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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

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432 Reviews

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Reviews: 432
Hads: 1,201
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 372
Gots: 152 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007

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Photo of kevanb
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an Allagash tulip.

A: Pours a really nice honey amber color, a bit cloudy with a nice big billowy cloud like head, a little too much head really and that was with a slow pour.

S: Has a really nice marmalade aroma with lots of hops behind it, really inviting and pleasant.

T: Nice big hop flavors that are balanced really well with some citrus and pine flavors, nice marmalade flavors that match the nose well.

M: Nice and big, perfect level of carbonation, goes down really smoothly.

Verdict: Really nice IPA from Kern River, one of the best IPAs out of Southern California which is pretty much home most of the best IPAs in the world.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Very nice 2 fingers off white head, well carbonated, golden brown appearance, very clear slightly orange, great lacing and retention.
S- Awesome aroma very hoppy, citrus, pine, peaches, grapefruits, slight mango aroma, hints of malts as well, amazing smelling beer.
T- Wow great tasting IPA. Everything you could want in a hoppy delicious brew. Sweet and bitter at the same time well balanced, malts are present to balance the hoppiness, one of the best tasting IPAs I’ve had. Although the hops are definitely present along with grapefruit, citrus, peach, and mango, hints of lemons, it is not overpowering, very easy drinkability.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, dries the mouth.
O- Amazing beer had high expectations and my expectations were met, delicious, hop forward beer that is very balanced. Very fruity and delicious, easy drinkability, only wish I had access to this beer on a regular basis.

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Photo of arizcards
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint at O'Brien's Pub earlier today for maybe around $5.00.

Beer was served orange with a nice solid white head that left lacing behind as i sipped.

Nose was very pungent floral hops that did not fade.

Taste was tropical, orange and a hint of mango, with a solid caramel/pale malt base that was fairly balanced for the style. Some pine in the background but not resinous.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, perhaps due to mild carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. This was a very good representation of the west coast ipa style. I may have to go back to Whole Foods to bring a bottle back to Arizona!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at my tasting on August 7, 2010.

A: This beer appears a slightly hazy shade of yellow. There is a small head that leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass.

S: The aromas are wonderful citrus, mostly grapefruit. Hooray hops!

T: A wonderful beer, and what I look for in an IPA. Citrus fruits with a pleasant, hoppy bitterness make this such an enjoyable beverage. Between this and Citra, Kern is 2 for 2 in the IPA department, as far as I see it.

M: A really nice feel. Bitterness from the hops without any astringency. Alcohol hidden well behind the bouquet.

D: Wonderfully drinkable. What a nice way to kick off the tasting.

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Photo of maximum12
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to the dgb3 for this bomber; with a name like this, & a good reputation for this brewery, I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Seems like it's finally becoming more available, & now I get to sample it. Yippee! Sawed in half into separate pint glasses for the wife & myself on a snowy Friday evening after a round of shoveling & sliding with my girls.

Pours an unfiltered orange-yellow, like St. Paul tapwater in the spring. Props for a cool label, too, the donkey, bike tire, & cow-poke (donkey-poke?). Smell is solidly hoppy; foreshadowing rocks. I love my Simcoe hops!

Just Outstanding has a bit of an arrogant name, & that ups the ante. But it's damn good. The hops are crowing, a fragrant mix of roses, grapefruit, bitter old guy, citrus, strong pine - classic IPA. The malt is sitting in the corner, present but unobtrusive. A nice clean bitterness follows up & washes lazily over the palate. Which awaits another sip eagerly. Honestly, the pretty good nose doesn't do the taste justice.

This is the rare bomber that I could dismember easily, then reach for another. Not exactly sessionable, but hell, I'm willing to try. Wondering if I can distract my wife long enough to pilfer some of the juice left in her pint glass.

