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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

817 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%


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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larsenju

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DearthVader for the generous extra!

A-Rich copper body with over two fingers that held well, and left heavy lacing. There was a constant white cap that never really dropped fully.

S- Lots of grassy hops with a little lemon and pine, when I really swirled it and dug my nose way into the glass I started to get some peach and mango, and even a little pineapple. I also got a touch of biscuit and bread, increasing as it warmed.

T-Pineapple, peach and just a little spice up front stepping into a more earthy/piney hop character. The fruits never really fade, but the pine takes over quickly. Finishing the grassy hops really step up with a little lemon to balance it out, and the finish is quite bitter leaving a sharp bitterness for aftertaste.

M-Dry with lower carb than normal, it doesn't really lose anything because of it.

D-Pretty complex, refreshing and easy to drink. This would go great with a summer cookout on a hot day. Standing on its own, the bitterness is a little excessive (I know it's an IPA), cutting the bittering hops a little would accentuate the hop flavors and balance the beer out a little. Don't get me wrong though, this is a great beer, well above average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 23:21:11 | More by larsenju
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PeterLemonjello

Alabama

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Now this is how an IPA is suppose to look. A hazy honey with a touch of orange. Sticky looking head that clings to the glass. Beautiful.

S - Lots of pine and citrus with a little of the simcoe dankness coming through. Smells very fresh.

T - Tastes dissapoints a little after such a great aroma. The flavors aren't nearly as "in your face" as the aromas. It reminds me of a lot of the "wet hopped" or "fresh hopped" beers in that they smell good and fresh but seem to lack the punch in the flavor compartment. Comes up a little short on the amount of bitterness I would like to see but does contain some great flavors.

M - fantastic. Sticky hop oils with solid carbonation prickling the toungue.

D - extremely. Very good beer with a very fresh taste to it. Could drink many.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 03:59:14 | More by PeterLemonjello
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dmsohyea

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3/4/11 - poured from 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass.

A: Pours burnt orange with soapy 1 finger head and good lacing.

S: Smell is great, definitely the best aspect of the beer. Grapefruit and pine, a nice west coast style hop profile on the nose. Simcoe dry hopping is evident.

T: Taste is a bit disappointing after the great scent. Moderate hop bitterness up front with just a touch of sweetness on the back end. Starts and finishes dry. Extremely strong grapefruit aftertaste. More bitter than average for an American IPA.

M: Thin to medium body, standard for the style. A bit too much stinging from the bitterness and extremely dry. A bit soapy at times.

D: For an AIPA it's extremely dry, I'm not sure I will seek out this beer in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 05:50:44 | More by dmsohyea
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours an amberish orange with a large off-white head that is pretty soapy and foamy. The smell is interesting. Nice grassiness, passion fruit, almost soapy citrus. There is something about it though that is just a touch off. The flavor is nice. A round flavor with low bitterness to start, some fruitiness, a bit of grassiness, the finish is a medium/low herbal bitter. This is a good beer once you get into it. Not too flashy but rather solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 12:59:27 | More by jbaker67
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dar482

New York

3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma has fresh juicy sweet oranges, mangoes, peaches, along with a slight resinous pine in the back.

The beer has lots of floral in the front, along with some of that fruity character in the aroma, but not much. There’s a light bready malt in the middle with a medium mouthfeel, but not really much sweetness, which is just what I look for in an IPA.

The finish is aggressively bitter of floral and big green pine. This beer has heavy bitterness.

In the end, I’m unsure if this is an older bottle, but the lack of hop flavor and strong bitterness is not really what I look for. Still, there are good characteristics like the aroma and malt body.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 03:15:13 | More by dar482
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rye726

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper color with nice beige head. Nice lacing. Nose has citrus and pine, bitter hops and sweet malts. Taste has candy malts up front followed by fruity hops that last through the finish. Medium body is well carbonated. Good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 01:11:20 | More by rye726
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thetomG

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice slightly hazy golden color with a rather large layer of foamy white head that leave massive amounts of sticky lacing all around the glass.

Picking up a little somehay/hops/grains on the nose. The flavor is bitter but not overpowering. A bit of citrus on the finish.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be and this is a very drinkable beer.

