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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

378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | 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:
Beer added by: aracauna on 06-06-2004

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of lochef81
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up on a buying trip to Ohio. Was searching for its little brother White Rajah and grabbed this one as well. Not dissappointed that I did. This ale pours a hazy dark amber color with a small off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is a balance of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt sweetness. The flavor far out weighs the nose. It is delicious and balanced. Overwhelming with a hoppy bitterness followed by a rich malty sweetness. It sips smooth but heavy and resinous in the mouth. This is a very good beer but nothing that isn't found in hundreds of other dipas.

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 JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of DeFaz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mtomlins
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle and poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a clear amber with a big creamy, persistent head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is hop dominated by citrus with notes of pine. The taste follows through in similar fashion but the grapefruit really comes through as well as bitter spicy American bittering hops, but with a pleasant caramel malt backbone. There is sufficient carbonation and a medium body indicative of a DIPA. Overall, a very tasty and highly drinkable DIPA.

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 mhammo129
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of d5001986
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of pokey44
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 charliebuckeye
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dailyminefield
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dolfan907
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BrewUSA
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brew Kettle Old 21

Look 7/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 28/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 75/100

Much floral coming through. Wish it was in a better way. Not as hoppy or citrusy as I expected for an imperial IPA. Something is a miss, a revisit may be in order~

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of target88
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of DangerDawg
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GFish
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.