Red Racer Imperial IPA | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer Imperial IPARed Racer Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada
centralcitybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by astout on 09-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
186
Reviews:
66
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of flyerzrule
3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy amber with a think slightly off white head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma is lead by onion with some light pine and a touch of malt sweetness in the background. Taste is hoppy up front with hints of onion, lemon, and pine followed with some biscuit and cracker flavors from the malt. Finished with some more piney earthy bitterness. There is a solid malt backbone and this is a hoppy but balanced 2xIPA. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel fits the style. Overall, this isn't a hop bomb, like some 2xIPA, which is a good thing.

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Photo of Geosuds
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mousel
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeRotten
3.08/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It poured an Amber colour with little head that dissipated quickly. The sweet maltiness taste overpowered the hops and with a higher ibu I didn't see that coming.
It was a good beer but it got old quick.

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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.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer pours a window clear deep amber color and when I say clear, it is so clear it looks like a cut of an actual amber in my glass, It poured with 1 and a half fingers of off white head which faded leaving a ring. This looks pretty delicious.

aroma - Big resiny nose, Pine stands out followed by grapefruit and lemon, Balanced out with light caramel and slightly stronger pale crackery malts. It smells a lot like a bigger version of their IPA which I guess is what they were going for!

Taste - Mash Pine needles into a syrup and thats what hits your tongue first. Its followed by a more subdued grapefruit and very light lemon rinds. Honestly like I need to make a point on how sappy this beer is, the pine litterally tastes like evergreen sap! The beer is then balanced again backwards to the taste, the caramel malts seem stronger than the pale malts. but they are both there.

Feel - The body is definitely a clear medium with sharp carbonation, It finishes very crisp and bitter, the feel goes really well with the flavor profile.

Overall - This isn't my favorite Imperial/double and personally I think their IPA is better, with that said this is still a very good IIPA the flavors and aromas mesh well the feel is on point and it looks good. It just falls behind some of the best out there. So for the question of would I drink this again? yes absolutely!

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Photo of portwood
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell: very subdued, caramel, toffee, honey, malty. Taste: silky, rich mouth feel, sweet, med carbonation. Finish: tangerine, bitter/sweet/pine/hop/alcohol balance. (bottled 01/28/16).
This is very balanced but I was expecting a more emphatic beer, given the high abv.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650m bottle into a nonic pint. No charity tie-in as in previous years they've had this at the LCBO.

Beautiful golden pale ale colour. Solid inch of persistent head. Lots of effervescent carbonation.

Fruity hop aromas. Somewhat reminiscent of the regular IPA but much more redolent of citrus and ripe tropical fruit.

Bracingly bitter. Sweet, fruity hop flavour. I'm getting a lot of tangerine and mango. The malt isn't overly sweet.

Medium body. Crisp bitter finish. Some lingering warmth from the booze.

This is definitely a world-class double/imperial IPA. It's very reminiscent of the regular IPA but bigger and unique in its own right.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle purchased from the LCBO for about $7.50 CDN. Poured at cellar temperature into a pint glass.

Appearance - Modest pours yields a clear coppery red colored beer with great clarity and many effervescent bubbles. A small thin layer of foam is poured and coalesces into a thin wispy froth.

Smell - Big resiny hop aromas, pine with some grapefruit and lemon mixed in. Also a delicate sweetness of caramel lying in wait underneath. Some floral aspects as well, but more along the lines of citrus first and piney / resiny second.

Taste - Hops and malts balance each other out quite nicely, whats left in the mouth is fairly bitter but with a melon and slight caramel sweetness. Only in the aftertaste does the big citrus flavors emerge.Bitter but not bitter, sweet but not too sweet, this is one of the most balanced DIPA's I've had, so while the flavor is less robust than I'd expect, this imperial IPA need to score well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and a bit syrupy but with a good amount of prickly carbonation to keep things everything. Body is fairly heavy and finish is dry.

Overall - Red Racer Imperial IPA is certainly a fine beer, however as others have echoed, I prefer the simplicity and hop-attack that the original presents. There is some substantial balancing acts going on with this beer, but I figured that the flavor would be more assertive in one way or another (very hoppy, very malty, or explosive taste). While very good, it just misses the mark of greatness.

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Photo of Electros
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaisell
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Powers30
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InsideLiquorMan
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look out, here comes the big guns. If you don't like high ABV or some kick-you-in-your-face hops, walk away. This beer comes out kicking and screaming. Goes down smooth and silky, amazing hop character that just entices the tongue. The smell is so strong in it's aromas, but so subtle on the nose that it leads to some strange oxymoronic flavors and tastes. One of the best IPAs I've ever indulged in and wish I could find 6pks of. If you're a hop head, do not miss this outstanding offering from Central City.

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Photo of Bf_89
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mlkluther
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a good beer - but I prefer the original Red Racer IPA. The amped up alcohol content adds a more syrupy mouthfeel that I'm not sure I like. The hops are balanced well with malt. It's good - but I'll stick with the original.

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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

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Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 hotmailmsn
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9% abv, 90 ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - clear reddish orange (amber) with one finger cream white head, lacing on the glass.
S - piney, raisin, malty, caramel, toffee, bit grapefruit/citrus, honey, floral, herb, mint.
T - good carbonation, silky smooth, mid-heavy mouthful, sticky. piney, sweet honey, toffee taste, yet great bitterness come along with it, lingering when sweetness fade. definitely feel the heat go down the throat, good thing.
O - really committing DIPA, more on the sweet malty side, big body, 90ibu is there. bit too sweet as i wanted, but its still delicious, unique favors as it is. Recommended.

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

Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from On the Fly Gasmart. High quality IIPA, not exceptional but solid through and through. Pours out a medium reddish amber with frothy head. Aroma is sweet smelling malty hoppiness. Taste hits the tongue square on with tingly hop bitterness. Slick, slippery feel, but finishes quick, the only knock against this otherwise tasty brew.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Day 20 of the Parallel 49/Central City advent calendar. 330ml bottle poured into tulip. Looking forward to this for a while.

Pours a lovely deep honey colour with half a finger of loose foamy off-white head that leaves distant mountain range lace as it recedes.

Smells of pine sap and bitter citrus, caramel malt and a hint of menacing alcohol. Flowery hops.

Tastes of grapefruit flesh with honey, orange and lemon peel, pine resin and a thick sticky backbone of caramel malt.

Feels heavy and sticky with gentle carbonation. Finshes dry despite the mighty effort of the malt.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A big fat IPA that's easy to drink despite it's weight and strength.

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Photo of imfinished
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Red Racer Imperial IPA from Central City Brewers + Distillers
4.17 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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