Long Swim
Kern River Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #525
Ranked #3,714
4.25 | pDev: 6.59%
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
Long SwimLong Swim
Notes: In the river world, a long swim means you are probably not having your best day. That is all about to change. This Pilsner malt-based beer is a tumult of Amarillo, Centennial, Eureka, and Citra hops that will help wash those troubles away. For this time at least, enjoy your long swim; it is about to get epic...
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Photo of JamFuel
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange with thick, soft foam.

Smell is citrusy with some pine and concentrated orange syrup. Hints of papaya as well.

Taste is soft and milder than expected. Pine and citrus are the main component with some OJ and a hint of booze in the back.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice DIPA that was a bit more subdued than expected, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color. Aroma has floral hops, chamomile infusion and sweet orange notes. Taste is also floral and bitter with tea notes and medium bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of mactrail
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Some haze in the pale amber brew. Enthusiastic pile of foam in the Rodenbach goblet. Big aroma of lime and papaya. Fairly sharp mouthfeel but the aroma keeps smiling through. Flavors of orange along with lime marmalade.

Sweet and malty with a delirious dose of aromatic hops. A classic DIPA, in other words. Moderately bitter. More refreshing than sugary, I'm happy to say. A powerhouse of flavor and a welcome change from the string of murky IPAs that every brewery is obligated to crank out lately. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in North Park.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Different spin on the hops but another outstanding IPA from KRBC. Has all quality and taste as Citra. Just a nice mix with the Amarillo and Centennial taking on a bit more forward taste and Citra swinging back up. Great job!

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Photo of jooler
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is somwhat Hazy gold
Smell is very hop forward. Mangos and citrus
Taste is good but extremely bitter. No balance
Overall alright but nothing too great

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle a hazy mellow yellow under a 1" thick white head which leaves spotty lace. Aromas of guava, melon, passion fruit and floral. Flavor is herbal with some dankness, juicy grapefruit, manga and papaya. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes soft, dry and bitter. Enjoyed.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into Duvel tulip. Date on the tag from the store is just a week ago and this thing tastes fresh!
Pours hazy golden, small head with decent sticky lacing, looks almost like a wheat beer. Smells of fresh grapefruit rind, lemon, orange, a bit of pine and grass. Taste adds a punch of bitter, bright spicy hops. Not much malt balance to be had on this one, which in this case doesn't seem like a bad thing. Body is medium, slightly sticky and not too full. It goes down smooth with a bitter linger, asking you to take another gulp.
This is like River Buddy's big brother, and though a DIPA it is almost as crushable. Bravo.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good DIPA. Lots of grassy notes, with some spicy hop effects at the edges, and a bold and creamy fruitiness in the middle. I'll get another of these ASAP.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - nice hazy golden yellow color with a white head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S - big orange zest, peach, lemon, papaya, tangerine, hop resin, dank notes, garlic onion in a good way. Tiny hint of ganja.
T - big citrus peel --> orange, grapefruit, tangerine, peach, mango, lemon/lime. Hop resin. Dank hops --> garlic and onion.
M - light to medium mf. Alc covered. Aftertaste is grapefruit, orange peel, citrus zest
O - pretty damn fine ipa. Nothing bad to say about it. From a West Coast brewery but drinks more like a NE IPA.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really hope that people who review and score on this site continue to judge each beer on its own and not simply by reputation of brewery, brewer or anything else. This one has lots of high scores that I simply don't understand. I'd think that I'd had a bad bottle but even my son-in-law says he liked it and I'm being too harsh. Simply put, it's dull and boring. There is little life or brightness to this one. Yes, it's a double but it should still be bright in your mouth. This one just "droops" with a very dull pine finish. Just my opinion. Very ordinary to me.

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

Bottle of unknown age into a tulip glass.

