Central City Brewing Co – Red Racer Imperial India Pale Ale

Red Racer Imperial IPA Review


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Red Racer Imperial IPA Review

Central City Brewing Co – Red Racer Imperial India Pale Ale Review

The Central City Brewing Company has re-branded under the Red Racer label and with that facelift came the shift of the iconic Central City Imperial IPA to the Red Racer adorned bottle. The Red Racer Imperial IPA pours with a finger and a half of finely bubbled head. This head settles relatively slowly leaving a thick residue of lacing on the glass walls. The beer smells of creamy and strong northwest style hops along with grapefruit tones and a touch of tropical fruit. Alcohol doesn’t necessarily have a smell in this beer but it is still somehow noticeable in the scent. The taste is similar to what we have come to expect in this beer’s predecessor. A slightly oily texture hits the tongue first with a creaminess that soothes the soul. A fairly intense hop bitterness grows quickly alongside a slight sweetness and mild caramel tones. The Red Racer Imperial IPA has some light grapefruit, passion fruit and mango flavours that hide behind the main-stage and a slight booziness that will warm your throat on a cold winter day. This beer may look a little bit different now but it is the same great taste that we have come to love from the Central City Brewing Company.

Alcohol – 9%
IBU – 90
Size – 650ml bottle
Price – $8.50 (Craft Retailer)

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  1. Vaughn
    Vaughn 17 February, 2014, 23:36

    Bold, Malty effort. A tasty brew, expressive hop profile, and a rich grain bill. My new favourite taking over from the Fat Tug

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  4. 1000 Bottles of Craft Beer On The Wall – The Top 1% of all BC Craft Beer | Beer Me British Columbia 5 October, 2018, 10:36

    […] The Red Racer Imperial IPA was first released under the Central City brand but later moved under the Red Racer Label. The beer though, has remained consistent and delicious throughout the shift. One of the original big beers in the current BC craft beer movement the Red Racer Imperial IPA has become a symbol of what BC has to offer with many craft beer fans. In addition to a score of 4.61, the accolades that come after this beer’s name show that it is not only one of BC’s best but it has also survived the test of time. Read the Red Racer Imperial IPA Review […]

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