The Kernel India Pale Ale Chinook Amarillo Nelson Sauvin

Brewed by The Kernel Brewery
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Bermondsey, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Bottle: Unfiltered. Keg.
Please drink fresh. (Best before date is four months after bottling date).

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fonefan (53741) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2013

Draught @ CBC 2013 [ Yellow Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

Unclear medium to dark orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, orange - citrus, light to moderate pine. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, hoppy, fruity, citrus. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130503]

teorn88 (7687) - Rimini, ITALY - AUG 29, 2013
33cl bottle from the brewery. It pours a slightly hazy orange colour, cloudy. Smell is very promising - caramel, cat urine, tropical fruits. Quite mellow but complex flavour - indistinct fruits. Flavour doesn’t quite live up to the smell, but it’s still a really nice IPA. Some bitterness in the late aftertaste. Very clean and refreshing beer.

Christian (14196) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2013
At CBC 2013. Hazy orange with a small wwhite head. Orange and peach aroma with some grainy malt in the background. Dry and grainy malt flavour with citrus and a somewhat unpleasant harsh bitterness

spacecube (1823) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
330 ml bottle, pours hazy golden brown, another hoppy ale from Kernel where you have the metallic boldness of Chinook balanced with the fruitier Amarillo & NS. Bitter to finish. Very good ale again.

SilkTork (6015) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
330ml brown glass bottle. Bought by Chrissie from Faversham. Attractive simplistic brown paper label. The malt here serves mainly as the base for the hops. The malt seems clean and efficient. The hops are the main show. People who like hops will love this. I am one who prefers malt, but I did find some aspects of this attractive - though the overall experience is not to my taste. The hops are very evident, and coat the lips and mouth with a gentle sting, but they are not aggressive. I suspect my lack of appreciation of such hop heavy type beers is probably because I am more sensitive to hops than most. Too much hops and they do seriously burn my mouth. This warms and tingles, but stops short of pain. My personal preference would be to have 1/4 of the amount of hops so the flavours could be more appreciated. This is like listening to music so loud the speakers are buzzing, and some of the beauty and subtly is being lost. However, I know that beers like this are not made for my taste, and there are enough hop heads who love it, to put me in a minority. In conclusion. It’s not nasty. But I wouldn’t want another one.

gunnar (10232) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle from a trade with Madmitch76, and a random choice for my Kernel # 100 rating. Pours light hazed golden with a big rich creamy white head. Aroma of tropical fruits,mango, grapefruit. Taste is crisp, yet smooth moderate sweet, juicy tangerine, light sharp lemon. Filling mouthfeel, high carbonated. Lingering dry and fruity. Very good, moreish.

johninmelb (1128) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2013
Citrussy, sprucey nose with some of that tasty Kernely astringency kicking around. Flavour is full of tasty hop notes - chewy mango, grapefruit rind, pine needles. Could have a bit more of that lemonadey Nelson Sauvin quality coming through but no matter, a nice IPA with a long dry finish.

jredmond (8999) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Bottle via IP trade (thanks Theydon Bois). Pours a hazy amber gold body with medium white head. Aroma is fresh pine and citrus hop. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of fresh orange pulp, tropical fruits, light lemon funk, grapefruit, faint dank herb and citric hops. Very nice IPA.

Mortlach (2539) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 6, 2013
06/07/2013 330ml bottle (thanks Theydon_Bois!). Ambrata scarica, mediamente limpida, schiuma buona, non particolarmente persistente. Al naso sentori agrumati e pinosi, malto, caramello, erbaceo. In bocca l’attacco è caramelloso, una spremuta di luppoli, un po’ sgraziata. Corpo medio, carbonazione media. Discreta, nulla più.

MartinT (10240) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Resinous hop features and their tropical fruit undertow are grounded by honeyed malts and mineral edges in this very flavourful but a tad rough American-style IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty golden amber.
-The majority of the hop profile is resinous and earthy.
-The tropical fruit character spans from oranges to mangoes to starfruit.
-The body is a tad bulkier than expected.
-This is a very authentic recreation of the US’s flagship style these days.
-For some reason I don’t understand, this C.A.NS was not nearly as accomplished as the beautiful Simcoe IPA I had from them a few days earlier. Both were tasted in the same conditions and are of the same basic recipe, I presume…


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