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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,076 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,076
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 364
Gots: 117 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks Ben! This pours with a large sticky head. The body is halfway between hazy orange and amber.

The aroma is heavy on the hoppy citrus peel. There is a very slight malt sweetness indicated in the aroma. Nothing too complex, just nice and hoppy.

The taste is a nice balance of citrus peel and a touch of breadcrumb.

This drinks nice and light, with a moderate dose of carbonation.

Really glad to have this one. I wouldn't mind getting more!

Photo of Bendurgin
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just diving right in to these IPAs I got from Randy! Thanks again! Poured into a tulip. This one pours a bit of a hazy amber with a big two finger head and some sticky lace.

Bitter piney hops with some grape fruit in the aroma. Seems to have a little bit of lemon in the taste but this certainly has a big hop aroma with a little bit of citrus in the background.

Light and refreshing body with some lively carbonation. Overall a good example of an approachable IPA. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark gold with a very small dissipating white head. Left a little bit of lacing behind on the glass.

The smell is the all-star on this one. Citrusy piney and a little bit of tropical fruit shine through. This is one of the top aromatic beers I've ever opened.

The taste is similar although not quite as powerful. The piney resiny hops shine through a bit more than the citrus and there is a little bit of a caramel malt background.

Mouthfeel and carbonation levels are both around average for the style.

Overall this definitely is an outstanding IPA.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nice copper color with a 1 inch white foamy head with good retention and spotty lacing all the way down

Smell: Piney and citrus hops also picking up some apricot and peach with a hint of caramel

Taste: Incredibly well balanced IPA. Very nice citrus and piney hop flavors balanced out with some caramel which leaves kind of a bitter sweetness in your mouth very nice

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high levels of carbonationa and a slightly dry finish

Overall: This might be my favorite IPA at the moment. This is crisp clean and goes down incredibly smooth. Wonderful balance between the hops and malt. Just a great beer

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light amber with a two finger frothy tan head. Head dissipates at a fairly quick pace, but there is a decent amount of sticky lacing to be had here...

S - Lots of pine and citrus fruit notes. Don't pick up much besides that. Scent is fairly docile...

T - Piney hops, grapefruit, and some oranges. Very smooth. Ends with some lingering pine. This one is very well balanced. Nothing is over the top. Abv is well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation for the style. Super smooth...

O - Kern River comes through with a solid IPA. Definitely something that I will be looking to revisit in the near future. Super smooth. Can see myself putting a few of these back in a sitting...

Cheers...

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

SMELL: Delicious grapefruit sweet, bitter hoppiness dominates.

TASTE: Remarkably restrained hoppy nature with full flavor, but nice, suppressed bitterness. Thicker mouthfeel contrasts against the bright, piny hoppiness. Very mild sweetness that perfectly balances the other natures. Overall, amazingly balanced and refined for an IPA. Impressive. Doesn't even have the lingering, back of the tongue bitterness.

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

On tap at BEachwood BBQ on 7/2/11

A - Slightly cloudy medium orange/yellow colour with one finger of bubbly white head.

S - Robust citrus and pine notes hit the nose right away with a very apparent bitterness and a good caramel malt backbone.

T - Follows the nose. Grapefruit and orange rind. Very bitter. Light sweet malt backbone. Definitely a hop bomb.

M - Medium body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

O - A great west coast IPA.

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

Deep amber color that borded on orange at times with a tremendous clarity to it that I really was not expecting to see at all. Quite surprising I have to admit. Lots of carbonation here as I would expect, but with the clarity it is very visible and a big head of white forms that only gradually settles down. Aroma is ripe with orange and buttery notes that seem to intertwine nearly perfectly and really launch through the air with a sweetness you seldom see in an IPA. Carries over well into the flavor as the bit from the ornage comes in first but mellows almost immediatly and then falls into the bittery, biscuit like sweetness that provides much balance to it. Smooth, medium body really coats the palate and lets the resin from the hops do their business and with the ABV all but absent, you can really go to town with this one.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden/amber hue with a rich creamy two finger head. Looks very inviting.

S - nice west coast citrus hop profile, but the aroma is a bit muted. Not the hop blast was hoping for. A bit of malt in the background, but mostly hops dominate here.

T - tasty citrus/tropical/a bit of pine here. While tasty, it is a bit muted like the smell. I was looking for more of a hop blast again.

M - Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel. Coat nicely and reminds me of the thickness of Pliny.

