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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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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 220
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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Photo of homebrew311


3.98/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

04-15-2012 04:24:24 | More by homebrew311
Photo of jenray


5/5  rDev +10.9%

04-01-2012 23:36:23 | More by jenray
Photo of stereosforgeeks


4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

01-16-2013 22:55:48 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of DarthKostrizer


4.38/5  rDev -2.9%

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

02-08-2012 02:53:39 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of millerbuffoon


4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-01-2012 01:07:31 | More by millerbuffoon
Photo of Overlord


4/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

06-01-2011 00:34:38 | More by Overlord
Photo of akang


4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

02-24-2014 06:31:39 | More by akang
Photo of IrishColonial


4/5  rDev -11.3%

12-17-2013 05:09:01 | More by IrishColonial
Photo of Smarty_Pints


4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

02-24-2014 10:05:10 | More by Smarty_Pints
Photo of Arbitrator


4.58/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

06-20-2011 04:23:31 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of notchucknorris


4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

03-07-2012 23:27:18 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of CuriousMonk


4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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!

02-15-2012 23:03:20 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of 2beerdogs


4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

04-06-2014 02:25:46 | More by 2beerdogs
Photo of macrosmatic


4.2/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

04-16-2012 05:43:00 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of SpdKilz


4.6/5  rDev +2%

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.

05-04-2012 01:00:19 | More by SpdKilz
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

04-29-2013 16:50:27 | More by baybum
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

01-17-2013 01:49:33 | More by n2185
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New York

4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-29-2012 14:04:21 | More by WeisGuy
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

02-24-2014 01:58:26 | More by CoolEthan
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

11-27-2011 05:29:39 | More by CelticAleMan
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%

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!

02-02-2013 00:19:33 | More by dogfishandi
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

03-04-2012 15:36:15 | More by Rollzroyce21
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-03-2012 02:40:34 | More by tbone1384
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

01-20-2013 01:36:43 | More by Spider889
Photo of jvillefan


4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-20-2013 16:16:49 | More by jvillefan
Winter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.