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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

1,045 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 363
Gots: 110 | FT: 7
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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for sending this to me, been wanting to try some Kern River for awhile now.

Pours a light copper color with a good sized head, fades slowly to leave a good amount of patchy lacing.

Smell is not overly assertive, light citrusy hop aroma with a caramel and grapefruit presence.

Taste dominated by the hops, citrus and grapefruit off the bat but is then balanced out with a good portion of caramel malt, finishes rather dry.

Overall a good IPA, just short of outstanding but pretty darn good.

deltatauhobbit, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of airohead2001
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the ever gracious glazeman for this IPA.

A - Great looking IPA. Beautiful hazy dark orange with a nice pearly white one finger head with nice retention. Great lacing. Just about the most appetizing looking IPA that I've seen.

S - Piney hops booze, and a little bit of oranges. Reminds me a lot of Pliny.

T - This is a tasty brew. Again, reminds me a lot of Pliny. Nice blend of juicy citrus hops up front followed by Christmas trees in the finish. The bitterness of the finish lingers for a long time. Not much malt, but not much is expected for a west coast single IPA.

M - Great - spot on for the style.

D - I could literally drink pitchers of this beer until I hit the floor. Enough said. Just outstanding drinkability.

airohead2001, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of JoshVandy
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on July 16, 2011.

650mL bottle into a Bruery snifter.

A- Pours a hazy orange with about a 1 finger off white head. Fantastic volume, lacing and retention.

S- Glorious hops! Citrus and floral hops, piney hop resins, orange, mango, and just the right amount of malt sweetness.

T- Follows the nose. Bursting with citrus, floral, and piney hops, with a great malt backbone to round out the flavors perfectly. Nice mango orange flavors al well.

M- Perfect carbonation and just a decent amount hop bitterness. Finishes bright and longing for more.

O- A fantastic IPA that I wish I could get ahold of more often.

JoshVandy, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful metallic copper-orange with a slight unfiltered look. A finger-tall head of very light tan caps it, standing fast with the dense consistency of pancake batter and looking as if it'll never fully leave. Great snaking webs of sticky white lace decorate the glass as I drink.

The nose is a sweet combination of lime and grapefruit along with honey and a slight herbal character. Saltine crackers can be picked up in the background.

Strong bitterness grips the sides of the tongue while flavors of grapefruit, lemon peel and herbal basil and mint mingle about. The hops are obviously the star here, but the malt is just substantial enough to keep everything in check.

Very soft body with medium-light fullness. It's delicate on the tongue, moving about with gossamer substance. The carbonation is lightly massaging, with a bitterness that's bracing but not abrasive.

After being disappointed by several Cali IPAs, I'm happy to see Kern River restoring my faith in the state. Just Outstanding is...just outstanding.

Phelps, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey tinged amber with a massive head that laces as well as it sticks

Smell: Piney, with an underlying base of cracker malt

Taste: Crusty, cracker malt, up front, with a piney character that builds through mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt returns to add some balance but the finish is very bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice IPA that has a clean malt character and plenty of piney bitterness; my own preference is for a bit more grapefruit but the Amarillo hops are plunging their stake in the sand

brentk56, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pou a hazt orange with a go od amount of head. Looks fairly pretty for a single ipa. Smells very hoppy. Lots of citrus on the nose with some subtle pine. Tastes like it smells... Citrus, some pine and grapefruit, a lot of different thing going on with some solid malt to back it up. Decent mouthfeel and spvery drinkable

Urbancaver, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of cetherid
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip

A.

A nice orange/amber colored beer..slightly cloudy. About 2 fingers worth of thick offwhite head. A nice looking IPA

S.

Getting some nice citrusy aromas. Some grapefruit, orange, a little pine in there as well.

T.

same a nose but a nice little maltiness that hits you up front. You get the light caramelly malt up front, then some piney and citrusy notes along with a nice hit of bitterness that lingers for a little while. Has a west coast IPA feel to it. Not to the quality of pliny but still a very good IPA.

M.

medium bodied with loads of carbonation. Bitterness lingers for quite a while on this once with a little resiny pine aftertaste.

D.

Would be a go to IPA for me if it was readily available. Relatively inexpensive and decent quality. Only way to get it is to trade for it unfortunately.

cetherid, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into nonic

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with very white, one finger head.

S - Decent hop aromatics. Some citrus, but leaning more on the grassy piney side of the spectrum, leading me to believe a drier finish and mouthfeel

T - Grassy bitterness, minor orange and tangerine. Faint malty backbone.

M/D - As guess, dry and a tad thin. Not bad though, makes for pretty easy drinking. I could have a few of these no problem.

OakedCanuck, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at City Beer Store and paid $4.99 according to the price tag.

Pours a lightly hazy orange color, much visible carbonation and a thick 2-3 finger off-white, somewhat rocky head. Slowly receding down the glass but leaving sticky lacing behind. Citrus (tangerine) and floral hops combine to pack an intense punchy aroma. Solid maltiness below a citrusy hop. Medium bitterness lingering on into a dry finish. Medium-light bodied, moderate-high carbonation.

