Kern River Brewing Just Outstanding IPA/Class V Stout
I died and went to heaven Saturday. The Pour House scored a case of 22 oz bottles so I had to dive in. Wow. Unbelievably great IPA. And the best part about it, the owner was sitting there at the Pour House when we were there. Apparently he had made a visit to our area for the weekend and just happened to be there when I was. I spoke my praises and wished him well, making sure to let him know that we have a big group of regulars who will drink anything the guy produces. Anyway, the beer was just as its name - outstanding. Citrus nose, some pine in there. And just a perfect, balanced IPA with solid malt and hops in every drop. Just outstanding. Truly.
To cap the afternoon off I had a pour from the Class V Stout that they make which the Pour House now has on tap. Another WOW moment with that. One of the blackest stouts I've had. Toffee, bitter chocolate, coffee flavors predominate. And so damn easy to drink. This will be a deadly one when I've got more than a couple of hours to burn b/c I can see drinking a LOT of this stuff in the future.
Rumor has it Pour House is putting the Just Outstanding IPA on tap this week. Can't wait to get back down there! This is one beer where the name sets a high bar and doesn't let down - it definitely lives up to its name.