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Dead Kettle IPA - Right Brain Brewery

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Dead Kettle IPADead Kettle IPA

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: BMoney575 on 08-08-2009

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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 18
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4/5  rDev +18%

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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.

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!

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1/5  rDev -70.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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Photo of MikeyRx
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
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 !

Photo of claminat420
2.81/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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2.05/5  rDev -39.5%
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 hosehead83
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a week-old growler into my Right Brain pint glass.
Hazy, golden-amber in color, with a very short, quickly dissapating head of foam
Aroma-Fruity, with subtle hop notes
Taste-Sadly, this beer has lost some carbonation, almost bordering on flat. Some rousing of the beer in the growler helps a bit.
Subtle citrus notes, biscuit, and a nice, lingering hop bite that carries to the finish.
Overall, nice flavor despite low carbonation, but that definitely lowered the score here.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.64/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

This ber has a more inviting appearance when poured from the growler rather than on tap at the RBB. Great two inch head and a thick lace, golden straw in color and clear.

Smell is earthy hay, pine needles and musty citrus rinds.

Taste is exceptional citrus and pine with an earthy and ever so slight mineral finish. Dry and every sip invites another.

Very quaffable. I enjoyed the growler more than the straight pub pour (go figure?). Exceptional brew...

Take some home and enjoy!

Photo of david131
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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Dead Kettle IPA from Right Brain Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.