Hop Nookie
Kern River Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #430
Ranked #2,811
4.22 | pDev: 8.06%
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
Hop NookieHop Nookie
Notes: Brewed with Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial, Mosaic, and Eureka.
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 101
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Photo of madmaxmedia
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A smoky, piney hop bomb. Not overwhelmingly bitter, nor does it reek of alcohol like many 10%+ ABV's do. 100 IBU and 11% ABV never tasted so good.

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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 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 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 fuhnoo
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the growler.

A: A hazy, orange-ish/golden color. The right amount of head with nice lacing.

S: The smell really pops. Lots of bright citrus notes... smells fantastic. Smells like this will be an intense TIPA.

T: WOW! This is absolutely incredible. For being an 11% TIPA, this is incredibly smooth. Citra hops explode in this beer. You would almost think that this is an even more imperial version of Citra--you could hardly tell that this is a TIPA.

M: Perfect. The right amount of stickiness. This coats your mouth and hangs around for just the right amount of time. I think the best part of the mouth feel is that this doesn't feel like a TIPA.

O: Amazing. I drank this right after Citra and this may have blown me away even more. This is a near perfect IPA, let alone a TIPA. Kern absolutely crushed it with this one.

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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 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 hayesjw
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 drewone
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nygannon
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Reviewed from notes. On-tap at the brewery - served in a tulip.

Cloudy gamboge liquid with alight off-white ring and surface slick. Delicate lacing; decent retention.

Somewhat estery, floral, and herbal nose. Faintly soapy as it warms - hints of lavender and vanilla.

Chamomile, whit etea, cotton candy, rosewater, sod, guava, peach, wild honey, and more on the palate. Flavors seem to coalesce rather than dissipate as they wash over you. Long, somewhat sweet finish. Moderate but persistent bitterness throughout.

Full bodied and creamy, but tempered with a zesty bite and a warming (but not hot) finish.

Intense, potent, though a touch too sweet perhaps.

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

Photo of ckeegan04
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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 jaydoc
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber a hazy dark yellow with a 1/2-inch thick white head which fades to the rim and cap leaving spotty lace. Aromas of melon, peaches, tropical fruits, lots of floral notes. Flavor is dense tropical guava and pineapple layered with full on hop dankness. Thick body with a resinous, sticky finish. Booze is present but hidden. Wonderful to have if you can find it.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MickeyHops
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

On-tap at THG. Tulip.

A: Served a dark golden with a thin greasy off-white head that faded to a greasy collar. Super greasy sheets of lace were left down the glass.
S: Sweet and greasy smelling with bursting notes of citrus and hop resin. I get some light fruit and light perfumey notes as well. Sweet overall.
T: Follows the nose but I get some tropical fruits on the palate as well. Ambiguous citrus and a resinous sweetness follow. Greasy, super juicy and smooth. Sweet finish and lingering aftertaste.
M: Booze is hidden well but still a very thick and heavy beer. Smooth and creamy carbonation.
O: A very solid triple IPA. Super drinkable but definitely a beast of a beer. Similar to some of the heavy hitter Knee Deep beers available.

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Hop Nookie from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 101 ratings