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Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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94
outstanding
440 Reviews
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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by mcallister on 03-01-2007

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1,239
Avg:
4.22
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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale copper color wth a bright off white head, fine even lacing across my chalice. Aroma grapefruit citrus bliss in my nares, what a great smelling brew. Straight up green, citrus rinds, floral notes excellent blend of pale malts and aromatics. Flavors citrus grapefruit semi sweet blend of malts definitely lands in the hop heavy side of things. Really excellent flow to it balanced hops and malts, carbonation is medium bodied sturdy carbonation. Drinkability was rock solid cream of the crop West Coast IPA, I would live off of this stuff if readily available.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at my tasting on August 7, 2010.

A: This beer appears a slightly hazy shade of yellow. There is a small head that leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass.

S: The aromas are wonderful citrus, mostly grapefruit. Hooray hops!

T: A wonderful beer, and what I look for in an IPA. Citrus fruits with a pleasant, hoppy bitterness make this such an enjoyable beverage. Between this and Citra, Kern is 2 for 2 in the IPA department, as far as I see it.

M: A really nice feel. Bitterness from the hops without any astringency. Alcohol hidden well behind the bouquet.

D: Wonderfully drinkable. What a nice way to kick off the tasting.

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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 Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet and a narrow pint glass. The narrow pint is not ideal, but it says Manchester United on it and is therefore sexy and its impracticality is excused. Many thanks to Nugganooch for this bottle.

Appearance - Deep golden body, but not quite amber, with a huge head in the narrow glass and a small one in the goblet. Head retention is unbelievable in the narrow glass and nonexistent in the goblet. Very sticky foam clings to both glasses.

Smell - Very strong piney hop aroma. Almost grassy. Backed up bit some biscuity and toasty smelling malt. It actually smells sweet...

Taste - ...but it doesn't taste sweet at all. Dominated by the pine hops. Not a lot of citrus, which I miss. The malt is, as expected, toasty and a bit spicy, but there is no sweetness. The bitterness is lingering as a result of the toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Great body. Hardly heavy, but you know you're drinking. Keeps the flavors around the mouth for a while. Somewhat low carbonation.

Overall - It is quite good. Not what I go for in an IPA though. It's hard to find an objective fault with it, except that I look for more citrus in my hops than pine.

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

Pours a clear amber color with a really tall frothy off white head. Head is as tall as the beer in the Alchemist glass I'm using.

Smells of juicy American hops, some orange citrus, some floral notes, a bit of bitter pine.

Taste is mostly sticky bitter piney hops, very little citrus. Strong malt backbone, a somewhat sweet bready character in the mouth but finishes mostly bitter.

Carbonation is really good with a full mouthfeel, very refreshing.

Not quite "outstanding" but definitely a really good IPA.

7.9/10

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

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious bottle dating.

A deep bowl of variant color. Deep red bronze overall, with dark orange and lemon highlights on the edges. Supper slow rising carbonation comes up in nice abundance but not too much. Slightly a bit hazy though and not that clear. Head is a light white vanilla cream and perfectly uniformed bubbled. Nice four finger tall head, thick island clump retention and cap. If this had a little bit less haze it would look remarkable, but it's very impressive.

Nice subtle nose. Garden floral notes, very subtle, almost perfume like. A dry hint of pine and spruce rounds out. All around pretty solid, not much malt presence, or sweetness.

Real surprising palate. Whopping juiced character and mild sugar finish of caramel and hop juiced oils. Real great coating palate that gives a mint sticky mild bitterness and finish. Great aromatics in the mid palate of green pine and spruce. Chewy leafy garden greens of perfume and hints of mint. Small hints of dry biscuit character and brown toast a little as it warms.

The mouthfeel on this is so soft and easy to drink that it goes down like nothing. Real fun brew from these guys, it's not a giant hop smash in the face, just a nice subtle but noticeable play on it which I dig.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe Paul provided this at a tasting recently, reviewed from notes.

