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:
185
Reviews:
66
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 66
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

Photo of Damacdon
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tmappin
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of audiobill
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jfreeze
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benesi88
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Drknight
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, a little leafy in both taste and aromatics.

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Red Racer Imperial IPA from Central City Brewers + Distillers
4.17 out of 5 based on 185 ratings.
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