Dead Kettle IPA | Right Brain Brewery

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Dead Kettle IPADead Kettle IPA
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Dead Kettle IPADead Kettle IPA

Brewed by:
Right Brain Brewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BMoney575 on 08-08-2009

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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by GordonQuid:
Photo of GordonQuid
4.64/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

This ber has a more inviting appearance when poured from the growler rather than on tap at the RBB. Great two inch head and a thick lace, golden straw in color and clear.

Smell is earthy hay, pine needles and musty citrus rinds.

Taste is exceptional citrus and pine with an earthy and ever so slight mineral finish. Dry and every sip invites another.

Very quaffable. I enjoyed the growler more than the straight pub pour (go figure?). Exceptional brew...

Take some home and enjoy!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Applebee's - it really stood out amongst a list of Bud and Miller-type macro brews. It comes to the table, deep amber-copper with a big, yeasty haze throughout with only some light translucency at the edges. The head is quite nice; big-bubbled, foamy, and cloudy with a soft, eggshell hue. Surprisingly little lacing for such a marvelous looking head.

Spicy hops up front; peppery, floral, and just a bit ashy on the nose with an infusion of light grapefruit rinds and mild citrus peels. Malt isn't that noticeable, but some toasted bread can be found, buried under the heavy-handed hop profile. It doesn't smell bad, but it's fairly monotone and really uninteresting after awhile, unfortunately.

A nice bitterness hits the palate up front, conformed to the peppery, leafy, and herbal profile that was noticed in the aroma. The citrus is a bit more toned down, though some light grapefruit pith hits about mid-palate. The malts seem a bit "darker" on the palate, with a small hint of caramel sweetness that comes along.

A big, finishing bitterness washes over the palate with some ashy hop and small malt sweetness in the aftertaste. A little heavier on the palate than you might expect for a 5.4% ABV brew, complete with heavy, yet fitting carbonation. I wish there was more I could say about this beer... Really, it's not bad by any means, but it's pretty boring, especially in a beer-sea that's saturated with IPAs right now.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
2.05/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes made at the brewpub on 1/11/11.

Dead kettle is given to me with a clear golden-straw color with no head. A pure white film retains on top of the body. There is no fluid carbonation; that is, only when I agitate the pint glass do bubbles move. It's a very weird phenomenon. No lacing is left on the glass post-sip.

The aroma is of very muted hops- a little lemony and a little floral. There is not much of a malt balance, and what is present is very pale. A little biscuit is in the smell additionally. To me this smells like a very light pale ale; not an American IPA that boasts about it's hop presence.

The flavor brings very bitter, earthy hops that lack much other flavor. Lemongrass and a bandaid like taste accompany the hops, and the finish is dirty tasting and straight up bitter.

The mouthfeel is very light for the style and is quite watery. It is also very dry on my palate, in a sort of a not so great lip smacking way. The carbonation is quite low.

I will not try this one again. I don't feel that it met the style characteristics at all, and it certainly did not live up to it's billing as a beer for hopheads.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.44/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

16 oz can. Pours hazy copper gold with a big fluffy white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is caramel malt with a little fruit and resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet caramel biscuit malt with big resiny ashy hops and a little green apple. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, too much biscuit malt with ashy bitterness.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Brilliant dark amber with chunks of yeast floating about. Supports a 3” finely bubbled clingy white foam cap that perches up over the rim of the glass. S: Very grassy hops, smells like fresh mowed grass T: A firm malt backbone supports an aggressive hop bill providing big citrus flavors especially grapefruit and a long lingering citrus rind bitterness. F: Medium to medium light body, medium high carbonation. O: Although the chunks are disconcerting, it is a decent beer.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can stamped on the bottom that's nigh impossible to read

Appearance - Pours with a slight haze and dull golden orange in color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. A few spots and some broken lines make a up the lacing.

Smell - Citrus, pine and a hint of toasty malt undertone.

Taste - A mix of mild citrus, pine and spice backed by a healthy amount of biscuity malt. Finish is bitter: orange pith with a hint of earthiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Drinks fair but sits heavy in the finish, much more than you'd think for a 5.4% brew.

