If The Kernel were a winery, they’d be a first growth. In a very competitive craft beer market, they are still making astonishingly good stand-out beers. This is another great example.
The Kernel India Pale Ale 5NZ
Fresh but rounded and smooth with nice concentration and harmony. There’s nice hoppy, spicy, passionfruit and grapefruit character, sitting beautifully in the midst of a smooth but not intrusive malt base. The alcohol adds a bit of depth and smoothness, too. Such a lovely beer. 8.5/10
Now I am not the greatest fan of stouts and porters. ‘Heresy,’ I hear you cry. It’s just that many of them taste excessively bitter and angular, and I don’t really enjoy them. But here is a gem. It’s a truly remarkable beer with so many dimensions of flavour. And it comes from the DRC of London’s brewers, The Kernel.
The Kernel Export India Porter
Made with Columbus, Simcoe and Bramling Cross hops. Brown black in colour with a creamy head. Full flavoured yet balanced with it, with attractive hoppy bitterness in the background. It’s fresh with a hint of chocolate and a little iron, and there’s certainly malty flavour present, but it’s not sweet. Close your eyes as you drink and it’s hard to call it a Porter. Structured, pure, really fine and expressive. 9/10
More Kernel love. Had a bottle of this at Crystal Palace FC in an executive box, and then the next day had it again at The Quality Chop House. It really is an excellent beer. Drinkable, hoppy, tangy and characterful. But above all: balanced. I’ve gone big on the score for what describes itself humbly as a table beer, because I think it deserves it.
The Kernel Table Beer
There’s a lovely savoury herbal bite to this super-drinkable beer, which shows tangy citrus fruit, spicy herbs, good freshness and subtle toffee malt notes. Aromatic, fresh, and with plenty of complexity. 8.5/10
The Kernel Brewery in the view of this blog is one of the finest micro brewers in the country, offering a constantly changing diverse range of exciting beers.
London Sour, The Kernel Brewery, Bermondsey, London 2.7% alcohol
This has to be the ultimate beer for wine lovers. It does not taste like beer, largely due to its acidity which is why many will either love it or hate it. If you are looking for any other traditional style of lager, ale or porter, this is not it. The polar opposite of the epic Double Citra . It tastes very much like a natural Loire Chenin Blanc with no discernible dissolved carbon dioxide. Supremely elegant tart baked apples, citrus and a haunting long finish. Sour beer is very tricky to do, allowing often wild yeast or bacteria into the brew, usually in a barrel. On the basis of this bottle, once again, The Kernel know exactly what they are doing. 9.5/10