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The Kernel IPA Double S.C.C.A.N.S.

Rating: 4.25

Big beer time now and my second beer from The Kernel in quick succession, my fourth overall. This one, coming in at over 10% abv. is the third of three Kernel beers I picked up on a recent visit to London and is probably the one of the three I have been most eager to try so I though I’d save it to last. This double IPA is a new beer from the brewery for summer 2012 and from what I can tell only seems to have be a week old, two at most when I purchased it back in July. As such it doesn’t have many reviews online but as with all their previous beers reviewed here I’m sure this one will be an excellent addition to the Kernel roaster.

Appearance (5/5): Bright amber to orange with a thumb sized, foamy white head that stays well even as you start drinking it. This one looks great.
Aroma (8/10): A nice, mellow pine aroma coupled with some citrus fruits and touches of grapefruit and orange. There is some floral notes following this and overall the aroma is a clean one. I was surprised with how mellow and well balanced this one smelt given it came in at over 10% abv. but it is a great smelling beer with good tropical fruit notes in there as well.
Taste (8/10): Pine to begin with as expected, coming in a little stronger than the nose and paired with some bitterness from the grapefruit as well as a little orange and lemon. There is a good floral hop taste, some sugar and finished off with some tropical fruits, mango and hints of alcohol but for the most part this is well hidden.
Palate (4/5): Quite a full mouthfeel with huge amount of bitterness from the hops along with a sweet, fruity middle. There is a sticky smooth feel to the beer and it goes down well with good depth and a well hidden alcohol content considering how strong it actually is.

Overall (17/20): An excellent beer from start to finish, this one has a great balance to it and goes down wonderfully. The alcohol is there but well hidden and the bitter pine and fruit flavours work very well together without overpowering you. I was expecting the hops and bitterness of this one to be off the chart and too much to take but thankfully they were held back slightly and the beer is an excellent one as a result. A must try, look out for this one in case they stop making it again.

Brewed In: London, England
Brewery: The Kernel Brewery
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Imperial/Double IPA
Abv: 10.1%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Whittalls Wine Merchants (Oddbins)
Price: £4.75

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