Monday 25 July 2016

Beer Tasting: The Kernel Pale Ale Simcoe Centennial Amarillo

This one pours totally clear gold (Kernel? Is it really you?), lightly effervescent, with a frothy, pure white head. Floral hops circle in the aroma, along with some citrus peel, lemon, pine needles. Lightly sweet, with dry pale malts, a little perfume, more pine needles, dashes of melon, lemon peel, pithy grapefruit. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Pretty clean on the finish, with further pine needles, biscuits, citrus peel. 

Perhaps not quite as juicy as other Kernel APAs, but very clean and highly drinkable. 

For the record, I procured this bottle from the ever-handy Offie & Toffee.

Beer Tasting: Kew Richmond Rye

I bought this beer, appropriately, from Whole Foods Richmond. 

It pours mostly clear amber-gold, effervescent, with a foamy, off-white head. The aroma is big and grainy, with lots of bready malts, notes of ripe citrus, orange peel, a little toast. Light-medium sweet flavour with just faint minerality, touches of white grape, melon, more citrus fruits, bitter orange rind, grainy pale malts. Light bodied with lively, massaging carbonation. The beer finishes with more lightly toasted grains, drying minerals, a dash of pine resin, more rindy citrus. 

Overall, it's not bad. If you like grainy rye beers, this one is a fair example of the style.