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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

974 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 357
Gots: 101 | FT: 6
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 SpdKilz
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

SpdKilz, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of jtingue
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

jtingue, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of StormKing47
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

StormKing47, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of moosington
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

moosington, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Rhettroactive, May 07, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

220z bomber..poured a hazy golden copper color with a fresh head and alot of sticky lacing on glass,looks good..smell was floral sweet hops.then citrus/grapefruit hops mixed with a slight pine and grass smell...taste was floral hops up front with nice tropical and citrus hop notes afterward mix in wisps of pine and finish it with some caramel malts..and you have a just outstanding ipa..mouthfeel was well carbonated full of hops very flavorful..would drink this all the time if i had access to it..it does live up to its name..1 of my new favorite ipa's

gatornation, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Cavery
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

A pint Shared with Klym and SundaySour

A: a very light orange, quite clear actually. The slightly burnt orange hue with rough patches of coloring reassures me that I'm drinking an IPA. if someone secretly put a slice of citrus on my glass I'd think I was just "hefeweizened". But no, I checked the bottle, it's still okay. The two finger head came and went, with some stubborn patches forming islands of lacing.

S: GUAVA FREAKING JUICE, seriously tropical smell with a massively juicey sniff. I can't stress enough, this smells like guava nectar that is cut with a slight variation of tropical juices joining the party. multiple sniffs leaves me with a settling on Guava Nectar/Mango hybrid ambrosia -- a nose for the gods.

T: has a really singed citrus taste. It has that really great zing character that is evident in all great IPAs. That said, I think that the relentlessly orange character of the flavors numb me a bit. It's a very Juicey IPA with very subtle notes of lemon and orange. The "singed" flavor I describe is pretty unique, as it works in unison with the flavor profile to create this mask that the hop burn hides behind. Lemons, oranges, and the sugars they are caramelized in hold your hand through the hop burn. They tell you "it's okay, we'll get you through this; you will feel no bitterness, we promise." Then tropical fruit juice acts as the finish line. Congratulations, you made it.

M: the mouth-feel really is amazing, it's a ghost of a mouth. It's there but it's not, the liquid hovers in your mouth with lightness that contrasts the prominence of the flavors. It coats your mouth without entering that "medicinal" realm that so many beers do. What form of black magic is this?

O: This beer is incredible, but I have to admit the flavor was a bit unexpected from the smells I was getting. I can't say it was a let down, I just had a completely different picture than what I ended up with. That said, this is a must try. This beer begs to be your session brew of choice. The beer pairs amazingly with beach sunsets, citrus orchards, and in the licking light of camp fires. Another IPA to make California proud. One of the best single IPA's you can put your lips to.

Cavery, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Light coppery color with a thin off-white head and some nice lacing.

S: Nice floral hops, some caramel malts, overripe mango and some pineapple.

T: Some nice citrus hops and grapefruit with a late hit of caramel malts and a smooth and lasting finish. There is some nice hop bitterness on the finish as well. A very nicely balanced beer.

notchucknorris, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks Ryan!

Pours like orange juice with a bit more clarity

Juicy ripe tangerine citrus on the nose

Taste follows nose....very ripe juicy tangerines and fresh squeezed orange. Beer ends with a chalky bitterness, somewhat dry.

Easy drinking, medium carbonation, very enjoyable. I'd drink this often.

BarrytheBear, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to comfortablynumb1 for the bottle.

Appearance: Straight gold. Head is bright-white, chunky, and sticky. Super sticky. Lacing is in sheets. Nice thin cap on the beer throughout. Very pretty to look at, but lacks some of the deeper copper tones I've come to expect from the style. The lacing on this is truly amazing.

Smell: Big floral hop aroma. Citrus on the back. I'm getting some tropical smells in there too. Mostly mango. Big biscuity malt presence with some sweetness coming in through the back. Lovely, complex hops. Nicely balanced. Has that cotton candy smell I've come to associate with Citra hops. Powdery malts, oily hops, and all around nicely balanced.

Taste: Is it possibly that floral got bigger than the nose? Yup. Sweet and piney. Love the combo going on here. Nice cotton candy finish on a dank sip. Citrus kicks in after a few sips and pushes pith and oily rind. The malts keep in step, offering a solid counterpoint of biscuit dough and caramel sweetness. Peppery and earthy on the back. Loads of pithy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. Moderate body. Carbonation is spot on. Very solid overall. Lacks a little body, but not much.

