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

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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
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
362
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
17.55%
 
 
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10
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35
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Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MbpBugeye for this bottle.

Pours a light, clear amber with a healthy beige head that recedes to a swirl around the center and some spider-web lacing along the sides.

The aroma is big on floral and citrus hops and they almost take on an herbal character in the nose. Sticky pine resin and lemon zest with a solid caramel malt sweetness.

The taste is a little brighter if that makes sense with the lemon zest and grapefruit. Lightly toasted caramel malts and a resinous floral finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a citrus bitterness lingering on the palate.

This is a solid APA but nothing memorable as it's hoppy but the hop profile is not something that stands out. Compared to the Daisy Cutter I had yesterday, it's just not in the same league.

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Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: bright copper-amber in color, light covering of carbonation receding to a thin ring

s: pale malts with a very light caramel presence, citrus pith hop aroma - dried grapefruit, some citrus oils, pretty nice

m: carbonation light-moderate, lighter in body

t: body mostly clean pale malts with a light, biscuity caramel, hop flavor fairly one-dimensional citrus/grapefruit pith, finishing with a moderate-high piney bitterness, okay and nicely balanced if a touch plain in flavor

d: the clean body and hoppy finish make for an easy drink

bomber carried back from ohiiio

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a light amber pour, a finger's worth of sticky white foam. Lots of lace making a baby Swiss like pattern all around.

Aroma - plenty of piny snappy goodness. A nice note of florals, perhaps a touch soapy.

Taste - pink grapefruit, biscuity malt, a piny mid-palate. For all the hop hoopla, this has a good presence without going over the top. Some good citrus on the swallow, orange and pine. A good, dry aftertaste, ending with a tasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel - light oily smoothness, good crispness, very solid body for an APA.

Drinkability - huge flavor and reasonable abv make for a most sessionable brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jampics2 for this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orangish color with a nice white head. The nose brings forward some citrus hops with grapefruit definitely coming through. Some tropical hop notes in the background as well.

The taste has got a bit too much sweetness in the background without accompanying bitterness, although the hop flavors are still there and are definitely nice. Good mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a bit of bitterness. Drinks quite well. Love getting tasty local beers as extras. Thanks again!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ditmier pulled this one out of the fridge as a pacer... Thanks Eric for a new to me brewery.

Off white head.. hazy lite amber... nose shows "C" hops but are pretty muted... not what I would hope for in something advertising American hops. Citrus hops are there.. so is hints of floral hops... pale malts are a tad too high.

Citrus fruitiness with some peach.. good bitterness throughout.. the malts play well and help advertise the hops mid palate.

Pretty crisp and inviting.. yummy ... want another sip... Body and carbonation seem fine.

3.5/3.5/4/4/4

Thanks Eric for sharing!!

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep gold color, with a frothy white head.

Floral hops and slight citrus greet the nose. Smell, mostly, is non-existent.

Taste is slightly hoppy, citrus and spice, tingling the back of the throat. A bit of malt hits the mid-to-back of the tongue. Ends bitter and slightly dry on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is thin, but crisp.

Easily drinkable, a good session beer. I look forward to having it with pizza tonight.

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Photo of gunnerman
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, poured a golden orange with a bit of head that leaves no lace. Smell is a bit citrus with a slight malted character. Heavy carbonation with a thin malt profile hop finish towards the back end. Overall a decent offering and the price makes this one a very good session beer.

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

Drank from a pint glass.

A: The color is a sort of orange/light red color with some visible carbonation bubbles coming to the top. The head is a light tan color made of big bubbles and it lasts for a good amount of time.

S: I get some citrusy notes followed by a somewhat malty character.

T: I get a little grapefruit flavor, as well as some bitterness. The malt comes through after the initial hops. This is a very well balanced beer. Not too bitter, not too sweet.

M: Good mouthfeel, coats the palate and you can feel the hops at the back of your mouth near your throat. moderate carbonation does a nice job of clearing the palate, but the flavor does linger for about a minute.

D: I could easily have 2 bombers in a sitting without a second thought. At 5-6% ABV (website says 5, bottle says 6), you don't really feel it at all while drinking it. The way the hops linger is really neat!

