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: 157
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 letsgopens
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another on-tap at Kuhnhenn, this APA pours a semi-translucent orange/gold amber with a thin white head that recedes quickly and live an okay amount of lace.

Some cereal wheat in the aroma along with fruit: banana and citrus. A hint of spice is present. Bubblegum as well.

The flavor includes smooth citrus and mellow wheat. Just a hint of hops. Some yeasty grain and fruit in the finish. I would have liked to detect a bit more hops.

The mouthfeel is clean and velvety. A matted smooth finish with low/moderate carbonation. Somewhat run-of-the-mill but, as always, very well done.

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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 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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Photo of benito
2.33/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub in Warren.

A: Murky gold with a smalle head. Very hazy.

S: Light citrus and not much else. Quite restrained for an APA.

T: Extremely sweet and syrupy. The hop (flavor--grapfruit) emerges only at the back of the tongue. Hop bitterness seems to be absent throughout.

M: The overall effect is too sweet. This needs a stronger hop backbne. No length to speak of.

D: Sweet, light, mindless. Not something I'd pick up again.

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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 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 Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on draught @ Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren, Michigan. Light amber color. Bright hop aroma, citrus, grapefruit. Nicely balanced biscuit-like and caramel malt flavor and fairly juicy, well orchestrated hops, providing spruce and resin flavors.

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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 MaltyGoodness
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle received from Frozensoul327

Pours a hazy amber color with a huge tan head. Head remains full with nice lacing.

A semi-fruity and mildly hoppy aroma. Not a hop bomb, but smells pleasant.

Taste is mildly hoppy and fruity upfront that follows with a hint of malt and washes down clean.

Body seems awfully thin. With the mountainous head, I expected a little more pizzazz.

This is pretty darned drinkable, and the best I have had yet from Kuhnhenn.

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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 sopor
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden amber with a midsize creamy tan head and a little bit of bubble action. Buttery biscuit and caramel with a kiss of citrusy and floral hops.

Delicate malts, light bready and caramel flavors. Herbal and lemony citrus hops overlay the malts from the beginning to the end with some grassy notes. Very lemon-herby APA. Moderately light body is satisfyingly slick.

Great summer APA, would be the perfect "lawnmower beer". I wish they would distribute closer to me!

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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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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 putnam
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Burnt yellow. Frosty, translucent sheet of bubbled beer matter on top. Dried grapefruit rind, sweet grape, plum and apricot are backed up by doughy malt and wilted greens aromas. Light, racy texture. Tangy, sweet and funky flavors. Tight fisted bitterness is out of proportion -- too big and assertive for the lean texture and crisp tang. I've had this beer on tap at the brewery and it was better.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best Pale Ale I have ever had. Poured out to a slighly cloudy golden amber color with a decent head and medium low carbonation. Odors of hops and grain were noted, along with an unusual sour sweetness. Very different. Flavors of hops and sour citrus are straighforward, as are hints of earth and grain. Very smooth going down. No over-bitter aftertaste here, very well balanced. Highly recommended if you are looking for an excellent example of a well made Pale Ale.

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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 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 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 mjohn27603
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle exploded in carbonation bursting after popping the cap. I spilled a good two to three fingers worth of beer. This thing is carbonated like crazy. Best before May and I'm drinking in the month of May but kept refrigerated. Smell is of grass and sourness some grapefruit and piney hops aroma. Taste is extremely sweet almost honey like with a sourness. I think I got a mishap in this bottle because the last bottle I had wasn't this sweet or carbonated. Loads of sediment sinks to the bottom. More of a piney hops taste as no bitterness is detected. This bottle has a lemony taste to it. I think this might be a funny one.

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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 Gaisgeil
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber in color with a thin white head. Nose is quite floral, quite hoppy. Taste is quite balanced, almost buttery, heavy on the hops, yet only slightly bitter. Lots of herbal qualities going on here. Very little actual sweetness however.

Overal quite nice, this would definatly be a go-to in my book if I was looking for a bitter beer, it still strikes a nice balance without being ridiculous with the hops.

SlĂ inte!

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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 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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