Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

987 Ratings
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Ratings: 987
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 177
Gots: 113 | FT: 3
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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 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 EvanHarper
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, medium amber, not a lot of head but it sticks around & laces the glass.

Big, hoppy aroma, with piney American "C" hops, tropical fruit, melon rind, and a lot of sweetness. Great IPA smell.

Bracingly bitter up front, with a piney bite only slightly softened by light citrus & tropical fruit notes that develop a little slower. After your taste buds acclimatize and the beer warms up a bit you notice that there's also a very substantial candylike sweetness, though with no burnt or toffee notes. Opponents of crystal malt in IPAs will not be pleased - this one is more in the East Coast style despite its geographic origin.

Mouthfeel substantial and somewhat sticky, with fairly low carbonation.

Outstanding. By far my favourite Canadian IPA thus far.

Photo of ghisty
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance:
amber,orange, not entirely clear.
pours with some gravity, lands into one finger of solid foam
poured it a couple min ago , to let it settle in, and its head is still foamy and not dissipating, this is one of the longest staying heads ive seen..
lacing is thick and leaves rings for each drink.

smell:
immediate note of cascade hops, followed by some sweet grapefruit, and a bright
yeasty note like home made bread with citrus jelly. very sweet nose. amazing
brightness , the smell is strong and immediate, citrus cascades.

taste:
other reviews Ive read have said the bitterness was the most forward
part of this beer's taste, for me , its bright resinous hops, a burst of sharp dank hops
followed by the citrus flavour so obvious from the nose, then it levels down to
the bitter flavour, but its sweet into the aftertaste, complex, but not overdone.
it has a heavy almost orange peel flavour from the resins in the fresh hops.
the cascade hops are very present throughout. but balanced well by some other hops,
which they didnt mention on the can.

mouth:
surprisingly flat and easy drinking for the level of hops used,
and the slightly higher ABv, it starts off a bit foamy and levels down to a bitter
almost dry sort of aftertaste which lingers for a long time, fives of minutes even.

overall:
I generally avoid the whole range of IPA, as its not a style I've enjoyed often.
but hearing such high reviews of this ale I picked one up, and I had decided that
even if it isnt my preferred style, something scoring so highly must be worth trying,
I am still not a huge fan of this style of beer, but I am glad to have bought this one.
as its sort of redefining how I thought this style could be presented.
I've tried numerous IPA from various local craft brewers and other shelf stock,
and always found them to be overstated, and just disgustingly bitter or sour.
as I review more I have been finding exceptions to every style,
rarely do I find one so drinkable as this beer, mind you it isnt something I will
be drinking often, but if I find myself in the mood for something citrus and complex
but still very drinkable , this beer will be a go to.
the higher ABv isnt something i normally look for, as it often heats up the beers taste.
but this has been balanced perfectly in this beer, and it compliments to the style.
an enjoyable complex beer with a higher ABv , I will be buying this again.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a huge billowy cream colored head. Tons of lacing. Nice chill haze. Real pretty.

Nice citric/pine aroma, with some toasted malt.

Nice citric hop flavor up front. Some toasted malt, some light fruit sweetness, nice malt and grain finish with some lingering hop bitterness. Great.

A bit watery, but not so much that it effects the overall quality of the brew.

Good drinkable beer. Terrific balance and flavor. A six pack is in my future.

Photo of TK5150
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an orangey-topaz with a large off-white head that settles down quickly.

S- When I first popped the can, I got a nice little whiff of hoppiness, but it burns off fairly quickly. The aroma is mostly biscuity/bready malt and some grapefruit. There is just a hint of mango and orange as well.

T- Lots of biscuity and bready malt just as in the nose. A solid grapefruit and orange presence accompanied with the bitterness on the back-end. Some cans are much better than others; some are way too biscuity and don't taste like IPA's at all.

M- Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Not real flaws here.

D- A nice drinking summer beer. Not quite as refreshing as I was led to believe, but still quite nice.

Overall, a nice IPA when you get a good can, but consistency is a little bit of a problem. I would buy this again though.

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

Been drinking for a while but never reviewed before. I figured I should start somewhere so here we go!

