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Kuhnhenn American IPA - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn American IPAKuhnhenn American IPA

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87
very good

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2003

Amber in color; unfiltered, so it is not crystal clear. Quite bitter with a balance of malty caramel-like sweetness. Aroma is of intense dry hopping; meaning- lots of hops were added late in the beer making process post boiling.
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Photo of tectactoe
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Park Bar in Detroit. Can't believe it has taken me this long to try the regular old American IPA from Kuhnhenn. The color is stunning; it's perfectly and purely amber, no traces of other hues or colors here. The clarity is also exceptional - I could probably read fine print on the other side of the glass. The cream cap is porous and chunky with decent retention, though not much lace is left behind, surprisingly enough.

Mmmmm.... Centennial hops! Being an "American" IPA, I'm sure the brew has a combination of C-hops (though I'm not sure), but the aroma's telling me that the heavy hand went to Centennial; the aroma reminds me a bit of Two Hearted, actually. Floral and citrusy at the same time; light perfume, juicy white grapefruit, and mild leaves. Malt is heavy, too, lying somewhere between toasted bread and caramel. Decent aromatic balance, I love the way this smells.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn't knock my socks off quite like the aroma did. It's got an up-front, hoppy bitterness that didn't really stand-out as much in the aroma. My palate is grazed with floral hops, light pine, stinging perfume, pungent grapefruit, and some sweet tangerines in the finish. The hops also inject a slightly spicy aspect, like faint white pepper. The bitterness starts strong and slowly fades into the finish.

Malt is just as heavy, maybe even heavier, in the flavor; the bitterness shadows it for the first half of the sip, but it holds fast during the latter part once the bitterness makes its decrescendo. The finish is actually quite sweet from the malt; think tangy-sweet, buttered and toasted bread rolls and a decent helping of caramel, with just a hint of grapefruit still lingering. Medium bodied, wet and less-than-sticky mouth feel with ample carbonation.

If this one tasted as good as it smelled, I might have fallen in love. Unfortunately the flavor falls a bit short of what was promised in the aroma. Still a good beer, though, no doubt, and something that IPA fans and Kuhnhenn fans will most likely both enjoy. Still, I'd reach for Fluffer or Loonie Kuhnie over this if available.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Many thanks to beernut7 for this one of many...bottled in April '05...not super fresh, but still well within its prime.
Pours a very attractive clear amber color w/ a full two fingers of white head...a decent amount remains on top and some decent lacing is left behind.
Nice aromas filled w/ juicy fruit hops and sweet malt...no alcohol detected and very inviting.
Taste is enjoyable...a fairly hefty dose of hops, definitely taking the front seat on this offering. I would prefer a bit more malt to balance out the hops...the aftertaste is quite bitter and lingers a bit.
Mouthfeel is average and the carbonation is nice...another good beer from KBC and one more I have been fortunate enough to get my hands on. I would enjoy a few of these if given the opportunity.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a creamy foamy off-white head. The body appears hazy and deep orange brown. Aroma is of earthy hops and a kiss of citrus. The earthy hop flavors is also present in the flavor, but the citric character is much more prominent. Still there is plenty of malt backbone to back it up and the beer is well-balanced for the style. Medium smooth body.

A nice a IPA from the Kuhnhenn Bros. I found the appearance a little sub-par as it appeared like apple cider. Apart from that I found this to be a well-crafted, well-balanced IPA. I particularly liked the balance between citric and earthy hops.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Their standard IPA however this batch was 5.8% If this is a different IPA please email me. C-hop grapefruit aroma, orangey colour with white head. lots of lace. High bitterness that is very citrus orange tasty and drinkable.Carbonation unobtrusive.
Had again 4.3 years lter at brewpub and still a solid IPA.

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler, filled at the brewpub and then split with several friends. This was served into several tasting glasses.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a about a finger of eggshell-white head. This stays rich and frothy, leaving creamy swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and dank, with green citric tones and some lighter notes of resins and spice coming out as well. Caramel and bread character from the malts nicely come out across the back of the nose, adding somewhat of a sweet tang here. This is maybe a little muted but there are still some good flavors coming out.

