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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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959 Ratings

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 358
Gots: 96 | 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 nhindian


3.85/5  rDev -9%

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Bottle provided by jodan, thanks Jordan!

A - Pours a deep yellow, bordering orange and exploring the lighter range of IPAs. Pretty hazy and can barely see through the glass. A 1.5-finger head builds on top of the head, nearly white in color and composed of thick bubbles. Retention is decent and leaves a foamy cap in its wake. Lacing is sparse and seemingly sporadic around the glass.

S - Smell huge in citrus and tropical fruits and evidently aggressively dry-hopped. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, slight mango make up the fruits and its resiny as well, bringing in the stickier side of pine influence. The malts arise in a subtle way in the ending, bringing slight, sweet caramel.

T - The taste follows the nose in most regards, but perhaps with a more supportive malt backbone that comes across earlier. The bitterness in the grapefruit also adds a bitterness that wasn't as apparent in the nose. Not as complex as the aroma would suggest, but I guess that's the price to pay for dry-hopping. The orange and pineapple are still present, as well as the resin. Definitely bitter though so keep that in mind. The finish brings a little bit of alcohol as well.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. Definitely drinks like a DIPA and the bitterness does a number on the palate before even one glass is done. Has an oily slickness while it's in the mouth, but after it recedes it leave a sticky feeling.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. A great IPA for sure, especially if you're looking for one with a bit more body and bitterness. For me, it's a bit too much a palate-wrecker for a bomber, but would be a welcome change in moderation.

05-03-2011 23:44:46 | More by nhindian
Photo of jsanford


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. No visible freshness date...<grumble, grumble>.

A - Pours a beautiful golden orange with a fluffy white head that recedes slowly, leaving lots of sticky lacing. A gem of an IPA.
S - Mmmm...this is right in my IPA comfort zone. Lot's of pungent hop aromas of grapefruit, mandarin orange, pine resin, pineapple, and a touch of caramel sweetness. Very floral and crisp.
T - Similar to the nose, lot's of big grapefruit and pine resin notes, along with the slightly more subtle orange, pineapple, and lemon zest. Again, moderately sweet caramel backbone that provides just enough support for all those hops. Finish is pleasantly bitter, and lingers on the palate for some time.
M - Nice and creamy, with a smooth, medium body and crisp carbonation. Superbly drinkable.
O - An excellently crafted IPA, one I would drink often if I had regular access to it. I think it would be easy to write this off as "CITRA DIPA-light", but that would be a huge mistake, this easily stands on it's own as one of the best examples of an IPA in the market.

05-03-2011 04:04:14 | More by jsanford
Photo of ejyoung


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Bomber into Bruery tulip.

Beautiful copper color with a huge creamy head. This laces with the best of them.

Big grapefruit aroma - a lot of citrus in general. Some pine/resin and basically no malt sweetness/caramel.

The taste is a small amount of caramel - very small - with a huge amount of hops. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and more grapefruit. Leaves a bitter hop flavor that lingers for quite some time. Very good.

Medium body and and medium to medium-high carbonation.

Very tasty IPA overall. The name is pretty much correct.

04-28-2011 02:41:47 | More by ejyoung
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%

Thanks to Scalene for this one via Light Whale BIF 2. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint. No bottling date.

A: Standard pour yields a massive, slowly upward creeping, frothy, 3 finger light creamsicle colored head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear Lipton's tea color. Lacing is coarse and thick at the top and patchy towards the middle with great stick. A phenomenal looking beer.

S: Nose is aromatic. Tea leaves, pine, and citrus hoppiness. Cane sugar malt body in the background. Crisp and refreshing and very representative of the style.

T: Opens piney hop bitterness mixed with some tree sap and citrus sweetness towards the middle. Cane sugar comes in a bit but actually accentuates the hop presence. Grassy with notes of tree bark and tree sap. End has some caramel notes as well as more sap hoppiness. Finish is a spicy hop bitterness and mildly dry with a sticky hop presence that lingers in the aftertaste. Solid but not noteworthy.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated. Lively and prickly in the mouth and bubbly and abrasive going down. Crisp and refreshing. Finish is accented with an aftertaste that is sticky and lingers. Fairly standard.

O: Given their IIPA Citra, I expected a little more from this offering. This is a good beer but one that's fairly standard for its style. Worth trying as a benchmark IPA but there are better brews out there.

