Old 21 Imperial IPA - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from a 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info so not sure how fresh. Was a slightly hazy light amber color with good carbonation from the etching. Had a good sized head that slowly settled into a thick collar and foam cap. Good sheeting with lots sticking.
The aroma was citric and pine hops with good mango presence over a solid malt base. Bitter. While the aroma was solid, the taste was much more subdued and watery. The moderately bitter hops lead the way with less of the mango showing up. The malt is there but way down the list. Sorta one-dimensional and watery. Mouthfeel was watery with good carbonation.
Overall, I was disappointed in this one especially after getting a friend's recommendation on it and after reading some good reviews. Not sure if aged bottled since they didn't date it or if this is just the way it is. It runs in the middle of the crowded ADIPA pack for me. Worth trying for sure. Not avail here in TX so shipped back from my Dayton trip. Rotation - good but worth shipping again. If avail near me, I'd definitely try one more time if I knew it was fresh. Other than that maybe a rare purchase [RS;RS]
11-27-2010 02:27:26 | More by TexIndy
3.76/5 rDev -2.8%
Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice golden orange, thin soapy half a finger of head, little lacing.
S - Big juicy citrus up front, then some really sweet candied fruit, some alcohol, other sweet malt, definitely a dank quality to the hops.
T - Not bad, the 9.5% doesnt really come through in taste which is great, a nice bitter and tart citrus punch in front, big sweetness in the middle, finishes on the drier side.
M - Very clingy sweetness, mild bitter aftertaste.
O - Solid double IPA that packs a punch, and is still a bang for your buck.
09-12-2013 22:56:46 | More by Omnium
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Murky pale golden yellow body with loads of sticky lacing.
Pleasant aroma of tropical fruits... Pineapple, mango, and orange. Little malt presence.
A solid showcase of simcoe hops. Tropical fruit dominates the hop profile. Spot on with the bitterness.
Mouthfeel is sticky with low carbonation.
It's a solid DIPA and certainly quenches any hophead's craving.
04-03-2012 01:45:30 | More by Vonerichs
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
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!
12-25-2009 18:34:02 | More by FtownThrowDown
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Thanks to drgonzo3705 for this as an extra.
Appearance: Deep, clear gold with a bright-white head. Massive amounts of lacing stick to just about everything. The head dwindles quickly, but never completely disappears.
Smell: Simcoe hop explosion! Loads of grapefruit coupled with something that borders on green onions, with a touch of that lovely cat pee aroma. It's all thrown over the top of a very bready malt base with a touch of caramel thrown in for some sweetness. This is a hop bomb for sure. I'm not getting a ton of depth, more an up front hit followed by some thinner notes on the edges.
Taste: Tastes like a stale hit from a bong filled with pine water. It's delightful. Loads of piney goodness fill the mouth with a straight up citric rind bitterness on the back. That lingering green onion flavor is there, but it's quickly covered up and forgotten. The nose is but a distant promise of what the taste holds. Malts play a minor role, adding some sweetness to the whole experience, which is greatly appreciated.
Mouthfeel: What a DIPA should be in my opinion. Nice and full without becoming syrupy. It wants to be dry, from the obvious Simcoe dry-hopping, but just cant. There's too much in there to be dry. Solid and appetizing. Lacks a little in the smoothness, but that's the only downside.
Overall: It's dank, it delicious, and fresh, it's well worth it. I can see this turning over in a couple weeks and becoming less desireable. A very solid extra and an enjoyable experience.
08-09-2011 03:25:31 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Thanks to beerman207 for cracking this one over the weekend. Review is from notes taken on 3/27/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.
Appearance: A solid light coppery color that starts with a one finger white head that fades to a thin and full skim; body is clear; very little carbonation and it moves slowly in thin streams; spotty washes of lacing hold firm to the sides of glass.
Smell: I get some orange and juicy citrus hops and a slight malty balance; the nose is pretty strong on this and I can appreciate that. I'm digging the juiciness coming from the smell of the hops and I feel that this one is going to be quite refreshing.
Taste: Very tasty, simple and good! Juicy citrus orange hoppy bitterness owns this one and there is a mild malty backing that adds just enough sweetness to balance it out; simple, solid and straightforward -- hides nothing and you get what you expect and want from this DIPA.
Mouthfeel: Quite nice, not much weight with a mild and soft carbonation that comes across very smooth; a nice stickiness is left on the roof of the mouth.
Drinkability: All day, baby! Nice and refreshing bitterness and a fairly light body would allow me to feel OK about getting through a couple of these - granted, the ABV seems a bit high, but it didn't feel all that bad so I think if I nursed it, I'd be glad to get through a couple.
03-30-2010 00:53:24 | More by bamadog
4.68/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
10-31-2009 04:16:12 | More by pwoods
3.25/5 rDev -16%
Bomber from Ryan011235, poured into a Duvel tulip.
Hazy light amber with gentle bubbles of carbonation continuously feeding what’s initially a finger or so of off-white head. Decent retention and lacing. A little heavy-handed with the caramel for my taste, but they’ve got the hop end of the equation figured out pretty well. Citrus seems to start out slowly but build in intensity and juiciness. Midswallow, things turn more aggressive, with a fair amount of pine bitterness and a vague sort of dankness. Moderately boozy. On the thickish side of medium-bodied, but there’s ample carbonation and a nice stickiness in the finish. Worth a try.
08-09-2011 20:14:52 | More by PDXHops
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
06-03-2012 20:22:29 | More by mattcrill
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Thanks again to AltBock for this generous gift.
Pours a clear pale amber with considerable carbonation streams. The head is a 1" white color with pretty thick lacing and decent retention.
The smell is a bit of pineapple from a distance when poured but upon a closer smell it's definitely more of a citrus (orange/grapefruit) aroma with a dose of sweet malt.
The taste is fairly balanced between the citrus hops & sweet malt flavor. I get no bitterness at all.
Mouthfeel is a solid medium, sweet and well-carbonated.
Drinkability: If I'm going to drink a 9.5% DIPA, I want less balance and more hops so in that regard it leaves something to be desired. This is still a pleasant drinking beer that a 22oz bottle is suitable for a short session. If you're not looking West for a hop fix, I recommend trying this one.
05-06-2010 23:29:58 | More by meatyard
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Thanks go out to Csmiley for the treat I poured the bottle into a tulip glass and it produced a nice two finger head that stuck a round for a while and had a nice lace that followed the beer down the glass. The body of the brew was a nice color of golden orange.
The aromas' of Simcoe hops were right out front I due like them so it was really enjoyable. The flavor was great as well nice and balanced being hop forward a bit but not so bitter that you wouldn't want to session this brew. It had a swolid meduim feel in my mouth with ample carbonation to keep me coming back for more
I could easily session this brew like I said earlier. A good DIPA worth seeking out for the try, and a brew a local should be proud of
03-21-2010 18:15:38 | More by joepais
Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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