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The Kenyan | Ruhstaller

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California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using fresh, cold-brewed Kenyan coffee.

Added by TheSixthRing on 06-16-2013

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks amazing. A finger and half of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is lots of roasted coffee beans and a touch of grain behind it. Lots of coffee.
The taste is okay. Not bad, a little coffee with some maltiness. The coffee adds the bitter.
The texture is great though. Super soft with low to moderate carbonation. Impressive.
Not a beer to pass up.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Capitol Beer and Taproom in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Served up in a 16oz pint glass. A hazy, amber orange color served to me with a sandstone colored finger width head. Good retention. Fair lacing with good stick.

Smell - Strong coffee aroma overshadows much of the other characteristics. Traces of caramel and earth appear as the beer warms.

Taste - Follows the nose; tons of fresh, cold coffee character upfront and throughout. Hints of caramel and citrus hit near the finish, but the coffee flavor is the clear frontrunner here.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair to lively carbonation. Goes down easy enough before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - If you love coffee, you'll love this beer. From what I gather, this is a collaboration with Ruhstaller and Old Soul Co., with the former's 1881 red ale infused with the latter's Kenya Lenana coffee beans. The result is a remarkably authentic coffee flavored brew: it truly comes across as drinking an iced coffee.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is lovely to look at with a deep amber color and a lovely thick pillowy white head (albeit fades fast.) However, the smell is herbaceous cooked broccoli and most unpleasant. Unfortunately, the taste is worse than the smell. Tastes like burnt red and green peppers with a green bitter finish. Completely out of balance and overly carbonated. Not my "cup of tea."

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Photo of TruePerception
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruhstaller The Kenyan, pale ale brewed with coffee. 6.2% ABV.

A: Reddish amber. Yellow in the dimple.

S: Wow. That smells like straight up coffee house. Like, Pete's Coffee, to be specific.

T/MF: The taste is like a combination of green coffee beans and lighter bodied, dark roast coffee. Very slight hazelnut note. Just a light hop quality.

I'm not a big coffee fan, but I like it.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Walshwi
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found it odd that the reviews were so extreme - some hated it, others loved it. So, I decided to try this beer. The good and bad reviews have their points, but overall, this is quite a remarkable beer. If you like coffee and can appreciate a non-imperial stout or porter, you'll appreciate this example.


Look: Good looking beer, good color and nice head. If too much is poured, you'll find white yeast flakes.

Smell: Bitter coffee - light.

Taste: Ale backbone, but a solid coffee bitterness. The coffee bean really shines through. If you appreciate a good, dark roast coffee, you'll find this beer utterly amazing. It lacks sweetness, but that's not necessarily bad. It reminds me of espresso shot cups... but better tasting as it has a crisp and effervescent taste.

Feel: Mouth feel is good. Despite its darker reddish color, it's quite light and fresh. The bitterness counteracts the smooth mouth feel and leaves you quite satisfied.

Overall: Quite a nice beer and unlike most coffee-style beers. If you like crisp beers, but also like those imperial coffee stouts or coffee porters, you'll find this as an excellent combination of each. If your pallet is unrefined, you'll probably find this beer offensive - which accounts for many of the bad reviews. (yes, I'm saying the bad reviews of this beer are from poor taste buds).

(A) for Aftertaste: I add this category because it's undervalued. The aftertaste is similar to taking a shot of espresso or drinking a dark roast cold-brew coffee.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerMandS
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't understand why this beer is rated so low. It's a coffee ale that's taste like a coffee ale. If you don't like coffee this isn't for you. Cheers

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Photo of JayN
4.61/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice creamy coffee and bready thing going on, but still refreshing.

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Photo of Daniel101
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ac22rush
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Deltoro
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gordavidson
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JacobGumina
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 22 oz., neck-wrapped-in-burlap bottle into an unmarked pint glass.

A: Hazy chocolatey brown, average visible carbonation, and a two-finger tan head that lasts for quite awhile.

S: Roasted coffee, grassy and citrus rind hops, and fruity green coffee beans. Toasted malt body.

T: Cold-pressed coffee, orange and grapefruit hops. Toasted biscuit malts, but with essentially no caramel flavor. More coffee with a hop bitterness hit, then some residual citrus bittersweetness from hops.

M: Medium body, average carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: I wasn't real sure about this one in the store, but I'm actually kinda digging it. I don't know if there's extra citrus elements added as adjuncts or not, but there's a big citrus sweetness that balances out the coffee. It's different, and kinda weird, and wouldn't be an everyday drinker. But it's interesting, and certainly worth the experience.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml brown bottle wrapped with hessian, purchased from Whole Foods in Los Altos, CA. Shared with my good beer-drinking buddy Rich.

Pours a deep reddish-hazed amber. In fact, despite the haze it seems to have a clarity of its own. Head forms a frothy, pocked mass at the start, but settles down to a ring of foam with some islands of film. Lace is minimal. Body looks pretty decent and it holds relatively fine carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is rich with coffee. In an IPA, I'd usually expect the fruity characters to come through, but here, while there's still certainly fruit characters, the chocolate tones of the coffee come through strongly as well, giving a non-sequitur of mudcake and iced coffee to go with it. It's still exceptionally fragrant, with fresh-bean cherry and berry tones coming through. Really lovely stuff, and extremely powerful.

Taste is quite similar in some ways. And in some ways this is a little bit of a disappointment. The coffee provides all of the structure throughout the beer, leaving very little for the malts to do, and perhaps overwhelming any chance the hops had to provide bitterness—and it's a bitterness that I feel is needed. On the back, this flattens out quite quickly, leaving a flat caramel sweetness laced with the reminiscences of coffee grounds. It's still quite pleasant, but it's certainly less exciting than the nose.

Feel is smooth and a little lacking in carbonation: it works, but again I could see it working better.

Overall, though. I'm pretty happy with it. The coffee is a bold character, and it's used with purpose here. I would love it to have a little more complexity beyond the coffee, but it's a really quite pleasant beer nonetheless. If nothing else, this beer will prompt me to seek out some more from this brewery.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep berry-citrus coffee like aroma with a light, clean malt sweetness.

A: Orangeish-brown, opaque, with a thin head that quickly recedes into a ring around the glass.

T: Big berry-citrus like coffee flavor with a clean light malt sweetness. The beer is crisp with a light bitterness, and finishes semi-dry.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty refreshing and easy to drink.

O: Delicious; this beer really lets the coffee bean shine. The pale malt provides a touch of sweetness and allows the bean to highlight its berry, citrus like aroma and flavor.

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Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PHBoiler
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured 22 oz bottle into tasting glass

Slightly cloudy body with a large off-white head (this was a gusher). Body is murky amber almost trending to brown.

Smell is strong coffee without much else on the nose. A slight bit of grassy/piney hop notes in the background.

Fairly malty taste with limited hop presence which is all drowned out by the coffee. 3 drinks in and all I got was the taste of burnt Folgers that sat around the office too long.

Not very balanced, and not a beer to seek out even if you enjoy coffee ales. The coffee flavor is out of balance as well as being very astringent and bitter/burnt.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fredmugs
1/5  rDev -72.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've never drain poured a beer faster in my life. I spat out the first taste to quickly to describe how much it sucked.

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Photo of MastaShonuf
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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