Excellent effin' brew. This lives up to its name & then some; a beer that I'd drink regularly & with enthusiasm if I could get my hands on it. I can only imagine how mind-blowing this would be fresh & on-tap. My favorite beer of the first 14 days of 2011.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks matt!

pour is light hazy brown with orange hints. light creamy head, some lacing. looks a bit hazy and a bit thin.

huge scents, mainly pineapple, floral, and sweet citrus. amazing.

very floral up front, lots of sweet citrus through out and some pineapple. a slight pine bitterness creeps in and out. light malts. a lot going on here but not overpowering. very flavorful.

body looked thin but is not. nice light carbonation and decent body.

I could and would drink this all night and all day.

this is one awesome IPA, it really is JUST OUTSTANDING, for realz. i had never heard of Kern River so I did not know what to expect. I am glad i got this, such an easy drinking IPA with great flavors. exactly what I would expect from Cali.

love it...

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado in San Diego

A - Perfect orange that is slightly hazy. One finger of white head with small bubbles that sticks to the glass very nicely.

S - Light nose. Pine, light grapefruit, and some bready malts.

T - Light bitter bite. Almost too smooth for an IPA, but this isn't a fault. Easy drinking with crisp pine up front that really mellows out into a smooth, sweet malty finish. Really amazing IPA that gets better and better as you drink it.

M - Medium body with really nice carbonation.

O - Another outstanding IPA from Kern River. Very sessionable and so smooth. These guys are true masters with hops.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours clear dark amber under a thin white foam cap that quickly reduces to a thick film.
S: Resiny, citrusy aromas with some fruit and light malt.
T: Attacks the palate with a burst of malt that dissolves into citrus rinds, resin and melon. In the aftertaste fruit, malt and citrus rind linger for several minutes.
F: Medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: Big but refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes reveal an amber pour at the SDIBF. Was all stoked, was hitting up the brewery the very next day for the Citra dipa release. Well, I liked this one as much, if not more.

Pungent dry hopped aroma, surely multi varietal dry hopping was going on here. Taste, phenomenal, doesn't feel heavy in any sense, just so light and hoppy. Amarillo seems to be the most obvious. Isn't really super bitter, they didn't jack up the ibu's or abv on this to go after that segment of consumers. Good amount of that tropioal citrus throughout the mouthfeel.

When they call this Just Outstanding, they come off very credible at the end of the bottle.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale copper color wth a bright off white head, fine even lacing across my chalice. Aroma grapefruit citrus bliss in my nares, what a great smelling brew. Straight up green, citrus rinds, floral notes excellent blend of pale malts and aromatics. Flavors citrus grapefruit semi sweet blend of malts definitely lands in the hop heavy side of things. Really excellent flow to it balanced hops and malts, carbonation is medium bodied sturdy carbonation. Drinkability was rock solid cream of the crop West Coast IPA, I would live off of this stuff if readily available.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. On a side not, I must say that this is probably my favorite name for an IPA...EVER!

Pours hazy copper, with 1 1/2 fingers of off-white foamy head. The retention here is the definition of rich, with a frothy and bubbly look to it that drenches the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lacing. Sweet cirus and malts make the aroma here, as this is just dripping in the nose with softer fruity aromatics of peach, mango, and apricots. There is an almost cookie-like feel of bready dough in the nose that works very nicely with the fruit flavors. Pine and spice hangs on the edges, giving this a sharp pop in the nostrils.

Bitterness takes a bit more of the lead in the taste, with resins and spice that tingle the tongue. Man, those hops are nicely cut though by that same silky sweet mix of juicy fruit and doughy malts. The hops quickly return in the finish, sticking to the roof of the mouth, and completely drying the backend of this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer carbonation up front, that then prickles up into a sharper feel towards the back of swallow. A bit of warmth lingers in the throat but man, this is nicely drinkable for 7%. That alcohol can really creep up on you if you let it.

