Breakfast Beer Tasting: Kernel Double Black IPA

Monday rolls around with the same inevitability as morning following night and the Pope shitting in his hat. To take the edge off, you need something that will kick you where it hurts and set you up for the day. Step forward Kernel Double Black IPA.

It’s a 330ml bottle and is bottle-conditioned. Its claim to be a double Black IPA is given weight by its 9.8% strength. It poured with plenty of condition and with a moderate tan head. The first thing you notice from the aroma is the hops; there are plenty of them. Grapefruit, pine, chocolate and earthy herbal tones dominate.

The taste, as you’d expect, is bold and takes no prisoners. Medium bodied, there’s no mistaking its power, but it slips down pretty easily. The strong citrus and pine resin bitterness puckers the mouth and is followed by some coffee and dark fruits. There’s also some chocolate, but that is soon swept away by the long, dry bitter finish.

Kernel have produced yet another fine beer. Whilst obviously intended to be sipped slowly with the flavours washing over you, it’s surprisingly easy on the palate. One quickly supped bottle gets you out of the Monday feeling. Two would probably make you forget that it is actually Monday.


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