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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Reviews: 89
Hads: 269
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 4.05%
Wants: 199
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: soughtbygod on 05-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 269
Photo of notchucknorris
4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronados

A: Pours a beautiful and slightly hazy golden color with a 1/2 finger bone white head.

S: Full of fantastic citrus hop aromas. Big mango and grapefruit with some candied orange and a bit of an earthiness to it.

T: Loaded with grapefruit an grapefruit pith with a good amount of honey malt and mango to balance it out. Incredibly smooth. I could drink this forever. Another fantastic beer from Kern River. (427 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, thanks to Gorefiendus!

A - Pours a copper rutsy color, white head, thin collar, whisps.

S - Bitter hops, sweet caramel malts, big tropical sweetness.

T - Hops, tropical citrus, dank sweetness, slight toasty malts.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - A solid DIPA but well have review again once the next batch comes out. (359 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky apricot, nice off white head leaves to ring. Lots of cling, some legs too!

S - Major pine hops, hint of citrus, lot of malt behind it.

T - Nice blend equally of pine and citrus, fat malt center.

M - Medium body, good carb, great balance.

D - A really good effort. Love it. (286 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Kern River Brewing Company
Kernville, CA

Dark, clear amber. Thick, off-white, soapy head. Regular lacing down the glass.

Pungent and tropical aromas galore: pineapple, orange, and mango aromas from the hops are explosive as well as floral highlights. There's a touch of bready caramel and some slight pine--but this is certainly a showcase of hops. Wow!

This is hugely bitter, which I don't at all mind, but it almost seems to get in the way of the juicy, delicate, citrusy hop notes, at least at first. That being said, once past the bitterness, there's plenty of grapefruit/orange/melon flavor to fawn over.

Exceptionally full yet disappearing mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable.

Incredible DIPA, but not quite as good as Citra. (743 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.97/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a yellowish orange color with a 1/4 inch off white head and good retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Copious amounts of tropical fruits

Taste: Based on the nose it is a bit of a let down. The flavors are of grapefruit and other tropical fruits but way muted based on the nose

Mouthfeel: Medium body and fair amount of carbonation

Overall: Not nearly as good as citra but still a damn fine DIPA (414 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden orange. Big white frothy foam head.

Smells overwhelmingly of bittering, pungent, almost floral/overwhelming grapefruit rind with a smidgen of generalized citrus and a hint of pine.

Taste is a blistering assault of pure grapefruit rind ... really no lush tropical or fruit flavors to found, just straight-forward bitter citrus with some pine. No malt content, at all. Kind of disappointed in that, as this beer needs some balance. If you're going to be this hop forward, at least a bit of complexity to the hops would be nice.

Okay. Drinkable. (567 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass poured from a growler. Pours a dark amber with a nice head, about 1 finger, that dissipates into lace around the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus mixed with pine. It is medium bodied and highly drinkable. Feels good going down. A really good DIPA that hides the alcohol content well. (311 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a clear golden-yellow with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: loads of citrus here. Oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit dominate with notes of pineapple. There is some honey sweetness toward the end.

T: grapefruit and orange dominate the flavor with earthy pine flavors. Lightly bitter with just a hint of alcohol presence. Delicious.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer is nicely carbonated and avoids being too sticky or watery.

O: a great DIPA overall. Delicious and aromatic. Fantastic. (552 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours burnt orange along with a big white head. Beautiful lacing that lasted throughout. Aromas of sweet and floral hops along with malts. Flavors of smooth and riseny hops. Slightly bitter backfinish. Meidum mouthfeel and decent carbonation. I quite enjoyed this DIPA from Kern River. Happy 5th Birthday! (350 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. Thanks, John!

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange body with a finger of short-lived off-white head. Not much lace to speak of, but there is a nice cap on top of the beer.

S: Tropical nose out the wazoo: peach, mango, passionfruit, cantaloupe. Good lord. This is precisely the hop profile that I love. It doesn't have any malt nose (a little would be nice).

T: This pulls all the elements of earlier Citra batches that I loved. It's a straight fruit flavor with no malt presence whatsoever. The tropical profile is absurd: peach, mango, cantaloupe, passionfruit, apricot, even a small lime finish. There is a small bitterness contributed by grassy hops.

M: Light-medium bodied. As usual per Kern's approach, this one isn't hefty or high in ABV. It's tasty nonetheless. I'd actually go easier on this category if they simply classified it as an IPA (which is a better descriptor for a 7% beer, IMO).

