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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

929 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 357
Gots: 89 | 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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Anaz

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Trade extra courtesy of vurt - thanks!

Appearance: 3/4 of the bomber was moderately poured into the tulip, leaving a full 3 fingers of fluffy bubbly white head. This is probably the nicest looking head I've ever seen in this glass besides the beer it was intended for. Body color is dark orange. Absolutely fantastic lacing.

Smell: Citrusy hop smell. Rather mild on the aroma, but enough to be there.

Taste: A nice slight juicy sweet citrus flavor up front, but the malt body and bitter bite take over on the backend. Perfectly balanced. A slightly higher than I'd like alcohol taste is the only thing that keeps this from a perfect 5 for me, though at 6.8% we're nearing DIPA territory, so I'm not surprised.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp, carb is perfect. Dry and medium bodied. Right on point for the style.

Drinkability: High. I'll easily polish off the bomber and could probably do a second if I had one.

Overall: Fantastic IPA. I guess it's pretty ho-hum for the west coasters, but this is as good as any IPA I can pick up on the shelves around here. My first (and likely not last) beer from Kern River, and a great impression. Would be a regular in my fridge if I could get it locally.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 00:30:36 | More by cbeer88
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abrand

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber with no date poured into a pint glass

Pours a deep yellow to orange color with a nice fluffy pillowy beige head with amazing retention. Smells of pines, grass, sweet fruits, and of course hops. Taste is wonderful. Lots of citrus and floral notes with a full flavored hop backbone. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with good carbonation. The great taste and low abv of this makes it extremely drinkable. Not just a clever name for this outstanding IPA from a new brewery for me. Now need to get my hands on the Citra.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 05:45:35 | More by abrand
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Walken

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kern River: Just Outstanding IPA (No date) (Tasted 01/28/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Extra from Alen, thanks man!

Appearance: Pours heavily hazed golden verging on amber with a fluffy off-white head that leaves a solid sheet of lace on the side of the glass.
Odor: Focused hop aroma reeks of tropical fruit, reminiscent of mango, pineapple and tangerine. There's definitely a rich, bready "sweet" malt aroma supporting all of this.
Consistency: Medium body, oils are evident, as is a nice low carbonation that keeps things lively.
Taste: Everything I could have expected and more. Earthy/herbal hop bitterness leading the charge, loads of pineapple and grapefruit in the center. Surprisingly, the rich malt character hinted at in the nose is absent and that's a-ok by me, just a dash of semi-sweet pale malt rings out. Finishes dry, juicy hop flavor continues to smack my face up.

Name does say it all. Very solid and definitely above the cut for style. I like the direction they went with the hops, very nice example of the flavors found in the relatively new hops that are coming from breeding programs.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 01:41:05 | More by Walken
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Dijeriduster

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn this is a good IPA. Had it at Hamilton's in San Diego as part of beer week...place was packed.

A - Fine hazy golden colour with just a hint of peach or amber.

S - Strong - even in a packed bar I knew this was gonna taste great. Lots of citrus and flower with a hint of grain coming thru.

T - Nice full bodied IPA with tons of hop character. More towards the bitter side of IPAs but its just what the doctor ordered.

M - Pretty good, nice and full with a good balance of carbonation and body.

D - High, I'd get this again for sure. Not sure how it'd be in a bottle but I bet its a dosey.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 22:22:37 | More by Dijeriduster
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy orange/amber, one finger head, nicely carbonated that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Hops, both grass and citrus. With a nice malt character as well. Slight amounts of caramel.

T-Starts with citrus, grapefruit, grass and even some lemon. Strong malt character as well. Nice bitterness in the finish. Pine is there as well.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins with some carbonation.

O-An solid IPA. Not really Outstanding, but damn good.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 19:33:43 | More by rlee1390
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DijonKetchup

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from 22 ounce bottle.

An amber-yellow hue enters my glass, low foam build and the lower carbonation is immediately apparant. Head looks nice with tight bubbles, but would have liked to see a bit more. Smells floral, citrus, pineapple, smokey - I must start taking beers out of the fridge earlier to get more aromas. Classic Simcoe/Amarillo mix.

Taste is smooth, very well balance between malt & hops. Mouthfeel is great, just where it should be. 6.8% alcohol is very well packaged with this brew. Just to nitpick, I would like the bitter level a hair less, but that is my personal opinion.

