Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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outstanding

1,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 369
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks To Spdkilz for this bottle. You are the man Carleton.

Poured straight down the middle of the Stone IPA glass. Massive four finger eggshell head towers over top. The body is a hazy golden yellow which glows when held to the light. The retention is "just outstanding", a thick sheet of lacing is left clinging to the glass.

A subtle pale malt sweetness lays down a solid base for this IPA to build from. With out one sip at this point, I love the lack of caramel malt showing up in this IPA. Caramel malt is appropriate in an IPA, but it should not be noticeable. With the simplistic malt base the hops are allowed to shine. Ridiculous amounts of grapefruit, tropical fruit and a bit of pineapple ooze from the glass. The aroma is nothing short of spectacular.

While it would be easiest to type "please see above" for the description of the flavor it does not seem appropriate. With that said the aroma gives a strong indication of what is about to hit the tongue. Sweet citrusy grapefruit, hints on pineapple and subtle passion fruit roll across the tongue. The bitterness is subtle in comparison to the sweet hop flavor. The malt base is sturdy but relatively hidden. A sweet pale malt flavor does emerge but is oh so soft. I am a man who likes his IPA's, this one rate with the best of them.

Medium bodied brew with a nice smooth texture. The finish leans towards dry but there is a lingering sweetness that clings to the tongue.

Just Outstanding is just a beautiful beer. I have heard the hype around this brewery and their IPAs and it is well deserved. Remarkably drinkable and ever so enjoyable. Without a doubt a top tiered IPA. Just Outstanding in deed.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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%.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.42/5  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!

Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy honey amber with an off white two finger head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma aroma has grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple. Should be very nice.

Tastes just like the aroma. Grapefruit oranges, and pineapple, and a nice malt backbone combine to make a beer which is both bitter and somewhat sweet. Very nice flavor.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth, and nicely balanced between bitter and sweet. The name "Just Outstanding IPA" is a perfect fit for this beer.

Photo of LevitatedEep
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chamay glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Orange and reddish color, very sticky residue from the foam all over the sides of the glass.

S - Wow! This smells wonderful...very fresh and smells like I am walking through a pine forest...cannot wait to taste this one.

T - Wonderful bitter taste that keep going on forever...smooths out a bit in the middle with the sugar then comes back and bites you in the ass at the end.

M - Nice and balanced not too thick or too thin really loving this.

D - Could session this all night goes down very well even w/ the bitter finish.

This is in my top 5 IPA's forsher...I will be getting this over and over again. Really liking this brewery...Class V stout is great as well.

Photo of Trueant1
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick dark orange hazy color. Thick creamy white head and coats the side of the glass with wonderful lacing patterns! Smells of CLEAN pine needles. FRESH and clean is the word! Other smells of apricot, pineapple , spice ,and PURE sugars! Outstanding! Nice DIPA taste. Traditional west coast bitterness. Some sugars push through but the bitterness rules 60 % bitter to 40% sugars. Nice citrus juice flavors! Long lingering bitter taste on the palette. But not overly bitter. What a wonderful American IPA. Drinks great! TRY ONE! Try anything from this brewery, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with yellow hints and an off white head. In the aroma, mellow grapefruity hops. In the taste, pine hop to start to a citrus hop with a nice small dry maltiness. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Quite nice west coast IPA.

Photo of getgetgettleman
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes of 11/4/10

A- Nice carmel brown/amber color. Reminding me of a beautiful aged pine wood floor. Robust lace clings well to the glass.

S- Light burnt carmel smell reminding me of nicely toasted white bread. Inviting.

T- Clean malt-ish hit. Hint of citrus.

M- Pleasant carbonation. Smooth silk finish inviting you to take another mouthful.

D- Perfect drinkability and sophistication to entice any educated drinker. Good IPA to bring non ale drinkers into the picture. I recommend to pick up more than one bottle if you can.

Photo of awalk1227
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/20/10 Got this in a trade from Rock4sc96, really excited to try it! Thanks Chris!

Dry hopped wit Simcoe and Amarillo. Sounds like a recipe for success to me.

A: Pours a hazy glowing orange with a beautiful white head. Thick and frothy, hanging all over the glass. Leaves a messy glass afterwards. Beautiful beer.

S: The dry hopping 'done good. Punchy grapefruit and pineapple jump out and greet me, followed by a familiar resin character. A bit of caramel sweetness.

