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Four C's American Pale Ale - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Four C's American Pale AleFour C's American Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ricochet on 09-26-2004

Formerly Ringneck 4 C's Pale Ale.

55 IBUs
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 310 | Reviews: 102
Reviews by gunnerman:
Photo of gunnerman
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, poured a golden orange with a bit of head that leaves no lace. Smell is a bit citrus with a slight malted character. Heavy carbonation with a thin malt profile hop finish towards the back end. Overall a decent offering and the price makes this one a very good session beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of warnerry
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of pwoods
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of WoodBrew
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of McNealc31
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of output01x
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in a pint glass at The Brew Kettle.

A 1 1/2-finger off white creamy head sits atop a perfectly clear copper amber body with small, slowly rising carbonation bubbles. The head slowly recedes after a few minutes to a thick coating and thick ring of foam. Decent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

Decent citrus aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon mix with a light grassiness. A bolder, more pronounced nose would have definitely been appreciated.

Citrus stings the tip of the tongue on first sip but quickly blends into a mild pine flavor that wraps around the tongue. A light, bready malt backbone lends itself nicely to avoid unnecessary bitterness and increases drinkability. A pine aftertaste lingers with a mild bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer coats your mouth well without being sticky. It has great drinkability and with the mellow flavors, it is close to gulpable and makes for a very refreshing brew on a hot day.

Photo of alleykatking
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks to Tifore (Tyler) for the bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed orange amberish color. One and a half finger light off white head shows medium retention. Streaky lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a nice balance of toasted malts in the front of the aroma with a grapefruit bitterness. Light cat pee like aroma lingers for a short bit before fading into more of a caramel malt backing with light alcohol creeping into the nose.

T- Caramel malts in the front show a light semi-sweetness to them. They get paired off with a grapefruit like bitterness from the initial hopping. Middle of the beer shows of a light toasted malt to it. This gets covered with a light pine bitterness and light hints of citrus hoping. The alcohol shows up in the back and lingers for a short period before dying down.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little off but still ok. Caramel malts and a light hop bitterness are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, light grapefruit flavor, and caramel/toasted malts. Flavors were very well balanced for the style..a little too well balanced at times. No off flavors presented themselves while drinking this. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a very nice drinker. The ABV was low enough to enjoy without feeling like you drank too much. A more well balanced pale ale a lot of the time helped with this drinkability. Overall not a bad beer at all. I enjoyed it and would be happy if I stumbled across it once again.

Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

The nose is light with pine, citrus pith, rose petals, hop cone and Graham cracker. The flavor has a light tobacco, dry barley malt, granola, rose petal, floral hop cone and honey. All this complexity is set against a watery body. Nicely complex brew and easy to drink it simply didn't assert itself very well.

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber purchased at Vintage Estate. I've shared one with Foofaa in the past but didn't take notes. Consumed on 6-Jul-10.

A: The pale ale is a curpous amber color, translucent with a thick 3 finger head. It's eggshell white color stands out against the amber. Excessive lacing, as you'd expect, follows the head.

S: The aroma is hoppy and sweet, plenty of citrus hops to go around. They are mild but concentrated, a zesty sweet nose with orange pulp scents to go with the grapefruit. The hoppiness, while not intense, really stands out.

T: Sweet caramel and bitter hops start things off nicely, vying for attention. Pine and grapefruit flavors are much stronger than just about every APA I've had before, a chewy hop playground. It's not a complete hop bomb though, more than enough caramel hangs around to balance things out. The vigorous head tamped out the carbonation, allowing the oily citrus flavors to loiter around. A nice APA.

M: If you like hops, you should enjoy this beer. The citrus hops are so pleasing, so sweet as to soothe the soul. Bitterness builds to a crescendo in the finish.

D: Very drinkable, moderate alcohol level, plenty of hops. The highlight of my holiday flight.

Photo of n2185
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow-orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malt aromas with some faint orange citrus and pine notes from the hops. Not much going on.

T: Again, lots of caramel malt notes followed by resiny pine flavors with a decent bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is a little heavy for a pale ale.

