Kern River Brewing Company

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Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #7
Ranked #95
4.56 | pDev: 8.77%
May 01, 2022
Feb 13, 2010
Notes: 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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Ratings by Bubba83:
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4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by Bubba83 from California

Reviewing from notes. Enjoyed with a few beer advocate buds. Very fresh growler courtesy of chswimmer's mountainous driving skills. Thanks Craig!

The body is quite dark orange and cloudy. It has some beautiful apricot like colors. Decent head from an easy pour, okay retention and good lacing. Bright white head.

Fantastic aromas of grapefruit juice and all kinds of other citrus. You almost don't want to drink it because it's so nice to smell.

A lot of complexity in that citrus flavor, well rounded. There's a nice sweetness from the bready malts too, and hints of caramel. There's really not much bitterness coming across in the beer, just lots of vibrant juicy hop flavor. I also get some grassy/hay flavors too.

The mouthfeel is a little bit on the dry side which is kind of confusing since the flavor is so juicy. A tad grainy but it's not detracting too much. It's also a little on the thin side. On the plus side, this all works out to make it pretty refreshing.

So so easy to drink. Nice and refreshing, great flavor, almost hard to imagine this is a double IPA since it's just so vibrant and easy going. No alcohol heat at all here. I feel like I could drink the entire growler myself over the course of a few hours in one sitting.

May 31, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

16 ounce can into plastic hotel room cup at Tustin Inn. Canned on 3/17/22. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some streaming carbonation. Aromas and flavors of huge passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, blueberry, tangerine, red grapefruit, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, peppercorn, pine, cracker, bread dough, light honey/toast, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good sized pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body. Balanced creamy/grainy malts and sticky/resinous hops in the mouthfeel. Long resinous drying finish with mild astringency. Mild increasing warmth of 8.5%, a bit of hop burn. Super juicy, dank, and earthy hops; with a good sized malt backbone. Top tier west coast style, aggressive yet smooth.

May 01, 2022
4.49 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Apr 06, 2022
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4.94/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by MarshalLovesBeer

Poured a golden amber color with a nice 1 inch head that left some lacing. Taste is exactly what I hoped for—loads of delicious, dank citra! Mouthfeel is nice; has some rich gravity to it. I’m highly considering buying some more of this—very nice, delicious brew. Very strong on the citra hops and leans on the west coast IPA side, thankfully.

Apr 03, 2022
4.29 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 20, 2022
4.49 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Jan 13, 2022
4 by spersichilli from California on Jan 13, 2022
4.32 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 06, 2022
4.54 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania on Dec 26, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured a rusty yellow color with a visible carbonation and a white head.

Smell - Citrus came though in the nose with a little bit of sweetness.

Taste - With a full body, the citra hops needed to be bold. In fact, they were bold. Unlike most citra hopped beers, this one leaned more bitter. It was dank, with notes of guava and lemon. The finish was warm and a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel - This was not a light beer. It had serious viscosity for the style with notable carbonation.

Overall - Citra hops went in a bit different direction in this beer. I liked it.

Dec 23, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by lucius10 from California

Sweet tropical hoppy, slightly malty, and hint of piney, citrus nose on this one! Taste follows with a balanced, old-school hoppy, slightly malty, and piney citrus bitter finish. This was a little more malt dominant than I was expecting, but still good!

Dec 20, 2021
4.44 by JBowenGeorgia from Georgia on Dec 12, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
by pants678 from California

Gold steering toward brown, white foam.

Face full of citra hops.

Not the east coast fruit bomb, this has a domineering earthy bent. Something close to cumin with more than notes of tangy pineapple and, much more so on the finish, orange.

Dry-ish and sharp-ish, sorta crackery. Notably softer when poured.

Dec 10, 2021
4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio on Dec 04, 2021
4.68 by MTKATL from Georgia on Nov 28, 2021
4.37 by timmy2b from New York on Nov 22, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Canned on 11/11/21; consumed on 11/19/21

Pours a foggy, bronze-tinted, rusty orange body capped with multiple fingers of dense, fluffy, white foam; good head retention leaves a finger of rich, creamy cap, equally rich collar lining the surface, and thick layers of webby lacing and spotty accessories spread across the entirety of the glass.

Aroma features flaky malts introducing a softer pineapple into mango flesh and a resinous grapefruit interlude sparking a peaking bouquet, whereon transitional pine to fresh-cut grass on the back end remains synchronized to a peppery dank, lemon twist.

