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

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UA8 on 05-10-2009

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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 JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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 Radome
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

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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 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 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 AwYeh
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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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 beerphan
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of alkemy
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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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Photo of output01x
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip

Pours an clear amber red. A departure from the usual American IPA, for sure. A nice two finger head sits atop the beer, slowly receding and leaving sticky lace all over the glass.

The nose is interesting. Bright citrus notes from the hops mingle with the aroma of freshly crushed grain. It smells like I'm sticking my head in the rain bag. Atypical for an American IPA, but it smells intriguing and delicious at the same time.

Taste is as balanced as the nose. Light, sweet malts pair with bitter citrus hops on the palate. The bitterness lingers long after the sweetness washes away. Very well crafted.

Mouth is medium, but slick. Pleasing.

Overall, this beer is a success as an IPA, but it would also be a hit as an Imperial Amber. A really good beer from The Brew Kettle.

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Photo of fear025
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

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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 edfish
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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