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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 431
Hads: 1,186
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 367
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 Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at my tasting on August 7, 2010.

A: This beer appears a slightly hazy shade of yellow. There is a small head that leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass.

S: The aromas are wonderful citrus, mostly grapefruit. Hooray hops!

T: A wonderful beer, and what I look for in an IPA. Citrus fruits with a pleasant, hoppy bitterness make this such an enjoyable beverage. Between this and Citra, Kern is 2 for 2 in the IPA department, as far as I see it.

M: A really nice feel. Bitterness from the hops without any astringency. Alcohol hidden well behind the bouquet.

D: Wonderfully drinkable. What a nice way to kick off the tasting.

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Photo of pigdog
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone IPA glass

a-golden/amber colored body with a thick foamy white head, nice lacing lines the glass

s-smell is an amazing blend of citrus and some mango/tropical fruits. Even my wife who wasn't drinking it commented on how great it smelled. The aroma is just an explosion of everything 'good'.

t-tropical fruit, citrus, hoppiness. The hops are well balanced which results in a clean yet slightly bitter finish. The taste really is amazing, the bitterness/hoppiness may be borderline for some, but perfect for what I was looking for.

m-light/medium body, solid carbonation, near perfect

d-i could drink this all day long. The only thing holding this one back is that it may be too bitter for some.

overall-easily one of my favorite IPAs, I love this beer. I've had it both on tap and bottle, and can't get enough of it. If you would have told me a few months ago that I'd fall in love with a beer with such a blast of fruity-bitterness I would have said you're crazy. This is an amazing beer and if you love IPAs this should be on your list.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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!

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Photo of ridglens
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hayesez (probably 2/3 of my reviews start with that!)--From notes so a little vague

poured into a portsmouth snifter, started chilly and drank to room temperature. pours a dark, hazy orange with a thick creamy head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass as it dissipates. Smells of dark, sweet grapefruity hops, the citrus is complemented by a present but not dominant malt profile. taste is citrus hops first, with the sweet malty backbone taming it down, only to be replaced by a lasting, strong bitterness i could lick off my lips. it felt good in the mouth, but a little too carbonated for my specific tastes. never brutal, but the long-lasting bitterness could possibly me tiring.

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Photo of Kelly88
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to billshmeinke for the great trade.

Poured from bomber into my Kentucky Ale snifter.

A- pours a dark gold that is almost mahogany. Smallish white head that settles into a thin spotty cap. Lots of pleasing sticky lace makes for a great looking ipa.

S- probably the best aspect of this beer. Sweet fruits like mango and some grapefruit. Very sweet with just a hint of pine.

T- very tasty. It tastes like grapefruit and some sweet fruits that are balanced nicely with moderate bitterness that really makes this brew so well balanced. A touch of breadiness on the finish

M- just about perfect feel. I would call it the best light bodied beer in terms of mouth feel I have ever have. A bit, just a bit, more carbonation would have been nice.

D- great brew that drinks very easy. Not a 5 because the bitterness makes it hard to appreciate the subtle flavors of this great beer.

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Photo of hayesez
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from the generous Gorefiendus as an extra in a recent trade. Knocking out some of these IPAs, being that summer is finally (hopefully) winding down.

I poured this dark copper brew into my Portsmouth snifter and watched as the foamy light-taupe head flexed its way toward the top of the glass before quickly receding to just a few off-white wisps along the surface. A fair amount of spider web lacing is left behind, and a decent amount of carbonation keeps the bubbles rising. This is a beautiful beer.

A good amount of fruit on the nose. Grapefruit and some of the more sweet fruits as well. The hops are definitely in there, but are balanced well with the maltiness. Obvious caramel adds to the sweet smell.

The first taste demonstrates that the nose doesn't lie. Surprisingly, the malts lead the charge here, and present that caramel scent right on the tongue. This is followed quickly by the hoppy fruits, with grapefruit being the obvious choice. A fair amount of pine rounds this one off...I don't get the pine nearly as much in the smell, but it is clearly noticeable when drinking the Just Outstanding. It is just a little bit distracting, however, as it seems a little off. Good carbonation and a medium body - a decently smooth mouthfeel is present.

