Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
Bottle provided by Spycow, thanks Chris. Drank from my Narke tulip...A very dark ipa, a warm bright but dark colored copper with a light top head. Very fluffy, lots of retention and lacing...A light but nice aroma, wish it was a tad stronger though. Pretty sweet light caramel, sweet citrus and flowers on the back, not strong ipa hops at all...A lighter taste as well but its pleasant. Flavorful and super easy to drink. The front is light caramel, the citrus is gone. The back is a very smooth light pine resin...A very full mouthfeel with a lasting feel and taste.
A light but well above average ipa.
10-12-2010 01:49:47 | More by jrallen34
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Re-review. I've had this a number of times now, both on tap and out of the bottle. It varies quite a bit (maybe freshness is part of the issue -- and without bottle dates, I'm holding it against them). But the last few times I've had it, it has been so consistently good that I'm going to bump it up from a B+ to an A-.
A: Pours a slightly hazy apricot-gold colored body with a finger of off-white head. It retains decently well, leaving big islands of broken foam on the beer, and depositing register marks down the sides of the tulip.
S: Citrus: candied grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, and wet pine. This is definitely Citra's younger brother. Great nose. With more pungency and vibrancy it would be... just outstanding. Oh I slay me.
T: In the past, this was noticeably malty on the palate. No longer. Pale biscuit malt is here, but its only purpose is to balance out the flavor. As such, there is more hop flavor (grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple) than bitterness. The finish brings out a lighter pine note, though this is definitely a citrus-defined profile. The aftertaste is quite clean with only the slightest lingering bitterness.
M: Light-medium viscosity. It's a very clean beer, though, with no lingering bitterness. It closes very neatly.
D: This is definitely upper tier. At $6 in K&L, it inadvertently competes with Pliny the Elder (and loses), but at $4 from the brewery I'd be drinking this by the case.
10-11-2010 05:07:27 | More by Arbitrator
4.72/5 rDev +11.6%
Poured into a Sam Adam perfect pint glass.
Color copper orange when poured I got about one finger of white head. Foam didn't linger to long.
Smells of sweet grapefruit and passion fruit.
Hidden pine but very tropical.
Starts off with pine an finishes with passion fruit and a dry tart grapefruit. Well balanced for the amount of hops.
Very drinkable indeed.
I reccommend this one for those that are looking for outstanding IPAs.
10-10-2010 23:18:19 | More by emagana
4/5 rDev -5.4%
22 oz bottle, no freshness date discernible, poured into a nonic pint
A-Pour yields an impressive 2 inch white head that recedes at a snail's pace leaving behind a magnificent lacing along the sides of the glass. Deep yellowish orange in color, perhaps a shade lighter than copper. Head finally settles to about a half finger and remains for the duration. Excellent head retention and cling. A great presentation.
S-Whoa! Have some grapefruit there. Lots of citrus fruit aromas from the hops along with some less prominent floral notes. Perhaps a little mint in there also. Very little - if any - grass or pine. There a little biscuit from the malt, but it is very subdued behind the wall of hop aromas.
T-Surprisingly sweet at first, but this doesn't last. Immediately followed by grapefruit, mango, and apricot citrus fruitiness from the hops. Malt sweetness tries to fight back, but it never really stands a chance as the finish yields to the hop bitterness. If you like your IPAs fruity, this is the one for you.
M-Medium carbonation, ever so sticky in the mouth. Body is on the lighter side of medium. Pretty average for the style.
D-Good IPA that goes down easily. This one is definitely about the hops, but it's not unbalanced. Very fruit forward though. My only complaint is that the taste is somewhat one dimensional with all the emphasis on the citrus fruits. It's definitely a solid IPA and very drinkable, but IMHO it falls just a bit short of the top tier IPAs.
10-10-2010 13:34:15 | More by javincik
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Appears a pale copper color wth a bright off white head, fine even lacing across my chalice. Aroma grapefruit citrus bliss in my nares, what a great smelling brew. Straight up green, citrus rinds, floral notes excellent blend of pale malts and aromatics. Flavors citrus grapefruit semi sweet blend of malts definitely lands in the hop heavy side of things. Really excellent flow to it balanced hops and malts, carbonation is medium bodied sturdy carbonation. Drinkability was rock solid cream of the crop West Coast IPA, I would live off of this stuff if readily available.
