Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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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

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%
 
 
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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 oregonskibum
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks Damian for hooking me up with the KRCB line-up.

A: Pours a dark honey orange, borderline amber color with just some faint haziness. A nice bright white head that slowly died down to a faint film. Good lacing.

S: Bright citrus and piney hop smells jump out of the glass. Also get some peach or mango flavors. Very limited malty presence on the smell.

T: Citrus, pineapple, peach, and piney hop flavors continue from the smell. Some very faint butter flavors are the only detractor. Faint biscuity flavors come through mid-taste to balance (sort of) out the hops. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness that lingers nicely in the mouth.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Decent mouth feel inline with style.

D: This is a really nice hop-forward IPA that delivers on the IBUs without becoming overly bitter. And for the price ($3.99 marked on the 22oz bottle), this is an excellent example of just how good a reasonably priced IPA can be. Would have no issue trading for this again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this courtesy of Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours a semi-hazed amber/honey color with effervescence & a pinky of cream colored head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit that fades out too fast for a dry-hopped beer, & a bit of orchard fruit once warm, not much else, the only short-coming of this beer IMO

T: Grapefruit, pineyness, woody hops a kiss of caramel & pineapple up front. Amarillo hops really assert themselves as this warms, juicy hops a touch of honey malt. Some pineapple & a tiny bit of caramel to balance it out, plus some biscuitty malt. Finishes with pithy grapefruit, pineapple & biscuitty malt

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & stellar balance

I'd love to have this in my rotation, a well put together AIPA. I'm ready to try any & all Kern River products I come across, these guys a kicking ass & taking names

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

Glad I was able to find this. I have been wanting to try this for a while now.

Appearance - Pours a hazy burnt tangerine color with a little over a finger of white foamy head that dissipates rather quickly. Great lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A burst of tropical citrus aromas burst forth from the glass. Mango, pineapple, grapefruit, etc. A great piney/hop aroma is present after the initial amazing citrus aroma.

Taste - Quite similar to the nose. A bit bitter up front which melds to the great tropical citrus flavors. Not as "sweet" citrus as expected (such as in the Oracle) but there is a relatively decent malt backbone. This is a pretty damn good IPA.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, extremely creamy, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Quite quaffable. I'm glad I was able to try this. Not balanced per say, and not as tropically sweet as I would like, however, it is a pretty damn good example of an IPA and at the price (less than five dollars a bomber) if I see this again I will definitely pick it up.

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

Served from a 22oz. bomber courtesy of the very generous volatilesther into my "new" Bruery tulip (also courtesy of volatilesther at the appropriate temperature (04/17/10).

A: Pours slightly darker shade of golden amber capped by 2+ finger of a white foam with great retention and some nice ringed lace.

S: Aroma is filled with citrus and piney hops along with a malt backbone that has a biscuit-like quality.

T: Extremely well-balanced and full of flavor. Citrus and pine blend nicely with the malt. Bitterness is well done. Really enjoyed this one, but wish that there was perhaps a bit more citrus in the flavor. Very solid IPA.

M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation and some nice lingering bitterness.

D: I would have no problem drinking this one quite often.

Overall this was nice American IPA, with great flavor and balance. Just outstanding indeed. Thanks again Esther! Recommended.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear, dark orange body with gamboge and amber highlights topped by a rocky merengue-like head. Sticky 3-D lacing fruits from the sides of the glass. Thin, glassy tears slide down rapidly.

Simcoe and Amarillo seem to be a popular pairing, and this beer is a good illustration of why that is. The Simcoe delivers a potent dose of passion fruit aromatics, backed by a pure wave of blood-orange and tangerine from the Amarillo. There are also hints of apricot jam, peach, honey, and fresh herbs (thyme? chamomile?) for complexity. Smells like a mouth-watering smoothie.

Sweet palate entry, rather malty even, though the hops take over rapidly. Fruity, earthy, herbal, and quite bitter with flavors similar to the aromas. Hints of rye crisps and grapefruit seeds in the finish which is dry overall.

Medium-light bodied, pillowy, with moderate carbonation. Faintly astringent with a slight minerality from the water.

Another fine example of the style - we are really swimming in an abundance of superb IPAs now...

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

Thanks Ryan!

