GMCC2181 (1490) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by wolf-man! Red/orange color, decent head that faded away quickly. Nice aroma of light floral hops. Taste is malty...but not in a bad way. Its lost its hop bite. This bottle must have some age on it. Kind of sugary in the after taste.Smooth and easy to drink. Nice DIPA. Overall I enjoyed sipping on this beer but wouldnt go out of my way to have it again. Probably alot better when it was fresh...
SudsMcDuff (5643) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
interesting name for this brewery in the US .. very solid smooth bitterness .. great beautiful lacing ... medium orange brown colour like the colour of a basketball at the knicks game, beeeeautiful!, stupid guvo, the patriots suck gweedo ... bottle from Bottletrek in Oregon, whats up travis ... very easy to drink, the bitterness level is right on with a nice backbone ... hides the ABV absolutely magically ... marble sure is happy .. again, whats up with the name ninkasi, am i in japan? i sure wish i had some general toe (just fuckin with ya, Gigi.. who? bla bla bla) .. this could be quite popular around the US with draft distribution, i mean bottle is wonderful but there are DIPAís that match this ...
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours fairly lifeless orange with a small amount of lace. Bready-yeasty aroma balanced by a floral hoppiness hints of apple juice and ice-tea. Semi-sweet, full mouthfeel, finishes bitter. Your basic double IPA.
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dull hazy gold with a bit of lace and a thin layer of foam. Nice medicinal hops, sudsy malt aroma. Fusel hoppy taste, medicinal hops again, very astringent and odd. Good carbonation and decent body. Nice, but a bit off-putting with the medicinal qualities.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 On tap at Naked City. Pours copper with a decent off-white head. Grapefruity hops in the nose. Very hoppy citrus taste with adequate caramel malt backing.
jkwalking05 (3368) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange in color and hazy with a small white head. Strong grass and floral hop aromas. Taste is strong hops with a very dry palate.
IrishBoy (3722) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Enniskillen shared by my son in law. Nose of grapefruity citrus hops, and lemon zest. Orangey copper with a big glass lacing pale orange head. Flavor was bitter with a touch of sweet and a little orange taste. Finish is hoppy bitterness.
CapFlu (4311) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle) Courtesy of IrishBoy. Thanks Richard! Pours a frothy large white head atop an unfiltered, high sediment filles orange body. Nose is very hoppy with the centennial and cascade variety, some iodine in the background. Flavour is so orange and piney. Lovely beer. 8/5/8/4/17
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Frothy head leading behind some clumpy lacing. Pours a clear golden color. Aroma is a bouquet of hops, heavy on grapefuirt and floral. Loads of cascade usage perhaps? Nice citrus touch on the hop taste flagging into a well balanced bitter end, all with a solid enough malt backing to avoid it seeming like just hop water. Really nice body and does not feel its 9% weight at all. High marks.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was thrown in as an extra in a box I recieved today from msbulldog25, thanks again Brian! Ninkasiís Tricerahops enters the glass a hazy apricot orange that glows when the beer is backlit. A soft pour didnít produce much head so I sped things up on the second half of the glass and was met by a dense three finger ecru head. The head slooowly fell to a finger and left sticky webbed lacing all over the glass on its way. I donít see much carbonation rising to the surface but whatís there crawls very slowly. This is how an IIPA should look!
The smell comes across with a solid spattering of grapefruit rind. A few lightly sugared grapefruit segments here and there compete with alcohol soaked apricots, both finishing nose to nose. There seems to be a little earthiness flashing through along with a squeeze of orange oil. The malts show signs of caramel, orange blossom honey, and a cake like sweetness that stays where it should, in the back.
The flavor seems to follow the aroma closely. The flavors in this beer are mellow and come together very nicely. The hops are the main point in the flavor profile and come across as grapefruit, both sweetened and bitter. The quick apricot zing flashes through and orange peel shows itself throughout but stays back enough to let the grapefruit do its thing. Caramel maltiness lays down the base and tries to balance this beer out but falls just short. The grapefruit tends to linger on the swallow just the way I like it.
The body of this beer is close to perfect for the style and something I donít come across too often in IIPAs. The mild carbonation and moderate weight make the body of this beer slide through the mouth like velvet. Itís incredibly silky smooth.
The drinkability for the style is high. I have to force myself to slow down with this glass but I keep picking it up regardless. This drinks more along the lines of an IPA which could easily get me in trouble.
Ninkasi makes a damn fine IIPA. I wouldnít mind having a couple more of these. Itís not as big and bold as others of the style but thatís part of the reason itís so refreshing and a nice change of pace. Iím digging this one. Thanks Brian!
Serving type: bottle