Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

430 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 430
Hads: 1,173
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 372
Gots: 146 | 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 tewaris
2.72/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber with no date, but with freshness assured, received as an extra from beerific poured into a Surly pint glass. Thanks man!

Pale-amber hued with good clarity and a big, creamy, "pillow" head. Good lacing and retention. Smell reminded a lot of mangoes at the beginning, but later gave away to pine, and some sweet notes with no particular character.

I don't have the most discriminating of palates and yet I think that this is one of those IPAs that are hoppy, but not good. Is this a case of discordant kitchen sink hopping? Tastes empty with a massively bitter finish and entirely crushed malt backbone, and with no particular hop flavor of the aroma. Not impressed.

Mouthfeel is crisp and the finish dry. But the lack of backbone doesn't work to this ale's favor. Overall, average.

Scores: Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 2/5; Mouthfeel 3/5; Overall 3/5 (874 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given the reputation of this one. That said, I was very disappointed by the last two highly regarded beers I tried tonight (Bell's Expedition Stout & Two Hearted). 6.8% ABV confirmed

Served after a period of rest from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice rolling smooth cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, pine hops, grapefruit citrus hops, clean malts, and cream. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, soap, a bit of salt, some grapefruit, clean malts, and maybe some light pine. I don't know what's going on with my taste buds but I keep drinking IPAs that are soapy and salty. It's decently put together, but I expected far better. Not real well balanced - especially not with those soapy off-flavours. A bit simple. Not real subtle, but nicely clean. Gets better as it warms.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, and moderate on the palate. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: I don't get the hype on this one. Too salty and soapy. I really had high hopes for this beer. I might try it again on draught. Elsewise, I'm content to leave this one on the shelf for people who will enjoy it more. Drinkable but boring. Quite pedestrian.

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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. (701 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brwon color with a big fluffy head that laces down the sides of the glass. Nice aromas of citrus hops mixed with malt in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Not really a great IPA in my opinion. Some hops and malt taste but not enough of either to make it outstanding. Kind of a let down. (318 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.19/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kshock for the bonus! Never heard of this one.

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Nice crystal clear amber with big thick white head with great retention. My first thought on the aroma is honey! Big thick wild flower honey. Some faint leafy hops.

Palate is a little sweet and filled with caramel malt sweetness. Leafy hops are spot-on in flavor profile. Pale caramel malt, something like cake batter and a faint herbal note. Finish is moderately bitter, but in no way aggressive. Lingering sweetness.

Decent stuff. If this was around all the time I could see revisiting it. (604 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.24/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lovely, clear copper body with a creamy-looking, lush white head.

Smell: Overall hoppy aroma of pine and tropical grapefruit with only a thin measure of caramel malt lurking in the background.

Taste: Starts with a meager amount of caramel malt flavor and sweetness as well as hints of grain. The hoppy, citric bite of pine and grapefruit follows quick with a solid bitterness that lasts beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent IPA. For some reason I really enjoy their bottle labels, finding them both odd and amusing. (595 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours an orange amber color. Produced a giant fluffy white head with great retention and lace.

(S)- Big juicy citrus with a piney caramel middle. Giant bits of grapefruits. A good hop profile.

(T)- Lots of caramel malt. . lots. Plenty of pine and a mild dry citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance too. A little underwhelming based on the smell.

(D)- Not bad. Not as good as how it looked and smelled, but still enjoyable. (511 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with two fingers of head leaving nice sticky lacing. First off not quite sure of the freshness on this guy, but i wasnt too impressed. Nose had some doughy malts, forest earth, a little citrus and crystallized ginger. Taste is malty almost too much for me at this "lower" abv for an ipa. Some pine forest - more floral and really just one dimensional bitter hops. Easy drinkability, its a decent beer but just good not outstanding. (450 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Very bitter hop powerhouse.

A nice golden amber in the New Belgium chalice. Good creamy head that last nicely and swirls in the glass. Hops hit you over the head. Label says dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo. There may be some faint malt. Besides the resiny powerful taste it has a kind of taste like the smell of gravel or rock dust. Bitterness overwhelms.

Well, it proves it's an IPA and dares you to drink it. So overhopped that I am involuntarily salivating, like with an overly hot pepper. (499 characters)

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. (668 characters)

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. (303 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms' 5th Anniversary in Hollywood, CA.

Call the fire brigade! Raul got himself another hot one! And Raul means, tastes like 75 unleaded! It's ok, but what is this hot dog hop?! Dale Earnhardt must be proud because this hot son of a gun must be brewed by NASCAR! Good, but too "rocket fuel" for Raul's liking.

Peace! (334 characters)

Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A clear darkish golden brown color, with a lovely fluffy 3 fingers head.

S: nice aromas of pine, and some malt in there.

T: a nice mellow hop tone here. nothing too crazy, not a kick in the teeth of hops but its present.

M: smooth, with a lovely mild hoppy after taste.

O: Not bad, not outstanding, but its pretty good. (360 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Pours a deep orange that is clean and clear. Careful to not get any of the massive amount of sediment that was at the bottom of the bottle. There was a lot. Produced a half inch white foamy head. Left lacing on the glass.

(S) A ton of grapefruit and white grapes. Hops were present but not nearly anything against the light fruits. Some pale malt seemed to make it through.

(T) A lot like the nose. There was a boatload of grapefruit mixed in with citric rind and light fruits. Hops get you at the end with a bit of caramel malt.

(M) Bit on the carbonated side. Had some bite to it. Slightly grainy and bitter.

(O) I wish this was a bit better balanced. I feel it was off center and had way too much white fruit aspects to it. The grapefruit flavor from the hops was a bit overwhelming. (794 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Konrad for the bottle! Poured out into a pint glass.

