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Four C's American Pale AleFour C's American Pale Ale
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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:
110
Ratings:
361
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
17.55%
 
 
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10
Gots:
35
For Trade:
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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 361
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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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 klewis
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always offered at the brewpub, but I found this in bottles in the back.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a big rocky head. Great sustain and tons of thick, sticky lace on the glass.

S: Hops. Not much else. What do you expect from a beer such as this?

T: Much more balanced than I expected. This one is exploding with smooth hops flavor without much bitterness (relatively speaking of course).

M: Medium body and light carbonation give this beer a smooth and sticky texture.

D: A very fine beer. Smooth and tasty, and its low ABV makes this one dangerously drinkable.

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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 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 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 stewart124
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange color with really no head to speak of.

Nose has tropical notes with citrus and grapefruit.

Much thicker mouthfeel than I expected and the carbonation seemed a bit low. This along with a sweeter caramel character and subdued hop bitterness were a bit of a disappointment.

Not a bad American Pale Ale by any means but not quite what I was looking for.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -Light copper body with good clarity, minimal white head formation

S - A nice fruity and piney hop aroma with some good malt balance. Somewhat of a caramel malt aroma.

T - Nice bitter hop flavor with fruity notes. some sweet malt help balance and complexity.

M - Smooth, good body.

O - A tasty beer, but a bit pricey at $10/six pack. It's not a terrible price, but I would have this all the time if it were a bit cheaper.

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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 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 Ricochet
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently, this beer is different from their other pale ale because of the hops they used "Centennial, Chinook, Columbus and Cascade" making this a powerful, hoppy beer.

The bartender told me that when they put this one on tap, all one could taste was HOPS but it has mellowed and I'd say into a damn fine pale.

Appearence: Dark amber and typical pale.

Smell: Little nose, a bit fruity from the hops

Mouthfeel: Good. Flows over the tounge with richness and just the right amount of foaming.

Taste: The only thing different I could say about this one from other pale ales is a weird "cereal" aftertaste like corn pops. Not bad, just different. Other than that, it's all hops and alcohol baby.

Drinkability: Except for the fact that the next time I go here they'll have something different, If they kept this one on tap, it would be the pale to get.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a pint glass.

A: The color is a sort of orange/light red color with some visible carbonation bubbles coming to the top. The head is a light tan color made of big bubbles and it lasts for a good amount of time.

S: I get some citrusy notes followed by a somewhat malty character.

T: I get a little grapefruit flavor, as well as some bitterness. The malt comes through after the initial hops. This is a very well balanced beer. Not too bitter, not too sweet.

M: Good mouthfeel, coats the palate and you can feel the hops at the back of your mouth near your throat. moderate carbonation does a nice job of clearing the palate, but the flavor does linger for about a minute.

D: I could easily have 2 bombers in a sitting without a second thought. At 5-6% ABV (website says 5, bottle says 6), you don't really feel it at all while drinking it. The way the hops linger is really neat!

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark copper, smells heavy of malt and piney, resinous hops. Tastes very similar-dark dank hops with a strong malt presence. This is one of the heavier APAs I have had. Drinks closer to 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 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 CFHMagnet
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A steady pour got a finger of almost white head which dissipated in a couple of minutes. It keeps a nice froth up top of a copper body. A steady flow of bubbles can be seen rising to the top. A little bit of lacing is noted.

Four hops makes this a nice aromatic beer. The nose is a journey of pine and citrus notes with a malt backbone that seems to have a little bread in it.

To the nose initially, but the malt certainly becomes more apparent as the beer warms. You start tasting a serious spiced bread flavor. Good stuff. Freaking delicious.

This beer is medium bodied, very nice bitterness for the hopheads. It is a little syrupy and a little sweet.

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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 SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful orangish color. Incredibly clear. Some citrus and pint on the nose. More of the same on the taste, but with a nice malt sweetness. I will be revisiting again fairly soon.

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Photo of output01x
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in a pint glass at The Brew Kettle.

A 1 1/2-finger off white creamy head sits atop a perfectly clear copper amber body with small, slowly rising carbonation bubbles. The head slowly recedes after a few minutes to a thick coating and thick ring of foam. Decent lacing sticks to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

Decent citrus aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon mix with a light grassiness. A bolder, more pronounced nose would have definitely been appreciated.

Citrus stings the tip of the tongue on first sip but quickly blends into a mild pine flavor that wraps around the tongue. A light, bready malt backbone lends itself nicely to avoid unnecessary bitterness and increases drinkability. A pine aftertaste lingers with a mild bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer coats your mouth well without being sticky. It has great drinkability and with the mellow flavors, it is close to gulpable and makes for a very refreshing brew on a hot day.

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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 McNealc31
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pine of the chinook hops are present the second you open the bottle. Columbus, cascade, and centennial round out the rest of the C hops. Clever, but is it good? Indeed! Very well balanced IPA. Neither huge in IBUs or ABV, but it has a lot of character. Starts with malt and some fruit. Hops are mainly in the end and finish. Some lemon in there, too, but it's not really sour.

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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 Glanzman
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours an opaque, deep golden color with a slightly off-white, 2 finger head with nice lacing.

Not a strong aroma like you would expect from an IPA. Slight citruis and pine.

Taste isn't bad. Nice citrus flavor with a bitter piney bite in the end.

For me , taste is the most important attribute, so I rate the overall the same as taste.

However, there are too many better beers for my money.

Woulld not buy a six pack of these.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured our a light amber color. Not much head retention but had some decent lacing down the sides. The Four C's name tells you its a hop centered beer and there is no denying that fact. Big hop kick present in both the nose and the taste. The grapefruit aspect of this beer is very prominent and I must admit that I'm a sucker for that flavor in a beer. This was my first beer by The Brew Kettle and it won't be my last. Great Buy too at 4.99 a bomber

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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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Four C's American Pale Ale from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
3.76 out of 5 based on 361 ratings.
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