04-28-2011 00:18:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of THECPJ


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: nice hazy golden orange with a 2 finger chunky white head

smell: citrus, sweet caramel malts, hops

taste: grapefruit, pine, citrus, sweet caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very nice single ipa. very well balanced.


04-24-2011 19:09:34 | More by THECPJ
Photo of mdaschaf


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Pours a hazy orange with some ruby/red highlights. A nice tan 1.5 finger head. Great staying power and left some sticky lacing.

S: Nice citrus fruit aromas, some grapefruit, orange, and some tangerine. There some light pine and a touch of caramel malt.

T: Massive tropical fruits up front, some orange peel, pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine. There is a little bit of mine, but this beer is really fresh. It has a nice grassy flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It has a nice bitterness with a slightly dry finish.

O: This beer lives up to its name and did not disappoint. Great drinkability and a fresh flavor profile. Could drink this one all the time.

04-24-2011 00:34:12 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Coji


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

The initial impression was positive. It poured into the glass with a thick, white head; nice and frothy with loads of lacing as I consumed it. Smelling it was very pleasant, accredited to the dry-hop process with a lot of floral notes. I noticed that the ABV was fairly low for an IPA but the result is beneficial because that combined with the malt background combines to improve the number I can have. This is a beverage that I can have a few of without being overwhelmed. The mouthfeel was light and crisp for me, a complement to the warm afternoon in which it was served. Paired with the color makes it a refreshing summer beverage.

04-23-2011 14:51:59 | More by Coji
Photo of nataku00


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark hazy orange, bronze color. Initial pour yielded two fingers of off white foamy head, not much structure to it as it started dissipating with large bubbles quickly until only a small patch of bubbles remained and a light collar along the edge of the glass, but there was a lot of nice lingering lacing. Some bubbles can be seen right at the edge of the glass, but this IPA is very very hazy.

Nose is vibrant tangerine, sweetness from the fruit and bitterness from the peels, tropical pineapple, floral hops, a touch of caramel malt sweetness. However, the tangerine citrus hop character is the dominant aroma, and got stronger as the beer warmed.

Following the nose, massive tangerine orange flavors, nice bitterness from the peel initially, then sweet orange, pineapple, caramel and biscuit malts. After swallowing, a lingering floral citrus hops remains for a long time. When I had Kern's Citra DIPA, one thing that really stood out, both good and bad, was how long the lingering hop character was for that beer, and JO IPA has a similar lingering floral orange (orange blossom maybe? I've never had anything with orange blossom extract though) that lighter and very pleasant.

Light to medium body with a slick oily feel and decent amount of soft carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden by the fruity hop character and malty sweetness on the tongue, but I wanted just a bit more bitterness to create a little more balance. However, this is still a very very good IPA from Kern.

04-18-2011 05:04:12 | More by nataku00
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME


4.83/5  rDev +14.2%

Not sure why it's taken me so long to track this one down. Saw it last night at City Beer Store and pulled the trigger. I tried to come in with average expectations.

A - Beautiful cloudy orange in a Guinness glass, moderately active and great head retention and lacing.

S - Wow. Not overpowering but a swirl brings out mangos, lemons, grapefruit, oranges, and melons. Nice pineapple comes out as it warms. Quite honestly...this beer even smells creamy...makes me just as anxious for the mouthfeel as it does the taste.

T - JUST OUTSTANDING. Follows nose 100% and as it warms the malt backing this up must be perfect because it's very creamy as it is bitter. Amazing from a single IPA. So refreshing, Perfect bitterness. It's there but not at all overpowering or lacking. Did I say the bitterness is Perfect? Perfect for the style. I love this beer. This beer is better than 75% of all the DIPAs out there and I've had about all the hyped DIPAs on this site.

M - Perfect balance between creamy for an IPA (or DIPA for that matter) and bitterness. Goes down perfect. I can find no flaws in this deptartment

O - I will say this, which is not a flaw in my book but at 6.8%, it drinks bigger to me like a 7.5% beer might...in a good way though.

Final Thoughts - When it comes to Hops, here's a brewery to look out for. Step aside Blind Pig and Sculpin...I believe I like this beer just a wee bit more when it comes to single IPAs. Blows Union Jack out the water. I expected to like this beer but not this much. Craig at City Beer said it's been sitting in the fridge for 2 weeks which probably makes this beer close to a month old. I can only imagine what this beer would have been like from the source or within a week of bottling. I was impressed with Citra in relation to the DIPA style but not as impressed I am with Just Outstanding for the IPA style.

