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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

459 Reviews
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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,008
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 6.13%
Wants: 189
Gots: 120 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers 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 NightINgale
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml can.

A - Copper body, with a nice fluffy beige head. Good head retention and some lacing. Nice.

S - The moment I smelled the beer, I thought "Passion fruit!" Indeed, this beer gives out a very tropical fruit like smell, with hints of citrus and caramel. Very appealing!

T - Wow, this is pretty hardcore! It kicks off with a solid citrus hop punch, which then transforms into a more tropical taste, with hints of passion fruit, mango and peach. Some bready toasted malts in the background. Fairly sweet. Lots of hop oil characteristics, some light astringency. Interestingly enough, the hoppiness is so intense that it lingers on up until the after-taste, in both flavour and bitterness.

M - Medium body and medium level of carbonation. That being sad, this is no ordinary IPA. It's super bitter, fairly dry and if you're not used to high IBU's you might even find this a bit challenging to drink. However, if you are a hop-head, I'm certain you'll enjoy it!

O - I'm really glad to finally try this beer. Another great IPA to come out of Canada. Definitely not a beer for everyone and, perhaps, not a session beer, BUT this is still amazing; the depth of its hoppiness makes up for everything else. (1,208 characters)

Photo of sparroa
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml can into a nonic.

Thanks to my boss for bringing this back from BC for me - I haven't had it since Mondial earlier this year. I love this beer enough to use it for my first review...

A beautiful frothy head sits atop the clear coppery liquid. Everlasting lace runs down the glass as I delve into the pint. Fine beads of carbonation escape rapidly as I admire its presentation.

The aroma is racy, alright - quite strong and seductive to a hophead. Grapefruit is predominant but tropical fruit notes consistently waft from the glass. There is plenty of pineapple and mango here, sweet aromas with a trace of pungency and a light pine element. It's hard not to enjoy this...

Grapefruit carries the day from a tasting perspective. Juicy hop fruitiness is the primary flavour and a clean yet pithy bitterness follows in the finish. Exceptionally balanced for the style. Hops are the focus but there is so much more to savour. There is a very slight hint of sweet caramel malt , but it is well integrated and plays second fiddle to a dry breadiness. This is incredibly full flavoured and it's very hard for me to not drain the glass immediately; it tastes that pleasant.

Weighing in at 6.5% ABV and laced with hops, there's no doubt that this may be full bodied for some. As an individual who enjoys strong ales, however, I found this to be quite sessionable. The mouthfeel was right up my alley - not too slick, not too watery, and the alcohol is completely imperceptible. Its certainly luscious, though.

Hands down, this is the best Canadian IPA I've ever had. I've tried Stone, DFH 60 Minute, Sculpin et cetera and it is certainly in the same league as those venerable beers. My inclination is to give it a perfect score, but since I have no access to American micros to calibrate my tastebuds for this style I'll be slightly more restrained and conservative in my grading.

Congratulations to Central City for crafting such a fine beer - Red Racer IPA would be my everyday choice if it was ever available in Newfoundland. (2,045 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken while trying to figure out beer pairs for a beer dinner co-hosted with jlindros.

A - Poured into a tulip a slightly hazy orange colour with a silky one finger head that leaves a creamy blanket and nice modest side lacing.

S - Very light hop aromas, very subtle. The pine and grapefruit are there, but very light.

T - This is a bit rough. The can was clearly past its prime. The hops are there (pine and citrus) but its clearly older and drasticly faded.

M - Mouthfeel was still nice, its a creamier mouthfeel. Not too sharp, but bitter.

O - Overall, this clearly at one point was a good beer, unfortunately it just wasnt by the time it got to my lips. Would give it another try though. (716 characters)

Photo of timtwoface
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was my first love when it comes to IPAs, and it still is to this day. It will always hold a special place in my beer-drinking heart, and if you find some Red Racer IPA and are wondering if you should try it, DO IT - you will not be disappointed. (255 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a Four pack in Seattle.
12oz can poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, medium orange with a two finger yellow-cream colored head. Great retention and some lacing.

S - Huge pine and citrus nose. Lemon and grapefruit.

T - Pine, lemon, grapefruit, in that order.