Overall this is a tasty, hop forward IPA that falls short of being excellent (or outsanding in this case). I'm happy to have tried it but there are much better IPAs to be had.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet and a narrow pint glass. The narrow pint is not ideal, but it says Manchester United on it and is therefore sexy and its impracticality is excused. Many thanks to Nugganooch for this bottle.

Appearance - Deep golden body, but not quite amber, with a huge head in the narrow glass and a small one in the goblet. Head retention is unbelievable in the narrow glass and nonexistent in the goblet. Very sticky foam clings to both glasses.

Smell - Very strong piney hop aroma. Almost grassy. Backed up bit some biscuity and toasty smelling malt. It actually smells sweet...

Taste - ...but it doesn't taste sweet at all. Dominated by the pine hops. Not a lot of citrus, which I miss. The malt is, as expected, toasty and a bit spicy, but there is no sweetness. The bitterness is lingering as a result of the toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Great body. Hardly heavy, but you know you're drinking. Keeps the flavors around the mouth for a while. Somewhat low carbonation.

Overall - It is quite good. Not what I go for in an IPA though. It's hard to find an objective fault with it, except that I look for more citrus in my hops than pine.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nice translucent golden-amber color with visual carbonation. Solid, thick 2 finger frothy eggshell colored head with great retention and lacing.

Nice floral, piney, citrus-grapefruit notes on the nose with just a touch of caramel.

Probably the best balance for an IPA I've ever had. Malt to hops blended so well. Nice floral and citrus notes with a touch of caramel malt in the aftertaste.

Very smooth mouthfeel, especially for an IPA. No bitter sting alot of ipas tend to have. Good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall I think the name, like the bottle says, says it all. This is now the best IPA ive ever had. I cannot find a fault in this beer Excellent flavor, nose, balance and look. A very easy drink. A must find. So glad I cracked this beer on this hot SoCal 4th of July weekend.

Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best IPAs will rival a summer sunset and leave a fossilized lacing worthy of display in an archeology museum - Just Outstanding IPA does just those two things. Its crispy orange body has a light haze, one pronounced enough to stifle clarity but not asphyxiate the glaring glow of heated amber embers, and its head is lathered enough to petrify onto the glass.

If you think the florist shop is fragrant, try stepping into a tiny brewhouse where they're brewing up an uber-hopped IPA! It is stink-ay! This dry-hopped offering bottles some of the ambiance, featuring several kinds of awesomeness, ranging from fresh-cut flowers to fresh-squeezed citrus juice to ganja grasses. It is pithy, leafy, earthy and, above all, bitter.

This IPA is like a long-standing soap opera in the sense that different actors routinely succeed to the same role; bitter fruits, citric and tropical fruits, herbal teas, pine needles and skunky grasses all at one point or another ascend to the thrown of dominant hoppiness. A little bit of wafer-y, toffee-accented malt accompanies, but it's very easily ignored.

Despite a solid malt presence, there's no lingering toasty or biscuity flavours what so ever, just pine resins and citrus piths. That notwithstanding, Kern River have done well to keep harsh bitterness in its holster. The finish is dominated by notes of sugary fruit like pineapple or passion-fruit and earthy resins that smack of spruce or birch syrup.

In a perfect world, beers like this would not be drunk time to time or solely by ravenous beer geeks, but rather would prevail in every day public life and in the general consciousness. That, I contend, would be a much happier, more advanced food and drink culture. Until then, however, I can only dream... and thank Ultraman9000 for the sample.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a pillowy white head that lasts.
Huge floral and citrus hops on the nose.
Flowery and grapefruit hops with enough malt sweetness to save you tastebuds from total hop destruction.
Great carbonation, crisp mouth accentuates the hops.
Yes, incase you you were wondering, this is just outstanding.

Photo of rmalinowski4
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Mikasa tulip. Thanks to dgb3 for the bottles.

Pours a hazy yellow/orange hue with a two finger fluffy white head. The head recedes slowly leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is pure hops. Tropical fruit, orange, tangerine, and flowers. Very nice.

Taste is some pine followed by the tropical fruits. The malt backbone is in the background and really let's the hops come through. Very smooth and easy to drink. I would like more fruit and a little less pine, but the bottle could be over a month old and there could be some hop fade going on.

The mouthfeel is great, good body, not to thin or thick, and the carbonation is medium with you barley noticing the bubbles on the palate.

Overall this is a very nice beer, would like to have it a little fresher, but it is still very refreshing after a long hot day at work. Glad I received two bottles.

