Kuhnhenn American IPA - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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Reviews by HopDerek:
4.53/5 rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Kuhnhenn on 4/25
Poured a clear rich amber color with 1/2 inch of foamy eggshell colored head, good retention and sticky spotty lacing. Smells of citrus, pine, and molasses, could smell it before the waitress even put it down on the table. Tastes of pine with a great caramel/molasses backbone with a sweet citrusy finish of grapefruit and lemon. Medium body with good carbonation, a big hoppy beer with lots of citrus flavors but a good balance. A little high in ABV to sensefully session, but I'd drink as my staple IPA if I had the chance.
Serving type: on-tap
04-29-2008 02:20:01 | More by HopDerek
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4/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Kuhnhenn American IPA has crispy, golden complexion - it looks like there was a toaster involved at some point. This deeper tone, combined with the fact that it's unfiltered, means that clarity is tempered some. The small amount of head produces a tremendous amount of lacing.
The smell of citrus hits you before you can even say ‘hops' - this wouldn't be an "American" IPA were it otherwise. Dry-hopping ensured there's plenty of lemon, grapefruit and all the other usual suspects though a surprising amount of consideration was also given to the malts; there's an appreciable amount of toasted bread crusts and nuttiness on the nose too.
Indeed, the grain is also responsible for its share of the beer. The flavour features a pretty crispy, caramelly maltiness as well as hints of marzipan, graham crackers, and a dry, plain breadiness. The hops, however, regain the reins in the aftertaste with a mini explosion of earthy spice and a lasting lemony taste suited to a household cleaning product.
That soapy finish, pleasantly citric though it is, is not without considerable bitterness; IBUs aren't listed but you can bet they stack up proportionately to the 6.5% alcohol and generous malt bill. There's nothing out of balance here. This thing was engineered to be satisfying as well as satiating; more than one pint is possible but not mandatory to get a proper hop fix.
Kuhnhenn American IPA is a good example of a great style; like so many of this brewery's offerings it serves as a textbook sample of the genre. Like most other reviewers, I can't say anything extraordinary about it, but it's even more difficult to think of something negative. There's always new, exciting things to try at Kuhnhenn but this classic won't ever disappoint.
On-tap at Kuhnhenn Brewery in Warren, Michigan.
Serving type: on-tap
03-28-2014 17:27:22 | More by biegaman
Kuhnhenn American IPA from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.