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Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 6
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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2004)
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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Sammy, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

nmann08, May 09, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

metter98, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

kjkinsey, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

GRG1313, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Knapp85, May 07, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Kegatron, May 05, 2008
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

mendvicdog, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy copper color. Topped by a thickish creamy light tan head. This beer is nicely aromatic in a smooth way. The hops are definitely here, and dominant, but at a level that gives the aroma a smooth, easy smelling beer. I get aromatic notes of flowers, hay, pine, citrus, and fresh cut herbs.

Hmm, interesting, there are some interesting things going on in my first sip. It is very fruity, hoppily bitter, and almost has a cough syrup type thing going on. Whatever it is, this beer is definitely a well hopped Pale Ale. I think that the interesting (almost minty) notes are all driven by the type of hops put in this beer. This beer has hoppy notes of pine, citrus, mint, and candied tangerines. There is a solid bitterness in this beer as well, it is noticeable from beginning to end.

Malt, why there is in fact some malt notes under all of the funky hops, there is some toasted, biscuit notes, as well as a bit of caramel sweetness. This is definitely an interesting beer, it almost seems off, but I am pretty convinced that this is just the mix of hops that where used. Regardless I like the mix of flavors found here, and it is definitely enjoyable. I am quite pleased to be able to sample a beer from this brewery.

Gueuzedude, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a s;lightly hazy golden orange/amber color with paler golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy one finger head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Slightly toasty, nutty aroma with graham cracker/biscuit notes and carmel malt. Slight floral citrus hop presence along with some grassy straw notes.

Fuler end of medium body but still incredibly smooth and drinkable. Lots of crisp floral hops up front that are balanced mid-palate by the smooth caramel and biscuit malt notes. Slightly earthy with some grass and straw presence as well as some crisp light fruit notes, especially apple. The floral hops also produce a subtle citrus flavor, mostly grapefruit and orange peel along with some mango and pineappple, Very well balanced with a sweet body and slight dry finish. This is a very flavor, well balanced esy drinking session beer.

corby112, Nov 19, 2009
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.

tempest, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

dbrauneis, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

duceswild, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

biegaman, Jul 15, 2009
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.

plaid75, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

dmorgan310, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Zaphog, May 30, 2012
Photo of Derek
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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!

Derek, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of jrallen34
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery into a tulip...Pours a very dark gold, white head, ok retention and lacing...The aroma is light faint hops but nice...The taste is also light presented with hops, but again light and totally drinkable. Exactly what a pale ale should be, nice hop taste easy to drink...Really easy to drink, close to being a session.

jrallen34, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

KAF, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A glowing hazy yellow golden brew with a 1/4" head of off-white eggshell coloured foam that dies, but leaves nice spotty lacing as well. Aromas are all freshly cut herbs, grass, hay, citrusy hops, flowers, and more. Nice and subtle for an APA. The taste is a nice blend of buttery/grassy maltiness and fresh citrusy hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy-smooth. Drinkability is good. A good session? brew from this most-excellent brewery. Not a mind-blowing entry into the APA style, but a damn good version none-the-less. An interesting brew.

francisweizen, Mar 30, 2005
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Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.