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:
1,089
Reviews:
488
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
181
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,089 |  Reviews: 488
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish copper, with a nice frothy and white head. Looks great for the style.

S: Picking up big fruity and floral hops. A bit of malt sweetness. Good amount of grapefruit aroma.

T: Great deal of bitterness, yet some sweet fruits shine through as well. Some peach type flavors. Grapefruit and citrus zest and pith. Good balance here.

M: Nice and slick, leaves a bit of a syrupy feeling after consumed. Leaves a large and lasting amount of flavor.

D: This beer is dangerously drinkable. Packed with flavor and a huge aroma. ABV is just low enough that a few of these can be enjoyed in a sitting.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 ounce can. Great to see this brew hit Manitoba! Pours a slight hazy tangerine with a thick fluffy head. Nose- pine, grapefruit rinds and cookie dough. Taste- good initial hop presence with a spike of west coast hops followed chewy biscuit malts. Creamy mouthfeel from the malts mixed with a nice oily hop finish. Its awesome having this in province- one of the finer Canadian examples of the style that I've had the pleasure of sampling. Just a shame the MLCC doesn't have these in the fridge vs. sitting out at room temp with the third world lagers...

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Photo of Geosuds
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dools9
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a SA Perfect Pint. BB 2/12/13.

A: Pours a gorgeous orange amber color, lots of carbonation rising. Two finger egg shell head retains well and laces very nicely.

S: Blend of sweet caramel malts, resiny pine, and light citrus fruits. Not the in your face aroma I was expecting as it is a bit subdued.

T: Right off the bat your hit with a combo of fresh resinous, sprucey pine (think Christmas tree) and a smack of tropical citrus and grapefruit. Hops are pretty dominant but there is a bit of caramel malt sweetness to offset the bitterness and they work well off each other. Dry, lingering hop finish, very clean.

M: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, very easily drinkable.

O: Blends fresh pine, citrus, and malty sweetness together nicely. The nose was a bit of a let down, but besides that, its a very solid IPA. Would like to know exactly how old the can was and will look for this in the future to compare. Having this super fresh would probably be amazing.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy yellowish orange. Slight 1/4 finger white head that disappears instantly. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S: Big citrus aromas. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and some tangerine. A very slight floral aroma. Not much of a malt backbone, with just a hint of caramel.

T: Caramel upfront. Then citrus and floral bitterness comes through. A soapy, floral, tangerine and mango, with hints of grapefruit and pineapple.

M: Medium bodied. Higher carbonation. Very crisp with a bone dry finish.

O: A good IPA. Not the best but VERY solid. Was hoping for much more bitterness as the nose suggested. I still wasn't let down. Very refreshing beer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a small very sticky light white head thats almost a bit yellow, very nice. Nose is very nice and floral, citrusy and hoppy, sweet and sharp with hints of grapefruit and onion.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, a good amount of carbonation makes it very smooth. Taste is a bit sharp at first, then a light bitterness but lots of citrus dominates, very solid IPA, and I love that it's in a can!

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Photo of thecarster1
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- can poured into a pint, one finger of rocky head, active bubbling, orangey brown color, slight chill haze, very cool can design.

s- really nice, so fresh, loads of pine, grapefruit, nice bitterness, some pineapple, some malt sweetness.

t- nice, earthy bitterness, grapefruit, pine, grapefruit pith, really hopped up ipa here. lingering bitterness, floral/herbal.

m- medium bodied, coating, smooth.

d- really nice ipa, glad i got the chance to try this beer, i'd drink this again for sure. one of the better ipas that i've had in awhile.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden-orange hue with a touch of haze and two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Good looking!

Smell: very good hoppy aroma with grapefruit, funk and a little spiciness. A sweet & balanced citrus aroma-bomb - I love it.

Taste: big malt flavor balanced out with a very high, but smooth, bitterness. Hop flavor is funky and a little bit of the citrus of the aroma remains.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation for the style. I like it.

Overall: a really pleasing beer with a grand aroma. I'm glad I can get this down here in the US now.

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Photo of Anthony1
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in the glass with a slight haze. Pours with two fingers of head that slowly settles to a crown. Raw hop aroma, grapefruit and pine, with some sticky malt in the background. There's a bit of tropical fruit too. Flavors of pine and citrus combat with strong resiny bitterness. There's a bit of crackery malt, but this is dry and bitter on the whole.

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Photo of joeymrr
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Vdubb86
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing a fresh one of these with all present

This beer looks a touch on the pale side of golden, but there is a frothy white head that looks rather inviting. The aroma is quite hop-filled. I believe that there is a lot of amarillo hops on the nose, but I've been wrong before when naming hops. The taste is quite herbal and grassy with a touch of citrus finish. There seems to be what I believe is cascade hops for bittering. I find that I like the usage of cascade hops in most IPAs. This is a very good beer and I would go back for more if I could more often guarantee it's freshness.

