Dead Kettle IPA | Right Brain Brewery

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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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Photo of TCHopCraver
2.05/5  rDev -41.9%
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 claminat420
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a transparent golden straw color. had a little white head that left quickly. little lacing.

S- just the slightest bit of citrus hops. nothing too strong.

T- had the citrust hop coming out but also a floral one too. the malt didn't seem to be there. the beer had a buttery taste to it which was terrible.

M- medium/ light bodied. good cabonation.

Drinkability- will never get this again.

Overall- i thought i really liked right brain but the beers i had there didn't blow me away. their prices seem rediculous if you don't go for happy hour. i want to find out about their house yeast cause something is giving their beers a buttery taste. my gf who doesn't drink also noticed the buttery feel so it wasn't just me.

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Photo of TCmichigan
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smell was great, had a citrus-like grapefruity scent, slightly tangy and bitter... typical, classic IPA

Taste was a bit off-putting. I mean, I did expect orange and lemon zest, with some grapefruit, as I was told beforehand, but it just seemed dry and like there really wasn't any malt behind it. Don't get me wrong, I still powered through it like a champ, but it just didn't really finish like I expected. It was a boring, typical, dry IPA.

Mouthfeel was thin. Sad to say, the head tasted better than the first sip. I'm willing to put my experience towards an old bottle.

Overall: I think I just expected more from Right Brain going into the bomber. I'm waiting for my next trip to the brewery for a fresh sample (Hard thing is, every time I go, I skip it b/c of my first experience... and the awesome selection of other beers!).

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle brought back from the source by Adam. Thanks mang!

The beer is copper with a substantial tan head. the aroma brings a lot of malt, light hop character, a touch of pine. Unadventurous and inconsequential on the palate. Mild hop presence, caramel / biscuit malt character, finishing dry. Nothing wrong here, but indistinguishable and boring. Light to medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Meh...

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Photo of hosehead83
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a week-old growler into my Right Brain pint glass.
Hazy, golden-amber in color, with a very short, quickly dissapating head of foam
Aroma-Fruity, with subtle hop notes
Taste-Sadly, this beer has lost some carbonation, almost bordering on flat. Some rousing of the beer in the growler helps a bit.
Subtle citrus notes, biscuit, and a nice, lingering hop bite that carries to the finish.
Overall, nice flavor despite low carbonation, but that definitely lowered the score here.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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 gordavidson
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy light orange liquid with a nice, lacy white head.

S- Butter, cooked vegetables, and gym socks.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the butter and a lack of bitterness. For an IPA, this is a bit boring.

M- A nice, smooth beverage with a good carbonation bite.

D- A decent beer but a bit too buttery and sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- Real concern over abundant floaties. Otherwise, a nice, hazed, golden-orange body. Dense, 2-finger, khaki head. Light carbonation. Awesome head retention and stick. Outside of floaters, it really is nice, especially as the sediment settled out. A more careful, second pour kept most of the yeasties at bay. Though, the final pour was nearly 50/50 mix.

S- Good balance of fresh hops and sugary-sweet malts. Very organic, leafy and citrus-like. Malts become toasted bread.

T- Grapefruit zest. A little aspirin-like bite. Slightly grainy malts, whole wheat bread. Pretty balanced, though the medicinal finish gets a little long (maybe even pithy grapefruit attributes).

M- Medium body. Light carbonation. Slight hop bite and a bone dry finish.

O- While quite drinkable and enjoyable on a hot summer day, it doesn't stand out. Though inexpensive as bombers go ($5.99), it's on the pricy side oz. for oz. when it comes to a standard American IPA. I've really enjoyed Right Brain's bottled beers and will continue to buy them. This is just too average to come back to when Bell's, Founders, and Short's all do an IPA at a much cheaper oz:oz price.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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 gopens44
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got the bottom of this bomber poured in and forgot to slow it down before the yeast came out, but it did add a little bitterness where mostly a malt bomb was taking place. Maybe not that bad, but the scales certainly tip toward malty. Amber and translucent, recently obscured by floating yeast but still a purely sophisticated head. Piney in the nose, little else. Finishes tidy and neat, not overly dry and not over sweet either.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of NateDyk47
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 4-pack of pint cans. Drank from a pint glass.

Look: medium-dark golden color, somewhat transparent. Finger or two of white head that disappears quickly. A thin lacing is left after drinking.
Smell: citrus (mostly grapefruit), a little bit of piney/grassy hops. Smell is on the weak side.
Taste: after the initial burst of juicy grapefruit and orange, the hop flavor takes over. Strong aftertaste- malt, hops, and a little pine.
Feel: medium-heavy mouthfeel, medium carbonation

Overall: This is good. I'd buy it again, but it's not among my favorites.

