Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale AleKuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale

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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by beernut7 on 08-15-2002

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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 156
Photo of rousee
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a frothy mess. That is a good thing. It tastes so fresh, it blows you away. Frozensoul327---you got some good beers out there you lucky bastard. Thank you so much for helping me out with this one.

Amber orange with the frothy mess on top. The frothy mess is what makes this beer stand out. It is alive and active and breathing. The smell is piney-citrussy-grapefruit with some good old vinegar-esque lambic like quality. I love a beer that crosses categories and still remains true to its own. What an American Pale Ale---almost worthy of straight 5's.

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is labeled as Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale 5.8% ABV. Amber to copper in color, head is off white and small. Carbonation level is low to acceptable. Nose comes in big with citrusy hops. Flavor starts malty then eases right into the drier hoppiness. Not syrupy or cloying like many Pale Ales. Very nice straight forward Pale Ale.

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Photo of bozebus17
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color. A thin head lasts for the entire pint and the lacing is heavy. Like many beers from Kuhnhenn's this one has a very strong aroma. Hops hit your nose but the undeniable scent of fresh baked bread also comes through. Ahh the taste...It is very hoppy with hints of citrus. It is balanced perfectly in the end and goes down smooth and refreshing. The carbonation tickles the tongue. This beer felt great as I rolled it around in my mouth. It is very sudsy. It is also incredibly drinkable. I could have this beer all night. It is hard to resist the urge to gulp down the pint in one large sip. This is one of my very favorite beers. I end up revisiting it at least once every time I go to Kuhnhenn's. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz brewed on 3/15/05, into a pint glass.

Golden amber with a small white head that falls into a light ring. Low carbonation.

Smells of citric hops, with some sweet malt underneath.

The taste is along the same lines, but more balanced. The malts are on the sweet side, and the hops don't give any serious bite. The moderate to light mouthfeel add to this easy drinker that has a lot of flavor.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of proc
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine beer. Pours out to an amber color in the glass with a moderate-sized head. Aroma is that of citrus. The taste brings forth quite a bit of grapefruit yet rounded out, malt-wise, so that the hops don't overpower. Quite balanced. This reminded me of a Motown version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but a bit more refined. Very good beer.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1/2 gal growler I picked up at the brew pub this afternoon.

Pours with a full creamy white head over a copper body. A big nosefull of floral hops. Well-balanced flavor. Sweet malt upfront, but it quickly combines with a perfect level of grapefruit-like hop bitterness. Medium to light in body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth finish with a slight hop aftertaste.

I'm not sure of the hops they used here, but I like them. a lot.

This is a well-crafted, well-balanced pale ale that distinguishes itself from most of the other versions of the style that I've tried. The Kuhnhenn Bros. have some rather off the wall beers (not a bad thing), but this beer shows that they also just simply make good beer.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of aaronh
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, medium gold color. Cream colored head eventually fades to a ring of foam. Great floral aroma with a slightly "soapy" note. Very dry, almost chalky flavor at first, which seems to subside with each successive sip. Decent malt sweetness combined with nice bitterness. Slight "funkiness" of Belgian yeast. Smooth mouthfeel lends to a good drinkability. Really reminds me of a Belgian beer, like a lower alcohol interpretation of Piraat. Nice beer. Different. Perhaps even inspiring? Only time will tell.

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Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy copper color. Topped by a thickish creamy light tan head. This beer is nicely aromatic in a smooth way. The hops are definitely here, and dominant, but at a level that gives the aroma a smooth, easy smelling beer. I get aromatic notes of flowers, hay, pine, citrus, and fresh cut herbs.

Hmm, interesting, there are some interesting things going on in my first sip. It is very fruity, hoppily bitter, and almost has a cough syrup type thing going on. Whatever it is, this beer is definitely a well hopped Pale Ale. I think that the interesting (almost minty) notes are all driven by the type of hops put in this beer. This beer has hoppy notes of pine, citrus, mint, and candied tangerines. There is a solid bitterness in this beer as well, it is noticeable from beginning to end.