Appearance: Possibly one of the best looking IPAs I have ever seen. Perfect bright orange with about a 3/4 inch white head. (I tend to pour gently)

Smell: The smell is nice and sweet, though it does not blow me away like many other IPAs. I catch some tropical fruit undertones.

Taste: I can make a comparison to something like Sierra Nevada Torpedo in terms of the bitterness alone. The other tastes are provided mostly by the hops and taste nothing like the aforementioned beer. It follows the nose with its sweetness, reminding me of some tropical fruits but the nice pine bitterness does not let the fruitiness take over.

Mouthfeel: Very nice to drink. It is not watery, and in my opinion it tends to be on the thicker side for an IPA which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall: I enjoy this beer and if it were available around me I would surely make it a regular in my rotation.

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

Extra from mikesgroove. Comes in a 12oz can with a picture of a voluptuous red head on a red bike with a green hop filled background. Long live the can. Poured into a tulip right out of the refrigerator.

A- Vigorous pour fills the tulip to the top with a 3 finger rocky foam. The head is very uneven and dissipates from the bottom, not the top, leaving a pumice-like lacing. The color is a deep orange with some chill haze right out of the can. The lacing is legendary all the way to the bottom.

S- Balanced between an aggressive citrus hop character and nutty-sweet malt character. These elements play a tug-of-war of the nose. In a way, it reminds of sweet-tarts.

T- First impression was a lack of flavor hops (citrus/floral). A malt sweetness through the middle. The bitterness is there in the finish, but takes a while to grab hold. As the beer warms, more grapefruit shows and the sweetness mellows. At the right temperature, the thought of sweet tarts comes back.

M- Moderate to heavy carbonation. Dry, but with enough body to support the bitterness.

D- Highly drinkable, even at the upper level of the IPA family.

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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tully's in Wells just started carrying this and the Pale Ale. I liked this IPA a lot, so will definitely be getting the Pale Ale. In a pint glass it was a golden color with a thick wghite head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving some nice lacing. It had a citrus arom, and just a hint of flowers. Grapefruit taste, little bit of resiny pine, with a nice malt background. Not a hop bomb, still on the assertive side. Good Beer.

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

12 oz can ~ packaged 6/11/11

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a finger of creamy head that fades pretty fast - nice lacing though. Nose is hoppy, mostly citrus and pine. Taste follows right in line, a bitter pithy citrus flavor up front with a nice malty balance. Not overly aggressive at all. Medium body and a nice level of carbonation. An overall nice IPA.

Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can shared by largadeer on BA at a tasting - thanks, Chris! So this is from Canada, eh? This Can-adian beer came in a can, and for some reason people on this site love overrating canned beers (see Blues, Oskar). This is no exception. It's good but not great.

Pours clear golden with a one-finger white head.

Aroma is very citrusy and hoppy with some malty sweetness poking through.

Flavor is mainly rough citrusy hops, orange and grapefruit. There is also a decent malty backbone of mostly pale malt with a touch of caramel.

Medium-bodied and fairly lively on the palate, leaving some hop resins in your mouth.

Drinkability is pretty good. Overall this is a solid but not great IPA.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of hops is pretty intense with bitter and citrus notes clearly identified. Taste is a great mix between some citrus and bitter hops with a good caramel malt backbone. Body is a bit thin for style with good carbonation. Well done and would stand well within some of the staple of the style.

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Wow - seriously pine hops!

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 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 OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint: Medium golden-orange body, hazy, with straw highlights under mega-head: 4 fingers below the rim of the glass, 2 fingers above the rim with lumps like a souffle. Crazy.

Strong, fresh grapefruit & pith smell with a fruity, leafy quality like walking through a strawberry patch. Mild fruit candy like chewable vitamins.

Sweeter, lemon custard at first in the taste, followed quickly by a pithy bitterness & rounding off with a mild sweetness like ginger ale that picks up after each sip.

Active, medium-bodied that goes from a little sharp to smooth & creamy with a balancing dryness.

Good overall, delivers in the hoppiness but with a sweetness that's not overdone. Really like the ginger note.

Photo of matthallinan
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Delicious IPA but not quite fat tug!

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

Can courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a hazy light amber color with a pretty nice cream colored head. Pretty good lacing.

Aromas are of strong grapefruits, hard candies, and tangerines. Whoa, one of the more grapefruity aromas I've ever smelled.