All in all, an excellent beer and comes highly recommended. In addition, a great buy at $3.99 - I would also pick this up at $4.99.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 02:10:20 | More by DijonKetchup
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schwaeh

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my second bottle, it sort of fell into my lap at a Jackie O's release by a generous Cali BA. Thanks whoever you are! Shared with others...

A: Pours a transparent golden with a massive frothy white head. Great lacing, this looks really nice.

S: Lots of orange and mango on the nose, very smooth citrus is bursting from this. Some malts and a mineral aroma are detectable behind all the fruit. We finally figured out passion fruit is also a large part of this. This smells fantastic.

T: Orange is a very big player in the taste here. Pine actually makes a sizable appearance in the taste, I didn't notice this in the aroma but it is definitely competing with the fruit. Not overly bitter, just bursting with tropical fruits and flavor.

M: Medium body and a resinous mouthfeel. There is a nice oiliness from the hops.

O: I couldn't have thought of a better name if I was Kern. This is amazing stuff that I would buy regularly, given the chance. Not many flaws with this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 20:02:47 | More by schwaeh
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chilly460

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear golden orange with an impressive frothy white head. Good lacing.

S: Lots of orange and mango on the nose, very smooth citrus is busting out of this one. Some toffee malts aroma are detectable behind all the fruit. Exotic citrus in their too, starfruit or something along those lines. Great aroma.

T: Orange and apricot is hits right up front. Some lighter piney notes in there as well. Not a "bitter" IPA, but busting with juicy hops. Nice light malty backbone as well.

M: Medium body and a resinous mouthfeel. There is a nice oiliness from the hops.

O: Really nice IPA, my idea of citrusy profile with great balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:40:55 | More by chilly460
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bomber into an Alchemist becher. No date.

Appearance- Clear amber with two finger fluffy white head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Lots of tropical and citrus frutis. Tons of pineapple actually. Nice floral hops, but tropical fruits dominate.

Taste- Big pine and grassy hops. The tropical fruits are not really in taste, but its the earthy notes and pine note that are there. finish is pretty much grapefruit.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full carbonation with medium-full body. Nice bitterness and very light heat.

Overall- This beer is Just Great, but I don't know if it's Just Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 19:34:11 | More by Seanniek91
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Purchased on day it was delivered to Hacienda Bev. (Brea) on 10-Jun-14.
Poured into Bottle Logic can glass on 11-Jun-14.

Also tasted on 18-Nov-11, 20-Jul-12, 29-Sep-13.

Very piney aroma dominate over the citrus hops, but still present. Nice nectar-y finish. Good refreshing body that's got a medium malt feel.

Overall, a fantastic IPA that's very reasonably priced. I rank this in the same tier of IPA's as Jai Alai, Head Hunter, Columbus IPA, and Flower Power.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 14:21:28 | More by Rollzroyce21
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best IPAs will rival a summer sunset and leave a fossilized lacing worthy of display in an archeology museum - Just Outstanding IPA does just those two things. Its crispy orange body has a light haze, one pronounced enough to stifle clarity but not asphyxiate the glaring glow of heated amber embers, and its head is lathered enough to petrify onto the glass.

If you think the florist shop is fragrant, try stepping into a tiny brewhouse where they're brewing up an uber-hopped IPA! It is stink-ay! This dry-hopped offering bottles some of the ambiance, featuring several kinds of awesomeness, ranging from fresh-cut flowers to fresh-squeezed citrus juice to ganja grasses. It is pithy, leafy, earthy and, above all, bitter.

This IPA is like a long-standing soap opera in the sense that different actors routinely succeed to the same role; bitter fruits, citric and tropical fruits, herbal teas, pine needles and skunky grasses all at one point or another ascend to the thrown of dominant hoppiness. A little bit of wafer-y, toffee-accented malt accompanies, but it's very easily ignored.

Despite a solid malt presence, there's no lingering toasty or biscuity flavours what so ever, just pine resins and citrus piths. That notwithstanding, Kern River have done well to keep harsh bitterness in its holster. The finish is dominated by notes of sugary fruit like pineapple or passion-fruit and earthy resins that smack of spruce or birch syrup.

