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:
451
Ratings:
1,294
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
372
Gots:
183
For Trade:
8
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Photo of WillCarrera
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass. Picked this up just 3 days after it arrived at the store, so it should be pretty fresh.

A- Slightly hazy golden color topped with an inch of fluffy white head, nice retention, leaves tons of thick, crusty lacing.

S- Grassy, fruity hops, grapefruit and pine resin, it smells nice but pretty standard. Not picking up much malt aroma at all.

T- More tropical fruit and pine, fruit flavors of grapefruit, orange and pineapple. The hops are moderately bitter, not as strong as I was expecting for a West-Coast IPA. Light caramel malts provide balance. Finish is bitter and grassy with a bit of peppery spiciness.

M- Medium-bodied, medium to low carbonation, smooth feel with a dry finish.

O- A solid IPA, it's very drinkable but the hop flavor isn't quite as bold or vivid as I would have liked.

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Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle.

It pours an amberish orange with a large off-white head that is pretty soapy and foamy.

The smell is interesting. Nice grassiness, passion fruit, almost soapy citrus. There is something about it though that is just a touch off.

The flavor is nice. A round flavor with low bitterness to start, some fruitiness, a bit of grassiness, the finish is a medium/low herbal bitter.

This is a good beer once you get into it. Not too flashy but rather solid.

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

I picked this up during a brief stop/detour through Bakersfield. Enjoyed the following week. Assuming it’s as fresh as can be.

I poured it into an imperial pint glass & thought it looked amazing—just this big billowy cap of soapy foam, dense & light, atop a ruddish orange/dark yellow tinted brew. Amazing appearance.

The aroma is dominated upfront by citrus hops that diminishes, revealing pineapple & mango, tropical fruit notes.
The flavor has a nice bittering that doesn’t overpower but makes itself known. Very flavorful, with a light orange & zest that shows hints of pineapple & some sweetness. Has a lot of tropical fruit notes with a pleasing bitterness.

Drinking this fresh and its wonderful. Priced right too, practically a steal.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sean or this bottle

A 1 finger thick white head turns foamy with lots of big frothy bubbles forming. Head stays around for while and leaves ome nice lacing down the glass. Body is hazy orange with some signs of carbonation. Look very good.

S Sweet citrus like grapefruit and some tropical fruits like pineapple. A subtle bready malt in the nose as well bu mostly sweet hops.

T Subtle pine bitterness upfront followed by a wave of juicy sweetness. Nice session able IPA

M Lighter on the tongue with a medium carbonation, very easy to drink this stuff all day.

O Nice sweeter/fruit forward IPA. I wouldn't mind a little more bitterness, but a very solid IPA none the less

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a light caramel color with a 2" white head. Big clumps and spider web lacing remain on the glass.

S- very pungent citrus and floral notes. Banana, grapefruit and pineapple.

T- sweet caramel, lots of juicy citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, orange and finishes with a good amount of citrus rind bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy but has a slickness too it as well.

O- outstanding ipa ( pun intended). Would love to have access to this regularly!

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick and frothy white head, light golden color, excellent lacing

S: Fresh hops, citrus, floral, orange peel

T: Grapefruit and other tropical fruits, good bitterness

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, nice carbonation

O: Good IPA, I hope Kern gets distributed in WI some day

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Not too much head but laces nicely. Darker copper with quite a bit of haze. Medium visible carbonation.

S: Aroma is very citrusy, some juniper, mild caramel notes to bready malt backbone.

T: Flavor is grapefruit-forward hops, with some resin, melon and floral notes and hints of pineapple. Aftertaste lingers with alpha bitterness and malt sweetness at back of tongue.

M: Medium body, high amount of carbonation, alcohol noticeable but not hot.

O: A very good IPA, one that I would buy again if it were around here. Does taste more like a DIPA than an American IPA, but retains good drinkability.

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Photo of mrelizabeth
3.12/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Local Habit. This keg was brought back by the bartender after visiting Kern River a few weeks ago.

a- amber-gold ipa. good head, screams ipa.

s- inviting. olfactory not slammed by hops. reminds me of duet by alpine.

t- again, reminds me of duet. there are a couple of hops working together here, but it feels like they almost zero each other out. you get a bit of bite early, but by the end of the glass it had lost most of that zing. drink colder than warm.

m- fell a little flat on the tongue. a weightier ipa, with thick, slow flavors.

o- this is a beer in a minor key. not a bright, hoppy ipa, more of a cloudy, moody ipa. simcoe & amarillo, but just not as good as alpine's duet.

