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

Old 21 Imperial IPAOld 21 Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

291 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%


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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klewis

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-29-2006 17:17:20 | More by klewis
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Brew Kettle Production Works Old 21 Imperial IPA - 9% ABV - Consumed March 21, 2013
A: pours a clear amber hue with bronze edges, one finger of frothy white foam, lots of bubbles in the body, sheets of lacing on the pint glass. Nice look.
S: pine, hemp, bread crust, citrusy and herbal hops, grapefruit, honey, nuts, cotton candy, resin, navel orange, alcohol esters, and nectarine. Fresh and aromatic nose that falls just short of greatness.
T: juicy, citric, and orangey hops upfront, peach, caramel sweetness mid-palate, nutty malt, pine resin and bread crust to end. 90 IBUs make themselves known with some lingering heat in the throat. Good.
M: full side of medium-bodied, bordering on syrupy, with a spicy, citric and drying hop bitterness and lasting piney-bready afters. Consistent with the style.
O: a very respectable East Coast DIPA that I would gladly purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:53:14 | More by cratez
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lochef81

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up on a buying trip to Ohio. Was searching for its little brother White Rajah and grabbed this one as well. Not dissappointed that I did. This ale pours a hazy dark amber color with a small off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is a balance of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt sweetness. The flavor far out weighs the nose. It is delicious and balanced. Overwhelming with a hoppy bitterness followed by a rich malty sweetness. It sips smooth but heavy and resinous in the mouth. This is a very good beer but nothing that isn't found in hundreds of other dipas.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 06:08:33 | More by lochef81
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TheBullsHorn

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A good example of an ever-expanding segment of American ales, this Imperial IPA uses a complex and flavorful hop (simcoe) and puts it on a pedestal. You get varying degrees of citrus, grapefruit, and tart green apple, complemented by toast and caramel from the malts, and the implied imperial levels of alcohol. I just wish for a touch more malt sweetness to balance out both the mouthfeel and flavor profile. Simcoe is a great, but left unchecked, it can overpower a beer. A good beer with a great hop, definitely drinkable, and hop aficionados will love it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 05:22:07 | More by TheBullsHorn
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle and poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a clear amber with a big creamy, persistent head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is hop dominated by citrus with notes of pine. The taste follows through in similar fashion but the grapefruit really comes through as well as bitter spicy American bittering hops, but with a pleasant caramel malt backbone. There is sufficient carbonation and a medium body indicative of a DIPA. Overall, a very tasty and highly drinkable DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 01:05:02 | More by mtomlins
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TequilaTom

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange-bronze color with a quickly diminishing white frothy head. Leaves nice lacing throughout drinking. Moderate carbonation. Decent earthy aroma, maybe piney, but I did not pick up much citrus, which I prefer. Nice mouthfeel, not too heavy. Good flavor, but I noted a slight metallic aftertaste, not enough to really count against it though. Overall a nice offering from the Brew Kettle, which I hope to visit this spring since I only live about an hour away.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 17:45:52 | More by TequilaTom
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear caramel, golden orange/brown topped by a foamy white head that laces and leaves a thin coating throughout drinking. The nose is predominantly perfumey grapefruit sweetness, a bit of citrus rind, and tropical fruit. Juicy grapefruit dominates the palate, but it's far more bark (aroma) than bite (AAs), and has a big malty backbone to support the generous amount of citrusy hops. This qualifies as a big DIPA with a medium body, adequate carb, and reasonable sweetness, but the booze and bitterness become a bit overpowering/tiring after awhile. The biggest limitation of this beer is its tremendous alcohol content, but my slight criticisms wouldn't cause me to avoid this beer in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 23:16:59 | More by ThePorterSorter
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BrewUSA

Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brew Kettle Old 21

Look 7/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 28/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 75/100

Much floral coming through. Wish it was in a better way. Not as hoppy or citrusy as I expected for an imperial IPA. Something is a miss, a revisit may be in order~

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 16:55:13 | More by BrewUSA
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 22:56:46 | More by Omnium
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TheRemyLeabeau

Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 09:25:18 | More by TheRemyLeabeau
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 05:19:21 | More by jzeilinger
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:56:03 | More by MacQ32
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schwemjw

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 18:39:32 | More by schwemjw
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kojevergas

Texas

2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

C

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 05:08:01 | More by kojevergas
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber with a half finger of white head and a slight haze.

Smell is light sweet malt and tropical fruit, kind of weak smelling for a DIPA.

Taste is sweet orange, sweet malts, bittering pine, light tropical flavors

Mouthfeel is medium full with average carbonation

A good enough DIPA, no where near as good as White Rajah. But it will do. Has a lingering sweet bitterness in the finish that I have not decided on yet.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 00:54:55 | More by nickapalooza86
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a snifter
no born on date

Thanks to BMart for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a somewhat hazy apricot orange with 1 fingers width of bright white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Aroma is sweet malts and sweet tropical fruits hops like apricot and pineapple. The malts are reminiscent of loads of butterscotch and some mild caramel. The hop notes seem faded, this one may be a touch old or maybe its just the hop profile, but there is very little resinous/piney/citrus/floral notes. There is a somewhat off aroma as well that I cant particular place. Not bad but could be better.

T: Hops immediately more prevalent on the tongue, with a biting piney bitterness from the first sip. I then get a good amount of citrus rind. Malt backbone is present but not to the degree that the nose implies, and certainly takes a back seat to the hops. I also dont get much of the tropical fruit notes in the taste. Bitterness is huge though, in a good way.

M/D: Full body, carbonation appropriate, ABV is very well masked, and drinkability is above average.

