Old 21 Imperial IPA - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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1.68/5 rDev -56.6%
I've visited Brew Kettle numerous time (my mother-in-law lives nearby) and always enjoyed their beers and my visits. And I bought this one in Columbus at Blacklick Liquors, with high expectations. It was a new item to Blacklick (I visit there regularly), and given this and the proximity of Columbus to Strongsville, I assumed this was a guarantee of freshness (although with no date code I have no way of knowing). And I believe I was mistaken - my experience with this beer stands in stark contrast to the other reviews on this site. This beer was not what I was expecting, and i would describe it as rancid. A dark gold/amber color with nice head and a clear body (so far so good). However, aroma was cereal-y, grainy, diacetyl, and a touch spicy, but not at all hoppy. Flavor was far worse. I got no hop presence off this beer in the taste at all. It tasted awful, and for me it was a drain-pour. I will happily revisit Brew Kettle, but I'd be hesitant to pick-up other bottled products of theirs based on this experience.
12-07-2009 15:47:31 | More by BeerBelcher
2.81/5 rDev -27.4%
12 fl oz bottle with typical label art and yellow branded pressure/pry-off cap received today from michaellcoates as part of a trade; thanks again, man! Served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've never had anything from this brewery before, but my trade partner implied it was good stuff by including it in his box. Self-identifies as an Imperial IPA, so that's what I'm reviewing it as. 9.0% ABV according to the label. 90 IBUs. Brewed with Simcoe hops. No obvious bottled on/best before date or julian code.
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a 3 finger wide head of beige colour. Slight cream. Nice thickness. Good (5-6 minute) retention for the high ABV. No bubble show.
Body colour is a somewhat vibrant clear copper. No yeast particles are visible.
Standard fare for the style, but overall appealing. No overt or obvious flaws. Looking forward to trying it. The head retention is a highlight.
Sm: Floral hops. Tropical fruit hops - I hate that in an IPA (mango, dirty pineapple, melon). Substantial caramalt. Maybe biscuit malt. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Limited hop bitterness. A moderately strong aroma. Not great for the style, but within conventions. I'm not real excited to try it now; the aroma isn't suited to my particular preferences.
T: Floral hops. Substantial malt in the body; caramalt, pale malts. The hop profile is quite simple overall; I don't get oily hops, citrusy notes, juicy notes, nectary character, etc. Just floral hops. Simple and timid. Balance is decent; the malts suit the hops, but both are underwhelming. No complexity or subtlety here. Likable and pleasant to drink, but of clearly limited quality.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequate carbonation. Okay thickness; maybe a bit overbearing for the lack of flavour. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense. Okay execution, but not unique or special.
Dr: A passable Imperial IPA that I wouldn't recommend to friends. I'll finish the glass with ease, but I wouldn't want another one. Drinkable but underwhelming. Not worth trading for by any means. Decent, but nothing to write home about. Hides its ABV decently.
06-22-2013 05:08:01 | More by kojevergas
2.85/5 rDev -26.4%
No freshness dating. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a fluted pint glass with the designation that this glass was from, or should be filled only with Harpoon IPA. Pours very clear with a mostly white head of about one finger in size. A good dose of lacing clings to the glass.
Aroma is fairly weak for a Double IPA. Super earthy. This seems like an English IPA if you ask me. I know the bottle says "Simcoe through and through", but unless this is an older bottle, I get nothing but wet soil, slightly sweaty socks, and a touch of biscuit. Caramel malts play a pivotal role as the beer warms, giving me a not-so-warm feeling about this one.
Flavor is similarly English. Fairly sweet up front with minimal hop kick in the back. Sticky and nearly cloying with loads of caramel malts. Slightly fruity.
Although Brew Kettle says they hop this with Simcoe, I have the strictest confidence that this bottle is either out of date or the beer suffers from underhopping and "English masking". I didnt particularly like this one either; rather sweet. If one wants real Simcoe flavor, try Double Simcoe from Weyerbacher. The bottle asserts this beer has 90IBU. I object, your honor! If only the brewery would date their goddamn beers. A real shame.
