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Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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Just Outstanding IPAJust Outstanding IPA

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Photo of stxSS07
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a tulip. Huge thanks to beachstrength49.

A- Pours a great-looking luminescent golden-orange with 2 fingers of pillowy white head that fades away pretty quickly, but leaves some of the nicest cobweb lacing I’ve seen in a long time. Beautiful looking brew. 4.5

S- Piney/grassy hop resin, bright citrusy orange juice character, good amount of malty backbone comes through with a touch of graininess. 4

T- Not as bitter/dank as the nose suggested with WAY more citrus notes present. Juicy orange and grapefruit slosh around with waves of pine/resin to make some kind of delicious hop-punch. Bready malts with just a hint of toast follow up on the end. Dee-licious. 4.

M- Incredibly light-bodied for how much flavor this packs. Reminiscent of Zombie Dust in its super-refreshing character. 4.5

O- Easily one of the better IPAs I’ve had. 4.5

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Photo of thetomG
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice slightly hazy golden color with a rather large layer of foamy white head that leave massive amounts of sticky lacing all around the glass.

Picking up a little somehay/hops/grains on the nose. The flavor is bitter but not overpowering. A bit of citrus on the finish.

Mouthfeel is right where it should be and this is a very drinkable beer.

There are other IPAs I've enjoyed more, but I'd have no problem recommending this to anyone.

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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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Photo of muttyd
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra in a trade with Trilogy31. Thanks again, Tony.

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip. Body is amber/straw colored with a thick white head. Excellent head retention and lacing as I swirl it around the glass. As I move in for a whiff, I immediately smacked in the face with passion fruit, guava, and grapefruit. Some resiny/cannabis notes in there as well. Very hoppy in the flavor as well (citrus, grapefruit, earthy, bitter) but balanced with a sweet malty backbone. Finishes dry with a big aromatic hop presence. Well carbonated and creamy mouthfeel. Glad I got to try this one. I will definitely seek out more Kern River in future trades.

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Photo of IKR
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy gold color with a bronze hue. The beer has a modest-sized white head that slowly faded to a small head that stuck around.

Smell: Piney hop aromas feature prominently with some grassy and citrus notes.

Taste: The pine aromas an carry over and feature in the taste followed by the grassy and citrus notes. The beer finish fairly dry with the pine notes first followed by the grassy/hay notes.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: Good IPA that is not overly bitter but flavorful and nicely balanced.

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

Poured 22oz into pint glass.

A- pours dark Orange, hazy color. Fluffy white head, leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S- lots of hop aroma. Pine hops come through first, followed by citrus grapefruit. Some subtle sweet malt hints in the back.

T- like the nose lots of hop flavor throughout. Citrus hop flavor comes more prominent though. Some grapefruit mixed with some pine in the middle. Caramel malty at the end hold up the hops nicely. Bitterness becomes stronger toward the end, but not overly bitter.

M- medium body, good carbonation. Oily feel in the mouth.

O- great ipa! Would love to be able to drink this anytime. Good amount of hop flavor, but doesn't go over the top. Very much enjoyed this beer!

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

Got a couple bombers from DearthVader and Solomon420. Thanks again guys!

Poured into a Surly pint glass.

A: Hazy orange with a two finger head. The head sticks around through sipping and there is a great amount of lacing.

S: Grapefruit, orange, lemon, mango, fresh cut grass, pine and slight caramel in the background. The smell is incredible.

T: Grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine followed by a malt sweetness and a slight bitter finish.

M: Medium carbonation, fairly creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable

O: One of the best smelling IPA's I can remember. I wish there were more tropical notes in the taste, but a great California IPA nonetheless.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with two fingers of head leaving nice sticky lacing. First off not quite sure of the freshness on this guy, but i wasnt too impressed. Nose had some doughy malts, forest earth, a little citrus and crystallized ginger. Taste is malty almost too much for me at this "lower" abv for an ipa. Some pine forest - more floral and really just one dimensional bitter hops. Easy drinkability, its a decent beer but just good not outstanding.

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

Big thanks to ramnuts for sharing this wonderful IPA with me by way of arbitrator. Another review under the same circumstances is forth coming.

Bomber poured into a pint glass. The body itself is yellow pine orange with a light beige head that manages to maintain a wispy cap. The copious lacing after the drink is quite extraordinary. This is a fantastic looking beer so far.

The smell is all lemon zest, honey tangelos, and sweet candy orange slices.

Sometimes the aroma of a beer is so overwhelming the taste can't measure up. That isn't the case here. Lemon meat is the big citrus flavor here. Some grapefruit pith makes an appearance as well but the lemon stars first and foremost. Its also lightly herbal with very light malt.

Thin and moderately carbonated, this finishes clean. My lightly sticky lips let me know a good amount of hop oils are in this. This is an extremely solid beer. I will certainly be getting a hold of another one of these when I get the chance.

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Photo of Sideswipe
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at my local tavern. Into a 20oz. mug.

