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Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
kernriverbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mcallister on 03-01-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
445
Ratings:
1,267
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
Wants:
371
Gots:
174
For Trade:
7
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Reviews: 445 | Ratings: 1,267
Photo of LBBeer
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Factory Gastrobar in Long Beach, CA.

A-Very interesting orange-hued ale, with decent lacing.

S-Nice green nose.

T-Expect a little more from that great bouquet, but still a very nice hop profile.

M--Very nice on the palate. Body from the malt structure is there, just no malty flavor.

D-Palate coating hop oils leave a giant green aftertaste, which wouldn't be ideal if it didn't taste so good.

I really look forward to seeing KRBC continue to emerge.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very murky orange gold fills the glass capped by a big almost white head which gives the gift of plenty of lacing.

The aroma of grapefruit and pineapple assault the nose and follows up with a hint of pine and sweet malt.

The flavor is similar to the smell, citrusy and pithy. The malt is barely detectable at the end of middle. A bitter hope taste finishes the taste.

A smooth beer, with a hoppy bite up front. The medium light body is slightly resinous, yet has a nice easy finish.

I like the beer a lot. Great flavor and experience, yet maybe the name isn't quite what they meant. Perhaps it should be, Just Barely Outstanding, as it's not over the top or super special. A great solid beer.

DOA

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Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky golden amber, not much head, ring remains, spiderly lacing.

S - Floral citrus and sweet malt dominate. A little tinniness at finish.

T - Above average coating, good carb, fair balance, although a little on the bitter side.

D - Very quaffable.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ole' head on this, capping a rich hazy amber brew.

Good balanced smell, I can pick up the hops, but they don't dominate. Resinous with a light sweet backdrop

This is a very well balanced beer. It's not as underwhelming as some sweet/malty IPAs I've had, but the hops aren't as overbearing as many of their west coast counterparts. Well balanced, with almost a subtlety to it. The maltiness doesn't dilute, but compliments this citrusy hop presence. I've been excited to try this one since I picked it up, and do not feel disappointed.

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Photo of teamizm
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

A - Hazy copper color with nice fluffy head.

S - Grapefruits, floral hops, summer fruits like peaches, apricots. Home bready qualities as well.

T - Bitterness with some pine qualities (kind of surprising because you don't get that in the nose). Grapefruit and summer fruits also shine through.

M - Medium carbonation, seems appropriate for a west coast IPA.

D - like Citra, very drinkable. Again, KRBC just makes some of the best California summer IPAs. The citrus tones are, dare I say, just outstanding.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The bear is a copper color with a bubbly white head.

Smell - The nose lightly grassy with citrus notes in the background.

Taste - The initial taste centers on peppery grass notes with citrus and dry bready notes toward the back. The profile is light and refreshing, making thus an easy drinker. The taste comes to a close with a resiny finish.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is fairly low, allowing the resin to linger.

Overall - This is a nice light refreshing IPA.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this in a trade with MrTopher recently...

Pours a nice golden color with a nice quickly forming and persistent head...

Big citrusy aromas rolling off of this one....quite pungent actually... Loads of grapefruit and floral hoppiness....
A nicely balanced mixture of malts and sharp citrusy hops...this is splendidly balanced... The hops are bitter and finish long and slow but this isn't one dimensional at all... Very nicely crafted...

I really enjoyed this one quite a bit... A nice solid as hell IPA here...

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Photo of Treebs
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Great Divide footed ale glass. Big thanks to SupoenaDeuces (Alex) for the hook up!

A: Pours a chilled amber color with golden straw hues around the edges. A thick and creamy pure white head forms on pour. It sits over one inch in height and very slowly recedes down the glass leaving huge sticky sheets of lace behind.

S: Leafy green hops, mild citrus rinds, some juicy mango and some sweet caramel malts.

T: Grassy hops with some light fruity undertones are up front. The mid-palate is more of a bitter pine that is layered on a mildly sweet malty body that carries on into the finish. Overall the hops are the most dominant.

M: Medium to light bodied with nice carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: It's very hop forward and the malt basically take a back seat, but it's still a really good beer. There is definitely a lot of flavor packed into this light and refreshing IPA.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Javier!

This beer pours a beautiful dark amber color with a nicely frothy head.

Nice smells of pineapple, citrus, pine, wood, and a little barley. Wow, lots of pineapple.

The taste on this one is fruit forward with the pineapple leading the charge. A nice pine and citrus bite at the end finishes refreshing.

This one is a bit more thin than I would have anticipated. Nice carbonation, but a little watery.

