Beer: Red Racer IPA
Brewery: Central City Brewing (Surrey, British Columbia)
Style: India Pale Ale
Alcohol: 6.5% ABV
I wouldn’t necessarily call it “legendary,” but Central City Brewing’s Red Racer IPA is one of those hoppy brews that beer geeks love to talk about. Even more, they love to drink it. But does it live up to the hype?
Poured from a 355mL can, Red Racer shows off its golden orange hues and big, creamy, white head. It’s moderately carbonated and leaves plenty of lacing on the side of the glass.
It’s an IPA, so some strong hop aroma is to be expected. Red Racer IPA smells like a hop bomb, though. It fills the nose full of grassy hops. There’s a hint of grapefruit and citrus. The malt is, of course, hidden behind all that hop aroma.
The beer is of medium body and has a nice mouthfeel that complements the beer. It’s a very hoppy and bitter IPA with a dry finish that is balanced by caramel malt sweetness.
As very hoppy IPAs go, Red Racer IPA is one of the better ones on the market. It’s a bit of a hop bomb, which will do wonders for the hopheads out there. But it’s not just hops. This is a well-crafted beer that does more than provide big aroma and big bitterness. Check it out for yourself.