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

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94
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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 TK5150
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an orangey-topaz with a large off-white head that settles down quickly.

S- When I first popped the can, I got a nice little whiff of hoppiness, but it burns off fairly quickly. The aroma is mostly biscuity/bready malt and some grapefruit. There is just a hint of mango and orange as well.

T- Lots of biscuity and bready malt just as in the nose. A solid grapefruit and orange presence accompanied with the bitterness on the back-end. Some cans are much better than others; some are way too biscuity and don't taste like IPA's at all.

M- Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Not real flaws here.

D- A nice drinking summer beer. Not quite as refreshing as I was led to believe, but still quite nice.

Overall, a nice IPA when you get a good can, but consistency is a little bit of a problem. I would buy this again though.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More beer in a can, sweet! Pours into my glass a golden orange with great clarity and a quarter inch of bubbly head on top. Aromas start off with a good deal of piney resinous hops along with an earthy, caramel malt backbone. Spice and a touch of citrus work in as well.

First sip brings a solid mix of caramel malts along with resinous pine hops. Mellow sweetness throughout along with an earthy citrus-spice as it flows down. Good bitterness on the finish that balances out the malt sweetness. Solid IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Good carbonation this is a brew that goes down easy. Glad we are able to get this in Chicagoland now as it's always nice to have a solid IPA in cans for beach going and anywhere bottles aren't welcome!

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Photo of JamesMN
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy caramel/tan hue with a thin soapy off-white head.

Aroma: Grapefruit juice with a little orange. Some caramel/crystal malt in the background to fill it out a little more. Like a Midwest IPA.

Taste: Lots of flavorful bitterness throughout and it lingers quite nicely. Pine/grapefruit/citrus hop profiles, in that order. Not too heavy on the malt which is good. The intense bitterness tends to override the actual flavor at times but that's not exactly uncalled in this one. The finish is dry and the lingering bitterness attaches itself to your palate. There are moments when I taste more depth that lead me to believe a fresh can would really show off how good this beer could be. Pretty robust for 6.5% ABV but not a huge surprise with the amount of hops that must be in this.

Mouthfeel: Near tongue splitting bitterness at first but the palate is quick to adjust. Medium bodied with average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: As an appetizer this beer would be a wise choice. Lots of bitterness and good flavor. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of Masterson
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured slowly into a pint glass from a 12oz can.

This beer is nicely carbonated. It has excellent hop character and aroma that is very well balanced with the malt bill. This an incredibly well-rounded flavorful west-coast style IPA that is very easy to drink.

I would keep a 6-er of this in the fridge if I could find it again!

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Photo of starrdogg
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear brownish-orange, nothing particularly notable here

S: Has a nice flowery hops aroma with hints of sweetness, but I'd like a more intense smell than what I'm getting; there's also a bit of mustiness here - maybe this one is old?

T: Very hoppy and somewhat bitter without a whole lot of sweetness here; it's got a pretty decent malt backbone, but it's all hops and malt (I know that's generic, but I'd like a little more out of my IPA than just those two flavors)

M: This one's got a pretty hefty body with a very dry finish, I'm a fan

O: This is a nice IPA, but I wouldn't say that it's an outstanding one - I wish there was a little more going on in the flavor; still, in a pinch for an IPA you can do a whole lot worse than this

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml Can - Thanks Swedes21!

Appearance - Clear amber/orange colour with an above average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops, pine, cookies

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels a little thin on the palette. There are lots of malts mixed with caramel and cookies. There are also notes of grapefruit, hops, and pine. The beer is a little bit more on the malty side than the fruity side however. It finishes with a lingering hop aftertaste.

Drink - I was really impressed with this one.. I'm not sure if it was due to the fact that it's in a can, but it reminded me a little bit of a Dale's Pale Ale, which I also really enjoy. It also reminded me a bit of a DFH 60min. It's well worth seeking out and it I wish it would make its way to the retail shelves of Ontario.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a one finger soapy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Looks pretty good.

In the nose I get some bready malts, grapefruit, other citrus, as well as some tropical fruit. While the citrus notes are prominent, there is a definite sweeter malt note and a strong tropical fruit note that brings to mind mango. I also get a slight piney/resiny note.