T: Wow, very very easy drinking. Close to 7% ABV and no alcohol is detected. Just a juicy grapefruit character backed up by tons of bitter hops and balanced with a significant malt profile, but it's subtle enough to remain a standard West Coast IPA.

F: I don't want to say thin, but it's definitely not medium and chewy like a Racer 5. Carbonation is great and the malt creates a smooth silky flow throughout.

D: As I put a dent in the bomber, I notice that it's really doing some work on my palate. I'd eat this with a really spicy meal! Great beer overall.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with a three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off-white colored head that has quite a bit of staying power and leaves lots of lacing sticking to the sides of my Lost Abbey Teku glass. The beer is an opaque amber color that when held up to the light the beer shows a hazed, red-orange gold hue to it. Ahh, yes indeed this beer is ripe with a vibrant, dank, super-fruity hop character that just jumps out of my glass. The nose smells of big lychee notes, ample tangerine, fresh squeezed tangelo juice with the zest added candied Curacao orange peel and it is backed by softer notes of pine and just enough dank oily hemp character to add some offsetting notes to the up front hop fruitiness. The intensity that this reminds me of citrus juice is quite interesting, I don't think I have ever gotten that so distinctly from an IPA before.

Somewhat dry up front, but there is enough sweet malt to carry the amply expressive, concentrated fruity hop character. Again this reminds me of very freshly squeezed citrus juice (more like sweet, ripe tangerine juice than anything). Other flavors of lychee, kumquat zest, tangelo and a touch of orange blossom honey are found up front. There is a nice anchoring bitterness to this beer that is not overly aggressive, but still provides a nice bite. A touch of herbal character leans towards a hint of onion or garlic, but only a hint such that this only adds to the hop complexity and doesn't get annoying. There is some pine like hop character to this beer as well, though it is not as much as the other herbal notes. This is quite light and quaffable, there is enough texture to carry the ample hop character, but it still drinks exceedingly quickly like the best of IPAs should.

This is definitely a very nice IPA. I like the dominant fruit character that this has and that it is backed by a softly dank herbal character. The malt character plays a distant supporting role here, there is enough to support the hops though, just enough such that it does not intrude into the hop dominance that defines this beer. Despite being quite hop dominated in character though, it does maintain a smooth character throughout; the hops never get overly harsh and they work at a level that keeps this being eminently quaffable. This is definitely a fantastic IPA and a must try for any IPA lover.

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

Poured a light amber color with a light head

Smell, Very strong and smooth smell of pine. No hint of bitterness from the aroma, just the nice sweet aspect of the hops.

Mouthfeel, what you'd expect from an IPA, light bodied, and crisp.

Taste: Initially you get a lot of nice sweet pine, with a little bit of citrus, very little bitterness to the beer, just the right amount to balance the beer.

Photo of axeman9182
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip. Cheers to rmjavanut for sending this along.

The beer pours a mostly cloudy light orange. I can just barely see my way through it a little bit. A towering, foamy off white cap forms, four fingers in height and filling the top half of the glass. Head retention is off the charts, a solid 5+ minutes after pouring I still have more than two fingers worth. Lacing ain't too shabby either, rings of it are left around the glass. I feel pretty confident in saying it's the best looking IPA I've ever seen. Nose is good, but not remarkable in any way. No malt presence to speak of, it's mostly grapefruit with a hint of orange in the background. Flavor is a carbon copy of the nose. Try as I might I'm not picking up on any bread or caramel or any other notes that might come from malt. Bitterness is aggressive, but stops short of crossing the line into brash. Grapefruit is still the predominant hop flavor, though orange makes itself more known than in the aroma. Mouthfeel is great; I was worried given the lack of sweetness about the body, but it doesn't even hint at being too thin/watery. Carbonation is a bit high, which to my mind is dead on for the style.The solid flavor and great mouthfeel make Just Outstanding incredibly drinkable. My first beer from Kern River, and I wouldn't hesitate to try another

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

Big thanks to ramnuts for sharing this wonderful IPA with me by way of arbitrator. Another review under the same circumstances is forth coming.

Bomber poured into a pint glass. The body itself is yellow pine orange with a light beige head that manages to maintain a wispy cap. The copious lacing after the drink is quite extraordinary. This is a fantastic looking beer so far.

The smell is all lemon zest, honey tangelos, and sweet candy orange slices.

Sometimes the aroma of a beer is so overwhelming the taste can't measure up. That isn't the case here. Lemon meat is the big citrus flavor here. Some grapefruit pith makes an appearance as well but the lemon stars first and foremost. Its also lightly herbal with very light malt.

