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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 868
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 225
Gots: 71 | FT: 6
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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2007

This gold colored West Coast style Double India Pale Ale has an intense hop nose, with aromas mainly of citrus. The high hop character dominates this IPA’s flavor profile. Made with American long grain rice, it is quite difficult to make but the rice contributes to this beer’s crisp aftertaste.
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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 3 day old 32 oz growler aquired via trade....pretty high ABV DIPA but drank surprisingly easy! Very nice citrus notes but a dry refreshing finish ! Would seek this one out again ! (189 characters)

Photo of LADaveBN
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. From draft. Nose is typical DIPA. Again, typical DIPA flavors on the front of the tongue. However, the finish is what's really surprising... dry and subtly starchy. Wasn't sure what to expect, but it wasn't that. A very good DIPA that gets a few extra points for uniqueness. (292 characters)

Photo of hardysf
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served at brewery. Extremely clear light color. Smells of citrus, mango, pineapple. Taste is smooth and very hoppy. Balanced nicely as the drink continues. Ends with a little stickyness as the remnants sit on the palate. Tasty brew. (232 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

32oz growler from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man, awesome surprise!). Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a bright, clear golden yellow with a finger and a half white head. The froth settles to a thin wisp of a ring. Scattered dots of lace adorn the sides of the glass by the end.

Bright, inviting aromas of oranges, cracker, lemon, grapefruit and caramel. Those wonderful citrus notes leap from the glass to fill my nose with every sip.

This has citrus hop flavors galore. Orange pulp, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral bitterness, light pine, cracker and just a hint of pepper. Any alchohol is masked by the cornucopia of delightful hop goodness, making this dangerously easy to drink for its 9.5% abv. Utterly delicious.

Crisp, medium feel with fluffy carbonation. The beautifully bittersweet citrus hop finish lingers on the tongue.

This is my first hop trip with Kuhnhenn and I must say that it is truly outstanding. A beautiful imperial IPA in every aspect. Long before the end of my first pint DRIPA had made it on to the very short list of my favorite DIPAs. Seriously, try this if you can. (1,110 characters)

Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Was able to try on draft a few weeks ago at Kuhnhenn's. Very clear yellow/orange in appearance. Wonderful aroma. Taste was delicious also. Not my favorite DIPA but very solid. I wish KB would bottle this beer. (231 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hops seem to skew more floral to me than pine or citrus. The malt at play is also a unique backdrop. I'd love to side by side this with Bruery's Humulus Lager. The mouthfeel is what really stands out here - a bit of a lager / ale hybrid feel. (242 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light citrus flavours, a bit tangy. Very light bodied for the abv. Delicate, if a beer if this strength can be so! A sweetness accompanies the bitter. (150 characters)

Photo of DanielGJ0
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible beer that I just so happen to live within a twenty minute drive of, I sure wish they bottled this stuff. Smells very much like a west coast ipa with a nice malt finish and citrusy hops. One of the best double ipas I have ever had and honestly only Sip of Sunshine tops this. Heady Topper is not anywhere near this one. Incredible. (341 characters)

Photo of jren
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am slowly opening my mind to the ipa's. This along w ZD are really changing my tune to start seeking more out like this. I thought it was well balanced without being to floral smelling nor too bitter at the end. Again, newer to enjoying ipa style beers but I would strongly recommend this as it seems very balanced for all to enjoy. Great beer. (350 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short Review, I've had this beer many times and I always enjoy it, pretty much every time I see it on tap I have one. I just love the hop profile and mouthfeel, it makes for a great and somewhat unique DIPA. While it may not be my favorite Kuhnhenn beer it is my most drank beer from them and I will continue to enjoy it. Nothings better than having DRIPA on tap at the source. (380 characters)

