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Copperhead Red - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ricochet on 07-25-2004)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +7%

Copperhead Red doesn't have a copper head (its tan), but the beer itself is coppery dark orange. The foam is soft and frothy, yet sticky enough to leave thick sheets of sudsy lace. It's a good look, all things considered.

The aroma is pretty much as it should be for the style. A toasted-caramel maltiness leads the way, with a fair amount of fruitiness from hops and yeast. Most TBK ale seems to fall into the 3.5-4.0 range for smell and taste. It looks like this one will too.

This is a pretty good drinker if anyone out there gets excited about amber or red ales. Interestingly, the beer is called Copperhead Red and then says 'Amber Ale' right below that. Maybe they're one and the same after all.

The malt bill most likely includes pale and caramel, with a small percentage of Munich malt for earthy nuttiness. This bottle can't be too old because it still has somewhat generous hoppiness (and there were only 23 IBUs to start). In the end, it's balanced, as all good beer of this sort should be.

Flavors include toasted grains, tea leaves, an herbal-spicy hoppiness and a few shavings of grapefruit peel. Probably one of the C-hops and something less commonly used (like Galena or Challenger or Liberty). This really is rock-solid, if unspectacular, beer and has *almost* convinced me to go with next highest taste score.

The mouthfeel deserves kudos. It's almost always a good thing when a beer feels bigger than the ABV would lead one to suspect. It's glassy smooth and hits the bull's eye where carbonation is concerned.

Copperhead Red isn't as good as Old 21 Imperial Pale Ale, but it's the second best beer of the four that I've now had from The Brew Keeper. Standout amber/reds are few and far between, so it's notable that this one comes close. And it was only $3.99 for the bomber.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

This is a slightly thinner amber ale. It's an easy drinker, and, okay. Nothing really standing out. Just tastes like a beer to sip and drink and, whatever. No flair. No disaster though either. I guess I just don't have anything interesting to say about this one; so you can take that as an indicator.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%

On tap @ the Brew Kettle on 8/6/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear coppery amber, with a thin covering of foamy brite-white head. Retains mostly around the edges, leaving back some foamy lace that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma has quite the roasty tang to it, with a combo of toasted malts, caramel, citrus, and hop spice, all combining for a decent pop in the nose.

The taste is a fairly even affair, with toffee sweetness and burnt toast making up the backbone, and a moderately aggressive hop presence that lays a steady spicy bitterness on the tongue. That combines with the roast, to give this quite the bitter and roasty finish that lingers. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp prickle that runs the whole way through. Overall maybe a touch light in spots but the sharpness works well with the more bitter notes in this.

Not bad. A bit too malty and roasty at times in the taste, this could have actually maybe benefited from even more hops than what was there. I still had no problem finishing off the glass though.

Kegatron, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee with some dirt and earthy hops. The flavor is toffee, earthy hops and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A little disappointing overall.

Mora2000, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%

A bomber bottle from Vintage Estates.

A: The amber ale is coppery, more towards the orange end of the spectrum. Still translucent though. The head is insignificant.

S: Ample caramel, sweet and syrupy, pared with toffee. The sweetness leads into biscuit and toasted malts. Hops are at a premium, only the faintest of bitter aromas.

T: The sweetness is strong, covering up a citrus bitterness. That bitterness doesn't last long though, allowing the caramel to return and run rampant over the ale. Cloying at times, the hops need to be a little more assertive to balance the ale out. Too malty.

M: I didn't feel like finishing off the bomber, just too caramelly and sweet.

akorsak, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

22 ounce bottle, no freshness date. Pours crystal clear golden orange color with a nice 2 finger off white head with very good retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. A fair amount of lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toasted malt, bread, and light citrus notes with some light spiciness. Some pretty faint aromas that have some good balance. They get a bit stronger as the beer warms. Taste of caramel, bread, toasted malt, light citrus, and spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with linger notes of caramel, bread, citrus, and spiciness on the finish. Medium carbonation and a light-medium body; with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Great drinkability as expected for 5%; with no alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Nice balance of flavor and bitterness. Overall this is a pretty nice amber ale that is easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

superspak, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, the beer pours a clear amber color with about a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. There's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The beer smells like toffee, toasted and bready malt, and some light fruitiness. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a bit of caramel flavor noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy and has moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and goes down easy. I think it's a decent enough beer overall. If I remember correctly this was just $3.99 a bottle at my local Giant Eagle, so at that price I'd buy it again.

bluejacket74, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Dogbrick
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%

Sample at the brewpub: Clear red-amber color with a medium thin off-white head. Thin rings of lacing. Sweet malt and caramel in the nose. Medium body with a sweet character that has some bitterness around the edges. Leans toward malt over hops as far as the flavor goes. The finish is mostly sweet with a light hops aftertaste. A step up from the Killian’s level but not a real big one.

Dogbrick, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Exiled, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

ADTaber, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of nrbw23
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%

A- Pours a nice, crystal clear, dark red color with a thin off white head. Head leaves has little retention and little lacing.

