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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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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 358
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 Omnium
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Sensory Pils Glass

A - Pours a nice slightly orange gold color, 2 finger white head, fades fast, nice lacing though.
S - Very fresh, grassy, citrus, light caramel malt, lime juice.
T - Big juicy citrus flavor, nice caramel malts, big lime flavor too, good pine bitterness, crackery finish.
M - Fresh clean and crisp.
O - This is a decent demonstration of the four hops as mentioned, nice clean citrusy fresh flavors. Good pale thats borderline IPA.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from nrbw23. Thanks for the opportunity!

A-Crystal cleam orange amber with a surprisingly thin white head. No lacing of course.

S-Malty sweetness, very heavy on the caramel malt, with some nice floral and citrus hops. A little malty for the style but quite appealing.

T-Like the nose, very malty with some nice background hoppiness. There is a nice biscuity malt in the flavor here. The hops are late arriving but the bitterness is welcome in the finish.

M-Light side of medium bodied, light on the carbonation. As a result the bitterness really lingers.

D-I am a big fan of this beer.

HV

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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 BB1313
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. I've had this one a couple times before. Pours a transparent copper with a nice white head that eventually fades with sticky lacing. Great aromas, lots of orange, tangerine, and pine. The taste definitely matches the aromas, which is a good thing. Lots of grapefruit and citrus in the mix as well. Bitter, but smooth. A touch of caramel and malts. Very crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is smooth and prefectly carbonated. Drinkability is off the charts, which really takes this pale ale to another level.

Overall, this has just about everything I look for in a pale ale. Bold and true to style. They're not trying to make a hybrid example of the style. TBK nailed this one.

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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 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 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 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 adamette
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

RN 4 C's Pale Ale Poured from tap into a clean, clear glass at The Brew Kettle earlier tonight.

A Translucent amber color under a minimal head that dissipates quickly. Probably true to style but the body might be a touch darker than other Pale Ales.

S Hops bitterness but seems to be balanced enough with some malt at a distance behind the hops in front.

T Front: Hops but that quickly (15 seconds) gives way to a nice sweetness in the mid taste that I really liked. Aftertaste maintained some citrusy hops but it was muted, balanced by reasonable malt sweetness. This is an interesting beer for sure.

M Moderate to high with hops front and then that nice sweetness.

D Finished my pint sooner than I thought that I might. This is a good session beer.

Notes: Really impressed with this Pale Ale, a style that I am usually not too motivated to try. Good job Ringneck/Brew Kettle.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ninner00 for the bottle

Pours orange with a small white head that fades leaving mild lacing.

Smells like the four c's should. Citrus and pine hop aroma with some caramel malt backbone.

Starts off with a slight citrus twist. A bit of caramel malt balances out the hops. It finishes very strongly pine with a little astringency. Pretty one note.

A little light even for the style with good carbonation levels.

This one didn't really do it for me. The hop profile is not balanced very well and it is too bitter for the malt bill.

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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 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 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 BeerBelcher
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JaBier for giving me this bottle from his recent trip up to Cleveland. It was enjoyable.

I feel like the concept of IPA continues to evolve here in America...what was great 5 years ago may only be good today. And among a super strong crop of American IPAs, I feel like this one is a nice middle-ground of the above average. Call it the 75th percentile of IPAs, which is no small feat these days. Pours a nice coppery-gold color with a ton of well-formed, durable frothy white head. Aroma is definitely hoppy (the Cascade seemed to dominate IMO - but I am a hops lay-man), and was nicely floral and citrusy. Body had some light malt structure with some decent hoppiness. This beer is nicely balanced and would make a great session ale.

I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of zac16125
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

A: Pours a light amber with reddish hues and just under 1 fingers width of only slightly off white colored head, which takes a fair amount of time to dissipate down.  Great clarity and lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass.  Leaves random small patches of lacing.  

S: Citrus, sweet malts, slightly smokey.  Decent aroma but VERY mild.  

T:  Malt forward with a generic sweetness, then some bitterness on the back end.  Smokey/burnt flavors similar to the nose.  I don't really like the flavor profile much on this one.

M/D:  Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is fair but it has that bizarre burnt toast/smokey characteristic that really detracts from its drinkability.  

O: Overall, pretty disappointing, especially since the trader who sent it to me was supposed to be sending White Rajah, but sent this instead.  Oh well.  Rather unremarkable beer that I wouldn't seek out and likely will never have again.  

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Photo of lochef81
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've just discovered this brewery ans can't get enough. This offering pours a handsome amber hue with a small but thick white head and nice lacing. The aroma is subtle but absolutely delicious. Lots of malt and hop notes but totally balanced even in the nose. The mouth is just the right amount of sticky chew and smooth sippable, refreshing ale. The flavor is an awesome balance of rich malt and bitter hops. This is a great beer. If this one catches on it could give zombie dust a run for its money as one if the best apas out there.

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

Thanks to PWoods for sharing from his growler.
I have no idea why they call this a pale ale. This is more like a pretty big IPA. And I like it. Plenty of piney and juicy hops all over the place in this one. Plenty of bitterness but still remains very balanced. Decent body and non-cloying. I could drink an awful lot of this. Very well done. I will have to stop in and try some more of their beers.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a mug

A- Poured a orange/amber color with a soapy head that dissipated immediately and left no lace

S- Tons of caramel sweetness, some light citrus hop, marmalade type aroma

T- Lots of caramel sweetness, orange marmalade flavor, some citric hoppiness, quite a bit of nondescript bitterness on the finish but overall this is sweet and malty pale ale

M- Smooth up front, lighter body, finishes pretty watery

O- A decent pale ale lacking in hop flavor but easily drinkable.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of Radome
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber bottle into a snifter.

A - Medium gold to orange color, just a hint of cloudiness. Head is off white. It starts off 1/4" thick but quickly fades to just a ring around the glass.

S - Sharp grapefruit aroma edging toward cat pee (classic Northwestern US hops). However, the hops are muted, definitely not overpowering. It's possible the hop aroma faded with time, but I don't know how old the bottle is, since the label is very basic. A little bit of sweet malt in the background.

T - High hop bitterness, but not extreme. The hop flavors are nice; very fresh tasting. There is some grainy malt at the end of the sip.

M - There is a bit of prickly carbonation. The body is light to medium. No alcohol burn.

D - This is a tasty beer. It has the huge fresh hop taste of an IPA. However, the body is lighter and the bitterness is lower, making this very drinkable and enjoyable. If the hop aroma was a little more forward I'd like it even more.

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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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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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