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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 431
Hads: 1,185
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 367
Gots: 151 | FT: 9
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 washburnkid
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to a pint glass

A: Small but firm off-white head over translucent amber; bubbly areas of surface retention and sticky lacing.
S: Grapefruit and other citrus...my goodness, how deliciously delectable the Simcoe hops are on the nose! Super juicy and amazing. Ripe mandarin mingling with some dry malt. Balanced and clean on the nose.
T: Mmm...everything I want in an IPA when it comes to hop profile. The hop varietals contribute to a big bitter grapefruit that works to edge out a syrupy mandarin sweetness by just a hair. Malts are there, but this is definitely hop heavy. Floral, pine, and really juicy.
M: Medium body, lower carbonation than I would have liked with such a tangy hop bite.
D: Very drinkable, and a new local favorite.

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Photo of diekia
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aquired from DGB3. Curtsy of review this BIF.

Major thank you to DGB3... totally the major shit on a hook up.

A: The lacing is outstanding. DGB3 hooked me up w/a great pint glass from "Nectar Ales" and the color is just pure amber color. The head was great.

S: Citrus orangy smell and pine.

T: Floral taste w/a pine.

M: Medium body. Med carb. Creamy and Hoppy after taste.

D: I really liked this beer. I could totally sit around and have this all night. Super light and comfortable.

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Photo of shivtim
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Konrad for the bottle! Poured out into a pint glass.

Nice slightly ruby apple juice color. Very clear. Lots of bubbles, and a thick lively white head. The bubbles last for a while, and the head dies down gently to a thin film.

Nose is strong hops and astringent ethanol. Lots of hop juice.

Taste is sour citrus hops. Strong but one-noted. Long lingering bitter hop leaves.

Pretty good mouthfeel and drinkability.

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

A - Dark Amber color with a light head that fades quickly.

S - Smells of Orange, Pineapple, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Peach, and a little Pine. Balanced between sweet malts and bitter Hops.

T - Tastes of Orange, Pineapple, Pear, and . Slight bitter backbone and with mild malts. This is a very balanced Single IPA.

M - Medium body with good carbonation.

D - Drinkability is very good and I would be able to burn through a couple of these in no time.

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

Kern River: Just Outstanding IPA (No date) (Tasted 01/28/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Extra from Alen, thanks man!

Appearance: Pours heavily hazed golden verging on amber with a fluffy off-white head that leaves a solid sheet of lace on the side of the glass.
Odor: Focused hop aroma reeks of tropical fruit, reminiscent of mango, pineapple and tangerine. There's definitely a rich, bready "sweet" malt aroma supporting all of this.
Consistency: Medium body, oils are evident, as is a nice low carbonation that keeps things lively.
Taste: Everything I could have expected and more. Earthy/herbal hop bitterness leading the charge, loads of pineapple and grapefruit in the center. Surprisingly, the rich malt character hinted at in the nose is absent and that's a-ok by me, just a dash of semi-sweet pale malt rings out. Finishes dry, juicy hop flavor continues to smack my face up.

Name does say it all. Very solid and definitely above the cut for style. I like the direction they went with the hops, very nice example of the flavors found in the relatively new hops that are coming from breeding programs.

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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 Gtreid
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to dgb3 for this extra. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Cigar City pint glass.

A: Clear amber color. The pour creates one finger of slightly off white head that leaves some spotty lace.

A: Earthy and citrus hops dominate, but the sweet malts bring an unexpected balance to this West Coast IPA.

T: Citrus and pine with a pronounced sweetness from the crystal malt. Mango, orange, pineapple, pear, and a little lime. It finishes bitter and dry as well it should.

M: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Good amount of carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average with this one. Very nice balance, means I could put down a few of these. Overall, a really nice IPA, if I had access to this one, I would drink it often. Skal.

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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?

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours gold in color with a nice frothy white head that forms on the pour.
Smell is hoppy with a very nice citrus and floral aroma. Plenty of grapefruit and apricot.
Taste is a decent amount of bitterness but is dominated by a citrusy apricot flavor. Truly juicy and delicious.
Good mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. I'm really enjoying this beer. A little different than what I've had in the past, but I like this twist and perspective on an IPA.
Well done Kern River, well done.

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

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. On a side not, I must say that this is probably my favorite name for an IPA...EVER!

Pours hazy copper, with 1 1/2 fingers of off-white foamy head. The retention here is the definition of rich, with a frothy and bubbly look to it that drenches the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lacing. Sweet cirus and malts make the aroma here, as this is just dripping in the nose with softer fruity aromatics of peach, mango, and apricots. There is an almost cookie-like feel of bready dough in the nose that works very nicely with the fruit flavors. Pine and spice hangs on the edges, giving this a sharp pop in the nostrils.

Bitterness takes a bit more of the lead in the taste, with resins and spice that tingle the tongue. Man, those hops are nicely cut though by that same silky sweet mix of juicy fruit and doughy malts. The hops quickly return in the finish, sticking to the roof of the mouth, and completely drying the backend of this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer carbonation up front, that then prickles up into a sharper feel towards the back of swallow. A bit of warmth lingers in the throat but man, this is nicely drinkable for 7%. That alcohol can really creep up on you if you let it.

