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

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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
Ratings:
362
Reviews:
101
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.14%
 
 
Wants:
207
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 362 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of Kavinci
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prospero
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of ha-sheem
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edthehead
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndrewPalmer
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Desp59
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OleDixie
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.72/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -2.5%
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 -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lupercmda
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
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 -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dismembered_MC
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.01/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hop_God
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cherche
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kash2112
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SierraFlight
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Winter Ale (5th Anniversary Ale) from Kern River Brewing Company
4.42 out of 5 based on 362 ratings.
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