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RATINGS: 578   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Tricerahops is double everything you already love in an IPA. More hops, more malt body and a higher gravity define this Double India Pale Ale. Fiercely flavorful, guaranteed to satisfy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with a one finger off white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of citrus and floral hops followed by a sweet malt backbone. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouth feel with a moderate to strong amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3809) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2009
Sampled February 2009
A solid pour produces a three finger thick, light tan color that forms some nice lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a nice red color, when held up to the light it shows a red copper color. The aroma smells quite smooth with a focus on bright fruit and caramel. Aromas of ruby-red grapefruit, bergamot, lots of lychee and candied orange creams. a touch of cracker like malt rounds out the finish. The aroma has a nice hop-fruit focus to it, a touch of pine / herbal notes would be nice and the overall volume of the hop character could definitely be turned up quite a bit more. This is quite nice though and is a pleasure to smell for a couple minutes.

Served lightly chilled (near 60ºF / ºC) the beer has a certain dryness to it that is offset by the sweet tasting hop fruit notes. Flavors of lychee, candied grapefruit zest, perhaps a touch of pineapple, a nice mix of essential citrus oils and even some nice, off-setting pine needle flavors and a touch of menthol. The malt is definitely secondary here (as it should be); it adds some accentuating caramelized notes that accentuate the hop fruitiness and there is a touch of cracker-like grain to the finish as well as a touch of chewy bread crust flavors that peeks through from time to time. This is quite smooth in the flavor, the bitterness is quite mellow with only a touch of a bite (at least comparatively to other Double IPAs). This has a medium’ish body to it that is just about the right lightness for a Double IPA; it has that quaffable quality to it that is critical for the style.

This is a nice Double IPA, it could use a touch more vibrant hop character for my tastes, but that might just be a freshness thing. This is quite hoppy, and quite a nice beer. I definitely like that the beer is fairly light, and does not have the heaviness that some Double IPAs have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopeye (39) - Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2009
For not having been around long, Ninkasi brews a great beer and knows how to work with hops. If I recall correctly, the brewer used to be at Steelhead Brewing, and I think he has one-upped his former employer, at least. The Tricerahops, besides having a killer name, is quickly becoming one of my standard IIPAs. I tried it on cask at the Horse Brass in Portland recently, and it proved itself worthy, for sure. If you see it on cask, don’t pass it by.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5107) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orangish gold with a tight bubbled beige head that left some heavy lacing. The hops on the nose are a bit muted, floral with a bit of citrus sneaking in, and there’s a bit of caramel and crystal maltiness. The hops seen to be pretty muted on the flavor as well. Fairly bitter with some pithy citrus rind, there’s no brightness to this at all. The malt base is fairly thin for being 9%, I’m actually pretty surprised that this is that big. Mostly comes across as light caramel and a bit of a crystal malt stale iced tea quality. Finishes fairy thin in body with a weakly bitter leafy hop note. Fairly active fizzy carbonation. Not too big of a fan of this one. Their regular IPA was much better than this and I had higher expectations.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3179) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 18, 2009
22oz Bottle. Ugly cheesy isovaleric aged hop aroma. A little piney, but mostly old. Not enticing. Pours a coppery amber, with a rim in white. The flavor is about the same. The isovaleric fades away and there’s some light honey sugars and a bit of caramel. Really though, this washes away into thinness. Not enough hop complexity or flavor for this to be interesting. It kind of comes across as a thin double Bitter. Soapy and alcoholic. Fairly mediocre for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2009
Cloudy orange with a thin white head. Floral hop aroma. Strong malt taste up front, followed by more floral hops and a bitter/fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3339) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2009
On tap at Henry’s in Portland. Amberish in color, although the lighting in the place made it hard to discern. Aroma of mesquite/wood/earth, citrus, herbs and flowers. Flavor was much of the same; extremely earthy. A good amount of hoppiness in there. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle thanks to OldMrCrow. Poured a nice orange with white head. Aroma was floral hops, and malt. Taste was a little malty but i think this bottle had some age to it. Smooth easy to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
Smells intensely of fresh hop flowers. Bit of foam at the top, but not much head to speak of. Obvious hop taste, but without the ridiculous bitterness you get in some Double IPAs. Drinks smoothly with some maltiness. Up there as one of my favorite IPAs. So far so good from Ninkasi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1516) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 4, 2009
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...

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