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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: 898
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 168
Gots: 69 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

sdm9465, Apr 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Beervana, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Niceroad77, Apr 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

st9647v3, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Justindouglas7, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of ghisty
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ghisty, Mar 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Chazz_Chetly, Mar 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

PeterSimmons, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

scameron, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

oilcan01, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for $2.50. Served at 6deg C in a tall glass.

A- Very good. Unfiltered. Excellent 1" head that tapers out to film after a couple of minutes

S- Excellent. Hints of cascade hop, grapefruit and yeast

T- Excellent. Very good bite on the tongue for a simple IPA. Not too bitter or hoppy.

O- Excellent! Will buy again now that it's a very reasonable price

Food Pairing

This wonderful small IPA paired well with... Egg salad sandwiches!


DaveBar, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Sonofalime, Mar 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Brody1714, Mar 13, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle, no dating. Clear dark orange body with two fingers of bubbly white head. Lots of lacing.

Tons of grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange peel and citrus notes on the aroma. Some sort of "dank" hoppy note too.

Citrus and grapefruit flavor on the tongue and forwards into big hop bitterness with some lemon and orange peel notes. Juicy hop flavor. Leaves a dry, very bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

Medium body, smooth and quaffable. Nice amount of carbonation to go along with the body and flavor.

Nice IPA from Central City.

Scrylol, Mar 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Hoptoria, Feb 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Dee13, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

hoppymcgee, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

beergeekteacher, Feb 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

artemh, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Fader, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

510a, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

sirsteve42, Feb 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

beaverfan34, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

megamass, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

schnarr84, Feb 02, 2014
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.