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Kern River 4th Anniversary Belgian Pale Ale

Kern River 4th Anniversary Belgian Pale Ale
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Anniversary Ale Belgian Pale Ale 6.2% ABV


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Fresh bottle. Really wish they would date these. Mostly clear golden pour with a disappointingly quick to fade (read next to non existent) white head. Aroma of grass, biscuit, fennel, corn, sage, burnt rubber, sharpie, rubber cement, and herbs. Flavors of candi sugar, grass, medicine, chemicals, and vanilla. Estery. Very scant bubbles, not flat, but somewhat close. Not enjoyable, but subpar for this brewery. Still drinkable. Sorry Kyle, but this is my least favorite beer from you guys.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Spicy hops, tropical esters and doughy yeast merge into this Belgian-style Ale’s tiny bubbles and lean body, ending in firm wooden hop bitterness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the misty gold.
-This may not be the most authentic example, but it is still impeccably executed and very drinkable.
-The body is not as comfy as their other ales’, but its dryness is endearing.
-To show you how this beer is harmonious: the tropical character may have partly come from the hops, the spiciness may be one of the yeast’s many personalities and the doughy notes may be built by the base malts. Basically, all ingredients like each other.

On tap at the brewpub.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
(On tap @ the brewery)Light body with a white head.Mostly Belgian yeast and some malts in the aroma and flavor.It has a strange lemony finish I did not care for.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
From a growler shared by Shane at work (H24), thanks for the hookup. Rating #4. Golden pour with a very nice white head that left some real nice lacing on the glass. Yeasty spiciness, a little pepper maybe and a little fruity sweetness as well, I wanna say banana. Light hops, very crisp, light sweetness and a fleeting aftertaste. Not bad. (1258)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
22oz bottle from Olive Tree Market. Hazy golden orange with a small bubbly off white head. Light grassy hops with yeast, and some funky citrus. Yeasty and metallic on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11317) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 2, 2010
A: The pour is a lightly cloudy, pale straw color with a fluffy white head on top. S: A strong bready and sweetness along with plenty of citrus and fruitiness. Quite a bit of yeast influence and mild spice. T: The spice character is very powerful on the palate. There is quite a bit in terms of hop character and a definite bitterness that I was not quite expecting. Bready malt and citrus round things out. M: The body is quite light with a moderate carbonation and a strong bitterness on the back end. D: Quite a light and easy to drink beer, but not my favorite of the anniversary beers from KRBC.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3871) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Bomber from Country Club Liquors. Nose is lightly spicy (cloves) with yeast, caramel, and floral hopiness. Hazy yellow gold with a small off hwite head. Flavor is spices, a light farmhouse note, yeast, light notes of caramel and bitterness in the background. Different, not as hoppy as I had imagined as it is called a Belgian Pale Ale. As it gets warm a more moderate bitterness appears in the finish!


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