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

A: Pours with very little head. Clear light golden color

S: Lots of grapefruit smell, resiny smell.

T: Grapefruit hops punch my taste buds. Lot and lots of hops. Not much malt backbone. The hops definitely push the limit. Almost to the nail polish/acetone level.

M: Lots of carbonatin up front. Soft light/resiny feel coats my mouth.

O: This IPA pushes the limit and holds the line. Great, great, great IPA. Look forward to many more. Great price point too.

Photo of Rampage1
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I sit here thinking of my dad on fathers day Im enjoying a beer from Kern River that I can say is tied with Sculpin as my favorite IPA.

Appearance: Has a dark, orange hazy color to it. A pure white inch head appears after the pour and the bubbles continue to surface during the whole drink. Great lacing as well.

Smell: Well I have to say this smells like tropical fruit crushed in the glass. Lots of tangerine and orange rind followed by mango and pineapple slightly. A liitle Carmel malt in the smell as well. Kern really knows how to do the ipa category I love.

Taste: This is definitely more balanced than Sculpin. Has a very fruity flavor followed by a nice little Carmel malt backbone. I love the real orange flavor that comes through from the Amarillo hops. One hell of a great beer.

Mouthfeel: tons of carbonation to deliver the awesome favors this ipa has. Kern - you really know what your doing.

Overall: I first want to thank Kyle for making two beers that I love so much. You reallly have the brewing process of ipa's down. This beer is tropical, fruity goodness with just the right amount of malt. A great beer I am thankful to have and drink on this fathers day. Thanks again Kern River. I will be up there as soon as the bottles of Citra come off the line.

Photo of ExplosivoSR
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Light orange color, with a massive 3 1/2 finger head with great lacing.

S - Pine, floral citrus, lemon peel, tropical fruit.

T - Instantly reminded me of Alpine's Nelson. A mild hop bitterness is immediately taken over by a huge amount of malt character. Hops show up once more at the end, but it is quite brief.

M - Medium amount of carbonation leaves the mouth coated with a sticky sweetness.

O - Highly impressed with this one. Great balance, and a memorable flavor. One of the better single IPAs I've had.

Photo of Klym
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Wow, beautiful. Deep amber with almost no haze, and a very appropriate 1 finger head. Lacing is thick and elegant. Sometimes I have a hard time judging appearances of beers, but this one was easy.

S: Like aromatherapy: flowers, pine, and some deep fruity sweetness. Smells absolutely delicious, going to jump into the taste.

T: No bite, all kisses. The slightest of bitterness adds a slight tenseness to the beginning of the taste, but runs over your mouth with beautifully crafted malt sweetness and traces of what was in the nose. Taste goes away almost completely after a short while. Only complaint I'd have is that more of the nose didn't come out in the taste; let me down a little when the smell was just so damn good.

M: The carbonation fits the taste so well somehow. Very smooth and crisp, and while the flavor disappears the beer leaves your entire mouth in a happy in relaxed state.

O: I'd be damn proud if I was behind this beer, and I think Kern River should be too. An excellent IPA, the only weakness I can think of is the lack of glory in the flavor when everything else was so extravagant.

Photo of Cavery
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A pint Shared with Klym and SundaySour

A: a very light orange, quite clear actually. The slightly burnt orange hue with rough patches of coloring reassures me that I'm drinking an IPA. if someone secretly put a slice of citrus on my glass I'd think I was just "hefeweizened". But no, I checked the bottle, it's still okay. The two finger head came and went, with some stubborn patches forming islands of lacing.

S: GUAVA FREAKING JUICE, seriously tropical smell with a massively juicey sniff. I can't stress enough, this smells like guava nectar that is cut with a slight variation of tropical juices joining the party. multiple sniffs leaves me with a settling on Guava Nectar/Mango hybrid ambrosia -- a nose for the gods.

T: has a really singed citrus taste. It has that really great zing character that is evident in all great IPAs. That said, I think that the relentlessly orange character of the flavors numb me a bit. It's a very Juicey IPA with very subtle notes of lemon and orange. The "singed" flavor I describe is pretty unique, as it works in unison with the flavor profile to create this mask that the hop burn hides behind. Lemons, oranges, and the sugars they are caramelized in hold your hand through the hop burn. They tell you "it's okay, we'll get you through this; you will feel no bitterness, we promise." Then tropical fruit juice acts as the finish line. Congratulations, you made it.

