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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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174
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Photo of RoyalT
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer blew up when I opened it and once I actually got it in the glass it looked like a mud puddle. Not very appealing.

Smell - The dry-hopping jumps out of the glass. There's almost you could say two different bouquets. The first one that you get is pure, fresh hops, strongly citrus. The next is the bulk of the ale which is a thick, heavy caramel malt with lighter yet still citrus-based hops.

Taste - The hops are huge at the taste as well so this isn't just some cheap dry-hopping to pep up an inferior ale. The hop flavor is throughout from beginning to end, and the fine Simcoe in particular defines the profile. The other nice surprise here is, although it's not a double, the malt profile is as strong as a lot of doubles. They are creamy, gooey malts with lots of cane sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is huge for a non-double IPA, I'd say bigger than medium-bodied, and very, very smooth in the mouth. The bitterness manages to be big but non-intrusive and although the ale foamed over when opened the carbs are quite mild.

Drinkability - This is an explosive ale that basically has all of the big characteristics of a double except the alcohol content.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been loving most of the Kern River beers, and this one thanks to RaulMatisse.

A: A fluffy 1 finger head rises up with lots of bubbles, then fades semi quickly. It's a semi clear golden copper orange colored beer.

N: Fresh hops is the name of the game. Lots of musty hop resins, fresh wet hop like aromas, with some pine, citrus, juicy hops, etc. There's some fruit, nectarine, pineapple, little grapefruit, even a little peach. A nice hop aroma, with just the very slightest hint of malty sweetness.

T: Again hops are the story. Not super bitter, but a decent bitterness. Fresh hop flavors, a slight musty resinous flavor but not as much as the nose had. A little pine but also subdued. Mosty the juicy fruit aspects. A little citrus, with some orange, tangerine this time, little pineapple and grapefruit. Very juicy fruit flavors. A slight malty sweetness hits too, but light. A little hop oils seem to trickle through.

M: Medium body, slightly oily, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Finishes somewhat bitter with a decent hop bitterness, some musty fresh wet hop resins linger, a slight spicy hop flavor, the bitterness just rings out around the mouth too, as it dries and becomes pretty dry. My mouth is begging for another juicy hop tasty sip. A little bit of lingering fruit, but mostly just the musty and citrus with some pine hops.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beersinner for throwing this in as an extra! Poured into a over sized wine glass.

A- pours a golden copper color. 2 fingers worth of a sudsy off whit head. Excellent retention and a smashing amount of heavy lacing. This is just a beautiful beer. I don't think it could have been any better looking.

A- loads of citus! Tangarine and grapefruit sticks out and there's a bit of pineapple that shines through. The hops are present but not in a wow this is gonna be a hopbomb kind of way. There is a sweetness also present, however, I couldn't pinpoint the origin.
T- very citus forward! The tangarine and the grapefruit that I got in the nose really start things off well. The hops then enter and are very subdued compared to other west coast IPAs I have had. There is a slight bitterness, but it doesn't really dominate any of the other flavors. There is a solid caramel malt backbone to this beer. It is a very balanced brew.

M- medium bodied with spot on carbonation. The finish is somewhat sweet and not bitter.

D- I really enjoyed this brew and would give it another offering anytime! It drank very easily. I shared tis with my wife and father in law. I would have been able to kill this bomber(and another) by myself with gr8 ease!

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Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Hazy orange-amber body. Moderate sized off-white head which quickly crashed down to a skim. Some spotty lacing left behind.

S: A pleasant tropical fruit style IPA. Getting a bit of orange and grapefruit but not a whole lot of layered complexity.

T: Like the nose, its fairly one dimensional ... but again, a nice flavor. Orange and grapefruit dominate. A surprising bit of general malty sweetness edges its way in.

M: Medium bodied, with soft, gentle carbonation. Not particularly bitter. A dull, muted finish that isn't quite dry enough for my liking.

D: Not quite tasty enough for the name "Just Outstanding." I'd put it in the good to very good range. When it comes to tropical fruit IPAs, Sculpin sets a high bar and this brew just isn't on that level.

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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 ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to jerz for the hook-up. This is a fantastic representation for the West Coast.

A - Beautiful golden-orange hue with voluminous off-white head, and plenty of rocky lace.

