Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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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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Avg:
4.22
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
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Photo of ejyoung
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into Bruery tulip.

Beautiful copper color with a huge creamy head. This laces with the best of them.

Big grapefruit aroma - a lot of citrus in general. Some pine/resin and basically no malt sweetness/caramel.

The taste is a small amount of caramel - very small - with a huge amount of hops. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and more grapefruit. Leaves a bitter hop flavor that lingers for quite some time. Very good.

Medium body and and medium to medium-high carbonation.

Very tasty IPA overall. The name is pretty much correct.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 05/28/2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: DFH Chalice

Poured a copper in color w/ a 11/2 finger white head that produced substantial sticky lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, Mandarin oranges, tangerine, and pine. The taste was light grapefruit up front, transitions to light caramel sweetness, then finishes w/ hop bitterness and resinous pine(reminds me of what PVC pipe would taste like). Medium bodied and lush. Fairly drinkable, but the resinous bitterness on this one started to get to me after awhile.

Overall, very good IPA, but not on the level w/ the greats such as Sculpin and Pliny. This brew lacks the depth of citrus flavors necessary to put it in the upper tier of IPAs, but very balanced.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beersinner for throwing this in as an extra! Poured into a over sized wine glass.

A- pours a golden copper color. 2 fingers worth of a sudsy off whit head. Excellent retention and a smashing amount of heavy lacing. This is just a beautiful beer. I don't think it could have been any better looking.

A- loads of citus! Tangarine and grapefruit sticks out and there's a bit of pineapple that shines through. The hops are present but not in a wow this is gonna be a hopbomb kind of way. There is a sweetness also present, however, I couldn't pinpoint the origin.
T- very citus forward! The tangarine and the grapefruit that I got in the nose really start things off well. The hops then enter and are very subdued compared to other west coast IPAs I have had. There is a slight bitterness, but it doesn't really dominate any of the other flavors. There is a solid caramel malt backbone to this beer. It is a very balanced brew.

M- medium bodied with spot on carbonation. The finish is somewhat sweet and not bitter.

D- I really enjoyed this brew and would give it another offering anytime! It drank very easily. I shared tis with my wife and father in law. I would have been able to kill this bomber(and another) by myself with gr8 ease!

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

A pint Shared with Klym and SundaySour

A: a very light orange, quite clear actually. The slightly burnt orange hue with rough patches of coloring reassures me that I'm drinking an IPA. if someone secretly put a slice of citrus on my glass I'd think I was just "hefeweizened". But no, I checked the bottle, it's still okay. The two finger head came and went, with some stubborn patches forming islands of lacing.

S: GUAVA FREAKING JUICE, seriously tropical smell with a massively juicey sniff. I can't stress enough, this smells like guava nectar that is cut with a slight variation of tropical juices joining the party. multiple sniffs leaves me with a settling on Guava Nectar/Mango hybrid ambrosia -- a nose for the gods.

T: has a really singed citrus taste. It has that really great zing character that is evident in all great IPAs. That said, I think that the relentlessly orange character of the flavors numb me a bit. It's a very Juicey IPA with very subtle notes of lemon and orange. The "singed" flavor I describe is pretty unique, as it works in unison with the flavor profile to create this mask that the hop burn hides behind. Lemons, oranges, and the sugars they are caramelized in hold your hand through the hop burn. They tell you "it's okay, we'll get you through this; you will feel no bitterness, we promise." Then tropical fruit juice acts as the finish line. Congratulations, you made it.

M: the mouth-feel really is amazing, it's a ghost of a mouth. It's there but it's not, the liquid hovers in your mouth with lightness that contrasts the prominence of the flavors. It coats your mouth without entering that "medicinal" realm that so many beers do. What form of black magic is this?

O: This beer is incredible, but I have to admit the flavor was a bit unexpected from the smells I was getting. I can't say it was a let down, I just had a completely different picture than what I ended up with. That said, this is a must try. This beer begs to be your session brew of choice. The beer pairs amazingly with beach sunsets, citrus orchards, and in the licking light of camp fires. Another IPA to make California proud. One of the best single IPA's you can put your lips to.

