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Old 21 Imperial IPA - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

Old 21 Imperial IPAOld 21 Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

291 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 291
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%


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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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at the Root Cellar. Heard good things about this one from PWoods so I'm eager to try it.
Pours a crystal clear copper in color. A little shocking, not what I was expecting. There's a nice "soapy" head that forms on the pour.
Smell is beautiful simcoe hops. Very floral and citrusy. Just the way I love them.
Flavor is more of those wonderful simcoe hops. I can't tell you how much I love these hops. This beer nails the mouthfeel for me as well. Just a little "soapy" and light at the same time. No malts need to get in the way between me and my glorious simcoe hops.
Well done. I could drink an awful lot of this. Time for a road trip to drink this on tap at the source!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 18:34:02 | More by FtownThrowDown
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

1.68/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I've visited Brew Kettle numerous time (my mother-in-law lives nearby) and always enjoyed their beers and my visits. And I bought this one in Columbus at Blacklick Liquors, with high expectations. It was a new item to Blacklick (I visit there regularly), and given this and the proximity of Columbus to Strongsville, I assumed this was a guarantee of freshness (although with no date code I have no way of knowing). And I believe I was mistaken - my experience with this beer stands in stark contrast to the other reviews on this site. This beer was not what I was expecting, and i would describe it as rancid. A dark gold/amber color with nice head and a clear body (so far so good). However, aroma was cereal-y, grainy, diacetyl, and a touch spicy, but not at all hoppy. Flavor was far worse. I got no hop presence off this beer in the taste at all. It tasted awful, and for me it was a drain-pour. I will happily revisit Brew Kettle, but I'd be hesitant to pick-up other bottled products of theirs based on this experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 15:47:31 | More by BeerBelcher
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild gold with a ton of rising head and lacing that sticks like glue. A nice ring of lace is left after every sip.
Smell is nicely sweet and hoppy with lots of caramel malt backbone.
Taste is very hoppy, somewhat bitter in the finish. Sweet in the middle and finish which plays well with the bitterness. Juicy hops play very well with the caramel from the malt.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. It gets better as it warms and becomes a really drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 22:50:32 | More by kirok1999
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blackie

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 04:46:13 | More by blackie
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Natural510

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 13:11:48 | More by Natural510
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 06:48:22 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is average, but there's a good amount of lacing. The aroma is mostly hops, both citrusy and pine. There's also some caramel malt noticable. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's mostly citrusy and pine hops and some caramel malt in there too. Also has a good lingering bitter hoppy finish, and the taste isn't harsh at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, it's smooth and extremely easy to drink. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, it's one of the better Imperial IPA's I've had in a while. I'll definitely buy this again soon!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 23:36:59 | More by bluejacket74
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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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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 04:27:27 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of quite bitter and slightly citrus hops. Taste is also dominated by some citrus and bitter hops with some medium caramel malt. Full body with good carbonation and no discernable alcohol. A bit one-dimensional for sure but well done nonetheless and better then expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 18:58:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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JDV

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from trade with Crizay. Thanks dude!
Pours amber with a nice offwhite head that was short lived. Smell is really nice and fruity, with lots of pine and sap to go along with it in making a vibrant nose. Taste is fruity, hoppy and a touch of pineyness as well in the flavor. Extremely smooth with mild to moderate bitterness for the style, but amply flavored by the hopping. This to me, is a classic example of the style, while being slightly more drinkable than expected. Really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 04:59:04 | More by JDV
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 01:21:20 | More by Knapp85
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Rhynes2

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great IPA for sure. i had it on nitro at the local beer shop and while I normally like beers on nitro i think it dulled this one just a little too much. It looks amazing with its thick dense head and the smell hints at the citrus like hops. The taste just didn't quite live up to what i was expecting. The nitro made it taste a little creamy and took out the bite of the hops I would expect from an IPA like this. It almost had a citrus cream flavor. Decent beer but not one i'm gonna rush to get again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-13-2012 14:05:36 | More by Rhynes2
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Jesse13713

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 20:37:38 | More by Jesse13713
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2010 01:22:26 | More by jrallen34
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jampics2

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 17:49:24 | More by jampics2
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palmdalethriller

California

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise! Had this beer in the middle of a very long road trip and wasn't expecting to have a first-rate DIPA in Ohio, but this was great.

The grassy and floral hop character is the dominant flavor, but it is nicely balanced with a rich, carmely malt backbone. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 15:42:32 | More by palmdalethriller
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft sampled at The Brew Kettle in Strongsville, OH. Review from notes.

Super clear light orange. Head retains OK. Huge, cony hop flavor. Taste is very crisp, but with a surprisingly smooth finish. A bit warm and alcoholic on the end, but all in all a very nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 18:22:49 | More by sixerofelixir
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sitarist

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange/copper color, with about a finger of white head, the head fades quickly to a top coat and ring with lots of lacing.

A lot of citrus aromas, lemon and orange lead the way, with hints of pine, and biscuits.

The taste is well balanced with the citrus leading the way.

Medium to full bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkabilty was high. This beer left me begging for more, was refreshing, and went well with BBQ.

All and all a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2010 01:17:06 | More by sitarist
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 22:24:51 | More by Ryan011235
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Wildman

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 03:14:18 | More by Wildman
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2009 12:13:52 | More by ffejherb
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Dayton's Alefest. Reviewed after several 4 oz. servings.

A- Pours a very golden orange. Great clarity. White frothy head formed and laced the glass wonderfully.

S- Absolutely phenomenal. Candied citrus with hints of pine throughout. Also notes of sweet caramel was slightly detectable. Very pungent, no joke!

T- Like the aroma, but just a shade below in quality. Plenty of citrus hops with hint of piney goodness. The malts offer a perfect balance to this beer.

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D- This was so easy to drink. I wish I could have had more than 4 oz. at a time.

Overall, talk about a diamond in the rough. Looking at the previous reviews, it seems as if this beer has slowly involved into something spectacular. Of all the beers at Alefest, this takes home the gold medal IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 03:56:52 | More by rhinos00
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klewis

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cask-conditioned on Firkin Thursday

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was quite cloudy. A one-finger foamy head blanketed the beer and was sustained through the end of the drink.

S: Big smell of citrus and pine. Nice.

T: Massive simcoe flavor. Tons of citrus and bubblegum flavor and a subtle bitterness almost made this one taste a bit sweet. Nicely balanced.

M: Full-bodied, thick, and creamy.

D: In its original form, this is a great beer. Cask-condtioned, it is even better.

Serving type: cask

12-29-2006 17:17:20 | More by klewis
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2006 21:19:13 | More by Dogbrick
Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.