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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:
444
Ratings:
1,265
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
Wants:
371
Gots:
174
For Trade:
7
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Reviews: 444 | Ratings: 1,265
Photo of mrelizabeth
3.12/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Local Habit. This keg was brought back by the bartender after visiting Kern River a few weeks ago.

a- amber-gold ipa. good head, screams ipa.

s- inviting. olfactory not slammed by hops. reminds me of duet by alpine.

t- again, reminds me of duet. there are a couple of hops working together here, but it feels like they almost zero each other out. you get a bit of bite early, but by the end of the glass it had lost most of that zing. drink colder than warm.

m- fell a little flat on the tongue. a weightier ipa, with thick, slow flavors.

o- this is a beer in a minor key. not a bright, hoppy ipa, more of a cloudy, moody ipa. simcoe & amarillo, but just not as good as alpine's duet.

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

A - Pours a light amber-colored hue with a supple white head that doesn't stick around for long but coats the glass with nice hefty lacing.

S - The smell is a wonderful combination of citrus, wildflower honey, pine, and fresh mountain air. Lovely nose.

T - The taste follows the nose but is highlighted by the resinous, piny hop punch. Citrus and Pine are the mainstays for this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is very pleasant--medium viscosity and nice carbonation.

O - I've had this beer many times over but finally decided to do a quick tasting for BA. It changes ever so slightly at times but always lives up to its name. This beer is truly just outstanding. Definitely one of my favorite ipa's out there. And I love to support KRBC, as it is the best brewery within 1 1/2 hours of where I live.

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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 Treebs
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Great Divide footed ale glass. Big thanks to SupoenaDeuces (Alex) for the hook up!

A: Pours a chilled amber color with golden straw hues around the edges. A thick and creamy pure white head forms on pour. It sits over one inch in height and very slowly recedes down the glass leaving huge sticky sheets of lace behind.

S: Leafy green hops, mild citrus rinds, some juicy mango and some sweet caramel malts.

T: Grassy hops with some light fruity undertones are up front. The mid-palate is more of a bitter pine that is layered on a mildly sweet malty body that carries on into the finish. Overall the hops are the most dominant.

M: Medium to light bodied with nice carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: It's very hop forward and the malt basically take a back seat, but it's still a really good beer. There is definitely a lot of flavor packed into this light and refreshing IPA.

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Photo of Cresant
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a S.N. Hops glass. No date. 22 oz. brown bottle. The body was cloudy, but bright orange with a button mushroom colored head. The frothy, creamy head left thick lacing in the glass.

The smell was Citrus and pine shavings, big hops! Fresh grass. Later I sensed savory brown rice (in a good way), yum.

The taste was citrus and leafy, flavorful hops. Gentle bitterness but lots of flavor. Semi-drying finish. Very drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium density with spot on carbonation. A solid beer all around.

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Photo of OTB
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh bottles from March bottling. The beautiful amber orange appearance is simply just amazing to look at, one of the prettiest brews to linger over. The nose is fresh wet hops, pine, orange, and grapefruit. Fresh JO is simply delicious, a balancing act of super fresh citrus fruits, bitter hops,and perfect malting that is just a joy to drink. The mouth is another exercise in balance, clean, refreshing and crisp, it leaves the palette ready for another sip. KRBC is up there with Alpine in my book for continuous quality and cutting edge creativity. World class ales.

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

Thanks to johndoe8 for the bottle. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Hazy orange amber in color. Poured, perhaps too vigorously, to reveal 4 fingers of head, which slowly dissipates beautifully leaving quite a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell. Some grassyness joins a hint of medicinal aromas and a dominant mango aroma. Fresh and very light. The smell really opens up as the beer warms.

Taste. Starts out with a light lemongrass flavor which lingers for a nice long time. A fuller and more bitter grapefruit citrus flavor take over. Some malty sweetness accompanies these flavors to help balance the bitterness a bit, but this one remains hop forward all the way through. The medicinal notes picked up in the aroma starts to make itself present in the taste along with some minty herbs, giving a very light taste again. The finish is semi-dry with the lemongrass that was present earlier, along with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Pretty standard. Light body and moderate to high amount of carbonation, slightly prickly mouthfeel.

This amount of complexity, from my experience anyways, is not rivaled by any single ipa. Super fresh and super light.

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Photo of azdback
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Spaten Tumbler. A dark and clear orange color. Millions of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a huge four finger head that is just a hint off of bright white in color and creamy and rocky in appearance. When the head decides it's time to recede I will let you know how the lace looks. It finally does and leaves an amazing cotton candy type effect on the glass.

Smell is a wonderful citrus and fresh blossom onslaught. Orange and pink grapefruit. Some pineapple and mango sweetness is there as well. Just Outstanding does retain just a bit of malt sweetness too to keep it somewhat balanced.

