Confusion DIPA
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
4.21 | pDev: 4.51%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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nickadams2 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI.

A_Hazy golden amber with a thick white head. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Heavy hops and citrus. Lots of grapefruit and pine in the nose.

T_ Spot on with the nose. Total hop bomb. Grapefruit,pine, and honey. Nice bitter hop bite. Very hop forward but nicely balanced

M_Thick,full bodied and sticky.

D_Very tasty and very drinkable. Especially for the ABV.

Sep 26, 2010
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Sammy from Canada

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

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. This brewery makes several DIPAs, this is a very solid one, a good drinker with above average mouthfeel. Golden with foamy bubbly head. Significant hoppy aroma. Smooth mouthfeel and it tastes very good and balanced, with citrus.

Aug 10, 2009
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy peach color and a perky head that fades to a ringlet but leaves a draping pattern of lace

Smell: Primarily grapefruit with a bit of pine

Taste: Just a touch a pale malt up front and then builds in a very bitter pithy grapefruit direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a lot of bitterness, but just a touch of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Full body with prickly carbonation; warmth in the gullet, too

Drinkability: A really nice DIPA, that is just a touch too pithy to me but that is a quibble

Jun 02, 2009
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Viggo from Canada

3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Solstice Party.

Pours a slightly hazed copper gold, very thick off white head forms, very fluffy, drops a ton of lacing on the glass, good retention, nice. Smell is insane hoppy, whole spectrum of hoppiness, grapefruit, pine, caramel maltiness, some floral, super hoppy, lots of amarillo goodness, bit soapy but still very powerful and fragrant, malt takes a backseat. Taste is a different story, very malty up front, some caramel and bread, then hops come in, pine and floral, grapefruit, more pine, more caramel, very grainy in the finish, very dry and almost aspiriny, I found this too drying and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, insanely astringent bitter finish. Good at first but that aspirin flavour takes hold after half a glass, aroma was pretty ace though.

Jan 08, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Kuhnhenn Brew Pub.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops and lots of citrus. Tastes of citrus -oranges- and some piney, earthiness. Alcohol content well hidden and very enjoyable!

Jan 03, 2009
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FtownThrowDown from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Kuhnhenns on a recent Michigan road trip. Liked it so much I brought a growler home so some friends could have the chance to try it.
Pours a clear dark gold in color. There's a nice inch or two of head staying atop the beer for awhile. Smell is powerful hops and just a hint of alcohol underneath it all.
Taste is big, bruising hops. Not a whole lot of malt to help balance this out, but that's the way I like my DIPA's. Let the hops come to the forefront and shine and dominate. There's still a good amount of alcohol in the flavor as well. Very bittering on the tongue. Way too easy drinking for the bitterness and the abv. Great beer. A couple of these are enough. More than that would wreck ya. Good job Kuhnhenn.

May 20, 2009
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TheBlackMallard from Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

They've changed the name on this one quite a bit. Dazed and Confused, Confusion, and Ferocious Confusion. Insert witty pun about the "confusion" with the name here.

Growler from the brewery that Eric overcharged me for(He's a Dick.)

Pours a nice copper with not much head.

Smell: Pine, Grapefruit, Tangerine, and Cat Pee(aka Summit hops, this has faded quite a bit from when it was first tapped.)

Taste: HOPS, It's thick and resiny. Everything, but the cat pee is hanging out in my mouth.

Jan 11, 2009
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found my notes for this, geez what a night. Thanks to TheBlackMallard for bringing over this growler!

Glowing amber orange, with spider web lace and creamy foam.

Dank, sweet, leafy green hops, some woody funk, and a whiff of alcohol.

This is hop candy in the purest sense. Sweet and dry, leafy and resinous, rich caramel with a lasting resiny hop flavor. Full bodied and rich, medium carbonation, a slow sipper and very delicious. Thanks for sharing this one Craig!

