Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This gold colored West Coast style Double India Pale Ale has an intense hop nose, with aromas mainly of citrus. The high hop character dominates this IPA’s flavor profile. Made with American long grain rice, it is quite difficult to make but the rice contributes to this beer’s crisp aftertaste.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-25-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
972
Reviews:
116
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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198
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Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright, deep gold with a clean white head that's almost unnoticeably tinted. A nice cap remains on top and leaves some legs and webbing well down the glass.
S: Smells fairly standard for the style, the intensity more of an IPA but nice and fresh. Mostly earthy with an interesting sweetness and a clean malt bill. There's something a little tough to describe underneath. Sugar cookies, almost? Lots of lemon peel aside to add to the zest and bitterness.
T: The taste kicks it up a few notches, and after a fresh, zippy start the bitterness pounds in the middle. Somehow it's not too harsh, and the bitterness is never astringent. There's lots of balance in here and some citrus into a very clean finish.
M: The feel is nice and clean. It starts bright, juicy and fresh and remains that way into the finish. I'm assuming it's the rice that makes the body fairly light, but it flows very nicely and I can't really emphasize just how clean it is.

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Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacStinson
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikeinportc
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmaskell33
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Creevo
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very refreshing and crisp IPA. Had on tap at Mitten Bar in Lud on July 3. Oddly there's no head, sat in the snifter like a hard cider and was kinda reluctant to taste it, but I'd order again. Nice new taste for me.

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Photo of clager
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deonreds
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RollBounce
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gawz
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of raycoll
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewster40
2.82/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What happened to DRIPA? Those of you that have had it recently know what I am talking about. Did they change the recipe? Did the new brewery mess things up? This was once a west coast style IPA with a massive hoppy aroma, awesome citrus flavor with a clean finish. Now it tastes like a Belgian IPA. NONE of the strong hop aroma there once was. More like Simcoe Silly DRIPA. Sad. I need to find another go to.

Come on Kuhnhenn, bring back the classic DRIPA.

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Photo of Timc32
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of km02600
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jglaser451
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-draught @ One Mile House. 12oz for $7.00 USD. 9.5% ABV.

Appearance: Vibrant gilded copper body. Clean, lacking any visible yeast chunks or floating lees sediment. Head is white and coating, with a robust consistency and a nice complexion.

Aroma: Assertively hopped, bursting with clean citrus, bright floral notes, and subsidiary notes of resin, if not pine, spruce, and evergreen. Not as juicy as could be ideal if we're nitpicking, but overall it's a gorgeous aroma for an imperial IPA and pale malts are present in just enough quantity to keep it balanced. I won't pretend I can detect the rice, but maybe it helps leaven the malt presence (a nice change from the usual weighty caramalt). Fresh and mouthwatering, though it could boast still more pungency.

Aromatic intensity is mild for the style.

TASTE: Assertive indeed, with a citrus and floral dominant hop profile backed by subtle spruce and resins (no oily pine needles or evergreen, unfortunately). Citrusy without resorting to cheap grapefruit bitterness like so many classically hopped (I)IPAs. Zesty, fresh, multidimensional.

Complex without being overcomplicated, with enough subtlety to its execution that discerning drinkers will be intrigued. Well-balanced, though it's straddling the line of being too bitter for my personal hop tolerance. Still, the bitterness is justified by concomitant hop flavours.

Nice depth of flavour. Well built across the board, though again I don't pretend to pick up on the rice.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp yet not overcarbonated, medium-bodied, refreshing. No trace of its ABV at all. A frothier creamier softer mouthfeel would probably be preferable even though the crispness is nice.

OVERALL: Remarkably drinkable for its high ABV. I haven't had much Kuhnhenn, but I'm glad I got to try this one and I'd definitely recommend it to others. There are no faults here - just ways it could be improved. Solid work from a brewery I'd love to try more of.

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of DavidRandall
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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