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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,140 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 369
Gots: 142 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers.

Photo of magictrokini
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.37/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale copper color wth a bright off white head, fine even lacing across my chalice. Aroma grapefruit citrus bliss in my nares, what a great smelling brew. Straight up green, citrus rinds, floral notes excellent blend of pale malts and aromatics. Flavors citrus grapefruit semi sweet blend of malts definitely lands in the hop heavy side of things. Really excellent flow to it balanced hops and malts, carbonation is medium bodied sturdy carbonation. Drinkability was rock solid cream of the crop West Coast IPA, I would live off of this stuff if readily available.

Photo of rudylaw
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Geoi!

Pours a hazy, orange with a killer, fluffy head.

Tons of citrus in the nose... grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine.

Same in the taste... just delicious! Similar to Oracle, but not quite in the same league.

Good carbonation and medium-bodied. Drinkable as all get out. Kern River is 2-2 with me! This is a hoppy, juicy, leaves-you-wanting-more brew!

Photo of pwoods
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Geoi at South Bay. 22oz. Brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark tangerine amber, murkyish. Decent sized head with good retention and lacing.

S: Lots of juicy and fruity hops. Some citrus but not getting much pine.

T/M: Pretty decent bitterness level. Lots ofthe juicy fruity hops with some resins and a bit of pine. Malts definitely balance a bit and maybe a bit more than I'd like. Likely sweet with some caramel and toffee notes. Body is medium or so with good carbonation.

D: Reasonable ABV and tasty.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure why it's taken me so long to track this one down. Saw it last night at City Beer Store and pulled the trigger. I tried to come in with average expectations.

A - Beautiful cloudy orange in a Guinness glass, moderately active and great head retention and lacing.

S - Wow. Not overpowering but a swirl brings out mangos, lemons, grapefruit, oranges, and melons. Nice pineapple comes out as it warms. Quite honestly...this beer even smells creamy...makes me just as anxious for the mouthfeel as it does the taste.

T - JUST OUTSTANDING. Follows nose 100% and as it warms the malt backing this up must be perfect because it's very creamy as it is bitter. Amazing from a single IPA. So refreshing, Perfect bitterness. It's there but not at all overpowering or lacking. Did I say the bitterness is Perfect? Perfect for the style. I love this beer. This beer is better than 75% of all the DIPAs out there and I've had about all the hyped DIPAs on this site.

M - Perfect balance between creamy for an IPA (or DIPA for that matter) and bitterness. Goes down perfect. I can find no flaws in this deptartment

O - I will say this, which is not a flaw in my book but at 6.8%, it drinks bigger to me like a 7.5% beer might...in a good way though.

Final Thoughts - When it comes to Hops, here's a brewery to look out for. Step aside Blind Pig and Sculpin...I believe I like this beer just a wee bit more when it comes to single IPAs. Blows Union Jack out the water. I expected to like this beer but not this much. Craig at City Beer said it's been sitting in the fridge for 2 weeks which probably makes this beer close to a month old. I can only imagine what this beer would have been like from the source or within a week of bottling. I was impressed with Citra in relation to the DIPA style but not as impressed I am with Just Outstanding for the IPA style.

I want more...

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with some ruby/red highlights. A nice tan 1.5 finger head. Great staying power and left some sticky lacing.

S: Nice citrus fruit aromas, some grapefruit, orange, and some tangerine. There some light pine and a touch of caramel malt.

T: Massive tropical fruits up front, some orange peel, pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine. There is a little bit of mine, but this beer is really fresh. It has a nice grassy flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It has a nice bitterness with a slightly dry finish.

O: This beer lives up to its name and did not disappoint. Great drinkability and a fresh flavor profile. Could drink this one all the time.

Photo of pumptrick
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Posted hard into my globe got a ton of head. On multiple repours I limited the head.

Smells great hop forward with citrus mango and pine

Taste is again hop forward with the citrus and mango playing well.

Mouhfeel is great for the style.

Overall will buy again.

