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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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482 Reviews
Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A style of ale that was fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hop, hops, and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmasters choice.

Known as Red Betty IPA in the United States.

Added by canucklehead on 04-10-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
482
Ratings:
1,072
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
197
Gots:
165
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 482 | Ratings: 1,072
Photo of biker30x
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass at a fishing camp in Canada and later into a snifter back home. Golly, I wish I liked this beer more than I do (and I liked it better at home than I did at the lake. Bottom line, it's just a little on the thin side.

Poured a clear caramel amber with a yellowish head and a thin piny nose. The first sip is hops, but more of an over-hopped lager than a properly hopped ale. The hops were thin and spicy rather than rich and resinous and there was limited sweetness from either malt or fruit to balance. Back home, some of the richer tropical fruit profiles were evident, but still slightly thin. While its color seems to promise a rich and complex expereince, the liquid itself seems better suited to a session or after mowing the lawn. The art on the can is retro-cool enuf to comment on.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly typical IPA. Floral hops with strong bittering in the close. Punchy, drying feel, brisk carbonation. A nice red-gold body, decent head and lacing. Rock solid version.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this IPA out of a can in Canada at camp. The locale certainly helps. Very nice IPA and will try to get another can when up there next. Nice bitterness in this IPA and citrus flavors.

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

Pours golden to copper with white frothy head that lingers. Orange zest and a honey on the nose. Fairly assertive citrusy hops almost marmalade on the palate. Some tangerine like fruitiness. Finishes earthy, slightly sweet

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Photo of Lewnanny
2.04/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

This is quite interesting. At first the smell is not related to the taste, I can tell you. I like the smell of that beer, it smell like citrus of some kind.

For the taste, this is the most bitter beer I ever had so far. Its by far the most stronger beer I have ever tasted. It will be real challenge to drink more than one of this one. It taste like the peel of grapefruit.

It is a must try, if your are in beer tasting.

The IBU is 80, the SRM around 06, ABV 6.5%, the beer can 473 ml for the price of 3.75 (cad).

An interesting experience.

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Photo of Buzzboyce
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clear finish, superbe brownish color, the smell is somewhat mild but doesn't bother. The taste is very good and very strong, you can taste it longer than a usual IPA with little IBU. It is strong, but well done. The size of the can was 473 ml, sold at 3,75$ CAD. Temp was around 4-5 degrees. Definetly not my favorite as I tried many other IPA, but it is for sure one that I would buy a few times during a year. If you consider trying this IPA understand the bitterness level and don't look for sweetness! Cheers

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Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central City Brewers 'Red Racer IPA' @ 6.5% , served from a 6pack of 355 ml cans purchased for $13.80 & a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is gold from the can/bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a large fluffy white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-fruity & citrus
T-crisp & clean tasting 'mainland' IPA , with a lingering dryness on the palate
MF-decent carbonation , big medium body
Ov-good beer & PNW IPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of al_al1357
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a can, beer appears a dark golden-orange copper colour with a finger of head that quickly disappears. Rich bouquet of hops, grapefruit and citrus on the nose. Taste is clean and refreshing and boasts flavors of cascade hops, grapefruit, pine, and citrus. Beer surprisingly does not finish as bitter as I would have expected it to, which is nice for those who dislike a very bitter-tasting finish. Carbonation is relatively high but tolerable and the finish is otherwise quite smooth. Overall a pleasant beer to drink.

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Photo of beersareonme
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a wonderful IPA. Great colour, lasting head, bitter and full of citrus. It's a little over-carbonated for my tastes, which also causes it to change feel as you near the bottom of the glass. But this IPA is a winner in my book. Cheers.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 473ml can. Price keeps going up, but this remains a bargain.

Dark copper pale ale colour. Clear as heck. Inch-and-a-half of foamy head. Nice lacing.

Aromas of earthy, resinous pine combined with some ripe fruit.

This one tastes really dank. Some ripe fruit from the Centennial hops. A classic west coast IPA profile. Some sweet, complex malts in there as well.

This seems highly carbonated for an American IPA. Adds nicely to the overall intensity.

