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
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
1,084
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
176
For Trade:
3
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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 John_M
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know.... you take a look at this goofy looking, unpretentious looking can, and you think... you've got to be kidding me. Then you crack it open and take that first sniff....

The beer pours a fairly light orange amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is a pretty yummy smelling IPA. There is a bit more noticeable sweet malt in the background then I'd like to see, but otherwise there is considerable white pepper, celery salt, citrus and a touch of pine, showing off the hoppy bitterness in this beer. The blend of sweet malt with the hoppy bitterness gives this beer some interesting tropical fruit flavors. On the palate, this is an impressively bitter IPA, but there's still some noticeable sweet malt and alcohol on the finish that I'm not in love with. Still, there's no denying that this beer displays a considerable amount of hoppy bitterness that really dominates the flavor profile. The beer is made very much in the West Coast style, and is on the dry side for IPA's. Very, very nice. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though there's no denyig the flavor packed flavor profile. Also, the beer finishes with a nice clean, refreshing, crispness that I quite like. Drinkability is good, but there's something of an alcoholic bite in the finish that I'm not totally in love with.

Hmmmm.... I can see the similarity between this and Blind Pig, as a friend (Dyan) suggested. However, I just can't say it's quite in the same class with the pig. While undeniably excellent, it just doesn't have quite the level of bitter intensity that I love so much in Blind Pig. That being said, there is no doubt that this is a very good beer... after Surly's furious, probably the best beer I can ever recall drinking out of a can . Impressive.

Thanks Dyan!

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

Cheers to Axic10 for this beer...thanks Alex

Thankful post six-hour-Fourth-of-July-drive filtered clear orange pour into a Great American Beer Fest taster glass. The clearness of this beer was a bit disappointing.

The hop profile in this beer is quite tropical and reminds me of a slightly less balsy blend of Dreadnaught and Dorado Dorado. Tropical and quite bitter with a significant malt spine.

Overall a nice beer, but that astringent bite at the back end seems out of place, even at 6.5%. Good, but not quite what I had hoped for.

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

Big thanks to my boy Jon for hooking me up with this can.

Pours a clear amber, some orange, medium sized off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lacing sticks. Smell is nice, floral and grapefruit, orange peel, some caramel sweetness, tropical aroma, nothing great but pretty solid. Taste is similar, grapefruit and floral, some oranges, very citrusy IPA, dry biscuit malt and a touch of caramel/honey, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy drinking. A good solid IPA, glad to see BC pumping good ones out. I'll try to grab some more when I'm back in BC. Thanks Jon!

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

Chilled can into a glass. Thanks Ted.

A: Pours a clear amber body. It's well carbed, with good retention and some spots of lace.

S: Pine, grass, caramel. It's maltier than I was expecting (given how some West Coast hopheads raved about it), but I'm not pretending that's terrible. It is just unexpected.

T: It's malty, with a substantial caramel backbone, but it's obviously very fresh, with a bright green hop flavor. Pine needles, fresh-cut grass. A small grapefruit (pith and rind) flavor. It has noticeable lingering bitterness; I'm guessing this is why the malt is played up a bit.

M: I prefer something with a cleaner finish, but it's still good. It's a little thick for an IPA.

D: It's good stuff! I don't think I'd go out of my way to track it down since I can buy better stuff locally, but it's quite enjoyable.

EDIT: On reading other reviews, I see that there was supposed to be a huge citrus burst in this beer. I barely got any citrus at all. Makes me wonder if I had an old can after all.

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Photo of beersareonme
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a wonderful IPA. Great colour, lasting head, bitter and full of citrus. It's a little over-carbonated for my tastes, which also causes it to change feel as you near the bottom of the glass. But this IPA is a winner in my book. Cheers.

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

Had this on 2010-08-07 in Columbia, PA

A - Attractive, russet color with a generous 2-finger head

S - LOTS of pine, floral, some citrus and mild grain. Can smell it easily from 18" away. Very nice.

T - Again, lots of pine, grapefruit, oak tannin, caramel, orange candy, slight sourness with a sweet and lingering bitter finish. It's a very good tasting beer.

M- Buttery and just about right with a light-medium body and medium carbonation.

D - For beer in a can, this is great. I'd love to have a couple of these chilling in a mountain stream to go along with the trout I'm catching. Hmm, gonna have to do this!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange/deep yellow hue, 1 finger head, good lacing.

S: big pine, earthy, mild citrus aroma

T: bitter pine earthy finish.

M: med/light, mild prick on the front of tongue. slight sticky finish

D: Good IPA in a can, but not the best. I prefer Ska Modus Hoperandi. I will look for more beers from Central City. Nice to see a flavorful beer that can still be sessionable. Give it a try, but not a must have.

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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 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 57md
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rustic copper with a finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing behind. The nose has hops, but it is not terribly pungent. Nice balance between the malt and hops with a touch of sweetness just before the bitter finish. This offering is both hearty and crisp at the same time (I know that's an odd combination). The finish has good hop bitterness, that appears to get more potent the more you drink this baby.

All that -- and you gotta love the classic cutie cheesecake can.

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Photo of jampics2
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into my pint glass.

Best head ever. Two fingers, perfect fluffiness. Amazing! Copper orange color with white glorious head.

Smells nice, peaches, pineapple, grapefruit, pine and the like.

