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Kuhnhenn American IPAKuhnhenn American IPA
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Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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66
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143
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
13.62%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Their standard IPA however this batch was 5.8% If this is a different IPA please email me. C-hop grapefruit aroma, orangey colour with white head. lots of lace. High bitterness that is very citrus orange tasty and drinkable.Carbonation unobtrusive.
Had again 4.3 years lter at brewpub and still a solid IPA.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with a modest head that manages to leave some lace

Smell: Sweet caramel with aspirin bitterness

Taste: Opens with a caramel base that quickly moves in a bitter direction with a lot of aspirin like character; after the swallow, the malt recovers from the hop punch to deliver a fairly balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a prickly carbonation

Drinkability: While I prefer a more citrusy IPA, this is a nice example of a big malt and aspirin bitter style. ABV on this batch is 6.7% with a best by 5-16-08 date (so it may well be less hoppy than it was when fresher).

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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 taste...it 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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
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 biegaman
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears an orange with a lush thick, soapy white head. Lots of streaky lacing.
Smell is of citrusy hops, which are standing out above anything else.
Taste is of bitter citrus hops with some malt trying to come through but failing.
Mouthfeel is creamy but bitter with a heavy need for a sugary malt balance.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber/caramel colour with a creamy, off-white head. Great retention and lacing. Pine resin hops and citrus peel aroma. Moderate bitterness that grows into the finish, along with orange flavour. Hop character is resiny with light citrus, balanced by a bit of malt sweetness. Dry due to high attenuation, round body with moderate carbonation. A tasty AIPA with juicy hoppiness. Another winner.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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 jrallen34
2.82/5  rDev -27.5%
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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Photo of tectactoe
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.23/5  rDev -17%
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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Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber fog with one thinnest of thin off-white skims of a head. Strange liquified lace in glaring spottyness and fair sheeting.

Solid but held back balanced aroma of caramel and pine soaked citrusy hops. Slightly green and oily with a snippet of toastyness. It kinda comes and goes on the nose. Light to medium in nature.

Flavors are a bit broader then the aroma. A green tinted hop bitterness milds the whole treat while a simple caramel keeps a sweeter smoothness. Turns fairly toastified with shavings of burnt citrus peels and fresh cedar pine as it trails into the finish. Dryness and bitterness make a better effort there as well as it hangs around on the tongue trying to figure things out. Will it go sweet, will it go dry, will it go bitter? It kinda does a bit of all those but sticks more to the drying bittered end with a heavier set thick oily pine then what has been placed in the earlier parts.

Smooth medium body with a favorable hop induced little bite and trance of piney bitterness and dryness. Finish is where the true IPA charaters of tried and true drying and bite of hop bitterness make their surge. Albiet, its no hop monster, but creates a fine tone and pleasantly easy bitterness with a solid finishing pine essence.

This is a solid IPA. Not over the top but repectfully clean, hoppy, and bittered with a certain toastyness underneath that makes it a worth while IPA to keep around. Thanks tr!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. 2005 bottling. 5.8%abv. Now this is a suprise. I love most of Kuhnhenns very extreme beers, but this "simple" single IPA was really an excellent example of this style. The appearance is dead on. Bright glowing orange, with a billowy head of white foam that leaves some tiny, loose, lacing marks on my pint glass. The aromas are all fresh West Coast hops. Cascades, maybe some Centennials, and probably some other high alpha acid hops as well. Citrus fruits, pine, and a bit of background biscuit malt round out the aroma profile of this great smelling brew. The taste follows through with sticky "C" hop flavors, and other sticky, acidic, cone flavors that make me even wonder if there are some simcoes or amarillos in here. Interesting, I really don't know what's in the mix here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-rounded with an intense drinkability as well. What an excellent "ordinary" brew from this extraordinary brewery!

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Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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 CRJMellor
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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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