Four C's American Pale Ale
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

Four C's American Pale AleFour C's American Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,492
ABV:
6%
Score:
85
Ranked #32,184
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 10.34%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
371
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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
 
Ohio, United States
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Wants
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Four C's American Pale AleFour C's American Pale Ale
Notes: Formerly Ringneck 4 C's Pale Ale.

55 IBUs
Reviews: 111 | Ratings: 371 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, no visible date. CBF pint.

A: pours a surprisingly dark orange-copper with a slight haze and streams of small-bubble carbonation. 1/4 finger off-white head lingers as a modest cap. Superb lacing.

S: sweet, citrus and malt. Classic citrus and floral APA. Very traditional. Smells very much like the Elevator Three Frogs I had just a couple of weeks ago.

T: much drier on the palate than the nose. Dry, crisp malt, followed by a mild, floral hop bite. A little soapy. I had high hopes from the smell, but the taste is not doing it for me.

M: lighter side of mid weight, highly carbonated, clean finishing. Crisp and refreshing.

O: when I first moved to Ohio ten years ago, this was a beer I saw on shelves everywhere craft beer was sold, and I never picked it up, then didn’t see it for a while. Now I’ve finally gotten around to it, and am underwhelmed. It is too dry, out of balance. But unlike the new age pales that emphasize imbalance and pull it off with bright, citrusy hops, this is weighed down with a more classic dark, dank citrus with a hint of pine that could use more sweetness. Not my cup of beer. Would not buy again.

Apr 14, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Very pretty copper color, with a thick, spongy white head that left scads of lacing as it settled. There was no date on the bottle, but this sample was quite malty. Lots of caramel on the nose and palate, with some piney and resiny floral hop character in the background. Assertive bitterness as advertised. Not bad, but I expected more from the impressive hop bill. That said, this was much better at room temperature than at fridge temperature. YMMV.

Oct 22, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: deep amber body with slight haze. Frothy small bubbled white head.

S: Smells malty with a slight floral, resin bite.

T: Malty beer bready resiny and not very hoppy.

M: Slightly heavy especially for an pale ale.

O: Such an average beer, more of an English style IPA. It has a ton of maltiness and just flecks of Hops. This is is a beer you won't be disappointed you didn't buy.

Aug 08, 2016
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AC-Mivsek from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark copper, smells heavy of malt and piney, resinous hops. Tastes very similar-dark dank hops with a strong malt presence. This is one of the heavier APAs I have had. Drinks closer to an IPA.

Aug 06, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper in color. Transparent. Nice thick head retention on top of the beer.

Aroma is citrus forward with notes of honey and mango in the background.

It's flavor is very well balanced. It has a malt backbone that pairs well with it's hop level and hop profile.

It's a good, all-around pale ale.

May 25, 2016
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

It pours amber with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with two inches of beige head that leaves a little lacing.

I can smell that caramel malt at first. Then I get floral and pine aromas.

It starts out malty with a pine finish.

Medium mouthfeel

I am glad it was part of a sampler pack. It is okay but not worth buying a six pack.

Apr 23, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours clear and golden with a foamy white head, citrus and tropical hop aroma with underlying toasted malt. Taste follows the nose with an emphasis on citrus, guava & mango chutney. Medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish. Nice citrusy pale ale

Feb 20, 2016
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great. Deep gold color. Cloudy with tons of lacing.

Aroma is weak. Mainly pale malts and some faint citrus.

You get a little bit of everything with the hops. A consistent bitterness all the way through, along with lemon, orange, grapefruit, flowers, grass, pine, and sweet bready flavors.

Body is light and crisp.

Good beer overall. I wouldn't buy it again though. This beer is more like a session IPA to me, but if you like a hoppy pale ale, you probably won't be real disappointed.

Jan 24, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light clear copper with a thin layer of suds on top.

Hint of fruity pebble and lemonade aromas, with minor hop notes and light buttery malt.

Slightly bitter with a sweeter malt supporting flavor, that ratio is probably why I like this more than most standard IPAs on shelves.

Well carbonated, not too thin of a mouthfeel.

Jan 03, 2016
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SINKTIPS_N_SUDS from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful orangish color. Incredibly clear. Some citrus and pint on the nose. More of the same on the taste, but with a nice malt sweetness. I will be revisiting again fairly soon.

Nov 08, 2015
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Glanzman from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours an opaque, deep golden color with a slightly off-white, 2 finger head with nice lacing.

Not a strong aroma like you would expect from an IPA. Slight citruis and pine.

Taste isn't bad. Nice citrus flavor with a bitter piney bite in the end.

For me , taste is the most important attribute, so I rate the overall the same as taste.

However, there are too many better beers for my money.

Woulld not buy a six pack of these.

Nov 01, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and resinous sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American pale ale style. All around great complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 18, 2015
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I half expected Four C's to be green - you know, like the four hops (Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, and Chinook) that went into it. But as much as their presence is felt in the nose and on the palate, there's no visual trace of them in this bright, burnished golden appearance.

