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)
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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
Ranking:
#953
Reviews:
490
Ratings:
1,102
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
195
Gots:
189
Trade:
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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

Photo of Seanstoppable
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in locally a few weeks ago. Being the number one rated Canadian IPA at the time of this writing, as well as arriving in a city with quite a few hopheads, the whole supply ended up being sold in ~5 hours (or so the story goes).

Pours a deep, clear amber color with a finger of head. Head has staying power. Small amounts of lacing left on the glass.

Nice crisp clear nose. Definately hops, citrusy scents (pineapple) and fresh pine.

Flavor isn't abundantly hoppy, though it is present. A larger bready malt flavor is more present, and lasts through to the finish and the aftertaste. Also taste of pine, but no citrus.

Very nice IPA overall. I can see why it is highly regarded. It is definitely great, though falls a bit short of exceptional. A fellow friend and BA mentions having better examples of this, so I can only imagine what it is normally like.

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

Photo of boatshoes
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two of these bad boys sent to me as extras in a recent trade with Lunch. Thanks again!

Appearance- Pours a translucent dark-golden with a really nice looking two and a half fingers or so of puffy head rising off of the body. Lots of beading and great head retention. Takes a long time before the head dies back to about a quarter finger sheet that sticks around for the rest of the drink. Moderate amounts of lacing as well.

Smell- Big on tropical fruits here. Lots of aromatic hops smelling of pineapple and orange with a little bit of bitter grapefruit. Very rich and fruity, I like this one.

Taste- Very hop forward but not quite as fruity as I was expecting. Starts out with bitter grapefruit and pineapple citrus flavors but is rounded out with a healthly amount of resiny bite on the finish. Very solid flavor profile.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Good here on both accounts. Slick and substantial with very good carbonation and goes down easy with the nice flavor profile.

Overall, a very good IPA. Big on west coast smells but with some east coast piney IPA flavors coming through as well. Though not my favorite IPA ever, this is a very good offering and I recommend it.

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Photo of niz
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light amber with 1/2" head that fades quickly.

smells of lemon, hops and slightly grassy

tastes of juicy citrus followed by nice hops then buscuity malt.

drinkability is high, i could easily drink a 6 pack, but would feel nice and fuzzy after.

a great IPA from a great brewery. the food here is awesome too!!

this was the #1 rated beer in BC by CAMRA vancouver.

delicious.... and nutritious!

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Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, standard pint glass

A - pours with almost an inch of loose and frothy, very light tan colored foam. the beer is slightly hazy, light copper/orange in color.

S - big piney hops, wet grass, lightly sweet caramel, lightly spiced finish...run of the mill, but solid

T - melded pine, grass, bitter grapefruit...big hop bite at the back of the tongue. ample yet secondary malts, caramel and toasted nuts. detecting a small amount of alcohol at the very end despite its low-ish ABV. finishes with lingering piney bitterness, soap, and earthy spice.

M - medium bodied yet nice and creamy with an oily dank finish. perfect tight yet not distracting carbonation aids in refreshment and propels the flavors.

D - very good, all around. though this might have a little bit of age on it, still holds up quite well. cures the biggest hop craving, yet quite drinkable and balanced. the best IPA i've had from Canada? you know it!

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single can from Abe's Cold Beer, but I clearly should have bought more. Now I enjoy Dale's Pale Ale. It's a great IPA, and a wonderful canned beer. However, I find it a little thick at times.

Red Racer IPA, however, packs all the tongue-biting, mouth-watering hop characters of a beer like Dale's, but lightens the mouthfeel just enough to let me enough a few more cans.

Fruity and floral upfront, I was expecting a juicier IPA, like what Avery serves up. But after a quick sip, the pineapple quickly turned to a harsh (but balanced) pine and grapefruit rind from the other end of the hops spectrum.

I'm not easily impressed by IPAs, but this is a damn good example of the style. Thank you Canada.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to el meatwado for this fine canned IPA...

