Ninkasi / 21st Amendment Allies Win The War



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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
In a surprising turn of events, rival superpowers have joined forces to bring a beer of might to the world. According to top-secret documents, recently unclassified, brewmasters for 21st Amendment in California and Ninkasi in Oregon began their brewing careers together many years ago. Leaders from the two breweries reunited recently at a secret camp in the Sierras to devise their master plan. We are more alike than we are different, said 21st Amendments Shaun OSullivan. We must unite in our common cause, added Ninkasis Jamie Floyd. The resulting collaboration, an ale brewed with California dates, an aggressive arsenal of all-Northwest hops and an unmistakable aroma of victory, deals a unified blow to unoriginal beers around the world.

Tasting Notes: This Strong Ale has caramel, toffee, plum, fig and date in a wallop rich malt flavor with a robust hop flavor and balancing this full flavored treat. Citrus, pine, and earthy describe the hop nose that comes from a huge dry hop of the Falconers Flight Hop Blend. The beer is also aged on Real California Dates imparting even more natural fruit flavor and deepening the Mahogany hue of this delicious collaboration.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerandhockey8 (386) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - JUN 2, 2013
22oz bottle to shaker. Pors nice amber with thick light tan head. Smell is odd, piney and earthy yet still fruity. Taste is hoppy yet suprisingly sweet. Nice fruit flavor with a hint of hop taste with caramel malt. Finishes very smooth. Ive never had a California date so I would like to try one to see where those tastes compare, nice beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Red pour, white head. Dark fruit, sweet malts. Sugary, dates, prunes. A nice finish as well. Good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (25572) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty bitter aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty dark fruit flavor with bitter hints. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty bitter dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8971) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Yeast and malt aroma. Spice and yeast flavor with rich malt. Medium bodied. Spice and caramel linger with yeast and light dried fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2013
UPDATED: APR 24, 2013 On tap, pours a clear brownish red color with a light off white head with hardly any lacing. Smells of dates, pine, caramel and citrus and resin. Tastes of all the same things. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy and creamy with decent carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall this is pretty different. Dates in beer actually taste pretty good. Not something I?d want all the time but good to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
epiphyte707 (67) - eureka, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
22 oz pours nice dark burnt caramel red little lacing and a finger of head. Smells bomby with floral cascade like hop smell and sweet toffee. Tastes sweet and sight red malty and yet balanced floral bitterness. No booziness. Highly drinkable. Would recommend to try. Its like what dogfish head tries to do in a complex process but simple and much cheaper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2013
On tap. Dark red with an off white top. Scent is malts and fruity . Taste follows with some toast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Out of a 22 oz bottle. Pours a dark red with a thin white head. It smells malty and a little sweet. The taste is initially malt with a slightly fruity aftertaste. Very little bite considering the 8.5% ABV. A very good collaboration with 21st Amendment, whos beers I have been trying and liking. I wouldnt expect anything different from two great breweries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2475) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bomber. Well, Ive tried the 21st Amendment version of this and liked it (or so says my rating from a little over a year ago--I dont really remember it). Lets see how this one matches up. Pours hazy amber with a medium beige head with good retention; leaves a little lace. Aroma is pretty hoppy--grapefruit and pine are strong; also some caramel and fruit (esters or dates, not sure). Taste is a little sweet and bitter in a very Ninkasi way; its savory and earthy with fruit dancing all around everything. See them dance. Body is medium, mouthfeel a little foamy, carbonation average. Tastes good to me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Ahh shoot! You know there are some brewers who brew beer for the love of beer and those that do it for money or some other reason. Ninkasi seems like their in it for the money. This beer is thin and tastes phony. For as cheap as their beers are they are decent. The thing is that their beers are good CHEAP beer as opposed bad cheap beer. This beer is made with dates? You wouldnt know it if you didnt read it. Not suprisingly I was dissapointed with this beer and will probably not buy another Ninkasi beer again.

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