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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
London, England
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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Cascade, chinook, citra, columbus.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (898) - SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2014
330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.20):
Lots of tropical fruits with pineapple coming through strongest, although grapefruit, mango and apricot also feature among others. There is a lot of sweetness with a strong hop presence and some solid, background malts laced with caramel.
Orange to amber with a slightly hazy body and a head that consists of little more than a patchy lacing across the top.
Sweet with a huge amount of tropical fruits coming through along with the mango, apricot and grapefruit from the nose, pineapple & hops too. Sweet malts and a hoppy bitterness round things off nicely but it is a beer that was starting to fade slightly
Smooth & easy to drink considering the strength of the beer, the alcohol content is very well hidden here with only a faint warming mouthfeel in places. The body is medium here with light carbonation and touches of spice. The balance was fairly good too and the beer started very refreshing and juicy.

This is another beer from The Kernel that started excellently with the smell coming through wonderfully and the alcohol content hidden almost completely throughout. The beer was very refreshing and easy to drink, particularly at the start. A good beer but if Iím honest Iím not entirely sure how likely I would be to pick the beer up again.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
minutemat (1298) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
330ml bottle from Beermoth. Got a sinking feeling as soon as I started pouring and realised it was going to be flat. Really starting to get a bit tired of the bigger indies doing this.. especially considering the price! Aroma was a zesty tropical fruit yoghurt with a hint of pine, taste continued although didnít come across like 9.6% whatsoever, more like 4.5%. Still waiting for that amazing Kernel beer that everyone else seems to have had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7254) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Keg at The Grove, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, Friday 14th February 2014 Pours dark orangey gold it is fruity in mouth, some grapefruit but also a bit of soft ripe summer fruit. Very easy drinking for the abv, bit sweet maybe but good. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34222) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2014

Bottle 330ml. @ home.

Clear medium to dark yellow orange color with a small, quick quick, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, hop oil, wood, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light heavy bitter with a long duration, mango, hoppy, fruity, soft. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20140104]

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewTom (225) - - FEB 8, 2014
Sweet, hoppy imperial IPA tasting of strawberries, blueberries & peaches. A little alcohol taste but overall an OK beer. Rated by BrewTom

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
andrew_drinks (34) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle from Brewery. Golden pour but no head... uh oh. Bit of classic Kernel tropical aroma but lacking punch. Taste is overwhelmingly sweet - caramel malt and bready backbone are there, but cloying sweetness strips away the hop flavour before the bitterness hits. Mouthfeel is oily but thereís no carbonation at all, which kills the beer dead. Flat and sweet and fairly unpleasant. Easily the worst Kernel beer Iíve had. A second bottle, stored with my conditioning homebrew, is better a month later, albeit slightly stale and with the aroma long gone. Will stick with original rating as bottle was sold out of the brewery in that state. Tried a third time, this time on keg at Craft N1. Uncarbonated, sickly sweet, sent back - bar said it was meant to be like this (!)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (758) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
330 ml bottle, pours murky orange gold, no head, not much carb and a bit of yeast in he glass. Aroma is pungent hop, tropical fruit, grapefruit, mango. Good balance with sweet caramel malt and the high abv is well hidden. Bitterness comes through leaving a sweet fruity aftertaste. Dangerously easy to drink, the low carb is OK but would prefer some more bubbles myself.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnRMurdoch (3171) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2014
330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Orange amber, no head, a bit flat. Very strong sweet resin hop aroma. Sickly sweet hop flavour and strong alcohol hop aftertaste. Too strong & sweet for me. One of the very few poor Kernel beers I have had.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ragnampiza (333) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - JAN 26, 2014
330 ml bottle from Ales By Mail, served in a pint glass. Bottled on 31-10-2013. Pours a murky and cloudy dark orange, almost flat with not much head to speak of. Pungent aroma of mainly citrus marmelade and pine needles. A bit of that "cat piss" smell, some rich dark caramel/toffee and a noticeable amount of alchool. Quite harsh and rough during the first sip, because itís indeed undercarbonated, not helping the drinkability and perhaps showing more booze than usual. But as always with Kernel itís a tasty beer, sugary sweet, warming, pleasently bitter with a lingering citrusy/piney and resinous aftertaste. Not as balanced and defined as I was expecting, but it grew on me slowly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frovigalning (2884) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle at ÷rebro ÷lcafť. Very fresh, hoppy and fruity smell with citrus and peach. Similar taste. Almost no carbonation at all. Not very bitter but still very nice.


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