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%
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
181
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,096 |  Reviews: 489
Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dan, this was one I was really interested in trying, after hearing so many good things. Pours from the can a clear red-amber color, with a little white head on top. Aromas of grapefruit, pine and caramel. Smooth, medium-bodied, with grapefruit, earth and caramel. A little disappointing, but not bad.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Had a generous 3 finger frothy head that lingered for a bit, and left off white lacings on the glass. Beer was a slightly darker golden amber with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom. Smell started off slightly herby and then shifted to an orangey citrus aroma. Small hints of sweet and flowers rounded it out. Flavor started off with plenty of hops, but then shifted to a slightly offputting acidic flavor before changing back to a bit more of bitterness from the hops. Felt strange in the mouth, almost dried out the inside which was a unique feeling to have immediately after consuming a liquid. Overall not a bad IPA, but the strange taste in the middle coupled with the funny mouthfeel took it down a bit.

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Photo of rudzud
3.41/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken while trying to figure out beer pairs for a beer dinner co-hosted with jlindros.

A - Poured into a tulip a slightly hazy orange colour with a silky one finger head that leaves a creamy blanket and nice modest side lacing.

S - Very light hop aromas, very subtle. The pine and grapefruit are there, but very light.

T - This is a bit rough. The can was clearly past its prime. The hops are there (pine and citrus) but its clearly older and drasticly faded.

M - Mouthfeel was still nice, its a creamier mouthfeel. Not too sharp, but bitter.

O - Overall, this clearly at one point was a good beer, unfortunately it just wasnt by the time it got to my lips. Would give it another try though.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Didn't produce more then a layer of bubbles, but somehow managed to still leave good lacing. The body boasts high carbonation to go with it's slightly cloudy orange colour.

Smell: A powerful floral and citrus aroma on this one as the hops make their obvious appearance, with notes of pine. Didn't need any warming, although no noticeable malt and I know it's going to be too hoppy for my tastes.

Taste: Hey, this one's a lot better then I'd thought it would be. It starts with a caramel malt that has only the barest herbal and floral hop notes that builds slightly and then gets annihilated by the explosion of citrus, pine and earthy hops that disagree with me and grow harsher as the beer progresses.

Mouthfeel: I'd have liked a slower buildup to the hop annihilation. However the carbonation is good at holding it in check. Still, the hop oil doesn't know when it's overstayed it's welcome and it seems the nicer herbal and floral hops are drowned out by the pine and earthy ones. It also seems to get harsher and harsher the closer to the bottom you get.

Drinkability: It was doing so well up until about the 1/4 mark, at which point my stomach seemed to reject it, which is a shame. The carbonation was good, but I just don't see myself wanting to put this back with anything but maybe some really spicy food.

Final Thoughts: Well Red Racer, you have fared far better then most IPAs do, so take that in stride. It's one of the top beer in Canada so I had to review it, but like all but the most tamest of IPA's it's not for me.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a very murky deep copper orange body with a thin beige foam that is supported by strands of microbubbles that appear close to the glass.

S- The green hop hint finishes with a strong pecan nut aroma. There is some green woody aromas to the hops that turn into endive as it opens but they stay soft.

T- The full taste of butter pecans leads to a watery taste and a faint pungent woody bitterness lingers in the finish.

M- the medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no astringency or alcohol heat noticed

O- This beer is very odd but not bad. I was hoping for and IPA but there was really no hops noted at all. The butter pecan flavor was one of the best nut flavors I have tasted in a beer. I which this was dated cause I have no idea if this was the intended flavor or the aged flavor?

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to bauermj for this off my wants list.

Can to a perfect pint. I think I can make out the numbers "10510" printed on the bottom of the can. Perhaps its canned on 10/5/10. I kinda hope not.
A- The beer is somewhere between clear and hazy. It has a slight foggy appearance to the rich orange coloration. The head is on the small side with average retention of chunky pads of floating foam. 'Here and there' lacing.

S- Fairly malty with a sturdy doughy, crackery base. Hops are piney and very dense smelling. It smells like its going to be oily and resinously bitter.

T- There is a good balance kicked off by the doughy malt base. Pine comes in ushering some orange rind along with it.

M- Insanely dry. I mean very, very dry. This is the driest finishing IPA, hands down. It makes for an easy drinking beer. It keeps the beer tasting clean and quenching.

This doesnt have me convinced. Perhaps this can was from October, or perhaps this IPA isnt my style. Its good, not great. Certainly just above average.
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Second consideration of a can given to me by AleWatcher.

S- Lots of pine with an undercurrent of tropical citrus. Crackery malt is strong.

T- Juicy up front with plenty of orange candy and light malts. Then comes the pine. Lots and lots of pine give this beer a healthy bitterness that can get quite formidable. The finish has a really nice floral and citrus explosion to it. The aftertaste is very bitter and long lasting, but thankfully it avoids most of the medicinal stuff, its very much loaded with pine resin though.

The first can I had had to have been a bit too old. This one caused me to alter my score slightly. Good stuff.

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Photo of Canslammer
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This IPA tasted really FLAT! The date on the can said "10/02/2012" I think all of the positive reviews must have come from Canadians, because this is not a good IPA! The warmer it gets, the worse it tastes. I spent $14 Canadian for a 6 pack and it was not worth it!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.49/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO while at home last summer.

From a 355ml can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Head fades slowly to a splotchy wisp and ring. Clear burnt orange in color with a few floaties and no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Same as their ESB really.

SMELL: Lots of pale malts, caramel and honeydew melon, with nice notes of grapefruit. Very nice citrus aromas and bold enough as well.

TASE: Pale malts, caramel malts, with lots of bitter floral hops and pine notes at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish with lots of bitter floral hops and pine flavors, then just a hint of caramel sweetness as balance. Nice stuff, though the flavor is a little more one dimensional than the nose. Caramel and floral, piney hops.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, too light really, a bit airy going down, and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Too light and carbonated for the style. Same as their ESB, though a touch oilier perhaps.

OVERALL: The palate is a little too weak in my book and the hop profile is not exactly my style, but I can see how this one gets so much praise, as it is definitely a well-made beer. For my tastes, I'll take Nickelbrook's Headstock IPA while at home, but it doesn't surprise me that this one is so popular. Worth checking out for sure. Recommended.

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Photo of Justindouglas7
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a golden orange with an ample fluffy white head. this one started to make a break for the outside of the container as soon as I cracked it open(maybe infected?) hazy as hell as well
S: Very floral with a bit of pine and spicy character to it. A faint hint of caramel attempts to make its presence known
T: taste is bittersweet floral hops with a tinge of bisciut, a tinge of grapefruit with a resinous oily aftertaste with some grapefruit rind. the taste and aftertaste is a bit funky at points and tastes a bit off
M: slightly prickly carbonation, slick and a bit syrupy
O: Very flavorful, there's a bit of funk with this one so I'm a bit concerned it might be infected but that won't stop me from drinking it.

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Photo of hansgruber
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of DreamDeath
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of portwood
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duimie
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of thetomb
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of fiver29
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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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