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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
Reviews:
444
Ratings:
1,265
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
Wants:
371
Gots:
174
For Trade:
7
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Reviews: 444 | Ratings: 1,265
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 santomark
5/5  rDev +18.5%

I don't know how the bros say this is only an 83. This damn good, refreshing, highly drinkable. Just an outstanding WCIPA. Great hop notes, citrus, mango, peach, apricot, etc. Nice balanced backbone. Cristp and clean. Sticky and danky. I can't say another good things.

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

Thanks to johndoe8 for trading this to me.

Wonderful golden bronze color 1 finger white head. Some small bloby lacing.

Somewhat fruity, moderate pine and...gymsock?

Taste has bitter pine citrus pith and rind.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light, with perfect carbonation for the style

Drinkability is pretty high, certainly easy drinking stuff I'd have a couple bombers of this and be pretty happy

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Photo of peacebone116
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MrTopher for this little extra; I really appreciate how you made sure I got this one in its freshest state! You really do know my style, man! Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A: Cloudy orange/peach color. Thick white head (2-fingers) that retains for a long time, eventually thinning down but leaving excellent thick lacing.

N: Ruby red grapefruit and piny resin.

T/M: Creamy body with sweet malty-ness that melds well with sweet citric hops. Smooth, crisp, and very drinkable. A wonderful surprise! As the name implies, this is just one outstanding IPA!

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Photo of dwilson01
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber into my arrogant bastard pint glass, 1.5 fingers of fluffy marshmellow white head tops the brew, looks like a cloud. The body color looks just like an SNPA with a touch of extra cloudiness added in from yeast.

The smell is great, refreshing, citrus, and a tinge of pine added in. The sweet malt adds a honey type scent to the mix as well which leads me to believe the flavor shall be balanced between malt and hop.

The flavor is just what I look for in an American style IPA, the forefront is very hop forward with a fruity sensation, citrus with contributions from orange and grapefruit to my palate. The middle of the taste is faded into from the beginning and gives the mouth a clover honey sweet flavor which refreshes you just long enough for the aftertaste hop assault. The third stage is all hop bitterness which I love as a finish, this IPA is balanced and just what I like in this style...Just Outstanding!

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Photo of Tripphop
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle recieved in trade

The best looking beer I've seen in quite a while. The creamy, fine, white foam started up as soon as the beer hit the glass. A very gentle pour yeilded two fingers. The beer has very active carbonation and a coating of white froth sticks around the whole glass. The head never dissipates, there is a 1/4 inch of foam through the whole glass. Beautiful looking beverage. The aromas are herbal and grassy. Smells of dank aged hops. Flavor is great, clean light malt and a very crisp and refreshingly bitter finish. Tangerine and rye bread linger with nice big bittering hops. The mouthfeel is slick and a bit prickly with the carbonation and bitterness, but quite drinkable. A great beer overall.

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Photo of 321jeff
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with golden edges and three fingers of soapy white head. As the head fades, it leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

Aroma is a soft sweet very pleasant citrus aroma of orange and grapefruit with some hints of pine resin in the background.

Taste starts off with some sweet citrus before the hop bitterness takes over. Pretty simple, but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium but very sticky with some moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable and enjoyable IPA for the citrusy IPA fan... very nice, can't wait to try the Citra DIPA..

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of this from Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

It pours a clear copper with a creamy off-white head that leaves spidery lacing.

The aroma is floral with a piney undertone and a trace of sweet caramel-y malt.

At first, floral, piney hops hit the tongue, supported by a smooth, sweet malt. Then grapefruit appears with a lingering hop bitterness, followed by an aftertaste of floral tea. 6.8% alcohol with not a trace in the taste.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. It coats your throat with a time-release mixture of hop juice and sweet malt. It's thicker than an IPA, but not as heavy as a double IPA.

Overall, the beer is just outstanding :-P Due to the stickiness, a bomber of this was the perfect amount. One a day keeps the doctor away.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold with a medium veil and a positively massive pillow of rocky head that will be your constant companion during this beer and the next.

Greets the nose with a generous fruit salad: pineapple, honeydew, and lemon. Pine and garlic have a cameo appearance.

The mouthfeel is the only thing that's a bit off here. It's a bit thicker and creamier than usual and doesn't have quite enough carbonation to really bring out the full flavor of the hops.

