Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

430 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 430
Hads: 1,173
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 369
Gots: 146 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007

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Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Look: Cloudy golden amber with a thick white head. Lots of legs and quite nice lacing

Smell: One pungent brew with an explosion of Amarillo and simcoe hops right out of the bottle! Huge piney citrus notes with a sweet malt making itself ever present. Piney hops, lime, lemon, white nectarines, some light orange blossom, mandarin oranges, more pine, sweet malty notes round up the rear but are just barely there covered by more pine. Smells fantastic!

Taste: Much more balanced then the nose lead on as the pine and citrus notes meld quite nicely with a sweet malt leading to a quite nice balanced profile. Getting pine, nectarine, lemon notes, tangerine, sweet malt, earthy hops, with another wave of malt to smooth things out. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Resiny hops stick to the teeth with a medium body and a quite bitter finish that dries very slowly. Very nice.

Overall: One outstanding brew. The hops are obviously the main show here but they at balanced really well with that malt to make one tasty IPA. Loving these simcoe and Amarillo IPAs and I think more brews should use this awesome pair up! Excellent IPA and one I wish I saw more. (1,150 characters)

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to jmadrigal2. Poured from 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a two finger fluffy white head.

Smell: Bright grapefruit and tangerine aromas, bitter piney hops anad a malty character at the end.

Taste: Bitter piney hops, grapefruit, lemon zest mixed with a pretty nice malt taste that doesn't take away from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and it has a dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: I have had this beer a couple of times now and it is a very good IPA, that I wish made its way out to PA without trading. (577 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with yellow hints and an off white head. In the aroma, mellow grapefruity hops. In the taste, pine hop to start to a citrus hop with a nice small dry maltiness. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Quite nice west coast IPA. (311 characters)

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with bkrefetz...thanks for this one! Poured into an Otter Creek tumbler.

A - Pours a deep amber orange color, mostly clear...just the slightest of haze. a finger of cream colored head forms and sticks around for a brief time before falling to a thin skim coat and a ring of bubbles around the edge. Sticky lacing is left all down the sides of the glass.

S - A nice, pleasant combination of malt and hops with good balance. Solid malt backbone with some sweet caramel and toffee character. Hops are citrusy and fruity...grapefruit is the predominant hop aroma. Well balanced IPA.

T - A very enjoyable IPA...sweet and caramelly malt with citrusy and grassy hops on top. Firm but not overpowering bitterness. Balance is the key in the flavor as well as the aroma.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Enough malt to give it some heft, not quite "chewy" but definitely has some roundness to it. Hops leave their mark too leaving a nice resiny coating that leaves a pleasant grassy bitterness behind after the swallow.

D - Good overall IPA. A good companion for the evening. I would definitely order another of these at a bar if I was fortunate enough to find it in the first place. This is my second experience with this beer...and, honestly I really didn't "get it" the first time around...figured I had a bad bottle and didn't review it. Glad I got an opportunity to give it a second chance. (1,444 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 9/12/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears a medium orange with a creamy one finger white head. Good retention and some lacing.

The nose is primarily grapefruit, with lesser notes of pine. It's slightly floral and slightly sweet. The malt is subtle and crackery.

The taste is of slightly bitter grapefruit and a little pine. The beer has a low medium level of bitterness that seems to increase in the dry finish. The malt is crackery and not too noticeable and doesn't provide any sweetness. The beer is light medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a very dry and sticky mouthfeel.

This is an enjoyable and easy drinking IPA. Good stuff, and at $3.99 a bottle it's a steal. (704 characters)

Photo of davidbowers13
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Received in trade with mrmiles. Thanks.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with ample off-white head. Sticks to the glass well.

S - Citrus, pine, hops explode in a very fragrant bouquet.

T - Similar to the nose. Citrus with a mild bitterness.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel with an ample amount of carbonation.

O - I was satisfied with this beer. I found it to be enjoyable and would have it again given the opportunity. (460 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at The Best Damn Beer Store in downtown San Diego.

A - Golden with a slight haze and a big white head of large bubbles. It leaves some decent lacing behind.

