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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: 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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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
Photo of beagle75
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.

beagle75, Jun 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

superspak, Feb 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

DSlim71, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

stafford2, Jun 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of brystmar
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!

brystmar, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of flannelman808
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!

flannelman808, May 28, 2011
Winter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.