Breakfast Kernel Beer Tasting: Double S.C.C.A.N.S

Monday morning and you need something to set you up for the week. Something to kick-start the good times and wave goodbye to the Monday morning blues. Step forward, Kernel Double S.C.C.A.N.S..

This is a big boy’s hop bomb. It’s their S.C.C.A.N.S (Simcoe, Columbus, Citra, Amarillo, and Nelson Sauvin) but double. This means it weighs in at an impressive 10.1% and comes in bottle-conditioned 330ml form.

As per usual with Kernel, it was very lively and poured hazy golden-orange with a large off-white head. The aroma was pungent: lots of grapefruit, gooseberry and pineapple and lychee. It was medium bodied and the taste was intense. Lots of sharp citrus flavours; mango, peach and orange peel were all in there and a hint of buttered toast.

Although the alcohol peeked through, it was mostly muted by the intense hop combinations and the finish was long and dry, grapefruit like. This is not a subtle beer: your taste buds are soon overwhelmed and it’s like being constantly punched with a hop bucket. However, much as that appeals to me, the slight buttery nature and high alcohol content means that I prefer the cleaner, crisper single S.C.C.A.N.S.


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