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Old 21 Imperial IPA - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Old 21 Imperial IPAOld 21 Imperial IPA

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very good

344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aracauna on 06-06-2004)
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Reviews by AwYeh:
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

This tasting poured from a 22oz bomber into a 12oz snifter; no freshness date on bottle, though I would expect it to be 1-1.5 months old.

A: A beautiful beer; pours a crystal clear golden-amber color with a finger of foamy white head. Most of the head stays for the full glass, there's tons of lacing, and carbonation bubbles never stop flowing.

S: Sweet caramel and bready malts balance nicely with pine, floral, and citrus hops. None in particular really stand out, but all are present.

T/M: Sweet and hoppy- as this warms the sweet flavors really come out in perfect balance with the hop bitterness. More caramel, and almost a honey flavor; grapefruit, pineapple, and floral hops. Dry finish, with just a bit of lingering hop flavor. Medium body, well carbonated; smooth with just a bit of lingering stickiness. And, as a note, I assumed this was ~7.5% alcohol before I saw the 9.5 number at the top of the page. Completely undetectable.

D: A very drinkable beer; if The Brew Kettle had larger distribution this is a beer you would hear about often. Holds its own against some of the bigger-name DIPAs (Hopslam, Double Trouble, etc.), I would love to see a blind taste test between this and those. And, at $6 or less a bomber, I'll be picking this up again.

02-10-2011 06:01:57 | More by AwYeh
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-30-2013 20:08:39 | More by DWolf
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4.22/5  rDev +9%

Thanks to bu11eye for sharing this bottle.

Pours golden yellow with a white head. The aroma is resiny pine. The flavor is more of the same with the resin bordering on extreme. You also get some grapefruit and pine as well as some citrusy orange. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

02-02-2010 20:21:08 | More by Mora2000
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

07-29-2013 11:26:39 | More by Cynic-ale
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-21-2013 23:58:15 | More by HeyYoMar
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-20-2014 20:26:13 | More by GOBLIN
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

01-29-2012 12:20:14 | More by jminch
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-08-2012 16:25:49 | More by rwilde
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West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8%

Old 21 Imperial IPA makes it clear on the label that it pretty much hits you with on hop variety aka Simcoe. It's hard not to compare this to Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA. Dank mary jane, pith of Grapefruit with the peels, super pungent hop nose here. A bit of sugar coated malt backing this label states there's 90 IBUs and 9% abv. This beer isn't messing around. Besides the lighter copper golden color this beer appears to have it pretty much mirrors the Simcoe DIPA from Weyerbacher. Full thicket of off white head forming thick bands of lacing. Flavor is super bitter with an earthy grapefruit/dank marijuana/earthiness that doesn't exist with any other type of hop out there. Super big malt layer stands up to the onslaught of Simcoe hops but just barely, again these guys are awesome homebrewers gone pro. They understand the brewing process and I'm excited to try the next variation of the same beer that they produce. Mouhfeel is medium bodied with a evident alcohol infused base that hasn't been there in any other variation of this style, pretty hot if you know what I'm saying. At least their small brewing operation can ferment out to this level, resinous oily texture from the hop additions brings on a full mouthfeel compared to most single to double IPAs old 21 isn't messing around it's a display of what this brewer is capable of. Overall drink more Brew Kettle beer if you're lucky enough to find it then you should be drinking it. I know that Premium Beverage out of Columbus has distribution rights but I demand to see more of this near my beer store in Steubenville OH, considering the great bomber prices people will try these beers and be thoroughly impressed.

04-29-2011 16:00:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

06-24-2014 22:16:49 | More by Zonian1
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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

11-08-2013 23:12:53 | More by dsauter
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-10-2013 03:50:50 | More by Adkins1203
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4.68/5  rDev +20.9%

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at The Root Cellar(Glad to see the Brew Kettle in Cincy!), poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a firey amber with good clarity. Decent head on the pour with decent retention and very good lacing.

S: Loads of citrus and pine. Some lovely, stinky Simcoe and probably some Amarillo, too, along with Cent and probably a few more. Smells awesome. Out of the Cleveland burbs and smells as good as anything those Cali pricks can make :). Good sweet malts in the back but nothing enough to get in the way of the hop goodness.

T/M: Bitterness about average for a DIPA, nothing lip blistering. The hops are just amazing, though. Loads of Simcoe and Amarillo and I'd guess a basket of others mixed in as well. Very juicy with clean pine and some oily resin. Malts are lightly sweet to balance a bit and not thick or syrupy at all, which is definitely a plus. Body is about medium to medium full with nice carbonation. Finishes dry with plenty of lasting hops and bitterness.

D: I'd imagine the ABV is somewhere around 9-10% but maybe a touch less, so not terrible for a DIPA. Very inviting.

10-31-2009 04:16:12 | More by pwoods
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3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours a slightly hazy amber with about two inches of thick eggshell colored head. As the head dissapates the head leaves thick lacing around the side of the glass. The aroma is hoppy, but not as hop forward as I would have expected for a IIPA. The hops are definitely present in the taste with a very floral presence. The aftertaste is sticking with me for a long time which I'm not totally sure whether I like or not. After a few gulps there is a slightly gritty feeling on my teeth. After a little while, the flavor is starting to grow on me. I like it ok, but its not my favorite IIPA.

05-15-2010 22:40:53 | More by degerbah
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-09-2012 12:09:36 | More by otter20dt
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-01-2012 16:26:41 | More by imbuckeye
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3.6/5  rDev -7%

Bottle from Cleveland. Orangey colour with lasting significant whte head, 3/8" inch. Very mild hoppy aroma. An orange taste, about middling mouthfeel. One imensional, slightly off-note. Its the style, a high IBU, its drinkable, but its marginal compared to what else is available.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bomber, secret santa 2011

appearance: served in great lakes tebow-mas chalice, very clear, light golden-orange body, light beige film lace

smell: light and clean floral hop presence, tropical, grassy

taste: a pleasant, relatively light-bodied DIPA - nice simcoe hop presence, lush and tropical, grassy, bright citrus with low bitterness, orange zest, earth. This was good - not overwhelming, but no complaints

mouthfeel: clean, a touch light, not much booze

overall: nice

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

12-19-2013 13:37:44 | More by hooliganlife
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Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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