Poured into a 12 oz. fluted tulip, Red Racer had a compact cap of foam that settled and left a distinct solid ring of lacing inside the rim. Deep dried apricot color, fairly opaque, with what appears to be tiny hop pellets that have sunk to the bottom (???). On closer inspection, it seems to be yeast fragments from the ring that was agitated from the can. Looks almost like something that came from a mouse... 8:(

Candied apricots and caramel flavors, leafy herbal bitterness, and a spicy, floral nose. Lemon and grapefruit peel. Fairly sweet in the middle and it dries a little bit in the spicy finish. Still pretty fresh and kickin'. Body is light and it's dangerously drinkable. Once I got past the whole wierd yeast sediment it was great. Thanks again meatwad.

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Photo of Supergenou
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of u2carew
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can! Consumed 11/29/09
A) Pours with a big bubbled head. Slowly settles. Lacing is semi-sticky, creamy and beige in color. The body is transparent. Upward carbonation. Copper in color.
S) Cascade hop aroma. Grapefruit. Peach. Orange. Little caramel sweetness.
T) Caramel and orange sweetness up front. Then moves to a nutty and earthy mix with the hop bite. The finish is pleasant and the caramel malt and hop bite stay balanced in the aftertaste and beyond.
M) Mild fizziness. Medium body. Crisp yet fairly smooth.
D) A great IPA and from a CAN! I'd definitely have another and spread the gospel about this brew.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a couple cans of this as extras from dyan. Thanks!

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. This is a raw, unrefined IPA, loaded with flavor but rough around the edges. Finishes a bit astringent, rougher than I remember it being on tap, but still quite good. Worth seeking out, but best sampled fresh from the brewery.

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a burnt orange with hints of amber. Poured with a one inch off-white head. Splotch lacing.

S: Oh, smells those hops. Nice piney, green hops up front with some citrus hops mixed in as well. There's a caramal, malty backbone present. But the smell is definitely all about the hops.

T: Picking up a lot more tropical notes on the taste than in the smell. Pineapple and mango mixed in with the citrus hops. Piney, green flavors really take a back seat. Caramal malts and some bready flavors come in mid taste and stay through the finish. The finish is bitter, but not overly so. Slightly on the chewy side. I think the finish is the one area where I would mark this beer done.

M: Medium body and medium to medium-low carbonation. Generally in style. A little chewy on the finish.

D: For a Canadian IPA, this is solid. Generally anticipate Canadian IPAs to really hold back on teh hops and taste more like a pale, but this one really surprises. If this was readily available (and a little more affordable by US standards), it would be a regular.

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Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orangish-yellow colorwith a slight haze and a thin head. Good carbonation with a very pleasant malty feel. Wet lacings on the glass that don't really stick. This IPA seemed to grow in character as it warmed up a bit. Citrusy orange sweet aroma with hints of bread and biscuit. Orange and biscuit flavors. Well-balanced malt and hop character. Neither very strong. Not as bitter and heavily hopped as most IPAs. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of cavedave
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to knucks999 for this extra

Pours a beautiful, clear dark amber topped by a one finger head that fades slowly to a lasting cap, A gentle swirl leaves mountain ranges of lace.

The smell is a light aroma of orange peel, neutral sweet, and hints of pine in the background.

It is a full flavored IPA, featuring some nice citrus at the front, joined along the way with some tasty pine, some light bready sweet, and a floral/bitter that lets the finish burst on the palate. Nice flavors, nice hop profile, a worthy IPA that would stand out were it not for the plethora of even better ones in America 2010. Great taste, but rated against the competition it suffers. Great to be an IPA lover in America now.

The moutheel is not as good as others in this style. It has good (low) carb., but the resiny quality of it captures some of the lemony characteristics of the hops in an unpleasant way.

Drinkability is quite good. I already wish I had more than this one

Impression: A nice take on the style, but many better out there.

