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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
94
outstanding

845 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 160
Gots: 53 | 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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Skye1024

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-02-2012 03:29:03 | More by Skye1024
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

02-13-2013 13:38:11 | More by montrealbcr89
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-22-2013 00:29:05 | More by Luk13
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-15-2011 08:12:29 | More by ej285701
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

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

Not much crack when I opened the can of Red Racer IPA. As I pour it, the smell of oily crushed pine bark, the beer is a clear amber with a thin wisp of eggshell foam. The smell is very inviting and becomes increasingly more citrusy as the beer fills my snifter. The beer tastes solidly bitter with sharp grapefruit peel rind, a hint of pineapple sweetness and a very clean finish with just a bit of lingering bitterness. This is a very good IPA, but I don't know that it's worth of a top 10 rating.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 03:42:53 | More by Soonami
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RWNay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-03-2012 23:20:39 | More by RWNay
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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

355 ml can poured in a pint glass. Bought at Willow Park main store in Calgary.

Cloudy amber colour. Off-white head is 1/4 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Spots of lacing here and here.

Delicious aroma of citrus hops and caramel malts. Grapefruit and lemon with caramel sweetness.

Grapefruit hops through and through with hints of caramel and toffee in the start and middle to balance it out. Bitter cascade hop finish is long and luscious. A great example of how a beer can be a hop bomb without obliterating your tastebuds.

Medium bodied and smooth with a slight oily texture. Very little pin pricks of carbonation.

Quite possibly the best American IPA I've ever had. Loaded with full, lush flavours without overpowering your senses. I wish this beer was available in my area!

Serving type: can

12-19-2010 02:55:03 | More by Noxious26
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leprakhan

California

5/5  rDev +17.6%

12-17-2011 06:30:49 | More by leprakhan
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. The beer pours a vibrant orange with a copper center. There is a sticky bubbly two finger head that fades to a tight cap, leaving sheets of sticky lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is outstanding. Citrus, oranges, mangos, grapefruit and lemon zest. Along with all the citrus there is a decent amount of pine. There is just a hint of caramel and sugared candy in the background.

The taste is not as defined, or pronounced as the smell, but still good. The citrus notes are first and foremost, mango, pineapple, oranges and lemon zest. The piney bitterness plays second fiddle, and all the hops are nicely balanced by caramel malts.

The beer is well carbonated, well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a great session IPA, something I will enjoy for sure in the summer months.

Serving type: can

04-28-2010 17:35:55 | More by rpstevens
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JamesMN

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy caramel/tan hue with a thin soapy off-white head.

Aroma: Grapefruit juice with a little orange. Some caramel/crystal malt in the background to fill it out a little more. Like a Midwest IPA.

Taste: Lots of flavorful bitterness throughout and it lingers quite nicely. Pine/grapefruit/citrus hop profiles, in that order. Not too heavy on the malt which is good. The intense bitterness tends to override the actual flavor at times but that's not exactly uncalled in this one. The finish is dry and the lingering bitterness attaches itself to your palate. There are moments when I taste more depth that lead me to believe a fresh can would really show off how good this beer could be. Pretty robust for 6.5% ABV but not a huge surprise with the amount of hops that must be in this.

Mouthfeel: Near tongue splitting bitterness at first but the palate is quick to adjust. Medium bodied with average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: As an appetizer this beer would be a wise choice. Lots of bitterness and good flavor. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: can

11-16-2012 05:18:19 | More by JamesMN
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Stagger, for sending this my way via CanBif. Very nice looking, clear, deep amber bodied ale. Decent finger of pale tan head formed on a vigorous pour, and decided to hang out for a while. Looking pretty good...

This thing has quite the aroma going on too. Big hop nose of grapefruit and a touch of papaya. Some sweet caramel and whole grain aromas also present. Somewhat one dimensional, but thats pretty much the point and it is pretty nice.

Wow have to say that i was impressed with the first taste which was very quickly followed by the second for confirmatory purposes. This Red Racer is the real deal, a first class IPA, grapefruit hoppiness predominates over a nicely attenuated maltiness with hints of whole grain crusty bread and a hint of caramel.

Very nice mouthfeel. Nicely attenuated, helps accentuate the hops, and brings their resinousness and mild stripping of the palate to mind. Medium bodied and somewhat creamy in feel, for a solid mouth presence.

