Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev -9.5%
Pours deep gold with a medium veil and a positively massive pillow of rocky head that will be your constant companion during this beer and the next.
Greets the nose with a generous fruit salad: pineapple, honeydew, and lemon. Pine and garlic have a cameo appearance.
The mouthfeel is the only thing that's a bit off here. It's a bit thicker and creamier than usual and doesn't have quite enough carbonation to really bring out the full flavor of the hops.
Setting aside the mouthfeel, the taste is quite nice: complex fruit flavors, including a uniquely strong orange note are complimented by a light caramel backbone that provides substance without distracting from the hop-centric mission. The pine and garlic notes arise at the finish along with moderate bitterness that fades with a dry smack to the back of the throat. Overall a very nice, drinkable effort that's well worth a try.
01-24-2011 01:26:04 | More by chicagobeerriot
3.63/5 rDev -14.2%
bottle poured into my New Belgium globe. Thanks to irishgurl4 for this.
Hazy orange body with a white head on top. Smells nice and hoppy, a big citrus hop aroma hits the nose, a bit of juiciness and some sweet notes as well. Tastes more balanced than the nose would suggest. Citrusy hop flavors up front give way to a big pale malt back bone. I wish this was a little less balanced. Medium body, slightly sticky a high amount of carbonation. Easily drinkable. Worth trying for sure. I enjoyed this but wouldn't go nuts trying to seek it out.
01-19-2011 23:52:29 | More by jpmclaug
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
Received this as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into a standard pint.
A - Pours deep, cloudy, orange with a pillowy soft one finger head leaving sticky sheets of lacing down the glass.
S - Lots of grassy citric hops up front. Grapefruit, gram cracker malt, and a bit of dryness. Very nice balance overall with plenty of floral hops.
T - Plenty of piney citric hops up front giving way quickly to a mix of gram cracker malt and a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is a bit dry with some lingering hop bitterness. Very good balance of flavors in this one. A bit old, my bad, but still very enjoyable.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice soft feel with a bit of bitterness in the finish that doesn't linger for very long.
D - Pretty high. I really liked this one. I would love to try this on-tap someday. Can't wait to try some of the other offerings from Kern River.
01-17-2011 22:35:45 | More by orangesol
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours a beautiful metallic copper-orange with a slight unfiltered look. A finger-tall head of very light tan caps it, standing fast with the dense consistency of pancake batter and looking as if it'll never fully leave. Great snaking webs of sticky white lace decorate the glass as I drink.
The nose is a sweet combination of lime and grapefruit along with honey and a slight herbal character. Saltine crackers can be picked up in the background.
Strong bitterness grips the sides of the tongue while flavors of grapefruit, lemon peel and herbal basil and mint mingle about. The hops are obviously the star here, but the malt is just substantial enough to keep everything in check.
Very soft body with medium-light fullness. It's delicate on the tongue, moving about with gossamer substance. The carbonation is lightly massaging, with a bitterness that's bracing but not abrasive.
After being disappointed by several Cali IPAs, I'm happy to see Kern River restoring my faith in the state. Just Outstanding is...just outstanding.
01-15-2011 22:01:00 | More by Phelps
4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a cloudy pale orange, thick head with very nice lacing. The nose on this is simply perfect. Grapefruit, citrus, thick hops very clean. Floral citrus taste, grapefruit comes through with a very satisfying hop profile here, great bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, nice oily texture thanks to the hops in this. Drinks like a dream, wish this was available in Toronto.
01-15-2011 17:24:45 | More by peensteen
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
Thanks to the dgb3 for this bomber; with a name like this, & a good reputation for this brewery, I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Seems like it's finally becoming more available, & now I get to sample it. Yippee! Sawed in half into separate pint glasses for the wife & myself on a snowy Friday evening after a round of shoveling & sliding with my girls.
Pours an unfiltered orange-yellow, like St. Paul tapwater in the spring. Props for a cool label, too, the donkey, bike tire, & cow-poke (donkey-poke?). Smell is solidly hoppy; foreshadowing rocks. I love my Simcoe hops!
Just Outstanding has a bit of an arrogant name, & that ups the ante. But it's damn good. The hops are crowing, a fragrant mix of roses, grapefruit, bitter old guy, citrus, strong pine - classic IPA. The malt is sitting in the corner, present but unobtrusive. A nice clean bitterness follows up & washes lazily over the palate. Which awaits another sip eagerly. Honestly, the pretty good nose doesn't do the taste justice.
This is the rare bomber that I could dismember easily, then reach for another. Not exactly sessionable, but hell, I'm willing to try. Wondering if I can distract my wife long enough to pilfer some of the juice left in her pint glass.
