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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Brewed and dedicated to the believers of Ninkasi. Rich dark malt complexity is balanced by a plentiful hop presence bringing together perfection in every sip. Who knew believing had so many rewards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Poured from 22oz. Bomber into Snifter glass. Pours a deep amber red that glows around the edges with a nice 2 finger light caramel colored head that lasts and eventually forms a classy ring around the glass. Aroma is a good balance of sweet malt, citrus hops and a touch of booze. Flavor has quite a bit of dried fruits and more of the sweet malt and ends with a light bitterness. Its medium-bodied and not overly sticky. This is a drinkable brew and enjoyable but there is just something about it that would make me hesitate before I decided to purchase again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Dark red amber with a thick medium head. Good lacing. Malty nose and good mouthfeel. Apricots, peaches, cherries, and a bitter hop finish. A quality brew, though too hoppy for a strong ale IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20000) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle.Pours a dark reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty hoppy aroma with some hints of caramel. Sweetish malty hoppy citrus flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter caramel finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerme (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Bottle from The Beer Authority, pored a rich, red color with a medium head. Good lacing and a sweet aroma. Big, smooth malt flavor balanced by a spicy hop finish. Iíll have this one again and again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2009
The only other Ninkasi beers Iíve had are the Tricerahops (one of my favorites) and the Total Domination. If I didnít know any better, Iíd say Ninkasi just throws hops at everything and hopes for the best. Not that this is a bad thing. True to the name, it certainly looks ruddy. The "rich dark malt complexity" doesnít make much of an appearance other than in the aroma. I could drink this a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2009
A nice if not typical American strong. Aroma was mostly dish soap with a strong citrus element. Pour was a dark gold wiht a good bit of bubbles and a one finger off white head. Taste was mostly strong and earthy hops with a strong light caramel backbone and a moderate alcohol burn. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bomber. Pours a deep, dark crimson, almost cherrywood color. A thick, frothy head of yellowish-tan foam leaves dense, sheety rings of lacing on the glass. The nose is well balanced, with sweet notes of darkly toasted caramel, burnt toffee, cherry, and goji berry being countered nicely by light pine resin and bittersweet orange peel. Flavors are similar, with caramelized dark fruits and brown sugar malts equalizing the biting bitterness of citrus rind, pine, and wildflowers. The twangy berry note is there again, along with fleshy blood orange. Thereís a lightly pungent, leathery tobacco note in the background. Falling just on the heavy side of medium bodied, the palate sports a semi-dry, well carbonated consistency. Interesting brew. Reminds me a bit of Cigar Cityís Emperor Shennongís Wolfberry Ale, only not as lush and well pulled together. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trevor211 (1470) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Iím learning to think of Ninkasi the same way I think of Rogue - decent flavors and good ideas, but everything they brew tastes watered down. This one (on tap at Snoose Junction) pours a dark amber with a small head. Very malty - ripe fruits, and some brown sugars... not nearly enough hops to counter. Above all, it tastes like someone drank half my beer and then stuck it under the faucet to make it seem like they hadnít. Any ale marked "double" needs to be far stronger than this, in both flavor and abv. Iím disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2198) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Draft at the College Inn in Seattle.

Pours a nice deep hazy red-brown with a small head. Good fruity aroma, Earthy hops with apple and apricot, balancing nicel with the strong malt body (not too sugary, little of that Lagunitas burnt caramel stuff going on).

Pretty durn solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle. Hazy ruddy brown color, thin broken soapy white head. Very malt-forward aroma, but some earthy hops in background. Taste has more of a hop presence, but certainly not overwhelming or even significant, more of a simple citric finish. Decent, well-held together, but not hoppy enough for something called a double red.

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