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

401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
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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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of fear025
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Smells nice, mostly sweet malt, but a little grapefruity hops too.

Appearance:Light amber in color. Low amount of head, but what's there is thick with tiny bubbles and good retention.

Taste:Tons of hops dominate the flavor of this beer. The hops are mostly piney flavored, with a little citrus. The malt backbone of this beer compliments the hops well. The hops linger on my palate through the aftertaste (and beyond).

Mouthfeel:The body is medium to heavy, with ok carbonation.

Overall:I enjoyed this IIPA a lot, it was well balanced

Photo of jrallen34
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Barrel and the Bottle...Dark clearish orange, good light tan head, not much of note...The aroma is strong, lots of pine resin hops, oily a little citrus, but could be more balanced...The taste is slightly better, pine resin is the main player again but its got some citrus and caramel notes to help out. The finish to bitter though so its a little tough to drink.

Decent DIPA but not knocking my socks off. Hides the alcohol well but not very drinkable.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, secret santa 2011

appearance: served in great lakes tebow-mas chalice, very clear, light golden-orange body, light beige film lace

smell: light and clean floral hop presence, tropical, grassy

taste: a pleasant, relatively light-bodied DIPA - nice simcoe hop presence, lush and tropical, grassy, bright citrus with low bitterness, orange zest, earth. This was good - not overwhelming, but no complaints

mouthfeel: clean, a touch light, not much booze

overall: nice

Photo of movingtrain
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A good example of an ever-expanding segment of American ales, this Imperial IPA uses a complex and flavorful hop (simcoe) and puts it on a pedestal. You get varying degrees of citrus, grapefruit, and tart green apple, complemented by toast and caramel from the malts, and the implied imperial levels of alcohol. I just wish for a touch more malt sweetness to balance out both the mouthfeel and flavor profile. Simcoe is a great, but left unchecked, it can overpower a beer. A good beer with a great hop, definitely drinkable, and hop aficionados will love it.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber with a half finger of white head and a slight haze.

Smell is light sweet malt and tropical fruit, kind of weak smelling for a DIPA.

Taste is sweet orange, sweet malts, bittering pine, light tropical flavors

Mouthfeel is medium full with average carbonation

A good enough DIPA, no where near as good as White Rajah. But it will do. Has a lingering sweet bitterness in the finish that I have not decided on yet.

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 Greencoat
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a brilliantly clear amber with a thin, white head composed of large bubbles that dissipates quickly.

S: One of the few times I've been able to pinpoint the exact hop used before reading the label. This thing reeks of the one, the only - Simcoe. My arch nemesis. I won't let my distain for the hop effect my review, though. This does have a pretty pungent hop aroma, I'm not pulling any malt scents outta this guy.

T: I'm not big on Simcoe hops, and as far as the label reads, this is a single hop IIPA using only Simcoe. But - it works very well. The malt bill is balanced enough to bring out the hop's bold flavor. This guys just border the fine line between balance and too sweet - but stays on the right side of the fence. This is a well made IIPA.

M: Sweet malts are quickly scrubbed by hop bitterness, which lingers. Medium-low carbonation.

O: A IIPA that focuses on the Simcoe hop via balance and non-offensive bitterness. I'm sure I'll drink this one again in the future, but I won't be actively seeking it.

Photo of steve8robin
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of squaremile
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now how about this for the surprise beer of 2010 for me? Pours your standard imperial IPA orange with a respectable head. Nose could benefit from some dry hopping but has some hop presence in the form of pine. Taste is piney bitterness up front, followed by an pleasantly understated sweet malt and yeast combo, with a nice bitter finish. Like a lot of midwest and east coast IIPAs they are bitter rather than hoppy, but this one does it just the right doses.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber on 2/28/11 into a Darkness tulip.

Pours a dark clear golden color with 2 fingers of foam that dissipates to leave moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell is a floral and citrus hops with a sweet malt backbone on the other side.

Taste is of earthy grassy hops. Malt is sweet on the backside.

