American IPA
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

American IPAAmerican IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #3,357
Ranked #19,680
3.88 | pDev: 9.02%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
American IPAAmerican IPA
Notes: Amber in color; unfiltered, so it is not crystal clear. Quite bitter with a balance of malty caramel-like sweetness. Aroma is of intense dry hopping; meaning- lots of hops were added late in the beer making process post boiling.
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce pour from draft. Poured into English pint. It’s a beautiful red/amber color with fluffy off white finger of head. Its the darker range of your typical color of an IPA. The nose is intense caramel and bitter hops. Grapefruit pith, skin and biscuity malts.
While this is a lovely beer, this is not an IPA. Think hoppy red. Caramel, toffee, citrus, floral notes. The beer is balanced. This beer has been around since the beginning of the boom. Again, a lovely simple beer that does a good job of showcasing malts and hops. It’s perfectly drinkable but does not fit my definition of an IPA.

Mar 20, 2018
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kuhnhenn American IPA has crispy, golden complexion - it looks like there was a toaster involved at some point. This deeper tone, combined with the fact that it's unfiltered, means that clarity is tempered some. The small amount of head produces a tremendous amount of lacing.

The smell of citrus hits you before you can even say ‘hops' - this wouldn't be an "American" IPA were it otherwise. Dry-hopping ensured there's plenty of lemon, grapefruit and all the other usual suspects though a surprising amount of consideration was also given to the malts; there's an appreciable amount of toasted bread crusts and nuttiness on the nose too.

Indeed, the grain is also responsible for its share of the beer. The flavour features a pretty crispy, caramelly maltiness as well as hints of marzipan, graham crackers, and a dry, plain breadiness. The hops, however, regain the reins in the aftertaste with a mini explosion of earthy spice and a lasting lemony taste suited to a household cleaning product.

That soapy finish, pleasantly citric though it is, is not without considerable bitterness; IBUs aren't listed but you can bet they stack up proportionately to the 6.5% alcohol and generous malt bill. There's nothing out of balance here. This thing was engineered to be satisfying as well as satiating; more than one pint is possible but not mandatory to get a proper hop fix.

Kuhnhenn American IPA is a good example of a great style; like so many of this brewery's offerings it serves as a textbook sample of the genre. Like most other reviewers, I can't say anything extraordinary about it, but it's even more difficult to think of something negative. There's always new, exciting things to try at Kuhnhenn but this classic won't ever disappoint.

On-tap at Kuhnhenn Brewery in Warren, Michigan.

Mar 28, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

growler filled locally yesterday enjoyed from a Kuhnhenn snifter. through the growler the beer has a nice almost amber hue. poured into the glass a mahogany color with a thin almost cream colored head. Rely looks like a barleywine. the nose however screams IPA. really fresh sticky pine cone like hops. flavor is a bit more multi than I expected but still a great ipa with a nice non offensive hopping. No dripa, but certainly a worthy beer. Hopheads might be a bit let down though as the caramel malt back bone shares the spot light with the hop.

Jun 14, 2013
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TheBrewo from New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at Cantina Diablo’s in Royal Oak, Michigan. It arrived in a generic pint glass, showing a golden peachy orange coloring. It held a one and a half finger tall head of soft and creamy white bubbles. This retained nicely, leaving a single thick sheet of lacing down the glass and a solid film across the top of the liquid. A definite haze permeated clarity, while no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma brings thoughts of a British pub, with big mustiness, booze, and old vinegar sourness. To match are notes of orange peel bitters, big citric hoppiness, cilantro, basil, black peppercorns, sticky honeys, light butterscotch sweetness, honeydew melon, and crisply clean pale grain. Our first impression was that the hops were nicely represented and fresh with grapefruity varietals, and nice independent fruity sweetness. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with massive grapefruity and lemony hops, with orange rind, apricot and pineapple juiciness, pale malts, faint wheatiness, raw honey, green strawberries, peach, and rock salt. Moving to the peak was more of an herbal hop spiciness, but with continued grapefruity hop core, dill, cilantro, black pepper spiciness, pale grain, and vanilla coolness. The end came with a deepening of the malts, with cooked toffee and toast, more muddy pales, light bubblegum esters, phenolic plastic bitterness, white sugars, mango sweetness, grapefruity hops, and soft boozy whiffs. The aftertaste breathed of pale and lightly adjuncty malts, metallics, baker’s yeast, chalk, light wheatiness, green bell pepper skins, resiny twigs, booze, herbal hops, dust, gravel, guava, and those fresh citric hops. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium, but with big prickle to the palate. Slurp, sip, smack, cream, froth, and pop were all nice. The mouth was crisply coated initially, giving way to mildly puckered astringency, and light booze bite. The abv was appropriate, and the beer was highly drinkable.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how much of a big citrus bomb it set off in the mouth. These flavors definitely overpowered the malts, which were light and mildly adjuncty throughout most of the sip, so this helped to salvage freshness, and aid in ease of drinkability. The end showed a surprisingly clean and pleasant melding of the flavors. The nose started out mild, but did come around quite a bit in robustness with warmth. This is a well-rounded offering from a well-rounded brewery.

