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

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

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada
centralcitybrewing.com

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
Ratings:
1,096
Reviews:
489
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
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196
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181
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Photo of Eugoogalizer
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

got as an extra.

a - pour is a murky golden color with an off-white head.

s - sweet pine hops. nose is big.

t - taste is very bitter, yet has a sweet malt undertone. more citrus hops than pine hops. slight metallic finish.

m - med/light body. leaves a dry finish.

overall - very solid IPA coming from Canada. I'll be looking for this when I visit the in-laws. very drinkable.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355 mL can picked up at the LCBO. Wow, even just cracking open the can gives me a solid whiff of what to expect... and considering how dulled my sense of smell is from smoking, that's an impressive achievement.

Pours a light orange-amber colour, topped with more than two fingers of fluffy, uneven off-white head that takes its sweet time before fading away to a soapy cap. Webs of lacing stick to the side of the glass. As I noted above, this stuff has an amazing aroma - juicy grapefruit, orange rind and mango are dominant, along with some floral notes. Very hard to detect much malt character underneath the wallop of hops, but what is there is vaguely sweet/caramel-like.

The flavour follows the nose for the most part - tons of juicy fruit notes... grapefruit is the most prominent but I am also reminded of oranges, pineapple, mango and pine sap. A backbone of doughy, biscuity caramel malts buried underneath the hops provides good balance, but rest assured this is still a hoppy, bitter brew. Some grapefruit rind bitterness and pine resin lingers in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied (leaning toward the light side), with middling carbonation levels to provide a good bite. High drinkability - I'm sure you could throw this back quickly, but why would you want to waste all that flavour?

[Updated Jan. 19 2016]

Another single can picked up at the LCBO, this time compared side-by-side with Lake Effect, Lone Pine and Fat Tug. This is still one of the best Canadian-made IPAs I've tried so far, but the upper-tier local (Ontario) competition has pretty much caught up at this point. Red Racer earns extra points for being available year-round and almost everywhere, while the very reasonable price tag ensures that I will continue to return to this reliable staple. Always recommended to hopheads.

Final Grade: 4.42, an excellent A grade.

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

Clear amber brown appearance with lots of brownish head that slowly settles down leaving good retention. Smell has a strong hint of hops along with citrus, fruit and caramel.

Taste is mainly powerful hops, with a strong hint of citrus and various fruit such as mango's and grapefruit, kind of tropical. It has a hint of bread as well.

Although the taste is heavily shifted towards hops, it is clean and the other tastes blend well together, barely taste the alcohol. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Aftertaste is a very bitter hop taste.

If you like hops, this is the beer for you. One of the best IPA's I've tried despite and worth the large price tag (cost $18 in Calgary).

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

The CANQuest lives! I CAN't believe the number of responses that I have gotten to my request for new CANs to continue this wild journey! Many thanks to all involved in this endeavor.

My pour resulted in a good two fingers' worth of bubbly, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a hazy orangish-amber. Remember, "[c]larity is [way] overrated"! Nose was filled with piney hops, leaving no doubt that this was an American IPA, despite having been made in CANada. My mouth was absolutely watering in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium with a fantastic hops bite on the tongue, scrubbing away the taste of all of those crappy adjunct lagers that I have been subjected to lately. This was sooo good! I love American IPAs and having it come in a CAN is a double-plus bonus. Finish was as hoppy as a cross between a kangaroo, a frog and a rabbit - extra hoppy. More, please! Also, great lacing throughout. Plus, the logo is a bit racy. I love when the redheads wear a garter belt and show some leg ... Maybe they meant to call it "Red Racy" and couldn't get that past the censors.

From the CANadian CAN: "Best Beer in BC! 2008-2009 CAMRA Vancouver An ale fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hops, hops, and more hops, this ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. Drink as an appetizer on its own, or pair it with any hearty dish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmaster's choice. 'Cheers!'"

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

Herd some hype about this beer, finally got around to buying it. I guess people are probably just gazonked because it is a Canadian beer. I would take it over a molson any day after my hockey games.

It pours an interesting golden orange color with a soapy white head that leaves some pretty nice lacing.

It has a really nice smell. It has melon, citrus, pineapple, and mango. It has just a hoppy must to it that is intoxicating to sniff.

The flavour is right on. Tonnes of melon here. It has a creeping bitterness in the finish with some pink grapefruit. There is also a big taste of flowers, like honeysuckles or something, very floral, maybe akin to orange blossom honey.

It is a great fruit bomb with enough west coast attitude to appeal to the people who love bitterness.

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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 GJ40
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased at Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, VA.

A - A deep golden color with a reddish tinge. Great clarity! A small head.

S - Piney and earthy hops. Stays strong from start to finish.

T - Citrusy bitterness and piney hop flavor with a touch of toasted malt. This beer really lights up your taste buds.

M - Starts with a moderate consistency but seems to thin out as you swallow. A moderate carbonation.

D - This is a flavorful, hoppy beer that satisfies yet leaves you wanting more.

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

A phenomenal IPA from top to bottom, Red Racer IPA pours a hazy gold with a nice foamy head. It knocks you over with citrus hoppiness, and every sip is filled with ruby red grapefruit juice and a faint hint of spruce. There is an excellent balance between sweet and bitter, and despite the massive numbers of hops clearly used in this beer, there is never a puckering bitterness.

