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Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding
437 Reviews
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83
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
437
Ratings:
1,228
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mcallister on 03-01-2007

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Reviews: 437 | Ratings: 1,228
Photo of papat444
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big thanks to Marco_Gtz for this.

Poured from a 22oz bottle, no #freshbeer info.

A hazy, honey colored body appears in the glass with a lop sided generous head. Ring after ring of lacing is left behind. Fresh sharp citrus in the aroma, very floral with a sweet edge. Taste is a deep resiny flavor, strong malt, citrus fruit just explodes on the palate, dry bitter hops in the finish, bitter grapefruit. More raw than the Citra but good nonetheless.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mrbubbler for this solid extra. Enjoyed from a batch 002 TB snifter.

a - brew poured a murky amber orange reddish brown with a thin frothy IPA head that hung out and left massive lacing on the glass. Really attractive brew.

s - nose is really fantastic and what you would hope for. Rich lush fresh piny hop intertwined with some dank caramel notes.

t/m - yum. Piny heady hops. Nice big bitterness without being overdone. A bit chewy and full bodied but far from syrupy.

o - overall, yep...just outstanding. Worth checking out.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer blew up when I opened it and once I actually got it in the glass it looked like a mud puddle. Not very appealing.

Smell - The dry-hopping jumps out of the glass. There's almost you could say two different bouquets. The first one that you get is pure, fresh hops, strongly citrus. The next is the bulk of the ale which is a thick, heavy caramel malt with lighter yet still citrus-based hops.

Taste - The hops are huge at the taste as well so this isn't just some cheap dry-hopping to pep up an inferior ale. The hop flavor is throughout from beginning to end, and the fine Simcoe in particular defines the profile. The other nice surprise here is, although it's not a double, the malt profile is as strong as a lot of doubles. They are creamy, gooey malts with lots of cane sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is huge for a non-double IPA, I'd say bigger than medium-bodied, and very, very smooth in the mouth. The bitterness manages to be big but non-intrusive and although the ale foamed over when opened the carbs are quite mild.

Drinkability - This is an explosive ale that basically has all of the big characteristics of a double except the alcohol content.

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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.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a big creamy off-white that shows excellent retention and leaves good lacing as well.

The aroma is excellent with lots of pithy grapefruit, oranges and pineapple with some resinous floral hops as well. Doughy bread whiffs as well. Big and juicy aroma overall.

The taste follows the aroma closely with lots of citrus hops up front. There does seem to be a more prevalent floral hop presence, especially in the finish with a sticky resinous pine flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation but much, much smoother than I was expecting. The hops are definitely there is not nearly the bitterness I was expecting.

This is my first beer from Kern river and it's quite an introduction. This is an outstanding IPA, extremely drinkable with a massive but not scathingly bitter hop presence. Highly impressed.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23rd Review on BA
Bottle Poured to mug.

App- Cloudy carbonated orange/copper color. Single finger tan head that lingered for quite a bit. Great lacing when I took a sip. Best I've seen in a bit.

Smell- Great smell with a big fresh hop tinge. Citrus, floral on the nose. Smelled very fresh like it had been just bottled and delivered.

Taste- On first sip it's super smooth. Leaves a faint floral touch on the tongue.

Mouth- Silky, smooth, rich, lush. Its very drinkable and not overly overpowering as some IPA's can be. It was a medium body and full. Very well done.

Drink- I think I found my new favorite IPA.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with a decent off-white head and good lacing

S-bready malt, hint of sweetness, pine, light citrus, floral

T-fresh bread, pine, floral, hint of caramel, grapefruit, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent , butnot , outstanding IPA

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Photo of rawfish
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper pour into a Firestone Walker nonic pint with brassy clarity, the off white head is clumpy and sticks around for a good while. The lacing is clumpy like the head and superior to most other IPAs.

There is quite an abundant amount of caramel and bready malt, sweetness is bordering toffee. Piercing alcohol is very sharp when the beer is cold but fades to complement a robust resiny and dank hop character, subtle notes of orange citrus rind and melon but overall piney and earthy. Powerful aroma but not my favorite profile.

Great balance provided by a great amount of sweet and bready malt, the flavor gets raw and rainy near the backend of the drink as bitterness and drying kicks up. Hop flavors follow the nose with pine resin, earthy, herbal flavors and a touch of sweet oranges. The finish is very dry, add a noticeable alcohol presence and the earthy bitterness is tea-like and bordering chalky and strong.

Surprisingly the robust malt has a medium body that is in no way overbearing. Average carbonation, high bitterness with a positive drying feel are all upsides to this beer. A knock on it would be the substantial ethanol feel despite the best efforts of the sweet malt.

Just Outstanding punches strong in aroma, taste and bitterness yet is out of my favored hop wheelhouse. The herbal and earthy pine flavors are deep and don't pop from this balanced IPA. A good beer, just not outstanding.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale orange, thick head with very nice lacing. The nose on this is simply perfect. Grapefruit, citrus, thick hops very clean. Floral citrus taste, grapefruit comes through with a very satisfying hop profile here, great bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, nice oily texture thanks to the hops in this. Drinks like a dream, wish this was available in Toronto.

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Photo of arizcards
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint at O'Brien's Pub earlier today for maybe around $5.00.

Beer was served orange with a nice solid white head that left lacing behind as i sipped.

Nose was very pungent floral hops that did not fade.

Taste was tropical, orange and a hint of mango, with a solid caramel/pale malt base that was fairly balanced for the style. Some pine in the background but not resinous.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, perhaps due to mild carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. This was a very good representation of the west coast ipa style. I may have to go back to Whole Foods to bring a bottle back to Arizona!

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Photo of pkalix
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"peach" definitely describes the color of the liquid, and an almost 'peach' head with mounds of 'white' defining the almost lumpy landscape sitting on top. awesome sight when poured with lots of mix and beautiful swirling. looks beautiful but lacks some carbonation.
orange-y, tangerine-y, orange-rind aromas....
grapefruit and orange on the palate, and grapefruit rind. lots of bitter-y zest. very nice, easy to drink. not something I can drink several in succession of due to personal preferences, but I DID separate it from the Pliny with a DOWNTOWN BROWN from North Coast . . . . so, yeah, I can drink a few of these. very good brew, indeed!

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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.

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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.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.