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

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Added by mcallister on 03-01-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,136
Reviews:
459
Ratings:
1,330
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
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Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle courtesy of blguillen into a Bruery Tulip courtesy of said blguillen.

A: Crystal clear golden color with plenty of amber notes to fit the bill of an AIPA. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a thick huge 2.5 finger rocky pure white head that doesn't disappear not no way not no how. Tons of sticky lacing. Beautiful beer.

S: Big top resiny hop aroma with fresh cut grass and a malt bed that makes the hops the star of the show.

T: Really follows the nose with the grassy Simcoe hop taking center stage and the malt bill to follow. Not bitter, wonderfully balanced.

M: Smooth crisp finish. Medium body. Plenty of good carbonation.

O: Solid IPA. Perfectly suited for little ol' me to take down at least a bottle, probably more. Oh to have Kern River local. A boy can dream....

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Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cfrances33
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Deep, hazy orange with to fingers of off white, incredibly sticky head. Very frothy, and hangs around for a long time. Leaves great lacing.

Smell: Huge burst of sweet, juicy pineapple and mango up front, followed by some grapefruit. Next is quite a hefty amount of caramel sweetness.

Taste: Follows the nose with loads of pineapple. Some grapefruit and tangerine as well, but a large caramel backbone comes in and mingles with the citrus fruits through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very juicy, but on the heavier side for style. Still, clean, juicy bitterness makes this a real winner. Sticky, but in a good way. Drinks like a DIPA.

Overall: A very nice IPA from Kern. Not mindblowing, but a really, really nice change of pace.

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Photo of fox227
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of danwho
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado in San Diego

A - Perfect orange that is slightly hazy. One finger of white head with small bubbles that sticks to the glass very nicely.

S - Light nose. Pine, light grapefruit, and some bready malts.

T - Light bitter bite. Almost too smooth for an IPA, but this isn't a fault. Easy drinking with crisp pine up front that really mellows out into a smooth, sweet malty finish. Really amazing IPA that gets better and better as you drink it.

M - Medium body with really nice carbonation.

O - Another outstanding IPA from Kern River. Very sessionable and so smooth. These guys are true masters with hops.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given the reputation of this one. That said, I was very disappointed by the last two highly regarded beers I tried tonight (Bell's Expedition Stout & Two Hearted). 6.8% ABV confirmed

Served after a period of rest from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice rolling smooth cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, pine hops, grapefruit citrus hops, clean malts, and cream. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, soap, a bit of salt, some grapefruit, clean malts, and maybe some light pine. I don't know what's going on with my taste buds but I keep drinking IPAs that are soapy and salty. It's decently put together, but I expected far better. Not real well balanced - especially not with those soapy off-flavours. A bit simple. Not real subtle, but nicely clean. Gets better as it warms.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, and moderate on the palate. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: I don't get the hype on this one. Too salty and soapy. I really had high hopes for this beer. I might try it again on draught. Elsewise, I'm content to leave this one on the shelf for people who will enjoy it more. Drinkable but boring. Quite pedestrian.

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Photo of mixed_master7
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tbone1384
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of TheRuss9585
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TallGuyCM
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Clear amber color with a tall white, dense head. There's a considerable amout of retention and lacing.

The hops seem subdued in the smell. There's no mistaking it for an IPA, but the grainy malt really tones down the hops to a dull citrus smell.

The malt plays a pretty strong role in this. The hops are dominant, but there's a strong balance. Grapefruit, pineapple, and some light floral flavors exist.

Mouthfeel is clean and moderately dry. It's has low bitterness.

This was a pretty good IPA, but far from outstanding.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A...pours a hazy amber color with a nice two finger head.

S...malty, yeasty and can actually smell some alcohol

T...a very robust yet balanced taste overall. There is alot of malt in here an d tons of hops. Really comes together nice. The bitterness of the hops is balanced out by semi sweet
fresh baked bread.

M...nice carbonation. A pretty full mouth feel. Nice body.

O...a really good ipa. Gives you all the hoppyness youre looking for but, keeps it balanced. Very pleasant beer. I wrk definitely buy again.

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Photo of dianimal
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of USChuy
1/5  rDev -76.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cxr1037
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (thanks Alex) into a tulip. I was afraid this bottle was going to explode as I rode a train with it all the way back home from Bakersfield, but it held up just fine!

appearance: A clean, warm amber color. Modest head that fades away gradually.

smell: Hops, but not overpowering. A little phenolic/resinous. Piney. Lots of malts, too.

taste: Citrusy, piney, with lots of malt balancing things out quite nicely. The bottle says it has a "large malt character and a huge hop profile". This is pretty accurate, and I think both come together perfectly in this beer. Other reviewers say refreshing, and I absolutely agree!

mouthfeel: Good carbonation, not much but certainly enough. Bitter on the palate but not too heavy.

finish: Citrusy bitterness, balanced out by the "large malt character".

overall: After a short train trip up to Bakersfield and back, this is the perfect way to end the weekend. Very refreshing, well balanced...this is now one of my favorite IPAs. I can't wait to try more Kern River Brewing Company beers!

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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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%

Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 1,330 ratings