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Kuhnhenn TRIPA - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn TRIPA
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.47%

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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Photo of TheBrewo


4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2013 21:59:18 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Alextricity


4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewery as part of a paddle.

Appearance: Nothing like DRIPA (which is the natural comparison here). DRIPA has a yellow color, while TRIPA is brown. The lacing's pretty decent at the start, but doesn't last too long. A good looking beer... especially given the ABV of this one.

Smell: Outstanding... one of the best beers I've ever smelled. HOWEVER, not quite as good as even DRIPA. It's almost there though. TRIPA is chock full of tropical sorts of hops... it's absolutely bursting, and it's all you smell. That leads me to the taste....

Taste: Not what I was expecting. TRIPA smells like an absolute fruity hop bomb, but the taste is more malty than anything. Given the ABV, I guess this should have been expected, but I was somewhat bummed. Regardless of that, this beer tastes awesome. It tastes like the smell at the front with some bitterness, but the rest is loaded with malts to try and balance it out. It's not an overly sweet beer by any means, but it doesn't seem as balanced as its brother DRIPA. The biggest problem I have with TRIPA is the mouthfeel... it almost just sits and feels flat on the tongue just about as soon as it hits the tongue. Additionally, TRIPA has a slight alcohol warmth to it (really slight) that DRIPA doesn't have it all.

Well worth trying if you have the chance, but DRIPA is definitely the better beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 02:24:56 | More by Alextricity
Photo of tectactoe


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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 11:20:39 | More by tectactoe
Photo of chugalug06


4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very murky orange brew with small to no head. No lacing either. Thin appearance.

Lots of white grape, passion fruit, bready, grainy, solid.

Dry, lots of white grape flavors. Crisp and clean. Carbonation is nearly perfect and way light. Sweetness is light and balanced well with slight bitterness. Slow creeping heat with oaky vanilla flavors.

Not quite the creamy deliciousness I was expecting, but still quite nice and fitting for the style. Another great brew from Kuhnhenn, recommended, but not worth the $9/oz...

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 01:04:41 | More by chugalug06
Photo of maximum12


3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to abanton for sending a couple of Kuhnhenn treats my way. 12 oz. bottle with the typical Commodore 64 label. I have a soft spot for that old beige 'computer'.

Poured into my lovely gold-lettered Kuhnhenn goblet, the beer is a nice light golden orange, although I left a fingernail of sludge in the bottom of the bottle. As with most of the brewery's beers, carbonation has taken a vacation. DNose is nigh unto delicate, mostly light, fresh-cut spring flowers in a vase of sugar water. Not bad.

Triple Rice IPA (TRIPA) brings a booming fruity sweetness to the genre. Mango, pineapple, half the Byerly's fruit section is flash-frozen in raw sugar cane & tossed whole into this beer. Apparently. Rich pine & a modicum of bitterness breaks up the sugar bomb before it hits cloying on the Richter scale. The finish is grainy, & sweet, again. Despite my initial ambivalence, I seem to be consuming said twelve ounces quickly.

Fruity & sweet is the name of the game. A good beer & worthy effort at whacked out madness, but really, this is a pretty tame, sugary IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:05:39 | More by maximum12
Photo of Dope


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/17/2013, best before 9/21/2013.

A: Pours a clear sort of golden color. Big fizzy white head. Head fades out pretty quickly. Moderate retention and almost no lacing at all.

S: Nice juicy hops. A little subdued, probably due to the age. Grapefruit and pine mainly. Touches of tropical fruit.

T: More big hops up front. Grapefruit again, lots of it. Resinous pine. Light cereal grain malt despite 11.25% ABV. Lots of bitter resin floating around in the aftertaste with hints of pine mixing in. A bit of tummy warming alcohol but no real noticeable flavor.

M: Smooth and easy drinking for such a big beer. Quite a wave of drying bitterness. Mouth coating oily aftertaste.