Setting aside the mouthfeel, the taste is quite nice: complex fruit flavors, including a uniquely strong orange note are complimented by a light caramel backbone that provides substance without distracting from the hop-centric mission. The pine and garlic notes arise at the finish along with moderate bitterness that fades with a dry smack to the back of the throat. Overall a very nice, drinkable effort that's well worth a try.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a pillowy white head that lasts.
Huge floral and citrus hops on the nose.
Flowery and grapefruit hops with enough malt sweetness to save you tastebuds from total hop destruction.
Great carbonation, crisp mouth accentuates the hops.
Yes, incase you you were wondering, this is just outstanding.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked this open while making up some homemade pico de gallo and guacamole and finished at the computer while rating it with a handful of homemade tortilla chips.

Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip on 5/28/11.

Pours a very beautiful medium dark honey color with tons of frothy cream colored head that leaves a medium amount of lacing on the glass. I can't really ask much more form this beer in terms of looks.

Smell is a juicy pine smack in the face with a little bit of orange peel and a sweet carmel malt backbone in the background. It has a nice hop presence and a sweetness. Would have liked a little more sweetness and maybe some stronger citrus aromas to build a more complex aroma but its still a very nice smelling brew.

Taste is very much the same as the smell. A pine blast to the palate with hints of citrus and a carmel malt sweetness that makes the beer chewy and tasty. Again not much to fault the beer but would like a little more citrus presence.

Mouthfeel is light to moderate in weight. The tastes easily cover the 6.8 ABV up and there is a nice pine resin that sits in the palate and dries the mouth making you want to take another sip.

Overall this is a great beer and one of the top IPA's out there. It takes some hits on its complexity but really this beer does a great job in balancing the pine hops and the sweet malt. Job well done.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great creme color with a 2 finger head and tremendous aroma of pineapple and other tropical fruits, but not overwhelming. Taste is citrusy with a brilliant hoppy bitter taste. Perfectly balanced, this is one I always look for.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

I have to say that this name fits.When you name your beer Just outstanding you better bring your A game and Kern River did.Nice golden color and that nice smell6.,8 for an IPA is a little under what i am used to but the flavor more than makes up for it.Give it a try.You will love it.Kern River Rocks.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange tan in the glass--somehow reminds me of a light maple syrup. Little to no head. Floral hoppy nose. [I heard from a weed connoisseur that it smells like weed--and good weed, at that.] Wow, what a taste, though! Really good and interesting! Hooray for maltiness! Hooray for dry hopping! The mouthfeel is light and finishes with just a touch of dry stickiness.

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Photo of teamizm
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

A - Hazy copper color with nice fluffy head.

S - Grapefruits, floral hops, summer fruits like peaches, apricots. Home bready qualities as well.

T - Bitterness with some pine qualities (kind of surprising because you don't get that in the nose). Grapefruit and summer fruits also shine through.

M - Medium carbonation, seems appropriate for a west coast IPA.

D - like Citra, very drinkable. Again, KRBC just makes some of the best California summer IPAs. The citrus tones are, dare I say, just outstanding.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: slightly murky amber and frothy eggshell head.
Smell: Dank! Tropical and Piney.
Taste: More piney than tropical.
Feel: Slightly under carbonate and very little bitterness bite at the end. Very smooth.
Overall: Perfect example of west coast IPA.

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Photo of pastradul
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip.

pretty moderate pour results in a solid 3 inches of head, that actually hangs around a bit. Leaving some spotted lacing.

the aroma is a classic west coast ipa smell. lots and lots of citru notes. But not a lot flowing out of the glass, hae to get your nose in there to really get a lot of it.

The taste is just like the smell. a mall citrus sweet on the front of the palate. then turns into a honey/grapefruit in the mid-palate. then finishes with a strong dry bitter finish.

Over all a good beer, payed 6.50 for a bomber which is nice. would buy it again.

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in bottle, I've had many times, finally decided to review it.
A - poured a very glowing yellow. very radiant. Look alone makes it appetizing
S - piny with a hint of citrus
T - outstanding, great flavors melding well together. Citrus and hops play well together with the slight taste of pine on the end.
M - very drinkable, eashy to hold and dissect tastes in the mouth.
O - Outstanding, will seek this beer out many times in the future. Overall one of my favorites. Would like to try more beer from this brewery.

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Photo of hayesez
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from the generous Gorefiendus as an extra in a recent trade. Knocking out some of these IPAs, being that summer is finally (hopefully) winding down.

I poured this dark copper brew into my Portsmouth snifter and watched as the foamy light-taupe head flexed its way toward the top of the glass before quickly receding to just a few off-white wisps along the surface. A fair amount of spider web lacing is left behind, and a decent amount of carbonation keeps the bubbles rising. This is a beautiful beer.

