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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 431
Hads: 1,187
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 369
Gots: 150 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007

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Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a hazed orange color with a frothy white head, bubbled retention, patchy lacing left behind on the glass.

Strong bold grapefruit hops explode into the nose, super juicy, very bitter, slight bready sweetness. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a West coast IPA.

Bitter and aggressive on the tongue, grapefruit explosion with pith and rind. Fruit sweetness with apricot and orange temper the hop attack. Nice biscuit malt with honey to add a roundness to the profile. More bitterness in the finish, faint alcohol and lingering hops.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, dry and bitter from top to bottom while consuming. A hop assault in a pleasurable setting, an absolutely excellent IPA - I want more.

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Photo of argock
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date evident. Received as a result of the exceptional generosity of Solomon420.

A: Peachy-tangerine with 2-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with good retention and solid lacing down the glass.

S: Mango, grapefruit, and orange mix with pine resin and floral aromas. A touch of pale malt sweetness levels it off.

T: The flavor is very powerful and builds throughout the beer with strong pine character up front but matched with full-bodied floral orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruit touches. Some resiny character comes out in the end with a dash of pale malt sweetness. A really wonderful, complex IPA which matches the best across the country.

M: A tad on the thin side, but just barely with a sticky feel that belies a pretty serious malt load. Low-medium carbonation lends some smoothness.

D: A top-tier IPA that punches its ticket on the major hops categories and does it with ease and a gentle smoothness. With a little more body, this would be a top 5 IPA, but, as it is, I would never kick this one out of my fridge.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy deep golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. Head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is full of lots of citrus and floral hops. There is also some pine and sweet caramel malts as well.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops with lots of grapefruit and some floral flavors with some sweet caramel malt to balance. Through the middle, more tropical hop flavors and a touch of pine come through with some bitterness. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some bitterness and sweet malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and mildly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced IPA with a really nice hop profile and just the right amount of sweet malts to keep everything in check.

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Photo of Overlord
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is, indeed, an outstanding IPA.

Pours a burnt orange with a two inch off-white foam head.

Smells enticingly like sweet citrus and gushing grapefruit, tropical pineapple/papaya, and a bit of pine. ooo .... juicy. Very nice aroma.

Taste is similarly nice. The malt/caramel is very understated, this is a hops showcase. Bursting pine and sweet pink grapefruit, a touch of earthy pine bittering, and the nuances of tropical pineapple/papaya/exotic citrus carry through in the form of a lingering nuanced aftertaste.

Extremely quaffable and enjoyable. Good mouthfeel, if a bit light ... could use maybe a touch more body.

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Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Kern River beer ever, and it was sent to me by Cocoapuph. Cheers to you my friend!

A: Poured a clear, golden color, with ever the slightest amber hue. Wow, the suds posing as a 2 finger + head was ridiculous!

S: Extremely floral and hoppy, with the amarillo and simcoe being most evident. I got a mild pomegranate character in there as well, but maybe that's just my imagination.

T: The back end of this thing reminder me of Nugget Nectar in spades (although I know that no nugget was used here). West Coast hop bomb for sure, but the bitterness was tempered by a glorious fruit component.

M: The bitterness didn't linger, and there was just enough sweetness to balance the hops out somewhat. However, balance is not in the West Coast brewers' rep ...and shouldn't be. The lacing was car wash stuff!

O: It didn't quite have the dimension of Sculpin (my favorite), but it was damn close. Kern River is off to a good start with me!

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Olive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into an Anchor Steam pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber hue with a bit of blonde in the mix as well, good thick head and solid lacing from start to finish.

S: Sweet fresh hop - grassy and floral with a bit of citrus in there too, toasted malt and good yeast flavor balance the smell nicely.

T: Earthy resinous hop that packs a punch, a bit of citrus bight, carmel and tasty malts that are sweet and roasty which balance this ale nicely.

M: Medium-bodied, mellow carbonation, sticky and smooth.

D: Super bummed I only picked up a single bomber - wish I had a couple more for the night!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bottle into New Belguim globe. No dated but smells fresh.

A-Golden amber with a thick 3 finger head. Very decent lacing.

S-Citrus, very floral, a ton of grapefruit, some pine and just a bit of biscuits. The smell isnt huge but it delivers nothing but hops.

T-Very juicy beer, oranges. citrus, pine, bitter grapefruit, with thick malt.

M: Medium body with medium bitterness and a very sticky end. Nice carbonation.

O:Just Outstanding! Now I want to ride the trail!

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz from augustgarage.. thanks as always! Into chouffe tulip.

A- dull copper, amazing snow white head and fire extinguisher lacing. Pretty impressive retention. Sticky icky.

S- Pine sap, grapefruit, some floral notes, a sweet kiss of caramel.

T- Follows the nose, more pine-dominant than I find many Cali IPAs to be... not that I'm complaining. Delicious. A def. bitter citric note, either unripe grapefruit or grapefruit rind, take your pick.

M- Thicker than expected, esp. considering the ABV. Good carbonation.. no gripes here.

D- Fairly high, this one's a real tasty IPA. Worth seeking out.

Good stuff.

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Photo of silentjay
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

shipment came in today! no conspicuous bottle dating, so Im not positive of the freshness, but from what I was told, this bottle is less than 2 weeks old.

pours a golden copper with a nice hop haze and a huge, cloudy eggshell colored head that slowly recedes and laces in chunks.

floral and citrus hops abound in the aroma. fresh springtime flowers with some orange juice, grapefruit juice, and lemon zest. maybe some tangy tropical fruits as well as a touch of pine on the back end and a slight hint of light bready malts.

juicy citrus that's bitter, but not overbearing. tastes like a wet-hop IPA during the harvest season, though its far past that time period. orange juice, grapefruit, pineapple, tangy tropical fruits, some floral and pine qualities make it into the flavor while a slight butter cracker maltiness lies in the background. a slight drying on the finish with even some lemon pepper spiciness lingering. delicious.

fills my mouth with a fluffy carbonation on top of a juicy flavor that works well together. the ABV is not noticeable, and I can see it sneaking up on me.

This is very impressive. not too bitter, not too sweet, with tons of juicy flavor and an intoxicating aroma.

a terrible label, however. I would walk right past this if I saw it on the shelf without having heard about it before. However, its not on the shelves anywhere near here, so I don't have to worry about that one!

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Photo of Celtics17
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice IPA. It's a nice subtle IPA with no gimmicks. It has a nice, and slight malt character. With a nice bitterness that finishes in the back. This was a simple but good IPA. Nice tropical fruit, and slight mango in the end.

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Photo of aficionado
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel Tulip. Thanks Kyle2k10!

Lingering 1-1/2 finger cream head atop a semi translucent orange yellow body. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass. Only loses points for clarity.

Aromas of fresh picked pine needles, tart tangerines and grapefruit. More fruity and floral than piney. Some Simcoe and Amarillo in there.

The taste is even more smooth than Russian River Blind Pig, which I just had prior to this beer. No harsh bitterness here whatsoever. A complete balanced flavor profile of tangerine and grapefruit with more pine and some caramel on the tail end. Very fresh and delicious. I want this recipe! I envision West Coast pine needles being mashed with a mortar and pestle along with tons of tangerine & pink grapefruit segments and then drizzled with caramel.

Moderately low carbonation. Addictive mouthfeel. Soft and lush. If I died today and had to pick two hoppy beers to drink before my last couple hours, I would alternate between sipping Just Outstanding (more citrusy) and Pliny the Elder (more piney). These are two similar, simplistic beers and they both deliver.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Geoi!

Pours a hazy, orange with a killer, fluffy head.

Tons of citrus in the nose... grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine.

Same in the taste... just delicious! Similar to Oracle, but not quite in the same league.

Good carbonation and medium-bodied. Drinkable as all get out. Kern River is 2-2 with me! This is a hoppy, juicy, leaves-you-wanting-more brew!

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze orange in color, with a slight chill haze.
thick 3 fingers of near white head, with slight tint of cream
aroma of cornbread, orange taffy, bright piney notes. As it opens up, I get some nice tropical fruit whiffs with a side of honeydew. Nice pop of pine up front. Pretzel bready with crisp pine bitterness. Bitter in the back more than anywhere else. Tart grapefruit, somewhat thin in the body, but OK for a beer with complex hop flavor as with this one.

Wonderful webbed lacing, moon crater froth.

Just outstanding- perfect name. Very smooth, easy, packed with flavor.

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Photo of Rampage1
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I sit here thinking of my dad on fathers day Im enjoying a beer from Kern River that I can say is tied with Sculpin as my favorite IPA.

Appearance: Has a dark, orange hazy color to it. A pure white inch head appears after the pour and the bubbles continue to surface during the whole drink. Great lacing as well.

Smell: Well I have to say this smells like tropical fruit crushed in the glass. Lots of tangerine and orange rind followed by mango and pineapple slightly. A liitle Carmel malt in the smell as well. Kern really knows how to do the ipa category I love.

Taste: This is definitely more balanced than Sculpin. Has a very fruity flavor followed by a nice little Carmel malt backbone. I love the real orange flavor that comes through from the Amarillo hops. One hell of a great beer.

Mouthfeel: tons of carbonation to deliver the awesome favors this ipa has. Kern - you really know what your doing.

Overall: I first want to thank Kyle for making two beers that I love so much. You reallly have the brewing process of ipa's down. This beer is tropical, fruity goodness with just the right amount of malt. A great beer I am thankful to have and drink on this fathers day. Thanks again Kern River. I will be up there as soon as the bottles of Citra come off the line.

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in bottle, I've had many times, finally decided to review it.
A - poured a very glowing yellow. very radiant. Look alone makes it appetizing
S - piny with a hint of citrus
T - outstanding, great flavors melding well together. Citrus and hops play well together with the slight taste of pine on the end.
M - very drinkable, eashy to hold and dissect tastes in the mouth.
O - Outstanding, will seek this beer out many times in the future. Overall one of my favorites. Would like to try more beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Klym
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Wow, beautiful. Deep amber with almost no haze, and a very appropriate 1 finger head. Lacing is thick and elegant. Sometimes I have a hard time judging appearances of beers, but this one was easy.

S: Like aromatherapy: flowers, pine, and some deep fruity sweetness. Smells absolutely delicious, going to jump into the taste.

T: No bite, all kisses. The slightest of bitterness adds a slight tenseness to the beginning of the taste, but runs over your mouth with beautifully crafted malt sweetness and traces of what was in the nose. Taste goes away almost completely after a short while. Only complaint I'd have is that more of the nose didn't come out in the taste; let me down a little when the smell was just so damn good.

M: The carbonation fits the taste so well somehow. Very smooth and crisp, and while the flavor disappears the beer leaves your entire mouth in a happy in relaxed state.

O: I'd be damn proud if I was behind this beer, and I think Kern River should be too. An excellent IPA, the only weakness I can think of is the lack of glory in the flavor when everything else was so extravagant.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle provided by Spycow, thanks Chris. Drank from my Narke tulip...A very dark ipa, a warm bright but dark colored copper with a light top head. Very fluffy, lots of retention and lacing...A light but nice aroma, wish it was a tad stronger though. Pretty sweet light caramel, sweet citrus and flowers on the back, not strong ipa hops at all...A lighter taste as well but its pleasant. Flavorful and super easy to drink. The front is light caramel, the citrus is gone. The back is a very smooth light pine resin...A very full mouthfeel with a lasting feel and taste.

A light but well above average ipa.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: This is a very elegant pour; a tangerine copper color with a marshmallow white head. Nice retention and sticky lace all over the glass.

Smell: A blast of of amarillo and simcoe hops as the bottle opens - what I would expect since they dry hopped with those hops. Soft caramel malt, sticky pine, and grapefruit bitterness, in that order. A floral aroma hangs around as well.

Taste: It does manage to start out sweet, with a good amount of caramel malt. A blast of citrus next, grapefruit and apricot hops, followed by a blast of floral hops, and finally some cooling pine to finish. A slight touch of alcohol warms my stomach, and the finish is a bitter pine.

Mouthfeel: It is slightly sticky, and each sip leaves a bit of hop oil residue on the tongue. Fully carbonated in a creamy style, with a pleasantly full body.

Drinkability: When this is available, I will grab for it. A great IPA clocking in at 6.8%.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler with Team D(r)INK on 5/1/10.

A - Poured a clear, light amber/orange body with golden tones and a hefty cap of white froth on top that receded into a thin patch and produced an elaborate canopy of sticky lacing.

S - Pretty dank, weed-like aroma akin to hemp. Lots of leafy green hops in there with just a hint of sweet malt. There are also some perfumy notes reminiscent of patchouli oil.

T - First toke... er, sip... reveals a leafy hop character eerily similar to the sweetleaf. Malt character is pretty sweet as well. Finishes with a hint of citrus hops, which provides a slight deviation from the dankness of this IPA.

M - Medium bodied with a sllick, oily texture and light carbonation. Finish is quite dry and bitter on the palate.

D - Hippies rejoice! This is liquid weed, or at least it seems to be (never smoked it... honest... but I saw scores of rock and metal concerts, so I am familiar with the smell). Really aromatic, dank and tasty hop-forward IPA that I enjoyed more than the Citra DIPA.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber/orange color with plenty of head. The aroma has a lot of pine notes, along with the strong citrus hops. The taste is just as good, very balanced with lots of bitterness. The citrus and fruit notes are present, and the malt balances on the back end. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with good carbonation.

This is one heck of an IPA, I've wanted to try a Kern River beer and this is my first one. I'm very impressed and will have to find more.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado, nice to find this beer here. Tap to pint, the beer is amber-colored, a bit hazy and topped by a frothy head that retains well, coating the glass with rings of lace as I slowly sip. The hop character is fruity and tropical; guava, passionfruit, a bit of pineapple. Similar flavors present themselves to the palate; guava is especially prominent, along with pineapple, mango, passionfruit and bitter grapefruit toward the finish. It's on the dry and clean side despite the big fruity hop character, with a smooth bitter finish that lingers on in a mild way. This is aptly named.

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Photo of Cavery
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A pint Shared with Klym and SundaySour

A: a very light orange, quite clear actually. The slightly burnt orange hue with rough patches of coloring reassures me that I'm drinking an IPA. if someone secretly put a slice of citrus on my glass I'd think I was just "hefeweizened". But no, I checked the bottle, it's still okay. The two finger head came and went, with some stubborn patches forming islands of lacing.

S: GUAVA FREAKING JUICE, seriously tropical smell with a massively juicey sniff. I can't stress enough, this smells like guava nectar that is cut with a slight variation of tropical juices joining the party. multiple sniffs leaves me with a settling on Guava Nectar/Mango hybrid ambrosia -- a nose for the gods.

T: has a really singed citrus taste. It has that really great zing character that is evident in all great IPAs. That said, I think that the relentlessly orange character of the flavors numb me a bit. It's a very Juicey IPA with very subtle notes of lemon and orange. The "singed" flavor I describe is pretty unique, as it works in unison with the flavor profile to create this mask that the hop burn hides behind. Lemons, oranges, and the sugars they are caramelized in hold your hand through the hop burn. They tell you "it's okay, we'll get you through this; you will feel no bitterness, we promise." Then tropical fruit juice acts as the finish line. Congratulations, you made it.

M: the mouth-feel really is amazing, it's a ghost of a mouth. It's there but it's not, the liquid hovers in your mouth with lightness that contrasts the prominence of the flavors. It coats your mouth without entering that "medicinal" realm that so many beers do. What form of black magic is this?

O: This beer is incredible, but I have to admit the flavor was a bit unexpected from the smells I was getting. I can't say it was a let down, I just had a completely different picture than what I ended up with. That said, this is a must try. This beer begs to be your session brew of choice. The beer pairs amazingly with beach sunsets, citrus orchards, and in the licking light of camp fires. Another IPA to make California proud. One of the best single IPA's you can put your lips to.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a big creamy off-white that shows excellent retention and leaves good lacing as well.

The aroma is excellent with lots of pithy grapefruit, oranges and pineapple with some resinous floral hops as well. Doughy bread whiffs as well. Big and juicy aroma overall.

The taste follows the aroma closely with lots of citrus hops up front. There does seem to be a more prevalent floral hop presence, especially in the finish with a sticky resinous pine flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation but much, much smoother than I was expecting. The hops are definitely there is not nearly the bitterness I was expecting.

This is my first beer from Kern river and it's quite an introduction. This is an outstanding IPA, extremely drinkable with a massive but not scathingly bitter hop presence. Highly impressed.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MrTopher for this little extra; I really appreciate how you made sure I got this one in its freshest state! You really do know my style, man! Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A: Cloudy orange/peach color. Thick white head (2-fingers) that retains for a long time, eventually thinning down but leaving excellent thick lacing.

N: Ruby red grapefruit and piny resin.

T/M: Creamy body with sweet malty-ness that melds well with sweet citric hops. Smooth, crisp, and very drinkable. A wonderful surprise! As the name implies, this is just one outstanding IPA!

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Photo of kevanb
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an Allagash tulip.

A: Pours a really nice honey amber color, a bit cloudy with a nice big billowy cloud like head, a little too much head really and that was with a slow pour.

S: Has a really nice marmalade aroma with lots of hops behind it, really inviting and pleasant.

T: Nice big hop flavors that are balanced really well with some citrus and pine flavors, nice marmalade flavors that match the nose well.

M: Nice and big, perfect level of carbonation, goes down really smoothly.

Verdict: Really nice IPA from Kern River, one of the best IPAs out of Southern California which is pretty much home most of the best IPAs in the world.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.