Pours like orange juice with a bit more clarity

Juicy ripe tangerine citrus on the nose

Taste follows nose....very ripe juicy tangerines and fresh squeezed orange. Beer ends with a chalky bitterness, somewhat dry.

Easy drinking, medium carbonation, very enjoyable. I'd drink this often.

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Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours almost a finger of off white head. Pretty decent retention leaving a lot of lace. Color is an orange hued copper, slightly hazed.

Aroma: Lots of floral hops, but what is interesting about this beer is that it is so malty. A huge malt layer, but the floral hops still overpower a bit. Some muted citrus flavors as well.

Taste: Just figured it out. This tastes a lot like masala mama. Big amarillo hop profile. Starts out with some floral hops with some citrus blend. But again, this beer is malty. Lots of bready malts. Lots of resin here. It is pretty solid but is pretty bitter.

Mouthfeel: Lots of bitterness here, but relatively creamy. It has a medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and floral-like.

Overall, this is a pretty solid ipa. It is very drinkable like masala but missing something. Very similar beers. I am glad I got a chance to try this. Very surprised that it tasted so much like masala.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extraordinary golden maroon color with a creamy looking medium sized head. Some haziness too, almost opaque.

Smell is extremely floral, lots of big citrus notes with a malty smelling backbone as well.

Taste is very flavorful, tons of malts and tons of hops. A bitter piney finish compliments the big malt backbone quite well. Citrus grapefruit hops flavors with a bitter pine finish. This is quite an outstanding IPA.

Mouthfeel is full and bitter, very satisfying.

Drinkability is great, this seems to me like a great IPA for a warm summer day.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Kegatron.

Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a small white head and nice sticky lacing.

Scent of citrusy, floral hops, grapefruit, mango, sugar, and a bit of caramel malt. A fairly simple scent, but the floral, citrusy hops are wonderful.

Taste of mango, pineapple, grain, sugar, caramel, and a hint of ash. Finishes dry and bitter. Comparable to a Midwest IPA, not bad, but it's really nothing special.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and sticky with a smooth, even carbonation.

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

Thanks again to drink1121 for the chance to try this one.

A nice full-on head out of the bottle with a deep coppery amber body beneath. A good amount of nice even lacing. Aromas suggest less of an over-the-top west coast IPA in more traditional craft, though infused with its fair share of big hops. Floral sugary hops are predominant in aroma, with a mild resinous background and faint hint of nuttiness.

Malty and caramelly in taste up front, but not in the way some older IPAs become. Just some substantial bottom end to support the big hops that build throughout. Brightening hoppy pine and grapefruit are really taken over by a pine resin bite that resounds of pinecone and sap. Fresh citrus keeps it lively as the overall flavor transitions at the finish from a growing nuttiness in the malt to a dry hanging thick bitterness. Have to say that the nutty quality mid sip really sets this one out from many of its CA brethren, giving it more earthy depth and hint at its english roots.

Feel is medium with a slight slickness in the middle with a clingy finish. Carbonation is full but not obtrusive.

Overall, a very nice IPA by style. Drinks well. Carbonation is a little filling, but the overall drinkability is very nice. Would be a staple go-to IPA if I had it locally, especially because it presents more flavors than many IPAs I usually love, adding to the overall palette without sacrificing the hop intensity.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber- light brown with an off white head with decent retention.

Citrus and tropical fruits are prominent followed by some pine, light caramel malt sweetness and some bread.

Sadly, the taste isn't as lively as the aroma. I will start off with the positives. This beer is very well balanced. Unfortunately I felt that the taste was somehow muddled or subdued, and there was some lingering harshness. The bitterness hit late and in waves, as opposed to steady crescendo reaching curve. Faint orange citrus flavor and pine along with some light mango, bread and caramel. As far as prominent flavors go, its fairly one noted with some supporting players that must have had their lines cut.

The mouthfeel was a little disappointing. A little more carbonation and body would have helped this beer out. Felt a little thin to me.

Overall a solid IPA, just not one of the better ones I have had. Drinkability is there, taste is another story. Just outstanding? Possibly. However based on the bottle I had it was Just OK.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Javier!

This beer pours a beautiful dark amber color with a nicely frothy head.

Nice smells of pineapple, citrus, pine, wood, and a little barley. Wow, lots of pineapple.

