Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA)
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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 196
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2007)
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Reviews by CHickman:
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4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours hazy gold color with a creamy 1 finger snow white head that faded slowly and left great lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smells of huge citrus hops up front, with grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, orange, tons of citrus, caramel, grains or rice (in this case), and light floral hops or herbal spice notes; basically this is all citrus hops, and very sweet with a nice soft citrus hop nose that was very enjoyable.

Tastes like it smells, with huge citrus hops up front including grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, orange, guava, floral hops, flowers, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, grains/rice, herbal spice notes like coriander, cinnamon and spruce, and some minor alcohol that brings some light heat; the aftertaste is where the rice kicks in and leaves your mouth basically dry after the hop bitterness subsides. It’s a clean hoppy sweetness that seems like it goes from tart citrus to evaporation in a few seconds, and was pretty cool to experience.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost slick, with a medium body, very light carbonation and a bitter citrus finish that turns to a clean rice dryness.

Overall feel and experience was very good, it’s a really unique beer because it’s not well balanced due to the lack of a malt backbone yet it’s extremely easy to drink even with the high ABV. A quality beer that I recommend trying just to enjoy the massive citrus flavor followed by the clean rice finish that dries your mouth. Extra points for being so tasty using rice, a non-standard ingredient for an IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of tectactoe
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this was actually on tap at the Park Bar in Detroit. It pours a golden amber color with quite a bit of haze, foamy white head that lasts for a while, at least halfway through. It was served in a translucent, plastic cup, but looking from the inside reveals that there is indeed some incredible lacing cascaded down the sides.

The nose is absolutely wonderful; juicy citrus, grapefruits, tangerines, lemon zest, herbal tea, dank hops, floral, resinous, oily, pine needles. Quite a collage of aromas that typically comprise many world-class DIPAs - masterfully done. Even though you fully expect a DIPA to be a hop-forward, aggressive beer, the actual aroma and flavor profile can vary quite a bit. This one takes the citrus-heavy, pine needle approach - probably my personal favorite, and I'll be damned if this aroma doesn't deliver the message perfectly. Juicy, pungent, and full of itself - I started getting excited about this before I had even tasted it.

Much to my contentment, the taste is no slouch, either. Nothing more depressing than a beer with a great aroma and a lacking flavor profile - certainly not the case here. The pines and hop resins are a more powerful on the palate than the nose, but it balances with the citrus sweetness very well. Oily, dank, floral, piney, grapefruit rinds, oranges, and mangoes are all present in flavor. A surge of juicy fruits and pungent, resinous oils combines atop your palate and intertwines perfectly with the aromas that are still currently sifting through your nostrils.

Some very faint pale malt is detectable at the tail end with a slight hint of bread and yeast, but the aftertaste is mainly dominated by the bitter-sweet combo of citrus and hops. I'm thinking this faint malt flavor may be from the rice component of this beer. Otherwise, I don't really get much "rice" out of this; then again, what does rice really taste like? And how would it be detectable underneath this assault of citric hops? The finish is a mesh of sweet and bitter, with a touch of dryness and an elegance that leaves me thirsty for more. Medium-thick body, very slightly sticky but not too much, perfect amount of carbonation.

Wow, this beer really surprised me the first time I had it. I had put it off for so long, and now I'm kicking myself that I didn't get it earlier. One of the best DIPAs I've had, and something that I'll always order a glass of if it's ever being served. It's literally too good to pass up; this brew could easily swap punches with the big boys.

EDIT: 1/20/2013

Had a growler filled from Kuhnhenn and enjoyed it over the course of three days. I thought maybe the first time I had this beer I was overrating it, but upon having it again, my initial thoughts were confirmed. This beer is freakin' amazing.

EDIT: 4/24/2013

I've been seeing DRIPA everywhere around town more and more, and it seems like Kuhnhenn has been carrying it non-stop. I wonder if this is turning into a "year-round" for them? If so, that's fantastic news. This stuff continues to amaze me. I can't stop in at Kuhnhenn without getting a growler or at LEAST a pint of this stuff.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of steelerguy
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very cloudly golden color, nice head that fades rapidly to a covering.

S - Lots of luscious, tropic fruit aroma. Lychee, mango, passion fruit, along with some tart citric grapefruit.

T - The aroma translates to the taste, tropical fruit galore, sweet malt, but the citrus hops come on stronger at the end with some nice grapefruit bitterness.

M - Fairly thin for such a high gravity DIPA. I'd like a bit more carbonation since it is lighter bodied. Is it possible for a 9.5% beer to be refreshing?

O - Not the most attractive beer, but an amazing aroma and flavor. When I saw it was a rice beer...I almost didn't even give it a try, so glad I did. This is a great beer and talk about making great use of rice.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of nickadams2
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Uptown Grille Commerce MI> Holly shit these are good.

A_ Dark gold with a frothy one finger bone whit head.

S_ Hops, citrus , and pine. For a 10.5 ABV you cant tell by smell.

T_ Crisp citrus, pine , and floral taste. Same with smell no alcohol burn.

M_ Thin and crispit finishes dry. Really nice could have a couple.

D_ Besides the buzz drinks like a reggo IPA. Be careful.

MaCain Likey!

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Spartan213!

Clear gold with a creamy near-white head. Proper visible carbonation. Dots and irregular lines of lace left down the glass.

Leafy hop character in the aroma, along with some alcohol bite, and a bit of a banana character.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. Loads of hop bitterness, a bit of an alcohol bite, banana character, a bit of grapefruit, and malt and biscuit sweetness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good, but I expected more. San Diego IPAs have simply spoiled me. A long time want crossed off my list, however!

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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.