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The Kernel IPA Zeus Exp431 El Dorado Nelson Sauvin

Rating: 4.05

A new release from The Kernel from September this year, the beer being bottled on the last day of August before being released shortly after that. It will go down as my twenty-first different beer from the London-based brewery but surprisingly will be my first new one of this year; the last new offering from them I tried was actually their Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 that I sampled towards the end of October last year. Coincidentally I had this new offering from them almost a year to the day later but it’s taken me a few days to get my review added here this time round. Like most beers I pick up from the brewery, this one is another IPA that simply lists the hops used in the name of the beer; Zeus, Exp 431, El Dorado and Nelson Sauvin in this instance. Anyway, here’s what I thought of my first new Kernel offering in over a year and hopefully I’ll not leave it anywhere near as long before picking up something else from them again.


Appearance (4/5): This was pours quite a nice and pretty thick looking amber colour that borders on orange and is hazy come very slightly hazy murky in the middle. There is a thin white head that starts just shy of a centimetre tall before slowly receding to settle about a quarter of a centimetre tall and a touch patchy nearer the centre; the beer still looks good though.
Aroma (8/10): Quite fresh in the early going with all the expected hops and citrus notes opening things up, there was some pine and grapefruit in there that I’ve come to expect from Kernel IPA’s but there was slightly more spice and touches of caramel this time round too. I got a bit of orange and plenty of tropical fruits as the beer moved towards the middle; mango, apricot and some peach all featured and were strong. Towards the end I got some faint earthy touches and a light sprinkling of sweetness too but overall the tropical notes and hop bitterness came out strongest.
Taste (8/10): Again quite a strong opening with a combination of pine and tropical fruits kicking things off but they were very slightly less pronounced than with the nose. I got a decent amount of caramel too with the peach and mango from the nose not far behind. The beer was full of hop bitterness but also featured some nice touches of spice and a hint of sweetness too thanks to some lighter cinnamon flavours and the previously mentioned caramel. Nearer the end the pine and some grapefruit bitterness started to take over and there was a hint of the alcohol in there as well too; excellent stuff though and very enjoyable.
Palate (4/5): Very fresh and quite a lively offering with a lot of hop bitterness from the start that was very refreshing to drink. Carbonation levels were about medium and there was a nice citrus tang somewhere around the middle with a dry finish that was loaded with hops and some faint spice too. Some caramel sweetness featured sporadically throughout and right at the end there was a slightly warming touch from some of the alcohol in there but it remained a very easy beer to drink.

Overall (17/20): This one was a very long overdue beer from The Kernel for me and one that was well worth the wait in trying, my first in over a year from the brewery and one that was loaded with hop bitterness and full of flavour. Opening with a great combination of pine and tropical fruits bitterness, there was some sweet caramel and touches of spice in there too that kept things well balanced and enjoyable. I also appreciated the slightly warming finish thanks to the faint touches of alcohol that featured as well. Excellent stuff as always from The Kernel that’s got me looking forward to my next new one from them already; and I won’t be leaving it as long this time.

Brewed In: London, England
Brewery: The Kernel Brewery
First Brewed: 2016
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.9%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £3.20

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