wnoble (1088) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle big thanks to jrallen! Pours hazy amber with a small frothy head fading to a film with sone good lace. Nose is sweet and fruity with caramel and bread malts and loads of pineapple and grapefruit hops and some spice notes. Taste is very spicy up front with a blend of esters, phenols, and some citrus hops. Creamy and medium body some no got alcohols. A good one and the aroma is great but the tastes are really not blending well. Glad to try.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.
Pours a copper-amber color with a finger-and-a-half of white head that dies down a bit quickly but leaves behind some nice lacing. The nose is strong and loaded with hops, mostly citrus with the dominant components being orange and grapefruit.
The taste is even more hops with a fairly-aggressive amount of bitterness. This leads to a nice dry finish. However, it gets a bit boozy toward the end. Drinkability is pretty good and this is another solid DIPA from them. Interesting that I’ve really enjoyed their DIPAs but have gotten into their single IPAs quite as much.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-12-2010
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours murky copper with gold edges and thin tan head. Good looking beer that looks like you could really sink your teeth into that degree of opacity. The aroma emits prunes, pine hops, cherries, a thin layer of Brett infused wood and floral hops. The array of aromatic I’ve just written look like a jumbled mess but this really comes together and smells great. The taste is as thick and chewy as it looks with pine hops and sticky syrupy wort. There’s also mellower notes of cherries, prunes and yeasty spices. This is full hop forward yum. Well done.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this on tap at the brewery into a tulip...Pours a super dark orange, good retention and lacing...The aroma is light, medium fresh hops a little bubblegum and pine, slight alcohol finish...The taste is ok, nothing special not a great dipa, too much alcohol, pine presents but not too much but still distracting...The bartender told me this was his favorite beer. Its ok, nothing special, but a decently drinkable dipa.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours dark red with a white head. Nose is big malt, some prickly rye, citrus hop burst, a few esters, and some floral hops. Flavor is big on malt and nice prickly hops, with a backbone the size of a rhino. Very unique, but very enjoyable.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of flandersned, thanks! very interesting belgian style ale, very light and hoppy at first and then bamm! huhe sweet malts in the back very suddenly. dark musty amber pour, light hoppy smell. lots of nice hops, caramel, awesome dubbel/iipa style brew.
MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Normyk for this one. I love Kuhnhenn but I dont get may chances to try them, outside of the summer beerfest in Ann Arbor every summer.
Poured into a Goose Island Matilda goblet.
A- The color is near crimson. For the sake of poetic descriptors, we’ll say its a Venician red. The head that caps it is very small but tenacious. It holds in a thin film but is so sticky thats all thats needed to blanket my glass in detailed lacing.
S- The aroma is immediately apparent. Its malty robustness wafts throughout the room. Bringing the glass to my nose, I encounter the stuff that makes this an imperial IPA. There is a lush bouquet of tropical fruit. Its like a fruit salad almost. Tons of pineapple, peach, tangerine, melon and a strong essence of banana. The uncanny thing is that the strong caramel I was getting as I poured takes a backseat to the tropical fruit once I smell up close.
T- Quite the balanced and sweet IIPA. Indeed it does blur the lines between IIPA and Barleywine, what with the strong caramel foundation, but this, in my book, is very much an IPA. Its flavor isnt as bright as the aroma, but its close. The Belgian yeast plays a bigger part in the flavor. The banana is still there, but the yeast also gives a large dose of spiciness. The finish is quite citrusy, but more in the order of citrus rind.
M- Carbonation is pretty much spot on. The finish is pretty dry and very spicy. Alcohol is just enough to keep you drinking slowly, lest you burn out your tongue right away.
D- This sweeter take on an IIPA demands to be sipped slowly. This is a huge hit from Kuhnhenn. I want to see this stuff at the summer Brewers Guild fest, and hopefully at bottle shops in Ann Arbor this July, but I know Im just wishing.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Derek for yet another Kuhnhenn brew.
Pours a very hazy orangish brown with a small one-finger head that recedes to a soapy cap and a little lacing.
The aroma is pungent on this one with a massive dose of citrus hops - grapefruit peel especially - and a healthy dose of evergreen. There is also a big sweet malt aroma and some fruity Belgian notes.
The taste is not nearly as hoppy as I was expecting from the nose and the Belgian yeast really comes out with light fruits and a bit of spice. The finish does have a bit of hop astringency along with the spiciness from the yeast.
The mouthfeel is slick with very soft carbonation and, despite the huge flavor comes across fairly light bodied.
As is normally the case with Kuhnhenn, there is a ton of flavors coming together. They pull it off well in this one though I wouldn’t say this one is all that drinkable.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 2010 Winter Solstice. Poured a clear amber with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of pine with a nice grain backing and a hint of caramel. Flavor had a nice combination of grains and pine with a bit of caramel coming out to round out the beer.
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma- spruce, candied sugar, smoke, spice, pine, vegetable. pours cloudy fire amber. taste is creamy sugar, smoke, pine, vegetable, hemp, and hints of wood. palate is full bodied with lively carbonation.