hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Dark, mostly clear, copper ale with a large, frothy, off-white head. Great, but not permanent, retention leaves an interesting ring of weeping lacework. The bouquet offers spicy grains and spicy, piney, fruity hops. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. The spicy, toasty flavor presents bitter hops and a marriage of flavorful rye and barley malts. Finishes bitter, coarse and dry.
Dogbrick (9439) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear mahogany color with a medium light beige head that burns away steadily. Stringy lacing. Sweet spices and malt in the nose. Medium body with flavors of caramel malt, grapefruit and spice. The finish is malty with a short spiced aftertaste. Decent overall.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap (no vintage labeled) at Blue Palms. Pours with a light brown body and an off-white head. Aroma is hoppy. Citrus, dryness, and dirt are the main characteristics. Flavors are citrus hoppy, earthy, caramel, bitter with lively bubbles. Okay, but I don’t see anything holiday or interesting about it.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber-brown beer with a big cream colored head. Nice pine and grapefruit aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor with caramel and light earth. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Caramel and pine lingers with grapefruit and light earth.
IrishBoy (3956) - 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!
nickd717 (3638) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler thanks to good ol’ Craig. Hazy chestnut brown with a small off-white head that fades to swirls. The aroma has lots of rye evident, spices, and earthy and piney hops. Pretty nice. The flavor is rather rye-forward and hoppy, with pine and citrus, slight spiced notes, and considerable earthiness. Dry and fairly crisp on the mouthfeel with medium-plus body and average carbonation. A pretty well-done rye ale overall, but not near the level of Just Outstanding.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oa bottle. Pours deep amber with a small off white head. Light floral hop notes in the nose, watery finish. Not sure what happened here, the only lame beer I’ve tried from Kern.
beersearcher (2382) - 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.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 28, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at O’Briens. Wasn’t a fan of this - in fact I didn’t finish it. Faint spicy nose. Spicy and not too hoppy even though it’s listed as a Rye IPA. Maybe not the best condition? Didn’t do anything or go anywhere. Very Ho Hum.
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Poured a dark tea brown color while a delicate layer of average sized head had developed on top. My nose doesn’t really pick up a lot of aroma other than a subtle blend of green hops and pine but other than that not much happening. The flavor is smooth with a refined palate, but the flavor seems hollow with the only taste being some overly bitter green hops with a squirt of citrus. The malts are heavily drowned out by the hops but I want to say I taste a faint background of maple syrup. This is a really good beer and surprisingly, a holiday that emphasized the usage of hops.