Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

430 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

(Read More)
Reviews: 430
Hads: 1,177
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 371
Gots: 149 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Just Outstanding IPA Alström Bros
Reviews: 430 | Hads: 1,177
Photo of nlmartin
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer came my way as an extra in a recent trade. The beer was chilled and served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear peach body with a thick biege head. The head of the beer withstood the mustache test. Thick lacing covered my glass. In short this beer looks super tasty!

Smell: Mango, melons, pine resin, grapefruit very hop forward aromas greet my nose. The malt has a nice toasty thing going on.

Taste: The taste closely followed teh aroma. Nice loads of hops good juicy notes with a nice resinous coating of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Very high marks! Nice slick medium body carbonation levels are perfect. A coating of oily hops hit my palate and didnt let up. I could drink this one beer all night long and be ready to hit another one the next night. Just Outstanding! (808 characters)

Photo of pigdog
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone IPA glass

a-golden/amber colored body with a thick foamy white head, nice lacing lines the glass

s-smell is an amazing blend of citrus and some mango/tropical fruits. Even my wife who wasn't drinking it commented on how great it smelled. The aroma is just an explosion of everything 'good'.

t-tropical fruit, citrus, hoppiness. The hops are well balanced which results in a clean yet slightly bitter finish. The taste really is amazing, the bitterness/hoppiness may be borderline for some, but perfect for what I was looking for.

m-light/medium body, solid carbonation, near perfect

d-i could drink this all day long. The only thing holding this one back is that it may be too bitter for some.

overall-easily one of my favorite IPAs, I love this beer. I've had it both on tap and bottle, and can't get enough of it. If you would have told me a few months ago that I'd fall in love with a beer with such a blast of fruity-bitterness I would have said you're crazy. This is an amazing beer and if you love IPAs this should be on your list. (1,063 characters)

Photo of OTB
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh bottles from March bottling. The beautiful amber orange appearance is simply just amazing to look at, one of the prettiest brews to linger over. The nose is fresh wet hops, pine, orange, and grapefruit. Fresh JO is simply delicious, a balancing act of super fresh citrus fruits, bitter hops,and perfect malting that is just a joy to drink. The mouth is another exercise in balance, clean, refreshing and crisp, it leaves the palette ready for another sip. KRBC is up there with Alpine in my book for continuous quality and cutting edge creativity. World class ales. (571 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. No visible freshness date...<grumble, grumble>.

A - Pours a beautiful golden orange with a fluffy white head that recedes slowly, leaving lots of sticky lacing. A gem of an IPA.
S - Mmmm...this is right in my IPA comfort zone. Lot's of pungent hop aromas of grapefruit, mandarin orange, pine resin, pineapple, and a touch of caramel sweetness. Very floral and crisp.
T - Similar to the nose, lot's of big grapefruit and pine resin notes, along with the slightly more subtle orange, pineapple, and lemon zest. Again, moderately sweet caramel backbone that provides just enough support for all those hops. Finish is pleasantly bitter, and lingers on the palate for some time.
M - Nice and creamy, with a smooth, medium body and crisp carbonation. Superbly drinkable.
O - An excellently crafted IPA, one I would drink often if I had regular access to it. I think it would be easy to write this off as "CITRA DIPA-light", but that would be a huge mistake, this easily stands on it's own as one of the best examples of an IPA in the market. (1,080 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from Solomon420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy polished brass brew. Head recedes gradually, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is piercing grapefruitiness. Taste starts lightly sweet, goes citrus in the middle, then fades to pine which dominates into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is way too easy. This one is named just right. (492 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy opaque orange with a faint white ring of head.

S: Pineapple, mango, tangerine, the nose is amazing and almost nectary.

T: Really fresh Orange, mango, pineapple, pine, nectary and delicious.

M: Medium bodied and smooth, the polar opposite of the typical harsh IPA mouthfeel.

O: I love this IPA. I wish they distributed their beer. (341 characters)

Photo of Rau71
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a Sierra Nevada Tumbler Pint Glass.

Smells like american hops, and I love it.

Pours a Clear Light Amber with half finger head.

