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 | website

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:
1,072
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
14.89%
 
 
Wants:
197
Gots:
165
For Trade:
3
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Photo of canucklehead
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG this is the best IPA in BC. Bigger and more fragrant than Hophead or Phillips. Incredibly balanced and hoppy as all hell. This is the one I have been waiting for since I started drinking IPAs in BC. Utterly brilliant and also in a can for bonus points

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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 peensteen
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to northyorksammy for this one.

Pours a cloudy amber that almost looks like a peach colour because of the haze, 1/4" white head. Smells strongly of citrus, grapefruit is the most front and center, bit hop presence in the nose. Tastes of citrusy hops, nice dry bitterness that finished long and left a slight taste of white grape...very, very nice. Nice slick medium mouthful, very drinkable and overall outstanding IPA.

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Photo of deapokid
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from an attractive green can painted to reflect 1950's Americana. An interesting choice of design for a Canadian brewery.

Liquid is calm and lightly carbonated with thin head and almost no lacing. Color is a bright, nearly neon, red with hints of a straw gold.

Scent is of warm hops and tart citrus. Aroma is well balanced between sweeter smells & dryer scents and manages to be quite appealing.

Taste is malty with an almost biscuit-like quality. An amber sweetness is in the forefront and it ends up being a bit sweeter than expected. Unfortunately, the hop strength fades as it warms, which throws off the delicate balance.

This brew is smooth on the tongue and low on the hop scratch meter. It's more of a display of balance than power, most of the time, before it gives way to grapefruit sweetness.

I could see this being the go-to beer for IPA fans who prefer something a hint maltier, and, as a nice alternative to the traditional American IPA, it succeeds.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew for winning a LIF held by indiapaleale. Thanks Russ!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

Clear orange/yellow color with a white head that thinned to a layer and left good streaks of lacing.
Smell is good and hoppy, citrus and pine.
Taste is a blast of citrus hops with plenty of bitterness and subtle malt to balance things out.
Medium bodied with a crisp feel and dry finish.
Easy to drink this tasty American IPA from Canada.

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

12oz. can on 3/5/10.

A - Emerged from the aluminum as a clear amber/orange body with almost two fingers of frothy beige foam that retained quite well and yielded thick swatches of lacing.

S - A pungent hop bouquet of pine and citrus with hints of herbal notes happliy coexists with a sweet caramel malt foundation to create a wonderfully aromatic IPA nose.

T - Lots of hops in here with primarily citrus and piney attributes, but also herbal and perfumy notes as well. The caramel malt backbone provides a sweet balance to the fairly aggressive hop character. The citrus presence really becomes more apparent as the liquid warmed up a bit. Finishes with a moderate hop bite.

M - Medium bodied with a slick, oily texture and lively carbonation, resulting in a pretty crisp mouthfeel. Finishes with lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - IPA from a can. Why aren't there more of them around? Them Canucks can make a good IPA, eh?

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

Red Racer IPA pours a slightly hazy, amber color with a medium sized creamy white head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind some spots and patches of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with floral hops including notes of orange citrus and pine. A hint of bready yeast and pale malt is mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and dry on the palate with a light carbonated fizz on the tongue. The flavor is hoppy and bitter with a nice malt balance. It begins with a bitter floral hop flavor of orange citrus, pine and a peppery spice. In the middle some toasted and amber malt moves in which helps balance out the hops. It finishes dry with a sweet malt flavor. Once gone the bitter peppery spice lingers on the palate.

This is a well balanced, very tasty beer. It may become my go to beer when I need a six pack for a party or to enjoy at home.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the Craft Beer Cellar and finally making time to review and escpecially enjoy this Canadian beauty. Beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a nice orange/amber color with signs of little carbonation. One finger head reduced to a thin layer very quickly.

Smell: Can you say hoppy? Yes sir, plenty in this one. Notes of pine and citrus like orange and grapefruit. This beer belongs on an island or in a forest. Pretty much works for most people.

Taste: Just like the smell, pine, grapefruit, and orange. Definitely picking up some biscuit notes and sweet malts to balance out the bitterness in the beer. Even though it was brewed in Canada, they definitely had American IPA in mind.

Mouthfeel: A little boozy, slightly chewy, decently carbonated, and bitter towards the end.

Overall: This is a good beer that follows a lot of West Coast IPA styles. Do love the fact that they come in cans and are great for the beach, golf, hiking, or anything outside. I enjoyed this one and will be purchasing more in the future.

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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 Sean9689
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra, but I can't remember from who. Anywho, thank you unknown BAer. Poured from can into my Goose Island pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark copper/orange with a couple fingers-worth of white frothy head. There's a good amount of lacing along the sides as the head dies down and a nice thin cap at the top. A really solid-looking IPA.

S - A nice crisp hoppy/floral aroma, slight malt, grapefruit. Very straightforward but then again, right on target for me.

T - I can tell this isn't super fresh, but it's still very good. Not quite as much hoppy/citrus notes as I expected, good floral notes, more malts on the palate compared to the nose. Slightly bitter finish but predominantly malts.

M - Light, clean & crisp, good carbonation with an oily finish.

D - A very solid IPA and I would love to have another chance at when super-fresh. That said, I enjoyed it very much!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Body is a completely transparent rich amber hue. Pours with a nice 2 finger or so foamy white head. Head fades to 1/2 finger and has really good retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Lots of juicy grapefruit, other citrus, a hint of pine, and a hint of sweet caramel malt. Nose is moderate in strength and the focus is on the hops.

T-A ton of juicy citrus-grapefruit and orange upfront-with a mild, but present caramel malt backbone. These flavors intensify for the finish with an added refreshing kick of prickly pine hops. What lingers is a moderate residual pine bitterness-crisp and refreshing.

