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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

1,075 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,075
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 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.

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

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a hazed orange color with a frothy white head, bubbled retention, patchy lacing left behind on the glass.

Strong bold grapefruit hops explode into the nose, super juicy, very bitter, slight bready sweetness. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a West coast IPA.

Bitter and aggressive on the tongue, grapefruit explosion with pith and rind. Fruit sweetness with apricot and orange temper the hop attack. Nice biscuit malt with honey to add a roundness to the profile. More bitterness in the finish, faint alcohol and lingering hops.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, dry and bitter from top to bottom while consuming. A hop assault in a pleasurable setting, an absolutely excellent IPA - I want more.

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

Thanks to nightwing002 for this as a great extra!
A: light amber/orange. Ridiculously great thick dense head and lacing.
S: nice tropical fruit from the amarillo but the hint of garlic and onion from the simcoe ain't my thing. light caramel/honeyed malts are nice.
T: really well balanced. Medium sweet with a smooth hop bitterness. Juicy hops.
M: medium body. I like the well-carbonated frothy mouthfeel.
O: lose the simcoe, add citra, and this would be killer.

Photo of ghetto90007
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a Ranger IPA tumbler.

Pours a mostly clear amber-golden color. A finger and a half of silky off-white head. Lacing looks pretty solid. Spectacular head retention.

Citrus and floral hops. An evening out from malt character lies below the surface - doesn't smell too sweet.

A quick flash of slight sweetness and malt, followed by a rush of bitter, citrus rind hops. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple juice linger as the beer settles. Mostly bitter but semi-sweet finish. Floral notes start to become more prevalent as this one warms, which prompted me to come back and revise my review.

Smooth start, fairly light bodied, finishes with juicy carbonation.

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

A bomber purchased fresh 4/22, opened 5/7.

Lives up to it's name. The word is balance. Lightly amber, it starts with a big head that slowly fades. Plenty of lace to go around. There is a very slight haze and a medium amount of carbonation. Aroma is big. Lots of pine and tropical fruit. Plenty of hop bitterness, but not over the top, destroy your taste buds, like many West Coast IPAs. Soft mouth feel and semi dry middle and finish. Taste profile is similar to aroma with enough malt sweetness to keep the hops from dominating. Medium leaning toward light body and long bitter finish.

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

From 22oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/6/11
*From notes

A BIG thanks goes out to Trilogy31 for including this as a killer extra in our recent trade. Cheers, Tony!

A: Light pumpkin orange in appearance. A 3.25 finger head on a standard pour - Jiminy Christmas! Killer lacing that's thick and sticky coats the glass. As I drain the bottle into the glass, I notice that the beer is signifigantly darker then it started out, and is one of the more robust AIPA's I've seen.

S: Orange and mango, with hints of cantelope and pineapple concentrate.

T: Fruit forward, then it dries immediately, with the simcoe's flavor profile being quite predominant on the finish. As it warms, it all opens up a bit and the citrus really bursts through the inital bitter dry nature of this brew. As the name clearly states, it's "Just Outstanding".

M: What you'd expect from a good quality AIPA. Rich, creamy and sporting quite a bit of fluffy and bubbly carbonation.

O: Kern River's Just Outstanding IPA is one kick-ass brew. It drinks like a champ, and is certainly in the upper echelon of the style. Extremely well done, worthy of any hype it receives and is worth seeking out.

Photo of ShanePB
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to DearthVader for another West Coast IPA - my first beer ever from Kern River!

A: Fairly clear with a touch of haze from the cold, golden-orange body with a seriously amazing head - rocky, foamy, pure white which naturally left some sticky and splotchy moderate lacing. A great looking beer.

S: Blasts of citrus hops up front on the nose. Dry hopped with simcoe and amarillo, yes, you can tell. Orange zest, grapefruit and some wood elements come through also. I did have to stretch a bit for some of the aromas, it wasn't terribly muted but could more pungency.

T: Bitter sticky hops coat the palate immediately and unfortunately, sort of numbs it for the other flavors I know are there. There is a slight malt base here but not enough of one to combat the bitterness this beer brings. Floral hop notes and a slight twist of lemon round everything out and leave a resiny hop bite coating.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation, maybe a bit thin but that makes this very easy drinking.

