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Kuhnhenn Extreme IPAKuhnhenn Extreme IPA

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 12-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by BeerTruth:
Photo of BeerTruth
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Kuhnhenn brew courtesy of TheBlackMallard, thanks man!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a pretty ugly murky orange-brown with a huge three finger off-white head that takes a while to die down. Spiderweb lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty boozy with sticky hops, grapefruit, and spruce. A hefty amount of caramel malts and honey in the nose as well. Taste, wow...extreme is one way to put it. Full on bitter hops up front with sour pink grapefruit, orange peel, and piney earth. Midway potent floral hops and rich malts emerge to balance it out just a little. Aftertaste is pretty sticky and bitter, this beer is all about the hops. Chewy full body with a syrupy feel to it. Carbonation is fairly low, but still there. This is the kind of beer you want to save for last because it really beats the shit out of your entire mouth. Pretty intense for sure, and the booze is definitely there but thankfully it's not a burning alcohol. Worth a shot, grab it if you can.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of prototypic
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks, once again, to hoppymeal for the bottle.

2008 release

Appearance: Carbonation is obviously going to be high given the loud sound of air escaping upon cracking the bottle. Pour this one gently. It's very hazy and pours a very nice orange infused brown color. The head is ridiculous. It's off-white and, even with a gentle pour, yielded a four finger head. It's honestly a little annoying as it took forever to dissipate. A very thick, sticky coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: It smells nothing short of delicious. It's loaded with citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. Smells very sweet and sugary. Hops smell very strong, piney, and citric. Caramel and pale malts are noted. I'm hopeful that that sweet caramel malt doesn't murder the flavor. On a positive note, the nose doesn't indicate that it will. Hops are clearly stronger here. Alcohol is noted. It doesn't smell overly strong. Very nice job here.

Taste: This is one very sugary and sweet beer. No question. It starts out with a nice citrus blast of citrust grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Hops are citric, piney, and resiny. There's a healthy amount of caramel and pale malts. They're sweet, but don't beat down the bitter hop flavor. The hop profile is aggressively bitter. That's a recipe for success. Alcohol is noted and is frankly a little too prominent and warm. It finishes sweet, very bitter, and a little dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a medium body. Frankly, it's overcarbonated and suffers a little from that fault. It's above average here, but not quite good. Drinkability is good, but limited by its high abv. It'd be better if it were a little weaker.

Extreme IPA is definitely extreme in a couple of respects. The carbonation is over the top and out of whack. The abv is also about 25% too high. This beer would be much better if it were about 9%. Those two tweaks would improve it quite a bit. Despite those two flaws, it is good beer. I like it. I don't love it, but it's good. Definitely one to pick up if run across it. Needs a little work to get it to that next level though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Jay for sending this one to me. I am always a fan of these great beers from Kuhnhenn and this one was no exception. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/23/2009.

The pour was damn nice with a rich amber color and a huge, billowing white head of sticky lace that formed up and down the sides of the glass and stuck to every surface in sight. Really amazing. The aroma was as thick and pungent as anything I could have imagined it would have been. This notes of grapefruit and pineapple. Just thick hop notes here so ripe and fresh it was like heaven just smelling this. Smooth and mellow delivery of the flavor, though not as strong as the aroma would have led me to believe. Still very full flavor which was led by sticky grapefruit hops and a small bisuit like mid palate. Light alcohol notes as well and a really good medium feel to it. Alcohol pretty well hidden for the 12 percent I have to say.

Overall I thought it was an excellent beer. Something I would love to try again as the aroma itself was worth the price. This was damn nice

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Photo of nra818
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Kuhnhenn Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral green hops, some skunky weed, citrus, and some caramel. Tastes of citrus, toasted caramel, and lighter floralness. Some spicy ending. Sweet begging with a lighter bitter finish. Light alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy orange beer with a great crystal ball effect and a crazy creamy white head that leaves amazing lacing. As good as it gets.

S- Grapefruit, pineapple, a bit of vanilla, and oranges. It is distinctly third place in the aroma department after Hopslam and Hop Rocket. It really does have a distinct Kuhnhenn aroma to it.

T- The same as the aroma with a distinct alcohol presence. The 12% ABV is serious business.

M- A very distinct alcohol dryness and warmness.

D- This will mess your day up. A very serious DIPA. I am blown away. Drink this fresh.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle picked up at the Solstice Party.

Pours a very murky dark orange, light bit of red, huge thick off white head forms, very rocky, drops a shit ton of lace on the glass, great retention, settles down to a thick layer. Smell is insane, can smell the hops right as you pop the cap. Very sweet malts, caramel and honey, bread, pineapple, pine, floral, whole gamut of hop aroma, grapefruit, very intense, alcohol is there but well hidden, comes across more as a sweet sherry. Taste is intense as well, brown sugar sweet and alcohol at first, sherry, strawberries, bread, then toffee, some grapefruity acidity, pineapple, floral, honey, very sweet near the finish but tempered by a pretty assertive bitterness. Not quite balanced but close. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, bit rough in the finish, and some warmth but goes down decent enough.

