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Red Racer Imperial IPA - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer Imperial IPARed Racer Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 147
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 36
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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British Columbia, Canada

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

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Bunman3
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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 (496 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
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 (505 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (183 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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. (317 characters)

Photo of RedSunRising
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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! (728 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed 12 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. What a great place, truly. Arrived in a stemmed glass, a dark reddish amber color like strong herbal tea with around an inch of beige foam. High, high expectations going in, as this brew's little brother Red Racer IPA is one of the best hoppy craft beers in Canada (my opinion of course ... I think I can back it up). Red Racer smells very floral and piney, and this beefed-up take follows suit nicely. What are really striking though, on both nose and palate, are the heady tropical fruit notes. I get a shit ton of lychee, mango, and papaya, along with some classic American hop gooseberry "funk" and orange breakfast crystals. Mellow pine resin, peach, pineapple, salt water taffy, bergamot orange like Earl Grey tea, tobacco flower, fruit roll-up ... All kinds of layers here. Many of these elements can be traced to Citra hops, applied with a lavish hand. Some orange peel flavor adds citric character but in all honesty this is one of the more perfumed and tropical DIPAs I've had, with these components trumping the citrus and pine. The malts take a back seat to the hops but do provide some light toast and caramel flavors, just to remind you that this does indeed contain barley. As the tongue acclimatizes to the fruit flavors, more molasses and pine come through and a pleasant lingering bitterness emerges, almost medicinal like gin. Fairly fizzy but this somehow works, syrupy but smooth. Awesome and nearly beyond reproach. Maybe some will want more pine. This one is juicy and the booze is almost perfectly obfuscated. It is as if someone took Red Racer, kept much of the aggression, but rounded off some of the corners and layered on more tropical fruit. (1,723 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.06/5  rDev -4%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.27.13

A - Pours a clear, very dark orange with a large tan head with great retenion.

S - Very hoppy pine and citrus. Some bready malt also.

T - Tropical fruits, melon, floral.

D - Medium body with a good carbonation, sweet finish.

O - Solid and very hoppy, some sweet malts balance out the finish. (322 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Kudos to Central City for donating $5 from each bottle to autism research.

A: a nice hazy amber color, with a two finger head that fades giving way to a nice film.

S: the smell is pure hops. Pine and citrus all over.

T: The pine and citrus hops come through. It is a bit sweet with the malt coming through.

M: medium carbonation and body.

O: perhaps the best IPA I've had in a while. I found the flavor and feel of this beer to be quite nice. I can't usually say that I want to have more than one IPA at a time, but I would like another soon. (593 characters)

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

650 ml bottle. $5 from the bottle goes to Autism research. Fantastic!

Appearance - Pours a dark amber colour with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - Nice piney hops, toffee, sweet malts, hint of dark fruit.

Taste - Piney hops, sweet toffee notes, dark fruits and tropical fruits. Good clean bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A great Imperial IPA by Central City. Fantastic that proceeds are going to a worthy cause. Good flavour profile overall and another winner by a great BC brewery. (536 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, rebranded for the time being to benefit autism research, with 5 dollars per bottle going to said cause. The label's imagery sort of suggests that this beer is the 'missing piece(s) of the puzzle'.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and fairly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some nice gnarly, Sleepy Hollow forest lace around the glass as things progress southwards.

It smells of acrid pine needles, bitter grapefruit and orange rind, sugary, toffee-like caramel malt, and more floral hops, that when combined with the lurking alcohol, get rather perfumed in nature. The taste is more big citrus peel extract and pine resin astringency, a bready caramel malt infused with brown sugar and tropical fruit - pineapple, lychee, and papaya come to mind - all further tempered by a soft field honey sweetness, and burgeoning alcohol warmth.

The carbonation is more or less subdued, but not quite inert, the body a sticky, at times syrupy, and decidedly hefty medium-full weight, with a quivering smoothness that the tacky hops have the temerity to poke at. It finishes on the sweet side, as the bitter side of the hops collapses under the barrage of pudding-worthy malt and across the board fruitiness.

A proper big brother simulacrum to the more famous Red Racer IPA, this offering duly amps everything up, all without losing the subtly and complexity that makes little bro so universally adored. Add in the closer to the heart charity work going on here, and there is certainly now no other reason to avoid buying, nay, stocking up on this one, eh? (1,617 characters)

Photo of TerryW
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seems as though we have a winner here. A very good beer with lots of interesting things happening.

Pours a finger high head on a red amber brew. Lots of spidery lace along the way, rings where you rest. Quite handsome.

Big grapefruit citrus nose, resiny pine. Appetizing. Sticky, almost oily mouthfeel, Unctuous. very interesting. Big hit of sweet malt and piney hops to taste. Initially a hint of something like licorice, which is odd, but works fine. Pine bitterness that lingers. Alcohol well hidden, but you can feel it pretty quick as you work through the bottle. Approaches syrupy, boozy as it warms up, so get at it while it still has some cool in it.

An interesting, a bit off the beaten track, lots of complexities, subtleties. Worth a try. (752 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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! (493 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
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... (987 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (2,042 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stoked to finally try this one. Available now in the LCBO, labelled as Imperial IPA for Autism.

A - Pours a nice hazy dark gold colour. Good carbonation. Two finger thick beige head. A wicked wall of lace remains with a good finger of retention.

S - Big grapefruit, boozy pineapple, some pine. Really juicy citrus.

T - Really nice grapefruit and pineapple again. A little bit of boozy syrup soaked fruits. Really solid. Mango juice and some serious maltiness for balance. It's balanced, but definitely let's the hops shine.

M - Nearly chewy. Full bodied. Good carbonation. Wild pineapple, grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

O/D - One of the best of the style made in Canada. I could drink lot's of this. Avoids being boozy and packs a giant hop punch without being too aggressive. Good stuff. (802 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle from the Orleans LCBO for $9.50 ($5 towards charity according to the bottle)

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit/pineapple fruity notes and a bit of a booziness. It ends with a quite bitter hoppy sweet aftertaste.

Overall – It tastes like a beefed up version of their IPA.. which it should. A very good beer that is pretty drinkable given the high ABV. It's probably the best beer I've had from this brewer. (764 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the LCBO, labelled as Imperial IPA for Autism ($5 from every bottle goes to autism research). I don't see a date. It just went on shelves on the LCBO, so hopefully it is fresh, but you can never tell!

Beer is clear and amber in colour with shades of maroon. A good-sized off-white head. Pretty good retention.

Smell contains caramel, pine, grapefruit. More malt heavy than expected but a nice big scent.

The smell is a good indicator of what follows flavour-wise, but with a bit more hop dominance. Lots of juicy citrus, a dose of pine and a big caramel backbone. Bitter, but there is some sweetness from the malt. Very good.

Full bodied, quite oily, moderate to high carbonation level. Booze is more prominent than expected.

Overall, a very good DIPA. Very happy this (somehow?) made it to the LCBO, as I didn't expect to get to try it without a big dose of luck and travel. (885 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice clear orange/amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, piney resins and sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some nice citrus notes, grapefruit, alot of piney resins and sweet toasty/caramelly malts. Very nice lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (586 characters)

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Red Racer Imperial IPA from Central City Brewers + Distillers
93 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.