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:
1,086
Reviews:
486
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
179
For Trade:
3
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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jared for sending me a sixer of these recently.

A: The pour is a crystal clear light amber color with a moderate white head and sheets of lacing.

S: A very solid grapefruit aroma along with some orange and a mild pine. The malt is present, but definitely in the background.

T: The grapefruit translates quite well to the palate, giving Red Racer a pleasant citrus flavor. There is also a very intense piney bitterness which is not often found in IPAs outside of CA. The malt does not seem to be there at all.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and crisp finish.

D: Very much on the bitter side and very much in the vain of other west coast IPAs. A solid offering and one that I'm very glad to have tried.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

a - Pours a reddish amber color with two inches of white head that has great retention. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and carmamel and bready malts. A nice combination.

t - Tastes of citrus and herbal hops, as well as smooth caramel malts. Almost feel like it has a bit of tea taste to it thanks to the herbal hops. Again, a nice combination.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

d - This was a very enojoyable IPA that is very easy to drink. A nice citrus hop and malt combination and would love to have again.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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 TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

And the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender rolls mercilessly on. This participant pours a clear tawny topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose is heavy with lime-strong citrus hops, with some pine cross-hatched in there as well, all backed by oaky toffee. The taste continues along this path, with hops distilled from 50/50 or Squirt. The toffee is kinda dark, with a hint of char to it, but mostly maintaining its general sweetness. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a finish that tries to dry. Overall, a nice IPA, nothing really all that special, but economical and tasty regardless.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Dyan for the chance to try this.

Served in a pint glass. Wow, you gotta love that chic on the can...Rarrr...

A: This brew pours a beautiful sunset orange, effervescent with bubbles riding on their little bubble elevators up to the head, where they frolic upon the frothy, sticky stubbornness and bask in the lamplight under which I am ogling this inviting beverage.

A: floral, citrus

T: A tasty brew. Nothing jumps out in particular. Grapefruit and flowers, typical refreshing IPA. It's nice and hoppy, with a very slight bitter astringency in the finish.

M: crisp and clean, with a slightly bitter alcohol finish

D: this would make a really solid session IPA

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a can of this in Brantford whilst in Canada for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent and taste had bitterness in the style of English IPA. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good ipa.

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Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tumbler.

Out of the can, a foamy three finger large bubbled head is made, off white on appearance. Body color is clear pale amber and some solid rising carbonation, clear but slightly cloudy.

Nose is a good mix of citrus mild grapefruit, slightly mushy. Sense of wetness and clean.

A mix of English and American feel for hop potential. Mild grapefrut and light malt with a juicy booming texture. It is a little resin feel on the palate and teeth after the swallow. Tolerable and tight in feel almost, with a lingering hop bitter with mild astringency.

This is a real solid ipa while not looking that spectacular. I could have this often and wish I could find it where I live. Well done Canada well frikkin DONE!

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Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of 22Blue
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a sixer of this at Wine Gallery in Brookline. Poured into a stein.

A - Pours a transparent dark orange color, with lots of tiny bubbles rising upwards, and a big three-fingered frothy off-white foam that dissipates slowly and leaves thin, soapy, patterns of lace.

S - This still smells fairly fresh (probably two months), with soapy Cascade, some sweet peachy Simcoe, and perhaps some Warrior. There is some nice toffee malt character, and this seems far more like a hoppy East Coast brew then the unbalanced palate wreckers from California.

T - Some nice sweet fuzzy peach and tangerine flavor, with a decent amount of residual bitterness and sour lemon flavor in the finish. The malt is much less present here, with the sweetness being supplied by the juiciness of C-hop varietals.

M - This is a super oily one - I can still feel the resinous hop textures long after swallowing. Nice dry fnish, soft medium body, with perfect light tingly carbonation. It's exactly what I like in my IPAs.

D - Very drinkable stuff - should have no problem killing a sixer with a buddy while watching football. Definitely the best Canadian IPA I've ever had, and competitive with my local options. Hope we start getting the cans in Chicago.

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Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- One inch head on top of a clear, dark gold/light-ruby beer. Above average lacing and decent head retention.

S- Very tropical fruit smelling, can smell this 18 inches away from the pour.

T- More citrus than subdued but present pine...great hop bite.

M- Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Slighty over-priced at $9 a four pack (12 ounce cans), a good beer none-the-less. The best IPA in a can that I CAN get on a semi-regular basis...would be good in the summer outdoors. Thanks CANada.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid IPA overall. Can given to me by dyan, thanks dude. Poured from a can into a goblet. Beer is amber with a slight haze, forms a white head. Has moderate carbonation and lacing is good. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet and has a nice citrus hop character. Smells really good. Not very complex but overall nice.

Medium bodied beer. Good mix of citrus and pine hop flavors, decent hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of stevoj
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from On the Fly. Pours out with nice fluffy head, orange golden body with tons of fine bubbles, very active carbonation. Head leaves clumpy lacing. Gentle aroma equal parts apple fruitiness and piney hops. Taste brings in more crisp happiness, some malt sweetness. Finishes kind of dry, a hint of metallic notes, but still excellent.

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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 tone77
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/brownish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus and hops, considerable bitterness. Taste is very flavorfull, citrus with lots of hops. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this was a very enjoyable beer.

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,086 ratings.
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