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

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Old 21 Imperial IPAOld 21 Imperial IPA
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Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States | website

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

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144
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439
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
19.23%
 
 
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Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Much different logo, with the Ohio State Route 21 sign surrounded by gold & green colors. Listed at 9.0%, also.

Pours a crisp, clear copper color into the pint. Great clarity with just the right amount of carbonation visibility. The head, while seemingly short-lived, recedes to a fat patch of blotchy tan bubbles that latch on to the edge of the glass as the beer level recedes. Simcoe-riffic aroma, rife with musky pine and tropical fruits (papaya, mango, pineapple). Very floral and organic-smelling. The malts chime in with a hefty dose of caramel and sweet toffee nuttiness.

Let's see how she tastes. Interesting...changes pace from a smooth pale-aleish type beer with caramel malts on the front of the palate, and then quickly switches gears to a hop-forward IIPA with Simcoe hops crashing the tongue & roof of the mouth with piny, skunky goodness. Lingering kiss of resinous, bitter hop oils in the finish. Very sticky and borders on a chewy mouthfeel, but the body is thankfully light enough to make this one drinkable. Could use a bit more body and carbonation, however. Overall, a solid IIPA that could stand a few tweaks here & there, but is otherwise on the right path to hop nirvana. Kudos to the Brew Kettle!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow, monster 3+ inch head and alot of lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, grapefruit, light malts, lemon, orange, a little bread and floral. Not overly strong aromoa.

Taste - Its a dipa so, huge pineapple/grapefruit citrus hop kick at first swig. Orange and lemon make up most of the floral fruit flavor. Malts are present but are masked a little behind the hops, which they should be!. Some alcohol infact does come out in the swallow. Has a spice kick to it also. Very complex actually and balanced also.

Mouthfeel - Big, strong, hoppy!. Whole mouth gets coated with hops. Tounge gets bittered from the hops, then warmed from the alcohol. palette gets hops and alot of sweetness from the hops and added sugars. Aftertaste is thick, piney, resin coated tounge and alcohol warmed.

Overall - Very well done beer, I paid 4.99$ for this 22oz'er and that alone makes it untouchable. But, give the fact its really tastly and well done, its a must try from a killer brewery! The alcohol comes out a little bit much, and thats the only negitive about this beer for me.

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Photo of seeswo
3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean golden copper with a nice cap of head on it. Looks really good. Smells is an extremely generic combination of hops and malts. Nothing really distinguishing comes from the simcoe - maybe just a shade of pine or something, but not really. There is nothing about the nose that makes you want to pick it up and give it a big drink, though it doesn't smell bad. The front of this beer is like a big Maibock - sweet and malty. As it carries through, it dries out a bit with a somewhat bitter finish. The hoppiness in the end is again a pretty generic bitterness mostly devoid of actual hop flavor. The front and the back don't come together to balance each other out - it is just over malt/sweet in the front and flavorless, drying bitterness in the back. I am not a big fan of this one at all. The mouthfeel is pretty sugary, with good carbonation. Overall, this just doesn't seem like a good go at the style.

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Photo of jampics2
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Brew Kettle. Served in a 10oz snifter.

Old 21 is a beer that has been gaining a following around Cleveland lately. The beer is orange in color with some copper, amber, and yellow notes in the mix. There's just a film of a head and that hurts the score, but the color is great!

The smell is a Simcoe hop lovers dream come true. Peach and pine and a touch of catty scents come out of the glass, but, while the beer is a touch too cold, it's just too subdued. I'm assuming this beer is fresh since it's on tap at the source. But it's just not as big in the nose as I'd like.

