GG (2019) - 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.
Masterkush7 (131) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours golden with a dense off white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops with some malt and yeast. Flavor is sweet and fruity worth some bitterness , citrus notes and bread. Medium body , average carbonation.
chinchill (1018) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz undated bottle.
Pours with a large creamy head - exceptional, especially for style.
Feel: medium body with enough carbonation to lend some crispness, and a bit of creaminess, especially with the head.
Hops: primarily piney with some herbal and little fruit.
Davhgbrew (731) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy orange. Sips spicy hoppy. Orangey/grapefruity and full bodied. Hops throughout as expected with a Oregon ipa. Huge hop presence, but maybe I’m becoming accustomed to this west coast hop blast cause I’m not blown away..actually I think it’s just right for an ipa. I can see why this beer is so popular out here.
zeek (165) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Minimal head, nice hoppy aroma. Taste starts mildly sweet but then overpowering hops cut through and the beer seems a tad viscous. Finishes as an IPA should.
SlovakSniper (2517) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Une bouteille de 65 cl bue dans mon camp de chasse. Une robe orangée qui s’embrouille avec finesse. Une tête blanche un peu sale qui laisse quelques traces derrière son passage. Au nez, les houblons sont bien présents mais peu bavards. Ils manquent d’exubérance ou de finesse. J’ai des bouffées d’épices, de fleurs et de citronnelle. Les malts grillés ont la capacité d’être ravissants. Au goût, je grifonne sur mon papier les mots suivants: poivre, herbes, fleurs, grains toastés. En bouche, je ne déteste pas le caractère huileux de son corps moyennement dense. Les bulles qui sont très petites et très serrées explosent avec modération. En finale, les notes amères et sèches se construisent autour des épices et d’une résine qui n’est jamais impolie. Une IPA très mordante qui n’est cependant pas la bombe houblonnée annoncée.
Skykwby (31) - Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Charlie's redondo beach...tap. Pours dark gold color, clear. Little bubbly head. Aroma not overly floral, hoppy. First sip the hops hit you, bitter, but aftertaste fades. Nice palate, gets better as you drink it.
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DocJitsu (597) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear, classic golden color with a large, well-retaining beige-white head. Lemon zest nose with some mild earthy notes. Mostly wet and mildly scrubbing mouthfeel. The flavor is an accentuated example of the bouquet. The lemon and mild earthiness blend very well. There’s a mildly sweet taste that emerges in the middle, with a grapefruit bitterness taste (not flavor) dominating at the finish. This is very good!
BobbyAnalog (289) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This IPA is gill deep in hops, but the artistry and complexity is null. Total Domination feels like it needs another few whacks in the batting cages before it hits the bottle line, despite it being the flagship beer of Ninkasi. Flavors remind me of the chalky, medicinal, and clumsy IPA from Manzanita Brewing Company.
oregontarheel (27) - - OCT 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
IBU 65. Orange in color. Light head. Good hoppy finish. Nice aftertaste. Great ipa from Eugene
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Frahmo (114) - Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a variety pack. Great IPA, Poured a nice golden color with a white head. Just the right finish without a huge hoppy back end. I need to try this on tap!