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

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BA SCORE
94
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482 Reviews
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:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
197
Gots:
165
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 482 | Ratings: 1,072
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 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 HopHeadRyan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into Philadelphia Brewing Company tumbler pint glass...

A - Hazy orange - Creamy thick offwhite head that hangs around- nice sticky lacing

S - Like a Pine forest hit with a Orange-citrus Nuke!! An explosion of sappy pine resin, evergreen pine needles, and fresh orange juice and zest; also a nicely complementing caramel-biscuit backbone (just enough to keep things closer to balanced)

T - All of the above notes...tastes like putting pine needles and cones in a blender with fresh oranges, dried biscuits, and sweet caramel, and hitting puree! Delicious!

Mouthfeel - Nice creamy carbonation, medium bodied, not overly syrupy...great stuff!

Overall - I love this beer, and when you get it fresh (1 month old or less) it is superb. I would love to have this on draft! IMO it should be higher up on the list of Top American IPAs - - probably the best example of a Pine-focused IPA I've ever had! Great Stuff! Definitely try it! Especially you hopheads!

Cheers!

Note: After pouring the beer...hang onto the can...it will smell of pine for a while after the beer is gone...fun to sniff...smells awesome!

Caution - - When purchasing Pale Ales of any strength...especially "Americans" be sure to find out how fresh it is...if you want that exceptional hop nose you want it fresh...b/w 1-3 months from package date (otherwise you will end up with cloying near-undrinkable malt-bombs...not tasty)

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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 Hornet2003
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap and in growler...both are stellar and deserve the title of BC's best beer.

Appearance: Copper-yellow with a small, lasting head.

Smell: Verrry fragrant hops. You can almost smell the bitterness. A little grassy and definitely oily. A sourness comes through as well as a dark fruity malt richness.

Taste: Bitter and oily. A little bit of a spicy character. Not as citrusy as some other highly hopped IPAs. Just plain hop juice. This is what I imagine hop tea would taste like. There is a little alcohol as well in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Less carbonation than your average bottled IPA. Probably since this is a growler sample, but it's perfect. Extreme bitterness that goes unrivaled by other CDN IPAs. Dark, rich flavours pervade and a little bit of oiliness as well.

Drinkability: Very high. Alcohol is too high to session, but a few pints(with a designated driver) would be perfect. Great bitter character that isn't oppressive and doesn't leave you bored either.

Overall: Best IPA in BC? Yep! Can't get much better than this. Huge hop profile with strong malty richness to back it up. I'd love to try an Imperial version of this if the brewer was ever so inclined to make it :)

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Photo of seanh99
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Given a can in exchange for a can of Harpoon IPA, I think I came out ahead. From Tasting notes 5/30/10

A: Poured aggressivly into shaker/pint glass, Pours a dark copper, 3+ fingers of pillowy white head that settled to about 1 and then lasted thru more than half the beer.

S: Grapefruit smell upfront and maybe a bit of pine in the background, made my mouth water... I didn't get a lot of maltiness in the aroma

T: Big juicy, citrusy flavors, might have noted pineapple or not but no real Pine taste that I got from the Aroma. that finished with the nice (maybe biscuty, graham cracker) malt.

M: As expected Hop flavor coated my toungue. Felt good in my mouth

D: Really good, I agree that with a review below that this beer is dangerously drinkable. This in one that I could see having several sitting on my deck.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Poured this into a tulip glass. Color is a clear light amber orange. Small white head with some spotted lace. Nice looking color and clarity for an IPA. Extra 0.5 for the lacing on the glass after I was finished drinking it.

S- Smell is loaded with citrus which is my preference in an IPA. Tangerines, orange, and grapefruit. Mild aroma of pineapple as well. The hops are held up with a solid caramel malt backbone.

T- Sharp grapefruit & citrus rind up front, turns slightly sweet and ends with a piney bite, but it doesn't linger much.

M- I think the body could use a little help with the weight, but decent overall.

D- By far the best IPA from Canada that I can get my hands on in my neck of the woods at a decent price. The low level of bitterness and hidden abv makes this dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light amber color into a snifter. Half a finger of head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is big, bright grapefruit citrus.

Taste is more bitter grapefruit citrus and a slight pine flavor mixed with a slight roasted grain taste that seems to perfectly complement the hops. If you like grapefruit hop flavor, this is the beer for you.

Mouthfeel is reasonably dry with a good amount of substance from the roasted malt. Moderate carbonation.

One of the more intense grapefruit hop flavors I have gotten from a beer ever. Really nice hop flavor with a roasted grain profile that works well. A surprisingly amazing IPA. I had samples of FW Double Jack and Port Mongo before this and Red Racer stood out as the best and most flavorful.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy and hazy golden yellowish-orange with a 2-finger white head that last a little while. Nice sticky lace.

S- Lemon and orange zest up front, grapefruit, pineapple, and maybe some mango.