In a perfect world, beers like this would not be drunk time to time or solely by ravenous beer geeks, but rather would prevail in every day public life and in the general consciousness. That, I contend, would be a much happier, more advanced food and drink culture. Until then, however, I can only dream... and thank Ultraman9000 for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 04:14:37 | More by biegaman
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ghetto90007

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a Ranger IPA tumbler.

Pours a mostly clear amber-golden color. A finger and a half of silky off-white head. Lacing looks pretty solid. Spectacular head retention.

Citrus and floral hops. An evening out from malt character lies below the surface - doesn't smell too sweet.

A quick flash of slight sweetness and malt, followed by a rush of bitter, citrus rind hops. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple juice linger as the beer settles. Mostly bitter but semi-sweet finish. Floral notes start to become more prevalent as this one warms, which prompted me to come back and revise my review.

Smooth start, fairly light bodied, finishes with juicy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 02:56:58 | More by ghetto90007
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joe1510

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

This here IPA is yet another in a long line of great brews sent my way courtesy of BitterBill, thank you sir! Just Outstanding IPA shows off a polished copper body that manages to glow when backlit. There's a slight haziness but this one was just taken from the trade box about 2 hours ago. A small dirty white head formed on the pour that grew to one finger max and left incredible sheet lacing the entire way down the glass. This is one impressive looking IPA with some of the better lacing I've seen in awhile.

The nose is very interesting and screams hops. The aroma of this beer drips with resinous, spicy hops over the top of a unique semi-sweet caramel maltiness that shows signs rich toffee underneath. There is a smattering of grapefruit pith but the spiciness takes the lead. A crazy spicy wood character pops up here and there that I'm assuming is from the hop profile. I've come to thoroughly enjoy this style of IPA; it's unique in a world filled with grapefruit bombs.

Wow, I am really digging this IPA! Big, spicy, mouth sapping resinous hops kick things off in the proudest of ways. The spiciness really picks up in the back of the throat. Dry pine needles and bitter grapefruit pith play solid roles but stay in the back where they belong. Rich caramel and mild toffee make up the malty aspect of this beer that tries it's best to pull itself to the hoppiness but falls far short. Citric qualities actually make a stronger appearance here than the nose suggested and I enjoy it immensely.

The mouthfeel is the only aspect of this beer that could use a little improvement. The body is medium and shows a bit of stick upfront but for whatever reason feels a bit thin on the swallow. That's in no way a knock to the mouthfeel, just some nitpicking on my part. The bitterness hits its hardest on the swallow and lingers around in the best of ways.

Drinkability is off the charts easy. Seriously, this bomber is disappearing in a matter of minutes and I'm under no control of myself to slow down. The abv is nowhere to be found and I could see that catching up to me very easily in the long run.

This beer sounded like a winner but it's a knockout! This is one of the better IPAs I've had in a while and one I hope to enjoy numerous times over the next few months. A big thank you for this one Bill, it's delicious!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 23:56:42 | More by joe1510
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KevinBrewer

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of this from Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

It pours a clear copper with a creamy off-white head that leaves spidery lacing.

The aroma is floral with a piney undertone and a trace of sweet caramel-y malt.

At first, floral, piney hops hit the tongue, supported by a smooth, sweet malt. Then grapefruit appears with a lingering hop bitterness, followed by an aftertaste of floral tea. 6.8% alcohol with not a trace in the taste.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. It coats your throat with a time-release mixture of hop juice and sweet malt. It's thicker than an IPA, but not as heavy as a double IPA.

Overall, the beer is just outstanding :-P Due to the stickiness, a bomber of this was the perfect amount. One a day keeps the doctor away.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 04:32:24 | More by KevinBrewer
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hoppyhour

California

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber perfectly poured into a tulip with slightly hazy gold color that produced nice head with the most perfect lacing of any of the beers I have had lately.

First sip is a dream and stands on citrus and pear notes which ballance very well with moderate maltyness and perfect carbonation. Smell is slightly piney and floral which seems to result in excess from the dry hopping process as stated on the bottle.

Very drinkable for myself but maybe a bit hoppy for the timid. This is the first time I have tried Kern River Brews but not the last. Highly recommend this CA IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 08:04:45 | More by hoppyhour
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FocusDave

California

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Beautiful clear golden amber with 2 fingers of light tan head. Retention is about 4-5 minutes and leaves foamy lacing down the glass.