An IPA that truelly does live up to its name, this was just jam-packed with well balanced juicy hop character and a killer body and drinkibility. This was definitely one of the better American IPAs that I've had lately. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty golden orange, with a finger and half of bubbly white head, that leaves significant cling. The scent is hoppy, floral hops and piney, a thick scent that finishes with some sweetness. The flavor has a great balance. It's definite hop flavor, but with a malty sweetness. It is very full across the mouth. Very drinkable. This IPA stands up along side any other west coast IPA.

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Photo of vacax
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold with about one and a half fingers of creamy cream colored head. A few bubbles surfacing. Good lacing. Fragrant upon the pour, this has plenty of elaborate hoppiness to share. Pineapple, pine, lightly tropical and slightly flowery or earthy, great combo from the simcoe and amarillo dry hopping.

Taste is dominant with the hops, pine, a bit of grapefruit, light malt sweetness perfectly compliments the bitter hoppy bite that comes through. Hop forward, delicious, but also with some malt balance that still keeps the hops up front. All around one great IPA. Medium body, smooth and creamy, but not over the top on carbonation, great balance. This is the kind of IPA I would want to drink every day, just wish it had more availability.

Just oustanding... you knew I was going to say that.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to open this tonight. Received last week in a trade last week from Leschkie. Thanks Kurtis! I have been wanting to try this one for a while now.

A- Nice dark burnt orange. Beautiful lacing on the glass....screw this let's move on.

S- Wonderful aroma. Aromatic pine and citrus hops smells nicely balanced.

T- Fantastic! I am so glad that this is everything I hoped it would be. Sharp bitter hops well rounded by perfect malt profile and citrus overpowering the pine taste to really shine. Outstanding is right guys!

M- Perfect for the style.

O- There's not much you could do to improve this beer. Glad I was able to try it, it's wonderful.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of lace and a foamy white head on top of a clear, dark gold beer. Looks great.

Aroma dominated by grapefruit, very little in the way of maltiness or sweetness. A touch of piney aroma as well.

Big citrus, grapefruit/tangerine blast with a nice bitterness behind it that lingers into the finish. Very restrained malt character. Just a touch of sweetness; bitterness doesn’t overwhelm the citric hop flavor at all. It’s there and it’s aggressive but extremely well integrated. Just delicious!

Medium body, very smooth and a little creamy, carbonation just a smidge on the low side of medium. Hard not to drink this one fast, it’s so damned good.

Prototypical west coast IPA, all about the super vivid and fresh-tasting hops. As well done as any I’ve had, including Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. Deserving of wider recognition to be sure.

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Photo of LikaThaHops
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter glass. Big thanks to emagana!

A- Poured a rich, opaque deep copper/orange color. Heavy 2 finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves layers of lace along the outsides.

S- Strong grapefruit/melon smell up front, and hops in the back.

T- Tastes of fruit, grapefruit to be exact. It's sweet, but not too sweet, and the perfect amount of hops. Very enjoyable...need to move to California.

M- Smooth, crisp, citrusy and bubbly.

D- Almost, perfect. If I lived where this was available, this would be my 'relaxing on the porch, just watching things happen' drink. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jm1229
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Preface: I love this beer. I've had it before, but now it's time to review it.

Opened on 8/28 as my last beer before I go back to NY for school. Served at 55 degrees and poured into my Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

A- Gentle pour yields lots of foamy white head. Thick and sticks to the glass. Tastes like whipped cream. The beer is golden.

S- Lots of citrus. Pineapple, mango, pine, orange. Oh, so fruity.

T- Follows the nose, but has a malt balance so you can drink it nonstop. Has an amazing lingering aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied and nice carbonation. Tastes like you're drinking a beer's beer, if you know what I mean.

O- It's amazing, really. It's just...amazing. No, I wasn't going to say "Just Outstanding" because that's tacky, but I'd go on record saying that along with Nelson from Alpine, it's the best single IPA on the market. Great beer.

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Photo of heterotopia
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin head that dispersed quickly with some lace trailing. Hazy amber in color.

S: Guava and light hints of citrus.

