India Session Ale | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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India Session AleIndia Session Ale

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed exclusively with Mosaic hops.

Added by Rutager on 11-10-2013

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Photo of 300monsters
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Hoptoria
4.48/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Powers30
2.99/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a 4% beer this is outstanding!

The nose is fresh with grapefruit and mango. Maybe some grass notes.

The taste is clean and crisp with a nice hop finish.

This is one of the better, if not the best, session ale I've had.

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Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of papat444
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Roby923
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid session ale! A workday IPA that shines brighter than its older sibling. Most of the hops, not all the alcohol of an IPA. A solid favourite. Bring it on!

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Photo of SSS
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear gold with a slight orange tint. Big white head that is light and airy
S-Citrus and pine with a very subtle roasted malt aroma
M-Light mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation
T-Fresh sweetness and bitterness upfront, with a caramel and roasted malt character. There is also a chewy feel that is pleasant. The bitterness in the middle and finish is a little assertive, but enjoyable
O-This is a very nice session beer. Quite drinkable, light and refreshing

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Photo of Idrankthat
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Long813
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJT
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phlebas86
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of rogerdandy
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of smekermann
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Corson
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of 604growler
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Shadman
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

great concept...Ipa hop fix without the sudden onset of drunkeness

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India Session Ale from Central City Brewers + Distillers
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