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Kuhnhenn American IPA - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn American IPAKuhnhenn American IPA

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 12
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:
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

melissab318, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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.

minterro, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark, dull amber colored beer. Slightly hazy. Forms a small, but rather stable off white head. Leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Rather aromatic scent of pine and caramel with citrus fruit to a lesser extent.

T: Rather odd flavor. Malty. Caramel malts. A mild sweetness. Then pine and orange with a mild sweet/bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with carbonation that is slightly lower than I would have expected it to be. Mild bitterness.

O: I've got mixed feelings about this one. On it's own, it's not overly impressive, with a kind of flat mouthfeel, high malts and deficient hops. However, I just so happened to pair this one with a cheese spread (Carr Valley Smoked Cheddar, Widmer 1 yr Cheddar, and Widmer 6 yr Cheddar) and the maltiness and low bitterness paired exceedingly well. In the end, I found this beer paired rather well with food, but was a bit lackluster on it's own.

Florida9, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

AgentZero, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA pours out as a very nice copper color with a hefty amount of white head that has a decent lacing to it. The smell of pine and citrus mix well within this brew leaving a very nice inviting aroma. The taste is piney too with a good amount of dry bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is just under medium bodied. It could have been a little heavier I think. Overall a pretty good IPA.

Knapp85, May 07, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler picked up last week by Alex, in my growler though, so thanks to us both...There was concern when this poured as it was bubbly and you can tell it affected the beer for sure. A bright orange, much darker in the middle, but now carbonation. I'll have to get this a generic score until I get back up to Kuhnhenn and try this again...The aroma is super bad, all totally and complete cat piss. A Columbus IPA on steroids and not at all in the good way, can't get past the piss to pull anything else out...The taste is mostly cat piss too, not as strong.

I did not enjoy this at all, carbonation was a small factor but this is just total cat piss.

jrallen34, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of WeisGuy
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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%.

WeisGuy, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Kegatron, May 13, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another growler shared with Team D(r)INK on 5/1/10, courtesy of Kegatron.

A - Emerged from the growler as a slightly hazy deep amber/caramel-colored liquid with a finger's worth of bubbly off-white foam that reduced to a thin patch and tight, mesh-like wall of lace.

S - Caramel, light pine and citrus notes comprise the initial aroma. However, the overall hop presence is quite floral with a light perfumy character and a subtle backing of spicy notes.

T - Flavor incorporates light resin and pine notes with a fairly spicy zing, although balanced with a sweet malt presence. Flavor is somewhat dusty in the middle, if you can imagine. Finishes with an earthy flair combining herbal and medicinal notes.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy base and lots of residual hop oils on the palate. Finishes fairly dry with moderate hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - Another pretty unique, non-citrusy IPA with lots of interesting characteristics and hop attributes.

ffejherb, May 11, 2010
Photo of BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Bill at Brewing News, thank you sir!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear rustic amber hue with a one finger toasted off-white head that dies down to a thin fluffy layer of bubbles. Good spotty lace on the sides of the glass. Smell is crisp with fresh cut grass, lemon, and Christmas tree. A light hop aroma followed by a touch of toasted almonds and brown sugar. A very enjoyable beer to sniff. Taste is pretty light up front with pine, caramel sugars, and orange zest. A solid grapefruit flavor throughout with a toffee linger. The balance with this IPA is nice, unexpected from Kuhnhenn to be honest. Very creamy body with a medium to full feel. Carbonation is light, but very fitting. I like this beer a lot, I'm guessing this is pretty fresh. I could see this beer losing its flavor rather quickly. Wish I could get more from these guys on a regular basis and they were cheaper, ha. Solid IPA overall though that is borderline session...heyoooo.

BeerTruth, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally, my first growler review. Also had a pint of this at the brew pub. Pours a clear, dark amber with a decent amount of head. The taste up front if very sweet, with a floral fruity hop kind of taste to it. Its very smooth and quite easy to drink. This was 6.5% alc according to the menu at the brew pub. So this is very sessionable. Mmm hoppy ipa burps. This is actually pretty darn good. Glad I picked this up in a growler. My first jug! Very tasty beer.

WeedKing4, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of sholland119
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Pours a clear honeyed amber with a very thin white head.

S-Underwhelming, rather light on both hops and malt.

T-A solid malty sweetness starts things off with an earthy hop finish.

M-Medium bodied and crisp.

D-Nice, almost sessionable.


sholland119, May 03, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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

hopdog, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a modest head that manages to leave some lace

Smell: Sweet caramel with aspirin bitterness

Taste: Opens with a caramel base that quickly moves in a bitter direction with a lot of aspirin like character; after the swallow, the malt recovers from the hop punch to deliver a fairly balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a prickly carbonation

Drinkability: While I prefer a more citrusy IPA, this is a nice example of a big malt and aspirin bitter style. ABV on this batch is 6.7% with a best by 5-16-08 date (so it may well be less hoppy than it was when fresher).

brentk56, Jul 16, 2008
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3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as an extra from a very generous trader - thank you, TheBlackMallard! 6.7% ABV, best before 16th May 2008. Chilled and poured into my Urthel tulip.