T: Guava. Tasted lots of Guava and it worked surprisingly well. Solid hop profile, nothing brutishly over powering, but well balanced against the malt. Dry but sweet finish.

M: Light carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Slightly sticky on the lips. Solid IPA.

O: An exceptional IPA. It's no Citra DIPA, but it certainly holds its own among the sea of Indian Pale Ales.

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Photo of cpolking
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a glowing orange-copper in color and has a quarter inch of thick foamy white head that leaves a medium density of ragged and sticky lacing.

The aroma is wildly hop forward, with succulent tropical fruits, melon and a bit of pineapple juice. There is some spiciness and zestiness in the background, flittering around just enough caramel malt to keep this thing from blasting off into outer space.

The taste is the same massive array of hops as the aroma, the flavors are fresh, fruity, lush and spine-tingling. The finish is slightly sweet, slightly dry and with a satisfying amount of bitterness reminiscent of drinking fresh grapefruit juice. The aftertaste is lingering notes of tropical fruits and grapefruit. The bottle does not lie when it states, "The name says it all," because this beer is a just outstanding West Coast American IPA.

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Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

orange with an off-white head that holds very very well and leaves tons of splotchy lace. actually looks darker orange than it is because the head (which never goes away) is so thick, it casts a shadow. nose is perfumy flowers and citrus in near perfect harmony on top of some tropical fruit, toast and sweet malt. hops obviously play the lead role. taste is grapefruit up front. the malt amplifies and harmonizes like it should, and bitter pine comes through in the finish. creamy, medium-full body. alcohol is virtually unnoticeable. pleasant bitterness and no aftertaste. overall, a fantastic example of cali ipa. glad to see they are bottling/catching on. cali continues to dominate.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks To Spdkilz for this bottle. You are the man Carleton.

Poured straight down the middle of the Stone IPA glass. Massive four finger eggshell head towers over top. The body is a hazy golden yellow which glows when held to the light. The retention is "just outstanding", a thick sheet of lacing is left clinging to the glass.

A subtle pale malt sweetness lays down a solid base for this IPA to build from. With out one sip at this point, I love the lack of caramel malt showing up in this IPA. Caramel malt is appropriate in an IPA, but it should not be noticeable. With the simplistic malt base the hops are allowed to shine. Ridiculous amounts of grapefruit, tropical fruit and a bit of pineapple ooze from the glass. The aroma is nothing short of spectacular.

While it would be easiest to type "please see above" for the description of the flavor it does not seem appropriate. With that said the aroma gives a strong indication of what is about to hit the tongue. Sweet citrusy grapefruit, hints on pineapple and subtle passion fruit roll across the tongue. The bitterness is subtle in comparison to the sweet hop flavor. The malt base is sturdy but relatively hidden. A sweet pale malt flavor does emerge but is oh so soft. I am a man who likes his IPA's, this one rate with the best of them.

Medium bodied brew with a nice smooth texture. The finish leans towards dry but there is a lingering sweetness that clings to the tongue.

Just Outstanding is just a beautiful beer. I have heard the hype around this brewery and their IPAs and it is well deserved. Remarkably drinkable and ever so enjoyable. Without a doubt a top tiered IPA. Just Outstanding in deed.

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Photo of litheum94
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. No bottling dates.

The beer pours out a golden body, with a rocky, dirty white head. It crackles out to a patchy cover, leaving stratas of lacing as it falls.

Dank hops, pineapple, grapefruit, and tropical fruit sweeten the nose. There's a little bit of spice and floral notes, with some cereal grains, but this is a showcase for Amarillo and Simcoe hops.

Fruity flavors at first, with pineapple, mango and grapefruit flavors. A resinous, pitch-like hop oil essence coats the mouth, with some light, herbal spice. A decent hop bitterness comes across, seemingly fairly tame at first, but it just keeps on building, and a stout bitterness is left in your mouth.

