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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing

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

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802 Ratings

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%

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 jbertsch


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 02:48:15 | More by jbertsch
Photo of prdstmnky


4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-24-2011 01:50:06 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-23-2011 04:59:02 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Azurescens


4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 03:12:05 | More by Azurescens
Photo of draheim


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-17-2011 04:54:39 | More by draheim
Photo of flagmantho


4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 21:30:28 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Flounder57


4.22/5  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.

Serving type: can

08-15-2011 03:07:58 | More by Flounder57
Photo of CHADMC3


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-14-2011 20:23:50 | More by CHADMC3
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Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden amber colour with a moderate-sized tan-coloured head that sticks around as a thin collar while leaving spotty lacing.

Very rich and surprisingly fresh aroma. Lots of tropical fruit smells like mango, pineapple as well as grapefruit, pine and even a cherry note. Fresh grains, creamed honey and a nice lightly toasted wheat smell make up the backing.

The taste has a bread-like malt tone to start before a crisp grapefruit-like citrus tone punches the palate. A buttery caramel comes through on the tongue and the finish has an assertive, but under control bitterness.

Fairly thin mouthfeel. Crisp start, mild carbonation and prickly sensation from the long-lasting collar. It gets very oily and a slight tartness lingers on the back of the tongue just enough to make you want another sip.

This beer certainly deserves its reputation. It is hands-down the best Canadian-brewed example of a West Coast IPA I've tried to this point. It's rich with well-balanced aroma and flavour and has a solid bitterness in the finish.

I'm very glad I had the chance to try it, but a the same time it's bittersweet because I know it'll be a while before I can try it again. Get it while you can Ontario!

Serving type: can

08-14-2011 17:37:57 | More by bryehn
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent beer.

Golden amber with a slight haze. Aroma is full of the "west-coast" loveliness of tropical fruits; mango, pineapple and citrus. The taste is very well balanced, with the sweetness of malts melding into the citrus bitterness of the hops. Refreshing and hides its 6.5% ABV scarily well.

I would love to find this on draught somewhere! A very sessionable ale...

Serving type: can

08-08-2011 01:35:16 | More by hopsolutely
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Serving type: can

08-06-2011 21:06:55 | More by jrenihan
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-03-2011 22:53:48 | More by heebes
Photo of celticfutblclub


4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can goes into 16 oz glass.

hazy golden body with a beast of a top. big billowy white great retention and great lacing. this one looks great. the nose is bread malts grapefruit orange peel lemon zest. again pure quality. the taste isnt as bitter or as dry as expected. sweet malts and bread malts dominate the start. slides into grapefruit and orange peel. moderate carbonation with a decent creamy mouthfeel. overall this is a fine ipa. glad i picked this one up.

Serving type: can

08-01-2011 21:53:18 | More by celticfutblclub
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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Canned craft from Canada. With the crack of the can, the hops permeate the nose with grapefruit rind, cedar, orange zest, musk, sweet pipe tobacco and some evergreen sap. Clear brassy look going on. Creamy, fluffy medium body pops with a bit of crispness. Hops jump on the taste buds like white on rice, and they are quite aggressive as well, with a high-reaching bitterness and citric rind flavor that gets right to the point. Peach and passionfruit ripeness with some dry toasted maltiness. Bitterness and hop flavor keeps on raking the palate far into the aftertaste. This no-nonsense IPA is hardcore, clean and drinkable.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 14:24:18 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of pigc


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dirty yellowish copper color with a huge three finger creamy white head. Clings to the glass as the foam disappites.

S - Wow! Huge pine and citrus hops immediately jump out on the nose.

T - Starts out with bitter hop wave that is backed up ever so slightly by a malt backbone. Pine needles, mild citrus, grapefruit rind.

M - On the thin side, light and very smooth.

O - This is my first Canadian Ipa and well worth seeking out. My favorite Ipa in a can thus far. Well done Central City!

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 02:01:41 | More by pigc
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Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 00:58:25 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of Kinsman


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$15 a 6 pack? This better be a darn good IPA.

Clear light copper color with a moderately sized fluffy white head and some sticky lace left behind.

Whoa, a healthy dose of citrus give this IPA some punch with pineapple and grapefruit notes. Light malty aroma in the background.

Grapefruit, some pine resins and hint of floralness give you a delicious variety of hop flavor. Toasted and biscuity malt presence provide some balance before a nice bitter finish.

Crisp medium body feel make for a refreshing drink. Really a fantastic well-balanced and well rounded IPA.

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 01:34:20 | More by Kinsman
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New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can poured into an Allagash tulip glass. Enjoyed chilled on a nice warm day.

Appearance: Medium orange in color with a bit of cloudiness throughout. Three finger beige head with excellent retention. Really nice looking beer.

