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Red Betty I.S.A. - Central City Brewing

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Red Betty I.S.A.Red Betty I.S.A.

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: VelvetExtract on 04-05-2014)
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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2.84/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has some hues of amber along with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high fluffy bright white head that died down, leaving a film of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges stand out in particular—along with some hints of pine resin. Notes of melons also become noticeable once the beer warms up.
T: The flavors in the taste follow the aromas in the smell, except that the citrus and pine resin hops are slightly more pronounced and also lend a touch of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer had a very light and airy mouthfeel; it was almost like drinking a "lite" IPA if there was such a style. For this reason, the beer is very easy to drink and is extremely sessionable.

Serving type: can

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

can. spiegelau ipa glass.

(3.40) A: Carrot orange coloring with a translucent clarity. Solid one inch capping, slowly dissolves with a lasting coverage and broken ring lace band. Carbonation is light, lazy and spacious.

(3.45) S: Tons of fresh pine, toasted orange peel, with lightly dry grapefruit. medium intensity range.

(3.65) T: Flavor was wet orange-citrus, lightly toasted malt, with lightly dry grapefruit. Sparkling flavor, cirsp citrusy bite with a moderate level of hopping. Finishes lightly dry of pine.

(3.60) M: Light-medium body, lightly sticky resinous hop oils.

(3.65) O: Overall, well hopped session ipa, and at 4% shows a modest amount of hopping, respectable even at a few points higher abv%. Six pack, session worthy, easy can transportation, and another fine example of small abv /high ibu beers.

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

A - Clear gold body, thick white head fades quickly and leaves heavy lacing.
S - Vegetal hops, herbal, earthy. slight malt sweetness, maybe?
T - Resiny pine bitterness that I didn't get from the nose. Not much of the malt. Doesn't taste like a session ale, which is a compliment.
M - Thick (for the style) medium carb. Coats the palate. Drying.
O-One of the more fuller and robust session ales that I've had. I'm a big fan of the Red Betty series. It's just a little tough to get super fresh cans. This one was two months old.

Photo of TRiGS
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.44/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

I have fully resumed The CANQuest ™ and now, I have Red Betty nee Red Racer (Red Racy) along for the ride. She is as pretty as ever with her red ponytail, her red patent leather Mary Janes, red skirt flying up to reveal white panties and garters attached to white silk stockings! She CANtinues to salute us from astride her Schwinn Racer bicycle.

From the CAN: “I.S.A. India-Style Session Ale”; “CANadian Brewing Awards Brewery of the Year 2010, 2012”; “A clean and crisp ale with a good bitterness and malt balance, coupled with refreshing hop aromatics. This India-style Ale is big in flavor, yet highly Sessionable. Cheers!”

The Crack! Revealed yet another brimful craft CAN and so it was time for an inverted Glug. I got some great pseudo-cascading action that formed three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose was minty and pine-y, like wintergreen or spearmint. Mouthfeel was medium. Once again, with these session-IPAs, the nose did not really match the taste, which is a nice use of aromatic hops, but it creates a let-down for me. It had a Grape Nuts cereal-like taste, very malty and yet sort of dry thanks to the hops that had been used. Once more, I was put in mind of drinking hop tea, a very mellow drink, indeed. Finish was semi-dry and while I could undoubtedly drink a number of these, I probably would not want to. It is the real trade-off of this sessionable beer craze: flavor for lower alcohol by volume.

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Smells of bready malts with some citrus hops.

Tastes of the hops with a light malt backbone. Hops lead off with grapefruit and a bit of pine. Moderate bitterness. This gives way to slightly sweet malts with a biscuity feel. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, they got what they wanted, a low alcohol beer with plenty of hops. However, it can't really stand up if you compare it to other IPAs with full malt bills.

Photo of tone77
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And yes, that can did reach my fridge by way of the legendary woodychandler. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly malty, a bit of hops. Taste has some grapefruit up front, malts, a very light bitterness, kind of mild for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but nothing special.

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3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Produced 5/20/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, floral, peach, and apricot aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, peach, and metallic 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 above average beer with a nice fruity aroma, but the flavors are a bit watery and bland in my opinion.

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2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz can purchased at the Total Wine in Spokane Valley. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, it was canned on April Fools Day of this year. I should have taken that as an omen.

Poured a slightly hazy orangey amber color, with a thick, beige-colored head that left sheets of lace on the sides of a shaker pint glass.

Mostly , the aroma was of piney and citrusy hops, though I swear I picked up a whiff of strawberry as well.

Somehow, the promising aspects of both the bitterness and the sweetness of the aroma disappear with the taste, which is only a dull, vaguely hoppy bitterness, with a bit of citrus at the end, as though someone spilled a quarter of a drop of grapefruit juice into the most bland glass of iced tea ever made.

Watery yet chalky mouthfeel. Impressive only in that I’ve never come across that in a beer before.

Good grief! I thought this kind of beer in a can would age a little better than in a bottle. Maybe it has, or maybe turning this brewery’s IPA into a session version was just a bad idea. When I want an ISA I’ll stick to Lawnmower.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Central City is like a long lost friend to me. I love their beers, but it has been years since I have seen one. I spotted some cans of the "session IPA" along with the standard IPA, both being no-doubt single can purchases. At 4% ABV, this meets the criteria of a true session beer. From a 12 ounce can, on to the beer:

Two fingers thick and frothy is the head, while below is a grapefruit colored body with a few visible bubbles floating to the top. The aroma is hoppy alright, albeit toned down. There's melon, tangerine, cantaloupe, pine, and grass. Mild aroma, but very complex.

Session ale indeed. Very light in body, and very light in the malt bill in ratio to the hops. Pretty clean and somewhat fruity, this ale also has a lingering whisper of burnt plastic (something must not have been perfect in the making of).

For those who don't want too much alcohol, this is an alright choice. Personally, I'll suck up the few extra ABV points and go for the IPA (to say nothing of their lovely Imperial IPA).

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Red Betty I.S.A. from Central City Brewing
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