Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company
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Reviews by kbm:
4.6/5 rDev +8.7%
This beer is quickly becoming my go-to IPA.
Orange/straw translucent with a great foamy almond head. Good head retention and good lacing.
Smell is at first all tropical and citrus especially grapefruit and orange peel. After the head breaks down, there's a bit of sweet toasted malt peeking through. Very little simcoe cat piss.
The taste follows the aroma with a good bitter bite, which lingers after all the toasted malt and citrus fades. The bitterness, although aggressive, is not harsh - like many similar IPAs.
Mouthfeel is noticeably smoother than most. This may be due to the fact that the carbonation is not quite as aggressive as many IPAs. The beer is dry. Served at below cellar temps, I really enjoy the smooth body with the restrained carbonation - the beer seems to melt away right before the swallow. This makes the beer immensely drinkable. I usually wish beers came in less than 220z bottles. This beer, however, leaves me wishing they sold a 32oz.
For what it's worth, I've had my share of fresh Citra at the brewery and I can honestly say that, in most instances, I would choose The Just Outstanding IPA over Citra. And that's not a knock on Citra at all.
10-31-2010 00:48:36 | More by kbm
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4.23/5 rDev 0%
Pours into an imperial nonic a deep orange tinged brass color with a large blooming slight off white head atop that leaves multiple broken rings of lace as it settles ever so slowly.Aromas of grapefruit rind and herbal hops over top of biscuit malts.Pretty outstanding flavors with sharp grapefruit and resin-like hops winning out over sweetish caramel/biscuit dough maltiness.A big hopped up left coast ipa,as good as I thought it would be.
10-14-2013 20:41:37 | More by oberon
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
Appearance - This beer blew up when I opened it and once I actually got it in the glass it looked like a mud puddle. Not very appealing.
Smell - The dry-hopping jumps out of the glass. There's almost you could say two different bouquets. The first one that you get is pure, fresh hops, strongly citrus. The next is the bulk of the ale which is a thick, heavy caramel malt with lighter yet still citrus-based hops.
Taste - The hops are huge at the taste as well so this isn't just some cheap dry-hopping to pep up an inferior ale. The hop flavor is throughout from beginning to end, and the fine Simcoe in particular defines the profile. The other nice surprise here is, although it's not a double, the malt profile is as strong as a lot of doubles. They are creamy, gooey malts with lots of cane sugar flavor.
Mouthfeel - This is huge for a non-double IPA, I'd say bigger than medium-bodied, and very, very smooth in the mouth. The bitterness manages to be big but non-intrusive and although the ale foamed over when opened the carbs are quite mild.
Drinkability - This is an explosive ale that basically has all of the big characteristics of a double except the alcohol content.
07-01-2010 00:41:35 | More by RoyalT
3.66/5 rDev -13.5%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):
LOOK: Dirty peach; thick, creamy white head
SMELL: Intensely floral, orange grove, catty, mint, hemp seed, vegetal, clean alcohol, cookie dough
TASTE: Piney hop, chocolate mint, fresh citric fruits, bready malt backbone, warming alcohol, very juicy, hemp, faint cattiness, yeast, fresh-cut grass, aspirin, caramel, hoppy finish
“Just Outstanding” and “The Name Says It All” might look cool on a label, but it's a ballsy stretch and honestly, we simply expected much more. In a world saturated with IPAs, this one is actually “just good,” which ain't bad either, but it ain't all that.
02-14-2013 00:38:46 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.35/5 rDev -20.8%
Poured into my new belgium tulip.
Pours a straw yellow with a big thick white head. In the glass the beer is a little cloudy and more orange in color. The hear remain sticky and laces well. The head is beautiful the beer itself is ehh.
The aroma is pineapples and passion fruit. The aroma is all hops and all fruity. not sure where i stand i like it a lot but it seems lacking.
The taste matches the aroma tropical fruits and a slight bitter finish. A tasty brew but it lacks a little definition in the complexity of the hop profile.
I can see how people would love this brew i like it but I'm not in love with it. tropical fruit ipas apparently aren't my thing.
02-16-2012 03:43:52 | More by bishopdc0
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
I have to say that this name fits.When you name your beer Just outstanding you better bring your A game and Kern River did.Nice golden color and that nice smell6.,8 for an IPA is a little under what i am used to but the flavor more than makes up for it.Give it a try.You will love it.Kern River Rocks.
08-19-2014 03:40:15 | More by Motleydrunk56
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
Cheers to solomon420 for this brew in a trade. Amber in color. Thin head which settles to no head. Big nose of citrus and piney hops. Taste is dominated by the bitter grapefruit-like hop profile. Mouthfeel is a bit dry but still drinkable. My 1st beer from this brewery & it was a good one if you are a hop-head.
09-04-2008 00:01:13 | More by SkinnyElvis
4.4/5 rDev +4%
First experience with this brewery. Pours clear copper with a medium white head. Good lacing. Earthy, kind of barnyard noseful of hops. If you are familiar with the area where this beer is brewed, it smells like that. Its uncanny and only adds to this beer's character. Smooth, clean mouthfeel with a long finish. Taste is bitter and earthy. The Amarillo hops are the boss in this one; peppery, earthy, piney, and bitter. The Simcoe is a nice compliment, but take a backseat to the Amarillos. Hefty malt, but as is my favorite, they also take a backseat and don't turn the beer into a sticky, candy mess. This is a true single IPA that packs a strong hops punch. Love it.
06-09-2009 04:31:31 | More by magictrokini
3.38/5 rDev -20.1%
22oz bomber poured into a taster.
Pours a really pale light hazy color with a small white head. Nose is light, a bit hoppy but not over the top, more like a pale ale.
Taste is also like a pale. There at hops but it's not over the top hop. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and creamy, overall deceit as a pale.
01-29-2011 01:39:44 | More by kingcrowing
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
Thanks for the gift, NoSignsOfPain!
Slightly hazy golden orange and amber with a thick, pillowy, persistent off-white head. Lines and sheets of lace are left down the glass.
A well balanced, though strong and pungent aroma consisting of lots of citrus, mild pine, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Complete, strong, and well rounded.
Moderately bitter, with lots of pungent citrus and tropical flavors, balanced nicely by a caramel and bready backbone. Complete, drinkable, and delicious.
Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.
A delightful IPA. Just outstanding.
11-18-2011 01:56:48 | More by ehammond1
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Notes reveal an amber pour at the SDIBF. Was all stoked, was hitting up the brewery the very next day for the Citra dipa release. Well, I liked this one as much, if not more.
Pungent dry hopped aroma, surely multi varietal dry hopping was going on here. Taste, phenomenal, doesn't feel heavy in any sense, just so light and hoppy. Amarillo seems to be the most obvious. Isn't really super bitter, they didn't jack up the ibu's or abv on this to go after that segment of consumers. Good amount of that tropioal citrus throughout the mouthfeel.
When they call this Just Outstanding, they come off very credible at the end of the bottle.
09-05-2010 04:48:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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