Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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93
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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
Ratings:
1,307
Reviews:
454
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
371
Gots:
188
For Trade:
8
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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe Paul provided this at a tasting recently, reviewed from notes.

Beer poured from a presumably fresh bottle into a Dogfish head snifter. Beer is straw yellow and hazy. Forms a thin head of small white bubbles that breaks quickly. The resulting carbonation gravitates toward the sides of the glass and manages to leave some lacing on the walls of the vessel. Carbonation is moderate but can't hold up the head. It looks fine.

Strong forward hop aroma of the citrus variety. More grapefruit than lime for sure. The pine / earthy notes are not presence and there is no hint of solvent or malt. Smells pretty good.

Beer is medium to light in body with moderate carbonation on the palate. There is mild sweetness up front but its subtle and doesn't rob attention from the star of the show, the hops. The hop flavors in the midpalate and nice and bright. They float to the top of the beer and are showcased wonderfully. Perhaps slightly lemony but really its sweeter citrus like grapefruit and nectarines. The bitterness at the back of the beer is moderate and tasty, finishes the beer nicely but not harshly. Its very drinkable, very good. I'd have it again and want to have it again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured a yellowish orange into my tulip that had a nice 2 finger bubbly head with good retention with very little lacing.

S: lots of floral piny hop aromas along side nice sweet malt presence with hints of caramel and citrus fruits.

T: has a nice hoppy bitterness up front that has a good balance between the malts but overall this beer really does have a piney hop punch.

M: has medium to full body with very little carbonation to make my mouth tingle.

D: really enjoyed this hop bomb from kern valley. Will definitely be picking up more bottles of this stuff.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ShanePB
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to DearthVader for another West Coast IPA - my first beer ever from Kern River!

A: Fairly clear with a touch of haze from the cold, golden-orange body with a seriously amazing head - rocky, foamy, pure white which naturally left some sticky and splotchy moderate lacing. A great looking beer.

S: Blasts of citrus hops up front on the nose. Dry hopped with simcoe and amarillo, yes, you can tell. Orange zest, grapefruit and some wood elements come through also. I did have to stretch a bit for some of the aromas, it wasn't terribly muted but could more pungency.

T: Bitter sticky hops coat the palate immediately and unfortunately, sort of numbs it for the other flavors I know are there. There is a slight malt base here but not enough of one to combat the bitterness this beer brings. Floral hop notes and a slight twist of lemon round everything out and leave a resiny hop bite coating.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation, maybe a bit thin but that makes this very easy drinking.

This is a nice showing for Kern River for a baseline American IPA. Personally, I think if a stronger malt base was present it would have provided a much better balance for the aggressiveness of the hops.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BEachwood BBQ on 7/2/11

A - Slightly cloudy medium orange/yellow colour with one finger of bubbly white head.

S - Robust citrus and pine notes hit the nose right away with a very apparent bitterness and a good caramel malt backbone.

T - Follows the nose. Grapefruit and orange rind. Very bitter. Light sweet malt backbone. Definitely a hop bomb.

M - Medium body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

O - A great west coast IPA.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Nichols33
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev -5%

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

Lots of lace and a foamy white head on top of a clear, dark gold beer. Looks great.

Aroma dominated by grapefruit, very little in the way of maltiness or sweetness. A touch of piney aroma as well.

Big citrus, grapefruit/tangerine blast with a nice bitterness behind it that lingers into the finish. Very restrained malt character. Just a touch of sweetness; bitterness doesn’t overwhelm the citric hop flavor at all. It’s there and it’s aggressive but extremely well integrated. Just delicious!

Medium body, very smooth and a little creamy, carbonation just a smidge on the low side of medium. Hard not to drink this one fast, it’s so damned good.

Prototypical west coast IPA, all about the super vivid and fresh-tasting hops. As well done as any I’ve had, including Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. Deserving of wider recognition to be sure.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

What's so outstanding about this IPA? Time to find out. On to the beer:

Amber copper color, some small carbonation bubbles racing through the body, and a thick, creamy, sticky head sit on top of it all. The aroma is beautiful, a tribute to the hop. Juicy tropical hops, oily hops, and a crackery dry malt are a tease to the nostrils.

Smooth, soft, and slippery in the mouth. I don't get the crackery malt in the taste as I do in the nostrils....still, this IPA is balanced well. Certainly, the oily hops dominate. Faint tropical fruits, touch of tangerine, faint resin. Nothing bitter about this. Very easy going down the hatch.

This beer had generated some talking, so I was interesting with experimenting with this beer. I have to say that's it's quite good and worth looking for.

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Photo of dar482
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma has fresh juicy sweet oranges, mangoes, peaches, along with a slight resinous pine in the back.

The beer has lots of floral in the front, along with some of that fruity character in the aroma, but not much. There’s a light bready malt in the middle with a medium mouthfeel, but not really much sweetness, which is just what I look for in an IPA.

The finish is aggressively bitter of floral and big green pine. This beer has heavy bitterness.

In the end, I’m unsure if this is an older bottle, but the lack of hop flavor and strong bitterness is not really what I look for. Still, there are good characteristics like the aroma and malt body.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a sticky white head and plenty of lace. The aroma is quite hoppy filling the nostril with pine and citrus. The taste is piney and citrusy with a fair bitterness. Nice and drinkable, with a big pale malt body that leaves the beer balanced. Medium bodied, solid carbonation. Overall this is a very good ipa, with pine and citrus like hops.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-gold pour with a foamy two-finger white head. Big citrusy aroma. Very bitter taste with lots of bright citrus flavors upfront. A nice juicy orange flavor stands out along with grapefruit, mango and pine. Can also taste some biscuit in the finish.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber split with oglmcdgl, thanks to marisatheyounger for the assist.

In the pint glass, Just Outstanding looks pale golden with some orange accents, maybe a touch of straw. A sturdy 3 fingas of dense bright white foam reminding me of alesmith IPA, nice clunks.

Smell is str8 up floral with citrus in the back. I believe some chinnook and centennial are in here for effect. a nice malt base. Pretty potent smell coming from this EyePEEAAA.

I was takin back from the first sips, i thought it was me, but the hop juice just is not this beers forte. More floral in nature than a outright hopbomb. A nice mix of floral hop taste with earth and a touch of grain with a fruity middle drowned out by a nice malt base that is biscuits and bread, low amounts of sweets like caramel and the like.

Feel is at about medium with a lively carb that approaches bitey yet not quite. Not oily in any way im digging the feel. The only thing outstanging was the scent. The taste kinda let me down but all in all this beer is a good look.

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Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 1,307 ratings.
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