Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

103 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 103
Hads: 324
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 17.77%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 103 | Hads: 324
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.

 1,435 characters

Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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...

 1,028 characters

Photo of output01x
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

 1,008 characters

Photo of brian44556
2.89/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

 550 characters

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.

 299 characters

Photo of afksports
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

 918 characters

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.

 1,400 characters

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow/ to amber like in color with an off white head. In the aroma, big fresh hops. In the taste, mixture of hops and a nice malt, but big hops/ A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Almost an IPA, nice big, fresh hops.

 292 characters

Photo of veinless
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jesse13713 for this beer, it's the first I've had from The Brew Kettle so I'm looking forward to it.

Pours a light brownish orange, with a deeper amber hue than I was expecting. Pretty tough to see through but has good translucence and just enough head to leave nice swirls and lace.

Plenty of caramel malt hits the nose on first smell, but tropical fruit and a bit of pine are able to poke through eventually. This smelled a little too sweet for my liking but at least some hops were evident.

Taste starts with some tangy citrus to start which moves to a nice pine. A bit of tropical/caramel sweetness then rises up and eventually morphs into a sugary raw sweet flavor that I don't entirely like but can appreciate. Touch of bitterness at the end is a welcome taste that brings the beer back around to its nice start.

Mouthfeel is a strength of this beer, as a great tingle accompanies the citrusy start while a surprisingly slick middle leads to a softly dry finish. Drinkability is very nice due to the good start and finish, both in taste and mouthfeel. Sweetness holds this back, but it isn't an end-all. I wouldn't mind having this again in the future and look forward to trying more of The Brew Kettle.

 1,223 characters

Photo of alleykatking
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks to Tifore (Tyler) for the bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed orange amberish color. One and a half finger light off white head shows medium retention. Streaky lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a nice balance of toasted malts in the front of the aroma with a grapefruit bitterness. Light cat pee like aroma lingers for a short bit before fading into more of a caramel malt backing with light alcohol creeping into the nose.

T- Caramel malts in the front show a light semi-sweetness to them. They get paired off with a grapefruit like bitterness from the initial hopping. Middle of the beer shows of a light toasted malt to it. This gets covered with a light pine bitterness and light hints of citrus hoping. The alcohol shows up in the back and lingers for a short period before dying down.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little off but still ok. Caramel malts and a light hop bitterness are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, light grapefruit flavor, and caramel/toasted malts. Flavors were very well balanced for the style..a little too well balanced at times. No off flavors presented themselves while drinking this. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a very nice drinker. The ABV was low enough to enjoy without feeling like you drank too much. A more well balanced pale ale a lot of the time helped with this drinkability. Overall not a bad beer at all. I enjoyed it and would be happy if I stumbled across it once again.

 1,516 characters

Photo of Jesse13713
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at a discontinued price at Giant Eagle.

Appearance - A consistent pink grapefruit color. Hints of honey in the appearance. A slight red caramel color. Very clear with a concise pink color.

Smell - Smells more like an IPA. Slight malts and lemon zing. Smells like your standard pale ale.

Taste - A very consistent pale ale. Not very bitter. Kind of bland and boring at first, but good to drink when you just feel like drinking something crafty. Gets better as it goes on. A very caramel flavor with light hops.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Slightly bitter for a pale ale. A delicious caramel taste. You can't beat this for the price I got it for.

 657 characters

Photo of AwYeh
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into Schlitz Light bomber; thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing this one with me.

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber color with half a finger of frothy white head. Decent spotting.

S: Smells sweet and sticky; lots of caramel, biscuity malts with piny, resinous, citrus hops providing a nice balance.

T: Malts and hops are well balanced here; initially, a biscuity, botterscotch malt flavor takes over, but is quickly followed by a piny, slightly grapefruity hop bitterness which balances things out.

M: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, halfway between smooth and sticky.

D: Goes down easily, and at $4 a bomber this isn't bad at all for a regular drinker. As long as I'm in Ohio, I'll have this somewhat regularly.

 734 characters

Photo of McNealc31
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pine of the chinook hops are present the second you open the bottle. Columbus, cascade, and centennial round out the rest of the C hops. Clever, but is it good? Indeed! Very well balanced IPA. Neither huge in IBUs or ABV, but it has a lot of character. Starts with malt and some fruit. Hops are mainly in the end and finish. Some lemon in there, too, but it's not really sour.

 380 characters

Photo of Keffa
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Duvel tulip. $3.99 for the bomber!?!?!?!

A: Poured a gorgeous amber/caramel color with a decent 1 1/2 finger head, leaves nice lacing over the glass at each drink. Settles into a cap, and the lacing goes nowhere. Very nice.

S: Roast, toast, and caramel malt. Some woody notes and a bit of a citrus in the background.

T: Holy crap! The caramel malt makes itself well known right off the bat, but it isn't overly sweet like you would expect. A slight woody flavor. Lots of toast and slight roast flavors come through too. Not hoppy. I would say this is more in line with an English PA, but hey.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy, decent carbonation.

D: Easy drinker. Non offensive, very pleasant flavors, and finishes quite clean. No alcohol detected to my palate.

Not bad. Not my idea of an American PA, but even so, this is a really nice beer. For the price, it's a fantastic beer.

 919 characters

Photo of Radome
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber bottle into a snifter.

