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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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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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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 Clydesdale
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a tawny, somewhat hazy orange-copper color. The medium-sized head is off-white, with above average density and a frothy texture. Retention is solid, and decent amount of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Firm caramel notes, for the style, along with a light buttery/biscuity maltiness. Hop aromas primarily feature citrus (orange oil and some grapefruit peel. Light pine sap is also present.

T: Less sweetness than I was expecting, but there is still a moderate dose of caramel to be found. A light buttery note works fairly well with some biscuity/bready malt. Hop flavors are two-thirds citric and one-third pine, similar to the nose. Bitterness is stronger than I was expecting, and is fairly robust for an APA, with a lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is average, but fades a bit witheringly into the finish, creating a slight watery feel. It's also rather astringent which, coupled with the lingering hop bite, creates a very dry finish.

D: A good but not great APA from the Brew Kettle. It smells malt-dominated, tastes hop-dominated, and has some minor issues in terms of mouthfeel - all of which detract somewhat from enjoyability. I like the hop bill, however, and it's a pleasant drinker at any rate.

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

many thanks to TheBeerologist for sending this treat my way. enjoyed from a bluepoint snifter.

a - brew poured an amber brown with a finger plus of frothy offwhite head...almost ipa-like head. the beer had a dark core with lighter highlights along the side of the glass. head was foamy, but lacing moved attached to the head not leaving more than a spec here and there, but the head hung out. darker than i had expected, but nice. has a nut brown look to it.

s - nice caramel malt with a touch of hop. the toffee is sweet and inviting and has my mouth watering in anticipation of the first sip.

t - wow, malt BOMB. this one is all malt. don't get me wrong, i love my malty pale ales but the variety of hops mentioned on the label are invisible.

m - finishes bitter. medium bodied.

o - overall, not exactly what i was hoping for. glad i got a try, but a bit blase and overly malty for even a pale ale. the hops seem to only really show on the finish. not bad, just extremely mundane. not a drain pour, but the 4 C's (centennial, cascade, columbus, and chinook) aren't as present as i had hoped. as i drank more and my palette adjusted to the malt, i started noticing more hop flavors.

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

22oz bomber poured into Schlitz Light bomber; thanks to Jesse13713 for sharing this one with me.

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber color with half a finger of frothy white head. Decent spotting.

S: Smells sweet and sticky; lots of caramel, biscuity malts with piny, resinous, citrus hops providing a nice balance.

T: Malts and hops are well balanced here; initially, a biscuity, botterscotch malt flavor takes over, but is quickly followed by a piny, slightly grapefruity hop bitterness which balances things out.

M: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, halfway between smooth and sticky.

D: Goes down easily, and at $4 a bomber this isn't bad at all for a regular drinker. As long as I'm in Ohio, I'll have this somewhat regularly.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks to Tifore (Tyler) for the bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed orange amberish color. One and a half finger light off white head shows medium retention. Streaky lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a nice balance of toasted malts in the front of the aroma with a grapefruit bitterness. Light cat pee like aroma lingers for a short bit before fading into more of a caramel malt backing with light alcohol creeping into the nose.

T- Caramel malts in the front show a light semi-sweetness to them. They get paired off with a grapefruit like bitterness from the initial hopping. Middle of the beer shows of a light toasted malt to it. This gets covered with a light pine bitterness and light hints of citrus hoping. The alcohol shows up in the back and lingers for a short period before dying down.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little off but still ok. Caramel malts and a light hop bitterness are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, light grapefruit flavor, and caramel/toasted malts. Flavors were very well balanced for the style..a little too well balanced at times. No off flavors presented themselves while drinking this. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a very nice drinker. The ABV was low enough to enjoy without feeling like you drank too much. A more well balanced pale ale a lot of the time helped with this drinkability. Overall not a bad beer at all. I enjoyed it and would be happy if I stumbled across it once again.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light amber color with a thick white foam that leaves good lacing.

S- The citrusy hops definitely lead the way with a just a whiff of malt sweetness to compliment.

T- Caramel malt sweetness upfront with citrus bitterness in the finish. A very sweet malt backbone with some hop flavor towards the end.

M- A touch thicker than I would expect with medium carbonation. Sweetness almost seems like under attenuation or maybe it just isn't super fresh.

O- A decent APA but it could use a few tweaks to really shine.

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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 Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a tall pilsner glass a clear golden orange color with a slight white head. Malty, cereal, and orange hop notes in the nose. Medium/light mouthfeel. The flavor profile starts with a sweet malt flavor which transitions to a slight hoppy orange bitterness. Pretty easy drinking and no hints of the alcohol. Decent. Nice lacing.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear dark orange, almost amber, color. Two fingers of white, dense frothy head. Retention is a touch under average, but a good bit of lacing is left.

