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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

958 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 358
Gots: 96 | 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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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

22oz bottle poured into nonic

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with very white, one finger head.

S - Decent hop aromatics. Some citrus, but leaning more on the grassy piney side of the spectrum, leading me to believe a drier finish and mouthfeel

T - Grassy bitterness, minor orange and tangerine. Faint malty backbone.

M/D - As guess, dry and a tad thin. Not bad though, makes for pretty easy drinking. I could have a few of these no problem.

02-03-2011 21:59:41 | More by OakedCanuck
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BrewerB

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Picked this up at City Beer Store and paid $4.99 according to the price tag.

Pours a lightly hazy orange color, much visible carbonation and a thick 2-3 finger off-white, somewhat rocky head. Slowly receding down the glass but leaving sticky lacing behind. Citrus (tangerine) and floral hops combine to pack an intense punchy aroma. Solid maltiness below a citrusy hop. Medium bitterness lingering on into a dry finish. Medium-light bodied, moderate-high carbonation.

Expected more flavor from the hops in this one, especially with a name like "Just Outstanding". Rich malt supports well, lingering bitterness and dry finish are also pluses.

04-11-2011 03:06:23 | More by BrewerB
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mbw314

California

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%

08-23-2014 23:26:40 | More by mbw314
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Ken's bottle from Portland, thanks for sharing! Outstanding hoppy aromas, getting Cascade. Cloudy grapefruit colour with outstanding 2 inch head that lasts and leads to lots of lace. Average mouthfeel. Outstanding balance and drinkability. Orange and grapefuit with a little tangerine.

12-30-2010 22:41:10 | More by Sammy
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet and a narrow pint glass. The narrow pint is not ideal, but it says Manchester United on it and is therefore sexy and its impracticality is excused. Many thanks to Nugganooch for this bottle.

Appearance - Deep golden body, but not quite amber, with a huge head in the narrow glass and a small one in the goblet. Head retention is unbelievable in the narrow glass and nonexistent in the goblet. Very sticky foam clings to both glasses.

Smell - Very strong piney hop aroma. Almost grassy. Backed up bit some biscuity and toasty smelling malt. It actually smells sweet...

Taste - ...but it doesn't taste sweet at all. Dominated by the pine hops. Not a lot of citrus, which I miss. The malt is, as expected, toasty and a bit spicy, but there is no sweetness. The bitterness is lingering as a result of the toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Great body. Hardly heavy, but you know you're drinking. Keeps the flavors around the mouth for a while. Somewhat low carbonation.

Overall - It is quite good. Not what I go for in an IPA though. It's hard to find an objective fault with it, except that I look for more citrus in my hops than pine.

07-04-2011 01:58:16 | More by Alieniloquium
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jdhowe

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

A: A vibrant and hazy golden with an orange hue, minimal off-white head.

S: Juicy citrus, slight hop dankness, and more fresh citrus. Guava, grapefruit, pineapple, and stone fruit.

T/M: Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Weak and mild malt flavors with a little bit of a subdued hop presence. Very subdued overall -- not up front with anything. There is a slight hint of apricot juiciness. The finish is very slightly malty with a mild bitterness.

O: Really quite nice all around. This beer does not do anything loudly, so it's hard to absolutely love or hate anything about it. Really drinkable, but also really forgettable.

02-28-2014 11:27:09 | More by jdhowe
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phiberoptik

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Thanks for the tasting. Not sure who's bottle this was...

Pours a clean and clear coppery-orange with a nice ring of white foam.

Smells of nice big amarillos right up front, a light caramel middle, and a tinge of alcohol.

Tastes of floral hops as well as some citrus notes. Some faint caramel in the middle from the malts, and a nice bitter finish.

Light body with rather low carbonation on the tongue.

This was tasty and smells pretty awesome. Another of a long list of IPAs to enjoy.

