Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,292
Ranked #9,993
3.98 | pDev: 8.04%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: This West Coast IPA was made to be a session IPA. It is very light gold in color with an intensely hopped nose. It has a high citrus hop flavor with a dry crisp aftertaste. If you like the DRIPA and want to last longer, try the Fluffer...
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mex in Bloomfield Hills. Working from memory...

Pour: Pint glass. Slightly hazy golden color. 2 finger white foam head that held on well into the drinking. Lots of lacing. Very attractive.

Nose: subtle citrus and sugar. Not as strong as the description implies but very pleasant.

Taste: fruity hops upfront. Some sugar or malt sweetness but not cloying at all. Slight bitterness on the backend with a clean finish as described. Went great with chorizo tacos!

Mouthfeel: fairly high carbonation, plenty of fullness. Satisfying with a clean crisp finish.

Overall: this was great with spicy food and would be very enjoyable with most any food or alone. Would definitely buy again.

Jul 10, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a well hopped and very drinkable session ipa, different than many in several respects. its light on the malt but not watery, golden in color, dry, and still quite flavorful. its light there on purpose and it makes sense. the hops are still really intense, very much west coasty, oily, and bitter. resinous and piney for me, with a long lingering punch on the finish, orange peel and grapefruit notes to this as well. i like that its still bitter, so many of these just go for the dry hop juicy thing, and we end up not really having an ipa at all, so this smartly avoids that. it also tastes kind of classic to me on the hops, maybe simcoe and cascade or something, vegetal and fresh, very northwestern, and well dosed. i could drink a lot of this, but its not quite as easy going as a lot of session beers are. its more like a low alcohol normal ipa than it is reduced in any way other than the strength. i alway enjoy drinking new beers from these guys, somehow still under the radar it seems after all these great beers...

Nov 01, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a slightly clear yellow body, one finger white foamy head that lasts for a good full minute before dieing, moderate carbonation is seen rising. The smell had zesty hops up front with a nice light citrusy punch trying to come through, light malt presence. The taste was spicy yet somewhat sweet, light malt presence comes in there, spicy aftertaste, dry finish. The palate sat about a light to medium, sessionable, adequate carbonation for the style and for me. Overall, this is a good spicy AIPA that I would have again.

Jul 14, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap

A- pours a clear golden color with a creamy white head that has great retention

S- faint fruit and grassy hops, sweet malt, butter

T- faint fruity hops with a sweet malt base, more butter

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and finish, high drinkability

O- flavor seems a bit off , almost like diacetyl

Jun 21, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This pours a clear light golden amber, with a small head and lots of lacing.

This smells like crackery mlt, clean pine, grassiness, floral aromas, and a hint of soap.

This is quite dry, with very little fruity hop flavor. There's a snap of sturdy crackery malt, upon which clean grassy and piney hops are laid down. There's a little bit of perfume/soap on the finish, but it's nothing crazy. There's almost an entire lack of sweetness here.

This is very dry and very crisp in the body, with a good level of carbonation, and an unsurprisingly light body.

I don't really like session IPAs, but this is quite good for the style. I could see getting this one again.

May 26, 2017
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K-Dog from Michigan

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap and rubs barbecue in detroit before the guns and roses concert. This was a very decent session with an intense aroma for such a low alcohol content ipa. Very easy drinking. Wish kunhnhenn would disrepute to stores again. I would by this in a heartbeat to drink on a warm summer day.

Jun 26, 2016
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Masonz223 from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is so light lots of citrus orange lemon grassy grapefruit in the back of the mouth.
This is a true session beer you could drink all day really light but enough flavor for you to keep wanting more.

Mar 11, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, maize-gold coloring with a filmy, clingy, bright white head. Nose of tropical fruit and berry sweet forward, with resinous hops notes, rich on pine and dank vinous character. Flavors are rich citrus forward, with notes of grapefruit, lemon, and orange rind, followed by sugary sweet caramel notes. Very smooth and balanced. Sweet citrus and grassy aftertaste, with subtle effervescence into the clean, dry finish. Good beer! Very refreshing.

Nov 04, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

ChurchKey DC.

Becher pour from the taps with a clear pale gold body. Fluffy white head with decent retention. Large web of lace doen to spotty patches.

