Red Eye PA - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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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
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
05-21-2010 05:26:57 | More by sixerofelixir
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
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
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?
04-19-2010 02:46:53 | More by samie85
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
03-31-2010 01:33:39 | More by Lazerlobe
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
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!!
03-15-2010 13:32:37 | More by hosehead83
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
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!
02-09-2010 01:59:59 | More by sitarist
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
3.7/5 rDev -6.1%
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
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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
12-14-2009 02:12:18 | More by joepais
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
09-22-2009 06:10:04 | More by AltBock
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
05-10-2009 04:24:41 | More by UA8
Red Eye PA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
88 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.