Excellent effin' brew. This lives up to its name & then some; a beer that I'd drink regularly & with enthusiasm if I could get my hands on it. I can only imagine how mind-blowing this would be fresh & on-tap. My favorite beer of the first 14 days of 2011.
01-15-2011 01:39:47 | More by maximum12
3.8/5 rDev -10.2%
Kern River Just Outstanding IPA has a slightly hazy, light copper-coloroed body with numerous but irregular carbonation bubbles in it. The off-white head is soapy looking and is made up of mostly large bubbles. The retention is OK, but the lacing is very good.
The aroma has noticeable malt and hop characteristics. Lightly toasted pale malts mix with both citrus and floral aromas from the hops.
Just Outstanding is an easy drinking IPA with all kinds of hop flavor, low bitterness, and a noticeable malt backbone. The hops bring a good bit of bitterness, in conjunction with some citrus, but mainly floral and earthy flavors, with some pine resin thrown in. The malt backbone underneath does not equal the hops in intensity, but it is substantial. Toasted malts and biscuit flavors are what come with the malt profile. The finish is all bitterness and citrus.
A fairly light, highly carbonated IPA with a dry bitter finish.
Just outstanding is just good as far as I'm concerned. Well, a little better than good, but not outstanding. The flavor profile is nice, and for about five bucks a bomber I don't really have any complaints.
01-14-2011 04:29:25 | More by Hojaminbag
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to johndoe8 for trading this to me.
Wonderful golden bronze color 1 finger white head. Some small bloby lacing.
Somewhat fruity, moderate pine and...gymsock?
Taste has bitter pine citrus pith and rind.
Mouthfeel is somewhat light, with perfect carbonation for the style
Drinkability is pretty high, certainly easy drinking stuff I'd have a couple bombers of this and be pretty happy
01-14-2011 02:45:52 | More by STEG
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
22oz bottle of Just Outstanding IPA. Pours an orange amber body, gives off an exquisite floral and citrus aroma finish that combines a zesty and bitter characteristic, and possesses a generous dry hop malty taste! Retains a very nice head and carbonation throughout. Mouthability is somewhat bitter due to it's hoppy profile, drinkability is nice with for a big dry hop beer using, I understand, Simcoe and Amarillo hops. A nice IPA anytime!
01-11-2011 23:27:56 | More by CuriousMonk
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date evident. Received as a result of the exceptional generosity of Solomon420.
A: Peachy-tangerine with 2-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with good retention and solid lacing down the glass.
S: Mango, grapefruit, and orange mix with pine resin and floral aromas. A touch of pale malt sweetness levels it off.
T: The flavor is very powerful and builds throughout the beer with strong pine character up front but matched with full-bodied floral orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruit touches. Some resiny character comes out in the end with a dash of pale malt sweetness. A really wonderful, complex IPA which matches the best across the country.
M: A tad on the thin side, but just barely with a sticky feel that belies a pretty serious malt load. Low-medium carbonation lends some smoothness.
D: A top-tier IPA that punches its ticket on the major hops categories and does it with ease and a gentle smoothness. With a little more body, this would be a top 5 IPA, but, as it is, I would never kick this one out of my fridge.
01-10-2011 04:45:57 | More by argock
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
Great looking IPA, tan/orange and slightly hazy, great two finger head that lasted and lasted and left all kinds of great lacing on my tulip glass.
Smells very nice, a great mix of piney grapefruit and hoppy goodness.
A very well balanced and flavorful IPA. Just a touch of fruitiness peeks through with lots of delicious hops, grapefruits and mandarin oranges, balanced malts, and a good mix of sweetness vs bitterness.
Rich and pungent in your mouth, medium bodied and well carbonated.
This is a very good IPA. I could easily drink this on a regular basis. Just plain delicious in every way.
01-09-2011 18:15:40 | More by AlCaponeJunior
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, 1.5 fingers of fluffy marshmellow white head tops the brew, looks like a cloud. The body color looks just like an SNPA with a touch of extra cloudiness added in from yeast.
The smell is great, refreshing, citrus, and a tinge of pine added in. The sweet malt adds a honey type scent to the mix as well which leads me to believe the flavor shall be balanced between malt and hop.
The flavor is just what I look for in an American style IPA, the forefront is very hop forward with a fruity sensation, citrus with contributions from orange and grapefruit to my palate. The middle of the taste is faded into from the beginning and gives the mouth a clover honey sweet flavor which refreshes you just long enough for the aftertaste hop assault. The third stage is all hop bitterness which I love as a finish, this IPA is balanced and just what I like in this style...Just Outstanding!
