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Kismet - Mother Earth Brew Co.

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88
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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brew Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-28-2011

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Ratings: 172 | Reviews: 29
Photo of justinosd
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kismet is a fantastic example of a good use of Nelson hops. Not overwhelming with too much malt to balance the very distinct flavors.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orange-golden with a big white head. Leaves huge gobs of lacing on the glass. You get one whiff of this and it just screams Nelson Sauvin hops. Dank, loads of weed stems, some white grape, citrus, a little sweetness... Taste is most of the same. Upfront bitterness with grapes and weed coming through. Pine as well. Biscuity malt with a good amount of sweetness at the back end. A bit bland at the finish. The malt comes through way more at the end. Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from an IPA. Maybe a little bit watery. Bitterness is good and doesn't overpower the aroma. Overall, a good Nelson-hopped IPA. I wouldn't put it up there with Alpine Nelson or Nelson Showers but eats easily available where I am and pretty affordable. Job well done Mother Earth.

Photo of chefbigjon
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The nose on this is so sweet and floral. Taste doesn't exactly match how excited I was after the nose but still a solid IPA.

Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Color- hazy dark gold. Full head.

Aroma- resinous pine, slight hint of spicy parsley, touch of grapefruit rind on wet earth.

Taste- a unique IPA with notes of earthy pine sap and citrusy hops finishing smooth with notes of earthy mushroom and hops. This is hard to get outside of CA. Traded for this with a colleague in San Diego.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 55 degrees into snifter
Aroma of citrus
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slooowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing good, partial wide rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body gold, clear
Flavor begins lightly bitter and citrusy, slowly fades to slight bitter aftertaste; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

Photo of 49ers
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Good IPA, a tad on the skunky side. The beer is good, just fell flat on the finish and that is where you get the real New Zealand style hop aroma. Good beer not great beer.

Photo of Jengal23
4/5  rDev +1.5%

New Zealand hops give this a citrus zing. Refreshing IPA from SoCal.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev +3%

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: 0.5L (16.9 oz.) glass
From: Costco in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.79
Purchased: Aug. 26, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 3, 2014
Misc.: Welp. The top of the bottle near the twist off broke when I popped the cap, but decided to try it anyway.

Poured a caramel. Orange, slightly murky color with three fingers of khaki cream rocky head. Great foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass all the way down. Great retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.38)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of citrus hops, New Zealand hops, floral hops, resin hops, caramel, mango and tangerine rind. (Smell - 4.13)

Tasted not quite as good as the nose, but good nonetheless. Booziness in there for sure. Got New Zealand hops, bitter alcohol, resin, rye hops, citrus hops, floral hops, caramel, Columbus hops (I think), mango, tropical hops and tangerine. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.88)

Really liked this beer. Would love to have it again. (Overall - 4.13)

4.06 | 91 | A-

Photo of koopa
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from online vendor.

Appearance: Pours a classic slightly hazy copper tinged orange with a 2 finger faintly off white crown that shows some retention and tons of lace.

Smell: A stiff amount of pleasant caramel, grassy, herbal, pine, and tea like notes from the Columbus hops. Not much of a discernible Nelson Sauvin quality (maybe it isn't the freshest bomber or summer transit diminished it a bit).

Taste: Same as the nose with a well executed amount of hop bitterness and fairly clean bitter finish. Really adds to the drinkability.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium, with a very creamy crown and moderate carbonation. As mentioned previously, the finish isn't overly astringent or lingering, which couples beautifully with the creamy head. Clearly the most standout quality of the beer.

Overall: This is the epitome of classic (circa '95 - '10) pacific north west style IPA. A good quality hop bitterness, some caramel malt presence (but not overboard), with the right look, an ABV that satisfies / lends itself to drinkability (not putting you under like a DIPA would), and an excellent mouthfeel.

Photo of mabermud
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is extra special on tap. I have had this in a bottle, but on tap, it tastes two times as good. It appears ruby red. This is unique for an IPA. The smell is amazing. The Citra Hops stands out in the aroma and taste of this outstanding IPA. The mouthfeel is lacking some umphhh, but gets it done and comes together well. Overall, this is a world-class beer on-tap.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at bottlecraft in San Diego. Orange color, good head. Aroma was hoppy but not piney or dank, citrusy. Flavor was more of the same. This want really a typical West Coast IPA but it was hoppy and it was solid. Would I buy it again? Maybe.

Photo of MattLatuchie
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This had a savory, and at times, brine-y aroma to it. Really liked the earthiness and grassy-ness this had - most likely the result of the Nelson hops. The palate is really bright and hoppy with great herbal, grassy, and peachy notes. Interestingly, the savoriness of the palate grew with air and began to take on some soy and spice notes...nearly resembling eel sauce. Has a nice bite to the finish, too. Great stuff.

