Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 226
Gots: 67 | 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 tectactoe
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
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 steelerguy
4.39/5  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.

Photo of nickadams2
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of ehammond1
3.32/5  rDev -24.5%
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!

Photo of jeonseh
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a FFF Teku tulip

A - Light amber color with a slight yellow glow to it. The beer is lightly reflective and rather clean looking. Small white head that slowly dissipates.

S - Smells of lemon, pine, grapefruit and orange waft forward. There is also sweet tangerine that comes forward as part of the malt backbone to this one. Nose is rather fragrant and nice and complex

T - First, there is sweet mango and tangerine to it. Then, a good bitter pine and grapefruit kick comes in that delivers a nice hop presence to it. There are also hints of lemon peel that come through. The hops linger on the finish and it does have a nice crispness to it from the rice.

MF - Medium body with light carbonation and a light stickiness to it. Leaves a nice thick, hoppy resin that sits on the tongue well after th beer is gone.

O - Another solid offering from a brewery that rarely, if ever, disappoints. This is a good DIPA and I found that the rice added a nice crispness to the beer. However, if you didn't tell me it we brewed with rice I don't think I would have noticed.

Photo of beenitty
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a deal with splax23, thanks Adam

Picked this one because it looked super interesting, DIPA with Rice? Sounds cool.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow. Has the look of an awsome DIPA/IPA. Decent lacing, makes me want to dive right in.

S- Lots of fruit here grapefruit, mango, oranges, bit of rice...reminds me of some of the greats of this style.

T- Getting mostly the grapefruit, citrus, rice. Bit of malt in the middle, very very good.

M- Bitterness sticks to the palate a bit, the rice takes a bit of the egde off but still awsome.

D- 10.5% seriously? No way. Downing pints of this one with no issues. Was kinda confused when I saw this one is 10.5%, feels like a typo.

This beer was definitely awsome. Very impressed. Not sure why this one doesnt get more buzz. Im not really a hophead, but the taste cant be denied. Wish this one was more readily available.

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from New Beer Distributors into my Spiegelau tulips.

The real notable thing about this brew is the way the rice interacts with the rest of the standard DIPA ingredients, making the mouthfeel very crisp for a high ABV beer and masking to a certain extent the potent booze in the taste.

Photo of king75
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a dark amber color with a solid creamy head. Looks delicious.

S-Smells like a citrus bomb which is what you expect in a DIPA. A very nice pine smell comes through as well.

T- WOW! citrus nodes and hops punch you in the mouth right away. Then lingers to a nice dry feel with a pine aftertaste that lingers.

D- surprisingly drinkable at 10.50% this one will sneak up on you if not careful.

Notes: This is one of the best if not the best DIPA's that I have ever had. The Oracle cannoteven compete with this brew it is that good. If given a chance try it you won't regret it.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice DIPA, at the 2009 Winter Solstice. The rice gives it an interesting drinkability and sweetness, without having to resort to much malting. There was sweetness, rice, vegatable, citrus all in the nose. Really bitter, really lacey, on a grapefruit body. Above average smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 9 oz. pour at the Stag's Head in Midtown. I enjoyed the lighter body and appreciated the mild rice taste (like a light toast or rice cake). However, the hops character didn't stand out in a crowded DIPA field. There's a balanced grapefruit and pine punch, which while tasty, doesn't have any distinct, stand-out notes. It's more drinkable for the style, but there's are better options for hop heads.

Photo of 33nickadams
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler from the brewery on 8-17-10

A- amber yellow, transparent, about a finger of head, ok lacing

S- very floral, and some citrus

T- good malt backbone followed by a nice bitterness, as you would expect

M- leaves the mouth a little dry

D- I could have several of these

I love the dipas from Kuhnhenn. This is reminds me of a 2 hearted with more heat. MI brews rule!

Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a slight honey hue. The pure white head was short but dense.

The aroma is of citrus hops, juicy grapefruit. The malt is a non-factor. Nice simple aroma, all hops. The hops aren't crazy but its a nice aroma.

Grapefruit and grapefruit rind in the flavor. This transitions into a slightly pine flavor but not palate wrecking. The malt takes a way back seat as the rice lightens up the brew and lets the hops shine. Nice hoppy flavor without going overboard.

The beer is light with tingly carbonation. The hops are mostly flavorful but add enough bitterness. Its actually nice to see a DIPA that is this drinkable. ABV nowhere to found.

This is a very nice DIPA. Good, not great, hop flavor but is crazy drinkable. Good show.

