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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

910 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 910
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 355
Gots: 84 | 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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rtaps

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer at the brewery in a flight, and have been craving it ever sense. So i couldn't pass up this bottle when i found it.

Very clear golden almost straw like in color. nice 1 finger white frothy head with good retention, leaving spotty lacing around the glass.

very nice hoppy aroma. tropical fruits (mango and pineapples stand out) some floral notes and citrus

taste follows the nose. fruity mangos, pineapple citrus with a mildly malty backbone. So easy to drink

light bodied medium carbonation. leaves the mouth watery.

overall thats just outstanding

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:58:42 | More by rtaps
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A: Hazed golden honey color with a massive, frothy khaki head. Endless retention and thick rings of lacing.

S: Dominated by fresh piney/floral hops and a light caramel malt background.

T: Strong mildly sweet caramel and biscuit malt body with waves of piney Amarillo hops and some light citric rind flavor.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, relatively soft and fluffy on the palate.

D: An extremely enjoyable and drinkable IPA. I prefer slightly sweeter, more citric hops in IPAs, but nothing really worth complaining about here.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 23:22:06 | More by yourefragile
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awalk1227

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/20/10 Got this in a trade from Rock4sc96, really excited to try it! Thanks Chris!

Dry hopped wit Simcoe and Amarillo. Sounds like a recipe for success to me.

A: Pours a hazy glowing orange with a beautiful white head. Thick and frothy, hanging all over the glass. Leaves a messy glass afterwards. Beautiful beer.

S: The dry hopping 'done good. Punchy grapefruit and pineapple jump out and greet me, followed by a familiar resin character. A bit of caramel sweetness.

T: Wow, very very easy drinking. Close to 7% ABV and no alcohol is detected. Just a juicy grapefruit character backed up by tons of bitter hops and balanced with a significant malt profile, but it's subtle enough to remain a standard West Coast IPA.

F: I don't want to say thin, but it's definitely not medium and chewy like a Racer 5. Carbonation is great and the malt creates a smooth silky flow throughout.

D: As I put a dent in the bomber, I notice that it's really doing some work on my palate. I'd eat this with a really spicy meal! Great beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 22:01:11 | More by awalk1227
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA a little over a month ago. The cashier claimed that it had just come in a few days before. To my knowledge, this bottle has been kept refrigerated for it's entire life.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Standard pour netted a good three fingers of dense, rich, eggshell-colored foam. Body is crystal clear, orange-copper in color, and displays a gentle column of carbonation rising within. Excellent head retention - it just won't die down! - and thick, bubble bath-like lace complete the look. Looks outstanding!

Smell: Grapefruit, pine resin, caramel, earth, and toasted grain notes. Sweetness picks up a bit as it warms. Well done, but pretty straightforward; no surprises here.

Taste: Earth and pine come forth first, followed closely by pineapple, salt, and lemongrass. Grapefruit emerges in the finish, paving the way for a long-lasting bittersweet aftertaste. As you can probably guess, this is a hop-forward IPA. However, the malt bill still hangs in there, providing a solid base of toasted bread crust and (lighter) caramel. All of the flavors meld together very well. Where was this in the nose?!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well balanced. Fine, yet active, carbonation creates a velvety sensation on the palate - I dig that. Finishes bitter, but not nearly as dry as most west coast IPAs - I really like where it's at in terms of FG. Hop resins cling to the palate deep into the aftertaste. Once again, outstanding!

Drinkability: Other than the nose, this Just Outstanding was, indeed, outstanding! I wish I wouldn't have sat on it so long before drinking it. I'm sure a fresher version has an excellent aroma. This is a fantastic IPA through and through. Kudos to Kern River! I'm stoked that I can now get your stuff in San Luis Obispo.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:00:17 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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pkalix

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"peach" definitely describes the color of the liquid, and an almost 'peach' head with mounds of 'white' defining the almost lumpy landscape sitting on top. awesome sight when poured with lots of mix and beautiful swirling. looks beautiful but lacks some carbonation.
orange-y, tangerine-y, orange-rind aromas....
grapefruit and orange on the palate, and grapefruit rind. lots of bitter-y zest. very nice, easy to drink. not something I can drink several in succession of due to personal preferences, but I DID separate it from the Pliny with a DOWNTOWN BROWN from North Coast . . . . so, yeah, I can drink a few of these. very good brew, indeed!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 23:57:19 | More by pkalix
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick and frothy white head, light golden color, excellent lacing

