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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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Reviews: 139
Hads: 406
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 19.23%
Wants: 14
Gots: 42 | 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

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Beer added by: aracauna on 06-06-2004

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Reviews: 139 | Hads: 406
Photo of btorsdog
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
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!

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Photo of Brez07
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
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)

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Photo of pwoods
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of car2052
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter.

A: Hazy burnt orange with a thin off-white head.
S: Lots of pine, grapefruit and orange aromas.
T: Lot of pine and grapefruit hit the palate first, then some bready malts enter, followed by some bitter orange, as it goes down. The pine and grapefruit stick with you the whole time.
M: Medium. Subtle aftertaste.
O: This is a great DIPA, with hop flavors that don't let up.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

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Photo of klewis
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter. I've had this in tap before at the brew kettle, and I've brewed their home-brew version of this in their brewery, so I'm curious to see how their bottled version compares to mine.

Pours a clear amber with a soapy white head. The clarity of the beer clearly indicates it has been filtered.

Has a wonderful hoppy nose, full of pine and white grapefruit. There's a subtle sweetness lying underneath the string hop aroma.

Has a spicy, peppery start, slightly sweet and warm, ending with a bracing bitter bite that leaves a warm trail down the throat and into the belly. Very pleasing tasting, this is not quite as warm, sweet or mellow as it is on tap.

Medium bodied, this beer leaves the mouth feeling bitter and dry.

This is an excellent brew, I definitely recommend you try this if you get the chance.

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Photo of sitarist
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange/copper color, with about a finger of white head, the head fades quickly to a top coat and ring with lots of lacing.

A lot of citrus aromas, lemon and orange lead the way, with hints of pine, and biscuits.

The taste is well balanced with the citrus leading the way.

Medium to full bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkabilty was high. This beer left me begging for more, was refreshing, and went well with BBQ.

All and all a great beer.

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Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow! poured this beauty from a bomber into my 24 oz glass. light orange color with about one and a half inch of head. steady carbonation. the smell...that lovely smell of hops. this is an excellent hoppy beer that has a nice finish. the hops are strong but not too much to make it unbalanced. a perfect example of why i love beer!

my first from this brewer but certainly not my last!

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at the Root Cellar. Heard good things about this one from PWoods so I'm eager to try it.
Pours a crystal clear copper in color. A little shocking, not what I was expecting. There's a nice "soapy" head that forms on the pour.
Smell is beautiful simcoe hops. Very floral and citrusy. Just the way I love them.
Flavor is more of those wonderful simcoe hops. I can't tell you how much I love these hops. This beer nails the mouthfeel for me as well. Just a little "soapy" and light at the same time. No malts need to get in the way between me and my glorious simcoe hops.
Well done. I could drink an awful lot of this. Time for a road trip to drink this on tap at the source!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Bright golden color with a fine clarity. Small but well retaining froth leaves snake eye bubbles all around the top of the snifter. Leaves rings of lace on the glass.

SMELL: Pine, spruce, herbs, and all types lush forest aromas of hop. Pineapple juice, alcohol, and a huge malt body shine through with the suggestions of ale yeast.

TASTE: Hoppy pine notes upfront, along with grapefruit and fresh orange peel sharpness. Has a bite with a solid bitterness right there but then gives way to citrus and fruitcake notes. There are suggestions of tropical fruit as well, pineapple,mango and papaya. Sweet big pale malt backing and ale yeast fruitiness and big hops. Brewed in a West Coast fashion I might say.

FEEL: Surprisingly light on the palate, medium bodied with a good solid medium level of carbonation. A touch drying.

OVERALL: A very nice double IPA from a regional but very well respected brewery. After brewing the stellar White Raja, a world class IPA, this has significantly greater strength but is not less tasty.

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Photo of palmdalethriller
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise! Had this beer in the middle of a very long road trip and wasn't expecting to have a first-rate DIPA in Ohio, but this was great.

The grassy and floral hop character is the dominant flavor, but it is nicely balanced with a rich, carmely malt backbone. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of wingman14
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle graphics are different, and it only says the brew kettle, no ringneck, and it is only 9.0%.

