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