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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 | website

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:
108
Ratings:
358
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
17.82%
 
 
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10
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 358
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 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 beachbum1975
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pwoods was kind enough to hand fill me a bottle of this. Thanks, ya bastard ;) !

A: Because it was hand filled from a growler, I got little to no head, but I won't let that detract from the overall appearance on this beer. Color of beer was a clear, rich, dark copper/amber. After an aggresive swirl, I saw a little white foam - what you'd expect from a pale ale in color and head.

S: Pretty big hop profile for being a pale ale. Nice blend of pine and citrus, followed by some sweet malt.

T: This is bigger than a pale ale. I think this should be in the IPA class, but who am I? Suprisingly bitter, but manageable - lots of acidity in this one (for a "Pale Ale").

M/D: Medium body and flavor. I'm eager to try more of these. Well crafted and a bit of a pleasant surpise for me.

Thanks for the giftie, pwoods!

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Photo of endlesszero
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 4C's, an absolutely delicious beer. After a 4 hour drive, this beer was exactly what I needed. Very light bodied, extreme citrus, and a lingering hoppiness that forces you to keep drinking. It's always impressive to see such a small brewery produce beers of outstanding quality. Keep it up guys.

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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 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 BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 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.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Keffa
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Duvel tulip. $3.99 for the bomber!?!?!?!

A: Poured a gorgeous amber/caramel color with a decent 1 1/2 finger head, leaves nice lacing over the glass at each drink. Settles into a cap, and the lacing goes nowhere. Very nice.

S: Roast, toast, and caramel malt. Some woody notes and a bit of a citrus in the background.

T: Holy crap! The caramel malt makes itself well known right off the bat, but it isn't overly sweet like you would expect. A slight woody flavor. Lots of toast and slight roast flavors come through too. Not hoppy. I would say this is more in line with an English PA, but hey.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy, decent carbonation.

D: Easy drinker. Non offensive, very pleasant flavors, and finishes quite clean. No alcohol detected to my palate.

Not bad. Not my idea of an American PA, but even so, this is a really nice beer. For the price, it's a fantastic beer.

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Photo of veinless
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jesse13713 for this beer, it's the first I've had from The Brew Kettle so I'm looking forward to it.

Pours a light brownish orange, with a deeper amber hue than I was expecting. Pretty tough to see through but has good translucence and just enough head to leave nice swirls and lace.

Plenty of caramel malt hits the nose on first smell, but tropical fruit and a bit of pine are able to poke through eventually. This smelled a little too sweet for my liking but at least some hops were evident.

Taste starts with some tangy citrus to start which moves to a nice pine. A bit of tropical/caramel sweetness then rises up and eventually morphs into a sugary raw sweet flavor that I don't entirely like but can appreciate. Touch of bitterness at the end is a welcome taste that brings the beer back around to its nice start.

Mouthfeel is a strength of this beer, as a great tingle accompanies the citrusy start while a surprisingly slick middle leads to a softly dry finish. Drinkability is very nice due to the good start and finish, both in taste and mouthfeel. Sweetness holds this back, but it isn't an end-all. I wouldn't mind having this again in the future and look forward to trying more of The Brew Kettle.

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Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this...
Appears a semi-transparent, dark copper with a small, white head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar.
Smell is fruity, with notes of raisins, light caramel, and grassy hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some more of a dissolved brown sugar flavor seems to meld nicely in this beer with the hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with notes of malt and hops battling it out along the palate.

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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 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 oline73
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: There is a slightly fruity malt note with some citrus peel hops.

Taste: There is a strong malt presence, bready and not too sweet. I'm getting the fruity notes with the hop bitterness showing up in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one is a bit dark for a pale ale, but still not too bad. I would have another, but won't search it out in particular.

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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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer is clear and dark amber (quite dark for an APA) with low carbonation and a thin head with decent lacing. The nose is syrupy-sweet and piney with hints of apricots.

Firm mouthfeel and medium body support a sweet, toasty flavor accented by robust hop bitterness. The beer is plenty hoppy for an APA, but still true to the style. Hop flavors tend towards sappy, pine-like flavors with just a hint of citrus. Dry finish and quite refreshing.

Overall, an excellent APA. Very well-made and balanced. Hoppier than most APAs, but not quite as bitter as an IPA.

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Photo of Natural510
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a medium amber color, transparent to light, with small amount of head and sturdy ring of lacing on the glass.

Scent is fairly strong with tropical fruit and hints of pine hop.

Alternately sweet and bitter flavors; dry, chalky bitterness from the hops and a tropical fruit sweetness from the malt. Nice flavor profile, if not a bit too unbalanced by the bitterness (not to be confused with an intense hop profile).

Mouthfeel is full, an body is in-line with a hearty pale ale.

Solid example of a Midwestern pale ale, with its tropical fruit profile. Slightly unbalanced in flavor but overall something I'd drink again.

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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.

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Photo of afksports
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a new friend in Ohio for a bomber of this baby. I love me a pale ale, and this one falls right in line. Tasty treat, something good to eat, see your underwear, France, etc. Very cool.

It looks pretty good. Copper body, mostly clear, clingy head, bubbly and good sustained lacing. Smells like a pale ale, with a bunch of biscuit, but although the hop character is leaning towards grapefruit in the taste, it doesn't come through in the nose. The taste is grapefruit and bread, drying in the back a bit more than I prefer for pale ales, and a touch too watery in the front and middle for the ABV and complexion of the brew. Something's a little off.

The mouthfeel is good, carbonation good, overall it's drinkable, and I'm going to finish the bomber. It is Cinco De Mayo after all. And that's not Mexican Independence Day. Wiki that stuff. Seriously. Blows your mind. Four C's. Not Four Loko. Wiki that too.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - secret santa '11

appearance: served in my new blue mountain pilsner glass, dull dark copper body, 1/3" white ring with light lace

smell: lots of citrus hops, biscuit, orange peel, grain

taste: bready malts, moderately bitter citrus zest, orange peel, caramel, dough. Well balanced in the sense that there are equal parts hops and malt, but unbalanced in that both sides come across in bold screaming fashion. kind of puzzling, but flavorful

mouthfeel: light bitterness, dry and heavy on the malt

overall: tasty, bit of a buttery aftertaste

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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 Jesse13713
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at a discontinued price at Giant Eagle.

Appearance - A consistent pink grapefruit color. Hints of honey in the appearance. A slight red caramel color. Very clear with a concise pink color.

Smell - Smells more like an IPA. Slight malts and lemon zing. Smells like your standard pale ale.

Taste - A very consistent pale ale. Not very bitter. Kind of bland and boring at first, but good to drink when you just feel like drinking something crafty. Gets better as it goes on. A very caramel flavor with light hops.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Slightly bitter for a pale ale. A delicious caramel taste. You can't beat this for the price I got it for.

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

22oz. bomber into goblet. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy deep orange/rusty copper-tinged body with one-finger creamy, off-white cap that settled into a quarter inch retention and deposited lots of sticky lace around the goblet.

S - Toasty and grainy malt paired with a citrusy hop character. Very simple and straightforward aroma profile for a pale ale.

T - Quite a malt-forward pale ale with grainy and caramely malt sweetness, but balanced with a decent citrusy hop presence.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with a minimal hop bite that lingers on the palate for a bit.

D - Solid pale ale, though better (and fresher) on tap, obviously. However, my tap score is slightly lower due to the bottled version having a nicer appearance.

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Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.
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