This beer is just like the name says, Just Outstanding. It is easily one of my favorite beers, and a top 3 IPA for sure, it is fantastic. The citrusy hops present a very nice bitterness without tasting skunky or overly bitter. It is smooth and tasty all the time. I wish they had a larger distro area. (463 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, awesome extra from SalukiAlum--a big thanks!
Clear, honey-orange elixir poured into DFH glass. Huge white head, compact bubbles, copious Belgian lacing.
The aroma is all hoppy citrus: mango, orange grapefruit with a hint of pine. Heavenly for this hophead.
The taste does not disappoint. Smooth hops through and through, grapefruit and pine predominate. No malt--excellent.
Well carbonated but not over the top. Medium body. Delicious.
Another standout for hopheads by Kern River. (493 characters)

Photo of Trueant1
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick dark orange hazy color. Thick creamy white head and coats the side of the glass with wonderful lacing patterns! Smells of CLEAN pine needles. FRESH and clean is the word! Other smells of apricot, pineapple , spice ,and PURE sugars! Outstanding! Nice DIPA taste. Traditional west coast bitterness. Some sugars push through but the bitterness rules 60 % bitter to 40% sugars. Nice citrus juice flavors! Long lingering bitter taste on the palette. But not overly bitter. What a wonderful American IPA. Drinks great! TRY ONE! Try anything from this brewery, you won't be disappointed. (594 characters)

Photo of TastefulNudity
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a growler from my trip to Kern.

A: Tall, frothy white head that settles to half a finger and leaves wonderful creamy lacing. Orange and nicely carbonated. When I think IPA, this is the image I have in mind. Can't fault it.

S: Juicy citrus goodness. Orange and mango up front. Pine needles, lovely backbone.

T: Starts with that sweet tropical & citrusy fruitiness. Middle of the tongue is melding of mostly sweet with a tad bitter hop end. Bready, biscuity malt backs up with not too much lingering bitterness. This is great stuff.

M: One thing I noticed with KRBC (especially with Class V Stout) is their creamy mouthfeel. This one starts very creamy with just enough carbonation on the back end to dry it up. Could be because it's from the tap, it's great though.

O: This was my favorite of the four year-round brews I sampled at Kern. Decided to grab a growler of this and have been waiting for a day to enjoy it. Today's the day. Pick it up if you can, it's hard to find but great, just like all KRBC brews. (1,027 characters)

Photo of kbm
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (1,181 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to jerz for the hook-up. This is a fantastic representation for the West Coast.

A - Beautiful golden-orange hue with voluminous off-white head, and plenty of rocky lace.

S - Huge tropical-fruity and citrus aromas abound. Tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango and grapefruit are all present in heavy doses. The pale malt is completely subdued by the explosive vibrancy of the hop aromatics.

T - The taste is everything it is labeled as: Just Outstanding IPA. This stuff tastes phenomenal. Again, tropical-citric flavors abound: pineapple, tangerine and sweet grapefruit fuse with a vaguely sweet but totally unobtrusive malt, which is tempered by a very piney-dank-herbal bitter hoppy finish. The whole thing is... you know.

M - IPA. Good. Actually, this transcends good, everything is so right and in-balance with this brew,

D - This is one of the best IPAs I've had in a while. Even taking the label at its word, this is better than I could've hoped for. (970 characters)

Photo of sirk0rebreg
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the brewery in kernville, ca...

took my raft guides advice and gave this a try even though i was not a fan of the IPA...i would like to say that this is the beer that turned me around on the IPA and now it seems like i can't get enough of them!

pours a nice golden color with a decent head...the majority of what i was tasting could only be described as grapefruit peel, which was great! it is very citrusy on the nose and taste...the girl at the bar did tell me that this is dry-hopped...

so in the end the name really says it all...just outstanding! (579 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a medium dark honey color with a huge frothy cream colored head. Head has very solid retention and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- Getting smacked in the face with quite a bit of pine. Quite a bit of tropical fruits mainly orange with also a very nice sweet malt back bone.

T- Taste follows the nose really well. Pine is up and front with a good amount of tropical fruit. A sweet malt back bone tries to balance things out but is just for show.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- This brew really lives up to its name and is well worth it. Very easy to drink. (595 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bengal tiger stripe orange with goldenrod highlights. The putty colored crown maxed out at three fingers and features an attractive clump of glassine bubbles on its upper surface. As it starts to fade, thick sheets of finely dotted lace grace the glass.

The aroma is the tropical fruity explosion that results when a talented brewer dry-hops an IPA with Simcoe and Amarillo. Almost no toasted or caramel malt pleases me to no end. If the malt-hop, sweet-bitter balance was nailed, this should be incredibly delicious beer.

The label does not lie. Just Outstanding IPA is everything that I love in beer of this style. And is an excellent example of why this is my favorite style to begin with. Predominantly pale malt that adds a touch of sugar cookie-like sweetness? Check. A massive amount of fresh hop flavor? Check. Two of my favorite hops? Check and check. Loads of bitterness that stops just short of tongue abuse? Check.

