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

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)
BA SCORE
92.1%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 1,097 ratings
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:
#935
Reviews:
489
Ratings:
1,097
Liked:
1,010
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
9.93%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
195
Gots:
184
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,097 |  Reviews: 489
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2.56/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of LarryMyers
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red racer pours a medium amber that is pretty textbook for an IPA. It has a wonderful, tightly packed head with great staying power and leaves good lace. The aroma is very piney and citrusy with the usual grapefruit, pine and zest aromas, as well as a good amount of caramel malt character. The taste reveals a nice, fairly balanced flavor that is all you could ask for in an IPA. Citrus and piney hops, firm bitterness and a nice malt backbone combine to make a very nice and very enjoyable IPA. The body is medium and mostly pleasant, if not a bit sticky at the end. Very drinkable and while not a must have IPA, certainly one of the better ones I have had. Another very good canned craft beer.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can from Vancouver, pours a typical IPA golden, crystal clear, nice finger of head - dies to a thin cover maintained throughout the glass.

Nose is a touch on the light side but bright and fresh, American IPA all the way which is a refreshing thing for my tastebuds and nostrils. Tangerine, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, floral, hints of pine.

This has got to be the best IPA in Canada I've had to date, hands down. Light, sweet caramel is subtly overwhelmed (if that is possible) by floral and citrus hops, a nice, nasty (another paradox?) long hop bite full of pine finishes it off - and yet I don't feel like it was overly rough, a nice polite Canadian hop attack. Balanced and yet hopped up - a beer of paradoxes.

Pretty damn fine, especially when compared to other bottled/canned Canadian options. Were I nearer to Vancouver this would by my go to. In a can makes it even more adaptable, good for wherever whenever. Canadian hop-heads would rejoice if it wasn't for our atrocious distribution system. Kudos to Central City for this. As Bobsy said, were this an American beer the hype would be high - as is, we can be proud of this great Canadian beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.34/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into pint glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with a 2-3F foamy off-white head over a cloudy golden-to-amber colored body. Some carbonation present. Little bit of lacing.

Aromas are really hard to discern - but mostly a sweet citrus, like orange juice.

Great on the palate. Flavors are full of citric hops... lots of naval oranges, and a little bit of pink grapefruit pull. Fairly creamy, overall for an IPA.

Drinkability is good, but not great for the style. Was expecting more in both the aroma and flavor, given the A rating - smoothness makes up for it, though.

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Photo of Shadman
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First thought..bleh a can, 2nd thought..cool 50's chick on a bike....

Has the IPA look down pat. Deep copper orange, cloudy, nice rich off white head, great retention, tons of lacing. Did I mention from a can of all things?

Aroma sweet floral sugars, nice citrus pine.

Toasty sweet malts manage to hold their own vs the pine-like hops, but alas, the Hops prevail in the end. Grapefruit blends seamlessly with the pine and remaining malt sweetness.

Smooth, slight slick, slightly oily feel. Maybe a touch sticky sweet on the finish.

First rate IPA..if ALberta doesn't have it, my Dad will be making a trip to the beer store in Victoria to pick some up for this kid.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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 Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of davegray
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red Racer IPA

Poured from 12oz can into a Maudite snifter.

This one pours a slightly murky amber orange with a few fingers of pillowy cream colored head. The head leaves walls of lacing as it dissipates.

The nose is pretty explosive right off the bat. Tones of grapefruit and apricot are present and delightfully intertwined with a bit of sweet malt.

The taste is spot on. Awesome citrus fruits up with some hoppy bitterness. This is followed by some rich malt that is balanced well against the hops. Some grassy flavors are noticed at the end of each sip. A silky buttery taste is creating an awesome aftertaste

The mouthfeel is light-bodied with a prickley carbonation sensation.

Overall, this is a prefect traditional IPA. Great balance, drinkability, and flavors.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of dcloeren
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my boy JayAre46 for a couple of cans of this treat from the great white north

A: I should give the appearance a 5 just because the can is so AWESOME!. It poured a beautiful crisp orange with 2 fingers of foamy white head. The head stuck around for a good while and left nice traces of lacing

S: holy pine hops! Stings the nostrils like catching a whiff of Sex Panther! Great pine hop backbone with some great citrus notes in the back. Getting some orange, lemon and grapefruit

T: The taste follows the nose to the T son but with some nice bread like qualities and a little bit of caramel to balance out the hops runnin wild on my tongue

M: Medium bodied, clean and crisp. Drying hop aftertaste that coats the entire inside of your mouth and lingers. I wish that there was someone here who I didn't like so I could just go breathe in their face and set it on fire with my hop breath. Very nice

O: Overall this was a great IPA. No wonder Terance and Phillip were so funny... they were drunk off of this stuff.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of edchicma
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden hue with a strong initial head with great lacing. Great aroma! Pinee, herbs..hops over the top...extremely inviting. Taste is pure hops with just enough backbone to keep it in check. Mouthfeel is puckery but not to distraction...great dry finish. For an IPA this is very drinkable..but beware...this is a sipper!

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of headlessparrot
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gosox8787
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can poured into an Allagash tulip glass. Enjoyed chilled on a nice warm day.

Appearance: Medium orange in color with a bit of cloudiness throughout. Three finger beige head with excellent retention. Really nice looking beer.

Aroma: Pine, grapefruit, and tons of tropical fruit. Nice balance of bitter and sweet hops. Hop forward, but a touch of biscuit notes from the malt are present.

Taste: The hops excel here as well. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit and pine are all present in incredible balance. A ton of flavor for this ABV. Crisp and refreshing. Near perfect.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Perfect from the can or poured into a glass.

Overall, an awesome, hoppy, balanced IPA. Definitely one of my favorites and an awesome choice from the can. Highly recommended. A new favorite.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a rich orange hue with the slightest sudsy white head. Halfway through the pour I feared that the can was still.

Smell -- Things are getting better. Pine resin wafts from the glass along with tangerine, split grapefruit and a bit of green onion.

Taste -- Definitely the highpoint of this offering. Citrus zest, grapefruit pith, sticky tropical fruit, peach and apricot, and a hearty dose of resinous hop bitterness. Caramel malt backbone is gently sweet, giving those juicy/zesty hop notes a nudge closer to the forefront. Lingering flavors of peach nectar and resin. All in all, quite balanced.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light with mild carbonation. Canning issues?

Drinkability -- Man, I was really hoping to love this one. I really needed a top-notch IPA tonight and this one left me wanting slightly. The flavor was on the money, but the carbonation was woeful: no head and a very still mouthfeel. If the carbonation were bumped up I'd say this would be a top-tier American IPA, but it is what it is.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 92.1% out of 100 with 1,097 ratings
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