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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

979 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 357
Gots: 102 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +12%

OMsweetOM, Apr 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

JDM44, Apr 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy burnt orange with perhaps the tallest, soapiest head I have seen thus far.
Exceptionally effervescent, great lacing.

Very flowery aroma, quite juicy like a tropical fruit salad with the sweet malt resting beneath.
Mouthwatering nose draws you in to the first sip with anticipation.

Taste is very nicely balanced, with the hops center stage. Flavors of orange, tangerine, & grapefruit are prominent, with the slight caramel sweetness from the malt to round out the flavors quite well.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, carbonation is brisk but not overdone, nice bitterness resting at the back of the palate, alcohol extremely well hidden. Dry and crisp finish make this very appealing for what I am seeking in an IPA.

Exceptional example of the style, Just Outstanding earns its moniker. Really sweet effort from Kern River, highly recommended for those that enjoy truly hop forward IPAs. The "Bros." trashed this one in their review, and should recant the undeserved low rating by sampling another bottle with an open mind.

Hendry, Jun 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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marshmeli, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of emagana
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adam perfect pint glass.

Color copper orange when poured I got about one finger of white head. Foam didn't linger to long.

Smells of sweet grapefruit and passion fruit.
Hidden pine but very tropical.

Starts off with pine an finishes with passion fruit and a dry tart grapefruit. Well balanced for the amount of hops.

Very drinkable indeed.
I reccommend this one for those that are looking for outstanding IPAs.

emagana, Oct 11, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to grze for sending me this bottle... as an extra believe it or not...

A- hazy peach orange color with an "outstanding" 2-3/4in antique white rocky, pillowy head... stuck around a damn good amount... left a superb amount of soapy lacing..

S- Candied oranges, pineapple and grapefruit... so sweet smelling at first... followed by a good hop punch ending in a grassy alcohol smell with the hopps lingering...

T- followed the nose in order as well... great lingering bitterness that wasn't overpowering. Its a good balance and is not one sided.. you get a good sweet citrus hot at first then the hoppiness comes thru and makes you know your drinking an ipa.

M- Creamy medium bodied with a juicy finish

O- Had high hopes for this one and it did not let down.... I had a lot of great, high rated ipa's this year and this one is definitely up there.. would have a hard time chosing others if this was around. Definitely Recommend and thanks again grze

pjkelley82, Nov 14, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the first time on tap at the Kern River brewpub and I HIGHLY recommend going there for some good food and great beers (and while you're there do some river rafting, It's a blast!).

For the purposes of this review I'm drinking it from the bomber I got at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, CA.

First off, this is a fantastic west coast IPA. I find it to be similar to Sculpin IPA in appearance and taste. It poors a golden amber color and has a nice creamy two-finger head in my New Belgium globe.

The smell is citrus and pine in a very soft way.

The taste is as the smell with a sweet malt balance that adds a tropical, mango flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly dry because of the pine notes and nice amount of carbonation.

Kern River's beers are, unfortunately, not widely distributed, but I would encourage any IPA fan to keep an eye out for this one! (and any beer fan to look for all their great brews).

Palesmith, Aug 16, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +10.8%

Rothobinide, Aug 20, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden-orange with more of a "soapy" head than a thick head.

S: My god, this smell! If it were a perfume, I would lather my body in it and then go shopping at a very crowded mall so everyone could enjoy the fruity, floral, hoppy joy that would be my body odor. It's like a ripe sweet peach or a cold glass of pineapple-mango juice at sunset...there is a nice under-smell of sweet hops and angel's tears. It's that good.

T: The taste is so light and sweet, the hops have no bitterness whatsoever but are present in the first sip. This is extremely refreshing and non-stanky in the mouth. The hop flavor doesn't punch you in the face, but rather, gives you a nice hug. Tasty from the first sip down to the bottom.

M: Fizzy, crisp, and yummers.

O: And how! This beer is something I'm going to wake up in the night craving. It is such a nice balance of refreshing, delicately hoppy, fruity, and magical. You could chug this, sip this, or bathe in this and still have the best time EVAR.

SundaySour, Jun 18, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours amber with a one-finger white head, good retention and lacing, great looking pint.

S: Bright, sparkling tangerine, papaya, citrus.

T: Relatively light caramel malt, with a very tasty hop character. Orange zest, pink grapefruit juice with concentrated pine oil and cedar in the aftertaste. Great Simcoe hop notes, shades of Port 2nd.

M: Thin at times, but overall a good body, very resiny.

D: One of the best tasting IPAs I've had, as the label says it is just outstanding, you can't sue 'em for false advertising on this one.

Edit - Having a 6 Day old bottle (5/31/10), incredible, rivals Duet, upping the smell and taste scores to 5s, it's at its peak, this is brilliant IPA, shows how important freshness is.

Halcyondays, Apr 24, 2009
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4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

nlmartin, Dec 30, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Schwaeh for opening this beer at InebriatedJoker's house.

Appearance
This is already exciting. The beer is a nice clear, bright orange. The bottom of the bottle provides a little bit of haze. There is a lot of sticky, white webbing of lace.

Aroma
This is hands down, one of the best smelling beers I've ever happened across. Just Outstanding solidifies the claim that IPAs are the best smelling style of beer. This stuff is LOADED to the brim with juicy tangerine, and I mean EASILY identifiable tangerine juice. Lots of juicy pith. More tropical stuff comes out easily; pineapple is huge as is mango. This stuff is so fruity, fresh and perfect.

Taste
It can only go down hill from the aroma, so I was prepared. Thankfully I wasn't as let down with the taste as I expected to be. There is a lot of pine here, something that evaded attention in the aroma. In fact, pine leads here. Citrus is there in effect, but is more bitter and rindy than the aroma suggested. The center is still very juicy, but this mouthwatering tropical fruit center breaks, giving way to a piny, bittering finish only quelled by plenty of tangerine pith.

Mouthfeel
Very dry and very resinous. The hop oils just stick to everything they touch. This stuff seems bigger than it is and is certainly WAY more packed with hops than any other standard IPA.

Overall
Wow, just wow. An incredible beer. Give this, blinded, to any hop head and they'll think its an Imperial IPA. I really need more of this stuff. Its only fitting that Mike should have spilled his whole glass all over the table.

MbpBugeye, Sep 06, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

pigdog, Aug 11, 2010
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.