Friday, August 4, 2017

Kern River Long Swim Double IPA

Beer Name: Long Swim Double IPA
Brewery: Kern River Brewing (Kernville, CA)
ABV: 8.0%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $8.99 for 22 oz. bottle

Date Bottled: August 17, 2016(?)
Date Bought: March 29, 2017
Date Received: April 6, 2017
Date Opened: April 27, 2017
When brewed/released? Rotating or seasonal beer.
IBU: 80 (via Untappd)

What's on the Bottle: "In the river world, a long swim means you are probably not having your best day. That is all about to change. This Pilsner malt-based beer is a tumult of Amarillo, Centennial, Dureka and Citra hops that will help wash those troubles away. For this time at least, enjoy your long swim; it is about to get epic..."

Where distributed: As of April 2017, Kern River Brewing only distributes their beer in California, and further limits distribution even within the state. They mainly stay within Bakersfield, Kern Valley, Ridgecrest, and Tehachapi. See if Kern River ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. Frothy white head, some lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Very tropical citrus, with lemon. Stone fruit. Resinous and some dank that complements. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose. Tropical citrus and lemon from start to finish. Another extremely dangerous beer. On taste, the dank may try to overtake the tropical, but still a positive experience. No octane. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Some juiciness from all the citrus and very easy drinking. 4.75/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. The best IPA from Kern River I've had to date. Obviously, I remain on the lookout for their acclaimed Citra Double IPA that is supposed to be off-the-chain awesome. The abundance of tropical flavors here made Long Swim an instant winner. Again, very happy with the $9 purchase. We may be spoiled with our beer selection in the Pacific NW, but California also has a lot of gems. If you like tropical and dank IPAs, this is a must-get, in my opinion. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.588/5

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