Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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93
outstanding
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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:
187
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Ri0
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Very clear apple juice color with a soft white 2 finger head. Leaves a ring and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is both sweet from the malts and tropical from the hops. Amarillo was a good choice and a favorite of mine. A bit of grapefruit zest for some bite on the flavor with sweet notes of caramel malts. Tropical flavors of passion fruit and guava add depth to the taste. Both refreshing and dry with a clean and medium feel. Very tasty IPA.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours golden with about a finger of off-white foam, pretty good retention and some lacing.

S: Floral, fresh cut grass, tangerine, caramel malt.

T: Like biting into a juicy pink grapefruit, a little spice, citrus, light bitter and caramel malt finish.

M: Somehow soft, unlike a lot of IPAs which have a harsh (not the right word) texture. Creamy. Medium-light body and carbonation works very well here.

O: Top class and citrus forward IPA. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of robgage
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

This here IPA is yet another in a long line of great brews sent my way courtesy of BitterBill, thank you sir! Just Outstanding IPA shows off a polished copper body that manages to glow when backlit. There's a slight haziness but this one was just taken from the trade box about 2 hours ago. A small dirty white head formed on the pour that grew to one finger max and left incredible sheet lacing the entire way down the glass. This is one impressive looking IPA with some of the better lacing I've seen in awhile.

The nose is very interesting and screams hops. The aroma of this beer drips with resinous, spicy hops over the top of a unique semi-sweet caramel maltiness that shows signs rich toffee underneath. There is a smattering of grapefruit pith but the spiciness takes the lead. A crazy spicy wood character pops up here and there that I'm assuming is from the hop profile. I've come to thoroughly enjoy this style of IPA; it's unique in a world filled with grapefruit bombs.

Wow, I am really digging this IPA! Big, spicy, mouth sapping resinous hops kick things off in the proudest of ways. The spiciness really picks up in the back of the throat. Dry pine needles and bitter grapefruit pith play solid roles but stay in the back where they belong. Rich caramel and mild toffee make up the malty aspect of this beer that tries it's best to pull itself to the hoppiness but falls far short. Citric qualities actually make a stronger appearance here than the nose suggested and I enjoy it immensely.

The mouthfeel is the only aspect of this beer that could use a little improvement. The body is medium and shows a bit of stick upfront but for whatever reason feels a bit thin on the swallow. That's in no way a knock to the mouthfeel, just some nitpicking on my part. The bitterness hits its hardest on the swallow and lingers around in the best of ways.

Drinkability is off the charts easy. Seriously, this bomber is disappearing in a matter of minutes and I'm under no control of myself to slow down. The abv is nowhere to be found and I could see that catching up to me very easily in the long run.

This beer sounded like a winner but it's a knockout! This is one of the better IPAs I've had in a while and one I hope to enjoy numerous times over the next few months. A big thank you for this one Bill, it's delicious!

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's, 11/9/11.

A-Pour is a clear amber with a thin white head and good lacing.

S-Citrus hops and sweet malt.

T-Very nice balance of sweet malt and tangerine hops.

M-Light to medium bodied.

O-Very drinkable and delicious, sessionable and tasty.

HV

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks matt!

pour is light hazy brown with orange hints. light creamy head, some lacing. looks a bit hazy and a bit thin.

huge scents, mainly pineapple, floral, and sweet citrus. amazing.

very floral up front, lots of sweet citrus through out and some pineapple. a slight pine bitterness creeps in and out. light malts. a lot going on here but not overpowering. very flavorful.

body looked thin but is not. nice light carbonation and decent body.

I could and would drink this all night and all day.

this is one awesome IPA, it really is JUST OUTSTANDING, for realz. i had never heard of Kern River so I did not know what to expect. I am glad i got this, such an easy drinking IPA with great flavors. exactly what I would expect from Cali.

love it...

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of cd34
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking IPA, tan/orange and slightly hazy, great two finger head that lasted and lasted and left all kinds of great lacing on my tulip glass.

Smells very nice, a great mix of piney grapefruit and hoppy goodness.