Serving type: can

05-27-2010 01:39:33 | More by demcorhip
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-10-2012 13:47:30 | More by BeerKangaroo
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-15-2013 16:01:05 | More by CurtisD
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iKrystin

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-13-2013 20:48:37 | More by iKrystin
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

05-09-2014 05:34:49 | More by YamagamiTravis
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

355ml can from a 12-pack purchased through the HMH Negotiants private order. Pours a hazed amber orange with slight golden hues, one finger of cream coloured head, and strands of lacing on the pint glass. Smell and taste are resinous pine needles, spruce, perfume, tiniest trace of toasty grain, citrus fruit (tangerine, grapefruit), nectarine, and boldly bitter hops. A weak caramel backbone adds more body than flavour. Mouth feel is oily, medium, not quite slick, delicate carbonation, some prickly spiciness, juicy and acidic, dry bitterness lingers in the finish. This is so drinkable it makes me chuckle. I could pound a sixer in no time, but Red Racer is meant to be savoured, so pacing is necessary. A dynamite IPA that stands up to the very best of them. Rock on Central City!

Serving type: can

08-24-2010 05:12:05 | More by cratez
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tapman

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light-moderate yellow-orange color, crystal clear, moderate carbonation and a giant, cream of wheat head.

Grassy, soapy, piney hops with a light toasty caramel underneath. Smells very clean with slight, bright vegetation.

Everything that is in the nose, with the additional of sweet bubblegum immediately as you sip and a spicier malt profile. Rye? Sticky in the finish and very resinous.

Very bright and harshly carbonated.

A very good IPA, though very piney in the finish and a little sticky, though I like the abv% where it is. 7% can be a little high if not brewed right and 5% often times results in an unbalanced IPA.

Serving type: can

05-03-2011 22:44:27 | More by tapman
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can marked K1810 (think that means November). Reviewed Jan 17, 2011

Bright medium amber with a short-lived frothy head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Modest grapefruit and herbal hops on the nose. Hops dominate the flavor with citrus and grapefruite hops, mixed with earthy and pine flavors. A bit of malt sweetness shows at the finish, before a pleasant lingering hop bitterness reappears.

Juicy with medium body and good carbonation. A nice drinking IPA that emphasizes the hops. The flavor is headed in the direction of a double IPA, but with the alchohol and body of a single.

A keeper!

Serving type: can

01-18-2011 00:14:19 | More by CliffBrake
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

04-08-2012 00:13:51 | More by TheHammer
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dipso123

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

11-08-2012 02:34:55 | More by dipso123
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-05-2013 23:17:41 | More by FadetoBock
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

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

a- can poured into a pint, one finger of rocky head, active bubbling, orangey brown color, slight chill haze, very cool can design.

s- really nice, so fresh, loads of pine, grapefruit, nice bitterness, some pineapple, some malt sweetness.

t- nice, earthy bitterness, grapefruit, pine, grapefruit pith, really hopped up ipa here. lingering bitterness, floral/herbal.

m- medium bodied, coating, smooth.

d- really nice ipa, glad i got the chance to try this beer, i'd drink this again for sure. one of the better ipas that i've had in awhile.

Serving type: can

07-11-2010 03:03:36 | More by thecarster1
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Coldsnack

Florida

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-16-2013 00:29:34 | More by Coldsnack
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Served from 12 ounce can. Great to see this brew hit Manitoba! Pours a slight hazy tangerine with a thick fluffy head. Nose- pine, grapefruit rinds and cookie dough. Taste- good initial hop presence with a spike of west coast hops followed chewy biscuit malts. Creamy mouthfeel from the malts mixed with a nice oily hop finish. Its awesome having this in province- one of the finer Canadian examples of the style that I've had the pleasure of sampling. Just a shame the MLCC doesn't have these in the fridge vs. sitting out at room temp with the third world lagers...

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 18:30:36 | More by oakbluff
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you have ever heard of the term "West Coast IPA" this beer is the definition of that. It's a light copper, a beautiful white head that leaves all kinds of sexy lacing. As soon as you crack the can you're assaulted, in a pleasant way, with citrus, creamsicle hop aromas with a smattering of pine and whispers of grapefruit and sweet malt. The pine intensifies in the taste and mingles with the citrus and hints of fruitiness to coat your mouth in that tantalizing way that hops like to work. A nice delicate malt backbone of caramel, biscuit, and a slight sweetness back up the hops. The dry finish, smooth body, perfect carbonation and 6.5% abv make this a dangerous beer. One is not enough.

Serving type: can

02-15-2010 07:38:00 | More by EskimoDave
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.