The beer arrives with a two finger head of pure white foam floating atop the beautiful orange, amber colored goodness that is Kern's Just Outstanding IPA. The nose is citrus and biscuity malt with a bit of pine. Taste is huge grapefruit, and tangerine backed by a light, sweet, malt backbone and some piney bitterness. The finish is lush and juicy with a wonderful bitter aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied with a level of carbonation which imparts a creamy texture and great quaffability. Overall this is the epitome of a perfectly balanced west coast IPA. Citrus, pine, light malt presence, great bitterness, what more could you ask for? Kern hits it out of the park with this one. Highly recommended!

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Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Look: Cloudy golden amber with a thick white head. Lots of legs and quite nice lacing

Smell: One pungent brew with an explosion of Amarillo and simcoe hops right out of the bottle! Huge piney citrus notes with a sweet malt making itself ever present. Piney hops, lime, lemon, white nectarines, some light orange blossom, mandarin oranges, more pine, sweet malty notes round up the rear but are just barely there covered by more pine. Smells fantastic!

Taste: Much more balanced then the nose lead on as the pine and citrus notes meld quite nicely with a sweet malt leading to a quite nice balanced profile. Getting pine, nectarine, lemon notes, tangerine, sweet malt, earthy hops, with another wave of malt to smooth things out. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Resiny hops stick to the teeth with a medium body and a quite bitter finish that dries very slowly. Very nice.

Overall: One outstanding brew. The hops are obviously the main show here but they at balanced really well with that malt to make one tasty IPA. Loving these simcoe and Amarillo IPAs and I think more brews should use this awesome pair up! Excellent IPA and one I wish I saw more.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light amber with a two finger frothy tan head. Head dissipates at a fairly quick pace, but there is a decent amount of sticky lacing to be had here...

S - Lots of pine and citrus fruit notes. Don't pick up much besides that. Scent is fairly docile...

T - Piney hops, grapefruit, and some oranges. Very smooth. Ends with some lingering pine. This one is very well balanced. Nothing is over the top. Abv is well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation for the style. Super smooth...

O - Kern River comes through with a solid IPA. Definitely something that I will be looking to revisit in the near future. Super smooth. Can see myself putting a few of these back in a sitting...


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Photo of oregonskibum
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks Damian for hooking me up with the KRCB line-up.

A: Pours a dark honey orange, borderline amber color with just some faint haziness. A nice bright white head that slowly died down to a faint film. Good lacing.

S: Bright citrus and piney hop smells jump out of the glass. Also get some peach or mango flavors. Very limited malty presence on the smell.

T: Citrus, pineapple, peach, and piney hop flavors continue from the smell. Some very faint butter flavors are the only detractor. Faint biscuity flavors come through mid-taste to balance (sort of) out the hops. Finishes with a pleasant bitterness that lingers nicely in the mouth.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Decent mouth feel inline with style.

D: This is a really nice hop-forward IPA that delivers on the IBUs without becoming overly bitter. And for the price ($3.99 marked on the 22oz bottle), this is an excellent example of just how good a reasonably priced IPA can be. Would have no issue trading for this again.

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Photo of snpub540
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad just shot me a bottle and man do I have to say I am impressed with what Kern River is doing. I went into this one with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised.

Poured a cloudy bright copper hue with a two finger high eggshell colored head that had some nice hang time. very clingy lacing left on the glass the whole way down. This was a very nice looking brew in my Duvel tulip.

Aromas just blew me away. All the hop scents are there. Nice fruity pineapple aromas, piney and grassy tones, with some floral notes mixed in. Almost perfect and very enticing.

Taste is an extremely smooth crisp dry IPA. Hops are the dominate flavor but they don't overpower and attack the taste buds. Very clean piney bitter notes up front, with a citrusy finish.

Very smooth on the palate. Medium bodied and creamy. I have found a new favorite go to IPA.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Maui Brewing Co. pint glass

A: A beautiful orange-golden-copper hue body that trapped in by a massive white colored head. The cobweb-like lacing was beautiful.

S: Orange, pine, grapefruit, peach and perhaps even a touch of lemon. The malt doesn't come through particularly strong, but does add some balance to the variety of hop aromas.

T: An extremely well balanced IPA that offers a light and sweet malt body, along with tons of hop flavor complexity. It has the hop kick of Stone IPA, with flavor and elegance of Ballast Point's Sculpin.

M: Light on the palate with a touch of dryness after each sip.

D: I'm truly impressed! The combination of flavor, balance and refreshment is superb.

Overall: Should I be corny and say this beer is "Just Outstanding"? Well, I won't...but I will say it goes beyond the title it was given. Perhaps the best DIPA/IPA from a bottle I've had in long time and I expect this beer to gain more notoriety as time goes on. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of Klym
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Wow, beautiful. Deep amber with almost no haze, and a very appropriate 1 finger head. Lacing is thick and elegant. Sometimes I have a hard time judging appearances of beers, but this one was easy.