02-13-2011 00:16:38 | More by SaCkErZ9
2.93/5 rDev -24.3%
Deep mahogany with a small head again a culprit of the bad pour. And again very crisp and clean look. No lace. What head is there is very whispy.
Whiff of caramel malt and a slight hop aroma. Otherwise hard to even generate a smell.
What I would consider a weak effort at an IPA. They should have took this on the longhaul and tried to make it a barley wine. But even if it were that would be very weak. Bit malty caramel and slight pine hop. No length or depth.
Malty and thin and not that drinkable.
10-08-2006 20:24:13 | More by mcallister
2.95/5 rDev -23.8%
Fairly bright medium amber color with a small head and light lacing.
A bit of fruit - maybe sour cherries and some spicy bread (rye bread) on the nose. Taste is of stewed fruit with perhaps a bit of pine in the middle. Bitterness gives way to a long sweet finish.
Heavy body with a cloying sweetness. Difficult to drink except in small sips, in a small quantity. Might be nice as a dessert if splitting a 12 oz bottle between a few people. But a bomber is a lot of this beer.
05-23-2011 02:09:02 | More by CliffBrake
3.03/5 rDev -21.7%
Pours a clean golden copper with a nice cap of head on it. Looks really good. Smells is an extremely generic combination of hops and malts. Nothing really distinguishing comes from the simcoe - maybe just a shade of pine or something, but not really. There is nothing about the nose that makes you want to pick it up and give it a big drink, though it doesn't smell bad. The front of this beer is like a big Maibock - sweet and malty. As it carries through, it dries out a bit with a somewhat bitter finish. The hoppiness in the end is again a pretty generic bitterness mostly devoid of actual hop flavor. The front and the back don't come together to balance each other out - it is just over malt/sweet in the front and flavorless, drying bitterness in the back. I am not a big fan of this one at all. The mouthfeel is pretty sugary, with good carbonation. Overall, this just doesn't seem like a good go at the style.
05-04-2011 20:29:10 | More by seeswo
3.05/5 rDev -21.2%
This beer , I guess I'm not a big fan of IPAs. It was a very hoppy beer and explained that way. "Big Bold and Hoppy". A dark amber color and a good aroma. The flavor was very very strong, alcohol was way present but buried in the flavor of the beer. There was a distinct raisin flavor while going down and left a black licorace flavor.
Mouthfeel and taste just seemed average, but it's average for microbrews. I had a sample of Dogfish Head 90 Min. IPA, and that was much more rounded and better finished than this beer. I had to finish this one slowly, so it's not very drinkable, maybe as the last beer of the night and slow so you can really appreciate the taste.
07-25-2004 03:19:54 | More by Ricochet
3.1/5 rDev -19.9%
Thanks to jampics2 for the extra!
A - Pours a bright clean gold with a thick white top. Tight bubbles. Some cling to the glass
S - Nose is unimpressive. Mostly malt...not sure the bottle date on this. Perhaps a hint of pine, but not much
T - Much of the same as the nose. Nice malt backbone, finishes dry. a touch of mint ans some grass. A bit of a alcohol bite at the end.
M - Dry. Nice high carbonation.
O - Not sure on the freshness here but still a nice beer with muted hops.
As an Imperial IPA not very good. As an aged American Barleywine, pretty solid. Nice malt backbone and finishes dry.
05-05-2011 23:57:58 | More by boomer31
3.23/5 rDev -16.5%
A - Clear and attractive gold with two fingers of soapy off white head.
S - Slight citrus flavor, some burning hop, some steely hop, and some alcohol
T - Hops have faded in this bottle, leaving a very harsh and biting steely hop that punishes the tongue. This is far better fresh from the tap.
M/D - Mouthfeel is harsh and biting. This is a good beer fresh from the tap, but I won't be buying any more bottles.
05-15-2010 22:38:52 | More by mwa423
Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.