IPA Black | The Kernel Brewery

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IPA BlackIPA Black

Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CanuckRover on 01-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 12
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4/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of paxton1978
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought direct from the brewery. I've had a few BIPAs from the UK and not been wowed by any of them. The standard for me is Hop in the Dark and, although this beer doesn't beat it- it comes closest by a country mile. Poured into my Hommel Tulip. No UFOs, although I've definitely had some in other Kernel brews. Good dark colour with a slightly tan head. Good fresh hops on the nose and a nice balance in the flavour, with a slightly burned background flavour but with the hops winning out. I'd say this is one to enjoy as fresh as possible to see it at it's best though.

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Photo of thepeter
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours Black with a slight brown/reddish hue in the light and a decent tight head. Aroma is a bit of citrus but heavier on the roasted malt, coffe and cocao. Taste is similar as it starts off with a citrus pine flavor, then goes a bit soapy for a second, an dends with coffee, malted cocoa with the pine sap coming back with the aftertaste. Palate is lighter than I expected. Could be richer and a bit more effervescent than I wanted. Still very good and overall one of my favorite in the style. I am a bit biased with the Kernel but know tha tthey do a great job and continue to get better.

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Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Zimbo
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drunk at BrewDog Edinburgh on Friday August 5, 2011 at the recommendation of a like minded just met fellow beer aficionado named Stephen.
The label claimed an ABV of 7% though in the past I have seen it listed at 6.8, 6.9 and 7.2%. With the advice of a few other UK BAs I've decided just to review this here as opposed to entering it as a new beer assuming that the recipe is still broadly the same.

And just gorgeous to look at when poured. A bit forboding too in its full black Imperial Stout like colour. Nose however tells differently with virtually none of the expected roast malt flavour escaping the black mass. Instead a piney Americanesque hop nose and a creamy dense thickish magnolia head. Hops dominate the initial taste with an immediate assertive bitterness before the beer's roastiness makes an appearance before merging back into a finish reminiscent of that initial bitterness.

Truly amazing how this works. Such incredible poise complimenting what would seem to be two opposing styles in one glass. Boy does it work without as much as a muttering of opposition.
An impressive display of Negative Capability.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Bottle conditioned and ABV stated as 6.9% - previous forum discussions on this subject suggest that this is due to batch variation. Acquired from my local beer specialist. I like Kernel's minimalist labels.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep black hue - revealed to be a very dark brown when held to the light. Yields a large head of tan foam with a fine consistency - this lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. A vast amount of sediment remains in the bottle - I've never seen so much yeast left behind. A powerful fruity hop aroma; notes of citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruits and hints of pine.

Tastes overwhelmingly of aromatic hops - stacks of flavour with a surprisingly restrained bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, tropical fruit and a piny bitterness upon swallowing. Subtle hints of dark malt, coffee, cocoa and dry yeast undertones. Mouthfeel is tingly and spicy, with a nice body that is neither too thick nor thin. Very astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of citrus and pine.

Excellent - a fantastic black IPA. I'm not sure if you could pack more aroma into a beer. The blend of fruit flavours, malt and spicy mouthfeel make this close to perfect. If you chance across it - buy it!

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the beer store at Brouwerij De Molen. BB date of 7/7/13. Dark brown, almost black pour with a two finger tan head with decent retention and great lacing. Very aromatic nose with a great balance between the roasty, chocolatey malt and the resiny, citrus hops. The taste is big and bold with in your face pine, citrus, and resiny fresh hops. Although the balance leans towards the hops, there's plenty of coffee, mocha, and bitter chocolate maltiness to even it out nicely. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than some of the Black IPA's I've had. The finish is slightly dry with a great tangy, bitter hop bite. I could drink this all night! So far Kernel has not disappointed and is definitely a brewery I will seek out next time in London. Black IPA's are currently my favorite style, and this is easily in the top 5.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +25%

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