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Dead Kettle IPA - Right Brain Brewery

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Dead Kettle IPADead Kettle IPA

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BA SCORE
78
okay

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BMoney575 on 08-08-2009)
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.49/5  rDev +2.6%

On tap at Applebee's - it really stood out amongst a list of Bud and Miller-type macro brews. It comes to the table, deep amber-copper with a big, yeasty haze throughout with only some light translucency at the edges. The head is quite nice; big-bubbled, foamy, and cloudy with a soft, eggshell hue. Surprisingly little lacing for such a marvelous looking head.

Spicy hops up front; peppery, floral, and just a bit ashy on the nose with an infusion of light grapefruit rinds and mild citrus peels. Malt isn't that noticeable, but some toasted bread can be found, buried under the heavy-handed hop profile. It doesn't smell bad, but it's fairly monotone and really uninteresting after awhile, unfortunately.

A nice bitterness hits the palate up front, conformed to the peppery, leafy, and herbal profile that was noticed in the aroma. The citrus is a bit more toned down, though some light grapefruit pith hits about mid-palate. The malts seem a bit "darker" on the palate, with a small hint of caramel sweetness that comes along.

A big, finishing bitterness washes over the palate with some ashy hop and small malt sweetness in the aftertaste. A little heavier on the palate than you might expect for a 5.4% ABV brew, complete with heavy, yet fitting carbonation. I wish there was more I could say about this beer... Really, it's not bad by any means, but it's pretty boring, especially in a beer-sea that's saturated with IPAs right now.

07-03-2013 11:32:14 | More by tectactoe
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

2.03/5  rDev -40.3%

Reviewed from notes made at the brewpub on 1/11/11.

Dead kettle is given to me with a clear golden-straw color with no head. A pure white film retains on top of the body. There is no fluid carbonation; that is, only when I agitate the pint glass do bubbles move. It's a very weird phenomenon. No lacing is left on the glass post-sip.

The aroma is of very muted hops- a little lemony and a little floral. There is not much of a malt balance, and what is present is very pale. A little biscuit is in the smell additionally. To me this smells like a very light pale ale; not an American IPA that boasts about it's hop presence.

The flavor brings very bitter, earthy hops that lack much other flavor. Lemongrass and a bandaid like taste accompany the hops, and the finish is dirty tasting and straight up bitter.

The mouthfeel is very light for the style and is quite watery. It is also very dry on my palate, in a sort of a not so great lip smacking way. The carbonation is quite low.

I will not try this one again. I don't feel that it met the style characteristics at all, and it certainly did not live up to it's billing as a beer for hopheads.

01-13-2011 23:14:38 | More by TCHopCraver
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DruC4

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-02-2014 05:18:56 | More by DruC4
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.21/5  rDev -5.6%

The Dead Kettle is more an English style IPA to me than an American style. The beer pours a cloudy orange with very thin white head that is leaving some lace. The smell is mostly bitter hops with some hints of biscuit. The taste is very bitter from start to finish and there is not citrus or pine present that I can pick up. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbontation. Overall this is a decent english IPA.

07-05-2013 22:16:48 | More by WoodBrew
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mzeld

Michigan

4/5  rDev +17.6%

04-12-2013 01:57:09 | More by mzeld
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redleg64

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

09-03-2012 03:07:54 | More by redleg64
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DCdevyl78

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

01-29-2014 03:13:12 | More by DCdevyl78
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radiofish

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

07-09-2013 01:43:34 | More by radiofish
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HardyA

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

09-23-2013 00:24:01 | More by HardyA
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gopens44

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

Got the bottom of this bomber poured in and forgot to slow it down before the yeast came out, but it did add a little bitterness where mostly a malt bomb was taking place. Maybe not that bad, but the scales certainly tip toward malty. Amber and translucent, recently obscured by floating yeast but still a purely sophisticated head. Piney in the nose, little else. Finishes tidy and neat, not overly dry and not over sweet either.

