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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

925 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 357
Gots: 90 | 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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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick and frothy white head, light golden color, excellent lacing

S: Fresh hops, citrus, floral, orange peel

T: Grapefruit and other tropical fruits, good bitterness

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, nice carbonation

O: Good IPA, I hope Kern gets distributed in WI some day

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 13:31:23 | More by derkfromwi
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oldvines

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-10-2013 21:22:41 | More by oldvines
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 03:01:17 | More by plumcrazyfx
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-15-2011 13:41:42 | More by sideshowe
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MastaShonuf

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-02-2013 13:54:14 | More by MastaShonuf
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Ryan!

Pours like orange juice with a bit more clarity

Juicy ripe tangerine citrus on the nose

Taste follows nose....very ripe juicy tangerines and fresh squeezed orange. Beer ends with a chalky bitterness, somewhat dry.

Easy drinking, medium carbonation, very enjoyable. I'd drink this often.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 23:16:39 | More by BarrytheBear
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12%

11-15-2011 08:39:59 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz from augustgarage.. thanks as always! Into chouffe tulip.

A- dull copper, amazing snow white head and fire extinguisher lacing. Pretty impressive retention. Sticky icky.

S- Pine sap, grapefruit, some floral notes, a sweet kiss of caramel.

T- Follows the nose, more pine-dominant than I find many Cali IPAs to be... not that I'm complaining. Delicious. A def. bitter citric note, either unripe grapefruit or grapefruit rind, take your pick.

M- Thicker than expected, esp. considering the ABV. Good carbonation.. no gripes here.

D- Fairly high, this one's a real tasty IPA. Worth seeking out.

Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 22:17:03 | More by ShogoKawada
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kshock for the bonus! Never heard of this one.

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Nice crystal clear amber with big thick white head with great retention. My first thought on the aroma is honey! Big thick wild flower honey. Some faint leafy hops.

Palate is a little sweet and filled with caramel malt sweetness. Leafy hops are spot-on in flavor profile. Pale caramel malt, something like cake batter and a faint herbal note. Finish is moderately bitter, but in no way aggressive. Lingering sweetness.

Decent stuff. If this was around all the time I could see revisiting it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:19:19 | More by SFLpunk
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into an Anchor Steam pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber hue with a bit of blonde in the mix as well, good thick head and solid lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet fresh hop - grassy and floral with a bit of citrus in there too, toasted malt and good yeast flavor balance the smell nicely.

T: Earthy resinous hop that packs a punch, a bit of citrus bight, carmel and tasty malts that are sweet and roasty which balance this ale nicely.

M: Medium-bodied, mellow carbonation, sticky and smooth.

D: Super bummed I only picked up a single bomber - wish I had a couple more for the night!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 19:32:19 | More by DeanMoriarty
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nightwing002 for this as a great extra!
A: light amber/orange. Ridiculously great thick dense head and lacing.
S: nice tropical fruit from the amarillo but the hint of garlic and onion from the simcoe ain't my thing. light caramel/honeyed malts are nice.
T: really well balanced. Medium sweet with a smooth hop bitterness. Juicy hops.
M: medium body. I like the well-carbonated frothy mouthfeel.
O: lose the simcoe, add citra, and this would be killer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 03:17:44 | More by MrMcGibblets
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-20-2013 14:17:09 | More by BeerThursdays
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-26-2013 20:34:48 | More by SPRichard
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FrankHammer

Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-07-2013 12:31:33 | More by FrankHammer
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just diving right in to these IPAs I got from Randy! Thanks again! Poured into a tulip. This one pours a bit of a hazy amber with a big two finger head and some sticky lace.

Bitter piney hops with some grape fruit in the aroma. Seems to have a little bit of lemon in the taste but this certainly has a big hop aroma with a little bit of citrus in the background.

Light and refreshing body with some lively carbonation. Overall a good example of an approachable IPA. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 05:26:45 | More by Bendurgin
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Deep, hazy orange with to fingers of off white, incredibly sticky head. Very frothy, and hangs around for a long time. Leaves great lacing.

Smell: Huge burst of sweet, juicy pineapple and mango up front, followed by some grapefruit. Next is quite a hefty amount of caramel sweetness.

Taste: Follows the nose with loads of pineapple. Some grapefruit and tangerine as well, but a large caramel backbone comes in and mingles with the citrus fruits through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very juicy, but on the heavier side for style. Still, clean, juicy bitterness makes this a real winner. Sticky, but in a good way. Drinks like a DIPA.

