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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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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: VelvetExtract on 04-05-2014

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 14
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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Spikester
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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 jamvt
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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2.84/5  rDev -22%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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