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Red Betty IPA - Central City Brewing

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Red Betty IPARed Betty IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: smcolw on 12-07-2013

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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a moderately strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam. I don't know if I can ask much more of an IPA.

Smell: creamy and sweet malt aroma with just a touch of toast and a refreshing dose of earthy hops. Great example of an English IPA aroma.

Taste: quite like the aroma; hops are earthy but green and fresh at the same time. Bitterness is strong up front but fades a bit toward the end (interesting effect, that). A very well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied and quite creamy indeed, especially for the style. I like it.

Overall: quite tasty and drinkable, there's not much more to add. This is a very well-put-together brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a hazed orange with a sweet sunshine highlighted glow. A fat head of cream colored foam falls slowly and clings to the glass. Nose is grapefruit and sweet orange. A sweet subtle bit of brown sugar for malt. An earthy light pine and spice. Taste is fantastic! This beer has the grapefruit in all it’s glory. From the pith to the peel. The tartness of it . Then to back it up is a sweet bright orange. It’s a west coast style malt with a touch of caramel and biscuit for weight that comes through as this beer warms. Finishes dry and with that earthy pine and spice. It has a moderate bitterness that does not eclipse all the flavors that want to linger at the back palate but slowly pushes them aside until you are feasting on a lingering bitter that is simply wonderful.

This beer drinks like the label .It’s like coasting on a bike . It’s fruity, it’s got a big flavor and a big finish it’s a pleasure and it could give plenty of the best IPA’s a good run for their money.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can into a small tulip glass a copper color with a nice looking half finger white head atop.A good blast of citrus in the nose along with resin,much more American than English in my mind.The flavors are a mix of English earthy and leafy hop notes and American pine resin,a caramel/biscuit malt base holds up well to the hops.This a nice "hybrid" in it's English/American hop profile,a very good IPA from the northwest.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Slightly hazed orange copper hue with a bright white head forms thick foamy head with speckled lacing.

Aroma has citrus biscuit malts upfront bitterness hop pellets cloud the palate.

Flavor orange peel, citrus pith, dank pine and crushed aspirin are there light biscuit malt base minimal bready sweetness.

Mouthfeel, is medium bodied slightly resinous carries the hop oils across the palate with moderate carbonation.

Overall, I need a fresher can I can tell these hops are fading...I will revisit this beer!

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a ton of dimension. But a nice, slightly earthy ipa

Photo of Guess2814
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this beer watching NFL Sunday football. I'll start off saying the can is absolutely classic. Old fashion. Nice Hops. Grassy Hoppy Taste. Dark Golden color look to it. Nice smell. I like this beer. A beer I need to have more of to give a definitive detail about it. But for a first time taste. I like it. This beer will be talked about more. CHEERS!!!!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear lighter straw colored body.
The aroma is bright pineapple, lemon, grapefruit and pine. Wonderful.
The taste is a moderate pine bitterness throughout, though well balanced.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
A great smelling and feeling IPA, average flavor in a hotly contested category.

Photo of jellikit
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: orange-red. Thin head. Short lacing. Pretty clear.
S: floral and orange. A bit peppery.
T: sweet. Big malt balanced by big alcohol and hops.
M: medium carbonation. Body like Kate Upton.
I: good imperial IPA. Fruity, sweet, peppery, big. Yummy. Would try others from this brewery.

Photo of Spikester
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber with red highlights. Three fingers of almost white head that is still there after at least ten minutes. Lacing is much better than average.
Smell is malty with a touch of pine and some hop floral notes.
Taste is bitter pine resin some grapefruit and a big English malt presence.
The bitterness rules but is less so due to the good amount of malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation and a long semi dry bitter finish.
Overall an excellent brew that satisfies that hop urge without wiping out your taste buds.
I really enjoyed this beer. And it still has a head after about 20 minutes. Impressive.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of earthy hops and toasted malts.

Tastes of a good dose of earthy hops coupled with solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with an earthy and grassy feel to it. Moderate amount of bitterness is washed away by caramel malts and toffee notes. More hops come towards the end and leaves a lingering pine note.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice English IPA with full fleshed out hops.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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12oz can from whole foods... clear orange brew with a decent enough white head that leaves splotchy lacing... Dry toast and lesser caramel malt... Traditional PNW hoppiness...citrus and pine cones... Weird fruitiness from I would guess the yeast is sorta throwing the finish off IMO... Still there are way worse IPA's out there... Not bad at all.

3.75/3.75/3.5/3.75/3.5

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear Amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down but left a large patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste nearly parallels the smell, having light to moderate flavors of grapefruit hops along with notes of caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The grapefruit lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has a nice balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: can

Photo of SuperMartino
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Same beer as "Red Racer" so I have no idea why the rating is ten points lower.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber to copper in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a large patch of wispy thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/grapefruit, and herbal hops with just a hint of spicy hops and caramel malts..

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is quickly followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit pith, citrus/grapefruit, herbal, and spicy (in descending order of strength). Moderate amounts of bitterness that lingers for a moderate amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall this beer is pretty well balanced between the flavors of the malts and the hops - not overly sweet or bitter. Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable, alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of smcolw
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Since I'm adding this beer, here's what is written on the bottle: "A style of ale fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. This award-winning I.P.A. is about hops, hops and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmaster's choice."

