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IPA Black - The Kernel Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CanuckRover on 01-16-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good black IPA. Great smell, very black,unfiltered strong on Cascadian hop. A big head. Pineapple and slightly tangy, chocolate, mildly roasted coffee, anise, mollasses, citrus.Above average mouthfeel.
Bang on the style.Love to have again. Doug's bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 04:07:38 | More by Sammy
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Doug, 12oz into a tulip. Best before January 28, 2013.

Pours black, with some shades of mahogany when held to the light. Opaque body for the most part, with a khaki couloured head that's both creamy and relatively dense. Solid retention. Nose has pine, some orange that's subtle but detectable and a general darker malt character that's difficult to distinguish. Taste kicks off with some lemony hop bitterness and pineapple, mixed in with a general roasty character. Light feel and fairly high in terms of carbonation. Reminiscent of their IPA CSC in some regards, and adds an interesting twist on it with the roasted and dark bread character.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 16:17:21 | More by liamt07
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ReluctantScooper

United Kingdom (England)

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from beermerchants.com

Black IPAs or whatever the hell they're called this week are still en vogue. Though I'm still waiting for an all-Citra BIPA that straddles both bandwagons.

It's a fair beer; it's fairly black, there's a fair bite to it with fairly robust citrics. It just doesn't shine as much as other Kernel IPAs; it's more the moody teenager than the ebulliant toddler.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 10:28:13 | More by ReluctantScooper
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paxton1978

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought direct from the brewery. I've had a few BIPAs from the UK and not been wowed by any of them. The standard for me is Hop in the Dark and, although this beer doesn't beat it- it comes closest by a country mile. Poured into my Hommel Tulip. No UFOs, although I've definitely had some in other Kernel brews. Good dark colour with a slightly tan head. Good fresh hops on the nose and a nice balance in the flavour, with a slightly burned background flavour but with the hops winning out. I'd say this is one to enjoy as fresh as possible to see it at it's best though.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 13:14:48 | More by paxton1978
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first go at a Black IPA.

Pours a completely opaque dark brown, verging on muddy. Emptied the bottle including a generous helping of UFOs. Nice head retention, but fairly slippery lacings.

Big citrus hops on the nose. Nicely intermingled with milk chocolate and just a touch of coffee bitterness behind.

Very interesting flavour profile. I assume this is par for the course with the style, but the flavours are very tough to pick apart, I hadn't thought the two personalities would meld so well. First impression is citrus and pine from the generous hopping. At some point, hard to tell when, bits of chocolate touch down on the tongue. Fresh bitterness of the hops is gradually replaced with the roasted coffee bitterness you'd expect from a stout. Finish is a combination of the resinous hops and dark coffee.

Very interesting beer. By gut tells me that a tad too much emphasis is on the hops, I feel like the malt barely comes through at all, but, as I said, this is my first of the style, so I could be wrong.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 18:32:09 | More by CanuckRover
IPA Black from The Kernel Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.