Peach and pine from the nose carry into the taste along with juicy grapefruit. The malt is sweet, adding just a bit of pale sugary goodness. The flavor is much more powerful than the smell. It almost reminds me of Snapple peach tea :)

The mouthfeel is very good for this beer. Medium body with perfect carbonation, adding just enough bubbles to keep the beer feeling fresh and not sticky. There is some medium bitterness that lingers in the finish. This beer has great flavors but could use more expressiveness. I've had a batch or two that were just a bit more popping, but, even in the state reflected in the snifter in front of me, this is a beer hop heads should seek out. With just water, simcoe, pale malt, and yeast, this beer has a huge amount of depth. Beware of old bottles, go tap on this one!! It's certainly deserving of its recent buzz, head down to Old 21 and grab a glass straight from the source.

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz (undated) bottle into a tulip.

Pours a semi-hazy golden butterscotch in color, with a 2+ finger white head. Decent retention with a nice thin layer of lacing down a good portion of the glass.

Citrus aromas hit the nose first-grapefruit & orange primarily. Some pine aroma, and a definite, fleeting hint of cat urine.

Taste features the tropical fruit, some fairly sweet caramel malt in the middle, backed up by an oily hop takeover on the end.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium chewy body, lower carbonation, dry and bitter lingering finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, a very solid beer. Given the price, about 4.99 for the bomber IIRC, I will certainly pick this up again on my next trip to Cincy.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber bottle emptied into a standard shaker glass. The DIPA appears a clear rich copper color with about two fingers of creamy off white foam. The head lingers for a few minutes before settling to a thin layer. No lacing to speak of. Aromas and flavors are of medium toasted grain, sweet malt, lemon, orange, and grapefruit, a good amount of pine and some alcohol warmth. A notch or two better than medium in body with ample carbonation. Pretty tasty stuff, and very reasonably priced.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of conifers
Head average (3 cm), off white, frothy, mostly lasting
Lacing poor – few small islands
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor begins moderately bitter with piney goodness; bitterness decreases and a faint tropical fruitiness appears. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation

A good IPA – unfortunately the poor lacing detracts from the appearance. However, the piney flavors hide the alcohol well. Overall, pretty tasty.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden amber with minimal head, moderately sticky lacing.

Round, soft sweet fruit aromas, not quite as bright as tropical citrus, but sweeter than dark fruit. Kind of like bubblegum.

Bready malts strongly support the hops, probably too much for the modern hop head. There are mildly spicy hops.

This is balanced, not extreme. The alcohol creeps up on you though.

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Photo of Omnium
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice golden orange, thin soapy half a finger of head, little lacing.
S - Big juicy citrus up front, then some really sweet candied fruit, some alcohol, other sweet malt, definitely a dank quality to the hops.
T - Not bad, the 9.5% doesnt really come through in taste which is great, a nice bitter and tart citrus punch in front, big sweetness in the middle, finishes on the drier side.
M - Very clingy sweetness, mild bitter aftertaste.
O - Solid double IPA that packs a punch, and is still a bang for your buck.

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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 BB1313
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've had this one before a few times. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a clean transparent golden with a slight haze, eggshell white head fades, decent lacing and nice retention, nice looking beer. This one has some pretty dank aromas; Simcoe hops clearly dominate. Very tropical with lots of peach, mango, and pineapple. More tropical fruits in the flavors. Bitter, but there's a decent sweetness. Malt is there, but doesn't dominate at all and lets the hops shine. Juicy. I feel it could possibly use a touch of carbonation although it's there; somewhat flat and syrupy/resiny, but it actually makes for a smooth drink, I can dig it. Alcohol goes unnoticed, easy drinking and leaves you wanting more. Great DIPA..

If you experience this one fresh, it's extremely impressive. I'm really glad to see this one in 4pks now. This is a pineapple bomb, dank stuff!

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle (looks newer than one pictured above). Thanks to beerhan for this one! No dates appear on the bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy orange color. Minimal white head that ends really quickly. Some lacing on the glass on the swirl. Good carbonation from bottom of glass.

S: I get malts, breadiness, and some piney hops. There is some fruitiness behind the malt but mostly bread.

T: You get a nice clean hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. The taste is better than the middle of the mouth. You get sweet fruity hops. And a crisp piney hop finish with a dry close.

