medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 8, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Amber/orange with white head, good lacing.
Loads of tropical fruits in the aroma.
Taste: Tropical fruits, hop oils. So much pineapple--like I’m back home drinking Lotus.
jamestulloch (1443) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 13, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: Kiwi, guava, mango and subtle banana. Incredibly powerful aroma.
Appearance: Hazy gold body. Foamy pure white head. Light carbonation. Good lacing.
Taste: Tropical fruit flavours - similar to the wonderful aroma, but with a more citrus notes (lemon and lime). Very hoppy, very bitter and well balanced. It is extremely moreish and the 7.4% ABV is very well hidden.
Palate: Medium mouthfeel with a sticky texture. Lively carbonation.Wonderful long-lasting bitter finish.
Overall: An incredible beer, perhaps the best I’ve tasted. This is a hoppy, fruity, bitter IPA that could be enjoyed again and again.
realalechamp (41) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Keg at York Tap (about a week ago--I believe it is gone). The colour is quite orange and has a white head. Just like the other Kernel beer I’ve tried, this one is not shy with the fruit features--loads of juicy & sticky tropical fruits ready for eating. I will make it a point to buy loads of bottles from this brewery.
DruncanVeasey (7249) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from....somewhere in Cov in the Oerbier balloon. My rating is based on a whole bottle poured clear (initially), not an eggcupful of dregs. Dusted gold with a fine-moussed foam. Gets a 1.4 for the nose alone; Tropical Starburst, passion fruit, urinal, celery, blackcurrant, spliff, lady’s neck. This is a beautiful beer exemplfying everything that I love about English beer at the moment; massive, perfumed, new world hop exoticsim; malt-soft, cask-like condition, irresistable drinkability. Diaphanous malts not smothering the hops. I think it tastes like galangal, a whole pack of Tropical Starburst chews crammed in your gob at once, Rubicon Guava poured over peanuts, Darjeeling, celery, passion fruit.....but don’t listen to me. Comparisons undersell it’s beauty. Good as faultless.
Leighton (11315) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at home in London. Pours a hazy, matte gold with a small, foamy white head. The aroma is - oh, boy - damn fine. Lots of greasy pine, wet grass, some tree bark and citrus rind. Flavor is medium to heavy sweet with some sugary bread, orange juice, subtle yeast, salty sweat, floral hops, pine. Medium bodied with fine, smooth carbonation. Mild warming finish, very modest sweet dough, resinous pine, juicy citrus, flowers, honeysuckle. Incredibly delicious and dangerously drinkable. One of the Kernel’s finest IPAs.
thunder_head1 (79) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy orange colour and has a citrus and tropical fruit aroma and has a fruity hoppy and zesty taste a brilliant ipa just as good as the scgans.
wyzzywyz22 (1969) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mr Lawrence, Brockley. Drunk at Ashford station, waiting for a lift to the continent. Great looking orange looks with an appealing off white head. Fantastic nose with perfect piney grassy hop and juicy citrus eminating. Heavenly flavour that had definite wow factor. Again the fragrant hoppage was the star of the show, with some supporting sweetness and yeast just spot on. This left me wondering if I’d drink a better beer in Belgium on my trip. Maybe the best offering I’ve had thus far from the Kernel. Stellar stuff.
bernatbeer (418) - barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
En tirador@borefts2011.Rubia con buena espuma,fina burbuja y buen encaje.Aromas parecidos al nelson con toques a simcoe,muy floral y gustosa.Me encanto.Gran nuevo lúpulo australiano.Viva Galaxy
Jaksmart (425) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ BBF. One of the glorious highlights of the festival at De Molen, this luminescent beer pours an insistent hazy orange color with a beautiful off-white head. Aroma is damn near perfect, from my perspective. Fresh pine, spruce, grass, carrots, lime, lemon, olives, subtle caramel - slightly toasted. The hops punches through amazingly fresh and the yeast presence is tantalizingly well-crafted. Taste is incredibly fresh and sparkly as well: Clear hop presence, candy caramel sweetness, refreshingly mild bitterness. Dry and delicious finish. Definitely one of the best IPA’s I’ve had in my days.
Theydon_Bois (9084) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured at home from a 330ml bottle (Jan ’12) into tulip style glass.
Pours a rich murky/fully hazed orange, you cannot see your fingers through the glass! A small white head forms but soon dies off to a gentle puddle on top of the beer.
Wonderful hop and pine smells assault the nose along with citrus fruit, predominately grapefruit.
The taste is all hops, citrus fruit largely grapefruit as per the nose, maybe a sweeter fruit flavour in the background possibly apricot and also a sweet carmel undercurrent, but very subtle and understated.
Great mouthfeel this beer massages the throat, medium bodied with minimal carbonation leading to a bitter-sweet semi-dry aftertaste.