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

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)
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92.1%
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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
Ranking:
#935
Reviews:
489
Ratings:
1,097
Liked:
1,010
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
9.93%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
195
Gots:
184
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,097 |  Reviews: 489
Photo of TCgoalie
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to zoso1967 for this tasty treat.

Pours yellow orange with a lovely white foam head 1 finger thick. The brew is clear showing off all of its carbonation. Lacing is very good leaving thick blobs above the liquid level.

Lots of orange citrus comes through in the scent. Ample malts back the citrus smells providing a muted balanced smell.

There is plenty of orange and grapefruit up front with a large malt backbone covering up a lot of the bitterness. The balance is superb.

Rich and creamy in the mouth with a full feel. The aftertaste is clean and is not too drying. It leaves my mouth feeling very satisfied.

This is a very drinkable brew worthy of high praise in its class. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a rich orange hue with the slightest sudsy white head. Halfway through the pour I feared that the can was still.

Smell -- Things are getting better. Pine resin wafts from the glass along with tangerine, split grapefruit and a bit of green onion.

Taste -- Definitely the highpoint of this offering. Citrus zest, grapefruit pith, sticky tropical fruit, peach and apricot, and a hearty dose of resinous hop bitterness. Caramel malt backbone is gently sweet, giving those juicy/zesty hop notes a nudge closer to the forefront. Lingering flavors of peach nectar and resin. All in all, quite balanced.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light with mild carbonation. Canning issues?

Drinkability -- Man, I was really hoping to love this one. I really needed a top-notch IPA tonight and this one left me wanting slightly. The flavor was on the money, but the carbonation was woeful: no head and a very still mouthfeel. If the carbonation were bumped up I'd say this would be a top-tier American IPA, but it is what it is.

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Photo of peensteen
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to northyorksammy for this one.

Pours a cloudy amber that almost looks like a peach colour because of the haze, 1/4" white head. Smells strongly of citrus, grapefruit is the most front and center, bit hop presence in the nose. Tastes of citrusy hops, nice dry bitterness that finished long and left a slight taste of white grape...very, very nice. Nice slick medium mouthful, very drinkable and overall outstanding IPA.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355 ml can poured in a pint glass. Bought at Willow Park main store in Calgary.

Cloudy amber colour. Off-white head is 1/4 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge. Spots of lacing here and here.

Delicious aroma of citrus hops and caramel malts. Grapefruit and lemon with caramel sweetness.

Grapefruit hops through and through with hints of caramel and toffee in the start and middle to balance it out. Bitter cascade hop finish is long and luscious. A great example of how a beer can be a hop bomb without obliterating your tastebuds.

Medium bodied and smooth with a slight oily texture. Very little pin pricks of carbonation.

Quite possibly the best American IPA I've ever had. Loaded with full, lush flavours without overpowering your senses. I wish this beer was available in my area!

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Photo of Birchgrove77
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Glarus nonic glass.

A- Pours a beautiful, clear amber/orange color with a very thin white head. Very few bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Upon drinking some very nice lacing is present.

S- Initially, a very resinous fresh pine aroma that gives way to some citrus pithiness.

T- Hop forward bitterness gives way to a nice maltiness. Bitterness starts out a bit piney, but gives way to some tangerine and grapefruit notes. Actually, a touch of clementine pithiness exists as well. Malt is apparent and provides a nice sweetness. Hoppiness isn't as dominant as I had expected, possibly low turnover at my local store.

M- Lack of carbonation leaves a little to much sweetness on the palate. Thinking the acidity of carbonation would improve this beer.

D- A nice IPA, but neither the hoppiness doesn't make this memorable. Very well could be a pour package with the noticeable lack of carbonation. Will definitely revisit and see if there is a better example.

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Photo of psiweaver
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my Black Raven Imperial Pint Glass

pours copper orange with a small white head

Smell is lots of citrus, pine very hoppy and delicious.

very well balanced, if a little hop forward, not quite on the same level as pliney but its certainly much easier to get, cheaper, comes in cans and is very delicious, a big recommend for any hop head.

very nice level of carbonation smooth mouthfeel if a little bitter, really ejoyed this 6 pack that Jakeohut brought by me.

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

Not much crack when I opened the can of Red Racer IPA. As I pour it, the smell of oily crushed pine bark, the beer is a clear amber with a thin wisp of eggshell foam. The smell is very inviting and becomes increasingly more citrusy as the beer fills my snifter. The beer tastes solidly bitter with sharp grapefruit peel rind, a hint of pineapple sweetness and a very clean finish with just a bit of lingering bitterness. This is a very good IPA, but I don't know that it's worth of a top 10 rating.

