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Kern River Brewing Company

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Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial IPA
4.23 | pDev: 7.8%
Jun 12, 2020
Apr 05, 2015
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Notes: Brewed with Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial, Mosaic, and Eureka.
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Rated: 4.25 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Nugganooch from California

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
From the 22oz bomber bottle - Firestone-Walker snifter glass

This is one of those shelf turd TIPA's that really delivers. Very under the radar here...can hold it's own with PtY, Expo Hop, and others.
Big in your face west coast style with an abrasive palate scrubbing hop bitterness. Lighlty hazed pale amber body yields a nice 2 fingers worth of khaki tan suds. Huge apricot/orange and floral evergreen presence in the nose with waves of citrus fruit flavors. Sweet pale malt bread/cracker groundwork. The Amarillo really shines through here. Orange/tangerine/grapefruit, and some lesser notes of tropical dank flower. Extreme balance given the higher ABV's here. Nice drying finish with a long lasting hop resin linger.

Kern River hardly dissapoints with their hoppy ales and this one is no exception. Worth checking out, no lottery required.
Mar 06, 2020
Rated: 4.17 by BayAreaJoe from California

Feb 16, 2020
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by InfernoBoss from California

Nov 17, 2018
Rated: 4.62 by GaleyB from California

Oct 20, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Softly hazy copper with lots of fast rising bubbles. Topped with a creamy, slightly yellow, 2 finger head.

Smells of canned pineapple, black pepper, cayenne, and creme brulee.

Tastes of canned pineapple, caramelised sugar, big and dull bitter hops, and alcohol.

Medium body, with foamy carbonation.

Got this in Sacramento at BevMo, drinking in Redding, Sept 22nd, 2018.
Sep 22, 2018
Rated: 4.12 by ckeegan04 from Texas

Aug 03, 2018
Rated: 3.64 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Jul 23, 2018
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Strong triple IPA, this beer delivers a west coast vibe upfront with a big resinous character, citrus and melon are present too. Some pale malts do the trick well but this boozy beer is all about the hops. Some tropical fruits are noted too
Jun 11, 2018
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a golden orange, a bit hazy. Thick cap of foam.

Smell is massive, piney resin and citrus just invade your nostrils and refuse to leave.

Taste equals the nose in massiveness. Powerful bitterness intertwines with sap and pine, and bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium and sticky, well carbonated.

Overall, a great west coast DIPA, a real punch in the mouth...
May 01, 2018
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Reviewed by billshmeinke from California

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Hazy yellow-gold body. Nice three fingers of bubbly white head, dies down to a nice cap that leaves solid lacing behind.

It smells like fresh hop pellets. Like when you go to the home brew shop and open the hop pellets from the fridge and give em a sniff, yeah, it's that hoppy. There's an alcohol driven sweetness and some one dimensional sweet malt presnce. Hope translate to nectarines, some pine, a little clove like spice, and even some ginger. Nectarines and a tropical fruitiness take center stage though.

Taste follows suit. Kind of a candy like sweetness followed by nectarines, oranges, tangerines. There's a touch of the clove/ginger spice note and pine as well. Kinda surprising how sweet it is, but it balances nicely with the dank hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth, and full bodied. Carbonation is on the lower side, some heat in the belly from the alcohol. Nice roundness on the tongue.

This is pretty good. Triple IPAs are kinda over the top in general, but this does a great job in this category.
Apr 23, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by gelasin from California

Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 3.89 by Hopsohard from California

Mar 17, 2018
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazed amber with 3 fingers of ivory colored head. Stellar lacing, slightty better than average head retention, stays hazed

S: Bready, piney, dank

T: Follows the nose, a little pineapple & cakeyness, plenty of dryness up front. Catty, dry, piney as this warms, some breadyness /doughyness too along with grapefruit & pineapple. Finishes dry, with mango, pineapple, grapefruit & a little green melon & a nice cakeyness with a little booze warmth

MF: Medium/chewy body, slight carbonation, great balance

Pretty good not great example of the style. Well worth a try...
Mar 16, 2018
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden/amber color. Moderate haze. Bone white head retains at two fingers. Chunky webs of lacing clings to the glass.

