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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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924 Ratings

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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 357
Gots: 89 | FT: 6
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007)
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Photo of ThePaleRider


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado in San Diego

A - Perfect orange that is slightly hazy. One finger of white head with small bubbles that sticks to the glass very nicely.

S - Light nose. Pine, light grapefruit, and some bready malts.

T - Light bitter bite. Almost too smooth for an IPA, but this isn't a fault. Easy drinking with crisp pine up front that really mellows out into a smooth, sweet malty finish. Really amazing IPA that gets better and better as you drink it.

M - Medium body with really nice carbonation.

O - Another outstanding IPA from Kern River. Very sessionable and so smooth. These guys are true masters with hops.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 16:44:36 | More by ThePaleRider
Photo of kojevergas


3.08/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given the reputation of this one. That said, I was very disappointed by the last two highly regarded beers I tried tonight (Bell's Expedition Stout & Two Hearted). 6.8% ABV confirmed

Served after a period of rest from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice rolling smooth cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, pine hops, grapefruit citrus hops, clean malts, and cream. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, soap, a bit of salt, some grapefruit, clean malts, and maybe some light pine. I don't know what's going on with my taste buds but I keep drinking IPAs that are soapy and salty. It's decently put together, but I expected far better. Not real well balanced - especially not with those soapy off-flavours. A bit simple. Not real subtle, but nicely clean. Gets better as it warms.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, and moderate on the palate. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: I don't get the hype on this one. Too salty and soapy. I really had high hopes for this beer. I might try it again on draught. Elsewise, I'm content to leave this one on the shelf for people who will enjoy it more. Drinkable but boring. Quite pedestrian.


Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:53:21 | More by kojevergas
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-03-2012 23:24:00 | More by mixed_master7
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-03-2012 13:58:30 | More by tbone1384
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-02-2012 19:51:38 | More by TheRuss9585
Photo of TallGuyCM


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-28-2012 02:44:21 | More by TallGuyCM
Photo of Vonerichs


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a tall white, dense head. There's a considerable amout of retention and lacing.

The hops seem subdued in the smell. There's no mistaking it for an IPA, but the grainy malt really tones down the hops to a dull citrus smell.

The malt plays a pretty strong role in this. The hops are dominant, but there's a strong balance. Grapefruit, pineapple, and some light floral flavors exist.

Mouthfeel is clean and moderately dry. It's has low bitterness.

This was a pretty good IPA, but far from outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:47:05 | More by Vonerichs
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

10-26-2012 19:19:27 | More by BeerRunner
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-26-2012 03:00:51 | More by enelson
Photo of Hopheadjnr

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A...pours a hazy amber color with a nice two finger head.

S...malty, yeasty and can actually smell some alcohol

T...a very robust yet balanced taste overall. There is alot of malt in here an d tons of hops. Really comes together nice. The bitterness of the hops is balanced out by semi sweet
fresh baked bread.

M...nice carbonation. A pretty full mouth feel. Nice body.

O...a really good ipa. Gives you all the hoppyness youre looking for but, keeps it balanced. Very pleasant beer. I wrk definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 02:58:44 | More by Hopheadjnr
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

10-25-2012 16:09:09 | More by dianimal
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1/5  rDev -76.4%

10-17-2012 22:21:21 | More by USChuy
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-17-2012 03:09:46 | More by t0rin0
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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (thanks Alex) into a tulip. I was afraid this bottle was going to explode as I rode a train with it all the way back home from Bakersfield, but it held up just fine!

appearance: A clean, warm amber color. Modest head that fades away gradually.

smell: Hops, but not overpowering. A little phenolic/resinous. Piney. Lots of malts, too.

taste: Citrusy, piney, with lots of malt balancing things out quite nicely. The bottle says it has a "large malt character and a huge hop profile". This is pretty accurate, and I think both come together perfectly in this beer. Other reviewers say refreshing, and I absolutely agree!

mouthfeel: Good carbonation, not much but certainly enough. Bitter on the palate but not too heavy.

finish: Citrusy bitterness, balanced out by the "large malt character".

overall: After a short train trip up to Bakersfield and back, this is the perfect way to end the weekend. Very refreshing, well balanced...this is now one of my favorite IPAs. I can't wait to try more Kern River Brewing Company beers!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 03:28:36 | More by cxr1037
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-04-2012 20:28:23 | More by Dinz400
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-04-2012 16:37:25 | More by djre4orm
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-02-2012 14:14:26 | More by mcintire78
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

09-27-2012 12:41:58 | More by zenithberwyn
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Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

09-15-2012 14:24:54 | More by oldp0rt
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

09-15-2012 03:12:03 | More by HopsintheSack
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

09-06-2012 04:59:29 | More by duceswild
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-06-2012 02:00:31 | More by BWH999
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

09-04-2012 05:04:56 | More by Sanjo
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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a tulip. Huge thanks to beachstrength49.

A- Pours a great-looking luminescent golden-orange with 2 fingers of pillowy white head that fades away pretty quickly, but leaves some of the nicest cobweb lacing I’ve seen in a long time. Beautiful looking brew. 4.5

S- Piney/grassy hop resin, bright citrusy orange juice character, good amount of malty backbone comes through with a touch of graininess. 4

T- Not as bitter/dank as the nose suggested with WAY more citrus notes present. Juicy orange and grapefruit slosh around with waves of pine/resin to make some kind of delicious hop-punch. Bready malts with just a hint of toast follow up on the end. Dee-licious. 4.

M- Incredibly light-bodied for how much flavor this packs. Reminiscent of Zombie Dust in its super-refreshing character. 4.5

O- Easily one of the better IPAs I’ve had. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 04:59:53 | More by stxSS07
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-02-2012 23:51:16 | More by bonez05404
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