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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: 221
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 brystmar


4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

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!

11-27-2012 14:41:35 | More by brystmar
Photo of jmarsh123


4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

01-24-2012 22:25:56 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of jvillefan


4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-20-2013 16:16:49 | More by jvillefan
Photo of beerwolf77


4/5  rDev -11.3%

02-20-2012 02:21:57 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of DaveHack


4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

01-02-2013 18:02:48 | More by DaveHack
Photo of DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

02-18-2013 19:59:02 | More by DIPAFAN
Photo of Urbancaver


4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

01-21-2012 03:02:25 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of kawilliams81


4.41/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

03-23-2013 02:33:54 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar


5/5  rDev +10.9%

03-11-2014 18:55:54 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

06-03-2011 04:52:37 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of bauermj


4/5  rDev -11.3%

10-19-2012 23:22:35 | More by bauermj
Photo of beagle75


4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

06-08-2011 15:25:37 | More by beagle75
Photo of Auror


4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

06-13-2012 03:05:59 | More by Auror
Photo of funkel81


4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-20-2013 18:46:39 | More by funkel81
Photo of callmemickey


3.88/5  rDev -14%

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.

01-29-2012 14:13:31 | More by callmemickey
Photo of jeff1973


4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-12-2013 05:28:27 | More by jeff1973
Photo of CEDAMA


5/5  rDev +10.9%

03-05-2012 23:12:36 | More by CEDAMA
Photo of starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

07-03-2011 20:05:31 | More by starrdogg
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.6/5  rDev +2%

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.

03-19-2012 18:34:55 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

07-08-2011 14:59:04 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of rowingbrewer


4.1/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

02-20-2012 15:05:38 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of derkfromwi


4.43/5  rDev -1.8%

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

04-12-2012 02:38:43 | More by derkfromwi
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot


4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

11-29-2013 05:39:04 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
Photo of CityofBals


3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

09-12-2013 02:29:23 | More by CityofBals
Photo of sideshowe


4/5  rDev -11.3%

01-30-2012 13:22:36 | More by sideshowe
Winter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.