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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #450
Ranked #11,867
3.98 | pDev: 9.3%
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 59
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i loved this in the morning hours on a hangover, one of their more popular beers it seems, and i see why. listed as a pale ale here, which is fair, but there is also a yeast component to this that i really like in such a light beer context, its not one dimensional at all because of that, and this was just a real treat to drink on to get going, i wish i could get this in the states on the regular! there is a light little saison sort of funk to it which i really like with the citrus forward hops, and it drinks a little more complex that way. im surprised it has some body, wheaty and with some protein seemingly building it up, you would never guess this is as low alcohol as it is, because its not all that basic. the light rustic character with the malt and the yeast together is nice with the hops, not all dry hoppy either but with some actual snappy bitterness at the end, albeit all quite mild. notes of lemongrass and juniper to it, but uniquely delicate and balance. effervescent bubbles and bone dry to the max. there is literally no limit to how much of this i can and want to drink, a perfect all day beer, and a good one to start with if they ever decide to do some canning! this is one of the more flavorful and refined crushers in the game, awesome job on it! some variability from batch to batch in terms of hops i guess, but it was perfect when i tried it.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours unclear, light yellow. A bit of fine, white foam.

Smell is tropical, lots of pineapple and mango.

The taste follows suit, with heaps of tropical fruit, and finishes with a slight, soft hop bitterness. Incredible amount of flavor for only 3.2 %.

The body is a little bit too thin, but the carbonation is spot on.

Really good, really sessionable pale ale. Lots of flavor, my only problem is that the body is a bit light.

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Photo of Spike
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Very little yeast sediment so poured contents into glass. Very pale gold. Light haze. Thin cap. Individual bubbles.

S: The citra hops are in cracking form. Clementines, mango, green apples. Smells juicy.

T: Lemon. Some bitterness. Slightly metallic aftertaste.

F: Thin body with very little carbonation. Feels like low sugar, tooth kind, fruit juice. Hmm. Would prefer a lot more zip.

O: Looks pretty good, smells awesome, tastes ok, feels meh. Given this tastes and feels like a small beer, 3.2% ABV is on the high side.

Update October 7 , 2016:

Tried this beer again. The ABV has dropped to 3.1%. Hops are now chinook, el dorado and columbus. Assessment remains the same. Nose is colossal and flavour is super fruity but mouthfeel remains limp. Pour the sediment into the glass to maximise the flavour.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/11/15 notes. 12 oz. bottle purchases at Bottledog in London, poured into a tulip.

Citrus, hoppy nose with a more malty taste...nose is great. Super easy to drink.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a amber colour with a large white head that sticks around. Aromas of citrus. Tastes again of citrus but with hints of other fruits like apple. It has smooth feel to it with a nice bitter aftertaste. An outstanding 'Session Beer' and really feels more powerful than it's 3.3ABV.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

“Table Beer” sounds so much better than “session beer,” but regardless, this is a most exceptional low-ABV beer that provides a fruity, bitter, dry and insanely moreish experience that’ll appease both hopheads and session-beer purists alike. One of the best of its kind. Bottle conditioned; best before May 21, 2013.

STYLE: American Pale Ale
ABV: 3.3%

LOOK: Pale yellow, slightly cloudy, creamy white lace

SMELL: Resiny, citrus zest, apple

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, grainy, crackery, fruity, apple skins, grass, citric, bitter, aspirin, dry

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Bottled on 14/08/2014, two and a half months ago. Only 3.1%. Brewed with Amarillo & Citra.

A: Orangey straw body with a small whitish head.
S: Tropical fruit.
T: Dry but plenty of tropical fruit. It's bitter and has a salty Alka-Seltzer feel. Also has an off flavour like that creamy flavour you get from rotting onions. Better with the yeast dumped in. Gets much earthier. Chugging the dregs it turns into grapefruit juice.
M: Soft mouthfeel. Not overly fizzy.
O: Like Alka-Seltzer mixed with a bit of tropical squash. Not the best offering from Kernel.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery, Bermondsey, London.
Pale gold with snowy head that fades but leaves nice crust.
Straight mashed mango nose.
Some white pan then mad straight mango with touches of resin and grapefruit.
Tart finish and tingly linger.
Light, crisp, some creaminess.

