Pale Ale (4C)
The Kernel Brewery

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American Pale Ale (APA)
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3.92 | pDev: 7.14%
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
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3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Kernel Brewery in London; bottle-conditioned in a 500ml brown bottle, bottled on 26/02/13, BB 26/06/13, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass. The back label specifies what 4C means: four different hop varieties are used, being Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, and Citra.

A: pours a dark amber hue, murky in texture, coming with rather mild carbonation and a well-lasting off-white frothy head.
S: sweet orange and grapefruity citric aroma comes hand in hand with quite sweet and yet lightly stinky pale malts with a hint of melted sugar. A very good swirl gives rise to ripe guava, ripened gooseberries, exotic white grapey esters, etc., even a tad green-mango-ish, helping to lift the overall aroma by a good margin and making it smell a bit less sweet.
T: almost creamy and very lightly effervescent on the palate, the foretaste, being exotic, citric, mixed-fruity hoppy, comes slightly “green-ish” surprisingly, not showing a sound balance or perhaps the maltiness just seems to pale in front of the hoppiness; a wave of tangy citrus-peel-ish and citrus-seed-ish tannic bitterness soon prevails, leading towards a very long finish where my palate also picks up random phenolic & sour-bitter yeastiness as well as “semi-stinky” & gristy English pale malts.
M&O: the mouthfeel is generally refreshing and never too lively, as witnessed by the soft carbonation on the palate, while the body remains consistently light to medium, against a predominantly hoppy flavour profile. Again, to label this an American Pale Ale would be somewhat “unconventional”, as most APAs I’ve tried seem to come with a bit more malt body, flavour and colour, whereas this ale is really very hoppy and bitter by its abv., showing an imbalance b/w malts and hops, almost like an over-hopped English Blond Bitter. That said, this is yet another tasty experimental product from the Kernel Brewery, although I can’t predict when this experiment will come to maturation and help them decide which version deserves a permanent status, esp. when every brewing assistant gets the chance to invent one version at a time...

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Pale Ale (4C) from The Kernel Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 7 ratings