Photo of mrelizabeth
3.12/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Local Habit. This keg was brought back by the bartender after visiting Kern River a few weeks ago.

a- amber-gold ipa. good head, screams ipa.

s- inviting. olfactory not slammed by hops. reminds me of duet by alpine.

t- again, reminds me of duet. there are a couple of hops working together here, but it feels like they almost zero each other out. you get a bit of bite early, but by the end of the glass it had lost most of that zing. drink colder than warm.

m- fell a little flat on the tongue. a weightier ipa, with thick, slow flavors.

o- this is a beer in a minor key. not a bright, hoppy ipa, more of a cloudy, moody ipa. simcoe & amarillo, but just not as good as alpine's duet.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nice translucent golden-amber color with visual carbonation. Solid, thick 2 finger frothy eggshell colored head with great retention and lacing.

Nice floral, piney, citrus-grapefruit notes on the nose with just a touch of caramel.

Probably the best balance for an IPA I've ever had. Malt to hops blended so well. Nice floral and citrus notes with a touch of caramel malt in the aftertaste.

Very smooth mouthfeel, especially for an IPA. No bitter sting alot of ipas tend to have. Good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall I think the name, like the bottle says, says it all. This is now the best IPA ive ever had. I cannot find a fault in this beer Excellent flavor, nose, balance and look. A very easy drink. A must find. So glad I cracked this beer on this hot SoCal 4th of July weekend.

Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle from Portland, thanks for sharing! Outstanding hoppy aromas, getting Cascade. Cloudy grapefruit colour with outstanding 2 inch head that lasts and leads to lots of lace. Average mouthfeel. Outstanding balance and drinkability. Orange and grapefuit with a little tangerine.

Photo of aval89
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: hazy dark orange with beautiful fluffy 1 finger head (poured into snifter). Leaves a nice lace on glass.

S: tons & tons of citrus & tropical fruits.. Peach, orange, mango, apricot, sweet caramel, with pine notes & grapefruit.. Just a RIPE smelling brew.

T: more of what the nose offered. Orange, peach, mango, grapefruit, finesse apricot flavor, with caramel to smooth everything out. Just a perfect mixture. Finishes with a nice citrus bitterness that lingers.. Not a heavily dry finish, but it does leave you puckering..

MF: the feel could have been a tad bit heavier IMO, but the carbonation is spot on.

D: SCARY GOOD! I had to slow myself down because I couldn't resist another sip..

Honestly, when I picked this up I was scared it wasn't fresh (purchased in SD & bottle has no date), so I only purchased one. As soon as I cracked this open and smelled I knew it was fresh!! The taste was the icing on cake.. I was honestly blown away by this beer & can say I prefer this over PtE.

Thank you KRBC!! Too bad I'm not back in my hometown which was an hour drive from there.

Cheers!!

Photo of augustgarage
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear, dark orange body with gamboge and amber highlights topped by a rocky merengue-like head. Sticky 3-D lacing fruits from the sides of the glass. Thin, glassy tears slide down rapidly.

Simcoe and Amarillo seem to be a popular pairing, and this beer is a good illustration of why that is. The Simcoe delivers a potent dose of passion fruit aromatics, backed by a pure wave of blood-orange and tangerine from the Amarillo. There are also hints of apricot jam, peach, honey, and fresh herbs (thyme? chamomile?) for complexity. Smells like a mouth-watering smoothie.

Sweet palate entry, rather malty even, though the hops take over rapidly. Fruity, earthy, herbal, and quite bitter with flavors similar to the aromas. Hints of rye crisps and grapefruit seeds in the finish which is dry overall.

Medium-light bodied, pillowy, with moderate carbonation. Faintly astringent with a slight minerality from the water.

Another fine example of the style - we are really swimming in an abundance of superb IPAs now...

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scalene for this one via Light Whale BIF 2. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint. No bottling date.

A: Standard pour yields a massive, slowly upward creeping, frothy, 3 finger light creamsicle colored head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear Lipton's tea color. Lacing is coarse and thick at the top and patchy towards the middle with great stick. A phenomenal looking beer.