Beer poured from a presumably fresh bottle into a Dogfish head snifter. Beer is straw yellow and hazy. Forms a thin head of small white bubbles that breaks quickly. The resulting carbonation gravitates toward the sides of the glass and manages to leave some lacing on the walls of the vessel. Carbonation is moderate but can't hold up the head. It looks fine.

Strong forward hop aroma of the citrus variety. More grapefruit than lime for sure. The pine / earthy notes are not presence and there is no hint of solvent or malt. Smells pretty good.

Beer is medium to light in body with moderate carbonation on the palate. There is mild sweetness up front but its subtle and doesn't rob attention from the star of the show, the hops. The hop flavors in the midpalate and nice and bright. They float to the top of the beer and are showcased wonderfully. Perhaps slightly lemony but really its sweeter citrus like grapefruit and nectarines. The bitterness at the back of the beer is moderate and tasty, finishes the beer nicely but not harshly. Its very drinkable, very good. I'd have it again and want to have it again.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to DearthVader for another West Coast IPA - my first beer ever from Kern River!

A: Fairly clear with a touch of haze from the cold, golden-orange body with a seriously amazing head - rocky, foamy, pure white which naturally left some sticky and splotchy moderate lacing. A great looking beer.

S: Blasts of citrus hops up front on the nose. Dry hopped with simcoe and amarillo, yes, you can tell. Orange zest, grapefruit and some wood elements come through also. I did have to stretch a bit for some of the aromas, it wasn't terribly muted but could more pungency.

T: Bitter sticky hops coat the palate immediately and unfortunately, sort of numbs it for the other flavors I know are there. There is a slight malt base here but not enough of one to combat the bitterness this beer brings. Floral hop notes and a slight twist of lemon round everything out and leave a resiny hop bite coating.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation, maybe a bit thin but that makes this very easy drinking.

This is a nice showing for Kern River for a baseline American IPA. Personally, I think if a stronger malt base was present it would have provided a much better balance for the aggressiveness of the hops.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery in Kernville into a pint glass. The beer has a decent golden-brown coloring, with a spaced and thin, light head. You get a nose full of pine and hops in the aromas. Very heavy hops flavor on initial tasting, but without the typical bitterness that usually accompanies it. The beer tastes very green. There are also heavy floral flavors on the front of the tongue. The beer is very full, but smooth, in mouth, despite the robust flavors. The beer has minimal aftertaste, and is extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BEachwood BBQ on 7/2/11

A - Slightly cloudy medium orange/yellow colour with one finger of bubbly white head.

S - Robust citrus and pine notes hit the nose right away with a very apparent bitterness and a good caramel malt backbone.

T - Follows the nose. Grapefruit and orange rind. Very bitter. Light sweet malt backbone. Definitely a hop bomb.

M - Medium body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

O - A great west coast IPA.

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

What's so outstanding about this IPA? Time to find out. On to the beer:

Amber copper color, some small carbonation bubbles racing through the body, and a thick, creamy, sticky head sit on top of it all. The aroma is beautiful, a tribute to the hop. Juicy tropical hops, oily hops, and a crackery dry malt are a tease to the nostrils.

Smooth, soft, and slippery in the mouth. I don't get the crackery malt in the taste as I do in the nostrils....still, this IPA is balanced well. Certainly, the oily hops dominate. Faint tropical fruits, touch of tangerine, faint resin. Nothing bitter about this. Very easy going down the hatch.

This beer had generated some talking, so I was interesting with experimenting with this beer. I have to say that's it's quite good and worth looking for.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber split with oglmcdgl, thanks to marisatheyounger for the assist.

In the pint glass, Just Outstanding looks pale golden with some orange accents, maybe a touch of straw. A sturdy 3 fingas of dense bright white foam reminding me of alesmith IPA, nice clunks.

Smell is str8 up floral with citrus in the back. I believe some chinnook and centennial are in here for effect. a nice malt base. Pretty potent smell coming from this EyePEEAAA.

