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:
450
Ratings:
1,290
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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374
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185
For Trade:
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Photo of biglobo8971
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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 -8.6%
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 +7.4%
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 +1%
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 +3.3%
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 +3.3%
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 rmalinowski4
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Mikasa tulip. Thanks to dgb3 for the bottles.

Pours a hazy yellow/orange hue with a two finger fluffy white head. The head recedes slowly leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is pure hops. Tropical fruit, orange, tangerine, and flowers. Very nice.

Taste is some pine followed by the tropical fruits. The malt backbone is in the background and really let's the hops come through. Very smooth and easy to drink. I would like more fruit and a little less pine, but the bottle could be over a month old and there could be some hop fade going on.

The mouthfeel is great, good body, not to thin or thick, and the carbonation is medium with you barley noticing the bubbles on the palate.

Overall this is a very nice beer, would like to have it a little fresher, but it is still very refreshing after a long hot day at work. Glad I received two bottles.

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Photo of mrelizabeth
3.12/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Local Habit. This keg was brought back by the bartender after visiting Kern River a few weeks ago.

a- amber-gold ipa. good head, screams ipa.

s- inviting. olfactory not slammed by hops. reminds me of duet by alpine.

t- again, reminds me of duet. there are a couple of hops working together here, but it feels like they almost zero each other out. you get a bit of bite early, but by the end of the glass it had lost most of that zing. drink colder than warm.

m- fell a little flat on the tongue. a weightier ipa, with thick, slow flavors.

o- this is a beer in a minor key. not a bright, hoppy ipa, more of a cloudy, moody ipa. simcoe & amarillo, but just not as good as alpine's duet.

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Photo of airohead2001
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the ever gracious glazeman for this IPA.

A - Great looking IPA. Beautiful hazy dark orange with a nice pearly white one finger head with nice retention. Great lacing. Just about the most appetizing looking IPA that I've seen.

S - Piney hops booze, and a little bit of oranges. Reminds me a lot of Pliny.

T - This is a tasty brew. Again, reminds me a lot of Pliny. Nice blend of juicy citrus hops up front followed by Christmas trees in the finish. The bitterness of the finish lingers for a long time. Not much malt, but not much is expected for a west coast single IPA.

M - Great - spot on for the style.

D - I could literally drink pitchers of this beer until I hit the floor. Enough said. Just outstanding drinkability.

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Photo of davidbowers13
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Received in trade with mrmiles. Thanks.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with ample off-white head. Sticks to the glass well.

S - Citrus, pine, hops explode in a very fragrant bouquet.

T - Similar to the nose. Citrus with a mild bitterness.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel with an ample amount of carbonation.

O - I was satisfied with this beer. I found it to be enjoyable and would have it again given the opportunity.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber/orange color with plenty of head. The aroma has a lot of pine notes, along with the strong citrus hops. The taste is just as good, very balanced with lots of bitterness. The citrus and fruit notes are present, and the malt balances on the back end. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with good carbonation.

This is one heck of an IPA, I've wanted to try a Kern River beer and this is my first one. I'm very impressed and will have to find more.

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Photo of TastefulNudity
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a growler from my trip to Kern.

A: Tall, frothy white head that settles to half a finger and leaves wonderful creamy lacing. Orange and nicely carbonated. When I think IPA, this is the image I have in mind. Can't fault it.

S: Juicy citrus goodness. Orange and mango up front. Pine needles, lovely backbone.

T: Starts with that sweet tropical & citrusy fruitiness. Middle of the tongue is melding of mostly sweet with a tad bitter hop end. Bready, biscuity malt backs up with not too much lingering bitterness. This is great stuff.

M: One thing I noticed with KRBC (especially with Class V Stout) is their creamy mouthfeel. This one starts very creamy with just enough carbonation on the back end to dry it up. Could be because it's from the tap, it's great though.

O: This was my favorite of the four year-round brews I sampled at Kern. Decided to grab a growler of this and have been waiting for a day to enjoy it. Today's the day. Pick it up if you can, it's hard to find but great, just like all KRBC brews.

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

SMELL: Delicious grapefruit sweet, bitter hoppiness dominates.

TASTE: Remarkably restrained hoppy nature with full flavor, but nice, suppressed bitterness. Thicker mouthfeel contrasts against the bright, piny hoppiness. Very mild sweetness that perfectly balances the other natures. Overall, amazingly balanced and refined for an IPA. Impressive. Doesn't even have the lingering, back of the tongue bitterness.

