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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

291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | 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:
Formerly Ringneck 4 C's Pale Ale.

55 IBUs

(Beer added by: Ricochet on 09-26-2004)
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Sammy, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jampics2 for this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orangish color with a nice white head. The nose brings forward some citrus hops with grapefruit definitely coming through. Some tropical hop notes in the background as well.

The taste has got a bit too much sweetness in the background without accompanying bitterness, although the hop flavors are still there and are definitely nice. Good mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a bit of bitterness. Drinks quite well. Love getting tasty local beers as extras. Thanks again!

Thorpe429, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

metter98, Oct 27, 2013
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glowing topaz orange with butterscotch borders and few visible bubbles. That didn't stop the creation of a three finger head of taupe colored foam that looks to be of high quality. The suds are thick and creamy and sticky and are starting to deposit generous sheets of BB-shot lace.

The nose features a whiff of buttery caramel malt and less aggressive citrusy hoppiness than expected. Granted, this is an APA not an IPA, but the label claims 55 IBUs (just 45 according to the website). For those who don't know what 4 C's refers to: Centennial, Cascade, Columbus and Chinook. Great hops, each and every one.

This Brew Kettle offering is an decent version of the style that tastes and feels like a poor man's Celebration Ale. In other words, caramel malt roosts the roost, and the hops taste like grapefruit, orange and pine. Only trouble is, this beer isn't as well-brewed as Sierra Nevada's classic. Not least because it's short on pungent hop flavor and bitterness.

Suggested improvements include a more pale malt bill, more hops and a better mouthfeel. Warming amplifies an earthy nuttiness that is likely malt-related. The finish could stand to be tighter and cleaner. My preference for beer of this sort is the only thing keeping the taste and drinkability scores above average.

The mouthfeel is big enough for the ABV, but it's lacklusterly bubbled. The result is a beer that doesn't expand like it should on contact... which doesn't exactly help flavor impact and linger.

The new name (sans Ringneck) is an improvement and the new green and gold label is a vast improvement. Too bad the beer itself is less than special. Still, a price tag of $3.99 makes it *almost* worthy of a repeat purchase. Maybe I'll check it out on-tap in the Strongsville brewpub during one of my future visits to the Buckeye State.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, off white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled quite malty - caramel and biscuity notes. Mild pine notes.

T - The pine comes through in the form of bitter hops. The rest of the beer brings malt, malt and more malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is an nice APA that leans to the maltier side of the spectrum.

zeff80, Jul 04, 2010
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Kegatron, Nov 12, 2013
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?)

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

XmnwildX12, Nov 05, 2014
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.

oline73, Apr 05, 2012
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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.

Mora2000, Jul 30, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this...
Appears a semi-transparent, dark copper with a small, white head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar.
Smell is fruity, with notes of raisins, light caramel, and grassy hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some more of a dissolved brown sugar flavor seems to meld nicely in this beer with the hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with notes of malt and hops battling it out along the palate.

weeare138, Dec 04, 2008
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 date. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a lacing cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange peel, herbal, pine, caramel, biscuit, and spiciness. Damn nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel, herbal, biscuit, and spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel, and biscuit on the finish for a bit. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness make this super smooth to drink. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is one of the better American pale ales I have ever had. Great balance, yet still has plenty of hoppiness that would satisfy any true hophead.

superspak, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ejimhof, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

akorsak, Jul 07, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

DrBier, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

brandoman63, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

billab914, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

sendbeer, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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!!

JohnGalt1, Sep 28, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from barak316, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a crystal clear deep copper color that borders on brown and wears a creamy white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of citrus and pine, grapefruit and resin mixed with a bit of caramel. Taste is nicely balanced between malt and hop with a nice citrusy old school pale ale kind of feel to it. Medium body with a bit of residual sweetness, moderate level of carbonation and a lick almost sweet mouthfeel. Nice easy drinking pale ale with enough hop to keep it interesting.

johnnnniee, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to nonic pint glass on 10/18/11
*From notes

-- Yet another assist credited to Señor Sieg --

A: Lightly filtered golden sunshine in color. An overzealous pour yields a 2.75 finger head. Wow, that's some impressive retention and lacing, folks.

S: Lovely hop bouquet. It sneaks up on the nose and before you know it, you've got your schnoz buried in the glass.

T: Hoppy, malty, and happily it's not too dank on the palate. Really solid stuff here. It's easy as hell to drink, as everything meshes together beautifully.

M: Creamy, yet light enough to quaff massive quantities.

O: The Brew Kettle's Four C's is a great little APA, a style that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. This does everything it should and then some. A winning, blue collar type APA that I'd happily order anytime I'm in Ohio.

Rhettroactive, Nov 11, 2011
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Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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