Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 03-01-2007

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Reviews:
443
Ratings:
1,254
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to both Skuter and checkii for sending me bottles of this.

Poured into a tulip. The color is a moderate peach color with a good, sturdy white head. The nose brings a really nice bouquet of citrus and tropical hops. Really nice combination and fairly strong. The taste is a bit plainer without going as overboard on the hops. A slight amount of malt in the background. Really nice body and the bitterness fits the taste nearly perfectly. Drinkability is quite high; damn, Kern River knows how to make a hoppy brew.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Five ounces poured into a pint glass. Bomber shared with four other guys.

3.5 A: A hazed medium orange color. One finger of frothy off white head with below average retention.

4.5 S: Wonderful bouquet! Tons of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Flowery as well. A bit one dimensional, but damn does it smell nice.

3.5 T: Moderate bitterness. Orange and pineapple again, but not nearly as vibrant as in the nose. Good, but just good.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Active carbonation. Smooth, but could be creamier.

3.5 D: Not bad, but really doesn't hold a candle up to the DIPA. Not enough hop flavor to make up for the lack of maltiness. A more apt name for this beer might be "Simply Average."

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light apricot color with a rocky off-white head. Great retention and lacing too.

Smell: Mellow aroma with light citrus taste (orange) and a bit of peach or apricot. Slightly spicy too.

Taste: The flavor is very much like the aroma. Very refreshing, but a light bit of bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied; smooth with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable with a good ABV.

A great and refreshing IPA from a brewery I wasn't previously familiar with! Might become a new regular in the IPA bomber rotation around here...

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Photo of yourefragile
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A: Hazed golden honey color with a massive, frothy khaki head. Endless retention and thick rings of lacing.

S: Dominated by fresh piney/floral hops and a light caramel malt background.

T: Strong mildly sweet caramel and biscuit malt body with waves of piney Amarillo hops and some light citric rind flavor.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, relatively soft and fluffy on the palate.

D: An extremely enjoyable and drinkable IPA. I prefer slightly sweeter, more citric hops in IPAs, but nothing really worth complaining about here.

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Photo of Anaz
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- really nice reddish orange, a little hazy, but I don't mind that at all. Not much head but, it lasts and leaves some faint lacing.

S- Lots of citrus rind mingling with fresh bread. Sharp grapefruit notes with some sweetness. Very clean and full.

T- A mouthful of citrusy, piney hops supported by an off-sweet bready malt in the mid-palate and some lovely hop spice and citrus with slight sweetness in the finish. The bitterness is nicely balanced with the hop flavor and malt, and it never overpowers the other flavors.

M- Very full, almost a little syrupy, but clean carbonation keeps it from being cloying at any point. Some alcohol heat in there.

D-I shared bottle with friends but would gladly drink two bombers myself. I would love to have this more readily available.

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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 gatornation
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

220z bomber..poured a hazy golden copper color with a fresh head and alot of sticky lacing on glass,looks good..smell was floral sweet hops.then citrus/grapefruit hops mixed with a slight pine and grass smell...taste was floral hops up front with nice tropical and citrus hop notes afterward mix in wisps of pine and finish it with some caramel malts..and you have a just outstanding ipa..mouthfeel was well carbonated full of hops very flavorful..would drink this all the time if i had access to it..it does live up to its name..1 of my new favorite ipa's

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Photo of kbm
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is quickly becoming my go-to IPA.

Orange/straw translucent with a great foamy almond head. Good head retention and good lacing.

Smell is at first all tropical and citrus especially grapefruit and orange peel. After the head breaks down, there's a bit of sweet toasted malt peeking through. Very little simcoe cat piss.

The taste follows the aroma with a good bitter bite, which lingers after all the toasted malt and citrus fades. The bitterness, although aggressive, is not harsh - like many similar IPAs.

Mouthfeel is noticeably smoother than most. This may be due to the fact that the carbonation is not quite as aggressive as many IPAs. The beer is dry. Served at below cellar temps, I really enjoy the smooth body with the restrained carbonation - the beer seems to melt away right before the swallow. This makes the beer immensely drinkable. I usually wish beers came in less than 220z bottles. This beer, however, leaves me wishing they sold a 32oz.

