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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

917 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 168
Gots: 75 | 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 DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid 3 dollars for a can of this at the House of 1,000 beers. Was told this is the best IPA Canada has to offer.

A - Well appearance is good a nice clear amber color with an impressive explosion of over two inches of head out of the can into my pint glass. Takes a while to settle.

S - Smells sweet and balanced with crystal and bread malts and an attractive mango or pineapple like hop bitterness.

T - Taste is a touch more English at first with an herbal minty like hop character but it's quickly covered with sweet pineapple hops and a bready finish. Hops do linger on the palate after each sip but it never really gets too bitter. Not bad.

M - Nothing bad to say about the mouthfeel drinks with a light to medium body.

Overall not sure I would agree with the scores it is quite good but not near world class status. Not sure how old it is either and can only find it at one shop so that limits my score a tad.

DrDemento456, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Lare453, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- One inch head on top of a clear, dark gold/light-ruby beer. Above average lacing and decent head retention.

S- Very tropical fruit smelling, can smell this 18 inches away from the pour.

T- More citrus than subdued but present pine...great hop bite.

M- Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Slighty over-priced at $9 a four pack (12 ounce cans), a good beer none-the-less. The best IPA in a can that I CAN get on a semi-regular basis...would be good in the summer outdoors. Thanks CANada.

Duff27, May 26, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml Can - Thanks Swedes21!

Appearance - Clear amber/orange colour with an above average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops, pine, cookies

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels a little thin on the palette. There are lots of malts mixed with caramel and cookies. There are also notes of grapefruit, hops, and pine. The beer is a little bit more on the malty side than the fruity side however. It finishes with a lingering hop aftertaste.

Drink - I was really impressed with this one.. I'm not sure if it was due to the fact that it's in a can, but it reminded me a little bit of a Dale's Pale Ale, which I also really enjoy. It also reminded me a bit of a DFH 60min. It's well worth seeking out and it I wish it would make its way to the retail shelves of Ontario.

spinrsx, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh off the truck, this one comes from the generous nonstick. Thanks, Chris!

The pour is gorgeous, burnished copper with great clarity. . There's a dense off-white head with excellent retention. There's plenty of lace in its wake as well.

The nose is solid, plenty of grapefruit and bright citrus fruit (juicy orange) and tropical fruit. Moderately floral, there's a mild biscuit-like and caramel sweetness present, but what dominates in this beer is the hop aroma. That said, it's not as amazing as some of the best IPAs out there - Sculpin, Blind Pig, Two Hearted and the Alpine IPAs are all better (and bigger) than this, but this is still very good.

The palate opens with a moderate bitterness, quite orange rind -like in character. There's quite a bit of hop flavor too, very fruity with pineapple, orange, a little bit of raw mango. Malt character is present but more as a dry, cracker-like flavor rather than a caramel sweetness. Drying on the finish with a beautiful bitterness, this medium-light beer has a oily feel with plenty of flavor. Carbonation is moderate, resulting in a lush, creamy mouthfeel. Thoroughly drinkable, I'm glad I have a lot more of these!

DefenCorps, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, pine hops and a small orange citrus under there somewhere. In the taste, dry pine hops and dry orange citrus rinds, with a nice clean and mellow maltiness. A hop bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, orange citrus in the aftertaste. Big hops and mellow malt backing, dig it!

OWSLEY069, May 21, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with macmaster761.

A - Pours into the glass with a nice foamy head that had good retention. Fantastic stick and lacing on the sides. Clear, dark amber color, very impressive looking beer.

S - Lots of piney hops with a bit of resin, huge smell on this one. Floral, a bit of grapefruit, and a strong citrusy orange and pineapple smell. Even my non-beer roommate picked this out. Very good.

T - Some tropical notes and a bit of pine, the sweet fruit helps it from becoming too piney. Nice malty backbone. I think this is a fantastic IPA. Little bit of bitter resin at the end.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation, little sticky.

D - Goes down easy, can do a lot of these and enjoy them.

AgentZero, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Trashcat, Thursday at 05:29 PM
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -5.9%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from the MLCC in Winnipeg. Additions based on further samples.

A - Amber/orange colour. Thick head, slightly darker than a white. Lot's of carbonation. Good lace rings and half finger of retention.

S - Great pine as soon as poured. Really strong aroma. Some maltiness in there too but it's fainter than the hops. Toffee, citrus, pineapple.

