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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

955 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 356
Gots: 96 | 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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Nugganooch

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass
Dating - none. batch # perhaps

A: Pours a clear straw-pale color with a nice thick lacey foam head.

S: Smells incredible. Bursting with citrus - orange/tangerine aromas and hints of sweet peach/mango.

T: Much like the aroma - get blasts of citrus hop flavors upfront with considerable bitterness on the palate. Finishes slightly sweet but nice light and dry. You realy have to search for the alcohol in this one.

M: Pretty smooth. Slightly sweet and finishes dry.

D: Superb. A really nice IPA - slightly sweet and super hoppy.

Just Outstanding! Now I have had this brew before on tap after a few other hop bombs and did not think much of it at the time. Now sitting down to review a fresh bomber I am quite pleased. A very drinkable, super hoppy IPA which I love.

03-24-2011 22:27:26 | More by Nugganooch
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LBBeer

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

On Tap at The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach, CA.

A-Very interesting orange-hued ale, with decent lacing.

S-Nice green nose.

T-Expect a little more from that great bouquet, but still a very nice hop profile.

M--Very nice on the palate. Body from the malt structure is there, just no malty flavor.

D-Palate coating hop oils leave a giant green aftertaste, which wouldn't be ideal if it didn't taste so good.

I really look forward to seeing KRBC continue to emerge.

03-07-2011 00:42:51 | More by LBBeer
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Big thanks to Jeff for cracking this one up at a recent tasting.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange tinged amber with two fingers of sudsy white head. Sticky lacing abounds.

Smell -- Quite hoppy, indeed. Grapefruit pulp, cut grass, pine resin, and an iota of caramel malt.

Taste -- Follows the nose: lots of juicy grapefruit, pine resin, and grassy hops. Baseline of hop bitterness throughout. Malt is pretty dry, though there is a slight hint of caramelized malts. Clean and exceptionally quaffable.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with lively carbonation. Slight oiliness from the hops.

Drinkability -- Truth in advertising. A truly exceptional IPA from an area flush with great IPA's. A must try, especially if your thing is dry IPA's.

11-07-2010 03:25:38 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Drinkerofales

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

A very murky orange gold fills the glass capped by a big almost white head which gives the gift of plenty of lacing.

The aroma of grapefruit and pineapple assault the nose and follows up with a hint of pine and sweet malt.

The flavor is similar to the smell, citrusy and pithy. The malt is barely detectable at the end of middle. A bitter hope taste finishes the taste.

A smooth beer, with a hoppy bite up front. The medium light body is slightly resinous, yet has a nice easy finish.

I like the beer a lot. Great flavor and experience, yet maybe the name isn't quite what they meant. Perhaps it should be, Just Barely Outstanding, as it's not over the top or super special. A great solid beer.

DOA

02-25-2012 03:08:47 | More by Drinkerofales
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srandycarter

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Murky golden amber, not much head, ring remains, spiderly lacing.

S - Floral citrus and sweet malt dominate. A little tinniness at finish.

T - Above average coating, good carb, fair balance, although a little on the bitter side.

D - Very quaffable.

01-12-2009 04:34:02 | More by srandycarter
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kemoarps

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Big ole' head on this, capping a rich hazy amber brew.

Good balanced smell, I can pick up the hops, but they don't dominate. Resinous with a light sweet backdrop

This is a very well balanced beer. It's not as underwhelming as some sweet/malty IPAs I've had, but the hops aren't as overbearing as many of their west coast counterparts. Well balanced, with almost a subtlety to it. The maltiness doesn't dilute, but compliments this citrusy hop presence. I've been excited to try this one since I picked it up, and do not feel disappointed.

08-13-2012 23:25:26 | More by kemoarps
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spointon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= At fridge temp, this ale poured a deep hazy orange color with a ½" white head. The head dropped to a skim fairly quickly but left some nice sticky web lace down my glass.

S= Smelled of sweet malt and juicy/fresh citrus and pine hops. Some deeper, danker bitter hop smell in there too. Very fresh and very nice.

T= The sweet malt base came through first, showing a bit of biscuit and caramel edge to it. The hop flavor was all citrus and pine, with maybe a touch of tropical fruitiness. Hop bitterness was up there but not so high as to overpower the other flavors. Finished dry and full of lingering hop resins.