I was takin back from the first sips, i thought it was me, but the hop juice just is not this beers forte. More floral in nature than a outright hopbomb. A nice mix of floral hop taste with earth and a touch of grain with a fruity middle drowned out by a nice malt base that is biscuits and bread, low amounts of sweets like caramel and the like.

Feel is at about medium with a lively carb that approaches bitey yet not quite. Not oily in any way im digging the feel. The only thing outstanging was the scent. The taste kinda let me down but all in all this beer is a good look.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with a three-finger thick, lightly tanned, off-white colored head that has quite a bit of staying power and leaves lots of lacing sticking to the sides of my Lost Abbey Teku glass. The beer is an opaque amber color that when held up to the light the beer shows a hazed, red-orange gold hue to it. Ahh, yes indeed this beer is ripe with a vibrant, dank, super-fruity hop character that just jumps out of my glass. The nose smells of big lychee notes, ample tangerine, fresh squeezed tangelo juice with the zest added candied Curacao orange peel and it is backed by softer notes of pine and just enough dank oily hemp character to add some offsetting notes to the up front hop fruitiness. The intensity that this reminds me of citrus juice is quite interesting, I don't think I have ever gotten that so distinctly from an IPA before.

Somewhat dry up front, but there is enough sweet malt to carry the amply expressive, concentrated fruity hop character. Again this reminds me of very freshly squeezed citrus juice (more like sweet, ripe tangerine juice than anything). Other flavors of lychee, kumquat zest, tangelo and a touch of orange blossom honey are found up front. There is a nice anchoring bitterness to this beer that is not overly aggressive, but still provides a nice bite. A touch of herbal character leans towards a hint of onion or garlic, but only a hint such that this only adds to the hop complexity and doesn't get annoying. There is some pine like hop character to this beer as well, though it is not as much as the other herbal notes. This is quite light and quaffable, there is enough texture to carry the ample hop character, but it still drinks exceedingly quickly like the best of IPAs should.

This is definitely a very nice IPA. I like the dominant fruit character that this has and that it is backed by a softly dank herbal character. The malt character plays a distant supporting role here, there is enough to support the hops though, just enough such that it does not intrude into the hop dominance that defines this beer. Despite being quite hop dominated in character though, it does maintain a smooth character throughout; the hops never get overly harsh and they work at a level that keeps this being eminently quaffable. This is definitely a fantastic IPA and a must try for any IPA lover.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a sticky white head and plenty of lace. The aroma is quite hoppy filling the nostril with pine and citrus. The taste is piney and citrusy with a fair bitterness. Nice and drinkable, with a big pale malt body that leaves the beer balanced. Medium bodied, solid carbonation. Overall this is a very good ipa, with pine and citrus like hops.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A: Hazed golden honey color with a massive, frothy khaki head. Endless retention and thick rings of lacing.

S: Dominated by fresh piney/floral hops and a light caramel malt background.

T: Strong mildly sweet caramel and biscuit malt body with waves of piney Amarillo hops and some light citric rind flavor.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation, relatively soft and fluffy on the palate.

D: An extremely enjoyable and drinkable IPA. I prefer slightly sweeter, more citric hops in IPAs, but nothing really worth complaining about here.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours amber with a one-finger white head, good retention and lacing, great looking pint.

S: Bright, sparkling tangerine, papaya, citrus.

T: Relatively light caramel malt, with a very tasty hop character. Orange zest, pink grapefruit juice with concentrated pine oil and cedar in the aftertaste. Great Simcoe hop notes, shades of Port 2nd.

M: Thin at times, but overall a good body, very resiny.

D: One of the best tasting IPAs I've had, as the label says it is just outstanding, you can't sue 'em for false advertising on this one.

Edit - Having a 6 Day old bottle (5/31/10), incredible, rivals Duet, upping the smell and taste scores to 5s, it's at its peak, this is brilliant IPA, shows how important freshness is.

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Photo of Zorro
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark amber beer with a medium sized white head. This thing is very close to being brown. Clear beer despite the darkness.