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

poured from a bottle into a Tulip glass, color is a beautiful orange-copper, typical of an IPA, with a decent tan head that drops quickly but leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is very nice, smells of cirtus and a dash of pine. Not quite as strong as I was expecting but good none the less. the taste was also very good, nice bitterness, some sweetness and the cirtus hops. Overall a very solid IPA.

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Photo of cetherid
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip

A.

A nice orange/amber colored beer..slightly cloudy. About 2 fingers worth of thick offwhite head. A nice looking IPA

S.

Getting some nice citrusy aromas. Some grapefruit, orange, a little pine in there as well.

T.

same a nose but a nice little maltiness that hits you up front. You get the light caramelly malt up front, then some piney and citrusy notes along with a nice hit of bitterness that lingers for a little while. Has a west coast IPA feel to it. Not to the quality of pliny but still a very good IPA.

M.

medium bodied with loads of carbonation. Bitterness lingers for quite a while on this once with a little resiny pine aftertaste.

D.

Would be a go to IPA for me if it was readily available. Relatively inexpensive and decent quality. Only way to get it is to trade for it unfortunately.

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Photo of GOGRANDE
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale Yellow with a white head. good carbonation.

S: piney bitter hops and some mild citrus in the background.

T: strong hop bit up front. I can taste the simco really well here. A significant amount of bitter pine and some lemon grass and a very dry finish.

M: medium light. Pretty standard for a regular American IPA.

D: not that smooth. Goes down pretty harsh, not going to sit here and drink a whole bunch of it.

Overall: As far as I know American IPA's are supposed to be really grassy and hoppy. So yes they did a nice job sticking to the style. It could be smoother though. Just seems kinda harsh going down. Still a decent example of an American IPA.

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

Received a 22oz bomber in a trade. Thanks RichBeer!

Pours a cloudy amber with a massive 2 finger white head. Aroma is really great. Tons of citrus (orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit) present with some piney notes as well. In tasting I was really pleased with how balanced this beer comes across. It's definitely a blast of hops but not to the point of being mouth puckering. The malt is there to provide some nice sweet counterpoint to all that hop goodness. I've got to note that the lace on the glass was impressive throughout as well. What really stood out to me with this beer though was how great the mouthfeel was for a strong IPA. This beer was extemely smooth and went down very easily. Great beer overall, definitely one I wish I had easy access to.

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Photo of ridglens
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hayesez (probably 2/3 of my reviews start with that!)--From notes so a little vague

poured into a portsmouth snifter, started chilly and drank to room temperature. pours a dark, hazy orange with a thick creamy head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass as it dissipates. Smells of dark, sweet grapefruity hops, the citrus is complemented by a present but not dominant malt profile. taste is citrus hops first, with the sweet malty backbone taming it down, only to be replaced by a lasting, strong bitterness i could lick off my lips. it felt good in the mouth, but a little too carbonated for my specific tastes. never brutal, but the long-lasting bitterness could possibly me tiring.

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

A - Dark Amber color with a light head that fades quickly.

S - Smells of Orange, Pineapple, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Peach, and a little Pine. Balanced between sweet malts and bitter Hops.

T - Tastes of Orange, Pineapple, Pear, and . Slight bitter backbone and with mild malts. This is a very balanced Single IPA.

M - Medium body with good carbonation.

D - Drinkability is very good and I would be able to burn through a couple of these in no time.

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Photo of amphion1065
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber into an Alpine pint glass. Thanks for this extra mashmaster.

Pours a hazy orange, though I can see my finger through the glass. A perfect one-finger white head with tight bubbles lasts like a layer of fresh snow. Upon refilling my glass, stiff meringue-like peaks form.

Unadulterated mangoes and papayas in the nose. This smells like a blended Dole fruit juice, one of those Strawberry-Banana-Orange mixes. Possibly the purest fruit aromas I've gotten out of an IPA.

