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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

989 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 359
Gots: 103 | 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 FtownThrowDown
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours gold in color with a nice frothy white head that forms on the pour.
Smell is hoppy with a very nice citrus and floral aroma. Plenty of grapefruit and apricot.
Taste is a decent amount of bitterness but is dominated by a citrusy apricot flavor. Truly juicy and delicious.
Good mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. I'm really enjoying this beer. A little different than what I've had in the past, but I like this twist and perspective on an IPA.
Well done Kern River, well done.

FtownThrowDown, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Treebs
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Great Divide footed ale glass. Big thanks to SupoenaDeuces (Alex) for the hook up!

A: Pours a chilled amber color with golden straw hues around the edges. A thick and creamy pure white head forms on pour. It sits over one inch in height and very slowly recedes down the glass leaving huge sticky sheets of lace behind.

S: Leafy green hops, mild citrus rinds, some juicy mango and some sweet caramel malts.

T: Grassy hops with some light fruity undertones are up front. The mid-palate is more of a bitter pine that is layered on a mildly sweet malty body that carries on into the finish. Overall the hops are the most dominant.

M: Medium to light bodied with nice carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: It's very hop forward and the malt basically take a back seat, but it's still a really good beer. There is definitely a lot of flavor packed into this light and refreshing IPA.

Treebs, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of MastaShonuf
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MastaShonuf, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to soughtbygod for sending this my way

Consumed 11/3/11

Appearance: A mostly clear but slightly hazy deep orange color - starts off with a large, fluffy, foamy white head - great retention, and it leaves tons of lacing - sticky, wispy, pretty looking

Smell: Great - complex hops - floral, some pine, tons of citrus - mostly orange and grapefruit flesh, but there are definitely some tropical aromas in here, too - a bready malt backbone, hints of caramel

Taste: Yeah, it's outstanding - surprisingly, not a hop bomb - moderately bitter, with a light sweetness - some oily pine, and a lot of citrus - orange and grapefruit flesh, some pith that builds over time, some rind - the malts do actually provide a background, mostly pale, but some caramel malts - a little earthy, grassy - balance is impressive for a west coast IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth

Overall: All-around solid

This is a great IPA. It's not extreme, it's not ridiculous, it's just very flavorful and well-rounded. I could drink a lot of this.

angrybabboon, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of younger35
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

younger35, May 11, 2010
Photo of derkfromwi
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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

derkfromwi, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of coldmeat23
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to Solomon420 for this one.

This pours a dark, golden, yellow with orange tinting. A tiny head of white foam rides the liquid, all the way down the glass. Lacing is full and quite sticky.

Big presence of citrus hops. Loads of grapefruit, both yellow and ruby-red. A good amount of orange and lemon rinds. A good level of pine oil. Nice level of floral hops, also. Definite hints of caramel and sweet malts are here, but they appear to be pretty deep.

The taste is way more balanced than I anticipated it to be. This is an equal playing field for both the hops and the malts. Mild levels of caramel and brown sugar sweetness mingle with the citrus and floral hop notes. The sweet and bitter don't cancel each other, so much as they compliment each other.
It lives up to its name.

This is medium-bodied with a light level of carbonation. No real presence of creaminess to speak of, but it's very smooth and tasty.

This is a damn fine IPA, as long as you aren't looking for a palate shredder. Great balance, taste and enjoyability.
Recommended.

coldmeat23, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

BarrytheBear, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

DeanMoriarty, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of smutty33
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

smutty33, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev -5.4%

doucmehu, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of paco1029384756
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Kegatron.

Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a small white head and nice sticky lacing.

Scent of citrusy, floral hops, grapefruit, mango, sugar, and a bit of caramel malt. A fairly simple scent, but the floral, citrusy hops are wonderful.

Taste of mango, pineapple, grain, sugar, caramel, and a hint of ash. Finishes dry and bitter. Comparable to a Midwest IPA, not bad, but it's really nothing special.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and sticky with a smooth, even carbonation.

paco1029384756, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of FrankHammer
4/5  rDev -5.4%

FrankHammer, Oct 07, 2013
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 KickInTheChalice
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: This is a very elegant pour; a tangerine copper color with a marshmallow white head. Nice retention and sticky lace all over the glass.

Smell: A blast of of amarillo and simcoe hops as the bottle opens - what I would expect since they dry hopped with those hops. Soft caramel malt, sticky pine, and grapefruit bitterness, in that order. A floral aroma hangs around as well.

Taste: It does manage to start out sweet, with a good amount of caramel malt. A blast of citrus next, grapefruit and apricot hops, followed by a blast of floral hops, and finally some cooling pine to finish. A slight touch of alcohol warms my stomach, and the finish is a bitter pine.

Mouthfeel: It is slightly sticky, and each sip leaves a bit of hop oil residue on the tongue. Fully carbonated in a creamy style, with a pleasantly full body.

Drinkability: When this is available, I will grab for it. A great IPA clocking in at 6.8%.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

avaldivia, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of AdamP
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

AdamP, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

220z bottle, received as an extra from FosterJM, poured into a snifter.

A: Nice, reminds me of a hazy Pliny. Pours a hazy golden orange with lot of rocky off-white head and good sticky lacing. Seems to be well carbed.

S: Pine-y, malt-y, and grapefruit bitterness. It has some of those resinous qualities of bigger DIPA's. The bitter grapefruit and pine shine the most.

T: Follows the nose, good bitterness, some citrus sweetness but its mostly grapefruit and pine here. Finishes nice and dry.

MF: Solid wet mouthfeel but nothing special.

O: Good beer, would have it again for sure. A step below the Pliny I had yesterday and not quite as multi-dimensional as other good DIPAs, but good in its own right.

Scotchboy, May 22, 2011
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Lucnifter
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Lucnifter, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

ObeMaltKinobee, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jjayjaye
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a full finger foamy eggshell colored head that fades fairly quickly. A reasonable amount of Belgian lacing in its wake. The smell is good. It has an aggressive floral candied pineapple character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied. Full flavored, the grassy pineapple hop taste is balanced nicely with the sweetness suggested in the nose. The piny notes linger significantly. A nice drinker in a sea of options.

jjayjaye, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of pwoods
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Geoi at South Bay. 22oz. Brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark tangerine amber, murkyish. Decent sized head with good retention and lacing.

S: Lots of juicy and fruity hops. Some citrus but not getting much pine.

T/M: Pretty decent bitterness level. Lots ofthe juicy fruity hops with some resins and a bit of pine. Malts definitely balance a bit and maybe a bit more than I'd like. Likely sweet with some caramel and toffee notes. Body is medium or so with good carbonation.

D: Reasonable ABV and tasty.

pwoods, Mar 24, 2010
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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