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

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Reviews:
489
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
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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 pdoran10
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light amber color into a snifter. Half a finger of head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is big, bright grapefruit citrus.

Taste is more bitter grapefruit citrus and a slight pine flavor mixed with a slight roasted grain taste that seems to perfectly complement the hops. If you like grapefruit hop flavor, this is the beer for you.

Mouthfeel is reasonably dry with a good amount of substance from the roasted malt. Moderate carbonation.

One of the more intense grapefruit hop flavors I have gotten from a beer ever. Really nice hop flavor with a roasted grain profile that works well. A surprisingly amazing IPA. I had samples of FW Double Jack and Port Mongo before this and Red Racer stood out as the best and most flavorful.

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Photo of Sensaray
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/4 inch big bubbled foamy off white head with clear amber body.

Huge fresh hop aromas in this. Citrus and pine are most dominant. Slight sense of a sweetish caramel-y malt. Tropical notes hit here too, i get pineapple.

Hop spice followed by a caramel malt with the citrus finishing big with hops that linger to bitter close.

Very smooth mouthfeel light side of medium. Dry finish.

Delcious beer. Happy with the abundance of hops and the lingering bitter close, that has a hint of sweetness. Lots of taste packed in that can.

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

A: 1/2" of soapy cream coloured head that dissipated over about 2 minutes. The beer itself is amber coloured with excellent clarity.

S: Floral hops, pine hops.

T: Bitter and powerful floral hop taste that hits you immediately then quickly disappears to leave a slightly boozy and smooth finish. Very clean tasting.

M: Medium carbonation with a soapy feel to it.

O: The word that comes to my mind is "interesting". Compared to other IPAs I have had, it is very distinct in the usage of the hops and leaves a good impression. I wouldn't call it well balanced like some other IPAs, but that is extremely forgivable because of the unique and interesting taste.

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

Pours a bright, deep orange with a solid bone-white head that lasts well and leaves plenty of lacing. Big tropical nose, with mango and orange, notes of pineapple and cold menthol. Awesome. Taste is piney and bitter, with those fruity notes coming through well and a long finish. Crisp and well-carbonated, brilliantly drinkable. Just a fantastic IPA, really well put-together. One of my go-to beers, especially given that it comes in cans and is thus compatible with a day of sailing.

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Photo of vespahulb
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is the second time i've bought a 4-pack and it still delivers. As in most things in life, it's all about balance. When a beer such as this one achieves such a beautiful amalgamation of bitterness, body and flavor in perfect harmony, yet only boasts 6.5%, it's hard to forget.

In the nose, really bright and fresh, resiny pine, pithy grapefruit and a touch sweet and toasty malts.

In the mouth, all of the flavors in the nose follow through. First a staunch bitterness with a bit of pithy lemon and grapefruit, followed by a resinous mouthfeel. In the finish, the beer has great acidity that cleanses the palate and makes you want to drink more. The dude abides.

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

$3 pints at The Cottage! Hell yeah! Totally worth telling the wife I needed to run to the grocery store.

Seems just like I remembered-- the pint is opaque, so I cannot comment on the color, but the pacing and retention are nice.

Grapefruity hops hit the nose with some nice sweet malts as well.

Taste has some sweet malts with great grapefruit and citrus hops. The beer is very well-balanced, and has a great assertive bitterness that I love. Bitterness with lots of flavor is a perfect way to make an ipa.

Body is nicely medium with great carbonation.

Overall-- just a fantastic beer. I couldn't pass up a chance to try this on tap. This is one of my go-to canned beers.

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Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden/brownish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus and hops, considerable bitterness. Taste is very flavorfull, citrus with lots of hops. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- One inch head on top of a clear, dark gold/light-ruby beer. Above average lacing and decent head retention.

S- Very tropical fruit smelling, can smell this 18 inches away from the pour.

T- More citrus than subdued but present pine...great hop bite.

M- Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Slighty over-priced at $9 a four pack (12 ounce cans), a good beer none-the-less. The best IPA in a can that I CAN get on a semi-regular basis...would be good in the summer outdoors. Thanks CANada.

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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 Bierlerner
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop bomb in a can

A- Pours a clear copper hue. 1 finger head that doesn't fall too fast. Mild lacing.

S- Wow! Hop forward presence bites the nose. Light fruit and huge pine right up front makes my mouth water. Awesome.

T- Again, light fruit....pineapple, maybe mango, etc. Dominated by the hops. Right up front. Grabs ya and no going back. With each sip, your mouth puckers a bit, but the light fruity background holds it all together for a great experience. Lots of pine and resin. Very enjoyable.

M- Medium to light body. A bit oily and sticky making the hops linger around a while.

O- 6.5%, supper hoppy with great hints of light fruit, in a can, etc. Makes this an excellent beer. Wow. Good stuff.

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Photo of cjoc83
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Stella Artois chalice. Brewing date is listed on the bottom as 4/27/11.

Pour leaves about a 2 fingers of off-white, creamy head that dissipates into a frothy layer as the beer wears on, but some nice lace is happening. A nice burnt amber/orange color with some hazyness. Very nice looking beer.

Wow...potent smell! Grapefruit, mango, and pine are apparent upfront with a faint hint of malt backbone.

Taste follows the nose pretty closely. A big hop-bite of grapefruit, mango, and maybe some peach on the front end, then mellows a bit with some caramel and mildly sweet malt, then finishes with more citric hops and some pine. A really hop-forward, tasty IPA. Almost tastes like a double IPA with the heady hop profile. Can bring a few IPA's to mind that if compared to this, would taste like a pale.

On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a pretty clean, dry finish. Some piney hops linger for a little.

Overall this was an excellent IPA. Super hop-forward but with enough malts to balance it out. Pretty much everything I want in an IPA is here. Being able to get sixers of this at my local bottle shop for $12 ain't bad, either.

