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:
1,096
Reviews:
489
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
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196
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181
For Trade:
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Photo of evlu1441
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of these. It's weird that it comes in a can, but I've only heard good things. I've been waiting a while to taste it.

Looks kind of average. Very bright orange with a minimal head. Lots of carbonation. Looks good enough, but nothing exceptional.

The aroma is great! Mango and malt with some slight floral hops. Really interesting for an IPA!

Tasted great! Really nice beer with a lot of layers. Starts out slightly sweet, and then you get a wave of hop bitterness. The sweetness lingers though some nice buiscuty maltm while the hop flavour sits in the backhround. I'm left with the sweetness balanced with bitterness. A really balanced beer!

I'll definitely get this one again!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The lone can that made it back from EBF weekend. Picked up at Julios on the way out.

A: Hazy copper color with a little under a finger of white head. A nice amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose on this beer simply kills. Fresh whole hop cones abound. Citrus. Grapefruit. A little bit of peaches as well. Smells like a big OL DIPA.

T: Little bit bitter up front. Goes into a little bit of a charcoal taste then the hops just come at you and do not relent. Not nearly as big a hop taste as the nose.

M: Really good. Little bit creamy with a little bit of stickiness to it.

D: I love a good beer in a can and this is just that. Would love this for tubing or fishing. Hopefully we will see this beer in NY soon though I know I am fooling myself just by typing that.

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

Cheers to indiapaleale for this beer that I won in a NCAA pool.

Poured from the can to a pint glass. Has a nice head which settles quick. Good lacing on the glass. Smell and taste are a mix of pine & citrus hops. Mouthfeel is smooth & this is drinkable hop bomb. A very, very good IPA which is worth seeking out. I would love to try this on draft.

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

If this beer was more widely distributed in the US it would be raved about. A true west coast IPA, orange/gold color with disappearing head, great hop bitterness, resinous, fills the mouth with flavor, biting on the sides of the tongue. The nose is just a tad mild for my liking and the drinkablity is excellent. One of the best single IPAs I've ever had.

EDIT: Drink these quickly, the hops seem to fade a bit even after a brief period of time.

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

can marked K1810 (think that means November). Reviewed Jan 17, 2011

Bright medium amber with a short-lived frothy head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Modest grapefruit and herbal hops on the nose. Hops dominate the flavor with citrus and grapefruite hops, mixed with earthy and pine flavors. A bit of malt sweetness shows at the finish, before a pleasant lingering hop bitterness reappears.

Juicy with medium body and good carbonation. A nice drinking IPA that emphasizes the hops. The flavor is headed in the direction of a double IPA, but with the alchohol and body of a single.

A keeper!

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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 AndyAvalanche
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass from a can. Cool looking design on the label, has a vintage 1950's look. The beer pours a yellow/amber color with very good clarity, only the slightest haze. Has a large white foamy head with no two bubbles the same size, very good lacing to it. Hops dominate the smell on this IPA, I smelled it from the can before pouring it and citrus hops attacked my nose as it warms up I believe I can detect a piney aroma as well. The taste is maybe just under par of the smell, but still quite good. Kind of one of those flavors where I wish I could give it a "4.25." Much like the smell it is the citrus hops that stand out to me. However I feel this is a very reasonably malted IPA because the initial taste is sweet. Again as it warms up the taste of pine is detected, but it also leaves an earthy taste that brings the flavor scale down only slightly. Mouthfeel is good, feels lighter than I expected, good bitter finish from the hops. Probably the most drinkable IPA I've had in quite some time. I'm giving the drinkablility a perfect 5, but this was a change in pace of what I'm normally drinking this time of year. IPA's are my summer stand by so I'd like to get more in the summer and maybe tweek this a little now that I think about it.

PS- Thanks to John from Granite Liquors on this one!

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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 bonkers
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It is clear orange in color with a sticky white 2 finger head, and lots of lacing. Big sweet pine notes and big notes of grapefruit on the nose. Nice bitter pine and grapefruit up front. It mellows a bit mid palate and then the finish is very bitter with lots of sticky pine. The finish lingers on and on. This beer taste like a "bigger" beer due to its fuller body and very sticky mouthfeel. A great IPA that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Cadbury
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Powers30
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of danielski
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

light amber colour with a couple inches of foam that clears quickly. No carbonation visible. Nice look.

Citrusy hops on the nose with a bit of sweet ripe fruit.

First taste is sharp bitter orange and grapefruit that gives quickly to some rich depth thats a bit sweet. Some grains in the back and finish is bitter again. Have to admit the depth of flavour was surprising and really well balanced. Different notes come and go nicely.

Mouthfeel is light but not thin. Very little carbonation feel.

Overall pleasantly surprised at the depth of the flavours. I usually find American IPA styles overdo the citrus bomb but this manages the big bitter grapefruit style with balance and class. Lots of flavour and a nice fresh aftertaste makes this a definite repeat.

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Photo of asabreed
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't realize this brew has been so insanely hyped up, but it was a nice surprise to find a little note about it being so highly rated on BA at Julio's Liquors, so for around $10, I decided I wouldn't take the chance of not seeing it again, at least for a while.

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice copper color with some amber darkness coming through, nice bubbles coming to the top, and a slightly off-white head bubbling up around the edges of the glass. Slight raindrops left streaking the areas just above the body.

