Pale Ale (Mosaic Simcoe) | The Kernel Brewery

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Pale Ale (Mosaic Simcoe)Pale Ale (Mosaic Simcoe)

Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CwrwAmByth on 03-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Kernel Brewery in London, bottle-conditioned in a 500ml brown bottle, bottled on 18/02/13, BB 18/06/13, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass. Note: as noted in the name, this beer is brewed with Mosaic and Simcoe hop varieties, plus English pale malts and crystal malts (info. shared by one of the brewing staff).

A: pours a murky amber hue, coming with light and constant carbonation, topped with a well-lasting off-white creamy head.
S: sweet orangey-citric hop aroma hand in hand with tropical fruits as of ripe guava and faint passion fruit; the faintly honey-ish pale malts stay behind to render a mild backbone, added with a little caramel-sweetness from crystal malts used in the mash. All in all, very aromatic true to the style.
T: effervescent on the palate, the short-lived foretaste is mainly tropical fruity featuring, again, guava, white grapefruit flash and peels, resinous hops against a very light backbone of gristy pale malts, while the substantial amount of hop bitterness storms the rear of the palate closely, leaving a rather chewy, tangy and dry hop bitter as well as pleasantly sour-bitter yeasty aftertaste to linger. It’s so bitter that one would be forgiven for treating it as an English Bitter if the hop aroma is not so exceptionally exotic.
M&O: the mouthfeel is refreshing throughout, against a medium body and a rather high-octave hop-bitter profile. This beer is paler than one’s usual American Pale Ale, as normally Kernel uses around 3.3:1 ratio of Pale Malts and Crystal Malts, while the hop-bitter profile befits a rather modern take on a very bitter Blond Bitter or even English IPA (ringing a bell of Thornbridge Hall’s “Kipling”, actually). All in all, very pleasant and this should be the very best Pale Ale that I’ve got the chance to try from the Kernel range, kegged or bottle-conditioned. Highly recommended.

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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Ruds for this. Super fresh - bottled 18/02/13. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orangey gold colour with a white head.

Smells very fresh and hoppy - quite fruity and piney.

Tastes very hoppy and fresh again - bitter tropical fruits, oranges, grapefruits, lemon, with some mouth-puckeringly strong citrus/piney flavours.

Overall a great pale ale, so lucky to try it so fresh.

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Pale Ale (Mosaic Simcoe) from The Kernel Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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