DRIPA (Double Rice IPA)
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

DRIPA (Double Rice IPA)DRIPA (Double Rice IPA)
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #38
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4.4 | pDev: 8.41%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
DRIPA (Double Rice IPA)DRIPA (Double Rice IPA)
Notes: 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.
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a very hazy dull yellow with a nice off-white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell – The big lemon stands out in this unsweetened fruit nose. Lots of citrus and a bit of straw.

Taste – More lemon at the taste and a bit of malts that were hard to find at the nose. The hops are resiny with a hint of pine and very little sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and extremely dry. The dryness is massive at the finish, probably too much for the uninitiated.

Drinkability – Good thing the bitterness slows you down because at nearly 10% ABV it is a heavy hitter.

Apr 17, 2021
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oberon from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on Jan 17 2019.Pours into a stemmed glass a slight hazed orange tinged sunshine yellow with a full two finger bone white head atop.Mild grapefruit and grass in the nose,not quite as brash as I was thinking it would be.A great mix of citrus and sharpness from the hops on the palate,a mildly sweet biscuit base holds up to the big hops but it never gets sweet,a very nice crisp finish.The beer feels no where near as big as it is,not 'juicy' it actually has some bitterness wich needs to make a come back.All hale left coast style IPA's and all hale Kuhnhenn for making this fantastic beer.

Oct 03, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 4.85 (Including shipping)/12 oz can ($ 0.404/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 7/11/19.
“MAY 1619” on bottom. Stored upside-down at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Light yellow, slight haze.
Body – Yellow, murky.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, dense, short duration, diminishing to an eight to ten mm lacy crown and a thin complete rocky cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3 – Weak and slightly grassy with some floral hops.
Flavor – 3.25 – Predominantly grassy with a noticeable floral aftertaste. Slightly bitter leaving a long-hanging pastiness. No alcohol (9.5 % ABV) flavor or aroma although the first swallow produces gastric burn, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl. Belches have a distinctly floral taste.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, approaching creamy, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation – 3.25 – Overall, basically another DIPA, with perhaps a slightly fuller body than most. Otherwise, unremarkable.

Jul 11, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine, three finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of pale and biscuit malt, citrus and mildly dank hops, lemon, grapefruit. Flavor is pale, mildly biscuit malt, citrus and piney hops with a bit of dankness, lemon, grapefruit, vague stone fruit. Hop bitterness slowly builds into a nice citrus rind and resinous finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Wasn't sure what to expect here (rice is a craft bugaboo) and this starts off deceptively simple, but builds in both hop intensity and bitterness as well as revealing light, not easily identifiable, but interesting fruit flavors. The dominant fruit is citrus, mostly lemon, but there are other wisps of fruit like expected in a hazy. The body is excellent, better than I expected from rice; I'd have guessed a little oats in a blind tasted. Light, crisp IPAs are not my style, but I really like this and always appreciate a beer that starts subtle and then delivers a burst of flavor. Nicely done.

Jun 29, 2019
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can

Pours mostly clear golden, sudsy white head dissipates to lacing.

Aroma is of fresh grassy malts, lemongrass, citrus, and cracker.

Flavor is of rich piney hop, sweet rice malt, cereals, hints of citrus, and some honey.

Medium to full body, mild tingly carbonation.

Really tasty and flavorful IPA. The addition of rice malt to the flavor is a very nice balance to the piney hops. Very easy to like and hope to have this again.

Jun 26, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a snifter. May 1519 is on the bottom of the can.

Pours a clear yellow with slight amber tint, smallish head, medium to low carbonation. Smell is lemon, grass, and dough (so, probably yeast).

Taste is quite lemony, it's grainy in an unfamiliar way, which is probably due to the rice. The odd graininess dominates the finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, fairly still. Overall, good beer.

