1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Four C's American Pale AleFour C's American Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

286 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 286
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 286 | Reviews: 101 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 13, 2012
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
Photo of The22Lou
4/5  rDev +6.1%

The22Lou, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of sitarist
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

sitarist, Mar 28, 2012
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 jmarsh123
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

jmarsh123, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Yetiman420
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Yetiman420, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

WeisGuy, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Dobbs38
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Dobbs38, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

JohnnyMc, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Tyrawlings, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of n2185
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

n2185, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of DiscGolfRobot
4/5  rDev +6.1%

DiscGolfRobot, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

THECPJ, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of SaintJonah
4/5  rDev +6.1%

SaintJonah, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ejimhof, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev +6.1%

ninner00, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of rogueleonardi
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

rogueleonardi, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

whartontallboy, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

wvsabbath, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of BeerClubNiagara
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

BeerClubNiagara, Jan 13, 2012
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
Photo of Spider889
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Spider889, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 1/3/12

Deep, slightly cloudy honey-amber color with a two and a half finger head that is intent on having the appearance steal the show. The head is very slow to thin and leaves thick lace along the way. Retention is thin by the end, but it does last the whole way and lace remains excellent. I gotta give the appearance everything on this one.

The aroma is something of a standoff between malts and hops, coming across with notes of peach cobbler, dusty bread, caramel, dry pine resin, orange peel and floral and honey sweetness. A similar dry pine bitterness (and goodness this beer is dry) offers a moderate bitter kick with accents of zesty citrus. The malt backing is sturdy but not nearly as strong as the aroma; caramel and dusty biscuit. Again, very dry. The feel is rather thin with carbonation on the higher side of average. The bitterness seems to jostle the feel too much.

Overall impression - this is decent, but as times I find it disjointed with too harsh of bitterness for the scope of the beer. I could go for more hop flavor and less outright bitterness.

Ryan011235, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

DrBier, Jan 02, 2012
Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
85 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.