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Dead Kettle IPA - Right Brain Brewery

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Dead Kettle IPADead Kettle IPA

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
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:
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(Beer added by: BMoney575 on 08-08-2009)
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Reviews by hackmann:
Photo of hackmann
3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Retired - Not yet - just came out in bottles this month May 2013 - it's alive

and it looks like it is better than back in '11

DAMN, I bought four bottles at the brewery on the first week of March '13 and it cost me $45.00. Okay, it was not Dead kettle but it was a bunch of birds - Looping Owl and Hawk what-ever. (all bottle cost the same - when I was at the brewery) And from the first sip (I have not started the review yet) this Dead Kettle is far better than that bird stuff. Okay, I am done venting. No not really.

Appearance:
color: copper;
clarity: light -moderate misty when poured;
one and half finger bone colored head;
head did not stay around long (story of my marriage);
good lacing that sticks to the glass;
$6.99 a bottle now - two months later -

Aroma: Damn a beer that smells good, I just did a bunch of Samuel Adams that hardly had any aroma … I started to think my nose did not work; this beer has citrus big time, it reminds me of citrus meat from a grapefruit salad; you are drinking an IPA do any other notes matter! Only 6.99 a bottle. Okay, there are some bready malts to soften the blow.

Flavor: Grapefruit front and center; a little pink grapefruit and plenty of white grapefruit; toasted grains in the mix; shit I paid 45 bucks for four bottles at the brewery.

Mouthfeel: solid bitterness, grapefruit all the way, low-moderate carbonation, wool like texture, a solid IPA all the way, only $6.99 at the store I go to and I paid $11.25 at the brewery.

To the Point: Flavors – it’s citrus; Mouthfeel – it’s citrus bitter; Style – it’s IPA; what else matters. I would buy this again but, not at the brewery! Damn $45.00 for 4 bottles and this one bottle only cost $6.99 at Super Fine Wine and Liquor in Canton Michigan – did I say that before – Don’t buy it at the brewery!

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TCHopCraver
2.03/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of mzeld
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of redleg64
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DCdevyl78
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of radiofish
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of gopens44
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BeerGreg
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Drk93TT
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Nachos4two
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BMoney575
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of McBAINx
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of claminat420
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of MikeyRx
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 !

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Dead Kettle IPA from Right Brain Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.