Winter Ale DIPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Nugget, Falconer's flight, Simcoe, and Citra.

Added by fthegiants on 02-26-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
47
Avg:
4.52
pDev:
26.11%
 
 
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5
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 47
Photo of rand
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the same 5th Anniversary beer that's archived. It was so well received they fortunately decided to brew it every year. Here's my review of the original release from the pub:

Had this a the brewpub during their January 14th release party, poured into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Orange-apricot in appearance, clear, and forms a wispy, fluffy head that never fully recedes. One of the "cleanest" DIPA's I've seen.

S: The brew gives off a big bouquet of wet floral hops and citrus notes, rind-like. Honey-sweet malts are right behind, joined by a touch of booze. The entire bouquet is enveloped in a freshly baked pastry overtone. Really clean and fresh.

T: The sharp, floral hops rush to the front of the palate, which are surprisingly vibrant and bitter. The citrus aspects remind of grapefruit and lemon zest, and are nicely matched by lightly sweet honey-malts. The 8% alcohol is nicely masked, although the fresh bitter hops carry through the sip a little more than other Kern River IPA's, giving the brew a relatively vinous aspect. They also join the malty notes to dry and give the brew a cracker-like bite. Still, the finish is a perfect balance of bitter and sweet, with little lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium-to-light bodied, and with the ample carbonation, the brew seems to bounce off the palate. I don't like overusing adjectives, but everything about this beer is "clean".

I had to really think about whether I liked this beer more than Citra, until I had them back to back, and the nod goes to Citra. But still, Kern River is putting out some of the best West Coast style IPA's in the business.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kern River strikes again! If you were a fan of the collab with Knee Deep (Deep Rivers), this is right there. Outstanding fruity and juicy aromas and flavors, easy to drink, clean and delicious. Cheers!

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Photo of Hendry
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep apricot colored pour with a creamy finger of khaki head, lacing on the spotty side.

Aroma is piney and malty in the same note,not much in the way of tropical fruit, touch of alcohol detectable.

Taste is an improvement over the aroma, the formidable malt bill is met by mass quantities of Simcoe hops that even things out and leave a pleasant bitterness on the back end. Flavors of dank pine with some mild orange rind mixing in as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is on the hearty side of medium, definitely a sipper, well carbonated.

Enjoying this bottle on the first day of Spring seems appropriate given the frigid temperatures. I've enjoyed all the Kern offerings so far,Winter Ale being on that list. These bottles are not easy to get a hold of, but if you get the chance to grab one you should do so. Thanks Paul!

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Winter Ale DIPA from Kern River Brewing Company
4.52 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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