Jun 23, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudly golden color with a foamy head that disappears quickly. Aroma of tropical fruit and grapefruit. Taste mirrors the aroma. Tropical fruit to start and tart grapefruit to finish. Some hoppy bitterness noted. An interesting brew because of the use of rice.

Jun 22, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can sent from superspak, poured into a Stella Artois chalice. Can date is JAN1719 (1/17/19).

Pours a gorgeous slightly juicy, slightly hazy golden glow, with a tall cap resembling shaving cream of 3 fingers. It recedes fairly quickly but not like, before your eyes or anything, to a 1/2 finger. Nice rings and stretches of lace left behind. Alcohol legs, too.

A huge hit of pineapple in the nose, followed by tangerine and sticky resins. With agitation, I get grain alcohol and cantaloupe, the graininess is a different shade than I'm used to, which can easily be attributed to the long grain rice.

Flavor brings herbal and mint notes, with slight lemongrass, a nice hit of pomelo, some tangerine and faint white peach, some black tea, and a good amount of astringent grain and grain alcohol. It's unique but throttles the flavor full blast.

Feel is thick and hot, some moderate to high busy carbonation, a resiny, oily finish with more alcohol heat that settles in the belly like a hive of angry bees.

Overall a very delicious, well-crafted, artisan Double India Pale Ale that doesn't bow to any trend and does its own thing completely. And boy it does it proud. Highly recommend to any beer drinker to try this one AT LEAST once. I'll probably be pawing for more eventually.

May 12, 2019
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2beerdogs from California

3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @foundersasap
A rice DIPA stamped DEC 1918
Golden to straw in color. Fluffy white head quickly dissipates.
Slight nose of citrus, pine, and a dry earthy bitterness.
Flavor leads with a more pithy grapefruit, then a little pine, then some dank. But finishes mostly dry and bitter.
A slight body feel as expected from rice. Finishes a little slick.

Mar 31, 2019
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dfillius from Iowa

3.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is practically perfect in every way. Smell is old school IPA ideal: piney, dank, etc. Taste follows smell, first two drinks are heavenly. Third swallow finishes warm and boozy and that’s where this beer falters. Dial down the 9.5% on this one in order to hook me for the long run. Everything else is there and this one is certainly enjoyable, but the booziness and heat are distracting deeper into the pint.

Feb 20, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amazingly bright straw yellow with an ample white head that is lacy and persistent. Visible carbonation and a slight chill haze.
Smell is bright lemony peachy goodness. Very little maltiness/breadiness, some sweet honey notes play with the peachy ones.
Taste is nicely balanced between a sharp lemon peel bitter and a light melon like sweetness. Grassy/herbal notes mingle in the middle and finishes very clean. Very little malt presence
Mouthfeel is remarkable for it's lightness. The body on this thing is more akin to many a lager as opposed to a double IPA. Hard to rate it fairly because it's not in line with most in the style but i wouldn't call it a flaw. I like it's lightness but just know that it is a very crisp beer that treads very lightly across the palate.
Overall this is a stupendous beer. So glad to see it in cans now and hope I can keep a semisteady supply in my fridge from a distance. Light body, great balance of citrus bitterness, light fruity sweetness, and complex herbals in the flavor. Drink this beer

Feb 05, 2019
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours near transparent straw, copious head of med-large bubbles. Nose is sake, grass, white grape. Taste is grainy but smooth, herbal and white wine notes, along with some yeast notes. Mouthfeel is medium and satisfying with the nice carb. No heat, surprising given the abv. This beer could be dangerous. Overall this is a nice concept that's really well executed.

Jan 19, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very bright, crisp take on a classic West coast DIPA. Poured from a can, it presents a light, hazy golden color with a full finger of head. Pomelo and grapefruit pith all over it, with some modest resin and pine notes. The rice provides a balancing sweetness that is very subtle in the mid-palate, lurking underneath the other bolder flavors, but it also produces a sake-like, long finish that is a pleasing intermediary between dry and sweet.