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Photo of bierfreundlich
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light amber-colored hue with a supple white head that doesn't stick around for long but coats the glass with nice hefty lacing.

S - The smell is a wonderful combination of citrus, wildflower honey, pine, and fresh mountain air. Lovely nose.

T - The taste follows the nose but is highlighted by the resinous, piny hop punch. Citrus and Pine are the mainstays for this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is very pleasant--medium viscosity and nice carbonation.

O - I've had this beer many times over but finally decided to do a quick tasting for BA. It changes ever so slightly at times but always lives up to its name. This beer is truly just outstanding. Definitely one of my favorite ipa's out there. And I love to support KRBC, as it is the best brewery within 1 1/2 hours of where I live.

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Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orangey amber in color with just the slightest haze. Forms an enormous, billowing off-white head. Excellent retention and copious amounts of lacing.

S: Aroma is somewhat ordinary: grainy malts with citrus and grapefruit hops.

T: Starts off with a light blend of grain and caramel malts and some gummy juicyfruit. Then citrus hops: grapefruit and orange. Some very mild pine. Lightly sweet. Mild bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium with lighter carbonation and a mild bitterness.

O: Certainly better than the average IPA, but far from outstanding. Surprisingly malty for a West Coast IPA, and while the hops are present, they're downplayed quite a bit. Minimal bitterness makes this one easily drinkable.

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Photo of Treebs
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Cresant
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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 OTB
4.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh bottles from March bottling. The beautiful amber orange appearance is simply just amazing to look at, one of the prettiest brews to linger over. The nose is fresh wet hops, pine, orange, and grapefruit. Fresh JO is simply delicious, a balancing act of super fresh citrus fruits, bitter hops,and perfect malting that is just a joy to drink. The mouth is another exercise in balance, clean, refreshing and crisp, it leaves the palette ready for another sip. KRBC is up there with Alpine in my book for continuous quality and cutting edge creativity. World class ales.

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Photo of jtingue
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to johndoe8 for the bottle. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Hazy orange amber in color. Poured, perhaps too vigorously, to reveal 4 fingers of head, which slowly dissipates beautifully leaving quite a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell. Some grassyness joins a hint of medicinal aromas and a dominant mango aroma. Fresh and very light. The smell really opens up as the beer warms.

Taste. Starts out with a light lemongrass flavor which lingers for a nice long time. A fuller and more bitter grapefruit citrus flavor take over. Some malty sweetness accompanies these flavors to help balance the bitterness a bit, but this one remains hop forward all the way through. The medicinal notes picked up in the aroma starts to make itself present in the taste along with some minty herbs, giving a very light taste again. The finish is semi-dry with the lemongrass that was present earlier, along with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Pretty standard. Light body and moderate to high amount of carbonation, slightly prickly mouthfeel.

This amount of complexity, from my experience anyways, is not rivaled by any single ipa. Super fresh and super light.

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Photo of azdback
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten Tumbler. A dark and clear orange color. Millions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a huge four finger head that is just a hint off of bright white in color and creamy and rocky in appearance. When the head decides it's time to recede I will let you know how the lace looks. It finally does and leaves an amazing cotton candy type effect on the glass.

Smell is a wonderful citrus and fresh blossom onslaught. Orange and pink grapefruit. Some pineapple and mango sweetness is there as well. Just Outstanding does retain just a bit of malt sweetness too to keep it somewhat balanced.

Taste is a bit spicy first and then the citrus tastes come on. Blood orange and overripe pink grapefruit come to mind. Some mild pineapple orange taste shines thru next. All with an impressive malt bill that would make anyone from the East Coast say "hmm?".

Mouth is on the crisp side but very smooth. Carbonation is round to spritzy and the body is medium balanced. Finish is average to long and on the dry side with a bit of alcohol burn.