Subtle all around. Hops are herbal and floral with some hints of fruit. Slight apricot. Faint.

Again rather subtle even for the ABV and style. Pale fruit like pear and apple comes out with the hops that drop herbal, floral, citrus and grassy spicy notes.

Foamy and frothy body which is of light overall thickness. High end carbonation and a very light bitterness.

Subtle is my key word for this beer.

Jun 22, 2015
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Dwkasper from New York

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

Had on tap at top hop in nyc

A: light yellow, Straw colored

S: lemon, light citrus

T: very light, citrus, not much taste - even for a session

M: crisp, dry, light bodied

O: the tastes are great in this beer but it is probably the lightest session beer I've ever had. Would be great during the summer but not very distinct

Feb 08, 2015
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8oz beer glass at the Pony Bar.

A-Light golden color, big white head. Heavy vertical lacing.

S- Hoppy, lots of citrus, malt flavor comes through, too.

T- Same as above. Hop flavors lead.

M- Light carb yet big body and feel. Malt backbone for a light ipa.

O- More body than other session ipas. Hoppy and flavorful, too.

Dec 26, 2014
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TheBrewo from New York

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at Fifth Avenue in Royal Oak, Michigan. They arrived in generic pint glasses, appearing an overly pale yellow coloring. This supported a half finger tall head of dense white foam, holding nice enough retention. The nose was wonderfully fresh, advertising beautiful fruity and nectary hop varietals amongst a sea of rice, amber, and pale malty toast, lactic creaminess, biting ale yeastiness, powdered cane sugar, and coiny metallics. The flavoring to follow was also fantastic, in all of its freshness of citric and piney hops, showing a bit of a departure from the aromatics. Otherwise the mouth was met with a savory, hop-heavy liquid that was balanced by just the right amount of malty bitterness of pales, ambers, and crystals, crisp metallic bitterness of yeast, dank chemical and Magic Marker phenols, and fumy booze, despite the lower abv. The body was light, and the feel was soft and creamy, leaving the mouth coated, with a light vinous pucker to follow. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability was great.

Overall, we were psyched to get to try this. This was probably mainly because we’ve been waiting for Fifth Ave to replace their rotating Kuhnhenn keg for months now, but we digress. This offering, as opposed to their typical DRIPA, served us perfectly throughout our trivia night. It was light enough in abv and strong enough in flavor that none of the three of us on the team ordered anything else the entire night. Fluffer sits on the bottom tier of the spectrum, just under DRIPA, which is just under TRIPA, so we’ve not completed the trifecta. While the look here is rather weak, just about everything else is fantastic. The nose is incredibly zesty and fresh, and the flavor delivers as you would hope. The lightness of feel actually does the beer well, without becoming too syrupy or heavy, which is why, in big part, you are able to drink these back to back to back.

Jun 28, 2014
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler filled at Kuhnhenn Brewing Co, in Warren, MI.

Fluffer is an IPA light in both alcohol content and colour, its pallid yellow complexion looks both washed-out and weak (despite blinding golden rays at angles into the light). It is clear but has a haziness that makes it appear almost milky. It's totally flat but then again did spend 24 hours in a growler in the trunk of a car so I'll cut it some slack.

Warren, Michigan - or any part of suburban Detroit for that matter - is about the furthest thing from the beach; it's the exact polar opposite, really. Yet this beer smells explicitly of pineapple, grapefruit, mango and has a sunny, sparkling, exotic tropical fruitiness.

Listed as only 4.2% on my last visit to the brewpub, this is a little light to be considered an IPA. Indeed, that's reflected not only in the colour but also the mouthfeel; there's little in terms of caramel or toast, just white bread and sweet cereal grain (ok, maybe a little apricot spread or marmalade too). It's very light-bodied but allows the soapy citrus qualities to shine.

With malt unable to significantly distort hop flavours, uninterrupted notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine, clementine, pineapple and lychee are appreciated easily and in abundance. Citrus and tropical fruits run the show but yet inflict no bitterness, or any kind of lasting impression really. They exist in the mouth, not in the finish. Possibly the friendliest IPA I've ever tried.

