Beerandhockey8 (350) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle to shaker. Pors nice amber with thick light tan head. Smell is odd, piney and earthy yet still fruity. Taste is hoppy yet suprisingly sweet. Nice fruit flavor with a hint of hop taste with caramel malt. Finishes very smooth. I’ve never had a California date so I would like to try one to see where those tastes compare, nice beer nonetheless.
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red pour, white head. Dark fruit, sweet malts. Sugary, dates, prunes. A nice finish as well. Good stuff!
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty bitter aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty dark fruit flavor with bitter hints. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty bitter dark fruit finish.
bb (8528) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Yeast and malt aroma. Spice and yeast flavor with rich malt. Medium bodied. Spice and caramel linger with yeast and light dried fruit.
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2013 On tap, pours a clear brownish red color with a light off white head with hardly any lacing. Smells of dates, pine, caramel and citrus and resin. Tastes of all the same things. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy and creamy with decent carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall this is pretty different. Dates in beer actually taste pretty good. Not something I?d want all the time but good to try.
epiphyte707 (66) - eureka, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz pours nice dark burnt caramel red little lacing and a finger of head. Smells bomby with floral cascade like hop smell and sweet toffee. Tastes sweet and sight red malty and yet balanced floral bitterness. No booziness. Highly drinkable. Would recommend to try. Its like what dogfish head tries to do in a complex process but simple and much cheaper.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Dark red with an off white top. Scent is malts and fruity . Taste follows with some toast.
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Out of a 22 oz bottle. Pours a dark red with a thin white head. It smells malty and a little sweet. The taste is initially malt with a slightly fruity aftertaste. Very little bite considering the 8.5% ABV. A very good collaboration with 21st Amendment, whos beers I have been trying and liking. I wouldn’t expect anything different from two great breweries.
poisoneddwarf (2272) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Well, I’ve tried the 21st Amendment version of this and liked it (or so says my rating from a little over a year ago--I don’t really remember it). Let’s see how this one matches up. Pours hazy amber with a medium beige head with good retention; leaves a little lace. Aroma is pretty hoppy--grapefruit and pine are strong; also some caramel and fruit (esters or dates, not sure). Taste is a little sweet and bitter in a very Ninkasi way; it’s savory and earthy with fruit dancing all around everything. See them dance. Body is medium, mouthfeel a little foamy, carbonation average. Tastes good to me.
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ahh shoot! You know there are some brewers who brew beer for the love of beer and those that do it for money or some other reason. Ninkasi seems like their in it for the money. This beer is thin and tastes phony. For as cheap as their beers are they are decent. The thing is that their beers are good CHEAP beer as opposed bad cheap beer. This beer is made with dates? You wouldn’t know it if you didn’t read it. Not suprisingly I was dissapointed with this beer and will probably not buy another Ninkasi beer again.