An ABV that provides power and flavor boldness, but doesn't add even a hint of hotness? Check. The fruitiness that these particular hops provide is nothing short of amazing: juicy pineapple, pink grapefruit, tangerine, ganja and plenty of pine. Okay, so those last two aren't fruits. This is gulpable beer that is meeting its fate in rapid fashion.

An incredibly messy glass earns a score bump where appearance is concerned. Actually, it was almost there already. The mouthfeel is rock-solid as well. It's medium for the style and has a crushed velvety smoothness that is pure pleasure for the mouth and tongue.

Who the bloody hell are these guys? Whoever they are, they deserve a standing ovation and thunderous applause. Kern River Just Outstanding IPA is exactly that. I haven't been this impressed in a long time. (1,749 characters)

Photo of joecast
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden appearance. Real nice white foamy head. Low carbonation.

Fantastic aroma, just how an IPA should be. If cascade was the first notable hop being sought out by beer geeks, simcoe and Amarillo are in that second group. Yummy citrus and oh so fresh. Malt stays in the background as support which is just fine.

Fresh zesty citrus bitterness sets the stage. Balance is just right with the malt being enough to handle how hoppy this beer is. Bitterness lasts long after the sip is done making this a true hop heads beer.

It's sets the bar high with the name but certainly lives up to the expectations. Kern River does it again. (635 characters)

Photo of ReDave
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Kern River Brewing on the way to a camping trip up River, sure glad i did!

Pours a orange golden amber, with a decent head.
Wow what a nose! This is one of the best aroma's I've had in awhile [must not have had a green flash in awhile?]
pine grapefruit.

Great taste Hoppy but a malt backbone, pretty well balanced
Wish this was closer to home!

The Growler was perfect and the carbonation was good
the staff was very nice, and this place didn't pitch a fit with ordering an IPA for a growler like *some* places....
Will be going back some day (567 characters)

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this open while making up some homemade pico de gallo and guacamole and finished at the computer while rating it with a handful of homemade tortilla chips.

Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip on 5/28/11.

Pours a very beautiful medium dark honey color with tons of frothy cream colored head that leaves a medium amount of lacing on the glass. I can't really ask much more form this beer in terms of looks.

Smell is a juicy pine smack in the face with a little bit of orange peel and a sweet carmel malt backbone in the background. It has a nice hop presence and a sweetness. Would have liked a little more sweetness and maybe some stronger citrus aromas to build a more complex aroma but its still a very nice smelling brew.

Taste is very much the same as the smell. A pine blast to the palate with hints of citrus and a carmel malt sweetness that makes the beer chewy and tasty. Again not much to fault the beer but would like a little more citrus presence.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate in weight. The tastes easily cover the 6.8 ABV up and there is a nice pine resin that sits in the palate and dries the mouth making you want to take another sip.

Overall this is a great beer and one of the top IPA's out there. It takes some hits on its complexity but really this beer does a great job in balancing the pine hops and the sweet malt. Job well done. (1,366 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours gold in color with a nice frothy white head that forms on the pour.
Smell is hoppy with a very nice citrus and floral aroma. Plenty of grapefruit and apricot.
Taste is a decent amount of bitterness but is dominated by a citrusy apricot flavor. Truly juicy and delicious.
Good mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. I'm really enjoying this beer. A little different than what I've had in the past, but I like this twist and perspective on an IPA.
Well done Kern River, well done. (481 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another awesome west coast IPA from an awesome guy-- Sideswipe. John, you and I will have a pint or two of Younger someday (hopefully sooner than later!)

This is a great looking IPA-- A glowing apricot color. Not gold, not copper-- somewhere right in the beautiful middle. Nice nearly white head that rose 2 fluffy fingers. Nice retention, decent lacing.

The smell is nice. Good sweet malts and a citrus and fresh flowers. Very nice grapefruit and floral notes translate on the taste. Good sweet malt base that keeps the beer grounded, the hops do reach great heights, but they don't quite soar. The beer has a an excellent feeling of balance. Good bitterness that blends with the flavor.

The body was right on. Just shy of medium with plenty of carbonation. Just a great IPA. I would be happy to stock this in my fridge anytime-- I actually wish it were in 12 oz bottles, which would be my only complaint.

