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Four C's American Pale Ale - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

Four C's American Pale AleFour C's American Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%


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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seeswo

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice copper color with a large foamy and bubbly cream white head. Ringed lacing stays while the large head settles very slowly.

S- Smells malty for an APA. From the bottle you get a nice hop floral aroma, but when poured out, it is very sweet and caramel smelling. Some citrus comes through in bits, but I would definitely like more to come through...

T/M- Much like the smell, this tastes just a bit too malty for an APA. With a name like 4 C's (Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Chinook) one would expect at least more hop flavor that what truly is present. I do get more of a floral hop flavor when it comes through, but I was expecting this to be citrusy- so I would be very curious to get the low down on the hop schedule used- assuming Cascade or Columbus was used more for the flavoring hops... On one or two sips, I do get a biscuit malt flavor that lends itself a bit towards a buttery diacetyl- not a huge concern, but it came and went in a subtle fashion... Anyway, the mouth is a nice medium-light with less carbonation that I would like for an APA. Leaves the mouth a bit dry.

D- Yes and no. I am in the dead heat of summer after a long day at work and I was expecting a refreshing citrusy APA, only to get a more malty and less carbonated beer. Its not a bad beer, but goes a bit too far outside guidelines of the style for me to say I enjoy A LOT. I like it and it is very drinkable, but would have to be in the right environment.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 00:35:27 | More by TheGordianKnot
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Radome

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 05:08:38 | More by Radome
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 00:51:19 | More by siege06nd
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 05:36:48 | More by Jesse13713
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output01x

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 16:14:47 | More by output01x
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madvermin

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 06:45:47 | More by madvermin
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gunnerman

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 19:09:54 | More by gunnerman
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McNealc31

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 00:41:06 | More by McNealc31
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Rhynes2

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured our a light amber color. Not much head retention but had some decent lacing down the sides. The Four C's name tells you its a hop centered beer and there is no denying that fact. Big hop kick present in both the nose and the taste. The grapefruit aspect of this beer is very prominent and I must admit that I'm a sucker for that flavor in a beer. This was my first beer by The Brew Kettle and it won't be my last. Great Buy too at 4.99 a bomber

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 02:03:16 | More by Rhynes2
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lochef81

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:42:21 | More by lochef81
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SerialHiker

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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)

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 00:38:11 | More by SerialHiker
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 02:56:36 | More by hustlemuscle
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Keffa

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 04:52:50 | More by Keffa
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ABOWMan

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light golden color with perfect clarity. The pour produced two fingers of tan colored head that was relatively short lived. No lacing was apparent on the lass of my glass.

S: Caramel, malt and ripe fruit.

T: Sweet malt backbone followed by a complimentary mild hop bitterness. Nicely balanced, but not much else there.

M: A little think on my palate for a APA of only 5% abv. The mouthfeel was that of a beer with much higher alcohol content.

D: A little above average in drinkability because of the nice balanced flavor, despite the heaviness on my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 00:06:52 | More by ABOWMan
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spitInTheOcean

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 04:16:31 | More by spitInTheOcean
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dudemuskie

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 13:03:40 | More by dudemuskie
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brian44556

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 16:05:50 | More by brian44556
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btorsdog

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:33:59 | More by btorsdog
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Broman

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a thick white head. Even a gentle pour displaces a large foam top. Pale orange in color, fairly transparent.

Smell- Somewhat complex. The most notable are citrus tones. Hints of grapefruit and a minor sweet note are subtly noted.

Taste- Equal to the smell. More bitter then anything. Not overwhelming bitterness. The expected citrus flavor is noted. Flavor is abundant and quickly disappears and leaves a barely noticeable hop flavor in the mouth afterwards leaving a somewhat stale tinge in .

Mouthfeel- Light on the tongue. Slight carbonation.

Overall- Enjoyable beer to drink. Not overly complex. Consuming two or three in one sitting would be the limit for me. The flavor is to basic to really have any more if other beers are available.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 04:52:04 | More by Broman
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endlesszero

California

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 21:59:32 | More by endlesszero
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Smallj

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The label on this beer is updated. No "Ringneck" and 6% ABV

Good looks, good head, smooth - tastes really good! Nice floral arrangement here with the hops.
If you like popular American IPAs, then you will likely enjoy this. It is labeled a Pale Ale, but can hang with the IPA; reminds me of 3 Floyd's Alpha King.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 00:49:26 | More by Smallj
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Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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