T- Lemon and orange zest again, more grapefruit and pineapple.

MF- Medium body on this one. Lighter on the carbonation then it originally looked.

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Photo of Walken
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Central City: Red Racer IPA (Tasted 11/30/09)
12 oz. can, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazed gold with a monstrous off-white head of sea foam that leaves rings of lace on the sides of the pint glass as it fades, solid half-inch of residual head.
Odor: Damn. White grapefruit with a healthy dose of waxy rind, orange and some spice from the hops. Low riding crystal malt aroma melds perfectly with the hops, lending a a rich candied pineapple background scent. A little subdued for style, but what it lacks in intensity, it more than makes up for with variety.
Consistency: High end of light bodied, bordering on medium. Hop oils and low carbonation make for an ultra clean, smooth drinking experience.
Flavor: The aroma is very telling. Mouth full of C-hops, grapefruit. pine orange. Once again, the light honeylike/candied malt gives a sweetish, tropical fruit dimension to the hop flavor. Bitterness is firm, obviously going above and beyond balancing the malt. Finish is clean, hops dominate, leaving a light coating of bitter oily goodness on the tongue.

Man, it's expectional IPA's like this that make me smile. It's a hop bomb alright, it's unbalanced, but the beer isn't dry or sweet to the point of absurdity. Glad this is available in MA and in cans no less! Paired with spicy "all the leftovers fit to simmer turkey stew".

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

A - Surprisingly clear for an IPA. With good helping of white head. Decent retention.

S - Blast of citrus (grapefruit) and pine and grassy hops, in that order. Hops dominate and nothing else really comes out.

T - Again, hops dominate with citrus and pine. Malt character is more detectable here, mostly rich with a bit of caramel.

M - Puckering for sure, with a good and smooth mouthfeel (other than the puckering, haha).

D - Highly drinkable. I've been drinking these for a while.

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

3/4 inch big bubbled foamy off white head with clear amber body.

Huge fresh hop aromas in this. Citrus and pine are most dominant. Slight sense of a sweetish caramel-y malt. Tropical notes hit here too, i get pineapple.

Hop spice followed by a caramel malt with the citrus finishing big with hops that linger to bitter close.

Very smooth mouthfeel light side of medium. Dry finish.

Delcious beer. Happy with the abundance of hops and the lingering bitter close, that has a hint of sweetness. Lots of taste packed in that can.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Casey10 for hooking me up.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a gold amber color with fluffy off-white head that dissipates very slowly laving patterns of lacing all over the glass. Very clear as well, looks impressive.

S: Big piney hops with a citrus finish. Hints of malt come through, but they're pretty well dominated by the hops.

T: Much more balanced than I was expecting based on smell. Beautiful, luscious hops are complemented by a warming malt backbone. Quite tasty.

M: Very impressive mouthfeel for an IPA. Incredibly smooth, with just enough bite from the hops. Leaves my mouth slightly slick. Gorgeous.

D: I don't think it can improve in this category. Hands down, one of the most drinkable IPAs I've ever had. Thanks again Brian!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Day sixteen of the Central City/Parallel 49 advent calendar. 330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep orange with a monstrous off white head that leaves sturdy rock climbing wall lace as it recedes.

Smells of citrus rind, pine resin and tropical fruit with some caramel malt.

Tastes of pine resin, bitter oranges, pineapple and caramel malt backbone. Citrus and pine rule here.

Feels medium-heavy with smooth carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Easily a contender for Canada's best IPA.

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Photo of boddhitree
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Central City Brewers: Red Racer IPA, 6.5%. -
no list of ingredients or IBU level on the bottle. This bottle was delivered by a friend who's a flight attendant, directly off the plane. Super!

Appearance: Light orange to amber with hints of brown, all under a snow white foam, which leaves a slight amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Lots and lots of melon, grapefruit, other tropical fruits, your typical C-hops aroma, and some crystal malt sweetness and then, a little alcoholic feel in the nose.

Flavor:
Front: The first flavor is citrus, melon, a decent amount of bitterness, a little tartness and some sweetness behind all that.

Mid: More citrus, melon, grapefruit, and again, a decent bitterness, heavy but not overpowering here. Again, a little tartness but on the side it’s both bitter and a crystal malt sweetness is quite strong, which is good, making it a nice balanced IPA.

Back: Lots more citrus and tropical fruit, and here we can feel a large sweet wave of crystal and pale malts to balance out the bitterness, which actually comes across quite mild. You get a very nice dose of caramel here, more than your average IPA… are they using Münchner malt?

Aftertaste: Bitterness, sweet caramel and tartness with a shot of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, not quite thick enough for my taste, but still not thin and weak. It’s almost süffig.

Overall: For a “West Coast IPA,” very very good, almost great. It’s not Heady Topper or Pliny the Younger, but what is? It’s still a excellent IPA.

