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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

923 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 923
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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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a snifter

A: Hazy orange in color, 1.5 finger white head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, with the dominant smells being tangerine and grapefruit. There's a little bit of malt sweetness in there at the beginning that comes across kind of like a rye smell.

T: I have no complaints whatsoever with the taste of this beer other than a slight like of intensity on the flavors. If they were a little stronger, I would probably give it a 5. The main flavors are oranges, lemons, and a little grapefruit. There's a nice bitter kick on the end that is by no means overwhelming.

M: Appropriate for the style. Perfect level of carbonation, and sits on the tongue nicely. Aftertaste was pretty good, but could be more balanced.

D: Very high drinkability. This beer tastes good, and it is very refreshing. There's not too much that makes it super unique, but it goes down with no problem at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 00:57:41 | More by glazeman
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aval89

California

4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: hazy dark orange with beautiful fluffy 1 finger head (poured into snifter). Leaves a nice lace on glass.

S: tons & tons of citrus & tropical fruits.. Peach, orange, mango, apricot, sweet caramel, with pine notes & grapefruit.. Just a RIPE smelling brew.

T: more of what the nose offered. Orange, peach, mango, grapefruit, finesse apricot flavor, with caramel to smooth everything out. Just a perfect mixture. Finishes with a nice citrus bitterness that lingers.. Not a heavily dry finish, but it does leave you puckering..

MF: the feel could have been a tad bit heavier IMO, but the carbonation is spot on.

D: SCARY GOOD! I had to slow myself down because I couldn't resist another sip..

Honestly, when I picked this up I was scared it wasn't fresh (purchased in SD & bottle has no date), so I only purchased one. As soon as I cracked this open and smelled I knew it was fresh!! The taste was the icing on cake.. I was honestly blown away by this beer & can say I prefer this over PtE.

Thank you KRBC!! Too bad I'm not back in my hometown which was an hour drive from there.

Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 08:14:25 | More by aval89
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey tinged amber with a massive head that laces as well as it sticks

Smell: Piney, with an underlying base of cracker malt

Taste: Crusty, cracker malt, up front, with a piney character that builds through mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt returns to add some balance but the finish is very bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice IPA that has a clean malt character and plenty of piney bitterness; my own preference is for a bit more grapefruit but the Amarillo hops are plunging their stake in the sand

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 23:41:37 | More by brentk56
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scottyshades

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to mrmiles for this unexpected extra!

A: Pours a hop-hazed amber/orange color with a massive massive fluffy eggshell color cap. Retention is as good as it gets. Absolutely awesome looking beer.

S: My favorite kind of IPA...Sweet tropical fruit and citrus aromas with lots of orange, grapefruit, mango, and tons of pineapple. Slight pine and resin as well, but less apparent.

T: Exceptionally balanced flavor with malts giving some caramel sweetness, and the hops give a solid bitterness. The flavor is really light and delicate, but packs a punch. Similar to Sculpin in that sense. The hops are very fruity- orange, lemon, grapefruit, pear, apricot, mango, and pineapple. Simply awesome...I live for these kind of IPAs. The yeast also adds a faint butter flavor.

MF/D: Medium body, very smooth and creamy going down. Carbonation is perfect and really compliments the hops.

Notes: Second beer from Kern River, with CITRA as my first. Both beers earned near perfect scores, and well deserving. Thanks again Miles!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 20:35:49 | More by scottyshades
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brwon color with a big fluffy head that laces down the sides of the glass. Nice aromas of citrus hops mixed with malt in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Not really a great IPA in my opinion. Some hops and malt taste but not enough of either to make it outstanding. Kind of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 18:53:06 | More by kbutler1
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OlieIPA

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Maui Brewing Co. pint glass

A: A beautiful orange-golden-copper hue body that trapped in by a massive white colored head. The cobweb-like lacing was beautiful.

S: Orange, pine, grapefruit, peach and perhaps even a touch of lemon. The malt doesn't come through particularly strong, but does add some balance to the variety of hop aromas.