07-31-2011 16:42:51 | More by phiberoptik
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Presentation: Bomber bottle, no freshness date as far as I can see, to cap of my Christmas Eve night. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy honey orange in color with a two finger pillowy white head. Pretty good retention. I'm actually surprised how little light penetrates this beer. Way more cloudy than I expected.

Aroma: Big pine and grapefruit rind aromas upfront. Definitely a hop forward beer here. Some mango and citrus sweetness in there too to balance out the prominent sweetness.

Taste: Some lush fruit upfront. Citrus and mango notes in particular, but they soon give way to bitter grapefruit and pine notes. Pretty good balance and a slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Even at a pretty high ABV for a single IPA, I have no problem with a bomber. Could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.

Overall, a nice and balanced IPA. Really nice hop flavors all around. Definitely something I would want to have again.

12-25-2010 04:41:43 | More by Gosox8787
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Arbitrator

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Re-review. I've had this a number of times now, both on tap and out of the bottle. It varies quite a bit (maybe freshness is part of the issue -- and without bottle dates, I'm holding it against them). But the last few times I've had it, it has been so consistently good that I'm going to bump it up from a B+ to an A-.

A: Pours a slightly hazy apricot-gold colored body with a finger of off-white head. It retains decently well, leaving big islands of broken foam on the beer, and depositing register marks down the sides of the tulip.

S: Citrus: candied grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, and wet pine. This is definitely Citra's younger brother. Great nose. With more pungency and vibrancy it would be... just outstanding. Oh I slay me.

T: In the past, this was noticeably malty on the palate. No longer. Pale biscuit malt is here, but its only purpose is to balance out the flavor. As such, there is more hop flavor (grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple) than bitterness. The finish brings out a lighter pine note, though this is definitely a citrus-defined profile. The aftertaste is quite clean with only the slightest lingering bitterness.

M: Light-medium viscosity. It's a very clean beer, though, with no lingering bitterness. It closes very neatly.

D: This is definitely upper tier. At $6 in K&L, it inadvertently competes with Pliny the Elder (and loses), but at $4 from the brewery I'd be drinking this by the case.

10-11-2010 05:07:27 | More by Arbitrator
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Just diving right in to these IPAs I got from Randy! Thanks again! Poured into a tulip. This one pours a bit of a hazy amber with a big two finger head and some sticky lace.

Bitter piney hops with some grape fruit in the aroma. Seems to have a little bit of lemon in the taste but this certainly has a big hop aroma with a little bit of citrus in the background.

Light and refreshing body with some lively carbonation. Overall a good example of an approachable IPA. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

07-26-2011 05:26:45 | More by Bendurgin
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Thanks to Solomon420 for the bottle!

Poured into a Heady Topper pint glass. Slightly hazy, malty-orange body, with a thin white head on top. The head still does a good job of leaving some sticky lacing behind.

Raw, grassy, hops with a pinch of citrus on the nose. Sweet malts and a touch of grapefruit. Well rounded.

Orange wedge with a side of grassy hop bitterness washes across the tongue. The Simcoe hops add a nice level of sticky dryness to the beer that comes out mostly on the finish. Somewhat malty up front, but thins out with hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, yet resiny with a substantial body that manages not to be too heavy. Great hop bitterness on the finish for a single IPA.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid IPA and puts the majority mass produced IPAs to shame. Kern River has done a great job of creating a sturdy malt base, but still focusing heavily on the hops. Not a mind blowing beer, but definitely quality.

02-25-2011 23:56:05 | More by sisuspeed
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pastradul

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into a duvel tulip.

pretty moderate pour results in a solid 3 inches of head, that actually hangs around a bit. Leaving some spotted lacing.

the aroma is a classic west coast ipa smell. lots and lots of citru notes. But not a lot flowing out of the glass, hae to get your nose in there to really get a lot of it.

The taste is just like the smell. a mall citrus sweet on the front of the palate. then turns into a honey/grapefruit in the mid-palate. then finishes with a strong dry bitter finish.

