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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA)
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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 182
Gots: 40 | FT: 4
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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Sammy, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -8.9%

t0rin0, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

djrn2, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

zestar, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a nice copper-amber color with an off-white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose is a hop bomb with loads of citrus and pine hops. A bit of light malt in the background, but the hops are the definite showcase in this one. The taste is quite bitter and hoppy. Resinous indeed. Some light malt in the background. Bitter, dry feel with pretty great drinkability. A bit hit--so much so that my mother, who normally sticks nearly-exclusively to Two Hearted, grabbed a growler of this to take home.

Thorpe429, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.9%

acurtis, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

nmann08, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

metter98, May 10, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

GRG1313, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color poured out as a nice looking copper with a thin white head on it that leave a decent lacing down the glass. The Smell of hops flood out of the beer, not as strong as some DIPA's but it's got enough there to stand up against it's opponents. The taste of the beer has a nice pine like citrus hop kick that lingers nicely on the tongue. The mouthfeel is much thinner than expected. Found that to be a little strange, but like other have stated on here it must be from the rice. Overall pretty tasty stuff.

Knapp85, May 06, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

SocalKicks, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -8.9%

largadeer, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this tastes and feels like an enormous india pale lager, except where the doughy lager yeast usually kicks in, its a cleaner even righter crisper thing, odd for a starch to do that, but apparently it does, what a cool beer! average looking for an ipa, with some bronze shades to it and a real tall just off white head. its definitely a hop bomb, sturdy lemon notes and oily hops radiate from this beer, and i get grass and lime zest too, its not sharp at all, but it is indeed potent. the flavor has a similar hop profile as the nose, just with more bitterness built in, pushing the IBUs up a bit. the malt base is interesting, big enough on the pale front for the abv present, but the rice soothes it, sort of smoothing the whole thing out, bringing the hops to a realm they dont usually get to go. i dont ever taste rice i dont think, but its contribution to the beer is undeniable. one of the quickest finishing and cleanest finishing big hoppy beers i can remember. there really isnt anything else like this out there that i am aware of. so so good.

StonedTrippin, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good DIPA. Pours pretty and the nose is very fragrant and distinct. The flavor profile is very good, but I felt like it was a little bit too sweet at first, though that seems to mellow out as the beer goes on. The sweet tones combine with a bitter spicy hop tone. A bit too citrus toned, but it's still nice. A pretty easy drinking dipa. I was concerned when my growler seemed to be leaking, but this withstood the trip home. Whew. Lucky I am. A pleasure to drink. Are you jealous that I got a growler of this? I think you should be. Be extra jealous that I got a Kuhnhenn tulip.

RblWthACoz, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask - served in a ten ounce 1/2 pint tulip. My first real taste of Kuhnhenn so here goes:

A - A dark reddish amber w/ thin pale cap. The clarity is good w/ a tiny bead

S - A ripe fruit scent w/ lots of pungent hop w/ citrus in abundance. The nose has a mild floral ester w/ very intense aroma- lots of juicy citrus odors

M - the feel is smooth w/ fruity sweet edge and moderately bitter tinge w/ slight tartness - The feel has a lingering sweet note -(the rice?) w/ a nice bite in the finish w/ hops lasting

T - The tast is a splendid sweet/juicy combo w/ mild bitterness and bitter orange and lemon notes w/ mild candy flavor and spiced bitter accents intemingling w/ a light alcohol flavor

D - Wow, 10.5% I would not have guessed - A wonderful Imperial IPA w/ great cask treatment - My first taste of the night was a winner. I would certainly try this without a doubt if I saw it on tap again

Slatetank, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on my LONG drive from Chicago to Toronto - shared with Viggo, Clockwerk, and others. Served in Unibroue tulip. The growler held up perfectly fine for a week and a half. This batch was in around 10% I think.

A - A finger and a half of off-white foam that dissipates slowly to a thick ring, and leaves generous spotty lacing. Hazed golden orange color with red highlights - somehow gets clearer as the brew warms up.

S - A very unique and delightful nose is marred by some not-so-well-hidden fusel alcohol. Initially starts with a blast of pine and light grapefruit, but notes of wild rice emerge as it warms. Sugary dough malt backbone that is very much in the background.

T - The taste is almost identical, but the booze is better hidden. Again, the rice element is quite mild and in the periphery. Mild-to-moderate bitterness that is sufficient, but not palate shredding.

M - The rice addition gives the body incredibly silky smoothness - similar to rich milk. Lower carbonation and a medium body. Dry finish, with a touch of residual resin character.

D - This went down a little too easy - I refilled my glass a couple times. Other than the slight booziness in the nose this drinks faster than the aforementioned 10% or so. Another plus is that my wife liked this one.

MasterSki, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to rudzud for sharing.
Nice fluffy slight creamy 1 finger head with some bubbles in the middle, nice lacing line, crystal clear golden color.

Nose is great hops, very musty and resinous, dank citrus hops, nice tropical fruit even, passion fruit, lots of pineapple, little mango, tangerine, little grapefruit, hint guava, very dank, and nice citrus. A mild sweet malt base with hint of booze and of candied malt candied orange peel, very aromatic hop character.

Taste brings more hops, lots of bitterness, very bitter with big very earthy hops, little spicy even, and into tons of tropical fruit. That brings musty resin, passion fruit and tons of pineapple, little guava, very little citrus. Mild rice pudding like flavor in the middle, little malt and light sweetness, a bit of mild booze warmth. The finish adds a bit more rice pudding, pretty clean and crisp on the finish, but a nice lingering tropical fruit and musty resin, pineapple, passion fruit, quite bitter.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb for growler, no real booze either, smooth.

Overall quite nice.

jlindros, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with fluffy white head and good retention.

Smell: Citrus hops with an herbal note in there as well. There is a malt sweetness that carries through the finish.

Taste: Citrus and herbal hops. The taste isn't nearly as sweet as the smell, but the grain does show up.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good DIPA. A bit light for the style, I'm not sure if that can be contributed to the rice. Really enjoyed the finish.

oline73, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -8.9%

mendvicdog, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 09/26/11 notes. Had on tap at The Ginger Man, served side by side with the Kuhnhenn Silly Simcoe.

a - Pours a hazy dark golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and little head retention.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, mangoes, and light pine hops. A ton of fruit and hops in the nose, smells amazing.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, tropical fruits, pineapples and mangoes, pine hops, and fruity malts. Again, a ton of hops and fruit, and a little sweet, which is really nice. Light bitterness but not much. Really great.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and really easy to drink. I can't believe this is 10.5% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this beer was fantastic. It had a ton of fresh fruit and hops in the nose and taste and I was shocked how much tropical fruit came through in the taste. Would love to have this one again.

EDIT: 11/10/12. Not changing any numbers in my review but had this again today at Taproom 307 in NYC and it was just as amazing as last winter. Love this beer; hope they bottle it!

mdfb79, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

MarkyMOD, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -8.9%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.