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

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

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

266 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 266
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 7.54%


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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Sideswipe

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for this one for awhile without success so I was pretty happy to run across it by chance at my local bottle shop.

Bomber into my Hangar 24 snifter.

The beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a couple of fingers of white foam. Nice lacing. The aroma hits me while I'm still pouring. A wave of citrusy, piney aroma graces my nostrils. This smells very good. Taste mirrors the nose. Big notes of grapefruit and orange with a piney bitterness that lingers on the palate. There's enough malt presence to keep things somewhat in check, but the emphasis here is clearly on the hop bill. The beer finishes bitter and dry, which I like in an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium with enough carbonation to lend a slight creaminess to the beer. Overall this is another solid offering from Kern River. It's darned good and I'd certainly have it again.

Note: I can't find an ABV percentage noted on the label and I'm wondering about the DIPA designation due to the 7% rating listed on BA. Curious...

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 05:37:08 | More by Sideswipe
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. This is a beer I have been looking forward to trying.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get a ton of tropical fruit notes with some bread from the malt. The fruit I get includes papaya and pineapple.

The flavor is also extremely fruity. I get a ton of papaya, mango and pineapple with some bread notes. There is some nice hop bitterness but the majority of the hop character comes through as fruit.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 01:34:30 | More by Mora2000
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into DFH glass.

Light orange color, some sediment clinging to sides, huge head, copious Belgian lacing.

Wonderful grapefruit, orange, mango, lemon scents.

Hoppy bitterness balanced by citrus, sweet fruit. Expected more Citra, but the combination provides a nice profile.

Medium body, nice carbonation, bitterness wanes at back end.

A very nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 22:29:23 | More by CaptCleveland
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 02:38:43 | More by derkfromwi
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:33:54 | More by kawilliams81
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared at a tasting at MrHirschybar's place.

Pours a murky honey orange with a tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of lots of tropical fruit and citrus zest with a nice malt backbone. Taste is the same with a very delicious hop profile. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that reminds me of Citra (although I slightly prefer Citra). I am very happy I was able to try this beer after reading about how good it is.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2012 22:17:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Serving type: growler

02-08-2012 02:53:39 | More by DarthKostrizer
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MEsoJD

California

4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

[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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 07:33:32 | More by MEsoJD
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iadler

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into a tulip glass. Big thanks to DearthVader

A- Pours a hazy orange with a nice fluffy two finger head. Leaves thin lines of lacing.

S- Lot's of citrus upfront with some grapefruit and orange and some tropical notes including pineapple and mango with some pine and caramel malt as well

T- Citrus hops including mandarine, orange peel and grapefruit with pineapple, mango apricots, peach and melon. Hint of pine and floral hops with some nice caramel malt backbone.

M- Medium carbonation and body, Sticky and slightly dry finish. Very drinkable.

O- Another great IPA from Kern River. Great tropical and citrus notes with very little bitterness. Really excited to try the Citra when it comes out. Highly recommended.

Thanks again Brian!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 03:04:56 | More by iadler
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to glitchedmind for this one!

A: Pours a semi hazy orange color with a large, two finger white head on top, very thick foam with great retention and lacing all around.

S: Nice tropical fruit aromas, some grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus zest. A little bit of grainy malt as well. Thick and juicy, but not over the top.

T: Nice grapefruit up front with more zest/pithy flavor. Tropical fruits and some light bready malt. Very well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with no sign of 8% at all.

O: Another great IPA from Kern River. Hopefully they continue to make this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 00:27:04 | More by mdaschaf
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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into pint.

A - Pours a nice deep orange with yellow highlighted edging. 1.5 fingers stark white head, medium lacing. Looks good

S - All citric fruits! Juicy lemon, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lime, and so on, very nice

T - Incredible flavour. Lots of fruits, actually, almost all fruits. Oranges, grapefruit, madarins, lemon, and I think even some nectarines (maybe not ;). A slight hint of pepper on the back end but this is a juicy, tasty beer

M - Fairly light beer, slightly tacky, ABV not noticeable.

O - Very refreshing, excellent summer beer. I had this out on the patio after a hot day and man did it hit the spot. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 18:13:25 | More by OakedCanuck
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OlieIPA

California

4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A little cloudy with a off-white colored head; clears up after a few minutes though.

S: Orange and tropical citrus are evident up front. Nothing other than that comes to fruition after that. Robust and slightly complex are the best descriptives for this brew.

