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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

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903 Ratings

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 355
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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Photo of shivtim


3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Konrad for the bottle! Poured out into a pint glass.

Nice slightly ruby apple juice color. Very clear. Lots of bubbles, and a thick lively white head. The bubbles last for a while, and the head dies down gently to a thin film.

Nose is strong hops and astringent ethanol. Lots of hop juice.

Taste is sour citrus hops. Strong but one-noted. Long lingering bitter hop leaves.

Pretty good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 01:20:43 | More by shivtim
Photo of nanobrew


4.75/5  rDev +12%

11-14-2011 19:00:01 | More by nanobrew
Photo of pjkelley82

New York

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to grze for sending me this bottle... as an extra believe it or not...

A- hazy peach orange color with an "outstanding" 2-3/4in antique white rocky, pillowy head... stuck around a damn good amount... left a superb amount of soapy lacing..

S- Candied oranges, pineapple and grapefruit... so sweet smelling at first... followed by a good hop punch ending in a grassy alcohol smell with the hopps lingering...

T- followed the nose in order as well... great lingering bitterness that wasn't overpowering. Its a good balance and is not one sided.. you get a good sweet citrus hot at first then the hoppiness comes thru and makes you know your drinking an ipa.

M- Creamy medium bodied with a juicy finish

O- Had high hopes for this one and it did not let down.... I had a lot of great, high rated ipa's this year and this one is definitely up there.. would have a hard time chosing others if this was around. Definitely Recommend and thanks again grze

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 02:12:28 | More by pjkelley82
Photo of scottyshades


4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to mrmiles for this unexpected extra!

A: Pours a hop-hazed amber/orange color with a massive massive fluffy eggshell color cap. Retention is as good as it gets. Absolutely awesome looking beer.

S: My favorite kind of IPA...Sweet tropical fruit and citrus aromas with lots of orange, grapefruit, mango, and tons of pineapple. Slight pine and resin as well, but less apparent.

T: Exceptionally balanced flavor with malts giving some caramel sweetness, and the hops give a solid bitterness. The flavor is really light and delicate, but packs a punch. Similar to Sculpin in that sense. The hops are very fruity- orange, lemon, grapefruit, pear, apricot, mango, and pineapple. Simply awesome...I live for these kind of IPAs. The yeast also adds a faint butter flavor.

MF/D: Medium body, very smooth and creamy going down. Carbonation is perfect and really compliments the hops.

Notes: Second beer from Kern River, with CITRA as my first. Both beers earned near perfect scores, and well deserving. Thanks again Miles!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 20:35:49 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Quackus

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

03-16-2013 18:15:27 | More by Quackus
Photo of 1424IpA


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-06-2013 05:03:01 | More by 1424IpA
Photo of RMoeNay


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-22-2013 04:10:36 | More by RMoeNay
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-04-2013 18:28:07 | More by Piddmeista
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a foamy head that dissipates to a fine ring, leaving clouds of sticky lace on the glass.

Aromas of bread, green hops, and salt.

Taste is biscuity with a strong green hop and some fruit flavors in the background, and a dry, slightly bitter finish. Hop oils build up some numbness on the tongue.

Body is light and carbonation is forceful yet round, giving this a cleansing and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a well balanced, highly hopped, and sessionable IPA. It is a good contribution to the ever growing big sea of IPAs, but not a clear leader.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 00:24:31 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of Gtreid


3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to dgb3 for this extra. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Cigar City pint glass.

A: Clear amber color. The pour creates one finger of slightly off white head that leaves some spotty lace.

A: Earthy and citrus hops dominate, but the sweet malts bring an unexpected balance to this West Coast IPA.

T: Citrus and pine with a pronounced sweetness from the crystal malt. Mango, orange, pineapple, pear, and a little lime. It finishes bitter and dry as well it should.

M: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Good amount of carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average with this one. Very nice balance, means I could put down a few of these. Overall, a really nice IPA, if I had access to this one, I would drink it often. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:44:51 | More by Gtreid
Photo of cp45

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

03-05-2014 23:48:15 | More by cp45
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-22-2013 16:35:23 | More by HopsHopenstein
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-19-2014 02:02:19 | More by Houser
Photo of Kadonny


4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle gotten via trade from dabecassis. Thanks David, nice and fresh.

