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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

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432 Reviews

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Reviews: 432
Hads: 1,201
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 372
Gots: 152 | FT: 8
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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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 emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. This was opened during a New Years Eve tasting.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white carbonation that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops dominate. There is some bready malt to back up the hops, but the hops really star here.

Taste: Really bitter and hoppy up front. Toasty malt shows up a bit into the sip. The bitterness takes over again and dominates through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with really smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: At first I wanted more to back up the bitterness. This beer seemed to improve as it warmed up. I would definitely have another given the chance.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.52/5  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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.24/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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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 Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. On a side not, I must say that this is probably my favorite name for an IPA...EVER!

Pours hazy copper, with 1 1/2 fingers of off-white foamy head. The retention here is the definition of rich, with a frothy and bubbly look to it that drenches the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lacing. Sweet cirus and malts make the aroma here, as this is just dripping in the nose with softer fruity aromatics of peach, mango, and apricots. There is an almost cookie-like feel of bready dough in the nose that works very nicely with the fruit flavors. Pine and spice hangs on the edges, giving this a sharp pop in the nostrils.

Bitterness takes a bit more of the lead in the taste, with resins and spice that tingle the tongue. Man, those hops are nicely cut though by that same silky sweet mix of juicy fruit and doughy malts. The hops quickly return in the finish, sticking to the roof of the mouth, and completely drying the backend of this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer carbonation up front, that then prickles up into a sharper feel towards the back of swallow. A bit of warmth lingers in the throat but man, this is nicely drinkable for 7%. That alcohol can really creep up on you if you let it.

An IPA that truelly does live up to its name, this was just jam-packed with well balanced juicy hop character and a killer body and drinkibility. This was definitely one of the better American IPAs that I've had lately. Well worth seeking out.

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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 kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given the reputation of this one. That said, I was very disappointed by the last two highly regarded beers I tried tonight (Bell's Expedition Stout & Two Hearted). 6.8% ABV confirmed

Served after a period of rest from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice rolling smooth cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, pine hops, grapefruit citrus hops, clean malts, and cream. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, soap, a bit of salt, some grapefruit, clean malts, and maybe some light pine. I don't know what's going on with my taste buds but I keep drinking IPAs that are soapy and salty. It's decently put together, but I expected far better. Not real well balanced - especially not with those soapy off-flavours. A bit simple. Not real subtle, but nicely clean. Gets better as it warms.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, and moderate on the palate. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: I don't get the hype on this one. Too salty and soapy. I really had high hopes for this beer. I might try it again on draught. Elsewise, I'm content to leave this one on the shelf for people who will enjoy it more. Drinkable but boring. Quite pedestrian.


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Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Carlos for the bottle!

Poured into a teku, a deep, opaque, amber-orange color, with a finger or so of foamy white head that sank to a wispy layer, a small collar leaving webs of lacing on the glass. The aroma was easily detectable as soon as I cracked the bottle: dank, citrus pulp and peel, hoppiness competing with a strong, sugary, bready malt scent. In the taste, citrus peel, orange marmalade, hefty bready malts, cane sugar, assertive piney bitterness, and some underripe pineapple. This was a pretty basic IPA, but it was still very good. Medium body; though there was some residual sugar syrupiness, overall it had a crisp mouthfeel with a drying finish, making for a super drinkable brew.

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Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale copper color wth a bright off white head, fine even lacing across my chalice. Aroma grapefruit citrus bliss in my nares, what a great smelling brew. Straight up green, citrus rinds, floral notes excellent blend of pale malts and aromatics. Flavors citrus grapefruit semi sweet blend of malts definitely lands in the hop heavy side of things. Really excellent flow to it balanced hops and malts, carbonation is medium bodied sturdy carbonation. Drinkability was rock solid cream of the crop West Coast IPA, I would live off of this stuff if readily available.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

Received this as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours deep, cloudy, orange with a pillowy soft one finger head leaving sticky sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of grassy citric hops up front. Grapefruit, gram cracker malt, and a bit of dryness. Very nice balance overall with plenty of floral hops.

T - Plenty of piney citric hops up front giving way quickly to a mix of gram cracker malt and a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is a bit dry with some lingering hop bitterness. Very good balance of flavors in this one. A bit old, my bad, but still very enjoyable.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice soft feel with a bit of bitterness in the finish that doesn't linger for very long.

D - Pretty high. I really liked this one. I would love to try this on-tap someday. Can't wait to try some of the other offerings from Kern River.

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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 jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.