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.
MadRobin (2660) - 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.
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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 (27) - 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 (607) - 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.
Eructoblaster (3606) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 12oz. Hazy amber body with a thin, white frothy head. Nice hoppy aroma with malty, orange, mango, and yeasty hints. Its very well balanced hoppy taste carries citrusy, malty, herbal, and some subtle woody notes. Ends with a long bitter finish. Very good example of West Coast IPA.
SPDickerman (1107) - Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy orange with a small off-white head. Smells fruity with subtle pine. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Ninkasi Total Domination IPA finishes with a subtle lingering juiciness.
BillHick420 (456) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy golden straw, with a white, tight head. Nose citrus, sweet fruits. Smooth, pleasant mouth feel, aroma of citrus, pine, sweet mango. Crisp citrus hops. A good brew.
Duchammer (156) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - MAR 11, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I think I bought an old bottle/ there was no expiration or sell buy date on the bottle. Aroma was grainy old floral hop aroma. The beer was a pony earthy bitterness with a Pilsner after taste. I will try on tap and see if changes my rating.
JohnGalt1 (1392) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
3 finger head... nice lace... looks like a leopard print but in reverse... brew is a hazy .. yet glowing orange.
lemon and grapefruit zest dominate the nose.. some fruity pineapple notes... the hops sorta curl the nose hairs... some bready pale malts... but they play waaay in the background.
good bitterness out of the gate.. but smooth pale malts give way quickly to a fairly large juicy hop palate.. really very balanced.. more lemon and grapefruit... and some more pineapple.. never goes over the top.. carbonation may be a bit light for the style.. but that adds to the overall drinkability.
jmgreenuk (6746) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - FEB 27, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the Roadhouse BBQ, Bangkok. Poured a hazy medium amber with a thin broken white head and a little broken lace. The aroma is citrus, woody floral hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a fresh citrus hop bitter palate and a lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation.