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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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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 37
Gots: 12 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

amarkham, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

GoHabsGo, Mar 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

JohnK17, Feb 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

DerekMorgan, Feb 12, 2014
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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.

CalgaryFMC, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Molson2000, Jan 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

604growler, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Niceroad77, Jan 07, 2014
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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.

jdhilt, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Remdog, Dec 31, 2013
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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.

HuskyinPDX, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

valianes, Dec 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

ZachT, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Hoptron_3000, Nov 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

tom10101, Nov 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

smekermann, Oct 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Erik-P, Oct 26, 2013
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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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

maplesyrup76, Oct 07, 2013
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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.

polloenfuego, Sep 08, 2013
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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.

leaddog, Aug 25, 2013
Red Racer Imperial IPA from Central City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.