Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Loonie Kuhnie Pale AleLoonie Kuhnie Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,095
Ranked #25,156
3.83 | pDev: 9.66%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Loonie Kuhnie Pale AleLoonie Kuhnie Pale Ale
Notes: Gold in color, this American Pale Ale has a light caramel malt flavor and a medium citrus hop aroma. This batch was dry hopped with Cascade hops. Refreshing and satisfying.
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is light weedy grass hop. The flavor is moderate bitter with a light hoppy citrus palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

Oct 17, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a well enough made beer, but this one did very little for me. its very much from the old school despite the dry hopping, it is malty and bitter and it gets heavy when it warms up even a little bit. light light pale amber in color, with a good head on it. the aroma smells biscuity and like a medium crystal malt, along with a classic northwestern hop profile, leafy and spicy and fresh, but quite bitter for a pale ale. the flavor also has a lot of bitterness in the finish, it pushes through a not insignificant malt sweetness too, making this one seem conflicted and weighty to me, odd for a pale ale these days. i dont like them this malty, but the balance is impressive i suppose, just not my personal preference. with american pale ale, i want to drink more than one, but this was neither easy enough or unique enough to get me there. i love this brewery, but this is a far cry from their best work, unless you like a more substantial and balanced but also bitter pale. good but definitely not great.

Nov 01, 2017
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel-honey gold coloring, with a foamy, clingy, bright white head. Nose of subtle caramel, grassy and lemon hops profiles, and subtle peppery highlights. Flavors are lemon and berry sweet forward, with a subtle bitter hops ribbon of pine and grassy notes, and a tangy sweet caramel backbone. Smooth and light in mouth, with a tangy sweet and grassy aftertaste. The finish is smooth and light, with a fruity and hoppy linger. Interesting brew.

Nov 04, 2015
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TheBrewo from New York

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewing Company taproom in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, glowing a shimmering golden coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of snow white bubbles, showing decent retention, and leaving spots and cords of lacing all around the glass. A chill haze was noted, but no sediment was found. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave rubbers, raw powdered yeast, brightly citric and sweetly nectary hops, peach fuzz, lemon wipes, soft floury wheatiness, crisp pale malts, honeysuckle, heavy creamer, chlorine and medicinal phenols, and kiwi fruitiness with warmth. Our first impression was that there was great fruitiness to balance the bright citric hops that came through in the flavoring. As we sipped, the taste opened with cotton, pineapple and mango fruitiness, grassy, grapefruity, and nectary hops, light plastics and rubbers, basil and oregano herbals, and fresh apricot juiciness to pull us to the peak. Here we received more of a bitter, herbal hoppiness, with white sugar flashes, dill, medicinal phenols, parchment paper, and sugary sweet citric hops at the way back. These, in turn, marked the transition to the finish, where sweaty dog, plastics, cork, chalk, crispy pales, mineral, dust, fresh mint, green pepper vegetals, nectarine, and sea salt came to blend. The aftertaste breathed of white flour pencil eraser, bitter grassy and citric hops, plastics, glass, corny adjuncts, and brown breadiness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave nice froth and cream, with pleasant drag to the slurp, and crisp, foamy finishing pop. This left the mouth wet and coated, with eventual creeping chalky dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank insanely well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavor and its drinkability. Sweet and citric hops, lighter malts, and fruity inclusions blended wonderfully, wafting gently over the taste buds for the entire tasting. Both comfort citrics and exotic tropicals were appreciated, giving the feeling of something familiar, but also something new and exciting. At no point did anything become overbearing, even with warmth. The nose, comparatively did get a little sweaty and metallic by the very last few sips of the glass. That said, you could sip this beer all day long and it would never get old. This is one of the best, most consistent Kuhnhenn offerings we’ve had in a long time.

Sep 02, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a very lightly hazy deep golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a very thin film covering the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale malts with just a hint of toasted malts and moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of toasted pale malts and caramel sweetness that is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange rind hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with not too intense flavors or too intense bitterness and a low enough ABV to be sessionable. I observed a number of people order and enjoy this one in the afternoon at the bar - enjoyable and popular.

Apr 14, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kuhnhenn. Burnt amber with faint orange highlights all around, a mild haze sets in throughout the very middle part of the glass while the rest of the beer retains decent clarity. The small white head was probably more due to the pour than the beer - it's foamy and leaves very little lacing on the way down.

The nose contains a nice, citric hop punch; a borderline tropical bouquet of fruits - pineapples, grapefruits, and other assorted juicy goodness. The fruits are heavier on the sweet and juicy side, and don't contain much of the pith/peel bitterness, somewhat typically for an APA. The hoppy smells remain somewhat low, though there is a light bit of pine and mild hop oil that peak through with slight pungency and hit the nostrils before the aroma is completely gone.

Following right through with the aroma, the taste starts off with a moderated amount of citric flavors and juicy fruits. Seemingly sweet up front, and a touch watery at first. I didn't realize this beer was only 5.6% ABV until I looked at the menu again. Pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit coat the palate before letting the other side of the hops dig into your tongue - lightly herbal and peppery, leafy and relaxed. The bitterness is relevant, but still pretty low - again, typical for a Pale Ale. It's just enough to balance and coexist successfully with the citrus and fruit, also backed up by a light sweetness from the malt. Getting some more perfume-like and floral notes as this one warms up. Thin-medium bodied, wet and slick with medium carbonation.