Kuhnhenn's oddly but aptly named Fluffer is a perfect beer for prepping novice drinkers into the world of IPAs. It has all the vividly fruity and citrus flavours hardcore hop-heads love without any of the heavy-handed bitterness that normally accompanies them. It also lacks the rich malt profile that often weighs down craft beer initiates. Works perfect as a "transition" beer.

Sep 02, 2013
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dar482 from New York

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color is light orange.

The aroma has a decent amount of citrus. Lots of orange.

The flavor has a good malty, but light body, then lemony finish. It's not huge on fruit flavor. The flavors however tasted quite muted for me.

It has a great drying finish.

The beer was a bit small for me. Not that I expect a ton from a 4.75% ABV beer, but the DRIPA was really spectacular, whereas this didn't remind me of the beer too much. I had issues with the carbonation at a bar, but from the reviews, that does not seem to be a problem elsewhere.

If it weren't for that, I could definitely see this has a wonderful hoppy sessionable and wonderful low ABV pale ale/IPA.

Jun 24, 2013
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Frankenmuth's World Expo of Beer.

Appearance: DRIPA. A pale yellow color without much head or lacing.

Smell: DRIPA. ... just less pronounced. Very pleasant fruity hop aroma. Very inviting.

Taste: DRIPA ... just watered down. Even Kuhnhenn's description of this beer says something along the lines of, "if you want the taste of DRIPA to last all day." or something like that. Truthfully, that's what this tastes like. DRIPA's a great beer ... watered down DRIPA is a good beer, but it gives that... excuse me for this... WATER aftertaste. The taste just falls off at the end. The nice little linger that DRIPA has is what makes that beer so great. This is what it is ... DRIPA Light. If anyone wants to tell you it's a different recipe besides less flavor, they're wrong.

Given the ABV, this is a brilliant beer. Somewhat lazy of Kuhnhenn to do what they did with Fluffer, but it's worlds better than many other craft brews that are <5% ABV.

May 19, 2013
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plaid75 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a medium brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very Goid retention and lacing.

The smell featured resinous piney hops aplenty.

The taste consisted of a full on hop assault with elements of pine, pepper and grass. A nice crackery malt as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a clean finish.

Overall a tasty balmy session bomb.

May 03, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazy light golden pour with 2 fingers of white head which dissipated slowly. the smell is nothing short of a regular ipa.. lots of citrusy grapefruit and pine with a sweet honey-like scent following. the flavor is perfectly balanced.. lots of piney bitter hops up front with a bready malt backbone. one would think a beer may suffer in flavor from becoming a session ale, but not this one! mouthfeel is medium body (again surprised) with a moderate amount of carbonation.

this is a solid ipa and the fact that it falls into the session category is even more enticing. the brewer over at kuhnhenn is a fucking master. there is no doubt. i was in nyc about to pick up a friend whose flight got cancelled so i made a day of just hitting up a few spots. got the growler filled at good beer nyc which luckily for me still had this on tap from sunday. this is the 2nd time i see kuhnhenn on tap in ny and it makes me happy that i've been able to fill with 2 different beers of theirs. never a disappointment.

Mar 07, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn Brewery in Warren. Pours a pale straw color, almost similar to the color of Mott's apple juice, with a mild haze to it, still allowing large amounts of light through. Small head, most likely due to the tap pour, tiny bits of lacing along the glass.

This one had quite a large, fruity, citrus aroma to it; lots of peach and mango, also some mild grapefruit. Light hoppy and pine resins on the nose, too. Pretty much everything I love about American hops, collaborating nicely in the glass. Smells like a lighter version of Kuhnhenn's own DRIPA.

Taste comes through even harder on the hop-side of things; pines, pine trees, resins, light floral flavors. The mouth and flavor were just a touch watery, probably given the low ABV of the beer, but still - it packed a reasonable sized hop punch. The bitterness was there, albeit mild overall.

Citrus on the palate was a bit lighter than it was on the nose, which is to be expected. Aftertaste full of wet, grassy hops and some peaches and grapefruit rinds. Thin-medium bodied with a medium-high amount of carbonation. Goes down quite easily for having such an explosive flavor; extremely drinkable.

Very good IPA here, especially considering the fact you could drink this bad boy all day. It drinks much more like a regular Pale Ale, and I'm not even sure what the difference is that makes this an "IPA". Nice to know you can throw back a few of these without getting silly.

