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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

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

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

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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 362
Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an almost clear yellow-amber color. A white head tops off at just over a finger tall and retains itself well. What's impressive is the lacing, which this beer drops heavily in a broken curtain all the way down the glass.
The smell is pungent at first, bursting with floral and citrus hops notes with a bit of grapefruit. This is boasted as a malty pale, and it is malty without detracting from the hops. My issue with the aroma would be that it does seems to fade as I drink.
The flavor is essentially the same (sans fading), with the exception that a leafy, herbal presence is strong in the lingering finish. A bit more complexity comes out than is noticeable in the aroma.
The body is medium, and there's a crisp bite up front that remains without biting too hard. Carbonation is light to moderate and there's a smoothness that makes for easy drinking.

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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 OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow/ to amber like in color with an off white head. In the aroma, big fresh hops. In the taste, mixture of hops and a nice malt, but big hops/ A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Almost an IPA, nice big, fresh hops.

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

Appearance – This is a dark, murky orange in color with a nice, slightly-tanned head that left good lacing and showed strong retention.

Smell – The hop profile is nicely balanced. The citrus in particular is very nice and there’s just a whiff of wintergreen.

Taste – The malts come on nicely at the taste. The do a great balancing job as this hop profile is huge and it gets a little pinier on the tongue. There’s a light sweetness to this one as well but not like sugar more like the sweet you get from a fruit like an orange or apricot.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied, it’s big for the style, with some good drying throughout. The carbs are rightly in the background here.

Drinkability – The big hops will keep you slow but this went down quite well. It might actually be a bit much for someone looking for a light, easy-drinking APA.

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Photo of n2185
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow-orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malt aromas with some faint orange citrus and pine notes from the hops. Not much going on.

T: Again, lots of caramel malt notes followed by resiny pine flavors with a decent bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is a little heavy for a pale ale.

O: Not an awful beer, but it's too bitter and thick for my tastes and lacks the complex hop flavors found in good pale ales.

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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 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 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 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 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 Treyliff
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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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 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 srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly cloudy apricot, lots of stark white head, slow to leave, come pretty good cling.

S - Fresh and hoppy, some malt in there too.

T - Good malt up front bittered nicely.

M - Malt and hop blend well together. Nice carb, nice finish, medium to light body.

D - Hell ya I want some cheesy poofs! :)

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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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Photo of macrosmatic
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Light tan to brown, some haze, with a one finger white head. Some visible carbonation.

S: Caramel toffee sweet malt. Not much else.

T: The taste follows the nose, unfortunately: caramel sweetness, slight bitterness. This is minimally hoppy, and what's there just seems to add bitterness without any other flavors.

M: Weight is OK, not too light, with a slight drying finish. There is a little alcohol burn.

O: Since I couldn't find any sort of date on the bottle, I don't know if this is really old or what. But as it stands it just is not particularly good. Where's the hops??

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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 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 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 mcallister
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with some red highlights. A creamy white head doesn't hang around too long but does leave some thin sticky lace

Nicely hopped aromas. Some malt to balance the smell in the background. Nicley floraled with citrusy notes.

Easy to drink. Balance is there and some complexity. Layers of hop flavor hits you from all sides of the palate. A floral beginning leads into piney, earthy flavors, and finishes with a resing, citrus kick. Easy drinking and laid back mouthfeel.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

4 C's = Chinook, Centennial, Cascade, and Columbus

Pours an attractive gold-copper body with an appropriate amount of carbonation coursing upward through the clear body to supply a sizable chunk of newspaper-white foam. Decent head retention and, as expected, sticky lacing. Cascade & Centennial shine through the most of the 4 C hops in the aroma as a piny, floral note hits the nose. Hints of orange flesh and sweet caramel from the malts round out the aroma.

Sweet pale malts and herbal hops up front. A hefty bitterness clears the palate mid-sip, but it's a clean, non-abrasive bitterness that allows a great deal of hop flavor to wash over the back of the tastebuds. Pine, citrus, tropical fruit, and a hint of booze all work nicely in concert. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a spot-on medium/light body and lingering bitter feel that never becomes soapy or harsh. Overall, a tasty, hop-centric Pale Ale that is sure to please. Definitely worth a try if you see this on the shelves...

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 220z bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow/tan tint, nice 1 inch creamy head and lots of foamy lacing.

Smell - Hops, lots of floral fruits like orange, lemon, pineapple. Bready and grainy also. Malts are also present.

Taste - Very hoppy with a strong malt backbone. Plenty of pine and sweet fruits in each drink. Malts add a caramel sweetness along side the pine and orange flavors. The sweetness of this beer masked the pale ale malts and yeasty apa feel.

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness coats tougne with hops and malts. Tounge is left with a pine resin oil feel. Palette gets tingly with all the sweet fruits and malts. Aftertaste is sweet, malty and of course, piney.

Overall - Really easy to drink, almost more a ipa then a apa with such strong hop profile. For around 5$ a bomber its affordable, and 9-10$ a six pack is worth the drink. Really enjoying this one, cant wait for more brew kettle beers.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had a bunch of Brew Kettles this year (I think I need to go there soon) This is a very tame APA, but nice and easy to drink.

It is pretty flatt and headless in the glass. The aroma is weak too. The taste is a nice hoppy balance, just as an APA should be.

This is a very pleasant brew and I look forward to giving it a try on tap.

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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 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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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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