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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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Reviews: 99
Hads: 875
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 26.87%
Wants: 223
Gots: 70 | 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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Markinithar and JM03 for making this growler find its way to me. Poured into a 22oz snifter, the brew appears a polished clear golden orange color with a thin firm white head that holds in a film across the top and skant spots and strings of lace.

The aroma is very hoppy with fruity and zesty notes of tropical character. Pineapple and oramge/mandrin zest are on the forefront with some hints of herbal and pine character. Mildly grassy with fruity pulp character and solvent alcohol notes.

Taste is rindy with pulp and zest. Some tropical hop notes get a bit herbal and even more rindy as it warms up. Alcohol blends in with the hops to formulate quite a complex fruit character with seemingly no malt backing.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a little boozy and excessively tropical and fruity from the hops and alcohol. Despite the big alcohol character this brew drinks very easy and is enjoyable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by GT2. Thanks man. The beer is light golden with a small white cap. The aroma offers fresh hops, tropical fruit. Smells great. The flavor follows suit, with notes of pineapple and mango. Light bodied with relatively low carbonation. Tasty!

---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Rattle and Hum for their event involving this brewery.

Double Rice Eyepeeaye looks bright and golden yet not glowing like many other double eye's ive had. Bright enough with some bright white foam on top leaving significant stick for a 10 percenter. Smell is more malt driven but there is a nice fruity appeal bordering on tropical and a light bready scent from the malts. Getting some c-hop action up front dancing around with the usual fruits, a light pine taste in between with the faint malt sweetness afterwards. Not sure what the rice adds to this besides boosting up the alcohol to 10. Alcohol is in the taste as well, yet not hot. Feel is rather slippery, a bit oily and bitter, not west coast bitter though. I enjoyed this, exit 16 is the better example though.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hops seem to skew more floral to me than pine or citrus. The malt at play is also a unique backdrop. I'd love to side by side this with Bruery's Humulus Lager. The mouthfeel is what really stands out here - a bit of a lager / ale hybrid feel.

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Photo of liamt07
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub for 2012 Winter Solstice, and many times over at other times.

Hazy straw yellow great lacing and retention. Nose is weed, citrus zest in the form of oranges and clementines. Taste has more weed, herbal notes and citrus zest. Powerful dank and citrus character through and through. Medium body and medium high carbonation. Excellent, one of my favourite DIPAs.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of Viggo
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to MasterSki for lugging this one up from Kuhnhenn.

Pours a very lightly hazed copper orange, thin white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick, looks alright.

Smell is neat, big grapefruit and pineapple notes, clean caramel, rice, alcohol, very fruity and tropical, not a whole lot of malt going on but the hops are dope.

Taste is nice too, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, mango, alcohol, lots of fruit, some caramel sweetness, but the rice gives it a really neat, clean malty body, not too bitter, nicely balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, goes down pretty easy. The body is light but not thin, I guess the rice is doing something different. Quite enjoyable, thanks Alex!

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Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros. Received as an extra in s trade.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a nice one finger head that fades to leave light white lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of a nice glorious tropical notes, pineapples, passion fruit, light citrus, maybe some mango, tons of pineapple though. Tropical fruit salad.

T - Taste is nicely musty with really nice tropical notes. Not sure if I could say this was rice based, but I know there something unique on the finish. Great tropical hops, wonderful pineapple notes, light malts, not much citrus mostly just pineapple with flashes of passion fruit.

M - Mouthfeel is great, not a lingering bitterness this immediately ends crisp. Awesome!

O - Overall this beer was just awesome, so much pineapple and such a fun crisp finish. Excellent!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub. It struck me as a massive DIPA, high ABV like so many other Kuhnhenn brews.

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thin wet foam that receded to a spotty ring. It smells strong with hops, grapefruit and other citrus aromas, pine needles, also a strong malt backbone that confirms this is big DIPA.

On tasting, I'm reminded most of Oracle which I've had again recently. This is a huge DIPA, a lot of malt in it but it doesn't really approach barleywine territory in my opinion. I'm not sure if the rice is meant to be noticeable or if it serves some other purpose, but definitely I cannot tell it's there. The hops are the showcase on this beer.

It's got a heavy body, evidence of so much malt in the bill, and it's stickier than many others of the style, giving a pine resin feeling. Very tasty but also strong, a sipper that you want to drink faster.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for picking this up for me; a growler into a Bells tulip...Pours a dark peach that is pretty clear, looks watery. Off white head with good carbonation for a week old growler, good lacing...The aroma is really boozy, distractingly so. Light grass show off some hops but after the alcohol I get tons of rye, this really comes off to me as rye not rice ipa...The taste is very similar to the aroma, way to much rye comes through to make this a really enjoyable ipa to me. A typically boozy Kuhnhenn ipa. Not there best, but passable to drink.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark golden body with a good head that left lace patches on the glass. Classic balanced aroma that has some sweet caramel malt as well as spicy, bitter leafy citric hops that are strong. Taste is more of same as the hops are everpresent w/ their leafy citric and somewhat spicy notes and there is some sweet malts tastes in there, but the rice helps create a little extra sweet and smoothness that I haven't had in a DIPA before. Medium body and chewey, this beer goes down easy and has a rather smooth finish that still works. Could drink this anytime.

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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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