D: Please make more of this! Too bad they don't distribute. And I can understand why: it maintains freshness. But damn, I want more bottles. (1,070 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Cloudy yellow appearance, moderately lacy head that lingers.

A: Hoppy sweet, fruity, hints of banana & pine.

T: Punch of happiness with light lemon flavor, hoppy bitterness with some roasted malt coming through. Finish lingers a bit & stays dry.

M: Medium mouthfeel.

O: Overall tasty DIPA but nothing that separates from the pack. (374 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A long time want by me and generously given to me as an extra by cocoapuph. A little over two months old at this point.

Appearance – Pours into a Captain Lawrence pint glass with a hazy dark golden color and about a finger of slight of white head that dissipates leaving nice lacing.

Smell – Lots of tropical fruits such as tangerine, orange, and grapefruit give a wonderful citrus aroma. Slight floral hops with a bit of sticky pine resin at the tail end. The end gives off just a little toffee/caramel backbone.

Taste – Wow. So much tropical fruits. I love…LOVE tropical fruits in DIPA’s. I swear, this tastes like the first batch of The Oracle by bells with a couple months on it. Still a nice hoppy bite at the end, but first and foremost there is sweet (but not malty sweet) tropical fruit flavors up front (heavy mango and tangerine which then finishes with ripe orange juice). I’m sure this has become just a bit sweeter with those few months of age on it, but this is honestly how I love my DIPA’s. Slight floral and bitter hops mixed in with a heavy dose of sweet tropical fruit flavor, and just a bit of a caramel backbone. As stated, the sweetness is not cloying like I get in 90min from the malts, but is instead from “fruits”.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, chewy, oily, lower carbonation than thought, finishes not dry but almost there.

Overall – One of the most drinkable DIPA’s I’ve encountered. Huge tropical notes yet still a nice bitterness mixed in. Kern freaking makes some amazing D/IPA’s. Will seek out come next release. (1,582 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.85/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to APreacher for the bottle!

22 oz bottle pulled from the fridge and poured into a snifter. No freshness info. I too think there was some sort of labeling error as I at first thought this was the Winter (rye) Ale, but this is definatly an IPA.

Pours out a slightly hazy deep golden orange color with a very nice white head that shows some great retention and leaves quite a bit of sticky lace stuck to the glass.

Very nice aroma. Dank, pungent hops, smells like maybe some Nelson was used. Vegetal, juicy tropical fruits, candied citrus.

Loving this beer. Reminds me a little bit of Nelson from alpine and a little bit of nugget nectar. Juicy, dank, resinous. Juicy tropical fruits, a bit vegetal and onion, but totally in a good way, sweet citrus, a little pine needle, maybe some fresh sticky weed. Again, tastes just like Nelson hops were used with maybe a bit of citra? Malt isn't too noticeable, maybe just enough for the hops to play off of.

Finishes really clean and drink rather smoothly with a lot of bitterness that lingers. A bit sticky in the mouthfrom all the hops, medium bodied, almost feels a bit light and airy from a slightly higher than normal carbonation.

Im very impressed with this beer. Smells and tastes like a handful of fresh hop cones. If this was available to me, I'd come back to it again and again. Trade for this now! (1,365 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dull orange with a big 3 finger head leaving excellent retention all the way down the glass.

Smells strongly of tropical fruit and citrus hops. It's a little balanced though as bready malt also peaks in.

A little bit of tropical fruit and citrus flavor up front in the palate, but muted compared to the aroma. A little bit of bready biscuit tasting malt balanced this out and it finishes with a dry piney bitterness.

A little bit creamy with good carbonation levels.

Another very solid beer from Kern, although I prefer the Citra every so slightly. This one grew on me the more I delved into it and it went down way too smooth. I love the dry pine finish as a contrast to the citrus/bread flavor. (714 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 3/10/2012.

Orange-amber body yields plenty of fluffy white head. Good lace and retention. Bursting at the seams with fresh, juicy hop aroma. Did I just stick my face inside a grapefruit?

Tropical fruits bum-rush my palate, dancing in all directions with flavors of orange, mango, and citrus. No question this bottle is super fresh. The combination of fresh hops, creamy body, near-perfect carbonation, and high drinkability makes this one dangerously good DIPA. Need moar! (494 characters)

Photo of derkfromwi
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: One-inch just off-white head, light-golden color, decent carbonation, good lacing

S: Mango, citrus, straw, bit of orange peel, nice blend of hops

T: Hops and bitterness, grapefruit, malts are present and balance nicely

M: Smooth and oily, medium-bodied, dry towards finish and aftertaste

O: Good stuff, hope to drink again this year or next (347 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark golden with a 3" off-white thick head. Big rings and clumps of lacing cover the glass.