S - A burst of citrusy, floral and piney hops with some toasted malt.

T - A moderate citrusy and piney hop flavor with a firm bitterness. But it fades a bit at the end. The start is much better. The malts provide a foundation but don't stand out.

M - A slightly creamy consistency with a moderate carbonation.

D - This one is easy to drink but not especially compelling. I enjoyed it but given the other choices in CA, this one doesn't stand out. (645 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Hazy orange-amber body. Moderate sized off-white head which quickly crashed down to a skim. Some spotty lacing left behind.

S: A pleasant tropical fruit style IPA. Getting a bit of orange and grapefruit but not a whole lot of layered complexity.

T: Like the nose, its fairly one dimensional ... but again, a nice flavor. Orange and grapefruit dominate. A surprising bit of general malty sweetness edges its way in.

M: Medium bodied, with soft, gentle carbonation. Not particularly bitter. A dull, muted finish that isn't quite dry enough for my liking.

D: Not quite tasty enough for the name "Just Outstanding." I'd put it in the good to very good range. When it comes to tropical fruit IPAs, Sculpin sets a high bar and this brew just isn't on that level. (762 characters)

Photo of tripelhops
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a Tulip glass, color is a beautiful orange-copper, typical of an IPA, with a decent tan head that drops quickly but leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is very nice, smells of cirtus and a dash of pine. Not quite as strong as I was expecting but good none the less. the taste was also very good, nice bitterness, some sweetness and the cirtus hops. Overall a very solid IPA. (404 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice vibrant orange with a nice tall white head. Little retention with some nice spotty lace.

S: Wonderful earthy hops. Citurs, Pine, and caramel malts.

T: Toffee sweetness, with ample amounts of citrus and pine. Light floral notes with hints of tropical sweetness.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty for sure.

D: Good, a solid and drinkable IPA no doubt. (368 characters)

Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden/amber hue with a rich creamy two finger head. Looks very inviting.

S - nice west coast citrus hop profile, but the aroma is a bit muted. Not the hop blast was hoping for. A bit of malt in the background, but mostly hops dominate here.

T - tasty citrus/tropical/a bit of pine here. While tasty, it is a bit muted like the smell. I was looking for more of a hop blast again.

M - Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel. Coat nicely and reminds me of the thickness of Pliny.

Overall this is a tasty, hop forward IPA that falls short of being excellent (or outsanding in this case). I'm happy to have tried it but there are much better IPAs to be had. (669 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to mattolesh, much appreciated. Nice orange color and a very invitingly hoppy smell to this beer. The flavor leaned more towards amarillo hops for me, lemony and yet bitter like aspirin. A very tasty IPA and I'd cop fresh bottles if I could. (260 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the ever gracious glazeman for this IPA.

A - Great looking IPA. Beautiful hazy dark orange with a nice pearly white one finger head with nice retention. Great lacing. Just about the most appetizing looking IPA that I've seen.

S - Piney hops booze, and a little bit of oranges. Reminds me a lot of Pliny.

T - This is a tasty brew. Again, reminds me a lot of Pliny. Nice blend of juicy citrus hops up front followed by Christmas trees in the finish. The bitterness of the finish lingers for a long time. Not much malt, but not much is expected for a west coast single IPA.

M - Great - spot on for the style.

D - I could literally drink pitchers of this beer until I hit the floor. Enough said. Just outstanding drinkability. (741 characters)

Photo of javincik
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no freshness date discernible, poured into a nonic pint

A-Pour yields an impressive 2 inch white head that recedes at a snail's pace leaving behind a magnificent lacing along the sides of the glass. Deep yellowish orange in color, perhaps a shade lighter than copper. Head finally settles to about a half finger and remains for the duration. Excellent head retention and cling. A great presentation.

S-Whoa! Have some grapefruit there. Lots of citrus fruit aromas from the hops along with some less prominent floral notes. Perhaps a little mint in there also. Very little - if any - grass or pine. There a little biscuit from the malt, but it is very subdued behind the wall of hop aromas.

