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IPA Citra - The Kernel Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

47 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 12.62%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DerBayer on 10-17-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by John_Henry:
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4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA, surprisingly original. I love Citra so couldn't resist this. Slightly more on the American side than I was hoping, but if you prefer US IPA's, or like your ales with a little more carbonation, you'll prefer it this way. Theres an interesting tartness in the finish, somewhat akin to raw orange peel, not for me, but very interesting in it's own right and I'm very glad to try it just for this alone.

Overall, exceptional, plenty of hops and bitterness, whilst not being over the top. I'll certainly have this again and would highly recommend it.

John_Henry, Mar 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Todd, Dec 15, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -63.6%

olradetbalder, Thursday at 01:27 PM
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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice apricot. Thin head around the edges. Slow carbonation suspended within. Spiderweb lacings with decent retention.

Big grapefruit in the aroma, no surprise there. Pleasantly surprised by serious honey sweetness lurking behind.

Grapefruit again on the tongue, right through with nice juicy orange. Sweet malt, biscuits with honey. Nice bitter finish, with a nice clean tailing edge.

A nice smooth mouthfeel, a bit more substantial than some of their other brews seem. Nice IPA.

CanuckRover, Jan 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

jsilva, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of tendermorsel
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had bottles of this about 5-6 times on my recent trip to London. I was very very impressed with this brewery and this beer in particular.

Gorgous blond color. Nice frothy head to this beer.

The nose on this beer is glorious. Grapefruit Oranges and Lemons. The taste matched the nose. Awesome stuff. Not quite as quaffable as some of the other bottles (Galaxy) that I tried but a world class IPA for sure. As good as any American IPA I have ever had. SERIOUSLY!!

tendermorsel, Oct 04, 2011
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4.48/5  rDev +8.7%

Skin7777, Yesterday at 06:17 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

mtbdonn, Mar 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

mendvicdog, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

oline73, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of beerdrifter
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at The Kernel Brewery while on vacation in London. Hazy amber-orange pour with fluffy white two finger head with great retention and lacing. The nose is typical Kernel...huge and fresh! Tons of resiny hops along with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and just a touch of green onion. The taste is just as bold and fresh. Huge bitter, resiny hops hit first, followed by tons of tropical fruits and citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, pine, and that signature Citra hoppiness with a solid caramel malt sweetness to balance it out nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, subtle creaminess and slightly oily with a nice bitter, dry finish. Overall this is a killer IPA. I'm a huge fan of Citra hops and this did not disappoint. I don't think The Kernel can make a bad beer. Yet another winner!

beerdrifter, May 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Kikuzzo, Jul 16, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle 7.30% ABV poured into my lost abbey stemware glass !

Pours a pale hazy straw color with almost no head, just a white ring arond the glass. Aroma of strong citrus and floral hops. Flavors of nice bitter hops, citrus, grapefruits, herbs. Nice carboantion, long dry bitterness, grassy finish. Enjoyed the light but sharp hop bitterness. A refreshing and enjoyable brew.
Top class !

beerpirates, Jul 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.4%

DerekKetelaars, Apr 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Eucrid, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Paulkasykes30, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Knoxrb12, Apr 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

ellswrth, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of knq
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle from Oddbins in London Bridge. Also talked to the guy at Utobeer in Borough Market who spoke highly about the Kernel's brewmaster.

A: Deep orange, thin head. Quite hazy due to the yeast sediment.

S: A soon as I opened the bottle I got a whiff of hoppy/yeast bitterness on top of tropical fruit and biscuity malt.

T: Pretty much like the smell. Get a kind of woody bitterness and yeast upfront. Followed by grapefruit sweetness of the citra hop balanced out by some malt. Nice lingering hoppy aftertaste.

M: Lightly carbonated and medium bodied.

D: Probably sits somewhere between a session and sitting beer depending on my mood.

Overall I was really impressed with the beer. Probably the best AIPA I've tried from a non-American brewer. Exciting times as I live just down the road.

knq, Jan 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

steverx8, Sep 07, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tarnished gold with a ribbon of off white froth.
Intoxicating lemon hard candy with herbal and grapefruit zest notes.
Biscuity base with lemon hard candy creeping in along with resin, skunk, and lemon rind hops plus lychee, honeydew and pineapple.
Tangelo finish and loong minty lemonade linger.
Lt-med, round, some chew, crisp.

As much as Citra can be all about grapefruit, this has tropical fruit and also some leafy hops notes that I can ony attribute to the freshness (bottled July 1, so just over 8 weeks old.) If I'd thought of it, I'd have waited to get a bottle of Oakham and drink these together. Regardless, a structured, multifaceted hop master class with a bit of IBU roughness to remind you that they're not kidding.

Kernel can't lose.

StJamesGate, Sep 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

HookemHops13, Sep 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

JensK, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

eawolff99, Nov 19, 2013
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IPA Citra from The Kernel Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.