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India Session Ale - Central City Brewing

India Session AleIndia Session Ale

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very good

15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.9%

Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Rutager on 11-10-2013)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml can, part of a somewhat reasonable 12-pack recently made available in Alberta.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and generally bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some sudsy bonsai tree lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of muddled citrus pith and musky pine resin, gritty pale grainy malt, and a mildly spicy grassy character. The taste is more of the same - downgraded grapefruit, orange, and lemon fruit bitters, neutered pine needle and forest floor detritus, and a thankfully sturdy crackery, bready pale malt, with just a touch of dry caramel.

The bubbles are pretty tight in their bearing, but hardly off-putting, the body medium-light in weight, and not really all that smooth, the metallic bitterness of the hops clumsily traipsing about here. It finishes barely off-dry, the remaining fruity character giving itself over to the still sassy bitter pine and citrus extract essences.

For its obvious downhill run from the pale ale, and especially the IPA, this one still works for what it purports to be - a lower ABV option for the hop-inclined. Don't expect the same heady experience going in here as the above-mentioned offerings from this brewery, but for the intent, this works just as well as anything - hoppy, yet without the attendant alcohol. Still weird, I know, but this slim sub-style is slowly growing on me.

Serving type: can

04-15-2014 03:52:50 | More by biboergosum
Photo of 300monsters

British Columbia (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I rate beers for what they and this is an excellent example of an india session ale. It's hoppy, crisp, refreshing and offers enough challenge to make it something even the hoppiest of hopheads can respect.
due to it's 4% abv it is arguably more "sessionable" than Phillip's bottle rocket which I feel will be it's biggest "competitor." While I do love Phillip's bottle rocket I think that this suits the category a little better. It pours a light, golden amber with about a centeimeter of of white head depending on how you pour or the glass you use.
Even with a well cleaned glass I did not get much lacing.
The nose is fresh, light citrus, light grassy, mild pine.
Taste is again, light citrus, some grapefruit with a dash of lemon, a little earthy pine to round it out.
On the pallet this is crisp, on the bitter side but still soft enough to warrant downing more than one.
All in all, as their Ipa is a near perfect example of what a true northwest Ipa should be, Central city's red racer Isa is a near perfect example of what an Isa should be. I look forward to other BC craft breweries attempts at making lighter abv beers that put emphasis on flavour.

Great for new dads who like to have more than one beer but have to keep their s**t together.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 23:07:29 | More by 300monsters
Photo of Hoptoria

British Columbia (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Red Racer ISA @4%ABV-- enjoyed from the can purchased at my local craft liquor store.

A- Pours a pale yellow with lively carbonation action. Not much head.

S- Grassy hops, lemon zest, some grapefruit, slight pine.

T- Crisp malts, citrus and pine, with a wonderful finish.

M- Extremely crisp, only slight creaminess, dankness and lingering hops.

O- EXTREMELY sessionable. I love it. Between this and Phillips Bottle Rocket I'd have to go with the Red Racer I.S.A. simply because of its superior finish. None of the oiliness of other low gravity IPAs/ISAs. A great example of a sub 5% ABV beer that other breweries should take note of. Not everything has to be Imperial/Double/Extreme in order to be top class.

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 21:30:36 | More by Hoptoria
India Session Ale from Central City Brewing
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