For what it's worth, I've had my share of fresh Citra at the brewery and I can honestly say that, in most instances, I would choose The Just Outstanding IPA over Citra. And that's not a knock on Citra at all.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

23rd Review on BA
Bottle Poured to mug.

App- Cloudy carbonated orange/copper color. Single finger tan head that lingered for quite a bit. Great lacing when I took a sip. Best I've seen in a bit.

Smell- Great smell with a big fresh hop tinge. Citrus, floral on the nose. Smelled very fresh like it had been just bottled and delivered.

Taste- On first sip it's super smooth. Leaves a faint floral touch on the tongue.

Mouth- Silky, smooth, rich, lush. Its very drinkable and not overly overpowering as some IPA's can be. It was a medium body and full. Very well done.

Drink- I think I found my new favorite IPA.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a foamy head that dissipates to a fine ring, leaving clouds of sticky lace on the glass.

Aromas of bread, green hops, and salt.

Taste is biscuity with a strong green hop and some fruit flavors in the background, and a dry, slightly bitter finish. Hop oils build up some numbness on the tongue.

Body is light and carbonation is forceful yet round, giving this a cleansing and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

This is a well balanced, highly hopped, and sessionable IPA. It is a good contribution to the ever growing big sea of IPAs, but not a clear leader.

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Photo of jamex
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a Russian River tulip. Had a Pliny the Elder about 15 minutes before this one.

Was excited when I saw this bottle in the store as I heard good things about it. I believe it to be very fresh as a case of it was laying near the coolers.

Poured a nice tangerine with a quickly dying head.

Aroma of delightful citrus notes - tangerine, tangelo, passion fruit - with a fantastic yet shy hoppy presence. Like Pliny's little sister. I was really looking forward to that first sip.

An amazingly drinkable IPA. A very mellow, not in-your-face IPA that holds up well. A very faint and unobtrusive aftertaste of lovely hops and orange. No bitter hoppy bite on this one.

Tastes great in the mouth - light and refreshing; you can gulp this one down. Carbonation is just at the right level.

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Photo of LikaThaHops
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter glass. Big thanks to emagana!

A- Poured a rich, opaque deep copper/orange color. Heavy 2 finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves layers of lace along the outsides.

S- Strong grapefruit/melon smell up front, and hops in the back.

T- Tastes of fruit, grapefruit to be exact. It's sweet, but not too sweet, and the perfect amount of hops. Very enjoyable...need to move to California.

M- Smooth, crisp, citrusy and bubbly.

D- Almost, perfect. If I lived where this was available, this would be my 'relaxing on the porch, just watching things happen' drink. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of theghost3
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange/golden with a 2-finger, foamy white head. A decent amount of layered lacing.

The smell is juicy grapefruit, orange, and piney hops. The taste is rather sweet from the grapefruit and tangerine flavors, but there's a bit of bitter, damp piney hops in the end. The mouthfeel is very smooth, crisp, and a little sticky.

This is a very drinkable IPA. It's not a bitter hop bomb like a lot of IPAs, and that's not a bad thing. This would go well with cheddar cheese or a grilled fish seasoned with citrus.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle provided by Spycow, thanks Chris. Drank from my Narke tulip...A very dark ipa, a warm bright but dark colored copper with a light top head. Very fluffy, lots of retention and lacing...A light but nice aroma, wish it was a tad stronger though. Pretty sweet light caramel, sweet citrus and flowers on the back, not strong ipa hops at all...A lighter taste as well but its pleasant. Flavorful and super easy to drink. The front is light caramel, the citrus is gone. The back is a very smooth light pine resin...A very full mouthfeel with a lasting feel and taste.

A light but well above average ipa.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-review. I've had this a number of times now, both on tap and out of the bottle. It varies quite a bit (maybe freshness is part of the issue -- and without bottle dates, I'm holding it against them). But the last few times I've had it, it has been so consistently good that I'm going to bump it up from a B+ to an A-.

