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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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804 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%


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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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy caramel color with a one finger of creamy, white head. Head recedes quickly leaving spots of sticky lacing.

S: Nose is big piney and citrus hops with a nice light caramel malt hint.

T: Taste starts with a nice bitter pine hops flavoring. A bit of bite from floral hop notes that is evened out with a caramel malt flavoring. Bitterness somewhat hangs on in the back of your throat.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy body with a sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is an IPA worth sitting with for a while.

Serving type: can

09-25-2010 01:12:24 | More by Jayli
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy amber with a good sized fluffy white head. Fades slowly with great retention but the lacing is so-so.

S: Wonderfully sharp tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple and mango mixes with a nice grapefruit. Very nice sweet caramel malt helps balance it out.

T: Tastes follow the nose. Tropical fruit up front with the pineapple and mango primarily. Maybe a hint of tangerine? There is some bitter grapefruit and maybe just a hint of pine. Mild caramel malt helps balance a bit but overall it's quite hop-forward and bitter. Quite drying in the aftertaste with a bit of pine and resin.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a little drying.

O: A very nice IPA that I had never even heard of before until I stumbled upon it by accident. Great hop variety, sharp bitterness and some caramel to smooth it all out.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 04:36:12 | More by Dope
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark translucent copper amber color with a bubbly and retentive off white/cream colored head with moderate lacing. Moderate aroma, dominated by piney and citrus hops and caramel malt. Thick bodied with fine, sharp carbonation producing a chewy body with a pleasant sweet and bitter finish. Flavor packs a potent caramel malt backbone balancing a thick wall of sweet grapefruit citrusy hops. Not the greatest true to style IPA, but exceptionally drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: can

07-09-2010 03:01:54 | More by yourefragile
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

review from notes

Pours a lighter copper orange with a foamy white head, leaving some filmy lacing on the glass.

Juicy, piny hops with a bit of tropical fruit and sweeter malt in the nose.

Biting hops right up front, coupled with lighter caramel malt. Continues with some juicier hoppiness and more citrusy fruit notes, although the malty backbone stays present throughout the profile. Finishes very dry and bitter.

Medium body, lingering dryness and sticky feel. Easy to drink and abv is masked well, although I'd like some more complexity in the flavor.

Serving type: can

12-28-2010 19:59:00 | More by xnicknj
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aerozeppl

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The lone can that made it back from EBF weekend. Picked up at Julios on the way out.

A: Hazy copper color with a little under a finger of white head. A nice amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose on this beer simply kills. Fresh whole hop cones abound. Citrus. Grapefruit. A little bit of peaches as well. Smells like a big OL DIPA.

T: Little bit bitter up front. Goes into a little bit of a charcoal taste then the hops just come at you and do not relent. Not nearly as big a hop taste as the nose.

M: Really good. Little bit creamy with a little bit of stickiness to it.

D: I love a good beer in a can and this is just that. Would love this for tubing or fishing. Hopefully we will see this beer in NY soon though I know I am fooling myself just by typing that.

Serving type: can

03-11-2010 22:32:35 | More by aerozeppl
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crossovert

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Herd some hype about this beer, finally got around to buying it. I guess people are probably just gazonked because it is a Canadian beer. I would take it over a molson any day after my hockey games.

It pours an interesting golden orange color with a soapy white head that leaves some pretty nice lacing.

It has a really nice smell. It has melon, citrus, pineapple, and mango. It has just a hoppy must to it that is intoxicating to sniff.

The flavour is right on. Tonnes of melon here. It has a creeping bitterness in the finish with some pink grapefruit. There is also a big taste of flowers, like honeysuckles or something, very floral, maybe akin to orange blossom honey.

It is a great fruit bomb with enough west coast attitude to appeal to the people who love bitterness.

Serving type: can

01-18-2011 03:01:18 | More by crossovert
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of tightly packed egg shell colored head... Impressive retention... A vibrant glowing orange color... Loaded with swirling vivacious carbonation...

