Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA
BA SCORE
94.4%
Liked This Beer
4.21 w/ 1,309 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,037
Reviews:
454
Ratings:
1,309
Liked:
1,236
Avg:
4.21/5
pDev:
8.31%
Alströms:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
371
Gots:
187
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 1,309 |  Reviews: 454
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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of axeman9182
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip. Cheers to rmjavanut for sending this along.

The beer pours a mostly cloudy light orange. I can just barely see my way through it a little bit. A towering, foamy off white cap forms, four fingers in height and filling the top half of the glass. Head retention is off the charts, a solid 5+ minutes after pouring I still have more than two fingers worth. Lacing ain't too shabby either, rings of it are left around the glass. I feel pretty confident in saying it's the best looking IPA I've ever seen. Nose is good, but not remarkable in any way. No malt presence to speak of, it's mostly grapefruit with a hint of orange in the background. Flavor is a carbon copy of the nose. Try as I might I'm not picking up on any bread or caramel or any other notes that might come from malt. Bitterness is aggressive, but stops short of crossing the line into brash. Grapefruit is still the predominant hop flavor, though orange makes itself more known than in the aroma. Mouthfeel is great; I was worried given the lack of sweetness about the body, but it doesn't even hint at being too thin/watery. Carbonation is a bit high, which to my mind is dead on for the style.The solid flavor and great mouthfeel make Just Outstanding incredibly drinkable. My first beer from Kern River, and I wouldn't hesitate to try another

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Photo of rand
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint:

A: Pours a beautiful golden-tan with a cavernous head, formed by a fair amount of tight carbonation. The head shows solid retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Wow, the nose is not shy. Strong pine fills the nostrils followed by a very sweet citrus, like mandarin orange. Other fruits are noted as well, pears and apples. This IPA has one of the fruitiest and sweetest scents I've come across, and when combined with the hop zest it's one of the best smelling beers I've inhaled.

T: Big, bold, piny hop blast up front, as much as you'd hope for an IPA, but this has DIPA character. This is followed by that orangey, grapefruity citrus and bready, caramelly malts. The malt-backbone lends plenty of support here, finding perfect harmony with the bitter hops. The alcohol comes through as the pint warms, but stays out of the bitter/sweet battle consuming your palate. Finishes more sweet than bitter with a touch of lemon rind. Wow.

M: Nice rich feel for the 6.8% alcohol. It's not going to make you feel bloated, and it's not to be sipped like a rich imperial stout or barleywine, but it has a satisfying, full-bodied texture. There's plenty of carbonation to wash down each sip.

Drinkability and notes: Well, this is washing down like soda. Kern River has just nailed another unique but nearly perfect West Coast IPA - easily up there with the best. However, I've had this beer 6 or 7 times now and it's definitely not consistent. I had it on tap about 6 months ago, but at the time I was drunk and didn't take notes. I just remember it being delicious and put it on my radar. Then "The Best Damn Beer Shop" (thanks guys) got a nice shipment in and I picked up 5 or 6 bottles, in two or three trips to the store. The first bottle was good, but not as enthralling as I'd remembered or hoped. The next bottle was downright bitter and lacked malt balance. Then the third brought me right back to that drunk pint - Outstanding! I cracked a fourth and a fifth (presumably from the same batch) in the days that followed; they were equally phenomenal (I'm reviewing the fifth).

Kern River recently started bottling this stuff so they probably don't have their process dialed in yet. For those that reviewed this as overly bitter and harsh, I've had that sample and can empathize. Give it another round or two.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to open this tonight. Received last week in a trade last week from Leschkie. Thanks Kurtis! I have been wanting to try this one for a while now.

A- Nice dark burnt orange. Beautiful lacing on the glass....screw this let's move on.

S- Wonderful aroma. Aromatic pine and citrus hops smells nicely balanced.

T- Fantastic! I am so glad that this is everything I hoped it would be. Sharp bitter hops well rounded by perfect malt profile and citrus overpowering the pine taste to really shine. Outstanding is right guys!

M- Perfect for the style.

O- There's not much you could do to improve this beer. Glad I was able to try it, it's wonderful.

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

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of cavedave
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to volatilesther for this gem of California!

