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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

351 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 13
Gots: 25 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aracauna on 06-06-2004)
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Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

jrallen34, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.58/5  rDev +18%
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!

bluejacket74, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Dogbrick, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel pours a fairly clear gold color with a sticky white head. Good retention and lace.

Nose is honeyed malts with a touch of toffee and tropical/grassy hops. Fairly balanced DIPA with a strawberry preserve covered biscuit aspect I am fining intriguing.

Taste is pretty nice...there is plenty of malt, but the hops shine with nice flavoring additions - both old world herbal/grassy flavors as well as some American style tropical flavors. Bitterness is fairly tame and the alcohol is uber-smooth...would have never guessed 9.5%. Malts are biscuity with a slight hint of toast. This is a really tasty beer, I could drink a couple of these back to back...no problem.

twiggamortis420, May 20, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy yellow to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, pineapple and orange citrus hops. In the taste, dry pine like hops and a light malt, small notes of citrus. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and small alcohol in the aftertaste. Big citrus in the nose, but dry pine in the taste, nothing more than above average.

OWSLEY069, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Lare453, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

12 fl. oz. bottle received in trade from a non-BA member that I sampled on August 20, 2014.

It pours a slightly cloudy medium amber with a tremendous cream colored head.

The aroma is a lovely balance of toasted caramel and toffee malts and hop bitterness but more earthy than floral or citrus.

Medium, smooth body.

The malt character starts things out with a bang but it does not take long for the hop bitterness to roar in like a waterfall and take things over, lingering to the end. Liked it.

puboflyons, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

IPAchris, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

pathman, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Miketd for sending me this beer. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear copper/orange hue with an almost one finger white head that fades to leave a thin white blanket and thin side lacing.

S - Rather dankish. Not boozey though. Sigh; one gets spoiled with the likes of Heady Topper and hill Farmstead and the knee buckling aromas those bring to the table. This has some light malt sweetness, some biscuit, light pine, some almost faded citrus. Clearly, at one point this had pineapple aromas but this is quite faded now.

T - Taste is...dang. Far too sweet for my liking. Lots of honey like sweetness, some light booze, hop oil, slight pine, old pineapple and citrus. The sweetness though, that malty sweetness...gah!

M - Mouthfeel is pretty dark good for a 9.5% DIPA. While I dont know if one can gulp this back its still damn impressive, even with how sweet this is coming off now!

O - Overall its good, was probably really good at one point. The malty sweetness though I just really dont care for in a DIPA.

rudzud, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BGsWo22, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +3.1%

whartontallboy, May 05, 2012
Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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

blackie, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

This beer sits an orange infused amber with a one finger ecru cap. The head falls to form some spider web lacing and a thin layer of foam.

The aroma isn't as bright as I would hope, but still solid. Fresh simcoe hops lend a nice tropical fruit aroma. Passionfruit, apricots, mango and pineapple with a sturdy caramel malt backdrop.

The flavor profile is a little brighter. Tropical fruit domination with caramel malt holding down the back end. Lighter on the malt than the aroma and color would suggest, but not enough separation to put this in the upper eschelon.

Smooth, slightly chewy medium body qith a mild lingering bitterness.

I feel like this beer is close. Solid iipa, would drink this again in a heartbeat. But then again, I enjoy the simcoe.

ColForbinBC, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to miketd for this bomber, rec'd in a recent trade. From a brewery new to me, & brewed with my favorite hops, Simcoe. Expectations are rising.

Split with my wife. Pours is pure IIPA, see-through bronze with a bit of orange spit polish. Smells...like Simcoe hops. Roll me in them & call it cologne.

Old 21 is steady as she goes. The Simcoe hops are up front, but held back from a taste of greatness by a cannonball of malts. The hops then drown in the ensuing cascade, & little to no bitterness, citrus, or anything else comes through in the aftertaste, which is all heavy sweets.

I need to admit I have a problem. I don't prefer my IPAs or IIPAs balanced, I'd like them to crush my tongue with a bruising handshake. This one's nicely balanced, which makes it...good. But it coulda been a contender. Good brew.

maximum12, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +3.1%

outoffocus, Sunday at 05:50 PM
Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -22.7%

BMart, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

ffejherb, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ShemRahBoo, May 28, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to TheBeerologist for sending this one my way. bottle label seems to have been updated since the current photo displayed, but this is defitely old 21...also says Simcoe TBK on the label. poured into an urthel tulip.

a - brew poured a crisp transparent orange witha generous offwhite classic frothy ipa head. some visible carbonation could be seen and the foamy head hung around looking chunky and creamy. lacing was fairly sticky.

s - nice citric hops could be smelled upon pouring the beer. closer inspection revealed some earthy graininess as well. lots of malt backbone.

t - much like the nose...lots of malts and simcoe. not sure on the age, but the bottle boasts about the malts as well as the simcoe so seems spot on. tastes nice, but for an imperial ipa, i tend to like more of a citric or sweaty sweet hop. the blend of the hop and malt works nicely and it feels kind of like juice. there is a toffee-ness to the malt that compliments the hop for a sweet pleasurable flavor.

m - medium bodied, soft carbonation. smooth, juice-like.

o - overall this is a good beer, but in the crazy world that is imperial ipas these days, there are better options. i did enjoy it thoroughly, but for the style...it doesn't lead the pack. great local that i'd happily have again.

cosmicevan, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. The label on mine is boring, but much less hideous than the one in the pic featured.

4.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy white head. Retention is good and a tall ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: I could smell hops as soon as I popped the cap. Plenty of hops in the form of floral, citrus, spicy, and sugary with plenty of dankness. Malts are clean overall with just the faintest touch of breadiness. Enticing.

3.5 T: Soft bitterness. Floral and citrus are back with emphasis on orange, but not as spicy as I expected. Pine enters the scene. Again, malts are clean and for the most part stay out of the hops way. Good, but lacking depth of flavor and intensity. Alcohol well hidden.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use a bit more creaminess. Slight warming booze on finish.

3.5 D: Good brew, but this isn't going to wow anyone's palate.

DavoleBomb, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Random find in a bottle shop outside of Cleveland, OH. Reviewed at Rising Sun CG, Glacier National Park, MT. Full notes taken to my phone when out of service last week.

A- Pours a muddled and very hazy dark orange caramel hue from the 12oz to a goblet. A white one finger head rises with a silky creamy consistency. Thick frothy ring leads to webs and sheets of lace.

S- Hops are the emphasis here but there is a substantial malt presence beneath that. Strong notes of stone fruits, pine and some zest with pale caramel in the backdrop.

T- Hops come in strong with a big bitterness to match the pine resin, citrus zest, orange, floral and stone fruit intensity. Malt base is fairly strong with caramel and sweet cracked grains.

MF- Thick bodied which help supports a bitterness that comes in very strong, perhaps a bit too much so, compared to othet similar DIPAs. Creamy and frothy texture fills up the palate with high end carbonation working off that.

I don't mind malts in a DIPA but in this one thetr is some harsh interactions between the caramel, huge bitterness and hops. Solid but this category is as competitive as ever and it falls short of many others.

cbutova, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

millerbuffoon, Aug 26, 2013
Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.