I may be reviewing this on a dark December night, but the aroma will surely conjure thoughts of a summer day, likely somewhere warm or tropical; there is lots of zippy citrus and leafy greenness. It smells floral, fruity, fresh, and frickin' delicious - it might as well be called the Four F's!

Just as you'd anticipate from a beer named after hops, Four C's has a very lucid hoppiness. The flavour showcases almost sherbet-like citrus notes (lots of lime, lemon, and orange) against a defenseless pale malt backdrop - it's like colourful pastel brushstrokes on a white canvas.

The earthy and floral elements are just as present as the fruit; this drinks like a perfectly steeped rose-scented green tea. Maybe a pinch of mint too. There's surprisingly no bitterness (and little interfering sweetness from the malt aside from a great biscuity base).

Four C's is not the sledgehammer hop-bomb you might expect - then again, it's a pale ale not an IPA. There is plenty of unbridled hoppiness here, but less the kind that wacks you over the head and more the kind that massages it (parts of Britain do still, in fact, stuff pillow cases with hop cones to aid sleeping). I'm not surprised - this is an extremely pleasant, almost soothing offering.

Dec 13, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

The nose is light with pine, citrus pith, rose petals, hop cone and Graham cracker. The flavor has a light tobacco, dry barley malt, granola, rose petal, floral hop cone and honey. All this complexity is set against a watery body. Nicely complex brew and easy to drink it simply didn't assert itself very well.

Aug 25, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No beer style has done more to put American beer on the map than the pale ale. Ripped from the clinches of the Brits- the drier malts, neutral yeast character, high attenuation and yes- citrusy hops gives The Brew Kettle's version a great chance to succeed.

Four C's employs Centennial, Cascade, Chinook and Columbus hops for a potpourri of citrus, herb, grass and pine to ride alongside a firm caramel malt support in even-keel fashion. Even its stern bronze hue suggests that the toasted barley sweetness won't let the hops take full command.

With a drying palate, the sweetness dissipates and the hops turn from citrus flavor and trend bitter with resin, spice and a pep of ginger spice. Approaching graham cracker in taste, the character of granola highlight a grain, nut and honey taste just ahead of finish.

Alas, the hops pull forth and ensure a snappy, crisp, clean and malty-dry finish with bitterness to outweigh its sweetness in a fleeting glimpse. Its piney and pithy aftertaste easily outlasts the malt and allows for a high rate of refreshment and drinkability.

Jul 30, 2014
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The Four C's has a little to be desired. The beer poured a slightly hazy copper with thin slightly offwhite head that is not lacing the scent carries mostly bitter hops. The taste is starts malty then finishes bitter. This beer is more English leaning. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is ok....I would not go out and buy a six of it...but it is worth a try.

Jul 16, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.99/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estate.
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into snifter.
Aroma of conifers and hint of grapefruit.
Head large (5.5 cm), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to a broken 2 mm layer.
Lacing good – many islands of various size with various size bubbles.
Body medium orange, clear.
Flavor begins with piney goodness, which ends in a citrus astringency with a moderately long hang time. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation.

This is a decent pale ale with a tendency toward an IPA. The alcohol is well hidden.

Jul 09, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant light copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Resin, pine, floral hops, soap, and a touch of citrus form the aroma.

Flavor reveals a resiny, slightly catty base, which becomes brutally bitter at the finish. There's a hint of grapefruit pith in the beginning, but it's getting. The balance is decidedly bitter and resiny.

Body and carbonation are moderate, and the finish is fairly stringent.

Not my style. I prefer flavoring to bittering hops, and this beer delivers the opposite. Malt is lacking.

Mar 01, 2014
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lochef81 from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've just discovered this brewery ans can't get enough. This offering pours a handsome amber hue with a small but thick white head and nice lacing. The aroma is subtle but absolutely delicious. Lots of malt and hop notes but totally balanced even in the nose. The mouth is just the right amount of sticky chew and smooth sippable, refreshing ale. The flavor is an awesome balance of rich malt and bitter hops. This is a great beer. If this one catches on it could give zombie dust a run for its money as one if the best apas out there.

Feb 22, 2014
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours a nice slightly orange gold color, 2 finger white head, fades fast, nice lacing though.
S - Very fresh, grassy, citrus, light caramel malt, lime juice.
T - Big juicy citrus flavor, nice caramel malts, big lime flavor too, good pine bitterness, crackery finish.
M - Fresh clean and crisp.
O - This is a decent demonstration of the four hops as mentioned, nice clean citrusy fresh flavors. Good pale thats borderline IPA.

Sep 16, 2013
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charlzm from California

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed June 28th, 2013. Poured into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass at 50 degrees F.

Beer is darker than expected for an APA - clear deep orange/amber. A two finger yellow-tinged off-white head forms and subsides quickly, leaving behind minimal but still noticeable sheeting.

