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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

902 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 902
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 169
Gots: 70 | 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 ThinkAgain
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ThinkAgain, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of gpblackgt
4/5  rDev -6.1%

gpblackgt, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of sukwonee
5/5  rDev +17.4%

sukwonee, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing a fresh one of these with all present

This beer looks a touch on the pale side of golden, but there is a frothy white head that looks rather inviting. The aroma is quite hop-filled. I believe that there is a lot of amarillo hops on the nose, but I've been wrong before when naming hops. The taste is quite herbal and grassy with a touch of citrus finish. There seems to be what I believe is cascade hops for bittering. I find that I like the usage of cascade hops in most IPAs. This is a very good beer and I would go back for more if I could more often guarantee it's freshness.

Vdubb86, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of KalanM
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Shadman
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 ZorPrime
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 TCgoalie
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Phigg1102, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Retail1LO
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Oidmoe, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of mattparsons
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

mattparsons, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Lunch
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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
Photo of Mistofminn
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 DamageCase76
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 77apm
4/5  rDev -6.1%

77apm, May 19, 2014
Photo of Brushkanna
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Brushkanna, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a pair of 341 ml cans from an LCBO I'd never been in for $2.45CDN. Was aware that this was considered a very good beer, but didn't realize how good until recently.

Appearance - Clear copper orange color head with a last finger of white head. Tons of effervescent bubbles.

Smell - Quite piney and earthy with some substantial lemon undertones. I can tell that this will be hoppy, and quite astringent just from the smell.

Mouthfeel - Piney, but has a malty sweetness that I find lacking from all but the best in this style. This shows up in the middle of the sip. Also and earthy taste and obviously quite bitter. The sweet undercurrent lingers and contrasts nicely with the bitterness. Surprisingly the hops are not overdone here, illustrating technique and control, so whilst providing a great hoppy IPA, there is great balance too.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich, high carbonation, palate scrubbing.

Overall - Definitely worth trying, and one of the best IPA's I've ever had. While I enjoy IPA's it's not my favorite style, but really appreciated the complexity and balance in this one. A must try.

DenisKolkin, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of LarryMyers
4/5  rDev -6.1%

LarryMyers, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of ale207
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

ale207, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of cavedave
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.