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India Session Ale - Central City Brewing

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India Session AleIndia Session Ale

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BA SCORE
90
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21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 6.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed exclusively with Mosaic hops.

(Beer added by: Rutager on 11-10-2013)
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another session IPA hits the stores here in Calgary and because these guys produce some of my favorite IPAs (Canadian or American) a 12-pack duly comes home with me. Really, though ... Could I ask for a better yardwork beer? A mellow golden yellow with ample creamy white head, only the first of three cans actually touched glass and largely for visual inspection purposes. Aroma is somewhat subdued and perhaps a litte tinny, but nevertheless one can detect the expected citrus, tropical fruit, and fresh-cut grass notes characteristic of this style, really just a hop flavor delivery vehicle that is not intended to convey much in the way of malt balance ... That being said, there is just a touch of nutty malt on the tongue to accompany the soda cracker scaffolding that supports a whole cornucopia of hop flavors: Tangerine, lemon (quite a lot of this actually), orange, gooseberry, raspberry jam, weakly steeped cold black tea, mint, watery lychee, and very fresh grass. Super light bodied and fizzy of course, with a squeaky clean bitter grass finish. I get what this style is trying to accomplish, and I'm down even if things are getting rather trendy. Anticipate that skilled western craft breweries are going to keep turning out blonde ale-IPA hybrids with minimal malt and copious "iced tea" hop flavors: They will all be quite similar and will all be quite tasty. The particularly low ABV here is appreciated. Round 4 ...

CalgaryFMC, May 02, 2014
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

chickenm, Dec 27, 2013
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3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml can, part of a somewhat reasonably priced 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 turns out just as well - hoppy, yet without the attendant alcohol. Still weird, I know, but this slim, kind of unnecessary sub-style is slowly growing on me.

biboergosum, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

mdaschaf, Apr 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Rutager, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for this extra.

Poured from a 355ml can, prod. Feb. 04, 2014, sampled 04-16-2014.

Pours a clear gold body, with a thick off white head. Gobs of lacing on the glass and loads of little air bubbles within the foam. Aroma is papaya, citrus fruit and hops. Flavor of the hops is quite astringent but not in the best of ways, very mineral-like and a bit vegetal. Otherwise, the rest is crisp and decent body. Used to very bitter hops but there's something about this one that turns me off a little.

papat444, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

bumchilly25, Apr 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Phlebas86, Apr 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Kmat10, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

rogerdandy, Apr 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

smekermann, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

604growler, Jan 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

cbnz, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Beervana, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

DaftCaskBC, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ZachT, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

KalanM, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of 300monsters
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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.

300monsters, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

KStark, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Dizzy242, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Hoptoria
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Hoptoria, Mar 25, 2014
India Session Ale from Central City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.