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 | website

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
Reviews:
482
Ratings:
1,072
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
14.89%
 
 
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197
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165
For Trade:
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Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

review from notes

Pours a lighter copper orange with a foamy white head, leaving some filmy lacing on the glass.

Juicy, piny hops with a bit of tropical fruit and sweeter malt in the nose.

Biting hops right up front, coupled with lighter caramel malt. Continues with some juicier hoppiness and more citrusy fruit notes, although the malty backbone stays present throughout the profile. Finishes very dry and bitter.

Medium body, lingering dryness and sticky feel. Easy to drink and abv is masked well, although I'd like some more complexity in the flavor.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-the pour gives hints of hop haze, mostly clear though, deep orangish amber color with hues of copper shining through. A white head is slightly thin; but nice and fluffy looking. It has decent retention and leaves a thick trail of lace that falls down right behind the head

S-this is big and juicy with tons of tropical fruits in the nose. Grapefruit, mango, and pineapple are strong with a light piney backbone

T-the taste is big and hoppy just like the nose. The is present but very light. Tropical fruits are strong with pineapple, mango towards the middle giving wayto a sweet and bitter grapefruit taste. Notes of herbal hops and grassy notes come in at the back as the bitterness from the grapefruit lingers for a moment

M-extremely creamy with a big medium body, very smooth with a great crisp finish from a well carbonated brew. This is juicy and wet but somehow slightly dry at the finish

D-this goes down so easy, great beer and one of the best IPA's out there. Hop lovers dream that doesn't let up with a great body and feel.

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

Pours pale hazy amber-gold with a stiff, rocky head that leaves solid creamy sheets. Sinus clearing resin, orange and skunk nose - I'd be hard pressed to know I was sniffing fresh Centennial hops. Lemon sorbet and papaya malts - just enough to balance, the hops are trying to poke through from the start - with dueling pine, grapefruit and pineapple hops. Lingering citrus bitterness. Light to medium, creamy, soft and round, no burn.

Never seen every single angle of the C-hops working so well in the same beer. Brings hefty hops in both flavor and IBUs, yet somehow drinks as light as SNPA.

Reputation deserved - a bit of a wonder in a can.

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Photo of papat444
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my aunt who lives in Surrey for buying a sixer of this and to my brother for bringing it back for me on a recent trip he did out there. Enjoyed this last night.

Poured from a 355ml. can.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange body that's semi-clear with a huge foamy head that lasts quite long and clings to the glass with ease.

Smell: Some definite piney goodness with some citrus and a touch of sweetness at the end. A bit of resin and caramel(?). The aroma is unrelenting and is probably the best feature of this beer. An IPA cannot smell better.

Taste: Not as bitter as i would have thought and that surprised me a little. Still, the taste is solid with some ripe mango, a reserved pine presence and a lip smacking finish. Some rind a little near the end like licking the peel of a lemon or lime and just a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth actually and not at all the hop bomb i thought it would be. It has a sticky, resin-like feel to it but in a good way.

Drinkability: Drinks very easily for sure. So very good and bitterness is low so no impediment there.

Overall: Everything about this brew is controled. I'm a bit torn because it's not the intense hop bomb i expected so i was going to give it a slightly lower mark but i can't really fault it either because it tastes like a well balanced IPA should taste like. I like it a lot and i'm glad i have a few more.

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

A crystal clear light amber color with lots of bubble action with a goodly off-white head and very nice lacing. The aroma is a stiff shot of citrus hops, a bit sharp with nice yeasty bread/sweet roll balance. The flavor that follows is definitely more of the same. Bright glorious citrus bite, mid-bodied and frisky carbonation. Very easy drinking but lots of hops here. I get some rice cereal graininess, a tad sweet but mostly sour dough and grapefruit. If you want a little hop blast, you'll be very happy. I liked this and see this as one of the better canned brews I've had and right up there with any of my preferred IPA's. I'm impressed.

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Photo of mynie
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours... red. Ha-cha.

Smells bready, doughy, yeasty, and then floral hoppy. Big grapefruit and orange hops bounce wonderfully against the chewy malt.

Tastes fantastic, an absolutely perfect exemplar of the style! The malt is big, bready, and assertive--almost like Rogue's double IPA, the yeast complexities are actually a big, intentional part of the beer's pallet. There's neat stuff going on here that's not hop-related!!

It's been a while since I've come across an IPA like this, where the malt profile is as aggressive and adventurous as the hops. This requires that the beer be hopped expertly--not excessively--and that is apparently out of bounds for most brewers these days.

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Photo of Brenden
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Steve (a74gent) for thinking of me and grabbing me this while picking me up an entirely different beer.