A very well balanced and flavorful IPA. Just a touch of fruitiness peeks through with lots of delicious hops, grapefruits and mandarin oranges, balanced malts, and a good mix of sweetness vs bitterness.

Rich and pungent in your mouth, medium bodied and well carbonated.

This is a very good IPA. I could easily drink this on a regular basis. Just plain delicious in every way.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to soughtbygod for sending this my way

Consumed 11/3/11

Appearance: A mostly clear but slightly hazy deep orange color - starts off with a large, fluffy, foamy white head - great retention, and it leaves tons of lacing - sticky, wispy, pretty looking

Smell: Great - complex hops - floral, some pine, tons of citrus - mostly orange and grapefruit flesh, but there are definitely some tropical aromas in here, too - a bready malt backbone, hints of caramel

Taste: Yeah, it's outstanding - surprisingly, not a hop bomb - moderately bitter, with a light sweetness - some oily pine, and a lot of citrus - orange and grapefruit flesh, some pith that builds over time, some rind - the malts do actually provide a background, mostly pale, but some caramel malts - a little earthy, grassy - balance is impressive for a west coast IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth

Overall: All-around solid

This is a great IPA. It's not extreme, it's not ridiculous, it's just very flavorful and well-rounded. I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of schnarr84
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JDV
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Odeed for this bonus bomber!
Pours a nice amber color with a nice offwhite head. Some lacing on the glass. Smell is balanced grainy maltiness and nicely fruity and piney hops. Taste has a bit of a gummy, fruity, floral quality about it, with a pleasant fruity hop flavor to match. Medium bodied with a touch of gummy chewiness. Really a clean, solid IPA.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a tall white, dense head. There's a considerable amout of retention and lacing.

The hops seem subdued in the smell. There's no mistaking it for an IPA, but the grainy malt really tones down the hops to a dull citrus smell.

The malt plays a pretty strong role in this. The hops are dominant, but there's a strong balance. Grapefruit, pineapple, and some light floral flavors exist.

Mouthfeel is clean and moderately dry. It's has low bitterness.

This was a pretty good IPA, but far from outstanding.

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

Photo of xdtfx
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

A: Deep orange to amber almost slight haze to it, but still has clarity. thin head, well defined small bubbles surround. almost a smidge of copper in there as well.

S: juicy fruit gum, citrus pith, hops, dankness, resin overload at the end, faint mango and papaya as well.

T: much more bitter on the taste, pine, grass, lemon peel, some citrus fruit come through but very bitter dominant.

F: good sticky body with a crisp bite to finish

O: This is a good IPA. " Just good" not outstanding.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MinorThreat
4/5  rDev -5%

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

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= At fridge temp, this ale poured a deep hazy orange color with a ½" white head. The head dropped to a skim fairly quickly but left some nice sticky web lace down my glass.

S= Smelled of sweet malt and juicy/fresh citrus and pine hops. Some deeper, danker bitter hop smell in there too. Very fresh and very nice.

T= The sweet malt base came through first, showing a bit of biscuit and caramel edge to it. The hop flavor was all citrus and pine, with maybe a touch of tropical fruitiness. Hop bitterness was up there but not so high as to overpower the other flavors. Finished dry and full of lingering hop resins.

MF= Medium bodied with a big but not overdone carbonation feel. Very much a palate cleansing beer.

D= This was my first beer from Kern River Brewing (received in a trade) and I was well pleased. Tasty and easy to drink for sure. I could easily session a few of these!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into Victory snifter (reviewed on 7/4/11). Thanks for barfdiggs for sharing this one.

A: This one pours a hazy orange color. One finger off white head. Ok carbonation strolling off the bottle of the glass.

S: Nice floral hop aroma. Overripe peach, grapefruit, and other florals. Some malts.

T: Good balance between hop character and malt base. Really smooth stuff. Nice middle of the tongue malts and a crisp hop bite at the finish. Perfect brew IMO.

M: Medium bodied IPA.

O: This being my first brew from their brewery, I was thoroughly impressed with this offering. I'd love another! Definitely gets my stamp of approval for IPAs.

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Photo of thereal_adam
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smutty33
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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