Thin and moderately carbonated, this finishes clean. My lightly sticky lips let me know a good amount of hop oils are in this. This is an extremely solid beer. I will certainly be getting a hold of another one of these when I get the chance.

Photo of 321jeff
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with golden edges and three fingers of soapy white head. As the head fades, it leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

Aroma is a soft sweet very pleasant citrus aroma of orange and grapefruit with some hints of pine resin in the background.

Taste starts off with some sweet citrus before the hop bitterness takes over. Pretty simple, but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium but very sticky with some moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable IPA for the citrusy IPA fan... very nice, can't wait to try the Citra DIPA..

Photo of billab914
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to both Skuter and checkii for sending me bottles of this.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a moderate peach color with a good, sturdy white head. The nose brings a really nice bouquet of citrus and tropical hops. Really nice combination and fairly strong. The taste is a bit plainer without going as overboard on the hops. A slight amount of malt in the background. Really nice body and the bitterness fits the taste nearly perfectly. Drinkability is quite high; damn, Kern River knows how to make a hoppy brew.

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."

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light apricot color with a rocky off-white head. Great retention and lacing too.

Smell: Mellow aroma with light citrus taste (orange) and a bit of peach or apricot. Slightly spicy too.

Taste: The flavor is very much like the aroma. Very refreshing, but a light bit of bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied; smooth with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable with a good ABV.

A great and refreshing IPA from a brewery I wasn't previously familiar with! Might become a new regular in the IPA bomber rotation around here...

Photo of yourefragile
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Anaz
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- really nice reddish orange, a little hazy, but I don't mind that at all. Not much head but, it lasts and leaves some faint lacing.

S- Lots of citrus rind mingling with fresh bread. Sharp grapefruit notes with some sweetness. Very clean and full.

T- A mouthful of citrusy, piney hops supported by an off-sweet bready malt in the mid-palate and some lovely hop spice and citrus with slight sweetness in the finish. The bitterness is nicely balanced with the hop flavor and malt, and it never overpowers the other flavors.

M- Very full, almost a little syrupy, but clean carbonation keeps it from being cloying at any point. Some alcohol heat in there.

D-I shared bottle with friends but would gladly drink two bombers myself. I would love to have this more readily available.

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

Big thanks to Jeff for cracking this one up at a recent tasting.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange tinged amber with two fingers of sudsy white head. Sticky lacing abounds.

Smell -- Quite hoppy, indeed. Grapefruit pulp, cut grass, pine resin, and an iota of caramel malt.

Taste -- Follows the nose: lots of juicy grapefruit, pine resin, and grassy hops. Baseline of hop bitterness throughout. Malt is pretty dry, though there is a slight hint of caramelized malts. Clean and exceptionally quaffable.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with lively carbonation. Slight oiliness from the hops.

Drinkability -- Truth in advertising. A truly exceptional IPA from an area flush with great IPA's. A must try, especially if your thing is dry IPA's.

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

220z bomber..poured a hazy golden copper color with a fresh head and alot of sticky lacing on glass,looks good..smell was floral sweet hops.then citrus/grapefruit hops mixed with a slight pine and grass smell...taste was floral hops up front with nice tropical and citrus hop notes afterward mix in wisps of pine and finish it with some caramel malts..and you have a just outstanding ipa..mouthfeel was well carbonated full of hops very flavorful..would drink this all the time if i had access to it..it does live up to its name..1 of my new favorite ipa's

Photo of kbm
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is quickly becoming my go-to IPA.

Orange/straw translucent with a great foamy almond head. Good head retention and good lacing.

Smell is at first all tropical and citrus especially grapefruit and orange peel. After the head breaks down, there's a bit of sweet toasted malt peeking through. Very little simcoe cat piss.

The taste follows the aroma with a good bitter bite, which lingers after all the toasted malt and citrus fades. The bitterness, although aggressive, is not harsh - like many similar IPAs.

Mouthfeel is noticeably smoother than most. This may be due to the fact that the carbonation is not quite as aggressive as many IPAs. The beer is dry. Served at below cellar temps, I really enjoy the smooth body with the restrained carbonation - the beer seems to melt away right before the swallow. This makes the beer immensely drinkable. I usually wish beers came in less than 220z bottles. This beer, however, leaves me wishing they sold a 32oz.

For what it's worth, I've had my share of fresh Citra at the brewery and I can honestly say that, in most instances, I would choose The Just Outstanding IPA over Citra. And that's not a knock on Citra at all.

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.

Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.