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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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94
outstanding

1,066 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 363
Gots: 114 | FT: 7
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007)
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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a big creamy off-white that shows excellent retention and leaves good lacing as well.

The aroma is excellent with lots of pithy grapefruit, oranges and pineapple with some resinous floral hops as well. Doughy bread whiffs as well. Big and juicy aroma overall.

The taste follows the aroma closely with lots of citrus hops up front. There does seem to be a more prevalent floral hop presence, especially in the finish with a sticky resinous pine flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation but much, much smoother than I was expecting. The hops are definitely there is not nearly the bitterness I was expecting.

This is my first beer from Kern river and it's quite an introduction. This is an outstanding IPA, extremely drinkable with a massive but not scathingly bitter hop presence. Highly impressed.

Photo of peacebone116
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MrTopher for this little extra; I really appreciate how you made sure I got this one in its freshest state! You really do know my style, man! Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A: Cloudy orange/peach color. Thick white head (2-fingers) that retains for a long time, eventually thinning down but leaving excellent thick lacing.

N: Ruby red grapefruit and piny resin.

T/M: Creamy body with sweet malty-ness that melds well with sweet citric hops. Smooth, crisp, and very drinkable. A wonderful surprise! As the name implies, this is just one outstanding IPA!

Photo of kevanb
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an Allagash tulip.

A: Pours a really nice honey amber color, a bit cloudy with a nice big billowy cloud like head, a little too much head really and that was with a slow pour.

S: Has a really nice marmalade aroma with lots of hops behind it, really inviting and pleasant.

T: Nice big hop flavors that are balanced really well with some citrus and pine flavors, nice marmalade flavors that match the nose well.

M: Nice and big, perfect level of carbonation, goes down really smoothly.

Verdict: Really nice IPA from Kern River, one of the best IPAs out of Southern California which is pretty much home most of the best IPAs in the world.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Very nice 2 fingers off white head, well carbonated, golden brown appearance, very clear slightly orange, great lacing and retention.
S- Awesome aroma very hoppy, citrus, pine, peaches, grapefruits, slight mango aroma, hints of malts as well, amazing smelling beer.
T- Wow great tasting IPA. Everything you could want in a hoppy delicious brew. Sweet and bitter at the same time well balanced, malts are present to balance the hoppiness, one of the best tasting IPAs I’ve had. Although the hops are definitely present along with grapefruit, citrus, peach, and mango, hints of lemons, it is not overpowering, very easy drinkability.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, dries the mouth.
O- Amazing beer had high expectations and my expectations were met, delicious, hop forward beer that is very balanced. Very fruity and delicious, easy drinkability, only wish I had access to this beer on a regular basis.

Photo of arizcards
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint at O'Brien's Pub earlier today for maybe around $5.00.

Beer was served orange with a nice solid white head that left lacing behind as i sipped.

Nose was very pungent floral hops that did not fade.

Taste was tropical, orange and a hint of mango, with a solid caramel/pale malt base that was fairly balanced for the style. Some pine in the background but not resinous.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, perhaps due to mild carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. This was a very good representation of the west coast ipa style. I may have to go back to Whole Foods to bring a bottle back to Arizona!

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at my tasting on August 7, 2010.

A: This beer appears a slightly hazy shade of yellow. There is a small head that leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass.

S: The aromas are wonderful citrus, mostly grapefruit. Hooray hops!

T: A wonderful beer, and what I look for in an IPA. Citrus fruits with a pleasant, hoppy bitterness make this such an enjoyable beverage. Between this and Citra, Kern is 2 for 2 in the IPA department, as far as I see it.

M: A really nice feel. Bitterness from the hops without any astringency. Alcohol hidden well behind the bouquet.

D: Wonderfully drinkable. What a nice way to kick off the tasting.

