GG (2039) - 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.
VinegarStroke (260) - Napa, California, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: very light haze, deep gold, medium head and good lace. Floral, tropical, very ripe to over ripe citrus. Apricot. Honey suckle. Dry, not sour and bitter. Long based on bitterness. A little hollow. Lantana. Hops dominate the malt. Just not balanced.
Bitter citrus rind. Not an easy drink.
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ booze cruise. Dark orange appearance with a cream colored head. Quite spicy, woody herbal, dull citrusy, herbal nose. Flavor is pretty harshly bitter. Some grassy herbal flavor. Caramel. Not sure how fresh this was but it’s not very good now.
Rob101 (14) - - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In my opinion of an IPA this is not a great one. I like this beer but it just lacked something.
Tinco (560) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange with off white head. aroma: sweet tropical fruits, citrus, a slight spice in there, grass. Taste: intense bitterness, citrus, grapefruit, fresh, piney. Really nice!
Lizardking3 (42) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my go to IPAs. Readily available everywhere in Oregon. Smells citrusy sweet. Tastes bitter and lingers nicely.
commonshawn (314) - - JUN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap in Portland. Light Copper with thick white head. Nice clean aroma. Heavy body and very dry. Good pine hop . Tasty .
AbbeyRoade (280) - Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thick body. Creamy mouth feel. So smooth. Rich sweet floral piney hop flavor that isn’t too bitter. Slightly tangy. Great beer!!
BLADT (451) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap pour. Clean rich gold with average to thin head. Toasted malts and reserved, green, herbal hops. Taste is bitter throughout. Wish there was more of a hop presence in nose to accompany the straight through hop flavor. Oatmeal malts provide balance. Good, but feels like an incomplete thought.
brigg (499) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft at Glacier Park Lodge) Cloudy orange body, small white head, lots of lace. Aroma of sweet orange, floral hops. Medium to full body, sticky mouthfeel. Strongly bitter, fruity hops; orange, peach; slightly sour rind. Dry finish.
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn tap: Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is loads of hops and pine. Taste is bitter with some powerful hops. Nice and well balanced. Citrus flavors predominate without being too much grapefruit. Nice body. Nice aftertaste.