GG (2064) - 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.
ARH (474) - 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 (25) - - 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 (698) - 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 (5944) - 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 (81) - - 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 (2287) - 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
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - SEP 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 6-29-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance- pours a slightly hazed orange amber color with a rather small fizzy white head. The head fades rather rapidly leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of eh glass.
Smell- The aroma of the brew is a mix of lemon and grapefruit citrus hop as well as some notes of grass and pine. Along with these hoppier smells so too are some aromas of a yeasty nature as well as a little bit of a boozy smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a citrusy and bready flavor upfront with the citrus being a combination of grapefruit and lemon hop tastes with some sweeter flavors of orange and tangerine. As the flavors advance, some yeast and grassy flavors come to the tongue along with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The caramel fades thought and toward the end the bitterness from the grapefruit and lemon gets stronger and with a light pine hop flavor coming to the tongue as well produces a moderately bitter and slightly fruity flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. The more standard characteristics suit the brews flavor and abv. well and make for a rather nice easy drinker.
Overall- A decent IPA but nothing exceptional. Fairly easy drinking and overall rather enjoyable.
Salmoniform (829) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Honey orange hue with creamy white head that lingered. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, citrus, melon. Mouthfeel is great with a medium body and zesty carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness followed by a nice hop bitterness that extends well through the finish. Overall this is a really nice IPA.