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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,044 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 363
Gots: 110 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007)
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Photo of tewaris
2.65/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber with no date, but with freshness assured, received as an extra from beerific poured into a Surly pint glass. Thanks man!

Pale-amber hued with good clarity and a big, creamy, "pillow" head. Good lacing and retention. Smell reminded a lot of mangoes at the beginning, but later gave away to pine, and some sweet notes with no particular character.

I don't have the most discriminating of palates and yet I think that this is one of those IPAs that are hoppy, but not good. Is this a case of discordant kitchen sink hopping? Tastes empty with a massively bitter finish and entirely crushed malt backbone, and with no particular hop flavor of the aroma. Not impressed.

Mouthfeel is crisp and the finish dry. But the lack of backbone doesn't work to this ale's favor. Overall, average.

Scores: Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 2/5; Mouthfeel 3/5; Overall 3/5

tewaris, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of iadler
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple bombers from DearthVader and Solomon420. Thanks again guys!

Poured into a Surly pint glass.

A: Hazy orange with a two finger head. The head sticks around through sipping and there is a great amount of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, mango, fresh cut grass, pine and slight caramel in the background. The smell is incredible.

T: Grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine followed by a malt sweetness and a slight bitter finish.

M: Medium carbonation, fairly creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable

O: One of the best smelling IPA's I can remember. I wish there were more tropical notes in the taste, but a great California IPA nonetheless.

iadler, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber split with oglmcdgl, thanks to marisatheyounger for the assist.

In the pint glass, Just Outstanding looks pale golden with some orange accents, maybe a touch of straw. A sturdy 3 fingas of dense bright white foam reminding me of alesmith IPA, nice clunks.

Smell is str8 up floral with citrus in the back. I believe some chinnook and centennial are in here for effect. a nice malt base. Pretty potent smell coming from this EyePEEAAA.

I was takin back from the first sips, i thought it was me, but the hop juice just is not this beers forte. More floral in nature than a outright hopbomb. A nice mix of floral hop taste with earth and a touch of grain with a fruity middle drowned out by a nice malt base that is biscuits and bread, low amounts of sweets like caramel and the like.

Feel is at about medium with a lively carb that approaches bitey yet not quite. Not oily in any way im digging the feel. The only thing outstanging was the scent. The taste kinda let me down but all in all this beer is a good look.

BARFLYB, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with two fingers of head leaving nice sticky lacing. First off not quite sure of the freshness on this guy, but i wasnt too impressed. Nose had some doughy malts, forest earth, a little citrus and crystallized ginger. Taste is malty almost too much for me at this "lower" abv for an ipa. Some pine forest - more floral and really just one dimensional bitter hops. Easy drinkability, its a decent beer but just good not outstanding.

Trilogy31, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Lothore
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yay, 50th IPA reviewed

A- Pours a beautiful sunset orange color with an absolutely massive, off white head that leaves tons of lacing on the way down.

S- Lots of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, slight breadiness

T- Grapefruit and orange/tangerine on the front end that lead to an absolutely tongue destroying bitterness that lingers.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D- This is a treat for a hop lover. I really enjoyed it.

Lothore, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of silentjay
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shipment came in today! no conspicuous bottle dating, so Im not positive of the freshness, but from what I was told, this bottle is less than 2 weeks old.

pours a golden copper with a nice hop haze and a huge, cloudy eggshell colored head that slowly recedes and laces in chunks.

floral and citrus hops abound in the aroma. fresh springtime flowers with some orange juice, grapefruit juice, and lemon zest. maybe some tangy tropical fruits as well as a touch of pine on the back end and a slight hint of light bready malts.

juicy citrus that's bitter, but not overbearing. tastes like a wet-hop IPA during the harvest season, though its far past that time period. orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, tangy tropical fruits, some floral and pine qualities make it into the flavor while a slight butter cracker maltiness lies in the background. a slight drying on the finish with even some lemon pepper spiciness lingering. delicious.

fills my mouth with a fluffy carbonation on top of a juicy flavor that works well together. the ABV is not noticeable, and I can see it sneaking up on me.

