Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
441
Ratings:
1,245
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
Wants:
372
Gots:
169
For Trade:
7
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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours dark amber orange with a bright white fluffy head, good amount of carbonation and lacing, good amount of lacing.

A: Big piney, fresh crushed pine needle aroma, citrus rind, nice balance of malts, smells very good.

T: Fresh crushed pine needle, grapefruit rind, hit of bitterness in the middle, finish is semi-dry with more hop notes lingering in the aftertaste. Good balance of malts on the backend, very nice.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O: I've had this a few times before and I don't remember it being this good, really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a amber and copper color. Solid 1/2" white head. Aroma was dry hopped to the gills, seemed to have a bit of the usual suspects for elite level ipa beers, plenty of amarillo and other citrus and tropical fruit imparting hops.

Taste is great, very dry light malt bill here that has enough for some color but not so much it becomes a sticky malty beer. The ibus are soft, not gratingly bitter. Keeps up the tropical and citrus fruit notes. Seemed like this was the precursor to the Citra dipa, because this seems to have citra on it too, just with a lighter malt body and abv.

Bomber format is the only real drawback here, although its not excessively expensive per oz even then.

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Photo of DraftyBrew
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with medium carbonation. Hops dominate the smell, with hints of citrus rounding out the aroma. Taste is surprisingly mild compared to the smell, full of hops and fruit, but the bitter bite is much more mellow and very pleasing. Downplayed malts bring a slight bready sweetness to the aftertaste that balances out the hops. Overall a very tasty IPA that is quite good and very refreshing on a hot summers day.

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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 mynie
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours gorgeous. Hazy amber, very nice head.

Smells of strong Amarillo. Every beer I've had from Kern has had a perfect hop profile and this is no exception.

Tastes reall good, if a bit top heavy and unbalanced. Amarillo dominates throughout.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just like the label says. I get a little toasted sesame flavor which I love behind the piney and citrus notes. Solid, well rounded IPA. Love me some Kern! Cheers!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Tropical and citrus hop aromas with an emphasis on orange and grapefruit. Taste follows the aroma with a blast of juicy citrus hops and notes of mango and papaya. Underlying faint toasted malt, more juicy hops on the finish. A classic west coast IPA that is super drinkable

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great creme color with a 2 finger head and tremendous aroma of pineapple and other tropical fruits, but not overwhelming. Taste is citrusy with a brilliant hoppy bitter taste. Perfectly balanced, this is one I always look for.

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Photo of hophugger
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange color with a bout a finger and a half of fizzy head and tremendous lacing. Aromas of gala apples, pineapple and stonefruits. Taste is very citrusy, with grapefruit, pineapple and an amazing hop bitterness. Malt and Hop balance well in this one. Great Beer !!!!

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

The beer comes in a peach/orange color. The aroma is citrus fruits and malt. The taste is delicious citrus fruits with a medium malt backbone. A great example of a west coast IPA

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Photo of emyers
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: pours pale gold with a thin white head.

Smell: tons of tropical fruit - papaya, mango - along with some grapefruit. No real malt presence. Hop intensity rivals many DIPAs.

Taste: similar to the smell but toned down a notch. Some more pine comes through here along with the tropical/citrus hop presence. Just a touch of biscuity malt flavor. No alcohol heat. Moderate battering hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: body is medium to light. Healthy carbonation. Quite smooth and refreshing.

Overall: top-notch IPA in the aroma department. Flavor wise not quite at the level of the best examples of the style but still a very good offering overall.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours clear dark amber under a thin white foam cap that quickly reduces to a thick film.
S: Resiny, citrusy aromas with some fruit and light malt.
T: Attacks the palate with a burst of malt that dissolves into citrus rinds, resin and melon. In the aftertaste fruit, malt and citrus rind linger for several minutes.
F: Medium to medium full body and medium carbonation.
O: Big but refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of CHickman
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange color with a creamy 1 finger light tan head that faded about average time and left very good foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of tropical and citrus fruit like orange, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and all things citrus hops, followed by piney hops, caramel, biscuit, light spices like pepper and coriander and apple skin or white grape. The malt is there, but weak, and the hops basically dominate and make it unbalanced but it smells really damn good and fruity so I can overlook the lack of balance. Classic West Coast IPA nose.

