India Pale Ale (Mosaic)
The Kernel Brewery

India Pale Ale (Mosaic)India Pale Ale (Mosaic)
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #2,773
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,661
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
39
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87
Very Good
India Pale Ale (Mosaic)India Pale Ale (Mosaic)
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Reviews by jrenihan:
Photo of jrenihan
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of stephenlee93
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, from Ales By Mail. ABV is 7.0%. Cloudy golden colour with yeast floaties, moderate white head. Hoppy aroma of citrus, tropical fruits, pine and spruce. The flavour has a slight malty and fruity sweetness, followed by distinct grapefruity and resinous bittering hops.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle bought online from Etre Gourmet. Bottled Aug 24, 2013. 7.2% abv.

It pours a cloudy yellow orange(it's bottle conditioned) with a 1" head of foam and brings some very nice lacing.

Big time grass and grapefruit in the smell with no hint of any malt. This IS super fresh and an American IPA so....;^)

Grapefruit is on the prowl, some grassy notes standing by the grapefruit assuring that the Mosaic hops do their job right. And they do. Weirdly, the only time I notice any malt character is during the swallow. A bit of slightly sweet going on there only at that time. Is it bitter? For sure! Is it too much for Bitterbill to handle? Laws no! I'm digging it!

Medium bodied with ditto for the carbonation. Just fine for the style and for my palate.

Drinkability is very good for the abv and since I'm a big fan of bottle conditioned brews, the cloudy appearance doesn't hurt the score in my book. This is really an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of bark
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Kernel Brewery in London recently; bottle-conditioned in a 330ml brown bottle, bottled on 12/03/2013, BB 12/07/2013, served cool in Tripel Karmaliet’s branded stemmed flower bulb-shaped goblet.

A: pours a dark amber cloudy hue, coming with fine fizz and a well lasting creamy beige head.
S: the nose is full of ripe fruits & flowery esters, reminiscent of grapefruits, hawthorn fruits, ripe guava, ripe oranges, underlined by creamy malts & hop resins at the back. Overall, it’s harmonious & balanced. A very good swirl brings up a touch of musk & phenol, while a whiff of semi-stinky English pale malts with fine caramely sweetness always stays close by.
T: on the palate, the flavour is balanced acidic&sweet, showing a good pale-malt dominated backbone, with tangy&chewy hop tannins to follow, before an aromatic aftertaste prevails with more potent bitter hops & exotic fruitiness at the end of each long sip.
M: lightly carbonated, smooth on the palate, medium bodied… all in all very well attenuated.
O: this is yet another well-balanced hoppy treat from the Kernel, delicious, also showing a clear flavour structure. Well done, Chun!

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Photo of mdagnew
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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...

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Photo of seanbhudson
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look:hazy orange
Smell: topical (pineapple) and earth
Taste: pineapple, biscuits, pine. A bit of orange soda
Feel: nice balance not to syrupy but not too crisp
Overall: great beer just a tad sweet

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BeerTruck
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jonb5
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
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)

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of TallSaint
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Deltoro
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nolen12
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

India Pale Ale (Mosaic) from The Kernel Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 39 ratings