This ended up being a pretty damn drinkable beer. I finished the 220z bottle before I even realized it was gone.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with orange hues. There is a sizable mountain style white head that forms peaks and valleys. The retention is really impressive and the head leaves behind chunks of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The nose reveals some intense citrusy hops; grapefruit, oranges, and some pine cones hiding in the background. The malt is not lost in the shuffle as the aromas of toasted grain and honey waft from the glass.

T: The hops dominate the front side of the beer with the citrus flavors shining through. Mid palate the hops shift gears and some notes of pine come through with a bit of bubble gum as well. It finishes dry and mildly bitter with a hint of the toasted grain. Really clean finish.

M: The feel of this brew is really lush for an IPA. It is medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

O: The hops are forward, not over powering, and the finish is superb. I would drink this one regularly at 6.8% if I had access to it!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to errantnight for this from our sprawling trade!

A: Pours a hazed, tarnished copper color. Light orange head reaches about 1/2 finger in thickness. Retention was on the fair side and not much lace was left behind.

S: Nice aromas of bitter pine, soft fruit, and a bit of caramel malt and cotton candy.

T: Pine, floral hops, pineapple, and toasted malt. Pretty clean and uncluttered.

M: Light to medium bodied. Thankfully the hops are spicy, sticky, and resinous.

D: Comes off a little on the thin side but maybe that adds to its' refeshing qualities?

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Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Carlos for the bottle!

Poured into a teku, a deep, opaque, amber-orange color, with a finger or so of foamy white head that sank to a wispy layer, a small collar leaving webs of lacing on the glass. The aroma was easily detectable as soon as I cracked the bottle: dank, citrus pulp and peel, hoppiness competing with a strong, sugary, bready malt scent. In the taste, citrus peel, orange marmalade, hefty bready malts, cane sugar, assertive piney bitterness, and some underripe pineapple. This was a pretty basic IPA, but it was still very good. Medium body; though there was some residual sugar syrupiness, overall it had a crisp mouthfeel with a drying finish, making for a super drinkable brew.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for cracking this one up at a recent tasting.

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange tinged amber with two fingers of sudsy white head. Sticky lacing abounds.

Smell -- Quite hoppy, indeed. Grapefruit pulp, cut grass, pine resin, and an iota of caramel malt.

Taste -- Follows the nose: lots of juicy grapefruit, pine resin, and grassy hops. Baseline of hop bitterness throughout. Malt is pretty dry, though there is a slight hint of caramelized malts. Clean and exceptionally quaffable.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with lively carbonation. Slight oiliness from the hops.

Drinkability -- Truth in advertising. A truly exceptional IPA from an area flush with great IPA's. A must try, especially if your thing is dry IPA's.

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Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better looking beers I've seen for awhile mainly from the beautiful thick frothy slightly yellow head that lasts forever and leaves thick chunky lace around my tulip. Cloudy copper colored elixir.

Awesome citrusy, and tropical aromas. Slight grassy in the back with toffee and hints of caramel.

Quite tasty with nice balance and good hop bitterness. Very tropical with some citrus notes on the finish. Grassy throughout with meaty malt presence. Mouth is off slightly because I think it could use a bit more carbonation. Great beer all around though leaving me wanting to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= At fridge temp, this ale poured a deep hazy orange color with a ½" white head. The head dropped to a skim fairly quickly but left some nice sticky web lace down my glass.

S= Smelled of sweet malt and juicy/fresh citrus and pine hops. Some deeper, danker bitter hop smell in there too. Very fresh and very nice.

T= The sweet malt base came through first, showing a bit of biscuit and caramel edge to it. The hop flavor was all citrus and pine, with maybe a touch of tropical fruitiness. Hop bitterness was up there but not so high as to overpower the other flavors. Finished dry and full of lingering hop resins.

MF= Medium bodied with a big but not overdone carbonation feel. Very much a palate cleansing beer.

D= This was my first beer from Kern River Brewing (received in a trade) and I was well pleased. Tasty and easy to drink for sure. I could easily session a few of these!

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle gotten via trade from dabecassis. Thanks David, nice and fresh.

A: A medium golden orange color with a nice one finger sticky white head. Lacing is full and sticky.

S: Hops throw off a bunch of smells that include pine, grass, flowers and citric notes. They get coupled with the caramel sweet that lies underneath.

T: Nice hoppy west coast beer here. Up front I get the sweeter citrus flavors that get taken over by the pine and floral notes, with the floral notes winning out. Some grassy notes mix in with the caramel sweetness to allow some bitterness at the end but not overly so. Very complex and nice. Finish is creamy.