As far as taste goes I get less citrus than in the smell and more pine notes followed by a nice bready caramel malt. Of course, there is some citrus and tropical fruit present, but they play more of a supportive role. The supportive role is played by citrus in the bitterness, and tropical fruit backing up the caramel malt sweetness. There is also definitely an orange sweetness in this beer. Very well balanced beer, although not perhaps the most mindblowing.

Mouthfeel is very medium bodied and a touch sticky. I would prefer if this were just a bit drier, but the mouthfeel is still good.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange, nice 2-finger rocky off-white head. Retains very well and leaves great lacing. Smell is great as well, huge citrus/tangerine + grapefruit scents, and maybe some apple etc. Taste is unexpected, doesn't match the smell at all. There is a strange unidentifiable taste right off the bat, I can't quite put a finger on it. Someone in another review said tea leaves, maybe that's it. The strange taste along with some grassy notes mask any other potential flavors, leaving a bready caramel aftertaste. From the smell I expected a fruity crisp IPA but that's not what I'm getting here. Not bad but I prefer usual IPA flavors over this. Mouthfeel is good, a little more creamy than average for the style with a smooth malty finish. Good, but definitely hindered I think from that strange taste.

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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 Scrylol
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle, no dating. Clear dark orange body with two fingers of bubbly white head. Lots of lacing.

Tons of grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange peel and citrus notes on the aroma. Some sort of "dank" hoppy note too.

Citrus and grapefruit flavor on the tongue and forwards into big hop bitterness with some lemon and orange peel notes. Juicy hop flavor. Leaves a dry, very bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

Medium body, smooth and quaffable. Nice amount of carbonation to go along with the body and flavor.

Nice IPA from Central City.

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

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, off-white head that settles into a low profile coating. Aromas of tangy sweet caramel malts and biscuits in the backbone, with a resiny and subtle floral hops profile. Smells like a well balanced IPA. Flavors are floral and resiny bitter forward, with a solid caramel and toffee backbone keeping the balance. Roasted throughout, with piny highlights. The end of the palate is dominated by bitter, green, hops resin, leading to a bitter, rich aftertaste, with citrus tart notes showing up, as well. Smooth, somewhat light in mouth, but bold overall. Great lacing left along the glass. Bitter, slick, slightly drying finish. Solid brew.

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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 DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid 3 dollars for a can of this at the House of 1,000 beers. Was told this is the best IPA Canada has to offer.

A - Well appearance is good a nice clear amber color with an impressive explosion of over two inches of head out of the can into my pint glass. Takes a while to settle.

S - Smells sweet and balanced with crystal and bread malts and an attractive mango or pineapple like hop bitterness.

T - Taste is a touch more English at first with an herbal minty like hop character but it's quickly covered with sweet pineapple hops and a bready finish. Hops do linger on the palate after each sip but it never really gets too bitter. Not bad.

M - Nothing bad to say about the mouthfeel drinks with a light to medium body.

Overall not sure I would agree with the scores it is quite good but not near world class status. Not sure how old it is either and can only find it at one shop so that limits my score a tad.

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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spotted this one many times, excited to finally try it.

A- Dark orange-amber with a creamy, slightly fizzy head that builds up to a few fingers in size. Good retention and random patterns of spotty lace.

S- Reminds me of the Pale Ale I just had by them. Hops up front, a lot of floral and peach notes. Some sweet light caramel malt in the background. Strength fades.

T- The hops lend a lot more pine than I expected and just a bit of floral, citrus and fruit notes, surprising considering the aroma. Biscuit, caramel and bready notes behind the hops.

DB- A very nice bitterness here, probably my favorite part of the beer. It is bitter but it doesn't feel offensive. Moderate creamy body with high carbonation and a bit of warmth.

MF- A solid IPA with a nice pine-forward hop profile. Nothing out of this world but a solid, balanced pickup for any craft lover, nice mouthfeel. Would probably be even better in the winter.

