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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

1,006 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,006
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 360
Gots: 104 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Dolph1979, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

SageO, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

IrishColonial, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Khazadum, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A clear darkish golden brown color, with a lovely fluffy 3 fingers head.

S: nice aromas of pine, and some malt in there.

T: a nice mellow hop tone here. nothing too crazy, not a kick in the teeth of hops but its present.

M: smooth, with a lovely mild hoppy after taste.

O: Not bad, not outstanding, but its pretty good.

GrumpyJunglist, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of leodarko
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

leodarko, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Cowcakes
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Cowcakes, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

thegerm87, May 27, 2014
Photo of jacothom
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

jacothom, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of cjacobsen
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Pours a deep orange that is clean and clear. Careful to not get any of the massive amount of sediment that was at the bottom of the bottle. There was a lot. Produced a half inch white foamy head. Left lacing on the glass.

(S) A ton of grapefruit and white grapes. Hops were present but not nearly anything against the light fruits. Some pale malt seemed to make it through.

(T) A lot like the nose. There was a boatload of grapefruit mixed in with citric rind and light fruits. Hops get you at the end with a bit of caramel malt.

(M) Bit on the carbonated side. Had some bite to it. Slightly grainy and bitter.

(O) I wish this was a bit better balanced. I feel it was off center and had way too much white fruit aspects to it. The grapefruit flavor from the hops was a bit overwhelming.

cjacobsen, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on a recent trip to San Diego. Poured from the bomber a somewhat hazy medium gold color, with a nice white head. Big hoppy nose (tangerine, orange, grapefruit, lime). Big hops on the palate as well, and not enough malt to keep it balanced.

emmasdad, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of shivtim
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Konrad for the bottle! Poured out into a pint glass.

Nice slightly ruby apple juice color. Very clear. Lots of bubbles, and a thick lively white head. The bubbles last for a while, and the head dies down gently to a thin film.

Nose is strong hops and astringent ethanol. Lots of hop juice.

Taste is sour citrus hops. Strong but one-noted. Long lingering bitter hop leaves.

Pretty good mouthfeel and drinkability.

shivtim, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Goldish color, slightly hazy, nice head on it that leaves some great, great lacing as it recedes.

S - Hoppy, the grapefruit tends to stand out much stronger than the rest of the things in the hop profile. Some bitter resin and a bready backbone.

T - Taste a lot like it smells. A lot of grapefruit and orange-rind citrus on the front end, that fades to bitter and later very bitter as the beer warms up. Sweet carmel and malty backbone is dominated by the hops.

M - Pretty crisp and light tasting, carbonation gives it a decent bite.

D - Love the IPAs, but got a little too bitter for me to drink after a while, decent thirst quencher, but the grapefruit/resin profile are just not a great combination for drinkability.

AgentZero, May 19, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark amber beer with a medium sized white head. This thing is very close to being brown. Clear beer despite the darkness.

Smell is strongly of hops, mainly the northwestern type. Strong pine and eucalyptus scents. Caramel malt and a wisp of wood and smoke make up the rest of the scent.

Starts out Sweet then woody. Strong grapefruit flavor, fairly bitter in the mouth but the malt keeps up with it. Lasting bitterness and astringency in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is full.

This seems a bit unbalanced like they extracted too hot and picked up an astringent note. Think I might be asking too much drinking Firestone Union Jack all the time.

Zorro, May 30, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a full finger foamy eggshell colored head that fades fairly quickly. A reasonable amount of Belgian lacing in its wake. The smell is good. It has an aggressive floral candied pineapple character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied. Full flavored, the grassy pineapple hop taste is balanced nicely with the sweetness suggested in the nose. The piny notes linger significantly. A nice drinker in a sea of options.

jjayjaye, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of jpmclaug
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into my New Belgium globe. Thanks to irishgurl4 for this.

Hazy orange body with a white head on top. Smells nice and hoppy, a big citrus hop aroma hits the nose, a bit of juiciness and some sweet notes as well. Tastes more balanced than the nose would suggest. Citrusy hop flavors up front give way to a big pale malt back bone. I wish this was a little less balanced. Medium body, slightly sticky a high amount of carbonation. Easily drinkable. Worth trying for sure. I enjoyed this but wouldn't go nuts trying to seek it out.

jpmclaug, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Solomon420 for a very generous trade!

Pours a glowing amber with two fingers of head that leave some good lacing on the way down.

Smell is an extremely juicy blend of citrus and floral notes. This one is pretty damn potent and inviting. I even ended up with foam up my nose because I kept wanting to get closer and closer.

