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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

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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GreenMind

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-12-2014 06:00:43 | More by GreenMind
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MrDave

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

07-23-2013 18:11:16 | More by MrDave
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Bwagner1122

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

04-12-2014 23:54:17 | More by Bwagner1122
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Quackus

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

03-16-2013 18:15:27 | More by Quackus
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Keyportnick

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

04-28-2013 03:55:32 | More by Keyportnick
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

03-15-2014 11:54:35 | More by greg4579
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

02-10-2013 14:13:49 | More by Soneast
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BryanCDM

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

04-08-2014 03:23:27 | More by BryanCDM
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

03-12-2014 13:26:26 | More by lunarbrew
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3Hops

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

04-06-2012 03:23:33 | More by 3Hops
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NooseJustice

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

06-19-2014 22:58:54 | More by NooseJustice
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carps12

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for this extra

Pours a golden amber with a thick fluffy head and nice lacing

Smell brings out the simcoe with its tangerine/orange citrusy smell

taste has good orange citrus but the finish leaves a metallic taste mixed in with bitterness that I dont like.

mouthfeel is great carbonation up front and smooth/watery on the finish

a solid beer, but the finish is the killer for me

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 00:29:34 | More by carps12
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HalfFull

California

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. This brew shows a clear and deep golden color with an inch of soapy white foam. Decent retention and lacing follow, holding a surface cap through the pint.

Nose is robust and floral. Rather enticing but short and thus a bit reaching. You gotta reach for it but it's good though brief when you get there. Becomes more piney as the head settles.

Taste is not so outstanding. Bit watery and with a thin hop bite though it does garner up a bit of steam as you adjust. Simple citric malts on the finish. Nice feel and drink with a well balanced bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 03:43:11 | More by HalfFull
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charlzm

California

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed April 2nd, 2014 from an undated bottle. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Very clear light copper/brass color with a very creamy meringue-like yellow-white head two fingers tall. Plenty of sheeting/lacing as the fluid level went down.

Aroma is all hops: grassy and citrusy (lemons and grapefruit).

Flavor is hop forward, hop middle and hop backward. Massive bitterness hides almost everything else except for a barely-detectable crystal/caramel malt flavor, a touch of fresh grassiness and a ruby grapefruit note. Really, just about all hop flavor. Not much complexity to this.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly dry. Prickly if held on the tongue for a few moments.

Liquid hops. If that's your thing, you should enjoy this beer. If you're looking for something else, keep looking.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 19:27:00 | More by charlzm
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crossovert

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

It pours an amberish orange with a large off-white head that is pretty soapy and foamy.

The smell is interesting. Nice grassiness, passion fruit, almost soapy citrus. There is something about it though that is just a touch off.

The flavor is nice. A round flavor with low bitterness to start, some fruitiness, a bit of grassiness, the finish is a medium/low herbal bitter.

This is a good beer once you get into it. Not too flashy but rather solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 02:36:47 | More by crossovert
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GOGRANDE

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale Yellow with a white head. good carbonation.

S: piney bitter hops and some mild citrus in the background.

T: strong hop bit up front. I can taste the simco really well here. A significant amount of bitter pine and some lemon grass and a very dry finish.

M: medium light. Pretty standard for a regular American IPA.

D: not that smooth. Goes down pretty harsh, not going to sit here and drink a whole bunch of it.

Overall: As far as I know American IPA's are supposed to be really grassy and hoppy. So yes they did a nice job sticking to the style. It could be smoother though. Just seems kinda harsh going down. Still a decent example of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 01:53:33 | More by GOGRANDE
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Gtreid

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to dgb3 for this extra. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Cigar City pint glass.

A: Clear amber color. The pour creates one finger of slightly off white head that leaves some spotty lace.

A: Earthy and citrus hops dominate, but the sweet malts bring an unexpected balance to this West Coast IPA.

T: Citrus and pine with a pronounced sweetness from the crystal malt. Mango, orange, pineapple, pear, and a little lime. It finishes bitter and dry as well it should.

