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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

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of amstelcat
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of edfish
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of fear025
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of output01x
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of beerphan
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of alkemy
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AwYeh
3/5  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.

Photo of Radome
4/5  rDev +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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of JayQue
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of jampics2
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of HopHed
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Red Eye PA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
88 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.