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Just Outstanding by Kern River Brewing Company
American IPA
6.80 % ABV

Review by younger35 on 05/10/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 16 5 9 0
Big thanks to BeerTruth for bringing me a bottle of this from his resent trip to the left coast. This will be my first brew from Kern River and I look forward to it. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Opens with a violent hiss and pours a crystal clear reddish orange with a beautifully fluffy one finger white head. A nice thick cap and collar remain the entire beer along with tons of thick web like lacing.
Smell- Plenty fruity as the Amarillo and Simcoe mentioned on the label come through loud and clear. Lots of grapefruit and peach along with a bit of earthy pine for good measure. A touch of caramel comes through but it’s very light and really doesn’t contribute much.
Taste- “The Name Says It All”, right there on the label, and that’s the truth. Lightly fruity and lightly bitter the beer manages to have all the hoppiness I crave yet isn’t overly bitter in the least. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple all make an appearance at some time or another. A bit of a caramel sneaks in toward the finish but like the nose it’s an afterthought.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice aggressive bite of carbonation that is spot on.
Overall- Really enjoyed this one as it’s a nice change of pace from all the Double and Triple IPA’s I’ve been drinking lately. Beautifully fruity and easy drinking this was a treat of a brew to enjoy tonight. Thanks much Adam, you came through again!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Ricarrdo on 04/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 2010
Nice India Pale Ale. Pours from a 22oz. bottle - a dark almost reddish hue – very dark for an IPA with only 6.8% alcohol. Initial nose is hop floral and malt sweet. Initial taste is sweet resiny hops without too much malt – initially on the smell, thought this beer would be malty, but the malts are very tempered and there is a hop sweetness vice malt sweetness. The mid taste is a bit of malt and hops bitter and the finish is hard to describe - there’s a taste I can’t quite narrow down, but it’s almost like a peanut brittle or toffee, but not malty – if that makes sense – it is sweetness with some bitter, and the alcohol definitely is showing through. If this beer were available locally, it would be a standby, everyday brew.

Price: $4.50 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Dr. Rockzo on 12/27/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 17 4 9 2009
Big ups to Derek for this beer in a recent care package. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while so I’m glad one finally hit my doorstep. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Surly imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out of the bottle a hazed orangey/copper color with some gold highlights to it when held to a light. A modest 1 finger off-white soapy head builds slowly and recedes into a very patchy cap pretty quickly, but does leave some decent spotty patterns of lace as it goes. Pretty good looking stuff but it could use better head volume/retention.

S: The smell lives up to the name of this beer, as it’s quite outstanding. Dripping with resinous orange/grapefruit oils and bitter, dry pith with some floral dankness that’s like some sticky-icky trees. The mélange of hoppy goodness verges on tropical fruit salad when it all comes together, with a subtle toffee and pale sugary kiss of malts to coat the hops. I could sniff this beer all day.

T: The taste is almost as juicy and amazing as the aroma, but loses some of that tropical fruit intensity that I loved so much in the smell. Still, plenty of drier grapefruit/orange pith and some juicy pulpy hoppiness intermingles with subtle undertones of floral/dank-trees. It’s quite dry but a small wave of toffee/pale sugary malts come in with a bit of balance around the middle of the sip. Super delish.

M: The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a lower level of moderate carbonation that could actually stand to have a bit more bite to it for a single IPA. The consistency is mostly dry and bitter with a slight oily coating and just a touch of sticky-sweetness. It has no trace of alcohol heat and goes down way, way easily…almost too easily. Nicely dry and bitter without wrecking the palate in the process.

D: Just Outstanding was very impressive, leaving me wanting to open another bomber right after I finished the first…alas, I only have but the one. Its got all the good aspects of a great west coast IPA: great aroma, intense flavors and strong bitterness, and a dry body with easy drinkability. I hear this is a fairly cheap offering out there to, making this yet another brew I wish we could get here. Until then, I’ll be trying to trade for this any time I hit up my west coast buddies. Super highly recommended for the hop heads out there in TBS land.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2009
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!

Reviewed: 5/1/09

Served In: Pint Glass

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