T: An extremely well balanced IPA that offers a light and sweet malt body, along with tons of hop flavor complexity. It has the hop kick of Stone IPA, with flavor and elegance of Ballast Point's Sculpin.

M: Light on the palate with a touch of dryness after each sip.

D: I'm truly impressed! The combination of flavor, balance and refreshment is superb.

Overall: Should I be corny and say this beer is "Just Outstanding"? Well, I won't...but I will say it goes beyond the title it was given. Perhaps the best DIPA/IPA from a bottle I've had in long time and I expect this beer to gain more notoriety as time goes on. A must try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 01:15:16 | More by OlieIPA
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Randalld

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a murky golden color with some amber hues carrying through around the edges. Nice frothy white head with good retention. Small amounts of lacing stick to the inside of the glass.

S-Pale malts, citrusy hops, grapefruit, honey, and maybe even some hay. I love the smell on this one.

T-Citrusy tropical fruits, especially oranges and grapefruit. pale malts. Starts out with a great hoppy bitterness taste and finishes out a little malty. Overall a very well done IPA.

M-Medium mouthfell with good carbnation.

D-I could drink this beer all night. A true session ipa. I was bummed i only had one. i would definitely seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 07:40:31 | More by Randalld
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kshock for the bonus! Never heard of this one.

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.

Nice crystal clear amber with big thick white head with great retention. My first thought on the aroma is honey! Big thick wild flower honey. Some faint leafy hops.

Palate is a little sweet and filled with caramel malt sweetness. Leafy hops are spot-on in flavor profile. Pale caramel malt, something like cake batter and a faint herbal note. Finish is moderately bitter, but in no way aggressive. Lingering sweetness.

Decent stuff. If this was around all the time I could see revisiting it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:19:19 | More by SFLpunk
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djmichaelk

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a perfect pint. Sampled this at a tasting at K&L and knew I had to pick up a few.

A - Fairly clear, nearly amber, with yellow highlights. Huge, pillowy four-finger head, with great retention; it sticks around for minutes and ends up a thick cap with some solid lacing.

S - All the things I love in an IPA -- grapefruity citrus, lemon zest, lots of summery notes. All backed by a slight sweetness that lurks in the background and serves to back everything up.

T - Plenty of the citrus is present, and the sweetness of the malt is there, but it doesn't really live up to the nose -- although that bar was set pretty high. Lemon rind and grapefruit bring the bitterness, and that malt still lurks and closes things out. Not much alcohol evident.

M - Maybe the weak point. It's a little thin, and doesn't linger very long. Finish is dry and bitter.

D - I can definitely see me sitting on the patio drinking a few of these as the summer comes to a close. ABV is middling, and the flavor is good.

O - It's a solid competitor in a crowded field. I first tried it during a tasting of several IPAs and DIPAs, and this definitely made me go grab some out of the cooler. Outstanding may be a bit of hyperbole, but it's not too far off.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 15:59:57 | More by djmichaelk
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes reveal an amber pour at the SDIBF. Was all stoked, was hitting up the brewery the very next day for the Citra dipa release. Well, I liked this one as much, if not more.

Pungent dry hopped aroma, surely multi varietal dry hopping was going on here. Taste, phenomenal, doesn't feel heavy in any sense, just so light and hoppy. Amarillo seems to be the most obvious. Isn't really super bitter, they didn't jack up the ibu's or abv on this to go after that segment of consumers. Good amount of that tropioal citrus throughout the mouthfeel.

When they call this Just Outstanding, they come off very credible at the end of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 04:48:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this in a trade with MrTopher recently...

Pours a nice golden color with a nice quickly forming and persistent head...

Big citrusy aromas rolling off of this one....quite pungent actually... Loads of grapefruit and floral hoppiness....
A nicely balanced mixture of malts and sharp citrusy hops...this is splendidly balanced... The hops are bitter and finish long and slow but this isn't one dimensional at all... Very nicely crafted...

I really enjoyed this one quite a bit... A nice solid as hell IPA here...