Malt, why there is in fact some malt notes under all of the funky hops, there is some toasted, biscuit notes, as well as a bit of caramel sweetness. This is definitely an interesting beer, it almost seems off, but I am pretty convinced that this is just the mix of hops that where used. Regardless I like the mix of flavors found here, and it is definitely enjoyable. I am quite pleased to be able to sample a beer from this brewery.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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'.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Malty delicious tropical fruit yeasty aroma. Light orange. There is surely banana taste, full medium mouthfeel. Lots of lace.
Good and unique pale, good hop profile, soft carbonation medium body. Nice bitterness comes through in finish. Just right, recommended.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy gold with a finger of creamy brite-white head. Retains well and leaves a nice bit of lace behind. The aroma is floral hops, fresh citrus, spice, and pale malts.

The taste is a nice biting mix of hop bitterness and zesty citrus notes backed by a silky smooth backbone of caramel malts. The mouthfeel is a light medium with a nicely well down overall smooth feel.

This is an all around solid and hugely drinkable APA from Kuhnhenn and at only 5.6%, the definition of a session brew.

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Photo of mltobin
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A glowing hazy yellow golden brew with a 1/4" head of off-white eggshell coloured foam that dies, but leaves nice spotty lacing as well. Aromas are all freshly cut herbs, grass, hay, citrusy hops, flowers, and more. Nice and subtle for an APA. The taste is a nice blend of buttery/grassy maltiness and fresh citrusy hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy-smooth. Drinkability is good. A good session? brew from this most-excellent brewery. Not a mind-blowing entry into the APA style, but a damn good version none-the-less. An interesting brew.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub on Saturday night and brought a growler home back to NC to enjoy again. I'll note that it was (obviously) better on tap at the source.

a - pours a slightly hazy bright golden color, one-finger white head with little retention but decent lacing

s - nice citrusy hop aroma with a bit of graininess/yeastiness as well, no alcohol detectable

t - bitter citrusy hops up front, slightly sweet, body is a bit more bitterness with strong bread, yeast and grain flavors, finish is of lingering piney bitterness and more grain, barely noticeable alcohol

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry on the finish

d - very drinkable pale ale, the finish is fairly dry, but this is a definite candidate for a session beer

Very solid beer overall. Like I mentioned above, this was more impressive on-tap at Kuhnhenn, but it's a very nice beer out of the growler 2+ days removed as well.

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Photo of Pointman
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden pour. Good head...gotta love that. nice carmel malt and grapefruit hoppieness. Very refreshing. Not your typical pale ale. As a pale ale - it jumps at you. Definitely worth the 15 miles I drive to the brewery every week.

Finish is dry and leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was a hazy, deep yellow concotion with a three finger foamy head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was yeasty and bready, with medium malts alongside some mild hops with a sweetly floral character.

Taste was light malts, well balanced with a little bit of grapefruit hops. Slightly sweet, as well. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel was somewhat full, not chewy, but rich for a pale ale.

Drinkability... damn good. That's about all I can say. Just damn good.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This light grassy sweet American pale ale presents witha clean golden brown color and lacy head. The spicy hop profile and nice malt balance give a quality addition to Ruhnhenn’s lineup. This is a good brew to build a line from..

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite of the evening. 5.8% ABV. Pours to a medium golden, forming a white head with average retention and sparse lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. Slightly hazy. Nice aroma of sweet mangos with a nice pale malt body. Well-balanced bitterness with lingering hops in the finish. Cleanly fermented and easy to drink. Not stellar by any means, but simply the best of the bunch.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of frazbri
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden in color, topped by short white head with good lacing. Big grapefruit aroma with floral notes as well. Grapefruit flavor, with good balance of sweet and bitter. Medium light body, with fairly low carbonation.

This is one of the beers that is the base of Kuhnehenns' lore. This is a tasty pale ale.

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