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Ninkasi / 21st Amendment Allies Win The War



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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
In a surprising turn of events, rival superpowers have joined forces to bring a beer of might to the world. According to top-secret documents, recently unclassified, brewmasters for 21st Amendment in California and Ninkasi in Oregon began their brewing careers together many years ago. Leaders from the two breweries reunited recently at a secret camp in the Sierras to devise their master plan. “We are more alike than we are different,” said 21st Amendment’s Shaun O’Sullivan. “We must unite in our common cause,” added Ninkasi’s Jamie Floyd. The resulting collaboration, an ale brewed with California dates, an aggressive arsenal of all-Northwest hops and an unmistakable aroma of victory, deals a unified blow to unoriginal beers around the world.

Tasting Notes: This Strong Ale has caramel, toffee, plum, fig and date in a wallop rich malt flavor with a robust hop flavor and balancing this full flavored treat. Citrus, pine, and earthy describe the hop nose that comes from a huge dry hop of the Falconer’s Flight Hop Blend. The beer is also aged on Real California Dates imparting even more natural fruit flavor and deepening the Mahogany hue of this delicious collaboration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
epiphyte707 (66) - eureka, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Red pour, white head. Dark fruit, sweet malts. Sugary, dates, prunes. A nice finish as well. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2269) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 23, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stchloe (968) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Very unique beer that holds very true to Ninkasi’s style, finishes with that signature hop profile, but definitely is a more complex beer lending to the sweetness of the dates, caramel malt body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9014) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 23, 2013
On tap at Pangaea. Pours reddish amber with a thick beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a roasty red malt flavor with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2173) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2014
pours a clear copper with a small light tan head and very good lacing. smell is of caramel, malt, and slight amount of dark pitted fruits. taste is of dark fruits, a little sweetness, malt, and some hops. ends smooth and a tad bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raphael (1154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Seems one of the words I use for an aroma or flavor when I can’t describe it exactly is ‘fruity,’ implying a sweetness but also that I can’t pin it down to a specific fruit. also raw sugar, lumber first flavor hit is brown sugar, a mix of lemony & resin hops, alcohol, when you lick a dry rock. tongue feels tingly then goes dry. clear amber with modest off white head

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerandhockey8 (350) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - JUN 2, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - AUG 28, 2013
On tap at The Grad in Davis CA. Pours an amber color with a frothy head. Has a little hop presence up front but levels out nicely. Caramel was the most dominant flavor. Nice brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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