Photo of jrallen34
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle provided by Spycow, thanks Chris. Drank from my Narke tulip...A very dark ipa, a warm bright but dark colored copper with a light top head. Very fluffy, lots of retention and lacing...A light but nice aroma, wish it was a tad stronger though. Pretty sweet light caramel, sweet citrus and flowers on the back, not strong ipa hops at all...A lighter taste as well but its pleasant. Flavorful and super easy to drink. The front is light caramel, the citrus is gone. The back is a very smooth light pine resin...A very full mouthfeel with a lasting feel and taste.

A light but well above average ipa.

Photo of rudylaw
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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 RustyDiamond
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze orange in color, with a slight chill haze.
thick 3 fingers of near white head, with slight tint of cream
aroma of cornbread, orange taffy, bright piney notes. As it opens up, I get some nice tropical fruit whiffs with a side of honeydew. Nice pop of pine up front. Pretzel bready with crisp pine bitterness. Bitter in the back more than anywhere else. Tart grapefruit, somewhat thin in the body, but OK for a beer with complex hop flavor as with this one.

Wonderful webbed lacing, moon crater froth.

Just outstanding- perfect name. Very smooth, easy, packed with flavor.

Photo of Rampage1
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I sit here thinking of my dad on fathers day Im enjoying a beer from Kern River that I can say is tied with Sculpin as my favorite IPA.

Appearance: Has a dark, orange hazy color to it. A pure white inch head appears after the pour and the bubbles continue to surface during the whole drink. Great lacing as well.

Smell: Well I have to say this smells like tropical fruit crushed in the glass. Lots of tangerine and orange rind followed by mango and pineapple slightly. A liitle Carmel malt in the smell as well. Kern really knows how to do the ipa category I love.

Taste: This is definitely more balanced than Sculpin. Has a very fruity flavor followed by a nice little Carmel malt backbone. I love the real orange flavor that comes through from the Amarillo hops. One hell of a great beer.

Mouthfeel: tons of carbonation to deliver the awesome favors this ipa has. Kern - you really know what your doing.

Overall: I first want to thank Kyle for making two beers that I love so much. You reallly have the brewing process of ipa's down. This beer is tropical, fruity goodness with just the right amount of malt. A great beer I am thankful to have and drink on this fathers day. Thanks again Kern River. I will be up there as soon as the bottles of Citra come off the line.

Photo of biglobo8971
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in bottle, I've had many times, finally decided to review it.
A - poured a very glowing yellow. very radiant. Look alone makes it appetizing
S - piny with a hint of citrus
T - outstanding, great flavors melding well together. Citrus and hops play well together with the slight taste of pine on the end.
M - very drinkable, eashy to hold and dissect tastes in the mouth.
O - Outstanding, will seek this beer out many times in the future. Overall one of my favorites. Would like to try more beer from this brewery.

Photo of aficionado
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel Tulip. Thanks Kyle2k10!

Lingering 1-1/2 finger cream head atop a semi translucent orange yellow body. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass. Only loses points for clarity.

Aromas of fresh picked pine needles, tart tangerines and grapefruit. More fruity and floral than piney. Some Simcoe and Amarillo in there.

The taste is even more smooth than Russian River Blind Pig, which I just had prior to this beer. No harsh bitterness here whatsoever. A complete balanced flavor profile of tangerine and grapefruit with more pine and some caramel on the tail end. Very fresh and delicious. I want this recipe! I envision West Coast pine needles being mashed with a mortar and pestle along with tons of tangerine & pink grapefruit segments and then drizzled with caramel.

Moderately low carbonation. Addictive mouthfeel. Soft and lush. If I died today and had to pick two hoppy beers to drink before my last couple hours, I would alternate between sipping Just Outstanding (more citrusy) and Pliny the Elder (more piney). These are two similar, simplistic beers and they both deliver.

Photo of MacQ32
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: This is a very elegant pour; a tangerine copper color with a marshmallow white head. Nice retention and sticky lace all over the glass.

Smell: A blast of of amarillo and simcoe hops as the bottle opens - what I would expect since they dry hopped with those hops. Soft caramel malt, sticky pine, and grapefruit bitterness, in that order. A floral aroma hangs around as well.

