DruncanVeasey (6101) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Benzai (4329) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dEnk (2632) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ bbf. Aroma is grassy fruity hops, very fresh. Flavour is strong fruity piney grassy bitterness, subtle malt note. Great balance.
CraftBeerNick (408) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ACD (335) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jackl (2513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Travlr (7946) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Birefts. Hazy golden color, medium white head. Aroma of citrus, scallions, meadow, very nice. Taste is bitter citrus.
Vaiz (2680) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Koelschtrinker (8470) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grasig nasser Hopfenbeginn mit fruchtigen, eher unwichtigen Komponenten. Grasig, voller Hopfen, lange milde Bitterkeit. Sehr gut! 10/12/12/12//12
Leighton (6903) - London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.