Kuhnhenn American IPA | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn American IPAKuhnhenn American IPA

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-08-2003

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.73/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.82/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Probably my least favorite offerings by the brothers. While most of the Kuhnhenn beers lean toward the malty side of things (even when they are well-hopped there is always a malt backbone) this one is an exception, the hops totally obliterate all competition on the palate.

Served a bit too cold into a curvacious tall mug. Pours a bright gold, hazy with a thin head that had decent retention. Nose is very floral and piney, strong hop presence with a variety of different notes, this made more sense when I was told a few to several hop varieties are used for aroma and flavor. Taste has a lot of grapefruit going on and is quite bitter, not enough to make me pucker but enough that it really wasn't too enjoyable. Mouthfeel was about average, but drinkability suffered from the flavor imbalance.

SlĂ inte!

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Photo of AgentZero
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of rousee
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Whaddya know-- A beer by these people that doesnt stand out. Pour is avg amber murk ---vinegar smell-malty taste with the cloying mouthfeel. This one is nothing special but I could see the drinkability improving if you start out with these with either some BBQ or anything else spicy.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6.5% ABV according to the menu. Pours out to a medium amber, hazy, with a small white head. Mild to moderate carbonation. Aroma of fresh, crisp green oily hops. Malts aren't prominent and it's not balanced, but I don't expect it to be for an IPA. Moderately strong floral bitterness with an odd chemical presence. Medium bodied. Odd off-taste that I can't quite place. A pretty generic stab at the style but falls short of the mark.

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Photo of sopor
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy and copper with gold highlights and a thin creamy head that recedes to a very thin film of bubbles. Syrupy fruit smell with a hint of hop.

Syrupy and caramel sweetness with plumb and grape notes. Abrasive but not overly powerful resinous hops finish up and leave a bitter aftertaste. Starts out biased towards the sweet malts, and as it warms the bitter hops developed to overcome. Moderate body is a tad to slick for refreshing, but very nice nonetheless.

Not bad, but I won't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as an extra from a very generous trader - thank you, TheBlackMallard! 6.7% ABV, best before 16th May 2008. Chilled and poured into my Urthel tulip.

A: Deep crimson (surprisingly dark for an IPA) with a dense beige head that recedes slowly leaving a lot of lace. Plenty of carbonation and this one looks very appealing

S: Sweet with a lot of caramel. Hops are present as pine with a hint of floral character. There's also some fruitiness - plums and figs. Good but a little sweeter than I like my IPAs

T: Dark caramel sweetness forms the backbone of this IPA with a hint of pine hops coming through almost as an afterthought. Not incredibly hoppy by any means, almost unbalanced. This one's full bodied and is mildly bitter on the finish with a fair bit of sweetness

M: Soft,full and smooth - great stuff but again, a little over the top for on the body

D: Good but I'm not the biggest fan of this interpretation of the style

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours highly carbonated with a orange/amber glow. Huge head dissipates slowly leaving a curtain of lace on the pint
Aroma is sweetened caramel with pine and citrus hop notes.
Flavor is decently balanced and nice mix of sweet and bitter. some grapfruit rind flavor comes out in the finish after a coating of sweet caramel.
Mouthfeel starts with a sugary sweetness that is then cut by some pine tar and finishes with a sweet citrus/grapefruit. Nice progression and transition of flavors that I would expect in an IPA.
Drinkability is good. Bottle probably doesn't do this justice.

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Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of rowew
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a shipping scene on the label. Brewed on and best by date both clearly visible. Also has a description of the beer.

Appearance: Pours bright orange with a large white head. Slight haze. Nice lacing.

Smell: Almost completely hops - mainly piney aroma.

Taste: Taste is dominated by hops as well. Starts out with some fruity flavors, and then leads to a very bitter finish.

Overall impression: Not bad, but a little light on the malt. A bigger backbone would make this one more drinkable.

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Kuhnhenn American IPA from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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