This is very impressive. not too bitter, not too sweet, with tons of juicy flavor and an intoxicating aroma.

a terrible label, however. I would walk right past this if I saw it on the shelf without having heard about it before. However, its not on the shelves anywhere near here, so I don't have to worry about that one!

silentjay, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr and sourbatchkid. Thanks for sharing this bud.

A- a super hard pour into the pint glass brought forth an impressive almost four finger high just barely off white head holds and holds. After a few sips the foam subside and leaves a good amount of slowly cascading lace all around the glass. Hazy golden sunset orange with a shine of yellow at the edges. This does look outstanding.

S- huge bright juicy grapefruits and some tangerine with champagne mangos. Ever so light honeysuckle sweet florals.

T- very boldly hopped with bitter grapefruit and under ripe pineapple taking the lead and rolling into some nice floral sweetness that backs into a rich biscuity and caramel malty goodness. Super long bitter sweet finish.

M- just about medium in body and a bit less then medium in carb that really works wonders to keep the brew on the palate and sink in.

O- this is tasty as can be. An easy drink and boldly flavored. This is my kind of ipa.

oglmcdgl, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to alenonbeeradv for this one
22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter

A- A hazy orange with a two finger white head.

S- Juicy citrus hops, tropical fruits, hint of pine.

T- Not as big as the smell. Citrus hops are not as present as I thought they would be up front, but they are there, nice malt backbone and a solid bitter piney hop finish.

M- Smooth, refreshing, light to medium body.

O- This is a solid IPA that I wish I could get more often. I feel really lucky that I got this as an extra in a trade. I feel it live up to its name of Just Outstanding IPA.

larryi86, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.
Got this from Blackwell's in San Fran, supposed to be very fresh.

a - Pours a hazy orange amber color with two fingers of off white head and high carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a lot of web like lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, oranges, mangos, light honey, and light pine. The smell is insanely fruity and smells fantastic.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, oranges, tangerines, and light tropical fruits. Lots of bitterness up front from the pine and citrus hops, and the hops come out a lot more in the taste than the smell. Less of the tropical fruits from the smell and more of the citrus and grapefruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a huge bitter kick up front.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good IPA. The smell was outstanding; full of different fruits and hops. The taste was good, though more focused on grapefruit and citrus hops, and had a huge bitterness to it. A good IPA I enjoyed quite a bit and had no problem finishing a 22 oz. bottle of. Would like to have again.

mdfb79, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of smokeypeat
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 22oz bomber in a trade. Thanks RichBeer!

Pours a cloudy amber with a massive 2 finger white head. Aroma is really great. Tons of citrus (orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit) present with some piney notes as well. In tasting I was really pleased with how balanced this beer comes across. It's definitely a blast of hops but not to the point of being mouth puckering. The malt is there to provide some nice sweet counterpoint to all that hop goodness. I've got to note that the lace on the glass was impressive throughout as well. What really stood out to me with this beer though was how great the mouthfeel was for a strong IPA. This beer was extemely smooth and went down very easily. Great beer overall, definitely one I wish I had easy access to.

smokeypeat, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-03-25 in Redondo Beach, CA

A - Almost clear golden straw with a 2- finger white head and great lacing.

S - Bold tropical fruit and citrus you can easily smell at a distance. Very inviting.

T - Biscuit, floral, citrus, pine, grapefruit zest. The not-too-sweet fruity malt taste gives way to pretty big bitterness. Citrus taste isn't as bright as I expected from the smell, with the malt a little more forward. Nevertheless, a good tasting brew.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and silky. Not prickly but a bit oily.

O - I've been very curious to try a Kern River beer and am glad to have the chance while visiting LA. It isn't widely distributed at all, but wouldn't you know, the local Whole Foods had it on display. Almost missed it. I like it quite a bit and would certainly put this in my regular IPA rotation were it available in PA. Makes me really want to try their Citra DIPA. It's seasonal and on-tap at the brewery but it's a 3.5 hour drive so I'll "make do" with this tasty brew.

Tucquan, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Nugganooch
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass
Dating - none. batch # perhaps

A: Pours a clear straw-pale color with a nice thick lacey foam head.

S: Smells incredible. Bursting with citrus - orange/tangerine aromas and hints of sweet peach/mango.