D - High carbonation, average body. A big bitter bite, but it is welcome here. Creamy feel.

O - Great ipa, O' Canada. (398 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355 mL can picked up at the LCBO. Wow, even just cracking open the can gives me a solid whiff of what to expect... and considering how dulled my sense of smell is from smoking, that's an impressive achievement.

Pours a light orange-amber colour, topped with more than two fingers of fluffy, uneven off-white head that takes its sweet time before fading away to a soapy cap. Webs of lacing stick to the side of the glass. As I noted above, this stuff has an amazing aroma - juicy grapefruit, orange rind and mango are dominant, along with some floral notes. Very hard to detect much malt character underneath the wallop of hops, but what is there is vaguely sweet/caramel-like.

The flavour follows the nose for the most part - tons of juicy fruit notes... grapefruit is the most prominent but I am also reminded of oranges, pineapple, mango and pine sap. A backbone of doughy, biscuity caramel malts buried underneath the hops provides good balance, but rest assured this is still a hoppy, bitter brew. Some grapefruit rind bitterness and pine resin lingers in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied (leaning toward the light side), with middling carbonation levels to provide a good bite. High drinkability - I'm sure you could throw this back quickly, but why would you want to waste all that flavour?

The best Canadian-made American-style IPA I have ever had - this one has definitely earned its reputation. If it were easier to find in these parts, I would likely choose this over Mad Tom - and that is not meant as a knock against Mad Tom (which I consider very good) - Red Racer is just that awesome. This one is definitely worth a try.

[Updated Jan. 5 2014]

Another single can picked up at the LCBO, this time compared side-by-side with Boneshaker, Mad Tom and Baldwin Fisheye PA. This one has seen increasingly wide distribution over the past year or so, but I must admit I haven't returned to it as often as I'd like to. It's still the best Canadian-made IPA I've tried so far (comfortably beating out the three aforementioned IPAs), with more citrus and pine resin flavour than you can shake a stick at. If you don't like this, then either IPAs are not your thing or your tastebuds are not working properly.

Final Grade: 4.50, an excellent A grade. (2,255 characters)

Photo of Mit
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-pours a nice orangy amber with a nice head.

s-Piney...citrus notes...very slight maltiness.

t-Dominated by hops...almost no malts coming through. The smell promises more sweetness than what is delivered.

m-thicker...in keeping with a 6.5 abv

o-great beer...I love it and will def go back to get more. (306 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single can from Abe's Cold Beer, but I clearly should have bought more. Now I enjoy Dale's Pale Ale. It's a great IPA, and a wonderful canned beer. However, I find it a little thick at times.

Red Racer IPA, however, packs all the tongue-biting, mouth-watering hop characters of a beer like Dale's, but lightens the mouthfeel just enough to let me enough a few more cans.

Fruity and floral upfront, I was expecting a juicier IPA, like what Avery serves up. But after a quick sip, the pineapple quickly turned to a harsh (but balanced) pine and grapefruit rind from the other end of the hops spectrum.

I'm not easily impressed by IPAs, but this is a damn good example of the style. Thank you Canada. (712 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Walked into the LCBO tonight and there was a full case sitting where some other shite usually sits. Grabbed an armful for fear it was a mirage and ran home and put one in the freezer and the rest in my beer fridge. Poured a one finger white head upon a beautiful orange amber body, lots of great lacing. The smell bursts out of the can, orange rind, grapefruit, pine resin. The taste follows the nose with a nice malt backbone balancing out the hops explosion. Mango and papaya notes. Medium bodied with some carbonation. Bitter but not overly so. Smooth and very sessionable even at 6.4%. Spectacular. (602 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500th review! Thanks to all on BA for being such a great community in which to explore beer. Reviewing and learning about brewing has turned it from a personal interest into a life long passion. Cheers!

Definitely a brew I've been meaning to try - Volo has had it in cans for a while now, but it's coming to LCBO shelves soon. Top 3 in Canada - worth cracking open for number 500!

Poured into a tulip. Bright marmalade orange in colour, with a big fluffy head possessing spectacular retention. Great circlets of lace cover the sides of the glass. Terrific looking stuff.

