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.
tiong (6086) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ PDX Airport, Portland, OR. Pours orange with a smooth head. Aroma of caramely malts, pine, grass and resin. Taste is crisp, resinous and bitter with some herbal notes. Finish is spicy, bitter and herbal with some malts and grass. A bit strange hop profile here.
teamsale (67) - Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a reasonably cloudy golden copper with miniature white head and minimal lacing. Has weak scents of green olive and hops, unimpressive aroma and appearance. Taste is hoppy citrus, fairly well balanced, perhaps a touch over-hopped but still tasty. Good level of bitterness and enjoyable aftertaste. Slightly above average.
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some caramel malty tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.
ACHops (1247) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Safeco Field. Canít believe Iíve never rated this! Pours muted orange copper, slightly less than clear, thin white head that fades quickly. Aroma is lightly toasted caramel malt, light grassy hops. Taste is smooth rich sweet roasted caramel malt, piney herbal hops. Rich clean hop flavor lingers on the finish. Well-balanced, fairly traditional IPA. Not sure this has been around long enough to be a classic, but itís in range.
Josh_2323 (1) - - MAY 10, 2016 does not count
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
So important on ipa beers to put a bottled on date it shows they care! This was a malt bomb. The hops were dead in this one. These guys and others like hop valley need to bottle on date so we donít waste are money buying old beer!
rafax (57) - POLAND - MAY 3, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Maybe an old one as aroma was little bit pine but dominated by old hops. Also not very pleasant earthy bitterness, similar to regular Czech pilsner. Still nice dark yellow to amber color, short white head and not bad lacing. If obły have a chance will try another bottle or on tap.
MadRobin (2691) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Hazy amber with a 1-finger an off-white head and very good lacing.
Aroma of floral hops, citrus and pine.
Taste of floral hops, malt, grass, pine and citrus.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
OctoBrews (2) - - APR 28, 2016 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my favourite IPA. Unfortunately, they donít sell it where I live, but Iíve had it in bottles many times, and even on tap across the street from the brewery.
The name is the key. This is UBER hoppy. If you read that without thinking thatís a great thing, well, then this is not for you.
Although, that said, Iíve converted a few unknowing Bud Light drinkers along the way, but just as many folks have been afraid of it.
If I had to pick only one beer I could drink for the rest of my life, this would be it.
Hungover (47) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great IPA. Balenced tropical and floral hops with lemony pineappley flavors. Lightly carbonated, thin but not in a bad way, not overly rounded, hits home right away. Awesome.
R4N5H (645) - NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught pint at House of Shields, San Francisco on 15-Mar-2016. Clear amber colour with a thin white head. Medium body with light carbonation. Light hop bitterness. Lots if fruit with light hop bitterness. The heavy sweetness of the tropical fruit overwhelms this beer.