10-09-2010 21:09:28 | More by WVbeergeek
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Thanks to GRG1313 for this fine brew from a brewery I hadn't previously heard of.
Poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful orange tint with nice head and lacing.
Smell is just bursting with citrus and Some faint whiffs of pine.
Taste is heavy on the citrus, pretty grapefruity, but well balanced against a sweet malt base.
Not harsh or astringent, and very drinkable for its ABV.
Would love to have easy access to this brew, but am just happy to have had the chance to try it. Nice job, Kern River!
10-08-2010 03:15:39 | More by kcillini77
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
Thanks to the ever gracious glazeman for this IPA.
A - Great looking IPA. Beautiful hazy dark orange with a nice pearly white one finger head with nice retention. Great lacing. Just about the most appetizing looking IPA that I've seen.
S - Piney hops booze, and a little bit of oranges. Reminds me a lot of Pliny.
T - This is a tasty brew. Again, reminds me a lot of Pliny. Nice blend of juicy citrus hops up front followed by Christmas trees in the finish. The bitterness of the finish lingers for a long time. Not much malt, but not much is expected for a west coast single IPA.
M - Great - spot on for the style.
D - I could literally drink pitchers of this beer until I hit the floor. Enough said. Just outstanding drinkability.
10-07-2010 01:01:21 | More by airohead2001
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
Bomber poured into a snifter
A: Hazy orange in color, 1.5 finger white head that has pretty good retention and lacing.
S: Lots of citrus, with the dominant smells being tangerine and grapefruit. There's a little bit of malt sweetness in there at the beginning that comes across kind of like a rye smell.
T: I have no complaints whatsoever with the taste of this beer other than a slight like of intensity on the flavors. If they were a little stronger, I would probably give it a 5. The main flavors are oranges, lemons, and a little grapefruit. There's a nice bitter kick on the end that is by no means overwhelming.
M: Appropriate for the style. Perfect level of carbonation, and sits on the tongue nicely. Aftertaste was pretty good, but could be more balanced.
D: Very high drinkability. This beer tastes good, and it is very refreshing. There's not too much that makes it super unique, but it goes down with no problem at all.
10-07-2010 00:57:41 | More by glazeman
4.88/5 rDev +15.4%
A: hazy dark orange with beautiful fluffy 1 finger head (poured into snifter). Leaves a nice lace on glass.
S: tons & tons of citrus & tropical fruits.. Peach, orange, mango, apricot, sweet caramel, with pine notes & grapefruit.. Just a RIPE smelling brew.
T: more of what the nose offered. Orange, peach, mango, grapefruit, finesse apricot flavor, with caramel to smooth everything out. Just a perfect mixture. Finishes with a nice citrus bitterness that lingers.. Not a heavily dry finish, but it does leave you puckering..
MF: the feel could have been a tad bit heavier IMO, but the carbonation is spot on.
D: SCARY GOOD! I had to slow myself down because I couldn't resist another sip..
Honestly, when I picked this up I was scared it wasn't fresh (purchased in SD & bottle has no date), so I only purchased one. As soon as I cracked this open and smelled I knew it was fresh!! The taste was the icing on cake.. I was honestly blown away by this beer & can say I prefer this over PtE.
Thank you KRBC!! Too bad I'm not back in my hometown which was an hour drive from there.
10-06-2010 08:14:25 | More by aval89
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
Appearance: Pours a hazy honey tinged amber with a massive head that laces as well as it sticks
Smell: Piney, with an underlying base of cracker malt
Taste: Crusty, cracker malt, up front, with a piney character that builds through mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt returns to add some balance but the finish is very bitter
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A very nice IPA that has a clean malt character and plenty of piney bitterness; my own preference is for a bit more grapefruit but the Amarillo hops are plunging their stake in the sand
09-24-2010 23:41:37 | More by brentk56
4.95/5 rDev +17%
Big thanks to mrmiles for this unexpected extra!
A: Pours a hop-hazed amber/orange color with a massive massive fluffy eggshell color cap. Retention is as good as it gets. Absolutely awesome looking beer.