Overall I really enjoyed this California delight. I have had quite of few bottles of this before now and have enjoyed all of them. Thanks to oya1time for all of these bottles.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy deep golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. Head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is full of lots of citrus and floral hops. There is also some pine and sweet caramel malts as well.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops with lots of grapefruit and some floral flavors with some sweet caramel malt to balance. Through the middle, more tropical hop flavors and a touch of pine come through with some bitterness. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some bitterness and sweet malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and mildly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced IPA with a really nice hop profile and just the right amount of sweet malts to keep everything in check.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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 BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Color was light caramel. Lots of head, probably three finger widths. Cloudy white lacing on the top. Lots of film on the sides, circular and cloudy.

Smelled bitter hops right away. Got some lemon and grapefruit, but the bitterness sill came in hard. Toward the end of the sniffs I got some sweet floral notes.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose - a bit unbalanced and more bitter than anything else. Citrus hops, but not as strong as the nose. Probably grapefruit more than anything else. Some spices, too. Maybe pepper?

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

I don’t know if outstanding is the right term for this beer. Ordinary would have worked better. Just an OK IPA.

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

22oz bottle pours a honey amber w/ a frothy off-white head, nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is strong pine up front, grapefruit, mango - tropical, dank hoppy goodness.

Taste is pale bready malt, a sharp bite of hop bitterness to the tip of the tongue, citrus and pine. Sticky and resinous, a little reminiscent of Pliny. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean.

Overall a world-class, balanced, very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A clear darkish golden brown color, with a lovely fluffy 3 fingers head.

S: nice aromas of pine, and some malt in there.

T: a nice mellow hop tone here. nothing too crazy, not a kick in the teeth of hops but its present.

M: smooth, with a lovely mild hoppy after taste.

O: Not bad, not outstanding, but its pretty good.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my new belgium tulip.

Pours a straw yellow with a big thick white head. In the glass the beer is a little cloudy and more orange in color. The hear remain sticky and laces well. The head is beautiful the beer itself is ehh.

The aroma is pineapples and passion fruit. The aroma is all hops and all fruity. not sure where i stand i like it a lot but it seems lacking.

The taste matches the aroma tropical fruits and a slight bitter finish. A tasty brew but it lacks a little definition in the complexity of the hop profile.

I can see how people would love this brew i like it but I'm not in love with it. tropical fruit ipas apparently aren't my thing.

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Photo of jegross2
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company.
Score: 92

No freshness date on the bottle or label. Received in a trade earlier this month with California-based BeerAdvocate user LieutenantSour.

Appearance: Pours a translucent reddish-orange color with two full fingers of foamy cream colored head that slowly settles into a thin layer atop the glass. Sticky, frothy lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Strong aromas of pine and floral, tropical citrus. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit and mango. Some "sticky," sap-and-pollen earthiness present too. Noticeable maltiness. 4.5/5

Taste: Flavor is more malty than the aroma. The beer has a slightly sweet, malty caramel backbone. A sharply bitter citrus flavor gradually grows from the midpalate to the finish. Lingering notes of sap, pine, pineapple and tangerine in the finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and juicy. Finish is bitter and malty. 4/5

Overall: A simply solid single IPA. I may have sat on this one too long -- I waited 20 days between receipt and consumption -- but still enjoyed it thoroughly. Would love to try this fresh off tap.

Recommendation: Seek this one out unless you hate hops.

Pairings: Mexican food.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of rtaps
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer at the brewery in a flight, and have been craving it ever sense. So i couldn't pass up this bottle when i found it.

Very clear golden almost straw like in color. nice 1 finger white frothy head with good retention, leaving spotty lacing around the glass.

very nice hoppy aroma. tropical fruits (mango and pineapples stand out) some floral notes and citrus

taste follows the nose. fruity mangos, pineapple citrus with a mildly malty backbone. So easy to drink

light bodied medium carbonation. leaves the mouth watery.

overall thats just outstanding

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's, 11/9/11.

A-Pour is a clear amber with a thin white head and good lacing.

S-Citrus hops and sweet malt.

T-Very nice balance of sweet malt and tangerine hops.

M-Light to medium bodied.

O-Very drinkable and delicious, sessionable and tasty.

HV

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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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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 1,294 ratings.
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