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

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Red Eye PARed Eye PA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UA8 on 05-10-2009)
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

lumpy1126, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

amstelcat, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of edfish
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%

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.

edfish, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of HopHed
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

HopHed, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

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!

TheHoppiest, Dec 19, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured from a 22oz. "bomber" into a standard pint glass
Bright amber-gold with a generous, two-inch head of white foam
Aroma-Big, citrussy hops(Yum!)
Taste-Big onrush of juicy hops and citrus, nicely balanced with spicy malts, leading to a long, bittering finish that leaves you wanting another sip.
Overall, an excellent offering by a lesser known brewer. This beer can hang with the "big boys" in the American IPA category. A must for all hop-heads! Get some!!

hosehead83, Mar 15, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +12%

On tap at the Brew Kettle, served in a Pint Glass.

Red Eye PA looks OK in the glass, but the pour was too full to gauge the head properly, not that I'm complaining ;) What I do see is an Amber colored liquid that is pretty transparent and not cloudy. Color-wise, it's a gem. But the lack of head or active carbonation hurts the score here. Just a slight film exists on top of the beautiful body.

This American IPA is so fragrant, I could smell it the second the server brought it to our table. Citrus hops jump out of the glass, with notes of orange and grapefruit thanks to the wonderful Simcoe, Summit, and Amarillo hops. The malt is sweet and expressive as well, adding some caramel and slightly toasty notes to the boquet. A great smelling beer!

The taste is also impressive. Basically the recipe is sweet, caramel malt + huge citrus hops = win! The Amarillo is the dominant hop, with huge, juicy grapefruit notes. The Simcoe seems to have been used sparingly, as it's trademark peach and catty notes are in the background. A juicy and expressive IPA.

The beer is clean and refreshing, with light to medium body. Crisp carbonation and lingering bitterness define the during and after feelings. The beer is just a touch watery in the finish, but still very good. Overall, this beer is deserving of its recent praise at GABF, where it took home a silver medal. It's a bit between an Amber/Red and an IPA. If you have the chance to try it on tap, go that route as bottles aren't freshness dated and tend to sit on some shelves. A very good beer from the Brew Kettle!

jampics2, Oct 05, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

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!

CheezyBlaster, Oct 16, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

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?

samie85, Apr 19, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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!

sitarist, Feb 09, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

scott2269, Feb 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Brutesling57, Jul 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

superspak, Nov 18, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich, copper-red with a thick, fluffy tan head. Very unique for an IPA/PA, whatever it is; it's ultimately translucent and carbonated lightly. Smell is clean and mostly malty with a lot of spice on the nose, like a blast of fresh hop nugs in a bag of rye bread. Huge rings of head lace the glass with every drink - beautiful. First taste is supremely hoppy and lingers for a good while! After what seems like a minute, it slowly fades into hints and tastes of grapefruit laced with dark toffee-like malts, burnt sugar, and dry scotch. Finish is hoppy as hell but ultimately pleasant.. Drinkability is high for such a strong brew. Excellent.

sixerofelixir, May 21, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

alkemy, Feb 04, 2011
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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

Ryan011235, Oct 29, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

JayQue, Oct 22, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

UA8, May 10, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Bottle received in a recent trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a fairly translucent pale iced tea with a 1 finger slightly buttery crown that displays decent retention and lace.

Smell: Moderate caramel malt, good fruity quality (tangerine) from the yeast and or hops plus a nice pine floral hop note.

Taste: Same as nose. Fairly well balanced.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy drinking IPA and a nice introduction to The Brew Kettle Taproom's offerings.

koopa, Jun 10, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

mondegreen, Jun 12, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

Lazerlobe, Mar 31, 2010
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Red Eye PA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
88 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.