Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

430 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 430
Hads: 1,173
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 372
Gots: 146 | 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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Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours golden with a great thick head that lasted nearly the whole beer through. Great sticky lace.
S: Huge notes of citrus and mint on the nose. I get a touch of cat piss Simcoe as well.
T: More cat urine mixed with pine and bitter citrus rind. Malt is barely noticeable but adds some balancing sweetness. The finish is leafy and green tasting with fresh hops and the aftertaste is lingering and bitter.
M: Medium-full body, bubbly carbonation, drinks well.
O: I can definitely see why people love this, it’s a great balanced and super hoppy beer. It’s just not my favorite hop profile in an ipa. (655 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big ups to Kenric! Can't believe I've never had this before!

Lightly hazy orange body, off white fire of head, great retention and lace. Aroma was bright with citrus and tropical fruits, pine and flowery aromas. Clean bready malts. Medium bitterness, juicy citrus and lemon zest, mango, pine resins and fresh cut grass. Light bready malt backbone. Medium body, rich and oily, clean bitterness, insanely drinkable.

Just Outstanding is fitting. (444 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a balloon tulip (Thanks Vitese!)

A: Pours golden orange with a massive 3 finger head, white and extremely tight with great retention. I could have flown to Paris and back and the head would still be standing tall. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Tons of simcoe: Grapefruit, pine, tangerine, and slight dank herbal quality. I get a little caramel malt and just a hint of alcohol.

T: Fairly soft hop character presents itself: restrained grapefruit, tangerine, floral notes, little bit of herbal dankness, pine in the background. The pine bitterness builds to a moderately bitter finish. Moderate amount of caramel sweetness to add a little candy fruit hop flavor but without being like a barelywine. Pleasant bitterness/slight astringency (in a good way) through the finish. Fairly dry.

M: Medium body, moderate to maybe very slightly high carbonation. Very fine carbonation. Fairly resinous and sticky, though smooth enough to make it extremely drinkable. Clean and bitter finish.

O: I'd agree with the label, this is just an outstanding IPA. Not too bitter, not too sweet, not to phenolic, just in the sweet spot across the board. I really wish I had something like like this, it would always be in my fridge. (1,234 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice vibrant orange with a nice tall white head. Little retention with some nice spotty lace.

S: Wonderful earthy hops. Citurs, Pine, and caramel malts.

T: Toffee sweetness, with ample amounts of citrus and pine. Light floral notes with hints of tropical sweetness.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty for sure.

D: Good, a solid and drinkable IPA no doubt. (368 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Dirty peach; thick, creamy white head

SMELL: Intensely floral, orange grove, catty, mint, hemp seed, vegetal, clean alcohol, cookie dough

TASTE: Piney hop, chocolate mint, fresh citric fruits, bready malt backbone, warming alcohol, very juicy, hemp, faint cattiness, yeast, fresh-cut grass, aspirin, caramel, hoppy finish

“Just Outstanding” and “The Name Says It All” might look cool on a label, but it's a ballsy stretch and honestly, we simply expected much more. In a world saturated with IPAs, this one is actually “just good,” which ain't bad either, but it ain't all that. (649 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy orange/amber, one finger head, nicely carbonated that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Hops, both grass and citrus. With a nice malt character as well. Slight amounts of caramel.

T-Starts with citrus, grapefruit, grass and even some lemon. Strong malt character as well. Nice bitterness in the finish. Pine is there as well.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins with some carbonation.

O-An solid IPA. Not really Outstanding, but damn good. (439 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle that Doug opened up. Thanks man. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 3/11/2014.

App- Dark brown-caramel, a bit hazy and opaque. Very strange for a west coast IPA. Comes with a one finger white head, fair retention and fair lacing.

Smell- Caramel, toffee, grapefruit, lemon and a bit of pine. More on the malty side. Don't know how old this is, but the hops are certainly there.

Flavour- Not particularly interesting. Caramel malt backbone is here, a bit of grapefruit and mango, with a nice pine backend that is fairly bitter. Not mindblowing by any stretch.

Mouthfeel- Nice creamy, medium bodied, not watery at all. Quite bitter even for the style, coats the tongue in pure IBU. In fact, the bitterness stands out the most in terms of the character of this beer.