The taste on this one is fruit forward with the pineapple leading the charge. A nice pine and citrus bite at the end finishes refreshing.

This one is a bit more thin than I would have anticipated. Nice carbonation, but a little watery.

This ended up being a pretty damn drinkable beer. I finished the 220z bottle before I even realized it was gone.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado, nice to find this beer here. Tap to pint, the beer is amber-colored, a bit hazy and topped by a frothy head that retains well, coating the glass with rings of lace as I slowly sip. The hop character is fruity and tropical; guava, passionfruit, a bit of pineapple. Similar flavors present themselves to the palate; guava is especially prominent, along with pineapple, mango, passionfruit and bitter grapefruit toward the finish. It's on the dry and clean side despite the big fruity hop character, with a smooth bitter finish that lingers on in a mild way. This is aptly named.

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

This is, indeed, an outstanding IPA.

Pours a burnt orange with a two inch off-white foam head.

Smells enticingly like sweet citrus and gushing grapefruit, tropical pineapple/papaya, and a bit of pine. ooo .... juicy. Very nice aroma.

Taste is similarly nice. The malt/caramel is very understated, this is a hops showcase. Bursting pine and sweet pink grapefruit, a touch of earthy pine bittering, and the nuances of tropical pineapple/papaya/exotic citrus carry through in the form of a lingering nuanced aftertaste.

Extremely quaffable and enjoyable. Good mouthfeel, if a bit light ... could use maybe a touch more body.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, orangish-amber. Creamy white head, that never fully disappears. Aroma is of toffee, pine, tropical fruit, and citrusy grapefruit.

Upfront is sweet caramel, quickly giving way to loads of hop flavor. Grapefruit is definitely in there along with pine, pineapple, and fruit. This is a very drinkable IPA.

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

Big thanks to Geoi at South Bay. 22oz. Brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark tangerine amber, murkyish. Decent sized head with good retention and lacing.

S: Lots of juicy and fruity hops. Some citrus but not getting much pine.

T/M: Pretty decent bitterness level. Lots ofthe juicy fruity hops with some resins and a bit of pine. Malts definitely balance a bit and maybe a bit more than I'd like. Likely sweet with some caramel and toffee notes. Body is medium or so with good carbonation.

D: Reasonable ABV and tasty.

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Photo of DoesntMatter46
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange- copper color. Very bright and clear with a fine white head.

Floral, piney hops, with a hint of toffee almost on the nose.

Pleasantly bitter and spicy up front, followed by a hit of tangerine and grapefruit, more citrus in the taste than the aroma, backed up with by the taste of Hawaiian sweet bread.

Fine textured carbonation, and on the thin side but I like that. I don't want my IPA's to have the consistency of cough syrup.

Very easy to drink. Very happy to find another great IPA from California. I think I might be planning a camping trip to the Sierra sometime soon, and will most definitely want to stop at the brewery in Kernville.

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Photo of koopa
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

07/23/10 REVIEW:

Appearance: 4.0 Pours a dull and fairly transparent orange with a 2 finger off white crown that shows good retention and some lace.

Smell: 4.5 Lots of simcoe hops produce a slight citrus quality and maybe some amarillo hops add some dry herbal notes.

Taste: 4.0 Same as the nose but not as pungent. Nice bitterness from the amarillo (I believe) hops and a good grassy quality that I'm enjoying. The bitter finish produced by perfectly controlled amarillos is super enjoyable in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: 3.5 A touch thin and slightly unsatisfying.

Drinkability: 4.5 Btw the low abv, the decent taste and the thin mouthfeel this one goes down easy.

03/15/10 REVIEW

Beerloco shared this one tonight with myself, mrsbeerloco, and mikey711.

Appearance: 3.5 Pours a dull orange with a minute white crown, little retention or lace.

Smell: 4.5 Lots of simcoe hops produce a slight citrus quality and maybe some amarillo hops add some dry herbal notes.

Taste: 4.0 Same as the nose but not as pungent. Nice bitterness from the amarillo (I believe) hops.

Mouthfeel: 3.5 A touch thin (slightly unsatisfying)

Drinkability: 4.5 Btw the low abv, the decent taste and the thin mouthfeel this one goes down easy.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with bkrefetz...thanks for this one! Poured into an Otter Creek tumbler.

