Red Eye PA - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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88
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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UA8 on 05-10-2009

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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 47
Photo of Ryan011235
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Studio 35 on 9/22/12

A) Rusty brown color of medium depth. 1/2 inch head thins quickly. Thin layer of retention. Pretty good rings of lace.

S) Tropical citrus hop notes are ripe in the aroma: peach, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit. Toasty bread with caramel overtones.

T) Gripping pine tar leads off and opens to tropical goodness with juicy flavors similar to the aroma. This is very dry. Unobtrusive malts; lots of toasted bread and hints or caramel (it does seem a tad maltier as it warms).

M) Medium body with moderately high and smooth carbonation. Resinous and prickly.

D) I really like this one. Quite hoppy with enough balance. Underrated.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh so close to hitting a home run on this one. Looks great on the pour. Flavor profile is great. Nice rye tones with the hops clearly there. It seems to be lingering a bit more as time goes on, or maybe it's just that the beer is blasting my palate. This is much like Hop Rod Rye, but not quite as big. I like this beer.

Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is like a hoppy Red Ale.

Pours out a very nice, deep amber color with a decent amount of fluffy head.

The aroma has a lot of citrus, grapefruit and peach notes from the hops and some bready notes.

The taste is a great balance between citrus and floral hops along with a nice bitterness and a bready, malty quality that finishes nice and dry. Very easy to drink and no alcohol can be detected.

This is great and drinks very much like a hoppy Red Ale or Amber Ale. Very tasty and one of the better beers from The Brew Kettle.

Photo of mondegreen
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip

Pours an clear amber red. A departure from the usual American IPA, for sure. A nice two finger head sits atop the beer, slowly receding and leaving sticky lace all over the glass.

The nose is interesting. Bright citrus notes from the hops mingle with the aroma of freshly crushed grain. It smells like I'm sticking my head in the rain bag. Atypical for an American IPA, but it smells intriguing and delicious at the same time.

Taste is as balanced as the nose. Light, sweet malts pair with bitter citrus hops on the palate. The bitterness lingers long after the sweetness washes away. Very well crafted.

Mouth is medium, but slick. Pleasing.

Overall, this beer is a success as an IPA, but it would also be a hit as an Imperial Amber. A really good beer from The Brew Kettle.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear with a color somewhere between orange amber and deep amber. Two fingers of beige, frothy/creamy hybrid head. Retention is good and a thick, tall ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Smells wonderful. Super floral, resiny, lightly herbal, and with a touch of pine and papaya citrus. Moderate caramel notes from the malt and a light biscuitiness. Clean overall.

3.5 T: Taste is solid, but it's more in line with the "standard" IPA than the stellar one. Hop flavor is much weaker than the nose with flowers, light pine, light herbal, and light citrus perceived. Low bitterness. Caramel and biscuity malts.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess, which I want in an IPA.

3.5 D: Somehow TBK manages to make their IPAs smell great without tasting as good as they smell. Still a good beer though.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, a cirtusy pine hop. In the taste, sweet malts and a small pine hop in the end. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry malt and note of pine in the aftertaste. A nice ale, a nice mix of hops, and somewhat mellow.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, red tint. 1/2 creamy head with some foamy, sticky lacing.

Smell - Hops, pine, grapefruit, apple, some sugars, a little rye and caramel. Some bready malts and a little alcohol also.

Taste - Mild tropcial hops with some caramel and a nice malt backbone makes this beer up. Its not overly bitter or citric. Actually, the malts is what makes this different from the rest. If you didnt have the german malts, this would be just like every other ipa out there. Alcohol is masked well, but comes out a little as this warms.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tounge with some sweet piney flavors. Plenty of mango, orange and peach leave a resin. Palette gets remaining hops, some malts, and a little carmael. Aftertaste is hoppy and rather long lasting.

Overall - This is actually really good. I different twist on the american ipa with the malts. Doesnt dethrone white rajah, or even the double ipa brew kettle makes but, this is really good. Hops arent overbearing but theres plenty to enjoy. Check this out, yet another great beer from the kettle!

