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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
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266 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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bierfreundlich

California

4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer pours a hazy light-golden color, a bit like a light raw honey--unfiltered, a bit cloudy--straw colored. It has a large, 3-finger, yellowish-white head that diminishes to a much smaller, thin head over time. The head is almost describable as neon in color--as if the amount of hops used in the beer gave the head a slightly neon yellow tinge. Very beautiful and different for a double IPA.

S - The smell is incredible! It is so fresh and pure (mind you, this bottle was consumed the day it was released). The hops are so apparent but rather hard to describe. I've read that they used Falconer's Flight and Citra hops. They are citrusy and floral yet herbacious. It is reminiscent of fresh springtime floral pastures, chamomile, and other herbs. The hops are definitely the shining star in the smell, but they take on many dimensions.

T - First taste is unbelievable! So fruity, fresh and delicious! Again the taste is rather hard to pinpoint, just as the smell. But it tastes of light honey, fruitiness from the hops, maybe pine and thyme in minimal quantities. The beer is best enjoyed cold, straight from the fridge. As it warms, the alcohol peers its head above the floral/fruity sweetness.

M - It is moderately carbonated with a medium thickness in the mouth. The sweetness sort of lingers at the beginning, and then your mouth is left a little dry--tasting the bitterness of the hops more.

O - This bottle was had on the day they released the new bottles of this stuff. The release party isn't until tomorrow. I feel so lucky to live so nearby a brewery that is producing some of the most amazing IPAs and DIPAs around (and by "around," I mean the entire country). The process in which they add hops and the types of hops used are distinctly different from other breweries. I would venture to say that this is the best beer I've had from KRBC, beating their Citra DIPA. But seriously, in order to get the real experience of their beers (particularly their DIPAs)...they must be consumed fresh!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 09:32:00 | More by bierfreundlich
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Bowman2001

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 23:01:35 | More by Bowman2001
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Beerenauslese

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear amber gold. Pours easily to a half inch head. White foamy head with lots of lacing.

Smells of light malt, hay, and orangy hops.

Tastes of light malt, mainly orange citrus hops, nicely balanced, light and fresh. Slight hop zing on the tongue, and a slightly bitter finish.

Body is light and the carbonation is crisp, giving this a nice refreshingly spritzy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is the west coast IPA style I prefer (think CITRA). Light body and refreshingly hoppy, restrained and tasteful. This is a very drinkable and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 02:51:31 | More by Beerenauslese
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orangish colored beer with a decent white head that left some nice spots on the side.

S - Lots of tropical fruit with some bitterness, little bit of a sugar malt backbone. Has some green and earth notes that I didn't think were particularly good, although it wasn't bad.

T - Taste really about in line with the nose. Tropical fruits, some grass, and a little bitterness. Pretty solid.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Good, but not great, DIPA. Enjoyed drinking it, but there's a lot of similarly solid, if not better, offerings out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 18:18:38 | More by AgentZero
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Sean9689

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 19:30:03 | More by Sean9689
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to hamilton23 for sending this bottle my way.

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a two finger yellowish head. Good retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Lots of Pine and Pineapple.

T - Starts with a critrusy and tropical fruit and ends with pine and grassy flavors.

D - Average carbonation and medium body.

O - Yum! This one is a home run. Looking forward to Kern's other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:15:47 | More by HuskyinPDX
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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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FosterJM

California

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

693rd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22oz Bottle

For those that know him, Stan is the man!! Thanks Stan!
5th Anniversary DIPA for my daughters 5th Birthday tonight

App- A generously deep golden orange with a very thick long lasting three finger head. Lines, legs, cling all over the glass on this one.

Smell- Right of the bat a very nice boquet opens up with some nice tamed hops, nice damp citrus and a little malt to even things out. More on the deeper orange
with a small bit of grapefruit note.

Taste- As soon as you bring the glass to mouth you're hit with flavors. Whether it be the scents of the hops and citrus that you just smelled or the residual flavors your mouth wants again. Even for a couple month old bottle, its a little tame with the citrus and hops still dancing to a balance. One of the best DIPA's I have had. Not super bright, not a punch in the face hop monster.

Mouth- A medium bodied DIPA with a paired almost high carbonation level. Lots of citrus, pine residual flavors linger on this one.