Mouthfeel has little bite and it moves smooth through the pallet. Little resin leaves a pine hops taste and a little of the sweet malt.

Drinkability is good. Goes down smooth, not tough to drink at all. Could use a stronger hop profile in both taste and aroma but in the end its a solid brew.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle (looks newer than one pictured above). Thanks to beerhan for this one! No dates appear on the bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy orange color. Minimal white head that ends really quickly. Some lacing on the glass on the swirl. Good carbonation from bottom of glass.

S: I get malts, breadiness, and some piney hops. There is some fruitiness behind the malt but mostly bread.

T: You get a nice clean hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. The taste is better than the middle of the mouth. You get sweet fruity hops. And a crisp piney hop finish with a dry close.

M: Medium bodied with a good mouth coating.

O: B+ for this one. It's a solid offering. The taste is actually better than the nose. Pleasantly surprised.

Photo of jampics2
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Brew Kettle. Served in a 10oz snifter.

Old 21 is a beer that has been gaining a following around Cleveland lately. The beer is orange in color with some copper, amber, and yellow notes in the mix. There's just a film of a head and that hurts the score, but the color is great!

The smell is a Simcoe hop lovers dream come true. Peach and pine and a touch of catty scents come out of the glass, but, while the beer is a touch too cold, it's just too subdued. I'm assuming this beer is fresh since it's on tap at the source. But it's just not as big in the nose as I'd like.

Peach and pine from the nose carry into the taste along with juicy grapefruit. The malt is sweet, adding just a bit of pale sugary goodness. The flavor is much more powerful than the smell. It almost reminds me of Snapple peach tea :)

The mouthfeel is very good for this beer. Medium body with perfect carbonation, adding just enough bubbles to keep the beer feeling fresh and not sticky. There is some medium bitterness that lingers in the finish. This beer has great flavors but could use more expressiveness. I've had a batch or two that were just a bit more popping, but, even in the state reflected in the snifter in front of me, this is a beer hop heads should seek out. With just water, simcoe, pale malt, and yeast, this beer has a huge amount of depth. Beware of old bottles, go tap on this one!! It's certainly deserving of its recent buzz, head down to Old 21 and grab a glass straight from the source.

Photo of GRPunk
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to get this in on my 3rd Ba birthday. Thanks to my brother-in-law for picking this up on a recent trip to Cinci.

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- A normal pour left a 1-finger, khaki head that dropped to a foamy film that left lots of stick. The body was a hazy, golden-orange with light carbonaiton.

S- Initially the hops come through with a floral presence that balances the sweet malt characteristics. The hops become a little earthy and piney. It's a little subtle for a DIPA.

T- The flavor was well balanced. There's a sweet cereal malt with somewhere between citrus and pine from the hops. The hopping has a drying quality that becomes very grapefruity as it cleans up the finish.

M- It has a slightly grainy feel. There's a one-two punch from the the alcohol and hopping that causes a pleasant burn.

D- It isn't huge in the ABV range (though it sneaks up on you a bit). That, paired with balance and clean flavors makes for an easy drinker. At the same time, I kind of like a DIPA that's a real sipper and makes you appreciate all the nuances as you drink. This one comes off as somewhere between a regular American IPA and a Double.

Photo of SerialHiker
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orange/copper…a few bubbles on initial pouring, but they didn’t stick around…no real lasting head to speak of...(3.5/5)

Smell: Orange, citrus hops…sweet, caramel under tones…mouth watering, that’s for sure…classic IPA, hoppy all-around, with soft malt backing…(3.75/5)

Taste: Very citrusy, with some floral notes…it’s sweet when hoppy and the malt flavor is fluid and blends so well…it’s got great flavor, well rounded and not overly bitter…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light and fluffy initially, then settles into a floral hoppiness on the tongue…slightly bitter finish and aftertaste but nothing too extreme…malt does cover the middle of my tongue, good overall feel…(4/5)

Overall: I like this beer…it reminds me of the classic summertime IPA, citrus, sweet and hoppy all in one…I’m shocked to look at the bottle and read 9% ABV, there’s no telling…the flavor covers most to all the alcohol taste that so many stronger ales fail to do…this is a great brew to take to a party and share with folks who need some good beer education…(4/5)

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

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulip. 9.0% ABV, 90 IBUs, No date (new label).

