Kuhnhenn TRIPA | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn TRIPAKuhnhenn TRIPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
kbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The newest member of the DRIPA family, this is the next step up– a Triple Rice IPA. Brewed as a bigger, more intense version of DRIPA, yet still employing the same proprietary cereal mash method, lending to the dry snap at the finish. The aroma is ALL hops; big sticky, citrusy hops. A nice malt sweetness occurs throughout the taste, with cracker-crumb notes complemented by the same huge hop characters in the aroma. This extremely limited beer has only been brewed once, so get it before it’s gone.

Added by MasterSki on 06-21-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
209
Reviews:
29
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.72%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
20
For Trade:
3
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Photo of zombles222
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhavs
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into fluted snifter.

Pours a clear copper, bright and crisp. Thin slightly off-white head settles very quickly into a thin ring around the glass.

Aroma has a boozy and sweet caramel malty background with a citrus rind and floral brightness sneaking its way by.

Noticeable booze and alcohol warmth but balanced and smoothed out by a caramel sweetness. Citrus rind, citrus zest and light fruitiness in the background.

Moderate carbonation but minimal head production. Heavier side of medium body, very smooth.

Overall a tasty brew, smooth for its ABV but still has noticeable warmth.

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Photo of thebeers
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 bottle. Vibrant orange color, somewhat hazed, with a half finger of off-white head that leaves thin sheets of lacing that quickly subside into a crown.

Big aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, apple juice, alcohol and just straight-up heavy malt sweetness. Tastes similar up front, but the taste is quickly replaced by a nutty, coffee flavor and moderate hop bitterness when cold, with just a touch of malt sweetness lingering in the aftertaste. Reminds me of a chewy coffee candy from the bulk bin of a grocery store at first. As it warms, the coffee and nut characteristics, still there, take a bit more of a back seat to the apple juice, some pine and just a hint of citrus, with the bitterness opening up more, too.

Medium to heavy bodied, with some slight carbonation in the mouthfeel. There's quite a bit of depth to this one, but I'm not sold on the benefits of aging it. Would have preferred to try it fresh.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopSavant
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bobv
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbaker67
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of a_beckman25
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutHunter
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got a bottle of Kuhnhenn's TRIPA has a gift. I've been wanting to try this one ever since they first announced it and I'm very interested to see how it turns out since I like DRIPA so much, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A= The label looks good, it's got a clean and classic look to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice amber orange color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with just a thin ring of bubbly tan head that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, but I wish it had more head.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a big citrus, fruit juice and tropical fruit like aromas with some nice pineapple, peach and citrus rind aspects with a little bit of green and floral hops showing up in the background. Up next comes the alcohol which is noticeable and not too boozy and it's followed by the malts which impart a sweet malt aroma with a little bit of pale malts and caramel malts coming through. This beer has a very nice aroma, I really like the hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness and it's followed by the hops which imparts all those big juicy and fruity hop aspects that it did in the aroma with the citrus rind and pineapple sticking out the most and the green and floral hops barely show up in the background. Up next comes a noticeable boozy flavor, it's warming, but not too overpowering and it's followed by the malts which impart a big sweet malts with some pale malts and a little big caramel malts with some doughy yeast. On the finish there's a little bit of sweet warming alcohol flavor with a lower amount of high bitterness with those fruity hops in the aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, but I wish it was just a little less boozy.

M- Fairly smooth, on the thicker side of being medium bodied, a little warming and boozy, not too crisp with a lower amount of medium carbonation, The mouthfeel was good, but I wish it had more carbonation. The mouthfeel is good, but I wish it had a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a very nice example of the style, it turned out just like I was expecting, it's got the same great hop profile that DRIPA has, but this one has slightly more malty flavors and a lot more of a noticeable boozy aspect which is what I've come to expect from most Kuhnhenn beers, I don't like it more than DRIPA, but I like it in it's own way and for what it is. This beer had nice drinkability, one would be my limit, anymore than that and the booze might start to ware on me. What I like the most about this beer is the hop profile, it's very good. What I like the least about this beer is the boozyness, I wish it was hidden just a little better. I would for sure buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone who like big, bold, strong hoppy beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it turned out very nice and I'm glad Kuhnhenn bottled it. It's not a favorite Kuhnhenn beers, but's one of the better example of the style I've had. Great job guys this is one tasty beer, keep it up.

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Photo of MikeZ9654
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but dangerous

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Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of webmanspidey
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jack74
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of K-Dog
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the new new kunhnhenn brewery that just opened up down the street from me a couple weeks ago. Very nice hoppy and citrusy ipa and went down smooth for 11.5 percent. Actually a little too smooth, I finished it pretty quickly on empty stomach and caught a good buzz pretty fast. It's a shame kunhnhenn dosent distribute to stores any longer. Have to go to the brewery to get there beers now. At least the new location is only a mile from my house.

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Photo of hilgart1
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gvhockey
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Docrock
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark auburn. Pours heavy, high viscosity hop oil. Smell has some piney citrus, hop distilled in a way, caramel. This does that dance of "isn't a triple IPA the same as a really hoppy barleywine?" Main difference here is the body is a bit less cloying. It's pretty creamy and light for the size.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage
12oz green foil top bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy but bright golden orange color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a film that just skims the top, leaving some lacing behind

S- juicy citrus hop aroma with notes of tangerine, mango, grapefruit peel, peach & some grassy notes. Underlying bready malt

T- Opens up with bright and fresh citrus fruit, with notes of tangerine, mango, guava & melon. Slightly malty sweetness kicks in mid-palate that seems to further enhance the tropical fruity notes. Finishes quick, leaving only a linger of mango and orange.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry quick finish, only a light linger of alcohol

O- given the abv, they did a great job at showcasing the hops and not making it too malty and boozy. The tropical notes are a delight throughout, very good IPA

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BMart for this extra! Settles into the glass with a honey-colored body and virtually no head to speak of. Just some scarce white bubbles on top. Body is very clear with just the slightest hint of haze. Aroma is big and hoppy with a balance of pine and citrus, along with hints of sweet bread. Flavor follows the aroma, hops up front, some sweet malt to balance it out. Flavor is crisp and clean, strong, but not overwhelming. Feel is slightly syrupy, but crisp, with medium carbonation and a sticky body. Overall a very solid beer that drinks well for the high abv.

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Photo of Dicers
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer looks like liquid gold.

Smell - There is a modest citrus grassy smell present.

Taste - Initially, I detect grass, citrus, pepper and a backbone of cereal grains. The aftertaste is slightly citric and grassy. The profile leans more dry.

Mouthfeel - There is a clinginess to this Triple IPA. I won't go so far as to call it sticky.

Overall - I think I liked DRIPA better.

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4.01 out of 5 based on 209 ratings.
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