A good amount of fruit on the nose. Grapefruit and some of the more sweet fruits as well. The hops are definitely in there, but are balanced well with the maltiness. Obvious caramel adds to the sweet smell.

The first taste demonstrates that the nose doesn't lie. Surprisingly, the malts lead the charge here, and present that caramel scent right on the tongue. This is followed quickly by the hoppy fruits, with grapefruit being the obvious choice. A fair amount of pine rounds this one off...I don't get the pine nearly as much in the smell, but it is clearly noticeable when drinking the Just Outstanding. It is just a little bit distracting, however, as it seems a little off. Good carbonation and a medium body - a decently smooth mouthfeel is present.

You could have told me this was a DIPA, and I would have believed you. All of the flavors were very good, but the finish was just a bit off for me. Maybe a little bit too much of the lingering bitterness. Overall, a solid brew.

Consumed: 8/4/2010

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Photo of Kelly88
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to billshmeinke for the great trade.

Poured from bomber into my Kentucky Ale snifter.

A- pours a dark gold that is almost mahogany. Smallish white head that settles into a thin spotty cap. Lots of pleasing sticky lace makes for a great looking ipa.

S- probably the best aspect of this beer. Sweet fruits like mango and some grapefruit. Very sweet with just a hint of pine.

T- very tasty. It tastes like grapefruit and some sweet fruits that are balanced nicely with moderate bitterness that really makes this brew so well balanced. A touch of breadiness on the finish

M- just about perfect feel. I would call it the best light bodied beer in terms of mouth feel I have ever have. A bit, just a bit, more carbonation would have been nice.

D- great brew that drinks very easy. Not a 5 because the bitterness makes it hard to appreciate the subtle flavors of this great beer.

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

Pours a nice orangey straw color, with a little haze. The head is nice with some creaminess to it. Smell is pretty classic american hoppiness; citrus, pine, etc. It's not really strong, but it's quite nice! The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell though. It's good, but the hops just aren't there the way I wish they were and it's maybe a tad on the bitter side too. Mouthfeel is good in all respects. Overall, this is a really good ipa and I'd be happy to drink it any time, but I feel like it could be easily tweaked a bit to make it better. Just a little more hop forwardness in the taste to match the smell. Oh well, it's probably a good thing that every brewer doesn't think exactly the same way I do...

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Photo of awalk1227
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/20/10 Got this in a trade from Rock4sc96, really excited to try it! Thanks Chris!

Dry hopped wit Simcoe and Amarillo. Sounds like a recipe for success to me.

A: Pours a hazy glowing orange with a beautiful white head. Thick and frothy, hanging all over the glass. Leaves a messy glass afterwards. Beautiful beer.

S: The dry hopping 'done good. Punchy grapefruit and pineapple jump out and greet me, followed by a familiar resin character. A bit of caramel sweetness.

T: Wow, very very easy drinking. Close to 7% ABV and no alcohol is detected. Just a juicy grapefruit character backed up by tons of bitter hops and balanced with a significant malt profile, but it's subtle enough to remain a standard West Coast IPA.

F: I don't want to say thin, but it's definitely not medium and chewy like a Racer 5. Carbonation is great and the malt creates a smooth silky flow throughout.

D: As I put a dent in the bomber, I notice that it's really doing some work on my palate. I'd eat this with a really spicy meal! Great beer overall.

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Photo of CruisaC
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from Keg N' Bottle in Santa Barbara area, CA.

22 oz bottle poured into my Rodenbach snifter

Pours a pretty honey-orange color, slightly cloudy. An inch of golden head forms

Smells pine needles, orange peel, mild grass, very refreshing

Tastes very crisp with hops forward, citrus (grapefruit), just a touch of sweetness on the back end, but definitely not dominating. The hops are the star here but don't leave much bitterness.

Great balance with carbonation and silky mouthfeel.

Wonderful IPA, glad to pick it up. Maybe not Citra, but a great introduction to Kern River.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date: presumably within the past couple months
Palate Contaminants: a pork chop

Appearance is a pleasant translucent medium amber with a fine foam head.

The smell is not strong at all. I definitely get malty sweetness, along with some candied citrus. It's good, but it doesn't have enough power for me to hear all the instruments.

Unfortunately, the taste isn't anything special. It's by no means bad, but it's a goose in a world of peacocks. There's hardly any sweetness, but it's also not particularly bitter. The main character is earthiness, mostly mossy, I'd say.

Feel is moderate weighted with fine carbonation. The aftertaste has more bitter character. Well-crafted, but missing the gustatory part isn't there for me.

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 1,265 ratings.
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