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Photo of Buebie
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one courtasy of d0b. Thanks man, I'd love more of these!

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into my Turbulator. Date on the top reads December 2008, not sure if thats a drink by, or brewed on date.
This girl is a squirter, the thing was popping head like a volcano.
2 fingers of froth slowly settling to a nice half finger of froth. Lots os sticky icky lineing and drapeing its way down the glass.
Color is a bit odd, its a pale brownish puke yellow. Very un appatizing appearance in color, but the head and lace make up for it. I really want to taste this thing but the head will not go down! lol, never had this problem.

This appearance reminds me alot of my buddies ipa that he hopped and dry hopped the hell out of. It had a similar color, but tasted fantastic.

Aroma on this is so f-ing pungeant in hops and sweet honey. It smells like I'm covored in pine tar! More hops then I expected and definatly desireable in aroma. Its intoxicating and very very fresh.
Bits of fruity bananas and some mango tagging along.

I'm ready to get a spoon to scoop this head away cause its seriously sitting here forever!

Alright, so I was able to wait it out and not spoon me some head. :)

Woa! This thing is spiked! Its pretty hot upfront with loads of pine, hemp, I taste leafy weed, and a touch of tobacco. Good lord this beer is hoptastic!
That warm alcahol flavor comes in quick and dissipates even quicker, taken over by hop overdose!
This beer is kicking my ass.
A buttery cream like flavor upfront before all the hops slam my mouth. A touch of lemon zest, a bit of sour grapes. Carbonation tickles my tounge and melts aay slowly. Finishing clean and crisp with an ungodly hop linger.

This could be one of the most tar like pine hop resiny beers I've ever had.

Its so satisfying. Very much destroying my pallete, but who gives a shit. I'm satisfied for the night after this one.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a bit of haze and a fluffy, eggshell head. Good head retention, thick lace. Hoppy aroma, quite strong, lots of citrus and pineapple, pine and floral, caramel and alcohol in the background. Intense bitterness was balanced somewhat by the sweet fruit and malt flavour, very juicy hops throughout. Pineapple and grapefruit melded nicely with the malt sweetness and there was a bit of berry character up front. Alcohol was evident, especially towards the end where it gave a bit of spiciness and fusel rose-like character to the finish along with plenty of warmth. Bitterness lingered. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation level, some dryness from the intense hopping and not from high attenuation. Pretty drinkable overall, especially for what it is, though the alcohol flavour does cut through the hops. Palate wrecking, so don't plan on reviewing (or tasting) another beer after this one.

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Photo of gford217
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of hoppymeal poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy amber that shows bright orange when held up to light. The creamy white head is not extremely big but shows great retention and leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

The aroma was evident when I cracked the bottle and waves of grapefruit hit the nose. Lots of sweet bready malts in there along with a hint of the alcohol. It's really the citrus that dominates though.

The taste really caught me off guard with the massive, massive bitterness of the hops. There is a hint of malty sweetness in there somewhere, but the hops are nearly out of control in this one. The alcohol burn in the finish is more than noticeable and lasts for quite a while.

The mouthfeel is really thick and almost syrupy with a stinging bitterness that last throughout with a decent carbonation.

This one certainly earns the extreme moniker as it is one of the most aggressively hopped beers I have ever tasted. It's very good but the drinkability is slightly limited for me. Big thanks to Derek for sharing this one.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to kkulacki for continuing to provide me with beers from Kuhnhenn. This one pours with *BOOM* an giant head of foam that threatens to explode from the glass after just an inch of beer has been poured. Likely just a high carbonation/warm glass thing. Head retention good (haha). Beer has a mystical orange brown color with a slight chill haze. Smells of lemons, freshly cut grass, alcohol and sweet, maybe a bit sour, malt. Flavor is a bit messier than other Kuhnhenn offerings. Big bitter hops with lots of lemon/grapefruit/grassy flavors, and then a mishmash of sweet and spicy malt and hot alcohol. Finish is a tart lemon/capers flavor and a lingering bitterness. Overly muddled and bitter, but i like the hop flavor and lemony quality so it gets points there...and the alcohol is used well even though there's a lot of it. Medium to full bodied and a very interesting beer, if a bit hard to drink after a while.

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Photo of mdfb79
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours an orange-amber color with 1 inch of white head and no carbonation.

s - Smells of caramel malts, but not much else.

t - Tastes of caramel malts and some citrus fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not very hoppy for an IPA. Wouldn't look to have again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Winter Solstice and from a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Generous two-fingered off-white foam that dissipates quickly to a persistent complex lace that coats the sides of the glass as well. Murky amber apricot color. Looks like a lot of other IPAs and DIPAs (like Ruination).

