Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
kbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
157
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 53
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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 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 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 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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Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
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