I want more...

04-16-2011 01:33:49 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
Photo of Fluke828


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
No date/freshness info on the bottle
Got this in a trade from RichBeer, thanks Rich!

reviewed from notes from a tasting last weekend

A-> Pours a beautiful tawny/amber-ish color with a huge 2 finger head. Looks unfiltered. Some lace but not too much.

S-> Hard to place, bouquet is muted a bit with musty hoppy scents but nothing overly floral or fruity. Some faint pine, we'll see what the taste brings....(After some warming/swirling, I do finally get some citrus fruits in the nose)

T-> Bitter hops up front but immediately balanced out by some sweet malts in the middle and towards the finish. Ends back with the dry hoppy bite. Deliciously well balanced. Much more fruity towards the end of the bomber than at first.

M-> Light feel for the style but I think I have just been drinking too many IIPAs lately...nice to have one that is dialed back a bit and yet still so refreshing and balanced. Really get the full flavors after the swallow, on the aftertaste.

O-> This beer was terrific. It is "just" an IPA, not trying to be something it's not or fooling you into one side of the flavor/aroma spectrum either. Nothing really up in your face about it like so many other West Coast IPAs, which is a refreshing change. Still fairly strong @ 6.8% for a single-IPA but again, very well balanced, not bombing you with hops, has a nice malt complement. Would have this again in a heartbeat...

04-15-2011 20:27:21 | More by Fluke828
Photo of joecast


4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

Hazy golden appearance. Real nice white foamy head. Low carbonation.

Fantastic aroma, just how an IPA should be. If cascade was the first notable hop being sought out by beer geeks, simcoe and Amarillo are in that second group. Yummy citrus and oh so fresh. Malt stays in the background as support which is just fine.

Fresh zesty citrus bitterness sets the stage. Balance is just right with the malt being enough to handle how hoppy this beer is. Bitterness lasts long after the sip is done making this a true hop heads beer.

It's sets the bar high with the name but certainly lives up to the expectations. Kern River does it again.

04-14-2011 03:44:07 | More by joecast
Photo of muttyd


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Extra in a trade with Trilogy31. Thanks again, Tony.

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip. Body is amber/straw colored with a thick white head. Excellent head retention and lacing as I swirl it around the glass. As I move in for a whiff, I immediately smacked in the face with passion fruit, guava, and grapefruit. Some resiny/cannabis notes in there as well. Very hoppy in the flavor as well (citrus, grapefruit, earthy, bitter) but balanced with a sweet malty backbone. Finishes dry with a big aromatic hop presence. Well carbonated and creamy mouthfeel. Glad I got to try this one. I will definitely seek out more Kern River in future trades.

04-14-2011 01:55:25 | More by muttyd
Photo of BrewerB


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Picked this up at City Beer Store and paid $4.99 according to the price tag.

Pours a lightly hazy orange color, much visible carbonation and a thick 2-3 finger off-white, somewhat rocky head. Slowly receding down the glass but leaving sticky lacing behind. Citrus (tangerine) and floral hops combine to pack an intense punchy aroma. Solid maltiness below a citrusy hop. Medium bitterness lingering on into a dry finish. Medium-light bodied, moderate-high carbonation.

Expected more flavor from the hops in this one, especially with a name like "Just Outstanding". Rich malt supports well, lingering bitterness and dry finish are also pluses.

04-11-2011 03:06:23 | More by BrewerB
Photo of beagle75


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of lofty and persistent off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains--nearly continuous toward the top.

S: Sweetly floral and fruity with guava and tangerine citrus. Initially intense, but becoming muted after just a few minutes. Even as intensity decreases, the smell remains redolent of simcoe hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with toasted malt and highly aromatic floral/peach/citrus hops. The flavors start off balanced but lean more toward the hops after a few beats. Acidity finds a fine balance in the middle where bitterness peaks with bracing intensity and volatile grapefruit peel. Whiffs of tropical fruit and milder grapefruit peel decorate the finish that sees intermediate bitterness left to linger on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet yet lightly resinous on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Among West-Coast IPAs, this one is definitely a sleeper that ought to be talked about more. While it is reminiscent of Ballast Point's Sculpin, it may be most similar to Firestone's Union Jack. This beer presents potency in every area of sensory evaluation. The flavors here are not for the timid and may fatigue some palates with its sheer intensity (which, arguably, is a claim that any good West-Coast IPA should be able to make).

