Just Outstanding IPA
Kern River Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #73
Ranked #1,509
4.22 | pDev: 8.29%
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
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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Arjen from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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spelingchampeon from Delaware

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Ahypercube from California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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StoneTSR from Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden copper pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Gobs of sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Resin and citrus mixed with pine sap.

T/F: Malts and toasted grains give some sweetness which leads into a bitter west coast hop slap. Citrus, light pine, floral notes, and a bit of pepper. Medium to light-bodied. Crisp... drinkable. The finish is more of the same bittersweet hops.

O: A rock-solid west coast IPA. Great flavor and hop character... bitter, delicious, and worthy.

Jan 26, 2018
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Bum4ever from California

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark golden color with a big white head that stayed for awhile and had some good lacing.
Smell: There was a good aroma of hops, sweet floral smell and a little pine. However, the scent was not very strong.
Taste: Really liked the taste of this one. It was a good balance of hops and pine and some sweet malt. Also had a very dry finish, which is a favorite of mine.
Feel: Very smooth with a dry finish, had a good thickness to it also.
Overall: Really enjoyed this one. I grabbed it because its hard to get fresh Kern River hops where I am at, but this was canned on 7/25, and I am glad a bought a sixer of it.

Aug 14, 2017
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vikinggary28 from California

4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of 12oz cans in Turlock CA over the weekend. I haven't seen this breweies product this far up here in Norcal so I thought I'd give it a try. Pored into a glass mug. Typical amber colour, nothing special, with an off white head that quickly levels out. Smell is quite nice, piney but not over powering with a citrus edge. Tastes very good, piney and citrus like the smell with a slight fruity undertaste. Good mouthfeel. Goes down smooth. Prost!

Jun 08, 2017
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Roguer from Georgia

3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly pulpy orange appearance; very nearly opaque. Modest head production and retention.

Hops are quite restrained on the nose, but there's no hint of staleness. Slightly tropical, slightly citric, and a bit of both pale and caramel malt. This beer is hiding its goodness from my nose!

Plenty of flavor on the palate, though. Initial notes of grapefruit and pine, but a big juicy wave of melon and mango quickly follows. There is indeed a good deal of malt balance, as well: slightly grainy caramel, brown sugar, and sweet pale malt.

Easy drinking and smooth. Lively with little sting.

A beer like this would be hard pressed to live up to its name, but it's still very tasty.

May 14, 2017
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RyanK252 from California

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Kern River Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer that hangs around and leaves plenty of thick lacing.

S: Fruity side comes out first, tropical, stone fruit, hint of melon, followed by pine, citrus, a little bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Resinous pine, earthy herbal notes, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and orange, lots of underlying fruity notes, passion fruit, peach, apricot, a hint of melon, bready malt,

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe comes up just of being "outstanding", but still a very tasty IPA.

Apr 19, 2017
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MFMB from Idaho

3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a amber with a nice thick off white head. The nose on this is pretty unspectacular. Getting some very faint pine and light malts. Taste of pine gum, a little grass and malt also citrus pith. A bit of a unpleasant off taste with this one, maybe just my can but I'm getting a lot of tannins. Medium body and a dry finish.

Mar 17, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can served in a tulip. Don't see a date. Bought it in Oxnard and brought it home.

Pours hazy with a medium head and lots of fine carbonation. Smell is malty and biscuity, tropical and juicy, lots of floral. Smells really nice.

Taste is a little lighter on the apparent sweetness (which is fine), a little lighter on the fruitiness (which is a little disappointing), but strong on the citrus rind and pine bitter (which is nice).

Mouthfeel is fairly thick. Overall, nice.

Mar 07, 2017
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CJNAPS from California

4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I've only had a few beers from them and wasn't really impressed until this one. This was delicious! Pack a little more taste for a single IPA. Glad I grabbed a couple of sixers. Will revisit any chance I get.

Mar 06, 2017
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Reema from California

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12 oz can STRAIGHT TO THE DOME BRUH (Just kidding, though I didn't have a glass handy since it's a BBQ.)

Look (from the last time I had it a while ago): was a semi-clear straw yellow to extremely light amber with a tiny amount of turbidity. Smell is of intense citrus, intermingled with pine, grapefruit, with a slight earthy hop presence. Some sweetness, almost honey like, is present. Smells great. Taste reflects the smell beautifully. Initial citrus and pine hoppiness leads into more citrus rind bitterness that finishes with a lingering bitterness. Malt sweetness intermingles throughout making the hops not overbearing and giving this beer some depth. Feel is fluffy, carbonation is on point, coats the tongue for a few seconds. Overall, this is a really refreshing West coast IPA. True to the style yet not boring. Glad there's 6 pack cans of these now because this stuff is Just Outstanding!

