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

297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 siege06nd
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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 falloutsnow
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Savor Market, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

The beer pours a 1cm tall head of off-white to slightly beige foam, bubbles small in size and fairly compressed in pattern. Retention is minimal, lasting under one minute, but leaving fairly pleasant lacing, a complex, heavy mix of small speckles and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark caramel brown color, with light bringing out a brighter orange hue, with yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, though it is somewhat sluggish and not substantial in number.

Aroma is of grapefruit juice, pine resin, and American hop as sweetened by caramelized malt sugars, with a fairly good balance between these competing characters, if not a bit less powerful than I was expecting based upon the hops included and IBUs.

Front of palate picks up sweetness from caramelized malt sugars with slightly floral hop characters and hints of strong pine resin and bitter grapefruit and orange flavors. Mid-palate balances the caramelized malt sugars with strong pine resin, bitter grapefruit and orange flavors, honey, and light floral and woodsy characters. Back of palate picks up continued caramel malt sweetness with pine resin and substantial grapefruit-like bitterness, with some lighter orange-like flavors as well. Lingering aftertaste of caramelized malt sugar sweetness and grapefruit-like hop bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that's marginally fizzy and subsequently foamy, mostly smooth and a bit placid. Closes dry, but with significant stickiness lingering across the palate.

Photo of schoolboy
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark caramel with a 2 finger light tan head. Big blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- very malty, toast, pine, floral, light citrus.

T- caramel, toasted malts, bitter citrus and pine with some grassy flavors as well.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry and a crisp finish.

O- ok pale ale. Very malt forward and actually has a slight abv bite for some reason. My suggestion: 5 C's, dry hop the shit out of this beer with Citra!

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
85 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.