Kern River Brewing Company

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Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #10
Ranked #103
4.55 | pDev: 8.79%
Jan 28, 2024
Feb 13, 2010
A double IPA that is hazy pale in color with a strong pungent aroma that comes from large amounts of Citra hops.
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Rated: 4.31 by beersgud from Kansas

Jan 28, 2024
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours an effervescent gold/honey with a thumb eggshell colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Bready, piney, lemons, mangoes. Pineapple shows up as this beer warms

T: Follows the nose, dryness, pineapple & grapefruit up front. Grapefruit, limes, a hint of pine & dryness/breadyness once this beer is warm. Finishes a touch cakey with pineapple, grapefruit & a kiss of green melon

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation, nice balance

Classic West Coast DIPA, in your face, but very drinkable to the point of too easy. This would so be in my rotation if feasible
Dec 24, 2023
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Reviewed by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a cloudy golden straw with a finger of foamy head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring with some lacing. Aroma of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and trace of pine. Taste follows nose.
Dec 20, 2023
Rated: 5 by osseo222000 from California

Dec 13, 2023
Rated: 4.37 by sd123 from Georgia

Nov 30, 2023
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Reviewed by Dwarfrat

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
The first Citra was incredible. We found that bottle aging for ten days smoothed it out.
After a few years of substandard Citra hops resulting in a brew not as good as the first, it's back up to where it was in the beginning.
Since KRBC switched to all aluminum cans, the mouth feel is less wonderful than from a bottle.
It's best at the brewery.
The food?
I go to drink, not to eat. The waffle fries are flavored soggy cardboard.

Tasted at the Brewery 11-10-2023
Not the same beer
The magic is gone
Jun 26, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Jun 24, 2023
Rated: 4.46 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 12, 2023
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
GREAT FLAVORED IPA full of hoppy flavor in every sip great hop after taste great beer to drink again
May 29, 2023
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Citra from Kern River Brewing, 16 fl oz can from @2beerdogs in NBW BIF 17. Reviewed 25/04/23 (Review 3082). Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Lower rim of can stamped “CANNED ON 0?/2?/23”. Stored at 34 degrees at home. Served at 45.3 degrees F in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. The final temperature was 54.5 degrees F.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – Pale Straw (SRM 2), clear.
Body – Pale Gold (SRM 4), hazy. Under direct light, same. When rear lite, translucent.
Head: Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), ivory, high density, average retention, rapidly retreating, leaving a 1.2 – 2.2 cm jagged crown and a rocky complete layer. As the head contracts, irregular elongated islands remain above the head.
Lacing – Good – remnants of the head following the patterns of the head, but thinner.
Aroma – 4.5 – Grapefruit and generic citrus (tending toward pineapple) backed by caramel malt, no yeast. No ethanol (8.5 % ABV as marked on the label) aroma.
Flavor – 4.5 – Follows the nose. Begins and ends citrusy and full-bodied, a bit dank and resinous over caramel malt. No yeast or ethanol. Barely noticeable gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends crisp and dry with a little resin.
Palate – 4.25 – Full; dry; lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.5 Good DIPA – dank, crisp, and citrusy.
Apr 25, 2023
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Reviewed by TheWaySheGoes from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
The smell is just unreal and this one is not for a first time IPA drinker. What a treat, and I hope they continue to expand with their distribution. Very lucky to get a hold of this legendary beer. So many powerful tasting notes, and the sweetness at the end is done just right.
Apr 14, 2023
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Reviewed by NeilSilber1 from California

4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pours golden yellow with thin white foamy cap in small tulip glass on draught at Father’s office. Beautiful citrus pineapple, mango and hops on the nose. Really great springy DIPA bursting with Citra hops! Cheers to greatness!
Apr 13, 2023
Rated: 4.33 by Gooseman80 from Illinois

Mar 30, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by LA2ED7

Mar 20, 2023
Rated: 4.65 by hopley from Massachusetts

Mar 20, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by BigIronH from Michigan

Dec 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Citra pours a slightly hazy, cloudy amber color with a big beautiful head. A sixteen ounce, canned 11/24/22 is very strong with the Citra aroma. Taste is powerful and good. Citra and Amarillo go together well in this brew. Fabulously smooth and not really bitter at all. Overall a fine Double IPA.
Dec 24, 2022
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Reviewed by kemoarps from New York

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Both @2beerdogs and @Beersnake1 sent me cans of this one related to the recent NBS BIF#16, so I guess the California contingent feels strongly that I should try it!!

Beautiful clear caramel gold colour with a good finger plus of just off white foam. Soft and velvety with sprinkled large bubbles, it sticks to the glass as it recedes.

Nose is a great showcase for citra hops, and that works for me, because citra is a great hop! There's some citrus, some pine, some kind of light honeysuckle and wonderful rich complementary caramel malts underneath.

Flavour isn't quite as rich as the aroma, but it presents all the goodies. Bitter citrus and pine, some caramel malts, some round fruits... finish is bitter but not overpowering by any means. It's mostly in the pith/citrus side of things, but not the full on acid bomb of like a Monkish, and it's balanced with a little bit of earthy pine and a touch of the sweet malts to balance.

This is just a phenomenal beer all around, and right up my alley. I love what I've tried from Kern River, and I can see why both Tim and Derek both independently thought I should try this beer. Thanks, fellas!!
Dec 23, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by foundersasap from Michigan

Dec 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake from California

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can at fridge temp. Pours an opaque yellow with fluffy white head. The nose is tropical fruit, pine needles, marmalade. The taste is incredible. Tropical fruit, orange peel, pine, honey, marmalade, apricot, pineapple, and a bit of leather. Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall, a wonderful IPA.
Dec 13, 2022
Citra from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1903 ratings