Aroma: Pine, grapefruit, and tons of tropical fruit. Nice balance of bitter and sweet hops. Hop forward, but a touch of biscuit notes from the malt are present.

Taste: The hops excel here as well. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit and pine are all present in incredible balance. A ton of flavor for this ABV. Crisp and refreshing. Near perfect.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Perfect from the can or poured into a glass.

Overall, an awesome, hoppy, balanced IPA. Definitely one of my favorites and an awesome choice from the can. Highly recommended. A new favorite.

Serving type: can

07-07-2011 22:53:41 | More by Gosox8787
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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours into my generic tulip with a caramel color and a finger of slight white head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Bitter hops, pine, and citrus. Grapefruit rind, orange peel, and resin. Almost no caramel/sweet malt backbone.

Taste – Nice citrus bite up front, exactly how I described it in the nose. Oily pine and hops comes around midway through and there is a slight malty backbone. Finishes with a slight spicy characteristic.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, good carbonation, a slight slick oily mouthfeel.

Overall – Wow, I will be purchasing more of this. A damn good and quaffable IPA that is extremely balanced, shows no alcohol, and tastes fantastic. I picked up a single of this and am glad I did. I can’t put my finger on it – it IS somewhat malty (but not really), yet quite hoppy. But the malty/caramel backbone doesn’t overtake it or kind of rush in at the tail end like some D/IPA’s...it is just, as stated, balanced. Anyway, a beer definitely worth a try if you run across it. Will for sure buy more in the future. And at $10 a sixer, you can’t complain getting 72 ounces for less than a bomber of Dreadnaught. I have found my go-to IPA now that I am back home in the Midwest and PtE is out of reach.

Serving type: can

06-29-2011 01:16:40 | More by SpdKilz
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4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber color with a one finger off white head which fades to leave a small disc of foam. The aroma is fantastic. Smells like pineapple, grapefruit, and oranges.

This beer tastes just like it smells, which is really outstanding. Some sweetness, but bitterness rules the day, and is appreciated greatly by me.

Medium plus bodied, somewhat creamy, easy to drink. A truly outstanding IPA, which I am glad I had a chance to try, while staying in Vancouver.

Serving type: can

06-28-2011 21:56:16 | More by hardy008
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-20-2011 06:31:59 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light amber color into a snifter. Half a finger of head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is big, bright grapefruit citrus.

Taste is more bitter grapefruit citrus and a slight pine flavor mixed with a slight roasted grain taste that seems to perfectly complement the hops. If you like grapefruit hop flavor, this is the beer for you.

Mouthfeel is reasonably dry with a good amount of substance from the roasted malt. Moderate carbonation.

One of the more intense grapefruit hop flavors I have gotten from a beer ever. Really nice hop flavor with a roasted grain profile that works well. A surprisingly amazing IPA. I had samples of FW Double Jack and Port Mongo before this and Red Racer stood out as the best and most flavorful.

Serving type: can

06-19-2011 02:33:32 | More by pdoran10
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/4 inch big bubbled foamy off white head with clear amber body.

Huge fresh hop aromas in this. Citrus and pine are most dominant. Slight sense of a sweetish caramel-y malt. Tropical notes hit here too, i get pineapple.

Hop spice followed by a caramel malt with the citrus finishing big with hops that linger to bitter close.

Very smooth mouthfeel light side of medium. Dry finish.

Delcious beer. Happy with the abundance of hops and the lingering bitter close, that has a hint of sweetness. Lots of taste packed in that can.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 05:15:08 | More by Sensaray
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" of soapy cream coloured head that dissipated over about 2 minutes. The beer itself is amber coloured with excellent clarity.

S: Floral hops, pine hops.

T: Bitter and powerful floral hop taste that hits you immediately then quickly disappears to leave a slightly boozy and smooth finish. Very clean tasting.

M: Medium carbonation with a soapy feel to it.

O: The word that comes to my mind is "interesting". Compared to other IPAs I have had, it is very distinct in the usage of the hops and leaves a good impression. I wouldn't call it well balanced like some other IPAs, but that is extremely forgivable because of the unique and interesting taste.

Serving type: can

06-11-2011 23:17:32 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright, deep orange with a solid bone-white head that lasts well and leaves plenty of lacing. Big tropical nose, with mango and orange, notes of pineapple and cold menthol. Awesome. Taste is piney and bitter, with those fruity notes coming through well and a long finish. Crisp and well-carbonated, brilliantly drinkable. Just a fantastic IPA, really well put-together. One of my go-to beers, especially given that it comes in cans and is thus compatible with a day of sailing.

Serving type: can

06-07-2011 02:33:08 | More by Mandrake
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.