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Just Outstanding IPA - Kern River Brewing Company

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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

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Reviews: 431
Hads: 1,185
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 367
Gots: 151 | FT: 9
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 Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from HiTime Wines in Costa Mesa CA.

This pours a clear golden colour with an inch of foam. Not many bubbles visible in my glass.

The smell is big notes of citrus hops with a light malty presence peeking through. Similar nose to Odell IPA and RR Blind Pig, me thinks, so I'm liking it.

The taste starts of with big notes of citrus bringing a lot of bitterness. More sips in and it's obviously big on the grapefruit and about mid palate, there's some malt moving in and brings a light sweetness to somewhat balance this IPA. Near and through the finish, I can taste a buttload of pine making for a nice bitterish finish. Man, this is a very tasty American IPA!

Further sips in and I'm starting to notice the malt more, which is a plus for me. It's still definitely an American style but I love me some malt to keep it from getting too bitter.

Good solid medium mouthfeel and the carbonation is just a notch below medium.

Drinkability? If I had easy access to this brew, I'd drink a lot of it. Very smooth but brilliantly tasting, the abv doesn't get in the way at all.

My second brew(of 3) from Kern River Brewing and ....who ARE these people???? Colour me impressed!

Btw, good head retention and lacing...

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 3.31.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy orange with a crazy thick head. However, no lacing is left on the glass.

S - Pine and lemons, that is it.

T - Same as the smells, can't complain here.

D - Very easily drinkable, not bitter at all.

O - Very impressed with this one.

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

Notes reveal an amber pour at the SDIBF. Was all stoked, was hitting up the brewery the very next day for the Citra dipa release. Well, I liked this one as much, if not more.

Pungent dry hopped aroma, surely multi varietal dry hopping was going on here. Taste, phenomenal, doesn't feel heavy in any sense, just so light and hoppy. Amarillo seems to be the most obvious. Isn't really super bitter, they didn't jack up the ibu's or abv on this to go after that segment of consumers. Good amount of that tropioal citrus throughout the mouthfeel.

When they call this Just Outstanding, they come off very credible at the end of the bottle.

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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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours clear dark amber under a thin white foam cap that quickly reduces to a thick film.
S: Resiny, citrusy aromas with some fruit and light malt.
T: Attacks the palate with a burst of malt that dissolves into citrus rinds, resin and melon. In the aftertaste fruit, malt and citrus rind linger for several minutes.
F: Medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: Big but refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle provided by Spycow, thanks Chris. Drank from my Narke tulip...A very dark ipa, a warm bright but dark colored copper with a light top head. Very fluffy, lots of retention and lacing...A light but nice aroma, wish it was a tad stronger though. Pretty sweet light caramel, sweet citrus and flowers on the back, not strong ipa hops at all...A lighter taste as well but its pleasant. Flavorful and super easy to drink. The front is light caramel, the citrus is gone. The back is a very smooth light pine resin...A very full mouthfeel with a lasting feel and taste.

A light but well above average ipa.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: nice hazy golden orange with a 2 finger chunky white head

smell: citrus, sweet caramel malts, hops

taste: grapefruit, pine, citrus, sweet caramel malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: very nice single ipa. very well balanced.


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Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An extra from the very generous Solomon420. Thank you, Damian! The last 20 beers I've consumed have been German in origin, and I'm looking forward to an IPA! Plus, I haven't had anything from these guys.

A: Surprisingly dark for an IPA, this is a rather deep amber with a finger-thick off-white head. Retention is pretty good, and there's some lace as the head slowly recedes to a clumpy disk

S: Makes me think of a East/West Coast hybrid. Bright citrus hops with tangerine, plenty of tropical fruit with some mango and papaya, but there's also a pretty solid malt presence in this (if the color didn't give it away). Caramel sweetness that when combined with the citrus character is like candied oranges. Solid

T: Opens up mildly bitter with a mainly citrus character (orange skins) with some pine bitterness. Plenty of hop flavor, with orange, tangerines and some pine. The tropical fruit character i initially picked up on the nose is not really noticeable on the palate. A definite malt presence is noted, with a simple caramel character. The finish is mildly sweet, with mild hop bitterness

M: Medium-light in body, this beer is a touch disappointing on the palate. It feels a little watery, and the finish could use more bitterness.

D: The low alcohol and low bitterness makes this very easy to drink, and I can actually feel my palate after drinking this! I quite enjoyed it, and would not hesitate to try this again.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a hazed orange color with a frothy white head, bubbled retention, patchy lacing left behind on the glass.

Strong bold grapefruit hops explode into the nose, super juicy, very bitter, slight bready sweetness. Pretty much exactly what I'm looking for in a West coast IPA.

Bitter and aggressive on the tongue, grapefruit explosion with pith and rind. Fruit sweetness with apricot and orange temper the hop attack. Nice biscuit malt with honey to add a roundness to the profile. More bitterness in the finish, faint alcohol and lingering hops.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, dry and bitter from top to bottom while consuming. A hop assault in a pleasurable setting, an absolutely excellent IPA - I want more.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours an orange amber color. Produced a giant fluffy white head with great retention and lace.

(S)- Big juicy citrus with a piney caramel middle. Giant bits of grapefruits. A good hop profile.

(T)- Lots of caramel malt. . lots. Plenty of pine and a mild dry citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance too. A little underwhelming based on the smell.

(D)- Not bad. Not as good as how it looked and smelled, but still enjoyable.