Overall- Decent IPA, nothing mind-blowing or special. I can find IPAs like this fairly easily here in Madison, Wisconsin. Good extra, certainly nothing worth trading for. (952 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Five ounces poured into a pint glass. Bomber shared with four other guys.

3.5 A: A hazed medium orange color. One finger of frothy off white head with below average retention.

4.5 S: Wonderful bouquet! Tons of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Flowery as well. A bit one dimensional, but damn does it smell nice.

3.5 T: Moderate bitterness. Orange and pineapple again, but not nearly as vibrant as in the nose. Good, but just good.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Active carbonation. Smooth, but could be creamier.

3.5 D: Not bad, but really doesn't hold a candle up to the DIPA. Not enough hop flavor to make up for the lack of maltiness. A more apt name for this beer might be "Simply Average." (698 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orangey amber in color with just the slightest haze. Forms an enormous, billowing off-white head. Excellent retention and copious amounts of lacing.

S: Aroma is somewhat ordinary: grainy malts with citrus and grapefruit hops.

T: Starts off with a light blend of grain and caramel malts and some gummy juicyfruit. Then citrus hops: grapefruit and orange. Some very mild pine. Lightly sweet. Mild bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium with lighter carbonation and a mild bitterness.

O: Certainly better than the average IPA, but far from outstanding. Surprisingly malty for a West Coast IPA, and while the hops are present, they're downplayed quite a bit. Minimal bitterness makes this one easily drinkable. (723 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moosington for the bottle.

Just Outstanding is an interesting color that lies somewhere between copper and orange. It's slightly hazy and looks distinctly orange when held to light. A light, cream colored head sits on top. It stands about two and a half fingers tall and is slow to dissipate. Sheets of thick, sticky lace line the glass.

The nose is simply excellent. It's absolutely loaded with hops. Hop aromatics are absolutely rolling out of the glass. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange scents dominate. A few more whiffs reveal a healthy dose of pine and some light floral scents. Kern River nailed the hop bill with this one. I'm not getting much in terms of malts, which is a good thing. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Just Outstanding is tremendous smelling beer.

The flavor is likewise excellent. Citric flavors of grapefruit and pineapple attack the palate first. Hop flavor is in no short supply. Pine and light floral flavors complement the citrus flavors nicely. It's very bitter and dry. I like it. Pale malts seem to be the only noticeable malt. They don't exactly provide much balance, which is all for the better in my view. Just Outstanding is aggressively hoppy and bitter. Perfect formula for an IPA. Alcohol is never a factor. It finishes bitter and dry.

Just Outstanding has a body that's on the very light side of medium. Carbonation seems light and restrained. It's smooth, but needs more body to achieve a creamier feel. Drinkability is very high. This is delicious beer that goes down like a dream. It's not intimidating weighing in at sub 7%. I could handle a bomber or two. It's that good.

I'm not familiar with Kern River Brewing Company. The name is new to me. If their other beers are this good, we're all in for a real treat. Just Outstanding IPA is flat-out excellent. I prefer hoppy IPAs that blister the palate with no remorse. Just Outstanding falls into that category. There's nothing balanced or timid about it. Just loads of hop flavor that pounds you into submission. I'm really impressed. Highly recommended. Thanks, Mark. This was a real treat. (2,105 characters)

Photo of argock
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date evident. Received as a result of the exceptional generosity of Solomon420.

A: Peachy-tangerine with 2-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with good retention and solid lacing down the glass.

S: Mango, grapefruit, and orange mix with pine resin and floral aromas. A touch of pale malt sweetness levels it off.

T: The flavor is very powerful and builds throughout the beer with strong pine character up front but matched with full-bodied floral orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruit touches. Some resiny character comes out in the end with a dash of pale malt sweetness. A really wonderful, complex IPA which matches the best across the country.

M: A tad on the thin side, but just barely with a sticky feel that belies a pretty serious malt load. Low-medium carbonation lends some smoothness.

D: A top-tier IPA that punches its ticket on the major hops categories and does it with ease and a gentle smoothness. With a little more body, this would be a top 5 IPA, but, as it is, I would never kick this one out of my fridge. (1,099 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light coppery color with a thin off-white head and some nice lacing.