01-08-2011 08:54:12 | More by dwilson01
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
Brought this bottle back from my west coast trip. Pours a bright orange colour with huge whead head and nice lacing. Really big citrus hop aroma with hints of oily pine. Really big bitterness for only a single IPA. Nice carbonation level. This beer lives up to its name for the most part.
01-06-2011 20:17:48 | More by kwjd
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
Kern River's Just Outstanding IPA is justly outstanding. Not available in NY, it wallops what is. Ithaca Flower Power, you are on notice.
This baby is clear amber with a thick straw head. Smells of floral notes, malts, and of course blessed hops. Just Outstanding brings a perfect balance between floral hops and keen malts. A solid mouthfeel and a low enough alcohol content to enjoy this one without getting twisted means this IPA is an absolute win. There is a tad watery of a finish, and perhaps not the totally thickest or most complex malt backbone, so while the drinkability is high, I've got to come back to this review to lower it just a tad.
One of my favorite thus far (and in February it continues to be), I'm realizing that between Alpine and Kern River, I may have to just move to California.
01-04-2011 03:13:24 | More by afksports
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured into a Bruery tulip glass.
A - Hazy copper color with nice fluffy head.
S - Grapefruits, floral hops, summer fruits like peaches, apricots. Home bready qualities as well.
T - Bitterness with some pine qualities (kind of surprising because you don't get that in the nose). Grapefruit and summer fruits also shine through.
M - Medium carbonation, seems appropriate for a west coast IPA.
D - like Citra, very drinkable. Again, KRBC just makes some of the best California summer IPAs. The citrus tones are, dare I say, just outstanding.
01-03-2011 05:16:27 | More by teamizm
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
poured into a tulip
A nice orange/amber colored beer..slightly cloudy. About 2 fingers worth of thick offwhite head. A nice looking IPA
Getting some nice citrusy aromas. Some grapefruit, orange, a little pine in there as well.
same a nose but a nice little maltiness that hits you up front. You get the light caramelly malt up front, then some piney and citrusy notes along with a nice hit of bitterness that lingers for a little while. Has a west coast IPA feel to it. Not to the quality of pliny but still a very good IPA.
medium bodied with loads of carbonation. Bitterness lingers for quite a while on this once with a little resiny pine aftertaste.
Would be a go to IPA for me if it was readily available. Relatively inexpensive and decent quality. Only way to get it is to trade for it unfortunately.
01-01-2011 20:16:29 | More by cetherid
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
A - VIbrant orange with just a hint of lighter colored caramel in the center. Head is a solid two fingers with excellent retention. Sheets of lace are left behind on the glass.
S - Big fruity aromas, bith tropical and citrus. Lots of grapefruit, a touch of mango and even some wet forest pine sneaks in. Just a hint of sweet pale maltiness comes through after the beer has warmed a bit.
T - Bitter citrus hops up front with a surprisingly strong kick of pale malt sweetness coming through right behind. Grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Alcohol provides a touch of bite without being hot in anyway. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.
M/D - Medium bodied with a very nice bitter bite. Drinkability is certainly there. Very bitter for a plain American IPA. I feel the bitterness is bumping up into DIPA territory.
12-31-2010 20:51:17 | More by ckeegan04
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Ken's bottle from Portland, thanks for sharing! Outstanding hoppy aromas, getting Cascade. Cloudy grapefruit colour with outstanding 2 inch head that lasts and leads to lots of lace. Average mouthfeel. Outstanding balance and drinkability. Orange and grapefuit with a little tangerine.
12-30-2010 22:41:10 | More by Sammy
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
This beer came my way as an extra in a recent trade. The beer was chilled and served in an Imperial Pint glass.
Appearance: Clear peach body with a thick biege head. The head of the beer withstood the mustache test. Thick lacing covered my glass. In short this beer looks super tasty!
Smell: Mango, melons, pine resin, grapefruit very hop forward aromas greet my nose. The malt has a nice toasty thing going on.
Taste: The taste closely followed teh aroma. Nice loads of hops good juicy notes with a nice resinous coating of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Very high marks! Nice slick medium body carbonation levels are perfect. A coating of oily hops hit my palate and didnt let up. I could drink this one beer all night long and be ready to hit another one the next night. Just Outstanding!
12-30-2010 11:39:59 | More by nlmartin
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.
A: Pours a orangish amber color with a thin white head.
S: Glorious hops. Lots of citrus, a hint of pine.
T: Loads of juicy citrusy hops: grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine. A hint of bitter pine in the finish. Very well balanced.