S: Zested orange, pulpy mango and apricot, lemon peel, hint of melon rind, earthy, herbal, and dank. Dough and shortbread malt base. A broad spectrum of hop aromas congregate easily.

T: Follows the nose. A veritable fruit cup: orange slices, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon rind, etc. After the fruit onslaught there are earthy hop undertones to experience as well. Herbal, soft pine, bark. Oily and spicy. Doughy malt base with the slightest toasty edge. Bitterness is actually quite modest. Easy hop finish of mashed mango, apricot, and pine.

M: Hefty medium body. Soft as a pillow, round, and chewy. Ample carbonation is so fine you barely realize the lift it provides not notice the slight prickle at the tongue. Mild astringency.

O: Amazing that this beer clocks in at 11% abv. I'd have guessed it at a well-hidden 8 percent at best. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. The hop profile is complex and wide in scope. There's a good spectrum of flavor teased out of the strains used, and it feels harmonious and never busy all the while. An easy and tropical treat. Forget all the hysteria surrounding the New England IPA 'style.' This is the most memorable IPA I've had this year, and it tastes all the better because of its focus, cleanness, and ease of drinkability. Fantastic. I will seek out more whenever I'm in CA.
Mar 13, 2018
Rated: 4 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jan 28, 2018
Rated: 4.45 by hayesjw from California

Nov 18, 2017
Rated: 4.6 by Massbmx from Massachusetts

Oct 08, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by kbuzz from North Carolina

Sep 29, 2017
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Reviewed by ZippyThePinhead from California

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
I've had PtY and prefer PtE, and from the experience I concluded that not even Vinnie Cilurzo could hide 11% ABV. Kern River has succeeded where RRBC failed, in that whomever brewed this can hide 11% ABV pretty well. Kudos to them. This beer is delicious... tastes like a DIPA, not a TIPA. Normally I avoid beers like this, but here's the exception to the rule.
Sep 23, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by brentusaurus from California

Sep 16, 2017
Rated: 4 by redfox405 from Virginia

Aug 17, 2017
Rated: 3.06 by BergBeer from Hawaii

Jul 31, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Jul 17, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by varian7 from California

Jul 09, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Jun 26, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Jun 15, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by kmanjohnson from California

Jun 10, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by mrcraft from California

May 11, 2017
Rated: 3.58 by Coorsy from Massachusetts

Apr 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Absolut from California

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
supposedly this is 11%. it's the most dangerous 11% ever. I generally do not like IIPA- they tend to be boozy and one note. but, wow.

peach, mango citrus flavors. beautifully crafted beer.
Apr 09, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

Apr 07, 2017
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Reviewed by ArrogantB from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
22oz bomber with no discernible date. Color is orange and super cloudy, chill haze. Aroma is mildly hoppy but it doesn't smell stale. Flavor is extremely bitter, tasty but extremely bitter. Boozy.
Mar 28, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by jaydoc from Kansas

Mar 17, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by Bum4ever from California

Mar 10, 2017
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Reviewed by mdfb79 from New York

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear bright yellow color. Lots of pine hops, fruity malts, citrus hops, and alcohol. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a very nice, but strong, DIPA...worth checking out.
Mar 05, 2017
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Review from notes. 22oz bottle with no date I could find.

Poured moderately hazy with a big pale head and low carbonation. Smell is hops, hops, hops. Bright and fresh.

Taste is moderate sweetness, some lemon and sourness, lots of citrus bitter.

Mouthfeel is light but slick. Overall, very good.
Mar 04, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by CJNAPS from California

Mar 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Kurt_Dog from California

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer fresh is damn good. Probably as good as pliny the younger. Tons of hops but not too dense and delicious tropical flavor. I highly recommend picking it up. It is probably better than Kern River Citra as well.
Feb 23, 2017
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