M: the mouth-feel really is amazing, it's a ghost of a mouth. It's there but it's not, the liquid hovers in your mouth with lightness that contrasts the prominence of the flavors. It coats your mouth without entering that "medicinal" realm that so many beers do. What form of black magic is this?

O: This beer is incredible, but I have to admit the flavor was a bit unexpected from the smells I was getting. I can't say it was a let down, I just had a completely different picture than what I ended up with. That said, this is a must try. This beer begs to be your session brew of choice. The beer pairs amazingly with beach sunsets, citrus orchards, and in the licking light of camp fires. Another IPA to make California proud. One of the best single IPA's you can put your lips to.

Photo of SundaySour
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden-orange with more of a "soapy" head than a thick head.

S: My god, this smell! If it were a perfume, I would lather my body in it and then go shopping at a very crowded mall so everyone could enjoy the fruity, floral, hoppy joy that would be my body odor. It's like a ripe sweet peach or a cold glass of pineapple-mango juice at sunset...there is a nice under-smell of sweet hops and angel's tears. It's that good.

T: The taste is so light and sweet, the hops have no bitterness whatsoever but are present in the first sip. This is extremely refreshing and non-stanky in the mouth. The hop flavor doesn't punch you in the face, but rather, gives you a nice hug. Tasty from the first sip down to the bottom.

M: Fizzy, crisp, and yummers.

O: And how! This beer is something I'm going to wake up in the night craving. It is such a nice balance of refreshing, delicately hoppy, fruity, and magical. You could chug this, sip this, or bathe in this and still have the best time EVAR.

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

A: Thin head that dispersed quickly with some lace trailing. Hazy amber in color.

S: Guava and light hints of citrus.

T: Guava. Tasted lots of Guava and it worked surprisingly well. Solid hop profile, nothing brutishly over powering, but well balanced against the malt. Dry but sweet finish.

M: Light carbonation. Light to medium bodied. Slightly sticky on the lips. Solid IPA.

O: An exceptional IPA. It's no Citra DIPA, but it certainly holds its own among the sea of Indian Pale Ales.

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

Thanks to mikesgroove for this extra!

This brew pours a light straw color and settles a haze infused yellow orange. 2 fingers of a chunky off white head sits forever..

The nose is clean and hoppy. Fresh citrus, light pine, and a bit of caramel lingers.

The taste is quite the same. Some crisp, bitter offerings akin to grapefruit and pine. The malt bill is quite large but finishes with hop offerings easily applied. A sweet, buttered biscuit taste sits briefly and translates into a caramel taste.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy given the style. Comes on flavorful and bold and ends crsip and a little dry. Enjoyable.

Overall, bomb ass IPA. Full of flavor with a great nose and a smooth mouthfeel. Pretty spot-on.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Very nice 2 fingers off white head, well carbonated, golden brown appearance, very clear slightly orange, great lacing and retention.
S- Awesome aroma very hoppy, citrus, pine, peaches, grapefruits, slight mango aroma, hints of malts as well, amazing smelling beer.
T- Wow great tasting IPA. Everything you could want in a hoppy delicious brew. Sweet and bitter at the same time well balanced, malts are present to balance the hoppiness, one of the best tasting IPAs I’ve had. Although the hops are definitely present along with grapefruit, citrus, peach, and mango, hints of lemons, it is not overpowering, very easy drinkability.
M- Medium mouth feel, well carbonated, dries the mouth.
O- Amazing beer had high expectations and my expectations were met, delicious, hop forward beer that is very balanced. Very fruity and delicious, easy drinkability, only wish I had access to this beer on a regular basis.

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

Taken from notes on 3.31.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy orange with a crazy thick head. However, no lacing is left on the glass.

S - Pine and lemons, that is it.

T - Same as the smells, can't complain here.

D - Very easily drinkable, not bitter at all.

O - Very impressed with this one.

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

The beer pours a glowing orange-copper in color and has a quarter inch of thick foamy white head that leaves a medium density of ragged and sticky lacing.

The aroma is wildly hop forward, with succulent tropical fruits, melon and a bit of pineapple juice. There is some spiciness and zestiness in the background, flittering around just enough caramel malt to keep this thing from blasting off into outer space.

The taste is the same massive array of hops as the aroma, the flavors are fresh, fruity, lush and spine-tingling. The finish is slightly sweet, slightly dry and with a satisfying amount of bitterness reminiscent of drinking fresh grapefruit juice. The aftertaste is lingering notes of tropical fruits and grapefruit. The bottle does not lie when it states, "The name says it all," because this beer is a just outstanding West Coast American IPA.

Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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