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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,099 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 367
Gots: 129 | 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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007

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Photo of magictrokini
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First experience with this brewery. Pours clear copper with a medium white head. Good lacing. Earthy, kind of barnyard noseful of hops. If you are familiar with the area where this beer is brewed, it smells like that. Its uncanny and only adds to this beer's character. Smooth, clean mouthfeel with a long finish. Taste is bitter and earthy. The Amarillo hops are the boss in this one; peppery, earthy, piney, and bitter. The Simcoe is a nice compliment, but take a backseat to the Amarillos. Hefty malt, but as is my favorite, they also take a backseat and don't turn the beer into a sticky, candy mess. This is a true single IPA that packs a strong hops punch. Love it.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mrbubbler for this solid extra. Enjoyed from a batch 002 TB snifter.

a - brew poured a murky amber orange reddish brown with a thin frothy IPA head that hung out and left massive lacing on the glass. Really attractive brew.

s - nose is really fantastic and what you would hope for. Rich lush fresh piny hop intertwined with some dank caramel notes.

t/m - yum. Piny heady hops. Nice big bitterness without being overdone. A bit chewy and full bodied but far from syrupy.

o - overall, yep...just outstanding. Worth checking out.

Photo of 321jeff
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with golden edges and three fingers of soapy white head. As the head fades, it leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

Aroma is a soft sweet very pleasant citrus aroma of orange and grapefruit with some hints of pine resin in the background.

Taste starts off with some sweet citrus before the hop bitterness takes over. Pretty simple, but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium but very sticky with some moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable IPA for the citrusy IPA fan... very nice, can't wait to try the Citra DIPA..

Photo of DoesntMatter46
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange- copper color. Very bright and clear with a fine white head.

Floral, piney hops, with a hint of toffee almost on the nose.

Pleasantly bitter and spicy up front, followed by a hit of tangerine and grapefruit, more citrus in the taste than the aroma, backed up with by the taste of Hawaiian sweet bread.

Fine textured carbonation, and on the thin side but I like that. I don't want my IPA's to have the consistency of cough syrup.

Very easy to drink. Very happy to find another great IPA from California. I think I might be planning a camping trip to the Sierra sometime soon, and will most definitely want to stop at the brewery in Kernville.

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Yields a 2 finger bubbly white head. Takes awhile to reside to a soapy layer of foam on top. Leaves nice lacing behind, with oil legs. Golden with a hint of amber in color.

Smells of grapefruit, cereal grain, zesty orange peel, slight pine, and dank. Some butterscotch diacetyl. Upfront hop fragrance with some pretty striaght forward malts., really nice.

Taste explodes with grapefruit, lemon and orange zest, a bit of pine and resin as well. Light honey malts, and buttery diacetyl. Definitely a hop dominated IPA.

Medium bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Tiny assertive bubbles, and medium carbonation.

Easy drinking. Just an outstanding IPA.

Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious bottle dating.

A deep bowl of variant color. Deep red bronze overall, with dark orange and lemon highlights on the edges. Supper slow rising carbonation comes up in nice abundance but not too much. Slightly a bit hazy though and not that clear. Head is a light white vanilla cream and perfectly uniformed bubbled. Nice four finger tall head, thick island clump retention and cap. If this had a little bit less haze it would look remarkable, but it's very impressive.

Nice subtle nose. Garden floral notes, very subtle, almost perfume like. A dry hint of pine and spruce rounds out. All around pretty solid, not much malt presence, or sweetness.

Real surprising palate. Whopping juiced character and mild sugar finish of caramel and hop juiced oils. Real great coating palate that gives a mint sticky mild bitterness and finish. Great aromatics in the mid palate of green pine and spruce. Chewy leafy garden greens of perfume and hints of mint. Small hints of dry biscuit character and brown toast a little as it warms.

The mouthfeel on this is so soft and easy to drink that it goes down like nothing. Real fun brew from these guys, it's not a giant hop smash in the face, just a nice subtle but noticeable play on it which I dig.

Photo of deford
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a simple review here....from a bomber into a glass. Great head. Aromas of pine, orange, citrus, bread. Tastes of bitter pinecone, grapefruit, bread with an alcohol finish...realy brite though. Feels just fine.

Will def grab more of this.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to both Skuter and checkii for sending me bottles of this.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a moderate peach color with a good, sturdy white head. The nose brings a really nice bouquet of citrus and tropical hops. Really nice combination and fairly strong. The taste is a bit plainer without going as overboard on the hops. A slight amount of malt in the background. Really nice body and the bitterness fits the taste nearly perfectly. Drinkability is quite high; damn, Kern River knows how to make a hoppy brew.

Photo of Beernf
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 2 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down but slowly dissipates over time. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, and some malt on the finish. There is a fairly mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer that is tasty and super easy to drink with its awesome aromas and flavors.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking IPA, tan/orange and slightly hazy, great two finger head that lasted and lasted and left all kinds of great lacing on my tulip glass.

