Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
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.
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.
12-30-2012 18:04:16 | More by tectactoe
4.4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-15-2012 03:22:52 | More by steelerguy
4.47/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
01-24-2010 20:22:27 | More by nickadams2
3.3/5 rDev -24.7%
Acquired via trade
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!
03-31-2013 15:10:53 | More by ehammond1
4.08/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
07-21-2012 02:56:40 | More by jeonseh
Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.