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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
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952 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 172
Gots: 94 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-10-2009

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.
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Photo of berley31
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, off-white, creamy and fluffy head, that showed good lasting power, and left some nice sticky lacing on the glass. Body is a dark orange color, with just a bit of haze.

S: Very strong aroma, prominently of hops, in the pine and citrus variety... big on the orange, especially. Backed up by a touch of malt sweetness.

T: High hop flavor - lots of citrus, some pine... again, orange is dominant. Enough sweetness to help balance the hops without being cloying, like some IPAs can be. Moderate-high bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O: An excellent American IPA... pretty much lives up to all the hype.

Photo of mjl21
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Rob. 12 ounce can poured into a SA perfect pint glass. C1910 is stamped on the bottom. Comes in at 6.5%.

A-Pours a fairly clear amber and has a thin layer of head that covers the top. Leaves a nice ring of lace around the top of the glass.

S-It smells of musty citrus hops. It smells like a 3 month old IPA.

T-It is a mix of grapefruit and earthy hops. It has a touch of metallic bite to it. Has a good amount of bitterness that lingers between sips.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D-Not bad, but it is hard to gauge this beer being as it is getting towards the end of its lifespan.

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

I'm pretty excited to try this beer. It's been around for a while in my neck of the woods, and I've overlooked it until now. I don't know why... I like canned beers, I love IPAs, but for some reason this one never appealed to me until I heard a bunch of hubbub. Let's see how it stacks up...

Nice even pour out of the can, crystal clear and almost fizzy with bubbles, bright and brassy. The aroma is deep into hop territory - definite grapefruit rind (yes!) and other citrus, almost a hint of cilantro. A good sign. And yes, it tastes delicious. Citrus hop profile, nice and bitter but not as biting or brash as I had expected. Lots of grapefruit, resiny, oily, real tasty. Malt is hiding somewhere. As nice as the hoppy feel good flavor is, I'm almost more impressed with the texture of this beer. It's just so dang light on the palate, airy and joyously quaffable. Not that it lacks body, and some IPAs are great with a chewy mouthfeel, but this is almost like an uber-hopped pale ale or something. Crisp like a lager, and like I said it's crystal clear. I'd love to try an unfiltered version (?) of this sometime to see the difference.

A totally awesome IPA. Would drink again. And again.

Photo of smekermann
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of liquorpig
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mountdew1
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of eat
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Free can from ritzkiss...I owe you one! Thanks Eric. I've been wanting to check this out for a while now.

Pours a hazy, light copper colour with a thin blanket of white head. Nice lacing up the sides of the glass. I'd rate is 4.25 but will have to settle for 4.0.

Big aromas of pine and grapefruit backed up by sweet malt. Great smell but I'm left wanting more of it.

Lots of hops. Bitter and drying, it's quite earthy. Pine seems to be dominate with some grapefruit in the background. This is very much a West Coast IPA, the hops clearly outbalance the malt profile, though not in an overwhelming way. Dry, piney aftertaste. The ABV isn't detectable.

Good feel: creamy medium body with a light carbonation.

If I lived somewhere where this was readily available, it would always be in my fridge. I can't wait to get my hands on some more of this stuff. Incredibly drinkable and very sessionable. This beer easily makes company with the best IPAs I've tried. I imagine this would be out of control when fresh.

Photo of RWNay
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of JamesMN
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of rogerdandy
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of TheHammer
3.42/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of fizzyted
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Corson
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hansgruber
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear deep amber, similar to that of high quality polished amber set in jewellery. Delicate lacy trim around the glass.

S: Strong scent of orange flower water with a chaser of grapefruit rind. A mix of fresh pine needles round out the scent.

T: Hoppy bitterness pops in the front followed with the acrid pairing of grapefruit rind and fresh pine. The alcohol is nearly undetectable, despite being 6.5%.

M: mouthfeel is fairly thin - which pairs well with the bold smell and flavour, too long on the tongue and this would overwhelm the tastebud with bitter.

D: I find this beer best drank with a meal, particularly something spicy and capable to balance out the bitter. I choose to match this with Pad Thai, the earthiness of the peanut sauce, heat from the chilies, hits of sweet of the tamarid and pineapple play off the bitter hops. That said, I'd definitely drink this on the patio mid summer for a refresher, excellent replacement for lemonade.

Photo of prdstmnky
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can ~ packaged 6/11/11

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a finger of creamy head that fades pretty fast - nice lacing though. Nose is hoppy, mostly citrus and pine. Taste follows right in line, a bitter pithy citrus flavor up front with a nice malty balance. Not overly aggressive at all. Medium body and a nice level of carbonation. An overall nice IPA.

Photo of mlefebvre7
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Noxious26
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of jackorain
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Anthony1
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in the glass with a slight haze. Pours with two fingers of head that slowly settles to a crown. Raw hop aroma, grapefruit and pine, with some sticky malt in the background. There's a bit of tropical fruit too. Flavors of pine and citrus combat with strong resiny bitterness. There's a bit of crackery malt, but this is dry and bitter on the whole.

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.28/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of mtomlins
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml can into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Light, orangey copper color pouring to 2-3 fingers of thick white head settling to a thick collar and leaving some nice lacing.

S: A big, sticky PNW hop nose (big, but not huge) with some nice spicy notes and a bit of caramel and malt.

T: Right from the start, a bit wack of American bittering hops, spicy and floral balanced out by a big malty body. The finish is long, dry, hoppy and tight.

M: Medium body and carbonation (appropriate for style); Full, round, smooth.

O: A pretty beer with a big hoppy, malty nose. The hops and malt extend onto the palate making a really well balanced IPA!

Photo of djbreezy
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updated on 1/13/2011 with a Washington distributed imported version (just as good!)

appearance - pours an orange/amber color with a good head and immediate retention on the lacing that crawls up the side of the glass

smell - hops on the nose with some light malt accents

taste - tingles the tongue, floral and pine hop notes intertwine with a nice malt body, hop forward but not a bomb, very tasty

mouthfeel - some carbonation, some creaminess

drinkability - this is incredibly drinkable for an IPA, very solid

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 952 ratings.