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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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1,100 Ratings
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:
#954
Reviews:
489
Ratings:
1,100
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
195
Gots:
186
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,100 |  Reviews: 489
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 northof60hops
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

pours pale copper with quick dissipating head.

aroma is first hoppy. bright candied tangerine/ mandarine aroma. yummy. trace of alcohol and faintly malty. super yummy citrus nose.

on the palate the beer is crisp and fresh. medium body with good carbonation and clean malt. finishes lightly tart and hoppy

mouthfeel may be a bit light and dry for my tastes but fits the style.

overall, very drinkable. conceals its alcohol well and aside from being well made, is also interesting. highly recommend trying this beer.

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

Great beer. Big NorWest pine/citrus hop along with some floral and tropical notes, not dissimilar to beers made with the Australian hop variety Galaxy. Solid malt underpinning that isn't too fat or sweet. Great balance and drinkability. My current favourite BC IPA.

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Photo of kier
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh off the truck, this one comes from the generous nonstick. Thanks, Chris!

The pour is gorgeous, burnished copper with great clarity. . There's a dense off-white head with excellent retention. There's plenty of lace in its wake as well.

The nose is solid, plenty of grapefruit and bright citrus fruit (juicy orange) and tropical fruit. Moderately floral, there's a mild biscuit-like and caramel sweetness present, but what dominates in this beer is the hop aroma. That said, it's not as amazing as some of the best IPAs out there - Sculpin, Blind Pig, Two Hearted and the Alpine IPAs are all better (and bigger) than this, but this is still very good.

The palate opens with a moderate bitterness, quite orange rind -like in character. There's quite a bit of hop flavor too, very fruity with pineapple, orange, a little bit of raw mango. Malt character is present but more as a dry, cracker-like flavor rather than a caramel sweetness. Drying on the finish with a beautiful bitterness, this medium-light beer has a oily feel with plenty of flavor. Carbonation is moderate, resulting in a lush, creamy mouthfeel. Thoroughly drinkable, I'm glad I have a lot more of these!

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Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Stagger, for sending this my way via CanBif. Very nice looking, clear, deep amber bodied ale. Decent finger of pale tan head formed on a vigorous pour, and decided to hang out for a while. Looking pretty good...

This thing has quite the aroma going on too. Big hop nose of grapefruit and a touch of papaya. Some sweet caramel and whole grain aromas also present. Somewhat one dimensional, but thats pretty much the point and it is pretty nice.

Wow have to say that i was impressed with the first taste which was very quickly followed by the second for confirmatory purposes. This Red Racer is the real deal, a first class IPA, grapefruit hoppiness predominates over a nicely attenuated maltiness with hints of whole grain crusty bread and a hint of caramel.

Very nice mouthfeel. Nicely attenuated, helps accentuate the hops, and brings their resinousness and mild stripping of the palate to mind. Medium bodied and somewhat creamy in feel, for a solid mouth presence.

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Photo of thain709
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a darker shade of amber with a bit of haze to it...a big, two finger, white head formed and showed nice retention...nice lacing

S - A big dose of hops hits your nose...they are mainly citrus but you can pick up some floral and pine notes

T - The hops jump out up front as sweet...the citrus plays a nice role in the flavors...grapefruit and orange...about halfway through the beer the malts become noticealbe...they add some extra sweetness to the beer...the finish is bitter...a nice, drying bitterness

M - Medium bodied...crisp, slick, dry, and a long, lingering bitterness

D - This is one of the best canned beers I've had...and it's always nice to have an IPA inside that can...very balanced in the flavors with a prevailing bitterness...thank you Canada

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can pours a slightly dark, clear copper orange with a decent amount of foam using the sam adams perfect pint glass. Lots of little bubbles fizzing to the top too. Tastes very bitter with a nice citrus/floral hop taste to it. Drinks down pretty smooth and would have no issue making a 6 pack disappear pretty quickly. Glad I finally got to try this one.

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Photo of TheEggman1
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biker30x
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a pint glass at a fishing camp in Canada and later into a snifter back home. Golly, I wish I liked this beer more than I do (and I liked it better at home than I did at the lake. Bottom line, it's just a little on the thin side.

Poured a clear caramel amber with a yellowish head and a thin piny nose. The first sip is hops, but more of an over-hopped lager than a properly hopped ale. The hops were thin and spicy rather than rich and resinous and there was limited sweetness from either malt or fruit to balance. Back home, some of the richer tropical fruit profiles were evident, but still slightly thin. While its color seems to promise a rich and complex expereince, the liquid itself seems better suited to a session or after mowing the lawn. The art on the can is retro-cool enuf to comment on.

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Photo of terence
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ewpass
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear chestnut brown with good head. Citrus hop plus malt nose. Well-balanced firm malt body with gentle carbonation Perfect hop finish. Harmony!