Taste is nice. I like this IPA's malt bill, but the hops are too bitter (like they were added too early in the boil). In my day, I would love it when a beer like this torches my taste buds with hops, but this is just a bit much. It's not Ruination but for some reason the bitterness in this one just lingers and I don't love that.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Strong, very flavorful, and bitter.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass it exhibits a nice white head that fades after a few minutes leaving patches of floating foam, clear light amber beneath. Fresh and flowery nose filled with hoppy aromas then light malt is noticed. Light bodied but with assertive spicy hop bitters right off the bat then light yeasty fruitiness then the malt is tasted. It's a long and bitter finish, delicious and easy drinking thanks to the lightness of body. One of the better IPA's I've had in some time.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tumbler.

Out of the can, a foamy three finger large bubbled head is made, off white on appearance. Body color is clear pale amber and some solid rising carbonation, clear but slightly cloudy.

Nose is a good mix of citrus mild grapefruit, slightly mushy. Sense of wetness and clean.

A mix of English and American feel for hop potential. Mild grapefrut and light malt with a juicy booming texture. It is a little resin feel on the palate and teeth after the swallow. Tolerable and tight in feel almost, with a lingering hop bitter with mild astringency.

This is a real solid ipa while not looking that spectacular. I could have this often and wish I could find it where I live. Well done Canada well frikkin DONE!

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Photo of RicePatchAbbot
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark copper bronze colour, very little head is present, on top of that lacing is very thick.
S: The aroma of this beer, gives off a very citrusy orange scent, a very sweet scent I must say.
T: A very sensational hop piney taste with every sip. Carbonation is perfect for this beer, as it enhances the citrusy after taste.
M: As mentioned before the carbonation, which is mild, does add a sweet citrusy mouthful experience. Medium to heavy body, not as smooth as I would have liked.

Overall: I have drank many quality IPAs, surprisingly this IPA is quite decent, and I would recommend this to many IPA drinkers.

Shout out to fellow advocate, abbbp!

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Medium orange in color and very clear. One finger of pure white head with large sized bubbles.

Lots of citrus on the nose. Orange and grapefruit.

Lots of grassy type hops and orange citrus are in the forefront.

Mouthfeel is light, and refreshingly crisp.

Overall, a very approachable canned IPA. Not as good as the Caldera i had just recently but decent.

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

12oz can canned on 6/28/11 poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 8/17/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with off-white head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, grapefruit in particular with some pine notes and a touch of malt that comes through all the hops.

T: Moderate hop bitterness with citrus, pine and grass hop flavors and some sweet pale malt.

M: Crisp light-moderate body with moderate carbonation and dry finish.

O: Solid IPA, but nothing spectacular. Good drinkability and balance, not overly bitter like many IPAs out there.

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Photo of al_al1357
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a can, beer appears a dark golden-orange copper colour with a finger of head that quickly disappears. Rich bouquet of hops, grapefruit and citrus on the nose. Taste is clean and refreshing and boasts flavors of cascade hops, grapefruit, pine, and citrus. Beer surprisingly does not finish as bitter as I would have expected it to, which is nice for those who dislike a very bitter-tasting finish. Carbonation is relatively high but tolerable and the finish is otherwise quite smooth. Overall a pleasant beer to drink.

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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 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 thetomG
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice but somewhat typical orange/amber mostly clear colored pour with a bit of white head.

Aroma is mild but pleasant - piney hops dominate here.

Flavor is much more bold with very strong tasty bitterness coming through big time with a nice hint of citrus around the edges. Definitely a bit of a tongue bruiser, but not overpowering. The carbonation level is excellent.

Would definitely drink this again. A really excellent example of on IPA. Tasty!

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can into my New Belgium globe.

A - hazy golden orange with a big ole orange tinted head. This looks about as good as any IPA I've ever seen. The head is nice and fluffy... wow... that sounds funny but hey its the truth. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Nice grapefruity hop aroma. A bit of bready malt poking through but then put aside with more grapefruit.

T - A nice grapefruit hop bite up front with a formidable bready backbone. I dunno maybe this isn't as fresh as it should be. Still it is solid. The grapefruit hop notes are nice.

M - medium bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Goes down easy. Could be a bit hoppier. I'm afraid this isn't as fresh as I would like but can't find the date on it. Anyhow this is certainly enjoyable and I wouldn't mind drinking it again.

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Photo of RedSunRising
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two-week-old bottle from their new brewery poured into an IPA glass. Purchased for $7 at B's Craft Beer Lounge in Langley, BC.

Appearance - Pours an almost-clear orange-yellow with a nice finger of white head. Bubbly.

Smell - Big pine/citrus hop flavors, lemon-lime undertones and a mild malt graininess

Taste - Just like the nose, the big pine/citrus come across up front, bitterness throughout and lingering on the palate at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium-high carbonation. Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy. Wonderful hop oily-ness is present and I'll attribute that to the freshness of the bottle, as I haven't noticed that in the other bottles I've had.

Overall - A fantastic IPA. Well balanced and stands out amongst the many other IPAs out there. One of the best BC has to offer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Dyan for the chance to try this.

Served in a pint glass. Wow, you gotta love that chic on the can...Rarrr...

A: This brew pours a beautiful sunset orange, effervescent with bubbles riding on their little bubble elevators up to the head, where they frolic upon the frothy, sticky stubbornness and bask in the lamplight under which I am ogling this inviting beverage.

A: floral, citrus

T: A tasty brew. Nothing jumps out in particular. Grapefruit and flowers, typical refreshing IPA. It's nice and hoppy, with a very slight bitter astringency in the finish.

M: crisp and clean, with a slightly bitter alcohol finish

D: this would make a really solid session IPA

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