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
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle courtesy of Reino poured into a pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a huge three-finger head that recedes to a small cap leaving tons of lacing. Great looking beer.
Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, fruits of all kinds - grapefruit, lemons, apricot, oranges - all of which are decidedly sweet in the nose. The malts are present but light in the nose with a faint biscuity presence in the background.
The taste follows the aroma with a juicy explosion of sweet fruit, especiallly grapefruit and maybe some apples and apricots. The malt profile is also sweeter with some caramel underneath the hops. The finish brings on a healthy dose of non-abrasive bitterness but still with some sweetness to balance.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and thick with fruit and hop juice. The carbonation is fairly high but soft on the palate.
This is a very good DIPA from the West Coast that succeeds at being much sweeter than most from out that way. Highly recommended!
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange pour with a small white head. Strong earthy hop nose. Flavor is tart, bittersweet citrus. Very crisp finish. Nice.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from suzygreenburg. a nice iipa. not overwhelming, but full of peppery hop presence. i guess this is a nw take on the style. good. i like it. on second thought, i really like it as it warmed a little.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a copper with a white disappearing head. Loads of fresh hop floral aroma, lemon peel. Sweet flavors, pine resins, banana, some lemon. Very crisp clean mouth with a delayed bitter finish. Pretty good DIPA!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with diggity7 - Pours a hazy amber color with an off white head. Aroma is floral, citrus, and fruity. Layered lacing. Flavor is sweet and fruity. Not quite as bitter as I expected. Medium body. A good beer. Thanks Nathan.
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Bottle. Unfiltered hazed honey orange. Intense grapefruit, pineapple and acidic orange hop nose - assertive, heavy, peppery, pulp-heavy. Strongly bitter and pungent, dank cannabis and churned orange pulp throughout. Wonderfully aggressive and flavorful.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Pours an unclear sunburst orange/yellow with a small thick frothy white head. Huge sugared pineapple aroma, caramel malt, and fresh pine needles. This stuff is a sugar bomb! but tasty. Lots of citrus, maybe a bit of lemon, light grapefruit with a bitter pine finish. Candy-coated beer. Medium body, lightly sugary, fine carbonation, has a light and crisp quality like a good Belgian white. Not particularly refined, but rather yummy.
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden color out of the bottle with a thin white head. Huge hop nose of grapefruit rind and dry grass. Flavors of apple cider, apricot, pinneapple, grapefruit rind, and orange juice, with an aggressive grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish. Pretty standard IIPA.
LilBeerDoctor (3413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a murky orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus and fruits. Flavor of nice fruity notes (most citrus but also some tropical fruits and apple) and light hops in the finish. Nicely balanced. This is what a IIPA should be like! Not too sweet/bitter/syrupy at all!! Excellent IIPA.