S- Really light in the smell. A bit of sweetness, bready and a touch of roasted malts.

T- I thought this one was rather boring and plain. Just a touch of roasted malts, spices and a bit of hops. Nothing more nothing less.

M- Lighter side of medium in body, almost felt a bit watery and carbonation was on the lighter side.

D- Ok at best. Nothing special if I make it back up there I'll pass on this one.

nrbw23, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.2/5  rDev -7%

22oz bottle into a wide mouthed glass.

Looks amber with some copper hints. Nice head that leaves some sticky lace behind.

Smell is OK. A little too fruity and estery, caramel, and raisin too. Surprised that there are some citrus hops too.

Taste is just average. Sweet caramel malt, a kiss of toasted malt, and some mild hop bitterness. Completely the average joe of beers.

Mouthfeel was nice for a low ABV beer, felt significant and pleasant. Drinkability was also a bit over average. Just a non offensive session beer but nothing exceptional for the style. I'd like to see this go one way more strongly in terms of flavor.

jampics2, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%

RN Copperhead Red Ale Poured from tap into a clean, clear glass at The Brew Kettle earlier tonight.

A Basic red ale with minimal head, stayed around for about a minute.

S Sweet but distant smell. Maybe some roasted malt. Nothing severe.

T A bit bitter with medium roasted malt and some hops. A sound red ale taste. Not much to set it apart from other Ambers that I have had though.

M Moderate feel. Physically it is thin, wet.

D Just fine. I think that if you like Reds then you would like this one.

adamette, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of wvsabbath
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, 1/4 inch creamy head with minimal lacing.

Smell - Malty, sweet citrus notes, orange, caramel, a little apple and toffee at the end.

Taste - Sweet malts with a nice mild citrus hop bitterness. Caramal and apple are a featured flavor. Has a grassy/lemon taste near the finish. Some spices and a little toffe/brown sugar also.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth and easy to drink. Tounge gets malts, some hops and sweetness. Palette gets remaining malts and sweet sugars. Aftertaste is pretty mild and malty.

Overall - Decent, easy to drink and low alcohol. A good beer but nothing groundbreaking or special. Kinda too light and typical for its own good. Its worth a drink but there is better stuff out there. Not up to par with the rest of the great brews from the kettle.

wvsabbath, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of mikereaser
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Pours a nice clear copper color with a good amount of foam that slowly retreated. The aroma is some sweet malts, toffee and thats about it. Not alot of aroma from the glass. Interesting taste, sort of caramel with a good amount of lemon in the finish. The carbonation is light with a medium body. Its easy to drink but the lemony flavor and lack of maltiness, sort of watered down, makes me not want to have another.

mikereaser, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -12.8%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured a dark ruby brown in color. There's about a half inch of head on top of the pint glass. Not a whole lot going on in the nose. However, there is a irish malt flavor.
Taste is more malty and just a hint of hops to back things up. This beer is mostly malty. Very creamy and smooth in the mouthfeel. This is a very easy drinking and decent beer. I still like their Four C's IPA better. Happy to see their beer making it down here.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Pours a reddish-orange color, nice, but little head retention to speak of. Smell is more on the hoppy side, while the taste is geared slightly toward light, toasty malt. OK balance, but not enough flavor on either side to make this a very remarkable beer. Mouthfeel was good.

sixerofelixir, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

JohnnyMc, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of juicebox
3.75/5  rDev +9%

juicebox, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of throwback
3/5  rDev -12.8%

throwback, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of kegger22
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%

Copperhead Red Amber Ale is a rich copper color with a one finger, beige head that displays decent retention.

I am actually getting some citrus out of the aroma, didn't expect that.

The taste is a good balance of malty sweetness and citrus hops, only on a mild scale.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good with a 4.50 ABV, if you like Reds, it can't miss.

I really didn't expect much from The Brew Kettle's amber ale offering, it being somewhat of a bargain brand here in Ohio. But I was pleasantly surprise by the good flavor and drinkability Copperhead Red produced. This is one of my favorite red ales to date. I will happily buy and drink again.

kegger22, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of mpenning13
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

mpenning13, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Ricochet
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

A good example of the red. Appearence and smell average for reds , nothing special stood out. It starts out sweeter and less bitter than most reds I'm used too. A slight alcohol taste did not ruin the flavors and it finished with the slight bitter note of a good red. Not my choice, but a good drinker with food, and the beer menu agrees.

Ricochet, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of Natural510
3.68/5  rDev +7%

22oz bomber, no dating

Pours a dark red with large head; creamy white lacing remains on the glass.
Scent of caramel malt, sweet with a roasted edge and cinnamon note.
Sweet malty flavor, heavy, with caramel and a distinct spiciness. Medium hoppiness, could be a bit more pronounced.
Nice body, creamy mouthfeel.
A good amber ale; perhaps a bit too sweet and spicy, but otherwise nice flavor and aesthetically sound.

Natural510, Oct 24, 2010
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Copperhead Red from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
79 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.