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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85
very good

315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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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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.

Photo of linnymtu
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like a Pale lager and not in a good way

Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I half expected Four C's to be green - you know, like the four hops (Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, and Chinook) that went into it. But as much as their presence is felt in the nose and on the palate, there's no visual trace of them in this bright, burnished golden appearance.

I may be reviewing this on a dark December night, but the aroma will surely conjure thoughts of a summer day, likely somewhere warm or tropical; there is lots of zippy citrus and leafy greenness. It smells floral, fruity, fresh, and frickin' delicious - it might as well be called the Four F's!

Just as you'd anticipate from a beer named after hops, Four C's has a very lucid hoppiness. The flavour showcases almost sherbet-like citrus notes (lots of lime, lemon, and orange) against a defenseless pale malt backdrop - it's like colourful pastel brushstrokes on a white canvas.

The earthy and floral elements are just as present as the fruit; this drinks like a perfectly steeped rose-scented green tea. Maybe a pinch of mint too. There's surprisingly no bitterness (and little interfering sweetness from the malt aside from a great biscuity base).

Four C's is not the sledgehammer hop-bomb you might expect - then again, it's a pale ale not an IPA. There is plenty of unbridled hoppiness here, but less the kind that wacks you over the head and more the kind that massages it (parts of Britain do still, in fact, stuff pillow cases with hop cones to aid sleeping). I'm not surprised - this is an extremely pleasant, almost soothing offering.

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 BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No beer style has done more to put American beer on the map than the pale ale. Ripped from the clinches of the Brits- the drier malts, neutral yeast character, high attenuation and yes- citrusy hops gives The Brew Kettle's version a great chance to succeed.

Four C's employs Centennial, Cascade, Chinook and Columbus hops for a potpourri of citrus, herb, grass and pine to ride alongside a firm caramel malt support in even-keel fashion. Even its stern bronze hue suggests that the toasted barley sweetness won't let the hops take full command.

With a drying palate, the sweetness dissipates and the hops turn from citrus flavor and trend bitter with resin, spice and a pep of ginger spice. Approaching graham cracker in taste, the character of granola highlight a grain, nut and honey taste just ahead of finish.

Alas, the hops pull forth and ensure a snappy, crisp, clean and malty-dry finish with bitterness to outweigh its sweetness in a fleeting glimpse. Its piney and pithy aftertaste easily outlasts the malt and allows for a high rate of refreshment and drinkability.

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 Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.99/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estate.
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into snifter.
Aroma of conifers and hint of grapefruit.
Head large (5.5 cm), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to a broken 2 mm layer.
Lacing good – many islands of various size with various size bubbles.
Body medium orange, clear.
Flavor begins with piney goodness, which ends in a citrus astringency with a moderately long hang time. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation.

This is a decent pale ale with a tendency toward an IPA. The alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant light copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, pine, floral hops, soap, and a touch of citrus form the aroma.

Flavor reveals a resiny, slightly catty base, which becomes brutally bitter at the finish. There's a hint of grapefruit pith in the beginning, but it's getting. The balance is decidedly bitter and resiny.

Body and carbonation are moderate, and the finish is fairly stringent.

Not my style. I prefer flavoring to bittering hops, and this beer delivers the opposite. Malt is lacking.

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.

Photo of Omnium
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours a nice slightly orange gold color, 2 finger white head, fades fast, nice lacing though.
S - Very fresh, grassy, citrus, light caramel malt, lime juice.
T - Big juicy citrus flavor, nice caramel malts, big lime flavor too, good pine bitterness, crackery finish.
M - Fresh clean and crisp.
O - This is a decent demonstration of the four hops as mentioned, nice clean citrusy fresh flavors. Good pale thats borderline IPA.

Photo of charlzm
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed June 28th, 2013. Poured into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass at 50 degrees F.

Beer is darker than expected for an APA - clear deep orange/amber. A two finger yellow-tinged off-white head forms and subsides quickly, leaving behind minimal but still noticeable sheeting.

Aroma - yep, there are the four C hops all right - grassy, earthy, citrusy and slightly spicy, like cinnamon bread. Balanced and subtle without being too hard to detect.

Flavor - more bitterness than I anticipated for only 55 IBU's! First notes are juicy, grassy and piney. Some bready, caramel malts in the middle accompany that surprising bitterness, then the finish is smooth and bitter with a light bit of grapefruit and orange. Nice. Maybe the slightly medicinal bitterness is more pronounced to me due to a lack of sweetness to balance it?

Mouthfeel is on the heavy end of medium bodied with some carbonation creaminess helping out. A nice change from prickly and dry!

Not a bad beer, but not quite in the big leagues. You can do better, but you could do worse much more easily.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Savor Market, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

The beer pours a 1cm tall head of off-white to slightly beige foam, bubbles small in size and fairly compressed in pattern. Retention is minimal, lasting under one minute, but leaving fairly pleasant lacing, a complex, heavy mix of small speckles and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark caramel brown color, with light bringing out a brighter orange hue, with yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, though it is somewhat sluggish and not substantial in number.

Aroma is of grapefruit juice, pine resin, and American hop as sweetened by caramelized malt sugars, with a fairly good balance between these competing characters, if not a bit less powerful than I was expecting based upon the hops included and IBUs.