O: Huh, interesting. Such a mild malt flavor in an 11.25% ABV brew is impressive. Drinks super easy for such a big DIPA (or TRIPA I suppose). Very intriguing style. I can't quite decide if I like it or love it. I think a fresher bottle would have a clearer answer. Worth seeking out though, an interesting concept executed well I think.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 04:50:27 | More by Dope
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to JS45678 for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark gold. Perfectly clear. Almost non-existent head. Leaves a tiny bright-white collar. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt. Pushes caramel, toffee, and almost brown sugar. Sharp bite of alcohol on the back. Hops are slightly spicy with a solid herbal and citrus component. Floral, slight cracker snap. Surprisingly clean. Grapefruit and pine. Little to no bitterness. Some bread crust.

Taste: Very light maltiness. Snappy cracker and a good punch of alcohol. Some pine bitterness. Caramel, toffee, and a ton of caramelized malt sugar. A touch of citrus and floral. Somehow manages a clean malt profile over a dirty and earthy hop profile. warms to booze and toffee almost exclusively.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with minimal carbonation. Clean and smooth.

Overall: Maybe three is too many?

Lacking the overall depth and hop presence I expected. Drinks very close to a barleywine with little else going on. Aging a bottle would be interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:00:07 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of Alieniloquium


2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 00:36:28 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Treebs


3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker mini snifter. Thanks to eorwar for the share.

A: Pours a clear, brownish color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. The color is definitely slightly odd in that it's so clear, but darkly colored at the same time.

S: Lots of sweet peach with a fruity booze backing. Light white rice graininess as well.

T: White rice sweetness with a upfront alcohol sweetness. Very boozy and not well hidden. Fruity brightness in the middle, most a in the form of a sweet white peach. Finish is grainy and sweet.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium light carbonation. Boozy and hot overall.

O: This one just didn't quite get there. Grain and rice sweetness mixed with the heavily fruited booze wasn't the best combination. The white peach sweetness was nice, but it was far too hot to be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 12:29:23 | More by Treebs
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Yukon (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark golden with a 1 finger white head. Some blotches of lacing.

Honey, caramel, biscuit, citrus

Pale malts, honey, biscuit, some citrus (lemon, grapefruit), some spice and pine.

I would have no idea this beer is 12.5%. Drinks easy with just a hint of heat.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 03:48:31 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of Auror


4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Blind Bif 8. Unmarked 12oz bottle. Reviewed from notes July 6th, 2013.

Appearance- Pours a light golden color with brilliant clarity. Forgot to take a picture of this one, but it looks almost like a macro lager with some decent head. That's mostly a compliment. Bud Light Platinum???

Smell- ...definitely not Bud Light Platinum. Some serious hops in here. Abraxel has sent me a few hoppy beers, but this appears to be the first true IPA. Some alcohol detected as well, so this is definitely of the imperial strength variety.

Taste- Intense hoppy flavors. Grapefruit, pine, all the usual hoppy suspects. There's a biiig malt backbone though. This is balanced pretty nicely, and there's a sweetness to the malt that is unusual in most IIPAs. My first comparison is Dogfish Head 120 minute, but it's not quite as intense and the alcohol is dialed back a bit from that.

Mouthfeel- A bit oily, very full for an IPA, and the carbonation level is adequate.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 03:12:46 | More by Auror
Photo of 33nickadams


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 01:04:52 | More by 33nickadams
Photo of lunarbrew


4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured what I can only describe as extra clear. Almost no head or carbonation. Amber dark. It was very very intriguing.

Smells big. A lot of hops and very crisp dry scent. I'm guessing it's sweet, but that's hard to tell. There is some very interesting and round tropical fruit here: mango, sweet orange, some pineapple.

Taste is wonderful. There is some sweetness that dies out very fast. Again, there is a very crisp flavor. Some booze on the back end. Lots of bitter hops. There is some roundness from the tropical fruit flavor, but more than anything I get resin and pine. There is an interesting red fruit flavor coming from the rice. It's not the hop. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is very low carbonation and thin. It's quite unusual. I love it though. Excellent.

Overall, I'm very impressed with TRIPA. I'm happy I got to try it. It's a highly unusual IIPA, but I appreciate that. Well done. My first Kuhnhenn beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 03:06:33 | More by lunarbrew
Kuhnhenn TRIPA from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.