Drink- What else would you expect from the makers of Just Outstanding! I completely missed the boat on this when it was super fresh but this was Just FN Awesome (already applied for name change) Would love more of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 05:01:11 | More by FosterJM
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

golden amber color being presented to me right away. There was some haze and cloudiness to it, There was a nice three finger high head of white foam that capped the top of it,

a barrage of citrus hops right off the top. Nice bready and sugary tones were out first, but then quickly replaced by a piney hop sensation, which itself was replaced in turn by a slightly more acidic grapefruit like aroma. Very floral, I was really liking what I was seeing here. floral hops almost all at once. Nice rich pine flavors coming into play, but nothing really becoming detrimental to my palate here, this was remarkably well blended. Nice orange like hints working through with hints of grass and grain all around them. A strong finish capped it off with more then adequate drying and a sticky pine like flavor that lasted well into the net sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:01:07 | More by mikesgroove
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #11 top American Double / Imperial IPA on the best of lists on beeradvocate.com. Ultimately an underwhelming IPA though.

Beer served in a Bruery tulip, generously shared by Thorpe429. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin wispy head of small and tiny bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass, some carbonation.

Aroma is mildly earthy with some citrus and fruit hops.

The beer is thin and has a mild alcohol bite to it with only a moderately bitter finish and weak hop presence on the midpalate. The lead off is not sweet which is good, this beer failed to impress me though. Just another decent DIPA from Cali, nothing more, no need to search further.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 03:29:43 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to schmoopsbeer for getting this bottle out to me. Served in a Russian River "TION" glass.

Pours an apricot-orange color with a good white head and some nice spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a fairly-aggressive amount of tropical and citrus hops. Not much malt there at all, which is a good sign. The flavor is all hops with some citrus and then some additional tropical character. Not over the top hop character, but definitely quite nice. No noticeable malt, other than a bit in the feel. Medium body with good carbonation and a bitter finish. Really nice DIPA, though doesn't rise to the level of their Citra.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:20:01 | More by Thorpe429
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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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Rampage1

Arizona

4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its enough when my favorite double IPA and overall beer is Kern's Citra but can lightning strike twice? Well I would think after drinking this beer that it can.

Appearance: This has a nice beautiful orange color with some slight haziness to it. It has a nice half inch white head to it that never goes away completely the whole time you are drinking this.

Smell: This is where Kern seems to really have it in spades. I won't say it smells as completely awesome as Kern Citra but its barely behind. Mostly a orange noise with a little mango and apricot. No real malt smell to it.

Taste: This is once again a great, balanced beer. Lots of citrus in the front of the palate -- mostly orange with a little bitter orange rind. I think this might be slightly less bitter than Citra and maybe a little more malt to it-- just barely. You get a little malt in the after taste to mellow out the hop bitterness but overall its one hell of a easy drinker.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation that seems to balance out all the nice tropical citrus flavor along with the slight malt backbone this Double has.

Overall: Well I can now say that without a doubt Kern River by a decent margin is my favorite brewery when it comes to Double IPA's. Kyle really knows how to put a masterful, double IPA together. Wish I could get a recipe from Kyle for a double IPA. I didn't know what to expect with such high expectations after having Citra and Just Outstanding but I can say now that between Citra and 5th anniversary it does not get any better. I would put both of their double IPA's in my top 5 favorite Double IPA's. Probably actually in my top 3 favorite doubles. Way to go Kyle. Can't wait to come up and check out the brewery when the bottles of Citra are released. Wish someone would correct the alcohol percentage on this beer which is 8 percent not 7--yes I have sent in a correction change. Kern River is the epitome of what a small brewery can do -- deliver Big Flavor!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 02:31:00 | More by Rampage1
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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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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. An unexpected treat from DearthVader.

A - Orange body with a big eggshell colored head. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. That is a nice looking beer

S - Nice mango and other tropical fruit notes, a little bit of citrus like aroma and a hint of sweetness

T - Boy am I glad I got to try this. The flavor follows in the footsteps of the aroma. Nice fruity notes, almost like drinking a smoothie. mango with a little orange rind. A pale malt backbone that just sticks a nice light grain flavor in at the finish. Not really bitter but not sweet either this thing is the epitome of balance. After reading up about the Falconer's Flight hops used in this you can really see how they all add something to this especially the Citra and Sorachi Ace. I think the Sorachi Ace really peeks through in the finish mingling with the malt to give you a nice grainy taste.

