Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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.

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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 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.


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Photo of LAp
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -11%
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.

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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid look to this beer with an inch and a half of light off white head. Body is bright vibrant gold in color. Nose is just a nice mix of fruity and grassy hop notes. With first sip hops are really the star here with nice sweetness and a gambit of hop variety. Fruit, citrus, pine and woodsy resin all play in the flavor profile. It gels so well together in terms of hops and malts. This is a perfect double IPA.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty solid. The use of rice makes for an interesting flavor. Lots of hoppy goodness and well balanced with a really nice dark color. Not too bitter and well balanced.

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Photo of mschrei
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a growler into a snifter. Very clear strong gold color with great reflection, healthy carb and lacing. Mild hop nose, not too strong. Crisp fruity hop taste without lingering bitterness on the back end. Can't tell the high ABV by taste. Very balanced. Tasting it, I just think "man, this is an exceptionally well made beer."

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Photo of CNoj012
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a crystal clear bright golden color with a 2 finger frothy white head. Retention is excellent and there are some rings of lacing. Smell is grapefruit, orange, pine and some sweet malt. Taste is similar. Some bitterness that is quickly washed away by the sweet caramel malt. Very well balanced. Feel is medium and resinous with good carbonation. Overall this is a very solid offering. Would certainly have this again.

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

A very interesting IPA. The rice element puts a 'tough to put your finger on it' unique feel to this one. Almost a honey sweetness on the back end and a blend of fruity and floral hops. Complex notes of pineapple and mango with a slight resin note. Excellent. Despite the high abv this goes down nicely

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Photo of MIBeerGeek
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beer from Kuhnenns!!

Look: Slightly hazy but enough to see partly through. Big white head with great lacing!

Smell: Very citrusy, hints of grapefruit and lemon come to mind. A subtle sweetness from malt as well

Taste: The rice seems to mellow this out quite a bit but, hop forward for sure!!

Feel: Very crisp and not overly dry. Smooth drinking beer

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Photo of AProff
4.89/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dang53 is on point with his review. Opened my first of two growlers that were poured in Grand Rapids on Saturday today in Saint Louis. For a 5 day old draft it was worth the wait. I first had this beer in September of 2013 and haven't had it since. Great balance across the board. I think the rice definitely curbs any sense of bitterness. The alcohol will creep up on you because this high abv beer is so tasty and smooth. Probably my favorite ipa.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden beer with a nice big white head drank from a (40oz?) Kuhnhenn mug while wearing a Kuhnhenn shirt. On the sweeter side of standard IPAs, but I'm not crazy about super bitter IPAs. The hop flavor still punches through, dank, citrucy, and sticky (in that order). Glad to dome a 32oz midday on a Monday. Thanks FEUO!

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A big, fluffy head over the clear golden liquid; a decent amount of lacing

Smell: Citrusy aromatics, with orange and grapefruit as well as floral undertones

Taste: Hop forward, with the malts providing a neutral background, thanks to the rice; orange, grapefruit and tangerine; very citrusy and quite bitter through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A delight for those who like their hops clean, with no distractions from the malt; count me in that group

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler. Clear pale orange. A few bubbles. Citrus hop aroma. Interesting sugar smell. I guess that's the rice. Tastes much hoppier. Bright citrus. Sugar flavor is interesting here too. Light sweetness. Almost no bitterness. Low carbonation. Stupid plastic growler caps. Light body. I get that the rice makes it lighter and, apparently, taste less alcoholic. It's pretty dramatic. Unique flavor from the rice, though.

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Photo of danh53
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From week old growler. Pours a translucent orange color. I agree with last reviewer. Smells like lemon cheese cake. Also get crisp, biscuity malt and pine. Taste is lemon lime citrus and more subtle than a grapefruit tropical fruit bomb. Malt is crisp delicious like a flaky croissant. The alcohol brings a little edge to the beer but it's not too boozy. The malt offers a vanilla caramel sweetness that brings that lemon cheese cake flavor when combined with the citrus flavors. Mouth feel is excellent. I get all my favorite aspects of an IPA. It is crisp, sticky, fluffy, and dry all at the same time. This is one that doesn't overpower you at any point, but it's a very refined, well-crafted IPA.