You could have told me this was a DIPA, and I would have believed you. All of the flavors were very good, but the finish was just a bit off for me. Maybe a little bit too much of the lingering bitterness. Overall, a solid brew.

Consumed: 8/4/2010

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gorefiendus for this bottle! Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A: Hazy golden light brown with a 3-finger head that quickly dissolves. Sticky lacing is quick to follow.

S: Mainly piny with a little honey and floral character in the background.

T: Resembles the nose; very piny with earthy hops. This is the type of IPA I like - not many fruity/citrusy notes at all.

M: I was sort of disappointed here. I thought there would be a chewier/stickier mouthfeel with the way this beer looks.

D: This category makes up for the mouthfeel. A perfect IPA to have on draft - it wouldn't fill you up after the first one!

Overall, my type of IPA, but nothing outstanding (no pun intended).

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3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale Yellow with a white head. good carbonation.

S: piney bitter hops and some mild citrus in the background.

T: strong hop bit up front. I can taste the simco really well here. A significant amount of bitter pine and some lemon grass and a very dry finish.

M: medium light. Pretty standard for a regular American IPA.

D: not that smooth. Goes down pretty harsh, not going to sit here and drink a whole bunch of it.

Overall: As far as I know American IPA's are supposed to be really grassy and hoppy. So yes they did a nice job sticking to the style. It could be smoother though. Just seems kinda harsh going down. Still a decent example of an American IPA.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better looking beers I've seen for awhile mainly from the beautiful thick frothy slightly yellow head that lasts forever and leaves thick chunky lace around my tulip. Cloudy copper colored elixir.

Awesome citrusy, and tropical aromas. Slight grassy in the back with toffee and hints of caramel.

Quite tasty with nice balance and good hop bitterness. Very tropical with some citrus notes on the finish. Grassy throughout with meaty malt presence. Mouth is off slightly because I think it could use a bit more carbonation. Great beer all around though leaving me wanting to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of mactrail
3.32/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Very bitter hop powerhouse.

A nice golden amber in the New Belgium chalice. Good creamy head that last nicely and swirls in the glass. Hops hit you over the head. Label says dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo. There may be some faint malt. Besides the resiny powerful taste it has a kind of taste like the smell of gravel or rock dust. Bitterness overwhelms.

Well, it proves it's an IPA and dares you to drink it. So overhopped that I am involuntarily salivating, like with an overly hot pepper.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beersinner for throwing this in as an extra! Poured into a over sized wine glass.

A- pours a golden copper color. 2 fingers worth of a sudsy off whit head. Excellent retention and a smashing amount of heavy lacing. This is just a beautiful beer. I don't think it could have been any better looking.

A- loads of citus! Tangarine and grapefruit sticks out and there's a bit of pineapple that shines through. The hops are present but not in a wow this is gonna be a hopbomb kind of way. There is a sweetness also present, however, I couldn't pinpoint the origin.
T- very citus forward! The tangarine and the grapefruit that I got in the nose really start things off well. The hops then enter and are very subdued compared to other west coast IPAs I have had. There is a slight bitterness, but it doesn't really dominate any of the other flavors. There is a solid caramel malt backbone to this beer. It is a very balanced brew.

M- medium bodied with spot on carbonation. The finish is somewhat sweet and not bitter.

D- I really enjoyed this brew and would give it another offering anytime! It drank very easily. I shared tis with my wife and father in law. I would have been able to kill this bomber(and another) by myself with gr8 ease!

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Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of pastradul
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to jerz for the hook-up. This is a fantastic representation for the West Coast.

A - Beautiful golden-orange hue with voluminous off-white head, and plenty of rocky lace.

S - Huge tropical-fruity and citrus aromas abound. Tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango and grapefruit are all present in heavy doses. The pale malt is completely subdued by the explosive vibrancy of the hop aromatics.