S - Earthy and piney hops.

T - Lots of hop flavor up front, followed by a little bit of malt sweetness, and finished off by an earthy hop finish.

M - Plenty of carbonation. A little heavy, especially on the finish. Doesn't finish as clean or dry as some other west coast IPAs.

O - Lives up to its name for sure. I would call this an outstanding IPA. I bought 3 bottles with the intent of trading some, but we'll see how many make it that far.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:57:07 | More by FocusDave
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ehammond1


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for the gift, NoSignsOfPain!

Slightly hazy golden orange and amber with a thick, pillowy, persistent off-white head. Lines and sheets of lace are left down the glass.

A well balanced, though strong and pungent aroma consisting of lots of citrus, mild pine, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Complete, strong, and well rounded.

Moderately bitter, with lots of pungent citrus and tropical flavors, balanced nicely by a caramel and bready backbone. Complete, drinkable, and delicious.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

A delightful IPA. Just outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:56:48 | More by ehammond1
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gregshead

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with very little head. Clear light golden color

S: Lots of grapefruit smell, resiny smell.

T: Grapefruit hops punch my taste buds. Lot and lots of hops. Not much malt backbone. The hops definitely push the limit. Almost to the nail polish/acetone level.

M: Lots of carbonatin up front. Soft light/resiny feel coats my mouth.

O: This IPA pushes the limit and holds the line. Great, great, great IPA. Look forward to many more. Great price point too.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 05:15:47 | More by gregshead
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color that borded on orange at times with a tremendous clarity to it that I really was not expecting to see at all. Quite surprising I have to admit. Lots of carbonation here as I would expect, but with the clarity it is very visible and a big head of white forms that only gradually settles down. Aroma is ripe with orange and buttery notes that seem to intertwine nearly perfectly and really launch through the air with a sweetness you seldom see in an IPA. Carries over well into the flavor as the bit from the ornage comes in first but mellows almost immediatly and then falls into the bittery, biscuit like sweetness that provides much balance to it. Smooth, medium body really coats the palate and lets the resin from the hops do their business and with the ABV all but absent, you can really go to town with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 01:39:13 | More by mikesgroove
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Fluke828

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
No date/freshness info on the bottle
Got this in a trade from RichBeer, thanks Rich!

reviewed from notes from a tasting last weekend

A-> Pours a beautiful tawny/amber-ish color with a huge 2 finger head. Looks unfiltered. Some lace but not too much.

S-> Hard to place, bouquet is muted a bit with musty hoppy scents but nothing overly floral or fruity. Some faint pine, we'll see what the taste brings....(After some warming/swirling, I do finally get some citrus fruits in the nose)

T-> Bitter hops up front but immediately balanced out by some sweet malts in the middle and towards the finish. Ends back with the dry hoppy bite. Deliciously well balanced. Much more fruity towards the end of the bomber than at first.

M-> Light feel for the style but I think I have just been drinking too many IIPAs lately...nice to have one that is dialed back a bit and yet still so refreshing and balanced. Really get the full flavors after the swallow, on the aftertaste.

O-> This beer was terrific. It is "just" an IPA, not trying to be something it's not or fooling you into one side of the flavor/aroma spectrum either. Nothing really up in your face about it like so many other West Coast IPAs, which is a refreshing change. Still fairly strong @ 6.8% for a single-IPA but again, very well balanced, not bombing you with hops, has a nice malt complement. Would have this again in a heartbeat...

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 20:27:21 | More by Fluke828
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a snifter

A: Hazy orange in color, 1.5 finger white head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, with the dominant smells being tangerine and grapefruit. There's a little bit of malt sweetness in there at the beginning that comes across kind of like a rye smell.

T: I have no complaints whatsoever with the taste of this beer other than a slight like of intensity on the flavors. If they were a little stronger, I would probably give it a 5. The main flavors are oranges, lemons, and a little grapefruit. There's a nice bitter kick on the end that is by no means overwhelming.

M: Appropriate for the style. Perfect level of carbonation, and sits on the tongue nicely. Aftertaste was pretty good, but could be more balanced.

D: Very high drinkability. This beer tastes good, and it is very refreshing. There's not too much that makes it super unique, but it goes down with no problem at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 00:57:41 | More by glazeman
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.