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The Kernel India Pale Ale Topaz
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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
London, England
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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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India Pale Ale single hopped with Topaz


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2012
330ml bottle. Misted, brassy orange with a slim but tenacious white foam. Aroma pure hop beauty: all 4 tropical Starbursts at once, mandarin, star anise, pineapple, lychee. Reminds me of Sorachi. Bright, brilliant, tropical hop flavour of Fruit Salad chews, melon, lychee and soapy flowers bittered with lingering husk and grapefruit. Anyone who doesn’t think this is a brilliant expression of hops is either; i) a mentalist, ii) tipping the bits in, iii) not getting it fresh enough or iv) sharing a 330ml bottle with 10 Danes. Fucking beautiul.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dEnk (3795) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2012
Draft @ bbf. Aroma is grassy fruity hops, very fresh. Flavour is strong fruity piney grassy bitterness, subtle malt note. Great balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8212) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2012
Draught @ Borefts 12. Hazy yellow to orange color, medium sized off-white head that leaves a good lacing. Smell malts, hops and citrus. Taste malts, fruits, hops, bitter, citrus. Medium body and carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftBeerNick (889) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle at home, 18th November 2012. Pours a clear straw colour, nice frothy white head. Aroma is sweet tropical fruit salad, taste is pine resin, orange some sweet berries, biscuity malt back bone, well rounded and balanced. Another nice kernel IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Draft at Birefts. Hazy golden color, medium white head. Aroma of citrus, scallions, meadow, very nice. Taste is bitter citrus.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4596) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Sample @ Borefts 2012. The pour’s a light hazy gold with a small white head. The nose is lemon, post-workout armpit, some funky cheese. Yeast. The taste is lemon & lime, herbs (sage? some rosemary). Herbal, chalky hop finish. Dry. Overall, pretty excellent, and a welcomed change of pace this festival.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vaiz (3343) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2012
Tasted at 4th BBF @ De Molen. Hazy golden pour. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, pine. Flavor is bitter, fruity, citrus hops. Nice and clean, well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACD (634) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 15, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours hazy reddish orange with thin white head - loads of lacing throughout. Aroma is citrus & tangerine led, some peach, but of grapefruit, floral and herb notes - lovely. Taste is a nice waxy orange hit, pithy grapefruit, lovely sweet tangerine comes through as does the peach note; interesting herbal character becomes clear as the beer warms. Light caramel sweetness backs up the tasty hop hit. Very well balanced. Big fan of this - don’t know too much about the Topaz hop, but certainly will look more into it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (5290) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2012
On tap at Borefts 2012. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and orange peel. Taste is dry bitter, citrussy and piney hops. Lingering resiny and herbal hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10960) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2013 Bottle at home in London. Pours a very un-Kernelly clear, red-gold with a charming, white bubbly foam head. Aroma is more classic Kernel, plenty of juicy fruits, some dry citrus, melon, grapefruit, perhaps some lightly toasted bread. Light to medium sweet flavor, some sweet berries, toasty pale malts, dry grapefruit, some dry leaves, hints of dirt. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Fairly dry on the finish with some mild, resinous pine, more dry citrus fruits, a bit of lingering earth and grass. A very solid IPA, though not on the same level as most Kernel IPAs. (3.8)

Tap at Borefts 2012 - Bodegraven. Pours cloudy gold with a fine, white foam head. Very fresh, lots of rich citrus, orange, some mango, grapefruit. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sticky and resinous to finish with more fresh, juicy citrus, and moderate dankness. Good one. (4.0)


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