Gravity Check | Kern River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Singletrack

A Session IPA.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 08-12-2013

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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 16
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2/5  rDev -50.4%

Photo of yeaprolly
2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-draught @ Toronado San Francisco. $5 per pint.

Body is turbid and hazy. Pulpy yellow-orange colour. White head.

AROMA is wonderful. Fresh citrus pulp, dank herbal character redolent of Cannabis, floral notes, tangerine. Aromatic intensity is above average. Suggests a killer IPA with a great hop profile.

Coating texture accompanies the yogurty hop character, with pale malts keeping any hop bitterness checked. Floral and fruity, tending towards muted tangerine. Not a juicy brew, but tasty.

I did hope for a more interesting more pungent hop profile, but this is pleasant. Depth of flavour needs work.

Smooth, wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, highly carbonated. Complements the taste nicely. Somewhat soft.

Overall, it's a refreshing restrained expression of an IPA, but it's not the world class fare one might hope for given Kern River brewed it.


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Photo of mbmiche
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of PG2G
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shelshep
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of kevanb
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a Kern River pint glass.

The beer pours a fairly clear, though certainly cloudy and hazy golden copper color, hues of orange and light amber with a thick, finger of white, soapy head that has nice retention and leaves large swatches of lace behind. The aroma is wonderful, juicy and fruity hops, pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit, resinous pine, wildflower with just a hint of light pilsener malt, very pleasant and aromatic. The flavors are really a dud, the bitterness is there, in spades, which I didn't expect, piney hop, earthy and dirty spice and grassiness with a substantial amount of chewy malt. The mouthfeel is okay, vibrant carbonation, lively and zippy without being abrasive or prickly, medium body though lower on the spectrum that coats decently well and finishes with a bitter and dry kick.

Verdict: What started as a promising Session IPA left a lot to be desired in the end. The aroma really the stage, juicy and enticing that the flavors never caught up to, a disappointing beer really, but at the same time, crushable and very sessionable as described on the bottle. A style I still haven't fully embraced outside of Pop Up and All Day, and this is just another example of a beer I'd rather see at 6.5% with a full hop and body experience.

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3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap for The Full Pint 6th Anniversary Celebration held at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Billed as being brewed with all Mosaic hops.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some berry aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and berry flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but I think the hops come through much better in the aroma.

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3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1424IpA
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Gravity Check from Kern River Brewing Company
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