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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | 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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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-17-2011 00:24:54 | More by TasteTester
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siege06nd

Virginia

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

Served out of a bomber into my Jackie O's tulip. Picked up on a recent trip to the greatest city in our fine country, Cleveland, OH.

A: Wow, this beer is gorgeous. A good inch of white head rests gently over a crystal clear, orange gold deliciousness. Seriously, the beer practically glows goldenrod. Just lovely. Good lacing on the sides that lingers. As the beer sits, the head calms down to a nice half inch, ever so slightly off white.

S: Smells fantastic. Hops assert themselves nicely with a strong burst of pineapple and orange zest. Very well-balanced on the nose, with the citrus notes pairing nicely with the bready sweet malts.

T: Whew, this beer is a little hot. Hops are very strong, so much so that I can't pick up on much else. Strong, piney hops with a hint of lemon and orange. Not bad, but could be a little more well balanced.

M: Besides being a little hot, this beer sits nicely on the palate. Carbonation is perhaps a little light, but it has a nice depth and medium body.

O: This is a nice DIPA. I had high expectations after the appearance and the smell which the taste let down ever so slightly. Could use a little better balance, but the flavors are right and it becomes more enjoyable as it warms. I really enjoy this beer and look forward to the other Brew Kettle goodies I have in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 21:41:30 | More by siege06nd
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bamadog

Kentucky

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

Thanks to beerman207 for cracking this one over the weekend. Review is from notes taken on 3/27/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: A solid light coppery color that starts with a one finger white head that fades to a thin and full skim; body is clear; very little carbonation and it moves slowly in thin streams; spotty washes of lacing hold firm to the sides of glass.

Smell: I get some orange and juicy citrus hops and a slight malty balance; the nose is pretty strong on this and I can appreciate that. I'm digging the juiciness coming from the smell of the hops and I feel that this one is going to be quite refreshing.

Taste: Very tasty, simple and good! Juicy citrus orange hoppy bitterness owns this one and there is a mild malty backing that adds just enough sweetness to balance it out; simple, solid and straightforward -- hides nothing and you get what you expect and want from this DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Quite nice, not much weight with a mild and soft carbonation that comes across very smooth; a nice stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: All day, baby! Nice and refreshing bitterness and a fairly light body would allow me to feel OK about getting through a couple of these - granted, the ABV seems a bit high, but it didn't feel all that bad so I think if I nursed it, I'd be glad to get through a couple.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:53:24 | More by bamadog
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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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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber from Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Hazy light amber with gentle bubbles of carbonation continuously feeding what’s initially a finger or so of off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. A little heavy-handed with the caramel for my taste, but they’ve got the hop end of the equation figured out pretty well. Citrus seems to start out slowly but build in intensity and juiciness. Midswallow, things turn more aggressive, with a fair amount of pine bitterness and a vague sort of dankness. Moderately boozy. On the thickish side of medium-bodied, but there’s ample carbonation and a nice stickiness in the finish. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 20:14:52 | More by PDXHops
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scott2269

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-08-2012 02:54:43 | More by scott2269
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djtomain

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-09-2012 02:52:38 | More by djtomain
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mattcrill

Ohio

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

Aroma: Fresh cut melon, light lemon zest notes, hints of stone fruit all up front in the aroma. No alcohol heat and clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Clear amber pour with a thick and sudsy off white head.

Flavor: Pithy orange rind bitterness up front. Light crackery malt character is quickly subdued by orange juice and piney hop character. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly oily, medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A nice clean Imperial IPA. Brew Kettle is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. They have a solid line-up and continue to impress. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 20:22:29 | More by mattcrill
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sbricker

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-04-2012 23:04:21 | More by sbricker
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.5%

11-02-2013 20:11:32 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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PHBoiler

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-14-2013 16:58:04 | More by PHBoiler
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joepais

Maine

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

Thanks go out to Csmiley for the treat I poured the bottle into a tulip glass and it produced a nice two finger head that stuck a round for a while and had a nice lace that followed the beer down the glass. The body of the brew was a nice color of golden orange.

