GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle -
I really, really hope that sometime in the future that brewers will be required to put a bottling date on their products. Since they don’t seem to have the motivation of doing it, perhaps there can be a ground roots movement to persuade them and help them see the light. IPA’s should never been in position like the one I had last night, because anyone who’s just now getting into the love of the style would be sorely disappointed. If this isn’t an old beer, then my opinion of Ninkasi has just dropped a notch.
The beer pours out a very nice golden-orange body, mostly clear with an off-white fluffy cap. Aroma was mostly dominated by malts and toasted bread. The hops were just buried under the malts, which is a crying shame. Flavor was just as strong in the malt department, and it seems that this beer is aptly named. The malts had total domination over any inkling of hops that were used in the receipe. Either this was an old bottle and the hops had faded (and if so, shame on them for not dating their bottles) or the hops where never there in the first place, and that should be equally disappointing to them, especially coming from Oregon. I’ve had other Ninkasi products so I know they are quality brewers. This however, was not a quality IPA. At least this bottle wasn’t.
holywow (1) - - APR 20, 2015 does not count
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe this is newb comment to say but the aroma mocks the smell of a nicely trimmed fresh bud straight off of a Mexican marijuana cartel farm located deep in the California mountains. Appearance= golden yellow. Taste is rich in grapefruit. Very happy, I mean hoppy with faint lemon signatures. Palate is so bitter and harsh it makes you want to punch a baby. Overall 18/20 when chink-eyed but 12/20 when sober. Thanks.
60minuteman (993) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly orange-yellow. Crisp hop flavor backed with floral spice, pepper, pine and citrus. Medium bitterness and bubbly. Excellent drinkability for a hoppy IPA.
BeerdedDave (728) - - APR 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
amber color; citrusy, grapefruit hop aroma; citrusy hop flavor with grapefruit notes on a light, bready malt base; dry, bitter finish
euniceradio (73) - Colton, California, USA - APR 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep clear gold. Nice white head. Aroma of pine light grapefruit and lemon zest. Taste of deep malts and grains. Hops are floral and piney with a citrus finish. Highly drinkable with medium mouthfeel.
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a medium fluffy off white head. Aroma of floral notes, caramel, Munich malts and faint orange. Taste is more on the caramel malty side than hoppy, although hops are present. Definitely German malts, with hints of orange citrus and floral notes in the taste. On the sweet side.
TheGB (536) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with a lasting thin head. Aroma of grass and peach. Taste is similar with grass and citrus. Okay palate.
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours clear copper with 1-finger, frothy, off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, orange marmalade, black pepper. Tastes resiny hoppy, caramel malty, with black pepper, tangerine, and pineapple.
mikedR (1503) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid IPA. Is there anything special compared to many other solid IPAs available out there? Not really, but this is good.
fcjack1 (217) - Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tacoma boys. Pours hazy orange. Thin white head. Scent is floral, hoppy. Taste is hoppy with some citrus. Finish is pretty hoppy also. Pretty good.
williamstome (1213) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy gold pour, foamy off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit, grass, tangerine, bit of caramel. Awesome flavor of grapefruit, Orange, grass, caramel, hint of fruit, roast. Fantastic. Great smooth body, fresh finish.