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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

908 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 355
Gots: 83 | FT: 6
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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PhiloPsych

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange tan in the glass--somehow reminds me of a light maple syrup. Little to no head. Floral hoppy nose. [I heard from a weed connoisseur that it smells like weed--and good weed, at that.] Wow, what a taste, though! Really good and interesting! Hooray for maltiness! Hooray for dry hopping! The mouthfeel is light and finishes with just a touch of dry stickiness.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 02:56:31 | More by PhiloPsych
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to jerz for the hook-up. This is a fantastic representation for the West Coast.

A - Beautiful golden-orange hue with voluminous off-white head, and plenty of rocky lace.

S - Huge tropical-fruity and citrus aromas abound. Tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango and grapefruit are all present in heavy doses. The pale malt is completely subdued by the explosive vibrancy of the hop aromatics.

T - The taste is everything it is labeled as: Just Outstanding IPA. This stuff tastes phenomenal. Again, tropical-citric flavors abound: pineapple, tangerine and sweet grapefruit fuse with a vaguely sweet but totally unobtrusive malt, which is tempered by a very piney-dank-herbal bitter hoppy finish. The whole thing is... you know.

M - IPA. Good. Actually, this transcends good, everything is so right and in-balance with this brew,

D - This is one of the best IPAs I've had in a while. Even taking the label at its word, this is better than I could've hoped for.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 03:10:44 | More by ktrillionaire
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a medium dark honey color with a huge frothy cream colored head. Head has very solid retention and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- Getting smacked in the face with quite a bit of pine. Quite a bit of tropical fruits mainly orange with also a very nice sweet malt back bone.

T- Taste follows the nose really well. Pine is up and front with a good amount of tropical fruit. A sweet malt back bone tries to balance things out but is just for show.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- This brew really lives up to its name and is well worth it. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 07:46:10 | More by nrbw23
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TastefulNudity

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a growler from my trip to Kern.

A: Tall, frothy white head that settles to half a finger and leaves wonderful creamy lacing. Orange and nicely carbonated. When I think IPA, this is the image I have in mind. Can't fault it.

S: Juicy citrus goodness. Orange and mango up front. Pine needles, lovely backbone.

T: Starts with that sweet tropical & citrusy fruitiness. Middle of the tongue is melding of mostly sweet with a tad bitter hop end. Bready, biscuity malt backs up with not too much lingering bitterness. This is great stuff.

M: One thing I noticed with KRBC (especially with Class V Stout) is their creamy mouthfeel. This one starts very creamy with just enough carbonation on the back end to dry it up. Could be because it's from the tap, it's great though.

O: This was my favorite of the four year-round brews I sampled at Kern. Decided to grab a growler of this and have been waiting for a day to enjoy it. Today's the day. Pick it up if you can, it's hard to find but great, just like all KRBC brews.

Serving type: growler

11-14-2013 01:57:06 | More by TastefulNudity
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into Victory snifter (reviewed on 7/4/11). Thanks for barfdiggs for sharing this one.

A: This one pours a hazy orange color. One finger off white head. Ok carbonation strolling off the bottle of the glass.

S: Nice floral hop aroma. Overripe peach, grapefruit, and other florals. Some malts.

T: Good balance between hop character and malt base. Really smooth stuff. Nice middle of the tongue malts and a crisp hop bite at the finish. Perfect brew IMO.

M: Medium bodied IPA.

O: This being my first brew from their brewery, I was thoroughly impressed with this offering. I'd love another! Definitely gets my stamp of approval for IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 17:32:45 | More by inlimbo77
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Rau71

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz Bomber into a Sierra Nevada Tumbler Pint Glass.

Smells like american hops, and I love it.

Pours a Clear Light Amber with half finger head.

