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

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | 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

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Beer added by: aracauna on 06-06-2004

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Ratings: 400 | Reviews: 139
Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

This beer sits an orange infused amber with a one finger ecru cap. The head falls to form some spider web lacing and a thin layer of foam.

The aroma isn't as bright as I would hope, but still solid. Fresh simcoe hops lend a nice tropical fruit aroma. Passionfruit, apricots, mango and pineapple with a sturdy caramel malt backdrop.

The flavor profile is a little brighter. Tropical fruit domination with caramel malt holding down the back end. Lighter on the malt than the aroma and color would suggest, but not enough separation to put this in the upper eschelon.

Smooth, slightly chewy medium body qith a mild lingering bitterness.

I feel like this beer is close. Solid iipa, would drink this again in a heartbeat. But then again, I enjoy the simcoe.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, pineapple and orange citrus hops. In the taste, dry pine like hops and a light malt, small notes of citrus. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and small alcohol in the aftertaste. Big citrus in the nose, but dry pine in the taste, nothing more than above average.

Photo of maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to miketd for this bomber, rec'd in a recent trade. From a brewery new to me, & brewed with my favorite hops, Simcoe. Expectations are rising.

Split with my wife. Pours is pure IIPA, see-through bronze with a bit of orange spit polish. Smells...like Simcoe hops. Roll me in them & call it cologne.

Old 21 is steady as she goes. The Simcoe hops are up front, but held back from a taste of greatness by a cannonball of malts. The hops then drown in the ensuing cascade, & little to no bitterness, citrus, or anything else comes through in the aftertaste, which is all heavy sweets.

I need to admit I have a problem. I don't prefer my IPAs or IIPAs balanced, I'd like them to crush my tongue with a bruising handshake. This one's nicely balanced, which makes it...good. But it coulda been a contender. Good brew.

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep golden color with hints of copper and a one finery ivory head that dissipates into a layer of foam, leaving little lacing.

Orange citrus hop and caramel bready malt begin the aroma, leading to citrus pith bitterness and a touch of pine.

Flavor is huge citrus malt initially, grapefruit, mouthwatering, then turning decidedly bitter, with a hit of spruce and resin at the finish. There's a background grassy hop profile that is also oniony. Malt ties the hop flavor together, providing a hint of caramel sweetness.

Body is moderately heavy, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth. There's a hint of astringency.

Overall, initially a citrus hop flavor dominated, but bitterness quickly took over and controlled the profile. Booze was somewhat repressed, given the abv. Hops could've been more complex.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to TheBeerologist for sending this one my way. bottle label seems to have been updated since the current photo displayed, but this is defitely old 21...also says Simcoe TBK on the label. poured into an urthel tulip.

a - brew poured a crisp transparent orange witha generous offwhite classic frothy ipa head. some visible carbonation could be seen and the foamy head hung around looking chunky and creamy. lacing was fairly sticky.

s - nice citric hops could be smelled upon pouring the beer. closer inspection revealed some earthy graininess as well. lots of malt backbone.

t - much like the nose...lots of malts and simcoe. not sure on the age, but the bottle boasts about the malts as well as the simcoe so seems spot on. tastes nice, but for an imperial ipa, i tend to like more of a citric or sweaty sweet hop. the blend of the hop and malt works nicely and it feels kind of like juice. there is a toffee-ness to the malt that compliments the hop for a sweet pleasurable flavor.

m - medium bodied, soft carbonation. smooth, juice-like.

o - overall this is a good beer, but in the crazy world that is imperial ipas these days, there are better options. i did enjoy it thoroughly, but for the style...it doesn't lead the pack. great local that i'd happily have again.

Photo of cbutova
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Random find in a bottle shop outside of Cleveland, OH. Reviewed at Rising Sun CG, Glacier National Park, MT. Full notes taken to my phone when out of service last week.

A- Pours a muddled and very hazy dark orange caramel hue from the 12oz to a goblet. A white one finger head rises with a silky creamy consistency. Thick frothy ring leads to webs and sheets of lace.

S- Hops are the emphasis here but there is a substantial malt presence beneath that. Strong notes of stone fruits, pine and some zest with pale caramel in the backdrop.

