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
Ratings:
1,305
Reviews:
453
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
372
Gots:
186
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ken's bottle from Portland, thanks for sharing! Outstanding hoppy aromas, getting Cascade. Cloudy grapefruit colour with outstanding 2 inch head that lasts and leads to lots of lace. Average mouthfeel. Outstanding balance and drinkability. Orange and grapefuit with a little tangerine.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey orange with a 2 inch foamy light tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down but slowly dissipates over time. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, and some malt on the finish. There is a fairly mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer that is tasty and super easy to drink with its awesome aromas and flavors.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

excellent ipa, pulling hop characteristics from all parts of the spectrum. lots of citrus in the nose, lemony and oily, more pine in the flavor, very north woodsy, certainly the bitterness is there, but it also has a fresher, almost vegetal bit to it as well. i like such a well rounded profile to it, and the brilliance is that it seems to all fit, nothing muddled or confused or anything, its really just super well dialed in. some grain character too to balance, some medium crystal malt in with the two row, and a mild nutty base results. that goes really well with the pine side of the hops, which are stronger in the finish than anywhere else. its juicy fresh, a great example of the style, and a really comfortable abv for me personally in an ipa. if this were an everyday option, my fridge would be full of it. i can think of no higher compliment to an ale like this. i wish these guys were in colorado.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given the reputation of this one. That said, I was very disappointed by the last two highly regarded beers I tried tonight (Bell's Expedition Stout & Two Hearted). 6.8% ABV confirmed

Served after a period of rest from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice rolling smooth cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Colour is a semitransparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral hops, pine hops, grapefruit citrus hops, clean malts, and cream. An average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, soap, a bit of salt, some grapefruit, clean malts, and maybe some light pine. I don't know what's going on with my taste buds but I keep drinking IPAs that are soapy and salty. It's decently put together, but I expected far better. Not real well balanced - especially not with those soapy off-flavours. A bit simple. Not real subtle, but nicely clean. Gets better as it warms.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, and moderate on the palate. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: I don't get the hype on this one. Too salty and soapy. I really had high hopes for this beer. I might try it again on draught. Elsewise, I'm content to leave this one on the shelf for people who will enjoy it more. Drinkable but boring. Quite pedestrian.

C+

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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 brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Jay for providing the generous sample today. Review is from notes. Bottle says dry hopped with Amarillo and Simcoe, just like the Alpine Duet we just had.

Poured into a mini-nonic glass, this IPA was orange with a fine haze of unfiltered micro-sediment. Good retention with a little bit of spotty lacing. A thin skim remained across the surface of the beer. The nose was spicy and dry, showing off caramel malt, spicy resiny hop character, with an indistinct fruity citrus flavor. Heavy on the spicy hops with a good dose of leafy, herbal character. Light bodied and easy going, the bitterness is not overbearing mabe a 5-6/10 scale. Very enjoyable, i'd try this again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a nice golden color ale with a nice foamy head with excellent retention and some super great lacing. Aroma of fresh pineapple and citrus is very pleasant with nice flora undertones. Taste is also dominated by huge floral aroma of fresh grapefruit with some nice citrus notes with a lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average for style with great carbonation. World-class IPA which is approaching Alpine level but not quite there yet.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado, nice to find this beer here. Tap to pint, the beer is amber-colored, a bit hazy and topped by a frothy head that retains well, coating the glass with rings of lace as I slowly sip. The hop character is fruity and tropical; guava, passionfruit, a bit of pineapple. Similar flavors present themselves to the palate; guava is especially prominent, along with pineapple, mango, passionfruit and bitter grapefruit toward the finish. It's on the dry and clean side despite the big fruity hop character, with a smooth bitter finish that lingers on in a mild way. This is aptly named.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours almost a finger of off white head. Pretty decent retention leaving a lot of lace. Color is an orange hued copper, slightly hazed.

Aroma: Lots of floral hops, but what is interesting about this beer is that it is so malty. A huge malt layer, but the floral hops still overpower a bit. Some muted citrus flavors as well.

Taste: Just figured it out. This tastes a lot like masala mama. Big amarillo hop profile. Starts out with some floral hops with some citrus blend. But again, this beer is malty. Lots of bready malts. Lots of resin here. It is pretty solid but is pretty bitter.

Mouthfeel: Lots of bitterness here, but relatively creamy. It has a medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and floral-like.

Overall, this is a pretty solid ipa. It is very drinkable like masala but missing something. Very similar beers. I am glad I got a chance to try this. Very surprised that it tasted so much like masala.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 1,305 ratings.
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