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%
 
 
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197
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Photo of wordemupg
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml can poured into Unibroue glass nov2 2009

A crystal clear golden amber with a thumbs width of head after a hard pour. it has decent retention with a few rings of lace

S very nice almost like I'm smelling a glass of grapefruit and tangerine juice. I also pick up on a little bit of booze, pine and some caramel to go along with the floral citrus

T tastes as it smells with a little bit of malt to balance things out. very good example for this style and the best canned beer I can think of

M thick enough to please me but I'm wondering if a little more carbonation might help its cause

D smell and sip a few times and its gone, very nice beer and I wish I had more of it

one of if not the best Canadian IPA's I've ever tried with out doubt. I'm even more impressed by the fact it comes from a can, much less impressed by not finding it east of BC far as I know. drink this whenever you get the chance it's a winner

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml Can - Thanks Swedes21!

Appearance - Clear amber/orange colour with an above average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops, pine, cookies

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels a little thin on the palette. There are lots of malts mixed with caramel and cookies. There are also notes of grapefruit, hops, and pine. The beer is a little bit more on the malty side than the fruity side however. It finishes with a lingering hop aftertaste.

Drink - I was really impressed with this one.. I'm not sure if it was due to the fact that it's in a can, but it reminded me a little bit of a Dale's Pale Ale, which I also really enjoy. It also reminded me a bit of a DFH 60min. It's well worth seeking out and it I wish it would make its way to the retail shelves of Ontario.

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

Was recommended by an elderly man in my local liquor store.

The beer is found in a can which is unusual for me because I am accustomed to purchasing craft beer in a bottle.

It pours deep orange with a thin head that leaves remnants atop the brew.

The smell of the beer is tremendous. There is a pungent super-hoppy/piney an fruity aroma that iterally flows from the can. The smell is delicious.

The taste offers exactly what the smell presents initially. The beer is deliciously hoppy with a perfect balance of citrus and pine hops. The best part about the beer is as it warms, a distinct pineapple flavor becomes present which inreases its scrumptiousness. There is a nice malty exit that is not very overpowering.

The mouthfeel is exceptional and ranks equally with many IPAs. It almost feels as if it could be a dIPA.

The beer has a powerful hop-foward taste but the alcohol is almost perfectly masked which heightens its drinkability. I fortunately have the opportunity to drink this beer regularly. Because of that, I must say that this guy is the steeple of my beer drinking preference. Easy to get for me and never, ever a let down. If you like a unique take of the style find this beer immediatley.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a clear bronze with very nice bubbling, two finger head after the pour, and a thick foam of white.

Citric hop leaf and resin aroma matched with a little toasted malt.

The taste starts with orange rind bitterness and a few flowers and grass. The middle has some of the toasted biscuit. The finish goes back to the citric orange peel flavors. The bitterness of this beer adds to the resiny palate.. The bitterness lingers slowly after each swallow. Pretty bitter, which I like, but not on the top of my sessionable IPA's. Still worth trying for any IPA fan and worth recommending.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid 3 dollars for a can of this at the House of 1,000 beers. Was told this is the best IPA Canada has to offer.

A - Well appearance is good a nice clear amber color with an impressive explosion of over two inches of head out of the can into my pint glass. Takes a while to settle.

S - Smells sweet and balanced with crystal and bread malts and an attractive mango or pineapple like hop bitterness.

T - Taste is a touch more English at first with an herbal minty like hop character but it's quickly covered with sweet pineapple hops and a bready finish. Hops do linger on the palate after each sip but it never really gets too bitter. Not bad.

M - Nothing bad to say about the mouthfeel drinks with a light to medium body.

Overall not sure I would agree with the scores it is quite good but not near world class status. Not sure how old it is either and can only find it at one shop so that limits my score a tad.