T: Much like the aroma - get blasts of citrus hop flavors upfront with considerable bitterness on the palate. Finishes slightly sweet but nice light and dry. You realy have to search for the alcohol in this one.

M: Pretty smooth. Slightly sweet and finishes dry.

D: Superb. A really nice IPA - slightly sweet and super hoppy.

Just Outstanding! Now I have had this brew before on tap after a few other hop bombs and did not think much of it at the time. Now sitting down to review a fresh bomber I am quite pleased. A very drinkable, super hoppy IPA which I love.

Nugganooch, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of LSUPT
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best extras ever provided by DearthVader, 22oz bomber poured into my new Bruery tulip, thanks again Brian!
Pours a spectacular cloudy light amber color, and a 1 and a half finger head, a creamy foam with large bubbles and a small amount of head remaining throughout. Foam lacing with large bubbles that hold on for a brief time, lacing is truly beautiful towards the end of the beer. Hints of pine and hop resin in the nose with a lovely orange citrus hops, faint hints of cake as well. The taste is phenomenal, truly multifaceted. The simcoe and Amarillo hops impart an excellent pine flavor with the resinous hops adding yet another dimension. The citrus flavors are there in small quantities, but the stars are the pine notes of the Simcoe and Amarillo. Balance is the key to the great taste of this beer with the light and dark malts provide a tasty malt profile unlike any I have ever tasted. Light mouthfeel that goes down smooth, low on the carbonation end and a perfect bitterness. Drinkabilty is high mainly due to the flavor of this great beer. Overall this is yet another beer that I may never get again but will be anxiously awaiting the time I can enjoy it once more. There is little criticism to be offered here only that I might like a bit more citrus but as the bottle states the name says it all.

LSUPT, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at my local tavern. Into a 20oz. mug.

The beer arrives with a two finger head of pure white foam floating atop the beautiful orange, amber colored goodness that is Kern's Just Outstanding IPA. The nose is citrus and biscuity malt with a bit of pine. Taste is huge grapefruit, and tangerine backed by a light, sweet, malt backbone and some piney bitterness. The finish is lush and juicy with a wonderful bitter aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied with a level of carbonation which imparts a creamy texture and great quaffability. Overall this is the epitome of a perfectly balanced west coast IPA. Citrus, pine, light malt presence, great bitterness, what more could you ask for? Kern hits it out of the park with this one. Highly recommended!

Sideswipe, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draft at my favorite little bar, "Instant Replay" in Canoga Park, California.

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

The beer pours a hazy amber yellow, with an orange hue. About a two inch white colored head rose, and slowly settle down to about a three quarter inch head with layers of nice lacing on the glass.

The beer smells of grapefruit, citrus, floral hops, and pine. Not too much malt.

The taste has an initial bitterness on the first draw, but is quickly followed with nice notes of grassy hops, pineapple, a touch of sweetness in the middle and towards the end, and then another hop crispness punch on the finish.

Mouth feel is medium, crisp, and smooth.

Overall, this beer is a "just outstanding IPA". Since it makes a nice made up story, I'm going to guess were the first words uttered when the brewer tasted it for the first time, and thus the name. Could easily have more than one in a sitting.

Retsinis, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of LBBeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach, CA.

A-Very interesting orange-hued ale, with decent lacing.

S-Nice green nose.

T-Expect a little more from that great bouquet, but still a very nice hop profile.

M--Very nice on the palate. Body from the malt structure is there, just no malty flavor.

D-Palate coating hop oils leave a giant green aftertaste, which wouldn't be ideal if it didn't taste so good.

I really look forward to seeing KRBC continue to emerge.

LBBeer, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of dmsohyea
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3/4/11 - poured from 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass.

A: Pours burnt orange with soapy 1 finger head and good lacing.

S: Smell is great, definitely the best aspect of the beer. Grapefruit and pine, a nice west coast style hop profile on the nose. Simcoe dry hopping is evident.

T: Taste is a bit disappointing after the great scent. Moderate hop bitterness up front with just a touch of sweetness on the back end. Starts and finishes dry. Extremely strong grapefruit aftertaste. More bitter than average for an American IPA.

M: Thin to medium body, standard for the style. A bit too much stinging from the bitterness and extremely dry. A bit soapy at times.