The taste has a solid balance of malt and hops going on with it, with plenty of resins, spice, earth, and citrus (which is bordering on the more tropical side) being nicely evened by a backbone of toast, biscuits, and caramel. Neither sides seem to take absolute control of the profile but this does finish more on the hoppier side, with plenty of lingering herbal accents, bitter fruit, and earthy dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to it. There is also some oily slickness that weaves in and out of the body, keeping this smooth in the mouth with no alcohol taste, despite this having a bigger presence on the palate. Nice.

I was pleased to find that this lived up to it's name, with a well balanced American hop profile and a crisp, yet slick, body that enabled it to drink very smoothly for the size. All around solid IPA here.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours highly carbonated with a orange/amber glow. Huge head dissipates slowly leaving a curtain of lace on the pint
Aroma is sweetened caramel with pine and citrus hop notes.
Flavor is decently balanced and nice mix of sweet and bitter. some grapfruit rind flavor comes out in the finish after a coating of sweet caramel.
Mouthfeel starts with a sugary sweetness that is then cut by some pine tar and finishes with a sweet citrus/grapefruit. Nice progression and transition of flavors that I would expect in an IPA.
Drinkability is good. Bottle probably doesn't do this justice.

Photo of amicar
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on a piligrimage to the brewpub.
"Pint"glass poured with plenty of white fine head, on a base of orange- ish yellow. Maybe a little bit too carbonated. The aroma is quite "green" and has that "fresh" hop smell I adore. The taste is right on for the style, with just the right amount of bitterness to balance that residual sweetness undre the surface; that hop bitterness does sit there in your mouth for a good minute or two after a sip. The pine and citrus flavors/ aromas balance VERY nicely. Feels awfully nice in the mouth, and not too heavy for the style. This is really just a little too easy to drink.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ Hop Cat.

A - Pale yellow/orange colour with a small amoutn of white head.

S - Light nose. Some sweet and earthy hop aromas and not much else.

T - Floral, herbal and earhty hops. Bitterness is light with fairly prevalent sweetness and some grainy and bready malt flavours. The hop profile seems to be completely dead on this one. Not sure if Hopcat was sitting on an old keg or if I was served the wrong beer, but based on the other reviews, it seems like something was wrong with my glass.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and poured with a quarter finger-high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pine reins hops in the nose along with notes of grapefruit.
T: The taste has flavors of pine resin and grapefruit from the hops and hints of caramel from the underlying malts. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very balanced and also quite flavorful.

Photo of minterro
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes at brewery.

Wow this beer was great.

Very dark orange semi clear color. Off white head hangs around and so does the lacing.

Full bodied great semi sharp carbonation. Cirtus and grapefruit hoppyness in the smell and taste. Very robust in the taste.

This was our second round and my dad ordered: Double DRIPA while my gf ordered: the white devil. Both were better then the last round.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewery about 5 hours ago

a - pours a deep copper color with a two-finger ivory head, pretty good retention and lacing, slight haze

s - grapefruit and pine bitterness mixed with a nice caramel malt backbone, a little alcohol heat

t - somewhat sweet up front with grapefruit hoppiness mixed with caramel malt, midpalate is fairly malty for the style, caramel and light biscuit malt, finish dries out a bit with more grapefruit and piney bitterness lingering on the palate, a little hot, definitely not a West Coast style IPA in that it leans heavily on a malt backbone

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly dry on the finish, but a bit sweet for the style, fair amount of alcohol warming

d - the well-balanced finishes makes this easier on the palate than many IPAs, and there is a nice maltiness that balances out the hop bitterness and adds depth, however, the alcohol is evident and not all that well-hidden at 6.3%

Very solid IPA that I always enjoy having had several growlers over that past few years. This is a nice change-up from the hopbomb IPAs that I tend to lean towards. Yes, Kuhnhenn brews good beers under 10%.

Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears an orange with a lush thick, soapy white head. Lots of streaky lacing.
Smell is of citrusy hops, which are standing out above anything else.
Taste is of bitter citrus hops with some malt trying to come through but failing.
Mouthfeel is creamy but bitter with a heavy need for a sugary malt balance.

Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC: pours hazy copper amber color with a small creamy tan head that faded fast (which I suspect was from a crappy pour), leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells of big citrus hops up front, with orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, a touch of piney hops and mild spices; a nice West Coast IPA nose that was sweet and fruity.

Tastes of big citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, grains, herbs, piney hops/pine cone, coriander, faint brown sugar and mild spices like pepper; almost tastes like dry hops were added as this is potent, floral and full of citrus flavor. Very hop forward and tasty, hiding the ABV completely.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and oily slick, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a nice bitter citrus finish. High drinkability, this flew down and was very tasty. A session IPA indeed which I recommend trying as it was quite enjoyable.

Photo of meathookjones
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles were bought straight from the brewpub with a brewed on data of 04/04/05 and enjoy by date of 07/04/05. This poured out a clear amber color with a very small head which bubbled away quickly. Not even a fairly hard pour stirred a head from either bottle I had. The feel wasn’t flat though when I was drinking it. Citric hop bitterness and light sweet caramel malt made up most of the aroma. Light piney notes were present as well. The hops and malt are also fairly balanced in the flavor. The edge is to the biting bitter hoppy finish that it has. Citric and floral hops blend over a bready sweet malt backbone. Nice solid flavor with that extra bitterness I like in my IPAs. The body was about medium with a smooth feel over the tongue. Easy drinking as well though not as good as the on tap version. The bottled seemed to lack something. Still a good IPA though.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark copper body with thick, creamy off-white head.

Sweet and intensely hoppy nose. Piney notes dominate, very enticing.

Flavor is hop heaven. Tart, mouth-watering hoppiness is the first impression. A creamy malt backbone is certainly present, but never intrudes. Some sweetness also evident, but not cloying or overwhelming. IPA perfection.

Tart, crisp, moderately tooth-stripping mouthfeel.

Top marks for drinkability. I easily enjoyed 4 pints of this at the brewpub, (not driving), without ever tiring of the heavenly blend of malt and hops.

A well balanced masterpiece, much better than the last time I tried it. Very reminiscent of Masala Mama IPA. Outstanding!

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a quarter finger tall off-white head. The head retention on this beer is very good and significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of hops - primarily pine with some grapefruit.

T: Caramel malts, some grapefruit hops, and then a huge amount of pine hops.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Some crispness.

O: Really enjoyable and sessionable. Another quality beer from Kuhnhenn Brewing, I guess I should be expecting very good beers when I order theirs. I could easily drink these all afternoon or evening and not want for anything else. I really like the complexity in the flavor.

Photo of grub
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

grabbed a couple growlers for superbowl sunday...one lager for my father in law to drink while he watched the game, and this one for me to be able to tolerate the game (not a big football fan). needless to say, it was quite tolerable after finishing this one.

pours a deep reddish amber with 1/2" of very fine white head. drops slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is great. grapefruit and pine. nice bready malt. bit of alcohol.

taste is great. bready malt. orange and grapefruit. strong bitterness. alcohol. resiny hops.

mouthfeel is good. nice body and a good moderate carbonation level.

drinkability is good. after my first glass i was thinking that the bitterness was too high and out of balance, and that the malt was a little lower than it should be. after subsequent tasting, i didn't find the bitterness as out of balance, but that could just be my pallet getting used to the hops.

Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Rattle N Hum, NYC, NY

Hazy copper pour, bubbly carbonation feeding a small head that was nothing more than a ringlet after a minute or so. Aroma was a decent mix of pine/herbal hops and malt sweetness. The taste was pretty good, but also a little off. Pine and herbal hops, pale malt sweetness, and an underlying mineral taste...it wasn't too offensive, but did throw things off a bit. Medium body, a bit filmy, but overall, not too bad an IPA. I was just happy to see any Kuhnhenn beer on tap within my general realm.

Photo of hopdog
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Pailhead (thanks!). Brewed on 04-04-05 and best before 07-04-05.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with virtually no head. Lighter aromas of mainly flowers with some light citrus. Tastes of flowers, sweet malts and light pine. Has a medium sweet to a lighter bitter balance.

Notes from 6/17/05

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Probably my least favorite offerings by the brothers. While most of the Kuhnhenn beers lean toward the malty side of things (even when they are well-hopped there is always a malt backbone) this one is an exception, the hops totally obliterate all competition on the palate.

Served a bit too cold into a curvacious tall mug. Pours a bright gold, hazy with a thin head that had decent retention. Nose is very floral and piney, strong hop presence with a variety of different notes, this made more sense when I was told a few to several hop varieties are used for aroma and flavor. Taste has a lot of grapefruit going on and is quite bitter, not enough to make me pucker but enough that it really wasn't too enjoyable. Mouthfeel was about average, but drinkability suffered from the flavor imbalance.

Slàinte!

Photo of AgentZero
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Bright orange beer with a bit of a bubbly head. Decent head that left some lace on the sides.

S - Bit of pine, ammonia, light malts, floral hops. Just too much bitter and ammonia like aroma on this one.

T - Tastes about the same as the aroma, with cat pee being the dominant flavor on a malt backbone. Not really a huge fan.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a little gritty.

O - Not sure if something went wrong with this or what, nothing I'd care to try again, unless someone told me it was significantly different.

Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker from the kegerator.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a slight, foamy, white head. Settles quickly, but leaves a little of a blanket collecting around the rim. Some spotty, but nice spider web lacing.

S: Lavender, bubble gum, and hops.

T: Slightly hoppy, and bitter, and fresh flora with a slightly sweet indistinct flavor.

M: Steely, and bittersweet sticks with you throughout.

D: Not quite a session, due to the bitter and floral combo.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and slight but distinct lacing. Nose is floral hoppy with a floral, hoppy, and lightly sweetened flavor. Overall this is a good quaff.

Photo of garthwaite
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz mug at the brewpub. Poured a very attractive somewhat deepish orange with a perfect white frothy head. Aroma is hoppy as can be - heavily piney, earthy hops with a very mild hint of sugar. Once past your lips, the hops just explode into your mouth. The flavor is absolutely fantastic. Somehow this brew is able to get the best out of multiple hops as it contrasts crisp citrus with piney, resinous, spicy earth. Some moderate bitterness is evident & enjoyable, but certainly overshadowed by the fantastic hop aroma and flavor that this ale must have picked up through heavy dry hopping. Coats the mouth beautifully & leaves you wanting more. Oh yeah, this is one helluva good IPA.

Photo of BMoney575
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes
Sampled on 11-30-07

Pours a cool red/orange color, with a surprisingly dark head. Very good head retention and lacing.

Smell reminds me of sweaty socks, very buttery with just a hint of hop fruitiness.

Taste is all grassy hops, with a good malt backing. Lots of dry bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, very smooth and super creamy.

Drinkability is good, a solid, well balanced beer.

P.S.
Thanks to david131 for sharing his growler!

Photo of cfrances33
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gingerman in NYC on 8/6/12. Served in a tulip

Pour: Deep clear amber orange with two fingers of cream colored head. Leaves some pretty solid lacing.

Smell: Lots of pine, and some grapefruit and tangerine. An equally large portion of caramel sweetness comes out on the nose.

Taste: Really, really sweet caramel malts with a sticky pine bitterness. Some citrus and oranges. Too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Really sticky. Medium body.

Overall: Ok, but really too sweet. I feel like they aimed for balance and overshot with the malt bill.

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87 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.