SFtaster (57) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 220z bottle into chilled tall glass, snacking on Trader Joe’s salted, roasted almonds. Reggae music in the background (KPOO 89.5FM in SF). The bottle was bought at a retail location in Eugene, given to me as a gift, and personally transported to San Francisco.
The color is deep amber hue and very inviting. Nose is nicely floral scented of fresh hops. Palate detects bright citrus notes with perfect malt balance in the body. This is my favorite style of beer and Ninkasi hit a home run with this release.
I visited the brewery while I was in town recently and enjoyed the sampler (6 tastes for $5.50). Look forward to a return visit to the tasting room, but more importantly to see my friends David and Carolyn.
blankboy (6320) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[My bottle (660ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel] Pours a deep orange-amber with an average size diminishing frothy off-white head. Aroma is malty and hoppy along with some toffee, nuts and some light vegetal notes. Malty flavour with a decent amount of hops, alcohol and a very bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good.
joelwhite (25) - - JAN 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good Ira! Super stoked! Definitely going to drink this beer again! Good hop flavor balanced with a nice malt undertone.
cmonster (993) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear, deep red-brown with at good sized head. Excellent retention and lace. Nutty, cereal, barnyard aroma with hint of fruit and resiny hops. Light sweet, medium bitter attack followed by a malty mid-palate. Medium body, creamy texture, and a very long, bitter, dry finish. Well made red ale.
katrinaez (153) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great deep red. Has wonderful heavy rich flavor. Had on tap. Finally on east coast. One of the better by this brewery
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[6950-20141204] 1pt6floz bottle. Airy wet grains aroma has a mild fishy cheese smell. Clear, red amber body with a medium-lasting foamy light tan head. Grainy earthy grass notes in the flavour. Medium body. Average. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
AgentAle (830) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is actually pretty subtle overall but you can get roasted malts, caramel, hay and slight clove. Taste is a basic sweet maltiness with an even more basic tanginess. Appearance is a clear dark copper with a thin pearl head that retains moderately well.
EdInSaltLake (703) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrus hops and raisin fruity, sweet malt aroma and flavor. Quite a bit of pepper spice, and some tartness in the flavor.
Brentv (412) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Pours a rich reddish copper with a medium thickness off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma of caramel and malts. Nicely sweet, some bitterness, easy to drink and delicious. Medium full mouthfeel.
Stew41 (1771) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
$7 pint @ Blind Tiger NY
Very friendly party pleaser style albeit miles away from being dumb. Nice sweetness right through the palate and fresh new world hops. Easy to like (a lot).
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014-12-04. Brown body wit a small beige head. 3+ Aroma is relatively alcoholic, with some green hops. Flavour is moderately bitter, malty core, muted citrus below green hop character. Quite bitter in the finish. Average bodied palate, light carbonation. Okay, more malty than I’d prefer. The hops aren’t really allowed to shine. Bottle shared by Blankboy.