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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,065 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 362
Gots: 113 | FT: 8
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 djmichaelk
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of Tilley4
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of domtronzero
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of rand
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

Photo of pigdog
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone IPA glass

a-golden/amber colored body with a thick foamy white head, nice lacing lines the glass

s-smell is an amazing blend of citrus and some mango/tropical fruits. Even my wife who wasn't drinking it commented on how great it smelled. The aroma is just an explosion of everything 'good'.

t-tropical fruit, citrus, hoppiness. The hops are well balanced which results in a clean yet slightly bitter finish. The taste really is amazing, the bitterness/hoppiness may be borderline for some, but perfect for what I was looking for.

m-light/medium body, solid carbonation, near perfect

d-i could drink this all day long. The only thing holding this one back is that it may be too bitter for some.

overall-easily one of my favorite IPAs, I love this beer. I've had it both on tap and bottle, and can't get enough of it. If you would have told me a few months ago that I'd fall in love with a beer with such a blast of fruity-bitterness I would have said you're crazy. This is an amazing beer and if you love IPAs this should be on your list.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy grapefruit pink with orange edges, the head is dense and creamy, slightly off white, huge retention and lace from what must be a hop bomb.

S-the nose is quite big, it lays a nice malt foundation, caramel and doughy malts, hops take over, pine, citrus, grapefruit, and honey.

T-the flavor is much different, the caramel and dough malts are there but much less pronounced, a strong presence of yeast comes in before the hops and detracts from the flavor slightly. herbal hops, honey, and a fair amount of grapefruit. strong bitterness that lingers throughout with the yeast flavors.

M-medium to light body, syrupy texture, strong carbonation, slightly grainy on the palate.

D-this is a very tasty IPA, huge flavors rivaling that of many DIPA's. the nose has an amazing balance of malt and hop, the taste seems to have a stronger yeast component that falls short of the very tasty nose. Still a very good beer!

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

Thanks to Hayesez (probably 2/3 of my reviews start with that!)--From notes so a little vague

poured into a portsmouth snifter, started chilly and drank to room temperature. pours a dark, hazy orange with a thick creamy head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass as it dissipates. Smells of dark, sweet grapefruity hops, the citrus is complemented by a present but not dominant malt profile. taste is citrus hops first, with the sweet malty backbone taming it down, only to be replaced by a lasting, strong bitterness i could lick off my lips. it felt good in the mouth, but a little too carbonated for my specific tastes. never brutal, but the long-lasting bitterness could possibly me tiring.

Photo of Kelly88
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to billshmeinke for the great trade.

Poured from bomber into my Kentucky Ale snifter.

A- pours a dark gold that is almost mahogany. Smallish white head that settles into a thin spotty cap. Lots of pleasing sticky lace makes for a great looking ipa.

S- probably the best aspect of this beer. Sweet fruits like mango and some grapefruit. Very sweet with just a hint of pine.

T- very tasty. It tastes like grapefruit and some sweet fruits that are balanced nicely with moderate bitterness that really makes this brew so well balanced. A touch of breadiness on the finish

M- just about perfect feel. I would call it the best light bodied beer in terms of mouth feel I have ever have. A bit, just a bit, more carbonation would have been nice.

D- great brew that drinks very easy. Not a 5 because the bitterness makes it hard to appreciate the subtle flavors of this great beer.

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

Received from the generous Gorefiendus as an extra in a recent trade. Knocking out some of these IPAs, being that summer is finally (hopefully) winding down.

I poured this dark copper brew into my Portsmouth snifter and watched as the foamy light-taupe head flexed its way toward the top of the glass before quickly receding to just a few off-white wisps along the surface. A fair amount of spider web lacing is left behind, and a decent amount of carbonation keeps the bubbles rising. This is a beautiful beer.

A good amount of fruit on the nose. Grapefruit and some of the more sweet fruits as well. The hops are definitely in there, but are balanced well with the maltiness. Obvious caramel adds to the sweet smell.