Over all a good beer, payed 6.50 for a bomber which is nice. would buy it again.

06-17-2010 18:25:43 | More by pastradul
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flannelman808

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Clear amber with a ruby hue and topped with a generous off white pancake batter head. Good retention and great lacing.

S: The proverbial forest floor and bitter orange pith.

T: Citrus bitterness tickles the tongue up front and smooths over with a bitter dried pine needle quality. The light bodied nature of this beer does not allow for much malt expression, which frankly I'm all for. Good quick and dry finishing.

M: Carbonic prickle

O: This is a pretty darn good beer. As light bodied IPA's go this is probably in the top 20.

10-11-2011 23:40:41 | More by flannelman808
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

220z bottle, received as an extra from FosterJM, poured into a snifter.

A: Nice, reminds me of a hazy Pliny. Pours a hazy golden orange with lot of rocky off-white head and good sticky lacing. Seems to be well carbed.

S: Pine-y, malt-y, and grapefruit bitterness. It has some of those resinous qualities of bigger DIPA's. The bitter grapefruit and pine shine the most.

T: Follows the nose, good bitterness, some citrus sweetness but its mostly grapefruit and pine here. Finishes nice and dry.

MF: Solid wet mouthfeel but nothing special.

O: Good beer, would have it again for sure. A step below the Pliny I had yesterday and not quite as multi-dimensional as other good DIPAs, but good in its own right.

05-22-2011 19:42:21 | More by Scotchboy
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks for this one, Javier!

This beer pours a beautiful dark amber color with a nicely frothy head.

Nice smells of pineapple, citrus, pine, wood, and a little barley. Wow, lots of pineapple.

The taste on this one is fruit forward with the pineapple leading the charge. A nice pine and citrus bite at the end finishes refreshing.

This one is a bit more thin than I would have anticipated. Nice carbonation, but a little watery.

This ended up being a pretty damn drinkable beer. I finished the 220z bottle before I even realized it was gone.

04-08-2010 23:22:26 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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oline73

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. This was opened during a New Years Eve tasting.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white carbonation that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops dominate. There is some bready malt to back up the hops, but the hops really star here.

Taste: Really bitter and hoppy up front. Toasty malt shows up a bit into the sip. The bitterness takes over again and dominates through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with really smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: At first I wanted more to back up the bitterness. This beer seemed to improve as it warmed up. I would definitely have another given the chance.

01-03-2012 03:10:55 | More by oline73
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured this one into a S.N. Hops glass. No date. 22 oz. brown bottle. The body was cloudy, but bright orange with a button mushroom colored head. The frothy, creamy head left thick lacing in the glass.

The smell was Citrus and pine shavings, big hops! Fresh grass. Later I sensed savory brown rice (in a good way), yum.

The taste was citrus and leafy, flavorful hops. Gentle bitterness but lots of flavor. Semi-drying finish. Very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium density with spot on carbonation. A solid beer all around.

03-31-2012 14:35:48 | More by Cresant
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PerHops

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

A- Cloudy golden orange with a very nice looking head that recedes slowly and leaves soapy bubbles. Looks a lot like pliny.

S- Lots of citrus! Grapefruit, lemons, oranges, tropical fruit, pineapple, grassiness

T- Orange marmalade, grapefruit, tropical fruit, some funkiness I can't put my finger on and a crisp, medium bitter finish. Very little pine.

M- Not very resinous. Very light, great level of carbonation, near perfect. Drinks very easily.

O- Very, very good. This would surely be a regular beer for me if it was easily available. My first beer from Kern River and I enjoyed it very much.

12-08-2011 03:12:50 | More by PerHops
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mcallister

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

One of the better looking beers I've seen for awhile mainly from the beautiful thick frothy slightly yellow head that lasts forever and leaves thick chunky lace around my tulip. Cloudy copper colored elixir.

Awesome citrusy, and tropical aromas. Slight grassy in the back with toffee and hints of caramel.

