Red Betty Imperial IPA | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Betty Imperial IPARed Betty Imperial IPA

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mactrail on 06-10-2014

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 52
Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy dirty straw body.
The aroma is rich resin, bread and a little tropical fruit in the background.
The taste is moderate bitterness with a huge dose of malt, fairly bready. I like that this imperial shows off the malt side more that others.
The texture is thicker.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip
A: Dark orange with a 1.5-finger head
S: Toasted orange peel, pineapple and toffee
T: Fairly sweet with citrus and tropical fruit
M: Full-bodied, sweet, a bit bitter
O: Promising start but too sweet for my tastes. Would be better if drier

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from On the Fly Gasmart. High quality IIPA, not exceptional but solid through and through. Pours out a medium reddish amber with frothy head. Aroma is sweet smelling malty hoppiness. Taste hits the tongue square on with tingly hop bitterness. Slick, slippery feel, but finishes quick, the only knock against this otherwise tasty brew.

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Photo of Wayne17
2.06/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Total malt bomb. Red Betty barley wine? In fairness this has to be an old bottle but since there's no date anywhere to be found I can only rate this on my drinking (Or drain pouring) experience.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coppery pour with off white foam; good clarity; thick foam with copious lacing to bottom of the glass. Caramel and pine nose; aroma of peach or perhaps tropical fruit/mango. Flavors of caramel malt and pine/hops up front; lite citrus/tart bite in the middle; earthy bitter hop finish. Medium lite mouthfeel; earthy resinous tongue coating. Good balance between semi sweet malt foundation and earthy bitter hop linger. Really liked how the fruit flavors were soft on the tongue. Outstanding.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an imperial nonic a brilliant rich bronze with a steady slight off white head atop,great rich clarity.Caramel,candied grapefruit,and pine stand out in the nose,somewhat earthy as well, a good balance and complexity.The feel is smooth and glides down easy,fantastic.Big caramel and sweet dough upfront on the palate with more of a dark fruit aka...raisin flavor than a big hoppy flavor profile although I do get some apricot and pine in there as well.Wow this beer is a complex to the hilt,at least to my crazy taste buds.Loved it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is well made beer, but not overly evolved on the recipe side of things. i never really love when the english yeast gets put in there with big american hops, its a muddle more often than not, and this one definitely is, trading hop pungency for yeast character and malt balance, its a good strong ale, but not approaching the best in the game. bronze look to it with nice clarity and over an inch of white head. the nose is pine family hops, bitter enough, and just a faint waft of english ale yeast. the flavor is the same, although the caramel and biscuit and pancake notes of the grain come through a little more, never sweet, but definitely a malty middle for an ipa of any kind. popping carbonation is nice, but it lingers a little with the bitterness, and gets heavy as it warms up. not bad, i think i like the base ipa a little better, but this is great beer for the price.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Big in just about every way. Big sweet malt, big fruit, noticeable booze, well maybe not big bitter. More a sipper than a chugger. Definitely worth a try, but maybe not a regular rotation.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/7/14

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber.

Amber color, two-finger white head, good retention and lacing
Lots of caramel on the nose, with some pine and orange peel.
Flavor is similar to nose. Caramelized orange with a slight piney finish.
Medium/full body, light carbonation.

A decent DIPA, but a bit too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a half finger light khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is spicy caramel malt, citrus and lightly piney hops, orange citrus. Flavor follows aroma; caramel malt, mixed orange family citrus, slight stone and tropical fruit, finshes with citrus and resiny pine hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a light creaminess, nice mouth feel. A nicely balanced malty IIPA with an interesting orangey citrus element that's a good change of pace. Well hopped, but not a hop bomb. An enjoyable, easy to drink imperial IPA with the kind of malty body I like and a spicy, orangey hop complement. Tasty.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle. Pours a mostly clear, dark orange color. Big, doughy, slightly off-white head. Lots of jagged lacing. Aroma is candied citrus, pine and noticeable sweetness. Just from the smell, you can tell this will be a sweet DIPA. Not sure if I am in the mood for that right now. The flavor actually works out better. It's sweet but the hop profile helps to round out the sweetness. The hops have some peach and mango elements. They complement and ease in the considerable maltiness of this brew. Darker, more robust malts impart pronounced flavors.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear reddish orange with a big creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sugary caramel malts and tropical fruit with some metallic notes.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malts with sugary fruit and a resiny hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, decent sweet fruity biscuity DIPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that gradually died down, eventually leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass, and some lacing running down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—orange really seems to stand out in particular along with some grapefruit.
T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by flavors of orange citrus hops and has a moderate amount of bitterness. Notes of pine and hints of alcohol are noticeable towards the finish; these seem to become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice aromas and flavors of citrus, but the alcohol that becomes present once the beer warms up detracts from the taste and the beer's drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of vondutch
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Not a huge fan of IIPA's, but this one seems to be the exception! Nice deep & mellow flavours, finihsing all sweet & creamy! A whopping 9% abv! Not at all bitter IMO. Another win for CCB!

Cheers from Calgary!

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Photo of timontheroad
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Bottled on 7/21/14. Poured into a tulip glass, to a half inch light tan loose fluffy head, which dissipated rather quickly, leaving very little lacing. Aroma is very malty, with just a touch of pine, grass and some citrus. Taste is also pretty malty sweet, with some nice pine flavors in the finish, with a little alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is fairly light, especially for an Imp. IPA. Overall, wasn't too terribly impressed, not a bad beer at all, but I guess I expected more from an Imperial IPA, especially compared to some of the other beers of the style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Produced 7/21/14.

Pours a clear dark honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, mango, and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 a pretty good beer with nice fruit forward hop characteristics that are slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of beergoot
4/5  rDev +8.1%

The body appears a deep-toned copper color with an off-white head, thick and fluffy that leave thick rings of lacking (4.0). Strong pine and citrus hop aroma; grassy undertones; barely perceptible malt grain smell way in the background (4.0). Juicy and tart flavors with a strong bitter aftertaste; warm, slightly toasted malt flavors way in the background; mild caramel notes (4.0). Medium-heavy body; fairly smooth on the palate; mostly dry finish (4.0).

A very nice looking DIPA with a funky tangerine and orange rind scent and a bold, crisp bitterness riding atop a fairly rich yet not overpowering malt base. The Maris Otter malt really helps add some malt depth and balance to things. A very nice find...

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Photo of SawDog505
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect Sam Adams pint glass, not sure when it was bottled. Pours an attractive orange with a two inch white head, that leaves behind plenty of lace.

Smell is rye, biscuit, orange peel, caramel, lemon, and grapefruit.

The smell follows well, lots of caramel, biscuit, and rye up front, with citrusy grapefruit and oranges in the finish.

Body is medium large, with plenty of life, a touch dry, and goes down rather large.

This is a very malty DIPA and more of a sipper for the style. Solid brew anyway.

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Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear dark amber orange in the Affligem chalice with a modest head. Plenty of spritz on the tongue. Sticky and hot. Big Barley Wine aroma of simmering caramel with resiny hops.

This is a gigantic murky soup of a beer. I'd call it a Barley Wine with a hop injection. Rather sweet, though the woody hop edge slices through the sugar. It tastes really strongly of canned peaches and mango nectar, followed by the vast bitter aftertaste. Woozy with alcohol. It's an herbal liqueur with a big dose of bitters. PIney with a sharp mouthfeel and that sweet-hot sensation.

Quite sippable overall. It somehow seems to have a rustic bit of the homebrew in it. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood, WA.

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Red Betty Imperial IPA from Central City Brewers + Distillers
3.7 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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