T - Huge piney hop character. Lot's of citrus. Pine character is strong. Nice.

M - Good bitterness. Medium body. Carbonation is really noticable and it coats the entire mouth.

D - Quite a nice IPA. Really drinkable and tons of great hop flavour with a nice bitterness. Well done.

tbeckett, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Durge
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crystal clear light amber color with lots of bubble action with a goodly off-white head and very nice lacing. The aroma is a stiff shot of citrus hops, a bit sharp with nice yeasty bread/sweet roll balance. The flavor that follows is definitely more of the same. Bright glorious citrus bite, mid-bodied and frisky carbonation. Very easy drinking but lots of hops here. I get some rice cereal graininess, a tad sweet but mostly sour dough and grapefruit. If you want a little hop blast, you'll be very happy. I liked this and see this as one of the better canned brews I've had and right up there with any of my preferred IPA's. I'm impressed.

Durge, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev 0%

enelson, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Steve (a74gent) for thinking of me and grabbing me this while picking me up an entirely different beer.

This one is a real beauty in the glass. A very nice bright opaque beer shifts from gold to amber to nearly copper depending on the light. A big head stands and, when settled, remains 3 fingers tall, rocky and dense, and when at the end it's fully and finally settled, and island of head I could set a pebble on remains. This beauty of a head leaves lots of lacing behind. If there were smaller grading increments, this would be more like a 4.6, but a 4.5 will suffice.
Lots of pungent hops in the nose with a touch of caramel malts. Given the flavor of this fantastic brew, I was surprised I didn't get a bit more out of the aroma.
This is where it's at. Hops are beautiful, with lots of bright bittersweet citrus blending with raw, earthy grassy and herbal notes and further mixing with a pure, raw pine. There's also a fantastic malty balance that finds the very difficult place between failing to properly balance and detracting from the hops dominance. Very well done with the caramel malts here and the delicious blend of hops. Where this really pulls through is in a very nice lingering semi-dry finish in which all the flavors come together very nicely. Let this one warm just a touch and you'll get a very nice caramel sweetness pulling up front before giving way to the hops.
As stated, this is a semi-dry beer in the feel. It's medium-bodied and smooth with active carbonation but not spritzed.
This beer is absolutely as delicious as I'd hoped it would be and at 6.5% what could detract from the drinkability?

Brenden, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

pathman, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken while trying to figure out beer pairs for a beer dinner co-hosted with jlindros.

A - Poured into a tulip a slightly hazy orange colour with a silky one finger head that leaves a creamy blanket and nice modest side lacing.

S - Very light hop aromas, very subtle. The pine and grapefruit are there, but very light.

T - This is a bit rough. The can was clearly past its prime. The hops are there (pine and citrus) but its clearly older and drasticly faded.

M - Mouthfeel was still nice, its a creamier mouthfeel. Not too sharp, but bitter.

O - Overall, this clearly at one point was a good beer, unfortunately it just wasnt by the time it got to my lips. Would give it another try though.

rudzud, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a translucent copper with a frothy, 2.5 inch cream-colored head. Head that eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with delicate strands of lacing and excellent adherence. Nose reveals characteristics of both grapefruit and herbal hops. Taste consistent with nose - not a lot of complexity, but perfect balance; just the merest suggestion of bittering lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation and a slightly oil quality across the tongue. Great IPA - drinks easy and is very satisfying. I also really dig the logo.

Jwale73, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed coppery oranage color with full frothy white head. Scent is of grapefruit and pine with touches of light carmel and even some nuts. First sip is aggresively bitter, the piney and earthy hops overshaddow the citrus and the malt backbone is fairly aggressive, not too sweet, maybe a little nutty and bready. Medium bodied, fully carbonated, drying. A good solid IPA, but maybe not as big as the hype dictates.

rfgetz, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of ColForbinBC
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.