Photo of Clydesdale
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, clear burnt-orange color. The medium-sized, orange-tinted head has a densely frothy texture. Retention is solid, and some sticky rings of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Fairly prominent toasted/caramel malt undertones up front. These are more than balanced by a big citric/resiny hop nose. Sugar coated citrus peel, along with some underlying tropical/pineapple notes.

T: Toasty maltiness up front, with medium caramel sweetness throughout. Hop bitterness is strong and lasting. Hop flavors are citric (candied grapefruit, especially), tropical, and resiny, but also a bit more floral than the nose suggested. The aftertaste is both malty and bracingly hoppy, with a kick of alcohol to boot.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation is peppy, which helps revive the heavy body and slightly-too-forceful aftertaste. That said, it's not the cleanest hoppy ale out there.

D: This is a good, but slightly flawed, beer from The Brew Kettle. I really enjoy this hop bill, and would like to see more highly-hopped red/amber ales, but its apparent alcohol and a few other minor issues with the mouthfeel hold it back from the upper echelon in my opinion.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, no freshness date. Pours crystal clear red-orange color with a nice 2 fingers of dense khaki head with amazing retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts. Some nice lacing clings to the sides of the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, toasted malt, orange, grapefruit, light pine, and biscuit. Some nice aromas, but they are a bit weak at first. They improve as the beer warms up. Taste of big caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, pine, orange, and spiciness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, citrus, and pine on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy mouthfeel with smooth drinking. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish. Great balance of flavor and bitterness; with the malts being a bit more prominent. Overall this is an excellent IPA/Amber ale. Delicious flavor and great balance.

Photo of edfish
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New brew to me.
22 oz bottle for 4$. Well worth a try!
Has a citrus smell not overwhelming very pleasing.
Taste- well ballanced hop-citrus-flavor. Strong but not overpowering.
Mouthfeel is not full and rich, but is light and citrusy dry with a lingering citrus hop dry finish, kinda stays on the outer parts of your mouth but very tasty!
Overall I think this is a great brew that is going to catch on! I should have bought more than just one bottle!!! Can wait to try the imperial ipa.

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The nose is a well constructed grapefruit puckering whiff with a hint of fruit, letting me know that a real IPA is imminent.

Good mingling of typical IPA bitters and malts, and with a very well constructed balance. Grapefruit/pineapple hops bite is the voice here, but there is some tart berry and malts to be heard. It's the way it's supposed to be -good.

This beer made me think . . . it looks like we're making good IPA all around this country now. I've had something at least this good from most regions. Americans really know how to make IPA . . . well, American IPA. You get my point. We've gotten really good at our iteration of the style, regional differences included. Bravo, Brew Kettle!

Photo of fear025
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:The foremost smell is honey, next there's some sweet malt and a faint sense of citrus.

Appearance:Deep amber in color with a light tan head. The head is long lasting. Good lacing. I'm not sure I like how they call it an India Pale Ale right on the label, when it's so dark. I want to compare it to Nugget Nectar and call it a hoppy amber/red.

Taste:This is an interesting one, there's tons of sweetness as well as hop bitterness in the foretaste. In the midtaste, I can taste honey, and the aftertaste is just bitter hops.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, some hop astringency.

Overall:It's an interesting take on an IPA, but I'm not totally thrilled with the execution. It's got a lot of bitterness, but the sweet honey flavors don't necessarily balance it out.

Photo of output01x
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap in a pint glass at The Brew Kettle.

A 1-finger cream-colored head of creamy froth sits atop a clear dark copper amber body with a decent flow of small carbonation bubbles. The head recedes very slowly to a thick coating that never really goes away. Thick lacing sticks to the glass like frost on an abaondoned car in the middle of winter.

A well blended mix of grassy and piney hops aromas explode off the head. Citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and lemon zest and earthy, spicy hops are also apparent. A caramel malt scent adds a little backbone to the nose.

Light, sweet malts cover the tongue like a blanket but give way after a second or two to light, spicy hops. A pine bitterness and peppery spiciness aftertaste end each sip.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is surprisingly creamy for the style. It coats every bit of your mouth but is not too assertive as the carbonation prevents the flavors from really taking hold. It is amazingly drinkable but not quite refreshing.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brew Kettle.

