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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

347 Ratings
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 11
Gots: 24 | 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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4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Use to live right off of 21 so this stikes home for me, Any way ... What a pleasant brew. Right on for the style and very well crafted. Brew Kettle did an outstanding job balancing everything out nicely ang still leaving a complexity that keeps you wanting more and more. If ya see it grab it sure is a tasty treet!

btorsdog, Jul 28, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed in the Blind Beer BIF #5. Served into a pint glass

A: Light copper hue. 2 finger white fluffy head. Some lacing (4)

S: Lots of grapefruit, orange and melon (not quite artificial strawberry, but close). What a lovely nose. Not much malt. Leaning towards a standard IPA vs. DIPA (4.5)

T: Very tasty. Super hoppy. However, it is more balanced with malt then the nose. Brief bitterness from the hops. Real grapefruit flavor. “Tastes like eating a slice of grapefruit” – the girlfriend (5)

M: Full bodied. Pretty bitter, which lingers on the palate. Carbonation might just be a touch high, but no complaints (4.5)

D: Damn, I really love this beer. Unfortunately so did my girlfriend so I ended up splitting the bottle. Bit greedy with good IPAs, haha (5)

Brez07, May 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Smashley_lynn, Apr 29, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

pwoods, Oct 31, 2009
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4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Part of the 'happy birthday to me from me' beer purchase from Dilly Deli. I turned 45 on Friday, which is a very, very old 21. So let's crack 'er open!

Appearance - clear, dark orange/caramel pour. Two fingers of eggshell foam on top, excellent stick as thick walls of lacing drape the glass most of the way around. Even a smooth, slow bead from underneath.

Aroma - bready, biscuity base with a spicy, pungent hop nose.

Taste - nice caramel base, slightly sweet. Some early citrus goes pungent and bitter on the swallow with lots of robust hop bitterness. There's still a vein of mango sweetness in there, great hop flavor throughout. A bit warming as it goes down, too. There is a touch of medicinals on the aftertaste and into the finish, but it doesn't outdo the great flavors.

Mouthfeel - good, viscous, and smooth. Lighter carbonation, the beer feels great.

Drinkability - what a winner for my first taste of Brew Kettle. A beer that would cellar wonderfully and quite the value at $6 per bomber.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 22, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

persistent off white head. gold color, copper tinge. crystal clear. huge lacing, there are clumps of suds hanging to the side of the glass.

smells of hops first off. citrus primarily, grapefruit, lemon. grass. pine. caramel and toffee are there as well, and of course the smell of alcohol. the aroma of alcohol seems just to contribute to the overall bouquet rather that detract from it.

taste of caramel malts initially. huge hop flavors through. citrus, grass, pine. big hop flavors and bitterness in the finish, though the bitterness is not overwhelming.

medium-heavy bodied. soft carbonation. finishes sweet.

this is about as good an ipa ive ever had. i think i paid $5 for a 22oz bottle. $6 at the most. its an amazing buy. i will definitely be having more of this.

spitInTheOcean, Aug 29, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is average, but there's a good amount of lacing. The aroma is mostly hops, both citrusy and pine. There's also some caramel malt noticable. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's mostly citrusy and pine hops and some caramel malt in there too. Also has a good lingering bitter hoppy finish, and the taste isn't harsh at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, it's smooth and extremely easy to drink. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, it's one of the better Imperial IPA's I've had in a while. I'll definitely buy this again soon!

bluejacket74, Nov 21, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Dayton's Alefest. Reviewed after several 4 oz. servings.

A- Pours a very golden orange. Great clarity. White frothy head formed and laced the glass wonderfully.

S- Absolutely phenomenal. Candied citrus with hints of pine throughout. Also notes of sweet caramel was slightly detectable. Very pungent, no joke!

T- Like the aroma, but just a shade below in quality. Plenty of citrus hops with hint of piney goodness. The malts offer a perfect balance to this beer.

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D- This was so easy to drink. I wish I could have had more than 4 oz. at a time.

Overall, talk about a diamond in the rough. Looking at the previous reviews, it seems as if this beer has slowly involved into something spectacular. Of all the beers at Alefest, this takes home the gold medal IMO.

rhinos00, Aug 30, 2009
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cask-conditioned on Firkin Thursday

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was quite cloudy. A one-finger foamy head blanketed the beer and was sustained through the end of the drink.

S: Big smell of citrus and pine. Nice.

T: Massive simcoe flavor. Tons of citrus and bubblegum flavor and a subtle bitterness almost made this one taste a bit sweet. Nicely balanced.

M: Full-bodied, thick, and creamy.

D: In its original form, this is a great beer. Cask-condtioned, it is even better.

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Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.