Expected more flavor from the hops in this one, especially with a name like "Just Outstanding". Rich malt supports well, lingering bitterness and dry finish are also pluses.

BrewerB, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of mbw314
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%

mbw314, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle from Portland, thanks for sharing! Outstanding hoppy aromas, getting Cascade. Cloudy grapefruit colour with outstanding 2 inch head that lasts and leads to lots of lace. Average mouthfeel. Outstanding balance and drinkability. Orange and grapefuit with a little tangerine.

Sammy, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet and a narrow pint glass. The narrow pint is not ideal, but it says Manchester United on it and is therefore sexy and its impracticality is excused. Many thanks to Nugganooch for this bottle.

Appearance - Deep golden body, but not quite amber, with a huge head in the narrow glass and a small one in the goblet. Head retention is unbelievable in the narrow glass and nonexistent in the goblet. Very sticky foam clings to both glasses.

Smell - Very strong piney hop aroma. Almost grassy. Backed up bit some biscuity and toasty smelling malt. It actually smells sweet...

Taste - ...but it doesn't taste sweet at all. Dominated by the pine hops. Not a lot of citrus, which I miss. The malt is, as expected, toasty and a bit spicy, but there is no sweetness. The bitterness is lingering as a result of the toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Great body. Hardly heavy, but you know you're drinking. Keeps the flavors around the mouth for a while. Somewhat low carbonation.

Overall - It is quite good. Not what I go for in an IPA though. It's hard to find an objective fault with it, except that I look for more citrus in my hops than pine.

Alieniloquium, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of jdhowe
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A vibrant and hazy golden with an orange hue, minimal off-white head.

S: Juicy citrus, slight hop dankness, and more fresh citrus. Guava, grapefruit, pineapple, and stone fruit.

T/M: Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Weak and mild malt flavors with a little bit of a subdued hop presence. Very subdued overall -- not up front with anything. There is a slight hint of apricot juiciness. The finish is very slightly malty with a mild bitterness.

O: Really quite nice all around. This beer does not do anything loudly, so it's hard to absolutely love or hate anything about it. Really drinkable, but also really forgettable.

jdhowe, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of phiberoptik
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the tasting. Not sure who's bottle this was...

Pours a clean and clear coppery-orange with a nice ring of white foam.

Smells of nice big amarillos right up front, a light caramel middle, and a tinge of alcohol.

Tastes of floral hops as well as some citrus notes. Some faint caramel in the middle from the malts, and a nice bitter finish.

Light body with rather low carbonation on the tongue.

This was tasty and smells pretty awesome. Another of a long list of IPAs to enjoy.

phiberoptik, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle, no freshness date as far as I can see, to cap of my Christmas Eve night. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy honey orange in color with a two finger pillowy white head. Pretty good retention. I'm actually surprised how little light penetrates this beer. Way more cloudy than I expected.

Aroma: Big pine and grapefruit rind aromas upfront. Definitely a hop forward beer here. Some mango and citrus sweetness in there too to balance out the prominent sweetness.

Taste: Some lush fruit upfront. Citrus and mango notes in particular, but they soon give way to bitter grapefruit and pine notes. Pretty good balance and a slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Even at a pretty high ABV for a single IPA, I have no problem with a bomber. Could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.

Overall, a nice and balanced IPA. Really nice hop flavors all around. Definitely something I would want to have again.

Gosox8787, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-review. I've had this a number of times now, both on tap and out of the bottle. It varies quite a bit (maybe freshness is part of the issue -- and without bottle dates, I'm holding it against them). But the last few times I've had it, it has been so consistently good that I'm going to bump it up from a B+ to an A-.

A: Pours a slightly hazy apricot-gold colored body with a finger of off-white head. It retains decently well, leaving big islands of broken foam on the beer, and depositing register marks down the sides of the tulip.

S: Citrus: candied grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, and wet pine. This is definitely Citra's younger brother. Great nose. With more pungency and vibrancy it would be... just outstanding. Oh I slay me.

T: In the past, this was noticeably malty on the palate. No longer. Pale biscuit malt is here, but its only purpose is to balance out the flavor. As such, there is more hop flavor (grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple) than bitterness. The finish brings out a lighter pine note, though this is definitely a citrus-defined profile. The aftertaste is quite clean with only the slightest lingering bitterness.

M: Light-medium viscosity. It's a very clean beer, though, with no lingering bitterness. It closes very neatly.

D: This is definitely upper tier. At $6 in K&L, it inadvertently competes with Pliny the Elder (and loses), but at $4 from the brewery I'd be drinking this by the case.

Arbitrator, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just diving right in to these IPAs I got from Randy! Thanks again! Poured into a tulip. This one pours a bit of a hazy amber with a big two finger head and some sticky lace.