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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 microwavabledish
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured fairly aggressively from a can into my Perfect Pint glass. Held up, but not directly into the light, it is a golden copper with a bit of orange tinge to it. Really great looking. the head forms about one finger high and dissipates to a thin layer that remains on top for the rest of the beer. As it is consumed, there is some thin lacing left on the glass. Very nice. Clarity is almost crystal clear, with a few bubbles rising to the top.

S: This Red racer has admittedly been in the fridge for a while, but still has is trademark grapefruit-pine Citrus explosion, with some sweet bready caramels from the malts. It makes my mouth water.

T: The hop flavor has lost a little bit of edge from a fresh can, but there is still the citrus flavors coming through with a touch of the pine from the nose. The caramel comes through a bit more in this one because the hops have backed off, so there is an evident caramel and bread characteristic.

M: A little sticky, no doubt from the age on it. Medium body with mild carbonation. Medium finish in the back.

D: One of my all time favorites, its fitting to be my first review. Fresh is definitely miles better, but even aged (1.25 months) it is still pretty good. I could have a few in an evening for sure. Would go well with some buffalo wings and Bleu Cheese sauce.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12oz can was poured into a cervoise. The orange to amber color was topped by a nice, 2 finger, fluffy white head. Minor lacing. Smell consisted mainly of citrus fruits, lemon, orange, grapefruit. It tasted similar to the smell, highlighted by strong bitter, piney, hops. I didn't find to strong of a malt presence, which is fine. It has a chewy and resiny mouthfeel with some stickiness. This beer is an easy drinker and would be great for camping!

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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 orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More beer in a can, sweet! Pours into my glass a golden orange with great clarity and a quarter inch of bubbly head on top. Aromas start off with a good deal of piney resinous hops along with an earthy, caramel malt backbone. Spice and a touch of citrus work in as well.

First sip brings a solid mix of caramel malts along with resinous pine hops. Mellow sweetness throughout along with an earthy citrus-spice as it flows down. Good bitterness on the finish that balances out the malt sweetness. Solid IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Good carbonation this is a brew that goes down easy. Glad we are able to get this in Chicagoland now as it's always nice to have a solid IPA in cans for beach going and anywhere bottles aren't welcome!

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

A really nice, well balanced, east coast IPA with a superb nose. Upon further tastings I might bump this up a touch on the aroma.

Pours a strong, orange copper with solid retention and nice lacing. Aroma is earthy and a bit musty, some peach and stone fruit in front of citrus. On the palate this gets a big, resiny, grapefruity bitter finish. The malt bill provides a bit of up front toast that kills the hop flavor through the middle (which is sort of standard for the east coast style), but it's a really nice example. Right there with fresh Finest Kind.

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Photo of glazeman
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce can poured into a snifter. Glad to get to try this now that it is distributed to Chicago.

A: The beer pours an amberish orange in color and has a one finger white head. The liquid is 100% translucent and the head has moderate retention and excellent lacing

S: There's some citrus on the nose, but not as much as in many IPAs. Particularly there's a little bit of orange. Another interesting aspect of the smell that's equally as strong as the citrus is a dry wheat with some acidity added.

T: The start of this beer has the citrusy flavors of pineapple and tangerine. There's a good level of bitterness in the middle of this, which is a nice contrast to most IPAs that have the bitterness localized to the finish. The finish of this beer isn't really bitter at all, rather it is fairly metallic and earthy. Very Nice!

M: Excellent mouthfeel. This beer finishes crisp and clean. It has a nice level or carbonation and sits well on the palate, particularly at the finish.

D: Wow, so glad this is readily available here. I will be seeking it out again, and often. The beer goes down easy, tastes great, and has a relatively low ABV, making it a very, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of airohead2001
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paired this one with some baby swiss cheese while watching Big Ten football on a Saturday afternoon. Really, this is about as good as it gets.

A - A pretty, burnt orange color with some crimson in the middle of the glass. One finger head that sits around for a while and then fades to a few bubbles. Great lacing that remains on the lining of my pint glass for the duration of the drink.

S - Citrus hops up front with some piney hops in the finish. Good, but nothing exceptional.

T - This actually surprised me. This is a delicious beer. Sweet, crisp, citrus hops up front that linger through out. The finish is a light, biscuity pilsner that lingers on the palate. Mmmm.

M - Good. Appropriate for an IPA.

D - Exceptional. I could drink this one all day. I would like to tackle a pitcher of this on tap. I'm glad it's in Chicago now - I would love to always have a few waiting for me in the fridge.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium orange with a huge billowy cream colored head. Tons of lacing. Nice chill haze. Real pretty.

Nice citric/pine aroma, with some toasted malt.

Nice citric hop flavor up front. Some toasted malt, some light fruit sweetness, nice malt and grain finish with some lingering hop bitterness. Great.

A bit watery, but not so much that it effects the overall quality of the brew.