Smell is strongly of hops, mainly the northwestern type. Strong pine and eucalyptus scents. Caramel malt and a wisp of wood and smoke make up the rest of the scent.

Starts out Sweet then woody. Strong grapefruit flavor, fairly bitter in the mouth but the malt keeps up with it. Lasting bitterness and astringency in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is full.

This seems a bit unbalanced like they extracted too hot and picked up an astringent note. Think I might be asking too much drinking Firestone Union Jack all the time.

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

The best IPAs will rival a summer sunset and leave a fossilized lacing worthy of display in an archeology museum - Just Outstanding IPA does just those two things. Its crispy orange body has a light haze, one pronounced enough to stifle clarity but not asphyxiate the glaring glow of heated amber embers, and its head is lathered enough to petrify onto the glass.

If you think the florist shop is fragrant, try stepping into a tiny brewhouse where they're brewing up an uber-hopped IPA! It is stink-ay! This dry-hopped offering bottles some of the ambiance, featuring several kinds of awesomeness, ranging from fresh-cut flowers to fresh-squeezed citrus juice to ganja grasses. It is pithy, leafy, earthy and, above all, bitter.

This IPA is like a long-standing soap opera in the sense that different actors routinely succeed to the same role; bitter fruits, citric and tropical fruits, herbal teas, pine needles and skunky grasses all at one point or another ascend to the thrown of dominant hoppiness. A little bit of wafer-y, toffee-accented malt accompanies, but it's very easily ignored.

Despite a solid malt presence, there's no lingering toasty or biscuity flavours what so ever, just pine resins and citrus piths. That notwithstanding, Kern River have done well to keep harsh bitterness in its holster. The finish is dominated by notes of sugary fruit like pineapple or passion-fruit and earthy resins that smack of spruce or birch syrup.

In a perfect world, beers like this would not be drunk time to time or solely by ravenous beer geeks, but rather would prevail in every day public life and in the general consciousness. That, I contend, would be a much happier, more advanced food and drink culture. Until then, however, I can only dream... and thank Ultraman9000 for the sample.

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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 HopHead84
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 9/12/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears a medium orange with a creamy one finger white head. Good retention and some lacing.

The nose is primarily grapefruit, with lesser notes of pine. It's slightly floral and slightly sweet. The malt is subtle and crackery.

The taste is of slightly bitter grapefruit and a little pine. The beer has a low medium level of bitterness that seems to increase in the dry finish. The malt is crackery and not too noticeable and doesn't provide any sweetness. The beer is light medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a very dry and sticky mouthfeel.

This is an enjoyable and easy drinking IPA. Good stuff, and at $3.99 a bottle it's a steal.

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

Poured a nice lighter golden color with a nice head. Nose was citrus, floral and hoppy. Taste was a a blast of hops up front, the dry hopping was very evident. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth a great hop bite and finish. Very good and highly drinkable.

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

From 22oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/6/11
*From notes

A BIG thanks goes out to Trilogy31 for including this as a killer extra in our recent trade. Cheers, Tony!

A: Light pumpkin orange in appearance. A 3.25 finger head on a standard pour - Jiminy Christmas! Killer lacing that's thick and sticky coats the glass. As I drain the bottle into the glass, I notice that the beer is signifigantly darker then it started out, and is one of the more robust AIPA's I've seen.

S: Orange and mango, with hints of cantelope and pineapple concentrate.

T: Fruit forward, then it dries immediately, with the simcoe's flavor profile being quite predominant on the finish. As it warms, it all opens up a bit and the citrus really bursts through the inital bitter dry nature of this brew. As the name clearly states, it's "Just Outstanding".

M: What you'd expect from a good quality AIPA. Rich, creamy and sporting quite a bit of fluffy and bubbly carbonation.

O: Kern River's Just Outstanding IPA is one kick-ass brew. It drinks like a champ, and is certainly in the upper echelon of the style. Extremely well done, worthy of any hype it receives and is worth seeking out.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.
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