IPA Citra - The Kernel Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

51 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: DerBayer on 10-17-2010

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 18
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Photo of CanuckRover
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of tendermorsel
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
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!!

Photo of beerdrifter
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Photo of beerpirates
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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 !

Photo of John_Henry
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of knq
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of salvo
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderfully lemony and piny both in the nose and on the palate; the head is rich and creamy from the bottle and the flavor is balanced, even for a one-extreme-hop beer. The citra is welcome after weeks of bitter and grassy British hops, and I enjoy the British way of squeezing all the flavor and nuance out of the malt and hops. Well worth the search.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Teku glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. Best before 22 March 2013. From notes. Reviewed 29 May 2011.

A: White, sparse head. Yellowish/orangeish-brown body, cloudier with addition of yeast from the bottom. Some nice lacing.

S: I really like Citra hops. Wonderfully bitter/hoppy grapefruit. Fruity and utterly delicious.

T: A pretty generic IPA, but well-executed. The aftertaste is quite dry, hoppy, and bitter. The relatively brief maintaste is fruity and fun, with prominent grapefruit.

M: Full-bodied, drying, and pleasant.

O: Good beer, good IPA, and well-recommended. Still, I probably wouldn't have another.

Photo of DerBayer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best IPAs I have had and not a stroing as some of its competitors.

The smell and palate is very citrussy with grapefruit and a freshly hopped taste strongly dominant.

The mouthfeel is very refreshing withnout being highly carbonated.

The drinkability is very high and this goes down too easy a treat.

Photo of spdyfire83
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

299th Review
330ml bottle poured into Westy XII chalice
Bottled on: 02.08.12
Best before: 02.12.12

States on the back of the bottle “PLEASE DRINK FRESH”. I’m a bit late.

A: Hazy soft yellow. Single (foamy white) fingernail head on medium pour. Head dissipates quickly.

S: Citra beauty, hop oils, pine, citrus, and more Citra hops. Amazing nose here!

T: Dull hop character here (compared to nose). Rounded earthy overtones mixed soft pine oil. Good, but not great.

M: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

O: Too bad this beer doesn't taste as good as it smells. Overall, quite enjoyable but I'd be curious to see how this drinks fresh.

Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by someone. Thanks.

Pours an unappealing dark, clouded honey color with a thin off white head. Pungent Citra nose, orange and grapefruit, also a little unexpected malt sweetness. Sweet citrusy flavor, juicy and light orange rind, doughy malt backbone, mint, earthy, not overly bitter. Interesting.

Photo of TallSaint
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

July 10th, 2014 - 19:00
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Kernel consistently brews an excellent IPA. I honestly have never been disappointed with any of their efforts. Citra is obviously an extremely popular hop and this IPA is the little brother of Kernel's famous "IPA Double Citra."

It pours a hazy, slightly burnt gold with a finger of tight, white head.

On the nose it is classic Citra -- tropical fruits and a ton of citrus. Orange pith and orange juice are prominent. Stone fruits are also present under the citrus heavy smells. Some pine and resin are perceptible but light. The malt body is equally on show here with big sweet toffee smells.

The citra packs a punch on the palate. Orange and grapefruit pith welcome the drinker upfront. There are tropical fruits coming out here as well, pineapple and stone fruits. This opening salvo is followed by a greener, piney-er mid-palate which shows off the diversity of the citra hop as well as the expertise of this beers' crafting. It may be all hops upfront but the malt rears its head in the back. A sweet toffee explosion compliments the citrus upfront and acts as an anchor for the whole beer. The finish is bitter and drying with an underlying malty sweetness.

Overall a great IPA from the Kernel, as always.

This beer really shows how flexible and diverse the Citra hop is. It's a great hop and a great brewer. It's classic Kernel, they always brew their IPAs with a potent malt body, yet they keep their hops crisp and punchy, I credit this to the yeast they use (apparently California Ale Yeast).

Photo of thepeter
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have been lucky enough to try this, very fresh, quite a few times now and it is probably my favorite IPA FULL STOP. Pours golden with a medim full head that is fairly dense and creamy. Smell is superb! Just one of those beers I find myself smelling over adn over without even tasting and still feeling great about it. Lot's of Citrus zest mostly grapefruit, sticky pine resin and honey and grass as well rounding it out. Taste is much like the smell but a bit rougher and heavier on the pine less so on the citrus. Patate is medium and not as sticky as I thought it would be, but this is an IPA not a DIPA so I guess I should have expected the refreshment that I got rather than the sticky icky I expect from great DiPA's. Overall this is a fantastic IPA from a World Class Brewery which I am lucky enough to live about 1.5 miles away from.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to thank Tendermorsel for giving me the heads up on this brewery prior to my recent trip to London. Got to sample one of the APA’s, their new Black Rye IPA and then this Citra IPA.