S - Surprisingly the hops don't dominate the nose... Actually quite a nice balance... Biscuit like malts... Caramel... Sweet citrus... A vague earthiness....

T - Exactly what I expected... A wonderful mix of hops... Some bitter... Some juicy and sweet... Sweet citrus... Loads of bready malts... Cracker... A touch of caramel... Everything works to gather well and adds layers of complexity...

M - A slight kiss of foam hits the lips first... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Terrific carbonation... A little bit of chewiness... Lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue...

D - A quite enjoyable American IPA in all aspects... Loaded with flavor and character... Also a quite sessionable 6.5% ABV... Much like the artwork, this a playful and seductive brew which I highly recommend and can't wait to pop open my next one...

Serving type: can

05-22-2010 01:36:27 | More by philbe311
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz can. Got in my SS package from OakedCanuck.

A- Pours a light hazed golden orange color. Two finger white head has amazing retention! Nice thick collar of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of citrus grapefruit hops in the front, middle, and end of this. Nothing over the top as the caramel bready malts do a nice job of balancing out the aroma.

T- Citrusy hops in the front burst with a big part of grapefruit. This gets blended with a light piney bitter hop bite. Middle of the beer balances out with a nice bready caramel note that lingers all the way through the background. Ending of the beer is mostly citrus hops that balance out the ending malt. Light alcohol flavor comes out as well in the ending.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light grapefruit and piney hops left on the palate. Citrus hops, light alcohol, and bready malts left in the aftertaste. Alcohol had light drying on the palate. Flavors were very well balanced as far as IPA goes. Clean flavors with nothing out of the normal.

D- This IPA had a ton of drinkability to it. Nothing over the top as far as hop explosion wise which makes it a sixer easy. ABV is low enough to handle the six pack easy as well. Just a nice well balanced IPA that delivers.

Serving type: can

01-09-2011 03:21:29 | More by alleykatking
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More beer in a can, sweet! Pours into my glass a golden orange with great clarity and a quarter inch of bubbly head on top. Aromas start off with a good deal of piney resinous hops along with an earthy, caramel malt backbone. Spice and a touch of citrus work in as well.

First sip brings a solid mix of caramel malts along with resinous pine hops. Mellow sweetness throughout along with an earthy citrus-spice as it flows down. Good bitterness on the finish that balances out the malt sweetness. Solid IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Good carbonation this is a brew that goes down easy. Glad we are able to get this in Chicagoland now as it's always nice to have a solid IPA in cans for beach going and anywhere bottles aren't welcome!

Serving type: can

11-25-2010 02:55:32 | More by orbitalr0x
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100th review. Poured in to my Red Racer pint glass. This has got to be the best beer logo around!!

Appearance. Pours a clear, almost glowing, deep golden amber with two full fingers of the thickest, dense, sticky looking, off white head that lasts a while and leaves beautiful bands and curtains of lace.

Smell. Huge piney hops with some sweet caramel and light toasted grains backing it up. Some yellow grapefruit and other light citrus notes with a hint of yeast funk.

Taste. Starts with nice caramel and light toasted grains. Grapefruit hops start to kick in and bitterness begins to build. More citrus fruit and pine sap with just a little mango. Finishes grassy, piney and bitter ...lasting, awesome bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium, smooth carbonation. Crisp and clean, alcohol well hidden.

Overall. I love this stuff. I've drank it hundreds of times in cans, pints, and cask pours and it never fails to amaze me.

Serving type: can

04-07-2011 01:52:02 | More by Rutager
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was finally able to get my hands on a 6'er of this. Very much anticipated and definitely managed to meet and exceed my expectations.

A - Slightly foggy golden copper/orange, pouring a thin layer of head with a solid lacing ring.

S - Sweet pine needles and cedar sprigs, with a surprisingly strong citrus finish.

T - Super sweet citrus with a very bitter finish. I was quite surprised by the hop bomb that this can concealed. I had developed some expectations, and they were more than achieved. Lemon citrus, with some noticeable alcohol content, and a gin-like finish. Very delicious balance.

