Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

BA SCORE
96.3%
Liked This Beer
4.39 w/ 974 ratings
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#301
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
974
Liked:
938
Avg:
4.39/5
pDev:
8.43%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
198
Gots:
94
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 974 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of kojevergas
3.46/5  rDev -21.2%
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 +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dohedan
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jduprey007
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoffmanvsDuffman
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NateDyk47
3.66/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zekenyce
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BuccoFan
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was quite a heavy, thick brew, and very tasty as well.

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Photo of Muss42
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chillin
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great Citrus, resins, some pine. Great IPA.

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Photo of SFC21
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LAp
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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 KevBot89
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Botulizard
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djgustafson
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Bammer21
3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
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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Photo of Gemini6
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Marius
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC 2016. Clear pale yellow with a white head. Citrus and tropical fruit on top of a subtle malt body.

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Kuhnhenn DRIPA (Double Rice IPA) from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96.3% out of 100 with 974 ratings
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