rnhov (15) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2017
On tap from a keg at a local beer festival. Cloudy pale appearance, with lots of flavour. Perfect session beer, packs so much more fresh flavour punch than the higher % players... Thehoppycraft (10) - Greater Manchester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2017 Everybody knows The Kernal and if you don't they bloody well should! I've had their Table Beer a few times and it has been outstanding. They seem to change the hops every time they brew this beer and this seems no different. It is a transparent golden colour with a half finger white head that sticks around. It has a right down the middle balance of wood and tropical fruits that balance out the smell. First sip you get a lovely coating on your mouth that is washed over by carbonation. You then pick up the wood and bitterness that is finished off by a mango and citrus backbone. This is what a session beer should be all about and at 3.1% abv they should be burned at the stake for sourcery! DruncanVeasey (8260) - Nr 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. JulienHuxley (5909) - Sherbrooke, 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. Whatup14 (2139) - 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.
ladnewton (2014) - 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! PABen (29) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2016
330ml bottle @ 3.3% from Whole Foods. Pours cloudy with a thin head. Fresh gooseberry and tropical aromas, fresh taste, citrus and grass. Could be a new regular, extremely enjoyable.. JohnCook101 (535) - - 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. MartinT (10037) - 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.