MF= Medium bodied with a big but not overdone carbonation feel. Very much a palate cleansing beer.

D= This was my first beer from Kern River Brewing (received in a trade) and I was well pleased. Tasty and easy to drink for sure. I could easily session a few of these!

08-03-2009 16:28:24 | More by spointon
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Treebs

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

22 oz. bottle served in a Great Divide footed ale glass. Big thanks to SupoenaDeuces (Alex) for the hook up!

A: Pours a chilled amber color with golden straw hues around the edges. A thick and creamy pure white head forms on pour. It sits over one inch in height and very slowly recedes down the glass leaving huge sticky sheets of lace behind.

S: Leafy green hops, mild citrus rinds, some juicy mango and some sweet caramel malts.

T: Grassy hops with some light fruity undertones are up front. The mid-palate is more of a bitter pine that is layered on a mildly sweet malty body that carries on into the finish. Overall the hops are the most dominant.

M: Medium to light bodied with nice carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: It's very hop forward and the malt basically take a back seat, but it's still a really good beer. There is definitely a lot of flavor packed into this light and refreshing IPA.

04-06-2012 01:07:47 | More by Treebs
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teamizm

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

A - Hazy copper color with nice fluffy head.

S - Grapefruits, floral hops, summer fruits like peaches, apricots. Home bready qualities as well.

T - Bitterness with some pine qualities (kind of surprising because you don't get that in the nose). Grapefruit and summer fruits also shine through.

M - Medium carbonation, seems appropriate for a west coast IPA.

D - like Citra, very drinkable. Again, KRBC just makes some of the best California summer IPAs. The citrus tones are, dare I say, just outstanding.

01-03-2011 05:16:27 | More by teamizm
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a bottle gotten via trade from dabecassis. Thanks David, nice and fresh.

A: A medium golden orange color with a nice one finger sticky white head. Lacing is full and sticky.

S: Hops throw off a bunch of smells that include pine, grass, flowers and citric notes. They get coupled with the caramel sweet that lies underneath.

T: Nice hoppy west coast beer here. Up front I get the sweeter citrus flavors that get taken over by the pine and floral notes, with the floral notes winning out. Some grassy notes mix in with the caramel sweetness to allow some bitterness at the end but not overly so. Very complex and nice. Finish is creamy.

M: Medium mouthfeel. I would have liked this one a bit more bitter. Creamy for sure with very little if any alcohol notes.

D: Very high, this is a nice drinking IPA.

Overall a quality west coast IPA that just falls short of the best from that state. I would gladly drink this anytime or anywhere and still wish we could get it here in PA. A very solid beer, I enjoyed it greatly.

02-03-2011 22:09:56 | More by Kadonny
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GregSVT

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden dark yellow with a big white head that fades and leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of hoppy aromas that remind me of Gubna along with a nice apricot smell. A weird twang with a slight tropical fruit aroma in the background. I actually like the smell of this and Gubna so no complaints here.

T: The taste is apricots, tropical fruits, and piney hops. Nice bitterness on the finish. Good stuff.

M: The feel is crisp and oily from the hops.

D: This is an above average IPA and the ABV is good if you want to drink more than one in a sitting.

07-23-2010 02:04:41 | More by GregSVT
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Hoptoss

Nevada

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured a light amber color with a light head

Smell, Very strong and smooth smell of pine. No hint of bitterness from the aroma, just the nice sweet aspect of the hops.

Mouthfeel, what you'd expect from an IPA, light bodied, and crisp.

Taste: Initially you get a lot of nice sweet pine, with a little bit of citrus, very little bitterness to the beer, just the right amount to balance the beer.

11-15-2010 06:57:00 | More by Hoptoss
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

I received this in a trade with MrTopher recently...

Pours a nice golden color with a nice quickly forming and persistent head...

Big citrusy aromas rolling off of this one....quite pungent actually... Loads of grapefruit and floral hoppiness....
A nicely balanced mixture of malts and sharp citrusy hops...this is splendidly balanced... The hops are bitter and finish long and slow but this isn't one dimensional at all... Very nicely crafted...

