Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company
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Reviews by Cavery:
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A pint Shared with Klym and SundaySour
A: a very light orange, quite clear actually. The slightly burnt orange hue with rough patches of coloring reassures me that I'm drinking an IPA. if someone secretly put a slice of citrus on my glass I'd think I was just "hefeweizened". But no, I checked the bottle, it's still okay. The two finger head came and went, with some stubborn patches forming islands of lacing.
S: GUAVA FREAKING JUICE, seriously tropical smell with a massively juicey sniff. I can't stress enough, this smells like guava nectar that is cut with a slight variation of tropical juices joining the party. multiple sniffs leaves me with a settling on Guava Nectar/Mango hybrid ambrosia -- a nose for the gods.
T: has a really singed citrus taste. It has that really great zing character that is evident in all great IPAs. That said, I think that the relentlessly orange character of the flavors numb me a bit. It's a very Juicey IPA with very subtle notes of lemon and orange. The "singed" flavor I describe is pretty unique, as it works in unison with the flavor profile to create this mask that the hop burn hides behind. Lemons, oranges, and the sugars they are caramelized in hold your hand through the hop burn. They tell you "it's okay, we'll get you through this; you will feel no bitterness, we promise." Then tropical fruit juice acts as the finish line. Congratulations, you made it.
M: the mouth-feel really is amazing, it's a ghost of a mouth. It's there but it's not, the liquid hovers in your mouth with lightness that contrasts the prominence of the flavors. It coats your mouth without entering that "medicinal" realm that so many beers do. What form of black magic is this?
O: This beer is incredible, but I have to admit the flavor was a bit unexpected from the smells I was getting. I can't say it was a let down, I just had a completely different picture than what I ended up with. That said, this is a must try. This beer begs to be your session brew of choice. The beer pairs amazingly with beach sunsets, citrus orchards, and in the licking light of camp fires. Another IPA to make California proud. One of the best single IPA's you can put your lips to.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2011 03:34:36 | More by Cavery
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3.66/5 rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle that Doug opened up. Thanks man. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 3/11/2014.
App- Dark brown-caramel, a bit hazy and opaque. Very strange for a west coast IPA. Comes with a one finger white head, fair retention and fair lacing.
Smell- Caramel, toffee, grapefruit, lemon and a bit of pine. More on the malty side. Don't know how old this is, but the hops are certainly there.
Flavour- Not particularly interesting. Caramel malt backbone is here, a bit of grapefruit and mango, with a nice pine backend that is fairly bitter. Not mindblowing by any stretch.
Mouthfeel- Nice creamy, medium bodied, not watery at all. Quite bitter even for the style, coats the tongue in pure IBU. In fact, the bitterness stands out the most in terms of the character of this beer.
Overall- Decent IPA, nothing mind-blowing or special. I can find IPAs like this fairly easily here in Madison, Wisconsin. Good extra, certainly nothing worth trading for.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 04:04:07 | More by Stevedore
4.21/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A - Builds a nice lively two finger head on the pour. The head dissipates but a then layers lingers around. The color is a pretty lite amber but cloudy. If I hadn't seen a pliny for comparison this would look better.
S - Nommy citrusy goodness. Grapefruits in there. Lemon and orange peel maybe?. Some pine in there too. Smells good and better than the previous times I've had it.
T- Taste is less than the nose. Less of the citrus and grapefruit, ect with the added bitterness of an IPA. Pineyness is still there in the taste.
M - Very silky for an IPA. Tiny little bubbles softening the beer when you drink. Like it alot.
Overall - Just started doing reviews. Having to think through the various aspects of this beer makes me think it's better than I've considered it in the past. However this weekend I drank it on tap at the brewery side by side with citra and the citra blew my mind in comparison. If not for the side by side this would be higher I think. But that's what side by sides are for :)
Serving type: growler
03-07-2014 06:37:24 | More by Wolberjs
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A: A vibrant and hazy golden with an orange hue, minimal off-white head.
S: Juicy citrus, slight hop dankness, and more fresh citrus. Guava, grapefruit, pineapple, and stone fruit.
T/M: Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Weak and mild malt flavors with a little bit of a subdued hop presence. Very subdued overall -- not up front with anything. There is a slight hint of apricot juiciness. The finish is very slightly malty with a mild bitterness.
O: Really quite nice all around. This beer does not do anything loudly, so it's hard to absolutely love or hate anything about it. Really drinkable, but also really forgettable.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 11:27:09 | More by jdhowe
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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