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Kuhnhenn Fluffer - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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...
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3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Kuhnhenn Fluffer from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.