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:
482
Ratings:
1,074
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
196
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167
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Photo of dar482
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I got this in Philadelphia and the can reads as "Red Betty."

The beer comes in a dark rich amber, almost ruby color with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has grapefruit, a bit of caramel malt, and tons of pine, some spiciness. A very clean hoppiness. Very deep dank pine in there and a bit of alcohol in the end.

The flavor starts of some caramel malt. Then there is just lots of grapefruit, dank pine, huge flavor, lots of lasting bitterness. A hop juiciness that keeps the beer clean and not too cloying bitter. This beer is very in your face with the pine and long bitterness.

I had this next to Bell's Two Hearted and preferred this. This is just a fantastic IPA. It packs tons of flavor and also has a good balance of hops and malt. For pine bombs, like Green Flash West Coast, this is where I think it is at. Just a world class IPA.

I had this blind next to Meadowlark IPA and Ithaca Flower Power. This one out with Flower Power in second.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, malt, pine, hint of floral

T-bready malt, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, pine, light herbal and mild to moderate bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, but not as much forward hop flavor as I prefer

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a pair of 341 ml cans from an LCBO I'd never been in for $2.45CDN. Was aware that this was considered a very good beer, but didn't realize how good until recently.

Appearance - Clear copper orange color head with a last finger of white head. Tons of effervescent bubbles.

Smell - Quite piney and earthy with some substantial lemon undertones. I can tell that this will be hoppy, and quite astringent just from the smell.

Mouthfeel - Piney, but has a malty sweetness that I find lacking from all but the best in this style. This shows up in the middle of the sip. Also and earthy taste and obviously quite bitter. The sweet undercurrent lingers and contrasts nicely with the bitterness. Surprisingly the hops are not overdone here, illustrating technique and control, so whilst providing a great hoppy IPA, there is great balance too.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich, high carbonation, palate scrubbing.

Overall - Definitely worth trying, and one of the best IPA's I've ever had. While I enjoy IPA's it's not my favorite style, but really appreciated the complexity and balance in this one. A must try.

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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 CalgaryFMC
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I will qualify this review by saying that I have searched for this one for a while, as it has a stirling reputation but is not always easy to find in Alberta. I found a six-pack at a Superstore liquor outlet of all places. Maybe a holy grail type mindset will bias this review, but regardless here goes. Pours a really nice burnished orange-amber color, with the copper liquid giving way to epic quantities of pale foam if you are patient and avoid a sissy pour down the sides, and I recommend this as the aroma is something to behold. Strong grapefruit and mango meld with brown sugar and pepper, and a taste echoes these elements and then some. I get these aromas on the palate, along with a musky tropical note like guava, a bittersweet component that recalls licorice, orange breakfast crystals, and a dank weediness like so-called BC bud. An amazing amount of flower shop perfume. Add some camphor and pine elements (catty?) and a bit of a musty currant vibe and you get a pretty amazing complexity that renders this beer's accolades just. The finish is classic bitterness but not hop bomb rank ... I enjoy the latter approach in imperial IPAs but here see the refined finish as a positive. The bitter builds a bit as you go but does plateau and the sweetness of the malts remains firmly by its side. A nigh perfectly balanced treat that strikes English malt and American hop notes simultaneously, without causing the Revolutionary War. They brew this in Surrey? I suppose the holy grail is going to be found in the remote inhospitable jungle, not on an idyllic beach.
Edit: I am happy with this review but figured I'd mention that this one is getting easier to find. Rejoice!

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650ml (no dating)
A: transparent, copper
S: fresh pine and caramel malt balance. Nice.
T: a hard bitterness dominates and lingers. Flavours are mostly malty but generally underwhelming so bitterness clearly dominates. With food, it cuts but doesn't compliment or contrast.
M: medium bodied.
O: The bitterness is really "in your face" and IMO the flavours aren't enough to create a balanced taste.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml can into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Light, orangey copper color pouring to 2-3 fingers of thick white head settling to a thick collar and leaving some nice lacing.

S: A big, sticky PNW hop nose (big, but not huge) with some nice spicy notes and a bit of caramel and malt.

T: Right from the start, a bit wack of American bittering hops, spicy and floral balanced out by a big malty body. The finish is long, dry, hoppy and tight.

M: Medium body and carbonation (appropriate for style); Full, round, smooth.

O: A pretty beer with a big hoppy, malty nose. The hops and malt extend onto the palate making a really well balanced IPA!