S: Nose is aromatic. Tea leaves, pine, and citrus hoppiness. Cane sugar malt body in the background. Crisp and refreshing and very representative of the style.

T: Opens piney hop bitterness mixed with some tree sap and citrus sweetness towards the middle. Cane sugar comes in a bit but actually accentuates the hop presence. Grassy with notes of tree bark and tree sap. End has some caramel notes as well as more sap hoppiness. Finish is a spicy hop bitterness and mildly dry with a sticky hop presence that lingers in the aftertaste. Solid but not noteworthy.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated. Lively and prickly in the mouth and bubbly and abrasive going down. Crisp and refreshing. Finish is accented with an aftertaste that is sticky and lingers. Fairly standard.

O: Given their IIPA Citra, I expected a little more from this offering. This is a good beer but one that's fairly standard for its style. Worth trying as a benchmark IPA but there are better brews out there.

Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moosington for the bottle.

Just Outstanding is an interesting color that lies somewhere between copper and orange. It's slightly hazy and looks distinctly orange when held to light. A light, cream colored head sits on top. It stands about two and a half fingers tall and is slow to dissipate. Sheets of thick, sticky lace line the glass.

The nose is simply excellent. It's absolutely loaded with hops. Hop aromatics are absolutely rolling out of the glass. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange scents dominate. A few more whiffs reveal a healthy dose of pine and some light floral scents. Kern River nailed the hop bill with this one. I'm not getting much in terms of malts, which is a good thing. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Just Outstanding is tremendous smelling beer.

The flavor is likewise excellent. Citric flavors of grapefruit and pineapple attack the palate first. Hop flavor is in no short supply. Pine and light floral flavors complement the citrus flavors nicely. It's very bitter and dry. I like it. Pale malts seem to be the only noticeable malt. They don't exactly provide much balance, which is all for the better in my view. Just Outstanding is aggressively hoppy and bitter. Perfect formula for an IPA. Alcohol is never a factor. It finishes bitter and dry.

Just Outstanding has a body that's on the very light side of medium. Carbonation seems light and restrained. It's smooth, but needs more body to achieve a creamier feel. Drinkability is very high. This is delicious beer that goes down like a dream. It's not intimidating weighing in at sub 7%. I could handle a bomber or two. It's that good.

I'm not familiar with Kern River Brewing Company. The name is new to me. If their other beers are this good, we're all in for a real treat. Just Outstanding IPA is flat-out excellent. I prefer hoppy IPAs that blister the palate with no remorse. Just Outstanding falls into that category. There's nothing balanced or timid about it. Just loads of hop flavor that pounds you into submission. I'm really impressed. Highly recommended. Thanks, Mark. This was a real treat.

Photo of DoesntMatter46
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange- copper color. Very bright and clear with a fine white head.

Floral, piney hops, with a hint of toffee almost on the nose.

Pleasantly bitter and spicy up front, followed by a hit of tangerine and grapefruit, more citrus in the taste than the aroma, backed up with by the taste of Hawaiian sweet bread.

Fine textured carbonation, and on the thin side but I like that. I don't want my IPA's to have the consistency of cough syrup.

Very easy to drink. Very happy to find another great IPA from California. I think I might be planning a camping trip to the Sierra sometime soon, and will most definitely want to stop at the brewery in Kernville.

Photo of mikey711
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright orange, very translucent, and lots of carbonation rushing up fromthe bottom. The head was only about a quarter of an inch but held pretty well and left very good lacing.

S: Bursts of citrus hit my nose. Lemon, Mango, apricot, peach, with a slight hint of pine and caramel as well. Just some great hop aromas

T: Good amount of grapefruit, mango, orange, peach. Very much like the smell, but a bit more pine that is a pleasant addition. As it warms the caramel comes out a little bit more and the hops fade, best enjoyed very cold

M: A bit light and slightly grainy with a mild hint of heat. Not terrible but not perfect

D: I could drink this one on a regular basis and think it stands up to some of the ebst IPAs out there

Note: I enjoyed this side by side with PtE and prefered this

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.