Pours a golden light orange with very little white head with a vigorous pour that leaves lacing, a very crisp and clear beer, pretty phenomenal. The smell is hoppy, sweet, with grapefruit and other citrus notes. The sweet hoppy smell hits hard and is super inviting. The taste hits hoppy and sweet with the citrus notes coming through, followed with some slight bitter, and a smooth hop aftertaste. There is not much bitter going on, but plenty of hops. The bitter comes through as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is smooth, could have some more carbonation, but what it has is sufficient. This one is a great beer, very drinkable, the alcohol content is not very noticeable, could creep up on you.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a mildly hazy orange-amber color, with fine bubbles cascading to the surface. The tall, orange-tinted head has a dense, foamy, frothy texture. Retention is excellent, and lacing is very attractive.

S: A mild backbone of malty sweetness, with biscuity and faint caramel notes. Hop aromas are fresh, juicy, and fragrant, with strong notes of citrus (orange/grapefruit) and less robust aromas of tropical fruit (passionfruit and pineapple). A somewhat resiny pine aroma is also available.

T: An appropriately straightforward malt presence here. Primarily biscuity, with some mild caramel sweetness, as expected for the style. Hop flavors are readily apparent, with tropical fruit, citrus zest, and a bit more pine resin than the nose initially suggested. Bitterness is firm but not out of control, and it slowly builds as the rest of the beer's flavor gradually fades. Perhaps a slight hint of alcohol, but it's well-hidden for 9% abv.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is medium. An oily, resiny initial hoppiness fades into a standard dry finish.

D: A very good imperial IPA from the Brew Kettle. There is a malt presence, although it deservedly takes a backseat to the hop bill, which is filled with citrusy/tropical flavors and a pithy, piney bitterness. This is nicely polished and rather smooth around the edges all things considered. It avoids some of the harshness and over the top-ness that many imperial IPAs struggle with. Definitely recommended if you can get ahold of it.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with Bonis.

A - A crystal dark orange that's bordering on sienna.

S - Fruity, mango and pineapple come up front with some citrus and dank resin following.

T - Lots of that fruit and resin. Such a hop burst with only the Simcoe in the hop bill. There is a malty sweetness which balances this beer without making it overly syrupy.

M - Pleasantly coats the mouth with a tingling layer of bitterness that lingers for a while. Slick and clean.

D - I could kill a few of these, but then I'd be pretty drunk. Nice.

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Photo of hippityhophead24
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Color is a nice light orange color. Very pretty and clear. Small head, not much retention.

Smell: Malts brings a sweet aroma to the nose, followed by floral, almost per fumy smell. Yeast lets the subtle, clean aromas come out.

Taste: I am very fond of the taste. It has a great taste for a 9% I.P.A. Has a slight sweet taste, not too wet, not too dry. Nice bitterness with subtle floral notes. Very well balanced. The semcoe hops definitely pull through!

Mouth feel: Slightly smooth flavor, medium body. Has a little bite on the tongue. Not over carbonated, but not perfectly carbonated.

Overall: All together, this beer from a small brewery in Ohio, is great. It has all the things I look for in a smooth, good tasting I.P.A. Not too heavy or sweet for 9%. And not too boozy tasting.

Glasswear: Bomber poured into Pint Glass

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Photo of kels
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glad to see these among the expanded distribution from Brew Kettle. Grabbed one when I was back home in Cincy.

Pours pretty clear, bright coppery-orange. Light carbonation rises throughout, feeding the thin, watery, extremely bubbly white head. Loads and loads of sticky white lace lines the glass, and spots of lace stick around tenaciously after the rest is gone.

Get a good punch of citrusy hops in the nose, with an undercurrent of crisp, dry grain and rubbing alcohol. The alcohol is a little too pungent.

Very flavorful and juicy-bitter IIPA. Great big sappy and citrusy hop presence is both earthy, even floral, and juicy in the taste, drying and clean in the finish. Malts are present, but don't interfere with the bitterness. The are crispy and dry and complement the overall taste and feel very well. Feel is pretty well carbonated, mouth-filling but light on the palate and refreshing.

