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Ninkasi Little One

Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
R&D Series. In the age old tradition of brewing Barley Wines, we brew two big mashes and take only the first runnings to make Critical Hit. We then sparge the grains to make a second beer (historically referred to as a Small Beer) to create the Little One. This beer is a drinkable 5.7% alcohol that has much of the rich malt flavor of its bigger relative but not the bite. Little One is mildly bittered with 100% German Haulertauer hops and is also dry hopped to maximize the lovely aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Draught. Pours a hazy liht brown color with a small white head on it. Nose is bready with just a little bit of caramel in there. Taste is actually a bit earthy, to the point that it almost feels dirty. Doesn’t sit well on the palate. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Had on Ninkasi brewery night on draft at wob. The rep told me it’s not a bitter but a "small beer". Basically he told me exactly what the commercial description says. As for the beer, it’s a gold colored Eady drinking, slightly more hoppy than malty brew with subtle fruity sweetness. Initial sip is a little thin, but the middle and finish bring a dry hop bitterness that compliments. I would call it a middle of the road pale ale. Nothing exciting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Tap at jones radiator This beer is amber with excellent clarity and when I smell it, I smell esters. There are sweet malt notes and banana hits interwoven with a sweet alcohol base. It tastes sweet and soapy. There’s minimal bitterness and I wouldn’t call this an ESB. It is a second rubbings beer and doesn’t classify well IMO. As mentioned, the malts seem to have undergone too much sparring and over extraction attempts ended in a dry and disappointing profile. Glad this is a one time. Serving type: on-tap 12-31-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (2240) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Poured one finger of head on a clear, deep amber colored body. The aroma is dry grain and pleasant floral smell. The taste is mildly bitter with a moderate sweetness to follow, pear and caramel. The texture is crisp with soft edges and moderate carbonation. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
On tap at Burger Saloon. Aroma is surprisingly bright grain, considering its basically sessioned after Critical Hit. Tons of flavor for an ESB. I like this better than Fullers, quality. Nice, light bitter on the back of the tongue. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Fake pint on tap at Beer Revolution. Listed as Ninkasi Small Beer at 5.3%. Not sure how you get a small beer to get to be 5.3%, but whatever. Fairly faint aroma with a light, grassy, spicy hop nose. Light caramel malt sweetness present. Transparent orange-amber body with a small, off-yellow head. Starts a bit sweet and somewhat malty with caramel flavors. Becomes a little metallic, spicy, and grassy. Mild hop bitterness. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream head. Light malt and light caramel aroma. Citrus and light malt flavor. Medium bodied. Citrus and light malt linger with light caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
krumbum (964) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Delicious full flavor, well balanced hop, refreshing and light on the palate. good easy percentage for all day deliciousness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Pours light amber with a foamy off-white head and a toffee aroma. There is a medium-bodied caramel malt flavor with a dry finish. It’s pretty flavorful since it is a second running of a good barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pictoman (933) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
Poured from the tap. Clear copper colour. Biscuity malt nose. Dry, mild fig, decent amount of hops. Not like a barley wine at all.

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