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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

898 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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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Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO while at home last summer.

From a 355ml can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Head fades slowly to a splotchy wisp and ring. Clear burnt orange in color with a few floaties and no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Same as their ESB really.

SMELL: Lots of pale malts, caramel and honeydew melon, with nice notes of grapefruit. Very nice citrus aromas and bold enough as well.

TASE: Pale malts, caramel malts, with lots of bitter floral hops and pine notes at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish with lots of bitter floral hops and pine flavors, then just a hint of caramel sweetness as balance. Nice stuff, though the flavor is a little more one dimensional than the nose. Caramel and floral, piney hops.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, too light really, a bit airy going down, and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Too light and carbonated for the style. Same as their ESB, though a touch oilier perhaps.

OVERALL: The palate is a little too weak in my book and the hop profile is not exactly my style, but I can see how this one gets so much praise, as it is definitely a well-made beer. For my tastes, I'll take Nickelbrook's Headstock IPA while at home, but it doesn't surprise me that this one is so popular. Worth checking out for sure. Recommended.

Jeffo, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Molson2000, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of billmuckalt
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

billmuckalt, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of badandy
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Bright, brilliant copper. Medium head retention, nice lacing. A beautiful beer.

S: Grapefruit, sweet pine, hints of earthyness. Very intriguing and unique! 90% hops with a tiny bit of malt background. Glade needs to make a fragrance that resembles this!

T: It's like a pine tree and a grapefruit tree made sweet sweet love and this is their love child. Brilliant aroma hops perfectly balanced with just the right amount of bittering additions. Spot-fuckin-on!

M: Perfectly to style. Medium body with just enough character to make it stand up on its own.

This is one of my favourites! My goto beer at the LCBO.... wonderfully unique and bold, but I could put away 2 or 3 or these a night no problem. Don't pass this one up!

badandy, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of mintjellie
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden orange colour. Thick off-white head shows decent retention but little lace. Big aromatic notes of mango, ripe juicy peaches, and flowers. The aroma is just outrageous. If this were a perfume, I'd give it to my girlfriend on her birthday. Bold juicy mango and toasted grain flavours to start, transitioning to white grapefruit before finishing with firm pithy bitterness. Just malty enough for you to notice something other than the hops. Lingering evergreen aftertaste. Just short of medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and light. Oily, resinous sensation left on the palate between mouthfuls. A very, very tasty IPA. Bold flavours and a simple flavour profile that puts tropical and citrus fruit at center stage make this a real winner for my palate. Good linger to the bitterness as well.

mintjellie, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

enelson, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden amber colored body leaving a nice spider web ringy lacing appears over top of a foamy white two finger head. The head lasts the entire time. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: pine and hops in front with some light breadiness in the background.

T: bittersweet - basically the same. The aftertaste and finish are dry.

M: light with nothing harsh on the tongue, sessionable

O: this is a decent beer that I would come back to.

BeerKangaroo, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev -6.1%

KrisDLSmith, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of pioneer13
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

pioneer13, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Digimaika2
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(4.5) A: Very pleasing clear amber colour with a tall and billowy head that leaves patches of clinging lace as it slowly recedes. Great stuff.

(4.5) S: Wet pine, not overly strong grapefruit aroma, ripe banana, hearty baked bread, and faint nutmeg spice. There’s a level of general damp and earthyness to this. Very good complexity with a general sense of togetherness.

(4.5) T: A very nicely proportioned hop/malt element to this. Wet woody character, subdued grapefruit, lighter grainy-seedy bread quality, and definitely a bit of spice on the backend (ginger & nutmeg). Very tasty.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate/prickly carbonation. Good oily texture with some lasting bitterness that leaves mouth feeling slightly dry.

(4.5) D: This is a very delicious IPA, and one that I hope to continue seeing in the LCBO. It’s nice to see an option in the small can (355 ml) format as sometimes you might just want a smaller portion, as opposed to the tall can.

Digimaika2, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of abrdnck
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

abrdnck, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev -6.1%

KStark, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of brn9000
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

brn9000, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Stizz19
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Stizz19, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Schmuckles
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Schmuckles, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of morganwray
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

morganwray, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of goalie35
3/5  rDev -29.6%

goalie35, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber/orange with a thick white head, some retention.

Strong aroma of flowery hops, grapefruit, strawberries, tropical fruit.

Tastes of fruity/flowery hops, sweet honey, syrupy malty grains, caramel, strawberries and a nice bitterness to finish it off.

Wonderfully velvet mouthfeel that goes down smooth, easily one of the best Canadian beers, well done!

GodOfBeer, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of harrymel
1.55/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Canned: unk

Pours copper with a good two fingers of light taupe foam that falls to a sizable quilt. Lots of lace - good looker. Smells of weed, plastic, harsh chemicals and some grass; reminds me of beer made with untreated Spokane water. Not appealing nose. Flavor is bitter with a metallic character and some herbal and almost lemon tea flavors. Again, not impressive, not good. Medium bodied with moderate leaning toward hi carb and an off dry finish. I'm really surprised at the ratings on this beer. It's nothing as I had anticipated. Then again, I can't tell when this was canned.

harrymel, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Schlais, Aug 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jwat, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Leafsj
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Leafsj, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -12%

thinwhiteduke, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of allergictomacros
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber with a dense white head. Leaves nice rings of lace.

S - Pungent grapefruit hops. Hints of orange, pine and honey.

T - Big hoppiness and a well-balanced sweet malty backbone. Lots of grapefruit pith and a lingering aftertaste.

M - Slick, oily body. Moderate-light carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Good straight-up, hoppy IPA. Tasty and drinkable.

allergictomacros, Jul 19, 2012
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.