Old 21 Imperial IPA | The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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Old 21 Imperial IPAOld 21 Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States
thebrewkettle.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by aracauna on 06-06-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
442
Reviews:
144
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
57
For Trade:
2
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Photo of siege06nd
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a bomber into my Jackie O's tulip. Picked up on a recent trip to the greatest city in our fine country, Cleveland, OH.

A: Wow, this beer is gorgeous. A good inch of white head rests gently over a crystal clear, orange gold deliciousness. Seriously, the beer practically glows goldenrod. Just lovely. Good lacing on the sides that lingers. As the beer sits, the head calms down to a nice half inch, ever so slightly off white.

S: Smells fantastic. Hops assert themselves nicely with a strong burst of pineapple and orange zest. Very well-balanced on the nose, with the citrus notes pairing nicely with the bready sweet malts.

T: Whew, this beer is a little hot. Hops are very strong, so much so that I can't pick up on much else. Strong, piney hops with a hint of lemon and orange. Not bad, but could be a little more well balanced.

M: Besides being a little hot, this beer sits nicely on the palate. Carbonation is perhaps a little light, but it has a nice depth and medium body.

O: This is a nice DIPA. I had high expectations after the appearance and the smell which the taste let down ever so slightly. Could use a little better balance, but the flavors are right and it becomes more enjoyable as it warms. I really enjoy this beer and look forward to the other Brew Kettle goodies I have in my cellar.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Light orange/copper. My aggressive out lead to over s finger of town head, fantastic lacing and retention.

S - Orange, resinous citrus hops, sweet, caramel under tones, smells fantastic. Nice malty sweetness a little light

T - citrusy with some floral notes, incredibly well balanced and rather sweet. Almost a little too mild for an oils at 9% but the balance and refreshingness is impressive. good flavor, well rounded and not overly bitter but a nice citrus resin flavor lingers.

M - shockingly light and refreshing. Perfect carbonation.

O - light refreshing bag heavy fantastic drinkability with s nice little choppy kick at the finish. I approve

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The old 21 is one of the better imperial ipas that I have had. The beer poured a clear orangish with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is very hoppy....pine and citrus. The taste is nicely balanced....slightly sweet to start then finishes with a piney resin. The Mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of aracauna
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BIG hops. This is a beautiful combinatio of pine and citrus. There’s not much malt under all the hops, but where some beers that are heavy on the hops, but low on malt flavors come out unbalanced, this seems natural. I can’t really say it’s balanced, but it doesn’t taste wrong. A bit of sweet malt emerges as it warms, but at colder temps, it’s just the hops.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks nice. Smells nice (citrus toned). Nice flavor tone. Very hoppy with salty and pine resin flavor characteristics. The delivery of flavor is consistent and long lasting on this one, and I like it. I feel like this an "easier drinking" dipa. Maybe it's easier drinking because it just stays consistent and there is no pretense about trying to be all showy. Anyways. I like this one. My second from Brew Kettle, and another good one. If you see it, definitely try it out.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Brew Kettle on 8/6/09.

A - Clear amber/orange body with a slight reddish tint and one-finger creamy off-white head that transformed into a wispy film, yielding an even seam of lace around the snifter.

S - Equal parts citrus and piney hops up front with a mellow waft of alcohol and prevalent sweet dark caramel/toffee malt character with a hint of burnt sugar.

T - Initial flavor combines sticky, sweet pine and juicy citrus bitterness. Grapefruit really stands out. Malt is quite sweet, caramely and sugary. Finishes with a sharp hop bite with piney and perfumy hop bitterness and some warm alcohol notes.

M - Pretty full-bodied with a syrupy texture and residual hop oils. Carbonation is moderate. Touch of alcohol warmth on the tongue. Finishes with lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Great, drinkable DIPA with a bold hop presence. Another solid offering from The Brew Kettle/Ringneck.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering

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Photo of oldvines
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from trade with Crizay. Thanks dude!
Pours amber with a nice offwhite head that was short lived. Smell is really nice and fruity, with lots of pine and sap to go along with it in making a vibrant nose. Taste is fruity, hoppy and a touch of pineyness as well in the flavor. Extremely smooth with mild to moderate bitterness for the style, but amply flavored by the hopping. This to me, is a classic example of the style, while being slightly more drinkable than expected. Really good stuff.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild gold with a ton of rising head and lacing that sticks like glue. A nice ring of lace is left after every sip.
Smell is nicely sweet and hoppy with lots of caramel malt backbone.
Taste is very hoppy, somewhat bitter in the finish. Sweet in the middle and finish which plays well with the bitterness. Juicy hops play very well with the caramel from the malt.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. It gets better as it warms and becomes a really drinkable beer.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UA8
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a crystal amber with with a thin white head which settles into pools of lacing.

S- big big citrus notes of grapefruit and orange peel, caramel malts, and a touch of heat in the background that I'm guessing is brought on by this being served at cellar temp.

T- candied orange peel, grapefruit, caramel, bitter piny and herbal hops, a touch of heat.

M- syrupy hop oils and a viscous body with moderate carbonation.

D- a potent and big dipa definitely west coast in style with powerful hopping and bitterness. A hop heads delight.

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Photo of joepais
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to Csmiley for the treat I poured the bottle into a tulip glass and it produced a nice two finger head that stuck a round for a while and had a nice lace that followed the beer down the glass. The body of the brew was a nice color of golden orange.

