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.
JDBaker11058 (1915) - Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
appearance: clear deep golden amber, frothy-to-creamy near-white head, decent lacing. aroma: pine, grapefruit, caramel, golden grahams. taste: caramel, cereal, and honey malts, blast of orange, apricot, grapefruit, and floral hops. finish: dry, lingering piney bitterness, hint of chewy caramel malts last just a bit too. notes: Quintessential example of the PacNW IPA. Good palate. Growler fill from Roots, courtesy of Troy.
PugUglyBrewer (77) - - AUG 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The head is a heavenly pillow of clean, white, creamy bubbles. The color is a cloudy vibrant orange. The nose opens aromas of orange peel and blossoming floral. The flavor comes off a little biscuity with a citrus kick in the middle. The finish is a sappy pine that is long and dry.
Panzuriel (1922) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Hazy bright amber. Full finger of tan smaller bubbles.
Nose: Bigger hops up front. Pine, grapefruit, green grass. Hints of sweetness
Taste: Sweet malt balanced with some hop forward pine and citrus classic IPA bitterness.
Body: Medium and restrained carbonation
Parting thoughts: A very decent by the numbers IPA. Excellent execution of the style
Popoff91 (94) - Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2016
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12-ounce bottles in a pint glass. Why do I keep trying out IPAs when I donít like them? Maybe because it seems like thatís all most craft breweries make. Also, sometimes I am pleasantly surprised. In this case, its not my favorite, but it is a little less bitter than most in its style I have tried. Great aroma typical of an IPA, good alcohol content.
Tide (2927) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Zeitgeist. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with grapefruit, pine, hops, toast, a bit of caramel and grass. Bitter finish with grapefruit, hops, pine, toast and a bit of caramel. Good IPA.
rxeight (2517) - Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. No date. Aroma is bitter hop extract. Taste is bitter and pine sol. Touch of potpourri. Finish is extremely bitter and almost astringent.
Tselloufc88 (335) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Willibees, Petaluma. Piney, citrus, grapefruit aroma. Taste is pretty piney, quite catty, citrus with a decent bitter finish. Solid.
DerGantzel (301) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of fresh hops and malt with fruity citrus notes. Clear golden liquid with a white head. Medium sweetness followed by a relatively long lasting medium bitterness. Average carbonation and medium body. Fine IPA!
sulawang (1006) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Visual: Part of a 4-pack, mixed bombers. Pours translucent golden orange with a tiny head, a bit of lacing, loose clusters of active streams.
Nose: toasty toffee citrusy hopped malts. (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: light slick/thicker viscosity, smooth-crisp entry
Mid-palate: slightly creamy, (lvl-6-sweetness), citrusy-biscuity-resin, toffee barley malt
Finish: med sharp bitter hops, lingering malts, mellow clean finish.
Summary: Smooth and well-bodied IPA with all around pleasant balanced flavours. IPAs of this caliber make me a fan of the style. Delicious creamy mouthfeel.
GarrettB (1434) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
July 21st, 2014 - Ninkasiís Total Domination is a well received brew down here in San Diego, where its robust IBU and hop forward flavor jive with our lupulin-centric culture. More orange than amber, itís a bright beer, bristling with energy, and delivering a sweet aroma. Pine resin, freshly cut wood, graham crackers and peach esters take me back to picnics in Pacific Northwest woods. The palate is flatter, but the beer has been sitting out for an unusually long amount of time. Each sip delivers a low, sweet, smooth IPA taste, pushing more pine with each intake, and the vapors expressing more of their heavy hop accent. The long aftertaste cuts off the hop bitterness and emphasizes the sweet pine syrup, cooling it with a deeper molasses sugar, and a touch of spice. P.S. Enjoyed on an airplane flight to Monterey, so atmospheric effects might warp tasting notes.