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)

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada

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

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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 Erik-P
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Found this one last week on a business trip to Maine and what a find this one was!

A - Pours a deep golden amber with mild carbonation and a massive three finger head.

S - The aroma of this beer is absolutely heavenly. It's saturated with pungent amounts of grapefruit, oily hops, and pine. Has some traces of pepper inthe aroma but the sweet oily hops dominate.

T - Taste is not as agressive as the aroma may suggest. Has a mild malt bisquit character that lies quiet in the background. The citrus flavoring is pretty even throughout the sip. Starts out with sweet citrus and evolves into a bitter, peppery grapefruit finish that is very dry.

M - Very smooth, medium bodied, and leaves a citrus grapefruitaftertaste in the mouth that lingers for a very long time.

D - I think I just found my most favorite IPA in a can. Incredibly drinkable with a lower ABV and I could drink several of these. It tastes good, but I really enjoy the hoppy aroma.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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 fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good mix of all the yellow, orange and amber colors. Almost solid 1" of head on it, mostly white.

Aroma was hoppy, kind of run of the mill hop aroma. Pine at times.

Taste was standard, hoppy, bitter, caramel. Totally serviceable stuff. C hops, maybe something like Simcoe, doesn't impart any of the new tropical fruit hops at all.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh can courtesy of H1N1 with a bottled on date of 7/27/10

Enjoyed at Volo
Didn't see a brewed on date but the number stamped on the bottoms was B2310, so perhaps Feb 23rd, 2010?

A -A nice bright orange colour, slightly hazy. Half finger of bubbly white head.

S - The nose if bursting with citrus and floral hops. There are hints of grapefruit, orange and tropical fruit. This is probably the most robust and fresh nose I have ever experienced in an IPA.

T - Bitter hops up front with floral and citrus notes. The hops are bursting with juicy grapefruit and orange flavours and taste so fresh. There is also a nice malt balance providing a sweetness that really rounds out this beer perfectly. Some bitterness lingers in the finish. A well balanced IPA.

M - Medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - This ranks right up there with the best IPAs in the world.


Previous review from 7-31-10 from a can had at Volo in Toronto. Bottled on date of Feb 23, 2010, so this was 5 months old at the time of the review.

4.5 / 4.0 / 4.5 / 4.5 / 4.5

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, amber-bronze with a white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Big piny nose, with grass, tangerine & rind.

T: Tangerine, pine, nectarine and citrus rind, with some underlying malty goodness (not sweet, just some quality malt protein). Certainly balanced to the bitter side, but it's not at all harsh with their soft water. Plenty of hop flavour here!

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is smooth with a hint of hop acidity.

D: A sessionable IPA for any hop lover.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml Can - Thanks Swedes21!

Appearance - Clear amber/orange colour with an above average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops, pine, cookies

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels a little thin on the palette. There are lots of malts mixed with caramel and cookies. There are also notes of grapefruit, hops, and pine. The beer is a little bit more on the malty side than the fruity side however. It finishes with a lingering hop aftertaste.

Drink - I was really impressed with this one.. I'm not sure if it was due to the fact that it's in a can, but it reminded me a little bit of a Dale's Pale Ale, which I also really enjoy. It also reminded me a bit of a DFH 60min. It's well worth seeking out and it I wish it would make its way to the retail shelves of Ontario.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Racer IPA is slowly becoming noticed among beer geeks in both Canada and the US, and for good reason. I was lucky enough to try this growing giant at the source itself in Surrey, BC. On to the beer:

It's orange in color, and there are some strings of lacing sticking around in the glass. There's a healthy amount of fresh pine in the aroma which excites the beer drinker for what's next.

Red Racer IPA is filled with hops. clean, crisp hops! It's only a little bitter, which is nice. Floral notes exists too. The malt is crackery/biscuity. It's also a little sweet, which the best I can describe is like fruit infused hops with a sprinkle of sugar. It's very smooth in the mouth, and is a pleasure to drink.

Red Racer IPA lives up to the hype. A delicious beer that any any hophead would be a fool to turn down. The crazy thing is this wasn't the best IPA I tasted at Central City Brewing during my visit; you'll need to read my Double IPA review from that same brewery.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I got this in Philadelphia and the can reads as "Red Betty."

The beer comes in a dark rich amber, almost ruby color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has grapefruit, a bit of caramel malt, and tons of pine, some spiciness. A very clean hoppiness. Very deep dank pine in there and a bit of alcohol in the end.

The flavor starts of some caramel malt. Then there is just lots of grapefruit, dank pine, huge flavor, lots of lasting bitterness. A hop juiciness that keeps the beer clean and not too cloying bitter. This beer is very in your face with the pine and long bitterness.

I had this next to Bell's Two Hearted and preferred this. This is just a fantastic IPA. It packs tons of flavor and also has a good balance of hops and malt. For pine bombs, like Green Flash West Coast, this is where I think it is at. Just a world class IPA.

I had this blind next to Meadowlark IPA and Ithaca Flower Power. This one out with Flower Power in second.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of catty hops and orange citrus. The flavor is a little bit different. I get some resiny hops as well as some orange citrus and pine notes. The bitterness level is about medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 petermethot
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12 oz can. Pours a light amber with a soapy white head and a good amount of lace. Good clarity.

Smell: Bright aroma of orange marmalade, caramel malts, grapefruit. Christmas tree. Absolutely beautiful.

Taste: Solid pine upfront, very fresh tasting. Sappy, alittle grapefruit. Stinging bite. Hop oils coating the palate. Caramel malt backing and fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is perfect, finishes bitter and alittle dry.

Overall: Quite impressed. Kickass IPAs in Cans from Canada do happen apparently. I definately want more of this.

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

You know.... you take a look at this goofy looking, unpretentious looking can, and you think... you've got to be kidding me. Then you crack it open and take that first sniff....

The beer pours a fairly light orange amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is a pretty yummy smelling IPA. There is a bit more noticeable sweet malt in the background then I'd like to see, but otherwise there is considerable white pepper, celery salt, citrus and a touch of pine, showing off the hoppy bitterness in this beer. The blend of sweet malt with the hoppy bitterness gives this beer some interesting tropical fruit flavors. On the palate, this is an impressively bitter IPA, but there's still some noticeable sweet malt and alcohol on the finish that I'm not in love with. Still, there's no denying that this beer displays a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness that really dominates the flavor profile. The beer is made very much in the West Coast style, and is on the dry side for IPA's. Very, very nice. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though there's no denyig the flavor packed flavor profile. Also, the beer finishes with a nice clean, refreshing, crispness that I quite like. Drinkability is good, but there's something of an alcoholic bite in the finish that I'm not totally in love with.

Hmmmm.... I can see the similarity between this and Blind Pig, as a friend (Dyan) suggested. However, I just can't say it's quite in the same class with the pig. While undeniably excellent, it just doesn't have quite the level of bitter intensity that I love so much in Blind Pig. That being said, there is no doubt that this is a very good beer... after Surly's furious, probably the best beer I can ever recall drinking out of a can . Impressive.

Thanks Dyan!

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,107 ratings