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

315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
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: 315 | Reviews: 102
Photo of afksports
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a new friend in Ohio for a bomber of this baby. I love me a pale ale, and this one falls right in line. Tasty treat, something good to eat, see your underwear, France, etc. Very cool.

It looks pretty good. Copper body, mostly clear, clingy head, bubbly and good sustained lacing. Smells like a pale ale, with a bunch of biscuit, but although the hop character is leaning towards grapefruit in the taste, it doesn't come through in the nose. The taste is grapefruit and bread, drying in the back a bit more than I prefer for pale ales, and a touch too watery in the front and middle for the ABV and complexion of the brew. Something's a little off.

The mouthfeel is good, carbonation good, overall it's drinkable, and I'm going to finish the bomber. It is Cinco De Mayo after all. And that's not Mexican Independence Day. Wiki that stuff. Seriously. Blows your mind. Four C's. Not Four Loko. Wiki that too.

Photo of stewart124
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange color with really no head to speak of.

Nose has tropical notes with citrus and grapefruit.

Much thicker mouthfeel than I expected and the carbonation seemed a bit low. This along with a sweeter caramel character and subdued hop bitterness were a bit of a disappointment.

Not a bad American Pale Ale by any means but not quite what I was looking for.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.09/5  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.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical pale ale color (dark orange/light brown), pours crystal clear with a huge white head and a lot of lacing down the glass.

S - Wonderful balance of hops and malts in the aroma and easy to distinguish between the two. The malts are very sweet but not too caramelized or toasted and the hops come in with a nice earthly note which complements the malts nicely.

T - Good flavor but a little more on the malty side for me for a pale ale. Since 4 hop varieties are used it'd be nice to have those come forward a little more. What flavor there was of the hops was pleasantly cirtusy and slight esters, as expected due to the hop combo used.

M/D - A little thin on the body so the carbonation came off as a little strong for a pale ale. Very clean with no traces of tannins, adjuncts, etc.

To me this beer was a slight mix between a brown ale and an APA due malt presence and starved hops. Even so still a good beer but not a regular go to if you want a solid APA.

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!

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 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 Natural510
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a medium amber color, transparent to light, with small amount of head and sturdy ring of lacing on the glass.

Scent is fairly strong with tropical fruit and hints of pine hop.

Alternately sweet and bitter flavors; dry, chalky bitterness from the hops and a tropical fruit sweetness from the malt. Nice flavor profile, if not a bit too unbalanced by the bitterness (not to be confused with an intense hop profile).

Mouthfeel is full, an body is in-line with a hearty pale ale.

Solid example of a Midwestern pale ale, with its tropical fruit profile. Slightly unbalanced in flavor but overall something I'd drink again.

Photo of AwYeh
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into Schlitz Light bomber; thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing this one with me.

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber color with half a finger of frothy white head. Decent spotting.

S: Smells sweet and sticky; lots of caramel, biscuity malts with piny, resinous, citrus hops providing a nice balance.

T: Malts and hops are well balanced here; initially, a biscuity, botterscotch malt flavor takes over, but is quickly followed by a piny, slightly grapefruity hop bitterness which balances things out.

M: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, halfway between smooth and sticky.

D: Goes down easily, and at $4 a bomber this isn't bad at all for a regular drinker. As long as I'm in Ohio, I'll have this somewhat regularly.

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A steady pour got a finger of almost white head which dissipated in a couple of minutes. It keeps a nice froth up top of a copper body. A steady flow of bubbles can be seen rising to the top. A little bit of lacing is noted.

Four hops makes this a nice aromatic beer. The nose is a journey of pine and citrus notes with a malt backbone that seems to have a little bread in it.

To the nose initially, but the malt certainly becomes more apparent as the beer warms. You start tasting a serious spiced bread flavor. Good stuff. Freaking delicious.

This beer is medium bodied, very nice bitterness for the hopheads. It is a little syrupy and a little sweet.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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 veinless
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of McNealc31
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of gunnerman
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Rhynes2
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Photo of SerialHiker
4.05/5  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)

Photo of Keffa
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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 ABOWMan
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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 brian44556
2.89/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of dudemuskie
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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!!

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 Broman
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
85 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.