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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 868
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 224
Gots: 71 | 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 DaveBar
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at The Beer Baron in Burton MI. $18.00 for a 64oz growler. Poured first rate with a tube and fresh cap and tape.

A- Lovely golden colour. As typical for a growler that has been bounced around a bit there wasn't much crack to the cap nor foam however I am rating it based upon what I tasted in the bar.

S- Hoppy good! So airy and light at the same time, interesting

T- WOW this one is dry and hoppy. So refreshing. Can't even find the 9.5% at the beginning. Extra hops, extra goodness.

M- Dry, dry, dry. The rice dryness just shines through

O- Excellent! Will try again when I see it

Overall an excellent IPA!

Sorry, no food match on this one :(

Thx for reading (677 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,084 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (840 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.09/5  rDev -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. (958 characters)

Photo of Zach_T
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft at kuhnhenn brewery in warren, mi.

A: tangerine straw yellow, great clarity with a tight solid white head of foam that disappears rather quickly.

A: smells of nice citrusy hops, little to no malt aroma present.

T: hops up front followed by a touch of just enough malt as it transitions back into a hoppy but refreshing finish.

M: medium bodied but its appearance suggests it should be lighter, easy drinking for such a big beer.

F: finishes clean with a solid hop bitterness that lingers.

Overall one of my favorite double ipa's of all time. Cheers (567 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler into a Piraat tulip. Body is light orange/vibrant tangerinw witha small whitish head. Some lace.

S: Very nice - juicy citrus (grapefruit, some pineapple as well) and pine. Also some underlying caramel malt foundation.

T: Excellent. Lots of flavors come to mind, but they gel together nicely: caramel malt/toffee and honey provide the malt foundation; citrus - grapefruit, oranges and grapefruit peel, with a lemony finish that made me think of Sorachi Ace, Nelson Sauvin or Citra hops. Touch of peppery spice at the finish, with warmth from the ABV felt in the belly.

M: Slightly slick in feel. Heft is heavier than expected given the light-colored body and the use of rice.

O: A very drinkable and tasty DIPA. Solid stuff. (755 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a hazy straw yellow color. small head that fades away

Smell: big bold citrusy hops, more fruitiness. not complex but smells refreshing and tasty

Taste: citrus hops, extremely smooth hops. some sweetness. no hint of alcohol

Mouthfeel: refreshing, probably the most refreshing dipa i have had. a little juicy. almost no bitterness and fairly light for what it is

Overall: an extremely refreshing and smooth 9.5%. i couldn't taste the rice but i think it does work in the mouthfeel. (495 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a clear light yellow straw orange color.

The aroma is just huge and amazingly dank. There huge sweet citrus. It's so deep and sweet. Super hoppy and fresh. What a killer aroma.

The flavor follows with huge grapefruit, pine, orange. There's tons of fruitiness of citrus and tropical fruits. Then there's a nice bitterness on the back of resin and pine.

The beer has a light body and a slight booze on the end. I don't really sense the rice other than the lack of big caramel malts and the light body the beer has. Despite the imbalance, it makes the beer actually quite refreshing.

The hop profile on this actually reminds me a lot of Enjoy By. Crazy enough, I actually really prefer this beer. What a fantastic brew. Must try. (748 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on-tap at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale, Michigan.

I can see why this beer is as popular as it is. I can tell you that right before I even type up my review.

Appearance: A standard yellow color. Really no head to speak of, and some patchy lacing. Looks pretty good. Knowing what it contains is even MORE exciting... >:)

Smell: Mm. Sweet and delicious. No rice in the aroma whatsoever, just a lot of super fruity, bright hops.

Taste: Identical to the smell... but in taste form. 9.5%? Who the hell would guess that. No warmth, no taste, it's not there at all, at least not for me. Fruity hops with floral notes there as well. Surprisingly really not bitter, which I wasn't expecting. Impeccable balance. The feel is great as well ... super refreshing, no harsh carbonation, and dangerously easy drinking.

Basically, I can see why this beer has won so many awards. Of the flight I got, this is definitely my favorite of the six. Outstanding beer ... I'll get a pint next time I see this beer around. Awesome stuff .. a must try. (1,040 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Bright yellow golden body - completely translucent. Small fizzy head, fades into virtually nothing, but leaves a sticky memory of the head as it slides down the glass.

S: Basically all hops and citrus fruits. Grapefruit, tangerine, some lemon, and oranges with a hint of passion fruit. The fruity hop aromas leave a very sweet aroma, but its not malty smelling. Nice.

T: Follows the nose. Very hop forward. Tangerine and mangos seem to be the dominant fruity tastes. Not overly bitter - like the bitterness of a grapefruit, but the not bitterness of grapefruit rind. Very little malt backbone, which is surprising for the ABV.

M: Medium body. Not boozy - actually hidden very well, but becomes a little more evident as it warms. Prickly, sticky, wet.

