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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)
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4.48/5  rDev +8.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.6%

olradetbalder, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

bobmus, Nov 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

atrocity, Jul 21, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

yourefragile, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

kscaldef, Apr 26, 2014
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Knoxrb12, Apr 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Nolen12, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Paulkasykes30, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

slaneja, Jan 04, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

wl0307, Nov 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

eawolff99, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

HookemHops13, Sep 28, 2013
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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%

Paccamacca, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

ellswrth, Jul 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Kikuzzo, Jul 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Kirk, Jun 23, 2013
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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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5/5  rDev +21.4%

DerekKetelaars, Apr 22, 2013
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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
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IPA Citra from The Kernel Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.