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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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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 868
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)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -12%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of 33nickadams
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (380 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (915 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.37/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (683 characters)

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! (1,052 characters)

Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (2,044 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of nickadams2
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Uptown Grille Commerce MI> Holly shit these are good.

A_ Dark gold with a frothy one finger bone whit head.

S_ Hops, citrus , and pine. For a 10.5 ABV you cant tell by smell.

T_ Crisp citrus, pine , and floral taste. Same with smell no alcohol burn.

M_ Thin and crispit finishes dry. Really nice could have a couple.

D_ Besides the buzz drinks like a reggo IPA. Be careful.

MaCain Likey! (404 characters)

Photo of david131
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy golden/ copper liquid with a very thin white head that settles to a few splotches. Definitely looks thick and syrupy based upon how long it takes the carbonation to reach the surface.

S- Loads of fruit like mango, passion fruit, pineapple, oranges, some swiss cheese and/or gym socks. Very sweet, rich, and unique smelling.

T- Same as the aroma but with an alcohol kick at the end. This is strong. Damn.

M- Smooth, thick, and syrupy at first, then dry and clean at the end. Leaves a definite numbing aspect.

D- This is most definitely a sipper, but is a nice take on the style. I had this at the brewery on handpull that was also dry hopped and I have to say I prefer that version of it more. Still, this is worth a try. (743 characters)

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MasterSki was nice enough to share this one. thanks alex!

64oz growler. sampled dec 17/09.

pours slightly hazy deep orangey amber with a small dense off-white head. the head drops slowly with spotty lace. it seems to clear as it warms, so there's likely some chill haze here.

aroma is good. resiny pine and grapefruit. big caramel. lightly toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. orange and a bit of tangerine.

taste is neat. resiny grapefruit and pine again. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit. light cracker. it seems to fade away very quickly. i can't say it tastes like rice, but it is super light bodied and very mellow. it bites like a bigger dipa, but fades quickly. the alcohol becomes a little more warming as the beer warms.

mouthfeel is nice. very light body. drying. it starts feeling about medium body, but fades very quickly to a light dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good - dangerous even. it feels so easy to drink, so light and quickly forgotten. i think it'd be a little too easy to drink a large portion of this, which would knock you down in a hurry. (1,128 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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! (783 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (1,290 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by kp poured into a goblet.

Pours a hazy dark amber with almost no carbonation leaving a few bubbles on top that receded immediately leaving no lacing.

The aroma has some citrus up front but the floral pine hops are the dominant player in the nose with hints of bready malts.

The taste also features the sticky pine resin taste with hints of grass and lemons complementing. Again, the bready backbone is evident and the finish is dry and clean.

The mouthfeel is very slick with little carbonation and the faintest prickly hop sting in the finish.

This is a very good DIPA that I think would be better straight from the tap. Nonetheless, I really dig the Simcoe presence and the mouthfeel and look really held this one back. (743 characters)

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

Tap at brewpub.

Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus and Simcoe hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout beer that is very good for style. (361 characters)

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