Jun 08, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Park Bar in Detroit. Can't believe it has taken me this long to try the regular old American IPA from Kuhnhenn. The color is stunning; it's perfectly and purely amber, no traces of other hues or colors here. The clarity is also exceptional - I could probably read fine print on the other side of the glass. The cream cap is porous and chunky with decent retention, though not much lace is left behind, surprisingly enough.

Mmmmm.... Centennial hops! Being an "American" IPA, I'm sure the brew has a combination of C-hops (though I'm not sure), but the aroma's telling me that the heavy hand went to Centennial; the aroma reminds me a bit of Two Hearted, actually. Floral and citrusy at the same time; light perfume, juicy white grapefruit, and mild leaves. Malt is heavy, too, lying somewhere between toasted bread and caramel. Decent aromatic balance, I love the way this smells.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn't knock my socks off quite like the aroma did. It's got an up-front, hoppy bitterness that didn't really stand-out as much in the aroma. My palate is grazed with floral hops, light pine, stinging perfume, pungent grapefruit, and some sweet tangerines in the finish. The hops also inject a slightly spicy aspect, like faint white pepper. The bitterness starts strong and slowly fades into the finish.

Malt is just as heavy, maybe even heavier, in the flavor; the bitterness shadows it for the first half of the sip, but it holds fast during the latter part once the bitterness makes its decrescendo. The finish is actually quite sweet from the malt; think tangy-sweet, buttered and toasted bread rolls and a decent helping of caramel, with just a hint of grapefruit still lingering. Medium bodied, wet and less-than-sticky mouth feel with ample carbonation.

If this one tasted as good as it smelled, I might have fallen in love. Unfortunately the flavor falls a bit short of what was promised in the aroma. Still a good beer, though, no doubt, and something that IPA fans and Kuhnhenn fans will most likely both enjoy. Still, I'd reach for Fluffer or Loonie Kuhnie over this if available.

Jun 06, 2013
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Craft Beer Company in London, of all places. Amazed to find Kuhnhenn on tap across the ocean.

Sticky white lace on a caramel-coloured beer. Head leaves soon.

Caramel malt, with pine and resin in the nose.

Taste is quite balanced between malt and hops. Lots of caramel, along with a chunk of pine and some bright citrus, orange mainly. Malt is a bit too strong for the style, but still nice.

Medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Sticky.

Overall, pretty good. Not excellent, but a nice beer for sure.

Mar 02, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Rattle N Hum, NYC, NY

Hazy copper pour, bubbly carbonation feeding a small head that was nothing more than a ringlet after a minute or so. Aroma was a decent mix of pine/herbal hops and malt sweetness. The taste was pretty good, but also a little off. Pine and herbal hops, pale malt sweetness, and an underlying mineral wasn't too offensive, but did throw things off a bit. Medium body, a bit filmy, but overall, not too bad an IPA. I was just happy to see any Kuhnhenn beer on tap within my general realm.

Feb 19, 2013
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker from the kegerator.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours a slight, foamy, white head. Settles quickly, but leaves a little of a blanket collecting around the rim. Some spotty, but nice spider web lacing.

S: Lavender, bubble gum, and hops.

T: Slightly hoppy, and bitter, and fresh flora with a slightly sweet indistinct flavor.

M: Steely, and bittersweet sticks with you throughout.

D: Not quite a session, due to the bitter and floral combo.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and slight but distinct lacing. Nose is floral hoppy with a floral, hoppy, and lightly sweetened flavor. Overall this is a good quaff.

Nov 15, 2012
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cfrances33 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gingerman in NYC on 8/6/12. Served in a tulip

Pour: Deep clear amber orange with two fingers of cream colored head. Leaves some pretty solid lacing.

Smell: Lots of pine, and some grapefruit and tangerine. An equally large portion of caramel sweetness comes out on the nose.

Taste: Really, really sweet caramel malts with a sticky pine bitterness. Some citrus and oranges. Too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Really sticky. Medium body.

Overall: Ok, but really too sweet. I feel like they aimed for balance and overshot with the malt bill.

Aug 07, 2012
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CHickman from New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blind Tiger in NYC: pours hazy copper amber color with a small creamy tan head that faded fast (which I suspect was from a crappy pour), leaving very good spotty lacing.

