ineedbeer (890) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is dominated by hops - mostly citrus and pine resin but there is a light peach note. The citrus is mostly a grapefruit and line character. Some faint cracker malt notes in the background and hints of light caramel.
Pours a fairly clear orange copper with a slightly off-white head that slowly recedes to the edges. Decent lacing with small legs.
Flavor stars with some sweet malt character - cracker and light caramel. After the initial malt note you get a lot of hop flavor. Here the Amarillo really shows with some nice stone fruit notes. There is of course quite a bit of grapefruit and resin as well but the flavor has a lot more Amarillo character than the aroma. A bit of alcohol spice in the finish. Moderate bitterness lingers with the resin note. Finish is slightly sweet.
Medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Very low hop astringency and medium low hop bitterness.
Overall this is a pretty nice IPA. I prefer a bit less malt character and a drier beer but the hop character is pretty nice.
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OzarkElmo (301) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. into snifter at Public School 612 in downtown LA. Pours a medium orange with sizable head. Good lacing lingers throughout. Very nice notes of pine, floral, citrus typical of a west coast offering. Well-balanced, just enough dryness and not too malty & sweet. Flavorful, and very enjoyable. Good beer!
Salmoniform (1004) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Orange honey hue with creamy off white head. Aroma is pine, straw, grassy, hay. Mouthfeel is good with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry with a hop bitterness through the finish. Overall this is an interesting IPA...quite dry, spicy hop, & not fruity. Overall, it’s ok.
Theydon_Bois (9947) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Hamilton’s Tavern, SD, 12/11/14.
Golden amber with a decent off white covering.
Nose is citric peel, bitter orange, light pine, grapefruit.
Taste comprises caramel malt, pine, orange pith, straw, grapefruit.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with hop bitterness well represented.
Decent IPA but fell a little short of my expectations.
rosshudgens (8) - - OCT 18, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Lives up to the name, great nose, very drinkable. Citrusy and not overly hoppy but with a nice kick. Glad I randomly picked this up.
beerguy00 (160) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice golden orange color with a white head. Very nice citrus and floral aroma, taste matches aroma.
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
another textbooker style-wise from Kern. Didn’t knock your socks off, but acheived a very nice balance of bitter, citrus, floral, and a little bit of sweet fruit, and very smooth. i dug this IPA. courtesy of jlozier
orangesol (918) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received this as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into a standard pint.
A - Pours deep, cloudy, orange with a pillowy soft one finger head leaving sticky sheets of lacing down the glass.
S - Lots of grassy citric hops up front. Grapefruit, gram cracker malt, and a bit of dryness. Very nice balance overall with plenty of floral hops.
T - Plenty of piney citric hops up front giving way quickly to a mix of gram cracker malt and a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is a bit dry with some lingering hop bitterness. Very good balance of flavors in this one. A bit old, my bad, but still very enjoyable.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice soft feel with a bit of bitterness in the finish that doesn’t linger for very long.
D - Pretty high. I really liked this one. I would love to try this on-tap someday. Can’t wait to try some of the other offerings from Kern River.
beersighted (121) - - JUL 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a truly delicious IPA. Perfectly balanced with a big, malty base, but complimented with piney Simcoe and citrusy Amarillo. Medium body and bold lacing that hugs the walls for a good while. Glorious brew!
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a nice golden color ale with a nice foamy head with excellent retention and some super great lacing. Aroma of fresh pineapple and citrus is very pleasant with nice flora undertones. Taste is also dominated by huge floral aroma of fresh grapefruit with some nice citrus notes with a lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average for style with great carbonation. World-class IPA which is approaching Alpine level but not quite there yet.
SlovakSniper (3369) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Une robe orangée qui est bien embrouillée. Une fameuse tête et une dentelle très occupée. Un nez de houblons fruités. Des agrumes juteux et légèrement sucrés, des pêches mais aussi des mangues avec des aiguilles de pin. Quel pif! Un goût qui ne déçoit pas. Des houblons savoureux. Un fruit orangé. Du pamplemousse, du sapinage doux. Une base maltée dominée par les cultivars. Je soupçonne une bouteille fraîche. En bouche, le liquide est possédé par un corps crémeux modérément remué par les bulles. La finale est tropicale et boréale, parfumée à souhait, amèrement délicate et fantastique. J’aime et j’adore.