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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 431
Hads: 1,186
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 366
Gots: 150 | FT: 9
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 womencantsail
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple of bombers from Hi-Times today. So glad to finally get a full one to myself!

A: Just Outstanding pours a hazy amber color with a nice white foam.

S: Amazing hop aroma on this beer. Tons of grapefruit along with a nice pine scent. Not too much malt, just the way a west coast IPA should be.

T: A lot more resinous and piney than the aroma lets on. Still a great grapefruit flavor that is slightly present in the beginning and then lingers on the finish. Again, not much malt on the tongue.

M: Very light and easy drinking. A moderate to high level of carbonation (for an IPA, anyway).

D: Just Outstanding is quite an appropriate name for this beer. The aromas and flavors are just what you expect from a west coast IPA and it's such an easy drinking beer. I wish this was more readily available to me.

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

Dark gold with about one and a half fingers of creamy cream colored head. A few bubbles surfacing. Good lacing. Fragrant upon the pour, this has plenty of elaborate hoppiness to share. Pineapple, pine, lightly tropical and slightly flowery or earthy, great combo from the simcoe and amarillo dry hopping.

Taste is dominant with the hops, pine, a bit of grapefruit, light malt sweetness perfectly compliments the bitter hoppy bite that comes through. Hop forward, delicious, but also with some malt balance that still keeps the hops up front. All around one great IPA. Medium body, smooth and creamy, but not over the top on carbonation, great balance. This is the kind of IPA I would want to drink every day, just wish it had more availability.

Just oustanding... you knew I was going to say that.

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

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. This brew shows a clear and deep golden color with an inch of soapy white foam. Decent retention and lacing follow, holding a surface cap through the pint.

Nose is robust and floral. Rather enticing but short and thus a bit reaching. You gotta reach for it but it's good though brief when you get there. Becomes more piney as the head settles.

Taste is not so outstanding. Bit watery and with a thin hop bite though it does garner up a bit of steam as you adjust. Simple citric malts on the finish. Nice feel and drink with a well balanced bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An extra from the very generous Solomon420. Thank you, Damian! The last 20 beers I've consumed have been German in origin, and I'm looking forward to an IPA! Plus, I haven't had anything from these guys.

A: Surprisingly dark for an IPA, this is a rather deep amber with a finger-thick off-white head. Retention is pretty good, and there's some lace as the head slowly recedes to a clumpy disk

S: Makes me think of a East/West Coast hybrid. Bright citrus hops with tangerine, plenty of tropical fruit with some mango and papaya, but there's also a pretty solid malt presence in this (if the color didn't give it away). Caramel sweetness that when combined with the citrus character is like candied oranges. Solid

T: Opens up mildly bitter with a mainly citrus character (orange skins) with some pine bitterness. Plenty of hop flavor, with orange, tangerines and some pine. The tropical fruit character i initially picked up on the nose is not really noticeable on the palate. A definite malt presence is noted, with a simple caramel character. The finish is mildly sweet, with mild hop bitterness

M: Medium-light in body, this beer is a touch disappointing on the palate. It feels a little watery, and the finish could use more bitterness.

D: The low alcohol and low bitterness makes this very easy to drink, and I can actually feel my palate after drinking this! I quite enjoyed it, and would not hesitate to try this again.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Solomon420 for a very generous trade!

Pours a glowing amber with two fingers of head that leave some good lacing on the way down.

Smell is an extremely juicy blend of citrus and floral notes. This one is pretty damn potent and inviting. I even ended up with foam up my nose because I kept wanting to get closer and closer.

The taste doesn't quite have that same effect. I like the hop profile but it isn't quite defined enough, nor is it balanced with the malts. I'm getting more of a bitter-hop-mixed-with-water type taste. Still, its not bad and there aren't any unpleasant flavors present.

