India Pale Ale Black
The Kernel Brewery

India Pale Ale BlackIndia Pale Ale Black
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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #138
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #16,793
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.86%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
17
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The Kernel Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
India Pale Ale BlackIndia Pale Ale Black
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 17 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Spike:
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Spike from England

3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml brown bottle into an IPA glass. Now 6.6% ABV.

Dark brown rather than black (particularly noticeable when held to the light). One finger, creamy, tan head with staying power. Plentiful lacing.

Citrus plus sweet and toasted malts. A hint of chocolate. Nose starts like an IPA but evolves to a porter.

Very unusual taste. Resinous up front with a big malt follow-on. Like someone has mixed an American IPA with a London porter 50/50. This is not to my palate. The flavours are fighting each other.

Light to medium body. Mouthfeel is dry. Some zip from the alcohol and carbonation. Slightly boozy.

Not sure about this one. Seems unbalanced. Bit of a struggle in all honesty.

Mar 31, 2016
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Mattias from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Sep 13, 2014
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tom10101 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

May 06, 2014
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olradetbalder from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Nov 20, 2014
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Hoppsbabo from England

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simcoe and Mosaic, fresh from the brewery.

Has that trademark piquant Kernel quality. Orangey marmalade with a slightly roasty backbone. Nice and tart. Otherwise, not much to say about it but it's very nice.

Oct 30, 2016
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aztraz from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Sep 13, 2014
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Paulkasykes30 from England

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Mar 02, 2014
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truebluebums from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Aug 01, 2014
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gutbucket2 from England

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

330ml, bottle-conditioned.
A: dark reddish brown, lasting head.
S: citrus and aniseed
T: citrus, dark malt and aniseed.
M: light-med body, lingering aniseed.
O: superb flavoursome dark beer.

Oct 14, 2014
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WGO from England

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Jan 18, 2014
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HopBelT from Belgium

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 16, 2018
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stephenlee from England

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 20, 2015
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Vargavaka from Sweden

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sep 13, 2014
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WAPC

5/5  rDev +23.5%

Oct 24, 2014
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DispyDnb from England

3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aug 29, 2015
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hdtrice from England

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jun 21, 2015
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bark from Sweden

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The colour is deep brown, like a Porter (80 EBC); the liquid is clear. The two finger head is pale brown and airy. It sinks down to a thin lid leaving some lacing.

The smell is bitter with roasted malts in the background. Lime and grape fruit juice, with a fruity sweetness. If I close my eyes, it smells more like an IPA than a stout (that is a good thing in my book). Lots of hops yet very balanced.

The taste is roasted with hints of charcoal and burned meats. Passing clean sweet notes, lemon, lime and grape fruits. Clean mid-strong bitterness. Fruity estery notes of jelly candy plus a hint of warming alcohol. Surprisingly light body. The aftertaste is bitter yet smooth with fruit candy, grape fruit juice and peels. Some roasted malts, hints of coffee. The long finish is bitter and fruity.

The carbonation is mild to medium strong, the shot-lived smooth bubbles are mid-sized. The liquid is light, almost watery.

A solid black IPA. If it hadn’t been for the strange lack of body. I don’t want an IPA at 6.7 % to be thin when I drink it.

Oct 26, 2014
India Pale Ale Black from The Kernel Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 17 ratings