Red Racer Imperial IPA - Central City Brewing
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4.14/5 rDev -1%
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!
07-04-2013 23:53:38 | More by hopsolutely
3.33/5 rDev -20.3%
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...
07-02-2013 03:00:58 | More by GarthDanielson
3.98/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
06-25-2013 03:13:21 | More by decimator
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
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!
06-18-2013 03:39:20 | More by biegaman
4.44/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
06-18-2013 02:38:17 | More by tbeckett
4/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
06-17-2013 18:27:43 | More by dirtylou
4.18/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-16-2013 20:54:38 | More by spinrsx
4.23/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
06-14-2013 01:41:12 | More by jrenihan
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
04-22-2013 21:39:51 | More by SebD
4.31/5 rDev +3.1%
Aroma: A strong mango-peach nose with some ruby-red grapefruit and pine. Some malt sweetness is detectable but the hops are bursting from the glass.
Taste/Mouthfeel: THe flavor is similar, lots of tropical notes, citrus, and peach. There is some pine as well. The bitterness upfront is smooth and the malt presence is somewhat sweet, adding to the tropical notes. I would not call it a sweet finish, it is more toward the drying side.
Overall, a stellar DIPA, my favorite beer from Central City, which is saying a lot. If you are looking for a very citrus foward or tropical IPA, this would be a pretty good one, but be prepared as it may be difficult to tame with such a substantial bitterness.
01-05-2013 07:10:14 | More by Siriusfisherman
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
Got this one from Rutager this past summer. Cheers for the amazing box of happiness man!
From a bomber into a snifter
APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Head recedes to a splotchy wisp and ring. Hazy burnt orange with slightly higher levels of carbonation. A faint, swirly wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Pale malts, honeydew melon, pineapple and tangerine fruitiness, as well as some light floral notes. Really like the fruit on this one. Bold enough as well.
TASTE: Pale malts again, honeydew melon and some piney hops come out first. The flavors really come out nicely after the swallow as well, with pineapple, tangerine, sweet melon, as well as some bitter grapefruit and citrus lemon notes. Very fruity for sure. Some bitter piney hops and floral notes round it out, with just a hint of light sourness adding an interesting touch. Very flavorful, complex and interesting. A real treat from the west coast.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating and oily. Good feel that supports the flavors.
OVERALL: This was really nice. A load of fruity flavors, nice aromas, and a creamy, oily body that supports it all. The light sour touch was a little different and that may have kept it from being a perfect score in flavor, but nevertheless, this was outstanding and I'd love to have a fresh bottling of this again at some point. Really nice stuff that comes highly recommended. Thanks again Rutager. One of the better DIPA's I've had.
09-20-2012 07:36:05 | More by Jeffo
4.43/5 rDev +6%
Enjoyed on tap at a fairly recent 'tap takeover' by Central city at Beer Revolution in Calgary (from notes taken at the pub)
A - Very hazy orange, thumb of head, plenty of lacing
S - Plenty of citrus, some earthiness and a biscuity malt support
T - Lemon citrus, resin earthiness with some perfume, nice caramel malt support ads a nice sweet-bitter balance and a woody note to finish
M - Semi creamy, with a medium dry and bitter
O - big fan of the IPA, and their DIPA lives up to and surpases its bretheren, hop heads only need apply
09-19-2012 22:40:01 | More by joemcgrath27
3.95/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
08-12-2012 22:11:39 | More by beertunes
3.43/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
07-08-2012 15:34:29 | More by liamt07
Red Racer Imperial IPA from Central City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.