Old 21 Imperial IPA - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
Gorgeous golden color yields a bright white and foamy head. The aroma is light and grassy, earthy and dank with some whole cone and floral components. The flavor is earthy, floral, and bitter. There's a nutty malt and honeycomb flavor with a piney bitterness. This is a bit dank and earthy for my taste but it delivers a lot of flavor.
08-22-2014 21:54:19 | More by KYGunner
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
08-20-2014 18:28:07 | More by puboflyons
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
07-30-2014 17:55:46 | More by BEERchitect
Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.