Just Outstanding IPA
Kern River Brewing Company

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Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #115
Ranked #2,760
4.21 | pDev: 8.31%
Jul 28, 2022
Mar 01, 2007
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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Reviewed by moosington from California

4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a hazy amber/gold with a small white head.

Aroma is probably the strong suit. Nice sweet tropical/citrus nose with nice, balanced hoppy floral notes throughout.

This stuff is fresh and very balanced. Nice caramel malt combined with a very citrusy hop charge (grapefruit and orange mostly) and a subtle but lasting hop bite.

Full mouthfeel with solid effervescence. Pleasant feeling left behind with each sip.

Goes down smooth and easy, and works as a great session IPA. Check it out.
Apr 26, 2009
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Rated: 4.02 by Dicers from California

Jul 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned 04/07/22.
A maltier and darker IPA than I expected but still delicious. I’ve never had their Citra DIPA but I imagine this is a near polar opposite. Rich, caramel malt complement the earthy hops. A nice change of pace.
Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Just Outstanding, canned 05/03/22 looks super good, rich, orange hazy with a big thick head, smells of fruit, citrus and malt. The taste is really nice with the apricot like flavor. Only hints of citrus and clove that finishes slightly dry and bitter. Overall a very nice IPA from California and my beloved @RaulMondesi, thanks for sharing.
Jun 24, 2022
Rated: 3.62 by AWA from California

Jun 17, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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.
May 12, 2022
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.16 by TheBrewsClues from California

Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by LoriCrotty from Minnesota

Dec 12, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by FrankCastle from California

Nov 24, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jun 12, 2021
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Reviewed by simonrgilbert57 from California

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.15 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

Jun 30, 2020
Rated: 5 by sillyhed8 from California

Apr 15, 2020
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by csfcmitchell from Texas

Nov 21, 2019
Rated: 4.05 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Nov 03, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by HopBelT from Belgium

Oct 15, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by grapeshops from California

Oct 10, 2019
Rated: 4.78 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Oct 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Arjen from Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
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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Reviewed by deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.21/5  rDev 0%
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
Rated: 4.16 by ER527 from New York

Feb 26, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by Nunya from Ohio

Feb 09, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jan 05, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by Antg8989 from New Jersey

Nov 30, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by gboley from California

Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by desint from Belgium

Aug 31, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by sweetbrew82 from California

Aug 12, 2018
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Rated by RXUYDC from California

3.24/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Ho hum, another day another IPA.

Yet another thin, overly hopped beer with no subtlety. Nothing here worth getting excited about.
Jun 30, 2018
Rated: 4 by Mattias from Sweden

Jun 08, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by smogg from New York

Jun 01, 2018
Rated: 4.6 by racjen from Massachusetts

May 22, 2018
Rated: 3.68 by Jbavi360 from New York

May 19, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by kaseydad from California

May 02, 2018
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Reviewed by Ahypercube from California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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
Rated: 4.46 by evanwoertz from California

Apr 07, 2018
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