Four C's American Pale Ale - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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4/5 rDev +6.1%
Appearance – This is a dark, murky orange in color with a nice, slightly-tanned head that left good lacing and showed strong retention.
Smell – The hop profile is nicely balanced. The citrus in particular is very nice and there’s just a whiff of wintergreen.
Taste – The malts come on nicely at the taste. The do a great balancing job as this hop profile is huge and it gets a little pinier on the tongue. There’s a light sweetness to this one as well but not like sugar more like the sweet you get from a fruit like an orange or apricot.
Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied, it’s big for the style, with some good drying throughout. The carbs are rightly in the background here.
Drinkability – The big hops will keep you slow but this went down quite well. It might actually be a bit much for someone looking for a light, easy-drinking APA.
11-25-2011 23:06:18 | More by RoyalT
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
A - Pours clear light copper with two fingers of off-white head. Head has nice retention and leaves a lot of lacing.
S - Huge citrus hop aroma with a faint malt presence. Relatively simple but very nice.
T - Lots of bitter grapefruit zest with a bit of citrus pulp as well. More malt presence in the taste than the aroma but still hop-centric with a nice bitterness throughout.
M - Medium mouthfeel with awhile hop bitterness that lingers for awhile.
O - This is a very nice pale ale. Nice hop profile with just enough of a malt backbone. I would definitely buy this again.
09-10-2011 01:49:58 | More by warnerry
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is earthy hops with some caramel malt. I also get a little bit of orange citrus. The flavor is heavy on the orange citrus with some caramel malt. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
07-30-2010 01:17:49 | More by Mora2000
4.5/5 rDev +19.4%
They are churning out some nice beers they have come a really long way since my first visit to the Brew Kettle...the place was awesome but since they starting packaging as the Brew Kettle and not the Ringneck products the beers have been great. This one pours a brilliant pale copper color and proudly states it has the 4 C's as in Chinook, Cascade, Columbus, and Centennial hops. Think really good homebrew or even really fresh Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, in this case it's homebrew that's now winning medals at the GABF. Big Creamy off white head with fine evenly strung bands of lacing between sips. Aromatics have it all floral, citric, hints of pine very nice mix of big hop nose in their standard albeit excellent pale ale. Big malts are here to balance I get pale biscuit malt sweetness with a layer of breadiness. More or less it's all about candy coated hops. Flavor is crisp with hop bitterness but the flavor of waves of citric hops/piney notes/and floral tones really stands out with an excellent sweet bread backing malt background. Finish is dry body is medium with slick hop oils finishing things off. Overall quality example of a pale ale these guys have brewed some batches and I'm glad their putting out samples for the guys like myself who don't have time to get their brewing chops to this level. Did I mention affordability 4.99 a bomber, yet I would by it for 10 bucks by the sixer.
04-29-2011 00:23:25 | More by WVbeergeek
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
22oz. Brown bomber, picked up at the brewpub the day after the BA Blackout release, poured into an imperial pint.
A: Pours a coppery amber, nearly as deep as an amber ale. Good 2 fingers head on the pour with pretty good retention and very nice lacing.
S: Plenty of the C hops. Loads of citrus and pine and somewhat resinous. Some sweet lightly bready malts to balance.
T/M: Good bitterness level, similar to Alpha King. More of the hit citrus and pine notes. Malts again are sweet to balance and don't get in the way too much. Body is medium or so with good carbonation. Finishes rather dry.
D: If the ABV really is 5% then it's amazing they got this much flavor. Very drinkable and even better on tap. Wish they'd send down more kegs of this.
10-28-2009 03:11:59 | More by pwoods
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
This beer is an almost clear yellow-amber color. A white head tops off at just over a finger tall and retains itself well. What's impressive is the lacing, which this beer drops heavily in a broken curtain all the way down the glass.
The smell is pungent at first, bursting with floral and citrus hops notes with a bit of grapefruit. This is boasted as a malty pale, and it is malty without detracting from the hops. My issue with the aroma would be that it does seems to fade as I drink.
The flavor is essentially the same (sans fading), with the exception that a leafy, herbal presence is strong in the lingering finish. A bit more complexity comes out than is noticeable in the aroma.
The body is medium, and there's a crisp bite up front that remains without biting too hard. Carbonation is light to moderate and there's a smoothness that makes for easy drinking.
11-18-2011 15:42:14 | More by Brenden
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
Thanks to Sean for this one. Updated label... so I was a little confused, no ringneck and no bird. Its also 6% abv now. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.
A: Standard pour yields a coarse, 2 finger white head with nice retention. Beer is a clear orange that reveals moderate carbonation. Lacing is outrageously thick and frothy at the top with a waterfall down the glass.
S: Pine, sweet citrus, cane sugar, cream, and a face full of hops. Powerful and fragrant. This beer'll wake you up in the morning!
T: Pine and citrus hoppiness. Grassy and a bit astringent. Brown sugar in the background. Slight sourness due to the carbonation. Finish is incredibly messy, leaving a sappy, sticky hop presence on the palate.
M: Light bodied, highly carbonated, watery in the mouth and very very lively. Finish is messy and lingers long after the beer is gone.
D: A pale ale that is slightly more hopped than I would like but nevertheless very well executed. Great feel that allows it to go down super easy and a flavor that keeps me going back for me. A definite winner from this small little brewpub, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one.
04-22-2010 01:03:08 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
12oz bottle - secret santa '11
appearance: served in my new blue mountain pilsner glass, dull dark copper body, 1/3" white ring with light lace
smell: lots of citrus hops, biscuit, orange peel, grain
taste: bready malts, moderately bitter citrus zest, orange peel, caramel, dough. Well balanced in the sense that there are equal parts hops and malt, but unbalanced in that both sides come across in bold screaming fashion. kind of puzzling, but flavorful
mouthfeel: light bitterness, dry and heavy on the malt
overall: tasty, bit of a buttery aftertaste
12-30-2011 05:18:02 | More by dirtylou
3.29/5 rDev -12.7%
The Four C's has a little to be desired. The beer poured a slightly hazy copper with thin slightly offwhite head that is not lacing the scent carries mostly bitter hops. The taste is starts malty then finishes bitter. This beer is more English leaning. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is ok....I would not go out and buy a six of it...but it is worth a try.
07-16-2014 01:14:29 | More by WoodBrew
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
The pine of the chinook hops are present the second you open the bottle. Columbus, cascade, and centennial round out the rest of the C hops. Clever, but is it good? Indeed! Very well balanced IPA. Neither huge in IBUs or ABV, but it has a lot of character. Starts with malt and some fruit. Hops are mainly in the end and finish. Some lemon in there, too, but it's not really sour.
02-25-2011 00:41:06 | More by McNealc31
Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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