M - Mouthfeel was a bit heavier than I would have expected, but still reasonably light.

D - Very delicious and highly recommended to any IPA fan. At $17.00 per 6-pack it's a little on the pricey side, but well worth it. Very glad to have this in Alberta!

Serving type: can

06-05-2010 05:27:16 | More by andrenaline
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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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GilGarp

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up a 6-pack of this while on vacation in Vancouver; our honeymoon, actually! It was the one beer I was really looking forward to trying from Canada and was really excited to find it. Not so excited to pay $16 for the privledge but oh well. Such is being a BA.

Served cool into a globe, Red Racer is a hazy copper orange color with thick white head. Nice retention to the head which settles slowly leaving stick lace behind.

The aroma is spectacular. It's clearly very heavily hopped with tons of resiny citrus hops. I would love to know what they used in dry-hopping because it has a to-die-for aroma.

Flavor is excellent as well with just tons of hoppy goodness. It doesn't have extreme bitterness as some IPAs. It's more like a Racer 5 that just comes across as clean crisp citrus. A solid malt body is present to stand up to all those hops. Very fresh tasting and something I think of as candied or sugared orange rind. It's nicely balanced from beginning to end but definately has the hops that an IPA lover craves.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. It actually has a really soft feel that might be partly due to the can. Smooth carbonation almost makes it seem like it was served on tap. Speaking of which, I had it at the Alibi Room on tap and it was just as exceptional as it is from the can.

Overall a fantastic IPA - probably one of the best I've ever had... and it's from Canada! Please bring this one stateside. It's not like we need another IPA but this one is top-notch.

Serving type: can

08-18-2010 23:08:18 | More by GilGarp
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: can

05-16-2012 18:13:30 | More by CuriousMonk
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome 4-pack of cans received from masterhomebrewer recently. Thanks, Dave! I've been wanting to try this one for awhile.

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a creamy off-white head resting on top. Pretty fair retention; leaves lots of sticky lace and sip rings on the glass. The nose is a little underwhelming. Some faint citrus, mild floral tones, and some grassy notes.

Great body on this one. Plenty of carbonation, but smooths out on the finish. Crisp hoppy bitterness right away. Starts out a bit spicy and peppery, but as I continue to sip, the harshness mellows to a semi-sweet citrus. Aftertaste is a bit bready and warm. Alcohol presence not really felt.

This was a splendid IPA. Spot on for my liking. Great job, CC! Recommend.

Serving type: can

07-26-2010 19:03:10 | More by Onenote81
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a mason jar

Pours a beautiful orange color with a huge off-white cap. Slow to recede, leaving huge chunks of lace all over the glass. The aroma is balance. Earthy, pine and spruce, and some grapefruit rind over top a strong bed of light caramel malt. The flavor profile matches the nose. Earth, pine, and spruce up front, light caramel malt through the middle and some grapefruit and pine in the finish. Medium body with a mild lingering bitterness of pine, spruce, and grapefruit rind.

If your looking for a balanced ipa with some good bitterness, this is your guy. I wouldn't exactly call this world class.

Serving type: can

02-12-2012 15:51:24 | More by ColForbinBC
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-19-2012 03:07:45 | More by allergictomacros
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear copper golden with a nice off white head and a little bit of lacing.

S-A wonderful citrus and pine hoppiness with a bit of sweet malt underneath. A great aroma!

T-Citrus hops and sweet malt in a very nice balance. Tatsy.

M-Medium bodied, crisp and a bit dry.

D-Excellent. Not sure how a beer from Vancouver wound up at Julio's in MA, but I am sure glad it did!

HV

Serving type: can

12-15-2009 02:15:55 | More by sholland119
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of drabmuh from BA.

Pours a slighlty hazy bright orangish color with a nice 1 figner head that slowly creates a nice collar.

The aroma that I am hit with first reminds me of oranges actually with hints of floral. Really nice aroma coming from this, I really hope the taste is just as good.

