Kern River Brewing Company’s Just Outstanding IPA is named after a mountain bike trail of the same name near the brewery in Kernville, CA. If there’s one thing I like as much as craft beer it would be cycling. And while I haven’t gotten a chance to ride Just Outstanding yet, after watching that video it’s high on my list.
At 6.8% ABV Just Outstanding is just on the border of the IPA/DIPA split but drinks very easily. Dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops it has a nice citrus and floral aroma, I don’t pick up much pine from the Simcoe hops. It’s hot here in San Diego right now, so I made the mistake of trying to drink this far too cold. The first sip was not a good representation. I let it warm up a bit before drinking more and was glad I did. It has a good citrus hop flavor balanced by sweet caramel malts. It’s far less hoppy than I expected, neither the hops nor the malts overshadow the other.
Hopheads looking for the hoppiest IPA might be disappointed, but Just Outstanding is a very balanced and drinkable beer, one I look forward to drinking more of at the brewpub in Kernville after a long day of riding the nearby trails.