Pours a fairly-clear crimson color with a good off-white head and a bit of sticky lacing. The nose starts off as fruity, mostly strawberry-like along with a bit of cherry. Some sweet malt there as well. Following that, the 70 IBUs kick in with some earthy and floral hops. Those make a strong appearance in the nose, but die down a bit in the taste, which has more of a malt character. Medium body with a good level of bitterness, though it didn't attenuate quite as well as I would have liked given the other characteristics of the beer. Overall, a solid effort. Not a bad beer at this place.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Duvel Tulip - no best by date visible.

A:Poured a translucent red when held up to light - Two finger head with an aggressive pour,leaves a sticky webbing as it lowers, even carbonation.

S:The Grapefruit roundhouse kicks your nostrils into fruity heaven,pine resins are present as are light malts.

T: This beer has decent Grapefruit in the forefront followed by slight pine'y goodness , just enough malts to balance this Ipa out.

O: Overall for the price this was a very tasty Ipa that I'm glad I tried - will seek more out in the future.

Photo of buschbeer
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle
Served in a pint glass.

A - Copper colored body topped with two inches of off white head.

S - The aroma is rye malt and grapefruit.

T - The taste has the components of the smell in there. There is just an off taste that I can't identify in the middle.

M - The mouthfeel is medium.

D - There is just something off with this beer.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This one lives up to its name. A dark red-amber pour with a khaki head to go with it.

S: The piney hops are immediately noticeable and there's a bit of a grassy hop note too. Some decent citrus notes and quite a bit of malt. The usual toffee and bread notes are there and maybe a bit of chocolate.

T: Toffee and bread malts to begin with and then the semi-bitter dark chocolate follows. Lots of pine and citrus hops as well as a bit of an earthy note. Decently bitter, but not overly so.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium. This beer is pretty smooth on the tongue.

D: This didn't really blow me away, but it's a pretty solid beer.

Photo of beerphan
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle -> american pint
no date

Pours a crystal clear deeply oranged amber with a small white head that settles to a small puddle of dish suds. A top ring of spiderweb lace followed by random dottage down the glass. Carbonation appears in huge vigorous bubbles initially, but as time goes by is reduced to barely a trickle

Nose: Citrus hops in charge, with caramel, sharp hop spice, and some booze

Medium full mouthfeel, that starts out thin feeling but finishes thick. Caramel toastiness is abundant, but balanced well with a huge hit of spicy bitterness. Chewy caramel and some brown sugar sweetness mingle with a pineapple hop blast.

Seems more 'imperial' red than American IPA. Heavy on the malts for the latter.

Photo of alkemy
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bomber...

A - Pours a clear, dark, somewhat rusty amber. Cream colored head starts out fluffy but settles to a thin covering in a few minutes.

S - Citrusy floral hop profile. Lots of grapefruit and a bit of pineapple. I'm smelling some rye in here as well. Caramel malts are not real strong, but you can certainly pick them up. I got a bit of caramel. As you drink it, pine becomes a more prominent flavor.

T - Quite hoppy with grapefruit up front, but you can taste something akin to rye as well. I don't know what it is, but it's like a pseudo rye IPA. A touch of pine in the middle. Caramel has a fleeting present toward the finish before the lingering bitterness takes over.

M - Pretty tingly carbonation, but it suits the pineyness in the flavor. It's also got just a bit of stickiness to it. Alcohol warmth is felt, but it's pretty vague.

D - Really drinkable stuff. Goes down smooth and has a nice lingering bitterness.

Photo of AwYeh
3.06/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber, almost with a crimson tone. Less than half a finger of head, but I like the color so much that it's hard to knock appearance much.

S: Smells of citrus and pine hops, pretty exclusively. A bit of breadiness can be coaxed out of the aroma, with much effort.

T: Seems more bitter than other ~65 IBU brews I've tried; the same hops detected in smell are quite noticeable here, with a pit of pineapple and grapefruit representing the citrus. Just a bit of malty sweetness; not enough to provide any kind of balance, but at least there's something there.

