Red Racer Imperial IPA
Central City Brewers + Distillers

Red Racer Imperial IPARed Racer Imperial IPA
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #520
ABV:
9%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,895
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 9.11%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
189
From:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
 
British Columbia, Canada
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  41
Gots
  36
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Red Racer Imperial IPARed Racer Imperial IPA
Notes:
Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 189 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by SammyMacAttack:
Photo of SammyMacAttack
4/5  rDev -4.1%

More User Reviews:
Photo of thehyperduck
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; dated Dec 8 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear, vibrant amber-orange colour, generating one finger's worth of frothy, off white-coloured head. It lasts for a little over two minutes; a modest, foamy collar remains, along with some patchy lacing. Caramel, honey, bready malts and raisin butter tart on the nose, along with notes of grapefruit, pineapple juice, orange, dank pine resin and floral hops. Noticeably boozy, too; not a bad aroma, but nothing really stands out to me.

Sweet, fruit-forward flavour profile that seems more well-balanced than this style is apt to be. Caramel and bready malts provide the backdrop, with fruity flavours of apricot, lychee, mango and pineapple following closely in tow. Big notes of pine resin, grapefruit and tangerine toward the back end, culminating in a surprisingly understated bittersweet, fruity aftertaste. Surprisingly restrained astringency for the stated 90 IBUs. Nearing full-bodied, with a creamy, smooth, generously-weighted mouthfeel augmented by light carbonation that gently agitates the palate.

Final Grade: 4.15, an A-. Red Racer Imperial IPA is considered one of the best DIPAs in Canada, and for good reason - it's really delicious, while also being unexpectedly well-balanced and quaffable. While this isn't the freshest bottle in the world (thanks, LCBO), it's still drinking nicely, and has convinced me to pick up another (hopefully younger) bottle in the future, if given the opportunity. Oddly enough I think I prefer the regular Red Racer IPA, but this is still a truly solid Imperial version that all hopheads should seek out and try ASAP.

 1,653 characters

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed 12 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. What a great place, truly. Arrived in a stemmed glass, a dark reddish amber color like strong herbal tea with around an inch of beige foam. High, high expectations going in, as this brew's little brother Red Racer IPA is one of the best hoppy craft beers in Canada (my opinion of course ... I think I can back it up). Red Racer smells very floral and piney, and this beefed-up take follows suit nicely. What are really striking though, on both nose and palate, are the heady tropical fruit notes. I get a shit ton of lychee, mango, and papaya, along with some classic American hop gooseberry "funk" and orange breakfast crystals. Mellow pine resin, peach, pineapple, salt water taffy, bergamot orange like Earl Grey tea, tobacco flower, fruit roll-up ... All kinds of layers here. Many of these elements can be traced to Citra hops, applied with a lavish hand. Some orange peel flavor adds citric character but in all honesty this is one of the more perfumed and tropical DIPAs I've had, with these components trumping the citrus and pine. The malts take a back seat to the hops but do provide some light toast and caramel flavors, just to remind you that this does indeed contain barley. As the tongue acclimatizes to the fruit flavors, more molasses and pine come through and a pleasant lingering bitterness emerges, almost medicinal like gin. Fairly fizzy but this somehow works, syrupy but smooth. Awesome and nearly beyond reproach. Maybe some will want more pine. This one is juicy and the booze is almost perfectly obfuscated. It is as if someone took Red Racer, kept much of the aggression, but rounded off some of the corners and layered on more tropical fruit.

 1,723 characters

Photo of FadetoBock
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ZachT
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaveBar
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $6.95 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head films out within a two minutes or so. Very dark yellow colour and filtered clear

S- Oodles of hops here. Heavy malt

T- Lots of malt and hops here. Very heavy handed hops here. Malt is heavy and sweet. Nice blend. Gets a bit bitter at the end.

M- Dry and tart.

O- Nice overall blend. Has a wonderful full and rich body to it that shines through. I like this one. Would like to try it fresh.

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with....... Roasted pork loin encrusted in peppercorns and salt. Low and slow get the fat rendering.

Enjoy

 685 characters

Photo of South2NW
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of PJT
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hunterjames
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oidmoe
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Too sweetened but drinkable. Hopped well.

41 characters

Photo of Aggro
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Justindouglas7
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of cmsuarez
4.97/5  rDev +19.2%

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of RedSunRising
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into an IPA glass. Purchased for ~$9 at B's Craft Beer Lounge in Langley, BC.

Appearance - slightly cloudy amber with a nice, thick white head. Great lacing.

Smell - Big hop smells. Citrus, pine, tropical fruits, grainy caramel/toffee. Mouth-watering.

Taste - Very juicy. Big hop flavors. Maltier than the nose hinted, with caramel toffee and sweetness coming through. Not outshining the hops, though. Tropical hop flavors dominate the palate - mango, passionfruit, pineapple, tangerine with strong pine and grapefruit also present.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full body, good carbonation

Overall - Fantastic Imperial IPA. Big and juicy, on the sweeter side. Would buy it again and actively seek it out.

 727 characters

Photo of Coronaeus
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Phlebas86
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Slongie
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of graymatter
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Red Racer Imperial IPA from Central City Brewers + Distillers
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 189 ratings