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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:
1,269
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
Wants:
371
Gots:
174
For Trade:
7
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Photo of hayesez
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from the generous Gorefiendus as an extra in a recent trade. Knocking out some of these IPAs, being that summer is finally (hopefully) winding down.

I poured this dark copper brew into my Portsmouth snifter and watched as the foamy light-taupe head flexed its way toward the top of the glass before quickly receding to just a few off-white wisps along the surface. A fair amount of spider web lacing is left behind, and a decent amount of carbonation keeps the bubbles rising. This is a beautiful beer.

A good amount of fruit on the nose. Grapefruit and some of the more sweet fruits as well. The hops are definitely in there, but are balanced well with the maltiness. Obvious caramel adds to the sweet smell.

The first taste demonstrates that the nose doesn't lie. Surprisingly, the malts lead the charge here, and present that caramel scent right on the tongue. This is followed quickly by the hoppy fruits, with grapefruit being the obvious choice. A fair amount of pine rounds this one off...I don't get the pine nearly as much in the smell, but it is clearly noticeable when drinking the Just Outstanding. It is just a little bit distracting, however, as it seems a little off. Good carbonation and a medium body - a decently smooth mouthfeel is present.

You could have told me this was a DIPA, and I would have believed you. All of the flavors were very good, but the finish was just a bit off for me. Maybe a little bit too much of the lingering bitterness. Overall, a solid brew.

Consumed: 8/4/2010

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange yet slightly hazy appearance into my ccb pint glass. Aroma of tasty citric hops and some malts to balance. Taste follows the nose decent carbonation, smooth and easy drinking. . Moderately bitter yet refreshing. Not a bad everyday ipa. I'm sold!

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Photo of Jimmys
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not seeing any bottled on info on this one. bomber bottle.

A: slightly hazy brew. orange ish in color. bright white head is pretty frothy. good lacing, good retention. definitely pretty hazy though.

S: really bright, citrus focused aromatics. however, there is a slight oxidized aroma in there as well. minor cara malt smell too.

D: drinks super light. citrus, mild pine flavor. a decent amount of maltiness as well. especially coming up about halfway and into the finish. that and plenty of bitterness. good stuff.

M: moderate body with a moderate carb. pretty average.

D: good stuff. not blowing my socks off but certainly a well done, very drinkable IPA. im not sure if this wasn't super fresh, but I would love to try some at the source. getting past the oxidation, this is good.

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Photo of nhindian
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Bottle provided by jodan, thanks Jordan!

A - Pours a deep yellow, bordering orange and exploring the lighter range of IPAs. Pretty hazy and can barely see through the glass. A 1.5-finger head builds on top of the head, nearly white in color and composed of thick bubbles. Retention is decent and leaves a foamy cap in its wake. Lacing is sparse and seemingly sporadic around the glass.

S - Smell huge in citrus and tropical fruits and evidently aggressively dry-hopped. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, slight mango make up the fruits and its resiny as well, bringing in the stickier side of pine influence. The malts arise in a subtle way in the ending, bringing slight, sweet caramel.

T - The taste follows the nose in most regards, but perhaps with a more supportive malt backbone that comes across earlier. The bitterness in the grapefruit also adds a bitterness that wasn't as apparent in the nose. Not as complex as the aroma would suggest, but I guess that's the price to pay for dry-hopping. The orange and pineapple are still present, as well as the resin. Definitely bitter though so keep that in mind. The finish brings a little bit of alcohol as well.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. Definitely drinks like a DIPA and the bitterness does a number on the palate before even one glass is done. Has an oily slickness while it's in the mouth, but after it recedes it leave a sticky feeling.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. A great IPA for sure, especially if you're looking for one with a bit more body and bitterness. For me, it's a bit too much a palate-wrecker for a bomber, but would be a welcome change in moderation.

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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 Vonerichs
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Photo of rye726
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper color with nice beige head. Nice lacing. Nose has citrus and pine, bitter hops and sweet malts. Taste has candy malts up front followed by fruity hops that last through the finish. Medium body is well carbonated. Good example of the style.

