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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,123 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,123
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 363
Gots: 134 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007

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Ratings: 1,123 | Reviews: 427
Photo of yourefragile
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A: Hazed golden honey color with a massive, frothy khaki head. Endless retention and thick rings of lacing.

S: Dominated by fresh piney/floral hops and a light caramel malt background.

T: Strong mildly sweet caramel and biscuit malt body with waves of piney Amarillo hops and some light citric rind flavor.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, relatively soft and fluffy on the palate.

D: An extremely enjoyable and drinkable IPA. I prefer slightly sweeter, more citric hops in IPAs, but nothing really worth complaining about here.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What's so outstanding about this IPA? Time to find out. On to the beer:

Amber copper color, some small carbonation bubbles racing through the body, and a thick, creamy, sticky head sit on top of it all. The aroma is beautiful, a tribute to the hop. Juicy tropical hops, oily hops, and a crackery dry malt are a tease to the nostrils.

Smooth, soft, and slippery in the mouth. I don't get the crackery malt in the taste as I do in the nostrils....still, this IPA is balanced well. Certainly, the oily hops dominate. Faint tropical fruits, touch of tangerine, faint resin. Nothing bitter about this. Very easy going down the hatch.

This beer had generated some talking, so I was interesting with experimenting with this beer. I have to say that's it's quite good and worth looking for.

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ShanePB
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice lighter golden color with a nice head. Nose was citrus, floral and hoppy. Taste was a a blast of hops up front, the dry hopping was very evident. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth a great hop bite and finish. Very good and highly drinkable.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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