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IPA Citra - The Kernel Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

44 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

oline73, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

mendvicdog, Apr 17, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
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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3.68/5  rDev -12%
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

atrocity, Jul 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

whartontallboy, Aug 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

eawolff99, Nov 19, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Reagan1984, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

kscaldef, Apr 26, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

AgentMunky, Jul 01, 2011
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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

StJamesGate, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Todd, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Kirk, Jun 23, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

allergictomacros, Jun 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Paccamacca, Jul 26, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

mick303, Mar 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Nolen12, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

mtbdonn, Mar 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Knoxrb12, Apr 03, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Nov 07, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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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5/5  rDev +19.6%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

jsilva, Jul 02, 2012
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IPA Citra from The Kernel Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.