Old 21 Imperial IPA - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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Reviews by zimmerbloke:
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Split a bomber and poured into standard shaker pint.
A: Two-inch off-white head tops a brightly translucent golden body. Solid head retention and a little bit of lacing.
S: Strong floral hop aroma with a mild malt sweetness backbone. Some citrus hop notes hints as well.
T: More citrus flavors in the flavor profile with a well balanced sweetness. Oily hops dominate malt profile, which is predominately very lightly roasted caramel; fades to a pretty abrasive bitterness. No real notes of alcohol.
M: Strong carbonation and very clean mouthfeel. No coating or cloying oily/sweet notes, which I appreciate.
D: The bitterness was a bit too strong on the aftertaste, which hurt the general drinkability. That being said, it did a lot of things right and was 90% to where I want a DIPA to be.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2011 03:55:04 | More by zimmerbloke
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Never backing away from the hops, another stellar IPA crawls out of the depths of The Brew Kettle's brew kettle! This time with an old-world balance and hop character to take the taste back to the days of America's mircrobrewery roots... if only there were imperial IPA back then.
It deep and hazy amber hue sheds light on the malt additions that it takes to bring some semblance of balance to this hop bomb. Piquant aromas of citrus peels, torn pine needles, and an array of exotic grasses. But its drippy sweet taste is laden with toffee, peanut brittle and mild toast.
Its malty-sweet middle slowly gives way to growing hop flavor, going from bright citrus to the piths and peels of white grapefruit, under-ripened oranges and verbena. An estery background allows glimpses of mango and apricot to pull forth and give much needed complexity to the earthy hop flavor.
But resembling true IPA in finish, the sweetness lifts and the bitterness sets in, full of its chloropyll-laden glory- grassy, stemmy, leafy and somewhat brazen in its hop-derived astringency. Its moderate warmth is spicy and only exacerbates the hop's bittering power.
Serving type: on-tap
07-30-2014 17:55:46 | More by BEERchitect
3.39/5 rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Random find in a bottle shop outside of Cleveland, OH. Reviewed at Rising Sun CG, Glacier National Park, MT. Full notes taken to my phone when out of service last week.
A- Pours a muddled and very hazy dark orange caramel hue from the 12oz to a goblet. A white one finger head rises with a silky creamy consistency. Thick frothy ring leads to webs and sheets of lace.
S- Hops are the emphasis here but there is a substantial malt presence beneath that. Strong notes of stone fruits, pine and some zest with pale caramel in the backdrop.
T- Hops come in strong with a big bitterness to match the pine resin, citrus zest, orange, floral and stone fruit intensity. Malt base is fairly strong with caramel and sweet cracked grains.
MF- Thick bodied which help supports a bitterness that comes in very strong, perhaps a bit too much so, compared to othet similar DIPAs. Creamy and frothy texture fills up the palate with high end carbonation working off that.
I don't mind malts in a DIPA but in this one thetr is some harsh interactions between the caramel, huge bitterness and hops. Solid but this category is as competitive as ever and it falls short of many others.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 04:48:24 | More by cbutova
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of conifers
Head average (3 cm), off white, frothy, mostly lasting
Lacing poor – few small islands
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor begins moderately bitter with piney goodness; bitterness decreases and a faint tropical fruitiness appears. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation
A good IPA – unfortunately the poor lacing detracts from the appearance. However, the piney flavors hide the alcohol well. Overall, pretty tasty.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 13:06:46 | More by Ozzylizard
Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.