Hop Nookie
Kern River Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #430
Ranked #2,861
4.22 | pDev: 7.82%
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
Hop NookieHop Nookie
Notes: Brewed with Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial, Mosaic, and Eureka.
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 102 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of patre_tim
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Softly hazy copper with lots of fast rising bubbles. Topped with a creamy, slightly yellow, 2 finger head.

Smells of canned pineapple, black pepper, cayenne, and creme brulee.

Tastes of canned pineapple, caramelised sugar, big and dull bitter hops, and alcohol.

Medium body, with foamy carbonation.

Got this in Sacramento at BevMo, drinking in Redding, Sept 22nd, 2018.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong triple IPA, this beer delivers a west coast vibe upfront with a big resinous character, citrus and melon are present too. Some pale malts do the trick well but this boozy beer is all about the hops. Some tropical fruits are noted too

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Photo of JamFuel
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden orange, a bit hazy. Thick cap of foam.

Smell is massive, piney resin and citrus just invade your nostrils and refuse to leave.

Taste equals the nose in massiveness. Powerful bitterness intertwines with sap and pine, and bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium and sticky, well carbonated.

Overall, a great west cost DIPA, a real punch in the mouth...

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow-gold body. Nice three fingers of bubbly white head, dies down to a nice cap that leaves solid lacing behind.

It smells like fresh hop pellets. Like when you go to the home brew shop and open the hop pellets from the fridge and give em a sniff, yeah, it's that hoppy. There's an alcohol driven sweetness and some one dimensional sweet malt presnce. Hope translate to nectarines, some pine, a little clove like spice, and even some ginger. Nectarines and a tropical fruitiness take center stage though.

Taste follows suit. Kind of a candy like sweetness followed by nectarines, oranges, tangerines. There's a touch of the clove/ginger spice note and pine as well. Kinda surprising how sweet it is, but it balances nicely with the dank hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, and full bodied. Carbonation is on the lower side, some heat in the belly from the alcohol. Nice roundness on the tongue.

This is pretty good. Triple IPAs are kinda over the top in general, but this does a great job in this category.

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Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed amber with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Stellar lacing, slightty better than average head retention, stays hazed

S: Bready, piney, dank

T: Follows the nose, a little pineapple & cakeyness, plenty of dryness up front. Catty, dry, piney as this warms, some breadyness /doughyness too along with grapefruit & pineapple. Finishes dry, with mango, pineapple, grapefruit & a little green melon & a nice cakeyness with a little booze warmth

MF: Medium/chewy body, slight carbonation, great balance

Pretty good not great example of the style. Well worth a try...

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden/amber color. Moderate haze. Bone white head retains at two fingers. Chunky webs of lacing clings to the glass.

S: Zested orange, pulpy mango and apricot, lemon peel, hint of melon rind, earthy, herbal, and dank. Dough and shortbread malt base. A broad spectrum of hop aromas congregate easily.

T: Follows the nose. A veritable fruit cup: orange slices, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon rind, etc. After the fruit onslaught there are earthy hop undertones to experience as well. Herbal, soft pine, bark. Oily and spicy. Doughy malt base with the slightest toasty edge. Bitterness is actually quite modest. Easy hop finish of mashed mango, apricot, and pine.

M: Hefty medium body. Soft as a pillow, round, and chewy. Ample carbonation is so fine you barely realize the lift it provides not notice the slight prickle at the tongue. Mild astringency.

O: Amazing that this beer clocks in at 11% abv. I'd have guessed it at a well-hidden 8 percent at best. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. The hop profile is complex and wide in scope. There's a good spectrum of flavor teased out of the strains used, and it feels harmonious and never busy all the while. An easy and tropical treat. Forget all the hysteria surrounding the New England IPA 'style.' This is the most memorable IPA I've had this year, and it tastes all the better because of its focus, cleanness, and ease of drinkability. Fantastic. I will seek out more whenever I'm in CA.

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Photo of ZippyThePinhead
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had PtY and prefer PtE, and from the experience I concluded that not even Vinnie Cilurzo could hide 11% ABV. Kern River has succeeded where RRBC failed, in that whomever brewed this can hide 11% ABV pretty well. Kudos to them. This beer is delicious... tastes like a DIPA, not a TIPA. Normally I avoid beers like this, but here's the exception to the rule.

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Photo of Absolut
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

supposedly this is 11%. it's the most dangerous 11% ever. I generally do not like IIPA- they tend to be boozy and one note. but, wow.

peach, mango citrus flavors. beautifully crafted beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber with no discernible date. Color is orange and super cloudy, chill haze. Aroma is mildly hoppy but it doesn't smell stale. Flavor is extremely bitter, tasty but extremely bitter. Boozy.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear bright yellow color. Lots of pine hops, fruity malts, citrus hops, and alcohol. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very nice, but strong, DIPA...worth checking out.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review from notes. 22oz bottle with no date I could find.

