8th Anniversary White Double IPA (Shuttle Bunny) | Kern River Brewing Company

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8th Anniversary White Double IPA (Shuttle Bunny)8th Anniversary White Double IPA (Shuttle Bunny)

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by grze on 03-30-2014

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 140
Photo of Zorro
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy pale yellow colored beer. Almost no head.

Smells of pine and onion. Mildly spicy scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a tropical fruit flavor. Taste of onion. Mild flavor and medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall I can't recommend this beer.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an ultra clear golden color with 1 finger head. Aroma, pineapple and peach hop aroma. Taste- bit of pineapple and eucalyptus, mint, peach. No real bitterness here. Mouthfeel is fluffy. Overall, nice tasting beer, the vegetal is a change in not terribly into. Pretty good though.

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Photo of cavedave
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to 2beerdogs for still another amazing Ca. hop masterpiece. From notes

Pours a cloudy dark straw topped by a nice off white dollop of foam that leaves excellent lace upon the glass.

Medium strength aroma featuring general tropical fruit notes and sweet citrus, hints of bitter herb. Alluring aroma.

Generally a sweetish take on the style with generous amounts of all the flavors in the nose in a clean and balanced presentation. Sip ends sweet but nicely bitter enough to keep from being too sweet.

Thick bodied but not overly viscous or too resiny, and in fact quite easy drinking and soft on palate, with an excellent bright clean finish.

Exc. beer, don't hesitate to get this if you see it you will like it.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light gold in color with a quarter inch of tightly knit creamy dishwater white foam on top. I'm getting a faint floral to herbal hop note with pale wheat in the mix. After tasting it I think I would say that the hops are a blend of floral and herbal with the pale wheat factoring pretty strongly in the mix. The mouth is moderately carbonated and crisp.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a translucent light gold with minimal head.

The smell is tart citrus, in line with other brews I've described as Five Alive. There's also honey, the kind you get from bees that hang around in an orchard.

The taste is pretty unique for an IPA. The citrus is still the main thing, with lime, pomelo, orange rinds, and a little white grapefruit. I also get a little olive oil. And a little hazelnut and almond. The combination might not seem to work, but it does.

The carbonation is nicely integrated, but there's still some prickliness.

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Photo of pkalix
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

wow! the aroma on this thing is phenomenal! sweet, aromatic, fruity, piney.... just beautiful! the taste is well-balanced and easy going down. slight "cat pee" flavor on the end but very mellow. aside from Gravity Check, probably their best.... maybe JO also....

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Photo of soze47
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think mine may be a little too long in the tooth. Still a nice malty blend of wit style yeast and ipa hops. No date on bottle purchased at city beer store in San Francisco shortly before review. The nose sadly suffers the most on this review. Really would've loved to try this fresher as it reminds me of fluffy white rabbits from the now defunct pretty things brewing project.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Belgian ale glass. No date on bottle. Shipped across the country in summer so...yeah...

L: Nice amber gold, somewhat hazy. 2F head, with poor retention, a little bit of a ring, spotty lacing.

S: So I think lack of care and some age have dulled this a bit, but I still get some dank pineyness and citrus in scent, but a lot of malt as well.

T: Faded grapefruit and orange, sweet light malts more assertive than you would want because of hop fade, but not too bad, dank pineyness faint but present on finish, which is pretty long and sticky.

F: Light to medium body, light carbonation, construction probably was better when fresh, as well as balance.

O: Some may say unfair, but I think care of beer from producer to retailer to consumer does matter and is part of the process and I drank this within a week of receipt, during which I took good care of it. It's not bad, but the highlights the hops brought out (I think) are gone now, so rating is part what it is now and part what they hint it was.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really strong nose of sticky cannabis...really sticky. This is the first beer I've had that smelled like straight-up weed. Plenty of tropical and citrus fruit in the aroma and flavor. Incredibly crushable for a DIPA. Best white IPA I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: medium clarity slightly opaque golden orange hue- some neon yellow also. nice thick vibrant white bubbles. amazing lacing.

S: Hops. resin, citrus pith, some tropical fruits, slight spicy hint somewhere. overripe mango, guava extract.

T: Tropical fruits, resin right after, some grassy notes, citrus zest, finish with bitter fruit and floral bouquet.

F: Sticky, palate coating, soft and smooth, easy to drink with a crisp finish.

O: This is really fantastic. Tons of great balance of flavors and soooo easy to drink.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber (just arrived at store, but undated) into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: hazy golden straw with a small light yellow head.

Smell: dill, lemon, oregano, papaya. Hard to describe, but very reminiscent of Pizza Port's The Kook.