Photo of vitALEity
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a - Light amber ale with one inch of head

s - Definite Nelson hops here - bitter/floral/fruity and very bready. Its very different then most IPA's but I really like the balance and complexity. I keep smelling it several times before wanting to sip.

t - Taste like it smells - bready with a lot of unique hop fruit and bitterness. Differnt then the typical West Coast IPA but very good. Definite bitterness in the taste but its balanced with the floral/fruit/whole graininess.

m - Medium body and nice bitterness.

o - Pretty good and unique IPA. Interesting aroma, good mouthfeel, nice flavor. Definitely worth a try for its uniqueness.

Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a Hess Can Glass.

The beer pours a cloudy copper color, hues of light amber and orange. A fluffy, off white head appears, about a finger and a half high with nice retention that yields a lot of sticky lace. The aroma is of tropical fruit, a bit tangy but fresh, dank weedy grasses, resinous pine and a bit of citrus with some stronger malt undertones. The flavors are in line, strong tropical fruit, a bit musty, tangy citrus, pretty dank earthiness, weedy, grassy a bit floral, bitter, bitter pine and a touch of sweeter malt. There is a bit of unwanted astringency with it, but the alcohol is well hidden for the most part. The mouthfeel is good, very full bodied, crisp, a little astringent and finishes moderately dry, could be a bit juicier though.

Verdict: A nice IPA from Mother Earth, the flavors are nice and pungent, but aren't quite as cohesive as many west coast style IPAs. The New Zealand hops definitely shine, but there is an astringent quality that really detracted for me. I had no problem finishing a bomber of this and it's a pretty good bet for any hop head.

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 12/12/13 notes, Thanks to Nugganooch for sharing a bottle of this; thanks Dane. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep amber-red color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nelson hops, grapefruit, light pine, citrus hops, fruity malts, floral hops, and light bread malts. Lots of hops, smells fruity and fresh; I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, fruity malts, bread, wheat, grains, and toasted malts. Nice but not as hoppy as the nose was. No bitterness in the taste.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No bitterness at all which is very nice.

o - Overall a pretty nice DIPA. Nose is great and hoppy, though the taste loses a little bit from the nose. Easy to ddrink and no bitterness, worth checking out.

Photo of Jree261
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Copper to amber in the glass with an eggshell foam.

Smell-Strawberry and cream with grassy flowers.

Taste-Scorched grass and earth for the majority of the palate with the same strawberries and cream from the nose coming in late in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Big but not overpowering with a good finish and smoothness.

Overall-I would've expected the mouthfeel to be a lot heavier based on the taste but it kept a nice balance through the long finish. Nicely done.

Photo of jeff1973
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Marin Brewing pint glass. No freshness date;-( but pretty sure this isn't more than a couple of mos old. Bought at Whole Foods in Newport Beach CA for $6.99.

A - Brilliant dark burnt orange. Eggshell colored head leaves good lacing.

S - Lots of hop aroma, typical Nelson white wine, with a heavy dose of cat piss, some peach, orange and bitter orange/grapefruit pith.

T - Again all the hops hit you upfront. White wine, cat piss, peach, orange, grapefruit. Then the toasty malt hits you. Then a very bitter finish w/ grapefruit bitterness dominating.

M - Medium thick and creamy. Carbonation is lively and really adds to the creamy mouthfeel.

O - Tasty beer. One step from being great. The hop flavors and bitterness seem to be at odds. They don't meld as in say a Alpine Nelson.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a shaker.

golden color, mild head. smell is very piney and hoppy, smells a tad like..marijuana. the taste is VERY herbal and piney. bitter finish. very enjoyable. mild carbonation. medium bodied.

overall very good. definitely recommended for fans of piney IPAs.

Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

New world hops experience. Extraordinary hoppy beer, bringing in the totality of New World hops. Very lacy, bold but not palate erasing citrus
hops. Hop forward, comes on like 60 or higher ibu. A must try for hop fans, or most of us. Incredibly drinkable. Bomber from SD. I return the favour by circling Mother Earth for a visit in my next California trip.

Photo of 3sheets2wind
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours cloudy orange with a thin white head. Light lacing forms.

Unusual spicy smell I am attributing to the hops. Is there some rye malt in here? I smell a little pineapple and lemon. No pine smell. A little funk.

Taste is all in the back of the throat. Dry. Bitter. Not at all sour. A slightly grainy mouthfeel. I respect that this beer is very different tasting than sculpin, stone, alesmith and the other well-known west-coast IPA's.