I have to say what’s missing for me is healthy shot of caramel from Münchner that I’ve come to like from a few Germany IPAs. A 4.4 from 5.

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

Many thanks to macmaster761

A: Pours a brilliant clear deep golden color. Fluffy white head that lasts and leaves its mark.

S: Beautiful. Smells like a coniferous forest right after a spring rainshower, which sounds ridiculous...but its true! Also a little bit of spiciness in the aroma.

T: Wow. Spicy, piney hops. Not a lot of malt to back it up. All hops, all day. Juicy citrus...maybe tangerine? Slight malt sweetness in the finish.

M: Prickly carbonation feels appropriate. Slightly creamy. Nice fresh-hop aftertaste that lingers on, but in a pleasant way.

D: High. The only thing stopping me from grabbing another is the fact that I gave my other can to a friend. I could easily have several of these in one sitting.

The strong reviews are accurate. This is a very well done west coast style IPA. Who doesn't love a great beer in a can? This would definitely be a go-to beer for me if it was available in the area. I'll probably seek this out via trade again in the future.

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Photo of squaremile
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If this beer was more widely distributed in the US it would be raved about. A true west coast IPA, orange/gold color with disappearing head, great hop bitterness, resinous, fills the mouth with flavor, biting on the sides of the tongue. The nose is just a tad mild for my liking and the drinkablity is excellent. One of the best single IPAs I've ever had.

EDIT: Drink these quickly, the hops seem to fade a bit even after a brief period of time.

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Photo of Otterburn
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber color, quite dark, active medium bubble carbonation activity, offwhite foamhead

smell: strong hop smell, citrus, some herbs

taste: strong hop taste, bitter but very mild and almost fruity,sweet. very good taste well balanced

mouthfeel: full body,round

drinkability is excellent, nice ipa moderate bitterness with attitude and punch

good stuff

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Photo of Azurescens
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can canned on 6/28/11 poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 8/17/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with off-white head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, grapefruit in particular with some pine notes and a touch of malt that comes through all the hops.

T: Moderate hop bitterness with citrus, pine and grass hop flavors and some sweet pale malt.

M: Crisp light-moderate body with moderate carbonation and dry finish.

O: Solid IPA, but nothing spectacular. Good drinkability and balance, not overly bitter like many IPAs out there.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light orange, with about an inch of white head on top. Not a particularly good looking beer, but man, I can smell it from a ways away.

S - Wow, this is a pungent beer. Hops, hops, hops. Citrusy fruits, mainly orange. I can't imagine a better smelling IPA.

T - Slightly less exciting than the smell, but still a very good tasting beer. Pretty much everything from the smell, but slightly muted. A decent malt body at the finish to round it all out and clean the finish.

M - Fairly creamy, well carbonated. The alcohol isn't palatable, which I like. There isn't a lingering bitterness, which is awesome.

Overall, an awesome beer. I love the can-ness of it, and it's a super fruity IPA. Low ABV helps, too. Very well done.

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

Great cloudy appearance. Nearly apple jelly-like in colour... kind of a mix of pumpkin, honey, and amber. The head is foamy and creamy, and left lots of lacing, right from the very rim of the glass to the very bottom.

Wow... the smell! I didn't expect that from this little can. Way better than expected. It's very hoppy / floral / fruity... very reminiscent of Hop Stoopid.

This could be the best beer I've ever had from a can. It tastes very much like it smells... some juniper / pine, grapefruit, and a bit of lemon. There is a slight pepper (or spice/grain) taste in its bitter finish.

Great mouthfeel. There's an airiness on the exhale... the back of your throat opens up. Carbonation is just right, and not sharp when held in the mouth. A medium body that's both smooth and quenching.

Very drinkable!

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

Lets see how my 1st Canadian IPA goes down. IPA going international. I love the concept.

The head on this is insanely excellent. Rises up like a Phoenix from the ashes. Smells excellent. Pine and citrus fills the nostrils.

Color is on the lighter side for an IPA, you can see through the glass, semi-clear, golden amber/brown, comparable to apple juice.

Tastes rich, can really taste the malty flavor, the hop flavor is there, not over-powering though. Not the most bitter IPA I've had, slight bitterness at the end, but relatively subtle by my standards. Definitely tasting the citrus and pine more than anything right now. Not that dry either. Good flavor, not exactly what I was expecting, but definitely a well crafted IPA, goes down smooth and tastes really good. I was expecting a bit more hops/bitter/dryess but I think the way they did it is great, and I wouldn't change anything.

A solid beer, I'd get it again and be happy with it.

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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 OskarL
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A clear golden/amber color with a massive frothy white head that settles into a one finger head which has really good retention and nice leaves lacing.

A wonderful smell of hops, almost like smelling on them before brewing! Pine, citrus and a little floral backed by little sweetness.

Pine, some citrus, mangoo and pineapple that are backed by some sweet caramelmalt, finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and little carbonation.

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.
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