GG (2140) - 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.
mstrcrwly (301) - New York, USA - OCT 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip..rusty orange with thin white head..aroma of pine,citrus,resin..kind of flat and not too much flavor..guy at the distributor said it was fresh but tasted kinda skunky..will try a fresher one and re-rate at a later date.
Jimthechap (1709) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I went from ridiculous to sublime with this one.
The beer I had prior was a strong-Eurolager rip off that ended up going for a sim in the sink. No such chances here. Appears the archetypal West Coast IPA with a golden amber body and a covering of white foam. Gorgeous fruit-driven hop aromas of golden peaches, apricots and nectarine. There’s some redwood resin there as well, but there’s no doubt who the star of the show is.
Its body is fluffy and sherbet-like with an immediate punch of resinous bitterness. Probably a few degrees below what would keep the hopheads happy, but punchy and up front for those with regular tastebuds. Somewhat oily (which is good) and a lingering fruitfulness with those stonefruits and red apple peels, lemon zest and herbal grasses toward the end.
ARH (487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, poured into a pint glass. Notes of light citrus and cardboard are noticed in the aroma along with some floral notes. The beer had a big, white bubble head that sits atop a clear amber orange liquid. A medium ring and dusty surface is retained and a sudsy lace os left behind. The taste is a blend of medium bitter and light sweet. The thin textured, medium body beer has a light, fizzy carbonation. Resin, pine, grass, bread crust, and grapefruit peel are found on the palate, finishing dry with resin and grapefruit. Some resin remains in the aftertaste.
CObiased (27) - - OCT 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber...pours hazy orangish gold. An aroma bouquet of wheat and hops. A big, but balanced IPA...a full spectrum of hop flavors partner with wheat, light malt and crisp water. Long hop finish of more grapefruit than piney.
beerbastard (700) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, Amber orange pour. Mix of citrus and grassy pine nose. Good blend of bitterness and hop flavors that dominate the taste. Fruits and caramel malt balance well. Works for me. I will drink more.
jmm635 (881) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color with a large white head. Piney and citrus hops on the nose. Sweet and juicy flavor with a surprisingly big dose of bitterness on the palate.
Hartung32 (223) - Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Exceptional IPA from a brewery that doesn't distribute to most states. Has the west coast ipa vibe with a great malt backbone. Incredibly well balanced.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"not a bad little ipa. medium bodied and a bit chewy. more malt presence than i usually prefer, but the weetness works fairly well. big floral hoppy aroma and a good dose of bitterness in the back end of the flavor."
gad905 (90) - - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Zeitgeist, SF. Clear gold, white head recedes to ring and patches, decent lacing. Orange lemon floral and resinous hop aroma, moderate caramel bready malt then decent bitterness, floral and citrus. Good but not outstanding.
glennmastrange (2288) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light to moderate light bread for the malt, moderate grapefruit and orange for the hops, with notes of date and candy sugar. Head is small, frothy, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy medium amber. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and acidic, then finishes moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation. Nothing too abrupt in this tasty and well rounded IPA