M-Medium to high prickly carbonation and a full light to medium weight body that is slightly oily.

D- This is a great, refreshing IPA. Couldn't think of anything better on a 95 degree day here in WNW PA.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. can ~ 1 of 2 brought to Portland by BanditBrewingCo... how crazy that a Boston-area BA brings this British Colombian brew practically back home. Surrey is just 300 mi. north of here... Poured to a pint glass.

Eye-catching can design: lots of contrasting red and green, a burly criser bike ridden by a lovely lass, red hair and skirt a-flyin' against a squiggly backdrop of hop cones and leaves. She's hot. A keeper.

A: Popped the top and...a GUSHER! Ivory foam builds rapidly, an oozing eruption from the can; fortunately I caught nearly every drop. Cloudy, unfiltered complexion in a chestnut/auburn pour; a few small flecks of fallout rest at the bottom of the glass. Decent carbonation, but of any great strength or abundance. Lace as thick and white as the stockings worn by the girl on the can...sorry, I really can't stop looking at the label.

S: Piney hops pop from the glass at first...the aroma wafts from 3' feet away where the glass sat on the table. Scent subsides and becomes more 'musty grain' and duller hops, still good strength just not as enticing.

T: Wow! Now, that's an IPA: big caramel malt and pine tree resin and peppery spice to match. Green salad herbs, cut grass, plenty of pithy rind bitterness that tingles like an Arizona grapefruit. For all the brutishness of the hops, malts work deftly to balance - a little candy sweetness in the finish amidst the greenness.

M: A mouthwatering coating of hop oils gives this a 'juicy' feel; medium body and crisp carbonation. A little slick, then a lasting bitter finish.

D: Wonderful IPA, captures the 'Northwest Style' with a not-so-brash bitterness that falls well within the range of IPAs I enjoy.

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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 harrymel
1.6/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Canned: unk

Pours copper with a good two fingers of light taupe foam that falls to a sizable quilt. Lots of lace - good looker. Smells of weed, plastic, harsh chemicals and some grass; reminds me of beer made with untreated Spokane water. Not appealing nose. Flavor is bitter with a metallic character and some herbal and almost lemon tea flavors. Again, not impressive, not good. Medium bodied with moderate leaning toward hi carb and an off dry finish. I'm really surprised at the ratings on this beer. It's nothing as I had anticipated. Then again, I can't tell when this was canned.

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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 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 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 BigBry
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 ml green can, with the 'Red Racer' girl. Compliments of an in-person trade with stagger, Thanks again!
The color is deep orangish gold, slightly hazy. Bright white foam forms a thick head, sticky lace, thin ring lasted the entire glass.
Nice smells of citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and orange come out. There is some bready malt present as well.
Taste has the same tropical fruity hops, citrus, pink grapefruit. Sharp and bitter, but still a bit sweet not burning. A bit of pine sap at the end. After the big hop flavors, the biscuit malty taste follows up to keep everything in balance. I would say medium body, moderate carbonation. Crisp, smooth, then dry in that order. Drinkability: great, wish I had more than one.
I tried not to let the hype surrounding this one cloud my judgement, but it is a great example of an American IPA. Tons of flavor, but not a one-dimensional bitter burner.
A fine Canadian-made beer, in a can? Beleive it.

Note to Self: #3 ranked Top Beer in Canada, Ranked #10 American IPA when I tried it.

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Photo of bobsy
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Derek for the can. Purportedly BCs best beer according to CAMRA.

Bright orange pour with a frothy white head. Good retention and some nice rings of lace put down. A wonderfully fresh C-hop aroma greets the nose. Buckets of grapefruit, tangerine and resiny hops. Sublime. Impressively bitter for a Canadian beer and this IPA can hang with the big boys. The balance is definitely weighted to the hops, which provide huge grapefruit and orange peel notes. Its very leafy and delicious. The malt comes through with some biscuit and a light touch of sweetness. Smooth, medium body with a refreshingm yet soft, carbonation.

This is extremely impressive stuff. If this came from a renowned US craft brewery it would be highly desired by all BAs. As it is, lets keep this Canadian secret to ourselves for now.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes
A - slightly cloudy golden, fluffy white head retained at a solid finger with consistent lacing
S - piney and citrus zest, grainy and a light fruity note
T - herbal and spicy hops of front, moving to piney hops with a toasty grain malt, finish of light caramel and grapefruit
M - medium lighter feel, pleasantly bitter
D - very flavourful and goes down extremely easy, this is very sessionable

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Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dan, this was one I was really interested in trying, after hearing so many good things. Pours from the can a clear red-amber color, with a little white head on top. Aromas of grapefruit, pine and caramel. Smooth, medium-bodied, with grapefruit, earth and caramel. A little disappointing, but not bad.

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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 philbe311
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of tightly packed egg shell colored head... Impressive retention... A vibrant glowing orange color... Loaded with swirling vivacious carbonation...

S - Surprisingly the hops don't dominate the nose... Actually quite a nice balance... Biscuit like malts... Caramel... Sweet citrus... A vague earthiness....

T - Exactly what I expected... A wonderful mix of hops... Some bitter... Some juicy and sweet... Sweet citrus... Loads of bready malts... Cracker... A touch of caramel... Everything works to gather well and adds layers of complexity...

M - A slight kiss of foam hits the lips first... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Terrific carbonation... A little bit of chewiness... Lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue...

D - A quite enjoyable American IPA in all aspects... Loaded with flavor and character... Also a quite sessionable 6.5% ABV... Much like the artwork, this a playful and seductive brew which I highly recommend and can't wait to pop open my next one...

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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 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
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