Overall: They really know how to make these things on the west coast. Loads of hop flavor and a nice malt to back it up. Loads of depth and character.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of brewandbbq
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

22oz bottle fresh from the left coast.

Pours hazy dark copper with a half inch head of white. A partial skimcoat on the surface throughout the glass as well as smeary lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of tropical fruit, spruce dew, and ripe malt. Peaches, tangerines, melons, and grapefruit. Floral and enticing.

Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Lush, ripe fruit leads off the palate. Grapefruit zest, orange pulp, soft peaches, and mango. Resinous pine notes step forward as well as a firm, sustaining bitterness.

Finishes with lingering fruit, bitterness, and a shade of biscuity malt.

Another great west coast IPA. Highly hopped with a smooth bitterness. Yum.

brewandbbq, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of spdyfire83
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

11th review on BA
Bottle into De Struise Brouwers tulip-snifter.
Thanks vurt for this awesome extra!

A: Burnt orange - this just looks like a very tasty beer. 1.0 finger nail head on gentle pour.

S: Great hop character with delightful hint of citrus fruit and hint of pine.

T: Fruit, citrus, hops, pine - all very smooth front to back and very tasty. Most enjoyable!

M: Crisp and tasty! Very enjoyable IPA that is easy to drink.

O: Excellent beer! Super stoked to get this as an extra and I'd love to try many more of the Kern River beers. Overall, a very easy drink, smooth, and tasty IPA. I'd definitely like to have more access to this.

spdyfire83, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a hazed orange color with a frothy white head, bubbled retention, patchy lacing left behind on the glass.

Strong bold grapefruit hops explode into the nose, super juicy, very bitter, slight bready sweetness. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a West coast IPA.

Bitter and aggressive on the tongue, grapefruit explosion with pith and rind. Fruit sweetness with apricot and orange temper the hop attack. Nice biscuit malt with honey to add a roundness to the profile. More bitterness in the finish, faint alcohol and lingering hops.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, dry and bitter from top to bottom while consuming. A hop assault in a pleasurable setting, an absolutely excellent IPA - I want more.

xnicknj, May 09, 2011
Photo of argock
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date evident. Received as a result of the exceptional generosity of Solomon420.

A: Peachy-tangerine with 2-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with good retention and solid lacing down the glass.

S: Mango, grapefruit, and orange mix with pine resin and floral aromas. A touch of pale malt sweetness levels it off.

T: The flavor is very powerful and builds throughout the beer with strong pine character up front but matched with full-bodied floral orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruit touches. Some resiny character comes out in the end with a dash of pale malt sweetness. A really wonderful, complex IPA which matches the best across the country.

M: A tad on the thin side, but just barely with a sticky feel that belies a pretty serious malt load. Low-medium carbonation lends some smoothness.

D: A top-tier IPA that punches its ticket on the major hops categories and does it with ease and a gentle smoothness. With a little more body, this would be a top 5 IPA, but, as it is, I would never kick this one out of my fridge.

argock, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Pours a slightly hazy deep golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. Head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is full of lots of citrus and floral hops. There is also some pine and sweet caramel malts as well.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops with lots of grapefruit and some floral flavors with some sweet caramel malt to balance. Through the middle, more tropical hop flavors and a touch of pine come through with some bitterness. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some bitterness and sweet malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and mildly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced IPA with a really nice hop profile and just the right amount of sweet malts to keep everything in check.

ngeunit1, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Overlord
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

This is, indeed, an outstanding IPA.

Pours a burnt orange with a two inch off-white foam head.

Smells enticingly like sweet citrus and gushing grapefruit, tropical pineapple/papaya, and a bit of pine. ooo .... juicy. Very nice aroma.

Taste is similarly nice. The malt/caramel is very understated, this is a hops showcase. Bursting pine and sweet pink grapefruit, a touch of earthy pine bittering, and the nuances of tropical pineapple/papaya/exotic citrus carry through in the form of a lingering nuanced aftertaste.

Extremely quaffable and enjoyable. Good mouthfeel, if a bit light ... could use maybe a touch more body.

Overlord, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

This is my first Kern River beer ever, and it was sent to me by Cocoapuph. Cheers to you my friend!

A: Poured a clear, golden color, with ever the slightest amber hue. Wow, the suds posing as a 2 finger + head was ridiculous!

S: Extremely floral and hoppy, with the amarillo and simcoe being most evident. I got a mild pomegranate character in there as well, but maybe that's just my imagination.

T: The back end of this thing reminder me of Nugget Nectar in spades (although I know that no nugget was used here). West Coast hop bomb for sure, but the bitterness was tempered by a glorious fruit component.