Quite tasty with nice balance and good hop bitterness. Very tropical with some citrus notes on the finish. Grassy throughout with meaty malt presence. Mouth is off slightly because I think it could use a bit more carbonation. Great beer all around though leaving me wanting to try more from this brewery.

07-22-2010 22:22:26 | More by mcallister
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

A - VIbrant orange with just a hint of lighter colored caramel in the center. Head is a solid two fingers with excellent retention. Sheets of lace are left behind on the glass.

S - Big fruity aromas, bith tropical and citrus. Lots of grapefruit, a touch of mango and even some wet forest pine sneaks in. Just a hint of sweet pale maltiness comes through after the beer has warmed a bit.

T - Bitter citrus hops up front with a surprisingly strong kick of pale malt sweetness coming through right behind. Grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Alcohol provides a touch of bite without being hot in anyway. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very nice bitter bite. Drinkability is certainly there. Very bitter for a plain American IPA. I feel the bitterness is bumping up into DIPA territory.

12-31-2010 20:51:17 | More by ckeegan04
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zhanson88

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, golden honey color. Gorgeous warm-looking color on this beer. About 1" of off-white head forms, that has good retention and limited lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt, lots of florals, citrus, grapefruit, and dankness. Nice, fresh hop scents in this. Nothing over the top, but still very good.

Taste: Good malt backbone. Hop character is very floral, along with some citrus, and general dankness. Maybe a bit of pine at the tail end.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with very fine carbonation. As it warms it becomes more and more creamy on the palate. Good here. Overall, an excellent IPA. Again, nothing over the top, but very solid all around and something I'd love to have again.

12-13-2011 03:40:10 | More by zhanson88
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%

A-orange amber color with a decent off-white head and good lacing

S-bready malt, hint of sweetness, pine, light citrus, floral

T-fresh bread, pine, floral, hint of caramel, grapefruit, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent , butnot , outstanding IPA

05-10-2014 13:49:56 | More by MDDMD
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with orange hues. There is a sizable mountain style white head that forms peaks and valleys. The retention is really impressive and the head leaves behind chunks of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose reveals some intense citrusy hops; grapefruit, oranges, and some pine cones hiding in the background. The malt is not lost in the shuffle as the aromas of toasted grain and honey waft from the glass.

T: The hops dominate the front side of the beer with the citrus flavors shining through. Mid palate the hops shift gears and some notes of pine come through with a bit of bubble gum as well. It finishes dry and mildly bitter with a hint of the toasted grain. Really clean finish.

M: The feel of this brew is really lush for an IPA. It is medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

O: The hops are forward, not over powering, and the finish is superb. I would drink this one regularly at 6.8% if I had access to it!

11-10-2011 03:12:09 | More by Neffbeer
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

From a bomber into a snifter.
Pours a hazy brownish gold color. Huge creamy off white head. Produced some nice lacing.
Tropical fruit, piney & floral hops in the nose. An aroma of pineapple juice stands out the most.
Taste is bitter but there is enough malt presence to back up the hops. Resinous pine and grapefruit immediately with malt balancing out the finish.
Carbonation is just how I like it. On the higher side. Bigger beer than I expected.

Above average IPA for sure. Makes me want to try Kern River Citra even more.

08-06-2011 06:30:43 | More by IdrinkGas
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to errantnight for this from our sprawling trade!

A: Pours a hazed, tarnished copper color. Light orange head reaches about 1/2 finger in thickness. Retention was on the fair side and not much lace was left behind.

S: Nice aromas of bitter pine, soft fruit, and a bit of caramel malt and cotton candy.

T: Pine, floral hops, pineapple, and toasted malt. Pretty clean and uncluttered.

M: Light to medium bodied. Thankfully the hops are spicy, sticky, and resinous.

D: Comes off a little on the thin side but maybe that adds to its' refeshing qualities?

01-16-2010 21:06:16 | More by GbVDave
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