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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

1,010 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 361
Gots: 105 | 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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Photo of gregshead
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with very little head. Clear light golden color

S: Lots of grapefruit smell, resiny smell.

T: Grapefruit hops punch my taste buds. Lot and lots of hops. Not much malt backbone. The hops definitely push the limit. Almost to the nail polish/acetone level.

M: Lots of carbonatin up front. Soft light/resiny feel coats my mouth.

O: This IPA pushes the limit and holds the line. Great, great, great IPA. Look forward to many more. Great price point too.

gregshead, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color that borded on orange at times with a tremendous clarity to it that I really was not expecting to see at all. Quite surprising I have to admit. Lots of carbonation here as I would expect, but with the clarity it is very visible and a big head of white forms that only gradually settles down. Aroma is ripe with orange and buttery notes that seem to intertwine nearly perfectly and really launch through the air with a sweetness you seldom see in an IPA. Carries over well into the flavor as the bit from the ornage comes in first but mellows almost immediatly and then falls into the bittery, biscuit like sweetness that provides much balance to it. Smooth, medium body really coats the palate and lets the resin from the hops do their business and with the ABV all but absent, you can really go to town with this one.

mikesgroove, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Fluke828
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
No date/freshness info on the bottle
Got this in a trade from RichBeer, thanks Rich!

reviewed from notes from a tasting last weekend

A-> Pours a beautiful tawny/amber-ish color with a huge 2 finger head. Looks unfiltered. Some lace but not too much.

S-> Hard to place, bouquet is muted a bit with musty hoppy scents but nothing overly floral or fruity. Some faint pine, we'll see what the taste brings....(After some warming/swirling, I do finally get some citrus fruits in the nose)

T-> Bitter hops up front but immediately balanced out by some sweet malts in the middle and towards the finish. Ends back with the dry hoppy bite. Deliciously well balanced. Much more fruity towards the end of the bomber than at first.

M-> Light feel for the style but I think I have just been drinking too many IIPAs lately...nice to have one that is dialed back a bit and yet still so refreshing and balanced. Really get the full flavors after the swallow, on the aftertaste.

O-> This beer was terrific. It is "just" an IPA, not trying to be something it's not or fooling you into one side of the flavor/aroma spectrum either. Nothing really up in your face about it like so many other West Coast IPAs, which is a refreshing change. Still fairly strong @ 6.8% for a single-IPA but again, very well balanced, not bombing you with hops, has a nice malt complement. Would have this again in a heartbeat...

Fluke828, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of glazeman
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a snifter

A: Hazy orange in color, 1.5 finger white head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, with the dominant smells being tangerine and grapefruit. There's a little bit of malt sweetness in there at the beginning that comes across kind of like a rye smell.

T: I have no complaints whatsoever with the taste of this beer other than a slight like of intensity on the flavors. If they were a little stronger, I would probably give it a 5. The main flavors are oranges, lemons, and a little grapefruit. There's a nice bitter kick on the end that is by no means overwhelming.

M: Appropriate for the style. Perfect level of carbonation, and sits on the tongue nicely. Aftertaste was pretty good, but could be more balanced.

D: Very high drinkability. This beer tastes good, and it is very refreshing. There's not too much that makes it super unique, but it goes down with no problem at all.

glazeman, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of beagle75
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of lofty and persistent off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains--nearly continuous toward the top.

S: Sweetly floral and fruity with guava and tangerine citrus. Initially intense, but becoming muted after just a few minutes. Even as intensity decreases, the smell remains redolent of simcoe hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with toasted malt and highly aromatic floral/peach/citrus hops. The flavors start off balanced but lean more toward the hops after a few beats. Acidity finds a fine balance in the middle where bitterness peaks with bracing intensity and volatile grapefruit peel. Whiffs of tropical fruit and milder grapefruit peel decorate the finish that sees intermediate bitterness left to linger on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet yet lightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Among West-Coast IPAs, this one is definitely a sleeper that ought to be talked about more. While it is reminiscent of Ballast Point's Sculpin, it may be most similar to Firestone's Union Jack. This beer presents potency in every area of sensory evaluation. The flavors here are not for the timid and may fatigue some palates with its sheer intensity (which, arguably, is a claim that any good West-Coast IPA should be able to make).

beagle75, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 3.31.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy orange with a crazy thick head. However, no lacing is left on the glass.