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up an incredibly affordable bomber at Andersons and enjoyed samples in a 6 oz taster glass.

Appearance- Pours very slightly hazy, pale orange with a tight, almost creamy off-white head that sticks around for a while. Loads of bubbles rising from glass. Great lacing.

Aroma- Big hop nose filled with notes of grapefruit, pineapple, fresh cut grass, and piney resin- though none overwhelm or really stand out. Candied citrus, soft herbal spice, and subtle dark caramel notes also in the mix. Very inviting and complex aroma, but not overwhelming.

Flavor- Bright herbal/grassy hops pop first and are quickly followed by a mouth coating resinous, piney, almost spicy hop flavor and an assertive bitterness. Soft orange peel citrus and a slightly sweet bread-like malt flavor round out the finish. There is some burnt sugar in there, but very subtle and complimentary. Hop bitterness almost puckering and slightly drying, lingers well into finish. Nicely balanced with just enough malt, but not too much, for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel- Moderate CO2, medium bodied, low-moderate residual sugars. Resinous hops coat back of tongue and linger.

Overall- Very tasty pale ale! Loads of hop flavor that would satisfy most hop heads, but not so much that drinkability falls short. I could definitely soak up a few pints of this brew, especially if it was over some spicy hotwings or pulled pork BBQ! Feels like a great football beer! Definitely worth seeking out if you are in Ohio, especially considering the price of a bomber is under $5!!

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Photo of btorsdog
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber for $3.99,not to shabby!
Poured a true golden clear with not a whole lotta head happening,fair amont of lacing though.
kind of a bland smell, mostly bready malts.
flavorful strait-forward pale ale taste with a nice suprise hop card dealt in toward the end,not as hoppy as hoped for though ,but vey nice!
mouth was somewhat thick and full but with a smooth slippery effect.
bomber went down quite nice an rather fast, not a bad brew at all, will partake again! CHEERS
Note: different label than pictured ,label stated abv 6.0% with an IBU of 55.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light golden color with perfect clarity. The pour produced two fingers of tan colored head that was relatively short lived. No lacing was apparent on the lass of my glass.

S: Caramel, malt and ripe fruit.

T: Sweet malt backbone followed by a complimentary mild hop bitterness. Nicely balanced, but not much else there.

M: A little think on my palate for a APA of only 5% abv. The mouthfeel was that of a beer with much higher alcohol content.

D: A little above average in drinkability because of the nice balanced flavor, despite the heaviness on my tongue.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is earthy hops with some caramel malt. I also get a little bit of orange citrus. The flavor is heavy on the orange citrus with some caramel malt. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber purchased at Vintage Estate. I've shared one with Foofaa in the past but didn't take notes. Consumed on 6-Jul-10.

A: The pale ale is a curpous amber color, translucent with a thick 3 finger head. It's eggshell white color stands out against the amber. Excessive lacing, as you'd expect, follows the head.

S: The aroma is hoppy and sweet, plenty of citrus hops to go around. They are mild but concentrated, a zesty sweet nose with orange pulp scents to go with the grapefruit. The hoppiness, while not intense, really stands out.

T: Sweet caramel and bitter hops start things off nicely, vying for attention. Pine and grapefruit flavors are much stronger than just about every APA I've had before, a chewy hop playground. It's not a complete hop bomb though, more than enough caramel hangs around to balance things out. The vigorous head tamped out the carbonation, allowing the oily citrus flavors to loiter around. A nice APA.

M: If you like hops, you should enjoy this beer. The citrus hops are so pleasing, so sweet as to soothe the soul. Bitterness builds to a crescendo in the finish.

D: Very drinkable, moderate alcohol level, plenty of hops. The highlight of my holiday flight.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, off white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled quite malty - caramel and biscuity notes. Mild pine notes.

T - The pine comes through in the form of bitter hops. The rest of the beer brings malt, malt and more malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is an nice APA that leans to the maltier side of the spectrum.

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Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While taking a trip to the greater Cleveland area, I convinced my buddy Jeff that The Brew Kettle is a stop that we must make. After arriving, he certainly had no argument. Poured from the tap to a pint glass, review is from notes taken on 6/11/2010.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow and comes with a short 1/2 finger white head that fades to an uneven, but pretty full, skim; body is very clear and shows minimal carbonation slowly bubbling up; random washes and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Nice citrus and bitter hoppy blend ranging from smooth tropical fruitiness to a sticky and sappy pine -- really quite the array of scents.

