India Pale Ale Simcoe Citra US 366
The Kernel Brewery

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American IPA
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3.08 | pDev: 0%
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2014.]

330ml brown glass bottle with a classy label (one of the classiest and most stylishly minimalist I've seen, actually) purchased at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell in London, England and served into a tulip at fridge temp.

Bottled: 16.07.14. BB: 16.11.14.

Side-poured into the tulip. Expectations are high going in given this brewery's reputation.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers in height. White colour. Decent thickness. Consistency is smooth and even but offers little in the way of creaminess. 6-7 minute head retention. No lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Translucent hazy nontransparent yellow with faint copper and orange hues. Clean; no yeast/lees particulate is visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance, but a generally appealing one. Looks unfiltered, which is interesting in an English-brewed IPA.

AROMA: Floral hop aromatics, brief pine, pale malts, hints of citrus zest, a kiss of juicy fruits, mango, and assorted tropical fruit esters. I'm not convinced the hop choices are great based on this aroma, and I have trouble finding the naked powerful citrus one would expect from Citra hops, but I do find this aroma appealing overall. A hint of Simcoe-induced oniony character rounds it out.

Suggests a balanced pleasant IPA. Aromatic intensity is mild.

Aside from the ale yeast esters, there are no overt yeasty notes. No off-notes or overt booze is detectable.

TASTE: The citrus feels too juicy and tastes a bit artificial. Tropical fruit notes are present in addition to floral flavours: mango, tangerine, nectarine.

I expected a fresher and fuller citrusy flavour from the Citra hops.

Pale malts support the hops, providing this beer's simple malt backbone.

There are no overt yeasty flavours or off-flavours, nor is there any overt booze.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

There is an untamed hop bitterness in the late second act just after the climax, which betrays the beer's imbalance.

It's not a simply built IPA per se - it has a fair amount of fruity complexity and diversity of fruit flavour - but it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of intricacy, subtlety, and nuance. Not a gestalt whole of a beer, but I do like it. Doesn't offer any unique or special characteristics (particularly hopwise).

TEXTURE: Smooth. Wet. Medium-bodied. Decently carbonated - overly so but not distractingly so (and I'll take this over flat cask ale!). Crisp. Unrefreshing.

Suits the taste generally well, but it fails to elevate the beer as a whole or to accentuate specific flavours. A juicier lighter-bodied refreshing mouthfeel would be preferable.

Not boozy or harsh.

OVERALL: The unbalanced hop bitterness mentioned above holds it back substantially. It's a drinkable IPA but a forgettable one with little to offer the discerning drinker well acquainted with the IPA style. I'll easily finish my glass, but it's far from a world class beer within the oversaturated style. I wouldn't get it again; the competition in this style is just far more interesting.


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India Pale Ale Simcoe Citra US 366 from The Kernel Brewery
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 1 ratings