A thin white head forms and settles rather quickly. The beer is the color of an orange sunset with a touch of amber. Slightly cloudy. Only a splotch or two of lace.

The aroma is absolutely fantastic. It’s juicy and overflowing with tropical fruit. Lot’s of tangerine some papaya and a touch of black pepper.

There is a ton of fruit in the flavor, but what’s interesting is that it’s less sweet than the aroma led me to believe. More subtle black pepper in the flavor. Yes the tangerine is still here and it gives way to a nice/dry bitterness that lingers quite a bit. A moment of toasted bread here that is below the fruit and bitterness. Comes forward a bit more as it warms.

Carbonation heightens the sense of dry here. Not at all astringent, but not sweet. Fairly light body and almost refreshing.

I do prefer this to the APA that I tried. This is the best of the three. Good beer.

Photo of wl0307
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

* Notes of 19/11/2013, Bottle-Conditioned, 7.3%abv.
Purchased at the Kernel Brewery in London last week; bottle-conditioned in a 330ml brown bottle, bottled on 30/10/2013, BB 30/02/2014(?!), served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass. Notes: according to a staff at the brewery, this batch is brewed by Evin the owner, so it is “extra special”…
A: pours a lightly murky, pale amber colour, coming with a very thin off-white head and steady streams of tiny carbonation.
S: overripe fruit esters come on top of everything, along with a heavy-ish note on melted crystal sugar, a little passion fruits, thick nectar, etc. Given a good swirl, still it is the thick nectar-ish sweetness that dominates the aroma, suggesting an imbalance b/w the malt, hops and fermentation process.
T: softly effervescent, the flavour comes initially sweet malty with overripe fruit tones followed by some exotic fruity hoppiness. A few sips down the line, it starts to show a bit more hop resins and bitterness in the mixture, as well as a lightly tangy bite at the end of each sip. Better on the palate than on the nose, for sure.
M&O: softly effervescent, medium-bodied and very easy to drink, this batch as shown in this bottle somehow lacks the depth and breadth of the colourful hop characters that most batches of Kernel’s hoppy ales have demonstrated.

* Notes of 16/12/2010, Bottle-Conditioned, 6.2%abv.
Purchased at the Kernel Brewery in London recently; bottle-conditioned in a 330ml brown bottle, BB 29/10/2012, served cool in Tripel Karmaliet's branded stemmed flower bulb-shaped goblet.
3.5 A: pours a murky, light chestnut brown hue, plus fine carbonation and a fast dissipating beige froth.
4 S: sweet juicy grapefruit, peaches, ripe green melons and citrus fruit spring to mind, on a backbone of aromatic pale malts with a sweet oily edge reminiscent of fruit esters or overripe fruits.
4 T: the aromatically yeasty & citric-hoppy foretaste is truly satisfying, not too flavoursome, not too sweet, blessed with a mild touch of sourness even, showing a balance b/w aromatic hops and equally aromatic biscuity malts; the aftertaste retains the malt performance, where a semi-dry palate with medium-level bitterness gradually catches up and lingers nicely, just mildly chewy thanks to hop tannins as well as yeasty elements.
4.5 M& 4.5 D: refreshing and lightly-carbonated, medium-bodied and well balanced; this one is in a sense better in my opinion than IPA (S.C.A.NS.) in that, a sound balance is reached, allowing my palate to play with both hop flavour, hop bitterness and decent flavour of English pale malts.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange with a moderate/small slowly developing head.

S - Huge grapefruit aroma.

T - Big grapefruit pith flavor but oddly not terribly bitter.Dryish, a rough citrus and marmalade. Bare hints of something herbal and maybe a touch of wheatiness. Sweetens up a bit later on.

M - Light, brisk body with a little astringency.

D - Easy drinking and refreshing. Not quite a flavour bomb, but strikes a balance between big taste and accessibility.

Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle with freshness date. Quite a dark honey brown colour, great retention and lacing with a soapy white head.

Smell is full of citrus juicy hop notes, lemon, grapefruit, lime. Bready malt, banana, some tropical fruits.

Taste is surprisingly malty. Dry lemon rind, pepper, oily hops, and grapefruit, an oily medicinal hop bitterness lacking the juiciness of the smell. Some sweetness with caramel and bready malt. Not quite as bitter as I was expecting, it nonetheless has a pretty nice balance, decent complexity. Finishes smooth, oily bitterness, quite crisp and full with a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Moderate body with a full maltiness. Not overly bitter on the palate, some oiliness, but quite refreshing. A bit of sweetness to it.

A nice IPA overall, I was expecting perhaps a bit more hops and complexity on the taste, it is however really tasty and balanced. Well made IPA, but there are some real strong competitors in this catagory. THere was a disconnect between the juicy citrus smell and the taste of malt with mild citrus infusions. I enjoyed it, will try to check out some of the others from these guys.

IPA Citra from The Kernel Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.