Taste is of bitter grapefruit hop flavors up front, beer then settles into a light background of caramel creamy malts. Finish is fairly long, with some spicy bitter hop notes.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good. Solid IPA, expected a little better when I saw the reviews, but still, quite tasty, and very pleasant to drink. Plus it's another quality canned brew, and that alone is a good thing.

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

You know.... you take a look at this goofy looking, unpretentious looking can, and you think... you've got to be kidding me. Then you crack it open and take that first sniff....

The beer pours a fairly light orange amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is a pretty yummy smelling IPA. There is a bit more noticeable sweet malt in the background then I'd like to see, but otherwise there is considerable white pepper, celery salt, citrus and a touch of pine, showing off the hoppy bitterness in this beer. The blend of sweet malt with the hoppy bitterness gives this beer some interesting tropical fruit flavors. On the palate, this is an impressively bitter IPA, but there's still some noticeable sweet malt and alcohol on the finish that I'm not in love with. Still, there's no denying that this beer displays a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness that really dominates the flavor profile. The beer is made very much in the West Coast style, and is on the dry side for IPA's. Very, very nice. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though there's no denyig the flavor packed flavor profile. Also, the beer finishes with a nice clean, refreshing, crispness that I quite like. Drinkability is good, but there's something of an alcoholic bite in the finish that I'm not totally in love with.

Hmmmm.... I can see the similarity between this and Blind Pig, as a friend (Dyan) suggested. However, I just can't say it's quite in the same class with the pig. While undeniably excellent, it just doesn't have quite the level of bitter intensity that I love so much in Blind Pig. That being said, there is no doubt that this is a very good beer... after Surly's furious, probably the best beer I can ever recall drinking out of a can . Impressive.

Thanks Dyan!

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 Viggo
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my boy Jon for hooking me up with this can.

Pours a clear amber, some orange, medium sized off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lacing sticks. Smell is nice, floral and grapefruit, orange peel, some caramel sweetness, tropical aroma, nothing great but pretty solid. Taste is similar, grapefruit and floral, some oranges, very citrusy IPA, dry biscuit malt and a touch of caramel/honey, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy drinking. A good solid IPA, glad to see BC pumping good ones out. I'll try to grab some more when I'm back in BC. Thanks Jon!

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

Chilled can into a glass. Thanks Ted.

A: Pours a clear amber body. It's well carbed, with good retention and some spots of lace.

S: Pine, grass, caramel. It's maltier than I was expecting (given how some West Coast hopheads raved about it), but I'm not pretending that's terrible. It is just unexpected.

T: It's malty, with a substantial caramel backbone, but it's obviously very fresh, with a bright green hop flavor. Pine needles, fresh-cut grass. A small grapefruit (pith and rind) flavor. It has noticeable lingering bitterness; I'm guessing this is why the malt is played up a bit.

M: I prefer something with a cleaner finish, but it's still good. It's a little thick for an IPA.

D: It's good stuff! I don't think I'd go out of my way to track it down since I can buy better stuff locally, but it's quite enjoyable.

EDIT: On reading other reviews, I see that there was supposed to be a huge citrus burst in this beer. I barely got any citrus at all. Makes me wonder if I had an old can after all.

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

Had this on 2010-08-07 in Columbia, PA

A - Attractive, russet color with a generous 2-finger head

S - LOTS of pine, floral, some citrus and mild grain. Can smell it easily from 18" away. Very nice.

T - Again, lots of pine, grapefruit, oak tannin, caramel, orange candy, slight sourness with a sweet and lingering bitter finish. It's a very good tasting beer.

M- Buttery and just about right with a light-medium body and medium carbonation.

D - For beer in a can, this is great. I'd love to have a couple of these chilling in a mountain stream to go along with the trout I'm catching. Hmm, gonna have to do this!

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange/deep yellow hue, 1 finger head, good lacing.

S: big pine, earthy, mild citrus aroma

T: bitter pine earthy finish.

M: med/light, mild prick on the front of tongue. slight sticky finish

D: Good IPA in a can, but not the best. I prefer Ska Modus Hoperandi. I will look for more beers from Central City. Nice to see a flavorful beer that can still be sessionable. Give it a try, but not a must have.

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.