Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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4.21/5
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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

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Added by mcallister on 03-01-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,131
Reviews:
459
Ratings:
1,329
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
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367
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196
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Photo of Jbavi360
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kaseydad
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
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.

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Photo of Ahypercube
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-

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoneTSR
3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of NathanBeets
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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 gun. 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.

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Photo of Hopsohard
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eldoctorador
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hawaiipa
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Jrjr0891
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gshak
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gonna just lazy ass this review.

Piney, floral, fruity on the nose and on the palate. Very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of zachchaney
4.91/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheLefty1616
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of curlybird
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jimmydief
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marvicsin
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dharmelink
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bum4ever
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Blasterbum
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,329 ratings