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

314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | 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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Ratings: 314 | Reviews: 102
Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

many thanks to TheBeerologist for sending this treat my way. enjoyed from a bluepoint snifter.

a - brew poured an amber brown with a finger plus of frothy offwhite head...almost ipa-like head. the beer had a dark core with lighter highlights along the side of the glass. head was foamy, but lacing moved attached to the head not leaving more than a spec here and there, but the head hung out. darker than i had expected, but nice. has a nut brown look to it.

s - nice caramel malt with a touch of hop. the toffee is sweet and inviting and has my mouth watering in anticipation of the first sip.

t - wow, malt BOMB. this one is all malt. don't get me wrong, i love my malty pale ales but the variety of hops mentioned on the label are invisible.

m - finishes bitter. medium bodied.

o - overall, not exactly what i was hoping for. glad i got a try, but a bit blase and overly malty for even a pale ale. the hops seem to only really show on the finish. not bad, just extremely mundane. not a drain pour, but the 4 C's (centennial, cascade, columbus, and chinook) aren't as present as i had hoped. as i drank more and my palette adjusted to the malt, i started noticing more hop flavors.

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.

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.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Photo of n2185
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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

12oz bottle - secret santa '11

appearance: served in my new blue mountain pilsner glass, dull dark copper body, 1/3" white ring with light lace

smell: lots of citrus hops, biscuit, orange peel, grain

taste: bready malts, moderately bitter citrus zest, orange peel, caramel, dough. Well balanced in the sense that there are equal parts hops and malt, but unbalanced in that both sides come across in bold screaming fashion. kind of puzzling, but flavorful

mouthfeel: light bitterness, dry and heavy on the malt

overall: tasty, bit of a buttery aftertaste

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of raznug. Pours a lightly hazed copper color with a moderate cap of tan head. Retention is decent and lacing is awesome.

Nose is equal parts caramel malt and citrusy/piney hops. Little bit of toffee as it warms and the yeast throws a mild nutty aroma out there.

Taste is really smooth. Nice compliment and flow of flavoring hops to a malty middle and finishes nicely with a little hop bite. This is a well done Pale Ale that would be a joy to quaff anytime for nearly any occasion...very versatile. Body is solidly medium and just one of those beers that goes down fast and easy.

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.

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a dark, murky orange in color with a nice, slightly-tanned head that left good lacing and showed strong retention.

Smell – The hop profile is nicely balanced. The citrus in particular is very nice and there’s just a whiff of wintergreen.

Taste – The malts come on nicely at the taste. The do a great balancing job as this hop profile is huge and it gets a little pinier on the tongue. There’s a light sweetness to this one as well but not like sugar more like the sweet you get from a fruit like an orange or apricot.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied, it’s big for the style, with some good drying throughout. The carbs are rightly in the background here.

Drinkability – The big hops will keep you slow but this went down quite well. It might actually be a bit much for someone looking for a light, easy-drinking APA.

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!

Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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 seeswo
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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 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
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
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
4.05/5  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.

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

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.

Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
85 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.