A: Pours a slightly hazy apricot-gold colored body with a finger of off-white head. It retains decently well, leaving big islands of broken foam on the beer, and depositing register marks down the sides of the tulip.

S: Citrus: candied grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, and wet pine. This is definitely Citra's younger brother. Great nose. With more pungency and vibrancy it would be... just outstanding. Oh I slay me.

T: In the past, this was noticeably malty on the palate. No longer. Pale biscuit malt is here, but its only purpose is to balance out the flavor. As such, there is more hop flavor (grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple) than bitterness. The finish brings out a lighter pine note, though this is definitely a citrus-defined profile. The aftertaste is quite clean with only the slightest lingering bitterness.

M: Light-medium viscosity. It's a very clean beer, though, with no lingering bitterness. It closes very neatly.

D: This is definitely upper tier. At $6 in K&L, it inadvertently competes with Pliny the Elder (and loses), but at $4 from the brewery I'd be drinking this by the case.

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Photo of emagana
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adam perfect pint glass.

Color copper orange when poured I got about one finger of white head. Foam didn't linger to long.

Smells of sweet grapefruit and passion fruit.
Hidden pine but very tropical.

Starts off with pine an finishes with passion fruit and a dry tart grapefruit. Well balanced for the amount of hops.

Very drinkable indeed.
I reccommend this one for those that are looking for outstanding IPAs.

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Photo of javincik
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no freshness date discernible, poured into a nonic pint

A-Pour yields an impressive 2 inch white head that recedes at a snail's pace leaving behind a magnificent lacing along the sides of the glass. Deep yellowish orange in color, perhaps a shade lighter than copper. Head finally settles to about a half finger and remains for the duration. Excellent head retention and cling. A great presentation.

S-Whoa! Have some grapefruit there. Lots of citrus fruit aromas from the hops along with some less prominent floral notes. Perhaps a little mint in there also. Very little - if any - grass or pine. There a little biscuit from the malt, but it is very subdued behind the wall of hop aromas.

T-Surprisingly sweet at first, but this doesn't last. Immediately followed by grapefruit, mango, and apricot citrus fruitiness from the hops. Malt sweetness tries to fight back, but it never really stands a chance as the finish yields to the hop bitterness. If you like your IPAs fruity, this is the one for you.

M-Medium carbonation, ever so sticky in the mouth. Body is on the lighter side of medium. Pretty average for the style.

D-Good IPA that goes down easily. This one is definitely about the hops, but it's not unbalanced. Very fruit forward though. My only complaint is that the taste is somewhat one dimensional with all the emphasis on the citrus fruits. It's definitely a solid IPA and very drinkable, but IMHO it falls just a bit short of the top tier IPAs.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale copper color wth a bright off white head, fine even lacing across my chalice. Aroma grapefruit citrus bliss in my nares, what a great smelling brew. Straight up green, citrus rinds, floral notes excellent blend of pale malts and aromatics. Flavors citrus grapefruit semi sweet blend of malts definitely lands in the hop heavy side of things. Really excellent flow to it balanced hops and malts, carbonation is medium bodied sturdy carbonation. Drinkability was rock solid cream of the crop West Coast IPA, I would live off of this stuff if readily available.

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Photo of kcillini77
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for this fine brew from a brewery I hadn't previously heard of.

Poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful orange tint with nice head and lacing.

Smell is just bursting with citrus and Some faint whiffs of pine.

Taste is heavy on the citrus, pretty grapefruity, but well balanced against a sweet malt base.

Not harsh or astringent, and very drinkable for its ABV.

Would love to have easy access to this brew, but am just happy to have had the chance to try it. Nice job, Kern River!

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Photo of airohead2001
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the ever gracious glazeman for this IPA.

A - Great looking IPA. Beautiful hazy dark orange with a nice pearly white one finger head with nice retention. Great lacing. Just about the most appetizing looking IPA that I've seen.