M: Medium bodied with a good mouth coating.

O: B+ for this one. It's a solid offering. The taste is actually better than the nose. Pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega in Columbus, OH on 11/13/09

A - Sharp-looking burnt orange/amber color. Poured with a thin head leaving little for retention; ok lacing - it seems both would have been pronounced with a better pour.

S - Packed with citrus & floral hops. Orange & grapefruit. Some maltiness & booze in the background.

T - Dense & resinous hop flavor. Bitter pine tar with potent swaths of orange & grapefruit. Decently spicy. Light toasty malt in there; hints of caramel as it warms.

M - Rather full bodied with moderate carbonation. Despite the resiny grit, it has a penchant for slickness.

D - Pretty darn tasty. Though drinkability is not at all bad, the beer went right to my head - it's certainly potent enough. Worth a shot.

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

Murky pale golden yellow body with loads of sticky lacing.

Pleasant aroma of tropical fruits... Pineapple, mango, and orange. Little malt presence.

A solid showcase of simcoe hops. Tropical fruit dominates the hop profile. Spot on with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is sticky with low carbonation.

It's a solid DIPA and certainly quenches any hophead's craving.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, it is a hazy, copper orange with an almost brown, fluffy off-white head.

Smells good. Solid bready malts Also some citrus, and a strong earthy /musty aroma.

The flavors I taste are mainly sweet caramel malts, and some slightly herbal/medicinal/dankness matches the musty aroma. Some slightly zesty ripe fruit. Seems more sour than sweet. More lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange rind.
Noticeable ethanol.

Body is excellent. Moderate resin feel. Full, but not filling. Pretty smooth and somewhat creamy texture. I wasnt expecting this to be the strongest aspect based on aroma and taste, but I think it is.

This is a very good imperial IPA. However, there are just so many better that I am not likely to pick this one up again. I recommend trying it for sure though.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No freshness dating. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a fluted pint glass with the designation that this glass was from, or should be filled only with Harpoon IPA. Pours very clear with a mostly white head of about one finger in size. A good dose of lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is fairly weak for a Double IPA. Super earthy. This seems like an English IPA if you ask me. I know the bottle says "Simcoe through and through", but unless this is an older bottle, I get nothing but wet soil, slightly sweaty socks, and a touch of biscuit. Caramel malts play a pivotal role as the beer warms, giving me a not-so-warm feeling about this one.

Flavor is similarly English. Fairly sweet up front with minimal hop kick in the back. Sticky and nearly cloying with loads of caramel malts. Slightly fruity.

Although Brew Kettle says they hop this with Simcoe, I have the strictest confidence that this bottle is either out of date or the beer suffers from underhopping and "English masking". I didnt particularly like this one either; rather sweet. If one wants real Simcoe flavor, try Double Simcoe from Weyerbacher. The bottle asserts this beer has 90IBU. I object, your honor! If only the brewery would date their goddamn beers. A real shame.

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Photo of Cresant
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. Different label than the one picture. The body was bright apricot with a light haze. The head was pithy and off white. A pillowy cap remained and deposited bits of lace too.

The smell was orange marmalade. Oily pungent hops.

The taste was sweet with brassy, oily hops. Grapefruit pith bitterness. Sublime Simcoe.

The mouthfeel was medium to dense. The carbonation was moderate. Pretty good overall.

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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 Goblinmunkey7
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drgonzo3705 for this as an extra.

Appearance: Deep, clear gold with a bright-white head. Massive amounts of lacing stick to just about everything. The head dwindles quickly, but never completely disappears.

Smell: Simcoe hop explosion! Loads of grapefruit coupled with something that borders on green onions, with a touch of that lovely cat pee aroma. It's all thrown over the top of a very bready malt base with a touch of caramel thrown in for some sweetness. This is a hop bomb for sure. I'm not getting a ton of depth, more an up front hit followed by some thinner notes on the edges.

