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 Roby923
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding! Had it canned from the lcbo, on tap at many calgary bars, and on the lift at Louise (thanks to the fellas from YEG). Always a treat, no matter the occasion.

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

A - Pours a dirty yellowish copper color with a huge three finger creamy white head. Clings to the glass as the foam disappites.

S - Wow! Huge pine and citrus hops immediately jump out on the nose.

T - Starts out with bitter hop wave that is backed up ever so slightly by a malt backbone. Pine needles, mild citrus, grapefruit rind.

M - On the thin side, light and very smooth.

O - This is my first Canadian Ipa and well worth seeking out. My favorite Ipa in a can thus far. Well done Central City!

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

Pours golden to copper with white frothy head that lingers. Orange zest and a honey on the nose. Fairly assertive citrusy hops almost marmalade on the palate. Some tangerine like fruitiness. Finishes earthy, slightly sweet

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Photo of WantonFaun
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have tried some great IPA's, and this one is among them. The problem: many Canadian liquor stores have ordered these in bulk, not realizing that IPA's tend to have a best before date. A swift look beneath the can will reveal the bottling (canning) date.

I presume that some of those who've recently posted reviews were likely tasting releases bottled well over 90 days ago. I've tasted some of these, and the difference between that and a fresh batch is astounding.

Let it be known that Red Racer, when consumed within the 90 day period, ranks among the best of them.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into NB globe. Thanks to Vince for this one.

Appearance - Pours an extremely hazy golden orange, not translucent by any means and has no sediment. Pours with a 1 finger frothy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing all the way around the glass.

Smell - This is definitely an IPA. Tons of citrus hops, huge grapefruit presence along with some honey and pine. A tiny bit of earthy smells combine with some sweet caramel sweetness and a little bit of bready malts.

Taste - In the taste it seems some of the citrus is lost but there is still a great citrus rind flavor followed by some pine and a good amount of earthy hops and spicy hops combined. This is a great tasting beer, albeit a bit different. The malt is great, the sweetness isn't really there but you can find some bready and rye malt on the end. Great bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - This one is very smooth with a great bitter bite. A nice weight, great body and near perfect carbonation, this one almost hits it out of the park in terms of mouthfeel.

Drinkability - A few cans could be drank easily, I would attempt a 6. It seems like it could get a bit overbearing, but I would try anyway. Great beer.

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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 EricVonStein
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light amber colour with a couple inches of foam that clears quickly. No carbonation visible. Nice look.

Citrusy hops on the nose with a bit of sweet ripe fruit.

First taste is sharp bitter orange and grapefruit that gives quickly to some rich depth thats a bit sweet. Some grains in the back and finish is bitter again. Have to admit the depth of flavour was surprising and really well balanced. Different notes come and go nicely.

Mouthfeel is light but not thin. Very little carbonation feel.

Overall pleasantly surprised at the depth of the flavours. I usually find American IPA styles overdo the citrus bomb but this manages the big bitter grapefruit style with balance and class. Lots of flavour and a nice fresh aftertaste makes this a definite repeat.

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Photo of B33R501
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty damn good ipa, had several this year that remind me of my favorite celebration, including this one. picked up 3 singles for $6 whole foods devon pa, good call.

pours nice brassy amber, good head, retension, lace. smells just ok, little citrus, some piney hops. tastes better, big citrus, piney, earthy herbal hop blast on a nice malt background. said this alot lately, balanced and very drinkable. then again, with the exception of port high tide, this is exactly how i like my ipas, balanced.

just for kicks ill list (by preference) this years ipas similar to celebration (but not quite as good) ...

central city red racer 4.28
thomas hooker hop meadow 4.13
sierra nevada torpedo 3.90
sly fox route 113 ipa 3.90

if you enjoy celebration, you cant go wrong with any of these 4 ipas.

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop bomb in a can

A- Pours a clear copper hue. 1 finger head that doesn't fall too fast. Mild lacing.

S- Wow! Hop forward presence bites the nose. Light fruit and huge pine right up front makes my mouth water. Awesome.

T- Again, light fruit....pineapple, maybe mango, etc. Dominated by the hops. Right up front. Grabs ya and no going back. With each sip, your mouth puckers a bit, but the light fruity background holds it all together for a great experience. Lots of pine and resin. Very enjoyable.

M- Medium to light body. A bit oily and sticky making the hops linger around a while.

O- 6.5%, supper hoppy with great hints of light fruit, in a can, etc. Makes this an excellent beer. Wow. Good stuff.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

IPA, cant turn ya down. EVER.

