Winter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary Ale - Kern River Brewing Company
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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
4.3/5 rDev -4.7%
A: Golden yellow with off white head. Good retention and some lacing.
S: Tangerines mainly. Pine and spicy hops with pineapple and a bit of mango. Some sweet malt in the back.
T: Grapefruit pineapple bite upfront. A very brief presentation of a sweet peach and malt flavor. Pine, spicy hop, and a touch of alcohol in the back end.
M: Medium bodied with medium-light carbonation. Carbonation is fine. Drying.
O: I'm pretty sure this beer is a bit older than I would like but it held up nicely.
03-17-2013 11:15:48 | More by arfenhouse
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
4.08/5 rDev -9.5%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. No bottled-by date readily apparent. Got this bottle up in Montana from my buddy Kojevergas. I confused it with the Winter Rye Ale.
A- Thick one-finger white head. Middling retention. Nice white lacing and orange body with high clarity.
S- Floral hops, orange blossom, rye and other floral notes.
T- Bitter-sweet. Well developed, floral and flighty. I enjoy this taste very much.
M- Medium-bodied, smooth and wet.
O- Well-received. I like this beer quite a bit. Extremely drinkable DIPA.
01-26-2013 07:20:50 | More by Murrhey
4.36/5 rDev -3.3%
[Poured into a generic pint glass]
I: When I see a bottle from Kern, I usually pick one up without much thought taking into account that they are kind of a rare beer at the store. While I've never been impressed by their brews, I'm usually satisfied. Here's to hoping to be impressed by their Winter Ale. [Update]: I believe there was a labeling error(it has the Winter Rye Ale) and instead got the 5th anniversary winter ale. Appearance and taste do not reflect the label on my bottle based on other descriptions.
B: [8.00% ABV 1 Pint 6 FL OZ 2013 Bottle] This isn't the most attention grabbing bottle by them I've seen. That said, it has winter written all over it(snow and flakes). Label is missing that glossy feel that I've come across in previous brews. As for info, the label leaves much to be desired. No back story, abv, brief description other than winter ale, etc.. Overall it's not the shelf worthy at this point, unless it can amaze during my taste.
A: Orange transparent body with a bubbly white head that settles into a thin layer of cream(slow dissipation), and good lacing.
S: Orange citrus and cascade hops.
T: Loads a big spicy citrus(enhanced by carbonation as well) with slight creamy sweet malt, slight sour lemon zest,orange, and grapefruit.
M: slick/crisp finish, medium body, medium carbonation, and little apparent alcohol.
O: Very tasty and drinkable DIPA with great citrus presence. There's no going wrong with picking up a bottle of this stuff. While I'm confident that my bottle is the 5th Anniversary Winter Ale IPA, I can't be 100% sure do to a mislabel. Whatever it is, I could drink it all day. I would recommend and buy again.
01-22-2013 07:33:32 | More by MEsoJD
Winter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.