M: Thin body with medium carbonation, and a long lasting bitter finish.

D: The flavor becomes kind of an indiscriminate bitterness after a few sips, which hurts drinkability. The alcohol in this one is well hidden, however.

Photo of Radome
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - The beer is a beautiful deep red-amber color, like an Irish Red. It is perfectly clear. The head is tan, creamy, thick and long-lasting.

S - This smells like a hop farm at harvest time. Huge citrus hop smell, mostly grapefruit. Malt and alcohol are not evident, drowned out by the hops.

T - The hop taste is dominant, with an accompanying strong hop bitterness. There is a bit of crystal malt sweetness and a tiny bit of roasted grain notes at the end of the sip. The alcohol is well-hidden. When first poured, I got a distracting metallic flavor at the end of the sip, but that faded away after a few minutes (from breathing or warming, I guess).

M - Moderate body, some carbonation fizz. Slightly mouthcoating and a little bit astringent from all the hops bitterness.

D - This is a very well-made IPA in the best Northwestern US tradition (from Ohio, no less!). The hop aroma and flavor are amazingly crisp and clean. My only complaint is that it is definitely one-dimensional with the hops and not much else going on. It's a hop-head's dream, but it's not really mine.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper/amber, with a 1.5" cream-colored head that reduces with plenty of sticky lacing.

Smells of fragrant pine and spicy citrus; more white grapefruit than sweeter citrus.

Has a pleasantly bitter, astringent taste. Grapefruit pith, hints of white pine, and slightly sweet malt combine for a well balanced IPA. Ends with a tongue-drying bitterness.

Medium bodied, this has a refreshing, yet astringent, bitterness that keeps the tongue honest.

Quite drinkable, it's a toss-up whether I like this or TBK's Route 21 Imperial IPA better. Either way, you can't go wrong!

Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of MbpBugeye.

Pours like an amber ale really. Deep, clear amber with a thick cream-colored head that recedes slowly to a hefty cap with great lacing. Great looking beer.

As with the pour, this smells more like a hopped up amber than an IPA. It's got lots of sweet caramel malts with hints of spiky rye and herbal hops supplemented with citrus juiciness and pine resin.

The taste has a quick citrus hop bitterness up front with pineapples and oranges. The backbone is caramel and toasted bread with a bitter hoppy finish featuring resinous hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with hops throughout the finish.

This is a nice IPA, if you can call it that, as I still contend it's more of a hoppy amber. Either way, pretty enjoyable.

Photo of JayQue
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of several beers a friend brought back from Ohio. Thanks Mark!!!. Good looking beer. Pours a clear dark red color with a nice size off-whie head and excellent lacing. Good bitter hoppy smell.

Tasted very good. Heavy duty pine hops to start with some floral notes. I could detect a very little bit of Summit hops (which unfortunately for me taste like rotton vegetables when featured in a beer). While not balanced, there is some good caramel malt flavor here as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp..not enough Summit hops to give me a bad aftertaste. Drinkability is very good. Little alcohol presence, smooth and tasty.

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear ruby, with a finger of off-white colored head. This retains with about a ½ finger of creamy froth, leaving back some thick swathes that stick to the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and herbal smelling, dotted with notes of pine and spice. Sweet tropical fruit and toasted malts fill out the back of the nose. Not bad at all, with the flavors all being mostly balanced here but I would have liked to have felt a little more power here.

Hops have a fair amount of aggressiveness to them here, with sticky pine and earthy rind giving way to a deep sharp spiciness lays itself hard on the tongue. Tropical fruit character provides the bulk of the sweetness here, as the graininess of the malts is tight and bready across the back of the palate. Green bitterness and spice linger hard here in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue (which really brings out the pine and spicy notes), with an oily slickness on the sides of the feel that keeps this moving. No alcohol is picked up at all here, which adds to the smoothness of the body.

While maybe not THEE most accessible IPA I've ever had (the spice and bitterness pulls no punches here) I have to give props to the very easy and drinkable body on this for a 7% beer. This was pretty darn decent and I would really like to give this one a second look on draft sometime down the line.

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Red Eye PA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
88 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.