Overall - Not a bad IPA, but not a good one either. Drinkable, but quickly forgettable.

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Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The Dead Kettle is more an English style IPA to me than an American style. The beer pours a cloudy orange with very thin white head that is leaving some lace. The smell is mostly bitter hops with some hints of biscuit. The taste is very bitter from start to finish and there is not citrus or pine present that I can pick up. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbontation. Overall this is a decent english IPA.

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Photo of mzeld
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Acuity
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ITDoc
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jduprey007
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redleg64
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Beejay
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A brownish orange in color, hazy with a little bit of a craggy white head.

S: Big grapefruit, pine, and a touch of tangerine.

T: Big grapefruit peel with assertive bitterness, a touch of lemon balm in the finish with a little bit of an earthy bitterness.

M: Medium in body with fairly heavy carbonation, and a long lingering bitterness.

O: A more classic example, well made, but a touch boring.

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Photo of DCdevyl78
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Grupatre
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of radiofish
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of carlborch
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz can marked 60224A3LR. It pours hazy golden and produces a 2-inch off-white, creamy head, which pockets and then settles into 1/8 inch of creaminess. The carbonation is evident. The nose contains bitter hops, freshly mowed grass, and citrus pith. I also find hints of pine and some restrained floral notes. The ale has a medium-full body and hits the palate with a bitter wallop. Both hop bitterness and citrus pith bitterness show up here alongside some biscuit notes and hints of grapefruit. It lingers nicely. The malt is restrained. The carbonation is modest on the palate and the ABV is not evident. This is a very nice IPA. It would complement acidic foods, such as salads, very well.

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Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of gopens44
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glad to see this in cans now. Amber and translucent, decent foamy head. Piney and a bit citrusy in the nose, and the taste follows along masterfully. Finishes tidy and neat, not overly dry and not over sweet either. Nice beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Right Brain's Dead Kettle IPA a couple days ago for $5.99 at The Lager Mill. I have had this beer a few times on tap at the brewery and got to try it on cask once, but since bottles of this just started showing up I thought I should give it another try, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on May 15 2013. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, I like the skulls, they have a tattoo sugar skull like look to them that catches my eye. It poured a nice and very hazy orange color that took on an amber/copper hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice sticky lacing behind. This is a good looking IPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts that have a real nice, bready, grainy, and clean malt aroma with a slight caramel aroma in the background. Up next come the hops that impart a nice and bright citrus rind aroma with grapefruit sticking out the most and a slight floral and pine hop aroma in the background. This beer has a good aroma, it balanced very well and the citrus rind hop aromas are pretty nice.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma but much lighter on the citrus rind hops and it starts off with a lighter amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart some brown bread, grains, and a slight caramel malt flavor. Up next comes the hops which aren't as citrusy as they were in the aroma and impart some lighter citrus flavors with some piney and floral hops showing up more in the background with a medium amount of bitterness and a malty aftertaste with some mixed hops in the background. This was a nice tasting American IPA, it was pretty balanced, but the hops could have come through a little more.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice and balanced example of the style, but it didn't have that juicy hop flavos that I really look for in this style. This beer had good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not too filling, and a little refreshing, I don't think I would have a problem drinking a bottle to myself but I think one would be enough, the flavors don't hold my attention as well as the could have. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and appearance, they were both pretty good with the aroma being pretty on par for the style. What I like the least about this beer was the way the hops showed up in the flavor, i think they could have been a little more flavorful and citrusy. I don't know if I would buy a bottle of this again, I would order a glass if I was at the brewery, but it's a little pricey for a low abv American IPA and it's a little more balanced than I like, but I would recommend it to people who prefer balanced IPA's. All in all I thought this was a solid American IPA, it was very balanced, a little too much so and that prevents this from being a top tier IPA. This was another solid beer from Right Brain, it's nice to be able to buy their beer without going to the brewery, I just hope they release some of their beers that I really enjoy.

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Dead Kettle IPA from Right Brain Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 123 ratings