This is a nice showing for Kern River for a baseline American IPA. Personally, I think if a stronger malt base was present it would have provided a much better balance for the aggressiveness of the hops.

Photo of phingdong
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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 nhindian
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Bottle provided by jodan, thanks Jordan!

A - Pours a deep yellow, bordering orange and exploring the lighter range of IPAs. Pretty hazy and can barely see through the glass. A 1.5-finger head builds on top of the head, nearly white in color and composed of thick bubbles. Retention is decent and leaves a foamy cap in its wake. Lacing is sparse and seemingly sporadic around the glass.

S - Smell huge in citrus and tropical fruits and evidently aggressively dry-hopped. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, slight mango make up the fruits and its resiny as well, bringing in the stickier side of pine influence. The malts arise in a subtle way in the ending, bringing slight, sweet caramel.

T - The taste follows the nose in most regards, but perhaps with a more supportive malt backbone that comes across earlier. The bitterness in the grapefruit also adds a bitterness that wasn't as apparent in the nose. Not as complex as the aroma would suggest, but I guess that's the price to pay for dry-hopping. The orange and pineapple are still present, as well as the resin. Definitely bitter though so keep that in mind. The finish brings a little bit of alcohol as well.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. Definitely drinks like a DIPA and the bitterness does a number on the palate before even one glass is done. Has an oily slickness while it's in the mouth, but after it recedes it leave a sticky feeling.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. A great IPA for sure, especially if you're looking for one with a bit more body and bitterness. For me, it's a bit too much a palate-wrecker for a bomber, but would be a welcome change in moderation.

Photo of jsanford
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. No visible freshness date...<grumble, grumble>.

A - Pours a beautiful golden orange with a fluffy white head that recedes slowly, leaving lots of sticky lacing. A gem of an IPA.
S - Mmmm...this is right in my IPA comfort zone. Lot's of pungent hop aromas of grapefruit, mandarin orange, pine resin, pineapple, and a touch of caramel sweetness. Very floral and crisp.
T - Similar to the nose, lot's of big grapefruit and pine resin notes, along with the slightly more subtle orange, pineapple, and lemon zest. Again, moderately sweet caramel backbone that provides just enough support for all those hops. Finish is pleasantly bitter, and lingers on the palate for some time.
M - Nice and creamy, with a smooth, medium body and crisp carbonation. Superbly drinkable.
O - An excellently crafted IPA, one I would drink often if I had regular access to it. I think it would be easy to write this off as "CITRA DIPA-light", but that would be a huge mistake, this easily stands on it's own as one of the best examples of an IPA in the market.

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

Bomber into Bruery tulip.

Beautiful copper color with a huge creamy head. This laces with the best of them.

Big grapefruit aroma - a lot of citrus in general. Some pine/resin and basically no malt sweetness/caramel.

The taste is a small amount of caramel - very small - with a huge amount of hops. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and more grapefruit. Leaves a bitter hop flavor that lingers for quite some time. Very good.

Medium body and and medium to medium-high carbonation.

Very tasty IPA overall. The name is pretty much correct.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Scalene for this one via Light Whale BIF 2. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint. No bottling date.

A: Standard pour yields a massive, slowly upward creeping, frothy, 3 finger light creamsicle colored head with great retention. Beer is a semi-clear Lipton's tea color. Lacing is coarse and thick at the top and patchy towards the middle with great stick. A phenomenal looking beer.

S: Nose is aromatic. Tea leaves, pine, and citrus hoppiness. Cane sugar malt body in the background. Crisp and refreshing and very representative of the style.

T: Opens piney hop bitterness mixed with some tree sap and citrus sweetness towards the middle. Cane sugar comes in a bit but actually accentuates the hop presence. Grassy with notes of tree bark and tree sap. End has some caramel notes as well as more sap hoppiness. Finish is a spicy hop bitterness and mildly dry with a sticky hop presence that lingers in the aftertaste. Solid but not noteworthy.

M: Light bodied and well carbonated. Lively and prickly in the mouth and bubbly and abrasive going down. Crisp and refreshing. Finish is accented with an aftertaste that is sticky and lingers. Fairly standard.