A - Pours a deep amber orange color, mostly clear...just the slightest of haze. a finger of cream colored head forms and sticks around for a brief time before falling to a thin skim coat and a ring of bubbles around the edge. Sticky lacing is left all down the sides of the glass.

S - A nice, pleasant combination of malt and hops with good balance. Solid malt backbone with some sweet caramel and toffee character. Hops are citrusy and fruity...grapefruit is the predominant hop aroma. Well balanced IPA.

T - A very enjoyable IPA...sweet and caramelly malt with citrusy and grassy hops on top. Firm but not overpowering bitterness. Balance is the key in the flavor as well as the aroma.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Enough malt to give it some heft, not quite "chewy" but definitely has some roundness to it. Hops leave their mark too leaving a nice resiny coating that leaves a pleasant grassy bitterness behind after the swallow.

D - Good overall IPA. A good companion for the evening. I would definitely order another of these at a bar if I was fortunate enough to find it in the first place. This is my second experience with this beer...and, honestly I really didn't "get it" the first time around...figured I had a bad bottle and didn't review it. Glad I got an opportunity to give it a second chance.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to a pint glass

A: Small but firm off-white head over translucent amber; bubbly areas of surface retention and sticky lacing.
S: Grapefruit and other citrus...my goodness, how deliciously delectable the Simcoe hops are on the nose! Super juicy and amazing. Ripe mandarin mingling with some dry malt. Balanced and clean on the nose.
T: Mmm...everything I want in an IPA when it comes to hop profile. The hop varietals contribute to a big bitter grapefruit that works to edge out a syrupy mandarin sweetness by just a hair. Malts are there, but this is definitely hop heavy. Floral, pine, and really juicy.
M: Medium body, lower carbonation than I would have liked with such a tangy hop bite.
D: Very drinkable, and a new local favorite.

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

Aquired from DGB3. Curtsy of review this BIF.

Major thank you to DGB3... totally the major shit on a hook up.

A: The lacing is outstanding. DGB3 hooked me up w/a great pint glass from "Nectar Ales" and the color is just pure amber color. The head was great.

S: Citrus orangy smell and pine.

T: Floral taste w/a pine.

M: Medium body. Med carb. Creamy and Hoppy after taste.

D: I really liked this beer. I could totally sit around and have this all night. Super light and comfortable.

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Photo of shivtim
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Konrad for the bottle! Poured out into a pint glass.

Nice slightly ruby apple juice color. Very clear. Lots of bubbles, and a thick lively white head. The bubbles last for a while, and the head dies down gently to a thin film.

Nose is strong hops and astringent ethanol. Lots of hop juice.

Taste is sour citrus hops. Strong but one-noted. Long lingering bitter hop leaves.

Pretty good mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark Amber color with a light head that fades quickly.

S - Smells of Orange, Pineapple, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Peach, and a little Pine. Balanced between sweet malts and bitter Hops.

T - Tastes of Orange, Pineapple, Pear, and . Slight bitter backbone and with mild malts. This is a very balanced Single IPA.

M - Medium body with good carbonation.

D - Drinkability is very good and I would be able to burn through a couple of these in no time.

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

Kern River: Just Outstanding IPA (No date) (Tasted 01/28/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Extra from Alen, thanks man!

Appearance: Pours heavily hazed golden verging on amber with a fluffy off-white head that leaves a solid sheet of lace on the side of the glass.
Odor: Focused hop aroma reeks of tropical fruit, reminiscent of mango, pineapple and tangerine. There's definitely a rich, bready "sweet" malt aroma supporting all of this.
Consistency: Medium body, oils are evident, as is a nice low carbonation that keeps things lively.
Taste: Everything I could have expected and more. Earthy/herbal hop bitterness leading the charge, loads of pineapple and grapefruit in the center. Surprisingly, the rich malt character hinted at in the nose is absent and that's a-ok by me, just a dash of semi-sweet pale malt rings out. Finishes dry, juicy hop flavor continues to smack my face up.

Name does say it all. Very solid and definitely above the cut for style. I like the direction they went with the hops, very nice example of the flavors found in the relatively new hops that are coming from breeding programs.

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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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