M: Medium mouthfeel. I would have liked this one a bit more bitter. Creamy for sure with very little if any alcohol notes.

D: Very high, this is a nice drinking IPA.

Overall a quality west coast IPA that just falls short of the best from that state. I would gladly drink this anytime or anywhere and still wish we could get it here in PA. A very solid beer, I enjoyed it greatly.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden dark yellow with a big white head that fades and leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of hoppy aromas that remind me of Gubna along with a nice apricot smell. A weird twang with a slight tropical fruit aroma in the background. I actually like the smell of this and Gubna so no complaints here.

T: The taste is apricots, tropical fruits, and piney hops. Nice bitterness on the finish. Good stuff.

M: The feel is crisp and oily from the hops.

D: This is an above average IPA and the ABV is good if you want to drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of Hoptoss
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber color with a light head

Smell, Very strong and smooth smell of pine. No hint of bitterness from the aroma, just the nice sweet aspect of the hops.

Mouthfeel, what you'd expect from an IPA, light bodied, and crisp.

Taste: Initially you get a lot of nice sweet pine, with a little bit of citrus, very little bitterness to the beer, just the right amount to balance the beer.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with a decent off-white head and good lacing

S-bready malt, hint of sweetness, pine, light citrus, floral

T-fresh bread, pine, floral, hint of caramel, grapefruit, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent , butnot , outstanding IPA

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. This was opened during a New Years Eve tasting.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white carbonation that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops dominate. There is some bready malt to back up the hops, but the hops really star here.

Taste: Really bitter and hoppy up front. Toasty malt shows up a bit into the sip. The bitterness takes over again and dominates through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with really smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: At first I wanted more to back up the bitterness. This beer seemed to improve as it warmed up. I would definitely have another given the chance.

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Photo of Cresant
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a S.N. Hops glass. No date. 22 oz. brown bottle. The body was cloudy, but bright orange with a button mushroom colored head. The frothy, creamy head left thick lacing in the glass.

The smell was Citrus and pine shavings, big hops! Fresh grass. Later I sensed savory brown rice (in a good way), yum.

The taste was citrus and leafy, flavorful hops. Gentle bitterness but lots of flavor. Semi-drying finish. Very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium density with spot on carbonation. A solid beer all around.

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Photo of PerHops
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy golden orange with a very nice looking head that recedes slowly and leaves soapy bubbles. Looks a lot like pliny.

S- Lots of citrus! Grapefruit, lemons, oranges, tropical fruit, pineapple, grassiness

T- Orange marmalade, grapefruit, tropical fruit, some funkiness I can't put my finger on and a crisp, medium bitter finish. Very little pine.

M- Not very resinous. Very light, great level of carbonation, near perfect. Drinks very easily.

O- Very, very good. This would surely be a regular beer for me if it was easily available. My first beer from Kern River and I enjoyed it very much.

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

A: Deep orange to amber almost slight haze to it, but still has clarity. thin head, well defined small bubbles surround. almost a smidge of copper in there as well.

S: juicy fruit gum, citrus pith, hops, dankness, resin overload at the end, faint mango and papaya as well.

T: much more bitter on the taste, pine, grass, lemon peel, some citrus fruit come through but very bitter dominant.

F: good sticky body with a crisp bite to finish

O: This is a good IPA. " Just good" not outstanding.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - VIbrant orange with just a hint of lighter colored caramel in the center. Head is a solid two fingers with excellent retention. Sheets of lace are left behind on the glass.

S - Big fruity aromas, bith tropical and citrus. Lots of grapefruit, a touch of mango and even some wet forest pine sneaks in. Just a hint of sweet pale maltiness comes through after the beer has warmed a bit.

T - Bitter citrus hops up front with a surprisingly strong kick of pale malt sweetness coming through right behind. Grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Alcohol provides a touch of bite without being hot in anyway. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very nice bitter bite. Drinkability is certainly there. Very bitter for a plain American IPA. I feel the bitterness is bumping up into DIPA territory.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, golden honey color. Gorgeous warm-looking color on this beer. About 1" of off-white head forms, that has good retention and limited lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt, lots of florals, citrus, grapefruit, and dankness. Nice, fresh hop scents in this. Nothing over the top, but still very good.

Taste: Good malt backbone. Hop character is very floral, along with some citrus, and general dankness. Maybe a bit of pine at the tail end.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with very fine carbonation. As it warms it becomes more and more creamy on the palate. Good here. Overall, an excellent IPA. Again, nothing over the top, but very solid all around and something I'd love to have again.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,267 ratings.
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