This one is a real beauty in the glass. A very nice bright opaque beer shifts from gold to amber to nearly copper depending on the light. A big head stands and, when settled, remains 3 fingers tall, rocky and dense, and when at the end it's fully and finally settled, and island of head I could set a pebble on remains. This beauty of a head leaves lots of lacing behind. If there were smaller grading increments, this would be more like a 4.6, but a 4.5 will suffice.
Lots of pungent hops in the nose with a touch of caramel malts. Given the flavor of this fantastic brew, I was surprised I didn't get a bit more out of the aroma.
This is where it's at. Hops are beautiful, with lots of bright bittersweet citrus blending with raw, earthy grassy and herbal notes and further mixing with a pure, raw pine. There's also a fantastic malty balance that finds the very difficult place between failing to properly balance and detracting from the hops dominance. Very well done with the caramel malts here and the delicious blend of hops. Where this really pulls through is in a very nice lingering semi-dry finish in which all the flavors come together very nicely. Let this one warm just a touch and you'll get a very nice caramel sweetness pulling up front before giving way to the hops.
As stated, this is a semi-dry beer in the feel. It's medium-bodied and smooth with active carbonation but not spritzed.
This beer is absolutely as delicious as I'd hoped it would be and at 6.5% what could detract from the drinkability?

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

even more thanks for DaftCaskBC for another canadian ipa!

a - cracked the can and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. brew poured a transparent soft orange with a generouse frothy ipa head. slow carbonation swam to the surface. as the head faded, chunky milkshake like lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

s - soft and subtle, but a sweet fruity citric kick. not sweaty. more candy. more orange peel than piny. nice, but i'm more of a sticky sweaty piny hop smell fan.

t - rather interesting and unique. on the sweet and candy side of the ipa universe. not piny or sweaty at all. finishes a bit bitter.

m - heavy carbonation. bitter tingles. coats the mouth.

o - overall a nice ipa, but on the sweeter side of the spectrum which for me is enjoyable, but not the top of the heap. good solid beer, worth seeking out...if it was local, i'd definitely have this in the rotation, but not something i'll be actively seeking out regularly in the trade market. glad i tried it.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was finally able to get my hands on a 6'er of this. Very much anticipated and definitely managed to meet and exceed my expectations.

A - Slightly foggy golden copper/orange, pouring a thin layer of head with a solid lacing ring.

S - Sweet pine needles and cedar sprigs, with a surprisingly strong citrus finish.

T - Super sweet citrus with a very bitter finish. I was quite surprised by the hop bomb that this can concealed. I had developed some expectations, and they were more than achieved. Lemon citrus, with some noticeable alcohol content, and a gin-like finish. Very delicious balance.

M - Mouthfeel was a bit heavier than I would have expected, but still reasonably light.

D - Very delicious and highly recommended to any IPA fan. At $17.00 per 6-pack it's a little on the pricey side, but well worth it. Very glad to have this in Alberta!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, pine hops and a small orange citrus under there somewhere. In the taste, dry pine hops and dry orange citrus rinds, with a nice clean and mellow maltiness. A hop bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, orange citrus in the aftertaste. Big hops and mellow malt backing, dig it!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with macmaster761.

A - Pours into the glass with a nice foamy head that had good retention. Fantastic stick and lacing on the sides. Clear, dark amber color, very impressive looking beer.

S - Lots of piney hops with a bit of resin, huge smell on this one. Floral, a bit of grapefruit, and a strong citrusy orange and pineapple smell. Even my non-beer roommate picked this out. Very good.

T - Some tropical notes and a bit of pine, the sweet fruit helps it from becoming too piney. Nice malty backbone. I think this is a fantastic IPA. Little bit of bitter resin at the end.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation, little sticky.

D - Goes down easy, can do a lot of these and enjoy them.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into Duvel tulip. Thanks to my bubby for thinking of me on his trip to Canada.

A: Pours a clear dark orange with about a finger of off white head that receded into a thin bubbly film that left really good lacing down the glass.
S: Nose is full of citrus hops, dank herbal notes, and some sweet caramel malt.
T: Clean and crisp flavors of herbal and bitter citrus hops. Sweet malt undertones and a touch of exotic fruits tie everything together. Finish is bitter but not outrageous.
M: Medium body, watery mouth with very low carbonation. A touch of chewy viscosity saves it.
D: An above average IPA. Pretty easy to drink, and I wouldn't mind having a few of these now and again. Not something I'd really seek out though.

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

A: Pours a hazy amber with a good sized fluffy white head. Fades slowly with great retention but the lacing is so-so.

S: Wonderfully sharp tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple and mango mixes with a nice grapefruit. Very nice sweet caramel malt helps balance it out.

T: Tastes follow the nose. Tropical fruit up front with the pineapple and mango primarily. Maybe a hint of tangerine? There is some bitter grapefruit and maybe just a hint of pine. Mild caramel malt helps balance a bit but overall it's quite hop-forward and bitter. Quite drying in the aftertaste with a bit of pine and resin.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a little drying.