M - medium bodied, a good amount of carbonation. About what you'd expect in the beer.

O - What a fantastic beer. I would love to have this one again. I know this is an Anniversary beer but I really think Kern River should revisit this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 23:53:12 | More by jpmclaug
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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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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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Arbitrator

California

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bomber into a glass. Thanks, John!

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange body with a finger of short-lived off-white head. Not much lace to speak of, but there is a nice cap on top of the beer.

S: Tropical nose out the wazoo: peach, mango, passionfruit, cantaloupe. Good lord. This is precisely the hop profile that I love. It doesn't have any malt nose (a little would be nice).

T: This pulls all the elements of earlier Citra batches that I loved. It's a straight fruit flavor with no malt presence whatsoever. The tropical profile is absurd: peach, mango, cantaloupe, passionfruit, apricot, even a small lime finish. There is a small bitterness contributed by grassy hops.

M: Light-medium bodied. As usual per Kern's approach, this one isn't hefty or high in ABV. It's tasty nonetheless. I'd actually go easier on this category if they simply classified it as an IPA (which is a better descriptor for a 7% beer, IMO).

D: Please make more of this! Too bad they don't distribute. And I can understand why: it maintains freshness. But damn, I want more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 04:23:31 | More by Arbitrator
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Cavery

California

4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared with Klym, SundaySour, and family on a weekend session! Ah the weekend, at last.

Poured into Stone Nonic.

A: Deep neon honey with swirling solar flares of more intense oranges. Yellow sap edges out the glass. Two and a half finger head rounds out the visual.

S: Tropical fruits with some juicy peach flesh. The smell lingers on mango and passion fruit. Guava in the nose makes me salivate. A brief cameo by some cantaloupe melon. Delicious fruit salad smells, nothing is left out!

T: Um? WOOOW! I was not ready for this. BRB taking a breath. Okay back, this is truly a matador beer from Kern River. drastically different tastes from the smell, but not in a bad way AT ALL. Extremely bright candied rinds flavor the palate with such richness that you half expect there to be some phantom pulp swishing around in your mouth. There is a polygamist marriage of all citrus fruits; where even sweet limes are given a brides maids role in the wedding. Just an incredible citrus juice napalm bomb. Floral hops make an amazing bed for the rest of the flavors to lay upon. Hops welcome some juniper. I give up, this beer is all on it's own, it is just a prismatic flavor experience.

M: the mouth-feel is oh so effervescent. Slow release of tingling wonderment. The sensation matches the zesty spritzing of citrus throughout. Really just so spot on.

O: If I worked at Kern river, I'd feel I could retire after brewing such a precious gem. I will not rant (you think this is ranting? you should have heard me when I tried this). This is perfection. One of the best DIPAs I've ever had. A high throne sits among the other greats. Trade your first born to try this.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 02:10:42 | More by Cavery
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Klym

California

4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a lovely golden brown, maybe two shades lighter than the bottle itself. Head is full and excited at first, but dies down into a 1 finger head and simmers lower. Beautiful lacing for a DIPA. This looks good.

S: A fruit and berry cocktail with only the finest trace of hops. If the smell is any preview to the taste this is a world class winner of a DIPA.

T: I think this one would break the hearts of many. Again, wonderful and slight hop bitterness with a deeply sweet core. Many beers give traces of various fruits, but this one could be its own fruit and a damned good one at that. Mysterious, full, juicy, refreshing, crisp, so many things at once. Scrambling for better words but none come to mind.

M: The Alpine IPAs tend to have a more refreshing mouthfeel and I'd still say that in comparison. All I can say about this mouthfeel, though, is that it seems absolutely perfect and appropriate for delivering the flavor that it does. Scent, taste, and mouthfeel combined, this is a monster DIPA.

