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

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews by HopHed:
Photo of HopHed
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep copper bordering on bright red with thick slightly off white head that does dissipate fairly quick but leaves nice lacing behind. Amazingly clear, maybe filtered?

S: This is all citrus out of the gate. Also a touch earthy bordering on piney. Hints of malt too, but it's lovely how the hops are showcased nicely.

T: The second it hit my tongue the hop bitterness started. Wonderful, big, citrus hops! A subtle maltiness is there, and then more hops hang on in the finish. It's as if it coats your tongue with the beautiful hop oils.

M: Mouth feel is nice, moderately carbonated. That's all.

D: This beer goes down WAY too easy if you're the least bit into hoppy beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is strong with some earthy and piney hops. The flavor is earthy hops with some pine and bitter orange hops. I also get some resin as well as some caramel malt. medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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 WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a deep amber red color with a beige foaming creamy textured head. Lacing is fine and scattered evenly. Develops a pine/resinous citrus hop combo. Caramel citrus builds with each smell, this reminds me a lot of Founders Red's Rye, hell I could even call it a clone for that beer. This is rock solid assertive bitterness, malts and hops collide nicely. Caramel malt sweetness with pine resin, citric tone earthy herbal qualities kicking across my palate this beer is excellent stuff. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils, medium bodied definitely has some girth to it. No offensive bitterness flowing across the palate. Drinkability was solid from front to back it's amazing that a 22 ounce bottle of this stuff can go down so easily.

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

Poured out of a bomber in to a regular ol' pint glass. Thanks to Katie from Cleveland for bringing me this treat!

A: Pours a dull garnet with a decent finger of head. The head hangs around for a while leaving some light lacing behind.

S: CITRUS! A sweet tango-grapefruit with a hint of candy apple behind the citrus. Thank you Simcoe and Amarillo.

T: The citrus come out first with some piney bitterness coating the mouth. After a little swishing that caramel malt comes through pretty well, followed by another squirt of orange juice. That bitterness doesn't want to go away. I say, what's your rush anyway?

M: Pretty light and refreshing with medium carbonation.

D: This is a great red IPA that I'm going to enjoy. After a long rainy day this makes me feel like I am drinking some liquid sunset.

This is pretty much everything I was hoping for: the alcohol is completely masked here, the hops are pretty explosive and the Munich and caramel malts give this beer a little substance.

Photo of mikey711
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber with a nice thick off white head that sits pefectly at an inch thick leaving behind good lacing. Good clarity despite the dark color of the beer with some rising carbonation as well

S: It smells floral and citrusy upfront with hints of caramel and roastiness in the background. The fruit is remenescent of pine apple and orange. There is also some pine in the end

T: much more caramel forward than hop forward which is disappointing considering the smell. there is some floran and pine hoppiness in the finish.

M: Decent creaminess but it could no heat. Nothing too mind blowing though

D: A decent IPA/Amber hybrid that is enjoyable and refreshing and goes down pretty easy

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.

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 akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bomber from Vintage Estate during my last pass through Boardman, OH.

A: India Pale Ale? Yeah right. If I didn't know any better, I'd say that a large proportion of rye makes up the malt bill. It's dark, a red or brown ale kind of dark that remains translucent despite the darker hue. A large head is generated on each pour, lending a visually appealing cascade effect to the beer. A moderate amount of lacing follows the head. The beast of a head makes up for the darker color, style-wise.

S: The nose is piney and citrusy, lots of hops squished into one bomber. Unabashedly hoppy I'd say. The roasted nutty malts, strong in their own right, stand up nicely to the hops.

T: The malts jump out to an early start, cutting off the hops and relegating them to second tier. The caramel and nuts, well roasted, leave a good impression. The regrouped hops re-appear and strike back. The simcoe and amarillo flavors, citrusy and oily, coat the palate and share the stage with the malts. As big as the nose was, the hoppiness is a little tamer in the taste.

M: Malty smooth. The full roasted flavors cancel out the bitterness of the hops, leaving a reasonably inert mouthfeel. Nice flavor profile though, even if it isn't hot.

D: A sound beer. The dark malt profile really makes the ale work, pushing it beyond a regular IPA -- a brown IPA.

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 Cresant
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. A hard pour created a modest head. The body was clear of sediment and deep copper in tone. It looked a bit like over-brewed tea. The light tan head settled to clotted clumps and left sheets of lace on the sides of the glass.

The smell was of earthy, citrusy hops. Sweet and grainy. Bread and apples. (Caramel and Munich malts).

The taste was also bready. There was an overall sweetness but also a citrusy, grassy hops presence. Rather balanced. The label states, "it looks like an amber ale", well it tastes like one too! It has a nice flavor profile but do not expect it to fit your IPA expectations.

The feel is thinner than expected. Adequately carbonated.

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 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 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 samie85
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours a deep red color with two finger head that leaves behind some nice lacing.

S-Tangerine and grapefruit notes with some pine and caramel. Smells nice and juicy.

T-Bitter grapefruit and tangerine with pine and some caramel notes. Very nice.

M-Pretty smooth and dry with a medium body and moderate carbonation.

D-Really easy drinking, delicious IPA from the greater Cleveland area. Who knew?

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 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 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 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 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 brewdlyhooked13
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - whoa, a bit of a bottle bomb on opening. No froth but a steady rise up the bottleneck, had to get this into the glass posthaste. Once in, we've got a deep reddish amber of a beer with a few fingers of sticky, manila head. Plenty of lace on the glass as well, no surprise there. Great bead from underneath lends some excellent retention.

Aroma - quick whiff of caramel grain, fresh zesty hops, pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste - big and juicy hop flavor. Some initial sweet maltiness is quickly overcome by a wave of immense citrus character. Huge orange and pine, The swallow goes pretty bitter but doesn't go medicinal. Finishes piny, dry and delicious.

Mouthfeel - full and fluffy, creamy and smooth.

Drinkability - bogartski alert. I dig the Red Eye, providing FFF flavor at a session drinking price.

Photo of UA8
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep ruby red with a moderately tall light tan head. I have to say the color is quite stunning on this one.

S- Nose explodes with citrus notes on the sweeter side say more tangerine than grapefruit, There some toffee malt there too.

T- Leads with citrus, midpalate is roasted malt, and finishes lightly bitter with citrus and floral hops.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

D- This is a super easy drinking IPA with a really interesting color. I've had it on tap and in the bottle now and have to say it really shines on tap.

Photo of sitarist
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, dark ruby red, clear, with a few floaties. Head is a nice khaki tan, about one inch, fades quickly, leaves a small ring, with lots of lacing. Its very nice looking, but it looks more like a Barleywine than an IPA.

S- Pineapple, pine, a little grapefruit, rye toast diped in coffee, grape-soda, and a sweet malty goodness.

T- Pineapple, orange peel, pine-kind, and a lot of sweet toasted grain flavors.

M- Not as astringent or dry as other IPA's that Ive had. Medium body and carbonation. Sticky. Everything is in its place.

D- Way to drinkable. Quaffable, 65 IBU's, well balanced.

F.T.- Wow what a great beer!

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 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.

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