Taste: It does manage to start out sweet, with a good amount of caramel malt. A blast of citrus next, grapefruit and apricot hops, followed by a blast of floral hops, and finally some cooling pine to finish. A slight touch of alcohol warms my stomach, and the finish is a bitter pine.

Mouthfeel: It is slightly sticky, and each sip leaves a bit of hop oil residue on the tongue. Fully carbonated in a creamy style, with a pleasantly full body.

Drinkability: When this is available, I will grab for it. A great IPA clocking in at 6.8%.

Photo of ffejherb
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler with Team D(r)INK on 5/1/10.

A - Poured a clear, light amber/orange body with golden tones and a hefty cap of white froth on top that receded into a thin patch and produced an elaborate canopy of sticky lacing.

S - Pretty dank, weed-like aroma akin to hemp. Lots of leafy green hops in there with just a hint of sweet malt. There are also some perfumy notes reminiscent of patchouli oil.

T - First toke... er, sip... reveals a leafy hop character eerily similar to the sweetleaf. Malt character is pretty sweet as well. Finishes with a hint of citrus hops, which provides a slight deviation from the dankness of this IPA.

M - Medium bodied with a sllick, oily texture and light carbonation. Finish is quite dry and bitter on the palate.

D - Hippies rejoice! This is liquid weed, or at least it seems to be (never smoked it... honest... but I saw scores of rock and metal concerts, so I am familiar with the smell). Really aromatic, dank and tasty hop-forward IPA that I enjoyed more than the Citra DIPA.

Photo of abach1179
4.44/5  rDev +5%

Photo of pumptrick
4.43/5  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 prototypic
4.43/5  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 hopsbreath
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ramnuts for sharing this wonderful IPA with me by way of arbitrator. Another review under the same circumstances is forth coming.

Bomber poured into a pint glass. The body itself is yellow pine orange with a light beige head that manages to maintain a wispy cap. The copious lacing after the drink is quite extraordinary. This is a fantastic looking beer so far.

The smell is all lemon zest, honey tangelos, and sweet candy orange slices.

Sometimes the aroma of a beer is so overwhelming the taste can't measure up. That isn't the case here. Lemon meat is the big citrus flavor here. Some grapefruit pith makes an appearance as well but the lemon stars first and foremost. Its also lightly herbal with very light malt.

Thin and moderately carbonated, this finishes clean. My lightly sticky lips let me know a good amount of hop oils are in this. This is an extremely solid beer. I will certainly be getting a hold of another one of these when I get the chance.

Photo of Tripphop
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle recieved in trade

The best looking beer I've seen in quite a while. The creamy, fine, white foam started up as soon as the beer hit the glass. A very gentle pour yeilded two fingers. The beer has very active carbonation and a coating of white froth sticks around the whole glass. The head never dissipates, there is a 1/4 inch of foam through the whole glass. Beautiful looking beverage. The aromas are herbal and grassy. Smells of dank aged hops. Flavor is great, clean light malt and a very crisp and refreshingly bitter finish. Tangerine and rye bread linger with nice big bittering hops. The mouthfeel is slick and a bit prickly with the carbonation and bitterness, but quite drinkable. A great beer overall.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I was able to find this. I have been wanting to try this for a while now.

Appearance - Pours a hazy burnt tangerine color with a little over a finger of white foamy head that dissipates rather quickly. Great lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A burst of tropical citrus aromas burst forth from the glass. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, etc. A great piney/hop aroma is present after the initial amazing citrus aroma.

Taste - Quite similar to the nose. A bit bitter up front which melds to the great tropical citrus flavors. Not as "sweet" citrus as expected (such as in the Oracle) but there is a relatively decent malt backbone. This is a pretty damn good IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, extremely creamy, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite quaffable. I'm glad I was able to try this. Not balanced per say, and not as tropically sweet as I would like, however, it is a pretty damn good example of an IPA and at the price (less than five dollars a bomber) if I see this again I will definitely pick it up.

