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Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
437
Ratings:
1,230
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
Wants:
371
Gots:
163
For Trade:
7
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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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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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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.