Taste: Tastes like a stale hit from a bong filled with pine water. It's delightful. Loads of piney goodness fill the mouth with a straight up citric rind bitterness on the back. That lingering green onion flavor is there, but it's quickly covered up and forgotten. The nose is but a distant promise of what the taste holds. Malts play a minor role, adding some sweetness to the whole experience, which is greatly appreciated.

Mouthfeel: What a DIPA should be in my opinion. Nice and full without becoming syrupy. It wants to be dry, from the obvious Simcoe dry-hopping, but just cant. There's too much in there to be dry. Solid and appetizing. Lacks a little in the smoothness, but that's the only downside.

Overall: It's dank, it delicious, and fresh, it's well worth it. I can see this turning over in a couple weeks and becoming less desireable. A very solid extra and an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to pimpmyporter for this extra.

Bomber split nd poured into my pint glass the beer is a golden orange hue with solid two fingers of thick white head. Good retention. Tons of sticky lace left around the glass after settling.

The aroma is mainly citrus hops. Plenty of grapefruit, oranges, and lemons. Light hints of pine can be picked out as well. The malt backbone is fairly strong and helps to balance the nose out.

The flavor is much more malt forward than the nose. The sweetness of the malt is very assertive. The hops are present in the form of piney bursts and a good bit of citrus. A bit sweeter than I had expected.

Medium creamy body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent DIPA. The sweet malt makes this beer a bit hard to get through but nothing I can't swallow.

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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 MbpBugeye
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have loved to support little Ohio breweries like this from day one. Unfortunately this is only my second offering from these guys. Ill have to change that.

A- First thing I noticed is that this beer is very clear. Strangely clear in fact. Its a crystal clear amber. The head is nice and tight and very stick with lots of lace, which is a plus.

S- Big on hops. Nice sticky Simcoe all over. Somewhere between citrus and pine. Malts are quite faint and take a back seat to let the Simcoe shine.

T- Again, dominant hops. Very resinous Simoes. Hops are more prevalent in the taste but they are nice and set back into the background. Pale malts with a little bit of crackeriness. Like someone else here said, the hops here really is where this beer shines. Bitterness is approaching aggressive.

M- Dry and sticky with bitter hop resins.

D- Easy to drink. Its not super big like I think an IIPA should be. It is a Simcoe bomb though. Quite bitter and nice.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - dark hazy auburn color with a slight white head but good lacing
Smell - grapefruit citrus floral smell
Taste - similar as smell with a great malt back bone
Feel - light carb medium body
Overall - really good!

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a hazy lemon color with a 2 finger white head. Small bubbles and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- honey, caramel, sweet citrus, slight grassy aroma.

T- very sweet caramel and honey, some brown sugar, lemon, oranges and pineapple with some citrus rind bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy, gritty, syrup and semi-dry finish.

O- not a bad dipa, but very sweet. Not sure the age on this, may be older and turned more Barleywine like? Would like to try again fresh just in case this bottle is old.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
1.7/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I've visited Brew Kettle numerous time (my mother-in-law lives nearby) and always enjoyed their beers and my visits. And I bought this one in Columbus at Blacklick Liquors, with high expectations. It was a new item to Blacklick (I visit there regularly), and given this and the proximity of Columbus to Strongsville, I assumed this was a guarantee of freshness (although with no date code I have no way of knowing). And I believe I was mistaken - my experience with this beer stands in stark contrast to the other reviews on this site. This beer was not what I was expecting, and i would describe it as rancid. A dark gold/amber color with nice head and a clear body (so far so good). However, aroma was cereal-y, grainy, diacetyl, and a touch spicy, but not at all hoppy. Flavor was far worse. I got no hop presence off this beer in the taste at all. It tasted awful, and for me it was a drain-pour. I will happily revisit Brew Kettle, but I'd be hesitant to pick-up other bottled products of theirs based on this experience.

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Old 21 Imperial IPA from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.
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