Mouthfeel is medium but a tad too thin for the style. Although this goes down quite smooth, drinkability is lacking due to the the less than glowing flavor profile. Not a bad brew by any means, but a lot of IPA's are starting to blend together for me and it takes something special to stand out from the pack.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of this from Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

It pours a clear copper with a creamy off-white head that leaves spidery lacing.

The aroma is floral with a piney undertone and a trace of sweet caramel-y malt.

At first, floral, piney hops hit the tongue, supported by a smooth, sweet malt. Then grapefruit appears with a lingering hop bitterness, followed by an aftertaste of floral tea. 6.8% alcohol with not a trace in the taste.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. It coats your throat with a time-release mixture of hop juice and sweet malt. It's thicker than an IPA, but not as heavy as a double IPA.

Overall, the beer is just outstanding :-P Due to the stickiness, a bomber of this was the perfect amount. One a day keeps the doctor away.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 9/12/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears a medium orange with a creamy one finger white head. Good retention and some lacing.

The nose is primarily grapefruit, with lesser notes of pine. It's slightly floral and slightly sweet. The malt is subtle and crackery.

The taste is of slightly bitter grapefruit and a little pine. The beer has a low medium level of bitterness that seems to increase in the dry finish. The malt is crackery and not too noticeable and doesn't provide any sweetness. The beer is light medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a very dry and sticky mouthfeel.

This is an enjoyable and easy drinking IPA. Good stuff, and at $3.99 a bottle it's a steal.

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Photo of ReDave
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Kern River Brewing on the way to a camping trip up River, sure glad i did!

Pours a orange golden amber, with a decent head.
Wow what a nose! This is one of the best aroma's I've had in awhile [must not have had a green flash in awhile?]
pine grapefruit.

Great taste Hoppy but a malt backbone, pretty well balanced
Wish this was closer to home!

The Growler was perfect and the carbonation was good
the staff was very nice, and this place didn't pitch a fit with ordering an IPA for a growler like *some* places....
Will be going back some day

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= At fridge temp, this ale poured a deep hazy orange color with a ½" white head. The head dropped to a skim fairly quickly but left some nice sticky web lace down my glass.

S= Smelled of sweet malt and juicy/fresh citrus and pine hops. Some deeper, danker bitter hop smell in there too. Very fresh and very nice.

T= The sweet malt base came through first, showing a bit of biscuit and caramel edge to it. The hop flavor was all citrus and pine, with maybe a touch of tropical fruitiness. Hop bitterness was up there but not so high as to overpower the other flavors. Finished dry and full of lingering hop resins.

MF= Medium bodied with a big but not overdone carbonation feel. Very much a palate cleansing beer.

D= This was my first beer from Kern River Brewing (received in a trade) and I was well pleased. Tasty and easy to drink for sure. I could easily session a few of these!

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Photo of mjl21
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Toronado. Poured into a pint glass. No abv info is given.

A-Pours orangish amber with a very minimal off white head. While the retention isn't the best, it does maintain a small filmy layer throughout. Leaves a little bit of lace.

S-It has a nice fresh, hoppy nose. Lots of citrus,pine, and some dank come through. Apparently it is dry hopped with Amarillo and Simcoe and these two varieities give it that great WC nose. This one deserves 4.25 for smell.

T-The citrus and pine come through quickly on the palate. There is a nice caramel malt backbone that kicks in as it goes down. It finishes with a nice level of pine bitterness. Pine is the predominant aftertaste.

M-Lighter end of the medium spectrum. It has good carbonation from being served on tap and finsihes dry.

D-Damn good WC IPA. Had no problem knocking this one back.

This was my first beer from this brewer and I have to say I was impressed. A few people sitting next to me also had this and remarked on how good of an IPA it is. I would love to see bottles available up here. These guys deserve some accolades for making yet another great WC IPA.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a full finger foamy eggshell colored head that fades fairly quickly. A reasonable amount of Belgian lacing in its wake. The smell is good. It has an aggressive floral candied pineapple character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied. Full flavored, the grassy pineapple hop taste is balanced nicely with the sweetness suggested in the nose. The piny notes linger significantly. A nice drinker in a sea of options.

