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Shepherd Neame / Central City Red Racer IPA

Formerly brewed at Shepherd Neame
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Faversham, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Cask: Special: Wetherspoon Spring 2013 Real Ale Festival
This bright, amber-coloured beer has an intense, hoppy aroma. Itís packed with hop flavours and a ruby-red grapefruit character, balanced by a deep, malty backbone, giving a long, lingering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2834) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 20, 2013
Cask @ A G Bell, Edinburgh [090413]
Amber, dense white head, clear, good lacing
Aroma of soft caramel malts, very soft hops, no way a US-style IPA
Taste of soft caramel malts, some bitter hops, soft fruity, alcohol is well hidden, good drinkability
Palate - medium body. Finish of bitterish hops, smooth.
Overall - Itís actually quite a good beer - but itís really non US

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1833) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
Cask. Pale red shade with a head that leaves lots of lace. Fruity aroma with a taste like citrus and light strawberry jam. Tangy and resinous hop bite with sticky malt backing it up. Tasty and drinks a little easier than the strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (2602) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
Cask at Tanners Hall JDW, Darlington. Brown-golden amber colour, thin white head and aroma of caramel & hops. Smooth malt caramel taste with orange hop bitterness. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
The City Arms, Coventry, 17/04/13. Clear bronze with a slender collar appearing pinkish. Aniseed, thistle sap, weak nutty malt nose. Lucozade and grenadine fruitiness; plastic and strawberries in Tupperware; nutty malt backdrop. Honeyed sweetness with a dab of tonic finish. Drinks like a fruity bitter. Alcohol slickness; puff of smoke. OK but no IPA and not as hoppy as the Shepís New World.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (905) - SCOTLAND - APR 13, 2013
Cask at local Spoons. Thick body, cloying with a good bitter roast nose with pine. Bit of a burr. Orange glow, golden sparkle to the eye. Drifting off white head. Strong. Reasonably length. Actually a bit flat, could have done with some card (did I just write that??) but still pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
Cask at The George, Croydon. It pours clear amber with medium yellow-white head. The nose is grapefruit, ripe strawberry, brown bread and wood. The taste is wood, resin, leather, assertive bitterness, pithy citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, jammy aspect and light spice with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Very nice bitterness indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1595) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2013
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in April 2013. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear russet in colour with a thin creamy buff head. Strong notes of sweet candy floss in the intense aroma. Thin resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Mixed malts give a fruity base of sweet red grapes and pink grapefruit flavours. Very little in the way of hop flavours just a slight dusty tang noted in the short aftertaste. Finish is malty though with sweet golden syrup notes giving a boozy warmth in the throat, alongside a citrusy tang. Unusual for an IPA but I liked the quirkyness of it all. Reminded me of RCH Firebox!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (4410) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2013
Cask @ The Counting House JDW. Amber-brown colour, decent head. Mild malty aroma. Malty grain flavour. Bitter aftertaste. A very average beer. Not really an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2013
Cask conditioned handpump Eastgate Northampton 05/04/13 A reddish brown coloured beer with a white head and lace. A very hoppy tasty full bodied beer. The malt is on the sweet and jammy side and the hops are big and American bold. Itís really very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (4201) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2013
Cloudy brown with mid-fine off-white head and perfumed tropical fruit aroma. Initially smooth texture and flavour breaks out into orange, honeyed malt and a sharp bitterness.

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