Pours a cloudy, orangish dark amber, topped by a fleeting white head that leaves a nice skim, and beautiful mountain ranges of lace.

Smell is sweet pale malt, hints of tart yeast, and some balanced citrus and floral hoppiness.

It has a medium strength flavor full of bready sweet and light fruit at the beginning, joined by some nice sweet citrus and herbal bitter, into a finish of citrus bitter and floral sweet that is just right. The balance of this taste is, well, just outstanding, and the semi-juicy finish is also, well, you know.

Mouthfeel is where this beer shines. In a land of resiny to an extreme IPA, this one is plenty viscous enough, but drinks light and refreshing, leaving a clean taste in the mouth. Nice low carb.highlights this feel.

Drinkability is off the charts. Given the means, I could drink this beer non-stop until hydrogen begins to wane in the sun's core.

Impression: Yet another outstanding beer that may require an airline ticket to taste again, sigh.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ChugginOil
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for this extra!

This brew pours a light straw color and settles a haze infused yellow orange. 2 fingers of a chunky off white head sits forever..

The nose is clean and hoppy. Fresh citrus, light pine, and a bit of caramel lingers.

The taste is quite the same. Some crisp, bitter offerings akin to grapefruit and pine. The malt bill is quite large but finishes with hop offerings easily applied. A sweet, buttered biscuit taste sits briefly and translates into a caramel taste.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy given the style. Comes on flavorful and bold and ends crsip and a little dry. Enjoyable.

Overall, bomb ass IPA. Full of flavor with a great nose and a smooth mouthfeel. Pretty spot-on.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of litheum94
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. No bottling dates.

The beer pours out a golden body, with a rocky, dirty white head. It crackles out to a patchy cover, leaving stratas of lacing as it falls.

Dank hops, pineapple, grapefruit, and tropical fruit sweeten the nose. There's a little bit of spice and floral notes, with some cereal grains, but this is a showcase for Amarillo and Simcoe hops.

Fruity flavors at first, with pineapple, mango and grapefruit flavors. A resinous, pitch-like hop oil essence coats the mouth, with some light, herbal spice. A decent hop bitterness comes across, seemingly fairly tame at first, but it just keeps on building, and a stout bitterness is left in your mouth.

Wow. A great showcase for Simcoe and Amarillo hops, flavorful and delivers a bold bitterness that fulfills the need of every hop head. For a single IPA, this really impresses.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Gosox8787
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle, no freshness date as far as I can see, to cap of my Christmas Eve night. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy honey orange in color with a two finger pillowy white head. Pretty good retention. I'm actually surprised how little light penetrates this beer. Way more cloudy than I expected.

Aroma: Big pine and grapefruit rind aromas upfront. Definitely a hop forward beer here. Some mango and citrus sweetness in there too to balance out the prominent sweetness.

Taste: Some lush fruit upfront. Citrus and mango notes in particular, but they soon give way to bitter grapefruit and pine notes. Pretty good balance and a slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Even at a pretty high ABV for a single IPA, I have no problem with a bomber. Could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.

Overall, a nice and balanced IPA. Really nice hop flavors all around. Definitely something I would want to have again.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -5%

Look: Cloudy golden amber with a thick white head. Lots of legs and quite nice lacing

Smell: One pungent brew with an explosion of Amarillo and simcoe hops right out of the bottle! Huge piney citrus notes with a sweet malt making itself ever present. Piney hops, lime, lemon, white nectarines, some light orange blossom, mandarin oranges, more pine, sweet malty notes round up the rear but are just barely there covered by more pine. Smells fantastic!

Taste: Much more balanced then the nose lead on as the pine and citrus notes meld quite nicely with a sweet malt leading to a quite nice balanced profile. Getting pine, nectarine, lemon notes, tangerine, sweet malt, earthy hops, with another wave of malt to smooth things out. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Resiny hops stick to the teeth with a medium body and a quite bitter finish that dries very slowly. Very nice.

Overall: One outstanding brew. The hops are obviously the main show here but they at balanced really well with that malt to make one tasty IPA. Loving these simcoe and Amarillo IPAs and I think more brews should use this awesome pair up! Excellent IPA and one I wish I saw more.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 1,309 ratings
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