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 04:43:50 | More by Tilley4
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on a recent trip to San Diego. Poured from the bomber a somewhat hazy medium gold color, with a nice white head. Big hoppy nose (tangerine, orange, grapefruit, lime). Big hops on the palate as well, and not enough malt to keep it balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 05:01:02 | More by emmasdad
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domtronzero

California

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours the typical clear orange copper color with a long lasting white head. Lots of lacing.

S - Kind of grainy and a little bit like under-attenuated beer, or unfermented wort. Very caramelly and a little bit cloying.

F/M - Clean bready malts with a little bit of caramel. Big floral, citrusy hops. Think grapefruit and oranges. Firm hop bitterness is just a little lower than I'd expect from a west coast brewed IPA, but very smooth nonetheless. The flavor is so much better than the initial aroma suggested. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bitter hoppy aftertaste lingers for a bit.

D - Moderate hop bitterness and great citrusy hoppy flavors help this beer recover in the drinkability department. Leaving the malts in the far-far background really lets this beer shine as an easy drinking, hop-forward summertime IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 02:47:51 | More by domtronzero
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe Paul provided this at a tasting recently, reviewed from notes.

Beer poured from a presumably fresh bottle into a Dogfish head snifter. Beer is straw yellow and hazy. Forms a thin head of small white bubbles that breaks quickly. The resulting carbonation gravitates toward the sides of the glass and manages to leave some lacing on the walls of the vessel. Carbonation is moderate but can't hold up the head. It looks fine.

Strong forward hop aroma of the citrus variety. More grapefruit than lime for sure. The pine / earthy notes are not presence and there is no hint of solvent or malt. Smells pretty good.

Beer is medium to light in body with moderate carbonation on the palate. There is mild sweetness up front but its subtle and doesn't rob attention from the star of the show, the hops. The hop flavors in the midpalate and nice and bright. They float to the top of the beer and are showcased wonderfully. Perhaps slightly lemony but really its sweeter citrus like grapefruit and nectarines. The bitterness at the back of the beer is moderate and tasty, finishes the beer nicely but not harshly. Its very drinkable, very good. I'd have it again and want to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 18:26:40 | More by drabmuh
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rand

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint:

A: Pours a beautiful golden-tan with a cavernous head, formed by a fair amount of tight carbonation. The head shows solid retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Wow, the nose is not shy. Strong pine fills the nostrils followed by a very sweet citrus, like mandarin orange. Other fruits are noted as well, pears and apples. This IPA has one of the fruitiest and sweetest scents I've come across, and when combined with the hop zest it's one of the best smelling beers I've inhaled.

T: Big, bold, piny hop blast up front, as much as you'd hope for an IPA, but this has DIPA character. This is followed by that orangey, grapefruity citrus and bready, caramelly malts. The malt-backbone lends plenty of support here, finding perfect harmony with the bitter hops. The alcohol comes through as the pint warms, but stays out of the bitter/sweet battle consuming your palate. Finishes more sweet than bitter with a touch of lemon rind. Wow.

M: Nice rich feel for the 6.8% alcohol. It's not going to make you feel bloated, and it's not to be sipped like a rich imperial stout or barleywine, but it has a satisfying, full-bodied texture. There's plenty of carbonation to wash down each sip.

Drinkability and notes: Well, this is washing down like soda. Kern River has just nailed another unique but nearly perfect West Coast IPA - easily up there with the best. However, I've had this beer 6 or 7 times now and it's definitely not consistent. I had it on tap about 6 months ago, but at the time I was drunk and didn't take notes. I just remember it being delicious and put it on my radar. Then "The Best Damn Beer Shop" (thanks guys) got a nice shipment in and I picked up 5 or 6 bottles, in two or three trips to the store. The first bottle was good, but not as enthralling as I'd remembered or hoped. The next bottle was downright bitter and lacked malt balance. Then the third brought me right back to that drunk pint - Outstanding! I cracked a fourth and a fifth (presumably from the same batch) in the days that followed; they were equally phenomenal (I'm reviewing the fifth).

Kern River recently started bottling this stuff so they probably don't have their process dialed in yet. For those that reviewed this as overly bitter and harsh, I've had that sample and can empathize. Give it another round or two.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 08:16:54 | More by rand
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GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at The Best Damn Beer Store in downtown San Diego.

