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Kuhnhenn Fluffer - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Fluffer
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89
very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 7.77%


Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This West Coast IPA was made to be a session IPA. It is very light gold in color with an intensely hopped nose. It has a high citrus hop flavor with a dry crisp aftertaste. If you like the DRIPA and want to last longer, try the Fluffer...

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-06-2012)
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler filled at Kuhnhenn Brewing Co, in Warren, MI.

Fluffer is an IPA light in both alcohol content and colour, its pallid yellow complexion looks both washed-out and weak (despite blinding golden rays at angles into the light). It is clear but has a haziness that makes it appear almost milky. It's totally flat but then again did spend 24 hours in a growler in the trunk of a car so I'll cut it some slack.

Warren, Michigan - or any part of suburban Detroit for that matter - is about the furthest thing from the beach; it's the exact polar opposite, really. Yet this beer smells explicitly of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and has a sunny, sparkling, exotic tropical fruitiness.

Listed as only 4.2% on my last visit to the brewpub, this is a little light to be considered an IPA. Indeed, that's reflected not only in the colour but also the mouthfeel; there's little in terms of caramel or toast, just white bread and sweet cereal grain (ok, maybe a little apricot spread or marmalade too). It's very light-bodied but allows the soapy citrus qualities to shine.

With malt unable to significantly distort hop flavours, uninterrupted notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine, clementine, pineapple and lychee are appreciated easily and in abundance. Citrus and tropical fruits run the show but yet inflict no bitterness, or any kind of lasting impression really. They exist in the mouth, not in the finish. Possibly the friendliest IPA I've ever tried.

Kuhnhenn's oddly but aptly named Fluffer is a perfect beer for prepping novice drinkers into the world of IPAs. It has all the vividly fruity and citrus flavours hardcore hop-heads love without any of the heavy-handed bitterness that normally accompanies them. It also lacks the rich malt profile that often weighs down craft beer initiates. Works perfect as a "transition" beer.

Serving type: growler

09-02-2013 22:32:13 | More by biegaman
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dar482

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color is light orange.

The aroma has a decent amount of citrus. Lots of orange.

The flavor has a good malty, but light body, then lemony finish. It's not huge on fruit flavor. The flavors however tasted quite muted for me.

It has a great drying finish.

The beer was a bit small for me. Not that I expect a ton from a 4.75% ABV beer, but the DRIPA was really spectacular, whereas this didn't remind me of the beer too much. I had issues with the carbonation at a bar, but from the reviews, that does not seem to be a problem elsewhere.

If it weren't for that, I could definitely see this has a wonderful hoppy sessionable and wonderful low ABV pale ale/IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 04:26:33 | More by dar482
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At the Kuhnhenn Brewery:

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly clear yellow body, one finger white foamy head that lasts for a good full minute before dieing, moderate carbonation is seen rising

S: zesty hops up front with a nice light citrusy punch trying to come through, light malt presence

T: spicy yet somewhat sweet, light malt presence comes in there, spicy aftertaste, dry finish

M: light to medium, sessionable, adequate carbonation for the style and for me

O: this is a good spicy AIPA that I would have again

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2013 22:14:04 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Frankenmuth's World Expo of Beer.

Appearance: DRIPA. A pale yellow color without much head or lacing.

Smell: DRIPA. ... just less pronounced. Very pleasant fruity hop aroma. Very inviting.

Taste: DRIPA ... just watered down. Even Kuhnhenn's description of this beer says something along the lines of, "if you want the taste of DRIPA to last all day." or something like that. Truthfully, that's what this tastes like. DRIPA's a great beer ... watered down DRIPA is a good beer, but it gives that... excuse me for this... WATER aftertaste. The taste just falls off at the end. The nice little linger that DRIPA has is what makes that beer so great. This is what it is ... DRIPA Light. If anyone wants to tell you it's a different recipe besides less flavor, they're wrong.

Given the ABV, this is a brilliant beer. Somewhat lazy of Kuhnhenn to do what they did with Fluffer, but it's worlds better than many other craft brews that are <5% ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 17:37:48 | More by Alextricity
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plaid75

New York

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a medium brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured resinous piney hops aplenty.