The taste doesn't quite have that same effect. I like the hop profile but it isn't quite defined enough, nor is it balanced with the malts. I'm getting more of a bitter-hop-mixed-with-water type taste. Still, its not bad and there aren't any unpleasant flavors present.

Mouthfeel is medium but a tad too thin for the style. Although this goes down quite smooth, drinkability is lacking due to the the less than glowing flavor profile. Not a bad brew by any means, but a lot of IPA's are starting to blend together for me and it takes something special to stand out from the pack.

alcstradamus, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of TaylorIPA19
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

They should change the name of this one to "Just Another IPA"

No visible dating on the bottle - pours a nice copperish color with little head and leaves very little lacing - Sweet sticky caramel is the predominant smell - Taste is just that... Caramel with some earthy pine and floral notes - smooth drinking with a slightly sticky aftertaste - not bad, not great, not likely to buy it again, but not going to turn it down if handed one either...

TaylorIPA19, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Color was light caramel. Lots of head, probably three finger widths. Cloudy white lacing on the top. Lots of film on the sides, circular and cloudy.

Smelled bitter hops right away. Got some lemon and grapefruit, but the bitterness sill came in hard. Toward the end of the sniffs I got some sweet floral notes.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose - a bit unbalanced and more bitter than anything else. Citrus hops, but not as strong as the nose. Probably grapefruit more than anything else. Some spices, too. Maybe pepper?

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

I don’t know if outstanding is the right term for this beer. Ordinary would have worked better. Just an OK IPA.

BucannonXC5, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Dirty peach; thick, creamy white head

SMELL: Intensely floral, orange grove, catty, mint, hemp seed, vegetal, clean alcohol, cookie dough

TASTE: Piney hop, chocolate mint, fresh citric fruits, bready malt backbone, warming alcohol, very juicy, hemp, faint cattiness, yeast, fresh-cut grass, aspirin, caramel, hoppy finish

“Just Outstanding” and “The Name Says It All” might look cool on a label, but it's a ballsy stretch and honestly, we simply expected much more. In a world saturated with IPAs, this one is actually “just good,” which ain't bad either, but it ain't all that.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle that Doug opened up. Thanks man. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 3/11/2014.

App- Dark brown-caramel, a bit hazy and opaque. Very strange for a west coast IPA. Comes with a one finger white head, fair retention and fair lacing.

Smell- Caramel, toffee, grapefruit, lemon and a bit of pine. More on the malty side. Don't know how old this is, but the hops are certainly there.

Flavour- Not particularly interesting. Caramel malt backbone is here, a bit of grapefruit and mango, with a nice pine backend that is fairly bitter. Not mindblowing by any stretch.

Mouthfeel- Nice creamy, medium bodied, not watery at all. Quite bitter even for the style, coats the tongue in pure IBU. In fact, the bitterness stands out the most in terms of the character of this beer.

Overall- Decent IPA, nothing mind-blowing or special. I can find IPAs like this fairly easily here in Madison, Wisconsin. Good extra, certainly nothing worth trading for.

Stevedore, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to DearthVader for another West Coast IPA - my first beer ever from Kern River!

A: Fairly clear with a touch of haze from the cold, golden-orange body with a seriously amazing head - rocky, foamy, pure white which naturally left some sticky and splotchy moderate lacing. A great looking beer.

S: Blasts of citrus hops up front on the nose. Dry hopped with simcoe and amarillo, yes, you can tell. Orange zest, grapefruit and some wood elements come through also. I did have to stretch a bit for some of the aromas, it wasn't terribly muted but could more pungency.

T: Bitter sticky hops coat the palate immediately and unfortunately, sort of numbs it for the other flavors I know are there. There is a slight malt base here but not enough of one to combat the bitterness this beer brings. Floral hop notes and a slight twist of lemon round everything out and leave a resiny hop bite coating.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation, maybe a bit thin but that makes this very easy drinking.

This is a nice showing for Kern River for a baseline American IPA. Personally, I think if a stronger malt base was present it would have provided a much better balance for the aggressiveness of the hops.

ShanePB, May 05, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Five ounces poured into a pint glass. Bomber shared with four other guys.

3.5 A: A hazed medium orange color. One finger of frothy off white head with below average retention.

4.5 S: Wonderful bouquet! Tons of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Flowery as well. A bit one dimensional, but damn does it smell nice.

3.5 T: Moderate bitterness. Orange and pineapple again, but not nearly as vibrant as in the nose. Good, but just good.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Active carbonation. Smooth, but could be creamier.

3.5 D: Not bad, but really doesn't hold a candle up to the DIPA. Not enough hop flavor to make up for the lack of maltiness. A more apt name for this beer might be "Simply Average."

DavoleBomb, Nov 10, 2010
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,006 ratings.