Kuhnhenn puts out another winner here; a very tasty and super-drinkable APA sure to please any fan of citrus and hops. The low ABV ensures you could throw back a growler of this and (most likely) keep on kickin'.

Mar 11, 2013
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Terry's Terrace in Harrison Township (?), Michigan. I was excited to finally get my first taste of Kuhnhenn.

Appearance: Well, it looks like a pale ale. There's a finger or so of head that sticks around awhile. The lacing hangs in there for about the first half of the pint, and then it goes away.

Smell: It's just... nice. What more is there to say. The most noticeable aroma is the hops, but it's not a huge burst... just a nice, Fruity Pebble or Fruit Loops-esque smell that pleases the nose.

Taste: Quite honestly one of, if not THEE, best pale ales that I have ever had, as it is perfectly balanced. It has the aroma and flavor of an IPA, but it lacks the bitter bite that most IPAs seem to have. The non-nondescript citrus and cherry aroma comes through in the taste, and it's just super smooth and tasty. If I go to a bar and want something that's not as bland as BMC or quite as hoppy as an IPA, I'm going to choose Loonie Kuhnie. The aroma and taste match up nicely, there's a perfect balance of malts and hops, it's really not bitter at all (if you happen to dislike bitter beers), and would be a great sessionable choice at about five-and-a-half percent ABV. The mouthfeel is medium, and the finish is clean with a pleasant tea-like aftertaste (think Lagunitas IPA). Would love to have another.

Feb 02, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Valhalla Bar, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that has relatively good retention properties and left a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light flavors of citrusy hops along with hints of caramel malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, flavorful and can be considered sessionable.

Nov 04, 2012
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scootny from New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice hoppy session ale. Nice clear light amber with a healthy white head. Smell has quite a bit of buttered, yeasty, multigrain toast, butterscotch and light sweet malt. Hops are citrusy and bright. Taste is quite nice. Buttered toast and caramel malt. Quite hoppy for a pale ale and I like it. Not overdone but enough to set itself apart. Finish is short and clean with a hop oil signature. Feel is crisp and light with enough meat on the bone to make for a good chew. Goes down with a quenching dryness. A nice session ale indeed.

Oct 31, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally get to try a typical style of beer from Kuhnhenn, as opposed to all the less prevalent styles that I have always had from them.

Whew. Lots of citrus on here. It's nearly overpowering and damn near too much. I'm getting hops mixed in with the citrus. Seems a bit of an odd mix. Nice to drink. Seems a bit too boisterous.

Aug 23, 2012
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Ginger Man in NYC.

Appearance is a cloudy yellow color with one finger of head. Its` nose has malts, sweet hops, some citrus. The taste is lemon, grapefruit, some honey and more hops. Mouthfeel is low, finishes crisp and nice. It is a fairly sweet apa, not too much bitterness. An interesting take on the style, albeit a good one.

Feb 25, 2012
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tempest from New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Stag's Head in Midtown. This pale ale was pleasantly different for the style, with a very smooth juicy apricot and grapefruit hops character, but there's an earthy, almost vegetal note that didn't quite fit. Worth a try. I certainly appreciate a new take on the style.

Aug 28, 2011
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J0E from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lockhart's BBQ in Royal Oak

A: Golden yellow with not too much of a head on it, poured into a pint glass. Lighter in color than I was expecting.

S: Nice fruity piney hops.

T: Nice hop bitterness, balanced out with bready malts. Higher on the hops than I was expecting, but not complaining. Very delicious.

M: Light and drinkable. Carbonation is just right.

O: An APA that is toeing the line to IPA with the amount of hops present. Very good beer.

Aug 07, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale pours out as a yellowish gold color with a white head that thins out after a short while. The smell is nicely hopped up and makes me wanna dive right in. The taste is hoppy as well, as the aftertaste settles in there is some grainy malts that come through. The mouthfeel is pretty typical, it's got a bite to it from the carbonation and the hops. Not a bad brew.

May 07, 2011
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FanofHefe from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Slightly hazy yellow body with a one-finger white head. Good retention and some light lacing on the glass.

Nice hop aroma featuring mostly citrusy hops with just a touch of pine resin. Slightly sweet malt presence in the background.

The flavor is a little more biter than the aroma would suggest, in a good way. Piney hop bitterness up front, with some sweet, bready malt taste to follow. Close to an IPA-like flavor.

Light to medium mouthfeel and a nice clean finish. Very drinkable. Would recommend as a very good Pale Ale that's close to an IPA.

May 04, 2011
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 5/15/2010. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours a clear orange brown with a thick white head. Aroma of toasted malt, bready malt, light fruity sweetness, citrus. Flavor of caramel malt, a touch of citrus, and bready malt. Light and drinkable although a little boring flavor-wise.

