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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)
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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:
#941
Reviews:
489
Ratings:
1,100
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
186
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,100 |  Reviews: 489
Photo of muletrane
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can (J1211 code on bottom of can) into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber colour. 2 fingers of frothy off white head and lots of lacing. Great looking beer!

S: Caramel malts in the forefront with some piney hops on the back end.

T: Nice balance between malts and hops. The caramel maltiness and the piney hop flavor work well together here. Not a real hoppy IPA here. Just a nice smooth well balanced beer. Nice lingering bitterness here as well.

M: Moderate to slightly thin body. Carbonation is fairly light. Smooth feel all around.

Overall this a nice IPA. A little pricey at $15.99 a sixer but still a nice beer overall. Well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my New Glarus pint glass a crystal clear copper with a fluffy head that evaporated shortly.

Smells of floral, pine and ample grapefruit. Picking up some bready malt as well.

Grapefruit at the forefront with notes of passion fruit and teal leaves. Not as bitter as I thought it would be. The hops shine though but that biscuity, sweet malt is always present. Nice balance.

Dry finish, light body and perfect carbonation makes this hella-drinkable!

Not sure this stands up with many of the IPAs I hold dear. In fact, this is much more akin to it's close cousin the APA. Regardless... it's more than worth the $8/4-pack price tag.

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Photo of BBP
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hop orangish brown. Small amount of carbo and head.

S- As soon as I opened it I knew it was a solid IPA. Notes of grapefruit and pine came out as well as a little bit of citrus. It's more or less what I'd like to smell in all IPA's.

T- Bittersweet the whole way through. Solid hops and solid malt, but I found the malt took the lead more than I'd like. The hops we're definitely there though, and left a great aftertaste. I think I detected some notes of pear in it as well.

M- Medium-full, moreso than I'd expect for a 6.5% IPA, and good carbonation feel on the tongue. A slight tingle of alcohol which was enjoyable.

D- What I expect from an IPA, but not too much more than that. Hit's the spot, and I would buy this frequently if it was more available.

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Photo of Adamdc
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into snifter.

A: Pours a nice copper/amber color with a very slight haze and one finger of white head that dissipates quickly to minimal lacing with extensive lacing

S: The smell is wonderful on this beer. A very nice layering of the citrusy/piney hop aroma sitting on the caramel malt backbone. Very nice!

T: This is very nicely balanced. The hop flavor is a mixture of citrus and pine (I get pineapple also) and the malt keeps it all in check. One thing I am noticing right now that I've never noticed before in this beer is that I'm definitely tasting some of the alcohol in the back end of it. I know this is only 6.5% abv but I'm definitely feeling some of the heat.

M: You don't get a lot of carbonation in this. I feel like it should have a little more. It definitely has a nice medium body for an IPA but it seems a little on the flat side.

D: The citrusy aroma and taste of the hops are what make this beer very attractive. It is a very tasty beer. The alcohol in the taste and the slight lack of some carbonation detract slightly from this. Overall I really like this and would put this in my 'second tier' of IPA's! I'm very excited that I'm able to purchase this locally.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at my favorite bottle shop today and snagged a can since I've heard so many good things.

A - Copper-gold hue with a frothy head that faded to a thin layer in less than a minute. Great clarity. Sparse carbonation.

S - Pine and grapefruit, but it's very pungent and dank. There's some pale malt behind everything. No noticeable caramel, which is nice for a change.

T - Grapefruit pith with a big pine-y burst. Bitterness is on the low end for the style. The hops are really flavor forward, with a light, backing pale malt sweetness. The finish is mostly pine.

MF - Slighty dry with a really light feel to it. It has some body, but the carbonation works really well to keep it feeling light.

D - It drinks a lot more like an APA than an IPA. There's little sweetness, but it still isn't all that dry. Lots of hop flavor but not a ton of bitterness. If I could get this regularly and at a decent price, I'd drink it pretty often.

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Photo of Squeezyq
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikey711
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to phil for this one

A: Nice transparent orange color, with four or five little strips of something i cant identify that slowly fall to the bottom of the glass. The head is an inch an a half thick with some gaping bubbles riding up the side of he glass. The head retnetion is good, bordering on a bit to slow and some decent lace remans.

S: Nice crisp herbal hops to start along with hints of citrusy mango and a bit of lemon and peach. Very pleasnt but not all that aromatic.

T: It has a very melony hoppy taste, like honey dew and cantelope with hints of lemon as well. Some caramel is present too

M: Slightly rough around the edges as it is prickly on my tongue. No heat and the body is on the lighter side

D: Overall this on is a very nice canned IPA, not quite as good as furious, but still one worth having around on a regular basis

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a full three finger head. Color is a red amber or copper. The head dissipates to give way to spotted lacing.

S: Piney and grapefruit hops hit the nose. Pineapple also comes through in the finish.

T: Juicy chunks of pineapple. A nice bitterness here with a decent malt backbone. The piney hops come through too.

M: Resinous hops that sticks with bitterness throughout the beer.

D: Very sessionable IPA. Nothing outstanding here but glad I got the chance to try this one.

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Photo of tyronegangsta
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slongie
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muhly
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 ml can poured into nonic pint glass.

A-Pours a clear red-copper. About three fingers of white head with good staying power. Powdery white chunks of lacing stick to the glass.

S-Lots of grapefruit. Some bitter aromas from the hops.

T-Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. citrusy hops with a bit of pine. Also get malt sweet finish, but I'm not sure if this isn't just something else from the hops.