Very good and highly drinkable Imperial IPA. Would definitely love to get these regularly where I live - dirt cheap and delicious.

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Photo of Bonis
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice deep orange, almost clear as water. Not much head, a little lace. Least impressive aspect of this beer, IMO.

S - Very nice. Intense aroma of pineapple with hints of mango and other tropical fruits. A nice mesh of citrus and pine hops, not surprising as this is brewed with Simcoe. A touch of caramel malt makes it's way in the aroma occasionally, but the hops are big here.

T - Follows the smell. Thick and sweet, bitter and hoppy. This is a pretty bitter beer, but not too much for me. Seemed to be nicely balanced with a healthy dose of malts adding to the sweetness in this one. A banging bitterness lingers in the mouth, but not overwhelming... Almost spot on.

M - Sticky and bitter alcohol, but crisp and smooth like an IPA.

D - Drinks good for an IIPA, wouldn't want more than a pint of this in a night, however.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Laundry 101 in Kent.

Appearance - A well-carbonated golden straw yellow.Slightly soapy lacing that hugs the glass well. Almost a sickly neon green color under certain light here.

Smell - Smells of fresh grass fields and hops. Slight citrus on the nose.

Taste - An excellent Imperial IPA. Very fresh and natural-tasting. the hopes are the perfect amount of sweet and bitterness. Wheat and grain linger throughout the otherwise citrusy taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very drinkable for the percentage. Goes down smooth and refreshing, especially after a long day at work. The Brew Kettle really impresses with this one. Medium bodied, crisp and slightly tart. This is the best non-pumpkin beer I've had so far this fall. I definitely prefer the tap over the bottle, though.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +9%

12 fl. oz. bottle received in trade from a non-BA member that I sampled on August 20, 2014.

It pours a slightly cloudy medium amber with a tremendous cream colored head.

The aroma is a lovely balance of toasted caramel and toffee malts and hop bitterness but more earthy than floral or citrus.

Medium, smooth body.

The malt character starts things out with a bang but it does not take long for the hop bitterness to roar in like a waterfall and take things over, lingering to the end. Liked it.

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Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: snifter serving, brightly glowing copper in color, the frothy head gradually recedes but is easily revived with a swirl of the glass, light lace

s: a tropical fruit salad of hop aromas rises from a body combining pale and caramel malts; sweet pineapple, kiwi, orange, mango, and passionfruit; grainy, warm bread dipped in honey

m: carbonation light to moderate with a medium body, soft and creamy

t: balanced pale and caramel malt body supporting a similar hop load to that found on the nose, sweet, juicy tropical fruit hops move towards a bitterness that's deceivingly average at first, but soon begins to build to nearly numbing level with each successive sip, young pine and spicy fruit rinds linger

d: not even in question - the balance, clean finish, and invisible abv create an extremely drinkable imperial without any compromise in character; scoring this one was tough, it's far from the most complex of the style, but the near perfect malt balance and vivid fruits make it one to remember

bomber from Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls - no mention of "ringneck" on my entirely-different-looking bottle, whatever the hell that is, but it seems I'm in the right place

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Photo of BB1313
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've had this one before a few times. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a clean transparent golden with a slight haze, eggshell white head fades, decent lacing and nice retention, nice looking beer. This one has some pretty dank aromas; Simcoe hops clearly dominate. Very tropical with lots of peach, mango, and pineapple. More tropical fruits in the flavors. Bitter, but there's a decent sweetness. Malt is there, but doesn't dominate at all and lets the hops shine. Juicy. I feel it could possibly use a touch of carbonation although it's there; somewhat flat and syrupy/resiny, but it actually makes for a smooth drink, I can dig it. Alcohol goes unnoticed, easy drinking and leaves you wanting more. Great DIPA..

If you experience this one fresh, it's extremely impressive. I'm really glad to see this one in 4pks now. This is a pineapple bomb, dank stuff!

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