4.0 S: The nose is quite hoppy - more than half as hoppy as White Rajah, which is pretty damn hoppy. Floral with orange and grapefruit citrus and some earthiness as well. Light caramel with stronger neutral maltiness.

3.5 T: The taste is also hoppy, but not as much as the nose suggests. Rather, this is closer to a typical APA than a hop bomb, which is fine since a typical APA is pretty damn good drinking. Neutral maltiness with a touch of crystal malt. Hops are lightly citrusy with orange, grapefruit, and some pine. Earthiness is most apparent.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a drying finish. I'm not sure exactly what I don't like about the mouthfeel, but I don't like whatever it is.

3.5 D: Decent APA, but nothing to write home about. Easy drinking for a lazy afternoon.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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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 Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the brewpub: Barley’s has a beer with the same theme and name so I was intrigued to compare and contrast. Barley’s is an Imperial though, and either way this brew isn’t quite on the same level. The beer is clear amber with a thin light beige head. Spotty lacing. The aroma is floral hops and caramel. Medium-bodied with a fair amount of hops flavor, along with some sweet malt and spice underneath. The finish is hoppy and lingering. Decent but not great.

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Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Transparent orange color with a 1/2 finger head that quickly settles.
S: Very muted, but some caramel malt and citrus hop aromas come through as you get your nose close enough to get wet.
T: Sweet malts come through initially, quickly followed by pine and citrus peel from the hops, with a nice earthy bitterness towards the finish.
M: Medium-bodied with a nice crispness and a delicious bite from the hops/bitterness.
O: Certainly not a bad bottle of beer, but the nose especially was lacking. Granted the bottle says keep refrigerated and I did not, but I rarely do and most beers show more aromatics. I would be interested to try one of these fresh on tap to compare.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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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 buschbeer
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 1/3/12

Deep, slightly cloudy honey-amber color with a two and a half finger head that is intent on having the appearance steal the show. The head is very slow to thin and leaves thick lace along the way. Retention is thin by the end, but it does last the whole way and lace remains excellent. I gotta give the appearance everything on this one.

The aroma is something of a standoff between malts and hops, coming across with notes of peach cobbler, dusty bread, caramel, dry pine resin, orange peel and floral and honey sweetness. A similar dry pine bitterness (and goodness this beer is dry) offers a moderate bitter kick with accents of zesty citrus. The malt backing is sturdy but not nearly as strong as the aroma; caramel and dusty biscuit. Again, very dry. The feel is rather thin with carbonation on the higher side of average. The bitterness seems to jostle the feel too much.

Overall impression - this is decent, but as times I find it disjointed with too harsh of bitterness for the scope of the beer. I could go for more hop flavor and less outright bitterness.

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Photo of seeswo
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish, apple cider, clear brown. Nice whitish head which hangs out for a while. Really looks the part. The dominant smell is maltiness with faint hints of an unidentifiable hoppiness. The taste is also large on maltiness, but with more generic bitterness in the flavor. Really lacking a whole lot of the crispness I prefer in a pale ale, instead presenting itself really as the size and generic bitterness of an IPA. It's also pretty sweet. This beer really doesn't work all that well for me. I would personally free up all production towards the White Rajah brand (I would try some double White Rajah, for example).

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Photo of siege06nd
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice golden orange color, very warm, very welcoming. Fairly aggressive poor yields a one and a half finger head that fades to a quarter inch. Definitely looks darker and fuller than your average APA. Spotty lacing lingers briefly on the sides of the glass. Pretty good looking beer here.

S: The faintest of hops and not much else. It could be the fact that this is the first standard pint glass I have used in about 6 months, but I don't smell much here. What I do smell is good though. Faint pine aroma and slight bready smell of malts. I gotta be honest, there's not much here.

T: Wow, pretty hoppy. The bitterness is obvious immediately, but I was disappointed that the citrus and pine notes weren't as present. I just get a lot of bitterness and not enough malt to balance it out. Almost a watery taste at the end...this doesn't really impress. Not offensive, but not memorable.

M: Solid. Carbonation is right. The balance is just way off. Very bitter and just no sweetness, piny citrus notes, or heavier malt feel to smooth this out.

O: I had high hopes after trying Brew Kettle's White Rajah IPA and Old 21 DIPA. Unfortunately, Four C's was a letdown for this reviewer. I'm wondering if this isn't an old bottle, as I found it on shelf while visiting Cleveland, but not refrigerated and in plenty of light. I will definitely try it again fresh when back in Cleveland, but for now, this brew does not do it for me.

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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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