IPA Citra | The Kernel Brewery

BA SCORE
89
very good
61 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
IPA CitraIPA Citra
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by DerBayer on 10-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
61
Reviews:
19
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -63.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at Craft beer Co. Clerkenwell in London. Bottled 08/25/15, consumed 10/08/15.

Pours a hazy orange brown color with one inch white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus hops, pine hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, light bitterness and resin. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall one of the better beers I had from England, Kernel continues to impress.

 380 characters

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

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by someone. Thanks.

Pours an unappealing dark, clouded honey color with a thin off white head. Pungent Citra nose, orange and grapefruit, also a little unexpected malt sweetness. Sweet citrusy flavor, juicy and light orange rind, doughy malt backbone, mint, earthy, not overly bitter. Interesting.

 312 characters

Photo of wl0307
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

* Notes of 19/11/2013, Bottle-Conditioned, 7.3%abv.
Purchased at the Kernel Brewery in London last week; bottle-conditioned in a 330ml brown bottle, bottled on 30/10/2013, BB 30/02/2014(?!), served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass. Notes: according to a staff at the brewery, this batch is brewed by Evin the owner, so it is “extra special”…
A: pours a lightly murky, pale amber colour, coming with a very thin off-white head and steady streams of tiny carbonation.
S: overripe fruit esters come on top of everything, along with a heavy-ish note on melted crystal sugar, a little passion fruits, thick nectar, etc. Given a good swirl, still it is the thick nectar-ish sweetness that dominates the aroma, suggesting an imbalance b/w the malt, hops and fermentation process.
T: softly effervescent, the flavour comes initially sweet malty with overripe fruit tones followed by some exotic fruity hoppiness. A few sips down the line, it starts to show a bit more hop resins and bitterness in the mixture, as well as a lightly tangy bite at the end of each sip. Better on the palate than on the nose, for sure.
M&O: softly effervescent, medium-bodied and very easy to drink, this batch as shown in this bottle somehow lacks the depth and breadth of the colourful hop characters that most batches of Kernel’s hoppy ales have demonstrated.

* Notes of 16/12/2010, Bottle-Conditioned, 6.2%abv.
Purchased at the Kernel Brewery in London recently; bottle-conditioned in a 330ml brown bottle, BB 29/10/2012, served cool in Tripel Karmaliet's branded stemmed flower bulb-shaped goblet.
3.5 A: pours a murky, light chestnut brown hue, plus fine carbonation and a fast dissipating beige froth.
4 S: sweet juicy grapefruit, peaches, ripe green melons and citrus fruit spring to mind, on a backbone of aromatic pale malts with a sweet oily edge reminiscent of fruit esters or overripe fruits.
4 T: the aromatically yeasty & citric-hoppy foretaste is truly satisfying, not too flavoursome, not too sweet, blessed with a mild touch of sourness even, showing a balance b/w aromatic hops and equally aromatic biscuity malts; the aftertaste retains the malt performance, where a semi-dry palate with medium-level bitterness gradually catches up and lingers nicely, just mildly chewy thanks to hop tannins as well as yeasty elements.
4.5 M& 4.5 D: refreshing and lightly-carbonated, medium-bodied and well balanced; this one is in a sense better in my opinion than IPA (S.C.A.NS.) in that, a sound balance is reached, allowing my palate to play with both hop flavour, hop bitterness and decent flavour of English pale malts.

 2,621 characters

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tarnished gold with a ribbon of off white froth.
Intoxicating lemon hard candy with herbal and grapefruit zest notes.
Biscuity base with lemon hard candy creeping in along with resin, skunk, and lemon rind hops plus lychee, honeydew and pineapple.
Tangelo finish and loong minty lemonade linger.
Lt-med, round, some chew, crisp.

As much as Citra can be all about grapefruit, this has tropical fruit and also some leafy hops notes that I can ony attribute to the freshness (bottled July 1, so just over 8 weeks old.) If I'd thought of it, I'd have waited to get a bottle of Oakham and drink these together. Regardless, a structured, multifaceted hop master class with a bit of IBU roughness to remind you that they're not kidding.

Kernel can't lose.

 754 characters

Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Teku glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. Best before 22 March 2013. From notes. Reviewed 29 May 2011.

A: White, sparse head. Yellowish/orangeish-brown body, cloudier with addition of yeast from the bottom. Some nice lacing.

S: I really like Citra hops. Wonderfully bitter/hoppy grapefruit. Fruity and utterly delicious.

T: A pretty generic IPA, but well-executed. The aftertaste is quite dry, hoppy, and bitter. The relatively brief maintaste is fruity and fun, with prominent grapefruit.

M: Full-bodied, drying, and pleasant.

O: Good beer, good IPA, and well-recommended. Still, I probably wouldn't have another.

 654 characters

Photo of Reagan1984
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.

 1,088 characters

Photo of whartontallboy
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Paccamacca
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle with freshness date. Quite a dark honey brown colour, great retention and lacing with a soapy white head.

Smell is full of citrus juicy hop notes, lemon, grapefruit, lime. Bready malt, banana, some tropical fruits.

Taste is surprisingly malty. Dry lemon rind, pepper, oily hops, and grapefruit, an oily medicinal hop bitterness lacking the juiciness of the smell. Some sweetness with caramel and bready malt. Not quite as bitter as I was expecting, it nonetheless has a pretty nice balance, decent complexity. Finishes smooth, oily bitterness, quite crisp and full with a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Moderate body with a full maltiness. Not overly bitter on the palate, some oiliness, but quite refreshing. A bit of sweetness to it.

A nice IPA overall, I was expecting perhaps a bit more hops and complexity on the taste, it is however really tasty and balanced. Well made IPA, but there are some real strong competitors in this catagory. THere was a disconnect between the juicy citrus smell and the taste of malt with mild citrus infusions. I enjoyed it, will try to check out some of the others from these guys.

 1,162 characters

Photo of Kirk
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of allergictomacros
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange with a moderate/small slowly developing head.

S - Huge grapefruit aroma.

T - Big grapefruit pith flavor but oddly not terribly bitter.Dryish, a rough citrus and marmalade. Bare hints of something herbal and maybe a touch of wheatiness. Sweetens up a bit later on.

M - Light, brisk body with a little astringency.

D - Easy drinking and refreshing. Not quite a flavour bomb, but strikes a balance between big taste and accessibility.

 453 characters

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 Nolen12
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
IPA Citra from The Kernel Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.