T- Hops come in strong with a big bitterness to match the pine resin, citrus zest, orange, floral and stone fruit intensity. Malt base is fairly strong with caramel and sweet cracked grains.

MF- Thick bodied which help supports a bitterness that comes in very strong, perhaps a bit too much so, compared to othet similar DIPAs. Creamy and frothy texture fills up the palate with high end carbonation working off that.

I don't mind malts in a DIPA but in this one thetr is some harsh interactions between the caramel, huge bitterness and hops. Solid but this category is as competitive as ever and it falls short of many others.

Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. The label on mine is boring, but much less hideous than the one in the pic featured.

4.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy white head. Retention is good and a tall ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: I could smell hops as soon as I popped the cap. Plenty of hops in the form of floral, citrus, spicy, and sugary with plenty of dankness. Malts are clean overall with just the faintest touch of breadiness. Enticing.

3.5 T: Soft bitterness. Floral and citrus are back with emphasis on orange, but not as spicy as I expected. Pine enters the scene. Again, malts are clean and for the most part stay out of the hops way. Good, but lacking depth of flavor and intensity. Alcohol well hidden.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use a bit more creaminess. Slight warming booze on finish.

3.5 D: Good brew, but this isn't going to wow anyone's palate.

Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is a completely transparent vibrant but slightly dark amber hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose has an emphasis of spicy hops. Grassy hops and a decent amount of caramel malt are in the background.

T- Grassy hops, a hint of spice, a hint of grapefruit, and a mild caramel malt backbone upfront. The finish is more sweet than bitter-with juicy citrus rushing through and a mild caramel malt backbone-the citrus impressions soon fade and a mildly spicy hop character. Juicy citrus and a mild bitterness linger.

M-Low to medium carbonation and a medium weight body that is quite juicy and slightly oily.

O- This is a good DIPA overall. It is not as in-your-face or bright as a lot of them-but its very juicy and has a nice balance of citrus, spice, and caramel malt with just a hint of bitterness. I'd like to try this fresh at the brew kettle-I'm sure its a bit bright when its super fresh. Its good as is though.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. The head is around two fingers high, with a bubbly texture and a vaguely off-white shade. Retention isn't fantastic, but because the head is so creamy, it leaves behind a decent amount of webbed lacing on the glass. (4)

Smell: This shows off Simcoe pretty well. The hops are producing notes of tangerine, pine, melon, and dankness. It has a bit of that juiciness I enjoy - though it should be said that the hoppiness seems to fade as it warms up. It's replaced with some caramel malt sweetness. On the other hand, the alcohol is concealed nicely. (3.5)

Taste: Malts hit the palate first with notes of caramel, toffee, and even a touch of table sugar. It stays rather sweet up to the finish, albeit with a nice upsurge of dank, piny Simcoe goodness. Let it warm up, a slight spicy prickle will also appear on the back end - this helps to temper the sweetness slightly. All in all, this is a bit too sweet for me. (3)

Mouthfeel: Big and heavy, it does have a crisp finishing bite...but also a lot of sweetness throughout. This is up there with DFH's 90 Minute as far as 'chewy' DIPAs go. Natch, carbonation is somewhat concealed by the heft. Also concealed by the heft is the alcohol presence. (3.5)

Overall: This one is definitely on the malty side for a DIPA. While that makes it too sweet for my personal tastes, I can see this one catching on with those who don't like IPAs. I think my problem here is that I expected a bigger White Rajah, and instead got something balanced and approachable. Damn me and my scorched earth tastebuds! (3.5)

3.3/5: Don't expect Double Rajah here...DO expect a beginner-friendly DIPA, though

Photo of jzeilinger
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of MacQ32
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of Tucquan
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-10-10 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear golden-orange with a 1.5-finger off-white head and excellent lacing.

S - Tropical fruit, hop floral, sweet and pleasant. Smells like a better batch of Simcoe hops than when I had it on-tap.

T - Strong pineapple, mango, hop oils, pine, citrus, biscuit malt. Clinging aftertaste features fruit sweetness and significant bitterness. Just a little sweeter than I like but not cloying by any means.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Resinous and prickly.