Taste: A blast of bitter hops right up front -- predominantly piney/grassy, then followed by the bitter citric aspect with aspects of lemon and grapefruit; a burnt toastiness lingers along with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body is fairly light and a tad watery; the carbonation is present, but not really strong at all; a sticky and thin coating from all the various hop resins is left behind; and interestingly enough, for a 5% beer, the stomach is left slightly warm.

Drinkability: Really, the only aspect of the beer that didn't really strike my fancy was the mouthfeel, and even that wasn't too bad. At 5%, I could probably drink this all day, especially during the warm summer months as the bitterness is really quite refreshing and even the lighter body allows for it to be quaffed quite heartily.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale orange color with a thin white head. Head leaves behind some great lacing.

S- Smells good but a little soft. Smells of pine, citrus, caramel malts and sweet.

T- Hops make there prescense known here. All 4 C's of hops are here piney and citrus. Again not bad but I guess I got a little over excited given the name.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was good.

D- Very easy to drink and worth a try for sure. Not the greatest but by fair from the worse. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- a vigorous pour yielded no more than 3/4in of orange tinted cream colored sticky foam. this is one malty ale indeed. settled in good time to a thick creamy ring and some large clusters of bubbles. mostly clear copper orange with golden amber highlights. nice thick curtains of lace.

S- somewhat mild aroma but very nice buttery butterscotch toffee marshmallow and (as the label suggests) the four c's. grapefruit, orange, and pine but not at all pungent. malt definitely dominates here.

T- well balanced and suited to my tastes. starts off with a sweet toffee buttery marshmallow malt flavor as grapefruit and piney hops kick in although everything seems to be on a sort of low-volume scale. sweetness quickly fades after being cut down by bitterness which lingers as the actual hop flavor slowly builds into the finish. grapefruit, orange, lemon-lime, pine tar, fresh oregano green-ness and some earthy woodsy toasted malt leftovers.

MF- hefty and creamy and slightly powdery but still rather refreshing. low low carbonation seems to follow suit with the hops and appears more pronounced later in the game. very tight almost nitro like bubbles.

D- sure a few things could be tweaked to make this my ideal pale ale but it's pretty damn drinkable at 6% abv. the fine balance and creamy body are the stars here, although i could use a little more bubbly. nothing about this beer is overbearing in any way, in fact it's the opposite. that would be fine by me if it were 4.7% and i had a growler.

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Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to miketd for sending me three bombers from The Brew Kettle. I drink a lot of IPAs & pales, so the cellar tends to accumulate lots of dark, heavy stuff. This wasn't one of them.

Pale, clear yellow pour, split three ways. Smell is warm, hoppy for a pale.

Cascades aren't my favorite hop, but the "4" in this brew do a nice job. Mild, pine-infested hops dance with the devil in the pale malt-light, & the result is drinkable, gentle, crisp, & appealing. A beer that could be satisfying on any night, winter, summer, or spring (we call that twelves hours here in MN).

Good, solid pale. I'd be happy to drink this anytime.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for this one. Updated label... so I was a little confused, no ringneck and no bird. Its also 6% abv now. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a coarse, 2 finger white head with nice retention. Beer is a clear orange that reveals moderate carbonation. Lacing is outrageously thick and frothy at the top with a waterfall down the glass.

S: Pine, sweet citrus, cane sugar, cream, and a face full of hops. Powerful and fragrant. This beer'll wake you up in the morning!

T: Pine and citrus hoppiness. Grassy and a bit astringent. Brown sugar in the background. Slight sourness due to the carbonation. Finish is incredibly messy, leaving a sappy, sticky hop presence on the palate.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated, watery in the mouth and very very lively. Finish is messy and lingers long after the beer is gone.