Smells of big citrus hops up front, with orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, a touch of piney hops and mild spices; a nice West Coast IPA nose that was sweet and fruity.

Tastes of big citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, grains, herbs, piney hops/pine cone, coriander, faint brown sugar and mild spices like pepper; almost tastes like dry hops were added as this is potent, floral and full of citrus flavor. Very hop forward and tasty, hiding the ABV completely.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and oily slick, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a nice bitter citrus finish. High drinkability, this flew down and was very tasty. A session IPA indeed which I recommend trying as it was quite enjoyable.

Mar 16, 2012
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ Hop Cat.

A - Pale yellow/orange colour with a small amoutn of white head.

S - Light nose. Some sweet and earthy hop aromas and not much else.

T - Floral, herbal and earhty hops. Bitterness is light with fairly prevalent sweetness and some grainy and bready malt flavours. The hop profile seems to be completely dead on this one. Not sure if Hopcat was sitting on an old keg or if I was served the wrong beer, but based on the other reviews, it seems like something was wrong with my glass.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Mar 12, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with a quarter finger tall off-white head. The head retention on this beer is very good and significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of hops - primarily pine with some grapefruit.

T: Caramel malts, some grapefruit hops, and then a huge amount of pine hops.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Some crispness.

O: Really enjoyable and sessionable. Another quality beer from Kuhnhenn Brewing, I guess I should be expecting very good beers when I order theirs. I could easily drink these all afternoon or evening and not want for anything else. I really like the complexity in the flavor.

Mar 04, 2012
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metter98 from New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and poured with a quarter finger-high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pine reins hops in the nose along with notes of grapefruit.
T: The taste has flavors of pine resin and grapefruit from the hops and hints of caramel from the underlying malts. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very balanced and also quite flavorful.

Mar 04, 2012
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minterro from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes at brewery.

Wow this beer was great.

Very dark orange semi clear color. Off white head hangs around and so does the lacing.

Full bodied great semi sharp carbonation. Cirtus and grapefruit hoppyness in the smell and taste. Very robust in the taste.

This was our second round and my dad ordered: Double DRIPA while my gf ordered: the white devil. Both were better then the last round.

Dec 10, 2011
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Florida9 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark, dull amber colored beer. Slightly hazy. Forms a small, but rather stable off white head. Leaves some very nice lacing.

S: Rather aromatic scent of pine and caramel with citrus fruit to a lesser extent.

T: Rather odd flavor. Malty. Caramel malts. A mild sweetness. Then pine and orange with a mild sweet/bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with carbonation that is slightly lower than I would have expected it to be. Mild bitterness.

O: I've got mixed feelings about this one. On it's own, it's not overly impressive, with a kind of flat mouthfeel, high malts and deficient hops. However, I just so happened to pair this one with a cheese spread (Carr Valley Smoked Cheddar, Widmer 1 yr Cheddar, and Widmer 6 yr Cheddar) and the maltiness and low bitterness paired exceedingly well. In the end, I found this beer paired rather well with food, but was a bit lackluster on it's own.

Dec 03, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Bright orange beer with a bit of a bubbly head. Decent head that left some lace on the sides.

S - Bit of pine, ammonia, light malts, floral hops. Just too much bitter and ammonia like aroma on this one.

T - Tastes about the same as the aroma, with cat pee being the dominant flavor on a malt backbone. Not really a huge fan.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a little gritty.

O - Not sure if something went wrong with this or what, nothing I'd care to try again, unless someone told me it was significantly different.

Nov 16, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA pours out as a very nice copper color with a hefty amount of white head that has a decent lacing to it. The smell of pine and citrus mix well within this brew leaving a very nice inviting aroma. The taste is piney too with a good amount of dry bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is just under medium bodied. It could have been a little heavier I think. Overall a pretty good IPA.

May 07, 2011
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jrallen34 from Illinois

2.82/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler picked up last week by Alex, in my growler though, so thanks to us both...There was concern when this poured as it was bubbly and you can tell it affected the beer for sure. A bright orange, much darker in the middle, but now carbonation. I'll have to get this a generic score until I get back up to Kuhnhenn and try this again...The aroma is super bad, all totally and complete cat piss. A Columbus IPA on steroids and not at all in the good way, can't get past the piss to pull anything else out...The taste is mostly cat piss too, not as strong.

I did not enjoy this at all, carbonation was a small factor but this is just total cat piss.