A - Golden with a slight haze and a big white head of large bubbles. It leaves some decent lacing behind.

S - A burst of citrusy, floral and piney hops with some toasted malt.

T - A moderate citrusy and piney hop flavor with a firm bitterness. But it fades a bit at the end. The start is much better. The malts provide a foundation but don't stand out.

M - A slightly creamy consistency with a moderate carbonation.

D - This one is easy to drink but not especially compelling. I enjoyed it but given the other choices in CA, this one doesn't stand out.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 00:01:18 | More by GJ40
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another awesome west coast IPA from an awesome guy-- Sideswipe. John, you and I will have a pint or two of Younger someday (hopefully sooner than later!)

This is a great looking IPA-- A glowing apricot color. Not gold, not copper-- somewhere right in the beautiful middle. Nice nearly white head that rose 2 fluffy fingers. Nice retention, decent lacing.

The smell is nice. Good sweet malts and a citrus and fresh flowers. Very nice grapefruit and floral notes translate on the taste. Good sweet malt base that keeps the beer grounded, the hops do reach great heights, but they don't quite soar. The beer has a an excellent feeling of balance. Good bitterness that blends with the flavor.

The body was right on. Just shy of medium with plenty of carbonation. Just a great IPA. I would be happy to stock this in my fridge anytime-- I actually wish it were in 12 oz bottles, which would be my only complaint.

This is honestly a beer that lives up to it's name.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 04:04:30 | More by AleWatcher
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at my tasting on August 7, 2010.

A: This beer appears a slightly hazy shade of yellow. There is a small head that leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass.

S: The aromas are wonderful citrus, mostly grapefruit. Hooray hops!

T: A wonderful beer, and what I look for in an IPA. Citrus fruits with a pleasant, hoppy bitterness make this such an enjoyable beverage. Between this and Citra, Kern is 2 for 2 in the IPA department, as far as I see it.

M: A really nice feel. Bitterness from the hops without any astringency. Alcohol hidden well behind the bouquet.

D: Wonderfully drinkable. What a nice way to kick off the tasting.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:18:39 | More by Huhzubendah
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pigdog

California

4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone IPA glass

a-golden/amber colored body with a thick foamy white head, nice lacing lines the glass

s-smell is an amazing blend of citrus and some mango/tropical fruits. Even my wife who wasn't drinking it commented on how great it smelled. The aroma is just an explosion of everything 'good'.

t-tropical fruit, citrus, hoppiness. The hops are well balanced which results in a clean yet slightly bitter finish. The taste really is amazing, the bitterness/hoppiness may be borderline for some, but perfect for what I was looking for.

m-light/medium body, solid carbonation, near perfect

d-i could drink this all day long. The only thing holding this one back is that it may be too bitter for some.

overall-easily one of my favorite IPAs, I love this beer. I've had it both on tap and bottle, and can't get enough of it. If you would have told me a few months ago that I'd fall in love with a beer with such a blast of fruity-bitterness I would have said you're crazy. This is an amazing beer and if you love IPAs this should be on your list.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 02:29:05 | More by pigdog
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy grapefruit pink with orange edges, the head is dense and creamy, slightly off white, huge retention and lace from what must be a hop bomb.

S-the nose is quite big, it lays a nice malt foundation, caramel and doughy malts, hops take over, pine, citrus, grapefruit, and honey.

T-the flavor is much different, the caramel and dough malts are there but much less pronounced, a strong presence of yeast comes in before the hops and detracts from the flavor slightly. herbal hops, honey, and a fair amount of grapefruit. strong bitterness that lingers throughout with the yeast flavors.

M-medium to light body, syrupy texture, strong carbonation, slightly grainy on the palate.