Smell: Big resiny and citrus hops coming through, along with a bit of caramel and orange marmalade and candied citrus topping the bitter grapefruit bitterness and earthiness.

Taste: The reason it's getting this high of a rating is because of the ridiculously long finish, that goes from insanely bitter to caramel to wildflower honey to candied oranges to lemon and back and forth for a while, and the resiny hops linger on the tongue. For a brew like this, that isn't even a DIPA, to have this much power, they're doing something right. One of the longest finishes I've ever had with an IPA. Initially, though, there's a good balance of resin, a little sweat sock, and a ton of earthiness, with some caramel and lingering apples. But again, wow, the power of the resin and rind and morphing in the finish is what gets this going above many others.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good creaminess, and a ton of bubbles that maintain that creaminess, rather than feeling spritzy and over-the-top. You can probably see what I mean by how many bubbles trail the brew as you tip the glass, and how many recharge atop the body once the glass is again on a flat surface. Beyond my expectations.

Drinkability: I have a feeling this will become a staple for many folks if, or maybe once, it's more widely available. I wasn't going insane about it, but for complex brew like this that's actually sessionable, and clearly shows the quality put into it, you can't argue for the price. The only thing is: now I have to conserve the last five cans, which isn't going to be easy.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured this into a tulip glass. Color is a clear light amber orange. Small white head with some spotted lace. Nice looking color and clarity for an IPA. Extra 0.5 for the lacing on the glass after I was finished drinking it.

S- Smell is loaded with citrus which is my preference in an IPA. Tangerines, orange, and grapefruit. Mild aroma of pineapple as well. The hops are held up with a solid caramel malt backbone.

T- Sharp grapefruit & citrus rind up front, turns slightly sweet and ends with a piney bite, but it doesn't linger much.

M- I think the body could use a little help with the weight, but decent overall.

D- By far the best IPA from Canada that I can get my hands on in my neck of the woods at a decent price. The low level of bitterness and hidden abv makes this dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a huge creamy orange-white head that lingered and left incredible lacing throughout. The aroma was tangy and sweetish with moderate pine, resin and faint pineapple. The flavor was tangy pine, resin, malty, and sour caramel. There were faint undertones of grapefruit and pineapple. The finish was long and tangy with lingering caramel and pine. Moderate mouthfeel and good carbonation throughout. A very nice IPA!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with two inches of white head that has great retention. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops and carmamel and bready malts. A nice combination.

t - Tastes of citrus and herbal hops, as well as smooth caramel malts. Almost feel like it has a bit of tea taste to it thanks to the herbal hops. Again, a nice combination.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

d - This was a very enojoyable IPA that is very easy to drink. A nice citrus hop and malt combination and would love to have again.

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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack received in a trade with EskimoDave thanks!

Appearance: The can itself is a work of art! Pours a bright orange yellow with a massive slightly off white crown that shows great retention and tons of lace. Neon is Nice!

Smell: Really nice pineapple grapefruit combo with pine, a hint of alcohol and a touch of grass.

Taste: Same as nose. The malt is fairly toasty which I think takes away from the tropical notes a bit. Still fantastic though, don't get me wrong.

Mouthfeel: A touch sticky and fairly full bodied. A hefty brew for the style indeed!

Drinkability: The flavor profile and nose are great and the mouthfeel and abv make it a good drinker.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Tanger. Can poured into my Stone IPA glass. It pours a hazy golden caramel color with a 2 finger frothy head that lasts quite awhile. Contrary to what most reviews picked up on the nose I smelled mostly floral,grass and pine hops with a follow of citrus. The tast pretty much follows suite but reverses roles, tart grapefruit, floral notes, and pine. The mouthfeel is there its got a medium body to it with good carbonation and a hope bite that lasts. This is a very good IPA and I believe my first Canada brewed craft beer, I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of Buzzboyce
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very clear finish, superbe brownish color, the smell is somewhat mild but doesn't bother. The taste is very good and very strong, you can taste it longer than a usual IPA with little IBU. It is strong, but well done. The size of the can was 473 ml, sold at 3,75$ CAD. Temp was around 4-5 degrees. Definetly not my favorite as I tried many other IPA, but it is for sure one that I would buy a few times during a year. If you consider trying this IPA understand the bitterness level and don't look for sweetness! Cheers

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Photo of Otterburn
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber color, quite dark, active medium bubble carbonation activity, offwhite foamhead

smell: strong hop smell, citrus, some herbs

taste: strong hop taste, bitter but very mild and almost fruity,sweet. very good taste well balanced

mouthfeel: full body,round

drinkability is excellent, nice ipa moderate bitterness with attitude and punch

good stuff

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Photo of TimWakimika
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHADMC3
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with orange hues and lively bubbles of carbonation beneath the thin, off-white head that pretty quickly dissolves leaving only faint hints of lacing behind.

Very nice citrus hop aroma floating from the glass with other notes of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and a sweet malty finish as well.

The palate is fantastic with a nice bity citrus hop punch with other notes of cedar, pine, grass, and perhaps apricot. The sweet malt is a bit subdued at first, but shows up a bit more as the beer warms.

This IPA is medium in body with generous carbonation and a nice hoppy bite to finish that leaves a nice oily coating behind.

A great IPA all around, tons of character, perfect for the style and delicious all the way through.

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,096 ratings.
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