S: Fresh hops, citrus, floral, orange peel

T: Grapefruit and other tropical fruits, good bitterness

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, nice carbonation

O: Good IPA, I hope Kern gets distributed in WI some day

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 13:31:23 | More by derkfromwi
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 00:34:12 | More by mdaschaf
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augustgarage

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear, dark orange body with gamboge and amber highlights topped by a rocky merengue-like head. Sticky 3-D lacing fruits from the sides of the glass. Thin, glassy tears slide down rapidly.

Simcoe and Amarillo seem to be a popular pairing, and this beer is a good illustration of why that is. The Simcoe delivers a potent dose of passion fruit aromatics, backed by a pure wave of blood-orange and tangerine from the Amarillo. There are also hints of apricot jam, peach, honey, and fresh herbs (thyme? chamomile?) for complexity. Smells like a mouth-watering smoothie.

Sweet palate entry, rather malty even, though the hops take over rapidly. Fruity, earthy, herbal, and quite bitter with flavors similar to the aromas. Hints of rye crisps and grapefruit seeds in the finish which is dry overall.

Medium-light bodied, pillowy, with moderate carbonation. Faintly astringent with a slight minerality from the water.

Another fine example of the style - we are really swimming in an abundance of superb IPAs now...

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 04:21:32 | More by augustgarage
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark gold with a very small dissipating white head. Left a little bit of lacing behind on the glass.

The smell is the all-star on this one. Citrusy piney and a little bit of tropical fruit shine through. This is one of the top aromatic beers I've ever opened.

The taste is similar although not quite as powerful. The piney resiny hops shine through a bit more than the citrus and there is a little bit of a caramel malt background.

Mouthfeel and carbonation levels are both around average for the style.

Overall this definitely is an outstanding IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 00:01:19 | More by jmarsh123
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rallison

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fresh bottle - bottled on 5/25 so only about 10 days old!

A very tasty IPA - the hops start of citrusy and juicy - very much West Coast style. Later on though, you finish with a nice touch of piny hops. Medium bitterness and a touch of malt sweetness.

Very drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 04:35:32 | More by rallison
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HosP

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz into pint glass.

A- pours dark Orange, hazy color. Fluffy white head, leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S- lots of hop aroma. Pine hops come through first, followed by citrus grapefruit. Some subtle sweet malt hints in the back.

T- like the nose lots of hop flavor throughout. Citrus hop flavor comes more prominent though. Some grapefruit mixed with some pine in the middle. Caramel malty at the end hold up the hops nicely. Bitterness becomes stronger toward the end, but not overly bitter.

M- medium body, good carbonation. Oily feel in the mouth.

O- great ipa! Would love to be able to drink this anytime. Good amount of hop flavor, but doesn't go over the top. Very much enjoyed this beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 03:28:14 | More by HosP
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Beernf

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Man oh man, do i love this beer. I would drink this with a spicy sausage covered in peppers and onions at Tony's and it was just about as close to beer pairing heaven as it gets. Something about pairing an IPA with that spicy sausage and pepper combo that just makes sense. It almost nullifies the heat and lets the flavors emerge better in both. Love this beer's heavy pine nose and taste along with its more citrusy side. I would drink this all the time if it was possible, the most drinkable IPA i have had although Hangar 24 comes close.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 21:41:55 | More by Beernf
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FosterJM

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23rd Review on BA
Bottle Poured to mug.

App- Cloudy carbonated orange/copper color. Single finger tan head that lingered for quite a bit. Great lacing when I took a sip. Best I've seen in a bit.

Smell- Great smell with a big fresh hop tinge. Citrus, floral on the nose. Smelled very fresh like it had been just bottled and delivered.

Taste- On first sip it's super smooth. Leaves a faint floral touch on the tongue.

