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479. Kern River Brewing Just Outstanding IPA

Kern River Just OutstandingAnother bottle from a New Hampshire friend that traded for some Kern River beer from California. Kern River’s Citra DIPA is one of only two beers to receive 5 stars so far so I had high expectations for this beer. Not surprisingly this one did not quite measure up but it is still an excellent beer.

This is a beautiful beer, slightly hazy orange with a solid two finger white head. Aroma has plenty of hops including some flower, grapefruit and pine. Taste is very well balanced with plenty of citrus and grapefruit with just enough malt sweetness to keep things in check. A really enjoyable IPA that I wish I could purchase on a regular basis. This one falls somewhere between Lunch and Another One from Maine Beer Company.

If you know anyone in California that can get you something from Kern River take them up on it and if you get an extra keep me in mind. 
Well balanced and flavorful
Alcohol Content: 6.8% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Kern River
Brewers Description: This India Pale Ale has a strong malt character and a large hop profile. We dry hop this beer with Simcoe and Amarillo hops to give it that great floral aroma and citrus finish. If you like a strong IPA, you’ll find this one just outstanding.

424. Kern River Brewing Citra Double IPA

Kern River CitraWell it is not often that I give 5 stars to a beer as I always feel there is something better out there. In 424 reviews this is the second time I have given a 5-star rating (there probably should have been a few more) with the other being Ephraim from Hill Farmstead. I received this beer in a swap with a friend in New Hampshire and boy am I glad I did.

Appearance is an amazing orange with a clean white head, it doesn’t get much better than that. Hops, hops and more hops in the aroma – if they could make an air freshener that smelled like this beer I would have one in my truck. Taste is incredibly balanced yet full of hops, tons of grapefruit, some citrus and pine and just enough sweetness. My wife typically does not like IPAs yet she finished the last 6 ounces of this beer. The beer finishes dry with almost no bitterness.

If you have any way of getting this beer you need to, and if you happen to get an extra bottle I would be happy to trade, buy or beg for it. This is a truly exception beer that even non-IPA drinkers would love. 
Cons: Very hard to obtain 
Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 60+
Brewers Website: Kern River
Brewers Description: A double IPA that is hazy pale in color with a strong pungent aroma that comes from large amounts of Citra hops. The alcohol content is 8%.