S: Nice floral hops, some caramel malts, overripe mango and some pineapple.

T: Some nice citrus hops and grapefruit with a late hit of caramel malts and a smooth and lasting finish. There is some nice hop bitterness on the finish as well. A very nicely balanced beer. (341 characters)

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just Outstanding, what an appropriate name. Two weeks old acquire in a trade.

Excellent Amber color. nice size head, good lacing.

Very hoppy smell, nice.

Taste is very good. Simco hops over all else. Slight make sweetness. Very well done.

Great ipa. (255 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler with Team D(r)INK on 5/1/10.

A - Poured a clear, light amber/orange body with golden tones and a hefty cap of white froth on top that receded into a thin patch and produced an elaborate canopy of sticky lacing.

S - Pretty dank, weed-like aroma akin to hemp. Lots of leafy green hops in there with just a hint of sweet malt. There are also some perfumy notes reminiscent of patchouli oil.

T - First toke... er, sip... reveals a leafy hop character eerily similar to the sweetleaf. Malt character is pretty sweet as well. Finishes with a hint of citrus hops, which provides a slight deviation from the dankness of this IPA.

M - Medium bodied with a sllick, oily texture and light carbonation. Finish is quite dry and bitter on the palate.

D - Hippies rejoice! This is liquid weed, or at least it seems to be (never smoked it... honest... but I saw scores of rock and metal concerts, so I am familiar with the smell). Really aromatic, dank and tasty hop-forward IPA that I enjoyed more than the Citra DIPA. (1,052 characters)

Photo of kwjd
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this bottle back from my west coast trip. Pours a bright orange colour with huge whead head and nice lacing. Really big citrus hop aroma with hints of oily pine. Really big bitterness for only a single IPA. Nice carbonation level. This beer lives up to its name for the most part. (288 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky golden amber, not much head, ring remains, spiderly lacing.

S - Floral citrus and sweet malt dominate. A little tinniness at finish.

T - Above average coating, good carb, fair balance, although a little on the bitter side.

D - Very quaffable. (255 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for the gift, NoSignsOfPain!

Slightly hazy golden orange and amber with a thick, pillowy, persistent off-white head. Lines and sheets of lace are left down the glass.

A well balanced, though strong and pungent aroma consisting of lots of citrus, mild pine, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Complete, strong, and well rounded.

Moderately bitter, with lots of pungent citrus and tropical flavors, balanced nicely by a caramel and bready backbone. Complete, drinkable, and delicious.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A delightful IPA. Just outstanding. (583 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

07/23/10 REVIEW:

Appearance: 4.0 Pours a dull and fairly transparent orange with a 2 finger off white crown that shows good retention and some lace.

Smell: 4.5 Lots of simcoe hops produce a slight citrus quality and maybe some amarillo hops add some dry herbal notes.

Taste: 4.0 Same as the nose but not as pungent. Nice bitterness from the amarillo (I believe) hops and a good grassy quality that I'm enjoying. The bitter finish produced by perfectly controlled amarillos is super enjoyable in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: 3.5 A touch thin and slightly unsatisfying.

Drinkability: 4.5 Btw the low abv, the decent taste and the thin mouthfeel this one goes down easy.

03/15/10 REVIEW

Beerloco shared this one tonight with myself, mrsbeerloco, and mikey711.

Appearance: 3.5 Pours a dull orange with a minute white crown, little retention or lace.

Smell: 4.5 Lots of simcoe hops produce a slight citrus quality and maybe some amarillo hops add some dry herbal notes.

Taste: 4.0 Same as the nose but not as pungent. Nice bitterness from the amarillo (I believe) hops.

Mouthfeel: 3.5 A touch thin (slightly unsatisfying)

Drinkability: 4.5 Btw the low abv, the decent taste and the thin mouthfeel this one goes down easy. (1,225 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-03-25 in Redondo Beach, CA

A - Almost clear golden straw with a 2- finger white head and great lacing.

S - Bold tropical fruit and citrus you can easily smell at a distance. Very inviting.

