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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

988 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 988
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 Zorro
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark amber beer with a medium sized white head. This thing is very close to being brown. Clear beer despite the darkness.

Smell is strongly of hops, mainly the northwestern type. Strong pine and eucalyptus scents. Caramel malt and a wisp of wood and smoke make up the rest of the scent.

Starts out Sweet then woody. Strong grapefruit flavor, fairly bitter in the mouth but the malt keeps up with it. Lasting bitterness and astringency in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is full.

This seems a bit unbalanced like they extracted too hot and picked up an astringent note. Think I might be asking too much drinking Firestone Union Jack all the time.

Zorro, May 30, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber split with oglmcdgl, thanks to marisatheyounger for the assist.

In the pint glass, Just Outstanding looks pale golden with some orange accents, maybe a touch of straw. A sturdy 3 fingas of dense bright white foam reminding me of alesmith IPA, nice clunks.

Smell is str8 up floral with citrus in the back. I believe some chinnook and centennial are in here for effect. a nice malt base. Pretty potent smell coming from this EyePEEAAA.

I was takin back from the first sips, i thought it was me, but the hop juice just is not this beers forte. More floral in nature than a outright hopbomb. A nice mix of floral hop taste with earth and a touch of grain with a fruity middle drowned out by a nice malt base that is biscuits and bread, low amounts of sweets like caramel and the like.

Feel is at about medium with a lively carb that approaches bitey yet not quite. Not oily in any way im digging the feel. The only thing outstanging was the scent. The taste kinda let me down but all in all this beer is a good look.

BARFLYB, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours almost a finger of off white head. Pretty decent retention leaving a lot of lace. Color is an orange hued copper, slightly hazed.

Aroma: Lots of floral hops, but what is interesting about this beer is that it is so malty. A huge malt layer, but the floral hops still overpower a bit. Some muted citrus flavors as well.

Taste: Just figured it out. This tastes a lot like masala mama. Big amarillo hop profile. Starts out with some floral hops with some citrus blend. But again, this beer is malty. Lots of bready malts. Lots of resin here. It is pretty solid but is pretty bitter.

Mouthfeel: Lots of bitterness here, but relatively creamy. It has a medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and floral-like.

Overall, this is a pretty solid ipa. It is very drinkable like masala but missing something. Very similar beers. I am glad I got a chance to try this. Very surprised that it tasted so much like masala.

mothman, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at my tasting on August 7, 2010.

A: This beer appears a slightly hazy shade of yellow. There is a small head that leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass.

S: The aromas are wonderful citrus, mostly grapefruit. Hooray hops!

T: A wonderful beer, and what I look for in an IPA. Citrus fruits with a pleasant, hoppy bitterness make this such an enjoyable beverage. Between this and Citra, Kern is 2 for 2 in the IPA department, as far as I see it.

M: A really nice feel. Bitterness from the hops without any astringency. Alcohol hidden well behind the bouquet.

D: Wonderfully drinkable. What a nice way to kick off the tasting.

Huhzubendah, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from Solomon420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy polished brass brew. Head recedes gradually, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is piercing grapefruitiness. Taste starts lightly sweet, goes citrus in the middle, then fades to pine which dominates into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is way too easy. This one is named just right.

ppoitras, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -5.4%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with some ruby/red highlights. A nice tan 1.5 finger head. Great staying power and left some sticky lacing.

S: Nice citrus fruit aromas, some grapefruit, orange, and some tangerine. There some light pine and a touch of caramel malt.

T: Massive tropical fruits up front, some orange peel, pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine. There is a little bit of mine, but this beer is really fresh. It has a nice grassy flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It has a nice bitterness with a slightly dry finish.

O: This beer lives up to its name and did not disappoint. Great drinkability and a fresh flavor profile. Could drink this one all the time.

mdaschaf, Apr 24, 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 smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious bottle dating.

A deep bowl of variant color. Deep red bronze overall, with dark orange and lemon highlights on the edges. Supper slow rising carbonation comes up in nice abundance but not too much. Slightly a bit hazy though and not that clear. Head is a light white vanilla cream and perfectly uniformed bubbled. Nice four finger tall head, thick island clump retention and cap. If this had a little bit less haze it would look remarkable, but it's very impressive.

Nice subtle nose. Garden floral notes, very subtle, almost perfume like. A dry hint of pine and spruce rounds out. All around pretty solid, not much malt presence, or sweetness.

Real surprising palate. Whopping juiced character and mild sugar finish of caramel and hop juiced oils. Real great coating palate that gives a mint sticky mild bitterness and finish. Great aromatics in the mid palate of green pine and spruce. Chewy leafy garden greens of perfume and hints of mint. Small hints of dry biscuit character and brown toast a little as it warms.

The mouthfeel on this is so soft and easy to drink that it goes down like nothing. Real fun brew from these guys, it's not a giant hop smash in the face, just a nice subtle but noticeable play on it which I dig.

smakawhat, May 09, 2014
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 Kelp
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes reveal an amber pour at the SDIBF. Was all stoked, was hitting up the brewery the very next day for the Citra dipa release. Well, I liked this one as much, if not more.

Pungent dry hopped aroma, surely multi varietal dry hopping was going on here. Taste, phenomenal, doesn't feel heavy in any sense, just so light and hoppy. Amarillo seems to be the most obvious. Isn't really super bitter, they didn't jack up the ibu's or abv on this to go after that segment of consumers. Good amount of that tropioal citrus throughout the mouthfeel.