I really enjoyed this one quite a bit... A nice solid as hell IPA here...

09-03-2010 04:43:50 | More by Tilley4
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NW_IPAHEAD

Oregon

4.12/5  rDev -2.6%

08-13-2014 03:54:21 | More by NW_IPAHEAD
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jegross2

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Reviewing the Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company.
Score: 92

No freshness date on the bottle or label. Received in a trade earlier this month with California-based BeerAdvocate user LieutenantSour.

Appearance: Pours a translucent reddish-orange color with two full fingers of foamy cream colored head that slowly settles into a thin layer atop the glass. Sticky, frothy lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Strong aromas of pine and floral, tropical citrus. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit and mango. Some "sticky," sap-and-pollen earthiness present too. Noticeable maltiness. 4.5/5

Taste: Flavor is more malty than the aroma. The beer has a slightly sweet, malty caramel backbone. A sharply bitter citrus flavor gradually grows from the midpalate to the finish. Lingering notes of sap, pine, pineapple and tangerine in the finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and juicy. Finish is bitter and malty. 4/5

Overall: A simply solid single IPA. I may have sat on this one too long -- I waited 20 days between receipt and consumption -- but still enjoyed it thoroughly. Would love to try this fresh off tap.

Recommendation: Seek this one out unless you hate hops.

Pairings: Mexican food.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

01-24-2012 05:19:58 | More by jegross2
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MBrausen

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks to aufaber for this one!

Poured from bomber into a CBS snifter.

A. Wonderfull orange red hue with a 4mm thick head, resides to some nice foamy bubbles.

S. Smells of fine citrus, some sweet pine and wonderful orange peel

T. Tastes of sweet and tart citrus, strong of pine and lots of floral.

M. Medium body, with a coarse and dry finish

O. A good overall beer. Lots of citrus and tangy hops, and a bit sweet. I like this beer. I could see buying this for $7/bomber at the store and keeping a fair amount on hand. A good beer that could be drank anytime.

01-17-2012 14:56:20 | More by MBrausen
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Received this as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours deep, cloudy, orange with a pillowy soft one finger head leaving sticky sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of grassy citric hops up front. Grapefruit, gram cracker malt, and a bit of dryness. Very nice balance overall with plenty of floral hops.

T - Plenty of piney citric hops up front giving way quickly to a mix of gram cracker malt and a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is a bit dry with some lingering hop bitterness. Very good balance of flavors in this one. A bit old, my bad, but still very enjoyable.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice soft feel with a bit of bitterness in the finish that doesn't linger for very long.

D - Pretty high. I really liked this one. I would love to try this on-tap someday. Can't wait to try some of the other offerings from Kern River.

01-17-2011 22:35:45 | More by orangesol
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djmichaelk

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

22oz bottle poured into a perfect pint. Sampled this at a tasting at K&L and knew I had to pick up a few.

A - Fairly clear, nearly amber, with yellow highlights. Huge, pillowy four-finger head, with great retention; it sticks around for minutes and ends up a thick cap with some solid lacing.

S - All the things I love in an IPA -- grapefruity citrus, lemon zest, lots of summery notes. All backed by a slight sweetness that lurks in the background and serves to back everything up.

T - Plenty of the citrus is present, and the sweetness of the malt is there, but it doesn't really live up to the nose -- although that bar was set pretty high. Lemon rind and grapefruit bring the bitterness, and that malt still lurks and closes things out. Not much alcohol evident.

M - Maybe the weak point. It's a little thin, and doesn't linger very long. Finish is dry and bitter.

D - I can definitely see me sitting on the patio drinking a few of these as the summer comes to a close. ABV is middling, and the flavor is good.

O - It's a solid competitor in a crowded field. I first tried it during a tasting of several IPAs and DIPAs, and this definitely made me go grab some out of the cooler. Outstanding may be a bit of hyperbole, but it's not too far off.

09-05-2010 15:59:57 | More by djmichaelk
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Brought this bottle back from my west coast trip. Pours a bright orange colour with huge whead head and nice lacing. Really big citrus hop aroma with hints of oily pine. Really big bitterness for only a single IPA. Nice carbonation level. This beer lives up to its name for the most part.