A: Got a great color. Could be darker, but rocky heads and plenty of lacing as is expected from the bitter resins from the style.

S: Could have more pine than noted, but has a firm Warrior hop smell.

T: Still getting a metallic flavor. And I feel im justified here by bitching about the can in all other Red Racer reviews. The palisade hop flavor or whatever they are using could be the reason, and most likely is. But when you can your beer and it tastes metallic, it gives me cause for concern of the obvious.

M: Doesnt linger, could have more of an impact at both the nose and back of the tongue.

D: I prefer it to keiths, ill say that every-time.

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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 hotmailmsn
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6.5% ABV, 80 ibu, 355ml can.
A - golden copper clear with half finger head, I expected more carbonation from can.
S - floral, oranges (peel), sweet fruit, piney, caramel, raisin, there's some kind of savory spice at the back, couldn't tell what the exactly. dank, resin.
T - very full flavored palate, good carbonation mouthful, balanced which is not that hoppy with 80 ibu. taste is similar to the smells. piney n sweet, went out dry. sweetness, grassy, caramel malty, and then bitterness lingering.
O - more copper color, floral aroma & sweeter than HOP CIRCLE IPA. it's a really nice daily IPA, will get it next time.

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Photo of ggilman
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into craft beer in a can. I'm a believer!

A - After vigorously pouring into a Sebago Brewing Company tulip glass, a thick foamy white head sat atop a hazy amber concoction. The head quickly settled to a thin, tight layer. Didn't leave much lacing.

S - Great pine sap & grapefruit aromas arise after a strong even pour from the can.

T - Hops come through strong, with lots of bitterness lingering. Syrupy, rich hop flavor with a strong malt presence that doesn't overwhelm.

M - Lighter feeling than you'd expect. It looks, smells and tastes like it should have a super-thick mouthfeel, but surprisingly clean, and sharply carbonated.

D - Very drinkable, I love this beer. It sits a little heavy, and the 6.5% ABV hits you immediately. I may have gulped this down a little too fast.

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Photo of mrnobody
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. can poured into an oversized tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange/amber with 3 fingers of fluffy white head which leaves behind ample sticky lacing.

S: Tropical fruit and pine.

T: Pine, grapefruit, passion fruit. The finish is pure piney bitterness but it does not linger unpleasantly.

M: Perfect for the style: medium body, adequate carbonation.

D: Gimme another! ;)

Definitely the best single IPA in Canada. Probably my favourite overall but I have not tried that many from the US.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can (code? D1910) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Thanks to IdrinkGas for the trade.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, murky brownish/orange with a cream colored soapy head. Fades to a thin sheet with little retention. Carbonation looks good.

Smell: Bold hop aroma. Strong pine and citrus. Hop aroma quicky subsides to caramel, toffee, and biscuit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet malty flavors of creamy caramel/toffee, dark fruits, and pine resin. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a full body and a prickly hop bitterness that finishes dry, begging for more.

Drinkabiliy: Very easy to drink. A nice caramel backbone to this. Very balanced and tasty.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz can for 11.99 a 6 pack.

Pours a beautiful amber copper color with a nice tight 1 finger head that holds amazing retention and webs down the sides of my glass.

Scents are highly appealing with strong grapefruit rind and pine resin, slight malty backbone. Probably the best smelling single IPA ive ever encountered.

Tastes reflect the nose with a HUGE blast of cirtusy grapefruit and other tropical fruit, pine and a dank unknown bitterness keeps this lingering for a while. Very small malt backbone that presents itself a little bisquity.

Perfect thick full-bodied ale with prickly carbonation that helps bring out all the super hoppy goodness this IPA has to offer.slightly dry finish that keeps you coming back for more.

Fantastic drinkability at 6.5%, i would drink this everyday for the rest of my life if it came down to it.

Easily the best single IPA ive had to date. Has the hoppy taste of a DIPA with the convenience of lower alcohol! A++

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Photo of TK5150
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an orangey-topaz with a large off-white head that settles down quickly.

S- When I first popped the can, I got a nice little whiff of hoppiness, but it burns off fairly quickly. The aroma is mostly biscuity/bready malt and some grapefruit. There is just a hint of mango and orange as well.

T- Lots of biscuity and bready malt just as in the nose. A solid grapefruit and orange presence accompanied with the bitterness on the back-end. Some cans are much better than others; some are way too biscuity and don't taste like IPA's at all.

M- Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Not real flaws here.

D- A nice drinking summer beer. Not quite as refreshing as I was led to believe, but still quite nice.

