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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

910 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 910
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 355
Gots: 84 | 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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ckeegan04

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Carlos for the bottle!

Poured into a teku, a deep, opaque, amber-orange color, with a finger or so of foamy white head that sank to a wispy layer, a small collar leaving webs of lacing on the glass. The aroma was easily detectable as soon as I cracked the bottle: dank, citrus pulp and peel, hoppiness competing with a strong, sugary, bready malt scent. In the taste, citrus peel, orange marmalade, hefty bready malts, cane sugar, assertive piney bitterness, and some underripe pineapple. This was a pretty basic IPA, but it was still very good. Medium body; though there was some residual sugar syrupiness, overall it had a crisp mouthfeel with a drying finish, making for a super drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 19:19:09 | More by Rifugium
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Nugganooch

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass
Dating - none. batch # perhaps

A: Pours a clear straw-pale color with a nice thick lacey foam head.

S: Smells incredible. Bursting with citrus - orange/tangerine aromas and hints of sweet peach/mango.

T: Much like the aroma - get blasts of citrus hop flavors upfront with considerable bitterness on the palate. Finishes slightly sweet but nice light and dry. You realy have to search for the alcohol in this one.

M: Pretty smooth. Slightly sweet and finishes dry.

D: Superb. A really nice IPA - slightly sweet and super hoppy.

Just Outstanding! Now I have had this brew before on tap after a few other hop bombs and did not think much of it at the time. Now sitting down to review a fresh bomber I am quite pleased. A very drinkable, super hoppy IPA which I love.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 22:27:26 | More by Nugganooch
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LBBeer

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach, CA.

A-Very interesting orange-hued ale, with decent lacing.

S-Nice green nose.

T-Expect a little more from that great bouquet, but still a very nice hop profile.

M--Very nice on the palate. Body from the malt structure is there, just no malty flavor.

D-Palate coating hop oils leave a giant green aftertaste, which wouldn't be ideal if it didn't taste so good.

I really look forward to seeing KRBC continue to emerge.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 00:42:51 | More by LBBeer
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for cracking this one up at a recent tasting.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange tinged amber with two fingers of sudsy white head. Sticky lacing abounds.

Smell -- Quite hoppy, indeed. Grapefruit pulp, cut grass, pine resin, and an iota of caramel malt.

Taste -- Follows the nose: lots of juicy grapefruit, pine resin, and grassy hops. Baseline of hop bitterness throughout. Malt is pretty dry, though there is a slight hint of caramelized malts. Clean and exceptionally quaffable.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with lively carbonation. Slight oiliness from the hops.

Drinkability -- Truth in advertising. A truly exceptional IPA from an area flush with great IPA's. A must try, especially if your thing is dry IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 03:25:38 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Drinkerofales

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very murky orange gold fills the glass capped by a big almost white head which gives the gift of plenty of lacing.

The aroma of grapefruit and pineapple assault the nose and follows up with a hint of pine and sweet malt.

The flavor is similar to the smell, citrusy and pithy. The malt is barely detectable at the end of middle. A bitter hope taste finishes the taste.

A smooth beer, with a hoppy bite up front. The medium light body is slightly resinous, yet has a nice easy finish.

I like the beer a lot. Great flavor and experience, yet maybe the name isn't quite what they meant. Perhaps it should be, Just Barely Outstanding, as it's not over the top or super special. A great solid beer.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 03:08:47 | More by Drinkerofales
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srandycarter

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky golden amber, not much head, ring remains, spiderly lacing.

S - Floral citrus and sweet malt dominate. A little tinniness at finish.

T - Above average coating, good carb, fair balance, although a little on the bitter side.

D - Very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 04:34:02 | More by srandycarter
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kemoarps

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ole' head on this, capping a rich hazy amber brew.

Good balanced smell, I can pick up the hops, but they don't dominate. Resinous with a light sweet backdrop

This is a very well balanced beer. It's not as underwhelming as some sweet/malty IPAs I've had, but the hops aren't as overbearing as many of their west coast counterparts. Well balanced, with almost a subtlety to it. The maltiness doesn't dilute, but compliments this citrusy hop presence. I've been excited to try this one since I picked it up, and do not feel disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 23:25:26 | More by kemoarps
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spointon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= At fridge temp, this ale poured a deep hazy orange color with a ½" white head. The head dropped to a skim fairly quickly but left some nice sticky web lace down my glass.