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Photo of cgwami
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack from Julio's in Massachusetts, $12.99. Pricier than expected but I've had an eye out for this for nearly a year so I grabbed it.

It pours a dark golden color, more orange than golden, with a dense, solid foam. Lots of lacing too. The aroma is just what I'd hoped for, very citrus-forward with grapefruit and orange, also some pine sap, all the great things hops can do. A bit of caramel malt to balance it, which is sort of a shame per my preferences but works sometimes.

The beer tastes really good, the hops are expressed more with flavor than bitterness, although the bitterness IS there. Grapefruit, pine needle, etc. Not enough caramel malt to cause problems, but then again this is a 6.5% ABV construction. I suspect if Central City made a DIPA it would be the barleywine type but luckily this IPA is just fine.

Good carbonation and body, altogether a worthwhile treat. The only real complaint is cost, I can't say it's really better than Two Hearted or several from Lagunitas, all of which can be had for $9-10 per sixer. But I guess it matches the difficulty to find the beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2.25 can from Abe's.

Extremely hazy orange body, topped by four fingers plus of rocky white foam.

Inviting aroma heavy with oranges, backed with grapefruit and apricots.

Big dollop of caramel coats the tongue. Then it all drops away for a second, before juicy citrus arrives everywhere in the mouth. Bitter bite at the swallow that then dominates the aftertaste.

Light mouthfeel, not watery, but not as firm as most ipas.

Overall, an enjoyable IPA well worth trying.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: A monster off-white cap fills up the remaining space in my pint glass, maybe I poured more aggressively than I intended. Very creamy, but this gradually fades to a more modest size, leaving generous lacing down the glass. The color is golden copper, and definitely unfiltered.

Smell: Caramel and pale malt support the large hop aroma. Grapefruit citrus, spicy, herbal, and grassy hops are all apparent in the nose. It makes for a unique smell.

Taste: There is a decent malt backbone to start. Pale malt gives a little flavor, and caramel malt a little more. Grapefruit hops are the first to hit, with some spices coming in next. The end turns herbally and finishes with a long grassy bitterness. Pleasantly bitter, but with enough malt to refresh my palate with each new sip.

Mouthfeel: This has fuller than medium carbonation, with a crisp feel to it. Grainy. The body is fuller than medium. Leaves a resiny bitterness behind the lips.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA and well balanced to boot. The only issue is the grassy bitterness; that is not my favorite hop flavor.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can goes into 16 oz glass.

hazy golden body with a beast of a top. big billowy white great retention and great lacing. this one looks great. the nose is bread malts grapefruit orange peel lemon zest. again pure quality. the taste isnt as bitter or as dry as expected. sweet malts and bread malts dominate the start. slides into grapefruit and orange peel. moderate carbonation with a decent creamy mouthfeel. overall this is a fine ipa. glad i picked this one up.

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Photo of AaronLamb
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vonerichs
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good hazy golden orange color, but the head is thin and weak. The head looks like soap suds.

Piney and grapefruit hops dominate the nose.

Strong pine flavor with lingering grapefruit and orange rind. There's a small bit of buttery malt.

Mouthfeel is sticky and a slight bit flat. Nice and bitter, though.

I really like this IPA and will certainly revisit it. I'm pretty stoked I now have another quality IPA in a can to go camping (or wherever bottles aren't allowed) with.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$15 a 6 pack? This better be a darn good IPA.

Clear light copper color with a moderately sized fluffy white head and some sticky lace left behind.

Whoa, a healthy dose of citrus give this IPA some punch with pineapple and grapefruit notes. Light malty aroma in the background.

Grapefruit, some pine resins and hint of floralness give you a delicious variety of hop flavor. Toasted and biscuity malt presence provide some balance before a nice bitter finish.

Crisp medium body feel make for a refreshing drink. Really a fantastic well-balanced and well rounded IPA.

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,102 ratings
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