Dark gold/light amber color with a mild chill haze. Low head, but it lasts and leaves plenty of chunky, blanketing lace.

Mild, aromatic and floral fresh hop smell on the initial pour.

Soft, lightly caramelized pale malt flavor up front. The tale of the tape is the very strong, bittering hop which completely dominates the taste prior to the swallow. It is most intense at the beginning of the aftertaste, which dissipates very slowly. Appropriate body with an under-carbonated effervescence.

Photo of Bali_hi
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle of red betty drank

Photo of MaineBrewing
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - poured from can into pint glass, supper clear, medium amber, large frothy two finger head. Left immediate lacing as it dissipated, looks super fresh... After drinking a while could see the fresh lacing sticking to the side, this looks great.

S - ridiculous hop nose out the can, upon pouring I was greeted with an intense hop bouquet with grapefruity citrus and deep pine. A mellow sweetness was present, sugary and candy like. Smells more WC IPA then English.

T - taste is where the English comes in i take it. Deep malt character melds well with the intense floral and grapefruit hops. Some toffee and burnt sugar in there, definitely more malt forward in the flavor then the aroma. Bitterness is restrained, it is there but the restraint really allows the other flavors to linger. It does have a certain malt note that I'm not fond of, I can't put it in words other then it tastes copper-y, this sort of detracts from the flavor for me.

M -on par for the style, medium to lower carb, medium body, finishes on the sweet side probably a little more then I'd care for.

O - for the style, I would say I wasn't expecting such a great fresh hop flavor, but was pleasantly surprised. Definitely a departure from EIPA in that respect, Certainly a departure from the diacetyl laden EIPAs brewed locally to me that I am used to. Overall really enjoyable brew if you want some great hop flavor that doesn't skimp on the malt.

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slight chill haze in the amber-colored liquid, but the head is impressive, sticky and leaves a ton of lacing

Smell: Toffee sweetness and earthy hops - very English

Taste: The toffee sweetness lays down the backbone, with the earthy hops building in the middle; surprisingly resinous, after the swallow; the finish is primarily bitter, but there is just a touch of the toffee in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice, primarily English-style IPA

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Produced 5/22/14.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, candied citrus zest, and pineapple juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an pretty good beer that is tasty, but there is a slightly better hop presence in the smell to me.

Photo of InkedinRi
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good ipa. And the can I tried was at about the 3 month mark! Love to try it fresh!

Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out with a honey-amber color; thick, finely bubbled, white head. Very nice pine aroma with orange and lemon notes as well. Hop bitterness, smooth and bold, comprises the main flavor points with light biscuit malt notes in the background. Medium bodied with a crisp, clean, dry finish.

A very fine English styled IPA that tip-toes across the line with some of the bold hop character of US West coast IPA hop bitterness and, almost, big aroma. Very well balanced throughout and offering some nice depth in the flavor and aroma departments. Very delightful and easy drinking.

Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber orange color with a thick head with good retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma with notes of grapefruit, mild soap, dry tea leaves, pine and minerals.
Bitter flavor with notes of caramel and toasted malts, grapefruit, honey, yeast, spices and fresh tea leaves. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium towards full body with mild carbonation.
Decent IPA with bold citrusy and herbal hops (80 IBUs) on a malty base.

Photo of woemad
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at a grocery store on Spokane’s South Hill for $4.68. No obvious freshness date was found on the bottle. I’ve seen it in grocery stores locally for the last few months and decided to give it a shot.

Poured a somewhat hazy golden amber color, with a big, creamy beige colored head that hung around for a while.

Piney nose, with some citrusy elements as well.

Bitter piney hop taste at first, quickly joined and moderated by citrusy and earthy hop flavors, and with a lingering hop aftertaste. Slightly larger malt profile than most American IPAs. Kinda seems like a hybrid between the American and English IPA styles – this is not the first Canadian IPA I’ve had that straddles the two styles.

Medium bodied, with an oily mouthfeel.

Pretty tasty. I’m not sure I’d want to drink repeated pints of this, but for once the 22oz format seems the right amount. I haven’t seen any other beers by this brewery in my neck of the woods, but I’d give them a try based on this one.

Photo of Tucquan
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-05-22 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear golden-orange with a 2-finger off-white head and good lace.

S - Woody, pineapple, pine, hop floral. Mildly dank. Can smell it from 2-feet away. Sweet and enjoyable.

T - Pineapple, oak and pine initially but this yields quickly to an assertive bitterness that lingers long into the aftertaste. There's some lingering hop bud and pine flavors in the finish but very little malt or fruit sweetness to support the bitterness. It dries very quickly.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Resinous and prickly.

O - A decent IPA but I would have liked it more if the pineapple fruit sweetness of the aroma would have transferred more into the flavor.

Photo of bongobeer
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big frothy head, left nice lacing. Well balanced IPA...enjoyed!

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Red Betty IPA from Central City Brewing
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