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Photo of Omnium
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can > Pint Glass
A - Pours a really nice golden color, thick foamy two finger head, great lacing.
S - Nice aroma, assorted citrus aromas, fresh hops, some pine and spices.
T - A nice bite of citrus hops, and bitterness, a lighter sweet malt, some yeast, and some dry pine. Some wheatish flavor and bitter barley at the end.
M - Medium feel, but I'm not liking the aftertaste all that well.
O - This is a good IPA right out of the can, do I think its stellar? not really, but if found at a reasonable price, definitely worth getting.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can (code? D1910) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Thanks to IdrinkGas for the trade.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, murky brownish/orange with a cream colored soapy head. Fades to a thin sheet with little retention. Carbonation looks good.

Smell: Bold hop aroma. Strong pine and citrus. Hop aroma quicky subsides to caramel, toffee, and biscuit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet malty flavors of creamy caramel/toffee, dark fruits, and pine resin. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a full body and a prickly hop bitterness that finishes dry, begging for more.

Drinkabiliy: Very easy to drink. A nice caramel backbone to this. Very balanced and tasty.

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Photo of philbe311
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of tightly packed egg shell colored head... Impressive retention... A vibrant glowing orange color... Loaded with swirling vivacious carbonation...

S - Surprisingly the hops don't dominate the nose... Actually quite a nice balance... Biscuit like malts... Caramel... Sweet citrus... A vague earthiness....

T - Exactly what I expected... A wonderful mix of hops... Some bitter... Some juicy and sweet... Sweet citrus... Loads of bready malts... Cracker... A touch of caramel... Everything works to gather well and adds layers of complexity...

M - A slight kiss of foam hits the lips first... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Terrific carbonation... A little bit of chewiness... Lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue...

D - A quite enjoyable American IPA in all aspects... Loaded with flavor and character... Also a quite sessionable 6.5% ABV... Much like the artwork, this a playful and seductive brew which I highly recommend and can't wait to pop open my next one...

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Photo of Damian
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl oz./355ml can purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a a slightly hazed, medium amber color with a frothy, off-white, three-finger, sea foam head that slowly faded to a resilient cap. Chunks of lacing stuck all along the glass, lasting long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was hoppy and complex. Semi-sweet with a stiff caramel malt backbone. Crisp, zesty and citrusy. Notes of candied orange peel and ruby red grapefruit came through strong. Tropical fruits, incuding mango and pineapple, were also apparent. A powdery yeast note was detectable as well.

The taste was similar to the aroma except more bitter and not quite as complex. Zesty and resiny with lots of citrus fruit flavor. Slightly earthy. Lemony. Pine sap and grapefruit rind came through on the super pithy and dry finish. Bitter, but not overly so.

The mouthfeel was rather average. Medium-light bodied with a larger bubbled, lively effervescence. Slightly creamy but not quite as smooth as I anticipated.

Red Racer IPA is a tasty, interesting and rather drinkable brew. At 6.5% ABV, it definitely falls into the "extra IPA" category.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange/copper color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick foamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice little malt note, citrus, and some pine notes. The taste is very nice, hoppy, with a good malt blend, nice dose of citrus, and a touch of pine. Medium body. Very Drinkable, a pretty awesome IPA from a can.

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Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear with a light amber body and a thick white cap of rocky and fine bubbles. Sticky foam coated the top of the glass and lacing was left behind as the beer disappeared into my belly. Sharp citrus aroma, bright grapefruit and a bit of pine resin. Notes of tropical fruit appeared as it warmed a bit. Same in the flavour, along with some biscuit and caramel sweetness, some floral character, and solid bitterness that lingered long into the finish along with a bit of citrus/spicy hoppiness. Creamy carbonation, medium bodied with a bit of dryness, nice texture overall. This is a solid IPA and one that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of yeaprolly
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damacdon
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dasenebler
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, light-copper hue with a creamy head. Lacing and retention are good.

Bigtime aroma of grapefruit, plus piney and woodsy hoppy goodness.

This is a very nice IPA. It's actually much more balanced than I expected, with a definite caramel note and some malt sweetness. Don't get me wrong though-- the hops are the main attraction, and the flavor is quite good. Not so much juicy as piney and resinous. The bitterness and light citrus flavors create a flavor profile that is highly suggestive of grapefruit. Bitter, rindy, and tea-like aftertaste. I appreciate the medium-low carbonation and resiny mouthfeel.

All in all, an excellent beer, with a sweet can design to boot-- I love the 50s cyclist girl, and also the green and black hop vine outlines in the background. Now all I need to do is find this stuff really fresh and on-tap!

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Photo of DCHritz
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tmappin
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmanion
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alew_os
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jfreeze
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,089 ratings.
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