S: Like aromatherapy: flowers, pine, and some deep fruity sweetness. Smells absolutely delicious, going to jump into the taste.

T: No bite, all kisses. The slightest of bitterness adds a slight tenseness to the beginning of the taste, but runs over your mouth with beautifully crafted malt sweetness and traces of what was in the nose. Taste goes away almost completely after a short while. Only complaint I'd have is that more of the nose didn't come out in the taste; let me down a little when the smell was just so damn good.

M: The carbonation fits the taste so well somehow. Very smooth and crisp, and while the flavor disappears the beer leaves your entire mouth in a happy in relaxed state.

O: I'd be damn proud if I was behind this beer, and I think Kern River should be too. An excellent IPA, the only weakness I can think of is the lack of glory in the flavor when everything else was so extravagant.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice golden/amber hue with a rich creamy two finger head. Looks very inviting.

S - nice west coast citrus hop profile, but the aroma is a bit muted. Not the hop blast was hoping for. A bit of malt in the background, but mostly hops dominate here.

T - tasty citrus/tropical/a bit of pine here. While tasty, it is a bit muted like the smell. I was looking for more of a hop blast again.

M - Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel. Coat nicely and reminds me of the thickness of Pliny.

Overall this is a tasty, hop forward IPA that falls short of being excellent (or outsanding in this case). I'm happy to have tried it but there are much better IPAs to be had.

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Photo of bnelson997
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Enjoyed this for IPA Day (8/7/2014). I've had this many many times due to its easy accessibility.

Appearance: pours a lucious golden orange with a two finger+ off white head. Sticky lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: big citrus, tropical fruit and grapefruit notes. This is the very definition of juicy.

Taste/mouthfeel: it says it on the bottle. Just Outstanding! The front has those big juicy tropical notes. The middle has a touch of pine, but a touch only. The finish showcases the wonderful balanced maltiness with a bit of a citrusy sweetness. Nice full mouthfeel.

Overall: This is my go to IPA and is KRBC's flagship for good reason. Nothing but outstanding things to say.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to solomon420 for this brew in a trade. Amber in color. Thin head which settles to no head. Big nose of citrus and piney hops. Taste is dominated by the bitter grapefruit-like hop profile. Mouthfeel is a bit dry but still drinkable. My 1st beer from this brewery & it was a good one if you are a hop-head.


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

A: Pours with very little head. Clear light golden color

S: Lots of grapefruit smell, resiny smell.

T: Grapefruit hops punch my taste buds. Lot and lots of hops. Not much malt backbone. The hops definitely push the limit. Almost to the nail polish/acetone level.

M: Lots of carbonatin up front. Soft light/resiny feel coats my mouth.

O: This IPA pushes the limit and holds the line. Great, great, great IPA. Look forward to many more. Great price point too.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Pours a deep orange that is clean and clear. Careful to not get any of the massive amount of sediment that was at the bottom of the bottle. There was a lot. Produced a half inch white foamy head. Left lacing on the glass.

(S) A ton of grapefruit and white grapes. Hops were present but not nearly anything against the light fruits. Some pale malt seemed to make it through.

(T) A lot like the nose. There was a boatload of grapefruit mixed in with citric rind and light fruits. Hops get you at the end with a bit of caramel malt.

(M) Bit on the carbonated side. Had some bite to it. Slightly grainy and bitter.

(O) I wish this was a bit better balanced. I feel it was off center and had way too much white fruit aspects to it. The grapefruit flavor from the hops was a bit overwhelming.

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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 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 abuliarose
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a fluted pint glass, revealing hazy rich amber body with orange hues and a slight finger of thickish head which dissipates quickly to reveal a little lacing. Smells sweet and citrusy with a good caramel presence from the malts and a little lemon rind from the hops. Good solid smells.

Tastes smooth, meaty and malty with a rich level bitterness throughout of citrus character. Nice solid flavors. Delicious mealy, nutty malt backbone. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied with fine carbonation adding a little tickle and some well-sustained volume. Very drinkable. Drinks like a meal.

Overall I am very happy with this brew. It pretty much lives up to its namesake.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber- light brown with an off white head with decent retention.

Citrus and tropical fruits are prominent followed by some pine, light caramel malt sweetness and some bread.

Sadly, the taste isn't as lively as the aroma. I will start off with the positives. This beer is very well balanced. Unfortunately I felt that the taste was somehow muddled or subdued, and there was some lingering harshness. The bitterness hit late and in waves, as opposed to steady crescendo reaching curve. Faint orange citrus flavor and pine along with some light mango, bread and caramel. As far as prominent flavors go, its fairly one noted with some supporting players that must have had their lines cut.

The mouthfeel was a little disappointing. A little more carbonation and body would have helped this beer out. Felt a little thin to me.

Overall a solid IPA, just not one of the better ones I have had. Drinkability is there, taste is another story. Just outstanding? Possibly. However based on the bottle I had it was Just OK.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,260 ratings.
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