08-14-2013 22:29:15 | More by gopens44
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.56/5  rDev +4.7%

I picked up a bottle of Right Brain's Dead Kettle IPA a couple days ago for $5.99 at The Lager Mill. I have had this beer a few times on tap at the brewery and got to try it on cask once, but since bottles of this just started showing up I thought I should give it another try, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on May 15 2013. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, I like the skulls, they have a tattoo sugar skull like look to them that catches my eye. It poured a nice and very hazy orange color that took on an amber/copper hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice sticky lacing behind. This is a good looking IPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts that have a real nice, bready, grainy, and clean malt aroma with a slight caramel aroma in the background. Up next come the hops that impart a nice and bright citrus rind aroma with grapefruit sticking out the most and a slight floral and pine hop aroma in the background. This beer has a good aroma, it balanced very well and the citrus rind hop aromas are pretty nice.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma but much lighter on the citrus rind hops and it starts off with a lighter amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart some brown bread, grains, and a slight caramel malt flavor. Up next comes the hops which aren't as citrusy as they were in the aroma and impart some lighter citrus flavors with some piney and floral hops showing up more in the background with a medium amount of bitterness and a malty aftertaste with some mixed hops in the background. This was a nice tasting American IPA, it was pretty balanced, but the hops could have come through a little more.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice and balanced example of the style, but it didn't have that juicy hop flavos that I really look for in this style. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not too filling, and a little refreshing, I don't think I would have a problem drinking a bottle to myself but I think one would be enough, the flavors don't hold my attention as well as the could have. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, they were both pretty good with the aroma being pretty on par for the style. What I like the least about this beer was the way the hops showed up in the flavor, i think they could have been a little more flavorful and citrusy. I don't know if I would buy a bottle of this again, I would order a glass if I was at the brewery, but it's a little pricey for a low abv American IPA and it's a little more balanced than I like, but I would recommend it to people who prefer balanced IPA's. All in all I thought this was a solid American IPA, it was very balanced, a little too much so and that prevents this from being a top tier IPA. This was another solid beer from Right Brain, it's nice to be able to buy their beer without going to the brewery, I just hope they release some of their beers that I really enjoy.

06-19-2013 03:46:33 | More by StoutHunter
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

10-15-2012 03:30:58 | More by Zaphog
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BeerGreg

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-02-2014 20:09:03 | More by BeerGreg
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -11.8%

09-13-2013 02:24:31 | More by smartassboiler
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TasteTester

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

01-02-2014 00:49:49 | More by TasteTester
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Nachos4two

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-01-2013 23:54:21 | More by Nachos4two
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BMoney575

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

Sampled on 8-8-09

Pours a hazy golden orange color, with a craggy white head and fantastic lacing.

Smell is all super-buttery sweat sock hops. Very fruity, slight alcohol edge, and sizable malt.

Taste is just like the smell, big sweet hops, and huge bitter and slick sweet finish. Very strong, and gets a little old.

Mouthfeel is thick, slick, and viscous. Fits well.

Drinkability is good, if you're looking for a super-sweet super-hoppy beer.

Overall, do it.

Thanks to david131 for half a growler.

08-08-2009 05:04:01 | More by BMoney575
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McBAINx

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

04-30-2014 23:46:40 | More by McBAINx
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev +17.6%

12-02-2011 04:02:46 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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claminat420

Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -18.2%

A- poured a transparent golden straw color. had a little white head that left quickly. little lacing.

S- just the slightest bit of citrus hops. nothing too strong.

T- had the citrust hop coming out but also a floral one too. the malt didn't seem to be there. the beer had a buttery taste to it which was terrible.

M- medium/ light bodied. good cabonation.

Drinkability- will never get this again.

Overall- i thought i really liked right brain but the beers i had there didn't blow me away. their prices seem rediculous if you don't go for happy hour. i want to find out about their house yeast cause something is giving their beers a buttery taste. my gf who doesn't drink also noticed the buttery feel so it wasn't just me.

