Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Session IPA
Bermondsey, England


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RATINGS: 293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 90   ABV: 3%
Bottle conditioned and unpasteurised keg; Regular.
ABV may vary.
NOTE: Kernel Table Beer frequently uses different hop varieties but, as these are not clearly identified on the front label, it is not practicable to list them separately here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
Missus out sales shopping- time for a late afternoon cheeky. This is exactly the kind of situation this beer is designed for; early doors, after a run, before a run, whilst running, before work, before an interview, during an interview, on your breakfast might be others. Bottle my Dad got me for Xmas, bless his heart. Pours with the archetypal, slightly opalescent Kernel misted-ness; yellowish, bright, foaming and as thick with bits as you want it. Outstanding fresh hop aroma; Sauvignon, lychee, blackcurrant, pineapple jelly. Deep, humming, delicious flavour with all the tropical hop beauty promised by the nose, plus the zest of one lemon and a suggestion of undiluted orange and mango cordial. Then the malt kicks in; sweet, biscuity (shortbread, malted milk, rich tea..) all dunked in bitter, stewed tea. So much more fragrant, humming and hoppier than your typical west coast DIPA. Magnificent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (5525) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
On tap at the BeerTemple. Hazy gold pour with white head. Aroma is really nice and hoppy, great tropical aroma, beautiful fresh hoppy notes, light dank hop. Taste is great, nice malt, super crisp citrusy hop, grapefruit, light bitterness. Palate is outstanding, you’d never be able to tell this is 3%, light, but fulfilling. Beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whatup14 (1534) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2015
Bouteille 330ml. Couleur jaune paille trouble, mousse blanche laissant un anneau sur les parois du verre ainsi que dentelle éparse. Arôme agrumes, houblon résineux, malt craquant, citron. Goût d’agrumes, citron, pomélo, écorce de pomélo, houblon résineux, bonne amertume, malt, léger côté sucré en arrière-goût. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-faible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ladnewton (1763) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
On tap at the Pint Shop, Cambridge on 19th February 2014. Hazy gold with off-white film and pattern lacing. Fine grapefruit aroma. Exquisite in-mouth: delicate yet rich grapefruit and grassiness meet delicate berry fruits. Grapefuit citric tanginess in a fruity finish, on a crisp, zingy mouthfeel and with medium body. Superb!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnCook101 (534) - - APR 14, 2013
500ml bottle. Hops: citra & mosaic. 3.3% abv. Pours very cloudy straw colour with a small white head that dissipates but leaves a good lacing. Really fantastic aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, herbs and ozone. Huge citrus flavours, particularly grapefruit, with some peach. Some grass, herbal notes and heavy floral hops follow. A good, robust bitter finish. Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. I can barely believe this is 3.3%. Really fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2016 My Bottom Line:
This citrusy and resinous low gravity Pale Ale is chock full of hops which are pushed forward by frothy bubbles and relative dryness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy blond, lacing nicely.
-Carbonation could be softer, if anything. I know this is not trying to emulate a cask mouthfeel, but this is still a tad too forced for my tastes.
-This is as intense and agreeable as many 5-6% APAs. Why drink a 5% version if you can have the same aroma, flavour and texture in a 2.8% version?
-The hop profile is beautifully complex. Elderflowers, lemongrass, citrus, you name it.

On tap at the brewery tasting room and The Black Dove, Brighton.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpgibbon (532) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2016
Mosaic in bottle @ 3%. Hazy pale gold, nice smallish head. Tropical fruit - mango and pineapple. Tight fizzy on the tongue carbonation. Bitter grapefruit tempered by mandarin and a solid bitter finish. Superb body at this abv. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (7722) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2012
(keg @The Catford Bridge Tavern, London) Pours golden yellow with a medium white head and healthy lacing. Aroma and taste is fruit hoppy. Citrus and peach waves on the palate. Beautiful and at only 3% so very easily drinkable. Just one more....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (4233) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Hazy orange-yellow coloured with tropical fruit and citrus flavours and smooth light bodied orange marmalade on the finish. Excellent considering the low ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borresteijn (6289) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2013
33cl Bottle bought at Utobeer, thanks Manon! ABV 3.2%, Citra/Amarillo/Columbus hops. Hazy golden yellow colour, white head. Aroma of a glorious hop-fest, lots of citrus, tropical fruits, light pine notes, resin, grapefruit. Flavour is light sweet, crisp malts, dry, citrus and tropical fruits, mango, pine, just a hint of grain, light floral malts, great citrus hoppy bitter finish. Great mouthfeel for a 3.2% beer. Light-bodied. Could drink this all day. Excellent summer beer as well.

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