S - Huge tropical-fruity and citrus aromas abound. Tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango and grapefruit are all present in heavy doses. The pale malt is completely subdued by the explosive vibrancy of the hop aromatics.

T - The taste is everything it is labeled as: Just Outstanding IPA. This stuff tastes phenomenal. Again, tropical-citric flavors abound: pineapple, tangerine and sweet grapefruit fuse with a vaguely sweet but totally unobtrusive malt, which is tempered by a very piney-dank-herbal bitter hoppy finish. The whole thing is... you know.

M - IPA. Good. Actually, this transcends good, everything is so right and in-balance with this brew,

D - This is one of the best IPAs I've had in a while. Even taking the label at its word, this is better than I could've hoped for.

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Photo of rallison
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fresh bottle - bottled on 5/25 so only about 10 days old!

A very tasty IPA - the hops start of citrusy and juicy - very much West Coast style. Later on though, you finish with a nice touch of piny hops. Medium bitterness and a touch of malt sweetness.

Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to mattolesh, much appreciated. Nice orange color and a very invitingly hoppy smell to this beer. The flavor leaned more towards amarillo hops for me, lemony and yet bitter like aspirin. A very tasty IPA and I'd cop fresh bottles if I could.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Goldish color, slightly hazy, nice head on it that leaves some great, great lacing as it recedes.

S - Hoppy, the grapefruit tends to stand out much stronger than the rest of the things in the hop profile. Some bitter resin and a bready backbone.

T - Taste a lot like it smells. A lot of grapefruit and orange-rind citrus on the front end, that fades to bitter and later very bitter as the beer warms up. Sweet carmel and malty backbone is dominated by the hops.

M - Pretty crisp and light tasting, carbonation gives it a decent bite.

D - Love the IPAs, but got a little too bitter for me to drink after a while, decent thirst quencher, but the grapefruit/resin profile are just not a great combination for drinkability.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Yields a 2 finger bubbly white head. Takes awhile to reside to a soapy layer of foam on top. Leaves nice lacing behind, with oil legs. Golden with a hint of amber in color.

Smells of grapefruit, cereal grain, zesty orange peel, slight pine, and dank. Some butterscotch diacetyl. Upfront hop fragrance with some pretty striaght forward malts., really nice.

Taste explodes with grapefruit, lemon and orange zest, a bit of pine and resin as well. Light honey malts, and buttery diacetyl. Definitely a hop dominated IPA.

Medium bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Tiny assertive bubbles, and medium carbonation.

Easy drinking. Just an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zestar for this one. Served in a Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a beautiful two fingers of foam with amazing retention and glass-coating lacing. The color is a hazy dark orange-brown that doesn't have much pop to it - kind of drab in fact.

S - I can tell this isn't from the week-old batch as it has a bit of that faded hop smell, but otherwise it's quite nice. Very dank, orange citrus, and a hefty dose of fruit punch provided by the generous amounts of Simcoe hops. There's a strong backbone of caramel malt and bread that suggests a bigger beer.

T - Taste is combination of candied citrus and caramel malts. Some bitterness pops up after half the bottle, but it's fairly well attenuated. This is more like Midwest IPAs than West Coast ones. Actually, the closest comparison would be Flossmoor IPAs - this at an undetermined age tastes very similar to fresh Flossmoor IPAs in terms of malt character and balance.

M - Quintessential IPA mouthfeel. Lower carbonation with a bit of tingle, soft, smooth, medium body, dry finish, and oily resinous residual feel. No problems here.

D - I had no problem downing a bomber on my own. I'd drink this regularly if I could get it fresh. Wish the bottles were dated.

I'm not sure this is "Outstanding", although it's hard to tell without a super-fresh sample. I guess marketing a "Pretty Good IPA" might be more challenging. In any case, I'm looking forward to future hoppy brews from Kern River.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a bomber that was bottled a little over a week ago. Appearance is a cloudy orange/goldish color. Smells of fresh citrus fruit. Hints of orange, pine, and pineapple. This smells like it's gonna be a sweet IPA....Taste: Not really as sweet as it smells, but very delicious. Very crisp and refreshing with bitter hops at the end. I taste a strong amount of grapefruit in this one. The drinkability is very easy with this wonderful IPA. If I could find this here in the central valley, I would drink it on the regular.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was an extra from FreightTrain, one of many great beers from an excellent trader. The label indicates a "large malt character and a huge hop profile", dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Nice.