Front of palate picks up sweetness from caramelized malt sugars with slightly floral hop characters and hints of strong pine resin and bitter grapefruit and orange flavors. Mid-palate balances the caramelized malt sugars with strong pine resin, bitter grapefruit and orange flavors, honey, and light floral and woodsy characters. Back of palate picks up continued caramel malt sweetness with pine resin and substantial grapefruit-like bitterness, with some lighter orange-like flavors as well. Lingering aftertaste of caramelized malt sugar sweetness and grapefruit-like hop bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that's marginally fizzy and subsequently foamy, mostly smooth and a bit placid. Closes dry, but with significant stickiness lingering across the palate.

Photo of Broman
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a thick white head. Even a gentle pour displaces a large foam top. Pale orange in color, fairly transparent.

Smell- Somewhat complex. The most notable are citrus tones. Hints of grapefruit and a minor sweet note are subtly noted.

Taste- Equal to the smell. More bitter then anything. Not overwhelming bitterness. The expected citrus flavor is noted. Flavor is abundant and quickly disappears and leaves a barely noticeable hop flavor in the mouth afterwards leaving a somewhat stale tinge in .

Mouthfeel- Light on the tongue. Slight carbonation.

Overall- Enjoyable beer to drink. Not overly complex. Consuming two or three in one sitting would be the limit for me. The flavor is to basic to really have any more if other beers are available.

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)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark caramel with a 2 finger light tan head. Big blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- very malty, toast, pine, floral, light citrus.

T- caramel, toasted malts, bitter citrus and pine with some grassy flavors as well.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry and a crisp finish.

O- ok pale ale. Very malt forward and actually has a slight abv bite for some reason. My suggestion: 5 C's, dry hop the shit out of this beer with Citra!

Photo of DrDemento456
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Looks good for a pale ale. More amber than golden orange but that's OK. Head is a nice 1/2 inch of sticky white head.

S - Well it smells rather hop forward maybe a touch more pine than I expected. I am used to a good amount of hops in my pale so it's nothing surprising. Malt sweetness and a touch of biscuit also.

T - Damn I knew it was a matter of time before these guys made a beer I didn't enjoy. Too much pine bitterness and little malt balance make it hard to drink and even harder to chug. I really had to look for pale malts or biscuit sweetness but nothing redeeming about this pale.

M - Medium, chewy, bitter, acidic.

Overall not buying this one again. Damn I could have has another Jack porter...

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?)

Photo of zac16125
2.86/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

A: Pours a light amber with reddish hues and just under 1 fingers width of only slightly off white colored head, which takes a fair amount of time to dissipate down.  Great clarity and lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass.  Leaves random small patches of lacing.  

S: Citrus, sweet malts, slightly smokey.  Decent aroma but VERY mild.  

T:  Malt forward with a generic sweetness, then some bitterness on the back end.  Smokey/burnt flavors similar to the nose.  I don't really like the flavor profile much on this one.

M/D:  Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is fair but it has that bizarre burnt toast/smokey characteristic that really detracts from its drinkability.  

O: Overall, pretty disappointing, especially since the trader who sent it to me was supposed to be sending White Rajah, but sent this instead.  Oh well.  Rather unremarkable beer that I wouldn't seek out and likely will never have again.  

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 macrosmatic
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Light tan to brown, some haze, with a one finger white head. Some visible carbonation.

S: Caramel toffee sweet malt. Not much else.

T: The taste follows the nose, unfortunately: caramel sweetness, slight bitterness. This is minimally hoppy, and what's there just seems to add bitterness without any other flavors.

M: Weight is OK, not too light, with a slight drying finish. There is a little alcohol burn.

O: Since I couldn't find any sort of date on the bottle, I don't know if this is really old or what. But as it stands it just is not particularly good. Where's the hops??

Photo of stewart124
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange color with really no head to speak of.

Nose has tropical notes with citrus and grapefruit.

Much thicker mouthfeel than I expected and the carbonation seemed a bit low. This along with a sweeter caramel character and subdued hop bitterness were a bit of a disappointment.

Not a bad American Pale Ale by any means but not quite what I was looking for.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a mug

A- Poured a orange/amber color with a soapy head that dissipated immediately and left no lace

S- Tons of caramel sweetness, some light citrus hop, marmalade type aroma

T- Lots of caramel sweetness, orange marmalade flavor, some citric hoppiness, quite a bit of nondescript bitterness on the finish but overall this is sweet and malty pale ale

M- Smooth up front, lighter body, finishes pretty watery

O- A decent pale ale lacking in hop flavor but easily drinkable.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had on tap at the The Melt bar on my way through Cleveland.

appears dark golden color, minimal head. just some frothy bubbles after each swig. Aroma is dominated by hops as expected, a nice pleasant mix of citrus, pine, earthy. same with the taste, with enough biscuity malt to hold it up.
medium body and carbonation.

overall - easy to drink, paired well with my lunch.

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.

Photo of ONUMello
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent orange color with a 1/2 finger head that quickly settles.
S: Very muted, but some caramel malt and citrus hop aromas come through as you get your nose close enough to get wet.
T: Sweet malts come through initially, quickly followed by pine and citrus peel from the hops, with a nice earthy bitterness towards the finish.
M: Medium-bodied with a nice crispness and a delicious bite from the hops/bitterness.
O: Certainly not a bad bottle of beer, but the nose especially was lacking. Granted the bottle says keep refrigerated and I did not, but I rarely do and most beers show more aromatics. I would be interested to try one of these fresh on tap to compare.

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