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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87
very good

401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - dark hazy auburn color with a slight white head but good lacing
Smell - grapefruit citrus floral smell
Taste - similar as smell with a great malt back bone
Feel - light carb medium body
Overall - really good!

Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Natural510
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow, monster 3+ inch head and alot of lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, grapefruit, light malts, lemon, orange, a little bread and floral. Not overly strong aromoa.

Taste - Its a dipa so, huge pineapple/grapefruit citrus hop kick at first swig. Orange and lemon make up most of the floral fruit flavor. Malts are present but are masked a little behind the hops, which they should be!. Some alcohol infact does come out in the swallow. Has a spice kick to it also. Very complex actually and balanced also.

Mouthfeel - Big, strong, hoppy!. Whole mouth gets coated with hops. Tounge gets bittered from the hops, then warmed from the alcohol. palette gets hops and alot of sweetness from the hops and added sugars. Aftertaste is thick, piney, resin coated tounge and alcohol warmed.

Overall - Very well done beer, I paid 4.99$ for this 22oz'er and that alone makes it untouchable. But, give the fact its really tastly and well done, its a must try from a killer brewery! The alcohol comes out a little bit much, and thats the only negitive about this beer for me.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

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

Old 21 Imperial IPA makes it clear on the label that it pretty much hits you with on hop variety aka Simcoe. It's hard not to compare this to Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe IPA. Dank mary jane, pith of Grapefruit with the peels, super pungent hop nose here. A bit of sugar coated malt backing this label states there's 90 IBUs and 9% abv. This beer isn't messing around. Besides the lighter copper golden color this beer appears to have it pretty much mirrors the Simcoe DIPA from Weyerbacher. Full thicket of off white head forming thick bands of lacing. Flavor is super bitter with an earthy grapefruit/dank marijuana/earthiness that doesn't exist with any other type of hop out there. Super big malt layer stands up to the onslaught of Simcoe hops but just barely, again these guys are awesome homebrewers gone pro. They understand the brewing process and I'm excited to try the next variation of the same beer that they produce. Mouhfeel is medium bodied with a evident alcohol infused base that hasn't been there in any other variation of this style, pretty hot if you know what I'm saying. At least their small brewing operation can ferment out to this level, resinous oily texture from the hop additions brings on a full mouthfeel compared to most single to double IPAs old 21 isn't messing around it's a display of what this brewer is capable of. Overall drink more Brew Kettle beer if you're lucky enough to find it then you should be drinking it. I know that Premium Beverage out of Columbus has distribution rights but I demand to see more of this near my beer store in Steubenville OH, considering the great bomber prices people will try these beers and be thoroughly impressed.

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 beerphan
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle -> sa taster glass
Different bottle than the one pictured, not sure what 'ringneck means' cause my bottle doesn't mention it and i'm a tad to lazy to look it up
no date

Pours a clear yellowed orange with a nice thick cream head that leaves thick cliffs of lace. The rings of lace continue all the way down the glass. The carbonation is persistent as well as abundant. Nice looking brew from start to finish.

Nose: Thought i found some bubble gum initially. Citrus hops dominate early and sweet caramel malts take over.

Full bodied and bold. Starts of with some sweet caramel malts along with some bready tones, but quickly delves into a hop bomb. Citric hop flavors touch on pineapple and orange and is that some mango back there? The fruits give way to a raging bitterness. The sweet hops hit just the right spot, and the 90 IBU's feel like an understatement.

A great double IPA, glad to find a new one. Also, a fairer than most price at 5.99 for a single bomber @ Vinatage, in Boardman. Drink this man.

Photo of SykDoc
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this courtesy of in person trade at DLD and stored, but cannot remember person's name. Much thank and looking forward to future trades.

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. It pours a clear straw/copper mix forming a 1/4 inch off-white head that remains spotty throughout. Carbonation is readily visible and no sediment.

The aroma is a nice combination of caramel malty sweetness mixed with a healthy dose of citrus fruit and piney hops components.

The taste is again a blend of caramel malt sweetness combined with a more up front citrus hops with a finish of pine, which is very good.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a solid carbonation that levels the playing field of the hops. A strong pine dryness lingers with some alcohol and bitter notes.

Overall, this beer is easy to drink. The appearance is the weakest point but everything else is solid. A good option if you can get your hands on it and like hops.

Photo of mattcrill
4.22/5  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.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra in a trade with Brandie, thanks for another outstanding beer!