The aromas' of Simcoe hops were right out front I due like them so it was really enjoyable. The flavor was great as well nice and balanced being hop forward a bit but not so bitter that you wouldn't want to session this brew. It had a swolid meduim feel in my mouth with ample carbonation to keep me coming back for more

I could easily session this brew like I said earlier. A good DIPA worth seeking out for the try, and a brew a local should be proud of

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Photo of Eric_Leon
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soze47
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. It isn't an earth-shattering, expectation demanding beer. Just a really nice stand by to have on hand. I live in Boston and get to Cleveland every year and always pick some of this and other hoppy brew kettle offerings up.

The mouthfeel and body is the best part of this beer. It goes down real easy and has a great pine dominant, yet floral hop taste with just the right amount of malty, slightly caramel sweetness. It doesn't lay too hard on the palette, which makes all the difference in the world.

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Photo of Josholson666
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of 21, little did I suspect that I should be at 49, what I now am."

--Samuel Johnson

Dried apricot orange with butterscotch colored edges when backlit with morning sunshine. There goes my theory that 100% pale malted beer can't be darker than gold. The pastel orangish beige colored crown is both bubbly and sticky. Thick sheets of BB-shot lace look good enough to earn the big score.

One rarely runs across an American DIPA that uses only four ingredients. This one includes pale malt, Simcoe hops, water and yeast. The nose isn't a gobsmacker, but it has plenty of tropical fruity goodness... and no toasted maltiness to get in the way.

The Brew Keeper's Old 21 Imperial Pale Ale is better beer than 4 C's Pale Ale. That said, it isn't significantly better and may not deserve a higher taste score. Before jumping to any hasty conclusions, let's see what the rest of the bomber has to say for itself.

Considering color and flavor, I'm positive that something darker than pale malt was used. Caramel-crystal is almost a certainty, assuming that my eyes and taste buds are in good working order. Maybe TBK changed the recipe along with the label. The new label looks much better than the picture seen above.

The flavor profile delivers sugar cookies drizzled with melted caramel, a bit of butterscotch, pink grapefruit peel and bitter orange peel. In the end, the borderline abrasive hoppiness (90 IBUs) is winning me over. At least this isn't one of those overly malty, sappy, sticky, insufficiently hopped versions of the style that seem to be all the rage these days.

The body-mouthfeel finds that often elusive sweet spot between too light and too heavy. It's easily medium-full and has a creamy smoothness that is complemented by an ideal amount of hard-working bubbles.

Given the new label, Old 21 refers to the former Ohio route 21, which (I think) was in the vicinity of the brewery. Keeping with the theme, Old 21 Imperial IPA is a road well worth traveling, especially if like your beer to be both big and hoppy.

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Photo of cratez
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Brew Kettle Production Works Old 21 Imperial IPA - 9% ABV - Consumed March 21, 2013.

A: pours a clear amber hue with bronze edges, one finger of frothy white foam, lots of bubbles in the body, sheets of lacing on the pint glass. Nice look.

S: pine, hemp, bread crust, citrusy and herbal hops, grapefruit, honey, nuts, cotton candy, resin, navel orange, alcohol esters, and nectarine. Fresh and aromatic nose that falls just short of greatness.

T: juicy, citric, and orangey hops upfront, peach, caramel sweetness mid-palate, nutty malt, pine resin and bread crust to end. 90 IBUs make themselves known with some lingering heat in the throat. Good.

M: full side of medium-bodied, bordering on syrupy, with a spicy, citric and drying hop bitterness and lasting piney-bready afters. Consistent with the style.

O: a very respectable East Coast DIPA that I would gladly purchase again.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ninner00 for the bottle!

Pours a semi-clear orange with a thin white head and good lacing.

A little bit of citrus and tropical fruit hoppiness, but the nose is very subdued compared to others in the style.

Very impressed by the flavor after a non-descript aroma. Starts off with some very juicy tropical fruit. A touch of caramel malt balances out the hops and it finishes with a nice pine presence.

Good mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Very impressed by this one. It's not among the elite, but has some complex hoppiness to it and enough malt to balance it out.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from Vintage Estate. I've gotta get to the brewpub on my next trip...

A: The DIPA is an amber color, like dried brown leaves in the fall. At times radiant, the ale doesn't give up its translucence. A finger plus of off-white head laces in thick patches about a finger below the mouth of my glass.

S: The nose is medicinal and oily, excess pine is soft but definitely present. The more I linger, the more resiny and citrusy the aromas get. A very tempting sniff.

T: A good dose of Simcoe hops but an equally strong caramel presence, all good things are about balance after all. The simcoe grabs hold early, resiny with pine and citrus kick. For a DIPA, the hops aren't too concentrated. Instead they carry the ale without fuss. Check that, there is a hint of boozy heat near the end of each sip but it is easy to overlook. Despite that hiccup, I'm a fan of this ale.

M: The mouthfeel is hop driven but it isn't prickly and hot. The hops are at their most resiny, smoothing out the ale considerably. But they are strong and leave their mark.

D: More, please! The third pale ale incarnation from The Brew Kettle that I've really enjoyed. A strong DIPA any way you look at it.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear caramel, golden orange/brown topped by a foamy white head that laces and leaves a thin coating throughout drinking. The nose is predominantly perfumey grapefruit sweetness, a bit of citrus rind, and tropical fruit. Juicy grapefruit dominates the palate, but it's far more bark (aroma) than bite (AAs), and has a big malty backbone to support the generous amount of citrusy hops. This qualifies as a big DIPA with a medium body, adequate carb, and reasonable sweetness, but the booze and bitterness become a bit overpowering/tiring after awhile. The biggest limitation of this beer is its tremendous alcohol content, but my slight criticisms wouldn't cause me to avoid this beer in the future.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PSU_Mike
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
3.9 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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