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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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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UA8 on 05-10-2009

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 94
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of jampics2
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of HopHed
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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

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.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of samie85
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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?

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

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Photo of sitarist
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of AltBock
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap at the Brew Kettle on 9/21/2009. The chalkboard listed this beer having an ABV of 7% and an IBU level of 65. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

"Red Eye" poured a beautiful dark burgundy with a touch of brown along the sides. On top of this beer was a good looking 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch off white colored head of foam. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a skim of foam, spots, and cool looking big mustache streak of lace at the top of the glass.

The aroma wasn't all that complex, but it sure as hell had a great strong aroma of malted rye with some minor citrus hop and fruit notes hiding in the background.

The taste was heavily carbonated and crispy with the taste of malted rye with a hint of citrus hops and a touch of citrus fruits. It was pretty much the same line up that appeared in the aroma, but I thought there was a little more citrus fruits in the taste than there was in the aroma. It was a great taste! I liked that strong carbonated taste of malted rye.

This was a medium bodied Rye Pale Ale with plenty of carbonation and a crispy aftertaste of malted rye with a gentle touch of citrus fruits and hops.

When I ordered this beer, I really wasn't expecting this beer to be this good. I knew it was going to be good, but not a +4 rating. If this beer is on tap the next time you visit the Brew Kettle, get it! The bottles are probably good, but not as good as the draft version.

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Photo of UA8
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

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