Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 03-01-2007

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4.22
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Photo of pastradul
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip.

pretty moderate pour results in a solid 3 inches of head, that actually hangs around a bit. Leaving some spotted lacing.

the aroma is a classic west coast ipa smell. lots and lots of citru notes. But not a lot flowing out of the glass, hae to get your nose in there to really get a lot of it.

The taste is just like the smell. a mall citrus sweet on the front of the palate. then turns into a honey/grapefruit in the mid-palate. then finishes with a strong dry bitter finish.

Over all a good beer, payed 6.50 for a bomber which is nice. would buy it again.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber with a ruby hue and topped with a generous off white pancake batter head. Good retention and great lacing.

S: The proverbial forest floor and bitter orange pith.

T: Citrus bitterness tickles the tongue up front and smooths over with a bitter dried pine needle quality. The light bodied nature of this beer does not allow for much malt expression, which frankly I'm all for. Good quick and dry finishing.

M: Carbonic prickle

O: This is a pretty darn good beer. As light bodied IPA's go this is probably in the top 20.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet and a narrow pint glass. The narrow pint is not ideal, but it says Manchester United on it and is therefore sexy and its impracticality is excused. Many thanks to Nugganooch for this bottle.

Appearance - Deep golden body, but not quite amber, with a huge head in the narrow glass and a small one in the goblet. Head retention is unbelievable in the narrow glass and nonexistent in the goblet. Very sticky foam clings to both glasses.

Smell - Very strong piney hop aroma. Almost grassy. Backed up bit some biscuity and toasty smelling malt. It actually smells sweet...

Taste - ...but it doesn't taste sweet at all. Dominated by the pine hops. Not a lot of citrus, which I miss. The malt is, as expected, toasty and a bit spicy, but there is no sweetness. The bitterness is lingering as a result of the toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Great body. Hardly heavy, but you know you're drinking. Keeps the flavors around the mouth for a while. Somewhat low carbonation.

Overall - It is quite good. Not what I go for in an IPA though. It's hard to find an objective fault with it, except that I look for more citrus in my hops than pine.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A vibrant and hazy golden with an orange hue, minimal off-white head.

S: Juicy citrus, slight hop dankness, and more fresh citrus. Guava, grapefruit, pineapple, and stone fruit.

T/M: Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Weak and mild malt flavors with a little bit of a subdued hop presence. Very subdued overall -- not up front with anything. There is a slight hint of apricot juiciness. The finish is very slightly malty with a mild bitterness.

O: Really quite nice all around. This beer does not do anything loudly, so it's hard to absolutely love or hate anything about it. Really drinkable, but also really forgettable.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle, no freshness date as far as I can see, to cap of my Christmas Eve night. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy honey orange in color with a two finger pillowy white head. Pretty good retention. I'm actually surprised how little light penetrates this beer. Way more cloudy than I expected.

Aroma: Big pine and grapefruit rind aromas upfront. Definitely a hop forward beer here. Some mango and citrus sweetness in there too to balance out the prominent sweetness.

Taste: Some lush fruit upfront. Citrus and mango notes in particular, but they soon give way to bitter grapefruit and pine notes. Pretty good balance and a slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Even at a pretty high ABV for a single IPA, I have no problem with a bomber. Could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.

Overall, a nice and balanced IPA. Really nice hop flavors all around. Definitely something I would want to have again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-review. I've had this a number of times now, both on tap and out of the bottle. It varies quite a bit (maybe freshness is part of the issue -- and without bottle dates, I'm holding it against them). But the last few times I've had it, it has been so consistently good that I'm going to bump it up from a B+ to an A-.

A: Pours a slightly hazy apricot-gold colored body with a finger of off-white head. It retains decently well, leaving big islands of broken foam on the beer, and depositing register marks down the sides of the tulip.

S: Citrus: candied grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, and wet pine. This is definitely Citra's younger brother. Great nose. With more pungency and vibrancy it would be... just outstanding. Oh I slay me.

