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

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #56
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,185
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 9.88%
Reviews:
500
Ratings:
1,134
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Central City Brewers + Distillers
 
British Columbia, Canada
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)
Notes: 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.
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Photo of altstadt
3.46/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Clear dark copper color. Pours a light head that quickly turned into medium sized bubbles reduced to a thin skiff across the top of the glass after a minute. Mix of bubble sizes rising from the bottom of the glass.
Smell: The hops dominate, followed by some malts and something a little funky. Swirling the brings out a strong barnyard scent.
Taste: Overwhelmingly hops but not as much bitter as the hops promise. Malt and the funky barnyard quickly pop up, to be followed by the bitters in the aftertaste.
Feel: Tongue tingling carbonation that slowly foams up to large bubbles.
Overall: A lot of malt for an IPA. This used to be more fruity in previous years. I preferred the fruit to the current barnyard.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a tallboy can. Copper color with white head. Citrusy hop smell. Medium feel. Hop flavors dominate with juicy citrus followed by a lingering pine taste. Excellent!

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Photo of Crapulent-eh
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Disappeared for a while... just back at the LCBO... slight graphic modification, sassy Red Head intact... with an additional 27 ml.
"NolantheRater" believes that his senses are well honed and that he is endowed with some familiarity with the English language... LOL!
Well Nolan, your pretzel logic provides great amusement! I strongly suggest that you get your hands on a can of "Flying Monkeys Sparklepuff Triple IPA" just to make your life complete.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Racer IPA. 6.5% alc. 80 IBUs.

Thick white head that lingers. Beer is a light copper colour and clear. Lots of ascending bubbles.

Disappointed in the smell. There really is none. But the taste is phenomenal. Lovely hop notes. Pine centric with a nice gentle malt undertone.

The mouthfeel is medium and so is the body.

Finish is dry and smooth.

This beer is a solid A. I’d rate it A+ if there was an aroma.

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Photo of bradyn_ca
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Strong and robust hopps with medium citrus and medium lace. The citrus i detect is similar to that of grapefruit with the accompanying bitter. Paired with a spicy pepperoni stick and nuts the robust hopps become less prominent to those less enthusiastic about the full flavor of these IPAs. With the hops being so rubust youd assume its only 5% ABV but it holds its own nicely. I Can score a 6 pack of 500ml tallboys for 17.50 in SK Canada after tax making this one a real diamond in the rough. As someone pointed out they went from 375ml to 500ml without raising the price. Our local student pub Thirsty Scholar sells 2L growler fills for only 11$; this is one of the few in cans that i can justify buying over growler fills.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a classy west coast style ipa. A lot on the crystal and the caramalt, the malt bill is quite clean. The hops are pungent, very resinous and citrusy. The moderate to high carbonation and the low final gravity leave a crisp impression

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Photo of rapayn01
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this from a standard Canadian 473 ounce tall-boy can. It looks and tastes more like a hoppy red ale, though I can see why they market it as an IPA. I enjoyed the beer and will probably try it again. It tasted better on its own as it lost something when paired with food.

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Photo of LocalBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hoppy strong good amount head a bit of dark brown tan like color to it but it is very enjoyable after few these's have good buzz on for awhile. make sure you drink this one at home.

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Photo of headspacej
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can't believe the value on this beer. They replaced their small-can six-packs in our provincial liquor store with 500ml-can six-packs and didn't raise the price! Classic hoppy NW IPA, couple of bucks a can. Not the most dynamic flavours, but so solid.

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Photo of Mav221
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Canadian beer. Easily surpasses most domestically produced beer, especially of the style. One of my personal favorites. Nice color and dense, creamy foam head. Price wise, very competitive. This would be great on tap.

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Photo of Mysticmage
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well who doesn’t love s surprise? Picked up this at a local grocery store of all places and was thrilled! Pours clear and golden amber. Very good collar that lasted well. A fine nose of fruity citrus with hop finsh. Solid IPA with fine finish. Again a great surprise and find.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- PORUS A CLEAR, REDDISH-ORANGE, with a on-finger, white bubbly head. Plenty of carbonation.
S- Nice citrus smell with plenty of malt. A little of funk. Something wierd, It smells a little like many breweries do of ther spent ingredients and mash. I personally love it, many do not.
T- Actualy not bad. Good bitter hop quality in which resin sticks around. Citrus not overly done. A slight spice gives it more character. Just a little pungent funk.
F- Warming from the bitterness. Medium mouthfeel.
O- Probably the best beer I brought back from Canada.

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

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking clear copper color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Sporadic yet semi-thick lacing glazes around the glass. The smell had a super nice fresh citrus melding into a grapefruit edge and then brining in a big bitter to sweet pine kick at the end. The taste took all of those flavors to combine to bittersweet bliss. Light dry citrus aftertaste leads into a dry semi-citrus finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a super nice sessionability about it. For 6.5%, it doesn’t necessarily feel it. The carbonation is good for the style and for me. Still, a nice bittersweet dryness rolled over my palate. Overall, very good for the AIPA style, so glad to have a couple more to pair with food.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got a couple of cans of this from the lcbo. Liked it but didn't think it was anything special. Pretty standard hops with some citrus & pine with some astringent bitterness remaining on the tongue. Would have it again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a can of this in Brantford whilst in Canada for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent and taste had bitterness in the style of English IPA. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good ipa.

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Photo of chibzilla
3.12/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This once was my favorite beer. It was unfiltered, Marked with the date of which it was bottled and tasted like heaven.

Since they changed the logo of the company they started to filter the beer. It went from a 5/5 to a 3.5/5 for me but I was still buying it because even the newer filtered version is better than a lot of other IPA's around here.
I was able to find the freshest beers and that's basically the only reason I kept buying it.

Since last month they now put a packing number on the bottom of the beers, Nowhere does it say when it was bottled/canned.

It was fun while it lasted but this beer is not worth the price anymore.

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Photo of biker30x
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -7.3%
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 +3.8%
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 -0.9%
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 -52%
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.

Got it again on February 04, 2017 and my experience is definitely not the same, I start to appreciate more and more high hop beers. this is not my preferred hop beer but I can appreciated them more than before.

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Photo of Buzzboyce
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -3.5%
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 -4.9%
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 -5.9%
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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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1134 ratings