Red Betty I.S.A. | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this lone can at the back of the fridge somehow, and I'm not proud to announce it is over a year old. Still, it pours a tall head of 3 fingers, popcorn in color, with a nice clarity to the hay colored body.

Aromas of naked flaked oats, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and pine. Though it's ugly, it is still fresh smelling.

I want to say it's like a rainbow. It starts with caramel malts, giving way to pine, fresh orange, toffee, and a pithy grapefruit finish. The beer incorporates all of the different flavors that are within the style and none of them trample over the other - yet it's not muddy or undefined.

Feel is quenching yet scrapingly dry, leaving a little bit of parch on the palate.

Overall, ISA isn't half bad. I'd like to think I'd have it again if I were up in Oregon.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a golden amber in color with a creamy cap of foam. I get a mix of tropical fruit and lemony notes on the aroma. Big juicy flavor with little malt to back it up. 4%! I liked it.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Risky buy from Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. Poured from a can into a pint glass. No discernible canning date. I'm grading on a bit of a curve, since this is a "session IPA".

Crystal clear coppery-gold color with a puffy off white 1/2" head. Good retention, leaves soapy lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Aromas of planty, herbal hops, some pine/evergreen. A little mint? Simple but nice.

Nice biting bitterness in the taste, still very planty and herbal. Pine sap gives way to grapefruit pith on the finish. Little malt presence, maybe a tiny crystal malt presence in the middle if you look for ir. Surprisingly long, bitter aftertaste, like chewing on a grapefruit peel.

Light smooth body, definitely sessionable. Slightly viscous. Ends clean.

This was surprisingly good for being of dubious origin. Beautiful appearance, unique herbal hop profile, plenty of bitterness, easy to drink. I think if the can said the name of an American brewery this would be rated higher. Definitely worth the $5.50 price tag!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a dash of haze and a very strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy eggshell foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: lightly grainy malt with a bit of a grassy, herbal hop character. Pretty mild, but well-enough compsed.

Taste: like the aroma, it's a bit on the dry and grainy side. The hops are a bit grassy and not particularly strong. Bitterness is low; it's certainly not a bad beer, but it just doesn't offer a whole lot.

Mouthfeel: light body but with a good level of carbonation and a rather surprising creaminess. Not too bad!

Overall: this beer lacks oomph, which I guess is not surprising for a session ale. That said, it is nicely drinkable and could be quite refreshing in the right context.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of woemad
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the closest thing i have seen to founders all day, which remains the standard for these session hop forward brews. this stuff is new to colorado and new to the states as well, called red racer in canada, but bear republic wont have it. this is a very blonde beer, well carbonated, and just bursting with wonderfully fresh citra hop aroma and a hint of lemon lime soda. the malt bill is super light, not as bready and pils heavy as daytime from lagunitas, but in that vein, a little more on the pale than pils side though. hops radiate in the finish, the beer is real light but not watery, and in some ways reminds me of firestones easy jack, but this one feels a little less underflavored. awesome bubbles and a truly light body make this a wonderful warm weather session choice, even right from the can. its a fantastically refreshing drink, affordable in six packs, and soon to be probably pretty widely available here. not sure how big central city is, or what their plans are moving forward, but they have created a winner with this session ale. as good as most others and better than many here on the colorado scene. i suspect popularity will follow it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Red Betty I.S.A. from Central City Brewers + Distillers
3.63 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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