The taste consisted of a full on hop assault with elements of pine, pepper and grass. A nice crackery malt as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a clean finish.

Overall a tasty balmy session bomb.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 21:41:41 | More by plaid75
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazy light golden pour with 2 fingers of white head which dissipated slowly. the smell is nothing short of a regular ipa.. lots of citrusy grapefruit and pine with a sweet honey-like scent following. the flavor is perfectly balanced.. lots of piney bitter hops up front with a bready malt backbone. one would think a beer may suffer in flavor from becoming a session ale, but not this one! mouthfeel is medium body (again surprised) with a moderate amount of carbonation.

this is a solid ipa and the fact that it falls into the session category is even more enticing. the brewer over at kuhnhenn is a fucking master. there is no doubt. i was in nyc about to pick up a friend whose flight got cancelled so i made a day of just hitting up a few spots. got the growler filled at good beer nyc which luckily for me still had this on tap from sunday. this is the 2nd time i see kuhnhenn on tap in ny and it makes me happy that i've been able to fill with 2 different beers of theirs. never a disappointment.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2013 16:08:51 | More by facundoCNB
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn Brewery in Warren. Pours a pale straw color, almost similar to the color of Mott's apple juice, with a mild haze to it, still allowing large amounts of light through. Small head, most likely due to the tap pour, tiny bits of lacing along the glass.

This one had quite a large, fruity, citrus aroma to it; lots of peach and mango, also some mild grapefruit. Light hoppy and pine resins on the nose, too. Pretty much everything I love about American hops, collaborating nicely in the glass. Smells like a lighter version of Kuhnhenn's own DRIPA.

Taste comes through even harder on the hop-side of things; pines, pine trees, resins, light floral flavors. The mouth and flavor were just a touch watery, probably given the low ABV of the beer, but still - it packed a reasonable sized hop punch. The bitterness was there, albeit mild overall.

Citrus on the palate was a bit lighter than it was on the nose, which is to be expected. Aftertaste full of wet, grassy hops and some peaches and grapefruit rinds. Thin-medium bodied with a medium-high amount of carbonation. Goes down quite easily for having such an explosive flavor; extremely drinkable.

Very good IPA here, especially considering the fact you could drink this bad boy all day. It drinks much more like a regular Pale Ale, and I'm not even sure what the difference is that makes this an "IPA". Nice to know you can throw back a few of these without getting silly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 03:51:22 | More by tectactoe
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good citrus American IPA. Very light orange body,a little lace ( though I found it watered down a bit). Cat p aroma in quantity, using lots of citra which imputes a bold taste. Lots of malt, Carmel, and some fruit. Bittersweet finish. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 04:16:22 | More by Sammy
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery, consumed the night before the 2012 Winter Solstice. Into a Kuhnhenn branded tulip.

Super clear gold, minimal white head and a ring of retention. Only a smidgen of lacing. Nose is full of citrus and fruit notes, not super intense, but fairly bright. A good bit of orange and tangerine with some herbal and pine character. Taste has a lot of hop character up front, more citrus, some tropical notes and even a bit of melon. Pale malt finish, with very modest bitterness. Light feel, and medium low carbonation. Easily split this growler, and could've crushed one solo. Really good stuff.

Serving type: growler

12-21-2012 05:37:37 | More by liamt07
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Kendo

New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler (purchased at Westmere Beverage in Guilderland on 11/29/12 for $15.99) into a pint glass. Body is clear and light - golden yellow with a small (half-finger) white head. Some splotches of lace cling to the glass.

S: Hops: some florally and herbal hops along with the usual American-style citrus. Modest sweetness too, which reminds me somewhat of tropical fruits.

T: Also hop-centric, with a big hit of grapefruit - more pith or peel than the fruit itself. Some lemony zest, a good dose of floral notes, and a just a touch of pine. Hint of garlic makes me think Amarillo or Simcoe might be in the house tonight. Light but sweet malt is there in the background, provides some modest balance to offset the hops, which are surprisingly (given the nose) muted in their bitterness. The abundant floral notes and light color make me think of Imperial Pilsners from time to time.

