If you wanted to get into sampling British Craft Beer at its best, you can do a lot worse than drinking Kernel ales. In fact, every single beer I've tasted by them has been excellent. It's the epitome of a modern British Brewery, inspired by the American craft beer style with upfront flavourful beers, a million miles away from bitter of old that used to taste like warm dishwater.
The Kernel Pale Ale Chinook Nugget. (£3.49).
All these pale ales are cloudy. This is fresh, dry and bitter. 8/10.
The Kernel Pale Ale Motueka Centennial Nelson Sauvin Zeus. (£3.49).
Slightly drier than the previous one, more tropical with extra grapefruit bitterness. 7.5/10.
The Kernel Pale Ale Simcoe Amarillo Mosaic. (£3.49).
Subtle differences again, but slightly softer, light and balanced. 8/10.
The Kernel Export India Porter. (£3.49).
Gorgeous! Rich and smoky. 8.5/10.
The Kernel India Pale Ale Citra. (£2.95).
A classic IPA, tropical flavours, fresh and hoppy with a touch of grapefruit. Not too bitter though. 8.5/10.
The Kernel India Pale Ale S.A.N.S. (£2.95).
Darker and cloudier, hazy, sweet and tangy with a pine resin note. 7.5/10.
The Kernel Export Stout 1890. (£2.95). Gorgeous complex and rich, velvety, roast coffee with vanilla notes. Very good indeed. 9/10.
So the moral of the tasting is if you see Kernel beer just buy it, it's bound to be good.
I got mine from The Chorlton Off Licence, (it's their biggest seller,) but it's available in most good beer shops now.