Overall, a nice IPA when you get a good can, but consistency is a little bit of a problem. I would buy this again though.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Highly touted beers don't often live up to their hype, so Bucky was a little wary when he bought a can of Red Racer India Pale Ale ("RRIPA") at his local LCBO. RRIPA came in a 355 ml can, with a beautiful 1950's style cartoon of a pretty redhead riding a bike. I'll have to add a bit to this beer's rating just for the visuals on the can...probably the coolest I've seen to date! The bottom of the can was stamped with an April 27, 2012 production date and an August 25, 2012 "best before" date...a nice touch in providing both pieces of information, and the first time I can recall being given both. RRIPA was 6.5% alcohol by volume.

RRIPA is produced by Central City Brewing Company, which was named the Best Brewery in Canada at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards. The brewery is located at 13450 - 102nd Avenue in Surrey, BC, with RRIPA being by far its best seller. Central City began its life as a brewpub, but subsequently added a canning and bottling line.

The beer poured a slightly hazy, orange/gold colour, with the orange hues becoming more noticeable when backlit. An aggressive pour produced about 1/2" of off-white, lightly orange tinged head which dissipated to a thin collar after 3 minutes, leaving a surprising amount of lacing down the glass given the collar's small size. The aroma from the can was an intensive combination of tropical fruits, dominated by grapefruit, but with discernable notes of pine, pineapple and tangerine. A wonderful aroma, but it left me with the distinct impression that I was about to consume a serious hop bomb. The beer's flavour began with bitter grapefruit, giving way to a slightly sweet combination of pine with hints of pineapple and tangerine. RRIPA finished with a distinct bitterness, which seemed to become more noticeable as the beer warmed. The bitterness continued as a long lasting aftertaste...too long lasting given my dislike of lingering aftertastes generally, and bitter ones specifically. Ideally, RRIPA could use a bit more caramel malt to better balance its bitterness...but otherwise, a solid IPA. I would describe RRIPA as medium bodied, with its 6.5% alcohol contenting helping to heft it up a bit. The level of carbonation is modest, but well suited to the brew.

At $2.55 per 355 ml can, I'd consider RRIPA to be a bit on the pricey side, but worth the occasional splurge.

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Photo of vurt
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This fine brew was an extra in a recent trade with mikesgroove. (Thanks man!) Enjoyed in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance:
The color is deep gold tinged with orange, and it is slightly hazy. The foam on top is snowy white and doesn't leave much lacing. Head retention is low.

Smell:
A great start! I opened this one on a counter at waist-height, and I immediately smelled a good gust of tropical and citrusy hops. Lots of grapefruit and orange peel and pine up front, along with notes of fresh papaya and pineapple. There's some bready and malty sweetness too, but it's far behind the hops.

Taste:
Starts with flavors of oranges and sweet bread, like an orange muffin. A big wave of citrus hop flavor and bitterness comes through next, filled with notes of grapefruit, dried papaya, and pine sap. The tropical fruitiness and pine give way to a tasty biscuit-y maltiness at the swallow, though the citrus and bitterness persist through the end and into the aftertaste. This is a terrific example of a West Coast-leaning American IPA: very hop-forward, but with enough malt to keep it from being one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel:
Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Starts crisp, goes smooth through the middle, and ends with a mild and drying astringency which begs for the next sip.

Drinkability:
I wish I had a lot more of this beer. Partly because I'd love to stack it up against some of the West Coast's best IPA's in a blind taste test, and partly because this is a fantastic IPA which I'd love to drink again. And again. Central City Brewing should be extremely proud of this one. I'm about to go add it to my Wants list.

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Photo of al_al1357
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a can, beer appears a dark golden-orange copper colour with a finger of head that quickly disappears. Rich bouquet of hops, grapefruit and citrus on the nose. Taste is clean and refreshing and boasts flavors of cascade hops, grapefruit, pine, and citrus. Beer surprisingly does not finish as bitter as I would have expected it to, which is nice for those who dislike a very bitter-tasting finish. Carbonation is relatively high but tolerable and the finish is otherwise quite smooth. Overall a pleasant beer to drink.

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Photo of cjoc83
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Stella Artois chalice. Brewing date is listed on the bottom as 4/27/11.

Pour leaves about a 2 fingers of off-white, creamy head that dissipates into a frothy layer as the beer wears on, but some nice lace is happening. A nice burnt amber/orange color with some hazyness. Very nice looking beer.

Wow...potent smell! Grapefruit, mango, and pine are apparent upfront with a faint hint of malt backbone.

