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

BA SCORE
85
very good
364 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Four C's American Pale AleFour C's American Pale Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Ringneck 4 C's Pale Ale.

55 IBUs

Added by Ricochet on 09-26-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
364
Reviews:
109
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 364 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of HumanParaquat
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of kal4478
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of rxthree
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of LEdubs
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of charlzm
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 1,071 characters

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of msinger1002
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of osupuck19
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of seakayak
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

 1,682 characters

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Artjsantos
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of catfan2000
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of fullmoonbeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of MDDMD
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Broman
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

 763 characters

Photo of brauseboof
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Laslomcd
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Skott1123
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mjw1200
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of davemathews68
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
3.76 out of 5 based on 364 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.