Jan 21, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good citrus American IPA. Very light orange body,a little lace ( though I found it watered down a bit). Cat p aroma in quantity, using lots of citra which imputes a bold taste. Lots of malt, Carmel, and some fruit. Bittersweet finish. Decent drinkability.

Dec 23, 2012
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery, consumed the night before the 2012 Winter Solstice. Into a Kuhnhenn branded tulip.

Super clear gold, minimal white head and a ring of retention. Only a smidgen of lacing. Nose is full of citrus and fruit notes, not super intense, but fairly bright. A good bit of orange and tangerine with some herbal and pine character. Taste has a lot of hop character up front, more citrus, some tropical notes and even a bit of melon. Pale malt finish, with very modest bitterness. Light feel, and medium low carbonation. Easily split this growler, and could've crushed one solo. Really good stuff.

Dec 21, 2012
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Kendo from New York

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler (purchased at Westmere Beverage in Guilderland on 11/29/12 for $15.99) into a pint glass. Body is clear and light - golden yellow with a small (half-finger) white head. Some splotches of lace cling to the glass.

S: Hops: some florally and herbal hops along with the usual American-style citrus. Modest sweetness too, which reminds me somewhat of tropical fruits.

T: Also hop-centric, with a big hit of grapefruit - more pith or peel than the fruit itself. Some lemony zest, a good dose of floral notes, and a just a touch of pine. Hint of garlic makes me think Amarillo or Simcoe might be in the house tonight. Light but sweet malt is there in the background, provides some modest balance to offset the hops, which are surprisingly (given the nose) muted in their bitterness. The abundant floral notes and light color make me think of Imperial Pilsners from time to time.

M: Light in heft. Carbonation is modest.

D: Good stuff. This is the second "session IPA" that I've had of late, following Lagunitas Daytime (am I smelling a trend here?). Both are quite good, hop-forward beers that are light in color and ABV but not in taste. This would make a good "summer IPA" - if that makes sense.

Nov 30, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/10/12 notes. Had this on tap at Taproom 307 in NYC down in Gramercy; served in a pint glass. They had several Kuhnhenn beers on tap and had this right after the great DRIPA.

a - Pours a transparent bright yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, apples, some fruity malts, and light floral hops. A nice nose and the hops are there, though not as overpowering as the DRIPA.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange, fruity malts, tropical fruits, apples, floral hops, and some light pine. A ton of hops and fruit, and it gets better as it warms up. A step up from the nose slightly.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink and no bitterness at all. Smooth and crisp; maybe the best part of the beer.

o - Overall a really nice beer, though it is no DRIPA. Seeing the name and reading the description, it looks like they made exactly what they set out to make, and it is a very good beer, but DRIPA was unreal right before it. This one is definitely a little easier to drink, and has a good amount of citrus hops to it too. Well worth checking out, and would certainly have again, though I prefer DRIPA.

Nov 11, 2012
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metter98 from New York

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has somewhat stronger flavors of citrus-grapefruit stands out in particular. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a little crisp and very dry on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness lingers through the finish.
O: This beer reminded me a lot of Lagunitas' DayTime, except that it has stronger hop flavors and lots of lingering dryness. This is a really nice selection if you want something that is packed with hops but is also very sessionable.

Nov 04, 2012
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a pale golden color topped by a modest head; not much in the lacing department

Smell: Grapefruity, with just a hint of bready malt

Taste: Just a hint of bread, up front, and then the flavors are dominated by the grapefruit; slightly herbal on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Refreshingly light, with a very nice grapefruit character; I always enjoy low ABV beers that pack in the flavor

Sep 22, 2012
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33nickadams from Michigan

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent yellow with about a finger of head. Nice lacing. Quite deceiving as its almost pilsner looking. Smells piney and citrusy. Some pineapple and peach notes. Pretty complex hop profile for 4.75%. Taste has pine and citrus like the nose. West coast style hoppiness...Not much in the way of malt, but that's just fine here. Dry and finishes clean. Mouthfeel is light and airy. A great session and well made beer. Right up there with All Day IPA.

Aug 15, 2012
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