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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

253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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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RoyalT

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 23:06:18 | More by RoyalT
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gford217

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 02:43:56 | More by gford217
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-13-2012 04:58:28 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-29-2013 11:26:24 | More by Cynic-ale
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Duff27

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 04:27:54 | More by Duff27
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-24-2012 03:23:33 | More by whartontallboy
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blackie

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 05:07:24 | More by blackie
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Brenden

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 15:42:14 | More by Brenden
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-15-2013 02:24:29 | More by pathman
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to miketd for sending me three bombers from The Brew Kettle. I drink a lot of IPAs & pales, so the cellar tends to accumulate lots of dark, heavy stuff. This wasn't one of them.

Pale, clear yellow pour, split three ways. Smell is warm, hoppy for a pale.

Cascades aren't my favorite hop, but the "4" in this brew do a nice job. Mild, pine-infested hops dance with the devil in the pale malt-light, & the result is drinkable, gentle, crisp, & appealing. A beer that could be satisfying on any night, winter, summer, or spring (we call that twelves hours here in MN).

Good, solid pale. I'd be happy to drink this anytime.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 00:09:36 | More by maximum12
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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

22oz. bomber into goblet. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy deep orange/rusty copper-tinged body with one-finger creamy, off-white cap that settled into a quarter inch retention and deposited lots of sticky lace around the goblet.

S - Toasty and grainy malt paired with a citrusy hop character. Very simple and straightforward aroma profile for a pale ale.

T - Quite a malt-forward pale ale with grainy and caramely malt sweetness, but balanced with a decent citrusy hop presence.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a minimal hop bite that lingers on the palate for a bit.

D - Solid pale ale, though better (and fresher) on tap, obviously. However, my tap score is slightly lower due to the bottled version having a nicer appearance.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 18:22:54 | More by ffejherb
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 01:33:08 | More by DavoleBomb
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:43:32 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-15-2011 04:36:11 | More by Exiled
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srandycarter

California

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! :)

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 02:42:26 | More by srandycarter
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cosmicevan

New York

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 23:13:10 | More by cosmicevan
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warnerry

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 01:49:58 | More by warnerry
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 21:35:56 | More by jmdrpi
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mcallister

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2006 11:17:27 | More by mcallister
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wagenvolks

Texas

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...

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 22:39:33 | More by wagenvolks
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-22-2013 23:58:33 | More by ADTaber
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

11-23-2011 01:10:31 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-12-2012 16:25:30 | More by Tyrawlings
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seeswo

Ohio

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).

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 21:49:03 | More by seeswo
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nrbw23

Ohio

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

A- Pours a pale orange color with a thin white head. Head leaves behind some great lacing.

S- Smells good but a little soft. Smells of pine, citrus, caramel malts and sweet.

T- Hops make there prescense known here. All 4 C's of hops are here piney and citrus. Again not bad but I guess I got a little over excited given the name.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was good.

D- Very easy to drink and worth a try for sure. Not the greatest but by fair from the worse. I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 07:14:16 | More by nrbw23
Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
85 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.