T - The taste is everything it is labeled as: Just Outstanding IPA. This stuff tastes phenomenal. Again, tropical-citric flavors abound: pineapple, tangerine and sweet grapefruit fuse with a vaguely sweet but totally unobtrusive malt, which is tempered by a very piney-dank-herbal bitter hoppy finish. The whole thing is... you know.

M - IPA. Good. Actually, this transcends good, everything is so right and in-balance with this brew,

D - This is one of the best IPAs I've had in a while. Even taking the label at its word, this is better than I could've hoped for.

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Photo of rallison
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fresh bottle - bottled on 5/25 so only about 10 days old!

A very tasty IPA - the hops start of citrusy and juicy - very much West Coast style. Later on though, you finish with a nice touch of piny hops. Medium bitterness and a touch of malt sweetness.

Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Goldish color, slightly hazy, nice head on it that leaves some great, great lacing as it recedes.

S - Hoppy, the grapefruit tends to stand out much stronger than the rest of the things in the hop profile. Some bitter resin and a bready backbone.

T - Taste a lot like it smells. A lot of grapefruit and orange-rind citrus on the front end, that fades to bitter and later very bitter as the beer warms up. Sweet carmel and malty backbone is dominated by the hops.

M - Pretty crisp and light tasting, carbonation gives it a decent bite.

D - Love the IPAs, but got a little too bitter for me to drink after a while, decent thirst quencher, but the grapefruit/resin profile are just not a great combination for drinkability.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Yields a 2 finger bubbly white head. Takes awhile to reside to a soapy layer of foam on top. Leaves nice lacing behind, with oil legs. Golden with a hint of amber in color.

Smells of grapefruit, cereal grain, zesty orange peel, slight pine, and dank. Some butterscotch diacetyl. Upfront hop fragrance with some pretty striaght forward malts., really nice.

Taste explodes with grapefruit, lemon and orange zest, a bit of pine and resin as well. Light honey malts, and buttery diacetyl. Definitely a hop dominated IPA.

Medium bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Tiny assertive bubbles, and medium carbonation.

Easy drinking. Just an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zestar for this one. Served in a Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a beautiful two fingers of foam with amazing retention and glass-coating lacing. The color is a hazy dark orange-brown that doesn't have much pop to it - kind of drab in fact.

S - I can tell this isn't from the week-old batch as it has a bit of that faded hop smell, but otherwise it's quite nice. Very dank, orange citrus, and a hefty dose of fruit punch provided by the generous amounts of Simcoe hops. There's a strong backbone of caramel malt and bread that suggests a bigger beer.

T - Taste is combination of candied citrus and caramel malts. Some bitterness pops up after half the bottle, but it's fairly well attenuated. This is more like Midwest IPAs than West Coast ones. Actually, the closest comparison would be Flossmoor IPAs - this at an undetermined age tastes very similar to fresh Flossmoor IPAs in terms of malt character and balance.

M - Quintessential IPA mouthfeel. Lower carbonation with a bit of tingle, soft, smooth, medium body, dry finish, and oily resinous residual feel. No problems here.

D - I had no problem downing a bomber on my own. I'd drink this regularly if I could get it fresh. Wish the bottles were dated.

I'm not sure this is "Outstanding", although it's hard to tell without a super-fresh sample. I guess marketing a "Pretty Good IPA" might be more challenging. In any case, I'm looking forward to future hoppy brews from Kern River.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a bomber that was bottled a little over a week ago. Appearance is a cloudy orange/goldish color. Smells of fresh citrus fruit. Hints of orange, pine, and pineapple. This smells like it's gonna be a sweet IPA....Taste: Not really as sweet as it smells, but very delicious. Very crisp and refreshing with bitter hops at the end. I taste a strong amount of grapefruit in this one. The drinkability is very easy with this wonderful IPA. If I could find this here in the central valley, I would drink it on the regular.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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