Mouth- Silky, smooth, rich, lush. Its very drinkable and not overly overpowering as some IPA's can be. It was a medium body and full. Very well done.

Drink- I think I found my new favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:59:56 | More by FosterJM
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BitterPachyderm

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 3rd treat from the mystery box (thanks again Solomon420!), 22 oz. bomber with no freshness noted poured into the appropriate SN pint glass...

Aggressive pour=aggressive head...rocky off white foam head with great retention as well as good lacing and legs. A burnt golden body with a slight haze...

Floral boquet of spicy hops and grapefruits...solid nose, very West Coast with lots of spice and citrus.

Lots of hop bite up front with s drying bitter finish. Citrus grapefruit notes throughout with a hint of malts...bits of caramel in the finish also noted.

Slick, oily, and buttery-top notch carbonation!

The spiciness keeps it from a 4.5, but still superdrinkable!

An AMAZING IPA that needs some more respect. This ranks right up there with Blind Pig in my opinion. Simcoe and amarillo hops were used, and damn were they used well!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 00:38:38 | More by BitterPachyderm
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comfortablynumb1

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light amber with a two finger frothy tan head. Head dissipates at a fairly quick pace, but there is a decent amount of sticky lacing to be had here...

S - Lots of pine and citrus fruit notes. Don't pick up much besides that. Scent is fairly docile...

T - Piney hops, grapefruit, and some oranges. Very smooth. Ends with some lingering pine. This one is very well balanced. Nothing is over the top. Abv is well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation for the style. Super smooth...

O - Kern River comes through with a solid IPA. Definitely something that I will be looking to revisit in the near future. Super smooth. Can see myself putting a few of these back in a sitting...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 00:31:03 | More by comfortablynumb1
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ExplosivoSR

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Light orange color, with a massive 3 1/2 finger head with great lacing.

S - Pine, floral citrus, lemon peel, tropical fruit.

T - Instantly reminded me of Alpine's Nelson. A mild hop bitterness is immediately taken over by a huge amount of malt character. Hops show up once more at the end, but it is quite brief.

M - Medium amount of carbonation leaves the mouth coated with a sticky sweetness.

O - Highly impressed with this one. Great balance, and a memorable flavor. One of the better single IPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 08:48:42 | More by ExplosivoSR
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muttyd

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra in a trade with Trilogy31. Thanks again, Tony.

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip. Body is amber/straw colored with a thick white head. Excellent head retention and lacing as I swirl it around the glass. As I move in for a whiff, I immediately smacked in the face with passion fruit, guava, and grapefruit. Some resiny/cannabis notes in there as well. Very hoppy in the flavor as well (citrus, grapefruit, earthy, bitter) but balanced with a sweet malty backbone. Finishes dry with a big aromatic hop presence. Well carbonated and creamy mouthfeel. Glad I got to try this one. I will definitely seek out more Kern River in future trades.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:55:25 | More by muttyd
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Gobzilla

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured a yellowish orange into my tulip that had a nice 2 finger bubbly head with good retention with very little lacing.

S: lots of floral piny hop aromas along side nice sweet malt presence with hints of caramel and citrus fruits.

T: has a nice hoppy bitterness up front that has a good balance between the malts but overall this beer really does have a piney hop punch.

M: has medium to full body with very little carbonation to make my mouth tingle.

D: really enjoyed this hop bomb from kern valley. Will definitely be picking up more bottles of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 03:30:33 | More by Gobzilla
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's, 11/9/11.

A-Pour is a clear amber with a thin white head and good lacing.

S-Citrus hops and sweet malt.

T-Very nice balance of sweet malt and tangerine hops.

M-Light to medium bodied.

O-Very drinkable and delicious, sessionable and tasty.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 17:01:53 | More by sholland119
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a light caramel color with a 2" white head. Big clumps and spider web lacing remain on the glass.

S- very pungent citrus and floral notes. Banana, grapefruit and pineapple.

T- sweet caramel, lots of juicy citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, orange and finishes with a good amount of citrus rind bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy but has a slickness too it as well.

