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4th Anniversary Ale - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Inflames on 05-24-2010)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at 38 Degrees. I though that this would be a good and appropriate way to start off the bar's anniversary party. On to the beer:

A little lighter than gold....yellow gold? the beer arrived with only a small but of lacing on top, none sticks to the glass. Things are made up later on though. It has a pleasant aroma that's a little sweet and sugary, with spicy bites of hops that happen to be rather clean.

The taste is even better. To me, it's like a Belgian pale crossed with a German pilsner. The sweet Belgian flavors of candi sugar, a little yeast flare, and citrus mix very well with the bite of of spicy hops. Somewhat dry in the finish. The body is light, and easy going down.

I liked this a lot. Sadly, I may never see this again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange with a small white head that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of citrus and fruit sweetness with some bready malt.

Tastes of the fruits with a nice amount of spice. Orange comes through pretty well with some apple and banana notes. Spice is characterized mostly by clove. Malts are fairly bready. A touch of bitterness comes in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of Xul
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent golden with amber highlights, capped by one finger of frothy white head. Retention is good as the head takes a long time to recede at all.

S: Wheat base with some orange notes, light spice with both peppery spice and cinnamon, and some faint earthy hops. Rather muted as a whole and the wheat and orange are dominant.

T: Light, citrusy hops up front with juicy oranges, followed by wheat base and light spiced notes. A strange vegetal note comes in late and sticks through the finish - doesn't kill the beer, but certainly doesn't add to it.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, smooth and light creaminess.

D: Easy drinking, the vegetal note detracts a bit but it's still quite drinkable, albeit rather mundane.

Photo of ebin6
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - A ton of carbonation on the pour. Diligent head with a light amber coloring. Fairly clear as well.

S - Somewhat muted hop profile on the nose. Surprising amounts of wheat and orange smells

T - Again, a muted hop profile to some degree, but overall middle-of-the-road. Some orange notes on the aftertaste

M - Very smooth, but uneventful overall. I don't believe that the style is supposed to overpower you in any way and that is okay, but I feel I have to rate accordingly

D - Very drinkable. Hides the alcohol very well. Possibly even sessionable to some degree

Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a lightly cloudy, pale straw color with a fluffy white head on top.

S: A strong bready and sweetness along with plenty of citrus and fruitiness. Quite a bit of yeast influence and mild spice.

T: The spice character is very powerful on the palate. There is quite a bit in terms of hop character and a definite bitterness that I was not quite expecting. Bready malt and citrus round things out.

M: The body is quite light with a moderate carbonation and a strong bitterness on the back end.

D: Quite a light and easy to drink beer, but not my favorite of the anniversary beers from KRBC.

Photo of DogFood11
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I needed to pour this with extreme force to get the resulting thin layer of head. Loose occasional lacing. Cream soda colored body with mild carbonation.

This brew really started to find its legs after it warmed up. The hop bill comes out and the spices start to shine. There was nothing to hang its hat on.

Overall this brew needs to be reworked in my opinion. Its a bit thin for the style and especially for a special release anniversary offering.

Photo of Patchmaster
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Inflames
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery.
Keeping with tradition of brewing a different Belgian ale each year for the brewery's anniversary this year the brewer went with a Belgian pale ale.
Beer is a pale orange with a thin head. Aroma is a pleasent sweet mix of citrus, a tart bready-ness and some fruit notes. The taste is mostly what I described in the aroma with yeast lending a very different hard to describe twist to the taste. The brew was made with the Bastogne strain, for those familiar with the strain.
Very drinkable, before I knew it my pint was gone. The only thing I found to be a little off from the style was the percentage of alchol.
I will miss the 4th Anniversary when it is gone.

Photo of JMBSH
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had this last night... Unfortunately, I wish I hadn't.

Let me say that JO IPA, Class V Stout and Citra are all awesome beers, but this one was a miss.

Pours a burnt orangey-amber color, very short head that fades quickly, leaving a bit of soapy lace.

Aroma is stale belgian yeast character, kind of run of the mill, yeasty with some spiciness and subtle fruit character. But overall its kind of stale and/or muted. The beer is surprisingly medium-full bodied (for its ABV), but nearly flat. Some maltiness in the taste, a bit overbearing without any nuance or subtlety or carbonation to lift the flavors. Yeast characters are here in the taste as well, but not especially vibrant. Could've used more hop character, or maybe if they let it dry out a little more and up the carb. I didn't finish the bottle, unfortunately.

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of billshmeinke
2.35/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Had no idea what kind of beer this was when I bought it (assumed it was an IPA/DIPA). Surprised to find it is a Belgian style. Poured into a La Fin du Monde Tulip.

Clear golden/amber in color with a one finger bubbly head, and tiny bubbles rushing to the top. Retention is quite nice and good lacing left behind. Not enough head/lacing for a Belgian Pale Ale though.

Smell is mostly of banana phenols, and black beans (?). Seriously, I smell black beans in there. Kind of off putting.

The flavor is banana phenols, biscuity sweet malts, and hops are pretty subdued. Is this a hefewiezen? The bottle has no description, so all I know is this is supposed to be a Belgian Pale Ale. I would probably give it higher scores if this was a hefewiezen cause that's what it tastes like.

Full bodied, low carbonation.

I don't really want to finish this glass, let alone the 22 oz. bottle. Big fail by Kern River. So far I have only had Class V and Simply Outstanding IPA, both were awesome. This is not. Why bottle this when they could have bottled something like Citra IPA for their anniversary???

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, telling Kern River they need to do something to differentiate this from the 3rd Anniversary, the labels are exactly the same. On the smell & taste this is clearly not a tripel so I'll proceed,

A: Pours an opaque burnt orange with a very light head. Some good lace, but looks more like a cask bitter than a BPA.

S: Here we go. Very nice nose of earthy hops with a hint of pine popping up. Yeasty, bready.

T: Big amounts of coriander and pepper, almost tastes Bretty, but there is a sweetness at the finish which gives it a great balance. Some sweet cake batter components, banana and apricot with a solid amount of grassy/earthy hops.

M: Dry upfront but off-dry in the finish. Light carbonation which makes this quite quaffable.

D: Aside from the minor pine note in the nose this is classic Belgium. At $5 a bomber it's nice to find a BPA at this price point that is this good. Liking it even more than Le Fleur Misseur. Kern River's looking like it can do it all from Belgians, to kick ass IPAs and stouts.

Photo of chickencoop
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression was the big carbonation fluffy pour. Cloudy amber pour. Big citrusy notes, somewhat peppery on the finish. This is pretty easy to drink, maybe a bit bubbly for me as a session beer. Overall, solid beer, great for it's style and would drink it again.

Photo of k3punk
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The head on this beer is thick. It sticks around for quite a while. Lacing for days.

S - Very mild. A touch of citrus.

T - More citrus and a very mild taste of hops. Nothing spectacular.

M - An average feel with a slight citrus aftertaste.

D - Easy to drik and cheap enough that I would buy it again.

Not what I would want from most "Anniversary Brews" but cheap.

4th Anniversary Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.