T - Biscuit, floral, citrus, pine, grapefruit zest. The not-too-sweet fruity malt taste gives way to pretty big bitterness. Citrus taste isn't as bright as I expected from the smell, with the malt a little more forward. Nevertheless, a good tasting brew.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and silky. Not prickly but a bit oily.

O - I've been very curious to try a Kern River beer and am glad to have the chance while visiting LA. It isn't widely distributed at all, but wouldn't you know, the local Whole Foods had it on display. Almost missed it. I like it quite a bit and would certainly put this in my regular IPA rotation were it available in PA. Makes me really want to try their Citra DIPA. It's seasonal and on-tap at the brewery but it's a 3.5 hour drive so I'll "make do" with this tasty brew. (1,028 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy deep golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. Head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is full of lots of citrus and floral hops. There is also some pine and sweet caramel malts as well.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops with lots of grapefruit and some floral flavors with some sweet caramel malt to balance. Through the middle, more tropical hop flavors and a touch of pine come through with some bitterness. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some bitterness and sweet malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and mildly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced IPA with a really nice hop profile and just the right amount of sweet malts to keep everything in check. (816 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nice copper color with a 1 inch white foamy head with good retention and spotty lacing all the way down

Smell: Piney and citrus hops also picking up some apricot and peach with a hint of caramel

Taste: Incredibly well balanced IPA. Very nice citrus and piney hop flavors balanced out with some caramel which leaves kind of a bitter sweetness in your mouth very nice

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high levels of carbonationa and a slightly dry finish

Overall: This might be my favorite IPA at the moment. This is crisp clean and goes down incredibly smooth. Wonderful balance between the hops and malt. Just a great beer (638 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to errantnight for this from our sprawling trade!

A: Pours a hazed, tarnished copper color. Light orange head reaches about 1/2 finger in thickness. Retention was on the fair side and not much lace was left behind.

S: Nice aromas of bitter pine, soft fruit, and a bit of caramel malt and cotton candy.

T: Pine, floral hops, pineapple, and toasted malt. Pretty clean and uncluttered.

M: Light to medium bodied. Thankfully the hops are spicy, sticky, and resinous.

D: Comes off a little on the thin side but maybe that adds to its' refeshing qualities? (671 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa for $4.49, currently drinking out of my Duvel tulip glass

A-Light golden orange color, 1 1/2 inch foamy white head with above average retention, some nice sticky lacing
S-Big piney hop aroma, good amount of both Amarillo and Simcoe, grapefruit, lemon, orange rind, other citrus, and earthiness
T-Starts off with a nice hop welcome, stays bitter through the middle, rather slick but has some caramel and other malts to balance things out, stays dry in the finish, lots of nice hop flavors going from firm pine to citrusy fruits, really like this and especially for its low price
M-Slick, dry, bitter, and citrusy mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, taste lingers with a nice bitter bite
D-Could drink a few bombers of this, packs a punch for a single IPA, alcohol is very well hidden, feels light but has a lot of substance, goes down easy and is a smooth drinking brew

First beer from Kern River that I have tasted, this brewery is pretty close to my grandparent's house and I have never made it out here, this beer has made me want to even more, looking forward to trying more of what they have to offer, recommended (1,211 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Kern River beer ever, and it was sent to me by Cocoapuph. Cheers to you my friend!

A: Poured a clear, golden color, with ever the slightest amber hue. Wow, the suds posing as a 2 finger + head was ridiculous!

S: Extremely floral and hoppy, with the amarillo and simcoe being most evident. I got a mild pomegranate character in there as well, but maybe that's just my imagination.

T: The back end of this thing reminder me of Nugget Nectar in spades (although I know that no nugget was used here). West Coast hop bomb for sure, but the bitterness was tempered by a glorious fruit component.

M: The bitterness didn't linger, and there was just enough sweetness to balance the hops out somewhat. However, balance is not in the West Coast brewers' rep ...and shouldn't be. The lacing was car wash stuff!

O: It didn't quite have the dimension of Sculpin (my favorite), but it was damn close. Kern River is off to a good start with me! (951 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on a recent trip to San Diego. Poured from the bomber a somewhat hazy medium gold color, with a nice white head. Big hoppy nose (tangerine, orange, grapefruit, lime). Big hops on the palate as well, and not enough malt to keep it balanced. (258 characters)

Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.