Good drinkable beer. Terrific balance and flavor. A six pack is in my future.

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

Can courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a hazy light amber color with a pretty nice cream colored head. Pretty good lacing.

Aromas are of strong grapefruits, hard candies, and tangerines. Whoa, one of the more grapefruity aromas I've ever smelled.

Taste is of bitter grapefruit hop flavors up front, beer then settles into a light background of caramel creamy malts. Finish is fairly long, with some spicy bitter hop notes.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, and well carbonated.

Drinkability is good. Solid IPA, expected a little better when I saw the reviews, but still, quite tasty, and very pleasant to drink. Plus it's another quality canned brew, and that alone is a good thing.

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Photo of levifunk
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got as an extra.

a - pour is a murky golden color with an off-white head.

s - sweet pine hops. nose is big.

t - taste is very bitter, yet has a sweet malt undertone. more citrus hops than pine hops. slight metallic finish.

m - med/light body. leaves a dry finish.

overall - very solid IPA coming from Canada. I'll be looking for this when I visit the in-laws. very drinkable.

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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 WeisGuy
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a pint glass. Glad to see this now being distributed to Chicago. Thanks for picking up this sixer, Derek!

Pours a clear, deep, golden orange color with a one-finger head. Head retention is very light, as is lacing. Pine, orange citrus and floral hop notes lead the aroma with a mild bready malt backing. Orange citrus hoppy bitterness leads on the palette with a substantial caramel malt and bread component (for an IPA) on the midpalette and finish. The finish is fairly dry and bitter with lingering earthy and floral hop flavors and light boozy heat. Medium-light-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry, slightly hot finish. Not overly drinkable because the flavors are not that interesting and it's a bit hot, but it's pretty easy on the palette for an IPA with its mild maltiness. This is the best hoppy beer I've had from Canada, but that's not saying much. Well worth trying and a decent IPA, but nothing worth going out of your way for.

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

very very slightly hazy amberish copper with a huge eggshell colored head that leaps up to 1/2 an incah above the rim of the glass, retains a decent height for a while and laces well.

very hoppy aroma of citrus and tropical fruits with a ton of pine and grass. not a lot of malt detectable in this hop bomb.

hop flavors strike first and are actually not overly bitter. tons of juicy citrus with some pineapple and mango tropical fruits and some piney resin, though not as much pine influence as in the aroma. a touch of caramelized sugar sweetness creeps in on the swallow and the finish is juicy and it lasts a while with just a bit of bitterness but plenty of hop flavor.

resiny medium-bodied beer with generous carbonation and a wet and juicy finish.

excellent drinker. could enjoy a few of these back to back to back. pretty complex flavors for being "one dimensional" as far as being a hop bomb. worthy of its cult status.

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

The first time i had this beer was over a year ago, before it became known to BA, and before i knew about it. I randomly bought it in Vancouver on a whim. Now it's the Cats meow on BA and available in Chicago, stoked.

Great beer all around, clear non hazy light orange color, crisp citrusy nose, and a flavor that runs juicy tangerines all over your pallette, with some bitter peels floating around. Medium body maybe a tad heavy bodied for the style, and a generous helping of carbonation.

A great IPA. Pick some up.

Chad.

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Photo of nkersten
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into new belgium snifter. Pour is a reddish orange, similar to the color of dying leaves. Small white head that fades but leaves some nice lacing. Smell is bitter C hops, very piney, with a slight pale malt sweetness. Taste follows smell, a bitter pine hop flavor up front with some fruity hops following. A grassy hop finish with a weak malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation, slightly sticky. Drinkability is decent but mouthfeel could be cleaner. This is the best Canadian IPA I have had so far - I lived an hour and a half from the brewery for years and had to go to Chicago to get it. If you are in Canada this is a must, but in the states it is a so so IPA.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dan, this was one I was really interested in trying, after hearing so many good things. Pours from the can a clear red-amber color, with a little white head on top. Aromas of grapefruit, pine and caramel. Smooth, medium-bodied, with grapefruit, earth and caramel. A little disappointing, but not bad.

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Photo of liamt07
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can from IllNate, ages ago. Review from the notes I made waaay back then, close to 5-6 months ago, just found em. In a pint glass, thanks Nathan.

Poured an orange/amber with slightly offwhite head, fluffy and creamy. SLightly hazy and lots of webbed lace. Nose is sharp pineiness, citrus, orange zest, peach and some sweet malt. Sweet malt hits the palate first, with a powerful and full orange/citrus flavour to it. Bitter pine strikes around the mid-mouth and remains in the long finish. Medium carbonation. Finish isn't too dry, and neither is the mouthfeel. Drinkability is huge, and the ABV is not detectable at all. One of the best in Canada, always on my wants list!

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 92.1% out of 100 with 1,097 ratings
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