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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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very good

345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
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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Photo of Omnium
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice golden orange, thin soapy half a finger of head, little lacing.
S - Big juicy citrus up front, then some really sweet candied fruit, some alcohol, other sweet malt, definitely a dank quality to the hops.
T - Not bad, the 9.5% doesnt really come through in taste which is great, a nice bitter and tart citrus punch in front, big sweetness in the middle, finishes on the drier side.
M - Very clingy sweetness, mild bitter aftertaste.
O - Solid double IPA that packs a punch, and is still a bang for your buck.

Omnium, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of jsurfs82
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

jsurfs82, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of riemster
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

riemster, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev -16%

millerbuffoon, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of dfhhead25
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

dfhhead25, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of JoshuaWagy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

JoshuaWagy, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of TheRemyLeabeau
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%

Not a huge fan of this one. This beer makes no attempt to hide its high alcohol content and within the first sip it screams Imperial. The mouthfeel is a little too thick for my liking and the overpowering sweetness of this beer just kills its for me. White Rajah is one of my favorite beers and in my opinion a top IPA. But this one, not so much. Pass.

TheRemyLeabeau, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Mark5252, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%

This bottle is stamped but I have no idea how to read the long line of numbers.

A - Pours a bright medium, clear copper gold color with a generous one fingered head with little to no carbonation.

S - Faded apricot, pine, citrus, and passion fruit. Overall, the nose is really lacking.

T - Faded apricot resin, passion fruit, citrus, earthy caramel malt buried underneath and finishes with a piney resin bitter finish.

M - Heavy medium body, velvety smooth with almost lack of carbonation on the palate.

O - Some alcohol effervescence but for 9.5% the majority of it is well hidden, very hop forward but still comes off as balanced. Good but doesn't stand out, I love D-IPA's but prefer White Rajah to this.

jzeilinger, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of still_thedragon
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

still_thedragon, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of SCZ
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

SCZ, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

DWolf, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of fellowrs
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

fellowrs, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of ajzy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ajzy, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of rxthree
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rxthree, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%

A - Light orange/copper. My aggressive out lead to over s finger of town head, fantastic lacing and retention.

S - Orange, resinous citrus hops, sweet, caramel under tones, smells fantastic. Nice malty sweetness a little light

T - citrusy with some floral notes, incredibly well balanced and rather sweet. Almost a little too mild for an oils at 9% but the balance and refreshingness is impressive. good flavor, well rounded and not overly bitter but a nice citrus resin flavor lingers.

M - shockingly light and refreshing. Perfect carbonation.

O - light refreshing bag heavy fantastic drinkability with s nice little choppy kick at the finish. I approve

MacQ32, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of radiofish
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

radiofish, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of schwemjw
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

A: A finger of head on a hazy copper brew.

S: A touch of tropics surrounded by sweet caramel malt. Orange juice and butterscotch immediately hit the nose. Pretty bready and malt forward for a DIPA

T: The hops are prevalent in the taste but nicely balanced with the malt. Sweet caramel and butterscotch at the tip of the tongue followed by orange and dry grapefruit. Earth characters dominate the middle. The finish starts out with a buttered biscuit that morphs into a citrus and a bitterness that hangs around.

M: Lighter bodied for a DIPA. a little warm in the end. surprisingly filling.

O: Pretty good stuff but nothing outstanding IMO. Very malt heavy for a double IPA. Definitely one everyone should try and at the price one i'll definitely pick up again. /86

schwemjw, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of jburd19
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

jburd19, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Gregafree
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Gregafree, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

sendbeer, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
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.


kojevergas, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of msinger1002
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

msinger1002, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of 1424IpA
3/5  rDev -22.5%

1424IpA, Jun 21, 2013
Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.