I'll confess to really loving this beer, albeit slightly less than I did before they started filtering it. Back then it was like this strange, beautiful rainforest creature that came to f you right in the tastebuds -- so, so intense. It's since been domesticated just a wee bit too much for my liking.

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Photo of Chris_r2112
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a pale, clear, orange/amber like colour. Had about a finger of creamy head. Beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell: I can smell this one from where I am sitting probably half a meter away from it! Extremely citrusy and fruity. I'm getting grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peels. Red Racer smells delicious.

Taste: All you can ask for in an IPA. Like the smell, Red Racer is exceptionally fruity. Strong grapefruit, oranges, pineapple. Long, bitter and dry finish! Despite the bitterness, it is not overpowering.

Feel: Light mouth feel, medium carbonation. Compliments the robust nature of the beer. Above average feel for an IPA.

It is a toss up between this and Twice as Mad Tom for my favourite Canadian IPA. This one is exceptionally fruity, and robust. Anyone who considers themself a hop head absolutely needs to pick this one up. I am extremely thankful that my local LCBO always seems to carry this, despite the fact that I am in Ontario.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a tallboy into nonic
Pours a bright and clear light amber with a 1 finger off- white head that faded after a minute and left decent lacing. Nose is a lot of caramel malts and some floral hops, with the promise of a little juicy grapefruit...kind of old-school west coast. As for the taste, this adds some herbal notes to the mix...it starts with a little hint of piney bitterness together with substantial round caramel body, and ends with the grapefruit unfolding nicely, together with a little herbal touch...sweet, a little medicinal mintiness, and then some gentle grapefruit bitterness. Feel is substantial and full of flavor without feeling heavy...carbonation might be on the higher side of the mid-range for the style.

This is pretty good...it doesn't really stand out in a crowded field, but I'd be happy to have it around on a regular basis.

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Photo of stevoj
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from On the Fly. Pours out with nice fluffy head, orange golden body with tons of fine bubbles, very active carbonation. Head leaves clumpy lacing. Gentle aroma equal parts apple fruitiness and piney hops. Taste brings in more crisp happiness, some malt sweetness. Finishes kind of dry, a hint of metallic notes, but still excellent.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Grain (Hyatt Regency, Vancouver), served in a Red Racer nonic pint glass. Pours clear brass with a good head of off white foam and nice lace. Plenty of grapefruit and pine on the nose. A moderately grainy malt body carries a powerful hop punch of more grapefruit, some tropical fruit and lasting herbal bitterness. Medium body and crisp carbonation. A solid IPA with a crisp, bitter profile.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Day sixteen of the Central City/Parallel 49 advent calendar. 330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep orange with a monstrous off white head that leaves sturdy rock climbing wall lace as it recedes.

Smells of citrus rind, pine resin and tropical fruit with some caramel malt.

Tastes of pine resin, bitter oranges, pineapple and caramel malt backbone. Citrus and pine rule here.

Feels medium-heavy with smooth carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Easily a contender for Canada's best IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good mix of all the yellow, orange and amber colors. Almost solid 1" of head on it, mostly white.

Aroma was hoppy, kind of run of the mill hop aroma. Pine at times.

Taste was standard, hoppy, bitter, caramel. Totally serviceable stuff. C hops, maybe something like Simcoe, doesn't impart any of the new tropical fruit hops at all.

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Photo of joesi
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Let me preface this by saying that I don't like IPAs and in turn have not tried a large variety of IPAs.
That said, this is the best IPA I've ever had. Very strong and flavorful without being to bitter (well for most people; I still don't care for the bitterness that much). Despite not having tasted many IPAs I could tell that this was something special. I'd say this is the epitome of what good American IPA is.

Smell: Strong. Great smell, albeit it a simple one. Very hoppy; like a pine tree or something (I'm not good with hop names, but it's predominately pine taste). It probably smells like being in a hops garden, or a pine tree forest.

Appearance: Very clear; Definitely filtered; I guess as one would expect for this style? Amber color (darkness depending on your glass and lighting), again as one would expect. Head: rather fine, stays for a good while; overall rather typical and good.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is average or even slightly on the low side but is also quite smooth/fine. Definitely pleasant I'd say.

