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Red Racer Imperial IPA - Central City Brewing

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Red Racer Imperial IPARed Racer Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 36
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rutager on 02-19-2011)
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-10-2013 15:48:43 | More by rogerdandy
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trapper2408

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-27-2011 22:21:51 | More by trapper2408
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H1N1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours golden amber with a finger and a half of fluffy head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Big pine and citrus hopes. I can tell right away that this beer is gonna be good. It reeks of quality. A pleasant amount of balancing malt. VERY well balanced. Excellent start!

T- HUGE taste! The hops jump out and kick my tastebuds right in the neck! Citrus and the trademark Red Racer IPA strong pine. Grapefruit comes bursting through the pine. The alcohol is so well blended in this beer also! It's there just enough to enhance the beer. Not overpowering at all. For 9%, it's impressive.

M- Full bodied for the style. Ithe big body suits this big IIPA. Pretty much perfect carbonation, which accentuates the hop bitterness.

O- Unreal! When I asked the bartender for a growler fill, he looked excited. I asked "How is it?" He pretty much ran to the tap to get me a taster glass of it. "Just try it" he said. But what I got from the way he said it was "Hold onto your socks!" When I tasted it, I understood. It was a huge beer with a huge taste. The best thing I've ever tasted to come out of Canada!

Serving type: growler

02-19-2011 07:13:08 | More by H1N1
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DoubleJ

California

4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was going to ask for a second helping of the IPA, but the bartender at Central City Brewing told me that a Double IPA was on-tap at the moment. "Do you need to taste it?", asked the bartender. Me: "No, I'm confident I'll like it". So I got my 10 ounce helping for $5, and, well, on to the beer:

It's a dark orange amber color, but it looks like it's glowing. The lacing left in the glass is good, and so is the head retention. The nose is absolutely awesome! Tropical and citrus fruit everywhere: mangoes, tangerines, yet all balanced and potent.

Even more goodness arrives in the mouth. Here they come in generous doses; mangoes, citrus, caramel, pineapple, all being carefully balance, and all while the 9% ABV is buried like a treasure map. With the medium body and extremely smooth feel, this Double IPA is stupidly easy to drink! So stupidly, that I asked for another helping of this gem.

Stunning, simply stunning! I had no idea what I'd get out of Central City Double IPA, and then this beer shocks the heck out of me. A beer that puts me on my knees. A beer that knocks YuleSmith and Péché Mortel off my personal list for highest beer score. And a beer that needs to be canned, or at least shipped out of the brewery in kegs to other bars across greater Vancouver.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 03:06:32 | More by DoubleJ
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-11-2013 17:30:54 | More by JonnyBeers
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maplesyrup76

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

10-07-2013 00:23:48 | More by maplesyrup76
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

12-11-2011 21:45:41 | More by cbnz
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

12-07-2013 06:41:21 | More by ZachT
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap at Beer Revolution 12/5/12

A hazy dark copper with just a few bubbles that look like their struggling to make their way to the top through the thick liquid, just a thin film for head with just a random patch of lace

S now were talking, massive nose of grapefruit, pine and spruce, there's some candied pineapple and tangerine everything is very strong except for the booze and I could smell this before the server put it down on the table

T heavy pine resin and grapefruit rind with just a little toffee I didn't smell, just a little booze but still nowhere near the 9%, a small step back from the smell but still near perfection

M thick with more bubbles then what was visible giving it a slightly creamy feel. Bitter? umm... ya enamel stripping shit going on here turning your mouth inside-out and leaving a fair bit of grit behind, close to sandpaper and I love it. A massive aftertaste like your chewing on pine needles and grapefruit rind, no heat going down and even my burp taste great

O what an awesome DIPA going on here, this is what I want in the style and this on will hurt you if your silly like me and slam a few of them back in a short time. I have little too complain about and lots too praise, what a kick ass beer

If this was canned like their IPA it would be near the top of our counties top 100. This is what a West Coast DIPA should be and I'm stoked to try it on tap in Calgary, nice work hoser and Beer Revolution for getting to my lips.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 18:40:20 | More by wordemupg
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durrrr

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap this week at Central City Brewpub.

I heard this was one of the best beers in British Columbia and it didn't disappoint. The appearance is a rich deep orange with some haziness. Smell is very hop forward and crisp with grapefruit, citrus and pine. Loads of hops as you take a sip. Great carbonation level, very clean and crisp with bitterness and hops from sip to finish. There is a hint of malt but is so well balanced it is hardly noticeable. Mouthfeel and finish are both fantastic. It reminds me a bit of how PTE finishes. It isn't long and lingering and doesn't leave the taste of malt or alcohol that creeps in on many DIPA's with this abv. Extremely drinkable with the alcohol very well hidden. This is a must try for those seeking the very best in DIPA. Worth the drive to Surrey if visiting Vancouver or British Columbia.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 15:41:14 | More by durrrr
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle leftover from CBAs this year, shared thanks to a generous BA.

