Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale)
Kern River Brewing Company

Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale)Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale)
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Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #29
Ranked #370
4.44 | pDev: 8.11%
Feb 12, 2022
May 15, 2011
Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale)Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale)
Notes: Brewed with Nugget, Falconer's flight, Simcoe, and Citra.
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3.75 by mpenske from California on Feb 12, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by RaulMondesi from California

The idea of life vs the life that is… I know, and I feel you. It’s being caught in a place where maybe we should try a little harder, but also be realistic with what is. And when I drink Kern Winter, I am in a perfect medium. No high is too high, and no low is too low.

Be well, my minions.

Dec 17, 2021
3.75 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 12, 2020
4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Feb 23, 2020
4.1 by Keananmichael5 from California on Jan 11, 2020
4.26 by Nunya from Ohio on Feb 07, 2019
4.69 by grapeshops from California on Mar 31, 2018
4.31 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Jan 18, 2018
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4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mdlb44 from California

MAgic. Kern River strikes again. Dry, crisp, hoppy and not too boozy. As someone who has lost a bit of taste for DIPAs, I enjoyed this very very much.

Jan 14, 2018
4.16 by Bubbawilly88 from California on Jan 12, 2018
4.18 by Vlaminck from California on Jan 06, 2018
3.79 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire on Dec 22, 2017
4.09 by brentusaurus from California on Dec 22, 2017
4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on Dec 19, 2017
4 by Booner818 from California on Dec 16, 2017
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4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Brolo75 from California

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a bright white creamy full head, lots of lacing, very little head retention, and a good amount of carbonation.

A: Big punch of grapefruit zest rising out of my glass, zest oil, earthy, herbal, piney, resin, needles, aroma is full and thick, dank, black pepper spice, smells really amazing.

T: Huge flavors of grapefruit zest, citrus peel, resin, freshly crushed pine needles, dankness, earthy, herbal, and freshly ground black pepper, big hit of grapefruit zest like bitterness, finish is super dry with lingering notes of grapefruit peel, resin, and spice, huge flavors.

M: Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation, and a very dry finish, wrecks the palate, feels like my palate has been raked with a landscape rake.

O: This beer doesn't drink like it's 8%, feels and tastes like a triple IPA, this beer will wreck your palate unless double IPAs are a part of your regular beer consumption. Winter Double IPA has lots of aroma, flavor, complexity, depth, bitterness, and palate effect, its a big beer.

Dec 02, 2017
4.45 by spark3148857 from Ohio on Nov 27, 2017
4.25 by Roger85 from Illinois on Apr 20, 2017
4.5 by brewjoel from California on Apr 14, 2017
3.79 by Hefewiseman from Florida on Apr 08, 2017
4.44 by outlaw1323 from California on Mar 28, 2017
4.08 by DudeBeerYaBro from California on Mar 25, 2017
3.48 by CJNAPS from California on Mar 03, 2017
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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Bum4ever from California

L: Dark gold color and hazy. Good amount of thick white head.
S: Pine and a bunch of citrus flavors come through.
T: Pine and resin up front followed by some orange and tangerine.
F: thick feel for a IPA and doesnt feel too carbonated.
O: Really solid west coast style double IPA, would definitely drink again.

Feb 17, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by scottfrie from California


Dark golden color with a frothy and greasy off-white head that left streaks of spotty lace down the glass. Juicy, fruity, and slightly spicy and leafy hops with a surprising amount of burnt caramel and toast. Drying and crackery finish with a clean bitterness lingering in the aftertaste. Great soft and slick mouthfeel with fresh and tingly feeling hop oils.

Feb 12, 2017
2.5 by M_chav from New Mexico on Feb 11, 2017
4.35 by rawfish from California on Feb 06, 2017
4 by SkiBum22 from New York on Feb 06, 2017
4.21 by nygannon from California on Feb 01, 2017
4.24 by BSW from California on Jan 29, 2017
5 by TheBlueJerzzzz from Virginia on Jan 29, 2017
5 by Mpontiakos from Virginia on Jan 29, 2017
5 by brians52 from Virginia on Jan 29, 2017
3.5 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania on Jan 26, 2017
3.75 by halo3one from Georgia on Jan 23, 2017
4.27 by mythaeus from Pennsylvania on Jan 20, 2017
4.34 by boogerisu from Iowa on Jan 14, 2017
4.25 by Kavinci from California on Jan 14, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Prospero from Colorado

Pours a slightly hazy almost amber color with a good amount of white head and good retention. The aroma is pretty muted but gives off a bit of pine, dank grass, and hint of citrus. Malt backbone is pretty breadlike with a good amount of caramel, almost too much comes through on the taste, and some spice notes from the rye. Some mild heat from alcohol present and takes away from the hops. Fairly dry which helps some with accentuating the hops but lets the alcohol come through. Overall a fairly average IPA.

Jan 12, 2017
4.4 by ha-sheem from North Carolina on Jan 11, 2017
Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale) from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 379 ratings