M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.
D: My first offering from Kern River and it lived up to the name on the bottle. An outstanding IPA.
12-28-2010 04:02:49 | More by willjschmidt
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
Enjoyed with some co-workers after a long day at work before a nice break. Here we go...
A- Has a tremendously sexy amber color with a golden hue. Has a great hazy appeal to it that also encompasses a nice thick, white and fluffy head. It looks sticky just sitting there. Can't wait to get to the rest.
S- A great burst of citrus, grapefruit and some pine is amazing and intoxicating. I am hypnotized because it does not appear from first sniffs that there is any malt in this one. As continued warming there is a tiny sweet malt smell in the back, but this one is mostly floral and aromatic hops. Love it.
T- Has a very nice punch of citrus, grapefruit and even a sweet mango presence which is mind blowing. I am blown away by how easily it is to detect all of the flavors; grapefruit, mango and even pineapple (quite odd, but loved). Throughout the sipping the piney bitterness is very subtle this one is devoted to citrus hops and it's utterly delicious. The malts are almost not existent and just there to be there. Love it and can't get enough, why did i split this one?
M- Very light carb so you can feel the sticky hops everywhere. Lays on the tongue and won't leave. Almost to the point of being chewy. Love every sip and swish. It's not light, it's not heavy, it's not overly bitter, but simply divine.
D- Absolutely. It's almost as good as a certain San Diego IPA cough, sculpin, cough cough, but not quite there. It's an under the radar brew that is not mentioned too often. Why? It's unbelievable. Any time, any place this one is enjoyable.
To put it bluntly and in a cheesy manner this one in "just outstanding" Keep it coming Kern River!
12-26-2010 08:36:10 | More by StormKing47
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Presentation: Bomber bottle, no freshness date as far as I can see, to cap of my Christmas Eve night. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Appearance: Cloudy honey orange in color with a two finger pillowy white head. Pretty good retention. I'm actually surprised how little light penetrates this beer. Way more cloudy than I expected.
Aroma: Big pine and grapefruit rind aromas upfront. Definitely a hop forward beer here. Some mango and citrus sweetness in there too to balance out the prominent sweetness.
Taste: Some lush fruit upfront. Citrus and mango notes in particular, but they soon give way to bitter grapefruit and pine notes. Pretty good balance and a slight bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice dry finish.
Drinkability: Even at a pretty high ABV for a single IPA, I have no problem with a bomber. Could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.
Overall, a nice and balanced IPA. Really nice hop flavors all around. Definitely something I would want to have again.
12-25-2010 04:41:43 | More by Gosox8787
3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
A - Now this is how an IPA is suppose to look. A hazy honey with a touch of orange. Sticky looking head that clings to the glass. Beautiful.
S - Lots of pine and citrus with a little of the simcoe dankness coming through. Smells very fresh.
T - Tastes dissapoints a little after such a great aroma. The flavors aren't nearly as "in your face" as the aromas. It reminds me of a lot of the "wet hopped" or "fresh hopped" beers in that they smell good and fresh but seem to lack the punch in the flavor compartment. Comes up a little short on the amount of bitterness I would like to see but does contain some great flavors.
M - fantastic. Sticky hop oils with solid carbonation prickling the toungue.
D - extremely. Very good beer with a very fresh taste to it. Could drink many.
12-24-2010 03:59:14 | More by PeterLemonjello
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured on-tap at the brewery in Kernville into a pint glass. The beer has a decent golden-brown coloring, with a spaced and thin, light head. You get a nose full of pine and hops in the aromas. Very heavy hops flavor on initial tasting, but without the typical bitterness that usually accompanies it. The beer tastes very green. There are also heavy floral flavors on the front of the tongue. The beer is very full, but smooth, in mouth, despite the robust flavors. The beer has minimal aftertaste, and is extremely easy to drink.
12-20-2010 06:00:17 | More by GarthDanielson
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass.
A - Pours a hazy amber apricot color with an easy two finger head. Good head retention and solid lacing throughout.
S - Piney, citrus hops. Fresh wet hops and grapefruit.
T - Taste is of resiny pine some grapefruit. Moves into sweet pineapple. The malt is not overdone on this one just enough to balance the hops. Finish is bitter and dry with almost no alcohol astringency detected.
M - Carbonation is right on the mouthfeel is a touch on the light side. Finishes dry and bitter.
D - Killer IPA if looking for some citrus hops. I could only imagine what Citra is like. Very drinkable and could definitely have more than on bomber of this. Enough malt to provide balance but not a malt overload.
12-10-2010 04:15:18 | More by kk73
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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