Red Betty IPA | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Betty IPARed Betty IPA

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of GimmeASchlitz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured can into Seidel mug

Nice amber color with nice one finger head.

Smell gives you sweet citrus peels and some malts but not much of anything else.

Grapefruit and Sweet Citrus zest is pronounced. Nice Hoppy bitter finish. Sweet malts are there in between for a balance.

Light medium body with a dry finish

Balanced but typical IPA. Best Canadian IPA I've had but very average and more sweet than a typical IPA. Would I have again? Yes but I wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

Golden amber with a short white head. Slight haze with moderate carbonation.

Caramel, grapefruit, pine, and melon.

Grapefruit pith and pine sap. Musky honeydew melon and cantaloupe. Very firm caramel maltiness with hints of honey, molasses, and toffee. Finishes with grapefruit and pine needles.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and off-dry with a medium bitterness.

The thick caramel maltiness balances out the classic grapefruit / pine hops. Old school.

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Photo of jhavs
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can poured into snifter at Novare Res in Portland, ME.

A= Copper color with thin white head, some large bubbles in the foam. A bit of lacing clings to the glass as I swirl.

S= A bit of earthy pine hops and some caramel malt aroma.

T= Caramel and sweet malts with a tinge of bitter pine and resin.

M= A bit heavy and oily, moderate carbonation.

O= A bit too much towards the sweet malts for my liking. Mouth feel was not particularly pleasant.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy golden, decent head but not much lacing.

S/T: Very classic hop profile, citrus and oily resin. Lightly sweet.

M: On the heavy side for a standard IPA. Lingers substantially with an oily coating of the mouth.

O: A classic example of the style, or you might call it old-fashioned or behind the times.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bright clear amber glass shows clarity and holds a finger of dirty white head that laces.

Heavy malt base with pine hop notes and a light alcohol whiff

A bit under attenuated and worty, but a great level of pine hops that cuts the cloying bit a gives a fairly good balance (where, it should be a bit more hoppy).

Medium heavy body with low carbonation and an oily finish

I like it a lot better than I think I should. The malt is a bit heavy but the hops are so good I can let it all go.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(draft, Rogue Kitchen and Wetbar, Vancouver. B.C 7/5/15) nearly identical in taste to the FAT TUG (Driftwood). Will have to try in the bottle, as well as other offerings from this brewer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


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.


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Photo of Boto
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber: This one pours a hazy slightly orangish amber color. There was a small off white head that doesn’t linger long or leave much lacing. Good hop nose. An earthy pine as well as some grapefruit. A bit of biscuit also. The taste is pretty good. A fair amount of bitterness. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors, as well as a bit of biscuit. Also a bit of caramel malts and some sweetness peeking through. Not bad at all!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

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Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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!

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can > Mason Pint
A - Clouded gold color with two fingers of off white foamy head, little lacing.
S - Lots of sweet caramel and bread, toffee, sweet orange, even a hint of cherry, some citrus zest.
T - Big sweetness up front, lots of it being malty, orange candies, fruitcake, finishes a little bitter and piney.
M - Clingy and chewy.
O - A good English IPA, but nothing about it really stands out against the sweet barrage of malt.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, herbal, pungent, pine, garlic, lemon, grassy, caramel, and toasted malts.

Taste: Same as above with mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, some bitterness, and a little chewy.

Overall: A little different from the Red Racer, but still a solid beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of spoony
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz can (dated Apr. 29, 2014) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated June 2, 2014.

A-The beer is brassy in color and clear with a few bubbles of carbonation visible in the glass. The head is short and light-tan with poor retention. There is some nice lacing at first.

S-The aroma is earthy, sharp, and sort-of pungent. I get some spices like white pepper, and a bit of onion aroma, as well as some herbal notes and mint as the beer warms. There is also a bit of toasted bread in there. A somewhat jumbled smell.

T-The taste is more focused (and better) than the smell. It is still sharp, spicy, and zesty with a higher than normal amount of bitterness, but it mostly loses the onion flavor, which is nice. Flavors include pepper and herbal alcohol, as well as biscuit and cracker-like malts.

M-The feel is light to medium in heft with a softer carbonation that lays low on my tongue.

O-This beer is somewhat of a mixed bag. I am not crazy about the aroma, but the flavor is pretty solid with a nice balance of hop and malt flavors. The spices are a nice touch, but the lingering onion flavor takes the score down a bit. Props to Central City for not making another hop-bomb, juice monster IPA.

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Photo of woemad
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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