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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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85
very good

297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of Dael5859
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of mrzazz
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Dan3279
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of seeswo
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish, apple cider, clear brown. Nice whitish head which hangs out for a while. Really looks the part. The dominant smell is maltiness with faint hints of an unidentifiable hoppiness. The taste is also large on maltiness, but with more generic bitterness in the flavor. Really lacking a whole lot of the crispness I prefer in a pale ale, instead presenting itself really as the size and generic bitterness of an IPA. It's also pretty sweet. This beer really doesn't work all that well for me. I would personally free up all production towards the White Rajah brand (I would try some double White Rajah, for example).

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of throwback
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of youradhere
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Photo of projectflam86
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light amber color with a thick white foam that leaves good lacing.

S- The citrusy hops definitely lead the way with a just a whiff of malt sweetness to compliment.

T- Caramel malt sweetness upfront with citrus bitterness in the finish. A very sweet malt backbone with some hop flavor towards the end.

M- A touch thicker than I would expect with medium carbonation. Sweetness almost seems like under attenuation or maybe it just isn't super fresh.

O- A decent APA but it could use a few tweaks to really shine.

Photo of Natural510
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a medium amber color, transparent to light, with small amount of head and sturdy ring of lacing on the glass.

Scent is fairly strong with tropical fruit and hints of pine hop.

Alternately sweet and bitter flavors; dry, chalky bitterness from the hops and a tropical fruit sweetness from the malt. Nice flavor profile, if not a bit too unbalanced by the bitterness (not to be confused with an intense hop profile).

Mouthfeel is full, an body is in-line with a hearty pale ale.

Solid example of a Midwestern pale ale, with its tropical fruit profile. Slightly unbalanced in flavor but overall something I'd drink again.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear dark orange, almost amber, color. Two fingers of white, dense frothy head. Retention is a touch under average, but a good bit of lacing is left.

4.0 S: The nose is quite hoppy - more than half as hoppy as White Rajah, which is pretty damn hoppy. Floral with orange and grapefruit citrus and some earthiness as well. Light caramel with stronger neutral maltiness.

3.5 T: The taste is also hoppy, but not as much as the nose suggests. Rather, this is closer to a typical APA than a hop bomb, which is fine since a typical APA is pretty damn good drinking. Neutral maltiness with a touch of crystal malt. Hops are lightly citrusy with orange, grapefruit, and some pine. Earthiness is most apparent.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a drying finish. I'm not sure exactly what I don't like about the mouthfeel, but I don't like whatever it is.

3.5 D: Decent APA, but nothing to write home about. Easy drinking for a lazy afternoon.

Photo of BB1313
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Rhynes2
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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

Photo of warnerry
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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 spitInTheOcean
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden color with an amber tinge. crystal clear. small but persistent white head. moderate lacing.

very high citrus hop aroma. no malt. no ester. perhaps a slight grassy aroma.

big citrus hop flavor. low malt flavor, hints of biscuit perhaps. moderately hop bitter, dry finish. high hop flavor. no esters. hop flavor does linger briefly.

medium body. high carbonation. smooth. (great drinkability.)

good beer here. thanks ohio. i havent lost hope you yet.

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! :)

Photo of siege06nd
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice golden orange color, very warm, very welcoming. Fairly aggressive poor yields a one and a half finger head that fades to a quarter inch. Definitely looks darker and fuller than your average APA. Spotty lacing lingers briefly on the sides of the glass. Pretty good looking beer here.

S: The faintest of hops and not much else. It could be the fact that this is the first standard pint glass I have used in about 6 months, but I don't smell much here. What I do smell is good though. Faint pine aroma and slight bready smell of malts. I gotta be honest, there's not much here.

T: Wow, pretty hoppy. The bitterness is obvious immediately, but I was disappointed that the citrus and pine notes weren't as present. I just get a lot of bitterness and not enough malt to balance it out. Almost a watery taste at the end...this doesn't really impress. Not offensive, but not memorable.

M: Solid. Carbonation is right. The balance is just way off. Very bitter and just no sweetness, piny citrus notes, or heavier malt feel to smooth this out.

O: I had high hopes after trying Brew Kettle's White Rajah IPA and Old 21 DIPA. Unfortunately, Four C's was a letdown for this reviewer. I'm wondering if this isn't an old bottle, as I found it on shelf while visiting Cleveland, but not refrigerated and in plenty of light. I will definitely try it again fresh when back in Cleveland, but for now, this brew does not do it for me.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

4 C's = Chinook, Centennial, Cascade, and Columbus

Pours an attractive gold-copper body with an appropriate amount of carbonation coursing upward through the clear body to supply a sizable chunk of newspaper-white foam. Decent head retention and, as expected, sticky lacing. Cascade & Centennial shine through the most of the 4 C hops in the aroma as a piny, floral note hits the nose. Hints of orange flesh and sweet caramel from the malts round out the aroma.

Sweet pale malts and herbal hops up front. A hefty bitterness clears the palate mid-sip, but it's a clean, non-abrasive bitterness that allows a great deal of hop flavor to wash over the back of the tastebuds. Pine, citrus, tropical fruit, and a hint of booze all work nicely in concert. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a spot-on medium/light body and lingering bitter feel that never becomes soapy or harsh. Overall, a tasty, hop-centric Pale Ale that is sure to please. Definitely worth a try if you see this on the shelves...

Photo of output01x
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 brian44556
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes from May 8th.

Pours a dark honey color, bright white head, thick lacing around the glass. Smells of sweet hops and grass. Not much taste in this one. Small malt profile, almost no hop profile. Couldn't find a date on the bottle to tell when this one was brewed. It has been sitting at 40-45 degrees since received. Light carbonation and decent mouthful. This beer looks great, but unfortunately the taste isn't up to par with the look. May have had an old bottle....well hopefully that is the case or this beer isn't a good one.

Photo of endlesszero
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 4C's, an absolutely delicious beer. After a 4 hour drive, this beer was exactly what I needed. Very light bodied, extreme citrus, and a lingering hoppiness that forces you to keep drinking. It's always impressive to see such a small brewery produce beers of outstanding quality. Keep it up guys.

Photo of afksports
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a new friend in Ohio for a bomber of this baby. I love me a pale ale, and this one falls right in line. Tasty treat, something good to eat, see your underwear, France, etc. Very cool.

It looks pretty good. Copper body, mostly clear, clingy head, bubbly and good sustained lacing. Smells like a pale ale, with a bunch of biscuit, but although the hop character is leaning towards grapefruit in the taste, it doesn't come through in the nose. The taste is grapefruit and bread, drying in the back a bit more than I prefer for pale ales, and a touch too watery in the front and middle for the ABV and complexion of the brew. Something's a little off.

The mouthfeel is good, carbonation good, overall it's drinkable, and I'm going to finish the bomber. It is Cinco De Mayo after all. And that's not Mexican Independence Day. Wiki that stuff. Seriously. Blows your mind. Four C's. Not Four Loko. Wiki that too.

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.

Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
85 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.