Nice slightly ruby apple juice color. Very clear. Lots of bubbles, and a thick lively white head. The bubbles last for a while, and the head dies down gently to a thin film.

Nose is strong hops and astringent ethanol. Lots of hop juice.

Taste is sour citrus hops. Strong but one-noted. Long lingering bitter hop leaves.

Pretty good mouthfeel and drinkability. (426 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on a recent trip to San Diego. Poured from the bomber a somewhat hazy medium gold color, with a nice white head. Big hoppy nose (tangerine, orange, grapefruit, lime). Big hops on the palate as well, and not enough malt to keep it balanced. (258 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Goldish color, slightly hazy, nice head on it that leaves some great, great lacing as it recedes.

S - Hoppy, the grapefruit tends to stand out much stronger than the rest of the things in the hop profile. Some bitter resin and a bready backbone.

T - Taste a lot like it smells. A lot of grapefruit and orange-rind citrus on the front end, that fades to bitter and later very bitter as the beer warms up. Sweet carmel and malty backbone is dominated by the hops.

M - Pretty crisp and light tasting, carbonation gives it a decent bite.

D - Love the IPAs, but got a little too bitter for me to drink after a while, decent thirst quencher, but the grapefruit/resin profile are just not a great combination for drinkability. (727 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark amber beer with a medium sized white head. This thing is very close to being brown. Clear beer despite the darkness.

Smell is strongly of hops, mainly the northwestern type. Strong pine and eucalyptus scents. Caramel malt and a wisp of wood and smoke make up the rest of the scent.

Starts out Sweet then woody. Strong grapefruit flavor, fairly bitter in the mouth but the malt keeps up with it. Lasting bitterness and astringency in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is full.

This seems a bit unbalanced like they extracted too hot and picked up an astringent note. Think I might be asking too much drinking Firestone Union Jack all the time. (656 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a full finger foamy eggshell colored head that fades fairly quickly. A reasonable amount of Belgian lacing in its wake. The smell is good. It has an aggressive floral candied pineapple character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied. Full flavored, the grassy pineapple hop taste is balanced nicely with the sweetness suggested in the nose. The piny notes linger significantly. A nice drinker in a sea of options. (470 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into my New Belgium globe. Thanks to irishgurl4 for this.

Hazy orange body with a white head on top. Smells nice and hoppy, a big citrus hop aroma hits the nose, a bit of juiciness and some sweet notes as well. Tastes more balanced than the nose would suggest. Citrusy hop flavors up front give way to a big pale malt back bone. I wish this was a little less balanced. Medium body, slightly sticky a high amount of carbonation. Easily drinkable. Worth trying for sure. I enjoyed this but wouldn't go nuts trying to seek it out. (542 characters)

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. (649 characters)

Photo of TaylorIPA19
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

They should change the name of this one to "Just Another IPA"

No visible dating on the bottle - pours a nice copperish color with little head and leaves very little lacing - Sweet sticky caramel is the predominant smell - Taste is just that... Caramel with some earthy pine and floral notes - smooth drinking with a slightly sticky aftertaste - not bad, not great, not likely to buy it again, but not going to turn it down if handed one either... (447 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle that Doug opened up. Thanks man. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 3/11/2014.

App- Dark brown-caramel, a bit hazy and opaque. Very strange for a west coast IPA. Comes with a one finger white head, fair retention and fair lacing.

Smell- Caramel, toffee, grapefruit, lemon and a bit of pine. More on the malty side. Don't know how old this is, but the hops are certainly there.

Flavour- Not particularly interesting. Caramel malt backbone is here, a bit of grapefruit and mango, with a nice pine backend that is fairly bitter. Not mindblowing by any stretch.

Mouthfeel- Nice creamy, medium bodied, not watery at all. Quite bitter even for the style, coats the tongue in pure IBU. In fact, the bitterness stands out the most in terms of the character of this beer.

Overall- Decent IPA, nothing mind-blowing or special. I can find IPAs like this fairly easily here in Madison, Wisconsin. Good extra, certainly nothing worth trading for. (952 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Color was light caramel. Lots of head, probably three finger widths. Cloudy white lacing on the top. Lots of film on the sides, circular and cloudy.

Smelled bitter hops right away. Got some lemon and grapefruit, but the bitterness sill came in hard. Toward the end of the sniffs I got some sweet floral notes.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose - a bit unbalanced and more bitter than anything else. Citrus hops, but not as strong as the nose. Probably grapefruit more than anything else. Some spices, too. Maybe pepper?

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

I don’t know if outstanding is the right term for this beer. Ordinary would have worked better. Just an OK IPA. (750 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to DearthVader for another West Coast IPA - my first beer ever from Kern River!

A: Fairly clear with a touch of haze from the cold, golden-orange body with a seriously amazing head - rocky, foamy, pure white which naturally left some sticky and splotchy moderate lacing. A great looking beer.

S: Blasts of citrus hops up front on the nose. Dry hopped with simcoe and amarillo, yes, you can tell. Orange zest, grapefruit and some wood elements come through also. I did have to stretch a bit for some of the aromas, it wasn't terribly muted but could more pungency.

T: Bitter sticky hops coat the palate immediately and unfortunately, sort of numbs it for the other flavors I know are there. There is a slight malt base here but not enough of one to combat the bitterness this beer brings. Floral hop notes and a slight twist of lemon round everything out and leave a resiny hop bite coating.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation, maybe a bit thin but that makes this very easy drinking.

This is a nice showing for Kern River for a baseline American IPA. Personally, I think if a stronger malt base was present it would have provided a much better balance for the aggressiveness of the hops. (1,205 characters)

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