Pours golden amber with a creamy white one finger head that hangs around but once I start sipping it leaves behind excellent weblike lacing with some neat patterns on the glass. Smell is sweet and tangy like mango and grapefruit but then a mixture of bitter resinous hops and caramel malt shine through. The flavor is a complex concoction of sweet and bitter hops up front followed by a major takeover of bitter oily hops and sweet caramel malt - delicious. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth drinking for a 9.5% brew - dangerously drinkable with only the slightest sting of the alcohol. This beer is a definite hopbomb - a big complex hoppy beer that any hophead would love.

Enjoy!!

Photo of jsurfs82
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisiting this beer after a couple years I think this is quite good. Definitely fresh and picking up on the dank hops like Simcoe. I'm finding my palate is gravitating to the older classic west coast styles and this hit me in the right spot on this last try. A great OH offering. Brew Kettle does hops well.

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12 fl. oz. bottle received in trade from a non-BA member that I sampled on August 20, 2014.

It pours a slightly cloudy medium amber with a tremendous cream colored head.

The aroma is a lovely balance of toasted caramel and toffee malts and hop bitterness but more earthy than floral or citrus.

Medium, smooth body.

The malt character starts things out with a bang but it does not take long for the hop bitterness to roar in like a waterfall and take things over, lingering to the end. Liked it.

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 BB1313
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to pimpmyporter for this extra...Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip.

A- Pours a beautiful orangy amber with bubbly tan head. Intense carbonation shooting from the bottom of the glass. Sticky lacing is rampant.

S- Smells of sweet piney hops. Loads of honey and fresh grapefruit. Fruity esters resonate in the nostrils. Very fresh and inviting.

T- Bitter hops up front followed by a slightly sweet honey finish. Lots of fresh grapefruit. Nice malt balance so that the hops do not overpower the palate.

M- Medium-bodied and insanely smooth. Not overly carbonated.

D- Awesome for an imperial ipa. So smooth and balanced. The 9% abv is a non factor. One of the more surprisingly great ipa's iv'e tried

Photo of Jesse13713
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Laundry 101 in Kent.

Appearance - A well-carbonated golden straw yellow.Slightly soapy lacing that hugs the glass well. Almost a sickly neon green color under certain light here.

Smell - Smells of fresh grass fields and hops. Slight citrus on the nose.

Taste - An excellent Imperial IPA. Very fresh and natural-tasting. the hopes are the perfect amount of sweet and bitterness. Wheat and grain linger throughout the otherwise citrusy taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very drinkable for the percentage. Goes down smooth and refreshing, especially after a long day at work. The Brew Kettle really impresses with this one. Medium bodied, crisp and slightly tart. This is the best non-pumpkin beer I've had so far this fall. I definitely prefer the tap over the bottle, though.

Photo of Bonis
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice deep orange, almost clear as water. Not much head, a little lace. Least impressive aspect of this beer, IMO.

S - Very nice. Intense aroma of pineapple with hints of mango and other tropical fruits. A nice mesh of citrus and pine hops, not surprising as this is brewed with Simcoe. A touch of caramel malt makes it's way in the aroma occasionally, but the hops are big here.

T - Follows the smell. Thick and sweet, bitter and hoppy. This is a pretty bitter beer, but not too much for me. Seemed to be nicely balanced with a healthy dose of malts adding to the sweetness in this one. A banging bitterness lingers in the mouth, but not overwhelming... Almost spot on.

M - Sticky and bitter alcohol, but crisp and smooth like an IPA.

D - Drinks good for an IIPA, wouldn't want more than a pint of this in a night, however.

Photo of kels
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with Bonis.

A - A crystal dark orange that's bordering on sienna.

S - Fruity, mango and pineapple come up front with some citrus and dank resin following.

T - Lots of that fruit and resin. Such a hop burst with only the Simcoe in the hop bill. There is a malty sweetness which balances this beer without making it overly syrupy.

M - Pleasantly coats the mouth with a tingling layer of bitterness that lingers for a while. Slick and clean.

D - I could kill a few of these, but then I'd be pretty drunk. Nice.

Photo of hippityhophead24
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Color is a nice light orange color. Very pretty and clear. Small head, not much retention.

Smell: Malts brings a sweet aroma to the nose, followed by floral, almost per fumy smell. Yeast lets the subtle, clean aromas come out.

Taste: I am very fond of the taste. It has a great taste for a 9% I.P.A. Has a slight sweet taste, not too wet, not too dry. Nice bitterness with subtle floral notes. Very well balanced. The semcoe hops definitely pull through!

Mouth feel: Slightly smooth flavor, medium body. Has a little bite on the tongue. Not over carbonated, but not perfectly carbonated.

Overall: All together, this beer from a small brewery in Ohio, is great. It has all the things I look for in a smooth, good tasting I.P.A. Not too heavy or sweet for 9%. And not too boozy tasting.

Glasswear: Bomber poured into Pint Glass

Photo of Clydesdale
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of wingman14
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.