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

Crystal clear with a light amber body and a thick white cap of rocky and fine bubbles. Sticky foam coated the top of the glass and lacing was left behind as the beer disappeared into my belly. Sharp citrus aroma, bright grapefruit and a bit of pine resin. Notes of tropical fruit appeared as it warmed a bit. Same in the flavour, along with some biscuit and caramel sweetness, some floral character, and solid bitterness that lingered long into the finish along with a bit of citrus/spicy hoppiness. Creamy carbonation, medium bodied with a bit of dryness, nice texture overall. This is a solid IPA and one that I really enjoyed.

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

Pours a hazed coppery oranage color with full frothy white head. Scent is of grapefruit and pine with touches of light carmel and even some nuts. First sip is aggresively bitter, the piney and earthy hops overshaddow the citrus and the malt backbone is fairly aggressive, not too sweet, maybe a little nutty and bready. Medium bodied, fully carbonated, drying. A good solid IPA, but maybe not as big as the hype dictates.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh off the truck, this one comes from the generous nonstick. Thanks, Chris!

The pour is gorgeous, burnished copper with great clarity. . There's a dense off-white head with excellent retention. There's plenty of lace in its wake as well.

The nose is solid, plenty of grapefruit and bright citrus fruit (juicy orange) and tropical fruit. Moderately floral, there's a mild biscuit-like and caramel sweetness present, but what dominates in this beer is the hop aroma. That said, it's not as amazing as some of the best IPAs out there - Sculpin, Blind Pig, Two Hearted and the Alpine IPAs are all better (and bigger) than this, but this is still very good.

The palate opens with a moderate bitterness, quite orange rind -like in character. There's quite a bit of hop flavor too, very fruity with pineapple, orange, a little bit of raw mango. Malt character is present but more as a dry, cracker-like flavor rather than a caramel sweetness. Drying on the finish with a beautiful bitterness, this medium-light beer has a oily feel with plenty of flavor. Carbonation is moderate, resulting in a lush, creamy mouthfeel. Thoroughly drinkable, I'm glad I have a lot more of these!

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

Big thanks to my boy Jon for hooking me up with this can.

Pours a clear amber, some orange, medium sized off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lacing sticks. Smell is nice, floral and grapefruit, orange peel, some caramel sweetness, tropical aroma, nothing great but pretty solid. Taste is similar, grapefruit and floral, some oranges, very citrusy IPA, dry biscuit malt and a touch of caramel/honey, balanced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy drinking. A good solid IPA, glad to see BC pumping good ones out. I'll try to grab some more when I'm back in BC. Thanks Jon!

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Photo of tbeckett
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from the MLCC in Winnipeg. Additions based on further samples.

A - Amber/orange colour. Thick head, slightly darker than a white. Lot's of carbonation. Good lace rings and half finger of retention.

S - Great pine as soon as poured. Really strong aroma. Some maltiness in there too but it's fainter than the hops. Toffee, citrus, pineapple.

T - Huge piney hop character. Lot's of citrus. Pine character is strong. Nice.

M - Good bitterness. Medium body. Carbonation is really noticable and it coats the entire mouth.

D - Quite a nice IPA. Really drinkable and tons of great hop flavour with a nice bitterness. Well done.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber color with a thin head that disappears quickly. Doesn't leave much lacing.

S: I smell some floral hops, grapefruit, oranges, and some earthy notes.

T: Floral hops up from and a malty and bitter after taste. Though I should note that the longer it sat the more watery it tasted.

M: Fizzy light carbination.

D: Pretty good tasting and highly drinkable. Hop bitterness hides the ABv's very well.

Probably the best beer I have ever had out of a can. Reminds me of all the popular west coast IPAs.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a mason jar

Pours a beautiful orange color with a huge off-white cap. Slow to recede, leaving huge chunks of lace all over the glass. The aroma is balance. Earthy, pine and spruce, and some grapefruit rind over top a strong bed of light caramel malt. The flavor profile matches the nose. Earth, pine, and spruce up front, light caramel malt through the middle and some grapefruit and pine in the finish. Medium body with a mild lingering bitterness of pine, spruce, and grapefruit rind.

If your looking for a balanced ipa with some good bitterness, this is your guy. I wouldn't exactly call this world class.

