jmgreenuk (4229) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. poured a cloudy orange colour with a very thin, off-white head and no lace. The carbonation is very low. The aroma is grassy and a little floral. The flavour is hoppy, zesty and the dry pepper hoppiness hits the palate right away. The smooth bitter aftertaste makes this a very diverse and refreshing ale that justifies its rating.
MoritzF (8444) - Bochum, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, 33cl, 6.5% abv) Cloudy, orange-golden colour with a short and slightly off-white foamy head. Piney and slightly sweaty aroma with notes of citrus and pineapples, accompanied by a mildly malty background. Moderately bitter flavour, medium to light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Dry malty base with loads of citric and exotic hops, also slightly resiny towards the dry and moderately bitter finish. 17.XII.12
TheJestersBeer (2039) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg, assuming this is the version that was on tap at The Dean Swift.
Pours a medium gold, slightly hazy, with a white head.
Hoppy, fruity aroma, spruce, malt, grapefruit, grass, apricot, passion fruit.
Off-dry, medium to full bodied, high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Fruity, hoppy taste, apricot, malt, spruce, resin, grapefruit, grass, yeast.
Big, bold, balanced. (2012-11-21)
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty sure this is the version I had on tap at Craft Beer Co. Wow, did not know the Kernel made so damn many varieties of their APA and IPA, batch by batch. Big lustrous orange pour with a silky head and a massive citrus nose. Soft, elegant mouthfeel and taste that balances the bitter with the sweet. Not quite as rocking as the APA but very good nonetheless.
RoyB (17) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the best IPA I personally ever had. The aroma and also the palate is full of tropical fruits like bananas, oranges, pineapples and peaches. The taste is fresh citra hopps, citrus fruits, oranges, hoppy bitterness that makes it very fresh.
Mochan1984 (5) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Still undecided about which is the greatest London IPA. Kernel Citra, Brodies Citra or Redchurch Great Eastern? Anyway, I think this has to be a regular for the Kernel. His best IPA so far and I reckon he knows it. Can’t imagine how better it can get.
Gurthnar (1628) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33 bottle from bottle-shop.co.uk
Wonderful hops aroma right out of the bottle. Small white head, quickly disappearing. Hazy orange to copper colour. Aroma citrus fruits, mango. Taste initially fruity mango sweet, quickly overtaken by bitter hop explosion. Grassy, grapefruit. This is probably as far, as one can get with citra only. Very drinkable, looong dry bitter finish, I can imagine finishing this bottle in seconds :-)
Exotic fruits, citrus fruits, good grassy bitterness, it is all to be found and enjoyed here. Very good.
ACD (625) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 3, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2013 33cl bottle (6.6%). Pours hazy gold/orange with thin white head. Aroma is heady tropical fruits (mango/passionfruit) as well as juicy, zesty citrus notes. Some herbal earthy character too. Very fresh nose on it. Taste follows the aroma with plenty of tropical & citrus hop notes; a tasty smattering of slightly sweet malt balances well, but the citra is definitely in the driving seat. Herbal, slightly earthy tones emerge after the fruitiness subsides. There’s nothing too shouty about this IPA - it’s subtle, well made, and lets the hop do the talking in a really well-balanced way. Nice semi-dry finish with a tasty citric hop bitter zing and some lingering herbaceousness. A great brew.
Marsiblursi (2999) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy amber with a sand coloured head. The aroma holds sweet citrus, fresh new cut grass, black currant, lychee, mango, passion fruit, wild strawberries and mint. Bready malt support. Undertones of grapes, dew, herbs and chives. The flavour is light sweet to dry, medium bitter and light acidic with notes of tropical fruits juice, green-ish notes, sweet berries, citrus, bread and a touch of yeast. The mouthfeel is clean and tiny tart with a light carbonation. Long citric, grassy and yellow fruity finish. Light to medium bodied.
_angst_ (2685) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought @ beermerchants.com. Pours cloudy deep golden with a small white head that slowly dissipates while leaving lots of trace on the glass. Smell is fruity and hoppy fresh with crackers, freshly cut grass, grapefruit juice, lemon zest, passion fruit, green grapes, dew and hints of pine. Taste is tiny sweet, bitter and fruity with grapefruit juice, crackers, freshly cut grass, green grapes, dew, lemon zest, passion fruit, unripe mango, pine and moist wood. Mouthfeel is round, tiny oily bitter and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and bitter with grapefruit juice, white bread, lemon zest, crackers, freshly cut grass and hints of bakers yeast.