Sigmund (4506) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV is 6.5%. Golden colour, slightly hazy, moderate white head. Hoppy aroma, moderate notes of tropical fruits. Just a hint of coffee (not sure if Iíd have noticed if I didnít know it should be there). The flavour is also predominantly hoppy (but not extreme for an IPA), while the coffee comes through in the finish. However, the conservative part of me still thinks that coffee is somehow misplaced in a golden ale or IPA - but at the same time I have to admit that this is a tasty and likeable beer ...
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at North Bar, Leeds, sediment decanted into a shot glass. I like this one a lot - bright-deep orange pour, white film over the top. Definite IPA character in the nose, lots of hops and citrus, touch of pine with only a hint of coffee. Taste impressed me - again, itís a classic IPA on the way in, hops and citrus. Coffee taste comes in gently but noticeably. Itís a particularly lovely coffee, actually. Lasts all the way to the end leaving the bitter aftertaste of a perfect iced coffee/frappecino. If you add the sediment halfway through,the coffee is more obvious, thereís less of the citrus and hops and it becomes a bit muddier. It loses the multi-phase taste and clear definition it has without. Without the sediment, the multi-layered taste is very impressive, and overall this is a very nice beer indeed.
tommann (2294) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
800th rating! 330ml bottle, 2nd batch at 6.9%. Pours a hazy amber with a medium head. Aroma is mango and bitter pineapple. Taste has some tropical fruits to start. Bitter coffee and piney hops to finish.
dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - JUN 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (Batch 2) at North Bar. Pour is bright reddish Orange with a thin film of white bubbles. Nose is big IPA - tropical fruit, pine resin. Lots of orange. Just the slightest hint of coffee, but otherwise smells like a good hoppy IPA. Taste is different - dry hops up front, orange peel, followed by an obvious but sort of gentle coffee hit that lasts right through to a long finish. Fascinating, but Iím not convinced that the flavours fit together brilliantly. Having said that, itís growing on me. Definitely also applaud it for being brave and different though. However, for my money, Mikkeller Koppi IPA is better.
Interesting side not - less hoppy orange, more coffee if you drink it with the sediment in. Better without.
Chad9976 (1020) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I received a 12oz bottle from British beer writer Zak Avery in a trade. I poured it into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Dark, hazy, almost dirty orange flame color. No visible carbonation. Forms a small, bright white frothy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Similar to an East Coast style American IPA with a rich, sticky, pine resin aroma, combined with some tropical fruits and a light coffee scent as well.
Taste: Iím always impressed by beers with separate flavors at different stages of the palate that still blend well together overall. The Kernel Breweryís coffee IPA does just that with distinct flavors of dry pine bitterness, sweet tropical fruits and bitter coffee on the finish. On paper it would seem that these component would clash, but in the mouth they synergize quite well.
The pine begins with a strong resiny, almost sap or syrup-like stickiness at the beginning of the palate. The middle turns lighter and sweeter, almost refreshing actually with mango, papaya, and other tropical fruit flavors (but isnít citrusy per se). Right as the beer finishes it delivers a pleasant coffee flavor of medium roast and a dash of semi-sweet dark chocolate as well. All these flavors add up to form a very tasty, delectable, unique and impressive palate.
Mouthfeel: Tepid, soft, and medium. Not quite thick, but far from thin.
Drinkability: For such a robust and bitter beer, The Kernelís coffee IPA is surprisingly drinkable. The soft, tepid mouthfeel enables it to go down very smoothly, almost as if it were a porter or stout. The 6.5% ABV is the perfect weight for a beer of this caliber - stronger than the smaller beers, but still has the robustness of a bigger beer without the bulky density.
Overall, a very impressive and fun beer to drink. It would probably pair well with certain ethnic foods, but drinking it on its own is pleasurable enough. Iím glad I got to try it.
Fin (6640) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at The Kernel Brewery, Bermondsey, London 04.06.11 Had this beer and the others in the ever delightful company of Ian who suggested quite accurately that the nose on this was Maxwell House ģ Wonderful coffee flavours throughout which slowly build up as you take each sip, nice spiciness from the hops. Very good beer. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 4.0
JohnRMurdoch (2699) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ The Kernal Brewery. Orange coffee hoppy aroma & flavour. Cloudy Amber brown colour with a good head. A bit like eating a Terryís chocolate orange while drinking coffee & IPA. Wierd but it works.
iambeerviking (10) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had various times from bottles that we got from Evin. In my view this a wonderful beer. I love the fact that as much care and love went into the beer the same is said for the coffee.
So in fact, this is a collaboration brew between Kernel and Square Mile and to approach it properly you need to spend some time getting to know your Ethiopians.
With that, I can guarantee when the lighter bitterness from the coffee kicks in, you will recognise it as an old friend.
evergreen0199 (1642) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the brewery in Bermondsey. A hazy dark orange/amber coloured pour with a medium white head. Fruity, coffee aroma. Tastes hoppy, fruity, coffee, orange. A really interesting beer with distinct gentle coffee taste and an orangey background. Really enjoyable, first that I have tried in this style.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear orangish yellow pour with a small white head. Sweet florally/citrusy aromas. Lots of piney/citrusy/florally hops with a bitter black coffee finish.