Photo of BDooley
5/5  rDev +13.6%

simply amzing

Photo of dexterk1
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of DaveBar
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
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 :(

Thx for reading

Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a cask at the General Sutter. Wow! The Gotham Imbiber has done well.

A: The IPA is a tea-colored ale, a mild brown hue that retains its clarity. Not much head.

S: The nose is hoppy but very restrained. The nose suggests that the ale was primed, perhaps with turbinado sugars.

T: The ale is a combination of sweetness upfront and hops on the backside. The ale seems to be primed, with a sweetness upfront that screams darker sugars, even molasses. The hoppiness is evident but restrained (especially compared to other Kuhnhenn brews). Citrus flavors are there, but they are restrained, settled down by the cask. Rice, I'm not really sure what to look for there. I do like this ale though, one flavorful brew.

M: Sweetness gradually transitions into smooth hops. The bitterness is relaxed, barely a DIPA on cask. Wickedly good, possibly my favorite for the day.

D: Too heavy too pound, too good to avoid. When I saw this cask my glass was already full. I immediately tracked down a second glass to ensure that I got to try it. Very good!

Photo of CRJMellor
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally nailed a personal whale. Amazing aroma and taste with a fairly thin mouth feel. Brewers Art really on display.

Photo of docoman
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Good overall DRIPA, good fruity notes and nice taste. Currently only available from brewery no bottles yet.

Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

Photo of Emnmarko
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Kuhnhenn. It was a 10 oz. pour in a small tulip glass.

Appearance: Arrived a pleasing, mildly hazy toffee brown with some nice tints of amber and red. It had about one and half fingers worth of creamy beige head. The head stuck around most of the way through and left some awesome looking circular wisps of lacing.

Smell: Not surprisingly the aroma is dominated by big time, in your face hops. Picking up on a lot of grapefruit and citrus and some fantastic tropical fruits. There's also a good dose of floral, resiny pine. Lingering in the background is a sweet note that reminds me of the honey in HopSlam, but is most likely from the addition of rice.

Taste: Again the hop presence on this is just awesome. It's super fresh and juicy. The concentration here is more on explosive aroma hops versus bittering hops. It's not a palate scorching IBU monster. This is just huge on the grapefruit, tropical fruits and citrus from the smell. The floral resiny notes come in after that. In the background there's the same enjoyable sweet note from the rice. There might be a touch of biscuit-like malt deep down, but it's too overshadowed to mean much.

Mouthfeel: Body is about a medium with a spot on amount of carbonation. It's got an exceptional creaminess to it with a bit of resiny tongue coating oiliness. The finish is extra crisp which I again chock up to the rice.

Drinkability: I think this may be one of the few DIPAs that didn't completely put me into a hop overdose after the first glass. It's definitely got a huge hop presence, but something about it makes me want more. The addition of rice was borderline genius on Kuhnhenn's part. Also the 10.5% ABV never showed itself.

When I was at Kuhnhenn me and my friends sampled pretty much every beer they had in some form or another and this was the standout favorite for everyone. Including one guy who is just scratching the surface of standard IPAs. This is truly a world class DIPA and I can only hope they decide to bottle this stuff at their Summer Solstice.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler out fo my Long Trail Brewmaster's glass.

A- A nice clear ambery yellow. Pours with a nice white head, and laces the glass quite nicely. Could be a bit brighter, but looks pretty darn nice.

S-I get a lot of citrusy smells, pineapple/tangerine and some balanced pine. It's pretty sweet smelling, but most of that seems to come from the hops.

T- A nice smooth initial flavor, with hints of grapefruit/pineapple and some malt. The hops start to move in a few seconds after with more piney notes, with some dry malty finish. There is a resinous piney aftertaste, but it is very well balanced. I get a little bit of the ricey flavor, but it would be hard to tell it was there if you didn't know it.

M- Pretty spot on. It could use a tiny bit more body, but the carbonation and mouthfeel are excellent. Nice aftertaste without overdoing it.

O- Overall this was an excellent IPA, full of nice fruity flavor with a balance of nice fruity hops. I honestly wouldn't have probably guessed this was an rice IPA. It could use a bit more malt to give it some backbone, but I would absolutely drink this one again.

-GFunk

Photo of ThickNStout
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Barcade, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a high octane spicy and orangy hop resin.

The taste was a full blown fruity orange hop with a clean malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the softer side of the style potentially due to the rice.

Overall a very nicely done DIPA.

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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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