DuffMan (7461) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with parksy. Pours a lovely red-orange topped by an orange tinted cap that generates heavy lace. Initial aroma is fresh grapefruit and toffee candy. As it warms, more vegetal/herbal tones come forward. Heavy, sticky palate with sweet toffee malts and lots of juicy tropical fruit hop character. A tad heavy, but the flavours are nice.
Oakes (13154) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden-bronze. Herbal-minty aroma with some syrupiness. Minty and herbal with light citrus and tropical fruit. Some malt stickiness but more balanced than the nose hints. Nice brew - could use some brightness.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bright copper with thick beige head. Looks and smells heavy and syrupy. Not the most inviting nose, as it smells like beer concentrate or concentrated papaya mango guava juice. Thick palate does leave a good coating of hop esters on the tongue...ends up finishing and being a lot cleaner than it smells. Still with the sugary fruit juice but the oily estery hop juice prevails in the end. It becomes more syrupy as it warms but is still a well-done 2IPA.
SpringsLicker (3220) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to brewolf for this!
The pour produces a mostly clear medium gold body that easily throws up a tall, 3-dimensional white head that coats the side of the glass as it reluctantly sinks into the brew below.
Big juicy malts aromas try to come from beneath the pine and citrus hops that dominate.
The flavor is well balanced between the hop bitterness and the malt sweetness, maybe a touch to the bitter side but not by much. Some nice dryness comes across the tongue as it finishes.
I’ll have another!
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tricerahops Double IPA
Pours orange with very little head and minimal lacing. Actually a little on the oily side. Aroma is mostly oranges and hops with a little bit of wort and earth. Flavor is bittersweet with a citrusy tang. Finishes long and medium bitter. Enjoyable DIPA, but not the greatest. Brewery is located in Eugene, Oregon, home of University of Oregon. Go Ducks!
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/27/09 On draft at Hopunion Hop School. Aroma is super-citrus grapefruit forward with a caramel background. Appearance is hazy orange-yellow with a moderate maintained white head. Flavor is simpler than aroma, earth-sweet, with high bittering that doesn’t linger. Mouthfeel is medium-high bodied with a medium carb texture and peppery bite. Overall, a big brew that could lose some harshness and easily be one of the best out there.
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber colour with reasonable head. Big whiff of hops straight away, lovely! Very well balanced this beer, has loads of pungent fresh hop aroma that carries through o the palate but the malt is there all the way to help it along. very nice!
Zymurgeist2 (1197) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Ninkasi dinner in SF at Monk’s Kettle. Pours a sunset orange with amber. Full white head that lingers. Massive hop aroma of citrus and pine. Beautifully balanced. Surprisingly medium to thin body. Pallate is a well balanced mix of mostly piney hops and some malt backbone make this a very drinkable double.
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque bronze color with a small beige head that leaves some scattered lacing. Aroma is sort of appley, but not in the same way that Fuggles give off. This is more of a bright, sweet apple note rather than the earthy, stewed flavor of Fuggles. Anyway, there’s also some Simcoe-esque mango notes and a fresh bread maltiness. Flavor reiterates the mango and apple and adds piney resin and modest caramel. Not really very bitter. Finishes on the sweet side. Medium body, carbonation a little low. Good, not great.
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a fierce and definitely aptly named brew. To say it is "focused" is an understatement. Killer hops and citrus in the nose actually made me reel back a bit, awesome. Pours dark and menacing for an IPA, like it has bad intentions. Tastes like it smells, explosive bitterness without the slightest attempt to temper it. This is a totally unbalanced, grizzled beast that intends to cut me, and I think I will allow it. Ninkasi is a super creative brewery, and my first thought is this brew is very one-dimensional by their standards, but the more I get into it I feel like this is so straightforward that it defies the norms for high-end IIPAs. Bears no resemblance to their regular IPA. In your face.