Overall: A very nice IPA from Kern. Not mindblowing, but a really, really nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 02:53:46 | More by cfrances33
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA a little over a month ago. The cashier claimed that it had just come in a few days before. To my knowledge, this bottle has been kept refrigerated for it's entire life.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Standard pour netted a good three fingers of dense, rich, eggshell-colored foam. Body is crystal clear, orange-copper in color, and displays a gentle column of carbonation rising within. Excellent head retention - it just won't die down! - and thick, bubble bath-like lace complete the look. Looks outstanding!

Smell: Grapefruit, pine resin, caramel, earth, and toasted grain notes. Sweetness picks up a bit as it warms. Well done, but pretty straightforward; no surprises here.

Taste: Earth and pine come forth first, followed closely by pineapple, salt, and lemongrass. Grapefruit emerges in the finish, paving the way for a long-lasting bittersweet aftertaste. As you can probably guess, this is a hop-forward IPA. However, the malt bill still hangs in there, providing a solid base of toasted bread crust and (lighter) caramel. All of the flavors meld together very well. Where was this in the nose?!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well balanced. Fine, yet active, carbonation creates a velvety sensation on the palate - I dig that. Finishes bitter, but not nearly as dry as most west coast IPAs - I really like where it's at in terms of FG. Hop resins cling to the palate deep into the aftertaste. Once again, outstanding!

Drinkability: Other than the nose, this Just Outstanding was, indeed, outstanding! I wish I wouldn't have sat on it so long before drinking it. I'm sure a fresher version has an excellent aroma. This is a fantastic IPA through and through. Kudos to Kern River! I'm stoked that I can now get your stuff in San Luis Obispo.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:00:17 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shipment came in today! no conspicuous bottle dating, so Im not positive of the freshness, but from what I was told, this bottle is less than 2 weeks old.

pours a golden copper with a nice hop haze and a huge, cloudy eggshell colored head that slowly recedes and laces in chunks.

floral and citrus hops abound in the aroma. fresh springtime flowers with some orange juice, grapefruit juice, and lemon zest. maybe some tangy tropical fruits as well as a touch of pine on the back end and a slight hint of light bready malts.

juicy citrus that's bitter, but not overbearing. tastes like a wet-hop IPA during the harvest season, though its far past that time period. orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, tangy tropical fruits, some floral and pine qualities make it into the flavor while a slight butter cracker maltiness lies in the background. a slight drying on the finish with even some lemon pepper spiciness lingering. delicious.

fills my mouth with a fluffy carbonation on top of a juicy flavor that works well together. the ABV is not noticeable, and I can see it sneaking up on me.

This is very impressive. not too bitter, not too sweet, with tons of juicy flavor and an intoxicating aroma.

a terrible label, however. I would walk right past this if I saw it on the shelf without having heard about it before. However, its not on the shelves anywhere near here, so I don't have to worry about that one!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:18:45 | More by silentjay
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-05-2011 04:02:38 | More by ritzkiss
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-12-2013 20:57:39 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip. Cheers to rmjavanut for sending this along.

The beer pours a mostly cloudy light orange. I can just barely see my way through it a little bit. A towering, foamy off white cap forms, four fingers in height and filling the top half of the glass. Head retention is off the charts, a solid 5+ minutes after pouring I still have more than two fingers worth. Lacing ain't too shabby either, rings of it are left around the glass. I feel pretty confident in saying it's the best looking IPA I've ever seen. Nose is good, but not remarkable in any way. No malt presence to speak of, it's mostly grapefruit with a hint of orange in the background. Flavor is a carbon copy of the nose. Try as I might I'm not picking up on any bread or caramel or any other notes that might come from malt. Bitterness is aggressive, but stops short of crossing the line into brash. Grapefruit is still the predominant hop flavor, though orange makes itself more known than in the aroma. Mouthfeel is great; I was worried given the lack of sweetness about the body, but it doesn't even hint at being too thin/watery. Carbonation is a bit high, which to my mind is dead on for the style.The solid flavor and great mouthfeel make Just Outstanding incredibly drinkable. My first beer from Kern River, and I wouldn't hesitate to try another

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 05:08:29 | More by axeman9182
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-30-2013 13:19:30 | More by PHBoiler
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-12-2014 21:10:10 | More by AdamP
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Evan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-08-2014 04:25:01 | More by Evan
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 05:13:36 | More by ChugginOil
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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