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Red Racer Imperial IPA | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer Imperial IPARed Racer Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by astout on 09-26-2009

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 179
Photo of MikeRotten
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It poured an Amber colour with little head that dissipated quickly. The sweet maltiness taste overpowered the hops and with a higher ibu I didn't see that coming.
It was a good beer but it got old quick.

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Photo of flyerzrule
3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy amber with a think slightly off white head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is lead by onion with some light pine and a touch of malt sweetness in the background. Taste is hoppy up front with hints of onion, lemon, and pine followed with some biscuit and cracker flavors from the malt. Finished with some more piney earthy bitterness. There is a solid malt backbone and this is a hoppy but balanced 2xIPA. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel fits the style. Overall, this isn't a hop bomb, like some 2xIPA, which is a good thing.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a bottle labeled as "Imperial IPA for Autism," poured the beer into a true pint. The beer is a ruby-copper coloring, slightly hazed, with a filmy, sparse, surface coat of off-white head. Aromas of roasted caramel and toffee sweetness, with grapefruit tart and sweet, pine resin, and a floral highlight. Smells rich and robust. Flavors are malt forward, with a biscuit and butterscotch blast on the forward tongue, mango and pineapple fruit sweetness, and a pepper and basil spicing. Resiny hops presence at the mid-tongue, but overpowered by the fruit blend and malty backbone. Malt bomb in this glass...to the point of being unbalanced. The body is smooth and slick, supporting the flavors well. The aftertaste is cloying sweet of fruit and caramel, with the hops profile once again being outgunned. The finish is slick, with a sweet linger. This one started out strong, but spiraled a bit out of control/balance as it went along. At least the purchase was for a good cause...

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Photo of portwood
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell: very subdued, caramel, toffee, honey, malty. Taste: silky, rich mouth feel, sweet, med carbonation. Finish: tangerine, bitter/sweet/pine/hop/alcohol balance. (bottled 01/28/16).
This is very balanced but I was expecting a more emphatic beer, given the high abv.

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Photo of liamt07
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rutager, cheers man! 650ml into a tulip.

Filtered orange body, offwhite head. Light film and a thick collar. Lots of malt in the nose, some biscuit. Hops are a little muted, but are mostly tropical in nature. Perhaps a bit of earthy/herbal as well. Taste is underwhelming to say the least, malty with a bitter citrus finish. Some orange and citrus wood cleaner, clementines and citrus zest. Sweet malty body, and almost comes across as a thinner American barleywine. Light booziness and medium low carbonation. Not really to my liking in any regard for the style - too malty and the hops aren't prominent enough.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to Rutager for this fresh bottle. Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Translucent medium orange/amber colour. Half a finger of off-white head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Citrus and pine hop aromas up front with a fairly prominent malt sweetness adding balance and caramel aromas.

T - A big bitterness up front. Pine and some citrus and herbal flavours. The hop flavours don't come through as much as I would like but they are defintiely there. A huge sweet caramel malt backbone dominates and somewhat drowns out the hop profile.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

O - This one didn't live up to the hype for me. I don't prefer balanced DIPA, which this definitely was. But even in terms of balanced DIPAs, this one lacked the nice citrus hop punch that I like. Still happy to try this one.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a good beer - but I prefer the original Red Racer IPA. The amped up alcohol content adds a more syrupy mouthfeel that I'm not sure I like. The hops are balanced well with malt. It's good - but I'll stick with the original.

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Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

The beer comes in a rich red amber.

The aroma has big sweetness, resinous pine with a hint of citrus.

The flavor hits of a big sugary sweetness that sticks on the lips, but not too heavy of malt. Lots of spicy hops and resinous pine. Hints of citrus and grapefruit.

A big sweet and sticky DIPA, if that is for you.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy amber/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus hops with quite of bit of residual sugars. Taste is also a good mix between some citrus hops with light piney notes and some residual sugars with a solid malt backbone and some toffee notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Nice hops-heavy IIPA thought a bit too much residual sugar in the background for my taste.

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Photo of kjyost
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper, can already tell it will be maltier than I prefer a DIPA to be. Very earthy / piney nose that continues on the palate with heavy malt sweetness. Needs to be drier IMHO.

