Red Eye PA - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
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
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-08-2010 15:38:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
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
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
08-20-2012 00:36:22 | More by RblWthACoz
4.63/5 rDev +17.5%
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.
10-09-2010 05:04:15 | More by WVbeergeek
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
10-19-2010 17:14:19 | More by Kegatron
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
07-05-2010 00:28:31 | More by Mora2000
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-11-2010 22:54:58 | More by akorsak
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
11-18-2011 03:48:57 | More by superspak
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
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
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
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
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
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
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
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
4.65/5 rDev +18%
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.
10-05-2010 04:24:05 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
06-10-2010 15:00:48 | More by koopa
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
06-13-2010 07:39:17 | More by nrbw23
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
10-22-2010 20:19:56 | More by JayQue
3.2/5 rDev -18.8%
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
Red Eye PA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.