O: A great first Kuhnhenn experience at the brewery. An awesome DIPA. It's a shame I cant get Kuhnhenn in Cincy, but also makes these trips to the brewery so much sweeter. Growler pours for $17 - cant beat that. (993 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler picked up at beer city

pours super bright gold with a fluffy white head. Smell is like getting hit in the face with a bag of hops, grapefruit and orange come to mind immediately. Taste is very hop heavy, it starts with a very piney hop bite that fades to a sweet orange, tangerine and grapefruit aftertaste that lingers in your mouth. Alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines...one of the best drinking IIPAs i have ever had, dangerously drinkable. Overall this is one of my favorite american imperial IPA's and I just cant resist picking it up every time I see it. (610 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served from the tap at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, MI. It arrived in a generic tulip, glowing the bright, straw colored hue of gold bullion. It held a one finger head of tan bubbles, showing decent retention. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared light. The aroma was palpably sticky and heavy with grapefruit hops, sweet honeys, and pineapple sugars. To match was chalky rice graininess, stark plastic and chemically phenols that took on polish remover with warmth, huge sting of booze, and crayon waxiness. The hops, too, changed with warmth, giving more bitter herbals and the high pitched scream of perfume-floral hops. Our first impression was that the flavoring was very juicy and sweet, with nice hop bitterness to balance. As we sipped, grapefruit and lemony hops crashed the palate, with a quick shift to musty herbs, honey sweetness, pale and toasty grain, plastic phenols, and vodka booziness to bring us to the peak. Here we met hollow booziness, sweet cherries, and freshly sliced pineapples. The continued herbal hop bitterness actual helped to dull the booziness a bit. We finished with more pale malts, coiny metallics, apricot sweetness, citric and herbal hoppiness, dill, and mashed basil. The aftertaste breathed of musk, peppery booze, burnt pale grain, grapefruit hop resin, fresh grassiness, and hugely spicy phenols. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was soft pop, nice slurp and smack to each sip. Froth and cream were lesser, but not noticeably negative. The mouth was left bone dry following an oily coating and coolness. The abv was big, but this sipper was easy.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the insanely bright aroma. This showed such a wild blend between fresh grapefruit-zested hops, strong booze, and phenols. This helped to keep this guy no nonsense. The taste followed nicely, with even balance between the sweets and the bitters. The booze did come out more strongly with warmth, so beware if you’re not all about that. This is a soft, fresh, unique, and highly drinkable beer. (2,097 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.32/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Spartan213!

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! (585 characters)

Photo of litheum94
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared with daysinthewake.

Pale body, clear and bright. Foamy, bone white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

Fruity and floral nose, tropical fruit and citrus. Cereal grains and some cracker malts.

Light and crisp body. Creamy rice flavors. Floral and fruity hop flavors. Very balanced bitterness. Some leafy hop bitterness on the finish. Very slight alcohol flavors.

Probably the only rice beer I've ever enjoyed, and incredibly drinkable for the ABV. a dangerous, tasty DIPA. (489 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (291 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Scoot1969 for this one. Growler. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light pale color with a thin film of carbonation which recedes quickly to a ring. Pretty good retention and some arcs of lacing.

S: Delicate citrus hops are showcased, sweet tangerine and grapefruit.

T: Hop forward but a little caramel shows through, finishing with a mild bitterness.

M: Medium-light body and light carbonation.

O: Extremely drinkable, the alcohol is just not there. I don't know how this got classified as a DIPA, it reminds me of a hoppy pale ale. (542 characters)

Photo of Docrock
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

at Kuhnhenn served in a 10 oz snifter

A - A pale golden body with a nice white 1/2" head. the head rapidly diminshed to a very thin cap, there was minimal lacing.

S - light citrus a bit of pineapple and a touch of pine but nothing overpowering, actually smells a bit sweet.

T - the taste is opposite of the smell, a nice pine note with just a hint of the citrus and then a nice malty finish.

M - well carbonated and there is a bit of the resinous pine aftertaste, the body actually seemed light I'm guessing that is from the rice but its really smooth and drinkable.

O - This was an excellent beer, too bad they don't bottle it. It was well balanced and availbale in Growlers. Next time will take a Growler home. I think if they actually distrubted this beer it would be pretty sought after. (797 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass. Freshly poured into my growler, less than ten minutes ago.

Appearance: Strong gold with little bubbles on the body. White head settles with very even lacing, initially off a hard pour maybe 1/3".

Smell: Honestly from the beginning it is good, but it is a light light hop scent. I want more, I love DIPAs and this one is light in the category.

Taste: A very beastly taste that is incredibly complex, has a bit of sourness to it with heavy hops that creates strong but smooth biiterness. Grapefruit skin feel that feels a bit heavy, still very very good. Honestly I think that's what helps this beer. It adds a rough sweetness to the brew

Mouth: Medium, with very hoppy and slightly dry after taste. Sticky too, no complaints at all.

