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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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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 324
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 17.77%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | 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
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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 324
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.

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

A steady pour got a finger of almost white head which dissipated in a couple of minutes. It keeps a nice froth up top of a copper body. A steady flow of bubbles can be seen rising to the top. A little bit of lacing is noted.

Four hops makes this a nice aromatic beer. The nose is a journey of pine and citrus notes with a malt backbone that seems to have a little bread in it.

To the nose initially, but the malt certainly becomes more apparent as the beer warms. You start tasting a serious spiced bread flavor. Good stuff. Freaking delicious.

This beer is medium bodied, very nice bitterness for the hopheads. It is a little syrupy and a little sweet.

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Photo of Smallj
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The label on this beer is updated. No "Ringneck" and 6% ABV

Good looks, good head, smooth - tastes really good! Nice floral arrangement here with the hops.
If you like popular American IPAs, then you will likely enjoy this. It is labeled a Pale Ale, but can hang with the IPA; reminds me of 3 Floyd's Alpha King.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 220z bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow/tan tint, nice 1 inch creamy head and lots of foamy lacing.

Smell - Hops, lots of floral fruits like orange, lemon, pineapple. Bready and grainy also. Malts are also present.

Taste - Very hoppy with a strong malt backbone. Plenty of pine and sweet fruits in each drink. Malts add a caramel sweetness along side the pine and orange flavors. The sweetness of this beer masked the pale ale malts and yeasty apa feel.

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness coats tougne with hops and malts. Tounge is left with a pine resin oil feel. Palette gets tingly with all the sweet fruits and malts. Aftertaste is sweet, malty and of course, piney.

Overall - Really easy to drink, almost more a ipa then a apa with such strong hop profile. For around 5$ a bomber its affordable, and 9-10$ a six pack is worth the drink. Really enjoying this one, cant wait for more brew kettle beers.

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Photo of klewis
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always offered at the brewpub, but I found this in bottles in the back.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a big rocky head. Great sustain and tons of thick, sticky lace on the glass.

S: Hops. Not much else. What do you expect from a beer such as this?

T: Much more balanced than I expected. This one is exploding with smooth hops flavor without much bitterness (relatively speaking of course).

M: Medium body and light carbonation give this beer a smooth and sticky texture.

D: A very fine beer. Smooth and tasty, and its low ABV makes this one dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured our a light amber color. Not much head retention but had some decent lacing down the sides. The Four C's name tells you its a hop centered beer and there is no denying that fact. Big hop kick present in both the nose and the taste. The grapefruit aspect of this beer is very prominent and I must admit that I'm a sucker for that flavor in a beer. This was my first beer by The Brew Kettle and it won't be my last. Great Buy too at 4.99 a bomber

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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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow/ to amber like in color with an off white head. In the aroma, big fresh hops. In the taste, mixture of hops and a nice malt, but big hops/ A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Almost an IPA, nice big, fresh hops.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a light amber pour, a finger's worth of sticky white foam. Lots of lace making a baby Swiss like pattern all around.

Aroma - plenty of piny snappy goodness. A nice note of florals, perhaps a touch soapy.

Taste - pink grapefruit, biscuity malt, a piny mid-palate. For all the hop hoopla, this has a good presence without going over the top. Some good citrus on the swallow, orange and pine. A good, dry aftertaste, ending with a tasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel - light oily smoothness, good crispness, very solid body for an APA.

Drinkability - huge flavor and reasonable abv make for a most sessionable brew.

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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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Good hop tone and character on it. Flavor profile stays consistent. This is an easy drinking apa. I don't see any reason why you shouldn't try this beer; or make it a regular rotation in your lineup if it's readily available. Well above average.

Hey whose porch was this beer's pic taken on? I wanna have a brew there! (Have your people call my people?)

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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.

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Photo of lochef81
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've just discovered this brewery ans can't get enough. This offering pours a handsome amber hue with a small but thick white head and nice lacing. The aroma is subtle but absolutely delicious. Lots of malt and hop notes but totally balanced even in the nose. The mouth is just the right amount of sticky chew and smooth sippable, refreshing ale. The flavor is an awesome balance of rich malt and bitter hops. This is a great beer. If this one catches on it could give zombie dust a run for its money as one if the best apas out there.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PWoods for sharing from his growler.
I have no idea why they call this a pale ale. This is more like a pretty big IPA. And I like it. Plenty of piney and juicy hops all over the place in this one. Plenty of bitterness but still remains very balanced. Decent body and non-cloying. I could drink an awful lot of this. Very well done. I will have to stop in and try some more of their beers.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and resinous sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American pale ale style. All around great complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly cloudy apricot, lots of stark white head, slow to leave, come pretty good cling.

S - Fresh and hoppy, some malt in there too.

T - Good malt up front bittered nicely.

M - Malt and hop blend well together. Nice carb, nice finish, medium to light body.

D - Hell ya I want some cheesy poofs! :)

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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had a bunch of Brew Kettles this year (I think I need to go there soon) This is a very tame APA, but nice and easy to drink.

It is pretty flatt and headless in the glass. The aroma is weak too. The taste is a nice hoppy balance, just as an APA should be.

This is a very pleasant brew and I look forward to giving it a try on tap.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from nrbw23. Thanks for the opportunity!