O: Given their IIPA Citra, I expected a little more from this offering. This is a good beer but one that's fairly standard for its style. Worth trying as a benchmark IPA but there are better brews out there.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: nice hazy golden orange with a 2 finger chunky white head

smell: citrus, sweet caramel malts, hops

taste: grapefruit, pine, citrus, sweet caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very nice single ipa. very well balanced.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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

A: Pours a hazy orange with some ruby/red highlights. A nice tan 1.5 finger head. Great staying power and left some sticky lacing.

S: Nice citrus fruit aromas, some grapefruit, orange, and some tangerine. There some light pine and a touch of caramel malt.

T: Massive tropical fruits up front, some orange peel, pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine. There is a little bit of mine, but this beer is really fresh. It has a nice grassy flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It has a nice bitterness with a slightly dry finish.

O: This beer lives up to its name and did not disappoint. Great drinkability and a fresh flavor profile. Could drink this one all the time.

Photo of Coji
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The initial impression was positive. It poured into the glass with a thick, white head; nice and frothy with loads of lacing as I consumed it. Smelling it was very pleasant, accredited to the dry-hop process with a lot of floral notes. I noticed that the ABV was fairly low for an IPA but the result is beneficial because that combined with the malt background combines to improve the number I can have. This is a beverage that I can have a few of without being overwhelmed. The mouthfeel was light and crisp for me, a complement to the warm afternoon in which it was served. Paired with the color makes it a refreshing summer beverage.

Photo of nataku00
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark hazy orange, bronze color. Initial pour yielded two fingers of off white foamy head, not much structure to it as it started dissipating with large bubbles quickly until only a small patch of bubbles remained and a light collar along the edge of the glass, but there was a lot of nice lingering lacing. Some bubbles can be seen right at the edge of the glass, but this IPA is very very hazy.

Nose is vibrant tangerine, sweetness from the fruit and bitterness from the peels, tropical pineapple, floral hops, a touch of caramel malt sweetness. However, the tangerine citrus hop character is the dominant aroma, and got stronger as the beer warmed.

Following the nose, massive tangerine orange flavors, nice bitterness from the peel initially, then sweet orange, pineapple, caramel and biscuit malts. After swallowing, a lingering floral citrus hops remains for a long time. When I had Kern's Citra DIPA, one thing that really stood out, both good and bad, was how long the lingering hop character was for that beer, and JO IPA has a similar lingering floral orange (orange blossom maybe? I've never had anything with orange blossom extract though) that lighter and very pleasant.

Light to medium body with a slick oily feel and decent amount of soft carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden by the fruity hop character and malty sweetness on the tongue, but I wanted just a bit more bitterness to create a little more balance. However, this is still a very very good IPA from Kern.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not sure why it's taken me so long to track this one down. Saw it last night at City Beer Store and pulled the trigger. I tried to come in with average expectations.

A - Beautiful cloudy orange in a Guinness glass, moderately active and great head retention and lacing.

S - Wow. Not overpowering but a swirl brings out mangos, lemons, grapefruit, oranges, and melons. Nice pineapple comes out as it warms. Quite honestly...this beer even smells creamy...makes me just as anxious for the mouthfeel as it does the taste.

T - JUST OUTSTANDING. Follows nose 100% and as it warms the malt backing this up must be perfect because it's very creamy as it is bitter. Amazing from a single IPA. So refreshing, Perfect bitterness. It's there but not at all overpowering or lacking. Did I say the bitterness is Perfect? Perfect for the style. I love this beer. This beer is better than 75% of all the DIPAs out there and I've had about all the hyped DIPAs on this site.

M - Perfect balance between creamy for an IPA (or DIPA for that matter) and bitterness. Goes down perfect. I can find no flaws in this deptartment

O - I will say this, which is not a flaw in my book but at 6.8%, it drinks bigger to me like a 7.5% beer might...in a good way though.

Final Thoughts - When it comes to Hops, here's a brewery to look out for. Step aside Blind Pig and Sculpin...I believe I like this beer just a wee bit more when it comes to single IPAs. Blows Union Jack out the water. I expected to like this beer but not this much. Craig at City Beer said it's been sitting in the fridge for 2 weeks which probably makes this beer close to a month old. I can only imagine what this beer would have been like from the source or within a week of bottling. I was impressed with Citra in relation to the DIPA style but not as impressed I am with Just Outstanding for the IPA style.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.