Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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93
outstanding
1,307 Ratings
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83
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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:
1,307
Reviews:
454
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
371
Gots:
188
For Trade:
8
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Ratings: 1,307 |  Reviews: 454
Photo of DaveHack
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Purchased on day it was delivered to Hacienda Bev. (Brea) on 10-Jun-14.
Poured into Bottle Logic can glass on 11-Jun-14.

Also tasted on 18-Nov-11, 20-Jul-12, 29-Sep-13.

Very piney aroma dominate over the citrus hops, but still present. Nice nectar-y finish. Good refreshing body that's got a medium malt feel.

Overall, a fantastic IPA that's very reasonably priced. I rank this in the same tier of IPA's as Jai Alai, Head Hunter, Columbus IPA, and Flower Power.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks man!). No bottling date. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours a hazy orange with a finger and a half near white head. A thin layer remains throughout and deposits big sheets of lace.

Smells of orange, grapefruit and pine with just a hint of malt.

Taste follows the nose. Oranges, grapefruit, pine, grass, cracker and pepper.

Semi oily, medium body, fizzy carbonation. Piney, citrus zest and orange pulp linger in the finish.

The name may be a bit of an over sell but this is a solid, straight forward IPA. Or perhaps as far as the current rating scale is labeled- this is "just" outstanding, not quite worls class.

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

This is my first Kern River beer ever, and it was sent to me by Cocoapuph. Cheers to you my friend!

A: Poured a clear, golden color, with ever the slightest amber hue. Wow, the suds posing as a 2 finger + head was ridiculous!

S: Extremely floral and hoppy, with the amarillo and simcoe being most evident. I got a mild pomegranate character in there as well, but maybe that's just my imagination.

T: The back end of this thing reminder me of Nugget Nectar in spades (although I know that no nugget was used here). West Coast hop bomb for sure, but the bitterness was tempered by a glorious fruit component.

M: The bitterness didn't linger, and there was just enough sweetness to balance the hops out somewhat. However, balance is not in the West Coast brewers' rep ...and shouldn't be. The lacing was car wash stuff!

O: It didn't quite have the dimension of Sculpin (my favorite), but it was damn close. Kern River is off to a good start with me!

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Photo of aquazr1
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle of Just Outstanding IPA. Pours an orange amber body, gives off an exquisite floral and citrus aroma finish that combines a zesty and bitter characteristic, and possesses a generous dry hop malty taste! Retains a very nice head and carbonation throughout. Mouthability is somewhat bitter due to it's hoppy profile, drinkability is nice with for a big dry hop beer using, I understand, Simcoe and Amarillo hops. A nice IPA anytime!

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Photo of Soneast
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up on a recent trip to San Diego. Poured from the bomber a somewhat hazy medium gold color, with a nice white head. Big hoppy nose (tangerine, orange, grapefruit, lime). Big hops on the palate as well, and not enough malt to keep it balanced.

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Photo of jsanford
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. No visible freshness date...<grumble, grumble>.

A - Pours a beautiful golden orange with a fluffy white head that recedes slowly, leaving lots of sticky lacing. A gem of an IPA.
S - Mmmm...this is right in my IPA comfort zone. Lot's of pungent hop aromas of grapefruit, mandarin orange, pine resin, pineapple, and a touch of caramel sweetness. Very floral and crisp.
T - Similar to the nose, lot's of big grapefruit and pine resin notes, along with the slightly more subtle orange, pineapple, and lemon zest. Again, moderately sweet caramel backbone that provides just enough support for all those hops. Finish is pleasantly bitter, and lingers on the palate for some time.
M - Nice and creamy, with a smooth, medium body and crisp carbonation. Superbly drinkable.
O - An excellently crafted IPA, one I would drink often if I had regular access to it. I think it would be easy to write this off as "CITRA DIPA-light", but that would be a huge mistake, this easily stands on it's own as one of the best examples of an IPA in the market.

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Photo of Oidmoe
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a darker than expected, dull amber with an inch of foamy off-white head that provides generous foamy rings throughout drinking. The nose is piney with some background citrus, relatively muted aromatics, and a hint of malty sweetness. The taste packs in much more hoppiness, some citrus upfront followed by a resinous pine in the finish. The beer's sweet, medium body is well suited for the amount of hops and there is little lingering bitterness (don't feel like I chewed on a grapefruit rind). This beer's easy drinking with minimal alcohol presence as well. I'm assuming this bottle didn't hit shelves yesterday, but it's still pretty outstanding regardless.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

22oz bottle fresh from the left coast.

Pours hazy dark copper with a half inch head of white. A partial skimcoat on the surface throughout the glass as well as smeary lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of tropical fruit, spruce dew, and ripe malt. Peaches, tangerines, melons, and grapefruit. Floral and enticing.

Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Lush, ripe fruit leads off the palate. Grapefruit zest, orange pulp, soft peaches, and mango. Resinous pine notes step forward as well as a firm, sustaining bitterness.

Finishes with lingering fruit, bitterness, and a shade of biscuity malt.

Another great west coast IPA. Highly hopped with a smooth bitterness. Yum.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of jakecattleco
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of oldp0rt
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of deereless
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gorefiendus for this bottle! Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A: Hazy golden light brown with a 3-finger head that quickly dissolves. Sticky lacing is quick to follow.

S: Mainly piny with a little honey and floral character in the background.

T: Resembles the nose; very piny with earthy hops. This is the type of IPA I like - not many fruity/citrusy notes at all.

M: I was sort of disappointed here. I thought there would be a chewier/stickier mouthfeel with the way this beer looks.

D: This category makes up for the mouthfeel. A perfect IPA to have on draft - it wouldn't fill you up after the first one!

Overall, my type of IPA, but nothing outstanding (no pun intended).

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kern River Just Outstanding IPA has a slightly hazy, light copper-coloroed body with numerous but irregular carbonation bubbles in it. The off-white head is soapy looking and is made up of mostly large bubbles. The retention is OK, but the lacing is very good.

The aroma has noticeable malt and hop characteristics. Lightly toasted pale malts mix with both citrus and floral aromas from the hops.

Just Outstanding is an easy drinking IPA with all kinds of hop flavor, low bitterness, and a noticeable malt backbone. The hops bring a good bit of bitterness, in conjunction with some citrus, but mainly floral and earthy flavors, with some pine resin thrown in. The malt backbone underneath does not equal the hops in intensity, but it is substantial. Toasted malts and biscuit flavors are what come with the malt profile. The finish is all bitterness and citrus.

A fairly light, highly carbonated IPA with a dry bitter finish.

Just outstanding is just good as far as I'm concerned. Well, a little better than good, but not outstanding. The flavor profile is nice, and for about five bucks a bomber I don't really have any complaints.

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

This is, indeed, an outstanding IPA.

Pours a burnt orange with a two inch off-white foam head.

Smells enticingly like sweet citrus and gushing grapefruit, tropical pineapple/papaya, and a bit of pine. ooo .... juicy. Very nice aroma.

Taste is similarly nice. The malt/caramel is very understated, this is a hops showcase. Bursting pine and sweet pink grapefruit, a touch of earthy pine bittering, and the nuances of tropical pineapple/papaya/exotic citrus carry through in the form of a lingering nuanced aftertaste.

Extremely quaffable and enjoyable. Good mouthfeel, if a bit light ... could use maybe a touch more body.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 1,307 ratings.
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