M: The bitterness didn't linger, and there was just enough sweetness to balance the hops out somewhat. However, balance is not in the West Coast brewers' rep ...and shouldn't be. The lacing was car wash stuff!

O: It didn't quite have the dimension of Sculpin (my favorite), but it was damn close. Kern River is off to a good start with me!

Chaney, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into an Anchor Steam pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber hue with a bit of blonde in the mix as well, good thick head and solid lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet fresh hop - grassy and floral with a bit of citrus in there too, toasted malt and good yeast flavor balance the smell nicely.

T: Earthy resinous hop that packs a punch, a bit of citrus bight, carmel and tasty malts that are sweet and roasty which balance this ale nicely.

M: Medium-bodied, mellow carbonation, sticky and smooth.

D: Super bummed I only picked up a single bomber - wish I had a couple more for the night!

DeanMoriarty, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of reebtaerG
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured 22oz bottle into New Belguim globe. No dated but smells fresh.

A-Golden amber with a thick 3 finger head. Very decent lacing.

S-Citrus, very floral, a ton of grapefruit, some pine and just a bit of biscuits. The smell isnt huge but it delivers nothing but hops.

T-Very juicy beer, oranges. citrus, pine, bitter grapefruit, with thick malt.

M: Medium body with medium bitterness and a very sticky end. Nice carbonation.

O:Just Outstanding! Now I want to ride the trail!

reebtaerG, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

22oz from augustgarage.. thanks as always! Into chouffe tulip.

A- dull copper, amazing snow white head and fire extinguisher lacing. Pretty impressive retention. Sticky icky.

S- Pine sap, grapefruit, some floral notes, a sweet kiss of caramel.

T- Follows the nose, more pine-dominant than I find many Cali IPAs to be... not that I'm complaining. Delicious. A def. bitter citric note, either unripe grapefruit or grapefruit rind, take your pick.

M- Thicker than expected, esp. considering the ABV. Good carbonation.. no gripes here.

D- Fairly high, this one's a real tasty IPA. Worth seeking out.

Good stuff.

ShogoKawada, May 06, 2010
Photo of silentjay
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

shipment came in today! no conspicuous bottle dating, so Im not positive of the freshness, but from what I was told, this bottle is less than 2 weeks old.

pours a golden copper with a nice hop haze and a huge, cloudy eggshell colored head that slowly recedes and laces in chunks.

floral and citrus hops abound in the aroma. fresh springtime flowers with some orange juice, grapefruit juice, and lemon zest. maybe some tangy tropical fruits as well as a touch of pine on the back end and a slight hint of light bready malts.

juicy citrus that's bitter, but not overbearing. tastes like a wet-hop IPA during the harvest season, though its far past that time period. orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, tangy tropical fruits, some floral and pine qualities make it into the flavor while a slight butter cracker maltiness lies in the background. a slight drying on the finish with even some lemon pepper spiciness lingering. delicious.

fills my mouth with a fluffy carbonation on top of a juicy flavor that works well together. the ABV is not noticeable, and I can see it sneaking up on me.

This is very impressive. not too bitter, not too sweet, with tons of juicy flavor and an intoxicating aroma.

a terrible label, however. I would walk right past this if I saw it on the shelf without having heard about it before. However, its not on the shelves anywhere near here, so I don't have to worry about that one!

silentjay, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
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.

magictrokini, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of DoesntMatter46
4.4/5  rDev +4%

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.

DoesntMatter46, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Bottle: Poured a nice golden color ale with a nice foamy head with excellent retention and some super great lacing. Aroma of fresh pineapple and citrus is very pleasant with nice flora undertones. Taste is also dominated by huge floral aroma of fresh grapefruit with some nice citrus notes with a lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average for style with great carbonation. World-class IPA which is approaching Alpine level but not quite there yet.

Phyl21ca, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
4.4/5  rDev +4%

Big thanks to mrbubbler for this solid extra. Enjoyed from a batch 002 TB snifter.

a - brew poured a murky amber orange reddish brown with a thin frothy IPA head that hung out and left massive lacing on the glass. Really attractive brew.

s - nose is really fantastic and what you would hope for. Rich lush fresh piny hop intertwined with some dank caramel notes.

t/m - yum. Piny heady hops. Nice big bitterness without being overdone. A bit chewy and full bodied but far from syrupy.

o - overall, yep...just outstanding. Worth checking out.

cosmicevan, May 07, 2014
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.