S - Piney hops booze, and a little bit of oranges. Reminds me a lot of Pliny.

T - This is a tasty brew. Again, reminds me a lot of Pliny. Nice blend of juicy citrus hops up front followed by Christmas trees in the finish. The bitterness of the finish lingers for a long time. Not much malt, but not much is expected for a west coast single IPA.

M - Great - spot on for the style.

D - I could literally drink pitchers of this beer until I hit the floor. Enough said. Just outstanding drinkability.

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Photo of glazeman
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a snifter

A: Hazy orange in color, 1.5 finger white head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

S: Lots of citrus, with the dominant smells being tangerine and grapefruit. There's a little bit of malt sweetness in there at the beginning that comes across kind of like a rye smell.

T: I have no complaints whatsoever with the taste of this beer other than a slight like of intensity on the flavors. If they were a little stronger, I would probably give it a 5. The main flavors are oranges, lemons, and a little grapefruit. There's a nice bitter kick on the end that is by no means overwhelming.

M: Appropriate for the style. Perfect level of carbonation, and sits on the tongue nicely. Aftertaste was pretty good, but could be more balanced.

D: Very high drinkability. This beer tastes good, and it is very refreshing. There's not too much that makes it super unique, but it goes down with no problem at all.

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Photo of aval89
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: hazy dark orange with beautiful fluffy 1 finger head (poured into snifter). Leaves a nice lace on glass.

S: tons & tons of citrus & tropical fruits.. Peach, orange, mango, apricot, sweet caramel, with pine notes & grapefruit.. Just a RIPE smelling brew.

T: more of what the nose offered. Orange, peach, mango, grapefruit, finesse apricot flavor, with caramel to smooth everything out. Just a perfect mixture. Finishes with a nice citrus bitterness that lingers.. Not a heavily dry finish, but it does leave you puckering..

MF: the feel could have been a tad bit heavier IMO, but the carbonation is spot on.

D: SCARY GOOD! I had to slow myself down because I couldn't resist another sip..

Honestly, when I picked this up I was scared it wasn't fresh (purchased in SD & bottle has no date), so I only purchased one. As soon as I cracked this open and smelled I knew it was fresh!! The taste was the icing on cake.. I was honestly blown away by this beer & can say I prefer this over PtE.

Thank you KRBC!! Too bad I'm not back in my hometown which was an hour drive from there.

Cheers!!

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey tinged amber with a massive head that laces as well as it sticks

Smell: Piney, with an underlying base of cracker malt

Taste: Crusty, cracker malt, up front, with a piney character that builds through mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt returns to add some balance but the finish is very bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice IPA that has a clean malt character and plenty of piney bitterness; my own preference is for a bit more grapefruit but the Amarillo hops are plunging their stake in the sand

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Photo of scottyshades
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to mrmiles for this unexpected extra!

A: Pours a hop-hazed amber/orange color with a massive massive fluffy eggshell color cap. Retention is as good as it gets. Absolutely awesome looking beer.

S: My favorite kind of IPA...Sweet tropical fruit and citrus aromas with lots of orange, grapefruit, mango, and tons of pineapple. Slight pine and resin as well, but less apparent.

T: Exceptionally balanced flavor with malts giving some caramel sweetness, and the hops give a solid bitterness. The flavor is really light and delicate, but packs a punch. Similar to Sculpin in that sense. The hops are very fruity- orange, lemon, grapefruit, pear, apricot, mango, and pineapple. Simply awesome...I live for these kind of IPAs. The yeast also adds a faint butter flavor.

MF/D: Medium body, very smooth and creamy going down. Carbonation is perfect and really compliments the hops.

Notes: Second beer from Kern River, with CITRA as my first. Both beers earned near perfect scores, and well deserving. Thanks again Miles!

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Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brwon color with a big fluffy head that laces down the sides of the glass. Nice aromas of citrus hops mixed with malt in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Not really a great IPA in my opinion. Some hops and malt taste but not enough of either to make it outstanding. Kind of a let down.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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