Red Racer Imperial IPA - Central City Brewing
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4.21/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
02-04-2014 02:15:46 | More by CalgaryFMC
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
01-01-2014 23:28:34 | More by jdhilt
4.29/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
12-29-2013 05:58:31 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.78/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
10-23-2013 19:28:17 | More by Phyl21ca
4.29/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
09-08-2013 22:18:06 | More by polloenfuego
4.24/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
08-25-2013 05:47:06 | More by leaddog
3.95/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
08-09-2013 00:52:28 | More by CAMRAhardliner
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
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?
07-30-2013 22:16:22 | More by biboergosum
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
07-28-2013 01:48:00 | More by TerryW
Red Racer Imperial IPA from Central City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.