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IPA Citra | The Kernel Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
thekernelbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DerBayer on 10-17-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
59
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
20.29%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 59
Reviews by Reagan1984:
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4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to thank Tendermorsel for giving me the heads up on this brewery prior to my recent trip to London. Got to sample one of the APA’s, their new Black Rye IPA and then this Citra IPA.

A thin white head forms and settles rather quickly. The beer is the color of an orange sunset with a touch of amber. Slightly cloudy. Only a splotch or two of lace.

The aroma is absolutely fantastic. It’s juicy and overflowing with tropical fruit. Lot’s of tangerine some papaya and a touch of black pepper.

There is a ton of fruit in the flavor, but what’s interesting is that it’s less sweet than the aroma led me to believe. More subtle black pepper in the flavor. Yes the tangerine is still here and it gives way to a nice/dry bitterness that lingers quite a bit. A moment of toasted bread here that is below the fruit and bitterness. Comes forward a bit more as it warms.

Carbonation heightens the sense of dry here. Not at all astringent, but not sweet. Fairly light body and almost refreshing.

I do prefer this to the APA that I tried. This is the best of the three. Good beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

Photo of stephenlee
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CanuckRover
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice apricot. Thin head around the edges. Slow carbonation suspended within. Spiderweb lacings with decent retention.

Big grapefruit in the aroma, no surprise there. Pleasantly surprised by serious honey sweetness lurking behind.

Grapefruit again on the tongue, right through with nice juicy orange. Sweet malt, biscuits with honey. Nice bitter finish, with a nice clean tailing edge.

A nice smooth mouthfeel, a bit more substantial than some of their other brews seem. Nice IPA.

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Photo of jsilva
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tendermorsel
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had bottles of this about 5-6 times on my recent trip to London. I was very very impressed with this brewery and this beer in particular.

Gorgous blond color. Nice frothy head to this beer.

The nose on this beer is glorious. Grapefruit Oranges and Lemons. The taste matched the nose. Awesome stuff. Not quite as quaffable as some of the other bottles (Galaxy) that I tried but a world class IPA for sure. As good as any American IPA I have ever had. SERIOUSLY!!

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Photo of Skin7777
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Jose9e
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at The Kernel Brewery while on vacation in London. Hazy amber-orange pour with fluffy white two finger head with great retention and lacing. The nose is typical Kernel...huge and fresh! Tons of resiny hops along with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and just a touch of green onion. The taste is just as bold and fresh. Huge bitter, resiny hops hit first, followed by tons of tropical fruits and citrus. Grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, pine, and that signature Citra hoppiness with a solid caramel malt sweetness to balance it out nicely. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, subtle creaminess and slightly oily with a nice bitter, dry finish. Overall this is a killer IPA. I'm a huge fan of Citra hops and this did not disappoint. I don't think The Kernel can make a bad beer. Yet another winner!

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Photo of Kikuzzo
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of beerpirates
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle 7.30% ABV poured into my lost abbey stemware glass !

Pours a pale hazy straw color with almost no head, just a white ring arond the glass. Aroma of strong citrus and floral hops. Flavors of nice bitter hops, citrus, grapefruits, herbs. Nice carboantion, long dry bitterness, grassy finish. Enjoyed the light but sharp hop bitterness. A refreshing and enjoyable brew.
Top class !

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Photo of DerekKetelaars
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Eucrid
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of John_Henry
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA, surprisingly original. I love Citra so couldn't resist this. Slightly more on the American side than I was hoping, but if you prefer US IPA's, or like your ales with a little more carbonation, you'll prefer it this way. Theres an interesting tartness in the finish, somewhat akin to raw orange peel, not for me, but very interesting in it's own right and I'm very glad to try it just for this alone.

Overall, exceptional, plenty of hops and bitterness, whilst not being over the top. I'll certainly have this again and would highly recommend it.

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Photo of Paulkasykes30
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jtosch
4.1/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Knoxrb12
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of sdm9465
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ellswrth
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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IPA Citra from The Kernel Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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