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Central City Red Racer Imperial IPA (Red Betty)

Brewed by Central City Brewers + Distillers
Style: Imperial IPA
Surrey, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Dry hopped with whole leaf hops from the Yakima Valley, combined with Maris Otter English barley, which is floor-malted in age old tradition. A long maturation ensures plenty of flavour, with strong aromatics of grapefruit, tangerine and mango.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
portwood (92) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
Smell: very subdued, caramel, toffee, honey, malty. Taste: silky, rich mouth feel, sweet, med carbonation. Finish: tangerine, bitter/sweet/pine/hop/alcohol balance. This is very balanced but I was expecting a more emphatic beer, given the high abv. (bottled 01/28/16, tasted 04/15/16)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3468) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUN 22, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2016 Despite not finding a date, well, oh, okay, here’s the rest poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-dark red/burnt close to brown sort of color with a slim sort of semi-finger-ed sort of white messy head. Lacing was few and far between. The smell started off with the sweet caramel/toffee malty backbone covering a slight sweet to dry sort of tobacco aftertaste and finish. The taste was mostly the same with the same sort of dry/sweet almost "tobacco" sort of flavoring coming about. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Overall, damn nice beer that I would have again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Canmoore (390) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2016
Pours a clear amber, with a large creamy head. Aroma has notes of citrus, passion fruit, pine, and mango. Tasting notes include pine resin, chewy malt, bland orange, bitter finish. A little disappointed by the taste, not very clean on the palate. Bitterness is not front and center, the taste is not as complex as the nose would suggest. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (5792) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2016
From a 22 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with an ecru head. Grassy nose. Flavors of pine and caramel. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Randy4Beer (459) - - MAY 20, 2016
Pours the colour of the now defunct penny, leaving the glass awash in white lacing as drunk. Aromas of peach, grapefruit, and caramel malts. Tastes are in the realm of piney hops and more of those caramel malts. It’s an extremely well balanced brew, and definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HippyHop (591) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2016
Bomber bottle from the LCBO. Beautiful caramel pour, but the hop bomb I was hoping for is noticeably absent. This stuff smells and tastes more like an American barley wine. It’s damn tasty, and smooth as silk, but I want West Coast hop punch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (560) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2016
2016/05/11 - Pours a clear, medium amber colour with a thick, foamy, off white head that slowly reduces and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is lots of toffee and pine resin, notes of sweet bread and hints of orange and grapefruit. Taste follows nose; heavy toffee and sticky pine, orange, sweet bread and light grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and very sticky with smooth carbonation and a bittersweet, drying finish. ABV is very well hidden. Sweeter than most IIPAs, but not overly sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (4813) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2016
Une robe scintillante, cuivrée avec une mousse blanche qui abonde. Des parfums de caramel et des agrumes sucrés. Des saveurs qui vont dans le même sens. Une avancée florale dans cette DIPA qui me semble être davantage un vin d’orge bien houblonné. Une bouche huileuse et assez confortable. Rien de bien rafraîchissant dans cette finale à la fois résineuse et sucre d’orge. Un peu à côté de ses pompes pour un liquide qui vit en cette année 2016.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wombat23 (451) - Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Shared 22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a foamy, long lasting off-white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, caramel, and pine. Similar taste. Has good hops and malt balance. Fairly bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2495) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle from LCBO. Clear copper with a beige head that fades to a ring around the glass. Fairly sweet and malt forward, tangerine, apricot, some papaya, ligt resin, seems more barleywine but curious how long its been sitting on the LCBO shelf...mild+ carbonation and moderate body, light booze presence, bittersweet with a somewhat dry finish.

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