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:
957
Reviews:
114
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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199
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90
For Trade:
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Ratings: 957 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice DIPA, at the 2009 Winter Solstice. The rice gives it an interesting drinkability and sweetness, without having to resort to much malting. There was sweetness, rice, vegatable, citrus all in the nose. Really bitter, really lacey, on a grapefruit body. Above average smooth mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

this tastes and feels like an enormous india pale lager, except where the doughy lager yeast usually kicks in, its a cleaner even righter crisper thing, odd for a starch to do that, but apparently it does, what a cool beer! average looking for an ipa, with some bronze shades to it and a real tall just off white head. its definitely a hop bomb, sturdy lemon notes and oily hops radiate from this beer, and i get grass and lime zest too, its not sharp at all, but it is indeed potent. the flavor has a similar hop profile as the nose, just with more bitterness built in, pushing the IBUs up a bit. the malt base is interesting, big enough on the pale front for the abv present, but the rice soothes it, sort of smoothing the whole thing out, bringing the hops to a realm they dont usually get to go. i dont ever taste rice i dont think, but its contribution to the beer is undeniable. one of the quickest finishing and cleanest finishing big hoppy beers i can remember. there really isnt anything else like this out there that i am aware of. so so good.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color poured out as a nice looking copper with a thin white head on it that leave a decent lacing down the glass. The Smell of hops flood out of the beer, not as strong as some DIPA's but it's got enough there to stand up against it's opponents. The taste of the beer has a nice pine like citrus hop kick that lingers nicely on the tongue. The mouthfeel is much thinner than expected. Found that to be a little strange, but like other have stated on here it must be from the rice. Overall pretty tasty stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with fluffy white head and good retention.

Smell: Citrus hops with an herbal note in there as well. There is a malt sweetness that carries through the finish.

Taste: Citrus and herbal hops. The taste isn't nearly as sweet as the smell, but the grain does show up.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a good DIPA. A bit light for the style, I'm not sure if that can be contributed to the rice. Really enjoyed the finish.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a nice copper-amber color with an off-white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose is a hop bomb with loads of citrus and pine hops. A bit of light malt in the background, but the hops are the definite showcase in this one. The taste is quite bitter and hoppy. Resinous indeed. Some light malt in the background. Bitter, dry feel with pretty great drinkability. A bit hit--so much so that my mother, who normally sticks nearly-exclusively to Two Hearted, grabbed a growler of this to take home.

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to rudzud for sharing.
Nice fluffy slight creamy 1 finger head with some bubbles in the middle, nice lacing line, crystal clear golden color.

Nose is great hops, very musty and resinous, dank citrus hops, nice tropical fruit even, passion fruit, lots of pineapple, little mango, tangerine, little grapefruit, hint guava, very dank, and nice citrus. A mild sweet malt base with hint of booze and of candied malt candied orange peel, very aromatic hop character.

Taste brings more hops, lots of bitterness, very bitter with big very earthy hops, little spicy even, and into tons of tropical fruit. That brings musty resin, passion fruit and tons of pineapple, little guava, very little citrus. Mild rice pudding like flavor in the middle, little malt and light sweetness, a bit of mild booze warmth. The finish adds a bit more rice pudding, pretty clean and crisp on the finish, but a nice lingering tropical fruit and musty resin, pineapple, passion fruit, quite bitter.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb for growler, no real booze either, smooth.

Overall quite nice.

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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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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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