There are other IPAs I've enjoyed more, but I'd have no problem recommending this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 03:27:31 | More by thetomG
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Florida9

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orangey amber in color with just the slightest haze. Forms an enormous, billowing off-white head. Excellent retention and copious amounts of lacing.

S: Aroma is somewhat ordinary: grainy malts with citrus and grapefruit hops.

T: Starts off with a light blend of grain and caramel malts and some gummy juicyfruit. Then citrus hops: grapefruit and orange. Some very mild pine. Lightly sweet. Mild bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium with lighter carbonation and a mild bitterness.

O: Certainly better than the average IPA, but far from outstanding. Surprisingly malty for a West Coast IPA, and while the hops are present, they're downplayed quite a bit. Minimal bitterness makes this one easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 01:24:43 | More by Florida9
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a tall white, dense head. There's a considerable amout of retention and lacing.

The hops seem subdued in the smell. There's no mistaking it for an IPA, but the grainy malt really tones down the hops to a dull citrus smell.

The malt plays a pretty strong role in this. The hops are dominant, but there's a strong balance. Grapefruit, pineapple, and some light floral flavors exist.

Mouthfeel is clean and moderately dry. It's has low bitterness.

This was a pretty good IPA, but far from outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:47:05 | More by Vonerichs
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just Outstanding, what an appropriate name. Two weeks old acquire in a trade.

Excellent Amber color. nice size head, good lacing.

Very hoppy smell, nice.

Taste is very good. Simco hops over all else. Slight make sweetness. Very well done.

Great ipa.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 22:56:38 | More by Dave_Treat
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon 420 for the 22 oz. bottle!

Pours hazy amber with a frothy off-white head. Trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus (grapefruit) and floral notes.

The taste is malty upfront. Sweetness turns to a floral/citric bitterness in a dry, slightly salty/minerally finish.

Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation/effervescence.

A nice, balanced, drinkable IPA. Alcohol has a tiny bite, but well-hidden overall. I don't know about "outstanding", but it is very good!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:28:19 | More by jwc215
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rmjavanut for the trade!

22oz. bomber served into a Sierra Nevada nucleation pint glass

Pours a vibrant orange that is plenty cloudy with hop haze. The head is a delightful mixture of small, tight bubbles and big ol' bubbles. This produces a two finger sized head that is just off-white in color. This beer laces pretty spectacularly, too. Its hard to ask for anything more.

Very citrusy up front. Orange and grapefruit mostly, with light touches of mango throughout. Some drying pine scents backing it all up. The fruit is strong enough that I don't get much malt at all, which bodes well for guessing how intense the flavor is going to be. I'm even getting some pineapple in this nose. A wonderful IPA in terms of aroma. Single IPAs almost never have this much fruity lupulin scents; this beer earns a 5.0 score.

Unfortunately the beer drops off big-time from the nose. That fruit intensity is simply not there. You get some grapefruit (and grapefuit rind, specifically) and some appleskin but most you taste pine and flowers. The malt shows up but tastes unremarkably bready and boring. The finish and aftertaste is dominated by a medicinal sort of acrid bitterness. This doesn't taste bad by any means; it is above average, in fact. But it sure disappoints after that wondrous bouquet.

The mouthfeel is a mixed bag for me. I like the relative lightness but I don't like the lack of active carbonation. Its still above average but could be way better with more carbonation. The beer is a solid, drinkable IPA. I can't knock its drinkability any.

Just Outstanding IPA is not, in fact, outstanding. Well, its aroma is certainly befitting of the beer's moniker. I'm just left wondering why the taste didn't follow the nose.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 03:37:20 | More by Reaper16
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a really tall frothy off white head. Head is as tall as the beer in the Alchemist glass I'm using.

Smells of juicy American hops, some orange citrus, some floral notes, a bit of bitter pine.

Taste is mostly sticky bitter piney hops, very little citrus. Strong malt backbone, a somewhat sweet bready character in the mouth but finishes mostly bitter.

Carbonation is really good with a full mouthfeel, very refreshing.

Not quite "outstanding" but definitely a really good IPA.

