Just Outstanding IPA
Kern River Brewing Company

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From:
Kern River Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #107
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,733
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 8.31%
Ratings:
1,359
Status:
Active
Rated:
Thursday at 01:49 PM
Added:
Mar 01, 2007
Wants:
  365
Gots:
  202
SCORE
94
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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA
Notes: Named after a local mountain bike trail, this India Pale Ale has a large malt character and a huge hop profile. We Dry hop this beer with Simcoe and Amarillo hops to give it that great floral aroma and citrus finish. If you like India Pale Ale you’ll find this one Just Outstanding.
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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Getting back to basics, the American IPA has never celebrated bitterness better than in its West Coast varieties. Kern River's take on the sub-style is just bitter, just dry, just clean and just refreshing. All in all, it's just outstanding!

So Just Outstanding IPA gets going with a bubbly pour of hazy golden and orange hues. As its frothy white cap tops the rim, the common but clean and sharp fragrance of citrus, botanicals, spruce and peppery hops create a nearly citronella character on the nose. Simple and sweet in its malt profile, the beer's early taste is redolent with lighter versions of caramel, honey, toasted nuttiness and crust in a slight granola kind of way.

As the hops unfold on the middle palate, the simply blossom with citrus flavor. Branch-ripe tangerine coupled with ruby red grapefruit and the brightness of lime and a juicy impression of citrus evolve. A background of pineapple and lighter mango add a rounded fruitiness to the hops for a complex and flavorful balance. As the malt influences starts to dissolve off the tongue, the juiciness of citrus fades and its bitterness begins to take its place, providing strong impressions of pine sap, fruit peels, peppery grasses and herbs and an overall botanical gin-like counterpart once the alcohol flavors arrive.

Medium bodied and trending lighter, dry, crisp and highly refreshing, the relatively error-free IPA is a remarkably brewed IPA that's a standout in a crowded IPA market. Finishing snappy and lingering with bitterness, the session concludes with a comforting hop bite.

Thursday at 01:49 PM
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

16 ounce can into plastic cup in my Orange Tustin Hotel room. Canned on 2/11/22. Pours very hazy golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger dense and creamy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas and flavors of big red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, passion fruit, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, pepper, pine, wheat, bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-medium pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body. Creamy/bready malts, some sticky hops, and light resins in the mouthfeel. Soft finish with lingering resin dryness and no hop astringency. Minimal warming 6.8% or hop burn after the finish. Amazing Simcoe and Amarillo profile. Super juicy hops with some dank and earthy notes, and a soft hazy malt backbone. Loved the hop profile as expected.

May 01, 2022
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4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Very bold color, nose and flavors. Pours darker than most IPAs, with a tanned color. Head was white that disappeared into nice lacing. Nose is malty with piney. Taste bittery and lots of malt. Very nice change from the typical IPA.

Apr 13, 2022
 
4.16 by TheBrewsClues from California on Dec 13, 2021
 
4.25 by LoriCrotty from Minnesota on Dec 12, 2021
 
4.24 by FrankCastle from California on Nov 24, 2021
 
4.12 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Jun 12, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by simonrgilbert57 from California

A very good option for a traditional American IPA. Beautiful orange body with a great head and lacing. Smell is a bit light with a hint of maltiness in the middle and citrus at the back. Taste is good albeit uneven: it packs a juicy front but dissipates quickly. Feel is exactly where it should be--it's full in the front and middle--even as it fades a bick quickly. It is exactly what it should be.

May 01, 2021
 
4.15 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania on Jun 30, 2020
 
5 by sillyhed8 from California on Apr 15, 2020
 
4 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
 
4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas on Nov 21, 2019
 
4.05 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Nov 03, 2019
 
4.16 by HopBelT from Belgium on Oct 15, 2019
 
4.13 by grapeshops from California on Oct 10, 2019
 
4.78 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Oct 07, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Arjen from Netherlands

Small glass from draught @ Zeezicht Breda. Pours a light hazy deep golden colour with a thick frothy off white head with some lacing. Aroma's of grassy hops, a little old, fruit. Retronasal it's fruity and old hops. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied. Finishes with a short firm bitterness, dry. I will have to try this fresh at some point.

Aug 01, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

Canned
L: Copper, very light haze. 1 minute post pour.. light head, sticky lacing.
S: Floral, earthy and very light citrus in background.
T: Earthy, citrus and quite malty.
F: Medium, a bit carbonated.. low bitterness.
O: I've had this many times over the last year, and it does not disappoint. My only knock is the "cold" bite. As it warms, the malts take over and smooth the ride. I smuggled 6 of these back east recently.

