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
Ratings:
364
Reviews:
109
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
37
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0
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Ratings: 364 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of oldvines
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 ckollias
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Cpmitchno1
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shirtless_mike
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 Damian74
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 JimmyFlatRock
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 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 paresis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of chrismattlin
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 Exiled
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 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 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 WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
3.76 out of 5 based on 364 ratings.
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