Very drinkable, I could drink this beer all night.

Thank you to HuskyinPDX for the trade.

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

A: Golden orange colour. Pours a nice frothy white head that keeps and the lacing continues for a long time during consumption.

S: Grapefruit on the nose, some hints of caramel malts

T: Grapefruit flavours with caramel/toffee flavours. Hints of apricots develop as the beer warm up.

M: Med-hi carbonation, light-med bodied, bitterness start to finish and then keep on. There is a bitter puckishness that occurs later after the sip.

O: A great beer and if you are a true IPA fan, you need these in your fridge.

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

Red Racer IPA

Poured from 12oz can into a Maudite snifter.

This one pours a slightly murky amber orange with a few fingers of pillowy cream colored head. The head leaves walls of lacing as it dissipates.

The nose is pretty explosive right off the bat. Tones of grapefruit and apricot are present and delightfully intertwined with a bit of sweet malt.

The taste is spot on. Awesome citrus fruits up with some hoppy bitterness. This is followed by some rich malt that is balanced well against the hops. Some grassy flavors are noticed at the end of each sip. A silky buttery taste is creating an awesome aftertaste

The mouthfeel is light-bodied with a prickley carbonation sensation.

Overall, this is a prefect traditional IPA. Great balance, drinkability, and flavors.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my Southern Tier pint glass. Pours a golden amber color wit ha one finger fluffy white head. The head slowly faded to a thin white covering but left excellent lacing on the glass. A very good looking beer as I drank the glass.

Aroma is floral and citrusy, pretty much all hops in the aroma. very good smelling beer if you like hops. Taste is floral and citrusy up front with a moderate bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good. I could drink this all night, it's hoppy but not overly bitter or malty making it easy drinking.

Reminds me a lot of some of the best west coast hoppy beers. Would definitely purchase this frequently if available.

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

Huge thanks to Derek for the can. Purportedly BCs best beer according to CAMRA.

Bright orange pour with a frothy white head. Good retention and some nice rings of lace put down. A wonderfully fresh C-hop aroma greets the nose. Buckets of grapefruit, tangerine and resiny hops. Sublime. Impressively bitter for a Canadian beer and this IPA can hang with the big boys. The balance is definitely weighted to the hops, which provide huge grapefruit and orange peel notes. Its very leafy and delicious. The malt comes through with some biscuit and a light touch of sweetness. Smooth, medium body with a refreshingm yet soft, carbonation.

This is extremely impressive stuff. If this came from a renowned US craft brewery it would be highly desired by all BAs. As it is, lets keep this Canadian secret to ourselves for now.

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

A delightful, flavourful beer.

Pours a good-sized head that is fairly long lasting. Settles to a thin film that gives up some good lace. Rich looking amber coloured brew.

Nice fruity aroma, lots of citrus hops over sweet malts, quite appetizing. Solid mouthful, good presence. Pleasantly bitter flavours of pine, grapefruit overlaid on caramel malt. Nicely evenhanded, 6.5% alcohol fits in well and doesn't distract. Lingering bitter finish. A treat to drink.

Flavour rules! Definitely worth a try (or two).

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

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy deep yellow almost orange color with a huge pillowy white head. Smell is full of citrus fruits and floral. Some malts and hops are also there. Taste is sweet and delicious. Fruits, candy and hops are dominant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very well balanced. Overall this is amazing. Great sessionable IPA.

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

355ml can from a 12-pack purchased through the HMH Negotiants private order.

Pours a hazed amber orange with slight golden hues, one finger of cream coloured head, and strands of lacing on the pint glass.

Smell and taste are resinous pine needles, perfume, toasty malt, citrus fruit (tangerine, grapefruit), nectarine, and boldly bitter hops. A weak caramel backbone barely manages to poke through the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium-bodied, delicate carbonation, juicy middle, drying hop bitterness lingers in the finish.

This is so delicious it makes me laugh. A dynamite IPA that stands up to the very best of them. Great job, Central City.

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

A - Pours a dirty yellowish copper color with a huge three finger creamy white head. Clings to the glass as the foam disappites.

S - Wow! Huge pine and citrus hops immediately jump out on the nose.

T - Starts out with bitter hop wave that is backed up ever so slightly by a malt backbone. Pine needles, mild citrus, grapefruit rind.

M - On the thin side, light and very smooth.

O - This is my first Canadian Ipa and well worth seeking out. My favorite Ipa in a can thus far. Well done Central City!

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

Photo of Kenmac19
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierlerner
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop bomb in a can

A- Pours a clear copper hue. 1 finger head that doesn't fall too fast. Mild lacing.

S- Wow! Hop forward presence bites the nose. Light fruit and huge pine right up front makes my mouth water. Awesome.

T- Again, light fruit....pineapple, maybe mango, etc. Dominated by the hops. Right up front. Grabs ya and no going back. With each sip, your mouth puckers a bit, but the light fruity background holds it all together for a great experience. Lots of pine and resin. Very enjoyable.

M- Medium to light body. A bit oily and sticky making the hops linger around a while.

O- 6.5%, supper hoppy with great hints of light fruit, in a can, etc. Makes this an excellent beer. Wow. Good stuff.

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Photo of hophead23
4.4/5  rDev +4%

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4.4/5  rDev +4%

Photo of Beervana
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of poehlke
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,096 ratings.
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