Taste: I really like how it has very distinct front and back flavors. The hops taste changes into some other flavors shortly after tasting. I'm not quite sure what those secondary flavors are (malts or something), but it's really cool and complimentary. After enough sips, one can't notice this anymore because the hops takes over the tongue.

Overall verdict: If you love hops and love IPAs then you should totally love this! Otherwise you may merely just want to have a taste, or even avoid it. I'm glad that I tried it because it's inexpensive and great for it's style. That said I don't like its style. I do also like the ABV.

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Photo of SSS
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright, clear orange, white head disappeared quickly
S-I get Columbus hops, dank, and a little floral
M-Light body with higher end carbonation for an IPA
T-Bitter front end and sweeter finish. Aftertaste puckers the mouth
O-This is a solid west coast IPA. I recommend.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. This so far is probably my second favorite Canadian IPA after Castors Yakima IPA.

Appearance- Poured into a snifter from a 473 ml Can. Love this can XD... Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers head that fades in a couple mins. Carbonation looks kinda lively.

Aroma - HOPS, floral hops, citrus hops, Bready, Cracker, Caramel.

Taste - Lemon , Grapefruit, orange peel, flowers, white bread, caramel.

Feel - medium body, Creamy carbonation, Bitter on the front and finish, lasts on the finish.

Overall - This is a fantastic IPA, The 80 ibu is well masked by the balance of sweetness to the hops. The entire beer blends really well together. Definitely give this a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of tomghiley
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This, to me, is without a doubt the best American Style IPA in Canada, and probably my favorite, along with Southern Tier's IPA, both are world class, and could not be any better.

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Photo of mylespetro
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white head that lasts. Good lacing on the glass. Crystal clear golden yellow with a hint of copper.
S - Big dry hop smell right up front, citrus and buttered bread, resiny.
T - Big citrus flavours off the top, resin and pine, bready, and of course hops.
M - Mild carbonation, leaves the mouth with just the right amount of tackiness or dryness.
O - In my opinion, an example of a West Coast IPA done right.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6.5% ABV, 80 ibu, 355ml can.
A - golden copper clear with half finger head, I expected more carbonation from can.
S - floral, oranges (peel), sweet fruit, piney, caramel, raisin, there's some kind of savory spice at the back, couldn't tell what the exactly. dank, resin.
T - very full flavored palate, good carbonation mouthful, balanced which is not that hoppy with 80 ibu. taste is similar to the smells. piney n sweet, went out dry. sweetness, grassy, caramel malty, and then bitterness lingering.
O - more copper color, floral aroma & sweeter than HOP CIRCLE IPA. it's a really nice daily IPA, will get it next time.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light amber colour with a couple inches of foam that clears quickly. No carbonation visible. Nice look.

Citrusy hops on the nose with a bit of sweet ripe fruit.

First taste is sharp bitter orange and grapefruit that gives quickly to some rich depth thats a bit sweet. Some grains in the back and finish is bitter again. Have to admit the depth of flavour was surprising and really well balanced. Different notes come and go nicely.

Mouthfeel is light but not thin. Very little carbonation feel.

Overall pleasantly surprised at the depth of the flavours. I usually find American IPA styles overdo the citrus bomb but this manages the big bitter grapefruit style with balance and class. Lots of flavour and a nice fresh aftertaste makes this a definite repeat.

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Photo of phatmasterc
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An all around outstanding beer. Wonderful aroma, with just enough bitterness to get noticed. This is the IPA i judge a lot of others against. It sets the standard very high! Bravo Central City.

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Photo of safaricook
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't get the high ratings of this beer. I had 2 cans on separate occasions and in my opinion it is pretty standard. The hops are pretty green and floral to me with bit of pine, which I would expect from an English IPA, but the malts in the taste are not this wonderful british caramel balance that complements the rather boring hop taste that is mainly bitter and only a little (grape)fruity. American IPA do not need the malt balance as their fruity hops balance the bitterness. This beer is neither this nor that. It is not bad but also niot special. (FYI, the beer was consumed not even 3 month after production date and should have been fresh enough)

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