O: A very nice IPA that I had never even heard of before until I stumbled upon it by accident. Great hop variety, sharp bitterness and some caramel to smooth it all out.

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

Best before Feb 13, 2012.

Pours a nice amber/coper colour, with a thick, frothy off-white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is full of hops. Citrus, pine and cedar- a rather woodsy scent. Clearly an IPA as soon as the can is cracked- the smell was striking from the outset. Actually, I found the smell to be extremely noticeable at first, and less so afterward. which is unusual for me.

Taste is great- a very good American IPA. Pine, grapefruit and orange; an ever-present bitterness that is just right. A bit of a malty backbone with a hint of caramel. Bitter aftertaste lasts for a long while.

Mouthfeel is good- moderate to high carbonation, medium bodied. A bit of an oily feel.

A really good IPA. I can see why this stuff sold out of the LCBO so quickly. I hope we can start seeing it here more regularly- could easily become a staple for me!

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can (canned 4/8/11) poured into a balloon tulip

A: Pours a golden light-copper/bronze, mostly clear. Nearly two fingers of eggshell colored head, foamy. Good lacing.

S: Huge tangerine, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot with plenty of pine, caramel. This nose rivals any IPA and most DIPA.

T: All that tropical fruit is present right on the tip of the tongue with a very clean and balanced pine right behind it. Middle is fairly light base of lightly toasted malt with just a little caramel sweetness, just enough to balance out the bitterness. Finish is citrus and bitter resins. Definitely a hop-forward beer, the malt body is fairly thin and isn't very sweet, allowing the hops to shine.

M: Fairly light body, moderate to slightly high carbonation for the style. Despite the light body, this is extremely resinous, almost to the point of drinking pine sap. It's very crisp and seemingly refreshing, despite all the bitter resins.

O: While I probably prefer a little more body and sweetness, this is one of the most refreshing, yet extremely resinous IPAs I've had, with plenty of tropical fruit to boot. While a little on the pricey side ($11.99 for a 6-pack I believe), it's one of the best IPAs on the market.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Canned craft from Canada. With the crack of the can, the hops permeate the nose with grapefruit rind, cedar, orange zest, musk, sweet pipe tobacco and some evergreen sap. Clear brassy look going on. Creamy, fluffy medium body pops with a bit of crispness. Hops jump on the taste buds like white on rice, and they are quite aggressive as well, with a high-reaching bitterness and citric rind flavor that gets right to the point. Peach and passionfruit ripeness with some dry toasted maltiness. Bitterness and hop flavor keeps on raking the palate far into the aftertaste. This no-nonsense IPA is hardcore, clean and drinkable.

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Photo of argock
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at The Wood Restaurant (Canmore, AB).

A: Pleasing light honey-amber (not red) with 1/2-finger of light beige tightly bubbled head with good retention and a shade of intricate lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Big, bright grapefruit, pine resin, dank-musky, fruity, and floral aromas with a light-medium caramel note and clean ester and alcohol free profile. Very fresh aroma all the way around.

T: The aroma profile transfers elegantly to the flavor with a great mix of musky, dankness, pine resin, and graepfruit-passionfruit-pineapple fruitiness in the hopping. The name fools you because this is not a red IPA - it is a full blooded West Coast American IPA with a clean, slightly bready maltiness that provides a slight grainy edge which really works with the heavyweight hopping. Clean with no yeast or alcohol character -- really a well-formulated and crafted brew.

M: Clean and dry with light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable -- could have easily had 2-3 imperial pints of this brew.

O: I was really glad to have the chance to have this brew -- I had not read about it at all, but if I had I would have sought it out. I feel fortunate at it is a pure pleasure to drink with big hoppy aroma and flavor laid down on a superb malt backbone -- a bit of flavor but mostly a supporting structure for some fresh hopping, some of the freshest I have had, with a dry finish. It reminds me a lot of a Pliny Jr. to be honest. Really an exceptional beer.

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

12 oz can (thanks Thorpe429!) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, bright reddish-amber with a moderate column of carbonation leading up to a 3/4" head of fine tan foam; average retention and a good amount of spotty lace. Great looking beer, and just the color I like from an IPA.

S: Fresh hoppy aroma is mainly floral and piney, with just a hint of caramel malt backing it up. Pleasant and straightforward, but not particularly deep or complex.

T: Terrific, zesty explosion of hops up front - hugely floral, with some pine and citrus as well - followed by some pretty dry, almost biscuity malt before the intensely bitter finish. It's breathtaking right up until a bit of astringency creeps in on the aftertaste, but this is a pretty minor quibble. Delicious IPA.

M: The body is a bit on the light side of medium, with soft, moderate carbonation. Pretty good.

D: The overly bitter aftertaste continues to bother me, but this beer is tasty enough to transcend such complaints. I could easily and gladly drink more of these.

