IPA Black | The Kernel Brewery

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22 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CanuckRover on 01-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
22
Reviews:
12
Avg:
4
pDev:
8.75%
 
 
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2
Gots:
2
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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 12
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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Teku glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. Best before 9 March 2013. From notes. Reviewed 29 May 2011.

A: Brief creamy head atop a shockingly black beer. Opaque, impassive, and impressive.

S: Crazy hoppy. Acerbic American hops...Chinook? Slightly vegetal and very nice.

T: Deepish, full-charactered, bitterish, strongly hoppy, and always pleasant. An odd, pleasing roasted character. A very nice bitter aftertaste. Good beer.

M: Solid, pleasant, robust, lightly/hoppily drying.

O: The beautiful black colour and the roasted finish really set this IPA apart. Recommended.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first go at a Black IPA.

Pours a completely opaque dark brown, verging on muddy. Emptied the bottle including a generous helping of UFOs. Nice head retention, but fairly slippery lacings.

Big citrus hops on the nose. Nicely intermingled with milk chocolate and just a touch of coffee bitterness behind.

Very interesting flavour profile. I assume this is par for the course with the style, but the flavours are very tough to pick apart, I hadn't thought the two personalities would meld so well. First impression is citrus and pine from the generous hopping. At some point, hard to tell when, bits of chocolate touch down on the tongue. Fresh bitterness of the hops is gradually replaced with the roasted coffee bitterness you'd expect from a stout. Finish is a combination of the resinous hops and dark coffee.

Very interesting beer. By gut tells me that a tad too much emphasis is on the hops, I feel like the malt barely comes through at all, but, as I said, this is my first of the style, so I could be wrong.

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Photo of Boozecamel
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured dark black with a slight off-white one finger head. Well carbonated.

Smell: Citrussy hops with a slight coffee and caramel smell.

Taste: Upfront citrus and pine with a bitter slight coffee/caramel finish. Coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel, slightly resinous.

Overall: Great Black IPA. Had some excellent Cascadian Dark Ales and this isn’t far off the mark at all. Could drink this all night.

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Photo of samEBC
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Doug, 12oz into a tulip. Best before January 28, 2013.

Pours black, with some shades of mahogany when held to the light. Opaque body for the most part, with a khaki couloured head that's both creamy and relatively dense. Solid retention. Nose has pine, some orange that's subtle but detectable and a general darker malt character that's difficult to distinguish. Taste kicks off with some lemony hop bitterness and pineapple, mixed in with a general roasty character. Light feel and fairly high in terms of carbonation. Reminiscent of their IPA CSC in some regards, and adds an interesting twist on it with the roasted and dark bread character.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good black IPA. Great smell, very black,unfiltered strong on Cascadian hop. A big head. Pineapple and slightly tangy, chocolate, mildly roasted coffee, anise, mollasses, citrus.Above average mouthfeel.
Bang on the style.Love to have again. Doug's bottle.

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3.8/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TheBrk
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ghostwalker
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this one at Oddbins, London Bridge Station, August 2012

A: Brown body, thin head.

N: Green hop nose

F: Tart and tangy hops. Light flavor coming in from the malt.

M: Sharp and astringent

O: Not my favorite style, but well done.

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Photo of ReluctantScooper
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from beermerchants.com

Black IPAs or whatever the hell they're called this week are still en vogue. Though I'm still waiting for an all-Citra BIPA that straddles both bandwagons.

It's a fair beer; it's fairly black, there's a fair bite to it with fairly robust citrics. It just doesn't shine as much as other Kernel IPAs; it's more the moody teenager than the ebulliant toddler.

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IPA Black from The Kernel Brewery
4 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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