T: In the past, this was noticeably malty on the palate. No longer. Pale biscuit malt is here, but its only purpose is to balance out the flavor. As such, there is more hop flavor (grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple) than bitterness. The finish brings out a lighter pine note, though this is definitely a citrus-defined profile. The aftertaste is quite clean with only the slightest lingering bitterness.

M: Light-medium viscosity. It's a very clean beer, though, with no lingering bitterness. It closes very neatly.

D: This is definitely upper tier. At $6 in K&L, it inadvertently competes with Pliny the Elder (and loses), but at $4 from the brewery I'd be drinking this by the case.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just diving right in to these IPAs I got from Randy! Thanks again! Poured into a tulip. This one pours a bit of a hazy amber with a big two finger head and some sticky lace.

Bitter piney hops with some grape fruit in the aroma. Seems to have a little bit of lemon in the taste but this certainly has a big hop aroma with a little bit of citrus in the background.

Light and refreshing body with some lively carbonation. Overall a good example of an approachable IPA. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for the bottle!

Poured into a Heady Topper pint glass. Slightly hazy, malty-orange body, with a thin white head on top. The head still does a good job of leaving some sticky lacing behind.

Raw, grassy, hops with a pinch of citrus on the nose. Sweet malts and a touch of grapefruit. Well rounded.

Orange wedge with a side of grassy hop bitterness washes across the tongue. The Simcoe hops add a nice level of sticky dryness to the beer that comes out mostly on the finish. Somewhat malty up front, but thins out with hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, yet resiny with a substantial body that manages not to be too heavy. Great hop bitterness on the finish for a single IPA.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid IPA and puts the majority mass produced IPAs to shame. Kern River has done a great job of creating a sturdy malt base, but still focusing heavily on the hops. Not a mind blowing beer, but definitely quality.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

220z bottle, received as an extra from FosterJM, poured into a snifter.

A: Nice, reminds me of a hazy Pliny. Pours a hazy golden orange with lot of rocky off-white head and good sticky lacing. Seems to be well carbed.

S: Pine-y, malt-y, and grapefruit bitterness. It has some of those resinous qualities of bigger DIPA's. The bitter grapefruit and pine shine the most.

T: Follows the nose, good bitterness, some citrus sweetness but its mostly grapefruit and pine here. Finishes nice and dry.

MF: Solid wet mouthfeel but nothing special.

O: Good beer, would have it again for sure. A step below the Pliny I had yesterday and not quite as multi-dimensional as other good DIPAs, but good in its own right.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for sending this to me, been wanting to try some Kern River for awhile now.

Pours a light copper color with a good sized head, fades slowly to leave a good amount of patchy lacing.

Smell is not overly assertive, light citrusy hop aroma with a caramel and grapefruit presence.

Taste dominated by the hops, citrus and grapefruit off the bat but is then balanced out with a good portion of caramel malt, finishes rather dry.

Overall a good IPA, just short of outstanding but pretty darn good.

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Photo of JoshVandy
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on July 16, 2011.

650mL bottle into a Bruery snifter.

A- Pours a hazy orange with about a 1 finger off white head. Fantastic volume, lacing and retention.

S- Glorious hops! Citrus and floral hops, piney hop resins, orange, mango, and just the right amount of malt sweetness.

T- Follows the nose. Bursting with citrus, floral, and piney hops, with a great malt backbone to round out the flavors perfectly. Nice mango orange flavors al well.

M- Perfect carbonation and just a decent amount hop bitterness. Finishes bright and longing for more.

O- A fantastic IPA that I wish I could get ahold of more often.

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Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful metallic copper-orange with a slight unfiltered look. A finger-tall head of very light tan caps it, standing fast with the dense consistency of pancake batter and looking as if it'll never fully leave. Great snaking webs of sticky white lace decorate the glass as I drink.

The nose is a sweet combination of lime and grapefruit along with honey and a slight herbal character. Saltine crackers can be picked up in the background.

Strong bitterness grips the sides of the tongue while flavors of grapefruit, lemon peel and herbal basil and mint mingle about. The hops are obviously the star here, but the malt is just substantial enough to keep everything in check.