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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 thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to whitebricke for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Second brew of the night during my first night staying at my new place! Served from bottle into Bell's tulip. Poured orange with a one finger slightly off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, floral, and subtle caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, floral, citrus, citrus hop, floral hop, subtle caramel hop, orange, and orange zest. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this one was quite pleasant and complex which really made bringing my nose up to it quite enjoyable. The flavor was really nice as well. There were a lot of different hop profiles going on in this one that I had not experienced in one beer at the same time. Definitely a must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium amber-gold. A little cloudy/hazy. Mediocre head. Soapy bubbles that require a rather hard pour to build up into a respectable layer of foam, and even then, it fades to an off-white sheet after a minute or so. Big hoppy aroma. Lots of grapefruit, pine and grass notes, and they tend toward the sweet end of those flavors. Mild caramel malt background. Everything blends together really nicely. Very tasty IPA. Lots of hop flavor throughout the beer. Good bitterness, and it never really gets bland. Low to medium malt sweetness, just a clean caramel note. Mouthfeel is medium-light. Pleasant hop oiliness. A round mouthful of flavor. This is a really good IPA. It's easy to drink and has lots of hop flavor. On a sidenote, this bottle doesn't seem to fit my notes about two years ago. I remember a better heard, brighter aromas and a bit more bitterness in the finish. Not sure what's going on with that.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a snifter.
Pours a hazy brownish gold color. Huge creamy off white head. Produced some nice lacing.
Tropical fruit, piney & floral hops in the nose. An aroma of pineapple juice stands out the most.
Taste is bitter but there is enough malt presence to back up the hops. Resinous pine and grapefruit immediately with malt balancing out the finish.
Carbonation is just how I like it. On the higher side. Bigger beer than I expected.

Above average IPA for sure. Makes me want to try Kern River Citra even more.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with yellow hints and an off white head. In the aroma, mellow grapefruity hops. In the taste, pine hop to start to a citrus hop with a nice small dry maltiness. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Quite nice west coast IPA.

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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 maximum12
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to the dgb3 for this bomber; with a name like this, & a good reputation for this brewery, I've been looking forward to this one for a while. Seems like it's finally becoming more available, & now I get to sample it. Yippee! Sawed in half into separate pint glasses for the wife & myself on a snowy Friday evening after a round of shoveling & sliding with my girls.

Pours an unfiltered orange-yellow, like St. Paul tapwater in the spring. Props for a cool label, too, the donkey, bike tire, & cow-poke (donkey-poke?). Smell is solidly hoppy; foreshadowing rocks. I love my Simcoe hops!

Just Outstanding has a bit of an arrogant name, & that ups the ante. But it's damn good. The hops are crowing, a fragrant mix of roses, grapefruit, bitter old guy, citrus, strong pine - classic IPA. The malt is sitting in the corner, present but unobtrusive. A nice clean bitterness follows up & washes lazily over the palate. Which awaits another sip eagerly. Honestly, the pretty good nose doesn't do the taste justice.

This is the rare bomber that I could dismember easily, then reach for another. Not exactly sessionable, but hell, I'm willing to try. Wondering if I can distract my wife long enough to pilfer some of the juice left in her pint glass.

Excellent effin' brew. This lives up to its name & then some; a beer that I'd drink regularly & with enthusiasm if I could get my hands on it. I can only imagine how mind-blowing this would be fresh & on-tap. My favorite beer of the first 14 days of 2011.

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Photo of dar482
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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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 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 cosmicevan
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mrbubbler for this solid extra. Enjoyed from a batch 002 TB snifter.

a - brew poured a murky amber orange reddish brown with a thin frothy IPA head that hung out and left massive lacing on the glass. Really attractive brew.

s - nose is really fantastic and what you would hope for. Rich lush fresh piny hop intertwined with some dank caramel notes.

t/m - yum. Piny heady hops. Nice big bitterness without being overdone. A bit chewy and full bodied but far from syrupy.

o - overall, yep...just outstanding. Worth checking out.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow golden color with white head. Citrus fruits, grapefruit, and some pineapple and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice hop bite, but also very smooth.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a big creamy off-white that shows excellent retention and leaves good lacing as well.

The aroma is excellent with lots of pithy grapefruit, oranges and pineapple with some resinous floral hops as well. Doughy bread whiffs as well. Big and juicy aroma overall.

The taste follows the aroma closely with lots of citrus hops up front. There does seem to be a more prevalent floral hop presence, especially in the finish with a sticky resinous pine flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation but much, much smoother than I was expecting. The hops are definitely there is not nearly the bitterness I was expecting.

This is my first beer from Kern river and it's quite an introduction. This is an outstanding IPA, extremely drinkable with a massive but not scathingly bitter hop presence. Highly impressed.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a balloon tulip (Thanks Vitese!)

A: Pours golden orange with a massive 3 finger head, white and extremely tight with great retention. I could have flown to Paris and back and the head would still be standing tall. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Tons of simcoe: Grapefruit, pine, tangerine, and slight dank herbal quality. I get a little caramel malt and just a hint of alcohol.

T: Fairly soft hop character presents itself: restrained grapefruit, tangerine, floral notes, little bit of herbal dankness, pine in the background. The pine bitterness builds to a moderately bitter finish. Moderate amount of caramel sweetness to add a little candy fruit hop flavor but without being like a barelywine. Pleasant bitterness/slight astringency (in a good way) through the finish. Fairly dry.

M: Medium body, moderate to maybe very slightly high carbonation. Very fine carbonation. Fairly resinous and sticky, though smooth enough to make it extremely drinkable. Clean and bitter finish.

O: I'd agree with the label, this is just an outstanding IPA. Not too bitter, not too sweet, not to phenolic, just in the sweet spot across the board. I really wish I had something like like this, it would always be in my fridge.

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