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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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673 Ratings
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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 179
Gots: 39 | 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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mothman, Dec 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

MDF1IBetty, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

CHickman, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Gfunk720, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

brbrocc, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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

lovindahops, Nov 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

redfacedshooter, Oct 30, 2012
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4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

jacewg, Oct 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

GRG1313, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Hoptologist, Oct 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden with beautiful long lasting lace on the sides of the glass and a thin head remaining throughout.

S - wonderful citrus hops nose

T - well balanced hops bitterness with sweet floral and citrus notes

M - carbonation and alcoholic tingle on the tongue gives way to slightly viscous quality that leaves a pleasant hoppy flavor lingering on the tongue.

O - one of the best IPAs I've had. Balance is so critical in this style and it is well executed here. Great quaff.

smalenberg, Oct 06, 2012
Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.