Feb 23, 2017
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-gold pour with a foamy two-finger white head. Big citrusy aroma. Very bitter taste with lots of bright citrus flavors upfront. A nice juicy orange flavor stands out along with grapefruit, mango and pine. Can also taste some biscuit in the finish.

Feb 20, 2017
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chrishiker1409 from New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Light amber, copper. A finger of head with plenty of sticky lacing.

S: Mostly pine. Some citrus. Grapefruit.

T: A piney, grapefruit citrus ipa. Quite bitter. Not much balance.

F: Medium body, moderate carbonation. A little sticky.

O: I enjoyed this quite a bit. It's a hop bomb with not a who;e lot of balance which was fine by me.

Dec 05, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy orange brew with a white head that leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is very bitter with some sweetness and fruit behind. The taste is slightly sweet with a little fruit and a ton of bitterness. Pretty solid beer.

Nov 21, 2016
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date: presumably within the past couple months
Palate Contaminants: a pork chop

Appearance is a pleasant translucent medium amber with a fine foam head.

The smell is not strong at all. I definitely get malty sweetness, along with some candied citrus. It's good, but it doesn't have enough power for me to hear all the instruments.

Unfortunately, the taste isn't anything special. It's by no means bad, but it's a goose in a world of peacocks. There's hardly any sweetness, but it's also not particularly bitter. The main character is earthiness, mostly mossy, I'd say.

Feel is moderate weighted with fine carbonation. The aftertaste has more bitter character. Well-crafted, but missing the gustatory part isn't there for me.

Sep 25, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper and filtered, with lots of small and large rising bubbles. Topped with 4 fingers of foamy beige, beautiful head.

Peaches and apricots and fresh churned butter. Floral piney notes, so fresh its like you're 'just out standing' in the Redwoods.

Amazing. Its very bitter with a fair amount of malt backbone to it. Dry white grapefruit, peaches, and pine.

Medium, resinous body, medium carbonation.

Got at Rincon Taprooms in Santa Rosa 2 days ago, drank in Redding Sept 18th, 2016. Really good IPA. Balanced, smooth, delicious and fresh.

Sep 18, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours dark amber orange with a bright white fluffy head, good amount of carbonation and lacing, good amount of lacing.

A: Big piney, fresh crushed pine needle aroma, citrus rind, nice balance of malts, smells very good.

T: Fresh crushed pine needle, grapefruit rind, hit of bitterness in the middle, finish is semi-dry with more hop notes lingering in the aftertaste. Good balance of malts on the backend, very nice.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O: I've had this a few times before and I don't remember it being this good, really enjoyed this one.

Jul 22, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a amber and copper color. Solid 1/2" white head. Aroma was dry hopped to the gills, seemed to have a bit of the usual suspects for elite level ipa beers, plenty of amarillo and other citrus and tropical fruit imparting hops.

Taste is great, very dry light malt bill here that has enough for some color but not so much it becomes a sticky malty beer. The ibus are soft, not gratingly bitter. Keeps up the tropical and citrus fruit notes. Seemed like this was the precursor to the Citra dipa, because this seems to have citra on it too, just with a lighter malt body and abv.

Bomber format is the only real drawback here, although its not excessively expensive per oz even then.

Jul 04, 2016
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DraftyBrew from California

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with medium carbonation. Hops dominate the smell, with hints of citrus rounding out the aroma. Taste is surprisingly mild compared to the smell, full of hops and fruit, but the bitter bite is much more mellow and very pleasing. Downplayed malts bring a slight bready sweetness to the aftertaste that balances out the hops. Overall a very tasty IPA that is quite good and very refreshing on a hot summers day.

Jul 04, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Very clear apple juice color with a soft white 2 finger head. Leaves a ring and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is both sweet from the malts and tropical from the hops. Amarillo was a good choice and a favorite of mine. A bit of grapefruit zest for some bite on the flavor with sweet notes of caramel malts. Tropical flavors of passion fruit and guava add depth to the taste. Both refreshing and dry with a clean and medium feel. Very tasty IPA.

Apr 10, 2016
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mynie from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours gorgeous. Hazy amber, very nice head.

Smells of strong Amarillo. Every beer I've had from Kern has had a perfect hop profile and this is no exception.

Tastes reall good, if a bit top heavy and unbalanced. Amarillo dominates throughout.

Mar 20, 2016
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