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Photo of carps12
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for this extra

Pours a golden amber with a thick fluffy head and nice lacing

Smell brings out the simcoe with its tangerine/orange citrusy smell

taste has good orange citrus but the finish leaves a metallic taste mixed in with bitterness that I dont like.

mouthfeel is great carbonation up front and smooth/watery on the finish

a solid beer, but the finish is the killer for me

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

This is the 3rd treat from the mystery box (thanks again Solomon420!), 22 oz. bomber with no freshness noted poured into the appropriate SN pint glass...

Aggressive pour=aggressive head...rocky off white foam head with great retention as well as good lacing and legs. A burnt golden body with a slight haze...

Floral boquet of spicy hops and grapefruits...solid nose, very West Coast with lots of spice and citrus.

Lots of hop bite up front with s drying bitter finish. Citrus grapefruit notes throughout with a hint of malts...bits of caramel in the finish also noted.

Slick, oily, and buttery-top notch carbonation!

The spiciness keeps it from a 4.5, but still superdrinkable!

An AMAZING IPA that needs some more respect. This ranks right up there with Blind Pig in my opinion. Simcoe and amarillo hops were used, and damn were they used well!

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Photo of rye726
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper color with nice beige head. Nice lacing. Nose has citrus and pine, bitter hops and sweet malts. Taste has candy malts up front followed by fruity hops that last through the finish. Medium body is well carbonated. Good example of the style.

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

First experience with this brewery. Pours clear copper with a medium white head. Good lacing. Earthy, kind of barnyard noseful of hops. If you are familiar with the area where this beer is brewed, it smells like that. Its uncanny and only adds to this beer's character. Smooth, clean mouthfeel with a long finish. Taste is bitter and earthy. The Amarillo hops are the boss in this one; peppery, earthy, piney, and bitter. The Simcoe is a nice compliment, but take a backseat to the Amarillos. Hefty malt, but as is my favorite, they also take a backseat and don't turn the beer into a sticky, candy mess. This is a true single IPA that packs a strong hops punch. Love it.

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Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark amber beer with a medium sized white head. This thing is very close to being brown. Clear beer despite the darkness.

Smell is strongly of hops, mainly the northwestern type. Strong pine and eucalyptus scents. Caramel malt and a wisp of wood and smoke make up the rest of the scent.

Starts out Sweet then woody. Strong grapefruit flavor, fairly bitter in the mouth but the malt keeps up with it. Lasting bitterness and astringency in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is full.

This seems a bit unbalanced like they extracted too hot and picked up an astringent note. Think I might be asking too much drinking Firestone Union Jack all the time.

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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

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon 420 for the 22 oz. bottle!

Pours hazy amber with a frothy off-white head. Trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus (grapefruit) and floral notes.

The taste is malty upfront. Sweetness turns to a floral/citric bitterness in a dry, slightly salty/minerally finish.

Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation/effervescence.

A nice, balanced, drinkable IPA. Alcohol has a tiny bite, but well-hidden overall. I don't know about "outstanding", but it is very good!

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Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

This here IPA is yet another in a long line of great brews sent my way courtesy of BitterBill, thank you sir! Just Outstanding IPA shows off a polished copper body that manages to glow when backlit. There's a slight haziness but this one was just taken from the trade box about 2 hours ago. A small dirty white head formed on the pour that grew to one finger max and left incredible sheet lacing the entire way down the glass. This is one impressive looking IPA with some of the better lacing I've seen in awhile.

The nose is very interesting and screams hops. The aroma of this beer drips with resinous, spicy hops over the top of a unique semi-sweet caramel maltiness that shows signs rich toffee underneath. There is a smattering of grapefruit pith but the spiciness takes the lead. A crazy spicy wood character pops up here and there that I'm assuming is from the hop profile. I've come to thoroughly enjoy this style of IPA; it's unique in a world filled with grapefruit bombs.