Aug 30, 2009
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. The beer was clear dark orange color with a sticky wet foam, lots of lace as I drank it. The smell was pungent with hops, lots of citrus (grapefruit). The taste is bitingly sharp, abrasively hoppy, delicious. No hint of malt balance, except maybe for the thick body which seems to indicate a good-sized malt bill. Very, very good, even better than I expected.

Dec 18, 2008
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mcallister from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden amber colored wth a white small head that fades instantly.

Sweet malty aromas with citrus, grapefruit, pine some grassy smells as well.

Ahh here we go. Some residual sugars on the middle and finish lead into some resiny citrus induced hops that go piney on the finish. A sweet tart like flavor on the late palate. Very nice and tasty with great mouthfeel and a soft carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Jun 14, 2009
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kirok1999 from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with just a hint of wispy foam. Nice legs.
Smells mildly of pine and citrus. Mild malt caramel notes.
Taste is rich and dense of citrus and pine. They're very well mixed so that neither one stands out too much.
Very smooth and creamy with a dense mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden. I could pound this down till I passed out.

Jun 15, 2009
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ShareANevada from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub. Lucked out with a growler to boot.

Has a fair amount of carbonation to generate a suitable head. The growler fill was fairly foamy as it progressed, but this was also the end of the keg.

Solid rich coppery color. Slightly sweet nose. Not the hop nose you might expect for something this big.

The taste kicks it in, and lets you know, yes, indeed, this beer came to do business. The hops are not way over the top, as some variations tend to be, but are certainly enjoyable and very present. Several glasses of this would still keep my attention, and keep my tongue interested too

Really a nice solid XIPA. While not completely overwhelming, this is a super solid offering, and I will be enjoying a little more of a tongue bruising of this one tonight.

Jul 27, 2009
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WeisGuy from New York

4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewpub 10/4, consumed 10/5.

a - pours a bright amber color with a slight haze, one-finger white head with light retention and lacing

s - bitter citrusy aroma, lots of grapefruit and lemon, with a considerable piney smell as well, the lighter caramel malt backbone and slight booziness let you know this is most certainly a DIPA

t - like the aroma, big bitter grapefruit and orange hop flavors up front, midpalate has caramel malt notes underlying the hops providing a little depth, finish is still quite bitter with citrus and piney hop flavors dominating with only lightly sweet malt notes lingering in the quite dry finish, a little bit of boozy heat, but the 10% abv (I think the board at the brewpub said 9%, actually) is relatively well-hidden

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish, nice alcohol warming

d - fairly drinkable for the high abv, the bitterness is intense but not overly wearing on the palate, flavor is pretty interesting and complex for a hop bomb

Really good DIPA from Kuhnhenn -- perhaps my favorite hoppy beer from them. Well worth seeking this one out.

Oct 06, 2010
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a growler provided by kp and shared with several BAs. Thanks! Poured an orange/ light amber with no head, but I'm not worried about that given that it was a shipped growler and the carbonation was fine. Smelled strongly of Clementines with some lingering bitterness. Nice! The taste is very dry and quite orangey. Pretty bitter as well, with some pine and herbs and some gentian on the finish. Round and full tasting. Mouthfeel is pretty bitter as well, which makes it slightly astringent. Definitely a sipper, and a great beer for hopheads with an aspirin bitterness, and with well hidden alcohol. I liked it quite a bit.

Jan 23, 2009
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MasterSki from Canada

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for sharing (and Olga for picking this up). Served in a wine glass.

A - Pours with a finger of foam that settles to a partial cap and thick ring, leaving behind spotty lace. Slightly hazed golden copper color that is evocative of apple juice.

S - Big tropical and candied fruit notes, plus a big sugar cookie malt backbone. Lots of pineapple, mango, etc. Well-hidden ABV, even when it warms up, although a hint of alcohol does emerge but mingles well with some light pine notes.

T - Taste feels more malt-forward. There's still a good amount of citrus zest, pine and candied hop. Nice residual bitterness.

