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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

290 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 290
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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UA8

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a crystal amber with with a thin white head which settles into pools of lacing.

S- big big citrus notes of grapefruit and orange peel, caramel malts, and a touch of heat in the background that I'm guessing is brought on by this being served at cellar temp.

T- candied orange peel, grapefruit, caramel, bitter piny and herbal hops, a touch of heat.

M- syrupy hop oils and a viscous body with moderate carbonation.

D- a potent and big dipa definitely west coast in style with powerful hopping and bitterness. A hop heads delight.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 22:37:49 | More by UA8
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sitarist

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2010 01:17:06 | More by sitarist
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movingtrain

Ohio

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

22 ounce bomber sampled from a a 12 ounce snifter.

Color is classic imperial ipa. Not much of a head on this one...very light. Amber/copper in color.

Aroma gives off hints of grapefruit, pine, heavy citrus, creamy malts, and potent hops.

Bitter hops in the foreground of the flavor profile, giving way to caramel sweetness and bready malts. Some piny notes, and slightly astringent undertones, as well. The overall flavor of this one is bitter, but is well balanced and a relatively drinkable ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 00:06:00 | More by movingtrain
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11eye for sharing this bottle.

Pours golden yellow with a white head. The aroma is resiny pine. The flavor is more of the same with the resin bordering on extreme. You also get some grapefruit and pine as well as some citrusy orange. Thin-medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 20:21:08 | More by Mora2000
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kels

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 20:17:41 | More by kels
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giblet

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

giblet

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 16:20:21 | More by giblet
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wingman14

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 01:22:18 | More by wingman14
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of 21, little did I suspect that I should be at 49, what I now am."

--Samuel Johnson

Dried apricot orange with butterscotch colored edges when backlit with morning sunshine. There goes my theory that 100% pale malted beer can't be darker than gold. The pastel orangish beige colored crown is both bubbly and sticky. Thick sheets of BB-shot lace look good enough to earn the big score.

One rarely runs across an American DIPA that uses only four ingredients. This one includes pale malt, Simcoe hops, water and yeast. The nose isn't a gobsmacker, but it has plenty of tropical fruity goodness... and no toasted maltiness to get in the way.

The Brew Keeper's Old 21 Imperial Pale Ale is better beer than 4 C's Pale Ale. That said, it isn't significantly better and may not deserve a higher taste score. Before jumping to any hasty conclusions, let's see what the rest of the bomber has to say for itself.

Considering color and flavor, I'm positive that something darker than pale malt was used. Caramel-crystal is almost a certainty, assuming that my eyes and taste buds are in good working order. Maybe TBK changed the recipe along with the label. The new label looks much better than the picture seen above.

The flavor profile delivers sugar cookies drizzled with melted caramel, a bit of butterscotch, pink grapefruit peel and bitter orange peel. In the end, the borderline abrasive hoppiness (90 IBUs) is winning me over. At least this isn't one of those overly malty, sappy, sticky, insufficiently hopped versions of the style that seem to be all the rage these days.

The body-mouthfeel finds that often elusive sweet spot between too light and too heavy. It's easily medium-full and has a creamy smoothness that is complemented by an ideal amount of hard-working bubbles.

Given the new label, Old 21 refers to the former Ohio route 21, which (I think) was in the vicinity of the brewery. Keeping with the theme, Old 21 Imperial IPA is a road well worth traveling, especially if like your beer to be both big and hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 14:11:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 00:55:42 | More by Clydesdale
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 18:34:02 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega in Columbus, OH on 11/13/09

A - Sharp-looking burnt orange/amber color. Poured with a thin head leaving little for retention; ok lacing - it seems both would have been pronounced with a better pour.

S - Packed with citrus & floral hops. Orange & grapefruit. Some maltiness & booze in the background.

T - Dense & resinous hop flavor. Bitter pine tar with potent swaths of orange & grapefruit. Decently spicy. Light toasty malt in there; hints of caramel as it warms.

M - Rather full bodied with moderate carbonation. Despite the resiny grit, it has a penchant for slickness.