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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 GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-copper coloring with a filmy, clingy, off-white head that settles into a low profile coating. Aromas of tangy sweet caramel malts and biscuits in the backbone, with a resiny and subtle floral hops profile. Smells like a well balanced IPA. Flavors are floral and resiny bitter forward, with a solid caramel and toffee backbone keeping the balance. Roasted throughout, with piny highlights. The end of the palate is dominated by bitter, green, hops resin, leading to a bitter, rich aftertaste, with citrus tart notes showing up, as well. Smooth, somewhat light in mouth, but bold overall. Great lacing left along the glass. Bitter, slick, slightly drying finish. Solid brew.

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Photo of Watershed
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355mL can into a pokal. Rich gold with pinkish highlights, it doesn't have the richness of colour that many IPAs do, almost as if its been a little over-filtered. The smell is sharp piney hops backed with sweet floral malts, and not overly strong -- an aroma that leads one to expect an IPA on the light, refreshing side, rather than a fuller, more mouth-filling example of the style. And that's exactly what we get: a quintessential summer IPA, nicely balancing an almost British malt profile (think Deuchars IPA) with west-coast hops, while not going overboard on either. In the finish, though, the hops take over, their grapefruit-pith bitterness lingering after any hint of sweet has vanished.

Overall, while there's a lot of flavour here, its lightness both keeps it almost sessionable and (less positively) prevents it from reaching the highest heights of the style.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a perfectly clear light orange copper. Great light tan head, 1.5 fingers tall. Good retention, decent lacing.

S - tons of fresh grapefruit and citrusy/juicy fruit aromas. Sweet caramel malts are relatively mild.

T - quite bitter, mango/pineapple/orange rinds, very resinous. Slightly dry bitterness lingers through the finish. Very refreshing.

M - medium/light bodied, decent carbonation. Very drinkable/refreshing

O - fantastic bitterness, crispness and refreshing, easy to drink. Delicious

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Photo of Olek4374
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We recently got this beer and it's Pale Ale buddy in my store for the great price of 16 dollars for a six-pack. Even for Canada, that's a lot. I was intrigued however, that this had a 95 on beer advocate - the highest rating of and Canadian craft beer we have at my store save for La Fin Du Monde. I love to try new stuff, and this is hard to resist.

It pours a brilliant orange colour - a little more attractive than some other IPAs I've had - which is a tall order. The aroma is rich in grapefruit and hops. Grapefruit is a natural pairing for beer, and whether or not some was added to the beer, it's extremely palatable. The taste is powerfully hoppy, which seriously makes me wonder how hoppy their imperial IPA must be. Pity we can't get it in. There is a ton of texture on my tongue, and the aftertaste is strong and citrusy. This is really a beer for hop heads. I love me an IPA and even I find this a wee bit strong. Still, it's an extremely good beer and I await the rest of the 6-pack.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Being told this was "City Red IPA" at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan, I got it on-tap. Seeing as how this is all that comes up when I type that in, I have to assume this is the beer. And considering its high ratings... I think it's a safe assumption.

Appearance: A deep red color with no head ... no lacing to speak of either. Rather "blah" and unexciting.

Smell: Hops, but there's more to it than that... you can definitely tell it's a red, because there's plenty of malt notes in there. A lot of piney aromas dominate. My friends weren't too happy when I talked ... they thought it smelled awful. It probably did on my breath. :(

Taste/feel: Outstanding, to say the least... it truly is. There's a pretty massive bitterness, but the mouthfeel is smooth and the finish is pretty sweet. If you want some hops, this'll do it for you. A lot of the grassy and piney notes without much citrus, so go with this if you want a beer along those lines. Incredibly balanced, insanely drinkable, fantastic tasting. I absolutely love the red characteristics with the hops in this one ... a lot of times it's out of whack, but this is very nicely done.

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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 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 patre_tim
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Copper Brown, slight orange colour. Little apparent carbonation, thin white head becomes a film. Chunky lacing.

S: Fruity citra tropical hops scream from the can as you open it. So fruity. Tropical pineapple and papaya and mangos. Spice and pine on the end. I think of yellow jello in smell. Floral. Wow. My first this strong.

T: Again wow. Its not as strong as I was expecting from the smell, but the flavours all come through with a nice sweetness that is not overwealming but rather subdued. There’s not the overburn of say the Flying Monkey’s Atomic one, making it more drinkable and palatable and delicious. I am getting fruitloops in the mouth as an aftertaste. Bitterness is of course there in the mouth afterward, but the sweetness and balance made me not even realize this at first until I payed attention.

M: Low carbonation, medium to heavy body that is moderately syrupy.

O: Awesome. Liking it. Its up there for me.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 355ml can, poured into a glass

Appearance - Not much of a head. What is there disappears pretty quickly. No matter, the beer is a gorgeous light copper colour. Minimal lacing on the sides.

Smell - Overwhelming citrus and pine sent. if there is anything else there, and there very well may be, this overpowers it.