M - Smooth, medium body, soft carbonation, and a little bit of warmth after half a glass. Finish is sticky and resiny.

D - More drinkable than I'd expect from a Kuhnhenn brew, but not as enjoyable as the DRIPA or Extreme IPA (when fresh).

Aug 29, 2010
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webmanspidey from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn.

Hoppy, piney, and grapefruit. Very fresh hoppiness here as I think this is one of the best DIPAs I've had on tap. Most of what I can describe is pretty standard to the style, but this is well put together. Strength is a little high and one is probably enough for a sitting. Recommended.

May 23, 2009
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pest from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Dec 06, 2011
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Nickls from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Darker coppery brown hue with a half-finger of off-white head; ok lacing and retention

S - Piney hop aromas; some sweetness from the malt; a bit candied in the aroma, but still aggressive

T - Grapefruit-like hop flavors burst through and they're resiney as well; touch sweet from the strong malt backing

M - Oily and a little creamy; soft carbonation; coating and drying at the same time

D - Very drinkable for the weight and aggressive hoppiness

Overall, a great DIPA period.

Nov 13, 2009
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JoeBloe from New York

4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the blind tiger in a 12 oz tulip glass - pours a nice clear amber gold with a 1 1/2 finger head - smells very floral and citrussy - taste was just what i was in the mood for - resiney, and floral flavor to follow the nose - complex hops taste in this regard - nice finish, the flavor keeps coming thru - went down way too easy - i could drink too many of these too fast - i should've had another instead of the sly fox hop project i ordered, - -

Sep 04, 2009
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper orange color with a short white head.

Scent of fruity dank hops, sugars, and candy. Sweet and hoppy, a great scent.

Taste of juicy, dank hops, sugars, spices, citrus and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Jun 27, 2009
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a slightly-hazy dark brown color with a light tan head. Good lacing. The nose is really strong with quite a bit of pine as well as some generic citrus and grapefruit rind. The taste is definitely hop-centric with some nice bitterness. Feel presents really nice bitterness and complementing carbonation. Drinks well and is yet another really nice DIPA from Kuhnhenn. It seems like every time I'm back they've got a new one, and I certainly enjoy it each time.

Nov 12, 2010
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tmoneyba from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample at MBGF Summer 2009.

Poured clear copper color with a large creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate earthyl and sour citrus hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout beer.

Oct 27, 2009
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jrallen34 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewpub thanks to the gf's weekend trip home...Pours a clearish but almost medium copper with lots of nice tan carbonation. Unqiue pours as its so carbonated it pours a very muddy color, like muddy river water, but quickly the carbonation fades to the clearish color...Super nice aroma that is really malty balanced with a ton of pineapple, really appealing, hoppy finish but not overpowering at all...Taste is really nice starts off really sweet, tons of pineapple again. The finish is lots of grassy hops, slight pine resin creeps in...The feel is really nice, slightly warm, very tannic feel, almost chalky, just very full.

This is a really nice dipa that is pretty sweet, not overwhelming alcohol or hops which is nice and at 10% pretty drinkable. A light to

Aug 28, 2010
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AgentZero from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for the share.

A - Golden colored beer with a bit of white head that faded to a decent ring and a nice cap.

S - Everything at Kuhnhenn seems to be bigger. Big tropical fruit, big malt backbone. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, making this a little bit dangerous.

T - Strong malt backbone with some good citrus, tropical fruit, and a little bit of bitterness on the back end.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, decent carbonation.

O - Nice beer, pretty drinkable for 10%.

Sep 05, 2011
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33nickadams from Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- nice lacing, about a finger of head, orange amber color
S- wonder hop aroma of simcoe, Amarillo and summit
T- great citrus notes, followed by a bitterness that makes it easy to drink
M- surpisingly light for a dipa
D- very drinkable, especially in the summer. I could have several
Another great dipa from Kuhnhenn. Also made with organic Michigan malts, which makes it even more of a pleasure to drink.

Aug 13, 2010
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