Poured moderately hazy with a big pale head and low carbonation. Smell is hops, hops, hops. Bright and fresh.

Taste is moderate sweetness, some lemon and sourness, lots of citrus bitter.

Mouthfeel is light but slick. Overall, very good.

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Photo of Kurt_Dog
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer fresh is damn good. Probably as good as pliny the younger. Tons of hops but not too dense and delicious tropical flavor. I highly recommend picking it up. It is probably better than Kern River Citra as well.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: simi cloudy yellow with a small off white head
S: a malt forward ipa, grassy and piney
T: closely like the aroma.
F: a bit bitter and dring finish

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Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

You'd think this would be a hop liqueur but it's more of a Vodka and Hops cocktail. Aroma, however, is a powerful breeze of citrus and melon liqueur. Sharp and acidic mouthfeel.

Peach and mango flavors with a biting bitterness. The grapefruit peel starts right after that. Astringent aftertaste. This would be better in shots. But it's a science experiment the hop afficianado will not want to miss. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods in San Francisco.

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Photo of dertyd
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

kernriverbrewing WOW what a boozy bitch! 11% alc triple ipa,starts off with orange,grapefruit and pine with a huge boozy Finnish,it's so much pine and resin, good beer would be better if they hid the alcohol better.....grade B+ beer

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Photo of JayORear
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So . . . first beer review ever (!) I guess you could call it a New Year's resolution, although I'm starting a couple of days early. Going big for this first review, a blistering TIPA that doesn't leave much room for progressing to another beer afterward. I've drunk a fair amount of Simtra lately, so I may end up using that for contrast as my review unfolds . . .

Look is typical West Coast-style IPA: burnt-gold, verging on amber, with an impressive, lingering head that leaves lacing clinging all over the Teku. Not entirely clear, but nothing remotely hazy, just a touch opaque. Definitely looks like Simtra, or even Pliny. Piney, slightly boozy smell becomes more dank as it warms, even a little fruity, but doesn't really prepare you for the taste, an onslaught of resiny hops, as in pure, unadulterated hops. Like many TIPAs (including Simtra), the astringency gives way to a rounder taste as it warms, but never slips into the candy-ish, malty sweetness of something like Puff. It almost goes without saying that you can taste the alcohol, but it's not too hot, just enough to remind you that a single bomber is going to be more than enough. It almost dares you to drink it more than it invites you to, if that makes sense. Some reviews call the hop blend a "mess," but I don't find it that way at all (like I do with Hoptimum)--you just have to really enjoy in-your-face hops; nothing subtle about this one. Mouthfeel is anything but soft, but not off-putting; again, if you like the sensation of your tastebuds literally being attacked, you'll have a great time with this.

Overall, this is a pretty kick-ass TIPA that, for me, lives a rung or two below Younger or Beachwood Hops of Fury, which hide their alcohol almost too well. It's a sipper, a great sidekick to pizza, burgers, or other bachelor meals whose taste you don't mind obfuscating with spiky, splintery hops.

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Photo of jooler
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

looks is good. smell is really hoppy and good.
initial tastw is sort of too alcoholic. it is pretty sweet though. i would still prefer simtra over this all day.

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Photo of neurobot01
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber dated 10/13/16 into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: dark burnt yellow, slightly hazy, with essentially no head and minimal carb evident.

Smell: dank hops, bright citrus, stone fruit, red berries. Reminds me a bit of the Born Yesterday I've been enjoying the last few days.

Taste: a lot darker/heavier than I was expecting, almost like a toasted sesame flavor up front. Very resiny, with blueberries, lemon rind, parsley, and black pepper all taking turns.

Feel: almost still, though enough on the light end of medium-bodied to be drinkable. Medium-dry finish.

Overall: I mean, yes, it's hoppy, and doesn't suffer from too much sweetness. But it's sort of just a muddle of hop flavors. If I want a big hoppy mess, I'm going to choose Hop-15, and if I want a much better beer for about 40% of the cost, I'm going to choose the aforementioned Born Yesterday. Pretty disappointing 500th rating/review.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

By the name , you know this is a hop bomb, but it is a hop bomb gone wild. It pours a golden orange, nearly as murky as a Northeast-style IPA, with a finger of off-white head. The aroma is all hops, citrus/pine/dankoskity, but not NEARLY as strong as the taste.

The first sip yields an astringency that is not off-putting. There's citrus, there's pine, there's hemp (squared), but as this settles on your tongue, those flavors intensify, to the point that you're not sure you'll ever be able to cleanse your palate and taste anything but hops - ever.