A-Crystal cleam orange amber with a surprisingly thin white head. No lacing of course.

S-Malty sweetness, very heavy on the caramel malt, with some nice floral and citrus hops. A little malty for the style but quite appealing.

T-Like the nose, very malty with some nice background hoppiness. There is a nice biscuity malt in the flavor here. The hops are late arriving but the bitterness is welcome in the finish.

M-Light side of medium bodied, light on the carbonation. As a result the bitterness really lingers.

D-I am a big fan of this beer.


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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Light copper body with good clarity, minimal white head formation

S - A nice fruity and piney hop aroma with some good malt balance. Somewhat of a caramel malt aroma.

T - Nice bitter hop flavor with fruity notes. some sweet malt help balance and complexity.

M - Smooth, good body.

O - A tasty beer, but a bit pricey at $10/six pack. It's not a terrible price, but I would have this all the time if it were a bit cheaper.

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date

A- Thin white cap on a amber colored body. Average head retention and lacing.

S- Fresh citrus is there but you gotta get your nose in there deep.

T- More of the citrus but overpoweringly so. Sweetness up front, bitter in the rear. Balance is the name of the game and this beer has it. Probably wouldn't guess the ABV is as high as it is, a compliment to the brewers.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Biting carbonation, I like.

D/O- Just an all around easy-drinking pale ale. Well done. Thanks MaxSpang!

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Photo of BB1313
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. I've had this one a couple times before. Pours a transparent copper with a nice white head that eventually fades with sticky lacing. Great aromas, lots of orange, tangerine, and pine. The taste definitely matches the aromas, which is a good thing. Lots of grapefruit and citrus in the mix as well. Bitter, but smooth. A touch of caramel and malts. Very crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is smooth and prefectly carbonated. Drinkability is off the charts, which really takes this pale ale to another level.

Overall, this has just about everything I look for in a pale ale. Bold and true to style. They're not trying to make a hybrid example of the style. TBK nailed this one.

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice autumnal orange mixed with caramel brown…way too much off white head formed with the lightest of pours (see photo above)...this is the last of a six pack I picked up and all of them have done this...it’s thick, with big and little bubbles…tons of big bubble lacing around the glass…fairly transparent, there’s tons of bubble action throughout…a well carbonated brew…when it finally simmers down, it has a nice, drinkable appearance…(3.89/5)

Smell: Earthiness, yeast, floral, piney, grapefruit, orange, sweet caramel malts, honey candy and toffee…there is a light airiness; a fresh, out-of-the-shower aroma going on here…a touch of alcohol heat way in the back…it’s a lovely smelling brew…(4.25/5)

Taste: Yum! Sweet, caramel malts blending nicely with piney/resin and citrus hops flavors…way more yeast flavor than typically found in these types of pale ales…a very fresh feel and taste to it…not overly complicated, it really comes in as it finishes…there’s a biscuity, citrus bitterness in the after taste…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, tons of carbonation…it fluffs up all over my palate leaving piney/citrus resin all over my tongue…for all the fluff and body, it’s not overly chewy, still has a nice, drinkable body…(4/5)

Overall: This is a pretty good beer…the flavor isn’t overly unique, as I’ve really been hitting the caramel malts mixed with citrus hops American Pale Ale variety pretty hard lately, so it’s difficult for a brew like this to stand out...what does separate this beer from others is the yeast they use…it’s very evident in the aroma and flavor making it borderline Belgian in life and effervescence (though the over zealous carbonation makes me burpy!)…things are nicely balanced, it’s very drinkable and at 6.0% ABV, I could have a couple over the course of a night and still be able to hold my head up… (4/5)

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up an incredibly affordable bomber at Andersons and enjoyed samples in a 6 oz taster glass.

Appearance- Pours very slightly hazy, pale orange with a tight, almost creamy off-white head that sticks around for a while. Loads of bubbles rising from glass. Great lacing.

Aroma- Big hop nose filled with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, fresh cut grass, and piney resin- though none overwhelm or really stand out. Candied citrus, soft herbal spice, and subtle dark caramel notes also in the mix. Very inviting and complex aroma, but not overwhelming.

Flavor- Bright herbal/grassy hops pop first and are quickly followed by a mouth coating resinous, piney, almost spicy hop flavor and an assertive bitterness. Soft orange peel citrus and a slightly sweet bread-like malt flavor round out the finish. There is some burnt sugar in there, but very subtle and complimentary. Hop bitterness almost puckering and slightly drying, lingers well into finish. Nicely balanced with just enough malt, but not too much, for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel- Moderate CO2, medium bodied, low-moderate residual sugars. Resinous hops coat back of tongue and linger.

Overall- Very tasty pale ale! Loads of hop flavor that would satisfy most hop heads, but not so much that drinkability falls short. I could definitely soak up a few pints of this brew, especially if it was over some spicy hotwings or pulled pork BBQ! Feels like a great football beer! Definitely worth seeking out if you are in Ohio, especially considering the price of a bomber is under $5!!

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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.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful orangish color. Incredibly clear. Some citrus and pint on the nose. More of the same on the taste, but with a nice malt sweetness. I will be revisiting again fairly soon.

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Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.