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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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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 168
Gots: 68 | 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 yeahnatenelson
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a rich orange hue with the slightest sudsy white head. Halfway through the pour I feared that the can was still.

Smell -- Things are getting better. Pine resin wafts from the glass along with tangerine, split grapefruit and a bit of green onion.

Taste -- Definitely the highpoint of this offering. Citrus zest, grapefruit pith, sticky tropical fruit, peach and apricot, and a hearty dose of resinous hop bitterness. Caramel malt backbone is gently sweet, giving those juicy/zesty hop notes a nudge closer to the forefront. Lingering flavors of peach nectar and resin. All in all, quite balanced.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light with mild carbonation. Canning issues?

Drinkability -- Man, I was really hoping to love this one. I really needed a top-notch IPA tonight and this one left me wanting slightly. The flavor was on the money, but the carbonation was woeful: no head and a very still mouthfeel. If the carbonation were bumped up I'd say this would be a top-tier American IPA, but it is what it is.

yeahnatenelson, Dec 22, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

tobelerone, Apr 08, 2013
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esto, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of hops1337
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from lunch on a recent trade.
Poured from a can into my SA perfect pint glass. Nice copper color with medium white head that dissipates into a decent sticky lace. Nice grapefruit aroma. Taste is slightly metallic im sure due to the can but is still quite good. I got a faint tea flavor in the background that was real unusual. Weird that i live 30 minutes from B.C. but i have never seen this beer in my town. Thanks again lunch!

hops1337, Mar 14, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

MattPS, Jul 16, 2012
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orangesol, Jan 20, 2013
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Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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jackorain, Jun 27, 2012
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_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
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jacewg, Jan 19, 2013
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JKV96, Oct 11, 2014
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nullbort, May 06, 2013
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iatethecloudsfor, Dec 28, 2013
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shagal, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of callmemickey
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper-amber body. Good clarity. Huge off-white head. Nice and creamy with solid retention. Lacing provides good coverage of the glass after each sip.

S: Nice, if not mild, hop presence. Mostly grapefruit, orange and some light pine notes. Significant caramel sweetness.

T: Subdued blend of light, but pleasant citric and pine notes. More malt than the nose would suggest. People have described this as a prototypical west coast IPA, but I just didn't get that impression.

M: A bit lighter, in a thin-at-times kind of way. Nice bitterness throughout though. Slight astringent finish.

D: Overall, this was a solid, but not noteworthy IPA. On the plus side... it comes in cans which is a nice emerging trend.

callmemickey, Mar 03, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

MylesMac, Sep 14, 2013
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BRYeleJR, Dec 30, 2013
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countchunkula, Apr 26, 2012
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mendonza, Feb 27, 2013
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Bf_89, Apr 29, 2014
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AugustusRex, Apr 12, 2013
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thinwhiteduke, Jul 22, 2012
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Phigg1102, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Hewsinator, Apr 06, 2012
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.