Bitter piney hops with some grape fruit in the aroma. Seems to have a little bit of lemon in the taste but this certainly has a big hop aroma with a little bit of citrus in the background.

Light and refreshing body with some lively carbonation. Overall a good example of an approachable IPA. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Bendurgin, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for the bottle!

Poured into a Heady Topper pint glass. Slightly hazy, malty-orange body, with a thin white head on top. The head still does a good job of leaving some sticky lacing behind.

Raw, grassy, hops with a pinch of citrus on the nose. Sweet malts and a touch of grapefruit. Well rounded.

Orange wedge with a side of grassy hop bitterness washes across the tongue. The Simcoe hops add a nice level of sticky dryness to the beer that comes out mostly on the finish. Somewhat malty up front, but thins out with hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, yet resiny with a substantial body that manages not to be too heavy. Great hop bitterness on the finish for a single IPA.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid IPA and puts the majority mass produced IPAs to shame. Kern River has done a great job of creating a sturdy malt base, but still focusing heavily on the hops. Not a mind blowing beer, but definitely quality.

sisuspeed, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of pastradul
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip.

pretty moderate pour results in a solid 3 inches of head, that actually hangs around a bit. Leaving some spotted lacing.

the aroma is a classic west coast ipa smell. lots and lots of citru notes. But not a lot flowing out of the glass, hae to get your nose in there to really get a lot of it.

The taste is just like the smell. a mall citrus sweet on the front of the palate. then turns into a honey/grapefruit in the mid-palate. then finishes with a strong dry bitter finish.

Over all a good beer, payed 6.50 for a bomber which is nice. would buy it again.

pastradul, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of flannelman808
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with a ruby hue and topped with a generous off white pancake batter head. Good retention and great lacing.

S: The proverbial forest floor and bitter orange pith.

T: Citrus bitterness tickles the tongue up front and smooths over with a bitter dried pine needle quality. The light bodied nature of this beer does not allow for much malt expression, which frankly I'm all for. Good quick and dry finishing.

M: Carbonic prickle

O: This is a pretty darn good beer. As light bodied IPA's go this is probably in the top 20.

flannelman808, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

220z bottle, received as an extra from FosterJM, poured into a snifter.

A: Nice, reminds me of a hazy Pliny. Pours a hazy golden orange with lot of rocky off-white head and good sticky lacing. Seems to be well carbed.

S: Pine-y, malt-y, and grapefruit bitterness. It has some of those resinous qualities of bigger DIPA's. The bitter grapefruit and pine shine the most.

T: Follows the nose, good bitterness, some citrus sweetness but its mostly grapefruit and pine here. Finishes nice and dry.

MF: Solid wet mouthfeel but nothing special.

O: Good beer, would have it again for sure. A step below the Pliny I had yesterday and not quite as multi-dimensional as other good DIPAs, but good in its own right.

Scotchboy, May 22, 2011
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Javier!

This beer pours a beautiful dark amber color with a nicely frothy head.

Nice smells of pineapple, citrus, pine, wood, and a little barley. Wow, lots of pineapple.

The taste on this one is fruit forward with the pineapple leading the charge. A nice pine and citrus bite at the end finishes refreshing.

This one is a bit more thin than I would have anticipated. Nice carbonation, but a little watery.

This ended up being a pretty damn drinkable beer. I finished the 220z bottle before I even realized it was gone.

RomaniIteDomum, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. This was opened during a New Years Eve tasting.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white carbonation that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops dominate. There is some bready malt to back up the hops, but the hops really star here.

Taste: Really bitter and hoppy up front. Toasty malt shows up a bit into the sip. The bitterness takes over again and dominates through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with really smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: At first I wanted more to back up the bitterness. This beer seemed to improve as it warmed up. I would definitely have another given the chance.

oline73, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Cresant
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a S.N. Hops glass. No date. 22 oz. brown bottle. The body was cloudy, but bright orange with a button mushroom colored head. The frothy, creamy head left thick lacing in the glass.

The smell was Citrus and pine shavings, big hops! Fresh grass. Later I sensed savory brown rice (in a good way), yum.

The taste was citrus and leafy, flavorful hops. Gentle bitterness but lots of flavor. Semi-drying finish. Very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium density with spot on carbonation. A solid beer all around.

Cresant, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of PerHops
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy golden orange with a very nice looking head that recedes slowly and leaves soapy bubbles. Looks a lot like pliny.

S- Lots of citrus! Grapefruit, lemons, oranges, tropical fruit, pineapple, grassiness

T- Orange marmalade, grapefruit, tropical fruit, some funkiness I can't put my finger on and a crisp, medium bitter finish. Very little pine.

M- Not very resinous. Very light, great level of carbonation, near perfect. Drinks very easily.

O- Very, very good. This would surely be a regular beer for me if it was easily available. My first beer from Kern River and I enjoyed it very much.

PerHops, Dec 08, 2011
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.