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

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Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale)Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale)
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362 Ratings
Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale)Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
kernriverbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Nugget, Falconer's flight, Simcoe, and Citra.

Added by soughtbygod on 05-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#270
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
362
pDev:
8.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
206
Gots:
25
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 362 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of Desp59
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OleDixie
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.72/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to have a friend I trade with send me some of this. While it was a nice crisp hoppy IPA as most Kern River hops is....it wasn't anything crazy different. Worth drinking but not going to any trouble to track down

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Slightly disappointed in this one. I guess I was expecting it to be as good as their Citra IPA. It's still very good, and muy hoppy (and I love the look of both this and Citra), but probably nothing I'd go out of my way to pick up again.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.82/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lupercmda
3.92/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a yellowish orange malty color. Had a nice thick foamy one ounce head. Smells slightly malty with mild grapefruit smell. Taste is very resiny with slight grapefruit smell and mainly alcohol. I do not think this beer is very well balanced and do not understand the hype. Just another DIPA to me.

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Photo of BabaBeer
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dismembered_MC
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold-amber with a moderate off-white froth that fades to a thin blanket and some sticky random lace.

The aroma is a wonderful bouquet that hits you three feet away from the glass while pouring--tangerine, vanilla, fresh, delicate pine, slight dankness.

This beer is delicious, with grapefruit, lemon, orange, cracker, biscuit, pine, and Sweet Tarts notes all at once. It seems the West Coast version of a "Winter Ale" is damn near a NE IPA...?!?!?!

Quite a good amount of froth, with a medium body, and a dry finish.

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Photo of Gooseman80
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hop_God
3.94/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cherche
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kash2112
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SierraFlight
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Burgh1328
4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pkalix
4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Light pumpkin, apricot, and honey hues with a thick white head and ample lacing
S: Pine, grapefruit, and oranges
T: Classic West Coast pine-forward brew with sappy resin upfront and a supporting cast of tangerines, grapefruit, and crackers finished with a slight spicy rye kick
F: A bit creamy and very softly carbonated
O: This was very much a departure from the NE hazy brews I typically seek out, but Winter Ale holds its own in my eyes. As the beer warmed in my glass the flavor developed into a complex, citrusy, and spicy winter warmer/IPA combo. Very unique and enjoyable brew that is perfect for this time of year.

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Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hoyagus
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

light straw color is not particularly inviting, nor is the light malt nose. Light carbonation, light hop and light malt make for a very well balanced and easy drinking ipa that is not particularly double in abv or flavor but subtly comforting warming and Kern

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Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale) from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 362 ratings
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