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
Imperial IPA
Ranked #27
Ranked #369
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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Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.75 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 12, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Keananmichael5 from California

Jan 11, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by Nunya from Ohio

Feb 07, 2019
Rated: 4.69 by grapeshops from California

Mar 31, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 18, 2018
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Reviewed by mdlb44 from California

4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.16 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Jan 12, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by Vlaminck from California

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

Dec 22, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by brentusaurus from California

Dec 22, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Dec 19, 2017
Rated: 4 by Booner818 from California

Dec 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Brolo75 from California

4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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
Rated: 4.45 by spark3148857 from Ohio

Nov 27, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Roger85 from Illinois

Apr 20, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by brewjoel from California

Apr 14, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by Hefewiseman from Florida

Apr 08, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by outlaw1323 from California

Mar 28, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by DudeBeerYaBro from California

Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 3.48 by CJNAPS from California

Mar 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Bum4ever from California

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

4.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
Rated: 2.5 by M_chav from New Mexico

Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by rawfish from California

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 4 by SkiBum22 from New York

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by nygannon from California

Feb 01, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by BSW from California

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 5 by TheBlueJerzzzz from Virginia

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 5 by Mpontiakos from Virginia

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 5 by brians52 from Virginia

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by halo3one from Georgia

Jan 23, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by mythaeus from Pennsylvania

Jan 20, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by boogerisu from Iowa

Jan 14, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Kavinci from California

Jan 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Prospero from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.4 by ha-sheem from North Carolina

Jan 11, 2017
Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale) from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 379 ratings