O- outstanding ipa ( pun intended). Would love to have access to this regularly!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:53:11 | More by kawilliams81
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Floydster

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa for $4.49, currently drinking out of my Duvel tulip glass

A-Light golden orange color, 1 1/2 inch foamy white head with above average retention, some nice sticky lacing
S-Big piney hop aroma, good amount of both Amarillo and Simcoe, grapefruit, lemon, orange rind, other citrus, and earthiness
T-Starts off with a nice hop welcome, stays bitter through the middle, rather slick but has some caramel and other malts to balance things out, stays dry in the finish, lots of nice hop flavors going from firm pine to citrusy fruits, really like this and especially for its low price
M-Slick, dry, bitter, and citrusy mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, taste lingers with a nice bitter bite
D-Could drink a few bombers of this, packs a punch for a single IPA, alcohol is very well hidden, feels light but has a lot of substance, goes down easy and is a smooth drinking brew

First beer from Kern River that I have tasted, this brewery is pretty close to my grandparent's house and I have never made it out here, this beer has made me want to even more, looking forward to trying more of what they have to offer, recommended

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 00:09:59 | More by Floydster
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Anaz

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- really nice reddish orange, a little hazy, but I don't mind that at all. Not much head but, it lasts and leaves some faint lacing.

S- Lots of citrus rind mingling with fresh bread. Sharp grapefruit notes with some sweetness. Very clean and full.

T- A mouthful of citrusy, piney hops supported by an off-sweet bready malt in the mid-palate and some lovely hop spice and citrus with slight sweetness in the finish. The bitterness is nicely balanced with the hop flavor and malt, and it never overpowers the other flavors.

M- Very full, almost a little syrupy, but clean carbonation keeps it from being cloying at any point. Some alcohol heat in there.

D-I shared bottle with friends but would gladly drink two bombers myself. I would love to have this more readily available.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 05:47:51 | More by Anaz
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice lighter golden color with a nice head. Nose was citrus, floral and hoppy. Taste was a a blast of hops up front, the dry hopping was very evident. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth a great hop bite and finish. Very good and highly drinkable.

Serving type: growler

11-15-2009 16:17:58 | More by barleywinefiend
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mjl21

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Toronado. Poured into a pint glass. No abv info is given.

A-Pours orangish amber with a very minimal off white head. While the retention isn't the best, it does maintain a small filmy layer throughout. Leaves a little bit of lace.

S-It has a nice fresh, hoppy nose. Lots of citrus,pine, and some dank come through. Apparently it is dry hopped with Amarillo and Simcoe and these two varieities give it that great WC nose. This one deserves 4.25 for smell.

T-The citrus and pine come through quickly on the palate. There is a nice caramel malt backbone that kicks in as it goes down. It finishes with a nice level of pine bitterness. Pine is the predominant aftertaste.

M-Lighter end of the medium spectrum. It has good carbonation from being served on tap and finsihes dry.

D-Damn good WC IPA. Had no problem knocking this one back.

This was my first beer from this brewer and I have to say I was impressed. A few people sitting next to me also had this and remarked on how good of an IPA it is. I would love to see bottles available up here. These guys deserve some accolades for making yet another great WC IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 02:55:21 | More by mjl21
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to Solomon420 for this one.

This pours a dark, golden, yellow with orange tinting. A tiny head of white foam rides the liquid, all the way down the glass. Lacing is full and quite sticky.

Big presence of citrus hops. Loads of grapefruit, both yellow and ruby-red. A good amount of orange and lemon rinds. A good level of pine oil. Nice level of floral hops, also. Definite hints of caramel and sweet malts are here, but they appear to be pretty deep.

The taste is way more balanced than I anticipated it to be. This is an equal playing field for both the hops and the malts. Mild levels of caramel and brown sugar sweetness mingle with the citrus and floral hop notes. The sweet and bitter don't cancel each other, so much as they compliment each other.
It lives up to its name.

This is medium-bodied with a light level of carbonation. No real presence of creaminess to speak of, but it's very smooth and tasty.

This is a damn fine IPA, as long as you aren't looking for a palate shredder. Great balance, taste and enjoyability.
Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 03:31:58 | More by coldmeat23
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.