An IPA that truelly does live up to its name, this was just jam-packed with well balanced juicy hop character and a killer body and drinkibility. This was definitely one of the better American IPAs that I've had lately. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of mikey711
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright orange, very translucent, and lots of carbonation rushing up fromthe bottom. The head was only about a quarter of an inch but held pretty well and left very good lacing.

S: Bursts of citrus hit my nose. Lemon, Mango, apricot, peach, with a slight hint of pine and caramel as well. Just some great hop aromas

T: Good amount of grapefruit, mango, orange, peach. Very much like the smell, but a bit more pine that is a pleasant addition. As it warms the caramel comes out a little bit more and the hops fade, best enjoyed very cold

M: A bit light and slightly grainy with a mild hint of heat. Not terrible but not perfect

D: I could drink this one on a regular basis and think it stands up to some of the ebst IPAs out there

Note: I enjoyed this side by side with PtE and prefered this

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

Thanks Geoi!

Pours a hazy, orange with a killer, fluffy head.

Tons of citrus in the nose... grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine.

Same in the taste... just delicious! Similar to Oracle, but not quite in the same league.

Good carbonation and medium-bodied. Drinkable as all get out. Kern River is 2-2 with me! This is a hoppy, juicy, leaves-you-wanting-more brew!

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Photo of Solomon420
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I realized that I had not yet reviewed this particular brew from Kern River. And I have been advocating this wondrous brew by giving it as an extra on my trades. I received a fresh keg of it and promptly put it in the kegerator. So this review is based on a super fresh keg pour and not the bottle, which surprisingly got way better than the bottle (something that is hard to do with such a great tasting beer).

A: darker orange, copper appearance with an offwhite head that held at 2 fingers for quite some time. Not your typical IPA hue, but then again, this is NOT your typical American IPA.

S: holy shit, at first pull of the tap handle my bar area filled with the delicious aroma of ripe apricot, sticky resinous hops, some floral aromas...and I thought popping the top off of the 22 oz bottles released some delightful aromas...a fresh keg produced 100% better results! Awesome

T: Again, I thought it was going to be hard to beat the taste out of a fresh bottle, but WOW, I mean just WOW, fresh from the keg is the only way to go on this beer. Just Outstanding really nails it. Slight alcohol warmth to it in the end.

M: Sticky oily mouthfeel, perfect for the hopheads. Not to overpowering, still well balanced. Medium carbonation and tons of body on this one.

D: I think I can easily drink 4-5 pints of this, however after a while the ABV kicks in and realize its time to go to sleep. I am so glad that I have a keg of this yummy elixir to enjoy and enjoy for weeks to come.

**Again, this review was from a keg and not the bottle, which I thought couldnt get any better.**

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

Bengal tiger stripe orange with goldenrod highlights. The putty colored crown maxed out at three fingers and features an attractive clump of glassine bubbles on its upper surface. As it starts to fade, thick sheets of finely dotted lace grace the glass.

The aroma is the tropical fruity explosion that results when a talented brewer dry-hops an IPA with Simcoe and Amarillo. Almost no toasted or caramel malt pleases me to no end. If the malt-hop, sweet-bitter balance was nailed, this should be incredibly delicious beer.

The label does not lie. Just Outstanding IPA is everything that I love in beer of this style. And is an excellent example of why this is my favorite style to begin with. Predominantly pale malt that adds a touch of sugar cookie-like sweetness? Check. A massive amount of fresh hop flavor? Check. Two of my favorite hops? Check and check. Loads of bitterness that stops just short of tongue abuse? Check.

An ABV that provides power and flavor boldness, but doesn't add even a hint of hotness? Check. The fruitiness that these particular hops provide is nothing short of amazing: juicy pineapple, pink grapefruit, tangerine, ganja and plenty of pine. Okay, so those last two aren't fruits. This is gulpable beer that is meeting its fate in rapid fashion.

An incredibly messy glass earns a score bump where appearance is concerned. Actually, it was almost there already. The mouthfeel is rock-solid as well. It's medium for the style and has a crushed velvety smoothness that is pure pleasure for the mouth and tongue.

Who the bloody hell are these guys? Whoever they are, they deserve a standing ovation and thunderous applause. Kern River Just Outstanding IPA is exactly that. I haven't been this impressed in a long time.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn this is a good IPA. Had it at Hamilton's in San Diego as part of beer week...place was packed.

A - Fine hazy golden colour with just a hint of peach or amber.

S - Strong - even in a packed bar I knew this was gonna taste great. Lots of citrus and flower with a hint of grain coming thru.

T - Nice full bodied IPA with tons of hop character. More towards the bitter side of IPAs but its just what the doctor ordered.

M - Pretty good, nice and full with a good balance of carbonation and body.

D - High, I'd get this again for sure. Not sure how it'd be in a bottle but I bet its a dosey.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this on 10/30, thanks for this extra Shane! From notes.

