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:
1,095
Reviews:
489
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
181
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,095 |  Reviews: 489
Photo of Justin82
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of muttyd
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Bronze/orange pour with a thick foamy white head. Head settles to about a 1 inch thick head/ring.

S - Huge pine/earthy aroma mixed with sweet caramel/bready malts.

T - Follows the nose, as expected. Huge hop bite. Finishes with a slight astringency. Caramel malts balance out the piney hops, just perfectly.

M - Bubbly, chewy, and finishes very bitter.

D - Glad this one comes in a six pack. Very complex and full bodied, but still extremely drinkable.

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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 DrDogbeer
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the funky green can. Seriously looks like a juice or soda can. Pours a crystal clear orange/gold with a fluffy white head. Smell is wonderful west coast ipa pine and citrus love! Not an overpowering scent but lovely. Taste is similar to the aromas with lots of pine and grapefruit up front, but this one does not kill you with the bitterness. A sweet light malt backbone makes it insanely drinkable. Just a wonderful beer and I am stoked it is now available here!

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a proper carbonation. Good head with reasonable retention. Smells very sweet with crystal malts. Smelling and looking at this beer it seems like a hoppy red ale. Bitterness is strong but not obnoxious. I prefer a bit more flavor and aroma hops in a IPA. I do like the idea of IPA's in a can because opaque materials prevent any kind of skunking. Seems like it would help preserve the hops qualities. Decent IPA.

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

a-pours a nice orangy amber with a nice head.

s-Piney...citrus notes...very slight maltiness.

t-Dominated by hops...almost no malts coming through. The smell promises more sweetness than what is delivered.

m-thicker...in keeping with a 6.5 abv

o-great beer...I love it and will def go back to get more.

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Photo of mmmaaattt
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LanceH
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkFy
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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 Eric_Standard
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boralyl
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a huge puffy white head into a pint glass. The head sticks around forever and leaves some very nice lacing. The beer is clear and light golden-orange in color.

S - There are 2 dominate smells in the aroma the first is fresh pine and the 2nd is caramelized malts. It's not super strong, but it's enough so to give you a hint as to what the beer will taste like.

M - Light-medium in body and moderately carbonated. It's got a nice creamy feel to it.

T - The taste has a nice sturdy caramel malt backbone with just the right amount of pine and bitterness in the finish. There's nothing groundbreaking about the flavor, it's just very well put together.

A very well balanced IPA. It's got the perfect blend of ingredients to make a delicious beer. Additionally it comes in cans which makes it great to take to the pool, beach, or camping. I'd certainly recommend this beer to friends.

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Photo of FEUO
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SpillyBeers
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12fl oz can poured into my pint glass

The appearance is that of a medium copper color with a frothy slightly tan two inch head. Great head retention that subsides very slowly and leaves a thing blanket covering the top of the beer. Noticeable amount of scattered lacing cling to the sides of my glass.

Huge citrus aroma come luring your nose with dominate smells of grapefruit, peaches, passion fruit, and tangerines. Traces of pink bubblegum can be detected along with caramel malts.

Taste upfront is slightly sweet with citrus flavors of grapefruit and tangerines. Pine like bitterness hops builds up midway through the sweetness with caramel malts and that pink bubblegum taste finishing it off.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing and tasty aftertaste.

Overall this beer is highly drinkable and is pretty much an exact twin of another beer that comes in a green can. That beer is from Ska Brewing-Modus Hoperandi. If you love this beer then you MUST check out Modus Hoperandi and see for yourselves how exact these two beers are.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a standard pint.

A hard pour results in two fingers of off white, rocky foam. The haed dissipates slowly leaving a quarter inch coaster on top adn some decent lacing. The beer is a hazy golden, orange color. Looks good!

The aroma is citrus fruit forward with a hint of sweet sugar cookie. I'm getting notes of orange, mango, and tangerine. I also detect some floral characteristics. Nice.

The taste mirrors the nose. Juicy citrus takes center stage here, with distinct orange and tangerine flavors. Mild bitterness is present, but it is balanced nicely by the malt profile. Pine is largely absent in this one, but the refreshing citrus character of this brew makes up for it in spades. Super tasty!

The beer is medium bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation. It doesn't quite achieve the creamy quality of say, Sculpin, but it is quite pleasant nonetheless.

Drinkability is excellent. If I had to describe this beer in one word I would have to say it is "delicious". I am really enjoying this one. Wish it was available within driving distance, because I would drive to keep a couple of sixers of this in my fridge.

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Photo of Idrankthat
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of JayAre46
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shout out to RUTAGER for this 6 of red racceeaaa BIG ups to him.

first off what a can, vintage look with a slick red head just killing it on the fat tire, feet not even on the pedals son!
A - Pours an off white 1 1/2 finger head that recedes to sticky bubbles and a sheet supported by angry bubbles shooting to the top. Some rings, some spider webs, lacing of the lost bubbles. Translucent burnt orange head with some golden streamers streaming streamlessly. don't judge me.

A - fresh hops, we've got some pine here, we've got some citrus, its tangy its grapefruit, slightly sweet malt backbone to help control the hop aromas. I like the hop aromas maybe i want a little more cascade or others, i don't want control sometimes i want some anarchy driven hops that say fuck off, control this...keep em coming people.

T - very pale bready crystal malts also hints of a caramel background, hops follow the nose strong grapefruit and some pine present sweet and tangy fruits i want to say pineapple but i don't think thats it, its too subtle. Slight bitter finish and very crisp with a complimentary carbonation level, at first i felt the carbonation was too high but it creates a crisp finish that pushes this to one of the most refreshing ipa's i've had. Alcohol is not present.

M - Light to medium body, carbonation is at its peak, prickly. The hops linger, showing loyalty of a Gah Damn dragon there to the end for that awesome hop breath you want to breathe in the faces of new borns and watch them pucker. Mouth open = random flying hop dragons spreading the love, slapping faces until they sleep, then sip and reload son. AAAHHH YOU DIG IT THE MOST!!!

O - As smooth as it gets with this carbonation, well rounded ipa nothing messy or overbearing. This is my first red racer i told myself im having one, i just cracked the second one open. Whatever. Extremely refreshing very easy to drink, I could drink 6 of these and the last would be as good as the first, if i could get this on the reg. it would be a constant in my fridge. "This is such a good IPA, its the best IPA in the world" just imagine tony montana saying that, its what im doing.

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Photo of mjacquard
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of 604growler
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canada finally has a serious contributor to the American IPA style. Thank you Central City Brewing.

The aroma is strong citrus. As soon as you smell it you know you're in for a treat. It's fruity at the front end, and strong hops finish off the back end. It goes down smooth and leaves you wanting another. The growler is better suited to the beer than the can, but if all you can get is the can, it will only take away a fraction of the enjoyment.

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Photo of eagles22
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: beautiful white color head with deep orange body

Smell:grapefruits!! and lots of other citrus fruits such as oranges, pineapples and somewhat appple like,

Taste: awesome upfront citrus blast with a nice bitter finish at the end..just enough malt backbone to make it somewhat balanced.

Mouthfeel:very thick and oily from the hops i love it!!

Drinkability: all day!!

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,095 ratings.
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