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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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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 215
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 Sean9689
4/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Sean9689, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beige head. Color is a clear dark golden orange.

Aroma: Weedy and floral. Grassy. Bready malts. A lot of grapefruit.

Taste: Sticky, weedy hops. Hop resiny. Grapefruit. Some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky.

Overall, this was a good beer, but I don't see how this is top 100. Solid offering, but nothing earth shattering. Citra is a much better beer.

mothman, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Overlord, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev -11.3%

jvillefan, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -11.3%

CoolEthan, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of 3Hops
4/5  rDev -11.3%

3Hops, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of caguiar
4/5  rDev -11.3%

caguiar, May 08, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed at the brewpub because they didn't have anymore on draft.

A: The pour is a nice golden amber color with a rather large, fluffy whot head. Lots of sticky lacing to go with it.

S: Intense nose of pine, grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peels. Almost no malt character to it at all. There is a nice floral quality to it as well. Perhaps even a bit of perfume.

T: The bitterness almost dominates the flavor. There is a nice grapefruit flavor to it and plenty of pine, too. A decent enough citrus character and a light floral note.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation and a lingering bitterness.

O: This was slightly disappointing. It was certainly good, but it didn't blow me away.

womencantsail, May 30, 2011
Photo of Bowman2001
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a typical dipa color that you've read about many times--golden, mildly cloudy. It looks great.

I drank this directly after the Kern River Citra Dipa. Clearly not as citrusy as the Citra. That's not a bad thing, just a way to compare. I think my bottle is a few months old so I'm thinking the hop has faded. It smells mainly of malt with pine in the background.

Taste is a good, solid dipa. A good beer I could drink a lot of. Piney hops with a solid malt background. A mild sweetness in the background. Grassy and some faint lemon. More malt as it warms.

Overall: Certainly worth having but not something to drive many miles for or trade away favorites for. If you can get Hopslam each January, you're better off stocking up. Year old Hopslam is a better beverage than this one and reasonably well distributed.

Bowman2001, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
4.04/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local beer store and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are extremely high given its current ratings, the hype, and the reputation of the brewery itself. No ABV is listed on the bottle. Label is okay.

Served chilled but not quite fridge cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with spicy noodles.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head - fairly thin - of some slight cream and of nice thickness. Retention is decent for the style (~2-3 minutes). Good sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Body colour is a fairly vibrant semitransparent copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style.

Sm: Appealing floral hops, wonderful pine character, clean malts, dominant oily nectary hop notes, grapefruit citrus esters, and citrus zest. The grapefruit isn't biting or overly sweet, and there is no detectable hop bitterness. Seems balanced and appealing. Fresh. I can't wait to try it. A moderate strength aroma. Fantastic for an IPA, but not ideal or perfect. No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

T: Nectary and wonderfully oily hops, with some balanced grapefruit of impressive depth of flavour. Some floral character complements. Pale malts form the simple unobtrusive yet well layered foundation. Lightly citrusy - just enough to refresh. Just a bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but it's well hidden for the most part - and completely concealed until that point. No hop bite or sharpness; it masters the key characteristic of a good IPA: balance. Refreshing and enjoyable. I'm digging it. I'm not blown away, but it's a damn good beer in the style. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Oily, smooth, and wet, with enough coarseness throughout to bring out the flavours. Near perfect thickness. Slightly overcarbonated, but it aids the assertive character of the hops. Feels tailored to the flavour profile. Very good execution. Refreshing, with excellent palate presence.

Dr: A highly drinkable Double IPA from Kern River - especially for its high ABV (which is well concealed). I could down this all night. That said, it's not amazingly holy-shit incredible - and in that respect it doesn't quite live up to its reputation. Still, I'd definitely have it again and it's a must try within the style. A great offering from Kern River. Met my high expectations. Worth seeing out. I'd recommend it to friends; in fact I got a second to send to one.

A-

kojevergas, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to snifter on 2/4/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, Bill --

A: Glowing, unfiltered apricot in hue. A standard pour yields a one finger head, which evolves into a thick, white collar and minor lacing.

S: Top shelf. Juicy and ripe fruit, though it's not extreme or overly in your face. As it warms, a good amount of mandarin orange comes through.

T: Extremely crisp, and a bit lighter then originally expected. Nice, juicy hops run the gamut, though it doesn't smack the tounge with too much oil. The finish showcases a hint of white smoke.

M: Thinner then I would have liked. It makes it a bit easier to get down, but I like my DIPA's to be rich and decadent.

O: Kern's 5th Anniversary DIPA is another winner from one of Cali's top brew houses. It's not packing the kind of heat you'd expect, yet it's quaffable in ways many in-style are not. Easily recommended.

Rhettroactive, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of oline73
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.

oline73, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Murrhey, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
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.

yourefragile, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of rowingbrewer
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.

rowingbrewer, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of starrdogg
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.

starrdogg, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
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.

Dreadnaught33, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of HosP
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!

HosP, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
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.

macrosmatic, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of HoshuaJobbs
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

HoshuaJobbs, May 29, 2012
Photo of Sisky
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Sisky, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of HoldenDurden
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

HoldenDurden, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

HopsHopenstein, Feb 22, 2013
Winter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.