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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 868
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 225
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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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 868
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a slight honey hue. The pure white head was short but dense.

The aroma is of citrus hops, juicy grapefruit. The malt is a non-factor. Nice simple aroma, all hops. The hops aren't crazy but its a nice aroma.

Grapefruit and grapefruit rind in the flavor. This transitions into a slightly pine flavor but not palate wrecking. The malt takes a way back seat as the rice lightens up the brew and lets the hops shine. Nice hoppy flavor without going overboard.

The beer is light with tingly carbonation. The hops are mostly flavorful but add enough bitterness. Its actually nice to see a DIPA that is this drinkable. ABV nowhere to found.

This is a very nice DIPA. Good, not great, hop flavor but is crazy drinkable. Good show. (757 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at Michigan Brewer's Guild in Ypsi. Light golden color with small white head. Aroma of big citrus fruits and lots of sweet honey, some graininess, and pineapples. Flavor follows with a nice sweet citrus profile, some additional tropical fruits, and a nice crisp bitter finish. Slick mouthfeel but pretty light for a DIPA, medium carbonation. Overall I liked this a lot, but not nearly as much as others seem to. I'll have to revisit this some time. (455 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a FFF Teku tulip

A - Light amber color with a slight yellow glow to it. The beer is lightly reflective and rather clean looking. Small white head that slowly dissipates.

S - Smells of lemon, pine, grapefruit and orange waft forward. There is also sweet tangerine that comes forward as part of the malt backbone to this one. Nose is rather fragrant and nice and complex

T - First, there is sweet mango and tangerine to it. Then, a good bitter pine and grapefruit kick comes in that delivers a nice hop presence to it. There are also hints of lemon peel that come through. The hops linger on the finish and it does have a nice crispness to it from the rice.

MF - Medium body with light carbonation and a light stickiness to it. Leaves a nice thick, hoppy resin that sits on the tongue well after th beer is gone.

O - Another solid offering from a brewery that rarely, if ever, disappoints. This is a good DIPA and I found that the rice added a nice crispness to the beer. However, if you didn't tell me it we brewed with rice I don't think I would have noticed. (1,085 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor, poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Pale amber color with absolutely no head. After I drank a little, I shook it up a little to generate a little bit of a cream-colored bubbly head. I’m going to chalk the lack of head up to the way it was poured.

S - Tons of hops with grapefruit, peach, and mango notes. I can get a tiny bit of a grainy malt and rice aroma but this is mostly hops.

T - This doesn’t start sweet like most DIPAs I’ve had. It is bitter right off the bat with grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and mango notes. The finish has grapefruit and orange hop flavors and a little bit of a grainy taste, as well.

F - Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky mouthfeel, and a very bitter and very dry finish. Bitterness lingers for a long time, as does a grainy, rice astringency. There’s a slight warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - This is a bitter bomb of a DIPA. Tons of hops in this one. I’m not really sure what the point of the rice was, though. In my opinion, it makes the mouthfeel suffer as it lightens the body and adds an astringency to the finish due to the rice crispness added on to the warmth from the high ABV. Besides that, the alcohol is hidden very well. Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer, and I’m glad I finally got to try something from Kuhnhenn. (1,358 characters)

Photo of ryantho00
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep honey amber orange hue with a nice 2 finger that sticks to the glass very nicely.

I get a full hoppy nose with a slight citrus undertone.

What a nicely blended taste, great hops, citrus, sticky piney oil. Great balanced, a fantastic crisp rye finish.

Wonderfully brewed DIPA, just great balance and a fantastic crisp finish. Yet another fantastic brew from Kuhnhenn's.

Cheers!! (395 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 64oz growler of this locally a few hours ago. Enjoyed from a kuhnhenn tulip.

A - brew poured a murky light yellow orange with a few fingers of white foamy head that dissolved leaving really chunky lacing.

S - very nice sweaty sticky piny hops. Great citric kick with undertones of lemon and orange, but leads with sweaty hops. Really nice.

T - taste is much like the nose, thick sweaty hops with a dulling bitterness in the background. Wonderfully tasty and fresh. Looking forward to the big growler full and possibly re-upping on this one while in town.

M - medium bodied, not all that bitter, relatively crisp. The only sign of the booze is the tingle left in my mouth.

O - overall hell of an IIPA. Sweaty hops is the angle on this one, but tasty as hell. Another fine brew from kuhnhenn. Who knew that they kill it with ipas too! If you can get this one, seek it out. (887 characters)

Photo of steelerguy
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very cloudly golden color, nice head that fades rapidly to a covering.

S - Lots of luscious, tropic fruit aroma. Lychee, mango, passion fruit, along with some tart citric grapefruit.

T - The aroma translates to the taste, tropical fruit galore, sweet malt, but the citrus hops come on stronger at the end with some nice grapefruit bitterness.

M - Fairly thin for such a high gravity DIPA. I'd like a bit more carbonation since it is lighter bodied. Is it possible for a 9.5% beer to be refreshing?

O - Not the most attractive beer, but an amazing aroma and flavor. When I saw it was a rice beer...I almost didn't even give it a try, so glad I did. This is a great beer and talk about making great use of rice. (723 characters)

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

On draft at Blind Tiger.

Golden pour moderate white head. Interesting aroma combines the best qualities of a DIPA with sake. Taste is more subtle, but still excellent. Crisp, clean, refreshing. Bitterness is kept in check by the malt and rice. And holy crap, this is 9.5%?! Danger ahead!

Had a bunch of IPAs today; this was one of my favorites. (346 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 64oz growler into a SA Perfect Pint.

