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Ninkasi Believer Double Red

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFanDan17 (1088) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3226) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
highibus (804) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chadje (209) - California, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Pours a dark amber, copper with a nice tan head. Thick body to it with a good taste and smell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Poured from 22oz. Bomber into Snifter glass. Pours a deep amber red that glows around the edges with a nice 2 finger light caramel colored head that lasts and eventually forms a classy ring around the glass. Aroma is a good balance of sweet malt, citrus hops and a touch of booze. Flavor has quite a bit of dried fruits and more of the sweet malt and ends with a light bitterness. Its medium-bodied and not overly sticky. This is a drinkable brew and enjoyable but there is just something about it that would make me hesitate before I decided to purchase again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Dark red amber with a thick medium head. Good lacing. Malty nose and good mouthfeel. Apricots, peaches, cherries, and a bitter hop finish. A quality brew, though too hoppy for a strong ale IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23783) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle.Pours a dark reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty hoppy aroma with some hints of caramel. Sweetish malty hoppy citrus flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter caramel finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerme (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Bottle from The Beer Authority, pored a rich, red color with a medium head. Good lacing and a sweet aroma. Big, smooth malt flavor balanced by a spicy hop finish. Ill have this one again and again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2009
The only other Ninkasi beers Ive had are the Tricerahops (one of my favorites) and the Total Domination. If I didnt know any better, Id say Ninkasi just throws hops at everything and hopes for the best. Not that this is a bad thing. True to the name, it certainly looks ruddy. The "rich dark malt complexity" doesnt make much of an appearance other than in the aroma. I could drink this a lot.

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