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 btorsdog
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber for $3.99,not to shabby!
Poured a true golden clear with not a whole lotta head happening,fair amont of lacing though.
kind of a bland smell, mostly bready malts.
flavorful strait-forward pale ale taste with a nice suprise hop card dealt in toward the end,not as hoppy as hoped for though ,but vey nice!
mouth was somewhat thick and full but with a smooth slippery effect.
bomber went down quite nice an rather fast, not a bad brew at all, will partake again! CHEERS
Note: different label than pictured ,label stated abv 6.0% with an IBU of 55.

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 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.

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 Omnium
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours a nice slightly orange gold color, 2 finger white head, fades fast, nice lacing though.
S - Very fresh, grassy, citrus, light caramel malt, lime juice.
T - Big juicy citrus flavor, nice caramel malts, big lime flavor too, good pine bitterness, crackery finish.
M - Fresh clean and crisp.
O - This is a decent demonstration of the four hops as mentioned, nice clean citrusy fresh flavors. Good pale thats borderline IPA.

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

Copper with some red highlights. A creamy white head doesn't hang around too long but does leave some thin sticky lace

Nicely hopped aromas. Some malt to balance the smell in the background. Nicley floraled with citrusy notes.

Easy to drink. Balance is there and some complexity. Layers of hop flavor hits you from all sides of the palate. A floral beginning leads into piney, earthy flavors, and finishes with a resing, citrus kick. Easy drinking and laid back mouthfeel.

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 bamadog
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While taking a trip to the greater Cleveland area, I convinced my buddy Jeff that The Brew Kettle is a stop that we must make. After arriving, he certainly had no argument. Poured from the tap to a pint glass, review is from notes taken on 6/11/2010.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow and comes with a short 1/2 finger white head that fades to an uneven, but pretty full, skim; body is very clear and shows minimal carbonation slowly bubbling up; random washes and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Nice citrus and bitter hoppy blend ranging from smooth tropical fruitiness to a sticky and sappy pine -- really quite the array of scents.

Taste: A blast of bitter hops right up front -- predominantly piney/grassy, then followed by the bitter citric aspect with aspects of lemon and grapefruit; a burnt toastiness lingers along with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body is fairly light and a tad watery; the carbonation is present, but not really strong at all; a sticky and thin coating from all the various hop resins is left behind; and interestingly enough, for a 5% beer, the stomach is left slightly warm.

Drinkability: Really, the only aspect of the beer that didn't really strike my fancy was the mouthfeel, and even that wasn't too bad. At 5%, I could probably drink this all day, especially during the warm summer months as the bitterness is really quite refreshing and even the lighter body allows for it to be quaffed quite heartily.

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

RN 4 C's Pale Ale Poured from tap into a clean, clear glass at The Brew Kettle earlier tonight.

A Translucent amber color under a minimal head that dissipates quickly. Probably true to style but the body might be a touch darker than other Pale Ales.

S Hops bitterness but seems to be balanced enough with some malt at a distance behind the hops in front.

T Front: Hops but that quickly (15 seconds) gives way to a nice sweetness in the mid taste that I really liked. Aftertaste maintained some citrusy hops but it was muted, balanced by reasonable malt sweetness. This is an interesting beer for sure.

M Moderate to high with hops front and then that nice sweetness.

D Finished my pint sooner than I thought that I might. This is a good session beer.

Notes: Really impressed with this Pale Ale, a style that I am usually not too motivated to try. Good job Ringneck/Brew Kettle.

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...

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 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.

Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I half expected Four C's to be green - you know, like the four hops (Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, and Chinook) that went into it. But as much as their presence is felt in the nose and on the palate, there's no visual trace of them in this bright, burnished golden appearance.

I may be reviewing this on a dark December night, but the aroma will surely conjure thoughts of a summer day, likely somewhere warm or tropical; there is lots of zippy citrus and leafy greenness. It smells floral, fruity, fresh, and frickin' delicious - it might as well be called the Four F's!

Just as you'd anticipate from a beer named after hops, Four C's has a very lucid hoppiness. The flavour showcases almost sherbet-like citrus notes (lots of lime, lemon, and orange) against a defenseless pale malt backdrop - it's like colourful pastel brushstrokes on a white canvas.

The earthy and floral elements are just as present as the fruit; this drinks like a perfectly steeped rose-scented green tea. Maybe a pinch of mint too. There's surprisingly no bitterness (and little interfering sweetness from the malt aside from a great biscuity base).

Four C's is not the sledgehammer hop-bomb you might expect - then again, it's a pale ale not an IPA. There is plenty of unbridled hoppiness here, but less the kind that wacks you over the head and more the kind that massages it (parts of Britain do still, in fact, stuff pillow cases with hop cones to aid sleeping). I'm not surprised - this is an extremely pleasant, almost soothing offering.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a pint glass.

A: The color is a sort of orange/light red color with some visible carbonation bubbles coming to the top. The head is a light tan color made of big bubbles and it lasts for a good amount of time.

S: I get some citrusy notes followed by a somewhat malty character.

T: I get a little grapefruit flavor, as well as some bitterness. The malt comes through after the initial hops. This is a very well balanced beer. Not too bitter, not too sweet.

M: Good mouthfeel, coats the palate and you can feel the hops at the back of your mouth near your throat. moderate carbonation does a nice job of clearing the palate, but the flavor does linger for about a minute.