Pours a rich orange with hints of amber, not a lot of head but it leaves a little sticky lacing.

This is a terrifically balanced DIPA with lots of heft in the malt and loads of hops. Pithy grapefruit and orange rind, lemon, pine, just a hint of tropical fruits. Sticky caramel malt, some toast and a hint of minerally dryness. Moderate to heavy bitterness with a pleasing long finish, alcohol just peeks a bit but it's so smooth. Sticky, thick mouthfeel which balances the blast of bitterness. This DIPA is just plain awesome.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 04:23:36 | More by ritzkiss
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RedSunRising

British Columbia (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into an IPA glass. Purchased for ~$9 at B's Craft Beer Lounge in Langley, BC.

Appearance - slightly cloudy amber with a nice, thick white head. Great lacing.

Smell - Big hop smells. Citrus, pine, tropical fruits, grainy caramel/toffee. Mouth-watering.

Taste - Very juicy. Big hop flavors. Maltier than the nose hinted, with caramel toffee and sweetness coming through. Not outshining the hops, though. Tropical hop flavors dominate the palate - mango, passionfruit, pineapple, tangerine with strong pine and grapefruit also present.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full body, good carbonation

Overall - Fantastic Imperial IPA. Big and juicy, on the sweeter side. Would buy it again and actively seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 22:02:38 | More by RedSunRising
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-21-2014 03:21:58 | More by FadetoBock
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kyrlos

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-06-2013 19:37:14 | More by kyrlos
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sammo

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-23-2012 19:43:24 | More by sammo
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Aggro

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-24-2014 17:42:57 | More by Aggro
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-16-2012 23:34:58 | More by bumchilly25
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-26-2012 07:45:05 | More by Long813
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-28-2012 21:11:39 | More by fizzyted
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a palate wrecker but rather a lovely nuanced DIPA that has a lot of hops but is all about the balance and finish. Probably the classiest and most complex DIPA in BC it is a treat to see in the bottle and hopefully we will see more special releases from Central City

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 01:08:06 | More by canucklehead
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Central City Imperial IPA has a dark, concentrated orange tone but sits aglow like embers of a fire. It is perfectly clear too, despite the rich, deep colour. Its head is fine but the lacing deposited is strong and found in abundance. Frankly, the beer appears exquisite and, rare though it is for a style so strong and bitter, it actually drinks as elegantly as it looks.

The aroma isn't intense enough to call 'extravagant' considering the style is expected to smell flamboyantly, overwhelmingly hoppy. But it is majestic (and also somewhat distinct) in its own right. The combination of pine resins, pineapple juice, grapefruit soda, tangerine, lychee liqueur, wildflower honey and creamy caramel is utterly sublime. It's like reaching hop nirvana.

The beer drinks like a giant fruit cup; syrup-soaked flavours of lychee, mango, tangerine, papaya, peach and pineapple are so big and vivid they feel fleshy. I really enjoy the spotlight of more uncommonly tasted fruits as opposed to the conventional grapefruit-and-orange profile (though there are elements of those too). The flavour turns deliciously bittersweet on the finish where it blends with notes of pine, creamy caramel and wildflower honey.

Though it's commonplace (and expected) for DIPAs to taste reminiscent of fruits, few can actually emulate the sensation of drinking fruit juice in the way that this one does so remarkably. The texture is thick and pulpy, finished off by a refreshing burst of acidity. Again, I really appreciate the emphasis on tropical (as opposed to citric) fruits. This features the least conspicuous 9% alcohol and the least palpable 90 IBUs I've ever tasted.

It is my opinion that Red Racer IPA is one of the best IPAs not only in Canada, but on the entire continent - the same can be said for Central City's Imperial IPA too. It has a certain refinement and dignity that is incomparable to most DIPAs. And the fact that more than half the costs of this bottle ($5) are going to autism research makes it an even more charismatic beer. BUY IT!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 03:39:20 | More by biegaman
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graymatter


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-26-2014 23:50:43 | More by graymatter
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-02-2013 02:45:53 | More by IanSpindler
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seldomseen

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-07-2012 00:18:44 | More by seldomseen
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Red Betty" Imperial IPA, 9.0%, PROD Nov 05 2013

L - hazy darker amber ale topped with a persisitent, frothy, ivory head that leaves a thick coat of lacing down the glass
S - huge waft of tropical, piny, and spicy hops fills the room; upon closer inspection, caramel, grapefruit, toasty grain, mango are also present
T - bold flavors with excellent complexity: caramel, bread, toasted grain, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, super juicy; excellent blend of flavors!
F - fuller body, creamy, finishing dry with a lingering piny, spicy finish
O - I really wanted to buy this, but was hesitant because of its $8.79 price tag. Super impressed with this phenomenal DIPA from my homeland, Canada. Glad I splurged, it was worth it!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 21:38:49 | More by barnzy78
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Red Racer Imperial IPA from Central City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.