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Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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86
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-15-2002

Gold in color, this American Pale Ale has a light caramel malt flavor and a medium citrus hop aroma. This batch was dry hopped with Cascade hops. Refreshing and satisfying.
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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by proc:
Photo of proc
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine beer. Pours out to an amber color in the glass with a moderate-sized head. Aroma is that of citrus. The taste brings forth quite a bit of grapefruit yet rounded out, malt-wise, so that the hops don't overpower. Quite balanced. This reminded me of a Motown version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but a bit more refined. Very good beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kuhnhenn. Burnt amber with faint orange highlights all around, a mild haze sets in throughout the very middle part of the glass while the rest of the beer retains decent clarity. The small white head was probably more due to the pour than the beer - it's foamy and leaves very little lacing on the way down.

The nose contains a nice, citric hop punch; a borderline tropical bouquet of fruits - pineapples, grapefruits, and other assorted juicy goodness. The fruits are heavier on the sweet and juicy side, and don't contain much of the pith/peel bitterness, somewhat typically for an APA. The hoppy smells remain somewhat low, though there is a light bit of pine and mild hop oil that peak through with slight pungency and hit the nostrils before the aroma is completely gone.

Following right through with the aroma, the taste starts off with a moderated amount of citric flavors and juicy fruits. Seemingly sweet up front, and a touch watery at first. I didn't realize this beer was only 5.6% ABV until I looked at the menu again. Pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit coat the palate before letting the other side of the hops dig into your tongue - lightly herbal and peppery, leafy and relaxed. The bitterness is relevant, but still pretty low - again, typical for a Pale Ale. It's just enough to balance and coexist successfully with the citrus and fruit, also backed up by a light sweetness from the malt. Getting some more perfume-like and floral notes as this one warms up. Thin-medium bodied, wet and slick with medium carbonation.

Kuhnhenn puts out another winner here; a very tasty and super-drinkable APA sure to please any fan of citrus and hops. The low ABV ensures you could throw back a growler of this and (most likely) keep on kickin'.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1/2 gal growler I picked up at the brew pub this afternoon.

Pours with a full creamy white head over a copper body. A big nosefull of floral hops. Well-balanced flavor. Sweet malt upfront, but it quickly combines with a perfect level of grapefruit-like hop bitterness. Medium to light in body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth finish with a slight hop aftertaste.

I'm not sure of the hops they used here, but I like them. a lot.

This is a well-crafted, well-balanced pale ale that distinguishes itself from most of the other versions of the style that I've tried. The Kuhnhenn Bros. have some rather off the wall beers (not a bad thing), but this beer shows that they also just simply make good beer.

Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty delicious tropical fruit yeasty aroma. Light orange. There is surely banana taste, full medium mouthfeel. Lots of lace.
Good and unique pale, good hop profile, soft carbonation medium body. Nice bitterness comes through in finish. Just right, recommended.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Stag's Head in Midtown. This pale ale was pleasantly different for the style, with a very smooth juicy apricot and grapefruit hops character, but there's an earthy, almost vegetal note that didn't quite fit. Worth a try. I certainly appreciate a new take on the style.

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy gold with a finger of creamy brite-white head. Retains well and leaves a nice bit of lace behind. The aroma is floral hops, fresh citrus, spice, and pale malts.

The taste is a nice biting mix of hop bitterness and zesty citrus notes backed by a silky smooth backbone of caramel malts. The mouthfeel is a light medium with a nicely well down overall smooth feel.

This is an all around solid and hugely drinkable APA from Kuhnhenn and at only 5.6%, the definition of a session brew.