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Photo of grub
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz can. sampled june 21/09.

pours crystal clear orangey amber with a small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. grapefruit. orange peel. pine. light alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit.

taste is good. orange and grapefruit. tangerine. pine. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of alcohol. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. a solid ipa.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel very lucky that I can get this one locally. Easily one of my favorites. Poured this one in a tulip. Pours a copper orange color with a rocky head about an inch high. Big bubbles and sticky lacing with this white head. Not much retention, but still good looking. Smells citrus and pine hops. Grapefruit and other tartness to the nose. Really dig the juicy smell. Hoppy! This is hard on the tongue. Immediately a big piney hop flavor with big bitterness to the finish. Not a juicy as the nose leads me to believe but still very good. The carbonation and big hop flavor make this a little aggressive in the mouth but the body is balanced well and this is an easy one to kick back regularly. Which is what I do.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden amber colored body leaving a nice spider web ringy lacing appears over top of a foamy white two finger head. The head lasts the entire time. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: pine and hops in front with some light breadiness in the background.

T: bittersweet - basically the same. The aftertaste and finish are dry.

M: light with nothing harsh on the tongue, sessionable

O: this is a decent beer that I would come back to.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 07/05/12. Pours a clear orange red, with a one inch white that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is tangerine, grass, pine, carmel, and apricot. Taste is lots of citrus up front and bitter pine and grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium, plenty of life, a dry finish, and very drinkable. This is a nice IPA.

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Photo of slentz
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can to tulip at about 50 degrees. No can date on this one but this is from a fresh batch as it just hit shelves.

Woah I cracked the can and the beer came billowing out the top all over my table...wtf!

A: Finally after it subsided was able to get a nice easy pour down the center of the glass that created a finger and half of very nice head. Looks like this will have some really nice lacing. This beer is a nice apricot color, very murky when held to light. 4.0

S: Smell is of really nice fresh hops tons of citrus and a bit of pine with a touch of alcohol. A nice nose on this beer. 4.0

T: Taste is somewhat muted and not what I had expected from the wonderful nose. Hops are definitely there but something is lacking. Getting somewhat of an underlying green tea flavor. This is definitely enjoyable but doesn't keep up with the best of the best IPA's 4.0

M: Mouthfeel is ok, definitely lacking a bit, somewhat under carbonated which is surprising considering it pretty much exploded upon opening. I suppose the carbonation left the beer at that point. Missing that oily hop presence as well. 3.0

O: Overall this is not a bad IPA however the mouthfeel and light carbonation could be improved. Still a 4.0 overall.

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Photo of jsh420
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

pours cloudy copper orange with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smell is strong like a dipa - salty grapefruit pine hop resin

taste is much lighter then you would think from the nose - good balance of grapefruit and sweet malt but with plenty of bitterness

mouthfeel - i do not know if was the can but the beer is almost flat

drinkability - great nose good flavors outweighs the beer being flat

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Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome 4-pack of cans received from masterhomebrewer recently. Thanks, Dave! I've been wanting to try this one for awhile.

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a creamy off-white head resting on top. Pretty fair retention; leaves lots of sticky lace and sip rings on the glass. The nose is a little underwhelming. Some faint citrus, mild floral tones, and some grassy notes.

Great body on this one. Plenty of carbonation, but smooths out on the finish. Crisp hoppy bitterness right away. Starts out a bit spicy and peppery, but as I continue to sip, the harshness mellows to a semi-sweet citrus. Aftertaste is a bit bready and warm. Alcohol presence not really felt.

This was a splendid IPA. Spot on for my liking. Great job, CC! Recommend.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, malt, pine, hint of floral

T-bready malt, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, pine, light herbal and mild to moderate bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, but not as much forward hop flavor as I prefer

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head that leaves some ring lace. The liquid light amber and clear.

Strong pine-grapefruit citrusy aroma--like a true IPA.

This is a hop-lovers IPA, which says a lot given the nature of a typical IPA. I cannot detect any malt because the hop is the beginning, ending and aftertaste of the tasting. I'm speculating, but I think the bittering hop is one of the high-alpha kind. Still, it is tasting very fresh. Lighter body than expected.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Derek. Pours golden with some lasting white head. Average mouthfeel, smooth though with slightly acidic finish. Good IPA for sure, right there with other representations of style, but would not say exceeds it. Could have a six-pack of this in a weekend.Aroma may be impacted by being in the can.

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.
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