Photo of Michigander
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Kuhnhenn has become a staple in the local bars across Southeast MI for me since DRIPA has been available. A double IPA done right. Clean finish that doesn't leave your mouth coated with too much pungency of over-flavoring. A well rounded hop balance reveals a connoisseur level of care from the brew-master followed by a citrus that helps mask the expected high ABV of a double India Pale Ale. My only downside is that I always am served a snifter and would prefer to go to Warren and pick up a growler! (505 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this tastes and feels like an enormous india pale lager, except where the doughy lager yeast usually kicks in, its a cleaner even righter crisper thing, odd for a starch to do that, but apparently it does, what a cool beer! average looking for an ipa, with some bronze shades to it and a real tall just off white head. its definitely a hop bomb, sturdy lemon notes and oily hops radiate from this beer, and i get grass and lime zest too, its not sharp at all, but it is indeed potent. the flavor has a similar hop profile as the nose, just with more bitterness built in, pushing the IBUs up a bit. the malt base is interesting, big enough on the pale front for the abv present, but the rice soothes it, sort of smoothing the whole thing out, bringing the hops to a realm they dont usually get to go. i dont ever taste rice i dont think, but its contribution to the beer is undeniable. one of the quickest finishing and cleanest finishing big hoppy beers i can remember. there really isnt anything else like this out there that i am aware of. so so good. (1,053 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Growler sent to me and stillmatic2232 in a trade.

Pours out a rusty looking amber color, with a fizzy one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like pine resin, grass, and a good amount of grapefruity hop goodness.

This one has a really unique and cool flavor, brought on by the rice. There's some really dry bitterness, and tons of grapefruit hop flavor, with some pine, and a sugar cookie malt backbone.

The mouthfeel on this one is really cool- the rice gives it a really dry, smooth mouthfeel, incredibly crisp, and drinkable. The body is is of medium strength, and no alcohol is really present.

One of the more unique IPAs I've had, and that's definitely something to celebrate. (696 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

1807th review on BA
Growler to Kuhnhenn White Snulip
32oz

Thanks to Rudipatutie for this one.

App- When this glugged out of the plastic bottle I was a little nervous. The color looked right as it flowed. A deeper orange with some golds and yellows intermixed. A couple bubbles popped along the top and then BAM! A full 2 finger cracky, fluffy white head erupted from the bottom of the glass. A good amount of cling was there and the cascaded with each sip.

Smell- This was the only part of the beer that left me wanting more. A bit light with a certain grainy aroma due to the rice but smaller citrus notes and a small hop aroma were there.

Taste- This is one of those beers that actually made me say WOW. I was taken aback on the first sip of how good and how much I liked it. The citrus notes were there. Grapefruit, orange and a lemon tinge IMO. Translated over to the rice flavor and a crispness on a beer this size I havent tasted before. A nice balance and quite delicious.

Mouth- A delicious lighter medium body with a medium carbonation. Creamy, lush, crisp. Actually one of those to where its a new experience for me. Lovely.

Drink- This was just a great DIPA. Quite different and unique and delicious all at the same time. Slow to develop in the glass, but a great sipping beer with a lot of layers and a crispness I wasnt expecting. Thank you again Rudi. (1,371 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. draft at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A - Pours a golden straw with a one-finger foamy white head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of floral hops, pineapple, mango, and biscuity malt.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Upfront is a nice mix of biscuity malt and tropical fruits (pineapple and mango). The finish has a nice amount of resinous hops with some grapefruit.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is an excellent DIPA. For a 9.5% beer it is very drinkable. Lots of well rounded flavors. Delicious. (573 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my cousin RWR3 for bringing a growler at my special request to our family reunion here in Asheville. Shared with cousins on the porch in the mts on a hot afternoon shower.

Poured into a pilsner glass straight down the middle.

Heavy tall head, perfect clarity and perfect carbonation. Color is light golden straw. Great look.

Nose is wonderful but not a full and piney/citrus as some other ipas out there.

Mouthfeel is resin and pine. VERY well balanced. Does not dry out much and leaves a nice sticky feel.

Taste is similar. Resin, pine, slight floral and citrus but not as flavorful as beers I have rated higher in this category.