When they call this Just Outstanding, they come off very credible at the end of the bottle.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Zaphog, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

HopHead84, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of ShanePB
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to DearthVader for another West Coast IPA - my first beer ever from Kern River!

A: Fairly clear with a touch of haze from the cold, golden-orange body with a seriously amazing head - rocky, foamy, pure white which naturally left some sticky and splotchy moderate lacing. A great looking beer.

S: Blasts of citrus hops up front on the nose. Dry hopped with simcoe and amarillo, yes, you can tell. Orange zest, grapefruit and some wood elements come through also. I did have to stretch a bit for some of the aromas, it wasn't terribly muted but could more pungency.

T: Bitter sticky hops coat the palate immediately and unfortunately, sort of numbs it for the other flavors I know are there. There is a slight malt base here but not enough of one to combat the bitterness this beer brings. Floral hop notes and a slight twist of lemon round everything out and leave a resiny hop bite coating.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation, maybe a bit thin but that makes this very easy drinking.

This is a nice showing for Kern River for a baseline American IPA. Personally, I think if a stronger malt base was present it would have provided a much better balance for the aggressiveness of the hops.

ShanePB, May 05, 2011
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery in Kernville into a pint glass. The beer has a decent golden-brown coloring, with a spaced and thin, light head. You get a nose full of pine and hops in the aromas. Very heavy hops flavor on initial tasting, but without the typical bitterness that usually accompanies it. The beer tastes very green. There are also heavy floral flavors on the front of the tongue. The beer is very full, but smooth, in mouth, despite the robust flavors. The beer has minimal aftertaste, and is extremely easy to drink.

GarthDanielson, Dec 20, 2010
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 tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of lace and a foamy white head on top of a clear, dark gold beer. Looks great.

Aroma dominated by grapefruit, very little in the way of maltiness or sweetness. A touch of piney aroma as well.

Big citrus, grapefruit/tangerine blast with a nice bitterness behind it that lingers into the finish. Very restrained malt character. Just a touch of sweetness; bitterness doesn’t overwhelm the citric hop flavor at all. It’s there and it’s aggressive but extremely well integrated. Just delicious!

Medium body, very smooth and a little creamy, carbonation just a smidge on the low side of medium. Hard not to drink this one fast, it’s so damned good.

Prototypical west coast IPA, all about the super vivid and fresh-tasting hops. As well done as any I’ve had, including Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. Deserving of wider recognition to be sure.

tobelerone, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet and a narrow pint glass. The narrow pint is not ideal, but it says Manchester United on it and is therefore sexy and its impracticality is excused. Many thanks to Nugganooch for this bottle.

Appearance - Deep golden body, but not quite amber, with a huge head in the narrow glass and a small one in the goblet. Head retention is unbelievable in the narrow glass and nonexistent in the goblet. Very sticky foam clings to both glasses.

Smell - Very strong piney hop aroma. Almost grassy. Backed up bit some biscuity and toasty smelling malt. It actually smells sweet...

Taste - ...but it doesn't taste sweet at all. Dominated by the pine hops. Not a lot of citrus, which I miss. The malt is, as expected, toasty and a bit spicy, but there is no sweetness. The bitterness is lingering as a result of the toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Great body. Hardly heavy, but you know you're drinking. Keeps the flavors around the mouth for a while. Somewhat low carbonation.

Overall - It is quite good. Not what I go for in an IPA though. It's hard to find an objective fault with it, except that I look for more citrus in my hops than pine.

Alieniloquium, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was an extra from FreightTrain, one of many great beers from an excellent trader. The label indicates a "large malt character and a huge hop profile", dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Nice.

The beer is a hazy dark copper color with a thick poofy head that laces in dry clumps. The aroma is grapefruit (awesome and proper) melded with caramel malt (too bad). It's balanced but I'd prefer less malt. The taste is somewhat better aligned towards the hops, fresh pine needles and citrus. I think the mouthfeel is maybe the best attribute, soft and lightly carbonated, not too different from some of the best Flossmoor IPA's in that regard.

Another good west coast IPA, even if it presents more like a midwest IPA.

TurdFurgison, May 12, 2010
Photo of THECPJ
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: nice hazy golden orange with a 2 finger chunky white head

smell: citrus, sweet caramel malts, hops

taste: grapefruit, pine, citrus, sweet caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very nice single ipa. very well balanced.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/6/11
*From notes

A BIG thanks goes out to Trilogy31 for including this as a killer extra in our recent trade. Cheers, Tony!

A: Light pumpkin orange in appearance. A 3.25 finger head on a standard pour - Jiminy Christmas! Killer lacing that's thick and sticky coats the glass. As I drain the bottle into the glass, I notice that the beer is signifigantly darker then it started out, and is one of the more robust AIPA's I've seen.

S: Orange and mango, with hints of cantelope and pineapple concentrate.

T: Fruit forward, then it dries immediately, with the simcoe's flavor profile being quite predominant on the finish. As it warms, it all opens up a bit and the citrus really bursts through the inital bitter dry nature of this brew. As the name clearly states, it's "Just Outstanding".

M: What you'd expect from a good quality AIPA. Rich, creamy and sporting quite a bit of fluffy and bubbly carbonation.

O: Kern River's Just Outstanding IPA is one kick-ass brew. It drinks like a champ, and is certainly in the upper echelon of the style. Extremely well done, worthy of any hype it receives and is worth seeking out.

Rhettroactive, May 07, 2011
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.