S= Smelled of sweet malt and juicy/fresh citrus and pine hops. Some deeper, danker bitter hop smell in there too. Very fresh and very nice.

T= The sweet malt base came through first, showing a bit of biscuit and caramel edge to it. The hop flavor was all citrus and pine, with maybe a touch of tropical fruitiness. Hop bitterness was up there but not so high as to overpower the other flavors. Finished dry and full of lingering hop resins.

MF= Medium bodied with a big but not overdone carbonation feel. Very much a palate cleansing beer.

D= This was my first beer from Kern River Brewing (received in a trade) and I was well pleased. Tasty and easy to drink for sure. I could easily session a few of these!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 16:28:24 | More by spointon
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Treebs

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Great Divide footed ale glass. Big thanks to SupoenaDeuces (Alex) for the hook up!

A: Pours a chilled amber color with golden straw hues around the edges. A thick and creamy pure white head forms on pour. It sits over one inch in height and very slowly recedes down the glass leaving huge sticky sheets of lace behind.

S: Leafy green hops, mild citrus rinds, some juicy mango and some sweet caramel malts.

T: Grassy hops with some light fruity undertones are up front. The mid-palate is more of a bitter pine that is layered on a mildly sweet malty body that carries on into the finish. Overall the hops are the most dominant.

M: Medium to light bodied with nice carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: It's very hop forward and the malt basically take a back seat, but it's still a really good beer. There is definitely a lot of flavor packed into this light and refreshing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:07:47 | More by Treebs
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teamizm

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

A - Hazy copper color with nice fluffy head.

S - Grapefruits, floral hops, summer fruits like peaches, apricots. Home bready qualities as well.

T - Bitterness with some pine qualities (kind of surprising because you don't get that in the nose). Grapefruit and summer fruits also shine through.

M - Medium carbonation, seems appropriate for a west coast IPA.

D - like Citra, very drinkable. Again, KRBC just makes some of the best California summer IPAs. The citrus tones are, dare I say, just outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 05:16:27 | More by teamizm
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle gotten via trade from dabecassis. Thanks David, nice and fresh.

A: A medium golden orange color with a nice one finger sticky white head. Lacing is full and sticky.

S: Hops throw off a bunch of smells that include pine, grass, flowers and citric notes. They get coupled with the caramel sweet that lies underneath.

T: Nice hoppy west coast beer here. Up front I get the sweeter citrus flavors that get taken over by the pine and floral notes, with the floral notes winning out. Some grassy notes mix in with the caramel sweetness to allow some bitterness at the end but not overly so. Very complex and nice. Finish is creamy.

M: Medium mouthfeel. I would have liked this one a bit more bitter. Creamy for sure with very little if any alcohol notes.

D: Very high, this is a nice drinking IPA.

Overall a quality west coast IPA that just falls short of the best from that state. I would gladly drink this anytime or anywhere and still wish we could get it here in PA. A very solid beer, I enjoyed it greatly.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 22:09:56 | More by Kadonny
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GregSVT

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden dark yellow with a big white head that fades and leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of hoppy aromas that remind me of Gubna along with a nice apricot smell. A weird twang with a slight tropical fruit aroma in the background. I actually like the smell of this and Gubna so no complaints here.

T: The taste is apricots, tropical fruits, and piney hops. Nice bitterness on the finish. Good stuff.

M: The feel is crisp and oily from the hops.

D: This is an above average IPA and the ABV is good if you want to drink more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 02:04:41 | More by GregSVT
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Hoptoss

Nevada

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber color with a light head

Smell, Very strong and smooth smell of pine. No hint of bitterness from the aroma, just the nice sweet aspect of the hops.

Mouthfeel, what you'd expect from an IPA, light bodied, and crisp.

Taste: Initially you get a lot of nice sweet pine, with a little bit of citrus, very little bitterness to the beer, just the right amount to balance the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 06:57:00 | More by Hoptoss
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this in a trade with MrTopher recently...

Pours a nice golden color with a nice quickly forming and persistent head...