L: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with 2 fingers of white medium density white head the left ringed and windshield lacing.
S: Wow, holy floral, pine, and dank! There's hints of citrus throughout, and some tropical notes show up as it warms. Really nice.
T: Follows the nose to line-for-line. Finishes very clean with just the slightest bit of astringency and moderate bitterness.
F: Very light on the tongue, light-bodied, medium carbonation, scary easy drinking.
O: I can certainly see how this beer won the 2016 Bistro competition, and stoked it's in packaged format. I'll grab it whenever I see it fresh.

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Photo of rand
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber into a KRB's Citra tulip glass

A: Apricot-orange color, completely opaque; massive frothy head never fully recedes, painting the glass with lacing.

S: I don't really like throwing the 'dank' descriptor around - when it fits, it lacks precision, and Kern's brews were already dank before anyone called beers as such - but this is the epitome of a dank beer bouquet.

The aromas are dry notes of citrus-pith and grass and resiny pine, backed by a nice touch of booze.

T: More layered and tasty on the palate. Lots of citrus and tropical notes, with plenty of honeyed malts that weren't as prevalent in the nose. Lemon-pepper, orange-pineapple, citrus-rind play off subtle hints of honey and toffee. Booze is nicely masked.

M: Medium-bodied brew with ample carbonation, rendering a short, clean finish.

I'm assuming this isn't Kyle's recipe since he's been gone for awhile now, but this tastes like it's his. Vintage KRB hoppy pale, super tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep orange to almost burnt harvest pumpkin color. thick small white bubles

S: WOW.. floral- citrus.. Dank. so much nose bursting like a bouquet of flowers. resin. floral notes everywhere. subtle tropical fruit. sage, earth notes. more flowers and pine.

T: floral notes everwhere. pine. resin. faint biscuits. citrus pith. very subtle peach candy. earth notes.. sage and almost dandelion.

F: crisp and strong bitter bite but good body as well.

O: This is superb. exploding with flavors. great job- i can see why this won at the Hayward DIPA Fest.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Kern River Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a creamy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces quite nicely.

S: Bright citrus, pine, tropical fruit, slight herbal notes, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Zesty citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and orange, spicy pine, slightly dank herbal notes, tropical and fruity, passion fruit, mango, peach, apricot, hint of pineapple, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: A bit on the fuller side of medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: Everything you'd want in a DIPA. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft in a pint glass. Pale orange color and slightly opaque. Not much head but had nice smooth carbonation. Aromas of tropical fruit and citrus. Nice tangerine, roasted pineapple and pine flavors. Well balanced hops and malt. My favorite Kern River so far.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this one at the Bistro DIPA fest '16. I think this won something.

Golden orange color. Mild head. Great aromatics on this one, dropped some serious fruity, pine, juniper kind of hops, sage even. Earthy, tangerine.

Taste delivered a low bitterness, super fruity, yummy hop qualities with a light toasted malt background, possibly a little sugar in the process to dry out the body, hides alcohol quite well. Its not a revolutionary dipa, its just another great dipa they make that is only slightly different from their other ones. This didn't lean as heavy on citra, but it still dropped plenty of citrus notes, but with a drier and earthier malt bill.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at THG. Reviewed from notes.

A: Served a clear golden color with a thin oily head that left greasy sheets of lace down the glass.
S: Super floral and very bright and fresh nose with tons of dank and herbal hops. Big notes of weed dominate. Fresh cut grass clippings come through as the beer warms. There's a lot of herbal, floral, green notes going on that is hard to describe.
T: Dank hop flavor like the nose, not overly sweet, super grassy with flavors fresh cut weeds and herbs. I get that tingly hop sensation that only comes from a fresh highly hopped beer.
M: Very clear and crisp, tingly hop mouthfeel, greasy but not thick, clean mouthfeel with a dryingfinish. Not overly slick or greasy with hop oil. This is just straight easy drinking hop juice.
O: One if the best dipas I've had in recent memory. Exceptionally clean and super flavorful with all the right hop flavors for my taste. Dank and grassy with touch of floral in the nose. Near perfect.

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Long Swim from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 55 ratings