Taste - Citrus and pine again. Citrus and pine. You can really taste those centennial hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body with pretty low carbonation. An unsatisfactory finish to an otherwise fantastic brew.

Overall - 4.5

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 355 ml can into a pint glass.

A: a lovely copper/gold hue with a two finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S: a fantastic mix of pines and citrus with just a hint of malts.

T: citrus and pines come forward with the bitterness of this and the malts are there again.

M: medium carbonation, fairly light body, dry finish

O: an admitted IPA-phobe mere months ago, this beer is one of a few that changed my opinion. This beer is fantastically crisp, easy drinking and full of flavour. Generally beer of this quality costs a bit more...but at just over $2 a can, I will certainly have a few in the waiting all summer long.

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Photo of SebD
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Re-Review of a fresher can

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, piney resins and sweet bready/caramelly malts .

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus and grapefruit along with resiny pine hops and sweet bready/caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Solid IPA, definitely one of the best in Canada.

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Photo of ChrisCorbin
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite brew, a ranking which I base on overall quality and availability. There may be better IPAs, but not ones on which I can consistently purchase. The crisp taste that lingers on the palate tastes of citrus and piney notes, and the there is no concept of diminishing returns with this beer, I find I can enjoy them all night.

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Photo of 1hotdr
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very flavorful. It is a complex flavor though. Not the hoppiest, but still very hoppy. Not a great choice for your first IPA or to give to others who don't drink a lot of IPA's. It is a bit expensive, ~$3 per can where I shop so I don't drink a ton of it but for special occasions I like it a lot.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good ipa color here, amber, orange and yellow. Nice 3/4" head on it, doesn't stick around too long, its somewhere between white and off white.

Aroma was hoppy, not proprietary hoppy, but just run of the mill C hop hoppy, and enjoyable. Maybe there was Simcoe, it was a little bit piney.

Taste, solid, not a heavy malt bill, but neither too light, minimal caramel, the hopping was solid, again, not too exotic, pretty straight up enjoyable. Peppery at times, but far from overly. Considerable bitterness that isn't a chore, because of the other flavors going on.

Grassy mouthfeel to the hops. Good stuff. Good, not great. Check it out if reasonably priced. But there's hundreds of 'em out there.

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Photo of Omnium
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can > Pint Glass
A - Pours a really nice golden color, thick foamy two finger head, great lacing.
S - Nice aroma, assorted citrus aromas, fresh hops, some pine and spices.
T - A nice bite of citrus hops, and bitterness, a lighter sweet malt, some yeast, and some dry pine. Some wheatish flavor and bitter barley at the end.
M - Medium feel, but I'm not liking the aftertaste all that well.
O - This is a good IPA right out of the can, do I think its stellar? not really, but if found at a reasonable price, definitely worth getting.

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Photo of maximum12
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rutager for dropping this 12 oz. can as an extra into a recent box. Had this on tap during trips to Vancouver years ago & really enjoyed it, so very happy to have a few sips in the comfort of my own pig sty. Best by 5/2/13 stamped on the bottom, whatever that means.

The pour is non-stop orange, clear as a bell (sound-wise, not sight-wise), with a nice white cap if that's your thing. Actually reminds me a bit of champagne. Nose consists of citrus, pine, bitterness, & a bit of sweet, malt-dipped bread.

Red Racer could be used as a defibrillator. This patient has had too many barrel aged stouts, quick, grab the Red Racer....wham! Beep beep beep. Over-the-top hops start with tongue-fired bitterness before opening the trench coat to reveal drippy, thick pine sap. Faint light fruits, but their overwhelmed by the bitterness. Mid-palate come a few dry, crumbling flowers along with burnt caramel. Bitterness reasserts itself on the end, & I do believe the top of my mouth is actually a little singed & tender. Very syrupy for a good IPA, which I find unusual - usually syrupy = over malty. I could drink this until the Twins won another World Series.

Well, I do believe this doesn't suck. If you like your IPAs with balance, stay away. If you like your IPAs like they should be, drink this. Excellent with undertones of wonderful: a top-shelf IPA.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours a very murky deep copper orange body with a thin beige foam that is supported by strands of microbubbles that appear close to the glass.

S- The green hop hint finishes with a strong pecan nut aroma. There is some green woody aromas to the hops that turn into endive as it opens but they stay soft.

T- The full taste of butter pecans leads to a watery taste and a faint pungent woody bitterness lingers in the finish.

M- the medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no astringency or alcohol heat noticed

O- This beer is very odd but not bad. I was hoping for and IPA but there was really no hops noted at all. The butter pecan flavor was one of the best nut flavors I have tasted in a beer. I which this was dated cause I have no idea if this was the intended flavor or the aged flavor?

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