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Kuhnhenn TRIPA - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn TRIPA
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The newest member of the DRIPA family, this is the next step up– a Triple Rice IPA. Brewed as a bigger, more intense version of DRIPA, yet still employing the same proprietary cereal mash method, lending to the dry snap at the finish. The aroma is ALL hops; big sticky, citrusy hops. A nice malt sweetness occurs throughout the taste, with cracker-crumb notes complemented by the same huge hop characters in the aroma. This extremely limited beer has only been brewed once, so get it before it’s gone.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-21-2013)
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewing taproom in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a generic tulip, showing a coppery, pink zinfandel coloring, with curious oxidized greenish hues when held directly to light. It held a glorious two and a half finger tall head of tiny snow white bubbles. This showed excellent retention, finally settling into jagged mountains of lacing left draped around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma was insanely bright and fresh with citric and nectary hop sweetness. This was complemented by under ripe strawberry and pineapple freshness, nail polish remover, fusel booze, black pepper, orange rind bitters, and pale and powdered cereal graininess. With warmth the hops became sweeter and more sticky, and a peachy syrupy thickness began to ooze out. Our first impression was that the mouth experienced the same fresh lemony hop explosion that the nostrils did, but this was met and balanced by a boozy and chemically bite, and the thickness of grain. As we sipped, the taste opened with bittering and sweetly citric, grassy, and somewhat resiny hops, soft cedar woodiness, slick mossiness, dust, orange and passion fruitiness, juicy yeast, and biting graphite. The middle peaked with more of a grainy wash, with wet pales, faint wheat, adjuncty cereal grain, mineral and earthen metallics, lightly floral hops, and sugar-laden fruit nectars. The end was cleaner, awash with green grassiness, and darker fruit of red cherry and plum, while the hops revive and slam to the base of the tongue with citric bite and grassy sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of lemony puck, fusel vodka booze, Band-Aid phenols, cereal graininess, honey sugars, lemongrass bite, fresh moss and bark, white wine grapes, and soft tannic teas. The body was full and syrupy, and the carbonation was light to medium. Each sip gave nice slurp, smack and pop, with decent cream and froth. The mouth was left coated with sugary thickness, but this quickly turned to sucking pucker. Despite this the palate was left dripping wet and salivating, with only mild astringency after quite some time waiting. The abv was hearty, but the beer sips nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. This aspect of it was so, so fresh, fruity, bright, and juicy, just ramping up your excitement to try it. The taste follows nicely in the juicy department as well, but it also rumbles up with a ton of fusel booze and hot chemically bite. Regardless it still drinks nicely, and the well-retained head flushes out the feel through most of the tasting. Something that was surprisingly, actually, was how well and even the flavoring remained with warmth. With such boozy beers it’s easy for things to drown as that booze wells up out of it. This, too, helps it remain easy and approachable, despite that bigness. This beer marks the logical stepping stone for DRIPA to move forward, and in our opinion, is an improvement in just about every category.

TheBrewo, Jul 16, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

DanGeo, Jun 22, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn for Summer Solstice '13. TRIPA pours a deep amber and woody brown color, quite a few shades darker than DRIPA but sharing the same exceptional clarity. The stark white, foamy head reduces to a skin quickly and leaves some nice splotches of lacing along the top of the glass.

Without having them side by side, it might be hard to distinguish DRIPA and TRIPA from the aroma alone, at least right at first. TRIPA hits with a beautiful bouquet of citric hops; grapefruit, tangerine, lemons, and a solid heap of pine, resin, and herbal notes. What do you expect when you take an already great hop profile and just amp it up?

With some warming, TRIPA finally reveals it's darker and heavier malt backbone, first evidenced by the darker color. Bready malts, borderline caramel sweetness and a touch of alcohol warmth creep in and remind you that this beer is actually 11.25% ABV. I think DRIPA smells a little better, if only for the fact that the hops are slightly blunted by some of the malts in TRIPA.

And again, just like DRIPA, the taste contains a good assortment of fruit; mango, pineapple, grapefruit. TRIPA is certainly more bitter than DRIPA - the hops are pungent, oily, and downright dank; there's no denying that TRIPA is severely hopped up. The higher bitterness takes away from some of the pure flavors of the hops, but it isn't so strong as to be off-putting or difficult to drink.

TRIPA has a bunch of extra malt to compensate for the excessive hoppage; toasted bread, light toffee, and a substantial sweetness that really isn't found in DRIPA. However, the hops are still the relative "star" of the show, but there's no doubt that the back end is pretty sweet. TRIPA is pretty huge on the palate; thick, oily, smooth, and just a bit sticky. The finish is a bit bitter with some sweet malt and alcohol warmth.

One of the problems with "Triple" IPAs is that they tend to be far too sweet and heavy to enjoy, because extra malts are needed to balance the hops. So either you end up with something way too bitter or way too sweet. While I prefer DRIPA by a mile, TRIPA is still a good beer, and hats off to Kuhnhenn for finally making a "Triple IPA" that didn't scare me away. Much better than Double Crooked Tree or Devil Dancer.

tectactoe, Jun 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clear, light lacing, yellow tinted amber colored. Actually quite surprised by the clarity. Smells of alcohol, peach and citrus. I expected more from the nose. Tastes much of the same way that it smells. Finishes clean and dry with an alcohol burn. Almost wine-like in how it drinks. Very low carbonation, and full-bodied. Good brew, but I think I would rather have a DRIPA.

33nickadams, Jul 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - That is an ugly beer. Clear. Gray with a pinkish tint. Strange. Not much of a head.

Smell - Kind of a fruity aroma. Some hops. Some booze. Not much of a malt aroma beyond the fruitiness.

Taste - Hoppier here, but retains the fruitiness. Sweet. Tough to discern the hop flavor. Really strange flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light, but still sweet and boozy. Strange combo.

Overall - Just not digging it. I liked DRIPA, but this is too weird.

Alieniloquium, Aug 13, 2013
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Kuhnhenn TRIPA from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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