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Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from On the Fly Gasmart. High quality IIPA, not exceptional but solid through and through. Pours out a medium reddish amber with frothy head. Aroma is sweet smelling malty hoppiness. Taste hits the tongue square on with tingly hop bitterness. Slick, slippery feel, but finishes quick, the only knock against this otherwise tasty brew.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9% abv, 90 ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - clear reddish orange (amber) with one finger cream white head, lacing on the glass.
S - piney, raisin, malty, caramel, toffee, bit grapefruit/citrus, honey, floral, herb, mint.
T - good carbonation, silky smooth, mid-heavy mouthful, sticky. piney, sweet honey, toffee taste, yet great bitterness come along with it, lingering when sweetness fade. definitely feel the heat go down the throat, good thing.
O - really committing DIPA, more on the sweet malty side, big body, 90ibu is there. bit too sweet as i wanted, but its still delicious, unique favors as it is. Recommended.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer pours a window clear deep amber color and when I say clear, it is so clear it looks like a cut of an actual amber in my glass, It poured with 1 and a half fingers of off white head which faded leaving a ring. This looks pretty delicious.

aroma - Big resiny nose, Pine stands out followed by grapefruit and lemon, Balanced out with light caramel and slightly stronger pale crackery malts. It smells a lot like a bigger version of their IPA which I guess is what they were going for!

Taste - Mash Pine needles into a syrup and thats what hits your tongue first. Its followed by a more subdued grapefruit and very light lemon rinds. Honestly like I need to make a point on how sappy this beer is, the pine litterally tastes like evergreen sap! The beer is then balanced again backwards to the taste, the caramel malts seem stronger than the pale malts. but they are both there.

Feel - The body is definitely a clear medium with sharp carbonation, It finishes very crisp and bitter, the feel goes really well with the flavor profile.

Overall - This isn't my favorite Imperial/double and personally I think their IPA is better, with that said this is still a very good IIPA the flavors and aromas mesh well the feel is on point and it looks good. It just falls behind some of the best out there. So for the question of would I drink this again? yes absolutely!

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Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Central City Brewing 'Red Racer Imperial IPA' @ 9.0% , originally tasted on tap @ GCBF , this review from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear dark amber in the glass with a smallish off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-nice smell of floral & citrus & weak hint of pine
T-just ok , lacks something
MF-ok carbonation , big body
Ov-not a great beer , ok /good local DIPA compared to Twenty Pounder , Hopdemonium , 3rd Blind Mouse ....
prost LampertLand

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Photo of beertunes
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OKComputer for sharing this one with me. Poured into Chimay chalice. Poured a medium orange-amber color with a very low amount of off-white head that had low retention and no lacing.

The aromas were very good, lots of pine, some weed, and a nicely grainy malt base. The taste was very, very good. The malt showed up a bit more and gave those bright and bold hops a good base to build on. The pine was most prominent, with the weed at the back and just a bit of citrus dryness at the finish.

The body was nicely full and round without being heavy. It was relatively smooth for being so hoppy, a pleasant surprise, and the beer had a great finish. Drinkability was top-notch, this went down as easily as a big, hoppy IPA can. Overall, a great beer from an excellent brewery. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the Autism research bottles, a great cause and still pretty affordable at $9.50 with the $5 donation.

Pours a bright. slightly hazed bronze with a huge, pillowy off white head. Head retention is great, lasting solidly the entire glass and draping it with lace. The aroma is of pine and caramel with orangey hops and medicinal booze in the background. The taste is piney and floral hoppiness upfront with an immense malt profile with rum cake, field berry and cookie dough elements making for a complex flavor. Alcohol provides some heat and is always present as you would expect for 9%. The mouthfeel is full bodied and moderately high in carbonation. The finish is lightly bitter with a sherry-like malt character that lingers with alcohol heat in the back.

This is a great DIPA that goes more for balance than pure hop delivery vehicle. Lots of malt complexity balances out the interesting piney/orangey hop profile. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle purchased from the LCBO for about $7.50 CDN. Poured at cellar temperature into a pint glass.

Appearance - Modest pours yields a clear coppery red colored beer with great clarity and many effervescent bubbles. A small thin layer of foam is poured and coalesces into a thin wispy froth.

Smell - Big resiny hop aromas, pine with some grapefruit and lemon mixed in. Also a delicate sweetness of caramel lying in wait underneath. Some floral aspects as well, but more along the lines of citrus first and piney / resiny second.

Taste - Hops and malts balance each other out quite nicely, whats left in the mouth is fairly bitter but with a melon and slight caramel sweetness. Only in the aftertaste does the big citrus flavors emerge.Bitter but not bitter, sweet but not too sweet, this is one of the most balanced DIPA's I've had, so while the flavor is less robust than I'd expect, this imperial IPA need to score well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and a bit syrupy but with a good amount of prickly carbonation to keep things everything. Body is fairly heavy and finish is dry.

Overall - Red Racer Imperial IPA is certainly a fine beer, however as others have echoed, I prefer the simplicity and hop-attack that the original presents. There is some substantial balancing acts going on with this beer, but I figured that the flavor would be more assertive in one way or another (very hoppy, very malty, or explosive taste). While very good, it just misses the mark of greatness.