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber, slightly hazy body with lots of frothy head. The scent is nice and fairly rich in citrus and bittering hops with a great malt background to support it all. The taste has a biscuity maltiness with nice citrus and spice notes. It's also quite nutty with some faint acidity, not what I'm used to in IPAs. Additionally, there is a nice earthiness keeping it all together with great smoothness. Awesome IPA, though I wish we could get it fresher on the east coast of Canada.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice amber color with a soapy white head on top. It was a bit darker in color than I expected it to be. The head settles and leaves a pretty good layered lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is hoppy with a toasted malt aroma in there. The taste of the beer is more malty when it's cold, as the beer warms up the fruity citrus hops start to come alive. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, good carbonation and very drinkable. Overall this really seemed a lot like a Nugget Nectar to me... I'd have to do a side by side to really pick out the differences but I really think they were similar despite the difference of style. This beer was really good even though it wasn't the freshest of cans... regardless I would drink this again and recommend it to others as well.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Canned craft from Canada. With the crack of the can, the hops permeate the nose with grapefruit rind, cedar, orange zest, musk, sweet pipe tobacco and some evergreen sap. Clear brassy look going on. Creamy, fluffy medium body pops with a bit of crispness. Hops jump on the taste buds like white on rice, and they are quite aggressive as well, with a high-reaching bitterness and citric rind flavor that gets right to the point. Peach and passionfruit ripeness with some dry toasted maltiness. Bitterness and hop flavor keeps on raking the palate far into the aftertaste. This no-nonsense IPA is hardcore, clean and drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mixture of catty hops and orange citrus. The flavor is a little bit different. I get some resiny hops as well as some orange citrus and pine notes. The bitterness level is about medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with at least 2 big foamy fingers of bright-white colored head. This retains with a hugely frothy look, which leaves a great looking cascade of super thick lacing down the sides of the glass. Nice look here! Pretty lush little hop aroma on this, smelling very floral, spicy, and citric, with a tangy underpinning of sweet malts underneath it. Just a nice fresh pop to this.

The taste is spicy and biting up front, with a splash of grapefruit adding an extra layer of bitter juiciness to the profile. Caramel and bread give this a good balancing tang but the finish is all about the hops, being seriously strong with spice and bitter fruit rinds. The mouthfeel is medium bodied in the mouth, with a generally smooth slickness to it that works itself into more of a pleasant creaminess towards the back of the swallow. The alcohol is very well hid here, helping keep the drinkibility of this up.

Really good canned IPA offering here, that packed plenty of hop character into a well balanced and easy drinking package. This was my first offering from Central City and it was a great start.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice medium to even yellow in color.

S- hops hops hops. citrus notes.

T- A nice hoppy taste not to bold but just right. Citrus fruity notes.

M- less dry and creamy for a ipa.

D- Different with red racer. I think using the same approach to there pale ale but just dump alot of hops to make there ipa. But it works.

Cheers..

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Photo of dcerdman
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of berley31
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, off-white, creamy and fluffy head, that showed good lasting power, and left some nice sticky lacing on the glass. Body is a dark orange color, with just a bit of haze.

S: Very strong aroma, prominently of hops, in the pine and citrus variety... big on the orange, especially. Backed up by a touch of malt sweetness.

T: High hop flavor - lots of citrus, some pine... again, orange is dominant. Enough sweetness to help balance the hops without being cloying, like some IPAs can be. Moderate-high bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O: An excellent American IPA... pretty much lives up to all the hype.

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

This is a very nice IPA. Love the can logo, which is the same for all their beers, just in a different color combination. Nice pink grapefruit rind aromas and tastes flow from this can and at 6.5% you can get a little ahead of yourself. Very easy to drink and kind of cool to drink something this good out of a can. Perfect camping beer.

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

A fantastic IPA that gets back to basics with crisp malt flavor, intense bitterness, smooth hop flavor and aroma, and a dry refreshing finish.

Red Racer pours with a glowing deep golden, light copper hue. Off white foam coats the beer with an even 1" blanket that laces very well. A classic IPA look.

Assertive grapfruit, orange zest, pine resin, and fresh cut grass dominate the rim of the glass. The hops allow just a peak at caramel malts that offset the pungent display of hop oils.

Flavors are very citrusy up front with the rinds of orange, grapefruit, and lemon grass. Light hints of ginger and pine give an extra bite above and beyond the normal IPA's. Bitterness is aggressive and bite pretty hard in the back of the throat. Even with the aggression, the beer remains smooth and crisp with the graham cracker malt buffer.

Medium malty up front with emphasis on hop flavor- later fading into a crisp and fleeting bread crust note and growing hop bitterness.

I like the "back to basics" attitude of this beer. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada's IPA but with more gumption. Thanks indiapaleale!

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

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy caramel color with a one finger of creamy, white head. Head recedes quickly leaving spots of sticky lacing.

S: Nose is big piney and citrus hops with a nice light caramel malt hint.

T: Taste starts with a nice bitter pine hops flavoring. A bit of bite from floral hop notes that is evened out with a caramel malt flavoring. Bitterness somewhat hangs on in the back of your throat.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy body with a sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. This is an IPA worth sitting with for a while.

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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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