Taste follows the nose pretty closely. A big hop-bite of grapefruit, mango, and maybe some peach on the front end, then mellows a bit with some caramel and mildly sweet malt, then finishes with more citric hops and some pine. A really hop-forward, tasty IPA. Almost tastes like a double IPA with the heady hop profile. Can bring a few IPA's to mind that if compared to this, would taste like a pale.

On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a pretty clean, dry finish. Some piney hops linger for a little.

Overall this was an excellent IPA. Super hop-forward but with enough malts to balance it out. Pretty much everything I want in an IPA is here. Being able to get sixers of this at my local bottle shop for $12 ain't bad, either.

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Photo of airohead2001
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paired this one with some baby swiss cheese while watching Big Ten football on a Saturday afternoon. Really, this is about as good as it gets.

A - A pretty, burnt orange color with some crimson in the middle of the glass. One finger head that sits around for a while and then fades to a few bubbles. Great lacing that remains on the lining of my pint glass for the duration of the drink.

S - Citrus hops up front with some piney hops in the finish. Good, but nothing exceptional.

T - This actually surprised me. This is a delicious beer. Sweet, crisp, citrus hops up front that linger through out. The finish is a light, biscuity pilsner that lingers on the palate. Mmmm.

M - Good. Appropriate for an IPA.

D - Exceptional. I could drink this one all day. I would like to tackle a pitcher of this on tap. I'm glad it's in Chicago now - I would love to always have a few waiting for me in the fridge.

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Photo of dc55110
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received courtesy of slentz!
Can with a date code of F0711, which I think is June 7th, 2011.

Pours a cloudy golden with slight orange-ish hue to it. A vigorous pour yields a solid inch plus of pillowy white head, a small amount lacing is left behind.

I'm greeted by a the familiar aromas of pine and citrus... but there is something else there behind the hops but in front of the hint of sweet malty-ness is an off smell... I cannot place it, somewhere between medicinal and cleaning supplies. I still enjoy the aroma, but this unknown element has thrown me for a loop.

A burst of piney resin! Somehow it is full of piney hops but isn't all that bitter. After the deluge of pine, a bit of citrus makes a brief cameo followed by a uncredited role by a slightly sweet malty-ness.

Surprisingly the hops don't destroy your tongue, it is very smooth for a such a hop forward IPA. The carbonation is good, slightly low, but not enough to be detracting.

A very good IPA. Nothing amazing, just a well balanced "west coast" style IPA from the Canuck land.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.03/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First can review! Yay!

Can poured into a duvel tulip.

A: Has a nice amber appeal to it with golden hues on the edges. Poured a nice off white finger and a half's worth of head, fair amount of lacing left on the glass. Decent looking beer.

S: This beer def resides on the grapefruity - piney side of the ipa spectrum. Pretty aromatic beer. Floral hop character dominating the nose.

T: Following the nose, big piney taste hitting up front then a grapefruit bitterness within the finish. Bready malt character is there but is really hidden behind the floral hop arrangement.

M: Semi-balanced beer, decent amount of carbonation, medium mouth feel.

D: Fairly drinkable beer, little bit to piney for me, could use a tiny bit of more malt to back up the pretty full on hop arrangement. Good beer, but average on scale.

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

I had heard a bit of the buzz, and being a hophead and also a former Canadian expat, had to try this beer. Canada doesn't make a real IPA right- always a british bust? well now I am wrong? Wow, what can I say??
If it was possible, this would be by go to beer, but alas in Philly how available is this beer? takes a big corporate bemouth like Whole Foods to bring it in and a I snag a six at $12 and pop the top in anticipation....
Great amber color, good head on this one, great piney floral aroma and then the taste-yea, yes, as I look in love, great long finish, goes on and on and as the previous review states it morphs into so many essences, pine, grapefruit, caramel, pear, honeysuckle, what a great balanced beer, great drinkability, may be the best IPA so far of 2010...
So if you can find this, partake, the myth is dispelled, the Canuuks know hops and have put out quite the quality product, makes my top 10 all time IPAs as I finish can 3 of six
9-20-10 found a case here at the beer yard and what do you know, well it was what I thought took it down to the NJ shore and friends we have THE PERFECT BEACH BEER-if you are a hophead. mid 80s sunny at the shore and water 72f/21c-sitting with my toes in the sand my nose in an amazing book beautiful wife at my side and Red Racer and a case can you believe that- PARADISE.
-in seriousness, this is one hell of an awesome beer, hoppy for me, balanced for me, got some sort of great mineraly water taste in the complex palate and finish and my wife thinks it drinks like the English bitters she loves- how about that, great beer- will be looking for future cases to drink shine or rain, beach or snow.

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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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