D - Pretty darn tasty. Though drinkability is not at all bad, the beer went right to my head - it's certainly potent enough. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 22:24:51 | More by Ryan011235
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

1.68/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 15:47:31 | More by BeerBelcher
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild gold with a ton of rising head and lacing that sticks like glue. A nice ring of lace is left after every sip.
Smell is nicely sweet and hoppy with lots of caramel malt backbone.
Taste is very hoppy, somewhat bitter in the finish. Sweet in the middle and finish which plays well with the bitterness. Juicy hops play very well with the caramel from the malt.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. It gets better as it warms and becomes a really drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 22:50:32 | More by kirok1999
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blackie

Virginia

4.22/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 04:46:13 | More by blackie
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Natural510

Ohio

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

22oz bomber, listed as 9.0% ABV & 90 IBU

Pours the prototypical dark gold with orange hues, with a thick white head and quality lacing.
Nose is somewhat different for the style; fresh hop with pine note, but grapefruit element is toned down and the floral quality is backed by a more lime-like citrus.
An aggressive hop with quite the leafy, earthy, forest-like quality backed by a surprising brown sugar biscuit-malt. Expected grapefruit-citrus element is minimal; this one chooses to go in a different direction.
Crisp in the mouth, and only the slightest bit thin in body.
This DIPA states its case well without attempting to clone the more popular offerings out there. I prefer mine a bit juicier and slightly stronger hop bite, but overall I find it to be a high-quality take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 13:11:48 | More by Natural510
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 06:48:22 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 23:36:59 | More by bluejacket74
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pwoods

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 04:16:12 | More by pwoods
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Wildman

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Bodega:

This beer poured a clear medium amber color with a small amount of carbonation. If formed a foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, citrus and pine. The flavor was of hops, citrus, pine and a hint of caramel. It had a medium body and an astringent finish. A pretty good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 03:14:18 | More by Wildman
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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

A 22 ounce bomber bottle emptied into a standard shaker glass. The DIPA appears a clear rich copper color with about two fingers of creamy off white foam. The head lingers for a few minutes before settling to a thin layer. No lacing to speak of. Aromas and flavors are of medium toasted grain, sweet malt, lemon, orange, and grapefruit, a good amount of pine and some alcohol warmth. A notch or two better than medium in body with ample carbonation. Pretty tasty stuff, and very reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 04:27:27 | More by ClockworkOrange
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Brew Kettle on 8/6/09.

A - Clear amber/orange body with a slight reddish tint and one-finger creamy off-white head that transformed into a wispy film, yielding an even seam of lace around the snifter.

S - Equal parts citrus and piney hops up front with a mellow waft of alcohol and prevalent sweet dark caramel/toffee malt character with a hint of burnt sugar.

T - Initial flavor combines sticky, sweet pine and juicy citrus bitterness. Grapefruit really stands out. Malt is quite sweet, caramely and sugary. Finishes with a sharp hop bite with piney and perfumy hop bitterness and some warm alcohol notes.

M - Pretty full-bodied with a syrupy texture and residual hop oils. Carbonation is moderate. Touch of alcohol warmth on the tongue. Finishes with lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Great, drinkable DIPA with a bold hop presence. Another solid offering from The Brew Kettle/Ringneck.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2009 12:13:52 | More by ffejherb
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 03:56:52 | More by rhinos00
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of quite bitter and slightly citrus hops. Taste is also dominated by some citrus and bitter hops with some medium caramel malt. Full body with good carbonation and no discernable alcohol. A bit one-dimensional for sure but well done nonetheless and better then expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 18:58:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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JDV

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from trade with Crizay. Thanks dude!
Pours amber with a nice offwhite head that was short lived. Smell is really nice and fruity, with lots of pine and sap to go along with it in making a vibrant nose. Taste is fruity, hoppy and a touch of pineyness as well in the flavor. Extremely smooth with mild to moderate bitterness for the style, but amply flavored by the hopping. This to me, is a classic example of the style, while being slightly more drinkable than expected. Really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 04:59:04 | More by JDV
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Sample at the brewpub: Clear dark amber color with a thin khaki head that has good retention. Spotty lacing. Citrusy hops aroma with some spice in the background. Medium-bodied with an interesting disparity of sweet fruit and bitter hops flavor. Some pine and citrus are evident as well. The finish is bitter and lingering, although not on the level one would expect for the style, and the ABV never really shows up either. Above average, but nowhere near the caliber of the top ranking 2IPAs out there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2006 21:19:13 | More by Dogbrick
Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.