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:
180
For Trade:
3
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I will qualify this review by saying that I have searched for this one for a while, as it has a stirling reputation but is not always easy to find in Alberta. I found a six-pack at a Superstore liquor outlet of all places. Maybe a holy grail type mindset will bias this review, but regardless here goes. Pours a really nice burnished orange-amber color, with the copper liquid giving way to epic quantities of pale foam if you are patient and avoid a sissy pour down the sides, and I recommend this as the aroma is something to behold. Strong grapefruit and mango meld with brown sugar and pepper, and a taste echoes these elements and then some. I get these aromas on the palate, along with a musky tropical note like guava, a bittersweet component that recalls licorice, orange breakfast crystals, and a dank weediness like so-called BC bud. An amazing amount of flower shop perfume. Add some camphor and pine elements (catty?) and a bit of a musty currant vibe and you get a pretty amazing complexity that renders this beer's accolades just. The finish is classic bitterness but not hop bomb rank ... I enjoy the latter approach in imperial IPAs but here see the refined finish as a positive. The bitter builds a bit as you go but does plateau and the sweetness of the malts remains firmly by its side. A nigh perfectly balanced treat that strikes English malt and American hop notes simultaneously, without causing the Revolutionary War. They brew this in Surrey? I suppose the holy grail is going to be found in the remote inhospitable jungle, not on an idyllic beach.
Edit: I am happy with this review but figured I'd mention that this one is getting easier to find. Rejoice!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml (no dating)
A: transparent, copper
S: fresh pine and caramel malt balance. Nice.
T: a hard bitterness dominates and lingers. Flavours are mostly malty but generally underwhelming so bitterness clearly dominates. With food, it cuts but doesn't compliment or contrast.
M: medium bodied.
O: The bitterness is really "in your face" and IMO the flavours aren't enough to create a balanced taste.

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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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