Smells very nice, a great mix of piney grapefruit and hoppy goodness.

A very well balanced and flavorful IPA. Just a touch of fruitiness peeks through with lots of delicious hops, grapefruits and mandarin oranges, balanced malts, and a good mix of sweetness vs bitterness.

Rich and pungent in your mouth, medium bodied and well carbonated.

This is a very good IPA. I could easily drink this on a regular basis. Just plain delicious in every way.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a balloon tulip (Thanks Vitese!)

A: Pours golden orange with a massive 3 finger head, white and extremely tight with great retention. I could have flown to Paris and back and the head would still be standing tall. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Tons of simcoe: Grapefruit, pine, tangerine, and slight dank herbal quality. I get a little caramel malt and just a hint of alcohol.

T: Fairly soft hop character presents itself: restrained grapefruit, tangerine, floral notes, little bit of herbal dankness, pine in the background. The pine bitterness builds to a moderately bitter finish. Moderate amount of caramel sweetness to add a little candy fruit hop flavor but without being like a barelywine. Pleasant bitterness/slight astringency (in a good way) through the finish. Fairly dry.

M: Medium body, moderate to maybe very slightly high carbonation. Very fine carbonation. Fairly resinous and sticky, though smooth enough to make it extremely drinkable. Clean and bitter finish.

O: I'd agree with the label, this is just an outstanding IPA. Not too bitter, not too sweet, not to phenolic, just in the sweet spot across the board. I really wish I had something like like this, it would always be in my fridge.

Photo of pkalix
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Photo of CruisaC
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from Keg N' Bottle in Santa Barbara area, CA.

22 oz bottle poured into my Rodenbach snifter

Pours a pretty honey-orange color, slightly cloudy. An inch of golden head forms

Smells pine needles, orange peel, mild grass, very refreshing

Tastes very crisp with hops forward, citrus (grapefruit), just a touch of sweetness on the back end, but definitely not dominating. The hops are the star here but don't leave much bitterness.

Great balance with carbonation and silky mouthfeel.

Wonderful IPA, glad to pick it up. Maybe not Citra, but a great introduction to Kern River.

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MNishCT77
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle purchased from CraftCity.com, unknown packaging/bottling dates (bizarre to me that lots of the West Coast breweries don't bottle date their IPAs); poured into my FFF snifter and drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration; low clarity (cannot see or read through); initially fluffy white head resolves into a lacing of alternate size carbonation bubbles with some lake effect; moderate alcohol legs

A: 10/12 - pine, citrus, resin, grapefruit and touch of dank; moderate biscuity/sharp malt character; some alcohol when really digging; no diacetyl; no DMS

T: 16/20 - a moderate bite of bitterness on the anterior palate that is replaced by PNW hop flavors - pine, resin, tangerine and grapefruit (feel like I can really tell that this beer is brewed with Simcoe and Amarillo); a slight malty/breadiness and alcohol on the back end; finishes super dry

M: 4/5 - moderate body (with hop oils and alcohol); moderate carbonation; high drinkability

T: 9/10 - just a classically outstanding West Coast IPA with the juxtaposition of pine (Simcoe) and citrus (Amarillo); totally crushable to boot - feel like I could drink another 1-2 bombers alone tonight; high recommended and curious to cf. to Alpine Duet, which uses the same hops

TOTAL - 42/50

Photo of thereal_adam
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of willjschmidt
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a orangish amber color with a thin white head.

S: Glorious hops. Lots of citrus, a hint of pine.

T: Loads of juicy citrusy hops: grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine. A hint of bitter pine in the finish. Very well balanced.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: My first offering from Kern River and it lived up to the name on the bottle. An outstanding IPA.

Photo of ssgunbond
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of awalk1227
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from HiTime Wines in Costa Mesa CA.

This pours a clear golden colour with an inch of foam. Not many bubbles visible in my glass.

The smell is big notes of citrus hops with a light malty presence peeking through. Similar nose to Odell IPA and RR Blind Pig, me thinks, so I'm liking it.

The taste starts of with big notes of citrus bringing a lot of bitterness. More sips in and it's obviously big on the grapefruit and about mid palate, there's some malt moving in and brings a light sweetness to somewhat balance this IPA. Near and through the finish, I can taste a buttload of pine making for a nice bitterish finish. Man, this is a very tasty American IPA!

Further sips in and I'm starting to notice the malt more, which is a plus for me. It's still definitely an American style but I love me some malt to keep it from getting too bitter.

Good solid medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is just a notch below medium.

Drinkability? If I had easy access to this brew, I'd drink a lot of it. Very smooth but brilliantly tasting, the abv doesn't get in the way at all.

My second brew(of 3) from Kern River Brewing and ....who ARE these people???? Colour me impressed!

Btw, good head retention and lacing...

Photo of Eddiehop
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Coji
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of derkfromwi
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,099 ratings.