Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewing
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4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from can into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a huge creamy orange-white head that lingered and left incredible lacing throughout. The aroma was tangy and sweetish with moderate pine, resin and faint pineapple. The flavor was tangy pine, resin, malty, and sour caramel. There were faint undertones of grapefruit and pineapple. The finish was long and tangy with lingering caramel and pine. Moderate mouthfeel and good carbonation throughout. A very nice IPA!
05-16-2012 18:13:30 | More by CuriousMonk
3.35/5 rDev -21.4%
Poured into an imperial pint glass. Had a generous 3 finger frothy head that lingered for a bit, and left off white lacings on the glass. Beer was a slightly darker golden amber with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom. Smell started off slightly herby and then shifted to an orangey citrus aroma. Small hints of sweet and flowers rounded it out. Flavor started off with plenty of hops, but then shifted to a slightly offputting acidic flavor before changing back to a bit more of bitterness from the hops. Felt strange in the mouth, almost dried out the inside which was a unique feeling to have immediately after consuming a liquid. Overall not a bad IPA, but the strange taste in the middle coupled with the funny mouthfeel took it down a bit.
05-10-2012 22:05:11 | More by mountdew1
4.55/5 rDev +6.8%
355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass.
A - Pours a vibrant amber glow with moderate haze in the body, and a frothy, cream head that clings to the glass as it dissipates after the initial pour. The lacing isn't quite what I expected, but there's certainly some sticky foam coating the glass as this one goes down.
S - A salvo of tropical fruit hops upfront. Pineapple, mango, sweet oranges, passion fruit, grapefruit and just a touch of cucumber. Sweet caramel malt backbone that compliments the hop profile beautifully. This is everything I want to smell in an IPA. So good.
T - Fruity hops abound in this one. All the fruits from the aroma are here in spades, with juicy pineapple and mango notes upfront, bittering grapefruit and pine, and subtle passion fruit. Malty undertones are just right, giving just the right balance but still showcasing the hop profile perfectly. As much as I know cucumber isn't really a traditional Pacific NW flavor in an IPA, it's undeniably here and works flawlessly with the other flavors. Aftertaste leaves moderate bitterness, with just the right amount of bite. Overall, this is stupidly easy to drink, and I can't picture it being any better.
M - The 6.5% ABV shows up here in the body, helping thicken it up just enough. Medium bodied feel with low carbonation that just prickles the tongue. I will admit, it's slightly oily and could use a touch more carbonation; and I do also get some subtle heat from the aforementioned alcohol content. Really, this is the only weak point of this beer, and even then it's way above average.
D - I really can't ask for a better beer here. This IPA packs everything I want in the style into readily available 6-packs for a more than reasonable price tag. Crafted remarkably in all departments, resulting in an IPA so drinkable that I finished drinking it before I finished the review. I was slightly skeptical this brew would live up to the hype, but it blew my expectations out of the water. It's easy to see now why this is such a revered beer here in Canada.
05-06-2012 23:02:14 | More by Converge
4.58/5 rDev +7.5%
Appearance - Pours a warm orange-amber hue with a finger width of white bubbly head. Slightly cloudy and bubbly.
Smell - Citrus/grapefruit, robust hops, passion fruit - overall, a light, crisp, and fruity scent.
Taste - Starts with a light citrus flavour, then hits you with a gentle kick of hops. Leaves a nice bitter and citrusy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Light-to-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch of fluffiness to the feel. Very refreshing on the palate.
Overall - A great, well-crafted IPA by Central City Brewing. There are some wonderful aromas and the taste remains true to the IPA style. Definitely a must try.
04-08-2012 23:33:08 | More by leaddog
3.4/5 rDev -20.2%
Appearance: Didn't produce more then a layer of bubbles, but somehow managed to still leave good lacing. The body boasts high carbonation to go with it's slightly cloudy orange colour.
Smell: A powerful floral and citrus aroma on this one as the hops make their obvious appearance, with notes of pine. Didn't need any warming, although no noticeable malt and I know it's going to be too hoppy for my tastes.
Taste: Hey, this one's a lot better then I'd thought it would be. It starts with a caramel malt that has only the barest herbal and floral hop notes that builds slightly and then gets annihilated by the explosion of citrus, pine and earthy hops that disagree with me and grow harsher as the beer progresses.
Mouthfeel: I'd have liked a slower buildup to the hop annihilation. However the carbonation is good at holding it in check. Still, the hop oil doesn't know when it's overstayed it's welcome and it seems the nicer herbal and floral hops are drowned out by the pine and earthy ones. It also seems to get harsher and harsher the closer to the bottom you get.
Drinkability: It was doing so well up until about the 1/4 mark, at which point my stomach seemed to reject it, which is a shame. The carbonation was good, but I just don't see myself wanting to put this back with anything but maybe some really spicy food.
Final Thoughts: Well Red Racer, you have fared far better then most IPAs do, so take that in stride. It's one of the top beer in Canada so I had to review it, but like all but the most tamest of IPA's it's not for me.
04-08-2012 00:13:51 | More by TheHammer
3.93/5 rDev -7.7%
Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 07/05/12. Pours a clear orange red, with a one inch white that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is tangerine, grass, pine, carmel, and apricot. Taste is lots of citrus up front and bitter pine and grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium, plenty of life, a dry finish, and very drinkable. This is a nice IPA.
04-07-2012 18:21:05 | More by SawDog505
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
Now Called "Red Betty", guess Bear Republic got mad. 1 month old, should be good, cool can design.
A: Pours a clear, golden/pale amber, thin head. Quickly dissipates. A bit of lacing but not much.
S: Boom, a rich citrus based hop flavor, red grapefruit, blood orange, also some caramel/molasses sweetness. smell delicous.
T: Big hop flavors, pineapple/mango? citrus hops up front, a smooth but subdued maple/oak malt flavor, punch, piney after that. Lingers with a "wet" bitterness that is mainly piney and floral. Not overly complex, but whatever hop bill is I dig it. Seem to be butter flavors too as it warms.
M: High carbonation (maybe cuz head was small), pretty creamy, with a lightish oil viscosity, medium bodied. Abv isnt surprising.
O: Definitely a solid IPA, at one month old it smells fantastic, could look better but can pours are unreliable. Price point was high so I was expecting something unique, its good, but rather simple straightforward. For ABV big flavors. A notch below the the Union Jack/Racer 5/Hop Devil, but quite tasty.
04-07-2012 01:26:11 | More by BigCheese
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
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