M: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Good amount of carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average with this one. Very nice balance, means I could put down a few of these. Overall, a really nice IPA, if I had access to this one, I would drink it often. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:44:51 | More by Gtreid
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hayesez

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from the generous Gorefiendus as an extra in a recent trade. Knocking out some of these IPAs, being that summer is finally (hopefully) winding down.

I poured this dark copper brew into my Portsmouth snifter and watched as the foamy light-taupe head flexed its way toward the top of the glass before quickly receding to just a few off-white wisps along the surface. A fair amount of spider web lacing is left behind, and a decent amount of carbonation keeps the bubbles rising. This is a beautiful beer.

A good amount of fruit on the nose. Grapefruit and some of the more sweet fruits as well. The hops are definitely in there, but are balanced well with the maltiness. Obvious caramel adds to the sweet smell.

The first taste demonstrates that the nose doesn't lie. Surprisingly, the malts lead the charge here, and present that caramel scent right on the tongue. This is followed quickly by the hoppy fruits, with grapefruit being the obvious choice. A fair amount of pine rounds this one off...I don't get the pine nearly as much in the smell, but it is clearly noticeable when drinking the Just Outstanding. It is just a little bit distracting, however, as it seems a little off. Good carbonation and a medium body - a decently smooth mouthfeel is present.

You could have told me this was a DIPA, and I would have believed you. All of the flavors were very good, but the finish was just a bit off for me. Maybe a little bit too much of the lingering bitterness. Overall, a solid brew.

Consumed: 8/4/2010

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 06:58:12 | More by hayesez
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a sticky white head and plenty of lace. The aroma is quite hoppy filling the nostril with pine and citrus. The taste is piney and citrusy with a fair bitterness. Nice and drinkable, with a big pale malt body that leaves the beer balanced. Medium bodied, solid carbonation. Overall this is a very good ipa, with pine and citrus like hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 19:30:38 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sean or this bottle

A 1 finger thick white head turns foamy with lots of big frothy bubbles forming. Head stays around for while and leaves ome nice lacing down the glass. Body is hazy orange with some signs of carbonation. Look very good.

S Sweet citrus like grapefruit and some tropical fruits like pineapple. A subtle bready malt in the nose as well bu mostly sweet hops.

T Subtle pine bitterness upfront followed by a wave of juicy sweetness. Nice session able IPA

M Lighter on the tongue with a medium carbonation, very easy to drink this stuff all day.

O Nice sweeter/fruit forward IPA. I wouldn't mind a little more bitterness, but a very solid IPA none the less

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 01:39:57 | More by Gushue3
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kern River Just Outstanding IPA has a slightly hazy, light copper-coloroed body with numerous but irregular carbonation bubbles in it. The off-white head is soapy looking and is made up of mostly large bubbles. The retention is OK, but the lacing is very good.

The aroma has noticeable malt and hop characteristics. Lightly toasted pale malts mix with both citrus and floral aromas from the hops.

Just Outstanding is an easy drinking IPA with all kinds of hop flavor, low bitterness, and a noticeable malt backbone. The hops bring a good bit of bitterness, in conjunction with some citrus, but mainly floral and earthy flavors, with some pine resin thrown in. The malt backbone underneath does not equal the hops in intensity, but it is substantial. Toasted malts and biscuit flavors are what come with the malt profile. The finish is all bitterness and citrus.

A fairly light, highly carbonated IPA with a dry bitter finish.

Just outstanding is just good as far as I'm concerned. Well, a little better than good, but not outstanding. The flavor profile is nice, and for about five bucks a bomber I don't really have any complaints.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 04:29:25 | More by Hojaminbag
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soze47

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden yellow, with slight brown highlights. The head is what stands out here. Foamy, plentiful and very sticky, the two-plus fingers of head leaves very thick lacing that is almost hard to even see through. Wow.

