downender (8659) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2011
Bottle from the brewery at 6.5% ABV. Slightly hazy amber with no head and a touch of carbonation. Massive fruity aroma of oranges, pineapple, green tea, lychee and gooseberry. Flavour had a sauvignon blanc edge to it, which contrasted surprisingly well with more tangerine fruit and some sweetish, biscuity malts. As Fat Phil mentions, there was also something oddly savoury going on, which detracted from the overall impression, which kicked in before the dryish finish. Very good, but slightly flawed. Svesse (8599) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2012
(Bottle, purchased at the brewery outlet) Golden amber colour, slightly hazy, with huge frothy off-white head, leaving traces of lacing. Fruity, hoppy nose with notes of citrus, tropical fruit (lychee, passion fruit, mango), a touch of honey and floral, citric hops. Fruity taste with citrus, apricots, passion fruit, pineapple, mango, a touch of crystal malt, orange peel, honey and a fresh, citric bitterness in the finish. Slightly more than medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Very nice and tasty IPA with a fresh citric hop character, yet in excellent balance. Lovely! bytemesis (8384) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bottle thanks to BenH! Pours cloudy amber with a small beige creamy head that slowly dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, a touch of passion fruit - quite intoxicating. Flavor is the same, lightly sweet, medium bitter with a dryish bitter finish. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Nice West Coast style IPA. DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours orange with an undiminishing, lacing white foam and a full veil of sediment. I haven’t had much experience of Citra (Pictish, Oakham, Brodies)- but what I’ve had I’ve loved. Here, judging by the aroma, is the most beautiful English beer to have ever passed my lips; a neat sweat of papaya-scented armpit, lush pink fruits and dishcloth. Then you taste it. It begins. It carries on with those silvery-haired, finely chlorophylled tones; nettles, Sauvignon Blanc, overripe nectarines dropped on a tiny, brittle platform of rich tea biscuit. You need a little platform of biscuit to crawl onto just to stop you screaming, and there it is. Good job there isn’t a pub at the end of my road selling this evil, hallucinatory fluid, that’s all I can say. kraddel (8116) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2016
Thnx to 77ships!
Pours unclear blonde, small white head. Smell is citrussy, taste is sweet, bit bitter, hoppy, citrussy, creamy MF . Ok
jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle from the legendary Kris Wines. Slightly hazy deep orange color without the usual huge Kernel head (perhaps my pouring skillz are on the wane). The nose is funky orange sherbet and plenty of sweet tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, all the usual suspects. The taste is light salty cheese, plenty of orange, sea grass, resin and more tropical fruits. Nice, light body. Smooth and supple. Overall, another good one from the lords of Bermondsey. The_Osprey (7985) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2013 RichTheVillan (7852) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2012
Oct 2012 Cold bottle - loads of sediment. One of the mildest IPAs I’ve tasted from The Kernel. The dry hoppiness is really toned down, and so is the fruitiness. Allows you to taste the malt more. Quite strong at 7.2%, but alcohol is not noticeable. Quite pleasant. (3.6)
March 2013 - New batch bottled 12/02/13 at 6.7%. Kept the glass clean of sediment this time round. More balance than the majority of Kernel IPAs I’ve tried, and milder too but still punchy. A bit of a ’dirty’ tasting chemical bitterness which brings a mild astringency. The initial impression is citrus fruit and a tiny bit of pineapple but later on the foretaste becomes more watery so that you’re left with just that dirty bitterness. Not bad, but not great either. (3.4)
July 2013 - Cold bottle, 3 weeks old, 6.6% Cloudy orange, good citra smell. Smell is orange, taste is grapefruit and floral. Nice. (3.7)
Average becomes 3.6.
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines drank at home; I’ve tasted a few of The Kernel’s IPA’s and this is my favourite hop, it has a Piney resiny freshness like a toilet just after a dousing with toilet duck. Drank on numerous occasions and will revisit as frequently as possible. Food accompaniment: Aromatic Crispy Duck with Pancakes lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2013
330 ml bottle.Marduk (7694) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 20, 2016
Pours a golden colour with a large white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, pineapple and pear juice. Flavour of strong citrusy hops, some bready malts, grapefruit, tropical fruits and some sweetness. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Finishes fruity, citrusy and strong on bitterness. Very well balanced, but could use a more plentiful hop profile.
Tap @Alus Celle, Riga. Cloudy orange color. Tiny size, white head, stays. Citrus, fruity, dirty yeast and some caramel in aroma. Citrus, fruity, caramel in taste. Nice balance between citrusy hops and caramel. It’s strong, but can’t detect any hints of alcohol. Nothing is overdone. Highly drinkable. Nice one.