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Kuhnhenn American IPA - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn American IPAKuhnhenn American IPA

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 137
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | 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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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 137
Photo of putnam
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

5.8% ABV reported on the label. No date code. Reddish. Aromas of red candy and well-treated, sticky hops. This aims at and hits the bull's eye for the American IPA style prevalent today -- not a style I enjoy personally. Good silky textured bitterness, cinnamon flavored red candy "heat," clingy fizz. The finish is a mint and pine wrapped extraction of bitter lemon oil. Not too sweet either.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, ruby red body with a sparse and quickly dissipating layer of off white head. Aroma is very nice with piney, citrucy hops. Flavor is well balanced between the bitterness and sweetness, the hop flavor stands out more than just the bitterness. Mouthfeel is spot on. Very drinkable, very balanced.

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

Dark amber fog with one thinnest of thin off-white skims of a head. Strange liquified lace in glaring spottyness and fair sheeting.

Solid but held back balanced aroma of caramel and pine soaked citrusy hops. Slightly green and oily with a snippet of toastyness. It kinda comes and goes on the nose. Light to medium in nature.

Flavors are a bit broader then the aroma. A green tinted hop bitterness milds the whole treat while a simple caramel keeps a sweeter smoothness. Turns fairly toastified with shavings of burnt citrus peels and fresh cedar pine as it trails into the finish. Dryness and bitterness make a better effort there as well as it hangs around on the tongue trying to figure things out. Will it go sweet, will it go dry, will it go bitter? It kinda does a bit of all those but sticks more to the drying bittered end with a heavier set thick oily pine then what has been placed in the earlier parts.

Smooth medium body with a favorable hop induced little bite and trance of piney bitterness and dryness. Finish is where the true IPA charaters of tried and true drying and bite of hop bitterness make their surge. Albiet, its no hop monster, but creates a fine tone and pleasantly easy bitterness with a solid finishing pine essence.

This is a solid IPA. Not over the top but repectfully clean, hoppy, and bittered with a certain toastyness underneath that makes it a worth while IPA to keep around. Thanks tr!

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours muddy gold in appearance. Thin film of carbonation remains creamy on top. Aroma is wonderful - full of piney and grapefruit smells. Sip reveals a very nice mouthfeel with an extremely bitter hops flavors. Very creamy in sipping a nice beer to drink. Not much grapefruit hops flavor to this one. One of the better standard offerings (non-fruit or specialty) by the Kuhnhenn Brothers.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label on bottle states American IPA. 6.3% abv. Deep copper color with smallish head and lightly carbonated. NW hops come through in nose with malt in support. Nice malt introduction, light on the tongue, middle is a heavy hop balanced with malt, then the long dry finish. This is a great beer !!

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Photo of ypsifly
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz with a brewed on date of 4/4/05 best before 7/4/05, into a pint glass.

Bright copper with a small white head. Not much retention or lacing.

Smells mostly of fruity hops.

The taste is a nice balance of malt and hops. Malty upfront that fades into a dry lingering finish.

The medium mouthfeel adds to the drinkability.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of aaronh
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body with a nice creamy head. The head shows excellent retention. A fresh floral aroma, with a nice amount of fruity sweetness in there as well. On the tongue, there's a solid malt sweetness combined with a ton of hop flavor. Pine, tangerine, orange, and bitter grapefruit; it's all there. A decent amount of bitterness on the nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth with moderate levels of carbonation. Drinkability is very good. A very solid IPA.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. 2005 bottling. 5.8%abv. Now this is a suprise. I love most of Kuhnhenns very extreme beers, but this "simple" single IPA was really an excellent example of this style. The appearance is dead on. Bright glowing orange, with a billowy head of white foam that leaves some tiny, loose, lacing marks on my pint glass. The aromas are all fresh West Coast hops. Cascades, maybe some Centennials, and probably some other high alpha acid hops as well. Citrus fruits, pine, and a bit of background biscuit malt round out the aroma profile of this great smelling brew. The taste follows through with sticky "C" hop flavors, and other sticky, acidic, cone flavors that make me even wonder if there are some simcoes or amarillos in here. Interesting, I really don't know what's in the mix here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-rounded with an intense drinkability as well. What an excellent "ordinary" brew from this extraordinary brewery!

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Photo of ecoboy
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, here's a brew that tests the limits of the BA number scale of rating, in terms of how a brew fits into the description of its style, and perhaps how it reflects its regional roots. When I think American IPA style, I do not at all think of what I found in my Kuhnhenn bottle. But their IPA does have a couple of outstanding traits that make it worth tasting. It's just... well, let's just say that IPA fiends might be underwhelmed.

It's a cloudy brew that, interestibngly enough, is just about exactly the color of the bottle it came in. Okay, so maybe there's a touch more red in the ale. A vigorous pour yields an inviting solid yellow/tan head. The aroma is mid-sized and nicely balanced between floral and grain, without the screaming hop monster warning note.

The first starnge sensation was the unusually, dare I say it, watery mouthfeel. The carbonation promised in the head was simply not in the glass, making the brew Keystonesque in feel. Or maybe it's like hand-pumped stuff, that no-sparkle-to-the-carbonation thing. It does make it not very filling, and cetainly drinkable.

The malt lingers on the tongue alongside the hops. Hops were not nearly as assertive as I had expected. Is Michigan hop-sensitive?

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Photo of amicar
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a sample glass. The color is a dark amber, with a foamy white head leaving excellent lacing. The smell is a strong hop, a very piney smell with just a bit of grapefruit. The taste is dominated by a pine hop, with a very noticable malt backing here. Mouthfeel is a bit undercarbonated. As for drinkability, I could drink a few of these.

My first Kuhnhenn bottle review, and it's a good one. A very unique IPA to say the least, with a very piney flavor to it, and also well-balanced. Quite good and it's one I'd have again.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before 9-16-04 and listed as 6.3% ABV. Pours uniformly hazed orangy copper colered with absolutely no head other than a vigorous pour once realizing the lack of foam while I was pouring. Very hoppy aroma, piney, bordering on ammonia, (Galena?). Smells inviting. Quick malty sweetness backed up with a pungent hop kick and finished kind of clovey. My concern is the lack of a sense of carbonation. It was not even lowly carbonated like an English ale, it mean subtle carbonation. Reminds me of an IPA that I brewed that was underprimed in bottling. Good flavor, yet lacking some carbonation that would attribute to it's appearance and mouthfeel. Thanks to brothers beergeek279 and cupbeerman for sharing beers from their ventures to Michigan.

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Photo of garthwaite
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of marburg
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine works at this place and brought a few bottles of their IPA (the label read "Reverse Nut Grab IPA," actually) to my place to share.

Slightly murky and orange-ish amber color with a fluffy, lingering, rocky head. Aromas of citrus fruit amidst a forest of pine trees. The hop aroma coats the nostrils. Quickly sweet and then moderately bitter in a bitter fruit kind of way. Well balanced and very drinkable. More or less what you'd expect from a well-crafted IPA.

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Kuhnhenn American IPA from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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