Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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outstanding

1,066 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 363
Gots: 112 | 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:
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(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007)
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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.

Photo of soze47
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice golden yellow, with slight brown highlights. The head is what stands out here. Foamy, plentiful and very sticky, the two-plus fingers of head leaves very thick lacing that is almost hard to even see through. Wow.

Aroma: The smell is lovely, I'd just love some more. There are lots of hops, mostly bringing floral, pine, and citrus notes. As it warms and the subtly malt asserts itself, the flavors get sweeter, almost with hints of mango and pineapple.

Taste: Hmm, I like the taste, but something is missing. There is a nice hop presence that starts with many flavors from the nose, but rather than gain any complexity as the malt becomes more pronounced, it just kind of turns more bitter. I was hoping that the taste would evolve like the scent did.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This has a lighter body than most, or so it seems. The lack of substantial malt and stong, but not overwhelming hops, help this one go down very easy and almost crisp on the finish.

Overall: A good IPA for sure, but not a top shelf entry. Just Outstanding? Not so much. How about Just A Good IPA?

Photo of larsenju
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DearthVader for the generous extra!

A-Rich copper body with over two fingers that held well, and left heavy lacing. There was a constant white cap that never really dropped fully.

S- Lots of grassy hops with a little lemon and pine, when I really swirled it and dug my nose way into the glass I started to get some peach and mango, and even a little pineapple. I also got a touch of biscuit and bread, increasing as it warmed.

T-Pineapple, peach and just a little spice up front stepping into a more earthy/piney hop character. The fruits never really fade, but the pine takes over quickly. Finishing the grassy hops really step up with a little lemon to balance it out, and the finish is quite bitter leaving a sharp bitterness for aftertaste.

M-Dry with lower carb than normal, it doesn't really lose anything because of it.

D-Pretty complex, refreshing and easy to drink. This would go great with a summer cookout on a hot day. Standing on its own, the bitterness is a little excessive (I know it's an IPA), cutting the bittering hops a little would accentuate the hop flavors and balance the beer out a little. Don't get me wrong though, this is a great beer, well above average for the style.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 05/28/2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: DFH Chalice

Poured a copper in color w/ a 11/2 finger white head that produced substantial sticky lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, Mandarin oranges, tangerine, and pine. The taste was light grapefruit up front, transitions to light caramel sweetness, then finishes w/ hop bitterness and resinous pine(reminds me of what PVC pipe would taste like). Medium bodied and lush. Fairly drinkable, but the resinous bitterness on this one started to get to me after awhile.

Overall, very good IPA, but not on the level w/ the greats such as Sculpin and Pliny. This brew lacks the depth of citrus flavors necessary to put it in the upper tier of IPAs, but very balanced.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this open while making up some homemade pico de gallo and guacamole and finished at the computer while rating it with a handful of homemade tortilla chips.

Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip on 5/28/11.

Pours a very beautiful medium dark honey color with tons of frothy cream colored head that leaves a medium amount of lacing on the glass. I can't really ask much more form this beer in terms of looks.

Smell is a juicy pine smack in the face with a little bit of orange peel and a sweet carmel malt backbone in the background. It has a nice hop presence and a sweetness. Would have liked a little more sweetness and maybe some stronger citrus aromas to build a more complex aroma but its still a very nice smelling brew.

Taste is very much the same as the smell. A pine blast to the palate with hints of citrus and a carmel malt sweetness that makes the beer chewy and tasty. Again not much to fault the beer but would like a little more citrus presence.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate in weight. The tastes easily cover the 6.8 ABV up and there is a nice pine resin that sits in the palate and dries the mouth making you want to take another sip.

Overall this is a great beer and one of the top IPA's out there. It takes some hits on its complexity but really this beer does a great job in balancing the pine hops and the sweet malt. Job well done.

Photo of BrlyHpsWtrYst
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-amber with a thick off white head. Pillowy with great retention. Lace sticks on the glass. Smell is pungent and floral. Nice citrus/tropical fruit nose with some sweet malt. Tastes mild, smooth. Not overly bitter nice rounded hop finish. Good Amarillo / Simcoe combo. Really solid IPA. Mouth is a little sticky, medium body, light even carbonation. Overall a terrific offering. Delicious and very drinkable

Photo of davidbowers13
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Received in trade with mrmiles. Thanks.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with ample off-white head. Sticks to the glass well.

S - Citrus, pine, hops explode in a very fragrant bouquet.

T - Similar to the nose. Citrus with a mild bitterness.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel with an ample amount of carbonation.

O - I was satisfied with this beer. I found it to be enjoyable and would have it again given the opportunity.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

220z bottle, received as an extra from FosterJM, poured into a snifter.

A: Nice, reminds me of a hazy Pliny. Pours a hazy golden orange with lot of rocky off-white head and good sticky lacing. Seems to be well carbed.

S: Pine-y, malt-y, and grapefruit bitterness. It has some of those resinous qualities of bigger DIPA's. The bitter grapefruit and pine shine the most.

T: Follows the nose, good bitterness, some citrus sweetness but its mostly grapefruit and pine here. Finishes nice and dry.

MF: Solid wet mouthfeel but nothing special.

O: Good beer, would have it again for sure. A step below the Pliny I had yesterday and not quite as multi-dimensional as other good DIPAs, but good in its own right.

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

22oz bottle recieved in trade

The best looking beer I've seen in quite a while. The creamy, fine, white foam started up as soon as the beer hit the glass. A very gentle pour yeilded two fingers. The beer has very active carbonation and a coating of white froth sticks around the whole glass. The head never dissipates, there is a 1/4 inch of foam through the whole glass. Beautiful looking beverage. The aromas are herbal and grassy. Smells of dank aged hops. Flavor is great, clean light malt and a very crisp and refreshingly bitter finish. Tangerine and rye bread linger with nice big bittering hops. The mouthfeel is slick and a bit prickly with the carbonation and bitterness, but quite drinkable. A great beer overall.

Photo of biglobo8971
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in bottle, I've had many times, finally decided to review it.
A - poured a very glowing yellow. very radiant. Look alone makes it appetizing
S - piny with a hint of citrus
T - outstanding, great flavors melding well together. Citrus and hops play well together with the slight taste of pine on the end.
M - very drinkable, eashy to hold and dissect tastes in the mouth.
O - Outstanding, will seek this beer out many times in the future. Overall one of my favorites. Would like to try more beer from this brewery.

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

Posted hard into my globe got a ton of head. On multiple repours I limited the head.

Smells great hop forward with citrus mango and pine

Taste is again hop forward with the citrus and mango playing well.

Mouhfeel is great for the style.

Overall will buy again.

Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.