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Red Eye PA - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

Not Rated.
Red Eye PARed Eye PA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
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 buschbeer
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

buschbeer, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of jampics2
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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!

jampics2, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Studio 35 on 9/22/12

A) Rusty brown color of medium depth. 1/2 inch head thins quickly. Thin layer of retention. Pretty good rings of lace.

S) Tropical citrus hop notes are ripe in the aroma: peach, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit. Toasty bread with caramel overtones.

T) Gripping pine tar leads off and opens to tropical goodness with juicy flavors similar to the aroma. This is very dry. Unobtrusive malts; lots of toasted bread and hints or caramel (it does seem a tad maltier as it warms).

M) Medium body with moderately high and smooth carbonation. Resinous and prickly.

D) I really like this one. Quite hoppy with enough balance. Underrated.

Ryan011235, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +1.8%

PA-Michigander, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of hosehead83
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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!!

hosehead83, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev +1.8%

goblue3509, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Cresant
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Cresant, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, red tint. 1/2 creamy head with some foamy, sticky lacing.

Smell - Hops, pine, grapefruit, apple, some sugars, a little rye and caramel. Some bready malts and a little alcohol also.

Taste - Mild tropcial hops with some caramel and a nice malt backbone makes this beer up. Its not overly bitter or citric. Actually, the malts is what makes this different from the rest. If you didnt have the german malts, this would be just like every other ipa out there. Alcohol is masked well, but comes out a little as this warms.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tounge with some sweet piney flavors. Plenty of mango, orange and peach leave a resin. Palette gets remaining hops, some malts, and a little carmael. Aftertaste is hoppy and rather long lasting.

Overall - This is actually really good. I different twist on the american ipa with the malts. Doesnt dethrone white rajah, or even the double ipa brew kettle makes but, this is really good. Hops arent overbearing but theres plenty to enjoy. Check this out, yet another great beer from the kettle!

wvsabbath, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of AltBock
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

AltBock, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of djtomain
4/5  rDev +1.8%

djtomain, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +1.8%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +1.8%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of scott2269
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

scott2269, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of sprucetip
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

sprucetip, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of WesM63
4/5  rDev +1.8%

WesM63, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of brycevolk
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

brycevolk, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev +1.8%

ChrisMon02, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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

joepais, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of M1A2
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

M1A2, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of samie85
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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?

samie85, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev +1.8%

baklo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of tastymug
4/5  rDev +1.8%

tastymug, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

TheHoppiest, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, clear burnt-orange color. The medium-sized, orange-tinted head has a densely frothy texture. Retention is solid, and some sticky rings of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Fairly prominent toasted/caramel malt undertones up front. These are more than balanced by a big citric/resiny hop nose. Sugar coated citrus peel, along with some underlying tropical/pineapple notes.

T: Toasty maltiness up front, with medium caramel sweetness throughout. Hop bitterness is strong and lasting. Hop flavors are citric (candied grapefruit, especially), tropical, and resiny, but also a bit more floral than the nose suggested. The aftertaste is both malty and bracingly hoppy, with a kick of alcohol to boot.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation is peppy, which helps revive the heavy body and slightly-too-forceful aftertaste. That said, it's not the cleanest hoppy ale out there.

D: This is a good, but slightly flawed, beer from The Brew Kettle. I really enjoy this hop bill, and would like to see more highly-hopped red/amber ales, but its apparent alcohol and a few other minor issues with the mouthfeel hold it back from the upper echelon in my opinion.

Clydesdale, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is like a hoppy Red Ale.

Pours out a very nice, deep amber color with a decent amount of fluffy head.

The aroma has a lot of citrus, grapefruit and peach notes from the hops and some bready notes.

The taste is a great balance between citrus and floral hops along with a nice bitterness and a bready, malty quality that finishes nice and dry. Very easy to drink and no alcohol can be detected.

This is great and drinks very much like a hoppy Red Ale or Amber Ale. Very tasty and one of the better beers from The Brew Kettle.

JohnnyMc, Aug 05, 2012
Red Eye PA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.