O: Not an awful beer, but it's too bitter and thick for my tastes and lacks the complex hop flavors found in good pale ales.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, very solid pale. Almost verging on an IPA. Big hops, (of four varieties; cascade, columbus, chinook, and centennial) but well balanced. A touch drying at the end, goes down very well. Overall a solid beer. Hard to elaborate much else. Good, but not overly memorable.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ditmier pulled this one out of the fridge as a pacer... Thanks Eric for a new to me brewery.

Off white head.. hazy lite amber... nose shows "C" hops but are pretty muted... not what I would hope for in something advertising American hops. Citrus hops are there.. so is hints of floral hops... pale malts are a tad too high.

Citrus fruitiness with some peach.. good bitterness throughout.. the malts play well and help advertise the hops mid palate.

Pretty crisp and inviting.. yummy ... want another sip... Body and carbonation seem fine.

3.5/3.5/4/4/4

Thanks Eric for sharing!!

Photo of jmarsh123
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ninner00 for the bottle

Pours orange with a small white head that fades leaving mild lacing.

Smells like the four c's should. Citrus and pine hop aroma with some caramel malt backbone.

Starts off with a slight citrus twist. A bit of caramel malt balances out the hops. It finishes very strongly pine with a little astringency. Pretty one note.

A little light even for the style with good carbonation levels.

This one didn't really do it for me. The hop profile is not balanced very well and it is too bitter for the malt bill.

Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: bright copper-amber in color, light covering of carbonation receding to a thin ring

s: pale malts with a very light caramel presence, citrus pith hop aroma - dried grapefruit, some citrus oils, pretty nice

m: carbonation light-moderate, lighter in body

t: body mostly clean pale malts with a light, biscuity caramel, hop flavor fairly one-dimensional citrus/grapefruit pith, finishing with a moderate-high piney bitterness, okay and nicely balanced if a touch plain in flavor

d: the clean body and hoppy finish make for an easy drink

bomber carried back from ohiiio

Photo of btorsdog
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber for $3.99,not to shabby!
Poured a true golden clear with not a whole lotta head happening,fair amont of lacing though.
kind of a bland smell, mostly bready malts.
flavorful strait-forward pale ale taste with a nice suprise hop card dealt in toward the end,not as hoppy as hoped for though ,but vey nice!
mouth was somewhat thick and full but with a smooth slippery effect.
bomber went down quite nice an rather fast, not a bad brew at all, will partake again! CHEERS
Note: different label than pictured ,label stated abv 6.0% with an IBU of 55.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer is clear and dark amber (quite dark for an APA) with low carbonation and a thin head with decent lacing. The nose is syrupy-sweet and piney with hints of apricots.

Firm mouthfeel and medium body support a sweet, toasty flavor accented by robust hop bitterness. The beer is plenty hoppy for an APA, but still true to the style. Hop flavors tend towards sappy, pine-like flavors with just a hint of citrus. Dry finish and quite refreshing.

Overall, an excellent APA. Very well-made and balanced. Hoppier than most APAs, but not quite as bitter as an IPA.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of raznug. Pours a lightly hazed copper color with a moderate cap of tan head. Retention is decent and lacing is awesome.

Nose is equal parts caramel malt and citrusy/piney hops. Little bit of toffee as it warms and the yeast throws a mild nutty aroma out there.

Taste is really smooth. Nice compliment and flow of flavoring hops to a malty middle and finishes nicely with a little hop bite. This is a well done Pale Ale that would be a joy to quaff anytime for nearly any occasion...very versatile. Body is solidly medium and just one of those beers that goes down fast and easy.

Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: There is a slightly fruity malt note with some citrus peel hops.

Taste: There is a strong malt presence, bready and not too sweet. I'm getting the fruity notes with the hop bitterness showing up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one is a bit dark for a pale ale, but still not too bad. I would have another, but won't search it out in particular.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at a discontinued price at Giant Eagle.

Appearance - A consistent pink grapefruit color. Hints of honey in the appearance. A slight red caramel color. Very clear with a concise pink color.

Smell - Smells more like an IPA. Slight malts and lemon zing. Smells like your standard pale ale.

Taste - A very consistent pale ale. Not very bitter. Kind of bland and boring at first, but good to drink when you just feel like drinking something crafty. Gets better as it goes on. A very caramel flavor with light hops.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Slightly bitter for a pale ale. A delicious caramel taste. You can't beat this for the price I got it for.

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Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.