RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Special Release Series. A salute to the playful side of summer, we had fun with this beer! Maiden the Shade has a big robust hop character from the liberal use of 7 different varieties of hops. It s completed with a light colored malt backbone to stay in balance. Kick back and enjoy!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
01-Apr-12 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 08-Dec-11 for $6.75 at northwestliquidgold.com)
This "Summer IPA" pours a cloudy but translucent, golden-orange body with an inch of off-white head that settles slowly to a thin blanket. The flavor is nicely balanced, offering a grainy, cereal maltiness that is pleasantly toasty and minimally sweet, as well as a complex hop character that is floral, grassy, yellow citrus, and slightly piney with a moderate bitterness that extends the finish till the next sip. The enticingly aromatic nose echoes the flavor, with toasty and grainy malts and earthy, piney, and grassy hops. Medium in weight, quite dry on the palate, moderately carbonated, clean, and quite refreshing, which is the point of an IPA, but especially one that calls itself a Summer IPA. A fair amount of patchy lacing decorates the glass. Yet another solid and thoroughly enjoyable beer from Ninkasi.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bomber bottle. Pours hazy orange-yellow, white head. Aroma is grass spruce hops, taste is clear hops bitter with a hint of malt. Its alright, nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle, lighter amber pour with a medium body. Lots of grapefruit, citrus heavy IPA. Citrus juice. Good flavor, missing something. Decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2014
This golden beer has a light creamy head. It is a citrus aroma and a big hop bite. Don't get much other than the hop bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Growler. Clear light amber with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and floral hops. Flavor is malty with caramel, medium hop bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body with average carbonation. Good beer, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (2006) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2013
Bomber. Opaque orange, fading off-white head. Fruity citrus hop aroma. Fruity citrus hop forward taste, light evergreen, some earthy grassy floral notes, mild sweet malts. Soft carbonation, light-medium bodied, medium hopped. Fresh, clean dry finish. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2013
bottle pours pale amber with great head and lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, and floral, taste is a nice balance of bitter and smooth sweet malt, well done IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5449) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bomber. Golden orange pour, with a white head. Pine, grapefruit, balanced malt backbone, some sweetness, herbal hops, and moderate bitterness. A well balanced IPA. Decent, but not too interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aaronbr (174) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Nice medium gold with a touch of haze, though its hard to tell in this dimly-lit pub. Strangely very little on the nose - I managed to dip my nose into it a bit looking for the scent, without finding any (and yes, this is my first beer of the night, clearly Im just a bit clumsy). Taste is a strongly bitter. Pine and lemon hops, very nicely balanced. Drinkable, with a lingering finish. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (5413) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2013
22 oz bottle. Gold and hazy with a white head. Bitter, floral, herbal. Medium body.

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