A: Pours hazy straw with a small cap of white head.

S: Big time tropical hops: pineapple, guava, mango. If I was a betting man, I'd say there was plenty of Amarillo late hops in this bad boy. Damn, does this smell good!

T: Tropical theme continues. There's a little bubblegums sweetness in the finish and it ends dry.

D: Goes down rediculously smooth. I could not belive my eyes when I discovered that this beer was 9.5% drinks like its 5.5%. Mouthfeel is thin, but I feel like that's what they were going for.

Overall: I haven't had much from Kuhnhenn, but if their other brews are anywhere near this good, I'll be buying a lot more in the future. Really tasty and dangerously drinkable DIPA. (749 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ginger Man NYC.

A- Golden and slighty hazy into snifter. Small white head with low retention. Tiny ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Mostly just citrus hops. Notes of peach, lemon zest and juicy fruit.

T- A nice hop profile of peach, grass, lemon, citrus fruit and pine. Grainy dry feel and some yeast hints, spice and bread.

MF- Moderately carbonated body with a smooth silky feel. Finished a bit bitter and warmth.

The rice adds a unique but hard to describe feel, somewhat bitter and a bit cleaner. (510 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (1,125 characters)

Photo of sliverX
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Steve
Pours a nice light gold good whispy head.
Smell is a nice hope bite with a slight hint of booze.
Taste is hoppy a bit fruity a bit harsh
Mouthfeel is medium but lighter with the rice
Overall not bad but not something is rave or seek out but won't turn it down (276 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of beenitty
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a deal with splax23, thanks Adam

Picked this one because it looked super interesting, DIPA with Rice? Sounds cool.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow. Has the look of an awsome DIPA/IPA. Decent lacing, makes me want to dive right in.

S- Lots of fruit here grapefruit, mango, oranges, bit of rice...reminds me of some of the greats of this style.

T- Getting mostly the grapefruit, citrus, rice. Bit of malt in the middle, very very good.

M- Bitterness sticks to the palate a bit, the rice takes a bit of the egde off but still awsome.

D- 10.5% seriously? No way. Downing pints of this one with no issues. Was kinda confused when I saw this one is 10.5%, feels like a typo.

This beer was definitely awsome. Very impressed. Not sure why this one doesnt get more buzz. Im not really a hophead, but the taste cant be denied. Wish this one was more readily available. (878 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -8%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle N Hum for their Kuhnhenn event.
The first thing that came to mind when sipping this beer is that it stood up to all of my favorite double IPAs and for me that says a bit.
Hits all parts of the palate and makes you want more of the hitting. Light, citrus hop character with enough depth of malt to balance it out. Nothing about it made a particular impression to make it signature or unique. It left the impression that a well brewed double IPA should for those that likes themselves a double IPA. (514 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely clean looking double IPA . There is a white head and a heavy lacing from this one.

Aroma of light pale malt, caramel, Strong citrus, strong pine and grapefruit

Taste is of light crystal malts, maybe 60L with a very clean taste profile. There is not a ton of caramel, but what is there is sharp. Citrus takes the front on my tastebuds closely followed by a strong spring pine. Not overdone, but nice and fresh pine flavors. The finish on DRIPA is dry and clean. This is a very balanced double IPA and the abv is hardly detectable. Scary to think this is a 10.5 beer. Light to medium carbonation, very light mouthfeel - this is where the rice comes in and probably greatly enhances the drinkability. I guess this is a lesson learned from the Macros.

Overall very good and highly recommended. (804 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L:
Fairly clear copper with an off white head.

S:
Sweet, citrusy and clean.

T:
Sweet caramel, balanced by bitter grapefruit. Nice blend of orange and sugars. Warmth from the high ABV without tasting too boozy. Hints of floral hops.

F:
Very smooth, though a tad thick. Crisp carbonation carries the flavor without being overwhelming.

Sweeter than most DIPAs, but solid bitterness balances it out well. (404 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap a slightly hazy golden brown with two fingers of rich off-white head.

The aroma was boozy and sweet with light floral hops and big orange and grapefruit.

This one is sugary sweet, damn near too sweet, with caramel malts and loads of orange. The 10.5% alcohol is definitely there.

Medium bodied and dry with moderate carbonation.

This is one big hoppy monster with a sweet tooth. Perhaps a touch of aging might make this terrific beer even better. If that's possible. (490 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.85/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 6/19/2010. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweat, grassy hops, and citrus. Flavor of hop oils, sweat, and lots of sweet malt and residual sugars. It was very sweet after awhile and some acetone notes came out as well. Hmm, just didn't like this one, much too sweet for me. (330 characters)

Photo of Pointman
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites.

Very nice Tulip pour. Light head, great clear caramel color with exceptional lacing.

Very hoppy nose. Just love the hops. Beyond that you get a good floral, citrus and piney finish. Lingers well on the palate.

This is one of my Kuhnhenn's favorites. (276 characters)

Photo of king75
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a dark amber color with a solid creamy head. Looks delicious.

S-Smells like a citrus bomb which is what you expect in a DIPA. A very nice pine smell comes through as well.

T- WOW! citrus nodes and hops punch you in the mouth right away. Then lingers to a nice dry feel with a pine aftertaste that lingers.

D- surprisingly drinkable at 10.50% this one will sneak up on you if not careful.

Notes: This is one of the best if not the best DIPA's that I have ever had. The Oracle cannoteven compete with this brew it is that good. If given a chance try it you won't regret it. (579 characters)

Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.