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Kuhnhenn American IPA - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn American IPAKuhnhenn American IPA

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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 cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

growler filled locally yesterday enjoyed from a Kuhnhenn snifter. through the growler the beer has a nice almost amber hue. poured into the glass a mahogany color with a thin almost cream colored head. Rely looks like a barleywine. the nose however screams IPA. really fresh sticky pine cone like hops. flavor is a bit more multi than I expected but still a great ipa with a nice non offensive hopping. No dripa, but certainly a worthy beer. Hopheads might be a bit let down though as the caramel malt back bone shares the spot light with the hop.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at Cantina Diablo’s in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a golden peachy orange coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of soft and creamy white bubbles. This retained nicely, leaving a single thick sheet of lacing down the glass and a solid film across the top of the liquid. A definite haze permeated clarity, while no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma brings thoughts of a British pub, with big mustiness, booze, and old vinegar sourness. To match are notes of orange peel bitters, big citric hoppiness, cilantro, basil, black peppercorns, sticky honeys, light butterscotch sweetness, honeydew melon, and crisply clean pale grain. Our first impression was that the hops were nicely represented and fresh with grapefruity varietals, and nice independent fruity sweetness. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with massive grapefruity and lemony hops, with orange rind, apricot and pineapple juiciness, pale malts, faint wheatiness, raw honey, green strawberries, peach, and rock salt. Moving to the peak was more of an herbal hop spiciness, but with continued grapefruity hop core, dill, cilantro, black pepper spiciness, pale grain, and vanilla coolness. The end came with a deepening of the malts, with cooked toffee and toast, more muddy pales, light bubblegum esters, phenolic plastic bitterness, white sugars, mango sweetness, grapefruity hops, and soft boozy whiffs. The aftertaste breathed of pale and lightly adjuncty malts, metallics, baker’s yeast, chalk, light wheatiness, green bell pepper skins, resiny twigs, booze, herbal hops, dust, gravel, guava, and those fresh citric hops. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium, but with big prickle to the palate. Slurp, sip, smack, cream, froth, and pop were all nice. The mouth was crisply coated initially, giving way to mildly puckered astringency, and light booze bite. The abv was appropriate, and the beer was highly drinkable.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how much of a big citrus bomb it set off in the mouth. These flavors definitely overpowered the malts, which were light and mildly adjuncty throughout most of the sip, so this helped to salvage freshness, and aid in ease of drinkability. The end showed a surprisingly clean and pleasant melding of the flavors. The nose started out mild, but did come around quite a bit in robustness with warmth. This is a well-rounded offering from a well-rounded brewery.

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 sblanton83
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of drh1382
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of HarmonMW
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mrebeka
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jbuddle
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Craft Beer Company in London, of all places. Amazed to find Kuhnhenn on tap across the ocean.

Sticky white lace on a caramel-coloured beer. Head leaves soon.

Caramel malt, with pine and resin in the nose.

Taste is quite balanced between malt and hops. Lots of caramel, along with a chunk of pine and some bright citrus, orange mainly. Malt is a bit too strong for the style, but still nice.

Medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Sticky.

Overall, pretty good. Not excellent, but a nice beer for sure.

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 illinikap
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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 ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JVoyager
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jmich24
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of smutty33
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of TCJosh
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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.

Kuhnhenn American IPA from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.