Double Citra IPA by The Kernel
I have beheld the face of God and am forever changed!
This small, unassuming (think humble holy grail in Indiana Jones and the HG) brown bottle holds a beautiful beautiful thing. Probably the finest British American-style IPA I have tasted (though still need to give Hardknott’s Azimuth a proper going over).
The aromas and flavours are complex and many: citrus of course – grapefruit, orange, lemon especially in flavour – and then grass, sweet bread, floral notes with some spice. Sweetness, almost candy sweet. It’s a spring meadow not a beer! Oh Kernel Brewery you are a saucy one.
But the thing that makes this a beery meal fit for kings is the big, bold mouthfeel that is currently laying claim to my whole palate. It’s thick and lasting, a big, wet hoppy kiss in Gregg-Wallace-pudding-parlance. It’s so smooth and creamy, the 9.7% helping me sink nicely into my evening chair but not impinging on taste. It’s a stonker, a fantastic beer that I will buy on sight hopefully for years to come.
4.5 / 5. Top of the 99 Bottles charts thus far.