7.9/10

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 01:01:37 | More by AlexFields
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Intelligentsia

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22-oz bomber purchased at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, Calif.

Pours a rich amber with really impressive lacing and a very moderate head. Nice beer to see slowly drain from the cup.

Nose is pretty much standard-issue California IPA -- grapefruit, pine, spice. Well done.

Taste is similar to the smell, with a very nice body for 6.8% a.b.v. I also enjoyed the moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable at 6.8% combined with the relatively easy body. Nice to see another solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 06:02:31 | More by Intelligentsia
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy grapefruit pink with orange edges, the head is dense and creamy, slightly off white, huge retention and lace from what must be a hop bomb.

S-the nose is quite big, it lays a nice malt foundation, caramel and doughy malts, hops take over, pine, citrus, grapefruit, and honey.

T-the flavor is much different, the caramel and dough malts are there but much less pronounced, a strong presence of yeast comes in before the hops and detracts from the flavor slightly. herbal hops, honey, and a fair amount of grapefruit. strong bitterness that lingers throughout with the yeast flavors.

M-medium to light body, syrupy texture, strong carbonation, slightly grainy on the palate.

D-this is a very tasty IPA, huge flavors rivaling that of many DIPA's. the nose has an amazing balance of malt and hop, the taste seems to have a stronger yeast component that falls short of the very tasty nose. Still a very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 20:49:03 | More by cpetrone84
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nightwing002 for this as a great extra!
A: light amber/orange. Ridiculously great thick dense head and lacing.
S: nice tropical fruit from the amarillo but the hint of garlic and onion from the simcoe ain't my thing. light caramel/honeyed malts are nice.
T: really well balanced. Medium sweet with a smooth hop bitterness. Juicy hops.
M: medium body. I like the well-carbonated frothy mouthfeel.
O: lose the simcoe, add citra, and this would be killer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 03:17:44 | More by MrMcGibblets
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WillCarrera

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass. Picked this up just 3 days after it arrived at the store, so it should be pretty fresh.

A- Slightly hazy golden color topped with an inch of fluffy white head, nice retention, leaves tons of thick, crusty lacing.

S- Grassy, fruity hops, grapefruit and pine resin, it smells nice but pretty standard. Not picking up much malt aroma at all.

T- More tropical fruit and pine, fruit flavors of grapefruit, orange and pineapple. The hops are moderately bitter, not as strong as I was expecting for a West-Coast IPA. Light caramel malts provide balance. Finish is bitter and grassy with a bit of peppery spiciness.

M- Medium-bodied, medium to low carbonation, smooth feel with a dry finish.

O- A solid IPA, it's very drinkable but the hop flavor isn't quite as bold or vivid as I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 05:43:04 | More by WillCarrera
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neurobot01

California

3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated bomber into pint glass at fridge temp.

Look: cloudy brownish-orange, very minimal head

Smell: muted honey, grapefruit, confectioner's sugar

Taste: again, muted. Honestly kind of hard to make out any one flavor. Some floral maybe, but mostly just sweetish and bitter. As it warms, more grapefruit, along with a bit of molasses. Still a lot of just straight-up bitter notes, of the sort I associate with a lot of Stone's offerings.

Feel: solid. Felt light to me at first, but really thickened as I went on, with nice carbonation.

Overall: an enjoyable beer, for sure. Not sure it deserved the cloak-and-dagger "back storeroom secret special" treatment it got by the guy at my local store, but good. It's been a while since I had Grapefruit Slam, so I can't be sure, but I think I'd have a hard time telling this one apart from that.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 03:24:12 | More by neurobot01
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 9/12/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears a medium orange with a creamy one finger white head. Good retention and some lacing.

The nose is primarily grapefruit, with lesser notes of pine. It's slightly floral and slightly sweet. The malt is subtle and crackery.

The taste is of slightly bitter grapefruit and a little pine. The beer has a low medium level of bitterness that seems to increase in the dry finish. The malt is crackery and not too noticeable and doesn't provide any sweetness. The beer is light medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a very dry and sticky mouthfeel.