D-this is a very tasty IPA, huge flavors rivaling that of many DIPA's. the nose has an amazing balance of malt and hop, the taste seems to have a stronger yeast component that falls short of the very tasty nose. Still a very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 20:49:03 | More by cpetrone84
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ridglens

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hayesez (probably 2/3 of my reviews start with that!)--From notes so a little vague

poured into a portsmouth snifter, started chilly and drank to room temperature. pours a dark, hazy orange with a thick creamy head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass as it dissipates. Smells of dark, sweet grapefruity hops, the citrus is complemented by a present but not dominant malt profile. taste is citrus hops first, with the sweet malty backbone taming it down, only to be replaced by a lasting, strong bitterness i could lick off my lips. it felt good in the mouth, but a little too carbonated for my specific tastes. never brutal, but the long-lasting bitterness could possibly me tiring.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 01:25:08 | More by ridglens
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Kelly88

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to billshmeinke for the great trade.

Poured from bomber into my Kentucky Ale snifter.

A- pours a dark gold that is almost mahogany. Smallish white head that settles into a thin spotty cap. Lots of pleasing sticky lace makes for a great looking ipa.

S- probably the best aspect of this beer. Sweet fruits like mango and some grapefruit. Very sweet with just a hint of pine.

T- very tasty. It tastes like grapefruit and some sweet fruits that are balanced nicely with moderate bitterness that really makes this brew so well balanced. A touch of breadiness on the finish

M- just about perfect feel. I would call it the best light bodied beer in terms of mouth feel I have ever have. A bit, just a bit, more carbonation would have been nice.

D- great brew that drinks very easy. Not a 5 because the bitterness makes it hard to appreciate the subtle flavors of this great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 20:48:55 | More by Kelly88
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hayesez

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from the generous Gorefiendus as an extra in a recent trade. Knocking out some of these IPAs, being that summer is finally (hopefully) winding down.

I poured this dark copper brew into my Portsmouth snifter and watched as the foamy light-taupe head flexed its way toward the top of the glass before quickly receding to just a few off-white wisps along the surface. A fair amount of spider web lacing is left behind, and a decent amount of carbonation keeps the bubbles rising. This is a beautiful beer.

A good amount of fruit on the nose. Grapefruit and some of the more sweet fruits as well. The hops are definitely in there, but are balanced well with the maltiness. Obvious caramel adds to the sweet smell.

The first taste demonstrates that the nose doesn't lie. Surprisingly, the malts lead the charge here, and present that caramel scent right on the tongue. This is followed quickly by the hoppy fruits, with grapefruit being the obvious choice. A fair amount of pine rounds this one off...I don't get the pine nearly as much in the smell, but it is clearly noticeable when drinking the Just Outstanding. It is just a little bit distracting, however, as it seems a little off. Good carbonation and a medium body - a decently smooth mouthfeel is present.

You could have told me this was a DIPA, and I would have believed you. All of the flavors were very good, but the finish was just a bit off for me. Maybe a little bit too much of the lingering bitterness. Overall, a solid brew.

Consumed: 8/4/2010

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 06:58:12 | More by hayesez
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gorefiendus for this bottle! Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A: Hazy golden light brown with a 3-finger head that quickly dissolves. Sticky lacing is quick to follow.

S: Mainly piny with a little honey and floral character in the background.

T: Resembles the nose; very piny with earthy hops. This is the type of IPA I like - not many fruity/citrusy notes at all.

M: I was sort of disappointed here. I thought there would be a chewier/stickier mouthfeel with the way this beer looks.

D: This category makes up for the mouthfeel. A perfect IPA to have on draft - it wouldn't fill you up after the first one!

Overall, my type of IPA, but nothing outstanding (no pun intended).

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:40:33 | More by hoppymcgee
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GOGRANDE

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale Yellow with a white head. good carbonation.

S: piney bitter hops and some mild citrus in the background.

T: strong hop bit up front. I can taste the simco really well here. A significant amount of bitter pine and some lemon grass and a very dry finish.

M: medium light. Pretty standard for a regular American IPA.

D: not that smooth. Goes down pretty harsh, not going to sit here and drink a whole bunch of it.

Overall: As far as I know American IPA's are supposed to be really grassy and hoppy. So yes they did a nice job sticking to the style. It could be smoother though. Just seems kinda harsh going down. Still a decent example of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 01:53:33 | More by GOGRANDE
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.