S: My favorite kind of IPA...Sweet tropical fruit and citrus aromas with lots of orange, grapefruit, mango, and tons of pineapple. Slight pine and resin as well, but less apparent.
T: Exceptionally balanced flavor with malts giving some caramel sweetness, and the hops give a solid bitterness. The flavor is really light and delicate, but packs a punch. Similar to Sculpin in that sense. The hops are very fruity- orange, lemon, grapefruit, pear, apricot, mango, and pineapple. Simply awesome...I live for these kind of IPAs. The yeast also adds a faint butter flavor.
MF/D: Medium body, very smooth and creamy going down. Carbonation is perfect and really compliments the hops.
Notes: Second beer from Kern River, with CITRA as my first. Both beers earned near perfect scores, and well deserving. Thanks again Miles!
09-18-2010 20:35:49 | More by scottyshades
3.15/5 rDev -25.5%
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brwon color with a big fluffy head that laces down the sides of the glass. Nice aromas of citrus hops mixed with malt in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Not really a great IPA in my opinion. Some hops and malt taste but not enough of either to make it outstanding. Kind of a let down.
09-13-2010 18:53:06 | More by kbutler1
4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Maui Brewing Co. pint glass
A: A beautiful orange-golden-copper hue body that trapped in by a massive white colored head. The cobweb-like lacing was beautiful.
S: Orange, pine, grapefruit, peach and perhaps even a touch of lemon. The malt doesn't come through particularly strong, but does add some balance to the variety of hop aromas.
T: An extremely well balanced IPA that offers a light and sweet malt body, along with tons of hop flavor complexity. It has the hop kick of Stone IPA, with flavor and elegance of Ballast Point's Sculpin.
M: Light on the palate with a touch of dryness after each sip.
D: I'm truly impressed! The combination of flavor, balance and refreshment is superb.
Overall: Should I be corny and say this beer is "Just Outstanding"? Well, I won't...but I will say it goes beyond the title it was given. Perhaps the best DIPA/IPA from a bottle I've had in long time and I expect this beer to gain more notoriety as time goes on. A must try. Cheers!
09-13-2010 01:15:16 | More by OlieIPA
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
A-Pours a murky golden color with some amber hues carrying through around the edges. Nice frothy white head with good retention. Small amounts of lacing stick to the inside of the glass.
S-Pale malts, citrusy hops, grapefruit, honey, and maybe even some hay. I love the smell on this one.
T-Citrusy tropical fruits, especially oranges and grapefruit. pale malts. Starts out with a great hoppy bitterness taste and finishes out a little malty. Overall a very well done IPA.
M-Medium mouthfell with good carbnation.
D-I could drink this beer all night. A true session ipa. I was bummed i only had one. i would definitely seek this one out again.
09-11-2010 07:40:31 | More by Randalld
3.15/5 rDev -25.5%
Thanks to Kshock for the bonus! Never heard of this one.
22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date.
Nice crystal clear amber with big thick white head with great retention. My first thought on the aroma is honey! Big thick wild flower honey. Some faint leafy hops.
Palate is a little sweet and filled with caramel malt sweetness. Leafy hops are spot-on in flavor profile. Pale caramel malt, something like cake batter and a faint herbal note. Finish is moderately bitter, but in no way aggressive. Lingering sweetness.
Decent stuff. If this was around all the time I could see revisiting it.
09-10-2010 02:19:19 | More by SFLpunk
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
22oz bottle poured into a perfect pint. Sampled this at a tasting at K&L and knew I had to pick up a few.
A - Fairly clear, nearly amber, with yellow highlights. Huge, pillowy four-finger head, with great retention; it sticks around for minutes and ends up a thick cap with some solid lacing.
S - All the things I love in an IPA -- grapefruity citrus, lemon zest, lots of summery notes. All backed by a slight sweetness that lurks in the background and serves to back everything up.
T - Plenty of the citrus is present, and the sweetness of the malt is there, but it doesn't really live up to the nose -- although that bar was set pretty high. Lemon rind and grapefruit bring the bitterness, and that malt still lurks and closes things out. Not much alcohol evident.