Pours a burnt orange color with great head retention and lacing.

Aroma is vibrant with tropical fruits, pineapple. Pine trees. Taste follows this with a surprisingly low bitterness. Fruity and herbal hops over lightly toasted malts. Juicy. Great fruit flavors of mango, pineapple and grapefruit.

On its way to a sticky mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation. I think I took down a bomber of this in less than 15 minutes without even trying. What a great IPA! $4 for a bomber? The low bitterness and juicy hop profile make this one a winner for sure. Yes please!

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to Solomon420 for this one.

This pours a dark, golden, yellow with orange tinting. A tiny head of white foam rides the liquid, all the way down the glass. Lacing is full and quite sticky.

Big presence of citrus hops. Loads of grapefruit, both yellow and ruby-red. A good amount of orange and lemon rinds. A good level of pine oil. Nice level of floral hops, also. Definite hints of caramel and sweet malts are here, but they appear to be pretty deep.

The taste is way more balanced than I anticipated it to be. This is an equal playing field for both the hops and the malts. Mild levels of caramel and brown sugar sweetness mingle with the citrus and floral hop notes. The sweet and bitter don't cancel each other, so much as they compliment each other.
It lives up to its name.

This is medium-bodied with a light level of carbonation. No real presence of creaminess to speak of, but it's very smooth and tasty.

This is a damn fine IPA, as long as you aren't looking for a palate shredder. Great balance, taste and enjoyability.

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Photo of DijonKetchup
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from 22 ounce bottle.

An amber-yellow hue enters my glass, low foam build and the lower carbonation is immediately apparant. Head looks nice with tight bubbles, but would have liked to see a bit more. Smells floral, citrus, pineapple, smokey - I must start taking beers out of the fridge earlier to get more aromas. Classic Simcoe/Amarillo mix.

Taste is smooth, very well balance between malt & hops. Mouthfeel is great, just where it should be. 6.8% alcohol is very well packaged with this brew. Just to nitpick, I would like the bitter level a hair less, but that is my personal opinion.

All in all, an excellent beer and comes highly recommended. In addition, a great buy at $3.99 - I would also pick this up at $4.99.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks matt!

pour is light hazy brown with orange hints. light creamy head, some lacing. looks a bit hazy and a bit thin.

huge scents, mainly pineapple, floral, and sweet citrus. amazing.

very floral up front, lots of sweet citrus through out and some pineapple. a slight pine bitterness creeps in and out. light malts. a lot going on here but not overpowering. very flavorful.

body looked thin but is not. nice light carbonation and decent body.

I could and would drink this all night and all day.

this is one awesome IPA, it really is JUST OUTSTANDING, for realz. i had never heard of Kern River so I did not know what to expect. I am glad i got this, such an easy drinking IPA with great flavors. exactly what I would expect from Cali.

love it...

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Jay for providing the generous sample today. Review is from notes. Bottle says dry hopped with Amarillo and Simcoe, just like the Alpine Duet we just had.

Poured into a mini-nonic glass, this IPA was orange with a fine haze of unfiltered micro-sediment. Good retention with a little bit of spotty lacing. A thin skim remained across the surface of the beer. The nose was spicy and dry, showing off caramel malt, spicy resiny hop character, with an indistinct fruity citrus flavor. Heavy on the spicy hops with a good dose of leafy, herbal character. Light bodied and easy going, the bitterness is not overbearing mabe a 5-6/10 scale. Very enjoyable, i'd try this again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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

22oz bottle fresh from the left coast.

Pours hazy dark copper with a half inch head of white. A partial skimcoat on the surface throughout the glass as well as smeary lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of tropical fruit, spruce dew, and ripe malt. Peaches, tangerines, melons, and grapefruit. Floral and enticing.

Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Lush, ripe fruit leads off the palate. Grapefruit zest, orange pulp, soft peaches, and mango. Resinous pine notes step forward as well as a firm, sustaining bitterness.

Finishes with lingering fruit, bitterness, and a shade of biscuity malt.

Another great west coast IPA. Highly hopped with a smooth bitterness. Yum.

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

Bronze orange in color, with a slight chill haze.
thick 3 fingers of near white head, with slight tint of cream
aroma of cornbread, orange taffy, bright piney notes. As it opens up, I get some nice tropical fruit whiffs with a side of honeydew. Nice pop of pine up front. Pretzel bready with crisp pine bitterness. Bitter in the back more than anywhere else. Tart grapefruit, somewhat thin in the body, but OK for a beer with complex hop flavor as with this one.

Wonderful webbed lacing, moon crater froth.

Just outstanding- perfect name. Very smooth, easy, packed with flavor.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22-oz bomber purchased at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, Calif.

Pours a rich amber with really impressive lacing and a very moderate head. Nice beer to see slowly drain from the cup.

Nose is pretty much standard-issue California IPA -- grapefruit, pine, spice. Well done.

Taste is similar to the smell, with a very nice body for 6.8% a.b.v. I also enjoyed the moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable at 6.8% combined with the relatively easy body. Nice to see another solid IPA.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.