Very soft body with medium-light fullness. It's delicate on the tongue, moving about with gossamer substance. The carbonation is lightly massaging, with a bitterness that's bracing but not abrasive.

After being disappointed by several Cali IPAs, I'm happy to see Kern River restoring my faith in the state. Just Outstanding is...just outstanding.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey tinged amber with a massive head that laces as well as it sticks

Smell: Piney, with an underlying base of cracker malt

Taste: Crusty, cracker malt, up front, with a piney character that builds through mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt returns to add some balance but the finish is very bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice IPA that has a clean malt character and plenty of piney bitterness; my own preference is for a bit more grapefruit but the Amarillo hops are plunging their stake in the sand

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Photo of cetherid
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip

A.

A nice orange/amber colored beer..slightly cloudy. About 2 fingers worth of thick offwhite head. A nice looking IPA

S.

Getting some nice citrusy aromas. Some grapefruit, orange, a little pine in there as well.

T.

same a nose but a nice little maltiness that hits you up front. You get the light caramelly malt up front, then some piney and citrusy notes along with a nice hit of bitterness that lingers for a little while. Has a west coast IPA feel to it. Not to the quality of pliny but still a very good IPA.

M.

medium bodied with loads of carbonation. Bitterness lingers for quite a while on this once with a little resiny pine aftertaste.

D.

Would be a go to IPA for me if it was readily available. Relatively inexpensive and decent quality. Only way to get it is to trade for it unfortunately.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into nonic

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with very white, one finger head.

S - Decent hop aromatics. Some citrus, but leaning more on the grassy piney side of the spectrum, leading me to believe a drier finish and mouthfeel

T - Grassy bitterness, minor orange and tangerine. Faint malty backbone.

M/D - As guess, dry and a tad thin. Not bad though, makes for pretty easy drinking. I could have a few of these no problem.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at City Beer Store and paid $4.99 according to the price tag.

Pours a lightly hazy orange color, much visible carbonation and a thick 2-3 finger off-white, somewhat rocky head. Slowly receding down the glass but leaving sticky lacing behind. Citrus (tangerine) and floral hops combine to pack an intense punchy aroma. Solid maltiness below a citrusy hop. Medium bitterness lingering on into a dry finish. Medium-light bodied, moderate-high carbonation.

Expected more flavor from the hops in this one, especially with a name like "Just Outstanding". Rich malt supports well, lingering bitterness and dry finish are also pluses.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a white head. Smell is very citrusy with some biscuity malt. Taste is huge citrus with slight floral and pine. Bisuity and toasty malts. Pretty bitter as well. Mouthfeel is just right for this style. Maybe a bit thick. Good carbonation. Overall, a pretty good IPA but nothing special. This is on the level as Torpedo for me. For a beer that advertises Simcoe and Amarillo, I really can't taste the Amarillo. A much better beer that pairs the two is Alpine Duet.

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Photo of papat444
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big thanks to Marco_Gtz for this.

Poured from a 22oz bottle, no #freshbeer info.

A hazy, honey colored body appears in the glass with a lop sided generous head. Ring after ring of lacing is left behind. Fresh sharp citrus in the aroma, very floral with a sweet edge. Taste is a deep resiny flavor, strong malt, citrus fruit just explodes on the palate, dry bitter hops in the finish, bitter grapefruit. More raw than the Citra but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rmjavanut for the trade!

22oz. bomber served into a Sierra Nevada nucleation pint glass

Pours a vibrant orange that is plenty cloudy with hop haze. The head is a delightful mixture of small, tight bubbles and big ol' bubbles. This produces a two finger sized head that is just off-white in color. This beer laces pretty spectacularly, too. Its hard to ask for anything more.

Very citrusy up front. Orange and grapefruit mostly, with light touches of mango throughout. Some drying pine scents backing it all up. The fruit is strong enough that I don't get much malt at all, which bodes well for guessing how intense the flavor is going to be. I'm even getting some pineapple in this nose. A wonderful IPA in terms of aroma. Single IPAs almost never have this much fruity lupulin scents; this beer earns a 5.0 score.