D: A pale ale that is slightly more hopped than I would like but nevertheless very well executed. Great feel that allows it to go down super easy and a flavor that keeps me going back for me. A definite winner from this small little brewpub, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of Smallj
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The label on this beer is updated. No "Ringneck" and 6% ABV

Good looks, good head, smooth - tastes really good! Nice floral arrangement here with the hops.
If you like popular American IPAs, then you will likely enjoy this. It is labeled a Pale Ale, but can hang with the IPA; reminds me of 3 Floyd's Alpha King.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glowing topaz orange with butterscotch borders and few visible bubbles. That didn't stop the creation of a three finger head of taupe colored foam that looks to be of high quality. The suds are thick and creamy and sticky and are starting to deposit generous sheets of BB-shot lace.

The nose features a whiff of buttery caramel malt and less aggressive citrusy hoppiness than expected. Granted, this is an APA not an IPA, but the label claims 55 IBUs (just 45 according to the website). For those who don't know what 4 C's refers to: Centennial, Cascade, Columbus and Chinook. Great hops, each and every one.

This Brew Kettle offering is an decent version of the style that tastes and feels like a poor man's Celebration Ale. In other words, caramel malt roosts the roost, and the hops taste like grapefruit, orange and pine. Only trouble is, this beer isn't as well-brewed as Sierra Nevada's classic. Not least because it's short on pungent hop flavor and bitterness.

Suggested improvements include a more pale malt bill, more hops and a better mouthfeel. Warming amplifies an earthy nuttiness that is likely malt-related. The finish could stand to be tighter and cleaner. My preference for beer of this sort is the only thing keeping the taste and drinkability scores above average.

The mouthfeel is big enough for the ABV, but it's lacklusterly bubbled. The result is a beer that doesn't expand like it should on contact... which doesn't exactly help flavor impact and linger.

The new name (sans Ringneck) is an improvement and the new green and gold label is a vast improvement. Too bad the beer itself is less than special. Still, a price tag of $3.99 makes it *almost* worthy of a repeat purchase. Maybe I'll check it out on-tap in the Strongsville brewpub during one of my future visits to the Buckeye State.

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Photo of jampics2
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into my snifter. Small head sticks around for the duration. Orange and white colors.

Smells like sweet malt. Actually, wet bread, pale malt extract. Piney hops, dank pine.

Tastes ok. Nothing groundbreaking. The signature 4 hops blend well, but I'd love to see a bit more in the mix that I could attribute to each. Instead, I get a blend. Decent but tastes a bit like the malt was a common pale extract.

Mouth is bettter than average. Like the way this expresses interms of carbonation.

Drink is average. An average, forgettable beer.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Typical pale ale color (dark orange/light brown), pours crystal clear with a huge white head and a lot of lacing down the glass.

S - Wonderful balance of hops and malts in the aroma and easy to distinguish between the two. The malts are very sweet but not too caramelized or toasted and the hops come in with a nice earthly note which complements the malts nicely.

T - Good flavor but a little more on the malty side for me for a pale ale. Since 4 hop varieties are used it'd be nice to have those come forward a little more. What flavor there was of the hops was pleasantly cirtusy and slight esters, as expected due to the hop combo used.

M/D - A little thin on the body so the carbonation came off as a little strong for a pale ale. Very clean with no traces of tannins, adjuncts, etc.

To me this beer was a slight mix between a brown ale and an APA due malt presence and starved hops. Even so still a good beer but not a regular go to if you want a solid APA.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice, very solid pale. Almost verging on an IPA. Big hops, (of four varieties; cascade, columbus, chinook, and centennial) but well balanced. A touch drying at the end, goes down very well. Overall a solid beer. Hard to elaborate much else. Good, but not overly memorable.

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Photo of pwoods
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. Brown bomber, picked up at the brewpub the day after the BA Blackout release, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a coppery amber, nearly as deep as an amber ale. Good 2 fingers head on the pour with pretty good retention and very nice lacing.

S: Plenty of the C hops. Loads of citrus and pine and somewhat resinous. Some sweet lightly bready malts to balance.

T/M: Good bitterness level, similar to Alpha King. More of the hit citrus and pine notes. Malts again are sweet to balance and don't get in the way too much. Body is medium or so with good carbonation. Finishes rather dry.

D: If the ABV really is 5% then it's amazing they got this much flavor. Very drinkable and even better on tap. Wish they'd send down more kegs of this.

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Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
3.76 out of 5 based on 362 ratings.
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