India Pale Ale Double S.C.C.A.N.S.
The Kernel Brewery

India Pale Ale Double S.C.C.A.N.S.India Pale Ale Double S.C.C.A.N.S.
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4.31 | pDev: 7.42%
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
India Pale Ale Double S.C.C.A.N.S.India Pale Ale Double S.C.C.A.N.S.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 6
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4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 14th 2012 (bottled June 14th 2012) - just a little out of date, but it's been stored cool and hopefully won't have suffered. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. At 10.1% ABV this is a monster!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy golden-amber hue with good carbonation and plenty of fine sediment that disperses like smoke. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. An intense aroma of fruity hop notes: grapefruit, orange peel, lime, citrus, rind, pine, pineapple and mild tropical fruits. This is underpinned by sweet malt with a hint of caramel, earthy yeast and warming booze. An incredible hop tsunami!

Tastes of hops, hops and more hops! A hugely hoppy character with an understated malt backbone and a strident bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus oil, pine, resin, tropical fruits, mild caramel, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Spicy and peppery on the tongue, with a dry, attenuated quality and an intense bitterness upon swallowing. A subtle hint of alcohol in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and spicy, with tingly carbonation. Great body. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of spicy, oily aromatic hops and hop bitterness.

Could this be perfection in liquid form? Tons of delicious aromatic hops wash over you; it's like drowning in the ultimate IPA. The malt does an excellent job of balancing the hop flavours while remaining firmly in the background. The alcohol is very well hidden - it goes barely noticed (which is absolutely lethal). Further praise would be superfluous; if you are a hop-head then this is the brew for you. Grab one now!

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3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded from Craig (thanks! or was this one from Ben?) Even before pouring (but after opening) I smelled the hops. Whew! Bottled on June 14 2012. "Best before October 14." Oops, we drank it on October 21. Pretty close.

It pours a clear golden orange. Foamy head. Lemon-citrusy hops on the nose, pretty strongly.

First sip: strong and delicious. Very bitter, tangy from the hops. More pine than citrus on the tongue. A bit dry; would have expected something sweeter and rounder at 10% ABV, but Kernel kept it dry. It's not strange -- not a proof of concept -- just a straightforward beer that is pleasantly sippable. No exotic flavors -- just the hops and malt. Subtle yeast (after a careful pour), though this is bottle conditioned.

Second taste: I swirled the bottle and poured the yeast. Now it's very cloudy, almost milky.
Now the beer is much smoother; not so tangy; a bit maltier. The hops are still very dominant. Yeast really not noticeable except for maybe a drying astringent feel on the tongue at the finish. One could drink it with or without the yeast and it's not radically different.

A good dry, strong, sipper. Would buy again, but not every day.

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4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange, bright amber with some reddish glints. Creamy head which fades rapidly and leaves some lacings on top of the glass.
S: Smell is very hoppy, fruity, passion fruits, mango, orange, orange flower, pineapple, grapefruit, lightly piney. Bright.
T: Taste is even better than the nose., very complex, fruity, a bit earthy and yeasty, balanced, a bit sweet but mainly hoppy, with lots of resinous hops (pine, cedar sap), honey, flowers, fruits (exotic fruits, citruses), coming through waves. Quite bitter finish, very dry, the alcohol is undetectable (very dangerous!)
M: Medium to high bodied, creamy, even a little bit sticky, but with a very good carbonation. Refreshing, very dry on the finish, so drinkable!
O: A very nice shot from the kernel. I have already noticed that about their double citra, but those double IPAs are just as good as (or even better than) the best west coast IPAs.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If Phil Spector had the wall of sound then the Kernel has the wall of intensity with this beer. Thick and full with loads of pine and orange rind this beer just tsunamis the mouth with a trace of sweetness and grapefruit. Murky orangy brown in colour, this retains a more than thin dense creamish head to the end which comes all too suddenly. Like an Extra Imperial Pale Ale, there's nothing else like it being made in team GB today.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber to orange with a thumb sized, foamy white head that stays well even as you start drinking it. This one looks great.

Pine aroma coupled with some citrus fruits and touches of grapefruit and orange. There is some floral notes following this and overall the aroma is a clean one.

Stronger pine than the nose and paired with some bitterness from the grapefruit as well as a little orange and lemon. There is a good floral hop taste, some sugar and finished off with some tropical fruits, mango and hints of alcohol but for the most part this is well hidden.

Full mouthfeel with huge amount of bitterness from the hops along with a sweet, fruity middle. There is a sticky smooth feel to the beer and it goes down well with good depth and a well hidden alcohol content.

An excellent beer from start to finish, this one has a great balance to it and goes down wonderfully. The alcohol is there but well hidden and the bitter pine and fruit flavours work very well together without overpowering you.

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India Pale Ale Double S.C.C.A.N.S. from The Kernel Brewery
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 6 ratings