Copper Kettle Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.46 | pDev: 10.4%
Copper Kettle Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 23 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Odd that this says "retired" because I just had it yesterday - perhaps they are getting rid of their last few kegs? Anyway, this was a very lime-flavored beer for sure, one step from a Mike's Hard Limeade or something like that. I didn't get much of the tequila barrel flavoring, but then again, I haven't gotten into barrel flavors yet, so it's possible that it was there and I just didn't recognize it as such. Maybe they will bring this one back for Cinco de Mayo some year.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite a lot of fizz when poured out of the 22oz bottle. Beer is cloudy and a nice copper color.

Smell is a bit odd with woodsy and tequila smells powering up. Earthy scents, hop aromas, and citrus scents all make themselves known. On the tail end, it smells a bit dirty and like cardboard.

There is a slight bitterness at first (probably a mixture of hops and lime). It quickly moves to strong alcohol and tequila flavors. It is a bit overpowering for a bit because you cannot taste anything but. When the booze starts to fade, you can then taste some malt and a hint of beer. It fades out a bit dry and hoppy. The lime/tequila taste hangs on for awhile.

Medium body but a bit on the thin side. Feels syrupy at first but fades dry.

This is pretty unique as there aren't too many tequila infused beers. I know this is a Pale Ale, but there could definitely be more of a malty flavor so it doesn't seem so much like a malt liquor. It's decent but should just be more balanced between malts/beer and the spirits.

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Photo of 303beer
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy copper color with little head. Not much nose at all. It's drinkable. Nice flavor to it. Has a light lime over a hint of wood with some sweetness persistent until the very end then it bitters. This Web site has 4.80 as the abv but the bottle clearly reads 8.1%

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Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours very hazy dark gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass a little.

The aroma is sweet creamy malts, fruit (lime) and salt with some tequila.

The flavor is subdued - sweet wheaty malts with some lime and an odd bitter tequila finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but fairly watery.

Overall, an interesting tequila beer - a bit subdued.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%

BOTTLE review. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle ornate attractive label and lime green wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at Davidson's Liquor in Colorado yesterday and served into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado.

"Summer Pale Ale Aged in Tequila Barrels with Agave & Lime." I've never understood the rising trend of breweries aging IPAs in barrels, but maybe pale ales work better; in any case, Copper Kettle is one of the few Colorado breweries I'd trust to get it right - if it can be done. Brewed 2014. Release No. 1. Bottle #1694. 4.80% ABV. 22 IBUs.

Served at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. Beige colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Average complexion and consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes.

BODY: Clear yellow-copper of good vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Looks like a good pale ale. I'd have no idea it was tequila barrel-aged based on the appearance alone. There are no egregious flaws.

Certainly an above average appearance for a pale ale, but not a unique or special one.

AROMA: Cream, pale malts, agave, wood/barrel sugars, authentic lime, and helles malts. I don't detect tequila per se, and the barrel notes are pretty neutral, but the agave and lime seem to work well with the base beer. It's probably a good thing the tequila is so subtle. I find this surprisingly appealing, and can't wait to try it.

An appealing, unique aroma for a pale ale. Mild in strength.

TASTE: The pale malt and helles malt base comes off tasting a bit unbunged, actually, almost emulating a zwickl beer. Or maybe I'm just confusing that with the woody sugars that fill out the body; the barrel notes are quite neutral. Don't look for any toasty refined oak here, but do expect some white wood. The subtle agave and lime come in in the late second act, but while they're seamlessly integrated, I'm not sure the flavours they provide really work well with the pale ale base. That said, the lime is authentic; this isn't the syrupy or artificial lime you might expect to find in beers from a lesser brewery.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Subpar flavour amplitude.

Hop wise, I pick up on floral hop character and some nectary notes. Admittedly, it's on the sweeter side for a pale ale, but I find the sweetness and bitterness to be well-balanced.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. I do like this beer overall.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, medium-bodied, and aptly thick.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy on the palate.

Overall presence on the palate is nice. This texture suits the taste well.

OVERALL: This beer boasts more complexity than you'd expect a pale ale to have, but unfortunately the balance isn't quite right and the flavours don't work as well alongside one another as they need to. It's not a gestalt build, but does have tight cohesion. While the excellent integration of the tequila notes is impressive, the problem with this beer is just in the premise - a tequila barrel aged pale ale is unlikely to be good, no matter how well executed it is. Copper Kettle has done as good a job as they could, but this isn't one of their best offerings, nor is it one I'd recommend others to pick up - especially at its high price point.

Drinkable, and surprisingly enjoyable. Diehard fans of tequila barrel aged beers (if there are any) might be the only demographic I can see being impressed by this.


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