S - Pine and lemons, that is it.

T - Same as the smells, can't complain here.

D - Very easily drinkable, not bitter at all.

O - Very impressed with this one.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of DanSmith17
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

DanSmith17, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of IllNate
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper, good 2 fingers of creamy head. Excellent retention. Slight hop haze.

S - Plenty of citrus hop (pineapple) , bit of floral hop.

T- Very tasty. Pineapple hop, plenty of citrus. Floral as well. Nice malty backbone. Well balanced for an IPA.

M - Smooth, bold, very bitter.

D - Good.

From notes take a few weeks ago.

IllNate, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of dwilson01
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, 1.5 fingers of fluffy marshmellow white head tops the brew, looks like a cloud. The body color looks just like an SNPA with a touch of extra cloudiness added in from yeast.

The smell is great, refreshing, citrus, and a tinge of pine added in. The sweet malt adds a honey type scent to the mix as well which leads me to believe the flavor shall be balanced between malt and hop.

The flavor is just what I look for in an American style IPA, the forefront is very hop forward with a fruity sensation, citrus with contributions from orange and grapefruit to my palate. The middle of the taste is faded into from the beginning and gives the mouth a clover honey sweet flavor which refreshes you just long enough for the aftertaste hop assault. The third stage is all hop bitterness which I love as a finish, this IPA is balanced and just what I like in this style...Just Outstanding!

dwilson01, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for this extra!

This brew pours a light straw color and settles a haze infused yellow orange. 2 fingers of a chunky off white head sits forever..

The nose is clean and hoppy. Fresh citrus, light pine, and a bit of caramel lingers.

The taste is quite the same. Some crisp, bitter offerings akin to grapefruit and pine. The malt bill is quite large but finishes with hop offerings easily applied. A sweet, buttered biscuit taste sits briefly and translates into a caramel taste.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy given the style. Comes on flavorful and bold and ends crsip and a little dry. Enjoyable.

Overall, bomb ass IPA. Full of flavor with a great nose and a smooth mouthfeel. Pretty spot-on.

ChugginOil, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle given as an extra by drabmuh, thanks Matt!

A: Amber-brown hue with Orange highlights. Nice white pinky of head with nice lacing. Looks tasty to me.

S: Fainter than I hoped, but what I get is good: Citrus and flowery hops flirt with bready malts typical of an American IPA.

T: I tasted this and though to myself that I feel like Kern River was kind of 'east coast' in this IPA offering in that the citrus/floral hops are not quite biting/forward like most west coast brews but are about equal to the bready malt with a little bite and a pleasing bitter finish. Good, but not great.

M: This was nice. Creamy and great carbonation.

D: Very Drinkable. This would be an excellent beer in 6 or 4 12oz packs as opposed to the 22oz format I had. A beer thats great to throw back with pizza or watching the game, etc. Session-ish, but with 6.8% I wouldn't say its a session, just an easy good drinker.

Dreadnaught33, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. It poured amber, slightly orange in color with a moderate bubbly white head to it. The head faded to a thin dusting, but as it did it left some very nice thick sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has a big floral, citrusy and fruity aroma to it. Peach, orange, pineapple and mango all come out. It's all about the hops in the aroma and they used two of my favorites in this one. Very nice aroma overall.

The taste shows more of a grapefruit bitterness and pine to it compared to the tropical fruit notes found in the aroma. Towards the finish some of those peach and mango notes start to come out. it finishes with a nice mix of sweeter, fruity notes and bitter grapefruit notes.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate but sharp. Drinkability is very good, it was a great IPA overall. They used two of my favorite hops so I knew I was going to enjoy this one. I really like the tropical fruit, citrus notes these hops bring. I'd choose it over most DIPA's when I'm in the mood for some hops. Very good beer overall and an excellent American IPA.

billab914, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of popery
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium amber-gold. A little cloudy/hazy. Mediocre head. Soapy bubbles that require a rather hard pour to build up into a respectable layer of foam, and even then, it fades to an off-white sheet after a minute or so. Big hoppy aroma. Lots of grapefruit, pine and grass notes, and they tend toward the sweet end of those flavors. Mild caramel malt background. Everything blends together really nicely. Very tasty IPA. Lots of hop flavor throughout the beer. Good bitterness, and it never really gets bland. Low to medium malt sweetness, just a clean caramel note. Mouthfeel is medium-light. Pleasant hop oiliness. A round mouthful of flavor. This is a really good IPA. It's easy to drink and has lots of hop flavor. On a sidenote, this bottle doesn't seem to fit my notes about two years ago. I remember a better heard, brighter aromas and a bit more bitterness in the finish. Not sure what's going on with that.