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Photo of Fluke828
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a cervoise-ish style glass.
Canned on what would appear to be April 8th, 2011.

A-> Pours a pretty clear (filtered?) copper/orange blend of a color with about a half finger head and little retention with some good lacing.

S-> Smells immediately of fruit. Getting some good citrus as well as some pine and a pinch of some sweet malt somewhere in there.

T-> Nice, crisp pine hop bite mixed with the citrus fruits from the nose make for a pleasant and balanced flavor. Malts are very much on the back-burner in this one although not completely undetectable.

M-> Good carbonation and definitely on the lighter end of medium bodied spectrum, if not light-bodied for an IPA. Leaves a nice bitter taste behind that isn't unpleasant. Very refreshing

O-> Glad I finally got to visit this one. Don't really try too many beers from America's Hat and this one certainly did not dissapoint!

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

Color is a clear bronze with very nice bubbling, two finger head after the pour, and a thick foam of white.

Citric hop leaf and resin aroma matched with a little toasted malt.

The taste starts with orange rind bitterness and a few flowers and grass. The middle has some of the toasted biscuit. The finish goes back to the citric orange peel flavors. The bitterness of this beer adds to the resiny palate.. The bitterness lingers slowly after each swallow. Pretty bitter, which I like, but not on the top of my sessionable IPA's. Still worth trying for any IPA fan and worth recommending.

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Photo of ChugginOil
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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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear copper, kinda minimal diminishing offf white head.
S: toffeeish malts...not my preference for the style. Also spicy, piney/resiny hops with a touch of grapefruit.
T: lightly sweet toffeeish malts are quickly and fully washed out by a sharp and rather astringent aspirin-like hop bitterness. Finishes dry.
M: the tannic quality lingers. Light to medium body seems a touch thin. Soft carbonation.
O: I was expecting to like this more...I can see how others do, it just doesn't hit my preferences for the style.

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Photo of tapman
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light-moderate yellow-orange color, crystal clear, moderate carbonation and a giant, cream of wheat head.

Grassy, soapy, piney hops with a light toasty caramel underneath. Smells very clean with slight, bright vegetation.

Everything that is in the nose, with the additional of sweet bubblegum immediately as you sip and a spicier malt profile. Rye? Sticky in the finish and very resinous.

Very bright and harshly carbonated.

A very good IPA, though very piney in the finish and a little sticky, though I like the abv% where it is. 7% can be a little high if not brewed right and 5% often times results in an unbalanced IPA.

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Photo of mcallister
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a small white head leaving some lace behind.

Nose of resinous juicy hops oils. Citrusy with grapefruit, orange, mineral, pine, grass, toffee malts, and a bit of cereal grain.

Much more piney and forest fur in the mouth. A nutty character on the finish with layered malts. Toffee, caramel, cereal and biscuit. Citrus is subdued from the nose but show slightly in the middle. Never had an IPA with this much nut character.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing a fresh one of these with all present

This beer looks a touch on the pale side of golden, but there is a frothy white head that looks rather inviting. The aroma is quite hop-filled. I believe that there is a lot of amarillo hops on the nose, but I've been wrong before when naming hops. The taste is quite herbal and grassy with a touch of citrus finish. There seems to be what I believe is cascade hops for bittering. I find that I like the usage of cascade hops in most IPAs. This is a very good beer and I would go back for more if I could more often guarantee it's freshness.

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

Enjoyed this fine beer courtesy of Rutager. Thanks again! Poured from the can into a tulip. Beer has a very nice light orange color and a thick, creamy off white head that dissipates very quickly, leaving lots of bubbly lacing. Smells of pine with some citrus flavors (predominantly orange and tangerine). Medium bodied and crisp with good carbonation. Taste starts with notes of pine and transitions to a rich, mid-palate sweetness (honey) and a touch of malt. Very well-balanced. Finish is amazingly long and pleasantly bitter. If I had regular access to this beer, it would always be in my fridge. The best canned IPA I've had the pleasure of trying, with the exception of Surly Abrasive. Good stuff.

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

Pours a clear golden orange with a one finger soapy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Looks pretty good.

In the nose I get some bready malts, grapefruit, other citrus, as well as some tropical fruit. While the citrus notes are prominent, there is a definite sweeter malt note and a strong tropical fruit note that brings to mind mango. I also get a slight piney/resiny note.

As far as taste goes I get less citrus than in the smell and more pine notes followed by a nice bready caramel malt. Of course, there is some citrus and tropical fruit present, but they play more of a supportive role. The supportive role is played by citrus in the bitterness, and tropical fruit backing up the caramel malt sweetness. There is also definitely an orange sweetness in this beer. Very well balanced beer, although not perhaps the most mindblowing.

Mouthfeel is very medium bodied and a touch sticky. I would prefer if this were just a bit drier, but the mouthfeel is still good.

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Photo of Rutager
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100th review. Poured in to my Red Racer pint glass. This has got to be the best beer logo around!!

Appearance. Pours a clear, almost glowing, deep golden amber with two full fingers of the thickest, dense, sticky looking, off white head that lasts a while and leaves beautiful bands and curtains of lace.

Smell. Huge piney hops with some sweet caramel and light toasted grains backing it up. Some yellow grapefruit and other light citrus notes with a hint of yeast funk.

Taste. Starts with nice caramel and light toasted grains. Grapefruit hops start to kick in and bitterness begins to build. More citrus fruit and pine sap with just a little mango. Finishes grassy, piney and bitter ...lasting, awesome bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium, smooth carbonation. Crisp and clean, alcohol well hidden.

Overall. I love this stuff. I've drank it hundreds of times in cans, pints, and cask pours and it never fails to amaze me.

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