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:
1,095
Reviews:
489
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
181
For Trade:
3
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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 IronLover
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orangish-yellow colorwith a slight haze and a thin head. Good carbonation with a very pleasant malty feel. Wet lacings on the glass that don't really stick. This IPA seemed to grow in character as it warmed up a bit. Citrusy orange sweet aroma with hints of bread and biscuit. Orange and biscuit flavors. Well-balanced malt and hop character. Neither very strong. Not as bitter and heavily hopped as most IPAs. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Johnct
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 sideshowe
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz can into pint glass. From notes.

A- A nice golden bodied beer with some ivory head that is very sticky. Fire-extinguisher lacing. Good times.

S- Piny, powerful hops. Like walking in a pine tree forest after a rain. Great nose on this one, ladies and gents..

T- And the taste is no slouch either. Bitter pine hops. New growth pine, dank and oily, not overly sweet. Not much in the way of malt here, but that's OK. A hint of tangerine/grapefruit in this one too. My tasting notes have "AWESOME" underlined a few times.

M- Dry, not cloyingly sweet or too heavy. Perfection.

D- High. I drink this stuff a lot whenever I can find it. Great price, great packaging, but most importantly- great beer! Do not sleep on this one. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Foley67
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dipso123
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Brushkanna
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of meatyard
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a clear, amber with a 3-finger, white head that leaves quite a bit of splotchy lacing. The ample carbonation is clearly visible.
The smell is a really nice pineapple and citrus blend with a bit of sweet malt apparent at the end of a deep inhale.
The taste is much the same as the aroma but is quickly followed by a dose of bitterness that lingers through the pleasant appearance of the bready, sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation.
Drinkability: This is hard to beat having great qualities to support this. Has great taste, not particularly high ABV, smells & looks good and comes in a can. I hope Philly can continue to get this on a regular basis. With Sculpin now coming in 12 ozers, and still my favorite, this will give a lot of people an excellent but difficult choice.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel very lucky that I can get this one locally. Easily one of my favorites. Poured this one in a tulip. Pours a copper orange color with a rocky head about an inch high. Big bubbles and sticky lacing with this white head. Not much retention, but still good looking. Smells citrus and pine hops. Grapefruit and other tartness to the nose. Really dig the juicy smell. Hoppy! This is hard on the tongue. Immediately a big piney hop flavor with big bitterness to the finish. Not a juicy as the nose leads me to believe but still very good. The carbonation and big hop flavor make this a little aggressive in the mouth but the body is balanced well and this is an easy one to kick back regularly. Which is what I do.

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Photo of cestlavie
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of u2carew
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can! Consumed 11/29/09
A) Pours with a big bubbled head. Slowly settles. Lacing is semi-sticky, creamy and beige in color. The body is transparent. Upward carbonation. Copper in color.
S) Cascade hop aroma. Grapefruit. Peach. Orange. Little caramel sweetness.
T) Caramel and orange sweetness up front. Then moves to a nutty and earthy mix with the hop bite. The finish is pleasant and the caramel malt and hop bite stay balanced in the aftertaste and beyond.
M) Mild fizziness. Medium body. Crisp yet fairly smooth.
D) A great IPA and from a CAN! I'd definitely have another and spread the gospel about this brew.

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Photo of dnb128
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

12oz can, standard pint glass

A - pours with almost an inch of loose and frothy, very light tan colored foam. the beer is slightly hazy, light copper/orange in color.

S - big piney hops, wet grass, lightly sweet caramel, lightly spiced finish...run of the mill, but solid

T - melded pine, grass, bitter grapefruit...big hop bite at the back of the tongue. ample yet secondary malts, caramel and toasted nuts. detecting a small amount of alcohol at the very end despite its low-ish ABV. finishes with lingering piney bitterness, soap, and earthy spice.

M - medium bodied yet nice and creamy with an oily dank finish. perfect tight yet not distracting carbonation aids in refreshment and propels the flavors.

D - very good, all around. though this might have a little bit of age on it, still holds up quite well. cures the biggest hop craving, yet quite drinkable and balanced. the best IPA i've had from Canada? you know it!

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

very very slightly hazy amberish copper with a huge eggshell colored head that leaps up to 1/2 an incah above the rim of the glass, retains a decent height for a while and laces well.

very hoppy aroma of citrus and tropical fruits with a ton of pine and grass. not a lot of malt detectable in this hop bomb.

hop flavors strike first and are actually not overly bitter. tons of juicy citrus with some pineapple and mango tropical fruits and some piney resin, though not as much pine influence as in the aroma. a touch of caramelized sugar sweetness creeps in on the swallow and the finish is juicy and it lasts a while with just a bit of bitterness but plenty of hop flavor.

resiny medium-bodied beer with generous carbonation and a wet and juicy finish.

excellent drinker. could enjoy a few of these back to back to back. pretty complex flavors for being "one dimensional" as far as being a hop bomb. worthy of its cult status.

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

Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red racer pours a medium amber that is pretty textbook for an IPA. It has a wonderful, tightly packed head with great staying power and leaves good lace. The aroma is very piney and citrusy with the usual grapefruit, pine and zest aromas, as well as a good amount of caramel malt character. The taste reveals a nice, fairly balanced flavor that is all you could ask for in an IPA. Citrus and piney hops, firm bitterness and a nice malt backbone combine to make a very nice and very enjoyable IPA. The body is medium and mostly pleasant, if not a bit sticky at the end. Very drinkable and while not a must have IPA, certainly one of the better ones I have had. Another very good canned craft beer.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can from Vancouver, pours a typical IPA golden, crystal clear, nice finger of head - dies to a thin cover maintained throughout the glass.

Nose is a touch on the light side but bright and fresh, American IPA all the way which is a refreshing thing for my tastebuds and nostrils. Tangerine, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, floral, hints of pine.

This has got to be the best IPA in Canada I've had to date, hands down. Light, sweet caramel is subtly overwhelmed (if that is possible) by floral and citrus hops, a nice, nasty (another paradox?) long hop bite full of pine finishes it off - and yet I don't feel like it was overly rough, a nice polite Canadian hop attack. Balanced and yet hopped up - a beer of paradoxes.

Pretty damn fine, especially when compared to other bottled/canned Canadian options. Were I nearer to Vancouver this would by my go to. In a can makes it even more adaptable, good for wherever whenever. Canadian hop-heads would rejoice if it wasn't for our atrocious distribution system. Kudos to Central City for this. As Bobsy said, were this an American beer the hype would be high - as is, we can be proud of this great Canadian beer.

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
4.23 out of 5 based on 1,095 ratings.
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