Aroma: The smell is lovely, I'd just love some more. There are lots of hops, mostly bringing floral, pine, and citrus notes. As it warms and the subtly malt asserts itself, the flavors get sweeter, almost with hints of mango and pineapple.

Taste: Hmm, I like the taste, but something is missing. There is a nice hop presence that starts with many flavors from the nose, but rather than gain any complexity as the malt becomes more pronounced, it just kind of turns more bitter. I was hoping that the taste would evolve like the scent did.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This has a lighter body than most, or so it seems. The lack of substantial malt and stong, but not overwhelming hops, help this one go down very easy and almost crisp on the finish.

Overall: A good IPA for sure, but not a top shelf entry. Just Outstanding? Not so much. How about Just A Good IPA?

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 23:42:27 | More by soze47
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rawfish

California

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper pour into a Firestone Walker nonic pint with brassy clarity, the off white head is clumpy and sticks around for a good while. The lacing is clumpy like the head and superior to most other IPAs.

There is quite an abundant amount of caramel and bready malt, sweetness is bordering toffee. Piercing alcohol is very sharp when the beer is cold but fades to complement a robust resiny and dank hop character, subtle notes of orange citrus rind and melon but overall piney and earthy. Powerful aroma but not my favorite profile.

Great balance provided by a great amount of sweet and bready malt, the flavor gets raw and rainy near the backend of the drink as bitterness and drying kicks up. Hop flavors follow the nose with pine resin, earthy, herbal flavors and a touch of sweet oranges. The finish is very dry, add a noticeable alcohol presence and the earthy bitterness is tea-like and bordering chalky and strong.

Surprisingly the robust malt has a medium body that is in no way overbearing. Average carbonation, high bitterness with a positive drying feel are all upsides to this beer. A knock on it would be the substantial ethanol feel despite the best efforts of the sweet malt.

Just Outstanding punches strong in aroma, taste and bitterness yet is out of my favored hop wheelhouse. The herbal and earthy pine flavors are deep and don't pop from this balanced IPA. A good beer, just not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 04:12:29 | More by rawfish
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scalene for this one via Light Whale BIF 2. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint. No bottling date.

A: Standard pour yields a massive, slowly upward creeping, frothy, 3 finger light creamsicle colored head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear Lipton's tea color. Lacing is coarse and thick at the top and patchy towards the middle with great stick. A phenomenal looking beer.

S: Nose is aromatic. Tea leaves, pine, and citrus hoppiness. Cane sugar malt body in the background. Crisp and refreshing and very representative of the style.

T: Opens piney hop bitterness mixed with some tree sap and citrus sweetness towards the middle. Cane sugar comes in a bit but actually accentuates the hop presence. Grassy with notes of tree bark and tree sap. End has some caramel notes as well as more sap hoppiness. Finish is a spicy hop bitterness and mildly dry with a sticky hop presence that lingers in the aftertaste. Solid but not noteworthy.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated. Lively and prickly in the mouth and bubbly and abrasive going down. Crisp and refreshing. Finish is accented with an aftertaste that is sticky and lingers. Fairly standard.

O: Given their IIPA Citra, I expected a little more from this offering. This is a good beer but one that's fairly standard for its style. Worth trying as a benchmark IPA but there are better brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 00:18:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
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chicagobeerriot

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold with a medium veil and a positively massive pillow of rocky head that will be your constant companion during this beer and the next.

Greets the nose with a generous fruit salad: pineapple, honeydew, and lemon. Pine and garlic have a cameo appearance.

The mouthfeel is the only thing that's a bit off here. It's a bit thicker and creamier than usual and doesn't have quite enough carbonation to really bring out the full flavor of the hops.

Setting aside the mouthfeel, the taste is quite nice: complex fruit flavors, including a uniquely strong orange note are complimented by a light caramel backbone that provides substance without distracting from the hop-centric mission. The pine and garlic notes arise at the finish along with moderate bitterness that fades with a dry smack to the back of the throat. Overall a very nice, drinkable effort that's well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:26:04 | More by chicagobeerriot
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.