Many organic markets and co-ops across the county sell mango juice in oddly-shaped glass containers. They’re usually prohibitively expensive, but on the rare occasions that I’ve been able to sample them I’ve quite enjoyed the sweet juice within. Just Outstanding is almost like drinking that mango juice. Actually, the first sip is like biting into a fresh mango. The hop profile of this beer is so crisp, so clean, it’s nearly perfect. Some slight bitterness in the back end, but it's mostly just sweet like candy.

Crisp, perfect carbonation. Thin, but with enough body to carry all of the flavors through. To call this drinkable would be a terrible understatement.

Holy St. John de Crèvecœur, this is what the West is all about. A beer that showcases both the natural bounty of the Pacific and the brewing excellence of Kern River. This is a serious contender for the best IPA I've ever had. I'm not sure how the flavors of this beer could be improved upon. I could see myself drinking this every day, forever and ever.

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

This is my second bottle, it sort of fell into my lap at a Jackie O's release by a generous Cali BA. Thanks whoever you are! Shared with others...

A: Pours a transparent golden with a massive frothy white head. Great lacing, this looks really nice.

S: Lots of orange and mango on the nose, very smooth citrus is bursting from this. Some malts and a mineral aroma are detectable behind all the fruit. We finally figured out passion fruit is also a large part of this. This smells fantastic.

T: Orange is a very big player in the taste here. Pine actually makes a sizable appearance in the taste, I didn't notice this in the aroma but it is definitely competing with the fruit. Not overly bitter, just bursting with tropical fruits and flavor.

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

O: I couldn't have thought of a better name if I was Kern. This is amazing stuff that I would buy regularly, given the chance. Not many flaws with this stuff.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick dark orange hazy color. Thick creamy white head and coats the side of the glass with wonderful lacing patterns! Smells of CLEAN pine needles. FRESH and clean is the word! Other smells of apricot, pineapple , spice ,and PURE sugars! Outstanding! Nice DIPA taste. Traditional west coast bitterness. Some sugars push through but the bitterness rules 60 % bitter to 40% sugars. Nice citrus juice flavors! Long lingering bitter taste on the palette. But not overly bitter. What a wonderful American IPA. Drinks great! TRY ONE! Try anything from this brewery, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the tasting. Not sure who's bottle this was...

Pours a clean and clear coppery-orange with a nice ring of white foam.

Smells of nice big amarillos right up front, a light caramel middle, and a tinge of alcohol.

Tastes of floral hops as well as some citrus notes. Some faint caramel in the middle from the malts, and a nice bitter finish.

Light body with rather low carbonation on the tongue.

This was tasty and smells pretty awesome. Another of a long list of IPAs to enjoy.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

received in trade as an extra.. wasn't expecting much but really impressed! Great hop profile with just enough malt to balance... crisp and refreshing!

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Photo of aficionado
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel Tulip. Thanks Kyle2k10!

Lingering 1-1/2 finger cream head atop a semi translucent orange yellow body. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass. Only loses points for clarity.

Aromas of fresh picked pine needles, tart tangerines and grapefruit. More fruity and floral than piney. Some Simcoe and Amarillo in there.

The taste is even more smooth than Russian River Blind Pig, which I just had prior to this beer. No harsh bitterness here whatsoever. A complete balanced flavor profile of tangerine and grapefruit with more pine and some caramel on the tail end. Very fresh and delicious. I want this recipe! I envision West Coast pine needles being mashed with a mortar and pestle along with tons of tangerine & pink grapefruit segments and then drizzled with caramel.

Moderately low carbonation. Addictive mouthfeel. Soft and lush. If I died today and had to pick two hoppy beers to drink before my last couple hours, I would alternate between sipping Just Outstanding (more citrusy) and Pliny the Elder (more piney). These are two similar, simplistic beers and they both deliver.

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Photo of Janderson91
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to stupac2 for hooking me up with this Want! No freshness info. Enjoyed on 08/26/11.

A - Pours a hazy amber/gold color with a good 1.5 finger just off-white head. Leaves good lacing with large bubbles.