Photo of jtingue
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to johndoe8 for the bottle. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Hazy orange amber in color. Poured, perhaps too vigorously, to reveal 4 fingers of head, which slowly dissipates beautifully leaving quite a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell. Some grassyness joins a hint of medicinal aromas and a dominant mango aroma. Fresh and very light. The smell really opens up as the beer warms.

Taste. Starts out with a light lemongrass flavor which lingers for a nice long time. A fuller and more bitter grapefruit citrus flavor take over. Some malty sweetness accompanies these flavors to help balance the bitterness a bit, but this one remains hop forward all the way through. The medicinal notes picked up in the aroma starts to make itself present in the taste along with some minty herbs, giving a very light taste again. The finish is semi-dry with the lemongrass that was present earlier, along with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Pretty standard. Light body and moderate to high amount of carbonation, slightly prickly mouthfeel.

This amount of complexity, from my experience anyways, is not rivaled by any single ipa. Super fresh and super light.

Photo of StormKing47
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed with some co-workers after a long day at work before a nice break. Here we go...

A- Has a tremendously sexy amber color with a golden hue. Has a great hazy appeal to it that also encompasses a nice thick, white and fluffy head. It looks sticky just sitting there. Can't wait to get to the rest.

S- A great burst of citrus, grapefruit and some pine is amazing and intoxicating. I am hypnotized because it does not appear from first sniffs that there is any malt in this one. As continued warming there is a tiny sweet malt smell in the back, but this one is mostly floral and aromatic hops. Love it.

T- Has a very nice punch of citrus, grapefruit and even a sweet mango presence which is mind blowing. I am blown away by how easily it is to detect all of the flavors; grapefruit, mango and even pineapple (quite odd, but loved). Throughout the sipping the piney bitterness is very subtle this one is devoted to citrus hops and it's utterly delicious. The malts are almost not existent and just there to be there. Love it and can't get enough, why did i split this one?

M- Very light carb so you can feel the sticky hops everywhere. Lays on the tongue and won't leave. Almost to the point of being chewy. Love every sip and swish. It's not light, it's not heavy, it's not overly bitter, but simply divine.

D- Absolutely. It's almost as good as a certain San Diego IPA cough, sculpin, cough cough, but not quite there. It's an under the radar brew that is not mentioned too often. Why? It's unbelievable. Any time, any place this one is enjoyable.

To put it bluntly and in a cheesy manner this one in "just outstanding" Keep it coming Kern River!

Photo of moosington
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber/gold with a small white head.

Aroma is probably the strong suit. Nice sweet tropical/citrus nose with nice, balanced hoppy floral notes throughout.

This stuff is fresh and very balanced. Nice caramel malt combined with a very citrusy hop charge (grapefruit and orange mostly) and a subtle but lasting hop bite.

Full mouthfeel with solid effervescence. Pleasant feeling left behind with each sip.

Goes down smooth and easy, and works as a great session IPA. Check it out.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/6/11
*From notes

A BIG thanks goes out to Trilogy31 for including this as a killer extra in our recent trade. Cheers, Tony!

A: Light pumpkin orange in appearance. A 3.25 finger head on a standard pour - Jiminy Christmas! Killer lacing that's thick and sticky coats the glass. As I drain the bottle into the glass, I notice that the beer is signifigantly darker then it started out, and is one of the more robust AIPA's I've seen.

S: Orange and mango, with hints of cantelope and pineapple concentrate.

T: Fruit forward, then it dries immediately, with the simcoe's flavor profile being quite predominant on the finish. As it warms, it all opens up a bit and the citrus really bursts through the inital bitter dry nature of this brew. As the name clearly states, it's "Just Outstanding".

M: What you'd expect from a good quality AIPA. Rich, creamy and sporting quite a bit of fluffy and bubbly carbonation.

O: Kern River's Just Outstanding IPA is one kick-ass brew. It drinks like a champ, and is certainly in the upper echelon of the style. Extremely well done, worthy of any hype it receives and is worth seeking out.

Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.