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Photo of decimator
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a mug.

Labelled as "Imperial IPA for Autism". $5 from every bottle is being donated to charity. As Autism runs in my family this caught my attention. I reviewed this beer before knowing this was actually Red Racer DIPA.

A - Poured a clear gold to copper with a thin beige head, head quickly reduced to a ring of bubbles, minimal lacing.

S - Golden sugar, pine, grapefruit. Nice aroma.

T - Some caramel sweetness, pine, grapefruit, alcohol is barely noticeable. Good balance between the malts & hops.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, sticky, slick, dryish finish with some heat.

O - Considering the ABV the alcohol is well masked. Not the best DIPA I've had but it's a pretty good one.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap @ the brewery

Nice looking beer - bright clear amber with a health bit of head. A very well crafted and balanced DIPA that would likely draw a lot of criticism from American hop-dorks as this one doesn't bash you over the head with hops. Pine is fairly pronounced, caramel malt balance, some candied citrus. I enjoyed, but I think I prefer the Red Racer IPA more.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for showing up at a northyorksammy tasting with a growler of this stuff. MMMmmm no such thing as too much good beer! So, you gotta love a big imperial IPA, how cant you? Thing is, there are sooo mannny bad DIPAs out there, as well as a ton of great ones. So you never know what you are going to get. I've had the Regular Red Racer though, and it has always made me smile, so I had high hopes for this big boy version.

Poured thick and brashly building a amber and oak coloured beer with a thick opaque head. The beer was slightly murky with distinct burnt copper colour - I like! I looked big and bold, but raw and real at the same time. The nose was very nice, but not as unique or defined as I like. It was big and earthy with a punch of bitterness and hoppy must, but came off more bitter than aroma. I had a hard time trying to pinpoint the aromas, I got a waft of west coasty cascade, but not as fresh and citrusy as I prefer. They were nonetheless potent.

The first sip kind of eased my concerns in a way. I got a bigger, more distinct hop punch that added rich earth, funky citrus, must (again), earth (again) and that slightly piny character I am used to from Simcoe hops. The malt was pretty thick bringing caramel and slightly darkened brown sugar along to balance out the hops. I tired to dig in for more malt, but the bitterness is pretty bold, and overpowers the beer (appropriately so). Still, it left me looking for something, not sure what. I am sure than I like this beer, but I am also sure that I don't love it. I will look forward to trying it again.

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Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes accumulated since the birth of Zoe.

Thanks to chickenm for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, no mention of Red Racer on it.

Appearance: A nice copper body with a huge head (lopsided) and it very slowly recedes while remaining at 2-3 fingers. Spotted lacing and a fat ring on the glass.

Smell: Fresh grapefruit, a bit on the sugary side and some cedar plank as well.

Taste: Intense right off the bat. Hops charge right through. Sweet touch of brown sugar, lots of cedar, some grapefruit, caramel, green hops felt in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Insanely balanced yet the bitterness makes itself known. Starts medium-bodied but fills mouth and is very drinkable.

Overall: Not over the top and a tad sweet but certainly a worthy DIPA.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger off-white head that slowly fades leaving a very good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose and flavor is nice balance of pine hops and sweet fruit, higher ABV is hidden. Decent IIPA. $10.20 for a 22oz bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME. Bottle label is Red Betty IIPA but the ABV is still 9.0% so I think this is the same as Red Racer IIPA.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber with sticky white film. 3.75
Lots of sparkly lemon zest with tang of caramel. 4.25
Toffee biscuit, with lime zest, rosin, and green grass hops with hints of lychee and maybe pineapple. 4
Lemon balm end and long coppery butter linger.
Medium, chewy, crisp. 4

Old school - citrussy C-hops - with a decent malt load. MO shows through but hops cut to end clean. Not quite the beautiful juggling act that is the IPA but the knifing hops and buttery malts are a skilled, lovely match. 4.25

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Photo of Bunman3
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to find this "amped up" version of Red Racer. It is almost ideal for a one bottle night. The elevated alcohol is well masked. This pours with a nice rich colour, the appropriate amount of tawny head, and smells like it means business. The toffee, followed by citrus and piney hop flavours eventually give way as the booziness creeps up on you.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer being sold in Ontario for a very good cause...

An absolutely beautiful beer that pours a brilliant amber, with an oiliness and limited head suitable to its 9% ABV. Deep aroma of caramelized malted barley, suspended by the full spectrum of tropical fruits. Taste starts sweet before crossing that "west coast" hop variety and ending with an impressive bitterness; and hop tones that linger....

A very impressive IIPA and the more we see from Central City in Ontario, the better!

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Red Racer Imperial IPA from Central City Brewers + Distillers
92 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.