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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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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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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Reviews by Spikester:
Photo of Spikester
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold with some red highlights. Huge white head and good lacing. Smell is tropical fruit.
Taste is perfect IPA tamed down to a 4.0%abv. Light and refreshing with the tropical fruit hops leading the way.Malts are just enough to make the style work. Mouthfeel is light but not watery and just enough carbonation. Overall a winner for the style. Surely a fine junior IPA.

Spikester, May 24, 2014
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Photo of mjstacker
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

mjstacker, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

tone77, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Chilly_E, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

ocelot2500, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

itracy63, Sep 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

BodyPolitic, Sep 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

IdrinkGas, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

jamvt, Apr 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Hirshi, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

discharmingly, May 02, 2014
Photo of DerekMorgan
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

DerekMorgan, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yay cans. Loved their IPA when it first came here, but since then I think most of the cans that come here are underwhelming, too old, or just wrong. Not sure but they haven't been the same since they exploded. Hopefully this is much better. And even dated can, 3/11/14.

Pours a decent creamy fizzy 1 finger head that fades at a fair pace, touches of lacing, hazy slight sediment laden, orange honey colored.

Nose brings some hops, lighter, grassy, little floral with mild fruity notes, hint of orange rind, touch of watery malt underneath. That's about it.

Taste brings more light hops, some mild to fair bitterness, grassy hops, with a little leafy, floral, leafy comes out more actually, hint of an orange peel and generic fruity note, like hop water. Very light watery malt base, with nothing to really prop up the hops, which aren't bad though. Finish is dry light, hops get spicy bitter as there is nothing to back them up.

Mouth is lighter bod, little watery, decent carb.

overall at least this tastes fresh, nice hop profile, grassy, leafy, hints of fruit and citrus notes, decent overall but the watery malt base really just makes this kinda meh, I understand session IPA but you can still give it SOME backbone.

jlindros, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

woodychandler, Aug 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Remdog, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Kurmaraja, Sep 03, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -6%

sdub, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of IronLover
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow with an amber hue and a dense, hazy appearance. Poured with a short, bright white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Fresh tropical fruit and herbal hop aromas with a touch of sweet malt and vegetable notes. Light bodied with tangy, biting carbonation. Tropical and spicy herbal hop flavors up front and through the middle. Pine hop bitterness emerges from the middle through the finish. A well done "light" ipa. Big hop character with a tangy, spicy feel despite the expected lack of maltiness.

IronLover, May 30, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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).

DoubleJ, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

lsummers, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange color. Head starts up as am inch-high mass of froth but it dies away to a thin film of bubbles. Still manages to lace nicely.

S-Interesting hoppy aroma. Has a unique citrusy aroma. Some tropical fruity hop scents as well; melon being an interesting descriptor I pick up. It's also a bit dank. A light, pale maltiness.

T-The flavor has plenty of pop behind it. Citrus and mango with some melon. Some lemony hoppiness. There is also a some of that dank, cannabis flavor. A softly supportive pale and bready maltiness backs the rather unique hoppy flavors.

M-Light, sessionable and bitter. Crisp. Buzzing carbonation. Impressed by the prolonged aftertaste. Session ale no doubt.

O-Another very tasty Session IPA. This brewery's regular IPA is one of my favorites so,I shouldn't be surprised that I was impressed by this brew.

VelvetExtract, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of woemad
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

woemad, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

PEIhop, Apr 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Gatordaddy, Jun 04, 2014
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Red Betty I.S.A. from Central City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.