I really like this beer and would be happy if it was what was around me to drink daily. Would buy again. Highly recommended. (775 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap a full 14 oz. into a Becher glass.

Thin cream puck presented, bleach white in color. The body has very little rising carbonation if at all, and has a very big brass yellow pale lager look to it. Occasional spider like lacing edges the glass.

Clean aroma. Hints of crispness and airy grain. Hop tropical fruit that's fairly pleasant and a bit of weed like aromas. Quite nicely balanced but with a classic light character and smell. This smells like a session IPA.

Palate comes with classic DIPA bursting hop forwards action. Sweet light flavorful hops of tropical fruit, but flashes very quickly on the swallow. Aftertaste has a very light dry quality with hop aromatics lingering on and on, with some lime bitterness that slowly grows. An extremely light bodied palate, much I am sure due to the rice, with a crackly airy quick finish, and easy muted carbonation.

Much of the alcohol on this is hidden and this really comes off like a session IPA in flavor and taste. It makes it really impressive just on that level alone and down right dangerous to drink. (1,075 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appropriately enough, Kuhnhenn DRIPA has a head like a rice cake. It is bigger and more sturdy than I previously thought possible for a rice beer - the first dispelled assumption of many. Indeed, as the ale's deep and radiant daisy yellow colour would indicate, this offering is full of character...

And pretty much all of which comes courtesy of the hops. As one should expect from the style, and as I've simply come to expect from this brewer, the aroma has a vibrant hoppiness that packs a wallop of citrusy punch. Orange and grapefruit lead the way, soft florals follow. It's dynamic enough one only really needs one nostril to appreciate it.

Rice, like corn, is heavily demonized in the craft beer world, and rightly so given that these adjuncts are typically used to dumb down flavour and save on costs. Most commercial beers that use them are, frankly, terrible, low-quality lagers. But this need not be the case necessarily.

In fact, when utilized properly these adjuncts offer substantial advantages. Rice's blandness provides arguably the ideal backdrop for a hop-boasting IPA. Point in case: Kuhnhenn DRIPA. The flavour of the rice is as plain and white as the rice itself; it's a perfect canvas on which to paint bright brushstrokes of lemon yellow, grapefruit pink, tangerine orange, and lawn clippings green.

Indeed, what makes this beer so irresistible is the lack of toasted breadiness or caramel sweetness that customarily detract (or at least distract) from the ambrosial, tropical characteristics of the hops. Here, however,they're given a neutral, relatively light-bodied frame to display their full glory. The stage is theirs, the spotlight fully on them. If you're a hophead, sit back and enjoy the show!

On-tap at Kuhnhenn Brewery in Warren, Michigan. (1,782 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

64oz growler poured into an imperial pint glass (20oz). Growler filled almost exactly one week ago, thanks Brian (brownbrian) for the longtime want.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color with about three finger white frothy head that has excellent retention coating the glass with a nice layer of foam. Nice carbonation level that has great consistency especially considering it came from a screw-top growler, probably better carbonation then most bottled IPAs I've had.

S- Grapefruit dominates the smell, balanced with malts and a hint of rice that balances nicely with the malt presence, can detect a slight presence of booze but well hidden with the grapefruit. Fairly aromatic and nicely balanced.

T- Big juicy grapefruit lightly bitter presence up front with a hint of lemon, can taste a little bit of the rice which is balanced with the malts, finishes with lightly zesty lemons, more grapefruit, and some oranges. Awesome balance, fairly fruity, rice adds a nice subtle unique aspect to it.

M- Medium bodied, fairly soft on the palate with a nice bitterness and light creaminess, perfect carbonation level for the style, super drinkable for the abv. Probably the best part about this beer.

O- This is easily one of the better DIPA's I've had, especially considering it's 9.5%. It's super drinkable, possibly the one of the most drinkable beers I've had around the 10% range, and quite flavorful combined with the subtle unique aspect that the rice adds to it. With all that being said it's hard to say this is one of the top DIPA's I've ever had with the market being as flooded as it is. This is without a doubt worth trying, however there are a few local New England DIPA's that I prefer slightly over this which prevents me from rating it even higher. (1,766 characters)

Photo of importedfromdet
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft in a glass at Slows BBQ.