S - Awesome. Crazy strong hoppiness with sweet citrus like mandarin orange and grapefruit, along with tropical fruits like pineapple. Also some pine and floral notes in there. There's strong bitterness that is balanced by equally strong sweetness from the malt. The brew from the bottle smelled just as good as it was on-tap.

T - There should be a triple IPA category for beers like this one. Starts sweet for just a fraction of a second, then hits you with a hop-bomb bitterness that lasts forever. The sweetness is in there at the fringes. If anything it may be a bit too hoppy (and I'm a hophead).

M - Creamy, smooth, refreshing, but a tiny bit flat (I think from Kuhnhenn's backroom bottling). The on-tap had a little more carbonation. Resiny feeling in your mouth that sticks around alongside the hop bitterness.

D - About as drinkable as a 12% ridiculously bitter hoppy brew can be. I'd drink two, but three might kick my ass.

As good as the California hop-bombs. Can't wait to taste-test this against Hopslam and Devil Dancer for a Michigan showdown.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SerialTicker
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

At Kuhnhenn XV.

Maybe it was just the presence of other world class beers, but this beer just didn't impress me at the event. Alcohol warmth, reasonably bitter, some earthy and resinous hops, with just a little sweetness -- really, the bitterness surprised me, considering the ABV, and I appreciated that. Again though, perception could have been off because I had two sweet beers and two meads before having this one. This tasted like a decent but not great imperial IPA after all of them -- I'll have to try it again. My first thought though is that this isn't as good as I thought TRIPA was.

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Photo of Lothore
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy orange hue with a nice, frothy, 2 finger, off-white head that sticks around for a while.

S- My nose was barraded by floral hops with very sweet, slightly fruity undertones.

T- Starts off with some piney hops, moves into a sustained, overly sweet, malt presence that almost sticks to your tongue followed by a strong hop bite on the back end. The sweetness is so strong that it even is present at the end throughout the bitter bite.

M- Semi viscous with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I split this one with a friend and am glad I did. I enjoyed it very much but it is definitely a more extreme beer and I dont know if id like to have more than 1 in a row.

Thanks go out to Derek for the opportunity to try this beast.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

December 2008 on label

Special Thanks to iceicebaby for providing this in a recent trade.

Pours with a very (overly) aggressive head. Forms like whipped cream and rises above the glass... off white to light beige. Insane structure and retention. Beer is a medium amber color with a good touch of cloudiness. I did not pour the entire bottle and the beer should have been well settled. Clingy lacing all over the glass...

Aroma is bright and fresh. Honey, citrus and ripe pineapple. You can detect some nice light malt notes as well.. Almost sharp grapefruit....

Wow, this is extreme... Initial bit bitterness followed by some hot alcohol. Big hop bitterness in the middle intermingled with some malt sweetness and honey. Big yeast presence towards the end.

Mouth feel is big and the alcohol presence is noticeable.

Not a session beer, that's for sure...

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from brewpub dated December 2008.

Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy complex citrus hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bittersweet citrus flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol burn as it warms.

This is a standout beer.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle (December 2008) courtesy of Vigo- thanks! This has a good three months on it, so hopefully still packs a hop punch. Lets see- pours out with huge head and crazy carbonation. Literally took five minutes for the head to settle down enough to quaff. That being said, it really opened up the beer- nose is huge tropical and piney hop. Taste- initial blast of hops (they are still there) then an odd tangy malt flavour (slight infection possible?), and a very dry aspirin woody finish. The back end of the beer just doesn't work so well. Half a 12 ouncer was adequate as any more would have been a struggle.

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Photo of younger35
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from the ever generous BeerTruth. This will be my second brew from Kuhnhenn and my first experience wasn't the greatest. Hopefully this one will be better. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a really hazy (and ugly) light yellowish with a huge three finger bright white head. A half finger cap and collar is maintained the entire beer leaving loads of lacing.
Smell- Absolutely bursting from the seams with the biggest fruitiest blast of grapefruit I've ever smelled in a beer. Some orange peel and tangerine hiding underneath all that grapefruit. The nose heavily favors the fruit but there is a light piney/spruce aspect as well. A bit of alcohol shows but very little considering. As the beer warms a little some candy corn and brown sugar show.
Taste- Super intense bitterness from the start. Insanely bitter. Loads of grapefruit pith and dark earthy spruce. Not exactly citrusy or fruity although that seems to be the where best description. Insanely bitter. Some caramel and sticky toffee lend a sort of 'backbone' to the brew. More just something for the bitterness to lean on because it adds just a trivial amount of sweetness. Insanely bitter. Finishes with a lingering earthy pine and plenty of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Medium-ish body with a numbing feeling and some seriously warming alcohol. The carbonation is fairly sharp and adds to that numbing bite.
Drinkability- This is a night capper here. After a few sips of this badass mofo you aren't tasting anything. Period. Definitely tasty but not a beer that I could drink much of. Big thanks to Adam fro sharing! Insanely bitter.

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Kuhnhenn Extreme IPA from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 21 ratings
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