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Photo of thetomG
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice slightly hazy golden color with a rather large layer of foamy white head that leave massive amounts of sticky lacing all around the glass.

Picking up a little somehay/hops/grains on the nose. The flavor is bitter but not overpowering. A bit of citrus on the finish.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be and this is a very drinkable beer.

There are other IPAs I've enjoyed more, but I'd have no problem recommending this to anyone.

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Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
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 dmsohyea
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3/4/11 - poured from 22oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass.

A: Pours burnt orange with soapy 1 finger head and good lacing.

S: Smell is great, definitely the best aspect of the beer. Grapefruit and pine, a nice west coast style hop profile on the nose. Simcoe dry hopping is evident.

T: Taste is a bit disappointing after the great scent. Moderate hop bitterness up front with just a touch of sweetness on the back end. Starts and finishes dry. Extremely strong grapefruit aftertaste. More bitter than average for an American IPA.

M: Thin to medium body, standard for the style. A bit too much stinging from the bitterness and extremely dry. A bit soapy at times.

D: For an AIPA it's extremely dry, I'm not sure I will seek out this beer in the future.

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Photo of larsenju
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DearthVader for the generous extra!

A-Rich copper body with over two fingers that held well, and left heavy lacing. There was a constant white cap that never really dropped fully.

S- Lots of grassy hops with a little lemon and pine, when I really swirled it and dug my nose way into the glass I started to get some peach and mango, and even a little pineapple. I also got a touch of biscuit and bread, increasing as it warmed.

T-Pineapple, peach and just a little spice up front stepping into a more earthy/piney hop character. The fruits never really fade, but the pine takes over quickly. Finishing the grassy hops really step up with a little lemon to balance it out, and the finish is quite bitter leaving a sharp bitterness for aftertaste.

M-Dry with lower carb than normal, it doesn't really lose anything because of it.

D-Pretty complex, refreshing and easy to drink. This would go great with a summer cookout on a hot day. Standing on its own, the bitterness is a little excessive (I know it's an IPA), cutting the bittering hops a little would accentuate the hop flavors and balance the beer out a little. Don't get me wrong though, this is a great beer, well above average for the style.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just Outstanding, what an appropriate name. Two weeks old acquire in a trade.

Excellent Amber color. nice size head, good lacing.

Very hoppy smell, nice.

Taste is very good. Simco hops over all else. Slight make sweetness. Very well done.

Great ipa.

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Photo of dar482
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The aroma has fresh juicy sweet oranges, mangoes, peaches, along with a slight resinous pine in the back.

The beer has lots of floral in the front, along with some of that fruity character in the aroma, but not much. There’s a light bready malt in the middle with a medium mouthfeel, but not really much sweetness, which is just what I look for in an IPA.

The finish is aggressively bitter of floral and big green pine. This beer has heavy bitterness.

In the end, I’m unsure if this is an older bottle, but the lack of hop flavor and strong bitterness is not really what I look for. Still, there are good characteristics like the aroma and malt body.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 neurobot01
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated bomber into pint glass at fridge temp.

Look: cloudy brownish-orange, very minimal head

Smell: muted honey, grapefruit, confectioner's sugar

Taste: again, muted. Honestly kind of hard to make out any one flavor. Some floral maybe, but mostly just sweetish and bitter. As it warms, more grapefruit, along with a bit of molasses. Still a lot of just straight-up bitter notes, of the sort I associate with a lot of Stone's offerings.

Feel: solid. Felt light to me at first, but really thickened as I went on, with nice carbonation.

Overall: an enjoyable beer, for sure. Not sure it deserved the cloak-and-dagger "back storeroom secret special" treatment it got by the guy at my local store, but good. It's been a while since I had Grapefruit Slam, so I can't be sure, but I think I'd have a hard time telling this one apart from that.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon 420 for the 22 oz. bottle!

Pours hazy amber with a frothy off-white head. Trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus (grapefruit) and floral notes.

The taste is malty upfront. Sweetness turns to a floral/citric bitterness in a dry, slightly salty/minerally finish.

Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation/effervescence.