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

Thanks to soughtbyGod for this one.
Poured into a Mother Earth snifter
copper color with at least a 3 finger head with lacing for days.
Smell was piney for me, typical West Coast offering.
Taste was an improvement from the nose. Hops are in your face but never get out of hand. Slight malt backbone calms the hops down. Mouthfeel is a nice balance, not chewy, not too thin, very nice.
Overall this is a very nice IPA! I would recommend it!

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Photo of MBrausen
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to aufaber for this one!

Poured from bomber into a CBS snifter.

A. Wonderfull orange red hue with a 4mm thick head, resides to some nice foamy bubbles.

S. Smells of fine citrus, some sweet pine and wonderful orange peel

T. Tastes of sweet and tart citrus, strong of pine and lots of floral.

M. Medium body, with a coarse and dry finish

O. A good overall beer. Lots of citrus and tangy hops, and a bit sweet. I like this beer. I could see buying this for $7/bomber at the store and keeping a fair amount on hand. A good beer that could be drank anytime.

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Photo of larsenju
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DearthVader for the generous extra!

A-Rich copper body with over two fingers that held well, and left heavy lacing. There was a constant white cap that never really dropped fully.

S- Lots of grassy hops with a little lemon and pine, when I really swirled it and dug my nose way into the glass I started to get some peach and mango, and even a little pineapple. I also got a touch of biscuit and bread, increasing as it warmed.

T-Pineapple, peach and just a little spice up front stepping into a more earthy/piney hop character. The fruits never really fade, but the pine takes over quickly. Finishing the grassy hops really step up with a little lemon to balance it out, and the finish is quite bitter leaving a sharp bitterness for aftertaste.

M-Dry with lower carb than normal, it doesn't really lose anything because of it.

D-Pretty complex, refreshing and easy to drink. This would go great with a summer cookout on a hot day. Standing on its own, the bitterness is a little excessive (I know it's an IPA), cutting the bittering hops a little would accentuate the hop flavors and balance the beer out a little. Don't get me wrong though, this is a great beer, well above average for the style.

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Photo of JoshVandy
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on July 16, 2011.

650mL bottle into a Bruery snifter.

A- Pours a hazy orange with about a 1 finger off white head. Fantastic volume, lacing and retention.

S- Glorious hops! Citrus and floral hops, piney hop resins, orange, mango, and just the right amount of malt sweetness.

T- Follows the nose. Bursting with citrus, floral, and piney hops, with a great malt backbone to round out the flavors perfectly. Nice mango orange flavors al well.

M- Perfect carbonation and just a decent amount hop bitterness. Finishes bright and longing for more.

O- A fantastic IPA that I wish I could get ahold of more often.

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Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass

Appearance is a dark orange color that has very good clarity, and a nice visual carbonation to it. It poured with a 1/4 inch of off-white head, which recedes into a small layer that lays atop the brew the whole way down. Nice retention and great looking, sticky lace down the glass. I'm getting a really nice tropical peach aroma off of this one, but also smells of a malty sweetness. Taste is also peach-forward, with a malty back end. There is a slight hop bitterness to it, but not as much as I prefer. The only thing missing is the sharp hop bite, but that's just me. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, and mildly carbonated. This is a really solid offering, something that I would pick up whenever I see it.

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Photo of Dynobolt
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For an IPA probably the best I had thus far. Had at my buddies strangers bar in el Centro. Nice head and lacing layers. Good smell and taste. Definitely get it again!

Ok it's 6/12/2015
I had it again.. I cudnt wait to pour it out. Shared it with my sister and she loved it. But I had many more ipa's and dipa's since my first "just outstanding" experience. Still very good IPA and I would definitely try it again but my first grade of 4.94 had to be changed. Still recommend this beer and I'll buy it again.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 3rd treat from the mystery box (thanks again Solomon420!), 22 oz. bomber with no freshness noted poured into the appropriate SN pint glass...

Aggressive pour=aggressive head...rocky off white foam head with great retention as well as good lacing and legs. A burnt golden body with a slight haze...

Floral boquet of spicy hops and grapefruits...solid nose, very West Coast with lots of spice and citrus.

Lots of hop bite up front with s drying bitter finish. Citrus grapefruit notes throughout with a hint of malts...bits of caramel in the finish also noted.

Slick, oily, and buttery-top notch carbonation!

The spiciness keeps it from a 4.5, but still superdrinkable!