T: The hop characteristics (orange and grapefruit flavors), not necessarily the bitterness, hit the palate first. The tail of the beer has a strong grainy quality that balances all the hop flavors that are abundant in this beer.

M: Medium body with a slight dry finish.

O: A very good DIPA. I'm a big fan of PtE and Alpine IPA's, and I truly feel this can compete on the same level. A must try! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:22:52 | More by OlieIPA
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arfenhouse

California

4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 11:15:48 | More by arfenhouse
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flannelman808

California

4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off this particular batch I believe to be 8% not 7% abv as listed.

A: Pours a pale coppery yellow hue with the orange copper around the rim. Just a little bit of haze in the color. A powerful just off white sea foam head forms and fizzles down to just above the top of the liquid. Serious spiderwebs of lace are left behind.

S: Grapefruit zest and tangerine with just hints of pine and white peach. Smells fantastic.

T: Pale malt and bitter citrus meet. Hard to follow up that aroma, but the flavors are pretty good too. Soft Red and Yellow fruity notes as well as tongue numbing bitterness on the tongue is a welcomed effect. Light to medium body.

M: Tongue numbing, but a bit watery.

O: Quite good and reasonably priced. Absolutely worth $6.99 a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 23:25:17 | More by flannelman808
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brystmar

Texas

4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 14:41:35 | More by brystmar
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DaveHack for opening this one!

This poured out as a really nice golden color, great clarity. The retention is pretty good, the lacing is decent too. The smell is lemony with some nice bright aromas. The taste is nice and hoppy, plenty of sweet citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a clean crisp finish and dry. Overall a very nice IPA worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 01:14:33 | More by Knapp85
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beagle75

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 15:25:37 | More by beagle75
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A voluminous white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and spotty lacework. Murky peach flesh body.

S - Big tropical fruits, citrus, light dankness with a slight leafiness to it. Malt character is evocative of buttered biscuits. Surprisingly balanced, but I guess this is a DIPA rather than an IPA.

T - Again, it's a fairly balanced West Coast DIPA, with a hefty dose of lightly sweet and bready malts (is there pilsner malt in here?) mingling with citrus and tropical hop flavors. Surprisingly low bitterness, even after multiple pours.

M - Slightly prickly and zesty carbonation. Medium body, with a juicy and sticky quality to it. Could use a tad more dryness, but there's no perceptible alcohol at all.

D - To be honest I thought this was 6-7% in ABV and had multiple glasses. However, it was definitely a bit more balanced than I expected and lacked the dryness I really like from West Coast hoppy brews. Enjoyable stuff, but there are about 10 different Pizza Port beers I'd prefer over this one.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2012 16:55:18 | More by MasterSki
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HosP

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cali dipa treat thanks to marisatheyounger.

Pours nice hazy Orange with large fluffy white head. Lots of lace left on the glass here. Nose has lots of hop aroma! Mostly grapefruit, citrus, and some floral hops at the end. Same in the taste. Grapefruit hops, some floral too. Piney bitterness towards the end. Some mild caramel malts too. Medium body with good carbonation. Very nicely done dipa. Hop heavy but like it that way. Thanks marisa for the brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 02:17:58 | More by HosP
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 05:43:00 | More by macrosmatic
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 20:05:31 | More by starrdogg
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 15:05:38 | More by rowingbrewer
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oline73

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a golden hue. There is a finger of fluffy, off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour. There is some mild lacing on the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet citrus bitterness. A good amount of malt, but the thing that catches my attention is the citrus notes. It reminds me of tangerine and clementine. There is some warm alcohol in the mix as well.

Taste: Great balance of sweet malt and bitter hops, but the taste still manages to be light considering the abv. Citrus peel hop bitterness with some tangerine. The alcohol is still here, but not as prevalent as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good beer, but I don't know that it lived up to the hype for me. I would have it again if they make it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 22:38:39 | More by oline73
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz, 2012 bottle, "Winter Ale". Big thanks to Rich for finding me a bottle.

Pours a golden copper orange, slightly hazed, with some small bubbles of carbonation supporting a thick creamy white head. Nose is pretty much purely hops, pine and sweet tropical fruit with a little lemon and grass keeping balance with some biscuit malt. Flavor is a little boozy and sweet; orange pulp, grapefruit resin, pineapple and a finish of earthy hops and pine. Medium thick, soft body, gentle carbonation and a slightly thin finish. Very good, but a little boozy and catty. Oh well, not every state can make IPAs like VT can. Maybe one day someone in CA will get it right.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 13:41:06 | More by yourefragile
Winter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.