M - Maybe the weak point. It's a little thin, and doesn't linger very long. Finish is dry and bitter.
D - I can definitely see me sitting on the patio drinking a few of these as the summer comes to a close. ABV is middling, and the flavor is good.
O - It's a solid competitor in a crowded field. I first tried it during a tasting of several IPAs and DIPAs, and this definitely made me go grab some out of the cooler. Outstanding may be a bit of hyperbole, but it's not too far off.
09-05-2010 15:59:57 | More by djmichaelk
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
Notes reveal an amber pour at the SDIBF. Was all stoked, was hitting up the brewery the very next day for the Citra dipa release. Well, I liked this one as much, if not more.
Pungent dry hopped aroma, surely multi varietal dry hopping was going on here. Taste, phenomenal, doesn't feel heavy in any sense, just so light and hoppy. Amarillo seems to be the most obvious. Isn't really super bitter, they didn't jack up the ibu's or abv on this to go after that segment of consumers. Good amount of that tropioal citrus throughout the mouthfeel.
When they call this Just Outstanding, they come off very credible at the end of the bottle.
09-05-2010 04:48:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
I received this in a trade with MrTopher recently...
Pours a nice golden color with a nice quickly forming and persistent head...
Big citrusy aromas rolling off of this one....quite pungent actually... Loads of grapefruit and floral hoppiness....
A nicely balanced mixture of malts and sharp citrusy hops...this is splendidly balanced... The hops are bitter and finish long and slow but this isn't one dimensional at all... Very nicely crafted...
I really enjoyed this one quite a bit... A nice solid as hell IPA here...
09-03-2010 04:43:50 | More by Tilley4
3.53/5 rDev -16.5%
Picked this one up on a recent trip to San Diego. Poured from the bomber a somewhat hazy medium gold color, with a nice white head. Big hoppy nose (tangerine, orange, grapefruit, lime). Big hops on the palate as well, and not enough malt to keep it balanced.
08-26-2010 05:01:02 | More by emmasdad
3.85/5 rDev -9%
A - Pours the typical clear orange copper color with a long lasting white head. Lots of lacing.
S - Kind of grainy and a little bit like under-attenuated beer, or unfermented wort. Very caramelly and a little bit cloying.
F/M - Clean bready malts with a little bit of caramel. Big floral, citrusy hops. Think grapefruit and oranges. Firm hop bitterness is just a little lower than I'd expect from a west coast brewed IPA, but very smooth nonetheless. The flavor is so much better than the initial aroma suggested. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bitter hoppy aftertaste lingers for a bit.
D - Moderate hop bitterness and great citrusy hoppy flavors help this beer recover in the drinkability department. Leaving the malts in the far-far background really lets this beer shine as an easy drinking, hop-forward summertime IPA.
08-25-2010 02:47:51 | More by domtronzero
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
I believe Paul provided this at a tasting recently, reviewed from notes.
Beer poured from a presumably fresh bottle into a Dogfish head snifter. Beer is straw yellow and hazy. Forms a thin head of small white bubbles that breaks quickly. The resulting carbonation gravitates toward the sides of the glass and manages to leave some lacing on the walls of the vessel. Carbonation is moderate but can't hold up the head. It looks fine.
Strong forward hop aroma of the citrus variety. More grapefruit than lime for sure. The pine / earthy notes are not presence and there is no hint of solvent or malt. Smells pretty good.
Beer is medium to light in body with moderate carbonation on the palate. There is mild sweetness up front but its subtle and doesn't rob attention from the star of the show, the hops. The hop flavors in the midpalate and nice and bright. They float to the top of the beer and are showcased wonderfully. Perhaps slightly lemony but really its sweeter citrus like grapefruit and nectarines. The bitterness at the back of the beer is moderate and tasty, finishes the beer nicely but not harshly. Its very drinkable, very good. I'd have it again and want to have it again.
08-23-2010 18:26:40 | More by drabmuh
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
From bomber to pint:
A: Pours a beautiful golden-tan with a cavernous head, formed by a fair amount of tight carbonation. The head shows solid retention and leaves plenty of lacing.