O - This is one tasty double IPA. I like it a lot.

Photo of buschbeer
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
Served in an imperial nonic glass

A - It pours an orange/amber with two fingers of off white head.

S - It gives off a nice citrus aroma.

T - The citrus is there with a bitter finish.

M - It seems awfully thin to me.

D - It almost tastes more like an IPA rather than an imperial. I like the ABV, but it lacks the fullness of flavor and aroma that I would like to see.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Brew Kettle Old 21 Imperial IPA has a light orange body with a good looking off-white head. The retention and lacing are both quite good.

The aroma has a mix of malt and hops. Pale malt combines with a bit of darker caramel malt. The hops are pretty noticeable, with grapefruit peel, orange and a some resin.

Fruity simcoe hops are all over the place, with all kinds of citrus and a resinous, yet slightly grassy flavor. These hops are paired with a good bit of pale malt, but also some sugar-cookie and caramel flavored malt. There is a moderate amount of bitterness. The finish has a little bit of boozy warmth to it.

The body is surprisingly light for the ABV, but somehow it manages to avoid being out of place.

This is a pretty balanced IIPA. To be honest, I don't have strong feelings about it one way or the other.

Photo of mcallister
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep mahogany with a small head again a culprit of the bad pour. And again very crisp and clean look. No lace. What head is there is very whispy.

Whiff of caramel malt and a slight hop aroma. Otherwise hard to even generate a smell.

What I would consider a weak effort at an IPA. They should have took this on the longhaul and tried to make it a barley wine. But even if it were that would be very weak. Bit malty caramel and slight pine hop. No length or depth.

Malty and thin and not that drinkable.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Much different logo, with the Ohio State Route 21 sign surrounded by gold & green colors. Listed at 9.0%, also.

Pours a crisp, clear copper color into the pint. Great clarity with just the right amount of carbonation visibility. The head, while seemingly short-lived, recedes to a fat patch of blotchy tan bubbles that latch on to the edge of the glass as the beer level recedes. Simcoe-riffic aroma, rife with musky pine and tropical fruits (papaya, mango, pineapple). Very floral and organic-smelling. The malts chime in with a hefty dose of caramel and sweet toffee nuttiness.

Let's see how she tastes. Interesting...changes pace from a smooth pale-aleish type beer with caramel malts on the front of the palate, and then quickly switches gears to a hop-forward IIPA with Simcoe hops crashing the tongue & roof of the mouth with piny, skunky goodness. Lingering kiss of resinous, bitter hop oils in the finish. Very sticky and borders on a chewy mouthfeel, but the body is thankfully light enough to make this one drinkable. Could use a bit more body and carbonation, however. Overall, a solid IIPA that could stand a few tweaks here & there, but is otherwise on the right path to hop nirvana. Kudos to the Brew Kettle!

Photo of nrbw23
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden orange color with a thin head leaving little for retention. Decent amount of lacing.

S- Smells of quite a bit of citrus & floral hops. Bready and caramel malts are also in there. Just a touch of booze in there too.

T- Quite a bit of hops with a very strong hop back bone. Very good balance here and not at all what I expected. Orange and grapefruit dominant with a very strong malty backbone here.

M- Meduim to full in body with the carbonation that seemed to be about right on.

D- First brew from here and I like it. Give it a shot for sure. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of seeswo
3.04/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean golden copper with a nice cap of head on it. Looks really good. Smells is an extremely generic combination of hops and malts. Nothing really distinguishing comes from the simcoe - maybe just a shade of pine or something, but not really. There is nothing about the nose that makes you want to pick it up and give it a big drink, though it doesn't smell bad. The front of this beer is like a big Maibock - sweet and malty. As it carries through, it dries out a bit with a somewhat bitter finish. The hoppiness in the end is again a pretty generic bitterness mostly devoid of actual hop flavor. The front and the back don't come together to balance each other out - it is just over malt/sweet in the front and flavorless, drying bitterness in the back. I am not a big fan of this one at all. The mouthfeel is pretty sugary, with good carbonation. Overall, this just doesn't seem like a good go at the style.

Photo of siege06nd
4.15/5  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.

Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.