Photo of scootny
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice hoppy session ale. Nice clear light amber with a healthy white head. Smell has quite a bit of buttered, yeasty, multigrain toast, butterscotch and light sweet malt. Hops are citrusy and bright. Taste is quite nice. Buttered toast and caramel malt. Quite hoppy for a pale ale and I like it. Not overdone but enough to set itself apart. Finish is short and clean with a hop oil signature. Feel is crisp and light with enough meat on the bone to make for a good chew. Goes down with a quenching dryness. A nice session ale indeed.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy, golden and light brown colors with thi ring of head that still leaves a ton of lace on the mug.
Aroma has grain, orange and some coriander and caramel notes.
Flavor has grain, pale malt and a slight citrus tang to it.
Mouthfeel is full and somewhat spciy. Very alive, nicely done brew.
Drinkability is high. Solid session beer. Had this after a series of big beers and it stood up proudly.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Valhalla Bar, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that has relatively good retention properties and left a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light flavors of citrusy hops along with hints of caramel malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, flavorful and can be considered sessionable.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub on Saturday night and brought a growler home back to NC to enjoy again. I'll note that it was (obviously) better on tap at the source.

a - pours a slightly hazy bright golden color, one-finger white head with little retention but decent lacing

s - nice citrusy hop aroma with a bit of graininess/yeastiness as well, no alcohol detectable

t - bitter citrusy hops up front, slightly sweet, body is a bit more bitterness with strong bread, yeast and grain flavors, finish is of lingering piney bitterness and more grain, barely noticeable alcohol

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry on the finish

d - very drinkable pale ale, the finish is fairly dry, but this is a definite candidate for a session beer

Very solid beer overall. Like I mentioned above, this was more impressive on-tap at Kuhnhenn, but it's a very nice beer out of the growler 2+ days removed as well.

Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citrus dry hop.

The taste consisted of a light caramel malt and a bursting floral and fruity hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a superior APA.

Photo of Sexy66
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a bold citrus flavor

Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was a hazy, deep yellow concotion with a three finger foamy head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was yeasty and bready, with medium malts alongside some mild hops with a sweetly floral character.

Taste was light malts, well balanced with a little bit of grapefruit hops. Slightly sweet, as well. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel was somewhat full, not chewy, but rich for a pale ale.

Drinkability... damn good. That's about all I can say. Just damn good.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle received from Frozensoul327

Pours a hazy amber color with a huge tan head. Head remains full with nice lacing.

A semi-fruity and mildly hoppy aroma. Not a hop bomb, but smells pleasant.

Taste is mildly hoppy and fruity upfront that follows with a hint of malt and washes down clean.

Body seems awfully thin. With the mountainous head, I expected a little more pizzazz.

This is pretty darned drinkable, and the best I have had yet from Kuhnhenn.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a very lightly hazy deep golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale malts with just a hint of toasted malts and moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of toasted pale malts and caramel sweetness that is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange rind hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with not too intense flavors or too intense bitterness and a low enough ABV to be sessionable. I observed a number of people order and enjoy this one in the afternoon at the bar - enjoyable and popular.

Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Kuhnhenn Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, a little fruity, and some caramel. Tastes of the same fruitiness, caramel, and some floralness. A very drinkable Pale Ale!

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber in color with a thin white head. Nose is quite floral, quite hoppy. Taste is quite balanced, almost buttery, heavy on the hops, yet only slightly bitter. Lots of herbal qualities going on here. Very little actual sweetness however.

Overal quite nice, this would definatly be a go-to in my book if I was looking for a bitter beer, it still strikes a nice balance without being ridiculous with the hops.

Slàinte!

Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Another treat from Walleye, thanx!
I am pouring a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at room temp.
The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a creamy off white head of .5 cm foaming up and stickin around.
Aroma is hoppy with pungent sour grapefruit evident upon popping the cap through the pour.
First sip reveals a fairly lite body with average carbonation. Body is a little thin and watery IMO.
Flavor is briefly sweet caramel up front but is quickly overtaken by sour citrus hops and some grassiness as well. Finishes lite but leave big hop burps in its aftermath.
Very easy to drink, could easily down a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company taproom in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, glowing a shimmering golden coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of snow white bubbles, showing decent retention, and leaving spots and cords of lacing all around the glass. A chill haze was noted, but no sediment was found. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave rubbers, raw powdered yeast, brightly citric and sweetly nectary hops, peach fuzz, lemon wipes, soft floury wheatiness, crisp pale malts, honeysuckle, heavy creamer, chlorine and medicinal phenols, and kiwi fruitiness with warmth. Our first impression was that there was great fruitiness to balance the bright citric hops that came through in the flavoring. As we sipped, the taste opened with cotton, pineapple and mango fruitiness, grassy, grapefruity, and nectary hops, light plastics and rubbers, basil and oregano herbals, and fresh apricot juiciness to pull us to the peak. Here we received more of a bitter, herbal hoppiness, with white sugar flashes, dill, medicinal phenols, parchment paper, and sugary sweet citric hops at the way back. These, in turn, marked the transition to the finish, where sweaty dog, plastics, cork, chalk, crispy pales, mineral, dust, fresh mint, green pepper vegetals, nectarine, and sea salt came to blend. The aftertaste breathed of white flour pencil eraser, bitter grassy and citric hops, plastics, glass, corny adjuncts, and brown breadiness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice froth and cream, with pleasant drag to the slurp, and crisp, foamy finishing pop. This left the mouth wet and coated, with eventual creeping chalky dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank insanely well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavor and its drinkability. Sweet and citric hops, lighter malts, and fruity inclusions blended wonderfully, wafting gently over the taste buds for the entire tasting. Both comfort citrics and exotic tropicals were appreciated, giving the feeling of something familiar, but also something new and exciting. At no point did anything become overbearing, even with warmth. The nose, comparatively did get a little sweaty and metallic by the very last few sips of the glass. That said, you could sip this beer all day long and it would never get old. This is one of the best, most consistent Kuhnhenn offerings we’ve had in a long time.

Photo of Derek
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the brewery (On the way to the Michigan Brewers Guild summer fest). May have been the first pour of the day (other reviews seem to be better).

A: Copper/golden-brown, nice lace.

S: Floral, citrus and grain.

T: Grain, slight citrus, slight astringency.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Alright.

Thanks for driving Mike!

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best Pale Ale I have ever had. Poured out to a slighly cloudy golden amber color with a decent head and medium low carbonation. Odors of hops and grain were noted, along with an unusual sour sweetness. Very different. Flavors of hops and sour citrus are straighforward, as are hints of earth and grain. Very smooth going down. No over-bitter aftertaste here, very well balanced. Highly recommended if you are looking for an excellent example of a well made Pale Ale.

Photo of david131
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy, light copper in color with a creamy looking white head that settles to a thin, splotchy covering. Pretty appealing for the style.

S- Grassy, fruity, a hint of funk and olives. A little bit of floral hops and caramel. Not extremely aromatic.

T- Grassy, floral, and fruity. Pretty light and tasty. A pretty simple tasting APA.

M- Very smooth with just some hints of carbonation. It seemed it a bit more lively on tap, so I would wager that the growler has taken a bit of bite out of this.

D- A very sessionable pale ale. Something nice and refreshing from a brewery that normally makes beers that kick your ass.

Photo of mcallister
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A portrait pale ale. Pale copper/golden somewhat opaque. Pour was mediocre so the head is dissmal with no room for lace.

Fresh pine hop with a sweet caramel malt. candy apple and toffee. Wild berries hints of honey and a biscuit added in.

Very malt driven and full bodied. English breweries come to mind. Sweet and full of toffee and caramel. Hints of hop bordering on earth and pine. Cloying somewhat in sweetness hurts the thin mouthfeel and finish. Big buttery diacetyl.

Photo of jimbotrost
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is labeled as Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale 5.8% ABV. Amber to copper in color, head is off white and small. Carbonation level is low to acceptable. Nose comes in big with citrusy hops. Flavor starts malty then eases right into the drier hoppiness. Not syrupy or cloying like many Pale Ales. Very nice straight forward Pale Ale.

Photo of ypsifly
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz brewed on 3/15/05, into a pint glass.

Golden amber with a small white head that falls into a light ring. Low carbonation.

Smells of citric hops, with some sweet malt underneath.

The taste is along the same lines, but more balanced. The malts are on the sweet side, and the hops don't give any serious bite. The moderate to light mouthfeel add to this easy drinker that has a lot of flavor.

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Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.