This is honestly a beer that lives up to it's name. (963 characters)

Photo of LSUPT
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best extras ever provided by DearthVader, 22oz bomber poured into my new Bruery tulip, thanks again Brian!
Pours a spectacular cloudy light amber color, and a 1 and a half finger head, a creamy foam with large bubbles and a small amount of head remaining throughout. Foam lacing with large bubbles that hold on for a brief time, lacing is truly beautiful towards the end of the beer. Hints of pine and hop resin in the nose with a lovely orange citrus hops, faint hints of cake as well. The taste is phenomenal, truly multifaceted. The simcoe and Amarillo hops impart an excellent pine flavor with the resinous hops adding yet another dimension. The citrus flavors are there in small quantities, but the stars are the pine notes of the Simcoe and Amarillo. Balance is the key to the great taste of this beer with the light and dark malts provide a tasty malt profile unlike any I have ever tasted. Light mouthfeel that goes down smooth, low on the carbonation end and a perfect bitterness. Drinkabilty is high mainly due to the flavor of this great beer. Overall this is yet another beer that I may never get again but will be anxiously awaiting the time I can enjoy it once more. There is little criticism to be offered here only that I might like a bit more citrus but as the bottle states the name says it all. (1,313 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to volatilesther for this gem of California!

Pours a cloudy, orangish dark amber, topped by a fleeting white head that leaves a nice skim, and beautiful mountain ranges of lace.

Smell is sweet pale malt, hints of tart yeast, and some balanced citrus and floral hoppiness.

It has a medium strength flavor full of bready sweet and light fruit at the beginning, joined by some nice sweet citrus and herbal bitter, into a finish of citrus bitter and floral sweet that is just right. The balance of this taste is, well, just outstanding, and the semi-juicy finish is also, well, you know.

Mouthfeel is where this beer shines. In a land of resiny to an extreme IPA, this one is plenty viscous enough, but drinks light and refreshing, leaving a clean taste in the mouth. Nice low carb.highlights this feel.

Drinkability is off the charts. Given the means, I could drink this beer non-stop until hydrogen begins to wane in the sun's core.

Impression: Yet another outstanding beer that may require an airline ticket to taste again, sigh. (1,045 characters)

Photo of PhiloPsych
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange tan in the glass--somehow reminds me of a light maple syrup. Little to no head. Floral hoppy nose. [I heard from a weed connoisseur that it smells like weed--and good weed, at that.] Wow, what a taste, though! Really good and interesting! Hooray for maltiness! Hooray for dry hopping! The mouthfeel is light and finishes with just a touch of dry stickiness. (370 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with a three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off-white colored head that has quite a bit of staying power and leaves lots of lacing sticking to the sides of my Lost Abbey Teku glass. The beer is an opaque amber color that when held up to the light the beer shows a hazed, red-orange gold hue to it. Ahh, yes indeed this beer is ripe with a vibrant, dank, super-fruity hop character that just jumps out of my glass. The nose smells of big lychee notes, ample tangerine, fresh squeezed tangelo juice with the zest added candied Curacao orange peel and it is backed by softer notes of pine and just enough dank oily hemp character to add some offsetting notes to the up front hop fruitiness. The intensity that this reminds me of citrus juice is quite interesting, I don't think I have ever gotten that so distinctly from an IPA before.

Somewhat dry up front, but there is enough sweet malt to carry the amply expressive, concentrated fruity hop character. Again this reminds me of very freshly squeezed citrus juice (more like sweet, ripe tangerine juice than anything). Other flavors of lychee, kumquat zest, tangelo and a touch of orange blossom honey are found up front. There is a nice anchoring bitterness to this beer that is not overly aggressive, but still provides a nice bite. A touch of herbal character leans towards a hint of onion or garlic, but only a hint such that this only adds to the hop complexity and doesn't get annoying. There is some pine like hop character to this beer as well, though it is not as much as the other herbal notes. This is quite light and quaffable, there is enough texture to carry the ample hop character, but it still drinks exceedingly quickly like the best of IPAs should.

This is definitely a very nice IPA. I like the dominant fruit character that this has and that it is backed by a softly dank herbal character. The malt character plays a distant supporting role here, there is enough to support the hops though, just enough such that it does not intrude into the hop dominance that defines this beer. Despite being quite hop dominated in character though, it does maintain a smooth character throughout; the hops never get overly harsh and they work at a level that keeps this being eminently quaffable. This is definitely a fantastic IPA and a must try for any IPA lover. (2,337 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notes from a month ago. 22oz bottle shared by Drazzamatazz

A: Dark burnt orange, super cloudy (was not exactly expecting this). Massive 3 finger fluffy head from the pour. Big, thick lacing

S: Lots of grapefruit and pine. Starts with juicy, citrus fruit and finishes with piney/earthy hop notes. Occasional light caramel. As this warmed, notes of pineapple juice emerged

T: Citrus hops goodness with a small amount of pine. Mostly grapefruit, but some pineapple comes through as well. Sweetness in the form of caramel and some bread crust in the finish. Superbly balanced

M: Medium bodied. Slightly bitter. Clean finish

D: I loved this beer. An amazing IPA. Insanely drinkable. Would take this over Citra any day (717 characters)

Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.