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

Picked up a Four pack in Seattle.
12oz can poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, medium orange with a two finger yellow-cream colored head. Great retention and some lacing.

S - Huge pine and citrus nose. Lemon and grapefruit.

T - Pine, lemon, grapefruit, in that order.

D - High carbonation, average body. A big bitter bite, but it is welcome here. Creamy feel.

O - Great ipa, O' Canada.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good ipa color here, amber, orange and yellow. Nice 3/4" head on it, doesn't stick around too long, its somewhere between white and off white.

Aroma was hoppy, not proprietary hoppy, but just run of the mill C hop hoppy, and enjoyable. Maybe there was Simcoe, it was a little bit piney.

Taste, solid, not a heavy malt bill, but neither too light, minimal caramel, the hopping was solid, again, not too exotic, pretty straight up enjoyable. Peppery at times, but far from overly. Considerable bitterness that isn't a chore, because of the other flavors going on.

Grassy mouthfeel to the hops. Good stuff. Good, not great. Check it out if reasonably priced. But there's hundreds of 'em out there.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this one last week on a business trip to Maine and what a find this one was!

A - Pours a deep golden amber with mild carbonation and a massive three finger head.

S - The aroma of this beer is absolutely heavenly. It's saturated with pungent amounts of grapefruit, oily hops, and pine. Has some traces of pepper inthe aroma but the sweet oily hops dominate.

T - Taste is not as agressive as the aroma may suggest. Has a mild malt bisquit character that lies quiet in the background. The citrus flavoring is pretty even throughout the sip. Starts out with sweet citrus and evolves into a bitter, peppery grapefruit finish that is very dry.

M - Very smooth, medium bodied, and leaves a citrus grapefruitaftertaste in the mouth that lingers for a very long time.

D - I think I just found my most favorite IPA in a can. Incredibly drinkable with a lower ABV and I could drink several of these. It tastes good, but I really enjoy the hoppy aroma.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 12oz can into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a very clear light orange with an off white head that only rises about half a finger and is gone right away.

The aroma is really nice. Perfect combination and sweet and better. Starts off with a really nice sweet citrus fading into a perfect amount of hops, enough to know they are there but not all dominating.

The taste is equally as nice. It starts off a little sweet then fades into a great hoppy finish. An almost pefect ipa balance because in neither respect does the other overpower the other.

The feel is nice, with a very long lasting dry finish.

Overall, this was a great little ipa. Could almost be a really nice ipa sessional

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

I picked up a six pack from Julio's in Massachusetts, $12.99. Pricier than expected but I've had an eye out for this for nearly a year so I grabbed it.

It pours a dark golden color, more orange than golden, with a dense, solid foam. Lots of lacing too. The aroma is just what I'd hoped for, very citrus-forward with grapefruit and orange, also some pine sap, all the great things hops can do. A bit of caramel malt to balance it, which is sort of a shame per my preferences but works sometimes.

The beer tastes really good, the hops are expressed more with flavor than bitterness, although the bitterness IS there. Grapefruit, pine needle, etc. Not enough caramel malt to cause problems, but then again this is a 6.5% ABV construction. I suspect if Central City made a DIPA it would be the barleywine type but luckily this IPA is just fine.

Good carbonation and body, altogether a worthwhile treat. The only real complaint is cost, I can't say it's really better than Two Hearted or several from Lagunitas, all of which can be had for $9-10 per sixer. But I guess it matches the difficulty to find the beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a translucent copper with a frothy, 2.5 inch cream-colored head. Head that eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim with delicate strands of lacing and excellent adherence. Nose reveals characteristics of both grapefruit and herbal hops. Taste consistent with nose - not a lot of complexity, but perfect balance; just the merest suggestion of bittering lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation and a slightly oil quality across the tongue. Great IPA - drinks easy and is very satisfying. I also really dig the logo.

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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spotted this one many times, excited to finally try it.

A- Dark orange-amber with a creamy, slightly fizzy head that builds up to a few fingers in size. Good retention and random patterns of spotty lace.

