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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

885 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 168
Gots: 65 | 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 Alextricity
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Being told this was "City Red IPA" at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan, I got it on-tap. Seeing as how this is all that comes up when I type that in, I have to assume this is the beer. And considering its high ratings... I think it's a safe assumption.

Appearance: A deep red color with no head ... no lacing to speak of either. Rather "blah" and unexciting.

Smell: Hops, but there's more to it than that... you can definitely tell it's a red, because there's plenty of malt notes in there. A lot of piney aromas dominate. My friends weren't too happy when I talked ... they thought it smelled awful. It probably did on my breath. :(

Taste/feel: Outstanding, to say the least... it truly is. There's a pretty massive bitterness, but the mouthfeel is smooth and the finish is pretty sweet. If you want some hops, this'll do it for you. A lot of the grassy and piney notes without much citrus, so go with this if you want a beer along those lines. Incredibly balanced, insanely drinkable, fantastic tasting. I absolutely love the red characteristics with the hops in this one ... a lot of times it's out of whack, but this is very nicely done.

Alextricity, May 26, 2013
Photo of 510a
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

510a, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of KalanM
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of ZorPrime
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

ZorPrime, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Shadman
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

First thought..bleh a can, 2nd thought..cool 50's chick on a bike....

Has the IPA look down pat. Deep copper orange, cloudy, nice rich off white head, great retention, tons of lacing. Did I mention from a can of all things?

Aroma sweet floral sugars, nice citrus pine.

Toasty sweet malts manage to hold their own vs the pine-like hops, but alas, the Hops prevail in the end. Grapefruit blends seamlessly with the pine and remaining malt sweetness.

Smooth, slight slick, slightly oily feel. Maybe a touch sticky sweet on the finish.

First rate IPA..if ALberta doesn't have it, my Dad will be making a trip to the beer store in Victoria to pick some up for this kid.

Shadman, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

Many thanks to zoso1967 for this tasty treat.

Pours yellow orange with a lovely white foam head 1 finger thick. The brew is clear showing off all of its carbonation. Lacing is very good leaving thick blobs above the liquid level.

Lots of orange citrus comes through in the scent. Ample malts back the citrus smells providing a muted balanced smell.

There is plenty of orange and grapefruit up front with a large malt backbone covering up a lot of the bitterness. The balance is superb.

Rich and creamy in the mouth with a full feel. The aftertaste is clean and is not too drying. It leaves my mouth feeling very satisfied.

This is a very drinkable brew worthy of high praise in its class. Definitely worth a try!

TCgoalie, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Retail1LO
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Thanks to silentjay who sent this as an extra.

Pours a beautiful hazy, translucent, cloudy sea of orangish-gold beer with a two-finger head that sticks around for a bit before receding down the sides of the glass, leaving some sticky lacing behind. Very complex nose that boasts the hops, citrus, and maltiness all at once. You can pick out all the scents so distinctly. Very hoppy, yet bitter and malt-forward taste. The way the citrus fades quickly into the malt profile is very interesting and different. This has a bit of lingering staying power as the bitterness hangs out on the back of your tongue for a good long while. Takes a swallow with an empty mouth to completely expunge the taste. Overall, this is a very pleasant surprise indeed. Great job by the folks north of the boarder.

Retail1LO, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Deep orangish-yellow colorwith a slight haze and a thin head. Good carbonation with a very pleasant malty feel. Wet lacings on the glass that don't really stick. This IPA seemed to grow in character as it warmed up a bit. Citrusy orange sweet aroma with hints of bread and biscuit. Orange and biscuit flavors. Well-balanced malt and hop character. Neither very strong. Not as bitter and heavily hopped as most IPAs. Very drinkable and refreshing.

IronLover, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of richbrew
5/5  rDev +17.4%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mattparsons
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

mattparsons, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Mistofminn
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Another thanks goes out to kmurray8621 for sending me this. I'm an IPA fiend and don't care who knows it!

Pours a semi hazy orange copper color with about two fingers of off white head. It has great retention and manages to leave some intense sheets of lacing on the glass.

The nose is hoppy and sweet, with citrus and spicey hops the main players, while the malty backbone has just begun to peak its face through.

More spicey hops in the taste than I got in the nose, and the citrus and floral hops are gone, replaced by piney and resiny bitter hops. Malts come out a bit more in the taste. Still very hop forward without being one sided.

Light to medium in body, with a crisp carbonation and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is great.

Overall, a great IPA, and I'm really glad that I got a chance to try this, as it looks like it's gaining popularity and not a lot of people have had a chance to try it. Canadians brew good beer too!

Mistofminn, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Phigg1102
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Phigg1102, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass from a can. Cool looking design on the label, has a vintage 1950's look. The beer pours a yellow/amber color with very good clarity, only the slightest haze. Has a large white foamy head with no two bubbles the same size, very good lacing to it. Hops dominate the smell on this IPA, I smelled it from the can before pouring it and citrus hops attacked my nose as it warms up I believe I can detect a piney aroma as well. The taste is maybe just under par of the smell, but still quite good. Kind of one of those flavors where I wish I could give it a "4.25." Much like the smell it is the citrus hops that stand out to me. However I feel this is a very reasonably malted IPA because the initial taste is sweet. Again as it warms up the taste of pine is detected, but it also leaves an earthy taste that brings the flavor scale down only slightly. Mouthfeel is good, feels lighter than I expected, good bitter finish from the hops. Probably the most drinkable IPA I've had in quite some time. I'm giving the drinkablility a perfect 5, but this was a change in pace of what I'm normally drinking this time of year. IPA's are my summer stand by so I'd like to get more in the summer and maybe tweek this a little now that I think about it.

