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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2007

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Photo of sliverX
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
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

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
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 beenitty
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
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 ommegangpbr
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
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 ElGrecoVerde
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear copper with an off white head.

Sweet, citrusy and clean.

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.

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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.85/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

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Photo of Pointman
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of king75
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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 LucienDeRubempre
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from New Beer Distributors into my Spiegelau tulips.

The real notable thing about this brew is the way the rice interacts with the rest of the standard DIPA ingredients, making the mouthfeel very crisp for a high ABV beer and masking to a certain extent the potent booze in the taste.

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Photo of afksports
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review might be a bit under the influence, but I'm trusting my notes. Also, the booziness led to some extreme dancing on Vanderbilt, when I was drinking it I somehow was telling people it was 6.5% alcohol by volume... Oops (it's 10.5).

The appearance is a dirty amber - cloudy, almost cidery looking, with a nice head. Smell is flowery, and very aromatic. Didn't notice the booze mentioned in the other reviews.Taste is a little yeasty, features nice round malts and has a sweet and tart citrus hop finish. Feels good because it's a medium-body with solid carbonation, and except for the booze in it, it's a highly drinkable brew.

My first Kuhnhenn beverage, definitely not my last.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
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 TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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 33nickadams
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler from the brewery on 8-17-10

A- amber yellow, transparent, about a finger of head, ok lacing

S- very floral, and some citrus

T- good malt backbone followed by a nice bitterness, as you would expect

M- leaves the mouth a little dry

D- I could have several of these

I love the dipas from Kuhnhenn. This is reminds me of a 2 hearted with more heat. MI brews rule!

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of ffejherb
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on cask on 3/12/10.

A - Hazy amber/orange body with one-finger frothy off-white cap that settled into a patchy veil but yielded a bubbly screen of lacing around the glass.

S - Aroma combines a dry hopped presence with a crisp, sweet caramel malt character. Hop profile is pretty complex, actually, with spicy, piney and herbal notes mingling with a hint of catbox and leafy attributes. A slight waft of alcohol also emerges as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Lots of hop character with leafy, clingy attributes and a strong pine presence, although the hops are balanced by an equally strong sweet caramel malt backbone. Slight alcohol warmth creeps into the mix in the backend.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, round texture and nice cask mouthfeel overall. Dry finish with a moderate lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

D - I don't have a lot of Kuhnhenn experience, but I found DRIPA to be a great cask beer with lots of hop character and a pleasant crispness that I wasn't expecting.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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 DIM
3.37/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was a deep, chestnut brown, clear for the most part. I was expecting something lighter in color because of the rice. It was served to me with a thin soapy head.

s: Very appealing balance between sweet elements of caramel and molasses; and bitter, leafy, mildly citric hops.

t: Not nearly as well balanced here. Pleasantly sweet up front, tasting of caramel. The finish is quite harsh though. Lots of characterless bitterness and too much heat.

m: Chewy and gently carbonated, very nice.

d: Not at all what I expected. One of the darkest DIPAs I've ever tried and it was made with rice? I'm not sure what affect the rice had on this one. Regardless, it just wasn't for me.

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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 DrDoitchbig
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Kuhnhenn. It was a 10 oz. pour in a small tulip glass.

Appearance: Arrived a pleasing, mildly hazy toffee brown with some nice tints of amber and red. It had about one and half fingers worth of creamy beige head. The head stuck around most of the way through and left some awesome looking circular wisps of lacing.

Smell: Not surprisingly the aroma is dominated by big time, in your face hops. Picking up on a lot of grapefruit and citrus and some fantastic tropical fruits. There's also a good dose of floral, resiny pine. Lingering in the background is a sweet note that reminds me of the honey in HopSlam, but is most likely from the addition of rice.

Taste: Again the hop presence on this is just awesome. It's super fresh and juicy. The concentration here is more on explosive aroma hops versus bittering hops. It's not a palate scorching IBU monster. This is just huge on the grapefruit, tropical fruits and citrus from the smell. The floral resiny notes come in after that. In the background there's the same enjoyable sweet note from the rice. There might be a touch of biscuit-like malt deep down, but it's too overshadowed to mean much.

Mouthfeel: Body is about a medium with a spot on amount of carbonation. It's got an exceptional creaminess to it with a bit of resiny tongue coating oiliness. The finish is extra crisp which I again chock up to the rice.

Drinkability: I think this may be one of the few DIPAs that didn't completely put me into a hop overdose after the first glass. It's definitely got a huge hop presence, but something about it makes me want more. The addition of rice was borderline genius on Kuhnhenn's part. Also the 10.5% ABV never showed itself.

When I was at Kuhnhenn me and my friends sampled pretty much every beer they had in some form or another and this was the standout favorite for everyone. Including one guy who is just scratching the surface of standard IPAs. This is truly a world class DIPA and I can only hope they decide to bottle this stuff at their Summer Solstice.

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.