Oats and Carapils, single Mosaic

Just packed with fruit. Uncomplicated, but doesn’t need more. Super quenching. At this strength, kinda blows up the whole Session IPA thing.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Draft House in London. My version was 3.1% ABV.

Pours a hazed, burnished golden colour, a fine but slightly filmy head of white. Proper English-style lacing. Fairly fine streaming carbonation through the very light body. Looks pretty good.

The nose is tops. Big citra-fresh characters bright, sharp and piercing. Mandarin comes through well, with some sweet, subtle orange notes and rounded hop characters giving a lot of breadth. It's big, aromatic and refreshing—certainly better than I expected.

Taste is light—at this weight it probably can't be otherwise. Plenty of good characters to it. Fragrant citrus, pithy but sweet with zesty lemonade notes. A bit of soda, very little malt character. Pretty clean and pleasant all up. Feel is very light, which isn't surprising.

This is very, very drinkable and very sessionable indeed. Perhaps the carbonation is a little too high—a smoother version would perhaps be excessively drinkable and addictive. It's maybe a good thing that it's not.

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Photo of gutbucket2
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, 2.9%abv. Slightly cloudy light amber/gold appearance. Long-lasting pillowey thick head. Smell: intense citrus as with most Kernel beers. Taste: tropical citrus fruit. Medium sweetness with some dryness. Mouthfeel: lengthy with lengthy fruity citrus taste. Overall: Impressive low-gravity beer. I would prefer to drink this in quantity, than similar stronger beers.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, bottled 10/17/13, into a juice glass, sadly all that's available in my hotel room. Note: this batch is labeled 2.9% abv
A: Dark yellow with a hint of orange, a bit hazy, 1/2-finger head that quickly dissipates
S: The citra hops are clear as day. Tons of grapefruit, a hint of fresh pine needles & tropical fruits
T: The review by this one by jazzyjeff nails everything I'm tasting. Incredibly complex given the low alcohol
M: Light-bodied, light carbonation but nice crispness
O: I really wish this were imported or someone in the states made a session beer that had this low abv that packed this much flavor. Truly an outstanding beer.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2013 (bottled Nov 2012), so it's just out of date. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Five hop varieties in a beer designed for session drinking - superb.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy pale-gold hue with fine sediment and very low carbonation. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before settling as a patchy surface layer. Aroma of intensely juicy hops: notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lime, citrus, white grape, melon, mango and passionfruit. You could almost imagine it was 5 Alive! Hints of light malt and earthy yeast underpin the hops. Amazing.

Tastes of fruity hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lime, acidic citrus, white grape, melon, mango, light malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well attenuated, with a juicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly - the hop oils delight the tastebuds. Body is good for such a low ABV, however it is undercarbonated and flat. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity aroma hops, subtle yeast and stewed hop bitterness.

Most impressive and delicious. You don't get many low ABV brews that pack so much flavour. The aroma is simply incredible; a smorgasbord of fruitiness, while the flavour is also satisfyingly dominated by hop notes. The only downside is the lack of carbonation, which leaves it rather textureless and lacking zip. However, 'tis only a minor flaw. I think this was a one-off, but if you see it then don't pass it up.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery.

A: Slightly hazy orange-gold body with a thin cap of fine white foam. Light, sticky lace. Ok.

S: Dank hops. Resin, weed, and grapefruit. A little earthy. Very powerful for such a small beer. Terrific.

T: Pure hoppy goodness. Very flavorful and complex, with bitter citrus and dank herbal notes coexisting harmoniously on the way to a clean, dry, mildly bitter finish. Unbelievable depth of flavor for a session ale.

M: Smooth and soft, with ample, fine carbonation.

O: Delicious and devilishly drinkable. Great stuff.


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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at the brewery.

A: Pours a cloudy golden colour with a small white head.

S: Tropical fruits, orange, floral hops.

T: Delicate tropical/ citral flavours, with some underlying malt sweetness.

M: Light-bodied, low carbonation.

By far my favourite of the IPA/APAs I recently sampled at the brewery - for a beer of this abv, it is incredibly flavourful, yet the hops are understated and well-balanced. I could happily drink this all day.

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