Sweet citrus like malt flavor followed by a nice bitterness that lingers in the mouth. Very smooth and well balanced. Maybe just a touch on the sweet side. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a solid IPA from Canada no less!

Serving type: can

08-25-2010 20:25:53 | More by kbutler1
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a small very sticky light white head thats almost a bit yellow, very nice. Nose is very nice and floral, citrusy and hoppy, sweet and sharp with hints of grapefruit and onion.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, a good amount of carbonation makes it very smooth. Taste is a bit sharp at first, then a light bitterness but lots of citrus dominates, very solid IPA, and I love that it's in a can!

Serving type: can

06-26-2010 01:53:20 | More by kingcrowing
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich copper colour with great head and lacing down the glass. The glass is just coated with lacing. Smell is a blast of piney hops, with some citrus coming through. Taste is just a hop blast of juicy hops and pine oil resin, but it has caramel malt backbone in there too. Carbonation is spot on. I bought 48 of these through a private order to Ontario and I am going to have no issue finishing these off.

This isn't just the best Canadian single IPA I've had, it may be the best one I've had period.

Serving type: can

08-24-2010 17:49:21 | More by kwjd
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to bauermj for this off my wants list.

Can to a perfect pint. I think I can make out the numbers "10510" printed on the bottom of the can. Perhaps its canned on 10/5/10. I kinda hope not.
A- The beer is somewhere between clear and hazy. It has a slight foggy appearance to the rich orange coloration. The head is on the small side with average retention of chunky pads of floating foam. 'Here and there' lacing.

S- Fairly malty with a sturdy doughy, crackery base. Hops are piney and very dense smelling. It smells like its going to be oily and resinously bitter.

T- There is a good balance kicked off by the doughy malt base. Pine comes in ushering some orange rind along with it.

M- Insanely dry. I mean very, very dry. This is the driest finishing IPA, hands down. It makes for an easy drinking beer. It keeps the beer tasting clean and quenching.

This doesnt have me convinced. Perhaps this can was from October, or perhaps this IPA isnt my style. Its good, not great. Certainly just above average.
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Second consideration of a can given to me by AleWatcher.

S- Lots of pine with an undercurrent of tropical citrus. Crackery malt is strong.

T- Juicy up front with plenty of orange candy and light malts. Then comes the pine. Lots and lots of pine give this beer a healthy bitterness that can get quite formidable. The finish has a really nice floral and citrus explosion to it. The aftertaste is very bitter and long lasting, but thankfully it avoids most of the medicinal stuff, its very much loaded with pine resin though.

The first can I had had to have been a bit too old. This one caused me to alter my score slightly. Good stuff.

Serving type: can

03-06-2011 20:11:42 | More by MbpBugeye
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can courtesy of nonstick...thanks Chris! Poured into a Bruery goblet.

A - Beautifully clear, gold with amber highlights. Big, one finger of fluffy white head...lasts a minute or so before dying down to a thin layer of bubbles. Nice lacing left down the sides of the glass.

S - Thick, resiny pine aroma with grapefruit touches nicely added in. Bready, biscuity malt in the background with hints of sugary sweetness.

T - Tons of pine here. Bitterness is pretty strong - good and crisp. Citrus and grassy notes blend in behind the heavy pine flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is dominated by the pervasive bitterness in this IPA. Body is medium and carbonation is just about right.

D - This is quite a good IPA. This has as much and as good a flavor as any IPA out there. Would put this in my top 5 IPA's right now. Could easily be happy with several of these throughout the day.

Serving type: can

10-10-2009 22:35:13 | More by portia99
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes
A - slightly cloudy golden, fluffy white head retained at a solid finger with consistent lacing
S - piney and citrus zest, grainy and a light fruity note
T - herbal and spicy hops of front, moving to piney hops with a toasty grain malt, finish of light caramel and grapefruit
M - medium lighter feel, pleasantly bitter
D - very flavourful and goes down extremely easy, this is very sessionable

Serving type: can

03-18-2011 17:50:02 | More by joemcgrath27
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
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