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for finishing our tasting with this nice DIPA!

A - Like a douche, I pour this as high as possible and spill a sip on the table, but what lands in the glass creates one hell of a head! About three fingers tall, the bone-colored head lowers nice and slow while leaving dense, powerful lace all over the glass. A thick pile lays on top of a fairly clear golden amber beer.

S - Lots of caramel chunk and toasted, flakey biscuit with a drizzle of raw honey, this beer has an over-arching sweetness. Hints of hop resin and pine put the hop addition on the map towards the back end but it's a heavily malty nose overall.

T - Like the nose before it, the flavor is bursting with malts before hops. Lots of caramel and toffee come through with a mild but somehow potent light grapefruit citrus on the finish.

M - Old 21 has a nice light citrusy medium-bodied crisp feel to it with a mild warm alcohol subtleness to the finish. It has a good smooth feel to it that, like the Blue Dot before it, doesn't beat you over the head.

D - The sweet maltiness, more than anything, comes through in the end. A tiny bit cloying, it lowers the goodness this beer has going for it, but it's still a subtly hopped DIPA that doesn't smack you in the face like most do.

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

Poured from the bottle it's an attractive copper color with light white head which quickly dissipates. Nice lacing. There is a medium aroma of tropical fruits and a whiff of pine. Not much aroma comes from the malts. Flavor is dominated by citrus and grapefruit. There is some pale malt sweetness in the background with a touch a caramel malt flavor. Bittering, flavor, and aroma hops are well balanced. The finish is pretty dry and mouthfeel is good for the style. A good DIPA, but not great.

Photo of TequilaTom
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange-bronze color with a quickly diminishing white frothy head. Leaves nice lacing throughout drinking. Moderate carbonation. Decent earthy aroma, maybe piney, but I did not pick up much citrus, which I prefer. Nice mouthfeel, not too heavy. Good flavor, but I noted a slight metallic aftertaste, not enough to really count against it though. Overall a nice offering from the Brew Kettle, which I hope to visit this spring since I only live about an hour away.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have loved to support little Ohio breweries like this from day one. Unfortunately this is only my second offering from these guys. Ill have to change that.

A- First thing I noticed is that this beer is very clear. Strangely clear in fact. Its a crystal clear amber. The head is nice and tight and very stick with lots of lace, which is a plus.

S- Big on hops. Nice sticky Simcoe all over. Somewhere between citrus and pine. Malts are quite faint and take a back seat to let the Simcoe shine.

T- Again, dominant hops. Very resinous Simoes. Hops are more prevalent in the taste but they are nice and set back into the background. Pale malts with a little bit of crackeriness. Like someone else here said, the hops here really is where this beer shines. Bitterness is approaching aggressive.

M- Dry and sticky with bitter hop resins.

D- Easy to drink. Its not super big like I think an IIPA should be. It is a Simcoe bomb though. Quite bitter and nice.

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

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. Different label than the one picture. The body was bright apricot with a light haze. The head was pithy and off white. A pillowy cap remained and deposited bits of lace too.

The smell was orange marmalade. Oily pungent hops.

The taste was sweet with brassy, oily hops. Grapefruit pith bitterness. Sublime Simcoe.

The mouthfeel was medium to dense. The carbonation was moderate. Pretty good overall.

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

A - Clear amber body, on the lighter side. Nice fluffy eggshell head.

S - Prominent tropical fruit, light citrusy and piny hops. A sweet thing too. A nice nose, but a bit small for Imperial.

T - Some bitter and astringent notes, but A nice hop profile. Sweet tropical fruits, and then some bitter perfumy astringency. It's close to great, but not quite.

M - A biting feel from the bitterness and the carbonation. A little bit more intense than I like my IIPAs.

O - This is good, but not great. One of the more tropical fruity IPAs I've had. But, it does not live up to White Rajah.

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!

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