BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark amber, off-white head and lacing. Nose is rye bread and grains with grassy resin. Flavor is rye-tastic up front with breadcrumbs and biscuits, light toffee caramel balanced by uber-bitter resin hop flavor and bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, chewy texture. A wonderfully bitter ale with intermingling rye and hop presence well-amplified.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad beer. It has the unfortunate predicament of being the first Kern beer after the Citra. It does not compare and it seems an odd choice for a holiday ale. Rye is evident but muted. Hops are there but also somewhat muted. Maybe I was expecting too much.
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Country Club Liquors. Nose is of ivy, dark rye bread, and hints of caramelized sugar. Clear light brown with a medium, nicely lacing beige head. Flavor is bigtime ivy bitterness, tons of rye breadiness, and hints of caramel. Excellent new version!
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium to dark brown color with thin head and moderate lacing. Nose is pretty weak, smells like brown sugar on top of a fresh grapefruit. Taste is a little more powerful and complex, nice hint of spiciness from the rye, resinous pine and bitter grapefruit form the hops, and a good amount of residual sweetness form the crystal malt. not your traditional holiday ale, but then again, when does it snow in bakersfield? a rad beer for just $4.99