Tastes like the nose with tropical and citrus up front which includes orange, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, citrus hops, some tea leaf. piney hops, caramel, biscuit, honey, light spices like pepper and coriander, cracker, lightly toasted grains, green apple, white grape juice and a slightly chalky yeast note at the end. The flavor is much more balanced with enough of the malt backbone to stabilize this brew and keep the bitterness in check. It's really fresh tasting and well hopped.

Mouthfeel is thin and bordering on watery, yet sort of slick as it slides down very easy with mild carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter finish that's on the dry side. The spices add to the brew and the malt comes through enough to linger after the hops basically dazzle the tastebuds, all the while hiding the ABV perfectly.

This was extremely easy to drink and as the name states outstanding. I will have to order more of this from San Diego and ship it to NY, it was very damn tasty.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: slightly murky amber and frothy eggshell head.
Smell: Dank! Tropical and Piney.
Taste: More piney than tropical.
Feel: Slightly under carbonate and very little bitterness bite at the end. Very smooth.
Overall: Perfect example of west coast IPA.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The bear is a copper color with a bubbly white head.

Smell - The nose lightly grassy with citrus notes in the background.

Taste - The initial taste centers on peppery grass notes with citrus and dry bready notes toward the back. The profile is light and refreshing, making thus an easy drinker. The taste comes to a close with a resiny finish.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is fairly low, allowing the resin to linger.

Overall - This is a nice light refreshing IPA.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow golden color with white head. Citrus fruits, grapefruit, and some pineapple and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice hop bite, but also very smooth.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep orange to amber almost slight haze to it, but still has clarity. thin head, well defined small bubbles surround. almost a smidge of copper in there as well.

S: juicy fruit gum, citrus pith, hops, dankness, resin overload at the end, faint mango and papaya as well.

T: much more bitter on the taste, pine, grass, lemon peel, some citrus fruit come through but very bitter dominant.

F: good sticky body with a crisp bite to finish

O: This is a good IPA. " Just good" not outstanding.

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Photo of Dynobolt
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For an IPA probably the best I had thus far. Had at my buddies strangers bar in el Centro. Nice head and lacing layers. Good smell and taste. Definitely get it again!

Ok it's 6/12/2015
I had it again.. I cudnt wait to pour it out. Shared it with my sister and she loved it. But I had many more ipa's and dipa's since my first "just outstanding" experience. Still very good IPA and I would definitely try it again but my first grade of 4.94 had to be changed. Still recommend this beer and I'll buy it again.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice IPA. It's a nice subtle IPA with no gimmicks. It has a nice, and slight malt character. With a nice bitterness that finishes in the back. This was a simple but good IPA. Nice tropical fruit, and slight mango in the end.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

received in trade as an extra.. wasn't expecting much but really impressed! Great hop profile with just enough malt to balance... crisp and refreshing!

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Photo of deford
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a simple review here....from a bomber into a glass. Great head. Aromas of pine, orange, citrus, bread. Tastes of bitter pinecone, grapefruit, bread with an alcohol finish...realy brite though. Feels just fine.

Will def grab more of this.

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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 jooler
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very sweet and hoppy smell. Unfiltered look. Really hoppy taste with alittle malty finish. There is s hint of citrus. This is kind of like dirtwolf and 90 minute ipa mixed together. This taste stronger boozier than a standard ipa. But the abv is only 6.8% but there is all this flavor, that's just outstanding.

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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 santomark
5/5  rDev +18.5%

I don't know how the bros say this is only an 83. This damn good, refreshing, highly drinkable. Just an outstanding WCIPA. Great hop notes, citrus, mango, peach, apricot, etc. Nice balanced backbone. Cristp and clean. Sticky and danky. I can't say another good things.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
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