O: I was honestly let down kind of hard by Just Outstanding so I approached this with a lot of skepticism. That said, I was blown out of the water. This is the best DIPA I've ever had, easily, and I wouldn't be shocked to find out it's the best in the world (though I've heard from some that their Citra is even better..). This looks Pliny look like Budweiser Select. If you take IPAs/DIPAs seriously this is an unexcusable must.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 23:55:22 | More by Klym
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StevenT562

California

4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy orange/copper. It's a GREAT head that finally dissipates after a few minutes but leaves a sticky heavy lacing. Oily hops purely smell of CITRA that is what is EXPECTED from a CRAZY West Coast Imperial IPA. Very Hop Foward with a Great Malt back bone that gives a wonderful mouth feel. Couldn't get any better of a body with the Hops that have been used. Like I said, Very hoppy bitter taste, BUT! Enough body to give it a nice "swirl" around in the mouth without having it leave so fast. I LOVE THIS BEER. If KRBC's CITRA (which I never had, but WILL this year for sure since there bottling it) is even close to this, I could understand WHY they have such HIGH ratings! I LOVE THIS DIPA. I bought 2 bombers and went back for another 2 the next day at Liquor Mart Whittier. Come to find out they were already SOLD OUT! The finsih has a Nice long hoppy, oily ifinish of Citra hops and VERY FRUITY! A touch of Flowers but this is pure Citrus and Fruits! A+

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 06:32:48 | More by StevenT562
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gibby

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 bombers received in trade with soughtbygod, thanks much Thomas.

Poured into my dfh snifter glass. Pours a nice bright copper color with a big soapy head. Smell is excellent, plenty of tropical notes, lots of orange peel, mango and peach scents. Very nice tasting brew, very balanced attack on the taste buds. Tends to lean more towards the citrus side of things and its very enjoyable. Excellent mouthfeel. Overall this is an excellent example of the double ipa style. Very drinkable beer with no hint of abv at all. Kern river really makes some nice ipa's and I really enjoy their beers when I am able to obtain them through trade. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 15:57:27 | More by gibby
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DearthVader

California

4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Mike over at Glendale Whole Foods hanging on to a few bottles for me since I was out of town when this arrived.

Pours a cloudy orange that turns to a florescent straw like yellow when I hold it up to the light. A semi aggressive pour left me a beautiful two finger egg shell head. The head sat around for quite a long time and then settled to a cap that stayed fairly thick around the edges. Left gobs of sticky lacing on my Duvel Green glass. Absolutely stunning.

Quite subtle in the aroma. Definite notes of sweet malts, tropical fruits, pineapple, orange peel, pine, and some floral notes. You really have to get into the glass to pick these up though.

For whatever the smell lacked, the taste made up for. Absolutely flawless taste in my opinion. Upfront with the sweet tropical fruit base, followed by a nice grapefruit and citrus centered. The taste is closed out by that beautiful piney, dry, and hoppy finish. Outstanding taste to this one.

Mouthfeel is somewhat scary. I was shooting a BM to LSUPT and poured this right before I started. I realized by the time I finished my first glass which was roughly 11 oz, I wasn't even halfway done with what I was writing. Probably took me 3 minutes to finish those 11 ounces. This is insanely drinkable. I pick up no alcohol, it is lightly carbonated, and medium bodied. Spot on for the style.

I beg you, Kern River, please make this a year round offering. If not that, at least a seasonal or surprise us with bottles from time to time. This was an outstanding beer and I really hope its not a one time thing.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 07:16:13 | More by DearthVader
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LSUPT

California

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another great CA IPA and big want from Brian.
Bomber to Duvel Green Tulip
I was a bit aggressive with the pour and got a nice 3 finger eggshell white head that gradually dissipated leaving some random lacing. A wonderful, deep straw yellow-orange body through which you can just barely see when held to light.

Smell is nice, maybe milder than when closer to the bottle date but still good, pine, caramel, grapefruit and pineapple all present, very sweet smelling as well.

Taste is phenomenal. Pine up front, fruity and floral in the middle and a lingering grapefruit bitterness. Mango, pineapple, orange peel and the kind of complexity of flavor that you love to see in a DIPA, and very drinkable, hard to notice any alcohol.

Mouthfeel is solid, on the low end carbonation wise, but I like that in this style.

The best DIPA I have reviewed to date and up there with the best I have tried period. This beer was a real treat, and definitely one that they should brew again.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 05:41:06 | More by LSUPT
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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
Winter Ale (2012) / 5th Anniversary Ale from Kern River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.