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Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale AleKuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale

Brewed by:
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: 155
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 Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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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 dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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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 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 biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of Derek
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at the brewery (On the way to the Michigan Brewers Guild summer fest). May have been the first pour of the day (other reviews seem to be better).

A: Copper/golden-brown, nice lace.

S: Floral, citrus and grain.

T: Grain, slight citrus, slight astringency.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Alright.

Thanks for driving Mike!

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Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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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 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 Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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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 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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!

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Another treat from Walleye, thanx!
I am pouring a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at room temp.
The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a creamy off white head of .5 cm foaming up and stickin around.
Aroma is hoppy with pungent sour grapefruit evident upon popping the cap through the pour.
First sip reveals a fairly lite body with average carbonation. Body is a little thin and watery IMO.
Flavor is briefly sweet caramel up front but is quickly overtaken by sour citrus hops and some grassiness as well. Finishes lite but leave big hop burps in its aftermath.
Very easy to drink, could easily down a few of these in a sitting.

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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 CRJMellor
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy, golden and light brown colors with thi ring of head that still leaves a ton of lace on the mug.
Aroma has grain, orange and some coriander and caramel notes.
Flavor has grain, pale malt and a slight citrus tang to it.
Mouthfeel is full and somewhat spciy. Very alive, nicely done brew.
Drinkability is high. Solid session beer. Had this after a series of big beers and it stood up proudly.

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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 mcallister
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A portrait pale ale. Pale copper/golden somewhat opaque. Pour was mediocre so the head is dissmal with no room for lace.

Fresh pine hop with a sweet caramel malt. candy apple and toffee. Wild berries hints of honey and a biscuit added in.

Very malt driven and full bodied. English breweries come to mind. Sweet and full of toffee and caramel. Hints of hop bordering on earth and pine. Cloying somewhat in sweetness hurts the thin mouthfeel and finish. Big buttery diacetyl.

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