ColForbinBC, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

whartontallboy, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -5.9%

BMart, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-the pour gives hints of hop haze, mostly clear though, deep orangish amber color with hues of copper shining through. A white head is slightly thin; but nice and fluffy looking. It has decent retention and leaves a thick trail of lace that falls down right behind the head

S-this is big and juicy with tons of tropical fruits in the nose. Grapefruit, mango, and pineapple are strong with a light piney backbone

T-the taste is big and hoppy just like the nose. The is present but very light. Tropical fruits are strong with pineapple, mango towards the middle giving wayto a sweet and bitter grapefruit taste. Notes of herbal hops and grassy notes come in at the back as the bitterness from the grapefruit lingers for a moment

M-extremely creamy with a big medium body, very smooth with a great crisp finish from a well carbonated brew. This is juicy and wet but somehow slightly dry at the finish

D-this goes down so easy, great beer and one of the best IPA's out there. Hop lovers dream that doesn't let up with a great body and feel.

cpetrone84, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can (thanks Thorpe429!) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, bright reddish-amber with a moderate column of carbonation leading up to a 3/4" head of fine tan foam; average retention and a good amount of spotty lace. Great looking beer, and just the color I like from an IPA.

S: Fresh hoppy aroma is mainly floral and piney, with just a hint of caramel malt backing it up. Pleasant and straightforward, but not particularly deep or complex.

T: Terrific, zesty explosion of hops up front - hugely floral, with some pine and citrus as well - followed by some pretty dry, almost biscuity malt before the intensely bitter finish. It's breathtaking right up until a bit of astringency creeps in on the aftertaste, but this is a pretty minor quibble. Delicious IPA.

M: The body is a bit on the light side of medium, with soft, moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

D: The overly bitter aftertaste continues to bother me, but this beer is tasty enough to transcend such complaints. I could easily and gladly drink more of these.

Notes: I've been wanting to try this one for a while, and lo and behold Thorpe429 hooked me up with a can as an extra. Unlike the UPS driver who broke the growlers I sent him, this beer did not disappoint. It was fun to try a West Coast IPA that wasn't from CA. Good stuff.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of maximum12
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rutager for dropping this 12 oz. can as an extra into a recent box. Had this on tap during trips to Vancouver years ago & really enjoyed it, so very happy to have a few sips in the comfort of my own pig sty. Best by 5/2/13 stamped on the bottom, whatever that means.

The pour is non-stop orange, clear as a bell (sound-wise, not sight-wise), with a nice white cap if that's your thing. Actually reminds me a bit of champagne. Nose consists of citrus, pine, bitterness, & a bit of sweet, malt-dipped bread.

Red Racer could be used as a defibrillator. This patient has had too many barrel aged stouts, quick, grab the Red Racer....wham! Beep beep beep. Over-the-top hops start with tongue-fired bitterness before opening the trench coat to reveal drippy, thick pine sap. Faint light fruits, but their overwhelmed by the bitterness. Mid-palate come a few dry, crumbling flowers along with burnt caramel. Bitterness reasserts itself on the end, & I do believe the top of my mouth is actually a little singed & tender. Very syrupy for a good IPA, which I find unusual - usually syrupy = over malty. I could drink this until the Twins won another World Series.

Well, I do believe this doesn't suck. If you like your IPAs with balance, stay away. If you like your IPAs like they should be, drink this. Excellent with undertones of wonderful: a top-shelf IPA.

maximum12, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: from the can into a tiny hotel water glass because the Brooklyn snifter (RIP) bit the dust last night in an unfortunate accident, light maple amber in color with an average head, light retention

s: bready caramel body, of modest sweetness under the balancing influence of pale base malts, nice potent hop aroma - mostly dark green pine and sweet citrus, but still in line with the malt profile, tangerine or clementine

m: carbonation on the low end, body on the lighter side of medium

t: caramel structure thinned with pale malts as to not be very thick or sweet, a touch of toasted bread, more sweet citrus, big hops of mostly west coast pine impart a nice sappy bitter to the finish, good stuff

d: a quality ipa, but it's a bit of a mystery as to where the A came from, others note the same good aromas and flavors I've found - but the intensity they found just isn't there for me

saw loads of this up in Canada this month, but picked up this single from OUaV, Richmond

blackie, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of mynie
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours... red. Ha-cha.

Smells bready, doughy, yeasty, and then floral hoppy. Big grapefruit and orange hops bounce wonderfully against the chewy malt.

Tastes fantastic, an absolutely perfect exemplar of the style! The malt is big, bready, and assertive--almost like Rogue's double IPA, the yeast complexities are actually a big, intentional part of the beer's pallet. There's neat stuff going on here that's not hop-related!!

It's been a while since I've come across an IPA like this, where the malt profile is as aggressive and adventurous as the hops. This requires that the beer be hopped expertly--not excessively--and that is apparently out of bounds for most brewers these days.

mynie, Feb 12, 2011
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.