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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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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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movingtrain

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 00:06:00 | More by movingtrain
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fear025

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 02:40:47 | More by fear025
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 00:54:55 | More by nickapalooza86
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readbaron

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Schwaeh for the awesome extra. Pours a clear golden orange with tons of light white carbonation. Excellent lacing.

Lots of grapefruit and pine present in the nose. Dank, resinous and hoppy. There's something just a bit off at the end - almost a grainy/lager finish.

Taste is pretty good - very hoppy - bitter, piney, maybe a hint of citrus. The hops hit you like a hammer - not a lot of subtlety - almost hard to tell if there's anything else going on. As the palate adjusts more subltelties show up - some caramel malty sweetness, before again finishing lots of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied, maybe a touch sticky.

Overall - not as subtle and hoppier than I'd like, but a solid DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 03:53:09 | More by readbaron
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degerbah

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber with about two inches of thick eggshell colored head. As the head dissapates the head leaves thick lacing around the side of the glass. The aroma is hoppy, but not as hop forward as I would have expected for a IIPA. The hops are definitely present in the taste with a very floral presence. The aftertaste is sticking with me for a long time which I'm not totally sure whether I like or not. After a few gulps there is a slightly gritty feeling on my teeth. After a little while, the flavor is starting to grow on me. I like it ok, but its not my favorite IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 22:40:53 | More by degerbah
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lochef81

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 06:08:33 | More by lochef81
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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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boomer31

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to jampics2 for the extra!

A - Pours a bright clean gold with a thick white top. Tight bubbles. Some cling to the glass

S - Nose is unimpressive. Mostly malt...not sure the bottle date on this. Perhaps a hint of pine, but not much

T - Much of the same as the nose. Nice malt backbone, finishes dry. a touch of mint ans some grass. A bit of a alcohol bite at the end.

M - Dry. Nice high carbonation.

O - Not sure on the freshness here but still a nice beer with muted hops.

As an Imperial IPA not very good. As an aged American Barleywine, pretty solid. Nice malt backbone and finishes dry.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 23:57:58 | More by boomer31
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SerialHiker

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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)

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 04:25:27 | More by SerialHiker
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squaremile

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 05:33:53 | More by squaremile
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schwemjw

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A finger of head on a hazy copper brew.

S: A touch of tropics surrounded by sweet caramel malt. Orange juice and butterscotch immediately hit the nose. Pretty bready and malt forward for a DIPA

T: The hops are prevalent in the taste but nicely balanced with the malt. Sweet caramel and butterscotch at the tip of the tongue followed by orange and dry grapefruit. Earth characters dominate the middle. The finish starts out with a buttered biscuit that morphs into a citrus and a bitterness that hangs around.

M: Lighter bodied for a DIPA. a little warm in the end. surprisingly filling.

O: Pretty good stuff but nothing outstanding IMO. Very malt heavy for a double IPA. Definitely one everyone should try and at the price one i'll definitely pick up again. /86

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 18:39:32 | More by schwemjw
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 01:05:02 | More by mtomlins
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 05:21:27 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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LiquidCucumber

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with Bonis.

A - A crystal dark orange that's bordering on sienna.

S - Fruity, mango and pineapple come up front with some citrus and dank resin following.

T - Lots of that fruit and resin. Such a hop burst with only the Simcoe in the hop bill. There is a malty sweetness which balances this beer without making it overly syrupy.

M - Pleasantly coats the mouth with a tingling layer of bitterness that lingers for a while. Slick and clean.

D - I could kill a few of these, but then I'd be pretty drunk. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 02:21:21 | More by LiquidCucumber
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Bonis

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice deep orange, almost clear as water. Not much head, a little lace. Least impressive aspect of this beer, IMO.

S - Very nice. Intense aroma of pineapple with hints of mango and other tropical fruits. A nice mesh of citrus and pine hops, not surprising as this is brewed with Simcoe. A touch of caramel malt makes it's way in the aroma occasionally, but the hops are big here.

T - Follows the smell. Thick and sweet, bitter and hoppy. This is a pretty bitter beer, but not too much for me. Seemed to be nicely balanced with a healthy dose of malts adding to the sweetness in this one. A banging bitterness lingers in the mouth, but not overwhelming... Almost spot on.

M - Sticky and bitter alcohol, but crisp and smooth like an IPA.

