Red Eye PA - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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3/5 rDev -23.7%
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.
01-06-2011 03:57:29 | More by AwYeh
3.2/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
02-14-2011 02:44:53 | More by buschbeer
3.33/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
08-29-2010 21:29:17 | More by LordAdmNelson
3.45/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
08-08-2010 15:25:59 | More by Cresant
3.45/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
05-30-2011 00:04:55 | More by fear025
3.53/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
05-23-2011 19:47:33 | More by output01x
3.6/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
05-08-2012 00:07:43 | More by DavoleBomb
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
04-29-2011 13:03:14 | More by Thorpe429
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
04-24-2010 23:32:58 | More by maximum12
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
02-13-2012 15:13:16 | More by OWSLEY069
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
02-14-2011 02:21:10 | More by womencantsail
3.7/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
01-06-2010 23:29:23 | More by sprucetip
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
12-13-2010 20:53:51 | More by gford217
Red Eye PA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
88 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.