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Winter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary Ale - Kern River Brewing Company

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Winter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary AleWinter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary Ale

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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 223
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: soughtbygod on 05-14-2011)
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MrHirschybar

California

3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

01-02-2012 09:02:23 | More by MrHirschybar
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

11-20-2012 20:19:09 | More by chippo33
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

09-12-2013 02:29:23 | More by CityofBals
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #11 top American Double / Imperial IPA on the best of lists on beeradvocate.com. Ultimately an underwhelming IPA though.

Beer served in a Bruery tulip, generously shared by Thorpe429. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin wispy head of small and tiny bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, some carbonation.

Aroma is mildly earthy with some citrus and fruit hops.

The beer is thin and has a mild alcohol bite to it with only a moderately bitter finish and weak hop presence on the midpalate. The lead off is not sweet which is good, this beer failed to impress me though. Just another decent DIPA from Cali, nothing more, no need to search further.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 03:29:43 | More by drabmuh
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ACY73

California

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

03-15-2013 21:37:11 | More by ACY73
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

01-22-2013 01:24:35 | More by jrallen34
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to schmoopsbeer for getting this bottle out to me. Served in a Russian River "TION" glass.

Pours an apricot-orange color with a good white head and some nice spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a fairly-aggressive amount of tropical and citrus hops. Not much malt there at all, which is a good sign. The flavor is all hops with some citrus and then some additional tropical character. Not over the top hop character, but definitely quite nice. No noticeable malt, other than a bit in the feel. Medium body with good carbonation and a bitter finish. Really nice DIPA, though doesn't rise to the level of their Citra.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:20:01 | More by Thorpe429
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

Pours a light amber gold with three and a half fingers of white foam, nice tiny bubbles. Good lacing. Smells of citrus and tropical fruit (mango, fresh pineapple rind). Taste is similar, with a moderately bitter finish. Carbonation is too light, and so this lacks any crispness or bite. Something about the body lacks heft; maybe it's the absence of malt? In any case, this is pretty tasty, but the lack of carbonation takes away from my enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 04:52:37 | More by pmarlowe
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-yellow body, larger white head caps it off, nice sudsy lacing left behind on the glass.

S: Bright citric and tropical fruits. Grapefruit, orange, tangerine.

T: Mostly a tangerine-like hop flavor. A bit "one note" as the bitterness that comes with this hop treatment is about all that is noticeable.

M: Medium bodied. Assertive carbonation. Bold bitterness throughout. Ju

O: A nice, big dIPA. However, I found it to be a bit one dimensional and not particularly interesting. Certainly not Kern River's Citra.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 14:13:31 | More by callmemickey
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orangish colored beer with a decent white head that left some nice spots on the side.

S - Lots of tropical fruit with some bitterness, little bit of a sugar malt backbone. Has some green and earth notes that I didn't think were particularly good, although it wasn't bad.

T - Taste really about in line with the nose. Tropical fruits, some grass, and a little bitterness. Pretty solid.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Good, but not great, DIPA. Enjoyed drinking it, but there's a lot of similarly solid, if not better, offerings out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 18:18:38 | More by AgentZero
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange with a small amount of head. Slightly cloudy apperance, minimal lacing left behind. The nose is chock full of hoppy goodess in the form of grapefruit, pine, citrus, and a dash of earthiness. The taste includes some honey and sweet malts to pair with the assertive hop profile that features citrus, pine, and resin. The taste becomes very bitter as it finishes. The body is somewhat big with medium carbonation. Overall, a very tasty DIPA, a little heavy for my liking but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 04:24:24 | More by homebrew311
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huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev -11.3%

04-02-2012 15:21:04 | More by huskermike12
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jlb502

California

4/5  rDev -11.3%

12-01-2011 16:28:56 | More by jlb502
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-29-2012 14:04:21 | More by WeisGuy
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-19-2013 19:14:37 | More by ChrisPro
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev -11.3%

12-17-2013 05:09:01 | More by IrishColonial
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jeff1973

California

4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-12-2013 05:28:27 | More by jeff1973
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-30-2012 13:22:36 | More by sideshowe
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -11.3%

02-20-2012 02:21:57 | More by beerwolf77
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.3%

09-21-2012 00:49:11 | More by stakem
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-09-2013 23:02:06 | More by spycow
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nevins

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -11.3%

02-11-2012 18:51:41 | More by nevins
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -11.3%

11-25-2011 03:17:26 | More by Exiled
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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.3%

10-19-2012 23:22:35 | More by bauermj
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-20-2013 18:46:39 | More by funkel81
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Winter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.