A nice, balanced, drinkable IPA. Alcohol has a tiny bite, but well-hidden overall. I don't know about "outstanding", but it is very good!

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Photo of Intelligentsia
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22-oz bomber purchased at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, Calif.

Pours a rich amber with really impressive lacing and a very moderate head. Nice beer to see slowly drain from the cup.

Nose is pretty much standard-issue California IPA -- grapefruit, pine, spice. Well done.

Taste is similar to the smell, with a very nice body for 6.8% a.b.v. I also enjoyed the moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable at 6.8% combined with the relatively easy body. Nice to see another solid IPA.

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Photo of PeterLemonjello
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Now this is how an IPA is suppose to look. A hazy honey with a touch of orange. Sticky looking head that clings to the glass. Beautiful.

S - Lots of pine and citrus with a little of the simcoe dankness coming through. Smells very fresh.

T - Tastes dissapoints a little after such a great aroma. The flavors aren't nearly as "in your face" as the aromas. It reminds me of a lot of the "wet hopped" or "fresh hopped" beers in that they smell good and fresh but seem to lack the punch in the flavor compartment. Comes up a little short on the amount of bitterness I would like to see but does contain some great flavors.

M - fantastic. Sticky hop oils with solid carbonation prickling the toungue.

D - extremely. Very good beer with a very fresh taste to it. Could drink many.

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Photo of WillCarrera
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
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 MrMcGibblets
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nightwing002 for this as a great extra!
A: light amber/orange. Ridiculously great thick dense head and lacing.
S: nice tropical fruit from the amarillo but the hint of garlic and onion from the simcoe ain't my thing. light caramel/honeyed malts are nice.
T: really well balanced. Medium sweet with a smooth hop bitterness. Juicy hops.
M: medium body. I like the well-carbonated frothy mouthfeel.
O: lose the simcoe, add citra, and this would be killer.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a darker than expected, dull amber with an inch of foamy off-white head that provides generous foamy rings throughout drinking. The nose is piney with some background citrus, relatively muted aromatics, and a hint of malty sweetness. The taste packs in much more hoppiness, some citrus upfront followed by a resinous pine in the finish. The beer's sweet, medium body is well suited for the amount of hops and there is little lingering bitterness (don't feel like I chewed on a grapefruit rind). This beer's easy drinking with minimal alcohol presence as well. I'm assuming this bottle didn't hit shelves yesterday, but it's still pretty outstanding regardless.

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Photo of FutureJack
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just tried a fresh bottle for the first time in several years. Aroma is outstanding. Tastes about as decent as I remembered. I'm a little surprised by all the praise for this beer in a crowded IPA market.

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Photo of Ri0
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Very clear apple juice color with a soft white 2 finger head. Leaves a ring and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is both sweet from the malts and tropical from the hops. Amarillo was a good choice and a favorite of mine. A bit of grapefruit zest for some bite on the flavor with sweet notes of caramel malts. Tropical flavors of passion fruit and guava add depth to the taste. Both refreshing and dry with a clean and medium feel. Very tasty IPA.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gorefiendus for this bottle! Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A: Hazy golden light brown with a 3-finger head that quickly dissolves. Sticky lacing is quick to follow.

S: Mainly piny with a little honey and floral character in the background.

T: Resembles the nose; very piny with earthy hops. This is the type of IPA I like - not many fruity/citrusy notes at all.

M: I was sort of disappointed here. I thought there would be a chewier/stickier mouthfeel with the way this beer looks.

D: This category makes up for the mouthfeel. A perfect IPA to have on draft - it wouldn't fill you up after the first one!

Overall, my type of IPA, but nothing outstanding (no pun intended).

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep orange color. a nice strong haze. two fingers of a white head that fades slowly and leaves behind a sticky lacing

Smell: a noticeable lighter crystal malt character. lots of hops too, full of citrus and pine and florals.

Taste: opens with some citrusy hops that blend into a lighter crystal sweetness. backend moves towards pine and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: lots of bitterness and stickiness. fairly light to medium body. lingering bitter

Overall: a very good ipa. love the hop character that the taste takes on. great hop combo.

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