An AMAZING IPA that needs some more respect. This ranks right up there with Blind Pig in my opinion. Simcoe and amarillo hops were used, and damn were they used well!

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Photo of TaylorIPA19
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

They should change the name of this one to "Just Another IPA"

No visible dating on the bottle - pours a nice copperish color with little head and leaves very little lacing - Sweet sticky caramel is the predominant smell - Taste is just that... Caramel with some earthy pine and floral notes - smooth drinking with a slightly sticky aftertaste - not bad, not great, not likely to buy it again, but not going to turn it down if handed one either...

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Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a bomber into a Holy Mackerel pint glass while watching the Steelers vs the Cowboys.

A: Beautiful clear golden, orange with a great rocky, two finger head.

S: Mostly pine but there is some bright grapefruit zest to back it up

T&M: Somewhat thick, oily body that coats the back of the tongue thoroughly. Nowhere near as drying as most of the IPAs I've had(which is a good thing). Taste follows the nose but with a hint of bready malt coming in. Pine is still the forefront with some clean citrus notes.

O: A very clean, well made and deserving brew. This is exactly as it has been named. Just Outstanding!

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Photo of Solomon420
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I realized that I had not yet reviewed this particular brew from Kern River. And I have been advocating this wondrous brew by giving it as an extra on my trades. I received a fresh keg of it and promptly put it in the kegerator. So this review is based on a super fresh keg pour and not the bottle, which surprisingly got way better than the bottle (something that is hard to do with such a great tasting beer).

A: darker orange, copper appearance with an offwhite head that held at 2 fingers for quite some time. Not your typical IPA hue, but then again, this is NOT your typical American IPA.

S: holy shit, at first pull of the tap handle my bar area filled with the delicious aroma of ripe apricot, sticky resinous hops, some floral aromas...and I thought popping the top off of the 22 oz bottles released some delightful aromas...a fresh keg produced 100% better results! Awesome

T: Again, I thought it was going to be hard to beat the taste out of a fresh bottle, but WOW, I mean just WOW, fresh from the keg is the only way to go on this beer. Just Outstanding really nails it. Slight alcohol warmth to it in the end.

M: Sticky oily mouthfeel, perfect for the hopheads. Not to overpowering, still well balanced. Medium carbonation and tons of body on this one.

D: I think I can easily drink 4-5 pints of this, however after a while the ABV kicks in and realize its time to go to sleep. I am so glad that I have a keg of this yummy elixir to enjoy and enjoy for weeks to come.

**Again, this review was from a keg and not the bottle, which I thought couldnt get any better.**

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a Ranger IPA tumbler.

Pours a mostly clear amber-golden color. A finger and a half of silky off-white head. Lacing looks pretty solid. Spectacular head retention.

Citrus and floral hops. An evening out from malt character lies below the surface - doesn't smell too sweet.

A quick flash of slight sweetness and malt, followed by a rush of bitter, citrus rind hops. Hints of grapefruit and pineapple juice linger as the beer settles. Mostly bitter but semi-sweet finish. Floral notes start to become more prevalent as this one warms, which prompted me to come back and revise my review.

Smooth start, fairly light bodied, finishes with juicy carbonation.

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Photo of Fluke828
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
No date/freshness info on the bottle
Got this in a trade from RichBeer, thanks Rich!

reviewed from notes from a tasting last weekend

A-> Pours a beautiful tawny/amber-ish color with a huge 2 finger head. Looks unfiltered. Some lace but not too much.

S-> Hard to place, bouquet is muted a bit with musty hoppy scents but nothing overly floral or fruity. Some faint pine, we'll see what the taste brings....(After some warming/swirling, I do finally get some citrus fruits in the nose)

T-> Bitter hops up front but immediately balanced out by some sweet malts in the middle and towards the finish. Ends back with the dry hoppy bite. Deliciously well balanced. Much more fruity towards the end of the bomber than at first.

M-> Light feel for the style but I think I have just been drinking too many IIPAs lately...nice to have one that is dialed back a bit and yet still so refreshing and balanced. Really get the full flavors after the swallow, on the aftertaste.

O-> This beer was terrific. It is "just" an IPA, not trying to be something it's not or fooling you into one side of the flavor/aroma spectrum either. Nothing really up in your face about it like so many other West Coast IPAs, which is a refreshing change. Still fairly strong @ 6.8% for a single-IPA but again, very well balanced, not bombing you with hops, has a nice malt complement. Would have this again in a heartbeat...

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Just Outstanding IPA from Kern River Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 1,290 ratings.
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