S - Very citrusy aroma with some tropical fruitiness as well. Some nutty, sweet malts in there as well.

T - The taste is great, it just seems a little muted. Very balanced up front with some citrusy bitterness and the bready malts. Toward the back, the hoppiness becomes very grapefruit-like. Finish is one again balanced with the buscuity malts and citrusy bitterness.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation.

O - Overall, this is an excellent beer. Just wish it was a little more flavorful. Can't wait to compare it to Citra.

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Photo of ReDave
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Kern River Brewing on the way to a camping trip up River, sure glad i did!

Pours a orange golden amber, with a decent head.
Wow what a nose! This is one of the best aroma's I've had in awhile [must not have had a green flash in awhile?]
pine grapefruit.

Great taste Hoppy but a malt backbone, pretty well balanced
Wish this was closer to home!

The Growler was perfect and the carbonation was good
the staff was very nice, and this place didn't pitch a fit with ordering an IPA for a growler like *some* places....
Will be going back some day

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

The beer pours a glowing orange-copper in color and has a quarter inch of thick foamy white head that leaves a medium density of ragged and sticky lacing.

The aroma is wildly hop forward, with succulent tropical fruits, melon and a bit of pineapple juice. There is some spiciness and zestiness in the background, flittering around just enough caramel malt to keep this thing from blasting off into outer space.

The taste is the same massive array of hops as the aroma, the flavors are fresh, fruity, lush and spine-tingling. The finish is slightly sweet, slightly dry and with a satisfying amount of bitterness reminiscent of drinking fresh grapefruit juice. The aftertaste is lingering notes of tropical fruits and grapefruit. The bottle does not lie when it states, "The name says it all," because this beer is a just outstanding West Coast American IPA.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A vibrant and hazy golden with an orange hue, minimal off-white head.

S: Juicy citrus, slight hop dankness, and more fresh citrus. Guava, grapefruit, pineapple, and stone fruit.

T/M: Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation. Weak and mild malt flavors with a little bit of a subdued hop presence. Very subdued overall -- not up front with anything. There is a slight hint of apricot juiciness. The finish is very slightly malty with a mild bitterness.

O: Really quite nice all around. This beer does not do anything loudly, so it's hard to absolutely love or hate anything about it. Really drinkable, but also really forgettable.

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

Kern River: Just Outstanding IPA (No date) (Tasted 01/28/10)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Extra from Alen, thanks man!

Appearance: Pours heavily hazed golden verging on amber with a fluffy off-white head that leaves a solid sheet of lace on the side of the glass.
Odor: Focused hop aroma reeks of tropical fruit, reminiscent of mango, pineapple and tangerine. There's definitely a rich, bready "sweet" malt aroma supporting all of this.
Consistency: Medium body, oils are evident, as is a nice low carbonation that keeps things lively.
Taste: Everything I could have expected and more. Earthy/herbal hop bitterness leading the charge, loads of pineapple and grapefruit in the center. Surprisingly, the rich malt character hinted at in the nose is absent and that's a-ok by me, just a dash of semi-sweet pale malt rings out. Finishes dry, juicy hop flavor continues to smack my face up.

Name does say it all. Very solid and definitely above the cut for style. I like the direction they went with the hops, very nice example of the flavors found in the relatively new hops that are coming from breeding programs.

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

A - Clear copper, good 2 fingers of creamy head. Excellent retention. Slight hop haze.

S - Plenty of citrus hop (pineapple) , bit of floral hop.

T- Very tasty. Pineapple hop, plenty of citrus. Floral as well. Nice malty backbone. Well balanced for an IPA.

M - Smooth, bold, very bitter.

D - Good.

From notes take a few weeks ago.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange yet slightly hazy appearance into my ccb pint glass. Aroma of tasty citric hops and some malts to balance. Taste follows the nose decent carbonation, smooth and easy drinking. . Moderately bitter yet refreshing. Not a bad everyday ipa. I'm sold!

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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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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.
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