A: A medium golden orange color with a nice one finger sticky white head. Lacing is full and sticky.

S: Hops throw off a bunch of smells that include pine, grass, flowers and citric notes. They get coupled with the caramel sweet that lies underneath.

T: Nice hoppy west coast beer here. Up front I get the sweeter citrus flavors that get taken over by the pine and floral notes, with the floral notes winning out. Some grassy notes mix in with the caramel sweetness to allow some bitterness at the end but not overly so. Very complex and nice. Finish is creamy.

M: Medium mouthfeel. I would have liked this one a bit more bitter. Creamy for sure with very little if any alcohol notes.

D: Very high, this is a nice drinking IPA.

Overall a quality west coast IPA that just falls short of the best from that state. I would gladly drink this anytime or anywhere and still wish we could get it here in PA. A very solid beer, I enjoyed it greatly.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 22:09:56 | More by Kadonny
Photo of kevanb


4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an Allagash tulip.

A: Pours a really nice honey amber color, a bit cloudy with a nice big billowy cloud like head, a little too much head really and that was with a slow pour.

S: Has a really nice marmalade aroma with lots of hops behind it, really inviting and pleasant.

T: Nice big hop flavors that are balanced really well with some citrus and pine flavors, nice marmalade flavors that match the nose well.

M: Nice and big, perfect level of carbonation, goes down really smoothly.

Verdict: Really nice IPA from Kern River, one of the best IPAs out of Southern California which is pretty much home most of the best IPAs in the world.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 04:32:32 | More by kevanb
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2.65/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber with no date, but with freshness assured, received as an extra from beerific poured into a Surly pint glass. Thanks man!

Pale-amber hued with good clarity and a big, creamy, "pillow" head. Good lacing and retention. Smell reminded a lot of mangoes at the beginning, but later gave away to pine, and some sweet notes with no particular character.

I don't have the most discriminating of palates and yet I think that this is one of those IPAs that are hoppy, but not good. Is this a case of discordant kitchen sink hopping? Tastes empty with a massively bitter finish and entirely crushed malt backbone, and with no particular hop flavor of the aroma. Not impressed.

Mouthfeel is crisp and the finish dry. But the lack of backbone doesn't work to this ale's favor. Overall, average.

Scores: Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 2/5; Mouthfeel 3/5; Overall 3/5

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:55:49 | More by tewaris
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-04-2013 00:59:52 | More by sludgegnome
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-20-2014 23:07:02 | More by Skunkdrool
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-03-2012 23:24:00 | More by mixed_master7
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

04-20-2012 03:02:15 | More by Khazadum
Photo of azdback


4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten Tumbler. A dark and clear orange color. Millions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a huge four finger head that is just a hint off of bright white in color and creamy and rocky in appearance. When the head decides it's time to recede I will let you know how the lace looks. It finally does and leaves an amazing cotton candy type effect on the glass.

Smell is a wonderful citrus and fresh blossom onslaught. Orange and pink grapefruit. Some pineapple and mango sweetness is there as well. Just Outstanding does retain just a bit of malt sweetness too to keep it somewhat balanced.

Taste is a bit spicy first and then the citrus tastes come on. Blood orange and overripe pink grapefruit come to mind. Some mild pineapple orange taste shines thru next. All with an impressive malt bill that would make anyone from the East Coast say "hmm?".

Mouth is on the crisp side but very smooth. Carbonation is round to spritzy and the body is medium balanced. Finish is average to long and on the dry side with a bit of alcohol burn.

Overall I really enjoyed this California delight. I have had quite of few bottles of this before now and have enjoyed all of them. Thanks to oya1time for all of these bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 06:27:10 | More by azdback
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

03-31-2014 00:42:26 | More by JKV96
Photo of GregSVT


4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 02:04:41 | More by GregSVT
Photo of imyourhero21


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-28-2013 20:09:51 | More by imyourhero21
Photo of Casey3236


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-31-2014 22:38:22 | More by Casey3236
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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