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Photo of mabermud
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by Kirkfrailey.

Look: Clear amber body. White foamy head, that is sticky and clingy. The head reminds me of sea foam. Nice leg art is left behind as I drink this beer.
Smell: Sweet bread. The aroma is of lemon, lime, and citrus notes. Lemon cheese cake. A touch of caramel and honey. Malt sweetness.
Taste: Complex and deep flavors. Laid back, not so sharp citrus flavors, leaning on the lemon and lime. Lemon cheesecake. Lower level of bitterness. Fresh baked white bread with caramel and honey. Throw in a touch of old ale.
Feel: Smooth medium body. Low to medium level of carbonation. A little tackiness in the mouth. This beer creates a sense of warmth below the neckline. Medium finish.

Overall - Unique. Big malts. English IPA(ish) or IPL(ish). A piece of art. World class in my book.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - From the howler, the beer poured a golden orange color.

Smell - A bright orange aroma was present.

Taste - Spicy orange makes the initial impression. This is followed by grapefruit and a slight hint of lime. Normally, tasting the rice is a bad thing, but not in this case. The taste mellows into a resiny after.

Mouthfeel - There is a wine-like quality to the mouthfeel making this akin to sake. The carbonate is muted, but that is not a bad thing.

Overall - This beer is a bit unusual, but it is certainly worth seeking.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 3 day old 32 oz growler aquired via trade....pretty high ABV DIPA but drank surprisingly easy! Very nice citrus notes but a dry refreshing finish ! Would seek this one out again !

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. From draft. Nose is typical DIPA. Again, typical DIPA flavors on the front of the tongue. However, the finish is what's really surprising... dry and subtly starchy. Wasn't sure what to expect, but it wasn't that. A very good DIPA that gets a few extra points for uniqueness.

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Photo of hardysf
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served at brewery. Extremely clear light color. Smells of citrus, mango, pineapple. Taste is smooth and very hoppy. Balanced nicely as the drink continues. Ends with a little stickyness as the remnants sit on the palate. Tasty brew.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

32oz growler from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man, awesome surprise!). Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a bright, clear golden yellow with a finger and a half white head. The froth settles to a thin wisp of a ring. Scattered dots of lace adorn the sides of the glass by the end.

Bright, inviting aromas of oranges, cracker, lemon, grapefruit and caramel. Those wonderful citrus notes leap from the glass to fill my nose with every sip.

This has citrus hop flavors galore. Orange pulp, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral bitterness, light pine, cracker and just a hint of pepper. Any alchohol is masked by the cornucopia of delightful hop goodness, making this dangerously easy to drink for its 9.5% abv. Utterly delicious.

Crisp, medium feel with fluffy carbonation. The beautifully bittersweet citrus hop finish lingers on the tongue.

This is my first hop trip with Kuhnhenn and I must say that it is truly outstanding. A beautiful imperial IPA in every aspect. Long before the end of my first pint DRIPA had made it on to the very short list of my favorite DIPAs. Seriously, try this if you can.

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Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Was able to try on draft a few weeks ago at Kuhnhenn's. Very clear yellow/orange in appearance. Wonderful aroma. Taste was delicious also. Not my favorite DIPA but very solid. I wish KB would bottle this beer.

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

Hops seem to skew more floral to me than pine or citrus. The malt at play is also a unique backdrop. I'd love to side by side this with Bruery's Humulus Lager. The mouthfeel is what really stands out here - a bit of a lager / ale hybrid feel.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light citrus flavours, a bit tangy. Very light bodied for the abv. Delicate, if a beer if this strength can be so! A sweetness accompanies the bitter.

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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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