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

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 94
rAvg: 4
pDev: 6.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of AwYeh
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one really excels in the appearance department, though drops off from there. Very pretty deep red color (appropriate, given the name) with moderate head. Good retention and some lacing. Beautiful color, though. Smell is a bit hoppy, though not what I'm looking for, as the malts play a big part here too. Bread and rye make a strong showing on the nose and reappear in the taste too. I feel as though I'm wanting far more hops out of this, as they are quite subdued on the palate. Decent malt backbone, just again, I'm looking for some hops! Decent MF, could use a hair more carbonation to keep things from getting too sticky. I enjoyed drinking it, but I doubt I will buy it again. (687 characters)

Photo of fear025
3.44/5  rDev -14%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to miketd for this brew, along with several other tasting looking bombers, in a recent trade. Always looking for good new IPAs.

Pours very, bery red for an IPA, almost looks like the brick-red of a scotch ale. Smell is sweet, dominated by the malts.

Red Eye PA follows the same taste path. Hints of rye chew up the tongue but remain underneath a base of big caramel malt taste. The hops are submissive to the will of the malt, & provide only a bit of chewy bitterness at the end. The simplicity of the beer lends itself to chugging. I could take this bomber myself, though I'm not.

A nicely done IPA that seems much more like an amber to me with the malts & understated hops. (688 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Got this one in a great trade with BuckeyeNation (thank you Brad), and it appears he hasn't even reviewed it yet. He's only about 3800 reviews ahead of me....

Appearance is gorgeous. Pours clear mahogany, mildly active, with a thick frothy off-white head that fades gradually and leaves plenty of lacing when the initial surge falls.

SMELL is roughly even proportions of floral and citrus hops, a bit of boozy heat, and a just barely noticeable sweet malty base. It's all good, but it takes some work to find.

TASTE Earthy tea bag graininess, floral and citrus hops, caramel malty sweetness and moderate bitterness all balance pretty well. During the sample, as it warms, the hops become more assertive and the overall flavor more intriguing.

FEEL medium full body, appropriately carbonated, some warming followed by a drying, bitter finish.

OVERALL A quality brew, without question, but not extraordinary. Appearance is fantastic, nose a little weak, and the taste and feel are solid. Not a hop bomb, likely by design. Pretty well balanced, but I wouldn't mind if they took a little risk and amped up both the hops and the malt bill a little bit. Worth a try. (1,180 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,163 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exactly midway between tropical sunset coral and burnt orange, with a gorgeous glow when backlit with bright sunshine. The head looks like a caramel milkshake and is busy plastering the glass with shredded sheets of thick lace.

The nose is balanced between toasty malts and citrus fruity American hops. The first is provided by caramel and Munich. The second by Simcoe, Summit and Amarillo. That's quite the lineup... that doesn't quite deliver the goods well enough to earn the next highest score.

Red Eye PA is pretty good beer if you like highly hopped American red ales. With so much toasted-earthy-caramel flavor, it doesn't really seem like an IPA. For what it's worth, the brewery's website calls it an amber ale and the label calls it an India Pale Ale.

Think Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale with more toasted-earthy breadiness (Munich), more steely caramel, more orange peel (Amarillo), more pineapple (Simcoe), and less hoppiness overall. On second thought, time and warming are leading to a cumulative bitterness and an enjoyable increase in hop flavor.

A ridiculous amount of tacky lace means a much-deserved bump in appearance score. The mouthfeel fits the IPA style like hand-in-glove. It's easily big enough. It also has the 'malt sugar smoothness countered by alpha acid rasp' that all good versions have.

The Brew Kettle Red Eye PA may not be the most well-crafted ale in existence, but it has plenty of enthusiasm. In other words, it contains a generous amount of ingredients (especially hops). Old 21 Imperial IPA is tasty too, so it isn't like these guys are strangers to good beer. (1,606 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,418 characters)

Photo of mikey711
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (691 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,338 characters)

Photo of beerphan
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev 0%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bb8189 for this cool extra
Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a finger worth of off- white head that goes to a good lace the body of the brew is a burgandy red in color.

Aromas of hops are the first thing that hits you. Big and piney and floral is a good way to describe it. Flavor wise you get a biter hit up front then a slight sweetness followed by a nice dry bitter finish. Medium feel in my mouth with great carbonation

I like it I think it is a good representation of a IPA and would gladly session this. If this is your local IPA you have something to be proud of (591 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich, dark red color with a creamy light tan head. Head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smelle is tropical fruits mainly pineapple, grapefruit, a nice touch pine in here too, and along with some rye. A bit of sweet malts toward the very end too. I like what is going on here so far.

T- Hops smack me first a good amount of citrus, followed by some pine. A good malt back bone here but the hops power through. Maybe a bit dry on the finish.

M- Medium in body and carbonation seemed right on.

D- Very solid brew. Enjoyed this one quite a bit. If you find this one go for it. (612 characters)

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Red Eye PA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
89 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.