Big citrusy aromas rolling off of this one....quite pungent actually... Loads of grapefruit and floral hoppiness....
A nicely balanced mixture of malts and sharp citrusy hops...this is splendidly balanced... The hops are bitter and finish long and slow but this isn't one dimensional at all... Very nicely crafted...

I really enjoyed this one quite a bit... A nice solid as hell IPA here...

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 04:43:50 | More by Tilley4
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jegross2

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company.
Score: 92

No freshness date on the bottle or label. Received in a trade earlier this month with California-based BeerAdvocate user LieutenantSour.

Appearance: Pours a translucent reddish-orange color with two full fingers of foamy cream colored head that slowly settles into a thin layer atop the glass. Sticky, frothy lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Strong aromas of pine and floral, tropical citrus. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit and mango. Some "sticky," sap-and-pollen earthiness present too. Noticeable maltiness. 4.5/5

Taste: Flavor is more malty than the aroma. The beer has a slightly sweet, malty caramel backbone. A sharply bitter citrus flavor gradually grows from the midpalate to the finish. Lingering notes of sap, pine, pineapple and tangerine in the finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and juicy. Finish is bitter and malty. 4/5

Overall: A simply solid single IPA. I may have sat on this one too long -- I waited 20 days between receipt and consumption -- but still enjoyed it thoroughly. Would love to try this fresh off tap.

Recommendation: Seek this one out unless you hate hops.

Pairings: Mexican food.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 05:19:58 | More by jegross2
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MBrausen

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to aufaber for this one!

Poured from bomber into a CBS snifter.

A. Wonderfull orange red hue with a 4mm thick head, resides to some nice foamy bubbles.

S. Smells of fine citrus, some sweet pine and wonderful orange peel

T. Tastes of sweet and tart citrus, strong of pine and lots of floral.

M. Medium body, with a coarse and dry finish

O. A good overall beer. Lots of citrus and tangy hops, and a bit sweet. I like this beer. I could see buying this for $7/bomber at the store and keeping a fair amount on hand. A good beer that could be drank anytime.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 14:56:20 | More by MBrausen
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours deep, cloudy, orange with a pillowy soft one finger head leaving sticky sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of grassy citric hops up front. Grapefruit, gram cracker malt, and a bit of dryness. Very nice balance overall with plenty of floral hops.

T - Plenty of piney citric hops up front giving way quickly to a mix of gram cracker malt and a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is a bit dry with some lingering hop bitterness. Very good balance of flavors in this one. A bit old, my bad, but still very enjoyable.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice soft feel with a bit of bitterness in the finish that doesn't linger for very long.

D - Pretty high. I really liked this one. I would love to try this on-tap someday. Can't wait to try some of the other offerings from Kern River.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 22:35:45 | More by orangesol
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djmichaelk

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a perfect pint. Sampled this at a tasting at K&L and knew I had to pick up a few.

A - Fairly clear, nearly amber, with yellow highlights. Huge, pillowy four-finger head, with great retention; it sticks around for minutes and ends up a thick cap with some solid lacing.

S - All the things I love in an IPA -- grapefruity citrus, lemon zest, lots of summery notes. All backed by a slight sweetness that lurks in the background and serves to back everything up.

T - Plenty of the citrus is present, and the sweetness of the malt is there, but it doesn't really live up to the nose -- although that bar was set pretty high. Lemon rind and grapefruit bring the bitterness, and that malt still lurks and closes things out. Not much alcohol evident.

M - Maybe the weak point. It's a little thin, and doesn't linger very long. Finish is dry and bitter.

D - I can definitely see me sitting on the patio drinking a few of these as the summer comes to a close. ABV is middling, and the flavor is good.

O - It's a solid competitor in a crowded field. I first tried it during a tasting of several IPAs and DIPAs, and this definitely made me go grab some out of the cooler. Outstanding may be a bit of hyperbole, but it's not too far off.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 15:59:57 | More by djmichaelk
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this bottle back from my west coast trip. Pours a bright orange colour with huge whead head and nice lacing. Really big citrus hop aroma with hints of oily pine. Really big bitterness for only a single IPA. Nice carbonation level. This beer lives up to its name for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 20:17:48 | More by kwjd
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.