Taste: follows the aroma, with tropical fruit and citrus taking the fore. Also very Kookesque.

Feel: medium, with fairly low carbonation that leaves it bordering on too syrupy.

Overall: this is a fantastic beer. The Kook is one of my favorite IPAs, and the flavor on this one edges it out a bit, though it loses points for the heavy feel. Still, this one's a winner.

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is chemically dank, raw chive, herbaceous, along with orange and grapefruit zest. It truly smells like an Other Half production.

The flavor follows with grapefruit, tropical fruits, raw herbs, dank notes through light wheat body.

Surprisingly more enjoyable than the malt forward Kern Citra (This batch at least).

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: looks like bright shiny golden sugary lemonade. Decent head that is not super white. This beer almost has light green hues.

Aroma: Smells like you're opening a container packed with fresh hydroponic marijuana. Close your eyes and sniff this shit; its a pop of sticky herb oils. It's shocking and almost makes you think cannabis is an actual ingredient. This smells dank, piney and sticky as balls. (the draft versions aroma is even more pronounced in what I just described than the bottled version)

Taste: The flavors are super similar to the aroma. The taste follows quite accurately what is represented in the nose. As it warms you receive a little more of a citrus type thing that evens out the piney dank assault. Alcohol is extremely well masked. I am loving the grapefruit pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Oily, sticky, yet refreshing. The mouthfeel is actually pretty thin and drinkable for an 8.5% abv imperial IPA. Nonetheless, this seems fitting for the style (white IPA). this thin body seems to compliment the danky, piney, and hoppy sensations.

Overall: my new personal favorite white IPA, a style I've never been super fond of until I took a trip up to Kernville.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours pale orange, it's very hazy, white bright head, lots of lacing,good amount of carbonation, head did not last, soapy film left.

A: Tropical fruit notes, guava, mango, pineapple, tangerine, not getting any malts, all hop notes, smells really good.

T: Like the nose, guava, mango, touch of grapefruit peel on the finish, finishes dry, very good.

M: A little light for a IIPA, could use some more carbonation, dry finish.

O: This is very good, must try if you like IIPAs, tropical notes, dry finish, should have a bigger mouthfeel, but nothing to be disappointed about.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- 22oz. bomber (bottled a month prior) poured into Goose Island pint glass on 5-Jun-15.

The nose is better than the taste, but overall a solid double white IPA.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at the Brewery – 11/15/2014
Taster from flight

A: Pale blonde color with some considerable wheat and hop haze going on. Thin layer of paper white foam rests over top before falling out to a halo. Very minimal stick and just a few dots splashed up on the glass.

S: Smells super hoppy with orange zest and sappy pine notes met by a mild dank herb component. I get some of that wheaty grain character underpinned by all the hops. Really nice hop aromatics to this one has me excited to try.

T: Tastes like one hoppy bunny. A real orange pine blaster to the taste buds! Smooth and balanced by this creamy wheat malt texture. Has a vanilla like sweetness to it that plays into the role so well. Nice moderate amount of bitterness and the alcohol completely masked. Probably more IPA than a wheat which works for me. Often times these are too husky and grainy from too much wheat in the grist. The balance here really brings it all together.

M: The mouth feel is very smooth and creamy with a moderate light body and light peppery bitterness midway. Finishes off with a nice drying crisp and a relatively clean exit with some mild linger to it.

D: What more can I say…another outstanding hoppy offering from Kern. Probably the hoppiest Wheat IPA I have come across yet. Heard they might be bottling this one sometime soon. Would love to get another go with this one.

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Photo of rand
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's during SD Beer Week, poured into a pint.

A: Light-orange to yellow in color, creamy. Sudsy pour with lacing all over.

S: Citrusy nose, with tangerine and pine right at the front. Lemongrass, cracker in the middle, smells lively. Booze is completely masked.

T: Flavors follow, citrus pith and grassy, astringent hops at the tip of the palate. Honey sweetness follows, and the booze comes through here. Finished long, sweet, with sticky residuals between sips.

M: Feels light on the palate, but sticks between sips.

Tasty, but not as dialed-in as some of Kern's amazing brews. A little too big for its britches.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to BA member grze who traded me a growler of fresh Kern River White IPA. I probably never would have had the chance. It's a bit of a burnt straw color. Pours a bit hazy, with a frothy, active 1 inch of foam. Initial nose is a bit citrusy with some grass with a hint of something I couldn't nail until the finish...
Initial taste bites a little of the same as the nose, but after the swallow I found a hint of pepper. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but about average for the style. I wasn't blown away, but this one is quite good.

Thanks again grze.

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8th Anniversary White Double IPA (Shuttle Bunny) from Kern River Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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