Kuhnhenn American IPA - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.84/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-06-2013 16:28:55 | More by tectactoe
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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
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