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.
Caytinator (999) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber at home. Nice solid pour, very clear beer with a medium head and soapy. Good fresh aroma--agree with description in regards to citrusy aroma and big flavor, clean palate. Good NW IPA, well done.
adamnowek (551) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2015
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hoppy and bitter withy the typical trappings of a well-hopped IPA: floral aromas and a drying texture. Sadly, it comes out a little bland.
latitude48 (12) - - MAY 23, 2015
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pretty boring, which was in itself, surprising. I was expecting more. It’s just an average, ok Ipa.
rosskyle (126) - - MAY 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on tap at Ninkaai. Copper red color with a medium white head. Citrus hoppy aroma. Medium-heavy body with a carbonated fizz. Well balance of citrus malts and hops. Smooth with Just enough kick to know it is an IPA.
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Tonkun (1047) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Amber pour with a big white head. Citrus, pine, juice. Easy to drink. Medium body. Bitter sweet finish
iguanodon (92) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep gold with a medium off white head, A little hazy. with some fine carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma is bready malt, a little citrus and pine. Taste is sweet malt with a bitter citrus and pine finish. Over all a solid IPA.
BlackHaddock (4702) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9th May 2015: bomber into a stemmed tulip (twice) at my daughters house in Orange County. No sediment in the first pour, still a cloudy looking orange, the head a white blanket that soon became a thin wispy covering and a collar. The second pour I allowed the sediment into the glass: murkier and even more hoppy! Floral hop aroma with a spicy/piny touch, some citrus traces also. Hops to the fore in the taste also, crisp, bitter and sharp in nature. Gets more bitter as it warms in the glass: this is a real hop bomb in every sense, no room for any maltiness from what I could taste. A bit of a hop monster for my delicate English palate, but I really enjoyed it’s boldness and hoppy nature. I must be warming to these ’West Coast’ hoppy brews.
rejtable (1685) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at bacon and beer. Pours dark gold with lots of head and some lacing. Nose is fruity with lots of earth bitterness, some mango. Taste medium bitter, light/med sweet. Mouth lively carbonation and full body.
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 (1004) - 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.