This is an enjoyable and easy drinking IPA. Good stuff, and at $3.99 a bottle it's a steal.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 02:21:31 | More by HopHead84
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washburnkid

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to a pint glass

A: Small but firm off-white head over translucent amber; bubbly areas of surface retention and sticky lacing.
S: Grapefruit and other citrus...my goodness, how deliciously delectable the Simcoe hops are on the nose! Super juicy and amazing. Ripe mandarin mingling with some dry malt. Balanced and clean on the nose.
T: Mmm...everything I want in an IPA when it comes to hop profile. The hop varietals contribute to a big bitter grapefruit that works to edge out a syrupy mandarin sweetness by just a hair. Malts are there, but this is definitely hop heavy. Floral, pine, and really juicy.
M: Medium body, lower carbonation than I would have liked with such a tangy hop bite.
D: Very drinkable, and a new local favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 04:57:34 | More by washburnkid
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portia99

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with bkrefetz...thanks for this one! Poured into an Otter Creek tumbler.

A - Pours a deep amber orange color, mostly clear...just the slightest of haze. a finger of cream colored head forms and sticks around for a brief time before falling to a thin skim coat and a ring of bubbles around the edge. Sticky lacing is left all down the sides of the glass.

S - A nice, pleasant combination of malt and hops with good balance. Solid malt backbone with some sweet caramel and toffee character. Hops are citrusy and fruity...grapefruit is the predominant hop aroma. Well balanced IPA.

T - A very enjoyable IPA...sweet and caramelly malt with citrusy and grassy hops on top. Firm but not overpowering bitterness. Balance is the key in the flavor as well as the aroma.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Enough malt to give it some heft, not quite "chewy" but definitely has some roundness to it. Hops leave their mark too leaving a nice resiny coating that leaves a pleasant grassy bitterness behind after the swallow.

D - Good overall IPA. A good companion for the evening. I would definitely order another of these at a bar if I was fortunate enough to find it in the first place. This is my second experience with this beer...and, honestly I really didn't "get it" the first time around...figured I had a bad bottle and didn't review it. Glad I got an opportunity to give it a second chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 02:34:54 | More by portia99
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tpd975

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice vibrant orange with a nice tall white head. Little retention with some nice spotty lace.

S: Wonderful earthy hops. Citurs, Pine, and caramel malts.

T: Toffee sweetness, with ample amounts of citrus and pine. Light floral notes with hints of tropical sweetness.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty for sure.

D: Good, a solid and drinkable IPA no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 19:08:37 | More by tpd975
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to mattolesh, much appreciated. Nice orange color and a very invitingly hoppy smell to this beer. The flavor leaned more towards amarillo hops for me, lemony and yet bitter like aspirin. A very tasty IPA and I'd cop fresh bottles if I could.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 20:22:06 | More by ArrogantB
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Hazy orange-amber body. Moderate sized off-white head which quickly crashed down to a skim. Some spotty lacing left behind.

S: A pleasant tropical fruit style IPA. Getting a bit of orange and grapefruit but not a whole lot of layered complexity.

T: Like the nose, its fairly one dimensional ... but again, a nice flavor. Orange and grapefruit dominate. A surprising bit of general malty sweetness edges its way in.

M: Medium bodied, with soft, gentle carbonation. Not particularly bitter. A dull, muted finish that isn't quite dry enough for my liking.

D: Not quite tasty enough for the name "Just Outstanding." I'd put it in the good to very good range. When it comes to tropical fruit IPAs, Sculpin sets a high bar and this brew just isn't on that level.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 02:05:02 | More by callmemickey
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GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at The Best Damn Beer Store in downtown San Diego.

A - Golden with a slight haze and a big white head of large bubbles. It leaves some decent lacing behind.

S - A burst of citrusy, floral and piney hops with some toasted malt.

T - A moderate citrusy and piney hop flavor with a firm bitterness. But it fades a bit at the end. The start is much better. The malts provide a foundation but don't stand out.

M - A slightly creamy consistency with a moderate carbonation.

D - This one is easy to drink but not especially compelling. I enjoyed it but given the other choices in CA, this one doesn't stand out.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 00:01:18 | More by GJ40
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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