08-18-2011 16:50:02 | More by claminat420
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.74/5  rDev +10%

We crack a bomber, pouring a brew of coppery brown into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a creamy three finger head of cakey, tan colored bubbles. This shows excellent retention. Lacing is geographic and cratered, laying thickly across the glasses. A light haze and healthy amounts of sediment come with the dregs of the bubbles, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives notes of fresh grapefruity and nectary hops, fruitiness of peach and red apple, pale and corny grain, lightly toasted caramel malts, chalky yeastiness, soft bubblegum esters, soured lemon juiciness, coiny metallics, creamy lactics, honey sweetness, brown breadiness, cinnamon roll icing, and floral clover. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much, much more bitter than would be expected from that aroma, with the metallics putting forth most of its bite. As we sip, grapefruity hops and general tart citric juiciness, soapy and pine sappy hops, coiny metallics, woody pencil shavings, pith, phenolic plastics, pale and gritty bready graininess, printer paper, soy sauciness, and eucalyptus leafiness start things off. The middle offers a bit of a reprieve from the bitterness, giving softer hints of honey, buttery diacetyls, black pepper warmth, vanilla extract, white sugary booze, and fermented strawberries. The end retorts with heavy caramel and pale graininess, biting soapy and grapefruity hops, leafy resins, dirty earthiness, weedy florals, drying chalkiness, apple cider vinegar, plastics, evergreen needles, and cooked brown sugar sweetness. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of penicillin, boozy heat, resinous grassy bite, piney and citric rind hoppiness, whole wheat graininess, buttery table crackers, grapefruity and orange rind punch, black pepper and dried thyme, lead, lactic acidity, the faintest bubblegum esters coming off those aromatics, and vegetal tomato skin bite. The body is lightly medium, and carbonation is solidly medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, pop, glug, and pull, with nothing really standing out. The mouth is left oily and puckered with heavy astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back decently.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its strong hoppiness through both the nose and the mouth. With Dead Kettle they seemed to try and pack as much hoppy glory into the thing as they could. To that, for your standard American IPA, they succeed. This guy is loaded with bright and grapefruity hops from head to toe, and it’s certainly palpable through each sip. To that point, however, at first it seemed to be overkill, with insane, gooseflesh-inducing pucker and chill. You do get used to that, but it may push some drinkers, or those new to the style, away. We always love to support local breweries, and are happy to have had a chance to try this average, but flavorful beverage.

10-12-2013 20:12:23 | More by TheBrewo
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MikeyRx

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +14.1%

A- Pours a hazy straw color with light pillowy head, leaves solid lacing.

S- Slightly sweet, light malt aroma with strong, citrus & floral hop notes and hints on vanilla.

T- Wheaty malt, orange, lemon, strong herb/floral hop flavor with a lasting bitter finish.

M- Light in body with moderate carbonation, and dry, tacky finish.

Great IPA !

08-29-2011 21:57:30 | More by MikeyRx
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.44/5  rDev +1.2%

22 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- Real concern over abundant floaties. Otherwise, a nice, hazed, golden-orange body. Dense, 2-finger, khaki head. Light carbonation. Awesome head retention and stick. Outside of floaters, it really is nice, especially as the sediment settled out. A more careful, second pour kept most of the yeasties at bay. Though, the final pour was nearly 50/50 mix.

S- Good balance of fresh hops and sugary-sweet malts. Very organic, leafy and citrus-like. Malts become toasted bread.

T- Grapefruit zest. A little aspirin-like bite. Slightly grainy malts, whole wheat bread. Pretty balanced, though the medicinal finish gets a little long (maybe even pithy grapefruit attributes).

M- Medium body. Light carbonation. Slight hop bite and a bone dry finish.

O- While quite drinkable and enjoyable on a hot summer day, it doesn't stand out. Though inexpensive as bombers go ($5.99), it's on the pricy side oz. for oz. when it comes to a standard American IPA. I've really enjoyed Right Brain's bottled beers and will continue to buy them. This is just too average to come back to when Bell's, Founders, and Short's all do an IPA at a much cheaper oz:oz price.

06-30-2013 23:08:26 | More by GRPunk
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy and cloudy pale orange amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass; with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, grapefruit, orange rind, tangerine, floral, pine, grass, light caramel, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a light-moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange rind, tangerine, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, light caramel, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hop flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and minimal cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very cirsp and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA! All around nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

07-03-2013 04:03:16 | More by superspak
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david131

California

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

A- A slightly hazy light orange liquid with a nice, lacy white head.

S- Butter, cooked vegetables, and gym socks.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the butter and a lack of bitterness. For an IPA, this is a bit boring.

M- A nice, smooth beverage with a good carbonation bite.

D- A decent beer but a bit too buttery and sweet for my tastes.

08-10-2009 02:24:12 | More by david131
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Dead Kettle IPA from Right Brain Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.