M-a full bodied IPA with moderate carbonation.

O-a hoppy, but multi-faceted IPA. Each new sip brings something slightly different. I immensely enjoyed this beer and glad I have five more in the fridge. Will be a go to for IPA drinking.

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

Now Called "Red Betty", guess Bear Republic got mad. 1 month old, should be good, cool can design.

A: Pours a clear, golden/pale amber, thin head. Quickly dissipates. A bit of lacing but not much.

S: Boom, a rich citrus based hop flavor, red grapefruit, blood orange, also some caramel/molasses sweetness. smell delicous.

T: Big hop flavors, pineapple/mango? citrus hops up front, a smooth but subdued maple/oak malt flavor, punch, piney after that. Lingers with a "wet" bitterness that is mainly piney and floral. Not overly complex, but whatever hop bill is I dig it. Seem to be butter flavors too as it warms.

M: High carbonation (maybe cuz head was small), pretty creamy, with a lightish oil viscosity, medium bodied. Abv isnt surprising.

O: Definitely a solid IPA, at one month old it smells fantastic, could look better but can pours are unreliable. Price point was high so I was expecting something unique, its good, but rather simple straightforward. For ABV big flavors. A notch below the the Union Jack/Racer 5/Hop Devil, but quite tasty.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Pint Glass

A - Beer poured with a small amount of head, white in appearance; dissipated pretty quickly; plenty of carbonation followed by some lacing; copper color body (nice and healthy looking)

S - Citrus and flowery scents immediately come up; great hit of hop and malts aromas; some caramel-nut notes, but mostly citrus; great smell comes up immediately after opening the can

T - Slight nut and buttery taste followed by the hop bitterness that's loaded into this beer; citrus flavors are faint but present; hop-dry aftertaste lingers for a bit

M - Thin consistency followed by an effervescent feel over the tongue; sips leave a slight tart feel on the sides of the tongue

D - I'm really impressed with this beers, especially since its coming out of a can; easy to drink for an IPA and smooth; I definitely could have a few more of these; I would recommend to others immediately

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

A: Clear amber color with a thin head that disappears quickly. Doesn't leave much lacing.

S: I smell some floral hops, grapefruit, oranges, and some earthy notes.

T: Floral hops up from and a malty and bitter after taste. Though I should note that the longer it sat the more watery it tasted.

M: Fizzy light carbination.

D: Pretty good tasting and highly drinkable. Hop bitterness hides the ABv's very well.

Probably the best beer I have ever had out of a can. Reminds me of all the popular west coast IPAs.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have heard a lot of buzz about this one. Psyched to try it after picking it up at Hawthorne's in S Phila. I don't understand the bottling date code on the bottom of the can.

I'd call this one gold, as in the metal not as in black-and-gold. Beautiful fluffy head doesn't last as long as I'd like, but it's an inch and a half tall before settling to great-looking lace.

I get more hops in the taste than in the nose. I'm not savvy enough to pick out specific hop profiles, but I feel like this one is a little different from what I normally come across. I definitely dig it - more piney than citrus. I get loads of caramel malts that make this oh so drinkable. I'm totally on board with this beer.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central City Brewers 'Red Racer IPA' @ 6.5% , served from a 6pack of 355 ml cans purchased for $13.80 & a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is gold from the can/bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a large fluffy white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-fruity & citrus
T-crisp & clean tasting 'mainland' IPA , with a lingering dryness on the palate
MF-decent carbonation , big medium body
Ov-good beer & PNW IPA
prost LampertLand

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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 HipCzech
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Grain (Hyatt Regency, Vancouver), served in a Red Racer nonic pint glass. Pours clear brass with a good head of off white foam and nice lace. Plenty of grapefruit and pine on the nose. A moderately grainy malt body carries a powerful hop punch of more grapefruit, some tropical fruit and lasting herbal bitterness. Medium body and crisp carbonation. A solid IPA with a crisp, bitter profile.

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

Big thanks to G311 for this one.

A - Deep amber hue, eggshell head.

S - Surprisingly, it seems very malty; loads of caramel, and even the hop profile seems to mimic the malt. The flavor proves an entirely different matter...

T - Whoa. This is an all out-flavor assault. Nothing is toned down here; it is all cranked up. Full flavored herbal, grassy and floral notes are dominant, and quite pungent. Just big beer overall.

M - IPA. Nice.

D - Really well done stuff here. I can't say I was expecting this good of a brew. Thanks Vince!

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Photo of csmrx7
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swim
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Red Racer IPA has a very clear, dark golden colored body with highlights of red and orange. Slow moving carbonation bubbles slowly ascend to the fluffy, off-white head. The head settles to a foamy ring on top of the beer, leaving some good lacing along the side of the glass.

The aroma has a strong, bitter, grapefruit smell. Besides that there is a little bit of malt, but not much else. Lots of hops though, a quality aroma for an IPA.

Red Racer IPA is packed with hops like a good IPA should be. Tons of bitterness with flavors of grapefruit and pine resin. After that some caramel flavored malt brings some balance, but doesn't do much to get in the way of the hops. This is a quality, hopped-up IPA; I like it. Rating-wise it probably falls between a 4 and a 4.5, but I'm going with a 4 here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just a hair over moderate carbonation.

For a hop lover Red Racer IPA is a pretty good beer. I bought it because I dig craft beer in cans, but this stuff would be good poured out of anything.

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,100 ratings
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