A: Deep crimson (surprisingly dark for an IPA) with a dense beige head that recedes slowly leaving a lot of lace. Plenty of carbonation and this one looks very appealing

S: Sweet with a lot of caramel. Hops are present as pine with a hint of floral character. There's also some fruitiness - plums and figs. Good but a little sweeter than I like my IPAs

T: Dark caramel sweetness forms the backbone of this IPA with a hint of pine hops coming through almost as an afterthought. Not incredibly hoppy by any means, almost unbalanced. This one's full bodied and is mildly bitter on the finish with a fair bit of sweetness

M: Soft,full and smooth - great stuff but again, a little over the top for on the body

D: Good but I'm not the biggest fan of this interpretation of the style

DefenCorps, May 14, 2008
Photo of Lothore
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a sunset orange hue with a small, white head.

S- Very hoppy, some sweet fruits, similar to aldebaran with a bit more sweetness.

T- Strong malt up front, a bit of a strange, musky middle, followed by a quite bitter hoppiness.

M- Thick for an IPA with ample carbonation.

D- This is definitely an interesting IPA. While I can't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting I could definitely drink another one again. The lingering bitterness is pretty intense!

Lothore, May 10, 2008
Photo of 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.

HopDerek, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Champane's IPA tasting. Best before date of 05-16-08

A - Slightly tan, not very thick head. Into a standard pint glass. Looks more like an amber, unless you hold it up to the light. Not bottle-conditioned. Lacing.

S - Floral hops, caramel/molasses/slight pine affects. Can smell it from a few feet away. Seriously a nice smelling brew.

T - Slight alcohol undertones, major malt backbone, but hops riding the entire wave. A well done example of the style. Nothing outrageous, but good. Alcohol comes through the more it warms. Somewhat tea-like.

M - Slightly thin, but syrupy, oily finish. Light carbonation.

D - The alcohol presence is about the only thing really deterring me from sessioning these 6 bottles.

Notes: I was mighty surprised to find this bottled up, and it still holds up pretty darn well. I normally enjoy this on-tap, and while that may be better, this bottle doesn't dissappoint. To trade, or not to trade...

SaucyA, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of david131
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A clear, coppery beer with some streams of rising carbonation. The head is very creamy looking but a little on the thin side.

S- Some pine and caramel. Somewhat floral. A little "stinky," like a gym bag or something- but it is oddly not problem.

T- Very bitter, with strong flavors. A little earthy, but mostly piney and caramely.

M- Dry, crisp, and clean. A little creamy at the same time.

D- Very flavorful, I am impressed.

Thanks to Holly at Kuhnhenn's for hooking me up!

david131, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Thanks to david131 for sharing his growler!

BMoney575, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery, this IPA pours a deep red amber with a frothy white head that leaves nice walls of lace. Very appetizing pint. Picture perfect.

The aroma is primarily of hops and pine with some nice orange and lemon to round out the nose and help to balance.

Pungent grassy hops, mouthwatering bitterness. Some earthy tones throughout with a nice sweet and toasty malt backbone. Well balanced and complex in flavor. The big resinous hops linger through the finish. Really great.

Medium bodied but manages to remain clean/refreshing on the palate with moderate carbonation. One of the best IPAs I've had in a while as far as quality and balance are concerned. Delivers in the hop department without being all about them. Well Done.

letsgopens, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of ghostwalker
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
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!

ghostwalker, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Mitchster
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6.5% ABV according to the menu. Pours out to a medium amber, hazy, with a small white head. Mild to moderate carbonation. Aroma of fresh, crisp green oily hops. Malts aren't prominent and it's not balanced, but I don't expect it to be for an IPA. Moderately strong floral bitterness with an odd chemical presence. Medium bodied. Odd off-taste that I can't quite place. A pretty generic stab at the style but falls short of the mark.

Mitchster, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of xav33
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kuhnhenn IPA
64 oz growler
Moderate pour in a goblet
Unknown brewing (recent?), enjoyed day after the growler pour, 04/07

Poured a clear amber with an average white somewhat lasting head with fair lacing.

Smelt of strong apricots (Simcoe hops here again?), with light citrus and grassy hops.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet orange rinds and apricot followed by a strong bitter spruce hops bite, with light to moderate citrus and fruit sweetness and moderate yeastiness on an average length finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, oily, softly carbonated and moderately astringent.

Overall, nicely balanced and shows good fruit, although it doesn't have as bitter an edge as most american IPAs, so it could disappoint some folks.

xav33, Apr 04, 2007
Kuhnhenn American IPA from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.