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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA)
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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%


Brewed by:
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.

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tectactoe

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 18:04:16 | More by tectactoe
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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.

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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.