This beer is just like the name says, Just Outstanding. It is easily one of my favorite beers, and a top 3 IPA for sure, it is fantastic. The citrusy hops present a very nice bitterness without tasting skunky or overly bitter. It is smooth and tasty all the time. I wish they had a larger distro area.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 03:21:06 | More by Rau71
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, awesome extra from SalukiAlum--a big thanks!
Clear, honey-orange elixir poured into DFH glass. Huge white head, compact bubbles, copious Belgian lacing.
The aroma is all hoppy citrus: mango, orange grapefruit with a hint of pine. Heavenly for this hophead.
The taste does not disappoint. Smooth hops through and through, grapefruit and pine predominate. No malt--excellent.
Well carbonated but not over the top. Medium body. Delicious.
Another standout for hopheads by Kern River.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 00:23:05 | More by CaptCleveland
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Trueant1

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick dark orange hazy color. Thick creamy white head and coats the side of the glass with wonderful lacing patterns! Smells of CLEAN pine needles. FRESH and clean is the word! Other smells of apricot, pineapple , spice ,and PURE sugars! Outstanding! Nice DIPA taste. Traditional west coast bitterness. Some sugars push through but the bitterness rules 60 % bitter to 40% sugars. Nice citrus juice flavors! Long lingering bitter taste on the palette. But not overly bitter. What a wonderful American IPA. Drinks great! TRY ONE! Try anything from this brewery, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 00:25:15 | More by Trueant1
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bengal tiger stripe orange with goldenrod highlights. The putty colored crown maxed out at three fingers and features an attractive clump of glassine bubbles on its upper surface. As it starts to fade, thick sheets of finely dotted lace grace the glass.

The aroma is the tropical fruity explosion that results when a talented brewer dry-hops an IPA with Simcoe and Amarillo. Almost no toasted or caramel malt pleases me to no end. If the malt-hop, sweet-bitter balance was nailed, this should be incredibly delicious beer.

The label does not lie. Just Outstanding IPA is everything that I love in beer of this style. And is an excellent example of why this is my favorite style to begin with. Predominantly pale malt that adds a touch of sugar cookie-like sweetness? Check. A massive amount of fresh hop flavor? Check. Two of my favorite hops? Check and check. Loads of bitterness that stops just short of tongue abuse? Check.

An ABV that provides power and flavor boldness, but doesn't add even a hint of hotness? Check. The fruitiness that these particular hops provide is nothing short of amazing: juicy pineapple, pink grapefruit, tangerine, ganja and plenty of pine. Okay, so those last two aren't fruits. This is gulpable beer that is meeting its fate in rapid fashion.

An incredibly messy glass earns a score bump where appearance is concerned. Actually, it was almost there already. The mouthfeel is rock-solid as well. It's medium for the style and has a crushed velvety smoothness that is pure pleasure for the mouth and tongue.

Who the bloody hell are these guys? Whoever they are, they deserve a standing ovation and thunderous applause. Kern River Just Outstanding IPA is exactly that. I haven't been this impressed in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 15:56:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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joecast

Australia

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden appearance. Real nice white foamy head. Low carbonation.

Fantastic aroma, just how an IPA should be. If cascade was the first notable hop being sought out by beer geeks, simcoe and Amarillo are in that second group. Yummy citrus and oh so fresh. Malt stays in the background as support which is just fine.

Fresh zesty citrus bitterness sets the stage. Balance is just right with the malt being enough to handle how hoppy this beer is. Bitterness lasts long after the sip is done making this a true hop heads beer.

It's sets the bar high with the name but certainly lives up to the expectations. Kern River does it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 03:44:07 | More by joecast
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours gold in color with a nice frothy white head that forms on the pour.
Smell is hoppy with a very nice citrus and floral aroma. Plenty of grapefruit and apricot.
Taste is a decent amount of bitterness but is dominated by a citrusy apricot flavor. Truly juicy and delicious.
Good mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. I'm really enjoying this beer. A little different than what I've had in the past, but I like this twist and perspective on an IPA.
Well done Kern River, well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 00:52:50 | More by FtownThrowDown
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 04:04:30 | More by AleWatcher
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ReDave

California

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Kern River Brewing on the way to a camping trip up River, sure glad i did!

Pours a orange golden amber, with a decent head.
Wow what a nose! This is one of the best aroma's I've had in awhile [must not have had a green flash in awhile?]
pine grapefruit.

Great taste Hoppy but a malt backbone, pretty well balanced
Wish this was closer to home!

The Growler was perfect and the carbonation was good
the staff was very nice, and this place didn't pitch a fit with ordering an IPA for a growler like *some* places....
Will be going back some day

Serving type: growler

08-27-2009 19:43:28 | More by ReDave
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stylinprofiylin

California

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - a golden hazy brown with an offwhite head. alcohol lacing on the glass shows a medium alcohol content

S - smell is typical of an IPA. A very Pine filled scent at the tip of the nose shows for a generous amount of hops. fruit notes consist of raisins, pear, CITRUS.

