Just Outstanding IPA | Kern River Brewing Company

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93
outstanding
1,307 Ratings
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83
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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:
186
For Trade:
8
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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet and a narrow pint glass. The narrow pint is not ideal, but it says Manchester United on it and is therefore sexy and its impracticality is excused. Many thanks to Nugganooch for this bottle.

Appearance - Deep golden body, but not quite amber, with a huge head in the narrow glass and a small one in the goblet. Head retention is unbelievable in the narrow glass and nonexistent in the goblet. Very sticky foam clings to both glasses.

Smell - Very strong piney hop aroma. Almost grassy. Backed up bit some biscuity and toasty smelling malt. It actually smells sweet...

Taste - ...but it doesn't taste sweet at all. Dominated by the pine hops. Not a lot of citrus, which I miss. The malt is, as expected, toasty and a bit spicy, but there is no sweetness. The bitterness is lingering as a result of the toasty malt.

Mouthfeel - Great body. Hardly heavy, but you know you're drinking. Keeps the flavors around the mouth for a while. Somewhat low carbonation.

Overall - It is quite good. Not what I go for in an IPA though. It's hard to find an objective fault with it, except that I look for more citrus in my hops than pine.

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Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours deep, cloudy, orange with a pillowy soft one finger head leaving sticky sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of grassy citric hops up front. Grapefruit, gram cracker malt, and a bit of dryness. Very nice balance overall with plenty of floral hops.

T - Plenty of piney citric hops up front giving way quickly to a mix of gram cracker malt and a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is a bit dry with some lingering hop bitterness. Very good balance of flavors in this one. A bit old, my bad, but still very enjoyable.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice soft feel with a bit of bitterness in the finish that doesn't linger for very long.

D - Pretty high. I really liked this one. I would love to try this on-tap someday. Can't wait to try some of the other offerings from Kern River.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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

Shared at my tasting on August 7, 2010.

A: This beer appears a slightly hazy shade of yellow. There is a small head that leaves just a touch of lacing on the glass.

S: The aromas are wonderful citrus, mostly grapefruit. Hooray hops!

T: A wonderful beer, and what I look for in an IPA. Citrus fruits with a pleasant, hoppy bitterness make this such an enjoyable beverage. Between this and Citra, Kern is 2 for 2 in the IPA department, as far as I see it.

M: A really nice feel. Bitterness from the hops without any astringency. Alcohol hidden well behind the bouquet.

D: Wonderfully drinkable. What a nice way to kick off the tasting.

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Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale copper color wth a bright off white head, fine even lacing across my chalice. Aroma grapefruit citrus bliss in my nares, what a great smelling brew. Straight up green, citrus rinds, floral notes excellent blend of pale malts and aromatics. Flavors citrus grapefruit semi sweet blend of malts definitely lands in the hop heavy side of things. Really excellent flow to it balanced hops and malts, carbonation is medium bodied sturdy carbonation. Drinkability was rock solid cream of the crop West Coast IPA, I would live off of this stuff if readily available.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of AlexFields
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a really tall frothy off white head. Head is as tall as the beer in the Alchemist glass I'm using.

Smells of juicy American hops, some orange citrus, some floral notes, a bit of bitter pine.

Taste is mostly sticky bitter piney hops, very little citrus. Strong malt backbone, a somewhat sweet bready character in the mouth but finishes mostly bitter.

Carbonation is really good with a full mouthfeel, very refreshing.

Not quite "outstanding" but definitely a really good IPA.

7.9/10

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Photo of imbibehour
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious bottle dating.

A deep bowl of variant color. Deep red bronze overall, with dark orange and lemon highlights on the edges. Supper slow rising carbonation comes up in nice abundance but not too much. Slightly a bit hazy though and not that clear. Head is a light white vanilla cream and perfectly uniformed bubbled. Nice four finger tall head, thick island clump retention and cap. If this had a little bit less haze it would look remarkable, but it's very impressive.

Nice subtle nose. Garden floral notes, very subtle, almost perfume like. A dry hint of pine and spruce rounds out. All around pretty solid, not much malt presence, or sweetness.

Real surprising palate. Whopping juiced character and mild sugar finish of caramel and hop juiced oils. Real great coating palate that gives a mint sticky mild bitterness and finish. Great aromatics in the mid palate of green pine and spruce. Chewy leafy garden greens of perfume and hints of mint. Small hints of dry biscuit character and brown toast a little as it warms.

The mouthfeel on this is so soft and easy to drink that it goes down like nothing. Real fun brew from these guys, it's not a giant hop smash in the face, just a nice subtle but noticeable play on it which I dig.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of 22Blue
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon 420 for the 22 oz. bottle!

Pours hazy amber with a frothy off-white head. Trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus (grapefruit) and floral notes.

The taste is malty upfront. Sweetness turns to a floral/citric bitterness in a dry, slightly salty/minerally finish.

Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation/effervescence.

A nice, balanced, drinkable IPA. Alcohol has a tiny bite, but well-hidden overall. I don't know about "outstanding", but it is very good!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery in Kernville into a pint glass. The beer has a decent golden-brown coloring, with a spaced and thin, light head. You get a nose full of pine and hops in the aromas. Very heavy hops flavor on initial tasting, but without the typical bitterness that usually accompanies it. The beer tastes very green. There are also heavy floral flavors on the front of the tongue. The beer is very full, but smooth, in mouth, despite the robust flavors. The beer has minimal aftertaste, and is extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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

Thanks to zestar for this one. Served in a Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a beautiful two fingers of foam with amazing retention and glass-coating lacing. The color is a hazy dark orange-brown that doesn't have much pop to it - kind of drab in fact.

S - I can tell this isn't from the week-old batch as it has a bit of that faded hop smell, but otherwise it's quite nice. Very dank, orange citrus, and a hefty dose of fruit punch provided by the generous amounts of Simcoe hops. There's a strong backbone of caramel malt and bread that suggests a bigger beer.

T - Taste is combination of candied citrus and caramel malts. Some bitterness pops up after half the bottle, but it's fairly well attenuated. This is more like Midwest IPAs than West Coast ones. Actually, the closest comparison would be Flossmoor IPAs - this at an undetermined age tastes very similar to fresh Flossmoor IPAs in terms of malt character and balance.

M - Quintessential IPA mouthfeel. Lower carbonation with a bit of tingle, soft, smooth, medium body, dry finish, and oily resinous residual feel. No problems here.

D - I had no problem downing a bomber on my own. I'd drink this regularly if I could get it fresh. Wish the bottles were dated.

I'm not sure this is "Outstanding", although it's hard to tell without a super-fresh sample. I guess marketing a "Pretty Good IPA" might be more challenging. In any case, I'm looking forward to future hoppy brews from Kern River.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -5%

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