May 11, 2019
 
4.16 by ER527 from New York on Feb 26, 2019
 
4.31 by Nunya from Ohio on Feb 09, 2019
 
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 23, 2019
 
4.33 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Jan 05, 2019
 
4.28 by Antg8989 from New Jersey on Nov 30, 2018
 
4.21 by gboley from California on Nov 03, 2018
 
4.15 by desint from Belgium on Aug 31, 2018
 
4.49 by sweetbrew82 from California on Aug 12, 2018
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3.24/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by RXUYDC from California

Ho hum, another day another IPA.

Yet another thin, overly hopped beer with no subtlety. Nothing here worth getting excited about.

Jun 30, 2018
 
4 by Mattias from Sweden on Jun 08, 2018
 
4.49 by smogg from New York on Jun 01, 2018
 
4.6 by racjen from Massachusetts on May 22, 2018
 
3.68 by Jbavi360 from New York on May 19, 2018
 
4.21 by kaseydad from California on May 02, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a deep orange, with thick, fluffy head.

Smell is slightly medicinal with pine, resin and some grapefruit.

Taste is old school west coast, citrusy piney and bitter, with a twist of peach in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a terrific west coast IPA, very well balanced.

May 01, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Ahypercube from California

This is an exemplary ale. I only have one of these left from my second six-pack this month, and I think I'm going to have to pick it up again if it's still on shelves locally.

L: Poured hard into a goblet, it produces ample bone-white head, which settles into a film of snowy billows with thick sheets of lacing to match. A faintly hazy and somewhat viscous honey-colored body reveals several fine streams of tiny bubbles throughout.

S: Fruity and enticing. Pine jumps out, as does lemon rind, followed by orange juice, and a hint of passion and piña, then mango takes over for a good second, coming finally into an an herbal finish with muddled mint and pine over yeasty pizza dough.

T: Would be incredible, except the hop profile leans too far on the herbal side for my taste. Drowns out all the lovely fruity character. I taste mostly grapefruit pith, passion fruit, mango, and pine. A touch of malty sweetness balances it out.

F: Very nice. Truly medium bodied. Plenty of smooth texture, but light enough to crush.

O: Just outstanding: not mind-blowing, but a head and shoulders above the median. A-

Apr 23, 2018
 
4.46 by evanwoertz from California on Apr 07, 2018
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3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by StoneTSR from Colorado

APPEARANCE: Somewhere between straw and orange, with a slight haze. The head is stack white foam and froth standing about two and a half fingers above the surface in a tulip glass. The lacing doesn’t cover a huge percentage of the glass, but it organizes itself into big, pillowy tufts that mark the rim of each previous sip.

SMELL: A nice blend of orange peel, floral notes, and grapefruit. The intensity of the aroma fades with the head, but fortunately a nice cap remains to keep it rolling.

TASTE: This is way more malty than I expected from the nose and from the aroma. Wow. Pretty heavy stuff. That said, there is more than enough hop flavor in here to pull through the malt. A lot of that orange peel comes through, but it’s now joined by a little more grapefruit, a lot more malt, and a noticeable minty flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: One of the bigger bodied IPAs I’ve had from that big malt base. However, it is not overly sweet and a pleasant hop bitterness (especially on the end of the sip) helps balance this beer out and at least leaves the perception of dryness. The carbonation is strong, which also helps quite a bit.

OVERALL: This is not what I expected at all. Again, much bigger malt, some unique flavor with the big mint pop in there, but overall pretty decent. I do not think this beer is past its prime (it was given to me less than a week ago from a friend in San Diego), but the lack of a date code doesn’t allow me to know for sure, which is frustrating.

Mar 28, 2018
 
3.83 by NathanBeets from South Dakota on Mar 26, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Amber/orange color with great clarity. Bone-white head retains well at a solid finger and paints the glass with lacing.

S: Nectarine, Clementine, grapefruit, mango and tropical fruits. Slight dankness as well. Faint whiffs of doughy and slightly toasty malt underneath.

T: Orange and grapefruit up front. Juicy fruit gum. Tropical fruits. Goes dank and earthy midway through with notes of pine, bark, and hemp seeds. Green and oily. Brush of alcohol. Stiff bitterness. Sturdy malt backbone of toast and caramel. Finishes dank, juicy, and bitter.

M: Medium bodied. Full and round with a firm malt texture. Ample carbonation scrubs briskly. Some astringency grips at the tooth enamel.

O: Bears some similarities to Sculpin on the nose, but in taste it goes much more dank, earthy, and bitter. A damn fine example of what west coast IPAs are all about. Brawny and bitter with a winning citrus and pine combo and a clean and crisp character.

Mar 11, 2018
 
4.25 by Hopsohard from California on Mar 10, 2018
 
4.25 by eldoctorador from Chile on Mar 07, 2018
Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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