popery, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Dsimenson
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 6 oz goblet (several refills are coming.). It forms a one finger head, nice lacing, very hazy, lovely! The aroma is a heady biting ruby grapefruit, not an ordinary yellow grapefruit. The flavor is a Lyle sweet and malt at first, then strong grapefruit citrus hops, with a hint of sweet mangoes. The grapefruit aroma goes up into the nose and sinuses. The mouthfeel is a bit foamy. Overall an outstanding IPA, with a unique character.

Dsimenson, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of hoppyhour
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber perfectly poured into a tulip with slightly hazy gold color that produced nice head with the most perfect lacing of any of the beers I have had lately.

First sip is a dream and stands on citrus and pear notes which ballance very well with moderate maltyness and perfect carbonation. Smell is slightly piney and floral which seems to result in excess from the dry hopping process as stated on the bottle.

Very drinkable for myself but maybe a bit hoppy for the timid. This is the first time I have tried Kern River Brews but not the last. Highly recommend this CA IPA.

hoppyhour, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of FocusDave
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Beautiful clear golden amber with 2 fingers of light tan head. Retention is about 4-5 minutes and leaves foamy lacing down the glass.

S - Earthy and piney hops.

T - Lots of hop flavor up front, followed by a little bit of malt sweetness, and finished off by an earthy hop finish.

M - Plenty of carbonation. A little heavy, especially on the finish. Doesn't finish as clean or dry as some other west coast IPAs.

O - Lives up to its name for sure. I would call this an outstanding IPA. I bought 3 bottles with the intent of trading some, but we'll see how many make it that far.

FocusDave, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Dijeriduster
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn this is a good IPA. Had it at Hamilton's in San Diego as part of beer week...place was packed.

A - Fine hazy golden colour with just a hint of peach or amber.

S - Strong - even in a packed bar I knew this was gonna taste great. Lots of citrus and flower with a hint of grain coming thru.

T - Nice full bodied IPA with tons of hop character. More towards the bitter side of IPAs but its just what the doctor ordered.

M - Pretty good, nice and full with a good balance of carbonation and body.

D - High, I'd get this again for sure. Not sure how it'd be in a bottle but I bet its a dosey.

Dijeriduster, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy orange/amber, one finger head, nicely carbonated that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Hops, both grass and citrus. With a nice malt character as well. Slight amounts of caramel.

T-Starts with citrus, grapefruit, grass and even some lemon. Strong malt character as well. Nice bitterness in the finish. Pine is there as well.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins with some carbonation.

O-An solid IPA. Not really Outstanding, but damn good.

rlee1390, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of DijonKetchup
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from 22 ounce bottle.

An amber-yellow hue enters my glass, low foam build and the lower carbonation is immediately apparant. Head looks nice with tight bubbles, but would have liked to see a bit more. Smells floral, citrus, pineapple, smokey - I must start taking beers out of the fridge earlier to get more aromas. Classic Simcoe/Amarillo mix.

Taste is smooth, very well balance between malt & hops. Mouthfeel is great, just where it should be. 6.8% alcohol is very well packaged with this brew. Just to nitpick, I would like the bitter level a hair less, but that is my personal opinion.

All in all, an excellent beer and comes highly recommended. In addition, a great buy at $3.99 - I would also pick this up at $4.99.

DijonKetchup, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of schwaeh
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my second bottle, it sort of fell into my lap at a Jackie O's release by a generous Cali BA. Thanks whoever you are! Shared with others...

A: Pours a transparent golden with a massive frothy white head. Great lacing, this looks really nice.

S: Lots of orange and mango on the nose, very smooth citrus is bursting from this. Some malts and a mineral aroma are detectable behind all the fruit. We finally figured out passion fruit is also a large part of this. This smells fantastic.

T: Orange is a very big player in the taste here. Pine actually makes a sizable appearance in the taste, I didn't notice this in the aroma but it is definitely competing with the fruit. Not overly bitter, just bursting with tropical fruits and flavor.