S- amazing! Honey, caramel, biscuit, huge pineapple and passion fruit along with more citrus and melon notes,.

T- sweet caramel, biscuit, pineapple and more citrus, some orange rind bitterness and some spices.

M- medium body and carbonation. Just a little thin but but is rather smooth.

O- very good dipa. Absolutely love the aroma and the flavors don't lack that far behind. (534 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Thome50 for this bottle, shared with Dreadnaught33

A: Pours a slightly hazy light yellow/gold with a small white head and minimal lacing.

S: Alright, we are off to a good start here, smell is very nice, it's a nice mix of hops and citrus. It doesn't quite punch you in the face like some DIPAs, but I'm very impressed.

T: Taste is citrusy, hoppy and a little sweet. It's got nice balance, but this beer has no real hop bite to speak of. It's very easy to drink, but I want a little more hoppiness out of my DIPAs and this doesn't quite deliver.

M: Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Another very good, but not incredible beer from Kern River here. I have to say that yet again (as I was with the Double Citra) I am a little disappointed in this beer. This one had a lot of the elements necessary to make a great DIPA, but just came up short on the bitter/hoppy side of things. (922 characters)

Photo of beagle75
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intensely hoppy, featuring lush tropical fruit, pine, and mixed citrus. Substantial caramel malt is also present, completing the excellent smell.

T: Begins off-dry, with layered hop aromatics consisting of early citrus that transitions through tropical fruit. While the citrus flavors tend slightly toward the darker, they retain a sense of balance with the brighter elements not being trod upon too much. The later tropical fruit, which combine with distinctly peach-like esters, becomes pungent, encompassing the entire palate. Sweetness also peaks late, further accentuating the juicy, over-ripe stone fruit flavors. Both acidity and bitterness are kept restrained, with the former peaking early then vanishing, and the latter lingering harmoniously in the finish. Malt never steps to the fore, although a thread of refined toasted grain tries to evade detection throughout.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky and slightly syrupy on the palate showing an early acid bite followed by slow heat, with low carbonation.

D/O: With its blue-ribbon smell, this DIPA from Kern River further establishes the brewer as one of the top-tier hop-handlers in the state of California. It is worthy of mention alongside the beers of Russian River and Alpine because of the intensity of hops and other qualities that serve subordinately in the shadows of the hops. Flavors tend to get hung up on the peach-centric middle; while appealing, its complexity seems constrained somewhat by this quality. It remains a compellingly consumable member of its style, with minimal wear on the palate that is aided by the relatively low abv. It has been much more enjoyable than last year's Belgian pale anniversary ale. (1,859 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.92/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with starrdogg, thanks Matt. I think we both agreed this beer was good, but WAY overhyped.

A: Nice orange color with pretty good lacing and not much head, nice hazy look to it though.

S: Very juicy and full of citrus, the smell also combines some pine, tropical fruit and woodsy forest aromas. Some sugary fruits compliment nicely, overall a great IPA that I'm into.

T: Good overall, but does not match to complexity and density of the smell. A lot of bready malt to finish and nice citrus, tropical fruit pulp, and grass hops up front, overall theres a sugary sweetness that prevails in the flavor as well. A little overly sweet and fruity, but still nice.

M: Sweet and semi dry.

Overall good, but overhyped. Personally, if I'd trade for hops in CA it will be for Alpine all the way. (804 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Kern 5th Anniversary pours a dark faded golden yellow color with a long-standing white head.

The aroma is quite floral with a strong lilac or lily presence. A grapefruit, lemon, and apricot hop aroma adds a strong citrusy hop aroma to a biscuity malt base.

Each sip starts out with a biscuit and honey sweetness that is light and somewhat dry. As the flavor progresses, a juicy grapefruit flavor comes in with a hoppy vengenace. Apricot and some lemon zest provide some further depth to the strong hoppiness.

Bubbly carbonation also has a creamy quality to it, giving off the perception that this is a light, easy drinking beer. The 8% ABV is deceptive for sure.

Overall this is an extremely enjoyable beer out of Kern River. (784 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kern 5th pours a light amber color with a big white foamy head. the smell is citrus and pine with a malty bread backbone. the taste follows through with big hop flavor and a maltiness that balances it out. the mouthfeel is a littl heavy for the style with high carbonation. overall this is a good ipa. (301 characters)

Winter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.