PS- Thanks to John from Granite Liquors on this one!

AndyAvalanche, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of mjw1200
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

mjw1200, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +8%

very nice. brunt orange with an off-white head that holds and leaves rings of lace as the beer disappears. nose hits before i get the glass to my nose. huge wafts of citrus, pineapple, mango, pine, caramel and a hint of biscuit. taste is all of the above in proper three-way bitter/sweet/biscuit harmony. simple, yet defined and three dimensional with a nice, sweet roundness and a hoppy finish that uses the soft carbonation to accentuate it. i love how this beer hits in waves. sweet, then sweet tropical fruit... and biscuit, then sweet-dry in the end when the tingle of earth and pine become evident. medium body that screams to be chewed. simply delicious and goes down way too easily. this will be a regular for me all summer long.

timtim, May 17, 2010
Photo of Oidmoe
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Oidmoe, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured into a shaker pint: Medium golden-orange body, hazy, with straw highlights under mega-head: 4 fingers below the rim of the glass, 2 fingers above the rim with lumps like a souffle. Crazy.

Strong, fresh grapefruit & pith smell with a fruity, leafy quality like walking through a strawberry patch. Mild fruit candy like chewable vitamins.

Sweeter, lemon custard at first in the taste, followed quickly by a pithy bitterness & rounding off with a mild sweetness like ginger ale that picks up after each sip.

Active, medium-bodied that goes from a little sharp to smooth & creamy with a balancing dryness.

Good overall, delivers in the hoppiness but with a sweetness that's not overdone. Really like the ginger note.

OneDropSoup, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of cavedave
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Thanks to knucks999 for this extra

Pours a beautiful, clear dark amber topped by a one finger head that fades slowly to a lasting cap, A gentle swirl leaves mountain ranges of lace.

The smell is a light aroma of orange peel, neutral sweet, and hints of pine in the background.

It is a full flavored IPA, featuring some nice citrus at the front, joined along the way with some tasty pine, some light bready sweet, and a floral/bitter that lets the finish burst on the palate. Nice flavors, nice hop profile, a worthy IPA that would stand out were it not for the plethora of even better ones in America 2010. Great taste, but rated against the competition it suffers. Great to be an IPA lover in America now.

The moutheel is not as good as others in this style. It has good (low) carb., but the resiny quality of it captures some of the lemony characteristics of the hops in an unpleasant way.

Drinkability is quite good. I already wish I had more than this one

Impression: A nice take on the style, but many better out there.

cavedave, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of Lunch
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Served from12oz. can, obtained via trade as an extra with jlindros (thanks man!), into my Stone Levitation glass (11/23/09) at an appropriate temperature. I had never heard of this beer, but I am certainly glad that I have been introduced to it.

A: Pours a fairly clear golden yellow with a slight orange hue capped off by a thick and frothy 2 finger head that stuck around for the duration of the beer. Very nice thick lacing is left on the inside of the glass.

S: WOW! Definitely the best smelling canned IPA (or canned beer for that matter) I have ever experienced and certainly one of the best smelling American IPAs period. As soon as the can was cracked, the citrusy hops exploded with lushes tones of orange marmalade, flowers, grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon, pine, with slight malty backbone.

T: The hop flavors continue onto the palate with citrusy layers of grapefruit, orange marmalade, orange zest, and pine. A slight caramel malt rounds out this delicious American IPA. There is just a slight bitterness to the finish which nicely cleanses the palate.

M: Medium-bodied with nice creamy carbonation and very smooth.

D: Exceptionally drinkable and the flavors are so rich and fresh with no hint whatsoever of the 6.5% abv.

Overall this beer was a great surprise and a generous extra that came completely out of left field and completely wowed me. If you see this beer anywhere, anytime, do yourself a favor a pick up as many as you can. Thanks again Jared for introducing me to this exceptional American IPA. Highly Recommended.

Lunch, Dec 01, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Brushkanna, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of errantnight
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

A really nice, well balanced, east coast IPA with a superb nose. Upon further tastings I might bump this up a touch on the aroma.

Pours a strong, orange copper with solid retention and nice lacing. Aroma is earthy and a bit musty, some peach and stone fruit in front of citrus. On the palate this gets a big, resiny, grapefruity bitter finish. The malt bill provides a bit of up front toast that kills the hop flavor through the middle (which is sort of standard for the east coast style), but it's a really nice example. Right there with fresh Finest Kind.

errantnight, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of ale207
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ale207, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of DamageCase76
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks Tanger. Can poured into my Stone IPA glass. It pours a hazy golden caramel color with a 2 finger frothy head that lasts quite awhile. Contrary to what most reviews picked up on the nose I smelled mostly floral,grass and pine hops with a follow of citrus. The tast pretty much follows suite but reverses roles, tart grapefruit, floral notes, and pine. The mouthfeel is there its got a medium body to it with good carbonation and a hope bite that lasts. This is a very good IPA and I believe my first Canada brewed craft beer, I enjoyed it very much.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of beerman999999
5/5  rDev +17.4%

beerman999999, Nov 20, 2011
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.