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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 8
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)
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

davemathews68, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of pwoods
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. Brown bomber, picked up at the brewpub the day after the BA Blackout release, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a coppery amber, nearly as deep as an amber ale. Good 2 fingers head on the pour with pretty good retention and very nice lacing.

S: Plenty of the C hops. Loads of citrus and pine and somewhat resinous. Some sweet lightly bready malts to balance.

T/M: Good bitterness level, similar to Alpha King. More of the hit citrus and pine notes. Malts again are sweet to balance and don't get in the way too much. Body is medium or so with good carbonation. Finishes rather dry.

D: If the ABV really is 5% then it's amazing they got this much flavor. Very drinkable and even better on tap. Wish they'd send down more kegs of this.

pwoods, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

OWSLEY069, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Duff27, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had a bunch of Brew Kettles this year (I think I need to go there soon) This is a very tame APA, but nice and easy to drink.

It is pretty flatt and headless in the glass. The aroma is weak too. The taste is a nice hoppy balance, just as an APA should be.

This is a very pleasant brew and I look forward to giving it a try on tap.

schoolboy, May 19, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

warnerry, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of lochef81
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've just discovered this brewery ans can't get enough. This offering pours a handsome amber hue with a small but thick white head and nice lacing. The aroma is subtle but absolutely delicious. Lots of malt and hop notes but totally balanced even in the nose. The mouth is just the right amount of sticky chew and smooth sippable, refreshing ale. The flavor is an awesome balance of rich malt and bitter hops. This is a great beer. If this one catches on it could give zombie dust a run for its money as one if the best apas out there.

lochef81, Feb 22, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Good hop tone and character on it. Flavor profile stays consistent. This is an easy drinking apa. I don't see any reason why you shouldn't try this beer; or make it a regular rotation in your lineup if it's readily available. Well above average.

Hey whose porch was this beer's pic taken on? I wanna have a brew there! (Have your people call my people?)

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber purchased at Vintage Estate. I've shared one with Foofaa in the past but didn't take notes. Consumed on 6-Jul-10.

A: The pale ale is a curpous amber color, translucent with a thick 3 finger head. It's eggshell white color stands out against the amber. Excessive lacing, as you'd expect, follows the head.

S: The aroma is hoppy and sweet, plenty of citrus hops to go around. They are mild but concentrated, a zesty sweet nose with orange pulp scents to go with the grapefruit. The hoppiness, while not intense, really stands out.

T: Sweet caramel and bitter hops start things off nicely, vying for attention. Pine and grapefruit flavors are much stronger than just about every APA I've had before, a chewy hop playground. It's not a complete hop bomb though, more than enough caramel hangs around to balance things out. The vigorous head tamped out the carbonation, allowing the oily citrus flavors to loiter around. A nice APA.

M: If you like hops, you should enjoy this beer. The citrus hops are so pleasing, so sweet as to soothe the soul. Bitterness builds to a crescendo in the finish.

D: Very drinkable, moderate alcohol level, plenty of hops. The highlight of my holiday flight.

akorsak, Jul 07, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PWoods for sharing from his growler.
I have no idea why they call this a pale ale. This is more like a pretty big IPA. And I like it. Plenty of piney and juicy hops all over the place in this one. Plenty of bitterness but still remains very balanced. Decent body and non-cloying. I could drink an awful lot of this. Very well done. I will have to stop in and try some more of their beers.

FtownThrowDown, Oct 19, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

BB1313, Oct 30, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
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
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4.1/5  rDev +9%
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! :)

srandycarter, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

HV

sholland119, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.08/5  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.

ColdPoncho, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

McNealc31, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Radome
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Radome, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of dudemuskie
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up an incredibly affordable bomber at Andersons and enjoyed samples in a 6 oz taster glass.

Appearance- Pours very slightly hazy, pale orange with a tight, almost creamy off-white head that sticks around for a while. Loads of bubbles rising from glass. Great lacing.

Aroma- Big hop nose filled with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, fresh cut grass, and piney resin- though none overwhelm or really stand out. Candied citrus, soft herbal spice, and subtle dark caramel notes also in the mix. Very inviting and complex aroma, but not overwhelming.

Flavor- Bright herbal/grassy hops pop first and are quickly followed by a mouth coating resinous, piney, almost spicy hop flavor and an assertive bitterness. Soft orange peel citrus and a slightly sweet bread-like malt flavor round out the finish. There is some burnt sugar in there, but very subtle and complimentary. Hop bitterness almost puckering and slightly drying, lingers well into finish. Nicely balanced with just enough malt, but not too much, for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel- Moderate CO2, medium bodied, low-moderate residual sugars. Resinous hops coat back of tongue and linger.

Overall- Very tasty pale ale! Loads of hop flavor that would satisfy most hop heads, but not so much that drinkability falls short. I could definitely soak up a few pints of this brew, especially if it was over some spicy hotwings or pulled pork BBQ! Feels like a great football beer! Definitely worth seeking out if you are in Ohio, especially considering the price of a bomber is under $5!!

dudemuskie, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of SerialHiker
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice autumnal orange mixed with caramel brown…way too much off white head formed with the lightest of pours (see photo above)...this is the last of a six pack I picked up and all of them have done this...it’s thick, with big and little bubbles…tons of big bubble lacing around the glass…fairly transparent, there’s tons of bubble action throughout…a well carbonated brew…when it finally simmers down, it has a nice, drinkable appearance…(3.89/5)

Smell: Earthiness, yeast, floral, piney, grapefruit, orange, sweet caramel malts, honey candy and toffee…there is a light airiness; a fresh, out-of-the-shower aroma going on here…a touch of alcohol heat way in the back…it’s a lovely smelling brew…(4.25/5)

Taste: Yum! Sweet, caramel malts blending nicely with piney/resin and citrus hops flavors…way more yeast flavor than typically found in these types of pale ales…a very fresh feel and taste to it…not overly complicated, it really comes in as it finishes…there’s a biscuity, citrus bitterness in the after taste…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, tons of carbonation…it fluffs up all over my palate leaving piney/citrus resin all over my tongue…for all the fluff and body, it’s not overly chewy, still has a nice, drinkable body…(4/5)

Overall: This is a pretty good beer…the flavor isn’t overly unique, as I’ve really been hitting the caramel malts mixed with citrus hops American Pale Ale variety pretty hard lately, so it’s difficult for a brew like this to stand out...what does separate this beer from others is the yeast they use…it’s very evident in the aroma and flavor making it borderline Belgian in life and effervescence (though the over zealous carbonation makes me burpy!)…things are nicely balanced, it’s very drinkable and at 6.0% ABV, I could have a couple over the course of a night and still be able to hold my head up… (4/5)

SerialHiker, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

RoyalT, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

BuckeyeSlim, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

standardcherry, May 27, 2012
Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
85 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.