This Wednesday saw the launch of the Suke Quto Coffee IPA from Kernel Brewery and Square Mile Coffee at Mason & Taylor. A very different event to the Brewdog tasting I found myself at last year, nonetheless an enjoyable experience.
Kernel beers are always bottled conditioned, meaning there is still yeast in there, happily creating alcohol and co2. This does mean they tend to be a bit lively! Small samples of both the first and second batch were handed out in M&Ts branded 1/3rd pint glasses.
So what of the beers?
Batch one – obviously hoppy, paler in colour compared with the second batch. Nothing much I could pick out on the smell, but on taste there was definitely more than a hint of burnt toast.
Batch two – again, as you would expect from an IPA, a really hoppy nose. But on the taste the coffee really came through. If you’ve ever been addicted to coffee (and not even necessarily the good stuff) you might identify with this – for me, it felt a bit like a warming coffee ‘hug’. The coffee bitterness is something I enjoyed and I would definitely give a similarly flavoured beer a go if I saw one available. Our table agreed that batch two was an improvement over the first.