04-10-2011 21:36:36 | More by beagle75
Photo of sdsurfer217


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Got a bomber from gregshead...thanks!

Appearance: Brilliant Orange color with a little bit of carbonation. Milky white head with good lacing around the glass. Very inviting.

Aroma: Smells of citrus, especially Grapefruit rind. Also can smell some pine and resin. Pretty standard for an IPA in my mind.

Taste: Nutty flavors on the front of my tongue. Also has a creamy taste/feel. Grapefruit come through in the finish. Good amount of malt to balance the hops. As I drink more, the piney flavor increases.

Mouthfeel: Creamier than I expected from an IPA. Coats the mouth nicely and flavors linger. Makes me crave more.

Overall: A very balanced IPA, with plenty of malt flavors to contrast the hops. Great all around IPA and is very approachable and at 6.8% its almost sessionable.

04-09-2011 14:50:47 | More by sdsurfer217
Photo of tewaris


2.65/5  rDev -37.4%

22 oz. bomber with no date, but with freshness assured, received as an extra from beerific poured into a Surly pint glass. Thanks man!

Pale-amber hued with good clarity and a big, creamy, "pillow" head. Good lacing and retention. Smell reminded a lot of mangoes at the beginning, but later gave away to pine, and some sweet notes with no particular character.

I don't have the most discriminating of palates and yet I think that this is one of those IPAs that are hoppy, but not good. Is this a case of discordant kitchen sink hopping? Tastes empty with a massively bitter finish and entirely crushed malt backbone, and with no particular hop flavor of the aroma. Not impressed.

Mouthfeel is crisp and the finish dry. But the lack of backbone doesn't work to this ale's favor. Overall, average.

Scores: Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 2/5; Mouthfeel 3/5; Overall 3/5

04-09-2011 01:55:49 | More by tewaris
Photo of iadler


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Got a couple bombers from DearthVader and Solomon420. Thanks again guys!

Poured into a Surly pint glass.

A: Hazy orange with a two finger head. The head sticks around through sipping and there is a great amount of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, mango, fresh cut grass, pine and slight caramel in the background. The smell is incredible.

T: Grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine followed by a malt sweetness and a slight bitter finish.

M: Medium carbonation, fairly creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable

O: One of the best smelling IPA's I can remember. I wish there were more tropical notes in the taste, but a great California IPA nonetheless.

04-07-2011 21:45:25 | More by iadler
Photo of BARFLYB


3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

22oz bomber split with oglmcdgl, thanks to marisatheyounger for the assist.

In the pint glass, Just Outstanding looks pale golden with some orange accents, maybe a touch of straw. A sturdy 3 fingas of dense bright white foam reminding me of alesmith IPA, nice clunks.

Smell is str8 up floral with citrus in the back. I believe some chinnook and centennial are in here for effect. a nice malt base. Pretty potent smell coming from this EyePEEAAA.

I was takin back from the first sips, i thought it was me, but the hop juice just is not this beers forte. More floral in nature than a outright hopbomb. A nice mix of floral hop taste with earth and a touch of grain with a fruity middle drowned out by a nice malt base that is biscuits and bread, low amounts of sweets like caramel and the like.

Feel is at about medium with a lively carb that approaches bitey yet not quite. Not oily in any way im digging the feel. The only thing outstanging was the scent. The taste kinda let me down but all in all this beer is a good look.

04-06-2011 22:49:29 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Trilogy31


3.23/5  rDev -23.6%

Pours a nice amber with two fingers of head leaving nice sticky lacing. First off not quite sure of the freshness on this guy, but i wasnt too impressed. Nose had some doughy malts, forest earth, a little citrus and crystallized ginger. Taste is malty almost too much for me at this "lower" abv for an ipa. Some pine forest - more floral and really just one dimensional bitter hops. Easy drinkability, its a decent beer but just good not outstanding.

04-06-2011 03:24:14 | More by Trilogy31
Photo of Lothore


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Yay, 50th IPA reviewed

A- Pours a beautiful sunset orange color with an absolutely massive, off white head that leaves tons of lacing on the way down.

S- Lots of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, slight breadiness

T- Grapefruit and orange/tangerine on the front end that lead to an absolutely tongue destroying bitterness that lingers.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- This is a treat for a hop lover. I really enjoyed it.