Notes: I've been wanting to try this one for a while, and lo and behold Thorpe429 hooked me up with a can as an extra. Unlike the UPS driver who broke the growlers I sent him, this beer did not disappoint. It was fun to try a West Coast IPA that wasn't from CA. Good stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, so I've heard some grumbling about this beer and was excited to give it a try. I actually love that it comes in a can.

We are off to a good start here. Pours with a beautiful creamy off white head with excellent retention and structure. Bright orange amber in color with excellent clarity. Clumps of lacing everywhere. On the last pour from the can some dark floaters went into my glass. They slowly made their way to the bottom of the glass. More than just sediment, which usually mixes into the beer and makes it hazy. These were larger and sank.

Aroma is fantastic and fresh. Huge perfume like hop presence. I think I'm getting more pine resin type aromas along with some grapefruit peel. A whiff of alcohol. Almost reminds me more of a DPA vs. a standard.

Wow, excellent IPA. Living up to the comments I heard. Still feels a little more assertive for a 6.5% ABV, but quite nice. Juicy hop explosion. Lots of fruity esters and a bit of cracker malt breadiness. The hop punch is big/fresh and wonderful.

Body is light, but hops make the mouth feel large! Wonderful.

This is a great IPA and just made my regular purchase list. For a hop head this is fantastic. Great IPA!

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Photo of jsh420
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

pours cloudy copper orange with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smell is strong like a dipa - salty grapefruit pine hop resin

taste is much lighter then you would think from the nose - good balance of grapefruit and sweet malt but with plenty of bitterness

mouthfeel - i do not know if was the can but the beer is almost flat

drinkability - great nose good flavors outweighs the beer being flat

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

a: from the can into a tiny hotel water glass because the Brooklyn snifter (RIP) bit the dust last night in an unfortunate accident, light maple amber in color with an average head, light retention

s: bready caramel body, of modest sweetness under the balancing influence of pale base malts, nice potent hop aroma - mostly dark green pine and sweet citrus, but still in line with the malt profile, tangerine or clementine

m: carbonation on the low end, body on the lighter side of medium

t: caramel structure thinned with pale malts as to not be very thick or sweet, a touch of toasted bread, more sweet citrus, big hops of mostly west coast pine impart a nice sappy bitter to the finish, good stuff

d: a quality ipa, but it's a bit of a mystery as to where the A came from, others note the same good aromas and flavors I've found - but the intensity they found just isn't there for me

saw loads of this up in Canada this month, but picked up this single from OUaV, Richmond

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Photo of MDDMD
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, malt, pine, hint of floral

T-bready malt, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, pine, light herbal and mild to moderate bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, but not as much forward hop flavor as I prefer

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Photo of Jeffo
3.49/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO while at home last summer.

From a 355ml can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with good retention. Head fades slowly to a splotchy wisp and ring. Clear burnt orange in color with a few floaties and no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Same as their ESB really.

SMELL: Lots of pale malts, caramel and honeydew melon, with nice notes of grapefruit. Very nice citrus aromas and bold enough as well.

TASE: Pale malts, caramel malts, with lots of bitter floral hops and pine notes at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish with lots of bitter floral hops and pine flavors, then just a hint of caramel sweetness as balance. Nice stuff, though the flavor is a little more one dimensional than the nose. Caramel and floral, piney hops.

PALATE: Lighter body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, too light really, a bit airy going down, and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Too light and carbonated for the style. Same as their ESB, though a touch oilier perhaps.

OVERALL: The palate is a little too weak in my book and the hop profile is not exactly my style, but I can see how this one gets so much praise, as it is definitely a well-made beer. For my tastes, I'll take Nickelbrook's Headstock IPA while at home, but it doesn't surprise me that this one is so popular. Worth checking out for sure. Recommended.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy orange in color, light tan finger of fluffy head adorns, leaving nice little spiderwebs as it goes down.

Smell is very nice, ample bitterness, nice citrus, and a pleasant bouquet of floral, earthy hops. Slight malt undertones lend to the good balance.

Taste is initially citrus sweet, moving sharply to a raw bitter palate. The bitter lingers a bit, turning rather piny and woodsy. Mid way through the slight sweet malts give a breather in between nice hop finishes.

Feel is slightly crisp, with good carbonation levels, a little bit of a velvety finish, upper-light in body as a whole.

Drinkability; exceptional.

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Photo of kwjd
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich copper colour with great head and lacing down the glass. The glass is just coated with lacing. Smell is a blast of piney hops, with some citrus coming through. Taste is just a hop blast of juicy hops and pine oil resin, but it has caramel malt backbone in there too. Carbonation is spot on. I bought 48 of these through a private order to Ontario and I am going to have no issue finishing these off.

This isn't just the best Canadian single IPA I've had, it may be the best one I've had period.

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.
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