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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

328 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 328
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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Ratings: 328 | Reviews: 131 | Display Reviews Only:
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wembly13

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-21-2014 14:47:50 | More by wembly13
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pmoney

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-21-2013 16:28:41 | More by pmoney
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Skott1123

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-13-2013 20:44:46 | More by Skott1123
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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-29-2014 22:12:21 | More by neckbracesub
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whodeyvols

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-27-2012 01:59:28 | More by whodeyvols
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MrBuckHigh

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-27-2014 19:19:08 | More by MrBuckHigh
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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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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

02-19-2012 04:18:36 | More by uvm2003
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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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FishPondManager

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-15-2012 01:41:19 | More by FishPondManager
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riemster

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-27-2013 22:23:57 | More by riemster
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crytion

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

07-27-2014 11:26:08 | More by crytion
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

08-11-2013 21:11:23 | More by Mark5252
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ThaHealer

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-03-2014 16:43:29 | More by ThaHealer
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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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CanMan79

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-29-2013 05:18:30 | More by CanMan79
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target88

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-14-2013 23:53:58 | More by target88
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Ssmith999

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

10-07-2012 16:36:20 | More by Ssmith999
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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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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 20:04:36 | More by Hojaminbag
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 23:41:13 | More by buschbeer
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cosmicevan

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 23:10:09 | More by cosmicevan
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Cleveland. Orangey colour with lasting significant whte head, 3/8" inch. Very mild hoppy aroma. An orange taste, about middling mouthfeel. One imensional, slightly off-note. Its the style, a high IBU, its drinkable, but its marginal compared to what else is available.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:43:57 | More by Sammy
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pub glass. Cheers and a thank you to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. It takes a hearty pour down the middle of the glass to produce a head about a finger strong that looks off-white and rapidly dissolves to a thin film across the top. Rising bubbles of carbonation help sustain the cap a bit and a light swirl revives. The brew sitting underneath is clear with a copper color.

The brew smells of caramel malt mixed with a bit of buttery toffee. Then the onset of hops comes into play which smells floral and fruity. It is a little strange to take note of the malt character of a DIPA first, but im not gonna like, I actually really like the way the caramel sweetness intertwines with the floral and fruity qualities of this aroma. It really works well in an atypical sort of way.

The taste is no shocker when compared to the aroma. It contains a toffee to caramel-like sweetness before the onset of fruity and floral hops. The hops are juicy and full flavored before the bitterness settles on the tongue. Once I pick up on the bitterness and focus on that, it becomes a bit more herbal and borderline piney with a bit of a mineral inclusion. there is a mild note of alcohol showing through on the backend which is a bit solvent almost like a neutral spirit like vodka. It is interesting that this is the only point in the experience where that 9.5% abv starts to show itself.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For the most part it is clean and easy drinking for a 9.5% brew. This was a nice departure from the DIPA norm but honestly it isn't something I would want to buy a bunch of if I was looking for a hop bomb assault. Overall this is an easy approaching and enjoyable middle of the road brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:09:10 | More by stakem
Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.