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 donít 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. IPAís should never been in position like the one I had last night, because anyone whoís just now getting into the love of the style would be sorely disappointed. If this isnít 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. Iíve had other Ninkasi products so I know they are quality brewers. This however, was not a quality IPA. At least this bottle wasnít.
swesson (260) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle. Pours a golden hue and makes a medium white head with lacing down the glass. Aroma is a bit sour with citrus and spice. Tastes a bit of malt and sugar and hops, but not too much. A very good IPA that's not overpowering. A new favorite.
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JonMoore (1920) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - dark gold colour with slim white head, visibly quite lively. Light citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit, citrus hop taste, sweet malts with light bitter finish. Medium bodied, quite highly carbonated. Good IPA.
Ernest (6418) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), with notes of candy/sugar.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Pretty plain/simple/clunky...aromatically mild/faint with a sugary candy / gummy bear character. Overly syrupy-goopy sweet in the mouth, drinks more like a DIPA. A little below average.
mysticbrew (40) - - JAN 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden pour with a white head and lasting lacings. Light aroma with traces of hops and citrus. A very crisp body and bite. Dominant grapefruit notes and a light pale malt crispness. Refreshing.
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penstemon (168) - - JAN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden-orange with a white head. Aroma is grapefruit, orange, pear, slight floral, and grain. Taste is sweet maltiness, a bit of grapefruit, citrus bitterness, a bit of floral. A lot of the fruitiness is gone as compared to the aroma. Med-high lingering bitterness, really nice smoothness of palate/carbonation.
NikkTwist (1774) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Moriartys. Mostly clear fizzy light brown amber pour with a good amount of off-white foam. Lots of lace. Strong mix of American hops. Some mild candied malts. Not really impressed.
EdInSaltLake (703) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, spicy hops and toasty, caramel malt aroma. Apple, orange peel hop flavor. Also some spiciness -- peppery in the aftertaste. Sweet malt. Bitter aftertaste.
drjay44 (2768) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, slowly diminishing, ivory head, with heavy lacing, over a clear light amber (SRM 9) body......nose is light pine, hints of citrus peel, light cereal malts, balance to the hops......taste is slightly floral sweet to start, becoming bitter, with heavy pine, resin, grapefruit peel dominating, balance to the hops, no esters.....mouth feel, medium body, slight alcohol warmth, moderate astringency, lively carbonation with creaminess. This is an old style American IPA. It is heavily American hop dominated, with a malt backbone that barely balances the hop bitterness. It is today, rather trite. It is a nice beer, but there are a myriad of similar ones out there, and many better. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
Doofgoblin (356) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís good just not great. I would have liked a little more aroma in the nose. Taste is grassy, resin, and pine with some faint malt that is hidden by a bright bitterness. Itís pretty bitter for a single, but I just wanted more flavor from the hops...
yespr (32981) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is mild peachy and slight citrusy. Smooth fruity, peachy. Crisp hoppy. Lingering fruity and smooth peachy finish, mild citrusy too. Ends bitter and crisp hoppy.