DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
07-Mar-11 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 03-Mar-11 for $4.99 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA)
This time around, a healthy bottle has been purchased, and the beer is much more enjoyable. Slightly hazy, golden-amber in the glass, the beer sports a full inch of bubbly off-white head when poured, and the head settles slowly to a thin but full layer. The big, hoppy nose is dominated by aromas of pine, earth, and leafy plants, but the grainy malts arenít entirely left out. Similar hoppy prominence in the flavor, where resiny pine, bitter greens, and a bit of earthiness leave a medium-strong bitterness on the palate that continues to intensify over several sips. Malts are lightly sweet with a grainy, slightly husky flavor, but overall, the flavor is dry and bitter. Weight is medium, carbonation is medium, and the mouthfeel is very dry and a bit astringent. Intricate rings of lace adorn the glass. If you like your IPAs hoppy and bitter, Total Domination is a solid example, but not in the elite.
18-Jul-08 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 03-Apr-08 for $4.19 from liquidsolutions.biz)
When CO2 release is as loud and forceful as it was when this bottle was opened, thereís cause for concern. Sometimes itís just over-carbonation, but not here. Strong plastic phenolics can be smelled just by pouring the beer. Despite an incredibly slow and careful pour, the bubbly, off-white head rises to nearly two inches. Huge carbonation bubbles move at breakneck speed upward through the beer, releasing aromatics and exacerbating the phenolic issue. Additional aromas of grapefruit rind and spicy peppers fight their way through but remain subordinate to the phenolics. On the palate, the beer is hoppy, citrusy and moderately bitter with a typical pale malt backing. Thereís a mild chili pepper flavor and even a slight perception of spicy heat. But unless the nostrils are held closed and retro-nasal seepage is minimized, the phenolics overwhelm all flavors. Unfortunately, itís difficult and unpleasant to drink and swallow while holding your nose, so this beer will eventually wind up in the sink. The beer is medium-bodied and the carbonation causes the first few sips to be expansive in the mouth, puffing out the cheeks. The beer is generally dry, but the finish is chalky and dries out considerably for an almost cottony mouthfeel. The voluminous head eventually recedes to and holds at half an inch while leaving a dense blanket of foam on the glass. In spite of the problematic phenolic issue, the style of this IPA is clear: aggressively hoppy, and thatís reinforced by the beerís name. But sadly, the flaws are just too strong to overlook and the beer is not enjoyable to drink. (5, 3, 5, 3, 10 = 2.6)
ebmalon (62) - Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber to pint. Hours a clear copper with a finger of white head. Aroma was a little flat but had notes of malt and pine. Taste was heavy on citrus. Mouthfeel was sticky and mildly thick. Finishes with a bit of bitterness but not the punch I like in an ipa. Overall just a standard ipa. Nothing stood out for me.
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden pour with big white head sweet honey malt and citrus nose.
Medium body. Sweet front. Viscous bitter finish. Good but not great
tmongoose (2200) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. pours out with an orange hue and i nice white frothy foam that lingers and is full of hops. the aroma is of grassy and floral with a tint of citrus from the hops. the flavor is not overpowering in hops appears to be the right amount for this brew. has a nice bitterness to it that stays on the tongue for a short period of time and the quickly disappears until the next sip.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a light orange color. lot of lacing on the glass. getting caramel and fruit on the nose. bitterness really lingers in the front of the mouth. piney bitter taste. pretty balanced though.
78samh (243) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very tasty IPA with a great earthy citrus smoothness that other IPAs lack.
ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
great beer suuuppper hoppy.. pours smooth with medium head.. ive really enjoyed all of ninkasis beers
dchmela (3008) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my Secret Santa for the bottle. Nice copper pour. Herbal hops and tea aroma with a touch of citrus. Spicy, herbal tea like taste with a nice malt presence. Finishes with a touch of citrus. Pretty good.
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Mad Dog in the Fog, San Francisco. Orangey pour with a slight haze and a smallish white head. Piney hop, citrus and sweet malts in the nose and flavour. Fullish mouthfeel. Dry lingering bitter finish. Decent, but a bit one dimensional, and not one that will linger especially long in the memory.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light gold with relatively long lasting foam. Smells mild and a slightly floral. Tastes bitter with several types of hops, one of which seems somewhat salty. Pretty good, with plenty of bitterness, but nothing amazing.