But as you swallow, it evens out, with just a smidge of alcohol present, which isn't surprising, since this weighs in at 11% ABV. And you take the next sip, and the next sip, and the next sip, and it's evening out, and you're hopped up, and then, 20 minutes into the bomber, you're finishing it. And you're looking for another.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Frank at Hacienda Beverage in Brea, CA, for this gem.
Pours a hazy golden straw to apricot hue. Fluffy white to sand colored head bursts up 2+ inches. And the aroma explodes from there. Citrus notes begin with grapefruit, but not pithy. Almost sweet grapefruit going toward orange zest. Wow, the label said Chinook, Amarillo, and Triple IPA. Frankly, they had me at Chinook and Amarillo. The taste lunges forward with grapefruit, but then goes from citrus noted to mildly sweet resin. The malt plays along gorgeously. Never leaving for too long. This is glorious. As it warms, I sense a little change in the citrus, going toward a slightly pithy pirouette, that twists back to resin, grainy sweetness, and finally some warming. So much going on here. And all of it so glorious. Mouthfeel is full enough for me and the carbonation remains a subtle player. Overall, I can't say that anything needs to change...except for one thing. They should distribute this year round!!!

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Photo of raynmoon
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice triple IPA. Nothing particularly outstanding however. Hop flavors are more subdued and muddled by pithy grapefruit flavors and bitterness/ harshness from the alcohol coming through. Still a tasty IPA.

I'd put it alongside the Knee Deep stuff like Simtra/ Hoparillo, and not quite Younger/ Notorious level.

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Photo of rand
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber to pint glass

Always looking forward to new pales from Kern. They have a signature hop-profile and finish, and even at higher ABV's, they're virtually addictive and dangerously easy to throw back. Hop Nookie is no exception, showcasing just how tasty their talented hop-alchemy can render a beer.

The brew is copper-tan-apricot in appearance, with high opacity and a head that never fully recedes. Big, fruity nose, dank and pungent, like chopped tropical fruits left out on the counter slightly longer than they should've been. Juicy on the palate, really juicy, as tropical nuances abound. Rindy guava and papaya come to mind, along with familiar hoppy grapefruit tones. Malts balance, but just enough, and they're caramelly - candying the tropical notes. Booze kicks in toward the finish, but with an 11% ABV, is dangerously masked. Medium-long finish, but even with a fairly weighty mouthfeel and oily-slick complexion, the brew has a clean close, with subtle, bittersweet tropical notes lingering between sips.

This is just a knock-out IPA. I haven't been this bowled-over-on-first-sip in quite a bit. I'll need to take down a few more of these before I can start ranking this in my 'top-whatever' conversations, but as I'm drinking this first sample I can't think of an IPA I like more. I hope all fans of KRB get to try this.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy, slightly golden orange with an off white creamy head, tons of lacing, good amount of carbonation streaming up the sides, no head retention, dissipated into a soapy film, looks really nice.

A: Herbal, earthy, musty, dank goodness, guava and peach skins, grapefruit rind, lots of aromas going on, not picking up any malt, no alcohol on the nose, awesome aromas.

T: Follows the nose with dank, must, guava and peach skins along with some grapefruit rind, nice hit of bitterness in the middle, finish is dry with grapefruit rind lingering in the aftertaste, alcohol is not noticeable for 11% ABV, very nice.

M: Medium bodied with a big dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: World class triple IPA, lots of hops going, often times I find triple IPAs that are very malty, this one is a hop bomb, amazingly drinkable for 11% ABV, and its very pungent. Definitely going to pick up another bottle.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ale Arsenal. First brew from these folks. Look: Rich, dark golden color. Real pretty. Smell: An intoxicating aroma of rich caramel malt that is immediately offset by a biting hop scent. Piney, fruity, dank and bitter hop smell. Taste: This is probably the best-tasting TIPA I've ever had. It doesn't blow you away with gnarly over the top alcohol or bitterness like many, many other TIPA's do. This is extremely balanced. Perfect combination of very flavorful hops, along with a balanced biscuity malt character, and finishes medium-dry. Outstanding. The feel of this beer was perfect. It was heavy enough to fit with the TIPA style, yet was amazingly easy to put down. Overall: I'm very impressed. Really terrific.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this beer had alot of hype locally now that its being bottled, gave it a whirl..

Nice hazy color, almost a cloudy burnt orange. Probably its best attribute

Smell is there, pungent mainly, slightly danky.

Taste is slightly messy for me. It doesnt zero in on a given hop profile to me. It isnt citrus forward, isnt pine forward, isnt floral. I could see where some would like its balance.

Overall this is just an ok triple. Ive had plenty worse, but it comes in a tier below the excellent triples. Bottle was 5 days old, so uber fresh.

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Hop Nookie from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 102 ratings