India Pale Ale (Mosaic) | The Kernel Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
16 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
India Pale Ale (Mosaic)India Pale Ale (Mosaic)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
thekernelbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wl0307 on 04-17-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
35
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 35
Reviews by flyingpig:
Photo of flyingpig
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from The Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.20, 330ml):
Cloudy, dark golden amber colour with a lot of sediment at the bottom of the bottle as well as in the glass. There is a pinky sized, foamy white head that holds very well.

Hoppy with plenty of pine and citrus notes to begin with, there is also a nice helping tropical notes along with some grapefruit, orange with some background caramel malts.

Pine hops with some grapefruit and plenty of tropical fruits but it's not quite as bitter as I was expecting from the smell. There is some sweetness and the caramel malts are more pronounced here but they still remain in the background throughout. More citrus and orange towards the end.

Smooth with a light medium body. As expected the beer is very bitter and full of citrus that gives it a nice tang towards the end and overall it has a nice balance with a crisp finish.

Another fine beer from The Kernel, this is the reason I pick up their beers any chance I get. This one looks fantastic and smells great too with a lot of tropical fruits and bitter pine hops to start off with.

 1,089 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Pre-Borefts Ratebeer Tasting 2016. Hazy straw yellow with a thin white head. Notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Medium body, medium to high carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish.

 196 characters

Photo of stephenlee
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. I've been looking forward to sampling this new hop variety.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A rich orange-amber hue with plenty of chunky sediment and good carbonation. Yields a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of bright, juicy hops with hints of white grape, mild melon, grapefruit, peel, citrus, grass/hay and faint tropical fruit. Sweet and leafy, with undertones of caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Excellent.

Tastes of intensely fruity hops with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, white grape, grass/hay, tropical fruit, earthy yeast, caramel malt and stewed hops. A subtle twinge of booze in the background. Highly attenuated, followed by a strident, spicy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with decent carbonation and good body. The hops oils stimulate the palate. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and earthy yeast.

Oh yes - another success from the British masters of the American IPA. Lovely stuff. It looks good, even if the yeast is a bit excessive. The aroma and flavour present a smorgasbord of fruity, hoppy deliciousness and a mordant bitterness. Nice body. Once again, Kernel are killing it with their IPAs - well worth trying if you stumble across it.

 1,469 characters

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Highbury09
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdagnew
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a golden copper colour with a slight haze. White head with coppery hints poured big thick and foamy with a meringue like topping then faded slowly to good covering with thick edging... barely any carbonation bubbles... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of juicy mouth watering (slightly tropical ?) fruitiness (pears, grapefruits, oranges, magnoes), light sweet caramel malts, buttery, some bready notes, honey, citrus and grassy hops, light pine, quite floral, talcum powder traces, faint rubbery notes, some tobacco...

Taste is pretty similar to the aroma... slighty tropical tart fruits (grapefruits oranges, limes), good peppery and citrus hop bitterness balanced by caramel sweetness, chalky traces, light metallic notes, quite biscuity...

M&D - Smooth initially with a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied... an extremely quaffable brew...

Overall - Another excellent IPA from Kernel... highly recommended...

 985 characters

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of teddibrewski
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of the4_5
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Jon4than
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I don't find the subtle blueberry you'd expect in a Mosaic hopped beer, and the blatant untamed hop bitterness carries it swiftly into imbalance. Standard pale malt base.

Overcarbonated and unrefreshing.

Drinkable. Merely above average for the style. Does hide its ABV well.

C+ (3.05)

 292 characters

Photo of Deltoro
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrenihan
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 4 2014.

The beer is cloudy orange in colour, with a smallish white head. Head goes pretty quickly.

Great nose on this one. Bright and fruity, quite tropical, but some citrus as well. Pineapple, lychee, orange.

Taste is also good, but not as remarkable as the nose. Still bright and fruity, with a grapefruit presence, but there is now a notable weedy, herbal flavour - which is not a bad thing. Fairly bitter. A decent caramel malt base.

Medium bodied, moderately to strongly carbonated. A bit oily.

Overall, very nice stuff. A very good IPA.

 564 characters

Photo of Kenee
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a tulip glass.

NIce light yellow but with a cloudy darker haze (not chill haze). Intriguing.

Very light fruity citrus smell. Grapefruit?

Nice mild small fizz on the tongue.

Lovely light citrus flavour but with a broad beery taste (helpful I know!). Only mild astringency despite hops smell.

Thirst quenching and very refreshing. Not as good as I was expecting but good new wave IPA.

 408 characters

Photo of SVD
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bark
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jonb5
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost a half pint at the Craft Beer co Clerkenwell.

A: Cloudy, golden, not much of a head, minimal amount of lacing.

S: Mango, not too much else but nice.

T: On the sweet side, also followed the nose, subtle for a stronger beer, not too boozy.

M: Smooth, slightly chewy texture, tiniest hint of a coarse edge from the booze.

O: I really liked this one, didn’t over do anything, but was pretty interesting.

 417 characters

Photo of StJamesGate
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Marigold with a rimming snow white film and lots of chunky bits of yeast.
Intoxicating nose - tropical fruit salad, pink grapefruit and fresh hop flowers with a touch of cat.
Saltines, biscuit and grapefruit chunks then twisty hops of passionfruit, tangerine, mango and spruce.
Grapefruit peel finish and long saltwater taffy linger.
Light verging on medium, some cling, crisp, tinny.

Mosaic reputedly has both Simcoe and Citra characteristics, and that explains a lot: sharp and tart, though more multi-dimensional than Citra and not as dank as Simcoe. I get less earth and spice and more citrus and fruit, though Mosaic can show all. Far more aroma than IBUs. As usual, balanced and lean-bodied.

More excellence from Kernel.

 729 characters

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh from the brewery.
Appearance: Nice and cloudy with a sustaining white head.
Taste: A piquant orange marmalade and burned toast profile. At 7% it's pretty watery. Very dry with lots of zest.
Overall: The Kernel are great at what they do but some are better than others and this is one of their more generic tasting offerings.

 330 characters

Photo of Bpayne88
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330nl bottle courtesy of Thirstybird (thanks Rian). Bottled on 11/23/2016; best by 3/23/2017. Pours a hazy, honey-gold with a frothy, half inch, bright white head that settles into a solid skim. Swaths of lacing are evident during the tasting. Nice nose - suggestions of tropical fruit and honeydew melon. Taste leads with cracked malts, followed by a hint of the elements suggested by the nose and an earthy/herbal quality. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation shy of lively, a hint of acidity and a semi-dry finish. Overall, a solid IPA despite the age. Wish I had the opportunity to try this sooner.

 619 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
India Pale Ale (Mosaic) from The Kernel Brewery
3.99 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe