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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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903 Ratings

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 354
Gots: 82 | 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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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was an extra from FreightTrain, one of many great beers from an excellent trader. The label indicates a "large malt character and a huge hop profile", dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Nice.

The beer is a hazy dark copper color with a thick poofy head that laces in dry clumps. The aroma is grapefruit (awesome and proper) melded with caramel malt (too bad). It's balanced but I'd prefer less malt. The taste is somewhat better aligned towards the hops, fresh pine needles and citrus. I think the mouthfeel is maybe the best attribute, soft and lightly carbonated, not too different from some of the best Flossmoor IPA's in that regard.

Another good west coast IPA, even if it presents more like a midwest IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 01:51:04 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of wagenvolks


4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Delirium tremens goblet. Thanks to DarthKostrizer for the trade.

Great pour, some might call it 'outstanding', with a vibrant tangerine body and a towering tuft of eggshell-white foam. Excellent retention, and the lacing is decent enough. The aroma bursts with sugar-coated orange slices and grapefruit peel. Quite floral and rich in minerals, too; the balance is just right for the style.

Bitterness is where it should be--big enough to let you know this is an IPA you're drinking, and not so strong as to overpower the delicate hop and malt flavors. Hint of phenols in the background. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, medium-thin in body, and equal parts crisp and juicy. Everything a West Coast IPA should be. Solid beer...

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 02:30:47 | More by wagenvolks
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr and sourbatchkid. Thanks for sharing this bud.

A- a super hard pour into the pint glass brought forth an impressive almost four finger high just barely off white head holds and holds. After a few sips the foam subside and leaves a good amount of slowly cascading lace all around the glass. Hazy golden sunset orange with a shine of yellow at the edges. This does look outstanding.

S- huge bright juicy grapefruits and some tangerine with champagne mangos. Ever so light honeysuckle sweet florals.

T- very boldly hopped with bitter grapefruit and under ripe pineapple taking the lead and rolling into some nice floral sweetness that backs into a rich biscuity and caramel malty goodness. Super long bitter sweet finish.

M- just about medium in body and a bit less then medium in carb that really works wonders to keep the brew on the palate and sink in.

O- this is tasty as can be. An easy drink and boldly flavored. This is my kind of ipa.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 22:32:40 | More by oglmcdgl
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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks man!). No bottling date. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours a hazy orange with a finger and a half near white head. A thin layer remains throughout and deposits big sheets of lace.

Smells of orange, grapefruit and pine with just a hint of malt.

Taste follows the nose. Oranges, grapefruit, pine, grass, cracker and pepper.

Semi oily, medium body, fizzy carbonation. Piney, citrus zest and orange pulp linger in the finish.

The name may be a bit of an over sell but this is a solid, straight forward IPA. Or perhaps as far as the current rating scale is labeled- this is "just" outstanding, not quite worls class.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 12:21:32 | More by ThickNStout
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer blew up when I opened it and once I actually got it in the glass it looked like a mud puddle. Not very appealing.

Smell - The dry-hopping jumps out of the glass. There's almost you could say two different bouquets. The first one that you get is pure, fresh hops, strongly citrus. The next is the bulk of the ale which is a thick, heavy caramel malt with lighter yet still citrus-based hops.

Taste - The hops are huge at the taste as well so this isn't just some cheap dry-hopping to pep up an inferior ale. The hop flavor is throughout from beginning to end, and the fine Simcoe in particular defines the profile. The other nice surprise here is, although it's not a double, the malt profile is as strong as a lot of doubles. They are creamy, gooey malts with lots of cane sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is huge for a non-double IPA, I'd say bigger than medium-bodied, and very, very smooth in the mouth. The bitterness manages to be big but non-intrusive and although the ale foamed over when opened the carbs are quite mild.

Drinkability - This is an explosive ale that basically has all of the big characteristics of a double except the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 00:41:35 | More by RoyalT
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this courtesy of Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours a semi-hazed amber/honey color with effervescence & a pinky of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit that fades out too fast for a dry-hopped beer, & a bit of orchard fruit once warm, not much else, the only short-coming of this beer IMO

T: Grapefruit, pineyness, woody hops a kiss of caramel & pineapple up front. Amarillo hops really assert themselves as this warms, juicy hops a touch of honey malt. Some pineapple & a tiny bit of caramel to balance it out, plus some biscuitty malt. Finishes with pithy grapefruit, pineapple & biscuitty malt

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & stellar balance

I'd love to have this in my rotation, a well put together AIPA. I'm ready to try any & all Kern River products I come across, these guys a kicking ass & taking names

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 03:16:32 | More by russpowell
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange/golden with a 2-finger, foamy white head. A decent amount of layered lacing.

The smell is juicy grapefruit, orange, and piney hops. The taste is rather sweet from the grapefruit and tangerine flavors, but there's a bit of bitter, damp piney hops in the end. The mouthfeel is very smooth, crisp, and a little sticky.

This is a very drinkable IPA. It's not a bitter hop bomb like a lot of IPAs, and that's not a bad thing. This would go well with cheddar cheese or a grilled fish seasoned with citrus.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 01:49:27 | More by theghost3
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big ups to Kenric! Can't believe I've never had this before!

Lightly hazy orange body, off white fire of head, great retention and lace. Aroma was bright with citrus and tropical fruits, pine and flowery aromas. Clean bready malts. Medium bitterness, juicy citrus and lemon zest, mango, pine resins and fresh cut grass. Light bready malt backbone. Medium body, rich and oily, clean bitterness, insanely drinkable.

Just Outstanding is fitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 22:00:14 | More by EgadBananas
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a murky golden color with some amber hues carrying through around the edges. Nice frothy white head with good retention. Small amounts of lacing stick to the inside of the glass.

S-Pale malts, citrusy hops, grapefruit, honey, and maybe even some hay. I love the smell on this one.

T-Citrusy tropical fruits, especially oranges and grapefruit. pale malts. Starts out with a great hoppy bitterness taste and finishes out a little malty. Overall a very well done IPA.

M-Medium mouthfell with good carbnation.

D-I could drink this beer all night. A true session ipa. I was bummed i only had one. i would definitely seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 07:40:31 | More by Randalld
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been loving most of the Kern River beers, and this one thanks to RaulMatisse.

A: A fluffy 1 finger head rises up with lots of bubbles, then fades semi quickly. It's a semi clear golden copper orange colored beer.

N: Fresh hops is the name of the game. Lots of musty hop resins, fresh wet hop like aromas, with some pine, citrus, juicy hops, etc. There's some fruit, nectarine, pineapple, little grapefruit, even a little peach. A nice hop aroma, with just the very slightest hint of malty sweetness.

T: Again hops are the story. Not super bitter, but a decent bitterness. Fresh hop flavors, a slight musty resinous flavor but not as much as the nose had. A little pine but also subdued. Mosty the juicy fruit aspects. A little citrus, with some orange, tangerine this time, little pineapple and grapefruit. Very juicy fruit flavors. A slight malty sweetness hits too, but light. A little hop oils seem to trickle through.

M: Medium body, slightly oily, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Finishes somewhat bitter with a decent hop bitterness, some musty fresh wet hop resins linger, a slight spicy hop flavor, the bitterness just rings out around the mouth too, as it dries and becomes pretty dry. My mouth is begging for another juicy hop tasty sip. A little bit of lingering fruit, but mostly just the musty and citrus with some pine hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 02:34:18 | More by jlindros
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light amber-colored hue with a supple white head that doesn't stick around for long but coats the glass with nice hefty lacing.

S - The smell is a wonderful combination of citrus, wildflower honey, pine, and fresh mountain air. Lovely nose.

T - The taste follows the nose but is highlighted by the resinous, piny hop punch. Citrus and Pine are the mainstays for this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is very pleasant--medium viscosity and nice carbonation.

O - I've had this beer many times over but finally decided to do a quick tasting for BA. It changes ever so slightly at times but always lives up to its name. This beer is truly just outstanding. Definitely one of my favorite ipa's out there. And I love to support KRBC, as it is the best brewery within 1 1/2 hours of where I live.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 01:57:02 | More by bierfreundlich
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery in Kernville into a pint glass. The beer has a decent golden-brown coloring, with a spaced and thin, light head. You get a nose full of pine and hops in the aromas. Very heavy hops flavor on initial tasting, but without the typical bitterness that usually accompanies it. The beer tastes very green. There are also heavy floral flavors on the front of the tongue. The beer is very full, but smooth, in mouth, despite the robust flavors. The beer has minimal aftertaste, and is extremely easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2010 06:00:17 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass

Appearance is a dark orange color that has very good clarity, and a nice visual carbonation to it. It poured with a 1/4 inch of off-white head, which recedes into a small layer that lays atop the brew the whole way down. Nice retention and great looking, sticky lace down the glass. I'm getting a really nice tropical peach aroma off of this one, but also smells of a malty sweetness. Taste is also peach-forward, with a malty back end. There is a slight hop bitterness to it, but not as much as I prefer. The only thing missing is the sharp hop bite, but that's just me. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, and mildly carbonated. This is a really solid offering, something that I would pick up whenever I see it.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 07:52:11 | More by BrewtifulMind
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bomber from gregshead...thanks!

Appearance: Brilliant Orange color with a little bit of carbonation. Milky white head with good lacing around the glass. Very inviting.

Aroma: Smells of citrus, especially Grapefruit rind. Also can smell some pine and resin. Pretty standard for an IPA in my mind.

Taste: Nutty flavors on the front of my tongue. Also has a creamy taste/feel. Grapefruit come through in the finish. Good amount of malt to balance the hops. As I drink more, the piney flavor increases.

Mouthfeel: Creamier than I expected from an IPA. Coats the mouth nicely and flavors linger. Makes me crave more.

Overall: A very balanced IPA, with plenty of malt flavors to contrast the hops. Great all around IPA and is very approachable and at 6.8% its almost sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 14:50:47 | More by sdsurfer217
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New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.
Got this from Blackwell's in San Fran, supposed to be very fresh.

a - Pours a hazy orange amber color with two fingers of off white head and high carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a lot of web like lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, oranges, mangos, light honey, and light pine. The smell is insanely fruity and smells fantastic.

t - Tastes of grapefruit, citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, oranges, tangerines, and light tropical fruits. Lots of bitterness up front from the pine and citrus hops, and the hops come out a lot more in the taste than the smell. Less of the tropical fruits from the smell and more of the citrus and grapefruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a huge bitter kick up front.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good IPA. The smell was outstanding; full of different fruits and hops. The taste was good, though more focused on grapefruit and citrus hops, and had a huge bitterness to it. A good IPA I enjoyed quite a bit and had no problem finishing a 22 oz. bottle of. Would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 00:08:45 | More by mdfb79
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to alenonbeeradv for this one
22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter

A- A hazy orange with a two finger white head.

S- Juicy citrus hops, tropical fruits, hint of pine.

T- Not as big as the smell. Citrus hops are not as present as I thought they would be up front, but they are there, nice malt backbone and a solid bitter piney hop finish.

M- Smooth, refreshing, light to medium body.

O- This is a solid IPA that I wish I could get more often. I feel really lucky that I got this as an extra in a trade. I feel it live up to its name of Just Outstanding IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 02:47:55 | More by larryi86
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, orangish-amber. Creamy white head, that never fully disappears. Aroma is of toffee, pine, tropical fruit, and citrusy grapefruit.

Upfront is sweet caramel, quickly giving way to loads of hop flavor. Grapefruit is definitely in there along with pine, pineapple, and fruit. This is a very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 04:58:46 | More by hckyfn9999
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip. Cheers to rmjavanut for sending this along.

The beer pours a mostly cloudy light orange. I can just barely see my way through it a little bit. A towering, foamy off white cap forms, four fingers in height and filling the top half of the glass. Head retention is off the charts, a solid 5+ minutes after pouring I still have more than two fingers worth. Lacing ain't too shabby either, rings of it are left around the glass. I feel pretty confident in saying it's the best looking IPA I've ever seen. Nose is good, but not remarkable in any way. No malt presence to speak of, it's mostly grapefruit with a hint of orange in the background. Flavor is a carbon copy of the nose. Try as I might I'm not picking up on any bread or caramel or any other notes that might come from malt. Bitterness is aggressive, but stops short of crossing the line into brash. Grapefruit is still the predominant hop flavor, though orange makes itself more known than in the aroma. Mouthfeel is great; I was worried given the lack of sweetness about the body, but it doesn't even hint at being too thin/watery. Carbonation is a bit high, which to my mind is dead on for the style.The solid flavor and great mouthfeel make Just Outstanding incredibly drinkable. My first beer from Kern River, and I wouldn't hesitate to try another

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 05:08:29 | More by axeman9182
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aquired from DGB3. Curtsy of review this BIF.

Major thank you to DGB3... totally the major shit on a hook up.

A: The lacing is outstanding. DGB3 hooked me up w/a great pint glass from "Nectar Ales" and the color is just pure amber color. The head was great.

S: Citrus orangy smell and pine.

T: Floral taste w/a pine.

M: Medium body. Med carb. Creamy and Hoppy after taste.

D: I really liked this beer. I could totally sit around and have this all night. Super light and comfortable.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:15:26 | More by diekia
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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Not too much head but laces nicely. Darker copper with quite a bit of haze. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Aroma is very citrusy, some juniper, mild caramel notes to bready malt backbone.

T: Flavor is grapefruit-forward hops, with some resin, melon and floral notes and hints of pineapple. Aftertaste lingers with alpha bitterness and malt sweetness at back of tongue.

M: Medium body, high amount of carbonation, alcohol noticeable but not hot.

O: A very good IPA, one that I would buy again if it were around here. Does taste more like a DIPA than an American IPA, but retains good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 05:23:47 | More by macrosmatic
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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Builds a nice lively two finger head on the pour. The head dissipates but a then layers lingers around. The color is a pretty lite amber but cloudy. If I hadn't seen a pliny for comparison this would look better.

S - Nommy citrusy goodness. Grapefruits in there. Lemon and orange peel maybe?. Some pine in there too. Smells good and better than the previous times I've had it.

T- Taste is less than the nose. Less of the citrus and grapefruit, ect with the added bitterness of an IPA. Pineyness is still there in the taste.

M - Very silky for an IPA. Tiny little bubbles softening the beer when you drink. Like it alot.

Overall - Just started doing reviews. Having to think through the various aspects of this beer makes me think it's better than I've considered it in the past. However this weekend I drank it on tap at the brewery side by side with citra and the citra blew my mind in comparison. If not for the side by side this would be higher I think. But that's what side by sides are for :)

Serving type: growler

03-07-2014 06:37:24 | More by Wolberjs
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark hazy orange, bronze color. Initial pour yielded two fingers of off white foamy head, not much structure to it as it started dissipating with large bubbles quickly until only a small patch of bubbles remained and a light collar along the edge of the glass, but there was a lot of nice lingering lacing. Some bubbles can be seen right at the edge of the glass, but this IPA is very very hazy.

Nose is vibrant tangerine, sweetness from the fruit and bitterness from the peels, tropical pineapple, floral hops, a touch of caramel malt sweetness. However, the tangerine citrus hop character is the dominant aroma, and got stronger as the beer warmed.

Following the nose, massive tangerine orange flavors, nice bitterness from the peel initially, then sweet orange, pineapple, caramel and biscuit malts. After swallowing, a lingering floral citrus hops remains for a long time. When I had Kern's Citra DIPA, one thing that really stood out, both good and bad, was how long the lingering hop character was for that beer, and JO IPA has a similar lingering floral orange (orange blossom maybe? I've never had anything with orange blossom extract though) that lighter and very pleasant.

Light to medium body with a slick oily feel and decent amount of soft carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden by the fruity hop character and malty sweetness on the tongue, but I wanted just a bit more bitterness to create a little more balance. However, this is still a very very good IPA from Kern.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 05:04:12 | More by nataku00
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a hazy amber apricot color with an easy two finger head. Good head retention and solid lacing throughout.

S - Piney, citrus hops. Fresh wet hops and grapefruit.

T - Taste is of resiny pine some grapefruit. Moves into sweet pineapple. The malt is not overdone on this one just enough to balance the hops. Finish is bitter and dry with almost no alcohol astringency detected.

M - Carbonation is right on the mouthfeel is a touch on the light side. Finishes dry and bitter.

D - Killer IPA if looking for some citrus hops. I could only imagine what Citra is like. Very drinkable and could definitely have more than on bomber of this. Enough malt to provide balance but not a malt overload.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 04:15:18 | More by kk73
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple bombers from DearthVader and Solomon420. Thanks again guys!

Poured into a Surly pint glass.

A: Hazy orange with a two finger head. The head sticks around through sipping and there is a great amount of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, mango, fresh cut grass, pine and slight caramel in the background. The smell is incredible.

T: Grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine followed by a malt sweetness and a slight bitter finish.

M: Medium carbonation, fairly creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable

O: One of the best smelling IPA's I can remember. I wish there were more tropical notes in the taste, but a great California IPA nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 21:45:25 | More by iadler
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-amber with a thick off white head. Pillowy with great retention. Lace sticks on the glass. Smell is pungent and floral. Nice citrus/tropical fruit nose with some sweet malt. Tastes mild, smooth. Not overly bitter nice rounded hop finish. Good Amarillo / Simcoe combo. Really solid IPA. Mouth is a little sticky, medium body, light even carbonation. Overall a terrific offering. Delicious and very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:52:24 | More by BrlyHpsWtrYst
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.