Dec 28, 2010
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WeisGuy from New York

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewery about 5 hours ago

a - pours a deep copper color with a two-finger ivory head, pretty good retention and lacing, slight haze

s - grapefruit and pine bitterness mixed with a nice caramel malt backbone, a little alcohol heat

t - somewhat sweet up front with grapefruit hoppiness mixed with caramel malt, midpalate is fairly malty for the style, caramel and light biscuit malt, finish dries out a bit with more grapefruit and piney bitterness lingering on the palate, a little hot, definitely not a West Coast style IPA in that it leans heavily on a malt backbone

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly dry on the finish, but a bit sweet for the style, fair amount of alcohol warming

d - the well-balanced finishes makes this easier on the palate than many IPAs, and there is a nice maltiness that balances out the hop bitterness and adds depth, however, the alcohol is evident and not all that well-hidden at 6.3%

Very solid IPA that I always enjoy having had several growlers over that past few years. This is a nice change-up from the hopbomb IPAs that I tend to lean towards. Yes, Kuhnhenn brews good beers under 10%.

Aug 11, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 oz growler, filled at the brewpub and then split with several friends. This was served into several tasting glasses.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a about a finger of eggshell-white head. This stays rich and frothy, leaving creamy swathes of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and dank, with green citric tones and some lighter notes of resins and spice coming out as well. Caramel and bread character from the malts nicely come out across the back of the nose, adding somewhat of a sweet tang here. This is maybe a little muted but there are still some good flavors coming out.

The taste has a solid balance of malt and hops going on with it, with plenty of resins, spice, earth, and citrus (which is bordering on the more tropical side) being nicely evened by a backbone of toast, biscuits, and caramel. Neither sides seem to take absolute control of the profile but this does finish more on the hoppier side, with plenty of lingering herbal accents, bitter fruit, and earthy dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp creaminess to it. There is also some oily slickness that weaves in and out of the body, keeping this smooth in the mouth with no alcohol taste, despite this having a bigger presence on the palate. Nice.

I was pleased to find that this lived up to it's name, with a well balanced American hop profile and a crisp, yet slick, body that enabled it to drink very smoothly for the size. All around solid IPA here.

May 13, 2010
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another growler shared with Team D(r)INK on 5/1/10, courtesy of Kegatron.

A - Emerged from the growler as a slightly hazy deep amber/caramel-colored liquid with a finger's worth of bubbly off-white foam that reduced to a thin patch and tight, mesh-like wall of lace.

S - Caramel, light pine and citrus notes comprise the initial aroma. However, the overall hop presence is quite floral with a light perfumy character and a subtle backing of spicy notes.

T - Flavor incorporates light resin and pine notes with a fairly spicy zing, although balanced with a sweet malt presence. Flavor is somewhat dusty in the middle, if you can imagine. Finishes with an earthy flair combining herbal and medicinal notes.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy base and lots of residual hop oils on the palate. Finishes fairly dry with moderate hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - Another pretty unique, non-citrusy IPA with lots of interesting characteristics and hop attributes.

May 11, 2010
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BeerTruth from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Bill at Brewing News, thank you sir!

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear rustic amber hue with a one finger toasted off-white head that dies down to a thin fluffy layer of bubbles. Good spotty lace on the sides of the glass. Smell is crisp with fresh cut grass, lemon, and Christmas tree. A light hop aroma followed by a touch of toasted almonds and brown sugar. A very enjoyable beer to sniff. Taste is pretty light up front with pine, caramel sugars, and orange zest. A solid grapefruit flavor throughout with a toffee linger. The balance with this IPA is nice, unexpected from Kuhnhenn to be honest. Very creamy body with a medium to full feel. Carbonation is light, but very fitting. I like this beer a lot, I'm guessing this is pretty fresh. I could see this beer losing its flavor rather quickly. Wish I could get more from these guys on a regular basis and they were cheaper, ha. Solid IPA overall though that is borderline session...heyoooo.

Mar 16, 2010
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WeedKing4 from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally, my first growler review. Also had a pint of this at the brew pub. Pours a clear, dark amber with a decent amount of head. The taste up front if very sweet, with a floral fruity hop kind of taste to it. Its very smooth and quite easy to drink. This was 6.5% alc according to the menu at the brew pub. So this is very sessionable. Mmm hoppy ipa burps. This is actually pretty darn good. Glad I picked this up in a growler. My first jug! Very tasty beer.

Jan 10, 2010
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

A-Pours a clear honeyed amber with a very thin white head.

S-Underwhelming, rather light on both hops and malt.

T-A solid malty sweetness starts things off with an earthy hop finish.

M-Medium bodied and crisp.

D-Nice, almost sessionable.


May 03, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Pailhead (thanks!). Brewed on 04-04-05 and best before 07-04-05.

Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with virtually no head. Lighter aromas of mainly flowers with some light citrus. Tastes of flowers, sweet malts and light pine. Has a medium sweet to a lighter bitter balance.

Notes from 6/17/05

Nov 10, 2008
American IPA from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 150 ratings