Wow, I am really digging this IPA! Big, spicy, mouth sapping resinous hops kick things off in the proudest of ways. The spiciness really picks up in the back of the throat. Dry pine needles and bitter grapefruit pith play solid roles but stay in the back where they belong. Rich caramel and mild toffee make up the malty aspect of this beer that tries it's best to pull itself to the hoppiness but falls far short. Citric qualities actually make a stronger appearance here than the nose suggested and I enjoy it immensely.

The mouthfeel is the only aspect of this beer that could use a little improvement. The body is medium and shows a bit of stick upfront but for whatever reason feels a bit thin on the swallow. That's in no way a knock to the mouthfeel, just some nitpicking on my part. The bitterness hits its hardest on the swallow and lingers around in the best of ways.

Drinkability is off the charts easy. Seriously, this bomber is disappearing in a matter of minutes and I'm under no control of myself to slow down. The abv is nowhere to be found and I could see that catching up to me very easily in the long run.

This beer sounded like a winner but it's a knockout! This is one of the better IPAs I've had in a while and one I hope to enjoy numerous times over the next few months. A big thank you for this one Bill, it's delicious!

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

Pours a hazy amber/gold with a small white head.

Aroma is probably the strong suit. Nice sweet tropical/citrus nose with nice, balanced hoppy floral notes throughout.

This stuff is fresh and very balanced. Nice caramel malt combined with a very citrusy hop charge (grapefruit and orange mostly) and a subtle but lasting hop bite.

Full mouthfeel with solid effervescence. Pleasant feeling left behind with each sip.

Goes down smooth and easy, and works as a great session IPA. Check it out.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours amber with a one-finger white head, good retention and lacing, great looking pint.

S: Bright, sparkling tangerine, papaya, citrus.

T: Relatively light caramel malt, with a very tasty hop character. Orange zest, pink grapefruit juice with concentrated pine oil and cedar in the aftertaste. Great Simcoe hop notes, shades of Port 2nd.

M: Thin at times, but overall a good body, very resiny.

D: One of the best tasting IPAs I've had, as the label says it is just outstanding, you can't sue 'em for false advertising on this one.

Edit - Having a 6 Day old bottle (5/31/10), incredible, rivals Duet, upping the smell and taste scores to 5s, it's at its peak, this is brilliant IPA, shows how important freshness is.

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

Purchased from HiTime Wines in Costa Mesa CA.

This pours a clear golden colour with an inch of foam. Not many bubbles visible in my glass.

The smell is big notes of citrus hops with a light malty presence peeking through. Similar nose to Odell IPA and RR Blind Pig, me thinks, so I'm liking it.

The taste starts of with big notes of citrus bringing a lot of bitterness. More sips in and it's obviously big on the grapefruit and about mid palate, there's some malt moving in and brings a light sweetness to somewhat balance this IPA. Near and through the finish, I can taste a buttload of pine making for a nice bitterish finish. Man, this is a very tasty American IPA!

Further sips in and I'm starting to notice the malt more, which is a plus for me. It's still definitely an American style but I love me some malt to keep it from getting too bitter.

Good solid medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is just a notch below medium.

Drinkability? If I had easy access to this brew, I'd drink a lot of it. Very smooth but brilliantly tasting, the abv doesn't get in the way at all.

My second brew(of 3) from Kern River Brewing and ....who ARE these people???? Colour me impressed!

Btw, good head retention and lacing...

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange tan in the glass--somehow reminds me of a light maple syrup. Little to no head. Floral hoppy nose. [I heard from a weed connoisseur that it smells like weed--and good weed, at that.] Wow, what a taste, though! Really good and interesting! Hooray for maltiness! Hooray for dry hopping! The mouthfeel is light and finishes with just a touch of dry stickiness.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from Solomon420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy polished brass brew. Head recedes gradually, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma is piercing grapefruitiness. Taste starts lightly sweet, goes citrus in the middle, then fades to pine which dominates into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is wow smooth, and drinkability is way too easy. This one is named just right.

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