drpimento (3020) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this bottle about three weeks ago at Sam’s in Chicago. And it’s pretty good beer. Appearance is ok: very light tan to off-white head and lace. Color is a very hazy medium brown. Sediment in the bottom says bottle conditioned. Aroma is hoppy and a darkish malt. Flavor is like some of the other Ninkasi beers much more interesting than the nose. Pick up a lot of maltiness, a little caramel, toffee, a hint of roastiness - tasty. Balanced. Body is good too - good carbonation. Finish is milder than the sipping flavor.
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was pleasantly surprised with this ale. Pours deep maple-red with thin off-white head into snifter. Subtle yet enticing nose of cherry wood and sweet blossoms. Taste is initially strong bitter with sweet malt, dates, walnuts, raisins and spice in the mid-palate with a silky, bitter-burnt caramel finish. This ale made me a believer and I would definitely have it again.
highibus (782) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep crimson with fluffy off white head. Decent lacing. Huge aroma of some hops and alcohol. It is only 7% so I do not know where that is coming from. Deep malt charecter with light sweetness and some well balanced hop bite. Good finish. Not bad.
chadje (206) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark amber, copper with a nice tan head. Thick body to it with a good taste and smell.
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Beerme (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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. I’ll have this one again and again.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The only other Ninkasi beers I’ve had are the Tricerahops (one of my favorites) and the Total Domination. If I didn’t know any better, I’d 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" doesn’t make much of an appearance other than in the aroma. I could drink this a lot.
LinusStick (3200) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.