01-06-2011 20:17:48 | More by kwjd
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PaBrewSki

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. No date on the bottle but it smells really fresh. Appearance is very dark for an IPA. A little orange showing through but it's almost entirely brown. Smell is like sticking your face into a bag of citra hops but I can also already tell that this beer has a solid malt backbone. Taste cofirms what the nose already told me. A very nice balance between citrus and piny hops backed up by bready malts. A delicious and balanced IPA!

02-02-2014 03:31:05 | More by PaBrewSki
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours almost a finger of off white head. Pretty decent retention leaving a lot of lace. Color is an orange hued copper, slightly hazed.

Aroma: Lots of floral hops, but what is interesting about this beer is that it is so malty. A huge malt layer, but the floral hops still overpower a bit. Some muted citrus flavors as well.

Taste: Just figured it out. This tastes a lot like masala mama. Big amarillo hop profile. Starts out with some floral hops with some citrus blend. But again, this beer is malty. Lots of bready malts. Lots of resin here. It is pretty solid but is pretty bitter.

Mouthfeel: Lots of bitterness here, but relatively creamy. It has a medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and floral-like.

Overall, this is a pretty solid ipa. It is very drinkable like masala but missing something. Very similar beers. I am glad I got a chance to try this. Very surprised that it tasted so much like masala.

04-18-2010 03:13:12 | More by mothman
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Had this on 2011-03-25 in Redondo Beach, CA

A - Almost clear golden straw with a 2- finger white head and great lacing.

S - Bold tropical fruit and citrus you can easily smell at a distance. Very inviting.

T - Biscuit, floral, citrus, pine, grapefruit zest. The not-too-sweet fruity malt taste gives way to pretty big bitterness. Citrus taste isn't as bright as I expected from the smell, with the malt a little more forward. Nevertheless, a good tasting brew.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and silky. Not prickly but a bit oily.

O - I've been very curious to try a Kern River beer and am glad to have the chance while visiting LA. It isn't widely distributed at all, but wouldn't you know, the local Whole Foods had it on display. Almost missed it. I like it quite a bit and would certainly put this in my regular IPA rotation were it available in PA. Makes me really want to try their Citra DIPA. It's seasonal and on-tap at the brewery but it's a 3.5 hour drive so I'll "make do" with this tasty brew.

03-26-2011 01:55:59 | More by Tucquan
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snpub540

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

My dad just shot me a bottle and man do I have to say I am impressed with what Kern River is doing. I went into this one with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised.

Poured a cloudy bright copper hue with a two finger high eggshell colored head that had some nice hang time. very clingy lacing left on the glass the whole way down. This was a very nice looking brew in my Duvel tulip.

Aromas just blew me away. All the hop scents are there. Nice fruity pineapple aromas, piney and grassy tones, with some floral notes mixed in. Almost perfect and very enticing.

Taste is an extremely smooth crisp dry IPA. Hops are the dominate flavor but they don't overpower and attack the taste buds. Very clean piney bitter notes up front, with a citrusy finish.

Very smooth on the palate. Medium bodied and creamy. I have found a new favorite go to IPA.

02-18-2011 19:46:32 | More by snpub540
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IKR

California

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Slightly cloudy gold color with a bronze hue. The beer has a modest-sized white head that slowly faded to a small head that stuck around.

Smell: Piney hop aromas feature prominently with some grassy and citrus notes.

Taste: The pine aromas an carry over and feature in the taste followed by the grassy and citrus notes. The beer finish fairly dry with the pine notes first followed by the grassy/hay notes.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: Good IPA that is not overly bitter but flavorful and nicely balanced.

06-13-2014 03:45:25 | More by IKR
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Big thanks goes out to whitebricke for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Second brew of the night during my first night staying at my new place! Served from bottle into Bell's tulip. Poured orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and subtle caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, floral, citrus, citrus hop, floral hop, subtle caramel hop, orange, and orange zest. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this one was quite pleasant and complex which really made bringing my nose up to it quite enjoyable. The flavor was really nice as well. There were a lot of different hop profiles going on in this one that I had not experienced in one beer at the same time. Definitely a must try if you get the chance.

08-30-2011 17:42:57 | More by thagr81us
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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