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Photo of carlborch
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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 TheBrewo
3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We crack a bomber, pouring a brew of coppery brown into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a creamy three finger head of cakey, tan colored bubbles. This shows excellent retention. Lacing is geographic and cratered, laying thickly across the glasses. A light haze and healthy amounts of sediment come with the dregs of the bubbles, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives notes of fresh grapefruity and nectary hops, fruitiness of peach and red apple, pale and corny grain, lightly toasted caramel malts, chalky yeastiness, soft bubblegum esters, soured lemon juiciness, coiny metallics, creamy lactics, honey sweetness, brown breadiness, cinnamon roll icing, and floral clover. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much, much more bitter than would be expected from that aroma, with the metallics putting forth most of its bite. As we sip, grapefruity hops and general tart citric juiciness, soapy and pine sappy hops, coiny metallics, woody pencil shavings, pith, phenolic plastics, pale and gritty bready graininess, printer paper, soy sauciness, and eucalyptus leafiness start things off. The middle offers a bit of a reprieve from the bitterness, giving softer hints of honey, buttery diacetyls, black pepper warmth, vanilla extract, white sugary booze, and fermented strawberries. The end retorts with heavy caramel and pale graininess, biting soapy and grapefruity hops, leafy resins, dirty earthiness, weedy florals, drying chalkiness, apple cider vinegar, plastics, evergreen needles, and cooked brown sugar sweetness. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of penicillin, boozy heat, resinous grassy bite, piney and citric rind hoppiness, whole wheat graininess, buttery table crackers, grapefruity and orange rind punch, black pepper and dried thyme, lead, lactic acidity, the faintest bubblegum esters coming off those aromatics, and vegetal tomato skin bite. The body is lightly medium, and carbonation is solidly medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, pop, glug, and pull, with nothing really standing out. The mouth is left oily and puckered with heavy astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back decently.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its strong hoppiness through both the nose and the mouth. With Dead Kettle they seemed to try and pack as much hoppy glory into the thing as they could. To that, for your standard American IPA, they succeed. This guy is loaded with bright and grapefruity hops from head to toe, and it’s certainly palpable through each sip. To that point, however, at first it seemed to be overkill, with insane, gooseflesh-inducing pucker and chill. You do get used to that, but it may push some drinkers, or those new to the style, away. We always love to support local breweries, and are happy to have had a chance to try this average, but flavorful beverage.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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 TreyIsWilson
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger foamy white head. The head leaves tons of heavy soay lacing.

S - Aroma is orange peel, grapefruit peel and piney hops.

T - The taste is grapefruit peel, orange rind, sweet malts and piney hops. The finish is bitter with piney hops and grapefruit peel.

M - Light/medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp watery mouthfeel with a dry sticky finish.

O - A decent IPA. The flavors are a mix of sweet and bitter. This is a nice lawnmower beer.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden orange / amber color with 3 fingers of puffy white head. Leave a nice lacy cling to the glass with each drink and the head reduces to an impressive quarter inch white cap.

S - Extremely floral with hops and citrus notes.

T - Follows suit with the nose - nice citrus hop punch that balances really nice with a pleasant malt back bone. Finishes with a smack of bitterness.

O - This is a really nice IPA and my first offering from Right Brain. I will certainly come back to this an more from RB. Nice job.

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Photo of MikeyRx
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy straw color with light pillowy head, leaves solid lacing.

S- Slightly sweet, light malt aroma with strong, citrus & floral hop notes and hints on vanilla.

T- Wheaty malt, orange, lemon, strong herb/floral hop flavor with a lasting bitter finish.

M- Light in body with moderate carbonation, and dry, tacky finish.

Great IPA !

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Photo of BMoney575
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 8-8-09

Pours a hazy golden orange color, with a craggy white head and fantastic lacing.

Smell is all super-buttery sweat sock hops. Very fruity, slight alcohol edge, and sizable malt.

Taste is just like the smell, big sweet hops, and huge bitter and slick sweet finish. Very strong, and gets a little old.

Mouthfeel is thick, slick, and viscous. Fits well.

Drinkability is good, if you're looking for a super-sweet super-hoppy beer.

Overall, do it.

Thanks to david131 for half a growler.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy and cloudy pale orange amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass; with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, grapefruit, orange rind, tangerine, floral, pine, grass, light caramel, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a light-moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange rind, tangerine, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, light caramel, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hop flavors; with a fair amount of malt balance and minimal cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very cirsp and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice IPA! All around nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of hackmann
3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Retired - Not yet - just came out in bottles this month May 2013 - it's alive

and it looks like it is better than back in '11

DAMN, I bought four bottles at the brewery on the first week of March '13 and it cost me $45.00. Okay, it was not Dead kettle but it was a bunch of birds - Looping Owl and Hawk what-ever. (all bottle cost the same - when I was at the brewery) And from the first sip (I have not started the review yet) this Dead Kettle is far better than that bird stuff. Okay, I am done venting. No not really.

color: copper;
clarity: light -moderate misty when poured;
one and half finger bone colored head;
head did not stay around long (story of my marriage);
good lacing that sticks to the glass;
$6.99 a bottle now - two months later -

Aroma: Damn a beer that smells good, I just did a bunch of Samuel Adams that hardly had any aroma … I started to think my nose did not work; this beer has citrus big time, it reminds me of citrus meat from a grapefruit salad; you are drinking an IPA do any other notes matter! Only 6.99 a bottle. Okay, there are some bready malts to soften the blow.

Flavor: Grapefruit front and center; a little pink grapefruit and plenty of white grapefruit; toasted grains in the mix; shit I paid 45 bucks for four bottles at the brewery.

Mouthfeel: solid bitterness, grapefruit all the way, low-moderate carbonation, wool like texture, a solid IPA all the way, only $6.99 at the store I go to and I paid $11.25 at the brewery.

To the Point: Flavors – it’s citrus; Mouthfeel – it’s citrus bitter; Style – it’s IPA; what else matters. I would buy this again but, not at the brewery! Damn $45.00 for 4 bottles and this one bottle only cost $6.99 at Super Fine Wine and Liquor in Canton Michigan – did I say that before – Don’t buy it at the brewery!

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.64/5  rDev +31.4%
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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Dead Kettle IPA from Right Brain Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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