T-Surprisingly sweet at first, but this doesn't last. Immediately followed by grapefruit, mango, and apricot citrus fruitiness from the hops. Malt sweetness tries to fight back, but it never really stands a chance as the finish yields to the hop bitterness. If you like your IPAs fruity, this is the one for you.

M-Medium carbonation, ever so sticky in the mouth. Body is on the lighter side of medium. Pretty average for the style.

D-Good IPA that goes down easily. This one is definitely about the hops, but it's not unbalanced. Very fruit forward though. My only complaint is that the taste is somewhat one dimensional with all the emphasis on the citrus fruits. It's definitely a solid IPA and very drinkable, but IMHO it falls just a bit short of the top tier IPAs. (1,480 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a hazy orange. Can see little floaties. This one is unfiltered, it would appear. Darkish in color. Gives off a finger and a half off white head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is absolutely wonderful. Carbonation appears to be minimal, but it's hard to tell amongst the hazy and sediment.

S: Got the West Coast part down. Big pine, grapefruit and spicy tropical notes. Also a bit of spiced tangerine/orange. Malt comes through with some caramel and lightly nutty sweetness. Am getting a slightly catty/onion undertone from the Simcoe, as well.

T: Big hit of grain up front. Initial surge of lime and kumquat pith lead the hop charge. These transition mid palate into more standard IPA territory of pine, some herbaceousness and a touch of grapefruit. As it warms, the malt begins to open up, but never takes on any sweetness. Instead, it's a grassy, grainy style of malt. Bitterness asserts on the finish, bringing back bitter citrus peel, pine needles and a floral characteristic. Finishes extremely dry, bordering astringent.

M: Oh, so incredibly light for an IPA. Crisp on the palate, but with fairly subdued carbonation.

O: Very well executed, but somewhat lackluster. Lacks the complexity and depth of flavor of the top tier IPA's. Still, glad to have tried it. (1,286 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a white head. Smell is very citrusy with some biscuity malt. Taste is huge citrus with slight floral and pine. Bisuity and toasty malts. Pretty bitter as well. Mouthfeel is just right for this style. Maybe a bit thick. Good carbonation. Overall, a pretty good IPA but nothing special. This is on the level as Torpedo for me. For a beer that advertises Simcoe and Amarillo, I really can't taste the Amarillo. A much better beer that pairs the two is Alpine Duet. (495 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big thanks to Marco_Gtz for this.

Poured from a 22oz bottle, no #freshbeer info.

A hazy, honey colored body appears in the glass with a lop sided generous head. Ring after ring of lacing is left behind. Fresh sharp citrus in the aroma, very floral with a sweet edge. Taste is a deep resiny flavor, strong malt, citrus fruit just explodes on the palate, dry bitter hops in the finish, bitter grapefruit. More raw than the Citra but good nonetheless. (458 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rmjavanut for the trade!

22oz. bomber served into a Sierra Nevada nucleation pint glass

Pours a vibrant orange that is plenty cloudy with hop haze. The head is a delightful mixture of small, tight bubbles and big ol' bubbles. This produces a two finger sized head that is just off-white in color. This beer laces pretty spectacularly, too. Its hard to ask for anything more.

Very citrusy up front. Orange and grapefruit mostly, with light touches of mango throughout. Some drying pine scents backing it all up. The fruit is strong enough that I don't get much malt at all, which bodes well for guessing how intense the flavor is going to be. I'm even getting some pineapple in this nose. A wonderful IPA in terms of aroma. Single IPAs almost never have this much fruity lupulin scents; this beer earns a 5.0 score.

Unfortunately the beer drops off big-time from the nose. That fruit intensity is simply not there. You get some grapefruit (and grapefuit rind, specifically) and some appleskin but most you taste pine and flowers. The malt shows up but tastes unremarkably bready and boring. The finish and aftertaste is dominated by a medicinal sort of acrid bitterness. This doesn't taste bad by any means; it is above average, in fact. But it sure disappoints after that wondrous bouquet.

The mouthfeel is a mixed bag for me. I like the relative lightness but I don't like the lack of active carbonation. Its still above average but could be way better with more carbonation. The beer is a solid, drinkable IPA. I can't knock its drinkability any.