Taste opens to pineapple resins with a light tinge of tangerine pith, wrapped in an undertone of freshly sliced mango laden with grassy hop textures; a grapefruit twang over the mid-palate phases effortlessly into a lemony dank finish with flaky malt accents and distant hints of pine.

Mouthfeel offers a medium body with a fluffy, moderate-high carbonation; a wispy twang invigorates a vague bitterness over the mid-palate, trending sticky as pillowy resins take hold into the back end for a lush hop consistency, and a flaky crispness persists with drying undertones through the finish.

Levels of resinous saturation bridge West Coast and New England IPA elements, bringing into focus advanced tropical fruit development born from an ultra-refined and raw hop core, and a deftly established malt profile; this is a measured intensity, and a deceptively potent variation of the WCIPA.

Nov 20, 2021
4.28 by KingforaDay from New Jersey on Oct 05, 2021
5 by kblomseth from California on Aug 19, 2021
4.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Aug 13, 2021
4.3 by dmb987 from New York on Jul 10, 2021
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jun 11, 2021
4.43 by Jkolls from Ohio on Jun 03, 2021
4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois on May 22, 2021
4.53 by Ox8840bo from Illinois on May 19, 2021
4.43 by Benish from Wisconsin on May 07, 2021
3.75 by Argento from Rhode Island on Apr 20, 2021
4.44 by asaboss from California on Apr 16, 2021
4.24 by IanX from New York on Apr 04, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by IKR from California

2021 Vintage

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber-yellow color with a fairly generous generous-sized thick, foamy white head that slowly faded. A nice looking IIPA for my tastes.

Smell: Citrus, tropical fruit aromas and moderate pine aromas. Nothing to fault with the nose.

Taste: Moderately tart grapefruit/citrus notes, moderate tropical fruit notes and mild pine notes. Some mild bready notes from the malts to counter all the hop notes. The beer has a strong hop backbone that provides a fairly dry finish that lets the fruity notes die off gradually.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a generous level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is spot on for an IIPA.

Overall: A great IIPA. A very good hop flavor profile with enough of a malt backbone to produce a good flavor profile. i wish I had a time machine so that I could decide if OG Nelson or Citra was/is my favorite IPA/IIPA.

Apr 01, 2021
4.56 by kmoen from California on Mar 28, 2021
4.44 by craigbelly from Iowa on Mar 27, 2021
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4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by HugoBossk from California

Canned on 3/22, freshest I've had by some margin!
L: Eschews classic West Coast IPA visual with a slightly more opaque and deeper color than other classics of the style. Beautiful lacing on glass after some sips, yet head dissipates rather quickly. This has little bearing on the beer overall personally, a minor complaint.
S: Lovely nose of tropical notes. Smells of fruit and citrus, not an overpoweringly strong scent yet clearly expresses the flavor profile to expect.
T: Citrus and fruit flavor explodes here. Measured bitterness reminds that this is a West Coast IPA, yet has a juiciness that has come to be associated with NEIPAs nowadays. Hoppy and fruity, taste follows suit on the nose and then some.
F: Perfectly measured medium body, finishes on the dry side yet the tropical fruit and citrus notes linger for some time.
O: My third experience with Citra, I think I can conclude that this is my favorite West Coast IPA of them all. The juicier and sweeter characteristics of it as opposed to other notable examples of the style put it over the edge as a truly original and exciting beer. Drank fresh, it is an absolute revelation in a time where the IPA market is oversaturated and often difficult to get excited about. Seek it out!

Mar 26, 2021
4.5 by Juggerr from New York on Mar 25, 2021
5 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
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4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by BillAfromSoCal from California

Points off on looks only because the head is fairly scrawny; much less than a finger in my pint glas;. nice lacing though. I have a lousy nose but as soon as I opened the can I could smell fruity goodness with citrus dominating. The taste is so well balanced, with a good amount of juicy +hoppy. Citrus flavors dominate but certainly only part of a really well balanced flavor profile. I really like this one a lot. More, please.

Jan 16, 2021
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4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by jb_4226 from Texas


Dec 19, 2020
4.34 by Nunya from Ohio on Dec 18, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by elNopalero from California

Pours a beautiful glowing copper, clear and clean. The aroma isn’t as big and vibrant as I might expect, but more subdued and muted. It’s bursting with flavor, all that citra goodness, with just enough heft and body on the back. I thought it was fantastic.

Dec 15, 2020
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