O: Overall, a nice DIPA. Aroma could use some improvement as the hop profile is muted and there is an off character, but the taste is loaded with hoppy bitterness and is quite good. Id drink this again if it were available to me, but I wouldnt consciously seek it out. Thanks again BMart for the extra!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 14:06:25 | More by zac16125
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel pours a fairly clear gold color with a sticky white head. Good retention and lace.

Nose is honeyed malts with a touch of toffee and tropical/grassy hops. Fairly balanced DIPA with a strawberry preserve covered biscuit aspect I am fining intriguing.

Taste is pretty nice...there is plenty of malt, but the hops shine with nice flavoring additions - both old world herbal/grassy flavors as well as some American style tropical flavors. Bitterness is fairly tame and the alcohol is uber-smooth...would have never guessed 9.5%. Malts are biscuity with a slight hint of toast. This is a really tasty beer, I could drink a couple of these back to back...no problem.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 23:25:24 | More by twiggamortis420
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SerialHiker

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orange/copper…a few bubbles on initial pouring, but they didn’t stick around…no real lasting head to speak of...(3.5/5)

Smell: Orange, citrus hops…sweet, caramel under tones…mouth watering, that’s for sure…classic IPA, hoppy all-around, with soft malt backing…(3.75/5)

Taste: Very citrusy, with some floral notes…it’s sweet when hoppy and the malt flavor is fluid and blends so well…it’s got great flavor, well rounded and not overly bitter…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light and fluffy initially, then settles into a floral hoppiness on the tongue…slightly bitter finish and aftertaste but nothing too extreme…malt does cover the middle of my tongue, good overall feel…(4/5)

Overall: I like this beer…it reminds me of the classic summertime IPA, citrus, sweet and hoppy all in one…I’m shocked to look at the bottle and read 9% ABV, there’s no telling…the flavor covers most to all the alcohol taste that so many stronger ales fail to do…this is a great brew to take to a party and share with folks who need some good beer education…(4/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 04:25:27 | More by SerialHiker
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a hazy lemon color with a 2 finger white head. Small bubbles and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- honey, caramel, sweet citrus, slight grassy aroma.

T- very sweet caramel and honey, some brown sugar, lemon, oranges and pineapple with some citrus rind bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy, gritty, syrup and semi-dry finish.

O- not a bad dipa, but very sweet. Not sure the age on this, may be older and turned more Barleywine like? Would like to try again fresh just in case this bottle is old.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 02:46:03 | More by kawilliams81
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a couple of inches of foam; the retention was stellar, with a few patches of lace sticking to the side of the glass

Smell: Smells more malty than hoppy, with a butterscotch character dominant; pith and pine, underneath

Taste: Very sweet, up front, with the butterscotch dominating the flavor through the middle, as well, though there is an assertive piney bitterness that builds; the hops finally win the tug of war, after the swallow, though there is a lingering sweetness on the tip of the tongue in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Perhaps this bottle is old (though I just bought it in a highly rated Cleveland shop), but I was surprised at the understated hop presence; given how much I liked White Rajah, I was doubly disappointed that this beer failed to live up to that beer's example

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 22:46:58 | More by brentk56
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear looking copper color, with a thin white head on top and just a touch of lacing on the glass. The smell was loaded with hop aromas ranging from pine to tropical fruits and citrus. The taste of the beer was quite nice I though, big malt backbone with a punishing amount of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was slick and oily. Overall this beer was pretty intense. Not as balanced as the White Rajah but still not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 01:21:20 | More by Knapp85
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a small bottle with no freshness date into a New Belgium snifter. Slightly hazy light amber-gold with a thin head. Not much retention, but decent lacing. Get a quick whiff of fruit, followed by more resiny, pine-like notes with a little bit of sweet caramel behind it.

The beer has a medium body and a firm mouthfeel. A fair amount of malt sweetness up front giving it a nice biscuity taste. Hops come in and join the sweetness, bringing the flavor more towards apricot and marmalade. The hops are not as aggressive as I had hoped for. Finish is a bit sweet and doesn't give much of a lingering bitterness.

Overall this is not a bad beer, but definitely too sweet for my palate. I'm not sure how old this bottle is, but I probably won't buy this again. I like IPAs and IIPAs to be much more aggressively hopped than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 17:30:13 | More by deadonhisfeet
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Miketd for sending me this beer. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear copper/orange hue with an almost one finger white head that fades to leave a thin white blanket and thin side lacing.

S - Rather dankish. Not boozey though. Sigh; one gets spoiled with the likes of Heady Topper and hill Farmstead and the knee buckling aromas those bring to the table. This has some light malt sweetness, some biscuit, light pine, some almost faded citrus. Clearly, at one point this had pineapple aromas but this is quite faded now.

T - Taste is...dang. Far too sweet for my liking. Lots of honey like sweetness, some light booze, hop oil, slight pine, old pineapple and citrus. The sweetness though, that malty sweetness...gah!

M - Mouthfeel is pretty dark good for a 9.5% DIPA. While I dont know if one can gulp this back its still damn impressive, even with how sweet this is coming off now!

O - Overall its good, was probably really good at one point. The malty sweetness though I just really dont care for in a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:49:47 | More by rudzud
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks nice. Smells nice (citrus toned). Nice flavor tone. Very hoppy with salty and pine resin flavor characteristics. The delivery of flavor is consistent and long lasting on this one, and I like it. I feel like this an "easier drinking" dipa. Maybe it's easier drinking because it just stays consistent and there is no pretense about trying to be all showy. Anyways. I like this one. My second from Brew Kettle, and another good one. If you see it, definitely try it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 00:51:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 23:37:46 | More by Stinkypuss
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Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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