D: For an AIPA it's extremely dry, I'm not sure I will seek out this beer in the future.

dmsohyea, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of abrand
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber with no date poured into a pint glass

Pours a deep yellow to orange color with a nice fluffy pillowy beige head with amazing retention. Smells of pines, grass, sweet fruits, and of course hops. Taste is wonderful. Lots of citrus and floral notes with a full flavored hop backbone. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with good carbonation. The great taste and low abv of this makes it extremely drinkable. Not just a clever name for this outstanding IPA from a new brewery for me. Now need to get my hands on the Citra.

abrand, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for the bottle!

Poured into a Heady Topper pint glass. Slightly hazy, malty-orange body, with a thin white head on top. The head still does a good job of leaving some sticky lacing behind.

Raw, grassy, hops with a pinch of citrus on the nose. Sweet malts and a touch of grapefruit. Well rounded.

Orange wedge with a side of grassy hop bitterness washes across the tongue. The Simcoe hops add a nice level of sticky dryness to the beer that comes out mostly on the finish. Somewhat malty up front, but thins out with hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, yet resiny with a substantial body that manages not to be too heavy. Great hop bitterness on the finish for a single IPA.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid IPA and puts the majority mass produced IPAs to shame. Kern River has done a great job of creating a sturdy malt base, but still focusing heavily on the hops. Not a mind blowing beer, but definitely quality.

sisuspeed, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of abuliarose
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a fluted pint glass, revealing hazy rich amber body with orange hues and a slight finger of thickish head which dissipates quickly to reveal a little lacing. Smells sweet and citrusy with a good caramel presence from the malts and a little lemon rind from the hops. Good solid smells.

Tastes smooth, meaty and malty with a rich level bitterness throughout of citrus character. Nice solid flavors. Delicious mealy, nutty malt backbone. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied with fine carbonation adding a little tickle and some well-sustained volume. Very drinkable. Drinks like a meal.

Overall I am very happy with this brew. It pretty much lives up to its namesake.

abuliarose, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of arizcards
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint at O'Brien's Pub earlier today for maybe around $5.00.

Beer was served orange with a nice solid white head that left lacing behind as i sipped.

Nose was very pungent floral hops that did not fade.

Taste was tropical, orange and a hint of mango, with a solid caramel/pale malt base that was fairly balanced for the style. Some pine in the background but not resinous.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, perhaps due to mild carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. This was a very good representation of the west coast ipa style. I may have to go back to Whole Foods to bring a bottle back to Arizona!

arizcards, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of peacebone116
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MrTopher for this little extra; I really appreciate how you made sure I got this one in its freshest state! You really do know my style, man! Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A: Cloudy orange/peach color. Thick white head (2-fingers) that retains for a long time, eventually thinning down but leaving excellent thick lacing.

N: Ruby red grapefruit and piny resin.

T/M: Creamy body with sweet malty-ness that melds well with sweet citric hops. Smooth, crisp, and very drinkable. A wonderful surprise! As the name implies, this is just one outstanding IPA!

peacebone116, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of thetomG
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice slightly hazy golden color with a rather large layer of foamy white head that leave massive amounts of sticky lacing all around the glass.

Picking up a little somehay/hops/grains on the nose. The flavor is bitter but not overpowering. A bit of citrus on the finish.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be and this is a very drinkable beer.

There are other IPAs I've enjoyed more, but I'd have no problem recommending this to anyone.

thetomG, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of IllNate
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper, good 2 fingers of creamy head. Excellent retention. Slight hop haze.

S - Plenty of citrus hop (pineapple) , bit of floral hop.

T- Very tasty. Pineapple hop, plenty of citrus. Floral as well. Nice malty backbone. Well balanced for an IPA.

M - Smooth, bold, very bitter.

D - Good.

From notes take a few weeks ago.

IllNate, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light coppery color with a thin off-white head and some nice lacing.

S: Nice floral hops, some caramel malts, overripe mango and some pineapple.

T: Some nice citrus hops and grapefruit with a late hit of caramel malts and a smooth and lasting finish. There is some nice hop bitterness on the finish as well. A very nicely balanced beer.

notchucknorris, Feb 20, 2011
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.