D: I could easily have 2 bombers in a sitting without a second thought. At 5-6% ABV (website says 5, bottle says 6), you don't really feel it at all while drinking it. The way the hops linger is really neat!

Photo of hustlesworth
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- a vigorous pour yielded no more than 3/4in of orange tinted cream colored sticky foam. this is one malty ale indeed. settled in good time to a thick creamy ring and some large clusters of bubbles. mostly clear copper orange with golden amber highlights. nice thick curtains of lace.

S- somewhat mild aroma but very nice buttery butterscotch toffee marshmallow and (as the label suggests) the four c's. grapefruit, orange, and pine but not at all pungent. malt definitely dominates here.

T- well balanced and suited to my tastes. starts off with a sweet toffee buttery marshmallow malt flavor as grapefruit and piney hops kick in although everything seems to be on a sort of low-volume scale. sweetness quickly fades after being cut down by bitterness which lingers as the actual hop flavor slowly builds into the finish. grapefruit, orange, lemon-lime, pine tar, fresh oregano green-ness and some earthy woodsy toasted malt leftovers.

MF- hefty and creamy and slightly powdery but still rather refreshing. low low carbonation seems to follow suit with the hops and appears more pronounced later in the game. very tight almost nitro like bubbles.

D- sure a few things could be tweaked to make this my ideal pale ale but it's pretty damn drinkable at 6% abv. the fine balance and creamy body are the stars here, although i could use a little more bubbly. nothing about this beer is overbearing in any way, in fact it's the opposite. that would be fine by me if it were 4.7% and i had a growler.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JaBier for giving me this bottle from his recent trip up to Cleveland. It was enjoyable.

I feel like the concept of IPA continues to evolve here in America...what was great 5 years ago may only be good today. And among a super strong crop of American IPAs, I feel like this one is a nice middle-ground of the above average. Call it the 75th percentile of IPAs, which is no small feat these days. Pours a nice coppery-gold color with a ton of well-formed, durable frothy white head. Aroma is definitely hoppy (the Cascade seemed to dominate IMO - but I am a hops lay-man), and was nicely floral and citrusy. Body had some light malt structure with some decent hoppiness. This beer is nicely balanced and would make a great session ale.

I would recommend this beer.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, very solid pale. Almost verging on an IPA. Big hops, (of four varieties; cascade, columbus, chinook, and centennial) but well balanced. A touch drying at the end, goes down very well. Overall a solid beer. Hard to elaborate much else. Good, but not overly memorable.

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.

3.5/3.5/4/4/4

Thanks Eric for sharing!!

Photo of Ricochet
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently, this beer is different from their other pale ale because of the hops they used "Centennial, Chinook, Columbus and Cascade" making this a powerful, hoppy beer.

The bartender told me that when they put this one on tap, all one could taste was HOPS but it has mellowed and I'd say into a damn fine pale.

Appearence: Dark amber and typical pale.

Smell: Little nose, a bit fruity from the hops

Mouthfeel: Good. Flows over the tounge with richness and just the right amount of foaming.

Taste: The only thing different I could say about this one from other pale ales is a weird "cereal" aftertaste like corn pops. Not bad, just different. Other than that, it's all hops and alcohol baby.

Drinkability: Except for the fact that the next time I go here they'll have something different, If they kept this one on tap, it would be the pale to get.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for this one. Updated label... so I was a little confused, no ringneck and no bird. Its also 6% abv now. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a coarse, 2 finger white head with nice retention. Beer is a clear orange that reveals moderate carbonation. Lacing is outrageously thick and frothy at the top with a waterfall down the glass.

S: Pine, sweet citrus, cane sugar, cream, and a face full of hops. Powerful and fragrant. This beer'll wake you up in the morning!

T: Pine and citrus hoppiness. Grassy and a bit astringent. Brown sugar in the background. Slight sourness due to the carbonation. Finish is incredibly messy, leaving a sappy, sticky hop presence on the palate.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated, watery in the mouth and very very lively. Finish is messy and lingers long after the beer is gone.

D: A pale ale that is slightly more hopped than I would like but nevertheless very well executed. Great feel that allows it to go down super easy and a flavor that keeps me going back for me. A definite winner from this small little brewpub, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had on tap at the The Melt bar on my way through Cleveland.

appears dark golden color, minimal head. just some frothy bubbles after each swig. Aroma is dominated by hops as expected, a nice pleasant mix of citrus, pine, earthy. same with the taste, with enough biscuity malt to hold it up.
medium body and carbonation.

overall - easy to drink, paired well with my lunch.

Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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!

Photo of beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pwoods was kind enough to hand fill me a bottle of this. Thanks, ya bastard ;) !

A: Because it was hand filled from a growler, I got little to no head, but I won't let that detract from the overall appearance on this beer. Color of beer was a clear, rich, dark copper/amber. After an aggresive swirl, I saw a little white foam - what you'd expect from a pale ale in color and head.

S: Pretty big hop profile for being a pale ale. Nice blend of pine and citrus, followed by some sweet malt.

T: This is bigger than a pale ale. I think this should be in the IPA class, but who am I? Suprisingly bitter, but manageable - lots of acidity in this one (for a "Pale Ale").

M/D: Medium body and flavor. I'm eager to try more of these. Well crafted and a bit of a pleasant surpise for me.

Thanks for the giftie, pwoods!

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