Red Betty Imperial IPA | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Betty Imperial IPARed Betty Imperial IPA
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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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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 21
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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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 timontheroad
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 mbratt93
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer surprised me! It's delightful.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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 d00drey
4.79/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very floral and citrus notes. Overall outstanding IPA.

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Photo of Beernoobie
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance was a semi-dark red/burnt close to brown sort of color with a slim sort of semi-finger-ed sort of white messy head. Lacing was few and far between. The smell started off with the sweet caramel/toffee malty backbone covering a slight sweet to dry sort of tobacco aftertaste and finish. The taste was mostly the same with the same sort of dry/sweet almost "tobacco" sort of flavoring coming about. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Overall, damn nice beer that I would have again.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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 GeorgeAKeim
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PirateCraft
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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 sansho
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jakewatt135
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Wayne17
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
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 TRiGS
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into glass

clear, dark copper in color, white head. aroma is earthy pine resin hop aroma. flavor has a strong malt component but bitter as well. medium bodied.

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Photo of maniaczak
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of davegray
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
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
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 54 ratings
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