Overall: A monster beer, and would love to keep buying it as long as it is around. Easily one of the smoothest but hoppiest beers I have had. I am very particular to Double/Imperial IPAs and try to keep having as much as I can. Unlike most others DIPAs this one, from the begining feels "light", its the second half of the glass is where the appreciation of the brew comes from. Drink and enjoy....trust me, Salud! (1,182 characters)

Photo of PattyMelt
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Kuhnhenn's on tap, than took a growler home to enjoy for a few days.

A- Pretty standard. Nice orange-yellow hue, white head
S- Amazing. So much citrus that I don't even know what is what. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and other fruits I don't know.
T- Not as strong as the smell, which was just slightly disappointing to me. But same flavor qualities as taste, a lot of citrus. I also got a strong piney taste, especially on the back, and some small spices notes, coriander, basil maybe?
M- Pretty good. Medium bodied, a little bitter at the end.

O- Pretty great beer. I personally would have liked a bit more spice on the taste to balance out the citrus, but I loved it. Made for a great growler to enjoy at home. (733 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (3,140 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours hazy gold color with a creamy 1 finger snow white head that faded slowly and left great lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smells of huge citrus hops up front, with grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, orange, tons of citrus, caramel, grains or rice (in this case), and light floral hops or herbal spice notes; basically this is all citrus hops, and very sweet with a nice soft citrus hop nose that was very enjoyable.

Tastes like it smells, with huge citrus hops up front including grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, lemon, orange, guava, floral hops, flowers, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, grains/rice, herbal spice notes like coriander, cinnamon and spruce, and some minor alcohol that brings some light heat; the aftertaste is where the rice kicks in and leaves your mouth basically dry after the hop bitterness subsides. It’s a clean hoppy sweetness that seems like it goes from tart citrus to evaporation in a few seconds, and was pretty cool to experience.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost slick, with a medium body, very light carbonation and a bitter citrus finish that turns to a clean rice dryness.

Overall feel and experience was very good, it’s a really unique beer because it’s not well balanced due to the lack of a malt backbone yet it’s extremely easy to drink even with the high ABV. A quality beer that I recommend trying just to enjoy the massive citrus flavor followed by the clean rice finish that dries your mouth. Extra points for being so tasty using rice, a non-standard ingredient for an IPA. (1,551 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler out fo my Long Trail Brewmaster's glass.

A- A nice clear ambery yellow. Pours with a nice white head, and laces the glass quite nicely. Could be a bit brighter, but looks pretty darn nice.

S-I get a lot of citrusy smells, pineapple/tangerine and some balanced pine. It's pretty sweet smelling, but most of that seems to come from the hops.

T- A nice smooth initial flavor, with hints of grapefruit/pineapple and some malt. The hops start to move in a few seconds after with more piney notes, with some dry malty finish. There is a resinous piney aftertaste, but it is very well balanced. I get a little bit of the ricey flavor, but it would be hard to tell it was there if you didn't know it.

M- Pretty spot on. It could use a tiny bit more body, but the carbonation and mouthfeel are excellent. Nice aftertaste without overdoing it.

O- Overall this was an excellent IPA, full of nice fruity flavor with a balance of nice fruity hops. I honestly wouldn't have probably guessed this was an rice IPA. It could use a bit more malt to give it some backbone, but I would absolutely drink this one again.

-GFunk (1,125 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at j ryans

A- a golden orange body that is very clear with lacing trickling on the edges of the glass

S- big dark pine and citrus is shining through with pineapple. Very vibrant and hoppy

T- massive citric hops are rounded off by a smooth caramel malt flavor. Very flavorful and hides the alcohol well

M- good prickly flavor that stings your tongue

O- DRIPA is a spiky hop hit that clashes on your palate with piney resinous hops and good malty caramel flavor. Enjoyed this (485 characters)

Photo of jacewg
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep golden - Just slightly darker than pilsner color. Deep golden yellow. Not much of a head, but incredible lacing.

Aroma: Huge citrus, tangerine and orange in particular, and tropical fruit. The aroma is huge and inviting. A touch of onion with very minimal malt character

Taste: Straight bitter citrus peel and citrus fruit. Hints of tropical fruit, but this is a tangerine/orange driven IPA. I'd be really shocked if the Citra hop wasn't somewhere in the hop bill. Malt is just enough to keep this in check and the rice makes it feel like a 7% beer. Incredibly easily to drink. I'm absolutely in love with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Has the feel of a 7% beer despite being 9.5%. Wonderfully dry and fruity finish. Despite the big flavors, the palate is never fatigued. Medium carbonation and medium bitterness. Maybe the most drinkable 9.5% beer ever. Just wonderful.

Overall: Not sure I've ever had a better imperial ipa. Between the big flavor and the light mouth feel, totally what I'm looking for in the DIPA style. (1,036 characters)

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