A - Medium gold to orange color, just a hint of cloudiness. Head is off white. It starts off 1/4" thick but quickly fades to just a ring around the glass.

S - Sharp grapefruit aroma edging toward cat pee (classic Northwestern US hops). However, the hops are muted, definitely not overpowering. It's possible the hop aroma faded with time, but I don't know how old the bottle is, since the label is very basic. A little bit of sweet malt in the background.

T - High hop bitterness, but not extreme. The hop flavors are nice; very fresh tasting. There is some grainy malt at the end of the sip.

M - There is a bit of prickly carbonation. The body is light to medium. No alcohol burn.

D - This is a tasty beer. It has the huge fresh hop taste of an IPA. However, the body is lighter and the bitterness is lower, making this very drinkable and enjoyable. If the hop aroma was a little more forward I'd like it even more.

 967 characters

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from nrbw23. Thanks for the opportunity!

A-Crystal cleam orange amber with a surprisingly thin white head. No lacing of course.

S-Malty sweetness, very heavy on the caramel malt, with some nice floral and citrus hops. A little malty for the style but quite appealing.

T-Like the nose, very malty with some nice background hoppiness. There is a nice biscuity malt in the flavor here. The hops are late arriving but the bitterness is welcome in the finish.

M-Light side of medium bodied, light on the carbonation. As a result the bitterness really lingers.

D-I am a big fan of this beer.


 608 characters

Photo of Clydesdale
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a tawny, somewhat hazy orange-copper color. The medium-sized head is off-white, with above average density and a frothy texture. Retention is solid, and decent amount of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Firm caramel notes, for the style, along with a light buttery/biscuity maltiness. Hop aromas primarily feature citrus (orange oil and some grapefruit peel. Light pine sap is also present.

T: Less sweetness than I was expecting, but there is still a moderate dose of caramel to be found. A light buttery note works fairly well with some biscuity/bready malt. Hop flavors are two-thirds citric and one-third pine, similar to the nose. Bitterness is stronger than I was expecting, and is fairly robust for an APA, with a lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is average, but fades a bit witheringly into the finish, creating a slight watery feel. It's also rather astringent which, coupled with the lingering hop bite, creates a very dry finish.

D: A good but not great APA from the Brew Kettle. It smells malt-dominated, tastes hop-dominated, and has some minor issues in terms of mouthfeel - all of which detract somewhat from enjoyability. I like the hop bill, however, and it's a pleasant drinker at any rate.

 1,241 characters

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a tall pilsner glass a clear golden orange color with a slight white head. Malty, cereal, and orange hop notes in the nose. Medium/light mouthfeel. The flavor profile starts with a sweet malt flavor which transitions to a slight hoppy orange bitterness. Pretty easy drinking and no hints of the alcohol. Decent. Nice lacing.

 344 characters

Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MbpBugeye for this bottle.

Pours a light, clear amber with a healthy beige head that recedes to a swirl around the center and some spider-web lacing along the sides.

The aroma is big on floral and citrus hops and they almost take on an herbal character in the nose. Sticky pine resin and lemon zest with a solid caramel malt sweetness.

The taste is a little brighter if that makes sense with the lemon zest and grapefruit. Lightly toasted caramel malts and a resinous floral finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a citrus bitterness lingering on the palate.

This is a solid APA but nothing memorable as it's hoppy but the hop profile is not something that stands out. Compared to the Daisy Cutter I had yesterday, it's just not in the same league.

 789 characters

Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: bright copper-amber in color, light covering of carbonation receding to a thin ring

s: pale malts with a very light caramel presence, citrus pith hop aroma - dried grapefruit, some citrus oils, pretty nice

m: carbonation light-moderate, lighter in body

t: body mostly clean pale malts with a light, biscuity caramel, hop flavor fairly one-dimensional citrus/grapefruit pith, finishing with a moderate-high piney bitterness, okay and nicely balanced if a touch plain in flavor

d: the clean body and hoppy finish make for an easy drink

bomber carried back from ohiiio

 573 characters

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a light amber pour, a finger's worth of sticky white foam. Lots of lace making a baby Swiss like pattern all around.

Aroma - plenty of piny snappy goodness. A nice note of florals, perhaps a touch soapy.

Taste - pink grapefruit, biscuity malt, a piny mid-palate. For all the hop hoopla, this has a good presence without going over the top. Some good citrus on the swallow, orange and pine. A good, dry aftertaste, ending with a tasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel - light oily smoothness, good crispness, very solid body for an APA.

Drinkability - huge flavor and reasonable abv make for a most sessionable brew.

 621 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

 540 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.


Thanks Eric for sharing!!

 583 characters

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep gold color, with a frothy white head.

Floral hops and slight citrus greet the nose. Smell, mostly, is non-existent.

Taste is slightly hoppy, citrus and spice, tingling the back of the throat. A bit of malt hits the mid-to-back of the tongue. Ends bitter and slightly dry on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is thin, but crisp.

Easily drinkable, a good session beer. I look forward to having it with pizza tonight.

 465 characters

Photo of gunnerman
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, poured a golden orange with a bit of head that leaves no lace. Smell is a bit citrus with a slight malted character. Heavy carbonation with a thin malt profile hop finish towards the back end. Overall a decent offering and the price makes this one a very good session beer.

 299 characters

Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.