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The Kernel Pale Ale Citra Zeus Summit El Dorado

Rating: 3.55

My 18th unique beer from The Kernel brewery now, another pale ale from them this time and one that I picked up since I felt it had been a while since my last new beer from them. I usually do my best to grab a new one from them whenever I get the chance as the vast majority of the time it proves to be another excellent beer so hopefully this one will be more of the same. The beer uses, you’ve guessed it, Citra, Zeus, Summit and El Dorado hops which I think is a new combination for me and I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out. Going by what I can find out online, this one is a new beer from the brewery that was launched in early May this year and if their other beers are anything to go bu then this one probably won’t be around for too long so as always it’s best to grab it while you still can.

The Kernel Pale Ale Citra, Zeus, Summit, El Dorado

Appearance (4/5): Orange amber in colour and slightly cloudy, this one is topped with a half centimetre tall head that’s foamy white and looks quite thick, managing to cover the surface of the beer well and hold over the opening few minutes.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a juicy beer on the nose and one that seemed quite refreshing initially, there’s quite a lot of pine and tropical fruit notes coming through as well as a few hops but nothing is overly pronounced either. There’s a few subtle malts appearing but I struggled to detect much in the way of any sweetness before the grassy hops and further citrus started to come through towards the end.
Taste (6/10): Tropical fruits and some juicy hops kick things off here, there’s a little citrus coming through as well but it’s not as pronounced as with the nose. I managed to detect some subtle malts and a touch of sweetness that seemed to be missing from the nose but again nothing really sticks out with this one and it could have used being slightly stronger. There’s some earthy flavours making an appearance around the middle and towards the end with some nice bitterness in there too though.
Palate (4/5): A medium bodied beer that is quite smooth on the palate, this one has a slight tang to it from the citrus hops which also impart a nice bitterness on the beer, as do the other three hops used here. There is a fairly refreshing feel to this one and it goes down quite easily, helped along the way by some moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall (13/20): While this one was an easy to drink beer and didn’t really have anything wrong with it, I’d have to say it’s not one of The Kernel’s best offerings  and seemed miles away from some of the better beers I’ve tried from the brewery in the past. The beer was hoppy with some nice tropical fruits and citrus coming through, it seemed quite refreshing and the balance wasn’t bad but it could definitely have been a little more pronounced, the taste in particular was only slightly better than a weak one. Overall it was an okay beer but it could have been so much better, especially when compared to other American pale ale’s from The Kernel and as such it’s not one I’ll be likely to pick up again.

Brewed In: London, England
Brewery: The Kernel Brewery
First Brewed: 2015
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.4%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £3.20

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