Review: Red Racer IPA, Central City Brewing

Red Racer IPA
Central City Brewing Co. — Surrey, BC, Canada

  • Style:  IPA
  • Bitterness:  80+ IBU
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • Malts: Not specified
  • Hops: Not specified
  • Sampled:  12 oz. can

Description:  "A style of ale fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hops, hops, and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmaster’s choice." — Central City Brewing Co.  

Random thoughts:  I bought this when I visited 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA. This is the first beer I've tasted from Central City Brewing. According to the can, Central City was named Canadian Brewery of the Year in 2010. Let's see how the Canadians do an IPA...

The tasting:  Golden in color, very hazy, with a white head that dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit and orange citrus, pine, and sweet caramel malt. I think I even smell some mango in there. Flavor mirrors the aroma (sans mango), with the citrus and piney hop bitterness front and center. In addition to caramel malt, there's also bready notes in the backbone. Red Racer IPA is medium bodied, has an effervescent mouth feel and finishes with grapefruit hop bitterness. For an 80+ IBU beer, I thought it was surprisingly balanced. By IPA standards, anyway. 

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good! I want this again!  Grapefruit and piney hops... Sound familar? Yeah, I know. Yes, the flavors in this beer were similar to other IPAs I have profiled, but they sure taste great in an IPA. So yes, I'd gladly drink this one again. It appears Canadians can make an IPA—a darn good one.

Have you tried Red Racer IPA or any other Central City beers?

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