The first taste demonstrates that the nose doesn't lie. Surprisingly, the malts lead the charge here, and present that caramel scent right on the tongue. This is followed quickly by the hoppy fruits, with grapefruit being the obvious choice. A fair amount of pine rounds this one off...I don't get the pine nearly as much in the smell, but it is clearly noticeable when drinking the Just Outstanding. It is just a little bit distracting, however, as it seems a little off. Good carbonation and a medium body - a decently smooth mouthfeel is present.

You could have told me this was a DIPA, and I would have believed you. All of the flavors were very good, but the finish was just a bit off for me. Maybe a little bit too much of the lingering bitterness. Overall, a solid brew.

Consumed: 8/4/2010

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gorefiendus for this bottle! Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A: Hazy golden light brown with a 3-finger head that quickly dissolves. Sticky lacing is quick to follow.

S: Mainly piny with a little honey and floral character in the background.

T: Resembles the nose; very piny with earthy hops. This is the type of IPA I like - not many fruity/citrusy notes at all.

M: I was sort of disappointed here. I thought there would be a chewier/stickier mouthfeel with the way this beer looks.

D: This category makes up for the mouthfeel. A perfect IPA to have on draft - it wouldn't fill you up after the first one!

Overall, my type of IPA, but nothing outstanding (no pun intended).

Photo of GOGRANDE
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale Yellow with a white head. good carbonation.

S: piney bitter hops and some mild citrus in the background.

T: strong hop bit up front. I can taste the simco really well here. A significant amount of bitter pine and some lemon grass and a very dry finish.

M: medium light. Pretty standard for a regular American IPA.

D: not that smooth. Goes down pretty harsh, not going to sit here and drink a whole bunch of it.

Overall: As far as I know American IPA's are supposed to be really grassy and hoppy. So yes they did a nice job sticking to the style. It could be smoother though. Just seems kinda harsh going down. Still a decent example of an American IPA.

Photo of GregSVT
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden dark yellow with a big white head that fades and leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of hoppy aromas that remind me of Gubna along with a nice apricot smell. A weird twang with a slight tropical fruit aroma in the background. I actually like the smell of this and Gubna so no complaints here.

T: The taste is apricots, tropical fruits, and piney hops. Nice bitterness on the finish. Good stuff.

M: The feel is crisp and oily from the hops.

D: This is an above average IPA and the ABV is good if you want to drink more than one in a sitting.

Photo of mcallister
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better looking beers I've seen for awhile mainly from the beautiful thick frothy slightly yellow head that lasts forever and leaves thick chunky lace around my tulip. Cloudy copper colored elixir.

Awesome citrusy, and tropical aromas. Slight grassy in the back with toffee and hints of caramel.

Quite tasty with nice balance and good hop bitterness. Very tropical with some citrus notes on the finish. Grassy throughout with meaty malt presence. Mouth is off slightly because I think it could use a bit more carbonation. Great beer all around though leaving me wanting to try more from this brewery.

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Very bitter hop powerhouse.

A nice golden amber in the New Belgium chalice. Good creamy head that last nicely and swirls in the glass. Hops hit you over the head. Label says dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo. There may be some faint malt. Besides the resiny powerful taste it has a kind of taste like the smell of gravel or rock dust. Bitterness overwhelms.

Well, it proves it's an IPA and dares you to drink it. So overhopped that I am involuntarily salivating, like with an overly hot pepper.

Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer blew up when I opened it and once I actually got it in the glass it looked like a mud puddle. Not very appealing.

Smell - The dry-hopping jumps out of the glass. There's almost you could say two different bouquets. The first one that you get is pure, fresh hops, strongly citrus. The next is the bulk of the ale which is a thick, heavy caramel malt with lighter yet still citrus-based hops.

Taste - The hops are huge at the taste as well so this isn't just some cheap dry-hopping to pep up an inferior ale. The hop flavor is throughout from beginning to end, and the fine Simcoe in particular defines the profile. The other nice surprise here is, although it's not a double, the malt profile is as strong as a lot of doubles. They are creamy, gooey malts with lots of cane sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is huge for a non-double IPA, I'd say bigger than medium-bodied, and very, very smooth in the mouth. The bitterness manages to be big but non-intrusive and although the ale foamed over when opened the carbs are quite mild.

