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Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale AleKuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 150
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 150
Photo of benito
2.33/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub in Warren.

A: Murky gold with a smalle head. Very hazy.

S: Light citrus and not much else. Quite restrained for an APA.

T: Extremely sweet and syrupy. The hop (flavor--grapfruit) emerges only at the back of the tongue. Hop bitterness seems to be absent throughout.

M: The overall effect is too sweet. This needs a stronger hop backbne. No length to speak of.

D: Sweet, light, mindless. Not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of putnam
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Burnt yellow. Frosty, translucent sheet of bubbled beer matter on top. Dried grapefruit rind, sweet grape, plum and apricot are backed up by doughy malt and wilted greens aromas. Light, racy texture. Tangy, sweet and funky flavors. Tight fisted bitterness is out of proportion -- too big and assertive for the lean texture and crisp tang. I've had this beer on tap at the brewery and it was better.

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Photo of Derek
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
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!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 5/15/2010. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours a clear orange brown with a thick white head. Aroma of toasted malt, bready malt, light fruity sweetness, citrus. Flavor of caramel malt, a touch of citrus, and bready malt. Light and drinkable although a little boring flavor-wise.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale pours out as a yellowish gold color with a white head that thins out after a short while. The smell is nicely hopped up and makes me wanna dive right in. The taste is hoppy as well, as the aftertaste settles in there is some grainy malts that come through. The mouthfeel is pretty typical, it's got a bite to it from the carbonation and the hops. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of scootny
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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!

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Photo of letsgopens
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another on-tap at Kuhnhenn, this APA pours a semi-translucent orange/gold amber with a thin white head that recedes quickly and live an okay amount of lace.

Some cereal wheat in the aroma along with fruit: banana and citrus. A hint of spice is present. Bubblegum as well.

The flavor includes smooth citrus and mellow wheat. Just a hint of hops. Some yeasty grain and fruit in the finish. I would have liked to detect a bit more hops.

The mouthfeel is clean and velvety. A matted smooth finish with low/moderate carbonation. Somewhat run-of-the-mill but, as always, very well done.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally get to try a typical style of beer from Kuhnhenn, as opposed to all the less prevalent styles that I have always had from them.

Whew. Lots of citrus on here. It's nearly overpowering and damn near too much. I'm getting hops mixed in with the citrus. Seems a bit of an odd mix. Nice to drink. Seems a bit too boisterous.

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Photo of sopor
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden amber with a midsize creamy tan head and a little bit of bubble action. Buttery biscuit and caramel with a kiss of citrusy and floral hops.

Delicate malts, light bready and caramel flavors. Herbal and lemony citrus hops overlay the malts from the beginning to the end with some grassy notes. Very lemon-herby APA. Moderately light body is satisfyingly slick.

Great summer APA, would be the perfect "lawnmower beer". I wish they would distribute closer to me!

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Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on draught @ Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren, Michigan. Light amber color. Bright hop aroma, citrus, grapefruit. Nicely balanced biscuit-like and caramel malt flavor and fairly juicy, well orchestrated hops, providing spruce and resin flavors.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This particular ale comes out of the tap a transparent, somewhat hazy honey golden. Aroma is hoppy, slightly malty and slightly honey-sweet. Hoppy, somewhat bitter flavor has an undertone of honey and hints of spice and wood. Texture is smooth yet edgy.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel-honey gold coloring, with a foamy, clingy, bright white head. Nose of subtle caramel, grassy and lemon hops profiles, and subtle peppery highlights. Flavors are lemon and berry sweet forward, with a subtle bitter hops ribbon of pine and grassy notes, and a tangy sweet caramel backbone. Smooth and light in mouth, with a tangy sweet and grassy aftertaste. The finish is smooth and light, with a fruity and hoppy linger. Interesting brew.

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Photo of david131
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle exploded in carbonation bursting after popping the cap. I spilled a good two to three fingers worth of beer. This thing is carbonated like crazy. Best before May and I'm drinking in the month of May but kept refrigerated. Smell is of grass and sourness some grapefruit and piney hops aroma. Taste is extremely sweet almost honey like with a sourness. I think I got a mishap in this bottle because the last bottle I had wasn't this sweet or carbonated. Loads of sediment sinks to the bottom. More of a piney hops taste as no bitterness is detected. This bottle has a lemony taste to it. I think this might be a funny one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.


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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly coloured golden body that appears as though it was some distance from the heat but not far enough away to have completely avoided being toasted. Despite its crisp exterior it remains transparent but not without a minor haze that prevents an unblemished clarity. Little streamers of lace unravel from the surface's white surf, one that contains bubbles the size of genetically modified strawberries no less.

The aroma is considerably hoppy for the style which is commendable but still to say not all that hoppy. Nevertheless, the malts must be plainly pale because they are undetectable and for what little lupullin is noted we can extract plenty of floral and fruity character. A blend of orange blossom as well as orange, it is grassy with the definite hint of citrus.

This pale ale is undoubtedly American but sort of resembles some British teas, chamomile in particular. It has lots of grassy, floral and herbal remnants - the hops also impart a (not only suggestive but vivid) taste of ripe cantaloupe and melon that really grows on you throughout the tasting. The malts are indeed clean and pale, imparting notes of crackers and bready sweetness. There's also a fleeting hint of honeycomb wafers.

The bitterness is low but persists with a snippy, lightly clipping note (something akin to the teeth of a small fish). It is crisp, almost wheaty, with an aftertaste that is full of fruit and flowers. Even despite the odd (for both style and strength) hint of ethanol-like alcohol this is a very sessionable drink. Of course, a little more malt or hops would have bumped up its character substantially but I doubt that was Kuhnhenn's prerogative.

Looney Kuhnie may not (likely should not) be your first choice at the Kuhnhenn brewpub but if you happen to find yourself there with an entry level beer drinker, someone who prefers less distinctive offerings, chances are they'll love it. And there's no reason you won't like it either - its crisp maltiness and suggestively floral/fruity hop profile would make a great base for a mean American IPA. I sure liked it! Thanks ThatWineGuy!

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of J0E
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lockhart's BBQ in Royal Oak

A: Golden yellow with not too much of a head on it, poured into a pint glass. Lighter in color than I was expecting.

S: Nice fruity piney hops.

T: Nice hop bitterness, balanced out with bready malts. Higher on the hops than I was expecting, but not complaining. Very delicious.

M: Light and drinkable. Carbonation is just right.

O: An APA that is toeing the line to IPA with the amount of hops present. Very good beer.

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Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.