Jan 07, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After having a few more in this category, this competes with bolt from North Peak which is on the opposite end of the spectrum for this Imperial category. This is a flagship beer from the place that hails beers with distinct personalities, it keeps coming back for more and it will punch you in the face with boozy goodness!

Oct 08, 2018
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very modest head production from a strong pour; retention is in a similar category. Body is a lovely bright golden hue, lively and completely transparent.

Bright, juicy hops are apparent from the pour; up close, it's an intensely aromatic brew. This reminds me of some of the best old-school IPA aromas: citrus, flowers, honey, and pine; slightly dank and resinous. Strong and inviting.

Flavor and feel are, in a single word, delightful. Strong bitterness, smooth feel bordering on syrupy. This brew is absolutely swirling with delicious hop tones mingled with sweet honey and brown sugar from the malt base. So many hop tones it' hard to identify them beyond bright and juicy.

Some heat from the ABV, but far less than 9.5% ABV deserves.

Damn near a TIPA in intensity and feel. This is a beer fully deserving of the hype!

Apr 03, 2018
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Working from memory...
Hazy golden color but not to “pulpy.” Decent head. Lots of pine hops with fresh fruit hint on the nose. Similar taste but very crisp, clean and dry. The clean and dry is what stood out the most to me. Would definitely buy again and think it would go really well with light foods like fish and chicken.

Dec 08, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce prowler into tulip glass, filled on 11/4/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Nice appearance, despite lack of carbonation. Aromas of huge tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, white bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, white bread, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, lemon/orange rind, pepper, pine, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Mild carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, grainy, sticky, and fairly resinous/rind balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, a mildly increasing warmth of 9.5% after the finish. Overall this is an amazing DIPA! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the ABV. Even with the lack of carbonation in this prowler, this was still a winner. Great mix of dank and vibrant hop complexity; with a really lightweight malt body for the ABV from the rice as expected. Just enough there to balance the fairly aggressive bitterness. A highly enjoyable offering.

Nov 11, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in tap into a snifter. A slightly hazy golden color with a modest white head. Nice retention in the glass. Bright piney aroma with a hint of orange tastes like a well-crafted old-school IPA with heavy pine, bitter orange, and bready malt. A clean, dry finish. ABV is well hidden. Overall a great DIPA especially if you like piney and earthy notes.

Sep 16, 2017
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Brenden from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -7%
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.

Aug 18, 2017
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Creevo from Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Jul 03, 2017
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Brewster40 from Michigan

2.82/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Mar 09, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.46/5  rDev -21.4%
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.


Jan 02, 2017
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LAp from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer. Absolutely incredible. Tried on tap the first time I ever went to Kuhnhenn and sampled again at their XV Anniversary event last month. Kuhnhenn is a brewing company that, to me, is synonymous with big, malty styles, so it surprised me to find that their rice IPA series was one of the most unique innovations at the brewery. The mouthfeel if this beer is second to none among IPAs. The uncompromisingly crisp mouthfeel perfectly accentuates the bitter bite of the underlying West Cost-inspired hopping. Truly world-class.

Sep 03, 2016
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint at Art's Tavern in Glen Arbor. Gold in color, slightly hazy, with a thin white cap. Aroma is light pine, citrus, some sweet malt. Feel is amazingly refreshingand crisp , with a flavor that follows the aroma, along with some floral notes.

Jul 26, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold amber, with a slow to build large foam head that retains a soft blanket.

This has a unique smell to it. Floral, light pine, green onion. It's a bit of a challenge to identify attributes. There is a faint sake element, and, as it warms, some cooked apple.

Flavor is sweet and mouthfeel is smooth, both right up front. And by smooth, I mean it, just really fluid and slick. Flavor develops into a pungent, slight burn of pine, with rice again giving a slight hint of sake and floral notes. It is faintly dank at times.

All in all this is a very well done, delicately balanced brew that you can tell a lot of work went into.

Jul 04, 2016
DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1041 ratings