T - Grassy, Fresh, Piney, Slightly bitter HOPS. not too much, but definitely not too little. its buttery smooth after burner helps it go down smoother than any other IPA out there.

M - medium carbonation, not too heavy on the alcohol feel.

D - because the taste is so outstanding i can drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 22:56:22 | More by stylinprofiylin
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 03:15:15 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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ThePaleRider

California

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado in San Diego

A - Perfect orange that is slightly hazy. One finger of white head with small bubbles that sticks to the glass very nicely.

S - Light nose. Pine, light grapefruit, and some bready malts.

T - Light bitter bite. Almost too smooth for an IPA, but this isn't a fault. Easy drinking with crisp pine up front that really mellows out into a smooth, sweet malty finish. Really amazing IPA that gets better and better as you drink it.

M - Medium body with really nice carbonation.

O - Another outstanding IPA from Kern River. Very sessionable and so smooth. These guys are true masters with hops.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 16:44:36 | More by ThePaleRider
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cavedave

New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to volatilesther for this gem of California!

Pours a cloudy, orangish dark amber, topped by a fleeting white head that leaves a nice skim, and beautiful mountain ranges of lace.

Smell is sweet pale malt, hints of tart yeast, and some balanced citrus and floral hoppiness.

It has a medium strength flavor full of bready sweet and light fruit at the beginning, joined by some nice sweet citrus and herbal bitter, into a finish of citrus bitter and floral sweet that is just right. The balance of this taste is, well, just outstanding, and the semi-juicy finish is also, well, you know.

Mouthfeel is where this beer shines. In a land of resiny to an extreme IPA, this one is plenty viscous enough, but drinks light and refreshing, leaving a clean taste in the mouth. Nice low carb.highlights this feel.

Drinkability is off the charts. Given the means, I could drink this beer non-stop until hydrogen begins to wane in the sun's core.

Impression: Yet another outstanding beer that may require an airline ticket to taste again, sigh.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 22:21:46 | More by cavedave
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with a three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off-white colored head that has quite a bit of staying power and leaves lots of lacing sticking to the sides of my Lost Abbey Teku glass. The beer is an opaque amber color that when held up to the light the beer shows a hazed, red-orange gold hue to it. Ahh, yes indeed this beer is ripe with a vibrant, dank, super-fruity hop character that just jumps out of my glass. The nose smells of big lychee notes, ample tangerine, fresh squeezed tangelo juice with the zest added candied Curacao orange peel and it is backed by softer notes of pine and just enough dank oily hemp character to add some offsetting notes to the up front hop fruitiness. The intensity that this reminds me of citrus juice is quite interesting, I don't think I have ever gotten that so distinctly from an IPA before.

Somewhat dry up front, but there is enough sweet malt to carry the amply expressive, concentrated fruity hop character. Again this reminds me of very freshly squeezed citrus juice (more like sweet, ripe tangerine juice than anything). Other flavors of lychee, kumquat zest, tangelo and a touch of orange blossom honey are found up front. There is a nice anchoring bitterness to this beer that is not overly aggressive, but still provides a nice bite. A touch of herbal character leans towards a hint of onion or garlic, but only a hint such that this only adds to the hop complexity and doesn't get annoying. There is some pine like hop character to this beer as well, though it is not as much as the other herbal notes. This is quite light and quaffable, there is enough texture to carry the ample hop character, but it still drinks exceedingly quickly like the best of IPAs should.

This is definitely a very nice IPA. I like the dominant fruit character that this has and that it is backed by a softly dank herbal character. The malt character plays a distant supporting role here, there is enough to support the hops though, just enough such that it does not intrude into the hop dominance that defines this beer. Despite being quite hop dominated in character though, it does maintain a smooth character throughout; the hops never get overly harsh and they work at a level that keeps this being eminently quaffable. This is definitely a fantastic IPA and a must try for any IPA lover.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 14:24:56 | More by Gueuzedude
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to the dgb3 for this bomber; with a name like this, & a good reputation for this brewery, I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Seems like it's finally becoming more available, & now I get to sample it. Yippee! Sawed in half into separate pint glasses for the wife & myself on a snowy Friday evening after a round of shoveling & sliding with my girls.

Pours an unfiltered orange-yellow, like St. Paul tapwater in the spring. Props for a cool label, too, the donkey, bike tire, & cow-poke (donkey-poke?). Smell is solidly hoppy; foreshadowing rocks. I love my Simcoe hops!