Dec 23, 2010
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This particular ale comes out of the tap a transparent, somewhat hazy honey golden. Aroma is hoppy, slightly malty and slightly honey-sweet. Hoppy, somewhat bitter flavor has an undertone of honey and hints of spice and wood. Texture is smooth yet edgy.

Jul 08, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery into a tulip...Pours a very dark gold, white head, ok retention and lacing...The aroma is light faint hops but nice...The taste is also light presented with hops, but again light and totally drinkable. Exactly what a pale ale should be, nice hop taste easy to drink...Really easy to drink, close to being a session.

Jun 01, 2010
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Nickls from District of Columbia

3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Orangey-yellow hue that is mostly clear; good amount of slightly off-white foamy head that unfortunately didn't hold at all

S - Juicy piney hop aroma; solid matliness to balance

T - Aggressive pine hoppiness for an APA; fairly fruity; smooth sweet maltiness

M - Mediumish MF; softer, fine carbonation

D - Nice quaffing here, packs a lot of flavor in and is pretty interesting in terms of the hop-forwardness

This might be considered an IPA for some other breweries. Good APA.

Nov 19, 2009
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a s;lightly hazy golden orange/amber color with paler golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a frothy one finger head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Slightly toasty, nutty aroma with graham cracker/biscuit notes and carmel malt. Slight floral citrus hop presence along with some grassy straw notes.

Fuler end of medium body but still incredibly smooth and drinkable. Lots of crisp floral hops up front that are balanced mid-palate by the smooth caramel and biscuit malt notes. Slightly earthy with some grass and straw presence as well as some crisp light fruit notes, especially apple. The floral hops also produce a subtle citrus flavor, mostly grapefruit and orange peel along with some mango and pineappple, Very well balanced with a sweet body and slight dry finish. This is a very flavor, well balanced esy drinking session beer.

Nov 19, 2009
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plaid75 from New York

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a vibrant citrus dry hop.

The taste consisted of a light caramel malt and a bursting floral and fruity hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a superior APA.

Sep 02, 2009
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly coloured golden body that appears as though it was some distance from the heat but not far enough away to have completely avoided being toasted. Despite its crisp exterior it remains transparent but not without a minor haze that prevents an unblemished clarity. Little streamers of lace unravel from the surface's white surf, one that contains bubbles the size of genetically modified strawberries no less.

The aroma is considerably hoppy for the style which is commendable but still to say not all that hoppy. Nevertheless, the malts must be plainly pale because they are undetectable and for what little lupullin is noted we can extract plenty of floral and fruity character. A blend of orange blossom as well as orange, it is grassy with the definite hint of citrus.

This pale ale is undoubtedly American but sort of resembles some British teas, chamomile in particular. It has lots of grassy, floral and herbal remnants - the hops also impart a (not only suggestive but vivid) taste of ripe cantaloupe and melon that really grows on you throughout the tasting. The malts are indeed clean and pale, imparting notes of crackers and bready sweetness. There's also a fleeting hint of honeycomb wafers.

The bitterness is low but persists with a snippy, lightly clipping note (something akin to the teeth of a small fish). It is crisp, almost wheaty, with an aftertaste that is full of fruit and flowers. Even despite the odd (for both style and strength) hint of ethanol-like alcohol this is a very sessionable drink. Of course, a little more malt or hops would have bumped up its character substantially but I doubt that was Kuhnhenn's prerogative.

Looney Kuhnie may not (likely should not) be your first choice at the Kuhnhenn brewpub but if you happen to find yourself there with an entry level beer drinker, someone who prefers less distinctive offerings, chances are they'll love it. And there's no reason you won't like it either - its crisp maltiness and suggestively floral/fruity hop profile would make a great base for a mean American IPA. I sure liked it! Thanks ThatWineGuy!

Jul 15, 2009
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ThatWineGuy from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brew pub four days ago, bronze-gold and hazy on the pour with one finger white head reduced to a wispy clouded surface. Carbonation consists of a half dozen lazy small bubble streams drifting upwards. A more brilliant hue emerged once the beer settled with sheet and ribbon lace.

Generous floral and citrus hop aroma abounds, quite nice. Big, citrus taste with pronounced bitterness and good malt balance. This is one tasty pale ale with a hints of mint and refreshing honey due finish. Crisp and hoppy, a bit on the thin side; the lively, hoppy mouthfeel makes this an ideal sessional. I'd certainly buy more of this.

Jul 14, 2009
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gordavidson from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy, light copper in color with a creamy looking white head that settles to a thin, splotchy covering. Pretty appealing for the style.

S- Grassy, fruity, a hint of funk and olives. A little bit of floral hops and caramel. Not extremely aromatic.

T- Grassy, floral, and fruity. Pretty light and tasty. A pretty simple tasting APA.

M- Very smooth with just some hints of carbonation. It seemed it a bit more lively on tap, so I would wager that the growler has taken a bit of bite out of this.

D- A very sessionable pale ale. Something nice and refreshing from a brewery that normally makes beers that kick your ass.

Feb 02, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Kuhnhenn Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, a little fruity, and some caramel. Tastes of the same fruitiness, caramel, and some floralness. A very drinkable Pale Ale!

Jan 03, 2009
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