The aromas' of Simcoe hops were right out front I due like them so it was really enjoyable. The flavor was great as well nice and balanced being hop forward a bit but not so bitter that you wouldn't want to session this brew. It had a swolid meduim feel in my mouth with ample carbonation to keep me coming back for more

I could easily session this brew like I said earlier. A good DIPA worth seeking out for the try, and a brew a local should be proud of

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 18:15:38 | More by joepais
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks again to AltBock for this generous gift.

Pours a clear pale amber with considerable carbonation streams. The head is a 1" white color with pretty thick lacing and decent retention.
The smell is a bit of pineapple from a distance when poured but upon a closer smell it's definitely more of a citrus (orange/grapefruit) aroma with a dose of sweet malt.
The taste is fairly balanced between the citrus hops & sweet malt flavor. I get no bitterness at all.
Mouthfeel is a solid medium, sweet and well-carbonated.
Drinkability: If I'm going to drink a 9.5% DIPA, I want less balance and more hops so in that regard it leaves something to be desired. This is still a pleasant drinking beer that a 22oz bottle is suitable for a short session. If you're not looking West for a hop fix, I recommend trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 23:29:58 | More by meatyard
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-08-2014 03:30:23 | More by PA-Michigander
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Soto

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-25-2013 06:25:31 | More by Soto
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brycevolk

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-09-2012 22:16:53 | More by brycevolk
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on a trip to OH. 22oz bottle...

A: A nice crystal clear scotch color with a small white head that fades at a decent pace to a lace atop the brew. Good.

S: Can smell from the table. A floral hop upfront quickly followed by a unique iced tea scent. Kind of a bready apple scent on the backend. Unique, but strange. Decent.

T: A very strong apple / iced tea flavor upfront with some hints of sugary malt and then a bitter earthy hop wall in the middle. Not really an IPA IMO. This should be labeled as an American Barleywine. They need to cut back on some of the malt backbone to get more into the IPA category. Either that or up the hops. Good.

M: Medium body with a very well hidden carbonation. A sugary malt finish. Good.

O: I'd say this brew is good, but not great. Not really a DIPA as advertised on here. More of a Barleywine type flavor / scent. If you like barleywines and have access, then give this one a go, you may enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 01:40:37 | More by steve8robin
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BB1313

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've had this one before a few times. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a clean transparent golden with a slight haze, eggshell white head fades, decent lacing and nice retention, nice looking beer. This one has some pretty dank aromas; Simcoe hops clearly dominate. Very tropical with lots of peach, mango, and pineapple. More tropical fruits in the flavors. Bitter, but there's a decent sweetness. Malt is there, but doesn't dominate at all and lets the hops shine. Juicy. I feel it could possibly use a touch of carbonation although it's there; somewhat flat and syrupy/resiny, but it actually makes for a smooth drink, I can dig it. Alcohol goes unnoticed, easy drinking and leaves you wanting more. Great DIPA..

If you experience this one fresh, it's extremely impressive. I'm really glad to see this one in 4pks now. This is a pineapple bomb, dank stuff!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 00:31:26 | More by BB1313
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cosmonick

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

10-14-2012 20:29:44 | More by cosmonick
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-21-2013 00:24:18 | More by ChrisMon02
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Zuidman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

06-04-2013 02:33:49 | More by Zuidman
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-27-2014 23:16:10 | More by tdmccarthy
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WesM63

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-12-2012 16:26:18 | More by WesM63
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured a remarkable clear dark golden orange color, no visible carbonation. Nice two and a half finger soapy head with big bubbles that leaves some droppy lace

S- Piney, earthy, resinous, floral, peach, and tropical notes. A lot going on, but not a very strong aroma

T- Big peach and tropical notes with some resin and earthy notes. Very big bitterness and lots of sweetness

M- Full bodied, the driest beer I have ever had, big warming sensation and alcohol presence. This beer has a big kick to it.

O- This is a big bitter and sweet DIPA. Drinks like a west coast DIPA

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:17:27 | More by Hoptometrist
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yamar68

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-30-2013 02:54:10 | More by yamar68
Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.