04-05-2011 02:59:49 | More by Lothore
Photo of silentjay


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

shipment came in today! no conspicuous bottle dating, so Im not positive of the freshness, but from what I was told, this bottle is less than 2 weeks old.

pours a golden copper with a nice hop haze and a huge, cloudy eggshell colored head that slowly recedes and laces in chunks.

floral and citrus hops abound in the aroma. fresh springtime flowers with some orange juice, grapefruit juice, and lemon zest. maybe some tangy tropical fruits as well as a touch of pine on the back end and a slight hint of light bready malts.

juicy citrus that's bitter, but not overbearing. tastes like a wet-hop IPA during the harvest season, though its far past that time period. orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, tangy tropical fruits, some floral and pine qualities make it into the flavor while a slight butter cracker maltiness lies in the background. a slight drying on the finish with even some lemon pepper spiciness lingering. delicious.

fills my mouth with a fluffy carbonation on top of a juicy flavor that works well together. the ABV is not noticeable, and I can see it sneaking up on me.

This is very impressive. not too bitter, not too sweet, with tons of juicy flavor and an intoxicating aroma.

a terrible label, however. I would walk right past this if I saw it on the shelf without having heard about it before. However, its not on the shelves anywhere near here, so I don't have to worry about that one!

04-05-2011 01:18:45 | More by silentjay
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.18/5  rDev -1.2%

A bottle split with onix1agr and sourbatchkid. Thanks for sharing this bud.

A- a super hard pour into the pint glass brought forth an impressive almost four finger high just barely off white head holds and holds. After a few sips the foam subside and leaves a good amount of slowly cascading lace all around the glass. Hazy golden sunset orange with a shine of yellow at the edges. This does look outstanding.

S- huge bright juicy grapefruits and some tangerine with champagne mangos. Ever so light honeysuckle sweet florals.

T- very boldly hopped with bitter grapefruit and under ripe pineapple taking the lead and rolling into some nice floral sweetness that backs into a rich biscuity and caramel malty goodness. Super long bitter sweet finish.

M- just about medium in body and a bit less then medium in carb that really works wonders to keep the brew on the palate and sink in.

O- this is tasty as can be. An easy drink and boldly flavored. This is my kind of ipa.

04-04-2011 22:32:40 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of larryi86


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Big thank you to alenonbeeradv for this one
22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter

A- A hazy orange with a two finger white head.

S- Juicy citrus hops, tropical fruits, hint of pine.

T- Not as big as the smell. Citrus hops are not as present as I thought they would be up front, but they are there, nice malt backbone and a solid bitter piney hop finish.

M- Smooth, refreshing, light to medium body.

O- This is a solid IPA that I wish I could get more often. I feel really lucky that I got this as an extra in a trade. I feel it live up to its name of Just Outstanding IPA.

04-02-2011 02:47:55 | More by larryi86
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.
Got this from Blackwell's in San Fran, supposed to be very fresh.

a - Pours a hazy orange amber color with two fingers of off white head and high carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a lot of web like lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, oranges, mangos, light honey, and light pine. The smell is insanely fruity and smells fantastic.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, oranges, tangerines, and light tropical fruits. Lots of bitterness up front from the pine and citrus hops, and the hops come out a lot more in the taste than the smell. Less of the tropical fruits from the smell and more of the citrus and grapefruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a huge bitter kick up front.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good IPA. The smell was outstanding; full of different fruits and hops. The taste was good, though more focused on grapefruit and citrus hops, and had a huge bitterness to it. A good IPA I enjoyed quite a bit and had no problem finishing a 22 oz. bottle of. Would like to have again.

04-02-2011 00:08:45 | More by mdfb79
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Received a 22oz bomber in a trade. Thanks RichBeer!

Pours a cloudy amber with a massive 2 finger white head. Aroma is really great. Tons of citrus (orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit) present with some piney notes as well. In tasting I was really pleased with how balanced this beer comes across. It's definitely a blast of hops but not to the point of being mouth puckering. The malt is there to provide some nice sweet counterpoint to all that hop goodness. I've got to note that the lace on the glass was impressive throughout as well. What really stood out to me with this beer though was how great the mouthfeel was for a strong IPA. This beer was extemely smooth and went down very easily. Great beer overall, definitely one I wish I had easy access to.

04-01-2011 21:21:06 | More by smokeypeat
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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