The beer is a hazy dark copper color with a thick poofy head that laces in dry clumps. The aroma is grapefruit (awesome and proper) melded with caramel malt (too bad). It's balanced but I'd prefer less malt. The taste is somewhat better aligned towards the hops, fresh pine needles and citrus. I think the mouthfeel is maybe the best attribute, soft and lightly carbonated, not too different from some of the best Flossmoor IPA's in that regard.

Another good west coast IPA, even if it presents more like a midwest IPA.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler with Team D(r)INK on 5/1/10.

A - Poured a clear, light amber/orange body with golden tones and a hefty cap of white froth on top that receded into a thin patch and produced an elaborate canopy of sticky lacing.

S - Pretty dank, weed-like aroma akin to hemp. Lots of leafy green hops in there with just a hint of sweet malt. There are also some perfumy notes reminiscent of patchouli oil.

T - First toke... er, sip... reveals a leafy hop character eerily similar to the sweetleaf. Malt character is pretty sweet as well. Finishes with a hint of citrus hops, which provides a slight deviation from the dankness of this IPA.

M - Medium bodied with a sllick, oily texture and light carbonation. Finish is quite dry and bitter on the palate.

D - Hippies rejoice! This is liquid weed, or at least it seems to be (never smoked it... honest... but I saw scores of rock and metal concerts, so I am familiar with the smell). Really aromatic, dank and tasty hop-forward IPA that I enjoyed more than the Citra DIPA.

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Photo of younger35
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BeerTruth for bringing me a bottle of this from his resent trip to the left coast. This will be my first brew from Kern River and I look forward to it. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Opens with a violent hiss and pours a crystal clear reddish orange with a beautifully fluffy one finger white head. A nice thick cap and collar remain the entire beer along with tons of thick web like lacing.
Smell- Plenty fruity as the Amarillo and Simcoe mentioned on the label come through loud and clear. Lots of grapefruit and peach along with a bit of earthy pine for good measure. A touch of caramel comes through but it's very light and really doesn't contribute much.
Taste- "The Name Says It All", right there on the label, and that's the truth. Lightly fruity and lightly bitter the beer manages to have all the hoppiness I crave yet isn't overly bitter in the least. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple all make an appearance at some time or another. A bit of a caramel sneaks in toward the finish but like the nose it's an afterthought.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice aggressive bite of carbonation that is spot on.
Drinkability- Really enjoyed this one as it's a nice change of pace from all the Double and Triple IPA's I've been drinking lately. Beautifully fruity and easy drinking this was a treat of a brew to enjoy tonight. Thanks much Adam, you came through again!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured a yellowish orange into my tulip that had a nice 2 finger bubbly head with good retention with very little lacing.

S: lots of floral piny hop aromas along side nice sweet malt presence with hints of caramel and citrus fruits.

T: has a nice hoppy bitterness up front that has a good balance between the malts but overall this beer really does have a piney hop punch.

M: has medium to full body with very little carbonation to make my mouth tingle.

D: really enjoyed this hop bomb from kern valley. Will definitely be picking up more bottles of this stuff.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz from augustgarage.. thanks as always! Into chouffe tulip.

A- dull copper, amazing snow white head and fire extinguisher lacing. Pretty impressive retention. Sticky icky.

S- Pine sap, grapefruit, some floral notes, a sweet kiss of caramel.

T- Follows the nose, more pine-dominant than I find many Cali IPAs to be... not that I'm complaining. Delicious. A def. bitter citric note, either unripe grapefruit or grapefruit rind, take your pick.

M- Thicker than expected, esp. considering the ABV. Good carbonation.. no gripes here.

D- Fairly high, this one's a real tasty IPA. Worth seeking out.

Good stuff.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice vibrant orange with a nice tall white head. Little retention with some nice spotty lace.

S: Wonderful earthy hops. Citurs, Pine, and caramel malts.

T: Toffee sweetness, with ample amounts of citrus and pine. Light floral notes with hints of tropical sweetness.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty for sure.

D: Good, a solid and drinkable IPA no doubt.

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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 cavedave
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -0.7%
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 -1.9%
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 +4.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +2.4%
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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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,267 ratings.
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