Nose is sweet, malty, and with a delightful citrus and tropical hop kick. Peach, orange, grapefruit, mango.

Opens with caramel and tropical fruit, with mango, orange and peach, before the hops clean things up with a crisp bitterness accentuated with notes of tobacco and smoke. Hop bitterness lingers for a touch after each sip. While not a true hop bomb, Central City has opted for balance and diversity of flavor, and the result has paid off nicely.

Medum bodied, touch of creaminess, assertive carbonation bite.

Definitely a top class IPA, and well-worth the hype. This is exactly the kind of IPA I like - though it most definitely provides that essential stiff hoppy jolt, it paints the rest of its picture with many different colours, making for a diverse and enjoyable sipper. Or I could slam several of them in a row straight out the can. Both options are there, which is something I really prize in a brew. Great stuff, and I couldn't be happier with the choice for a milestone review! (1,570 characters)

Photo of abrand
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy deep yellow almost orange color with a huge pillowy white head. Smell is full of citrus fruits and floral. Some malts and hops are also there. Taste is sweet and delicious. Fruits, candy and hops are dominant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very well balanced. Overall this is amazing. Great sessionable IPA. (362 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2.25 can from Abe's.

Extremely hazy orange body, topped by four fingers plus of rocky white foam.

Inviting aroma heavy with oranges, backed with grapefruit and apricots.

Big dollop of caramel coats the tongue. Then it all drops away for a second, before juicy citrus arrives everywhere in the mouth. Bitter bite at the swallow that then dominates the aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel, not watery, but not as firm as most ipas.

Overall, an enjoyable IPA well worth trying. (472 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Thanks to silentjay who sent this as an extra.

Pours a beautiful hazy, translucent, cloudy sea of orangish-gold beer with a two-finger head that sticks around for a bit before receding down the sides of the glass, leaving some sticky lacing behind. Very complex nose that boasts the hops, citrus, and maltiness all at once. You can pick out all the scents so distinctly. Very hoppy, yet bitter and malt-forward taste. The way the citrus fades quickly into the malt profile is very interesting and different. This has a bit of lingering staying power as the bitterness hangs out on the back of your tongue for a good long while. Takes a swallow with an empty mouth to completely expunge the taste. Overall, this is a very pleasant surprise indeed. Great job by the folks north of the boarder. (837 characters)

Photo of AllHatDavidson
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tanger. Can poured into my Stone IPA glass. It pours a hazy golden caramel color with a 2 finger frothy head that lasts quite awhile. Contrary to what most reviews picked up on the nose I smelled mostly floral,grass and pine hops with a follow of citrus. The tast pretty much follows suite but reverses roles, tart grapefruit, floral notes, and pine. The mouthfeel is there its got a medium body to it with good carbonation and a hope bite that lasts. This is a very good IPA and I believe my first Canada brewed craft beer, I enjoyed it very much. (555 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tumbler.

Out of the can, a foamy three finger large bubbled head is made, off white on appearance. Body color is clear pale amber and some solid rising carbonation, clear but slightly cloudy.

Nose is a good mix of citrus mild grapefruit, slightly mushy. Sense of wetness and clean.

A mix of English and American feel for hop potential. Mild grapefrut and light malt with a juicy booming texture. It is a little resin feel on the palate and teeth after the swallow. Tolerable and tight in feel almost, with a lingering hop bitter with mild astringency.

This is a real solid ipa while not looking that spectacular. I could have this often and wish I could find it where I live. Well done Canada well frikkin DONE! (742 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy yellowish orange. Slight 1/4 finger white head that disappears instantly. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S: Big citrus aromas. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and some tangerine. A very slight floral aroma. Not much of a malt backbone, with just a hint of caramel.

T: Caramel upfront. Then citrus and floral bitterness comes through. A soapy, floral, tangerine and mango, with hints of grapefruit and pineapple.

M: Medium bodied. Higher carbonation. Very crisp with a bone dry finish.

O: A good IPA. Not the best but VERY solid. Was hoping for much more bitterness as the nose suggested. I still wasn't let down. Very refreshing beer. (689 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque appearance with a burnt orange color. What head fades to a crisp.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Caramel melt has a strong presence. Hops are grassy and citrusy (in the form of pineapple and lemon). There's a faint ester of apple.