M: Light in heft. Carbonation is modest.

D: Good stuff. This is the second "session IPA" that I've had of late, following Lagunitas Daytime (am I smelling a trend here?). Both are quite good, hop-forward beers that are light in color and ABV but not in taste. This would make a good "summer IPA" - if that makes sense.

Serving type: growler

11-30-2012 02:42:29 | More by Kendo
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/10/12 notes. Had this on tap at Taproom 307 in NYC down in Gramercy; served in a pint glass. They had several Kuhnhenn beers on tap and had this right after the great DRIPA.

a - Pours a transparent bright yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, apples, some fruity malts, and light floral hops. A nice nose and the hops are there, though not as overpowering as the DRIPA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange, fruity malts, tropical fruits, apples, floral hops, and some light pine. A ton of hops and fruit, and it gets better as it warms up. A step up from the nose slightly.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink and no bitterness at all. Smooth and crisp; maybe the best part of the beer.

o - Overall a really nice beer, though it is no DRIPA. Seeing the name and reading the description, it looks like they made exactly what they set out to make, and it is a very good beer, but DRIPA was unreal right before it. This one is definitely a little easier to drink, and has a good amount of citrus hops to it too. Well worth checking out, and would certainly have again, though I prefer DRIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 19:11:24 | More by mdfb79
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metter98

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has somewhat stronger flavors of citrus-grapefruit stands out in particular. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a little crisp and very dry on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness lingers through the finish.
O: This beer reminded me a lot of Lagunitas' DayTime, except that it has stronger hop flavors and lots of lingering dryness. This is a really nice selection if you want something that is packed with hops but is also very sessionable.

Serving type: growler

11-04-2012 20:07:45 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a pale golden color topped by a modest head; not much in the lacing department

Smell: Grapefruity, with just a hint of bready malt

Taste: Just a hint of bread, up front, and then the flavors are dominated by the grapefruit; slightly herbal on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Refreshingly light, with a very nice grapefruit character; I always enjoy low ABV beers that pack in the flavor

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 20:28:30 | More by brentk56
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33nickadams

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent yellow with about a finger of head. Nice lacing. Quite deceiving as its almost pilsner looking. Smells piney and citrusy. Some pineapple and peach notes. Pretty complex hop profile for 4.75%. Taste has pine and citrus like the nose. West coast style hoppiness...Not much in the way of malt, but that's just fine here. Dry and finishes clean. Mouthfeel is light and airy. A great session and well made beer. Right up there with All Day IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 19:11:59 | More by 33nickadams
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Abor. A stunning "session " ale!

Awesome hop aroma, sparkling mouthfeel and unbelievably well balanced, super "west coast " hop taste, but an insipid lager appearance I haven't yet got my head around. Appearance is my only criticism!

Wish I was better at hop identification, but would guess Simcoe in the aroma. Flavors are a nice blend of citrus and tropical fruit, with a pine background. Finish is pleasantly bitter and lingers, but not forever. Overall an absolutely stunning <5% ABV ale.

Well done, Kuhnhenn!

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 23:45:58 | More by hopsolutely
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Kuhnenn. Served in a taster glass.

A - Transparent pale golden body, with white foam that settles to a thin cap and splotchy lace.

S - Pine, citrus zest, floral and slightly herbal hops. Not much malt presence behind all those hops.

T - The taste is again hop-forward, with tons of citrus zest, floral notes, and a hint of tropical fruits and pine. Light sugary malt in the background. Fairly low bitterness.

M - Lower carbonation, light body, smooth texture, and no alcohol.

D - Crushable stuff that you could pound all day. I'm guessing this was made from the second runnings of DRIPA? In any case, great session beer and hilarious name. I grabbed a growler, as I knew it'd get consumed pretty quickly by my friends. Perfect beer for a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 04:28:09 | More by MasterSki
Kuhnhenn Fluffer from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.