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style
RATINGS: 368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed and dedicated to the believers of Ninkasi. Rich dark malt complexity is balanced by a plentiful hop presence bringing together perfection in every sip. Who knew believing had so many rewards.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Bottled, pours deep amber/ruby with tan head, huge hop aroma with fruity alcohol notes, nice alcohol spice with roasted hints and hop bitters on palate, very nice

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with a very slight red hue. Big foamy head with a ton of lacing. Aroma of subtle maltiness. Flavor is mainly sweet malt, with some roastiness, and some hop bitterness in the background. Not much of a finish, some bitterness that disappears quickly. Very rich. Not as complex and full bodied as I would expect for a strong ale. Regardless, still a decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
llcooldave (1203) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Sweet malt aroma with a touch of licorice & clove. Slightly cloudy reddish amber in appearance. Flavor is basically a straight up malt taste with a hoppy eucalyptus aftertaste. Overall, not too bad... a decent effort.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
22 oz bomber I picked up from my Seattle trip. Pours a deep and rich red hued brown. Big frothy light brown head. Beer is full of tight small bubbles. Nose is full of rich sweet malts, cinnamon, toast dark malts, brown sugar. Flavors do not follow through with the great nose. Very malt, hops are muted in flavor but still have a medium bitterness to the mouth. Alcohol is not well hidden. Some wood notes too. A pretty good beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IndianaRed (4139) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Bottle pours a murky redish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of woody brown sugary malts and some metalic piney hops. Flavor is more woody and metalic. Earthy and fairly bitter but not much flavor that I can fondly describe. Just a murky, muddy mess. Tree bark bitter trailer, and a feeling of utter disappointment. I have reason to expect greater things fron this brewer. Maybe next time.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1342) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Fluffy off-tan head. 22 oz. purchased at Johns Market Place in Portland, Oregon. Deep dark caramel brown. Fairly transparent, but it is very dark. Nice malt/hop balance. A very nice and sweet malt, but also balanced. The hops are definitely present. Wow, pretty good beer. Very malty, but it doesnt have that hop backing that I was hoping it would have. More malty than sweet. Not excatly a thick beer, but a nice semi-smooth beer. Again, a little too malty for me. Plenty of great malts, but I feel with that it should be classified differently; decent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFanDan17 (1097) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - JUL 31, 2009
A great spin on the red ale. Like a Belgian strong, but not too strong. Good malty feel with a bit of fruits and good hop balance.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3370) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Got this bottle about three weeks ago at Sams in Chicago. And its pretty good beer. Appearance is ok: very light tan to off-white head and lace. Color is a very hazy medium brown. Sediment in the bottom says bottle conditioned. Aroma is hoppy and a darkish malt. Flavor is like some of the other Ninkasi beers much more interesting than the nose. Pick up a lot of maltiness, a little caramel, toffee, a hint of roastiness - tasty. Balanced. Body is good too - good carbonation. Finish is milder than the sipping flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2009
I was pleasantly surprised with this ale. Pours deep maple-red with thin off-white head into snifter. Subtle yet enticing nose of cherry wood and sweet blossoms. Taste is initially strong bitter with sweet malt, dates, walnuts, raisins and spice in the mid-palate with a silky, bitter-burnt caramel finish. This ale made me a believer and I would definitely have it again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
highibus (817) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Pours a deep crimson with fluffy off white head. Decent lacing. Huge aroma of some hops and alcohol. It is only 7% so I do not know where that is coming from. Deep malt charecter with light sweetness and some well balanced hop bite. Good finish. Not bad.


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