DRIPAofCourse (1) - Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2010 does not count
This beer is pretty incredible if you like ’em hoppy... think it may even be a tad better than their DRIPA, which is really hard to beat. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2008
Hand bottled yesterday from a growler by iowaherkeye. Thanks Joey. Poured a slightly hazy orange-amber color. The head was light tan and left some lace behind at the end. Very attractive aroma. I love that mix of clove and grapefruity hop smells you get from some of these Belgian-ish IPA’s. There was also some malty toffee and it sometimes reminded me of how new black rubber tires smell. Delicate sugars were kept in check by a mild to moderate hop bitterness that peaked at 4-5 out of 10. The alcohol flavor and warmth reflected every bit of the billed 8.5% AbV. The alcohol blended well with light candy/flower blossom sweetness, citrsuy hop, toffee, and clove flavors. Grapefruit and clove. Mmmm. This is a good one. MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2011
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. Lothore (647) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2008
A- Pours a nice auburn hue with a pillowy 2 finger head. Lots of visible carbonation.
S- Smell is absolutely excellent. Hops hit the nose first, followed by sweet caramely malt, followed by just a hint of belgian funk.
T- Wow, this is where it’s at. Very sweet, waves of slight fruitiness and deep caramel wash across the tongue with a bit of hop biterness lingering at the end that fades into malty goodness. Phenomenal. It’s hard to put a finger on what style this is but whatever it is, I like it.
M- Thick with quite a bit of carbonation.
D- I can honestly say that if I had access to this often, I would drink it at least once a week. One of the best Kuhnhenn brews I have tasted to date. I love this brewery! JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2010
Tap at Kuhnhenn. Deep amber pour. The nose is lightly fruity with loads of bright tropical hoppiness. A rich fruitiness and a bit of peach and pine. Fruity melon/banana esters. Softly sweet but not cloying. Excellent balance with a bright bitterness. Fresh and zesty with a lovely noble/spiciness on the back. Fresh and fruity. Great integration of the sweet pale malt and bright fruitiness. Great integration of the spice and the fruit. Great take on the style.
Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
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. Eructoblaster (4266) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
Sample at Mondial de la Bière (Montréal). Hazy chestnut brown body with a lasting beige foamy head. Nice, complex malty/hoppy aroma with citrusy, flowery, and yeasty hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Wonderful, sharp hoppy taste with malty, yeasty, fruity, and herbal notes. Ends with a long, robust bittersweet finish. Awesome! mmmkay (51) - - AUG 5, 2012
I love dripa but ill take this over a dripa any day. The high hop flavor along with the malt and belgian style yeast make this a beer you can't get from just anywhere.
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On draft at RnH. A really interesting IPA! Pine, herbs, basil, and grass flavors are well balanced with juicy sweetness. Excellent. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2008
12oz hand bottle from a growler. Clear darkish orange with reddish highlights and a small beige head, fair retention. Tangerine, pineapple, spicy rye (I’d forgotten it had rye in it until I smelled it), caramel malts, Belgian yeast with a tinge of banana round out the aroma. Very nice so far. Flavor was every bit as fruity with plenty of rye and bittersweet caramel to go around. A slight amount of raw alcohol, but with all the flavors going around it doesn’t detract. Dry finish with some green leafy hops and bitterness peaking at a 6 or so. Light carbonation with a full body. The hops came across in this every bit as bright as in a fresh Dreadnaught, and throwing in rye and Belgian yeast made a great complex and flavorful brew. Totally rocked. I also added a point in the overall that should actually have been in the appearance, but since it’s a hand bottle I adjusted accordingly.