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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

976 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 357
Gots: 101 | 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 argock
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.

argock, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of dwilson01
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!

dwilson01, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of kwjd
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.

kwjd, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of afksports
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.

afksports, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of teamizm
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.

teamizm, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of cetherid
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

poured into a tulip

A.

A nice orange/amber colored beer..slightly cloudy. About 2 fingers worth of thick offwhite head. A nice looking IPA

S.

Getting some nice citrusy aromas. Some grapefruit, orange, a little pine in there as well.

T.

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.

M.

medium bodied with loads of carbonation. Bitterness lingers for quite a while on this once with a little resiny pine aftertaste.

D.

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.

cetherid, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of ckeegan04
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.

ckeegan04, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of nlmartin
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!

nlmartin, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of willjschmidt
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.

willjschmidt, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of StormKing47
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!

StormKing47, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
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.

Gosox8787, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of PeterLemonjello
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.

PeterLemonjello, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

GarthDanielson, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of kk73
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.

kk73, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle given as an extra by drabmuh, thanks Matt!

A: Amber-brown hue with Orange highlights. Nice white pinky of head with nice lacing. Looks tasty to me.

S: Fainter than I hoped, but what I get is good: Citrus and flowery hops flirt with bready malts typical of an American IPA.

T: I tasted this and though to myself that I feel like Kern River was kind of 'east coast' in this IPA offering in that the citrus/floral hops are not quite biting/forward like most west coast brews but are about equal to the bready malt with a little bite and a pleasing bitter finish. Good, but not great.

M: This was nice. Creamy and great carbonation.

D: Very Drinkable. This would be an excellent beer in 6 or 4 12oz packs as opposed to the 22oz format I had. A beer thats great to throw back with pizza or watching the game, etc. Session-ish, but with 6.8% I wouldn't say its a session, just an easy good drinker.

Dreadnaught33, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Huge thanks To Spdkilz for this bottle. You are the man Carleton.

Poured straight down the middle of the Stone IPA glass. Massive four finger eggshell head towers over top. The body is a hazy golden yellow which glows when held to the light. The retention is "just outstanding", a thick sheet of lacing is left clinging to the glass.

A subtle pale malt sweetness lays down a solid base for this IPA to build from. With out one sip at this point, I love the lack of caramel malt showing up in this IPA. Caramel malt is appropriate in an IPA, but it should not be noticeable. With the simplistic malt base the hops are allowed to shine. Ridiculous amounts of grapefruit, tropical fruit and a bit of pineapple ooze from the glass. The aroma is nothing short of spectacular.

While it would be easiest to type "please see above" for the description of the flavor it does not seem appropriate. With that said the aroma gives a strong indication of what is about to hit the tongue. Sweet citrusy grapefruit, hints on pineapple and subtle passion fruit roll across the tongue. The bitterness is subtle in comparison to the sweet hop flavor. The malt base is sturdy but relatively hidden. A sweet pale malt flavor does emerge but is oh so soft. I am a man who likes his IPA's, this one rate with the best of them.

Medium bodied brew with a nice smooth texture. The finish leans towards dry but there is a lingering sweetness that clings to the tongue.

Just Outstanding is just a beautiful beer. I have heard the hype around this brewery and their IPAs and it is well deserved. Remarkably drinkable and ever so enjoyable. Without a doubt a top tiered IPA. Just Outstanding in deed.

kzoobrew, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: This is a very elegant pour; a tangerine copper color with a marshmallow white head. Nice retention and sticky lace all over the glass.

Smell: A blast of of amarillo and simcoe hops as the bottle opens - what I would expect since they dry hopped with those hops. Soft caramel malt, sticky pine, and grapefruit bitterness, in that order. A floral aroma hangs around as well.

Taste: It does manage to start out sweet, with a good amount of caramel malt. A blast of citrus next, grapefruit and apricot hops, followed by a blast of floral hops, and finally some cooling pine to finish. A slight touch of alcohol warms my stomach, and the finish is a bitter pine.

Mouthfeel: It is slightly sticky, and each sip leaves a bit of hop oil residue on the tongue. Fully carbonated in a creamy style, with a pleasantly full body.

Drinkability: When this is available, I will grab for it. A great IPA clocking in at 6.8%.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into an Anchor Steam pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber hue with a bit of blonde in the mix as well, good thick head and solid lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet fresh hop - grassy and floral with a bit of citrus in there too, toasted malt and good yeast flavor balance the smell nicely.

T: Earthy resinous hop that packs a punch, a bit of citrus bight, carmel and tasty malts that are sweet and roasty which balance this ale nicely.

M: Medium-bodied, mellow carbonation, sticky and smooth.

D: Super bummed I only picked up a single bomber - wish I had a couple more for the night!

DeanMoriarty, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Hazy honey amber with an off white two finger head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma aroma has grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple. Should be very nice.

Tastes just like the aroma. Grapefruit oranges, and pineapple, and a nice malt backbone combine to make a beer which is both bitter and somewhat sweet. Very nice flavor.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth, and nicely balanced between bitter and sweet. The name "Just Outstanding IPA" is a perfect fit for this beer.

hardy008, Nov 24, 2010
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4.83/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured into my Chamay glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Orange and reddish color, very sticky residue from the foam all over the sides of the glass.

S - Wow! This smells wonderful...very fresh and smells like I am walking through a pine forest...cannot wait to taste this one.

T - Wonderful bitter taste that keep going on forever...smooths out a bit in the middle with the sugar then comes back and bites you in the ass at the end.

M - Nice and balanced not too thick or too thin really loving this.

D - Could session this all night goes down very well even w/ the bitter finish.

This is in my top 5 IPA's forsher...I will be getting this over and over again. Really liking this brewery...Class V stout is great as well.

LevitatedEep, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Trueant1
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a thick dark orange hazy color. Thick creamy white head and coats the side of the glass with wonderful lacing patterns! Smells of CLEAN pine needles. FRESH and clean is the word! Other smells of apricot, pineapple , spice ,and PURE sugars! Outstanding! Nice DIPA taste. Traditional west coast bitterness. Some sugars push through but the bitterness rules 60 % bitter to 40% sugars. Nice citrus juice flavors! Long lingering bitter taste on the palette. But not overly bitter. What a wonderful American IPA. Drinks great! TRY ONE! Try anything from this brewery, you won't be disappointed.

Trueant1, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with yellow hints and an off white head. In the aroma, mellow grapefruity hops. In the taste, pine hop to start to a citrus hop with a nice small dry maltiness. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Quite nice west coast IPA.

OWSLEY069, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of getgetgettleman
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%

Reviewed from notes of 11/4/10

A- Nice carmel brown/amber color. Reminding me of a beautiful aged pine wood floor. Robust lace clings well to the glass.

S- Light burnt carmel smell reminding me of nicely toasted white bread. Inviting.

T- Clean malt-ish hit. Hint of citrus.

M- Pleasant carbonation. Smooth silk finish inviting you to take another mouthful.

D- Perfect drinkability and sophistication to entice any educated drinker. Good IPA to bring non ale drinkers into the picture. I recommend to pick up more than one bottle if you can.

getgetgettleman, Nov 22, 2010
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.