Wow. A great showcase for Simcoe and Amarillo hops, flavorful and delivers a bold bitterness that fulfills the need of every hop head. For a single IPA, this really impresses.

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Photo of stylinprofiylin
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - a golden hazy brown with an offwhite head. alcohol lacing on the glass shows a medium alcohol content

S - smell is typical of an IPA. A very Pine filled scent at the tip of the nose shows for a generous amount of hops. fruit notes consist of raisins, pear, CITRUS.

T - Grassy, Fresh, Piney, Slightly bitter HOPS. not too much, but definitely not too little. its buttery smooth after burner helps it go down smoother than any other IPA out there.

M - medium carbonation, not too heavy on the alcohol feel.

D - because the taste is so outstanding i can drink this all day.

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Photo of younger35
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BeerTruth for bringing me a bottle of this from his resent trip to the left coast. This will be my first brew from Kern River and I look forward to it. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Opens with a violent hiss and pours a crystal clear reddish orange with a beautifully fluffy one finger white head. A nice thick cap and collar remain the entire beer along with tons of thick web like lacing.
Smell- Plenty fruity as the Amarillo and Simcoe mentioned on the label come through loud and clear. Lots of grapefruit and peach along with a bit of earthy pine for good measure. A touch of caramel comes through but it's very light and really doesn't contribute much.
Taste- "The Name Says It All", right there on the label, and that's the truth. Lightly fruity and lightly bitter the beer manages to have all the hoppiness I crave yet isn't overly bitter in the least. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple all make an appearance at some time or another. A bit of a caramel sneaks in toward the finish but like the nose it's an afterthought.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice aggressive bite of carbonation that is spot on.
Drinkability- Really enjoyed this one as it's a nice change of pace from all the Double and Triple IPA's I've been drinking lately. Beautifully fruity and easy drinking this was a treat of a brew to enjoy tonight. Thanks much Adam, you came through again!

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Photo of rand
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint:

A: Pours a beautiful golden-tan with a cavernous head, formed by a fair amount of tight carbonation. The head shows solid retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Wow, the nose is not shy. Strong pine fills the nostrils followed by a very sweet citrus, like mandarin orange. Other fruits are noted as well, pears and apples. This IPA has one of the fruitiest and sweetest scents I've come across, and when combined with the hop zest it's one of the best smelling beers I've inhaled.

T: Big, bold, piny hop blast up front, as much as you'd hope for an IPA, but this has DIPA character. This is followed by that orangey, grapefruity citrus and bready, caramelly malts. The malt-backbone lends plenty of support here, finding perfect harmony with the bitter hops. The alcohol comes through as the pint warms, but stays out of the bitter/sweet battle consuming your palate. Finishes more sweet than bitter with a touch of lemon rind. Wow.

M: Nice rich feel for the 6.8% alcohol. It's not going to make you feel bloated, and it's not to be sipped like a rich imperial stout or barleywine, but it has a satisfying, full-bodied texture. There's plenty of carbonation to wash down each sip.

Drinkability and notes: Well, this is washing down like soda. Kern River has just nailed another unique but nearly perfect West Coast IPA - easily up there with the best. However, I've had this beer 6 or 7 times now and it's definitely not consistent. I had it on tap about 6 months ago, but at the time I was drunk and didn't take notes. I just remember it being delicious and put it on my radar. Then "The Best Damn Beer Shop" (thanks guys) got a nice shipment in and I picked up 5 or 6 bottles, in two or three trips to the store. The first bottle was good, but not as enthralling as I'd remembered or hoped. The next bottle was downright bitter and lacked malt balance. Then the third brought me right back to that drunk pint - Outstanding! I cracked a fourth and a fifth (presumably from the same batch) in the days that followed; they were equally phenomenal (I'm reviewing the fifth).

Kern River recently started bottling this stuff so they probably don't have their process dialed in yet. For those that reviewed this as overly bitter and harsh, I've had that sample and can empathize. Give it another round or two.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.