Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company
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Reviews by cxr1037:
4.23/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle (thanks Alex) into a tulip. I was afraid this bottle was going to explode as I rode a train with it all the way back home from Bakersfield, but it held up just fine!
appearance: A clean, warm amber color. Modest head that fades away gradually.
smell: Hops, but not overpowering. A little phenolic/resinous. Piney. Lots of malts, too.
taste: Citrusy, piney, with lots of malt balancing things out quite nicely. The bottle says it has a "large malt character and a huge hop profile". This is pretty accurate, and I think both come together perfectly in this beer. Other reviewers say refreshing, and I absolutely agree!
mouthfeel: Good carbonation, not much but certainly enough. Bitter on the palate but not too heavy.
finish: Citrusy bitterness, balanced out by the "large malt character".
overall: After a short train trip up to Bakersfield and back, this is the perfect way to end the weekend. Very refreshing, well balanced...this is now one of my favorite IPAs. I can't wait to try more Kern River Brewing Company beers!
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2012 03:28:36 | More by cxr1037
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4.01/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A: Pours out a hazy orange. Can see little floaties. This one is unfiltered, it would appear. Darkish in color. Gives off a finger and a half off white head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is absolutely wonderful. Carbonation appears to be minimal, but it's hard to tell amongst the hazy and sediment.
S: Got the West Coast part down. Big pine, grapefruit and spicy tropical notes. Also a bit of spiced tangerine/orange. Malt comes through with some caramel and lightly nutty sweetness. Am getting a slightly catty/onion undertone from the Simcoe, as well.
T: Big hit of grain up front. Initial surge of lime and kumquat pith lead the hop charge. These transition mid palate into more standard IPA territory of pine, some herbaceousness and a touch of grapefruit. As it warms, the malt begins to open up, but never takes on any sweetness. Instead, it's a grassy, grainy style of malt. Bitterness asserts on the finish, bringing back bitter citrus peel, pine needles and a floral characteristic. Finishes extremely dry, bordering astringent.
M: Oh, so incredibly light for an IPA. Crisp on the palate, but with fairly subdued carbonation.
O: Very well executed, but somewhat lackluster. Lacks the complexity and depth of flavor of the top tier IPA's. Still, glad to have tried it.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 06:23:57 | More by McStagger
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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