S: Wow, the nose is not shy. Strong pine fills the nostrils followed by a very sweet citrus, like mandarin orange. Other fruits are noted as well, pears and apples. This IPA has one of the fruitiest and sweetest scents I've come across, and when combined with the hop zest it's one of the best smelling beers I've inhaled.
T: Big, bold, piny hop blast up front, as much as you'd hope for an IPA, but this has DIPA character. This is followed by that orangey, grapefruity citrus and bready, caramelly malts. The malt-backbone lends plenty of support here, finding perfect harmony with the bitter hops. The alcohol comes through as the pint warms, but stays out of the bitter/sweet battle consuming your palate. Finishes more sweet than bitter with a touch of lemon rind. Wow.
M: Nice rich feel for the 6.8% alcohol. It's not going to make you feel bloated, and it's not to be sipped like a rich imperial stout or barleywine, but it has a satisfying, full-bodied texture. There's plenty of carbonation to wash down each sip.
Drinkability and notes: Well, this is washing down like soda. Kern River has just nailed another unique but nearly perfect West Coast IPA - easily up there with the best. However, I've had this beer 6 or 7 times now and it's definitely not consistent. I had it on tap about 6 months ago, but at the time I was drunk and didn't take notes. I just remember it being delicious and put it on my radar. Then "The Best Damn Beer Shop" (thanks guys) got a nice shipment in and I picked up 5 or 6 bottles, in two or three trips to the store. The first bottle was good, but not as enthralling as I'd remembered or hoped. The next bottle was downright bitter and lacked malt balance. Then the third brought me right back to that drunk pint - Outstanding! I cracked a fourth and a fifth (presumably from the same batch) in the days that followed; they were equally phenomenal (I'm reviewing the fifth).
Kern River recently started bottling this stuff so they probably don't have their process dialed in yet. For those that reviewed this as overly bitter and harsh, I've had that sample and can empathize. Give it another round or two.
08-20-2010 08:16:54 | More by rand
4/5 rDev -5.4%
Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at The Best Damn Beer Store in downtown San Diego.
A - Golden with a slight haze and a big white head of large bubbles. It leaves some decent lacing behind.
S - A burst of citrusy, floral and piney hops with some toasted malt.
T - A moderate citrusy and piney hop flavor with a firm bitterness. But it fades a bit at the end. The start is much better. The malts provide a foundation but don't stand out.
M - A slightly creamy consistency with a moderate carbonation.
D - This one is easy to drink but not especially compelling. I enjoyed it but given the other choices in CA, this one doesn't stand out.
08-20-2010 00:01:18 | More by GJ40
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
Another awesome west coast IPA from an awesome guy-- Sideswipe. John, you and I will have a pint or two of Younger someday (hopefully sooner than later!)
This is a great looking IPA-- A glowing apricot color. Not gold, not copper-- somewhere right in the beautiful middle. Nice nearly white head that rose 2 fluffy fingers. Nice retention, decent lacing.
The smell is nice. Good sweet malts and a citrus and fresh flowers. Very nice grapefruit and floral notes translate on the taste. Good sweet malt base that keeps the beer grounded, the hops do reach great heights, but they don't quite soar. The beer has a an excellent feeling of balance. Good bitterness that blends with the flavor.
The body was right on. Just shy of medium with plenty of carbonation. Just a great IPA. I would be happy to stock this in my fridge anytime-- I actually wish it were in 12 oz bottles, which would be my only complaint.
This is honestly a beer that lives up to it's name.
08-15-2010 04:04:30 | More by AleWatcher
District of Columbia
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
Shared at my tasting on August 7, 2010.
A: This beer appears a slightly hazy shade of yellow. There is a small head that leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass.
S: The aromas are wonderful citrus, mostly grapefruit. Hooray hops!
T: A wonderful beer, and what I look for in an IPA. Citrus fruits with a pleasant, hoppy bitterness make this such an enjoyable beverage. Between this and Citra, Kern is 2 for 2 in the IPA department, as far as I see it.
M: A really nice feel. Bitterness from the hops without any astringency. Alcohol hidden well behind the bouquet.
D: Wonderfully drinkable. What a nice way to kick off the tasting.
08-13-2010 01:18:39 | More by Huhzubendah
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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