Drinkability - This is an explosive ale that basically has all of the big characteristics of a double except the alcohol content.

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been loving most of the Kern River beers, and this one thanks to RaulMatisse.

A: A fluffy 1 finger head rises up with lots of bubbles, then fades semi quickly. It's a semi clear golden copper orange colored beer.

N: Fresh hops is the name of the game. Lots of musty hop resins, fresh wet hop like aromas, with some pine, citrus, juicy hops, etc. There's some fruit, nectarine, pineapple, little grapefruit, even a little peach. A nice hop aroma, with just the very slightest hint of malty sweetness.

T: Again hops are the story. Not super bitter, but a decent bitterness. Fresh hop flavors, a slight musty resinous flavor but not as much as the nose had. A little pine but also subdued. Mosty the juicy fruit aspects. A little citrus, with some orange, tangerine this time, little pineapple and grapefruit. Very juicy fruit flavors. A slight malty sweetness hits too, but light. A little hop oils seem to trickle through.

M: Medium body, slightly oily, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Finishes somewhat bitter with a decent hop bitterness, some musty fresh wet hop resins linger, a slight spicy hop flavor, the bitterness just rings out around the mouth too, as it dries and becomes pretty dry. My mouth is begging for another juicy hop tasty sip. A little bit of lingering fruit, but mostly just the musty and citrus with some pine hops.

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

Thanks to beersinner for throwing this in as an extra! Poured into a over sized wine glass.

A- pours a golden copper color. 2 fingers worth of a sudsy off whit head. Excellent retention and a smashing amount of heavy lacing. This is just a beautiful beer. I don't think it could have been any better looking.

A- loads of citus! Tangarine and grapefruit sticks out and there's a bit of pineapple that shines through. The hops are present but not in a wow this is gonna be a hopbomb kind of way. There is a sweetness also present, however, I couldn't pinpoint the origin.
T- very citus forward! The tangarine and the grapefruit that I got in the nose really start things off well. The hops then enter and are very subdued compared to other west coast IPAs I have had. There is a slight bitterness, but it doesn't really dominate any of the other flavors. There is a solid caramel malt backbone to this beer. It is a very balanced brew.

M- medium bodied with spot on carbonation. The finish is somewhat sweet and not bitter.

D- I really enjoyed this brew and would give it another offering anytime! It drank very easily. I shared tis with my wife and father in law. I would have been able to kill this bomber(and another) by myself with gr8 ease!

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

A:Hazy orange-amber body. Moderate sized off-white head which quickly crashed down to a skim. Some spotty lacing left behind.

S: A pleasant tropical fruit style IPA. Getting a bit of orange and grapefruit but not a whole lot of layered complexity.

T: Like the nose, its fairly one dimensional ... but again, a nice flavor. Orange and grapefruit dominate. A surprising bit of general malty sweetness edges its way in.

M: Medium bodied, with soft, gentle carbonation. Not particularly bitter. A dull, muted finish that isn't quite dry enough for my liking.

D: Not quite tasty enough for the name "Just Outstanding." I'd put it in the good to very good range. When it comes to tropical fruit IPAs, Sculpin sets a high bar and this brew just isn't on that level.

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

Poured into a duvel tulip.

pretty moderate pour results in a solid 3 inches of head, that actually hangs around a bit. Leaving some spotted lacing.

the aroma is a classic west coast ipa smell. lots and lots of citru notes. But not a lot flowing out of the glass, hae to get your nose in there to really get a lot of it.

The taste is just like the smell. a mall citrus sweet on the front of the palate. then turns into a honey/grapefruit in the mid-palate. then finishes with a strong dry bitter finish.

Over all a good beer, payed 6.50 for a bomber which is nice. would buy it again.

Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,065 ratings.