M: Medium body and a resinous mouthfeel. There is a nice oiliness from the hops.

O: I couldn't have thought of a better name if I was Kern. This is amazing stuff that I would buy regularly, given the chance. Not many flaws with this stuff.

schwaeh, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of chilly460
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear golden orange with an impressive frothy white head. Good lacing.

S: Lots of orange and mango on the nose, very smooth citrus is busting out of this one. Some toffee malts aroma are detectable behind all the fruit. Exotic citrus in their too, starfruit or something along those lines. Great aroma.

T: Orange and apricot is hits right up front. Some lighter piney notes in there as well. Not a "bitter" IPA, but busting with juicy hops. Nice light malty backbone as well.

M: Medium body and a resinous mouthfeel. There is a nice oiliness from the hops.

O: Really nice IPA, my idea of citrusy profile with great balance.

chilly460, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Seanniek91
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bomber into an Alchemist becher. No date.

Appearance- Clear amber with two finger fluffy white head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Lots of tropical and citrus frutis. Tons of pineapple actually. Nice floral hops, but tropical fruits dominate.

Taste- Big pine and grassy hops. The tropical fruits are not really in taste, but its the earthy notes and pine note that are there. finish is pretty much grapefruit.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full carbonation with medium-full body. Nice bitterness and very light heat.

Overall- This beer is Just Great, but I don't know if it's Just Outstanding.

Seanniek91, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Purchased on day it was delivered to Hacienda Bev. (Brea) on 10-Jun-14.
Poured into Bottle Logic can glass on 11-Jun-14.

Also tasted on 18-Nov-11, 20-Jul-12, 29-Sep-13.

Very piney aroma dominate over the citrus hops, but still present. Nice nectar-y finish. Good refreshing body that's got a medium malt feel.

Overall, a fantastic IPA that's very reasonably priced. I rank this in the same tier of IPA's as Jai Alai, Head Hunter, Columbus IPA, and Flower Power.

Rollzroyce21, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best IPAs will rival a summer sunset and leave a fossilized lacing worthy of display in an archeology museum - Just Outstanding IPA does just those two things. Its crispy orange body has a light haze, one pronounced enough to stifle clarity but not asphyxiate the glaring glow of heated amber embers, and its head is lathered enough to petrify onto the glass.

If you think the florist shop is fragrant, try stepping into a tiny brewhouse where they're brewing up an uber-hopped IPA! It is stink-ay! This dry-hopped offering bottles some of the ambiance, featuring several kinds of awesomeness, ranging from fresh-cut flowers to fresh-squeezed citrus juice to ganja grasses. It is pithy, leafy, earthy and, above all, bitter.

This IPA is like a long-standing soap opera in the sense that different actors routinely succeed to the same role; bitter fruits, citric and tropical fruits, herbal teas, pine needles and skunky grasses all at one point or another ascend to the thrown of dominant hoppiness. A little bit of wafer-y, toffee-accented malt accompanies, but it's very easily ignored.

Despite a solid malt presence, there's no lingering toasty or biscuity flavours what so ever, just pine resins and citrus piths. That notwithstanding, Kern River have done well to keep harsh bitterness in its holster. The finish is dominated by notes of sugary fruit like pineapple or passion-fruit and earthy resins that smack of spruce or birch syrup.

In a perfect world, beers like this would not be drunk time to time or solely by ravenous beer geeks, but rather would prevail in every day public life and in the general consciousness. That, I contend, would be a much happier, more advanced food and drink culture. Until then, however, I can only dream... and thank Ultraman9000 for the sample.

biegaman, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of ghetto90007
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a Ranger IPA tumbler.

Pours a mostly clear amber-golden color. A finger and a half of silky off-white head. Lacing looks pretty solid. Spectacular head retention.

Citrus and floral hops. An evening out from malt character lies below the surface - doesn't smell too sweet.

A quick flash of slight sweetness and malt, followed by a rush of bitter, citrus rind hops. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple juice linger as the beer settles. Mostly bitter but semi-sweet finish. Floral notes start to become more prevalent as this one warms, which prompted me to come back and revise my review.

Smooth start, fairly light bodied, finishes with juicy carbonation.

ghetto90007, May 08, 2011
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.