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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:
445
Ratings:
1,267
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
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For Trade:
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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -2.1%
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 +0.7%
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 -7.8%
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 +2.6%
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 -11.8%
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 -2.8%
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 +5.9%
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 +4.7%
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%
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 -0.9%
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 +3.8%
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 -1.2%
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 -5.2%
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 -4.7%
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 +0.5%
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 -16.4%
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 -1.2%
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 +2.4%
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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Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moosington for the bottle.

Just Outstanding is an interesting color that lies somewhere between copper and orange. It's slightly hazy and looks distinctly orange when held to light. A light, cream colored head sits on top. It stands about two and a half fingers tall and is slow to dissipate. Sheets of thick, sticky lace line the glass.

The nose is simply excellent. It's absolutely loaded with hops. Hop aromatics are absolutely rolling out of the glass. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange scents dominate. A few more whiffs reveal a healthy dose of pine and some light floral scents. Kern River nailed the hop bill with this one. I'm not getting much in terms of malts, which is a good thing. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Just Outstanding is tremendous smelling beer.

The flavor is likewise excellent. Citric flavors of grapefruit and pineapple attack the palate first. Hop flavor is in no short supply. Pine and light floral flavors complement the citrus flavors nicely. It's very bitter and dry. I like it. Pale malts seem to be the only noticeable malt. They don't exactly provide much balance, which is all for the better in my view. Just Outstanding is aggressively hoppy and bitter. Perfect formula for an IPA. Alcohol is never a factor. It finishes bitter and dry.

Just Outstanding has a body that's on the very light side of medium. Carbonation seems light and restrained. It's smooth, but needs more body to achieve a creamier feel. Drinkability is very high. This is delicious beer that goes down like a dream. It's not intimidating weighing in at sub 7%. I could handle a bomber or two. It's that good.

I'm not familiar with Kern River Brewing Company. The name is new to me. If their other beers are this good, we're all in for a real treat. Just Outstanding IPA is flat-out excellent. I prefer hoppy IPAs that blister the palate with no remorse. Just Outstanding falls into that category. There's nothing balanced or timid about it. Just loads of hop flavor that pounds you into submission. I'm really impressed. Highly recommended. Thanks, Mark. This was a real treat.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to dgb3 for this extra. 22 oz. bottle poured into my Cigar City pint glass.

A: Clear amber color. The pour creates one finger of slightly off white head that leaves some spotty lace.

A: Earthy and citrus hops dominate, but the sweet malts bring an unexpected balance to this West Coast IPA.

T: Citrus and pine with a pronounced sweetness from the crystal malt. Mango, orange, pineapple, pear, and a little lime. It finishes bitter and dry as well it should.

M: Medium body, crisp and refreshing. Good amount of carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average with this one. Very nice balance, means I could put down a few of these. Overall, a really nice IPA, if I had access to this one, I would drink it often. Skal.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to errantnight for this from our sprawling trade!

A: Pours a hazed, tarnished copper color. Light orange head reaches about 1/2 finger in thickness. Retention was on the fair side and not much lace was left behind.

S: Nice aromas of bitter pine, soft fruit, and a bit of caramel malt and cotton candy.

T: Pine, floral hops, pineapple, and toasted malt. Pretty clean and uncluttered.

M: Light to medium bodied. Thankfully the hops are spicy, sticky, and resinous.

D: Comes off a little on the thin side but maybe that adds to its' refeshing qualities?

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours gold in color with a nice frothy white head that forms on the pour.
Smell is hoppy with a very nice citrus and floral aroma. Plenty of grapefruit and apricot.
Taste is a decent amount of bitterness but is dominated by a citrusy apricot flavor. Truly juicy and delicious.
Good mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. I'm really enjoying this beer. A little different than what I've had in the past, but I like this twist and perspective on an IPA.
Well done Kern River, well done.

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

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. On a side not, I must say that this is probably my favorite name for an IPA...EVER!

Pours hazy copper, with 1 1/2 fingers of off-white foamy head. The retention here is the definition of rich, with a frothy and bubbly look to it that drenches the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lacing. Sweet cirus and malts make the aroma here, as this is just dripping in the nose with softer fruity aromatics of peach, mango, and apricots. There is an almost cookie-like feel of bready dough in the nose that works very nicely with the fruit flavors. Pine and spice hangs on the edges, giving this a sharp pop in the nostrils.

Bitterness takes a bit more of the lead in the taste, with resins and spice that tingle the tongue. Man, those hops are nicely cut though by that same silky sweet mix of juicy fruit and doughy malts. The hops quickly return in the finish, sticking to the roof of the mouth, and completely drying the backend of this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer carbonation up front, that then prickles up into a sharper feel towards the back of swallow. A bit of warmth lingers in the throat but man, this is nicely drinkable for 7%. That alcohol can really creep up on you if you let it.

An IPA that truelly does live up to its name, this was just jam-packed with well balanced juicy hop character and a killer body and drinkibility. This was definitely one of the better American IPAs that I've had lately. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of mikey711
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright orange, very translucent, and lots of carbonation rushing up fromthe bottom. The head was only about a quarter of an inch but held pretty well and left very good lacing.

S: Bursts of citrus hit my nose. Lemon, Mango, apricot, peach, with a slight hint of pine and caramel as well. Just some great hop aromas

T: Good amount of grapefruit, mango, orange, peach. Very much like the smell, but a bit more pine that is a pleasant addition. As it warms the caramel comes out a little bit more and the hops fade, best enjoyed very cold

M: A bit light and slightly grainy with a mild hint of heat. Not terrible but not perfect

D: I could drink this one on a regular basis and think it stands up to some of the ebst IPAs out there

Note: I enjoyed this side by side with PtE and prefered this

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,267 ratings.
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