A nice golden hue to the drink, not too opaque, slightly watery yet classy looking.

Not too much I can smell besides hops.

Upon drinking a sharp taste of hops jumps right into the playing field with a small amount of malt before quickly dropping off. I prefer a more full-bodied taste to my beer and this ends too quick to get much flavor.

The rice gives a nice crisp finish though and that is where this beer stands out. No hippy bitterness left on your tongue. The rice gives it a crisp end, refreshing in the same manner as a Sprite would. This is a great thing and a downfall. For the high price of the drink, it can be sipped away quickly. This is a great starter beer and is almost too sippable. (736 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap last week in NYC. Appearance is light yellow and slightly hazy with little head.
Odor was light with hops green being the main component. There were some notes of citrus as well.
Taste was complex. Starting with green hops and continuing with fruity notes. Malt also is present, but only lightly. Tiny bit of tropical fruit.
Mouth feel is smooth and easy drinking. No trace of heaviness and a nice finish with little bitterness. Refreshing.
Overall, a very nice surprise for me personally. Easy drinking and pleasant. Balanced. Leaves you wanting more. (567 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler consumed about 2 hours after fill.

A - Clear gold body, fluffy white head has good retention and lacing. Really looks great in the glass.

S - Hop forward citrus, grapefruit, tangerine. Oat, fresh white bread, doughy sweetness as it warms.

T - Follows the nose, finishing with more pine flavors. Mild caramel/honey sweetness mid-palate. Moderately bitter considering style, staying well balanced and bitter with the sugary sweetness subdued.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, prickly hops across the palate, finishing mostly dry and moderately bitter for style.

O - This is really a great DIPA, and I'm not sure why I don't hear this mentioned more as one of the best. Well rounded hop character and depth of flavor, unique sweetness, well balanced for the style. A trip to the Detroit area is not complete without getting this. (844 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery

A- A Deep yellow straw with great clarity and a thin layer of white head.

S- Lots of bright citrus and pine. Grapefruit and tangerine with dank pine.

T- Nice bitterness, seems around 70 or 80 IBUs. Get some of that pine in the aroma and the citrus as well. The 9.5% comes through more as it warms but for most of the drink it is very smooth.

M- Medium with a high degree of drinkability for the ABV, a very dangerous beer.

O- A very easy drinking IPA with great citrus and pine notes. One might be skeptical of a "rice" IPA but the rice really seems to help with the crispness of this beer and really lets the hops shine. Every few months or so I visit friends in metro Detroit and we always make sure to stop by Kuhnhenn and this is always the first beer we get. Can't wait til the brewery expands and bottles of this stuff are easier to obtain. (874 characters)

Photo of Emnmarko
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Light yellow, very clear. Little to no head.

S- Citrus dominates, grapefruit, lemon. Clean and fresh.

T- Again citrus throughout. Piney resins come out from underneath. Then a warm hop aftertaste that has staying power. Love it!

M- Smooth crisp and refreshing. Well done.

O- Wonderful hoppy IPA. Easy to drink, for an IPA. Huge citrus notes throughout are favorable to my pallet. Very good/ exceptional beer. (415 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at The Beer Baron in Burton MI. $18.00 for a 64oz growler. Poured first rate with a tube and fresh cap and tape.

A- Lovely golden colour. As typical for a growler that has been bounced around a bit there wasn't much crack to the cap nor foam however I am rating it based upon what I tasted in the bar.

S- Hoppy good! So airy and light at the same time, interesting

T- WOW this one is dry and hoppy. So refreshing. Can't even find the 9.5% at the beginning. Extra hops, extra goodness.

M- Dry, dry, dry. The rice dryness just shines through

O- Excellent! Will try again when I see it

Overall an excellent IPA!

Sorry, no food match on this one :(

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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.