S- Reminds me of the Pale Ale I just had by them. Hops up front, a lot of floral and peach notes. Some sweet light caramel malt in the background. Strength fades.

T- The hops lend a lot more pine than I expected and just a bit of floral, citrus and fruit notes, surprising considering the aroma. Biscuit, caramel and bready notes behind the hops.

DB- A very nice bitterness here, probably my favorite part of the beer. It is bitter but it doesn't feel offensive. Moderate creamy body with high carbonation and a bit of warmth.

MF- A solid IPA with a nice pine-forward hop profile. Nothing out of this world but a solid, balanced pickup for any craft lover, nice mouthfeel. Would probably be even better in the winter.

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Photo of maximum12
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rutager for dropping this 12 oz. can as an extra into a recent box. Had this on tap during trips to Vancouver years ago & really enjoyed it, so very happy to have a few sips in the comfort of my own pig sty. Best by 5/2/13 stamped on the bottom, whatever that means.

The pour is non-stop orange, clear as a bell (sound-wise, not sight-wise), with a nice white cap if that's your thing. Actually reminds me a bit of champagne. Nose consists of citrus, pine, bitterness, & a bit of sweet, malt-dipped bread.

Red Racer could be used as a defibrillator. This patient has had too many barrel aged stouts, quick, grab the Red Racer....wham! Beep beep beep. Over-the-top hops start with tongue-fired bitterness before opening the trench coat to reveal drippy, thick pine sap. Faint light fruits, but their overwhelmed by the bitterness. Mid-palate come a few dry, crumbling flowers along with burnt caramel. Bitterness reasserts itself on the end, & I do believe the top of my mouth is actually a little singed & tender. Very syrupy for a good IPA, which I find unusual - usually syrupy = over malty. I could drink this until the Twins won another World Series.

Well, I do believe this doesn't suck. If you like your IPAs with balance, stay away. If you like your IPAs like they should be, drink this. Excellent with undertones of wonderful: a top-shelf IPA.

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

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance: golden orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, floral, hops,

Taste: citrus, hops, bitter after taste

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp

Drinkability: What a great IPA. So not expecting this out of Canada. Would like to get some more. Enjoyed tremendously.

Cheers,

The CPJ

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

on-tap, the alibi room - vancouver

appearance: served in a shaker pint, bright amber body with some light beige lace

smell: ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, red apple

taste: very nice IPA - would like to stumble across some cans of this...big citrusy body - red grapefruit, blood orange, pine.

mouthfeel: oily and moderate bitterness

overall: very good

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

Tully's in Wells just started carrying this and the Pale Ale. I liked this IPA a lot, so will definitely be getting the Pale Ale. In a pint glass it was a golden color with a thick wghite head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving some nice lacing. It had a citrus arom, and just a hint of flowers. Grapefruit taste, little bit of resiny pine, with a nice malt background. Not a hop bomb, still on the assertive side. Good Beer.

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Photo of Rutager
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100th review. Poured in to my Red Racer pint glass. This has got to be the best beer logo around!!

Appearance. Pours a clear, almost glowing, deep golden amber with two full fingers of the thickest, dense, sticky looking, off white head that lasts a while and leaves beautiful bands and curtains of lace.

Smell. Huge piney hops with some sweet caramel and light toasted grains backing it up. Some yellow grapefruit and other light citrus notes with a hint of yeast funk.

Taste. Starts with nice caramel and light toasted grains. Grapefruit hops start to kick in and bitterness begins to build. More citrus fruit and pine sap with just a little mango. Finishes grassy, piney and bitter ...lasting, awesome bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium, smooth carbonation. Crisp and clean, alcohol well hidden.

Overall. I love this stuff. I've drank it hundreds of times in cans, pints, and cask pours and it never fails to amaze me.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good mix of all the yellow, orange and amber colors. Almost solid 1" of head on it, mostly white.

Aroma was hoppy, kind of run of the mill hop aroma. Pine at times.

Taste was standard, hoppy, bitter, caramel. Totally serviceable stuff. C hops, maybe something like Simcoe, doesn't impart any of the new tropical fruit hops at all.

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