Just Outstanding IPA is not, in fact, outstanding. Well, its aroma is certainly befitting of the beer's moniker. I'm just left wondering why the taste didn't follow the nose. (1,739 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours golden with a great thick head that lasted nearly the whole beer through. Great sticky lace.
S: Huge notes of citrus and mint on the nose. I get a touch of cat piss Simcoe as well.
T: More cat urine mixed with pine and bitter citrus rind. Malt is barely noticeable but adds some balancing sweetness. The finish is leafy and green tasting with fresh hops and the aftertaste is lingering and bitter.
M: Medium-full body, bubbly carbonation, drinks well.
O: I can definitely see why people love this, it’s a great balanced and super hoppy beer. It’s just not my favorite hop profile in an ipa. (655 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pou a hazt orange with a go od amount of head. Looks fairly pretty for a single ipa. Smells very hoppy. Lots of citrus on the nose with some subtle pine. Tastes like it smells... Citrus, some pine and grapefruit, a lot of different thing going on with some solid malt to back it up. Decent mouthfeel and spvery drinkable (320 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes, 7-30-2011

A - golden copper body, mostly clear, and a whiteish ring of foam

S - nice light but present hops, tropical fruit, nice complexity

T - subtle grapefruit hops, somewhat earthy

M - dry, medium bodied

O - a very nice IPA, but I wish the hops were a bit more present. Seems a bit more like an APA to me. (326 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to a pint glass

A: Small but firm off-white head over translucent amber; bubbly areas of surface retention and sticky lacing.
S: Grapefruit and other citrus...my goodness, how deliciously delectable the Simcoe hops are on the nose! Super juicy and amazing. Ripe mandarin mingling with some dry malt. Balanced and clean on the nose.
T: Mmm...everything I want in an IPA when it comes to hop profile. The hop varietals contribute to a big bitter grapefruit that works to edge out a syrupy mandarin sweetness by just a hair. Malts are there, but this is definitely hop heavy. Floral, pine, and really juicy.
M: Medium body, lower carbonation than I would have liked with such a tangy hop bite.
D: Very drinkable, and a new local favorite. (751 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for sending this to me, been wanting to try some Kern River for awhile now.

Pours a light copper color with a good sized head, fades slowly to leave a good amount of patchy lacing.

Smell is not overly assertive, light citrusy hop aroma with a caramel and grapefruit presence.

Taste dominated by the hops, citrus and grapefruit off the bat but is then balanced out with a good portion of caramel malt, finishes rather dry.

Overall a good IPA, just short of outstanding but pretty darn good. (514 characters)

Photo of JoshVandy
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on July 16, 2011.

650mL bottle into a Bruery snifter.

A- Pours a hazy orange with about a 1 finger off white head. Fantastic volume, lacing and retention.

S- Glorious hops! Citrus and floral hops, piney hop resins, orange, mango, and just the right amount of malt sweetness.

T- Follows the nose. Bursting with citrus, floral, and piney hops, with a great malt backbone to round out the flavors perfectly. Nice mango orange flavors al well.

M- Perfect carbonation and just a decent amount hop bitterness. Finishes bright and longing for more.

O- A fantastic IPA that I wish I could get ahold of more often. (640 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful metallic copper-orange with a slight unfiltered look. A finger-tall head of very light tan caps it, standing fast with the dense consistency of pancake batter and looking as if it'll never fully leave. Great snaking webs of sticky white lace decorate the glass as I drink.

The nose is a sweet combination of lime and grapefruit along with honey and a slight herbal character. Saltine crackers can be picked up in the background.

Strong bitterness grips the sides of the tongue while flavors of grapefruit, lemon peel and herbal basil and mint mingle about. The hops are obviously the star here, but the malt is just substantial enough to keep everything in check.

Very soft body with medium-light fullness. It's delicate on the tongue, moving about with gossamer substance. The carbonation is lightly massaging, with a bitterness that's bracing but not abrasive.

After being disappointed by several Cali IPAs, I'm happy to see Kern River restoring my faith in the state. Just Outstanding is...just outstanding. (1,036 characters)

Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.