IPA Citra - The Kernel Brewery
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District of Columbia
3.61/5 rDev -13.6%
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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.
04-27-2014 21:32:14 | More by yourefragile
United Kingdom (England)
3.68/5 rDev -12%
* 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.
11-19-2013 21:39:04 | More by wl0307
4.19/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
09-03-2013 20:34:17 | More by StJamesGate
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
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!
05-30-2013 16:08:46 | More by beerdrifter
4.11/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
03-25-2013 20:17:15 | More by John_Henry
4.01/5 rDev -4.1%
July 10th, 2014 - 19:00
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).
03-07-2013 18:26:58 | More by TallSaint
IPA Citra from The Kernel Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.