Theydon_Bois (16866) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Oddbins London Bridge, at home, 13/12/13.
Murky dark amber/marmalade with a thin off white bubbly top that clears to edgeing and a swirl.
Nose is bitter orange pith, light ear wax, rotting mango, citric dipped straw, light booze.
Taste comprises ripe mango, orange pith, citric dipped straw, boozey tropical tang, bitter grapefruit, bitter hop notes.
Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, dry grassy closure with a good dose of hop bitterness and pithy tropicals.
Ok DIPA, a little harsh though, not quite as refined as I’d expect. Drinkable affair none the less.
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy orange gold with a thin foam. Aromas are spicy green pine with grapefruit. Lemon with hints of cheesecake and earthy stewed earthy apple. Floral and leafy with low pineapple. Flavours are sweet woody apple and bready yeast. Bitter grapefruit with solid herbal notes and hints of mint. Decent but not spectacular.
Lonick (1260) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours cloudy orange, almost flat, i think some carbonation would lift the beer . Not that fruity which again was a disappointment a touch of grapefruit, not a zesty beer, not awful just not what i expect from this brewery .
madmitch76 (22063) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 10th December 2013
Hazy deep gold beer, small bubbly white head. Palate is fairly dry with just modest carbonation. Surprisingly thin malt. Rich orangey hops, almost orange liqueur. Well integrated skunk and a trace of lemon. Finishes dry and spicy. Nice but I think this needs to develop more in the bottle. Will try another in 3 weeks or so. 3.6
30th December 2013
Craft Clerkenwell. Keg. Lightly hazy gold beer with a short white head that was short lived. The beer largely clears after 5 mins. Very nice nose of peachy tropical fruits and mild skunk. Palate is smooth and slightly viscous with a modest carbonation level that is only a little more fizzy than the bottles. Very nice tropical fruits, semi sweet. Mango, peach and others, juicy. Light aniseed spice and mellow skunk. Finishes mildly crisp. Better than the bottle!
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - cloudy golden colour with bubbly white head. Citrus hops and pine in the aroma. Taste similar, full bodied, low carbonation. Not much bitterness going on. Not bad but a bit disappointing considering how good some of the other Kernels are.
Idiosynkrasie (6404) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle. Clear, pale copper colour is initially beclouded by some late ascending bubbles unable to form something like a head. Resinous aroma, grapefruit, pine, pineapple. Taste is minimally bitter hoppy, some grapefruit, pine, resin, moderately sweet caramel malty basis; very oily, sirupy texture. My first disappointment from The Kernel, measured by the usually supreme quality of their beers.
RichTheVillan (6669) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear light copper pour with almost zero head, pine and grapefruit aroma, tropical hop taste grapefruit pineapple, hardly any carbonation a rare disappointment from the Kernel.
BeerViking (4141) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hopsack nose with a touch of golden fruit, fascinating citrus, pine and herby hoppiness superbly balanced with rich fruity malt and an alcoholic bite. The ABV is amazingly well hidden.
lusikka (7689) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle.
Pours a dark orange colour with a minimal white foamy head. Aroma is very earthy with some pepper, mango juice and lemon. Flavour is like a punch in the face; very, very strong herbal hoppiness (obviously from Columbus), juicy mango, pineapple, caramel, medicin-like licorice notes, weed, floral notes, alcohol and a nice malt base. Loads and loads of retronasal hoppy fumes. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a heavy bitter, very herbal, sweet and warming finish. Carbonation is a bit low, but it makes this oh so drinkable. Alcohol warms nicely. This might be a bit too much for some, but I need more.
The_Osprey (6330) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014
Nov 2013 - Cold bottle, 4 weeks old. Hazy light yellow/orange with no head. Smell - Very hoppy, earthy, dried pineapple, barbecue sauce. Body is light, carbonation fairly low. Taste - spicy hops - hints of chili, some more dried pineapple, chemical, bitterness is up there in your face but at a nice level. Drying in the mouth and down the throat. I feel like this could easily have been overdone but everything is nicely balanced. More of a floral and bitter DIPA than a fruity and sweet one. Nice. (3.8)
Jan 2014 - Cold bottle, it’s now 3 months old. Has aged quite well. Smell and taste have taken on more pungent caramel, more alcohol coming through in the flavour. Quite different, but still drinking very well. (3.8)