Taste is a bit spicy first and then the citrus tastes come on. Blood orange and overripe pink grapefruit come to mind. Some mild pineapple orange taste shines thru next. All with an impressive malt bill that would make anyone from the East Coast say "hmm?".

Mouth is on the crisp side but very smooth. Carbonation is round to spritzy and the body is medium balanced. Finish is average to long and on the dry side with a bit of alcohol burn.

Overall I really enjoyed this California delight. I have had quite of few bottles of this before now and have enjoyed all of them. Thanks to oya1time for all of these bottles.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy deep golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. Head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is full of lots of citrus and floral hops. There is also some pine and sweet caramel malts as well.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops with lots of grapefruit and some floral flavors with some sweet caramel malt to balance. Through the middle, more tropical hop flavors and a touch of pine come through with some bitterness. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops with some bitterness and sweet malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and mildly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced IPA with a really nice hop profile and just the right amount of sweet malts to keep everything in check.

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

A very murky orange gold fills the glass capped by a big almost white head which gives the gift of plenty of lacing.

The aroma of grapefruit and pineapple assault the nose and follows up with a hint of pine and sweet malt.

The flavor is similar to the smell, citrusy and pithy. The malt is barely detectable at the end of middle. A bitter hope taste finishes the taste.

A smooth beer, with a hoppy bite up front. The medium light body is slightly resinous, yet has a nice easy finish.

I like the beer a lot. Great flavor and experience, yet maybe the name isn't quite what they meant. Perhaps it should be, Just Barely Outstanding, as it's not over the top or super special. A great solid beer.

DOA

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Color was light caramel. Lots of head, probably three finger widths. Cloudy white lacing on the top. Lots of film on the sides, circular and cloudy.

Smelled bitter hops right away. Got some lemon and grapefruit, but the bitterness sill came in hard. Toward the end of the sniffs I got some sweet floral notes.

Tasted pretty similar to the nose - a bit unbalanced and more bitter than anything else. Citrus hops, but not as strong as the nose. Probably grapefruit more than anything else. Some spices, too. Maybe pepper?

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

I don’t know if outstanding is the right term for this beer. Ordinary would have worked better. Just an OK IPA.

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Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle pours a honey amber w/ a frothy off-white head, nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is strong pine up front, grapefruit, mango - tropical, dank hoppy goodness.

Taste is pale bready malt, a sharp bite of hop bitterness to the tip of the tongue, citrus and pine. Sticky and resinous, a little reminiscent of Pliny. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean.

Overall a world-class, balanced, very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A clear darkish golden brown color, with a lovely fluffy 3 fingers head.

S: nice aromas of pine, and some malt in there.

T: a nice mellow hop tone here. nothing too crazy, not a kick in the teeth of hops but its present.

M: smooth, with a lovely mild hoppy after taste.

O: Not bad, not outstanding, but its pretty good.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my new belgium tulip.

Pours a straw yellow with a big thick white head. In the glass the beer is a little cloudy and more orange in color. The hear remain sticky and laces well. The head is beautiful the beer itself is ehh.

The aroma is pineapples and passion fruit. The aroma is all hops and all fruity. not sure where i stand i like it a lot but it seems lacking.

The taste matches the aroma tropical fruits and a slight bitter finish. A tasty brew but it lacks a little definition in the complexity of the hop profile.

I can see how people would love this brew i like it but I'm not in love with it. tropical fruit ipas apparently aren't my thing.

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Photo of jegross2
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company.
Score: 92

No freshness date on the bottle or label. Received in a trade earlier this month with California-based BeerAdvocate user LieutenantSour.

Appearance: Pours a translucent reddish-orange color with two full fingers of foamy cream colored head that slowly settles into a thin layer atop the glass. Sticky, frothy lacing. 4.5/5

Smell: Strong aromas of pine and floral, tropical citrus. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit and mango. Some "sticky," sap-and-pollen earthiness present too. Noticeable maltiness. 4.5/5

Taste: Flavor is more malty than the aroma. The beer has a slightly sweet, malty caramel backbone. A sharply bitter citrus flavor gradually grows from the midpalate to the finish. Lingering notes of sap, pine, pineapple and tangerine in the finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and juicy. Finish is bitter and malty. 4/5

Overall: A simply solid single IPA. I may have sat on this one too long -- I waited 20 days between receipt and consumption -- but still enjoyed it thoroughly. Would love to try this fresh off tap.

Recommendation: Seek this one out unless you hate hops.

Pairings: Mexican food.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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

I first had this beer at the brewery in a flight, and have been craving it ever sense. So i couldn't pass up this bottle when i found it.

