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
Ratings:
1,086
Reviews:
486
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
179
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,086 |  Reviews: 486
Photo of DaveBar
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO 473ml can for $2.50. Served at 6deg C in a tall glass.

A- Very good. Unfiltered. Excellent 1" head that tapers out to film after a couple of minutes

S- Excellent. Hints of cascade hop, grapefruit and yeast

T- Excellent. Very good bite on the tongue for a simple IPA. Not too bitter or hoppy.

O- Excellent! Will buy again now that it's a very reasonable price

Food Pairing

This wonderful small IPA paired well with... Egg salad sandwiches!

Enjoy

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Photo of boszormeny
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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

Pour - Somewhere between amber and gold lies the color of this beer. Nice and clean with little bubbles streaming north to make a sticky, fluffy coat on top.

Aroma - Oh man, this is the stuff. Super fresh squeezed bitter grapefruit, ridiculously piney, resiny awesome hoppiness! It's all there. I could huff this stuff. Has to be one of the best smelling IPAs I've come across (can, bottle or tap) in a while.

Taste - Grapefruit! Wow. This is the most grapefruity beer I've ever had (including Pliny and Hop Stoopid). Super fresh hops, pine, some orange peel but more than anything this tastes like a fresh squeezed grapefruit with a bit of malty goodness thrown in for fun.

Overall - I'm blown away. I would have never thought that this beer came out of this can. Awesome stuff! I love these kinds of IPAs and am stoked I can get this here in New England. Also, this was my first beer from BC and it was excellent! I may need to go back and try the other two that Central Brewing is distributing here in MA.

Would I buy more of it? - Hell yeah! I am going back for another six-pack very soon. This could easily be my go to beer and I'd love it if I had an endless supply in my fridge.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy yellowish orange. Slight 1/4 finger white head that disappears instantly. Almost no lacing to speak of.

S: Big citrus aromas. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and some tangerine. A very slight floral aroma. Not much of a malt backbone, with just a hint of caramel.

T: Caramel upfront. Then citrus and floral bitterness comes through. A soapy, floral, tangerine and mango, with hints of grapefruit and pineapple.

M: Medium bodied. Higher carbonation. Very crisp with a bone dry finish.

O: A good IPA. Not the best but VERY solid. Was hoping for much more bitterness as the nose suggested. I still wasn't let down. Very refreshing beer.

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Photo of 4ster
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft in downtown Toronto at a place called Beerbistro. The beer was marketed as a West Coast style IPA so I had to give it a whirl. Overall I was very impressed. Great aroma and flavor. I'd love to snag some of these to take home. Great beer.

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Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of CurtisD
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz can(!) obtained at Whole Foods in Portland, Maine. Pours a hazy golden amber body with nearly an inch of slowly dissipating off-white head that leaves a good bit of lacing on the side of the glass. Smells intensely hoppy, with citrus (lemon to grapefruit), pith, pine, mint, herb, and just enough caramel and chocolate malt to balance. Tastes very citrussy, lemon and a bit of grapefruit particularly come to mind, with some pith herb, zest... Malt is there but only in the background, though it's fairly pleasant and pronounced with notes of toffee, coffee, and chocolate toward the finish. Medium bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. A really easy-drinker, this beer is disappearing faster than I'd like it to. A pleasant surprise! A top-notch IPA right up there with the best ones from south of the border (US). Well worth the buy if you can find it, I'll definitely be picking this one up again. Yum!

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Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: A monster off-white cap fills up the remaining space in my pint glass, maybe I poured more aggressively than I intended. Very creamy, but this gradually fades to a more modest size, leaving generous lacing down the glass. The color is golden copper, and definitely unfiltered.

Smell: Caramel and pale malt support the large hop aroma. Grapefruit citrus, spicy, herbal, and grassy hops are all apparent in the nose. It makes for a unique smell.

Taste: There is a decent malt backbone to start. Pale malt gives a little flavor, and caramel malt a little more. Grapefruit hops are the first to hit, with some spices coming in next. The end turns herbally and finishes with a long grassy bitterness. Pleasantly bitter, but with enough malt to refresh my palate with each new sip.

Mouthfeel: This has fuller than medium carbonation, with a crisp feel to it. Grainy. The body is fuller than medium. Leaves a resiny bitterness behind the lips.

Drinkability: This is a solid IPA and well balanced to boot. The only issue is the grassy bitterness; that is not my favorite hop flavor.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear copper, kinda minimal diminishing offf white head.
S: toffeeish malts...not my preference for the style. Also spicy, piney/resiny hops with a touch of grapefruit.
T: lightly sweet toffeeish malts are quickly and fully washed out by a sharp and rather astringent aspirin-like hop bitterness. Finishes dry.
M: the tannic quality lingers. Light to medium body seems a touch thin. Soft carbonation.
O: I was expecting to like this more...I can see how others do, it just doesn't hit my preferences for the style.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is one of the better beers I've had in awhile. Its one of those beers that just seem to be made for my taste buds. Lots of lacing and a good head on it. The color is a a mix of orange and copper.

Smells phenomenal, loads of pineapple, passion fruit, caramel and pine.

Tastes of citrus, malt sweetness, oranges, lots of bitterness and a little floral. I could drink this all day long and not get bored. Big thanks to wordemupg for this wonderful beer.

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Photo of gpblackgt
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I am totally swimming against the stream here. This is far from the consensus "A" my fellow BAs have awarded it, in my view. This is a perfectly adequate IPA, but no better.

Pours a mildly hazy golden with a medium head. The aroma is fruity, a little spicy hop, but mostly smells of syrupy malt. The flavor is malty and a little earthy. The hops are flowery but overripe. There is a little sunny quality - lemony, some golden raisin. But the malt is syrupy, like a high-end homebrew. The mouthfeel is a syrupy.

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Photo of 510a
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500th review! Thanks to all on BA for being such a great community in which to explore beer. Reviewing and learning about brewing has turned it from a personal interest into a life long passion. Cheers!

Definitely a brew I've been meaning to try - Volo has had it in cans for a while now, but it's coming to LCBO shelves soon. Top 3 in Canada - worth cracking open for number 500!

Poured into a tulip. Bright marmalade orange in colour, with a big fluffy head possessing spectacular retention. Great circlets of lace cover the sides of the glass. Terrific looking stuff.

Nose is sweet, malty, and with a delightful citrus and tropical hop kick. Peach, orange, grapefruit, mango.

Opens with caramel and tropical fruit, with mango, orange and peach, before the hops clean things up with a crisp bitterness accentuated with notes of tobacco and smoke. Hop bitterness lingers for a touch after each sip. While not a true hop bomb, Central City has opted for balance and diversity of flavor, and the result has paid off nicely.

Medum bodied, touch of creaminess, assertive carbonation bite.

Definitely a top class IPA, and well-worth the hype. This is exactly the kind of IPA I like - though it most definitely provides that essential stiff hoppy jolt, it paints the rest of its picture with many different colours, making for a diverse and enjoyable sipper. Or I could slam several of them in a row straight out the can. Both options are there, which is something I really prize in a brew. Great stuff, and I couldn't be happier with the choice for a milestone review!

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Photo of craytonic
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is an amber-orange, smallish head. Serious lacing. Nice citrus hops, but also a big seaving of malts. Taste is malts, pineapple and mango with bitter orange rind. Finish is very crisp and clean, mouthfeel is a bit malty and heavy though. Very drinkable, although a bit too much malt and not enough hops.

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Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LoudRed
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,086 ratings.
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