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Kern River "Winter Ale" bottles, Anniversary DIPA?

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by jmerriken, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Picked up a bottle at Stearns in Long Beach. I'm a little confused about what this beer actually is. I believe they had/have a Rye Winter beef as posted on their website, is this that beer or did they bottle their Anniversary DIPA in the Winter bottle? I tasted lots if Rye and hops, not the way I remember 5th anniversary, still tasted really great though. Check Stearns Facebook comments though, people seem to think this is the Anniversary. recipe from last year, bottom line, I'm confused, somebody chime in !
  2. Bottle date on the box was 1/2/13
  3. APreacher

    APreacher Savant (330) California Jun 6, 2012 Beer Trader

  4. Their facebook has referenced them as Winter Ale (Anniversary) and Rye Ale (Rye IPA). However, I saw the rye beer on tap recently as Winter IPA...I'm confused as well.
  5. largadeer

    largadeer Champion (920) California Sep 24, 2006 Beer Trader

    Winter Ale = 5th Anniversary DIPA.
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  6. Largadeer has it right. This year's winter is a double ipa; the same recipe as our 5th anniversary beer. There is a draft only batch of rye at the brewery as well.
  7. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Champion (870) California Oct 24, 2009 Beer Trader

    Last year's was awesome. Hope to see this hit other stores in O.C.
  8. dcgunman

    dcgunman Advocate (535) California Jul 1, 2009 Beer Trader

    Beachwood BBQ SB had the Rye IPA on tap a couple of weeks ago. It was shown as Winter IPA if I remember right. Memory is a bitch when you get old. I thought it was the 5th Anny also. But after doing some investigating it was the Rye IPA. I had a pint. It was good. Not like the 5th or Citra or JO.
  9. OTB

    OTB Savant (440) California Sep 2, 2011 Verified

    Picked up a couple bottles yesterday and was told it's basically the same as the the 5th Ann.DIPA, I'll tell you what, I plan on popping one tonight and I'll let everyone know.:)

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  10. dcgunman

    dcgunman Advocate (535) California Jul 1, 2009 Beer Trader

    If you tasted a lot of rye then its a good chance it's the rye ipa instead of the 5th anny.
  11. SageO

    SageO Savant (455) California Jul 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    Having had both, there's a very clear difference in color - last year's (rye) pours brown/red, this year's (5th anni) pours golden yellow.
  12. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poobah (1,190) Colorado Aug 15, 2010 Beer Trader

    I had it last night and it was fantastic. Crushed Just Outstanding in my book.
  13. OTB

    OTB Savant (440) California Sep 2, 2011 Verified

    Oh, absolutely, this is my favorite KRBC other than Citra.

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  14. dcgunman

    dcgunman Advocate (535) California Jul 1, 2009 Beer Trader

    Opened a bottle of the Winter Ale last night. Def 5th Anny. Not the Rye IPA. Delicious. The last batch of 5th I had (last year) I did not care for. Too sweet and syrupy. This batch tasted more like the batch when it was first released. I still prefer JO just a bit over this batch of 5th. But still very drinkable. . .again. Citra is still my fav KRBC and in my top three. Looking forward to the next release of Citra from KRBC. . . .soon. Very soon! Hope to see some of you BA'ers at the brewery in a few weeks.
  15. 5th Anniversary was pure rock star! I'm super excited about this release...can't wait to get a hold of some!
  16. Srsly

    Srsly Savant (270) California Mar 21, 2010

    Just Outstanding is solid, but this DIPA is, IMO, seriously outstanding.
  17. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    This years Winter Ale > Citra > 5th Anni ( yes same recipe but shit changes when you brew beer ) > JO.
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  18. 2012 winter ale far surpasses 5th anniversary and Citra.
    I much prefer this years rye IPA over last years batch. Just outstanding, as a year round beer is awesome, it however doesn't hold a candle to any other seasonal IPA beer KRBC releases.
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  19. dcgunman

    dcgunman Advocate (535) California Jul 1, 2009 Beer Trader

    I believe the 2012 Winter Ale "is" the 5th Anny. It's not dark as the Rye IPA from KRBC. And it's totally different than the Citra. I don't believe the Rye IPA was bottled. Only available on draft. Had it on tap at BWood One last month. And it's not the same as the Winter Ale in bottles.
  20. You are correct on all counts, it IS the 5th anniversary. I was stating this batch of "5th anniversary" is better than past batches and better than Citra.
    The rye was last years winter ale which they brewed again this year on draft only. This years is also better than last years batch.