Very clear golden almost straw like in color. nice 1 finger white frothy head with good retention, leaving spotty lacing around the glass.

very nice hoppy aroma. tropical fruits (mango and pineapples stand out) some floral notes and citrus

taste follows the nose. fruity mangos, pineapple citrus with a mildly malty backbone. So easy to drink

light bodied medium carbonation. leaves the mouth watery.

overall thats just outstanding

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's, 11/9/11.

A-Pour is a clear amber with a thin white head and good lacing.

S-Citrus hops and sweet malt.

T-Very nice balance of sweet malt and tangerine hops.

M-Light to medium bodied.

O-Very drinkable and delicious, sessionable and tasty.

HV

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

Lots of lace and a foamy white head on top of a clear, dark gold beer. Looks great.

Aroma dominated by grapefruit, very little in the way of maltiness or sweetness. A touch of piney aroma as well.

Big citrus, grapefruit/tangerine blast with a nice bitterness behind it that lingers into the finish. Very restrained malt character. Just a touch of sweetness; bitterness doesn’t overwhelm the citric hop flavor at all. It’s there and it’s aggressive but extremely well integrated. Just delicious!

Medium body, very smooth and a little creamy, carbonation just a smidge on the low side of medium. Hard not to drink this one fast, it’s so damned good.

Prototypical west coast IPA, all about the super vivid and fresh-tasting hops. As well done as any I’ve had, including Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig. Deserving of wider recognition to be sure.

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Photo of MBrausen
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to aufaber for this one!

Poured from bomber into a CBS snifter.

A. Wonderfull orange red hue with a 4mm thick head, resides to some nice foamy bubbles.

S. Smells of fine citrus, some sweet pine and wonderful orange peel

T. Tastes of sweet and tart citrus, strong of pine and lots of floral.

M. Medium body, with a coarse and dry finish

O. A good overall beer. Lots of citrus and tangy hops, and a bit sweet. I like this beer. I could see buying this for $7/bomber at the store and keeping a fair amount on hand. A good beer that could be drank anytime.

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

orange with an off-white head that holds very very well and leaves tons of splotchy lace. actually looks darker orange than it is because the head (which never goes away) is so thick, it casts a shadow. nose is perfumy flowers and citrus in near perfect harmony on top of some tropical fruit, toast and sweet malt. hops obviously play the lead role. taste is grapefruit up front. the malt amplifies and harmonizes like it should, and bitter pine comes through in the finish. creamy, medium-full body. alcohol is virtually unnoticeable. pleasant bitterness and no aftertaste. overall, a fantastic example of cali ipa. glad to see they are bottling/catching on. cali continues to dominate.

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Photo of chilly460
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear golden orange with an impressive frothy white head. Good lacing.

S: Lots of orange and mango on the nose, very smooth citrus is busting out of this one. Some toffee malts aroma are detectable behind all the fruit. Exotic citrus in their too, starfruit or something along those lines. Great aroma.

T: Orange and apricot is hits right up front. Some lighter piney notes in there as well. Not a "bitter" IPA, but busting with juicy hops. Nice light malty backbone as well.

M: Medium body and a resinous mouthfeel. There is a nice oiliness from the hops.

O: Really nice IPA, my idea of citrusy profile with great balance.

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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 oline73
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. This was opened during a New Years Eve tasting.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white carbonation that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops dominate. There is some bready malt to back up the hops, but the hops really star here.

Taste: Really bitter and hoppy up front. Toasty malt shows up a bit into the sip. The bitterness takes over again and dominates through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with really smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: At first I wanted more to back up the bitterness. This beer seemed to improve as it warmed up. I would definitely have another given the chance.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, golden honey color. Gorgeous warm-looking color on this beer. About 1" of off-white head forms, that has good retention and limited lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt, lots of florals, citrus, grapefruit, and dankness. Nice, fresh hop scents in this. Nothing over the top, but still very good.

Taste: Good malt backbone. Hop character is very floral, along with some citrus, and general dankness. Maybe a bit of pine at the tail end.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with very fine carbonation. As it warms it becomes more and more creamy on the palate. Good here. Overall, an excellent IPA. Again, nothing over the top, but very solid all around and something I'd love to have again.

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Photo of PerHops
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy golden orange with a very nice looking head that recedes slowly and leaves soapy bubbles. Looks a lot like pliny.

S- Lots of citrus! Grapefruit, lemons, oranges, tropical fruit, pineapple, grassiness

T- Orange marmalade, grapefruit, tropical fruit, some funkiness I can't put my finger on and a crisp, medium bitter finish. Very little pine.

M- Not very resinous. Very light, great level of carbonation, near perfect. Drinks very easily.

O- Very, very good. This would surely be a regular beer for me if it was easily available. My first beer from Kern River and I enjoyed it very much.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,265 ratings.
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