Earthy hops and substantial caramel malt dominate the flavor profile. It's a little yeasty. Hops seem wet, dank, and fresh.

Crisp mouthfeel has a little snap to it.

What a great IPA in a can. Just goes to prove to not judge a beer by its cover. I'd definitely drink this again. (515 characters)

Photo of prdstmnky
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color with plenty of compact carbonation bubble streams. The pillowy head has incredible retention and utterly coats the glass in lace. Pure PacNW hops fill my nostrils on the first sniff. More nuanced cookie dough malt aromas quickly follow making for a very pleasant nose. The taste is replete with yummy hop flavors - grapefruit, pine, melon, mango (?), floral notes... very complex. Equally impressive is the malt profile, very fresh and seamlessly integrated with the hop barrage. The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated with velvety tiny bubbles. The finish is everything the beer is, bitter, complex, contemplative, and it lasts for ever.

This the best Canadian IPA I have yet tried. This can go toe to toe with the great West Coast IPAs (e.g. Hop Ottin, Green Flash IPA, Stone IPA). An immodest amounts of hops yet by no means a simple hop tea... the bready malts never give in and retreat.

Seek this out. (935 characters)

Photo of Azurescens
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can canned on 6/28/11 poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 8/17/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with off-white head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, grapefruit in particular with some pine notes and a touch of malt that comes through all the hops.

T: Moderate hop bitterness with citrus, pine and grass hop flavors and some sweet pale malt.

M: Crisp light-moderate body with moderate carbonation and dry finish.

O: Solid IPA, but nothing spectacular. Good drinkability and balance, not overly bitter like many IPAs out there. (599 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can (bottled 6/28/11) poured into a tulip. Color is crystal-clear coppery amber with a fluffy, off-white 2-finger head which leaves nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is grapefruit and pine; lots of hop aroma going on here.

Taste is bitter hops and grapefruit rind with some pineapple and other tropical fruit notes mixed in. Despite the bitterness the mouthfeel is creamy smooth. There's sufficient malt here to balance out the sharp hop bite.

Overall this is an outstanding IPA, and I'm thankful it's now available here in Washington. (535 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden-orange hue with a touch of haze and two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Good looking!

Smell: very good hoppy aroma with grapefruit, funk and a little spiciness. A sweet & balanced citrus aroma-bomb - I love it.

Taste: big malt flavor balanced out with a very high, but smooth, bitterness. Hop flavor is funky and a little bit of the citrus of the aroma remains.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation for the style. I like it.

Overall: a really pleasing beer with a grand aroma. I'm glad I can get this down here in the US now. (606 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Craft Beer Cellar and finally making time to review and escpecially enjoy this Canadian beauty. Beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a nice orange/amber color with signs of little carbonation. One finger head reduced to a thin layer very quickly.

Smell: Can you say hoppy? Yes sir, plenty in this one. Notes of pine and citrus like orange and grapefruit. This beer belongs on an island or in a forest. Pretty much works for most people.

Taste: Just like the smell, pine, grapefruit, and orange. Definitely picking up some biscuit notes and sweet malts to balance out the bitterness in the beer. Even though it was brewed in Canada, they definitely had American IPA in mind.

Mouthfeel: A little boozy, slightly chewy, decently carbonated, and bitter towards the end.

Overall: This is a good beer that follows a lot of West Coast IPA styles. Do love the fact that they come in cans and are great for the beach, golf, hiking, or anything outside. I enjoyed this one and will be purchasing more in the future. (1,055 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with orange hues and lively bubbles of carbonation beneath the thin, off-white head that pretty quickly dissolves leaving only faint hints of lacing behind.

Very nice citrus hop aroma floating from the glass with other notes of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and a sweet malty finish as well.

The palate is fantastic with a nice bity citrus hop punch with other notes of cedar, pine, grass, and perhaps apricot. The sweet malt is a bit subdued at first, but shows up a bit more as the beer warms.

This IPA is medium in body with generous carbonation and a nice hoppy bite to finish that leaves a nice oily coating behind.

A great IPA all around, tons of character, perfect for the style and delicious all the way through. (751 characters)

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.