I'd recommend splitting a 22 oz bomber with a buddy. This is not a beer that I could drink a lot of. This is not meant as a criticism, just as a statement of opinion. I enjoyed the first half more than the second.

Photo of zeledonia
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Tasted 17 March 2013.

Pours a medium orange, slightly dusky, faintly hazed, and more light-absorbing than it first appears. One finger of dense off-white head, good retention and excellent lacing sticking all the way up to the top of the foam's reach. Very nice.

Smell is big, juicy pineapple. Wow, I've never encountered a beer that like pineapple in the way that this does. It has that pungent sugary sweetness, the acidic pinch, and the curly twang in between. Very yellow, and quite good.

Taste drops down a notch from the smell. Mostly, it's simple, moderately malty/grainy, with a chalky bitterness that strengthens and floats toward medicinal, aspirin. As it tapers off, I feel more and more like I'm sucking on a Tylenol tablet. Yuck. Go away. Really not enjoying the second half of that taste. There's a tiny hint of pineapple underneath, but that's about the best I can say. If I could cut it off half-way through, I'd be a whole lot happier. Not sure if I'll be finishing this.

Feel is fine. Medium-medium-light body, a little sticky, with medium-high carbonation. Exceedingly persistent, which would sometimes be good, but in this case it just makes the chalky metallic medicinal taste last that much longer. Hmph.

Great smell, disappointing taste. Something that happens to me quite often with IPAs, I find. That seems to be the challenge of them - to boost up the aromatics without introducing off flavors or weirdness. In this case, they hit the first point, but not the second.

Photo of vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A beautiful looking beer. Deep orange amber, relatively creamy mixed-bubbled head with awesome lace and nice retention.

S - Wow, the nose really pops. Bright peat and lemon. Sharp, earthy plant stems.

T - Big plant-like bitterness with an edge that's almost sour. Potpourri center. Dry earthy backend.

M - Bright with a smooth, medium body.

O - The flavor profile is a shade too earthy for my liking, and the plant flavors feel a little raw.

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz. Bomber bottle purchased from Fred at Beverages 4 Less. Poured into a CCB Snifter.

A: Pours a deep, dark orange, almost ruby color. Aggressive pour resulted in a nice fizzy head that eventually leaves a nice velvet ring on top of the brew with very nice lacing on the glass. Very cloudy. Not a hint of being translucent.

S: Bready, straw-like grassy notes, definitely some malt character, citrus notes from a the hop aroma.

T: Very lemony. Strong earthy tones and some bready yeast esters coupled with a mild malt character at the beginning. The grassy taste finds it's way out at the finish and is followed instantly by the high hop character and a good amount of bitterness.

M: Medium body and high carbonation. Crispy, oily, and a bit sticky. Very drinkable.

O: This one got better the more I drank it. I was little disappointed at the onset and I just found myself more and more pleased as I continued this review and kept drinking it. Very drinkable, but good hop and flavor profile without being overly malty. A good first Mother Earth experience, and I'd drink again for sure.

Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tawny amber in the tall Peroni glass. Fabulous aroma of flowery hops is the highlight. Plenty of carbonation and chunks of head slip down your throat on the first gulp.

A hint of sugar cookies but quickly buried under the huge hops. Deep pine in the nose. Not so much malt but enough for soft edges and a little sweetness. Fruity and full of citrus, but quite bitter. Great hop flavor and aroma that should be tasted by any San Diego area hophead.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in Ocean Beach.

Photo of rawfish
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Awesome silk screen bottle. Pours amber with a mild chill haze, carbonation builds up a nice tight two finger head. Impressive retention and leaves oodles of interesting delicate puzzle piece lacing on the glass, even lacing left in the bottle for goodness sakes.

Floral with musky and pungent herbaceous aromas mixed with pine and wildflowers bits of red berry and orange citrus. Some bready malt dwelling beneath.

Bready malt with a bit of cereal grains in the malt, hops are pine and herbaceous with a medium bitterness that carries through to the next sip. Dries pretty well. Interesting cracked wheat, roasted corn and crispix cereal on the finish.

Medium to low body on this beer, easy to drink, some surges of alcohol here and there and the carbonation is just right. Hops dry out the malt really well.

A down to earth beer and a bit raw. The hop profile gets a little tiresome near the finish and alcohol rears it's head a bit. The malt profile is rather complex and left me smacking my lips a bit to pick out some nuances. Floral aroma, and pretty to view from bottle through the glass.
Going to keep a close eye on this brewery.

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Kismet from Mother Earth Brew Co.
88 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.