Aroma - yep, there are the four C hops all right - grassy, earthy, citrusy and slightly spicy, like cinnamon bread. Balanced and subtle without being too hard to detect.

Flavor - more bitterness than I anticipated for only 55 IBU's! First notes are juicy, grassy and piney. Some bready, caramel malts in the middle accompany that surprising bitterness, then the finish is smooth and bitter with a light bit of grapefruit and orange. Nice. Maybe the slightly medicinal bitterness is more pronounced to me due to a lack of sweetness to balance it?

Mouthfeel is on the heavy end of medium bodied with some carbonation creaminess helping out. A nice change from prickly and dry!

Not a bad beer, but not quite in the big leagues. You can do better, but you could do worse much more easily.

Jun 29, 2013
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Savor Market, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

The beer pours a 1cm tall head of off-white to slightly beige foam, bubbles small in size and fairly compressed in pattern. Retention is minimal, lasting under one minute, but leaving fairly pleasant lacing, a complex, heavy mix of small speckles and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark caramel brown color, with light bringing out a brighter orange hue, with yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, though it is somewhat sluggish and not substantial in number.

Aroma is of grapefruit juice, pine resin, and American hop as sweetened by caramelized malt sugars, with a fairly good balance between these competing characters, if not a bit less powerful than I was expecting based upon the hops included and IBUs.

Front of palate picks up sweetness from caramelized malt sugars with slightly floral hop characters and hints of strong pine resin and bitter grapefruit and orange flavors. Mid-palate balances the caramelized malt sugars with strong pine resin, bitter grapefruit and orange flavors, honey, and light floral and woodsy characters. Back of palate picks up continued caramel malt sweetness with pine resin and substantial grapefruit-like bitterness, with some lighter orange-like flavors as well. Lingering aftertaste of caramelized malt sugar sweetness and grapefruit-like hop bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that's marginally fizzy and subsequently foamy, mostly smooth and a bit placid. Closes dry, but with significant stickiness lingering across the palate.

May 31, 2013
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Broman from Alaska

3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a thick white head. Even a gentle pour displaces a large foam top. Pale orange in color, fairly transparent.

Smell- Somewhat complex. The most notable are citrus tones. Hints of grapefruit and a minor sweet note are subtly noted.

Taste- Equal to the smell. More bitter then anything. Not overwhelming bitterness. The expected citrus flavor is noted. Flavor is abundant and quickly disappears and leaves a barely noticeable hop flavor in the mouth afterwards leaving a somewhat stale tinge in .

Mouthfeel- Light on the tongue. Slight carbonation.

Overall- Enjoyable beer to drink. Not overly complex. Consuming two or three in one sitting would be the limit for me. The flavor is to basic to really have any more if other beers are available.

Apr 17, 2013
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SerialHiker from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice autumnal orange mixed with caramel brown…way too much off white head formed with the lightest of pours (see photo above)...this is the last of a six pack I picked up and all of them have done this...it’s thick, with big and little bubbles…tons of big bubble lacing around the glass…fairly transparent, there’s tons of bubble action throughout…a well carbonated brew…when it finally simmers down, it has a nice, drinkable appearance…(3.89/5)

Smell: Earthiness, yeast, floral, piney, grapefruit, orange, sweet caramel malts, honey candy and toffee…there is a light airiness; a fresh, out-of-the-shower aroma going on here…a touch of alcohol heat way in the back…it’s a lovely smelling brew…(4.25/5)

Taste: Yum! Sweet, caramel malts blending nicely with piney/resin and citrus hops flavors…way more yeast flavor than typically found in these types of pale ales…a very fresh feel and taste to it…not overly complicated, it really comes in as it finishes…there’s a biscuity, citrus bitterness in the after taste…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, tons of carbonation…it fluffs up all over my palate leaving piney/citrus resin all over my tongue…for all the fluff and body, it’s not overly chewy, still has a nice, drinkable body…(4/5)

Overall: This is a pretty good beer…the flavor isn’t overly unique, as I’ve really been hitting the caramel malts mixed with citrus hops American Pale Ale variety pretty hard lately, so it’s difficult for a brew like this to stand out...what does separate this beer from others is the yeast they use…it’s very evident in the aroma and flavor making it borderline Belgian in life and effervescence (though the over zealous carbonation makes me burpy!)…things are nicely balanced, it’s very drinkable and at 6.0% ABV, I could have a couple over the course of a night and still be able to hold my head up… (4/5)

Jan 25, 2013
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A- pours a dark caramel with a 2 finger light tan head. Big blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- very malty, toast, pine, floral, light citrus.

T- caramel, toasted malts, bitter citrus and pine with some grassy flavors as well.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry and a crisp finish.

O- ok pale ale. Very malt forward and actually has a slight abv bite for some reason. My suggestion: 5 C's, dry hop the shit out of this beer with Citra!

Dec 10, 2012
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