness in the finish amidst the greenness.

M: A mouthwatering coating of hop oils gives this a 'juicy' feel; medium body and crisp carbonation. A little slick, then a lasting bitter finish.

D: Wonderful IPA, captures the 'Northwest Style' with a not-so-brash bitterness that falls well within the range of IPAs I enjoy.

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

BC sure has some great IPAs, and this is one of their best. The hop character of this beer is extraordinary, very citrusy and some nice complex piney notes mixing with other fruity characters. The body is great, and unlike many American IPAs, the malt bill plays a significant role in the character of this ale. To top this all off, it is served in a can, so I can bring it to a park when I go camping with my buddies. One great IPA.

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

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: golden orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops,

Taste: citrus, hops, bitter after taste

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp

Drinkability: What a great IPA. So not expecting this out of Canada. Would like to get some more. Enjoyed tremendously.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Photo of dolphsexton
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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 IdeaSpeeder
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 355ml can, poured into a glass

Appearance - Not much of a head. What is there disappears pretty quickly. No matter, the beer is a gorgeous light copper colour. Minimal lacing on the sides.

Smell - Overwhelming citrus and pine sent. if there is anything else there, and there very well may be, this overpowers it.

Taste - Citrus and pine again. Citrus and pine. You can really taste those centennial hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body with pretty low carbonation. An unsatisfactory finish to an otherwise fantastic brew.

Overall - 4.5

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

12oz can (canned 4/8/11) poured into a balloon tulip

A: Pours a golden light-copper/bronze, mostly clear. Nearly two fingers of eggshell colored head, foamy. Good lacing.

S: Huge tangerine, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot with plenty of pine, caramel. This nose rivals any IPA and most DIPA.

T: All that tropical fruit is present right on the tip of the tongue with a very clean and balanced pine right behind it. Middle is fairly light base of lightly toasted malt with just a little caramel sweetness, just enough to balance out the bitterness. Finish is citrus and bitter resins. Definitely a hop-forward beer, the malt body is fairly thin and isn't very sweet, allowing the hops to shine.

M: Fairly light body, moderate to slightly high carbonation for the style. Despite the light body, this is extremely resinous, almost to the point of drinking pine sap. It's very crisp and seemingly refreshing, despite all the bitter resins.

O: While I probably prefer a little more body and sweetness, this is one of the most refreshing, yet extremely resinous IPAs I've had, with plenty of tropical fruit to boot. While a little on the pricey side ($11.99 for a 6-pack I believe), it's one of the best IPAs on the market.

Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to northyorksammy for this one.

Pours a cloudy amber that almost looks like a peach colour because of the haze, 1/4" white head. Smells strongly of citrus, grapefruit is the most front and center, bit hop presence in the nose. Tastes of citrusy hops, nice dry bitterness that finished long and left a slight taste of white grape...very, very nice. Nice slick medium mouthful, very drinkable and overall outstanding IPA.

Photo of Casey10
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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!!

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