Unfortunately the beer drops off big-time from the nose. That fruit intensity is simply not there. You get some grapefruit (and grapefuit rind, specifically) and some appleskin but most you taste pine and flowers. The malt shows up but tastes unremarkably bready and boring. The finish and aftertaste is dominated by a medicinal sort of acrid bitterness. This doesn't taste bad by any means; it is above average, in fact. But it sure disappoints after that wondrous bouquet.

The mouthfeel is a mixed bag for me. I like the relative lightness but I don't like the lack of active carbonation. Its still above average but could be way better with more carbonation. The beer is a solid, drinkable IPA. I can't knock its drinkability any.

Just Outstanding IPA is not, in fact, outstanding. Well, its aroma is certainly befitting of the beer's moniker. I'm just left wondering why the taste didn't follow the nose.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours golden with a great thick head that lasted nearly the whole beer through. Great sticky lace.
S: Huge notes of citrus and mint on the nose. I get a touch of cat piss Simcoe as well.
T: More cat urine mixed with pine and bitter citrus rind. Malt is barely noticeable but adds some balancing sweetness. The finish is leafy and green tasting with fresh hops and the aftertaste is lingering and bitter.
M: Medium-full body, bubbly carbonation, drinks well.
O: I can definitely see why people love this, it’s a great balanced and super hoppy beer. It’s just not my favorite hop profile in an ipa.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pou a hazt orange with a go od amount of head. Looks fairly pretty for a single ipa. Smells very hoppy. Lots of citrus on the nose with some subtle pine. Tastes like it smells... Citrus, some pine and grapefruit, a lot of different thing going on with some solid malt to back it up. Decent mouthfeel and spvery drinkable

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes, 7-30-2011

A - golden copper body, mostly clear, and a whiteish ring of foam

S - nice light but present hops, tropical fruit, nice complexity

T - subtle grapefruit hops, somewhat earthy

M - dry, medium bodied

O - a very nice IPA, but I wish the hops were a bit more present. Seems a bit more like an APA to me.

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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 airohead2001
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the ever gracious glazeman for this IPA.

A - Great looking IPA. Beautiful hazy dark orange with a nice pearly white one finger head with nice retention. Great lacing. Just about the most appetizing looking IPA that I've seen.

S - Piney hops booze, and a little bit of oranges. Reminds me a lot of Pliny.

T - This is a tasty brew. Again, reminds me a lot of Pliny. Nice blend of juicy citrus hops up front followed by Christmas trees in the finish. The bitterness of the finish lingers for a long time. Not much malt, but not much is expected for a west coast single IPA.

M - Great - spot on for the style.

D - I could literally drink pitchers of this beer until I hit the floor. Enough said. Just outstanding drinkability.

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Photo of javincik
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no freshness date discernible, poured into a nonic pint

A-Pour yields an impressive 2 inch white head that recedes at a snail's pace leaving behind a magnificent lacing along the sides of the glass. Deep yellowish orange in color, perhaps a shade lighter than copper. Head finally settles to about a half finger and remains for the duration. Excellent head retention and cling. A great presentation.

S-Whoa! Have some grapefruit there. Lots of citrus fruit aromas from the hops along with some less prominent floral notes. Perhaps a little mint in there also. Very little - if any - grass or pine. There a little biscuit from the malt, but it is very subdued behind the wall of hop aromas.

T-Surprisingly sweet at first, but this doesn't last. Immediately followed by grapefruit, mango, and apricot citrus fruitiness from the hops. Malt sweetness tries to fight back, but it never really stands a chance as the finish yields to the hop bitterness. If you like your IPAs fruity, this is the one for you.

M-Medium carbonation, ever so sticky in the mouth. Body is on the lighter side of medium. Pretty average for the style.

D-Good IPA that goes down easily. This one is definitely about the hops, but it's not unbalanced. Very fruit forward though. My only complaint is that the taste is somewhat one dimensional with all the emphasis on the citrus fruits. It's definitely a solid IPA and very drinkable, but IMHO it falls just a bit short of the top tier IPAs.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.
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