Just Outstanding has a bit of an arrogant name, & that ups the ante. But it's damn good. The hops are crowing, a fragrant mix of roses, grapefruit, bitter old guy, citrus, strong pine - classic IPA. The malt is sitting in the corner, present but unobtrusive. A nice clean bitterness follows up & washes lazily over the palate. Which awaits another sip eagerly. Honestly, the pretty good nose doesn't do the taste justice.

This is the rare bomber that I could dismember easily, then reach for another. Not exactly sessionable, but hell, I'm willing to try. Wondering if I can distract my wife long enough to pilfer some of the juice left in her pint glass.

Excellent effin' brew. This lives up to its name & then some; a beer that I'd drink regularly & with enthusiasm if I could get my hands on it. I can only imagine how mind-blowing this would be fresh & on-tap. My favorite beer of the first 14 days of 2011.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 01:39:47 | More by maximum12
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Brez07

Maine

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notes from a month ago. 22oz bottle shared by Drazzamatazz

A: Dark burnt orange, super cloudy (was not exactly expecting this). Massive 3 finger fluffy head from the pour. Big, thick lacing

S: Lots of grapefruit and pine. Starts with juicy, citrus fruit and finishes with piney/earthy hop notes. Occasional light caramel. As this warmed, notes of pineapple juice emerged

T: Citrus hops goodness with a small amount of pine. Mostly grapefruit, but some pineapple comes through as well. Sweetness in the form of caramel and some bread crust in the finish. Superbly balanced

M: Medium bodied. Slightly bitter. Clean finish

D: I loved this beer. An amazing IPA. Insanely drinkable. Would take this over Citra any day

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 17:20:53 | More by Brez07
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LSUPT

California

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 19:36:33 | More by LSUPT
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womencantsail

California

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple of bombers from Hi-Times today. So glad to finally get a full one to myself!

A: Just Outstanding pours a hazy amber color with a nice white foam.

S: Amazing hop aroma on this beer. Tons of grapefruit along with a nice pine scent. Not too much malt, just the way a west coast IPA should be.

T: A lot more resinous and piney than the aroma lets on. Still a great grapefruit flavor that is slightly present in the beginning and then lingers on the finish. Again, not much malt on the tongue.

M: Very light and easy drinking. A moderate to high level of carbonation (for an IPA, anyway).

D: Just Outstanding is quite an appropriate name for this beer. The aromas and flavors are just what you expect from a west coast IPA and it's such an easy drinking beer. I wish this was more readily available to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 04:47:23 | More by womencantsail
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OlieIPA

California

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 01:15:16 | More by OlieIPA
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours golden with about a finger of off-white foam, pretty good retention and some lacing.

S: Floral, fresh cut grass, tangerine, caramel malt.

T: Like biting into a juicy pink grapefruit, a little spice, citrus, light bitter and caramel malt finish.

M: Somehow soft, unlike a lot of IPAs which have a harsh (not the right word) texture. Creamy. Medium-light body and carbonation works very well here.

O: Top class and citrus forward IPA. Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 05:15:43 | More by pmarlowe
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younger35

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BeerTruth for bringing me a bottle of this from his resent trip to the left coast. This will be my first brew from Kern River and I look forward to it. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Opens with a violent hiss and pours a crystal clear reddish orange with a beautifully fluffy one finger white head. A nice thick cap and collar remain the entire beer along with tons of thick web like lacing.
Smell- Plenty fruity as the Amarillo and Simcoe mentioned on the label come through loud and clear. Lots of grapefruit and peach along with a bit of earthy pine for good measure. A touch of caramel comes through but it's very light and really doesn't contribute much.
Taste- "The Name Says It All", right there on the label, and that's the truth. Lightly fruity and lightly bitter the beer manages to have all the hoppiness I crave yet isn't overly bitter in the least. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple all make an appearance at some time or another. A bit of a caramel sneaks in toward the finish but like the nose it's an afterthought.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice aggressive bite of carbonation that is spot on.
Drinkability- Really enjoyed this one as it's a nice change of pace from all the Double and Triple IPA's I've been drinking lately. Beautifully fruity and easy drinking this was a treat of a brew to enjoy tonight. Thanks much Adam, you came through again!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 01:03:33 | More by younger35
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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