Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.75/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-30-2012 18:04:16 | More by tectactoe
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3.43/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-12-2014 00:44:10 | More by importedfromdet
4.3/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-09-2014 18:17:46 | More by dexterk1
4.49/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
Serving type: growler
03-05-2014 22:29:25 | More by garuda
Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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