D - Drinks good for an IIPA, wouldn't want more than a pint of this in a night, however.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 03:46:04 | More by Bonis
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spitInTheOcean

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

persistent off white head. gold color, copper tinge. crystal clear. huge lacing, there are clumps of suds hanging to the side of the glass.

smells of hops first off. citrus primarily, grapefruit, lemon. grass. pine. caramel and toffee are there as well, and of course the smell of alcohol. the aroma of alcohol seems just to contribute to the overall bouquet rather that detract from it.

taste of caramel malts initially. huge hop flavors through. citrus, grass, pine. big hop flavors and bitterness in the finish, though the bitterness is not overwhelming.

medium-heavy bodied. soft carbonation. finishes sweet.

this is about as good an ipa ive ever had. i think i paid $5 for a 22oz bottle. $6 at the most. its an amazing buy. i will definitely be having more of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 04:23:15 | More by spitInTheOcean
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antlerwrestler19

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra in a trade with Brandie, thanks for another outstanding beer!

Pours golden amber with a creamy white one finger head that hangs around but once I start sipping it leaves behind excellent weblike lacing with some neat patterns on the glass. Smell is sweet and tangy like mango and grapefruit but then a mixture of bitter resinous hops and caramel malt shine through. The flavor is a complex concoction of sweet and bitter hops up front followed by a major takeover of bitter oily hops and sweet caramel malt - delicious. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth drinking for a 9.5% brew - dangerously drinkable with only the slightest sting of the alcohol. This beer is a definite hopbomb - a big complex hoppy beer that any hophead would love.

Enjoy!!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 03:27:35 | More by antlerwrestler19
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kellyst

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 17:47:33 | More by kellyst
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dgugliuzza

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to pimpmyporter for this extra...Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip.

A- Pours a beautiful orangy amber with bubbly tan head. Intense carbonation shooting from the bottom of the glass. Sticky lacing is rampant.

S- Smells of sweet piney hops. Loads of honey and fresh grapefruit. Fruity esters resonate in the nostrils. Very fresh and inviting.

T- Bitter hops up front followed by a slightly sweet honey finish. Lots of fresh grapefruit. Nice malt balance so that the hops do not overpower the palate.

M- Medium-bodied and insanely smooth. Not overly carbonated.

D- Awesome for an imperial ipa. So smooth and balanced. The 9% abv is a non factor. One of the more surprisingly great ipa's iv'e tried

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:17:42 | More by dgugliuzza
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

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

12oz (undated) bottle into a tulip.

Pours a semi-hazy golden butterscotch in color, with a 2+ finger white head. Decent retention with a nice thin layer of lacing down a good portion of the glass.

Citrus aromas hit the nose first-grapefruit & orange primarily. Some pine aroma, and a definite, fleeting hint of cat urine.

Taste features the tropical fruit, some fairly sweet caramel malt in the middle, backed up by an oily hop takeover on the end.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium chewy body, lower carbonation, dry and bitter lingering finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, a very solid beer. Given the price, about 4.99 for the bomber IIRC, I will certainly pick this up again on my next trip to Cincy.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 02:20:03 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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btorsdog

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Use to live right off of 21 so this stikes home for me, Any way ... What a pleasant brew. Right on for the style and very well crafted. Brew Kettle did an outstanding job balancing everything out nicely ang still leaving a complexity that keeps you wanting more and more. If ya see it grab it sure is a tasty treet!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 23:18:41 | More by btorsdog
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zimmerbloke

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber and poured into standard shaker pint.

A: Two-inch off-white head tops a brightly translucent golden body. Solid head retention and a little bit of lacing.

S: Strong floral hop aroma with a mild malt sweetness backbone. Some citrus hop notes hints as well.

T: More citrus flavors in the flavor profile with a well balanced sweetness. Oily hops dominate malt profile, which is predominately very lightly roasted caramel; fades to a pretty abrasive bitterness. No real notes of alcohol.

M: Strong carbonation and very clean mouthfeel. No coating or cloying oily/sweet notes, which I appreciate.

D: The bitterness was a bit too strong on the aftertaste, which hurt the general drinkability. That being said, it did a lot of things right and was 90% to where I want a DIPA to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 03:55:04 | More by zimmerbloke
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BrewUSA

Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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~

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 16:55:13 | More by BrewUSA
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TheBullsHorn

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 05:22:07 | More by TheBullsHorn
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Greencoat

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:16:19 | More by Greencoat
Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.