Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,066 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 363
Gots: 112 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 2 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down but slowly dissipates over time. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, and some malt on the finish. There is a fairly mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer that is tasty and super easy to drink with its awesome aromas and flavors.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to both Skuter and checkii for sending me bottles of this.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a moderate peach color with a good, sturdy white head. The nose brings a really nice bouquet of citrus and tropical hops. Really nice combination and fairly strong. The taste is a bit plainer without going as overboard on the hops. A slight amount of malt in the background. Really nice body and the bitterness fits the taste nearly perfectly. Drinkability is quite high; damn, Kern River knows how to make a hoppy brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Smell: Piney, with an underlying base of cracker malt

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

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

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

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a nice golden color ale with a nice foamy head with excellent retention and some super great lacing. Aroma of fresh pineapple and citrus is very pleasant with nice flora undertones. Taste is also dominated by huge floral aroma of fresh grapefruit with some nice citrus notes with a lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average for style with great carbonation. World-class IPA which is approaching Alpine level but not quite there yet.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bengal tiger stripe orange with goldenrod highlights. The putty colored crown maxed out at three fingers and features an attractive clump of glassine bubbles on its upper surface. As it starts to fade, thick sheets of finely dotted lace grace the glass.

The aroma is the tropical fruity explosion that results when a talented brewer dry-hops an IPA with Simcoe and Amarillo. Almost no toasted or caramel malt pleases me to no end. If the malt-hop, sweet-bitter balance was nailed, this should be incredibly delicious beer.

The label does not lie. Just Outstanding IPA is everything that I love in beer of this style. And is an excellent example of why this is my favorite style to begin with. Predominantly pale malt that adds a touch of sugar cookie-like sweetness? Check. A massive amount of fresh hop flavor? Check. Two of my favorite hops? Check and check. Loads of bitterness that stops just short of tongue abuse? Check.

An ABV that provides power and flavor boldness, but doesn't add even a hint of hotness? Check. The fruitiness that these particular hops provide is nothing short of amazing: juicy pineapple, pink grapefruit, tangerine, ganja and plenty of pine. Okay, so those last two aren't fruits. This is gulpable beer that is meeting its fate in rapid fashion.

An incredibly messy glass earns a score bump where appearance is concerned. Actually, it was almost there already. The mouthfeel is rock-solid as well. It's medium for the style and has a crushed velvety smoothness that is pure pleasure for the mouth and tongue.

Who the bloody hell are these guys? Whoever they are, they deserve a standing ovation and thunderous applause. Kern River Just Outstanding IPA is exactly that. I haven't been this impressed in a long time.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color that borded on orange at times with a tremendous clarity to it that I really was not expecting to see at all. Quite surprising I have to admit. Lots of carbonation here as I would expect, but with the clarity it is very visible and a big head of white forms that only gradually settles down. Aroma is ripe with orange and buttery notes that seem to intertwine nearly perfectly and really launch through the air with a sweetness you seldom see in an IPA. Carries over well into the flavor as the bit from the ornage comes in first but mellows almost immediatly and then falls into the bittery, biscuit like sweetness that provides much balance to it. Smooth, medium body really coats the palate and lets the resin from the hops do their business and with the ABV all but absent, you can really go to town with this one.

Photo of womencantsail
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple of bombers from Hi-Times today. So glad to finally get a full one to myself!

A: Just Outstanding pours a hazy amber color with a nice white foam.

S: Amazing hop aroma on this beer. Tons of grapefruit along with a nice pine scent. Not too much malt, just the way a west coast IPA should be.

T: A lot more resinous and piney than the aroma lets on. Still a great grapefruit flavor that is slightly present in the beginning and then lingers on the finish. Again, not much malt on the tongue.

M: Very light and easy drinking. A moderate to high level of carbonation (for an IPA, anyway).

D: Just Outstanding is quite an appropriate name for this beer. The aromas and flavors are just what you expect from a west coast IPA and it's such an easy drinking beer. I wish this was more readily available to me.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lovely, clear copper body with a creamy-looking, lush white head.

Smell: Overall hoppy aroma of pine and tropical grapefruit with only a thin measure of caramel malt lurking in the background.

Taste: Starts with a meager amount of caramel malt flavor and sweetness as well as hints of grain. The hoppy, citric bite of pine and grapefruit follows quick with a solid bitterness that lasts beyond the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent IPA. For some reason I really enjoy their bottle labels, finding them both odd and amusing.

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an imperial nonic a deep orange tinged brass color with a large blooming slight off white head atop that leaves multiple broken rings of lace as it settles ever so slowly.Aromas of grapefruit rind and herbal hops over top of biscuit malts.Pretty outstanding flavors with sharp grapefruit and resin-like hops winning out over sweetish caramel/biscuit dough maltiness.A big hopped up left coast ipa,as good as I thought it would be.

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Jay for providing the generous sample today. Review is from notes. Bottle says dry hopped with Amarillo and Simcoe, just like the Alpine Duet we just had.

Poured into a mini-nonic glass, this IPA was orange with a fine haze of unfiltered micro-sediment. Good retention with a little bit of spotty lacing. A thin skim remained across the surface of the beer. The nose was spicy and dry, showing off caramel malt, spicy resiny hop character, with an indistinct fruity citrus flavor. Heavy on the spicy hops with a good dose of leafy, herbal character. Light bodied and easy going, the bitterness is not overbearing mabe a 5-6/10 scale. Very enjoyable, i'd try this again.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

excellent ipa, pulling hop characteristics from all parts of the spectrum. lots of citrus in the nose, lemony and oily, more pine in the flavor, very north woodsy, certainly the bitterness is there, but it also has a fresher, almost vegetal bit to it as well. i like such a well rounded profile to it, and the brilliance is that it seems to all fit, nothing muddled or confused or anything, its really just super well dialed in. some grain character too to balance, some medium crystal malt in with the two row, and a mild nutty base results. that goes really well with the pine side of the hops, which are stronger in the finish than anywhere else. its juicy fresh, a great example of the style, and a really comfortable abv for me personally in an ipa. if this were an everyday option, my fridge would be full of it. i can think of no higher compliment to an ale like this. i wish these guys were in colorado.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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