mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
This is beer folks! It has all those really satisfying aspects that you love when your sitting down with friends or family. Basically what I am saying is this is a good time beer. Very flavorful and a little more hop kick than other cream ales but is Ninkasi’s style after all. It’s a hop head brewery. I got this in a 4-pack and I may have to buy another one just to get this one again. Light and delicious. This is great. Malt , aroma, hops it’s all there. If you have a chance to try it, grab it. Nice alternative to a tasty German Hefe. bpreo (2849) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Excellent. A very good job done on this beer. It is rich and smooth like butter. Ninkasi is finally making styles other than Pale Ale’s, and they are doing a very good job of it. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 5, 2011
This is the best of the 2011 four pack and I love the Maiden the Shade and Total Domination. Pours a beautiful golden color. Thick head on this one. Aroma is a touch spicy but the beer is soft and malty with a nice kick of dryness to it. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2012
A - Pours an almost clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. THe head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and crackery malts with some floral hops and a bit of tart green fruit.
T - Starts out with a mix of sweet grainy malts with some lightly tart green apple and a bit of lemon zest. Through the middle some floral hops come through with a touch of bitterness and some crackery and biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of sweet grains and biscuity malts with some light floral hops and fruity esters.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and lightly bready finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice overall balance with a good malt profile. 19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Stunningly gorgeous pour from the bottle. Bright, straw color that pops with light effervescence and a towering bubbly white head made for holding up to the sun on a summer afternoon. Velvety malt body with rich grain of moderate sweetness. Biscuit malt character with some dry cracker and light grassy crispness. Forceful presence of fruit that dominates on the back end becoming more assertive as it warms. Apricot, peach and pineapple are present throughout. It’s mealy but in a good way as it helps to highlight its notable qualities.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Sampled on 10/1/2011. This cream ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 22 oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, cereal and sweet. A medium bodied cream ale. The malts are fruity and sweet with a touch of caramel. The hops are herbal and floral. Decent carbonation. Nice balance. None of the off flavors that are all too common in a cream ale. Very easy drinking beer. Clean tasting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. mintzmeet (457) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2014 Bubbles collect on side of glass with medium big bubbled head. Beautiful crisp opaque color. Light grassy odor. Great creamy flavor. Light malt lil hops. Slightly spiced finish. Tastes like soda in a good way. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Hazy gold with a healthy head. Creamy-smooth and easy-drinking texture. Slightly sticky, soda-like sweetness from start to finish. Mild hop bitterness. Delicate herbal aromas. Slight hint of lactic-like sourness gives it depth. Finishes with faint notes of honey and vanilla. Very pleasant beer; just a little too sweet for me. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Notes of bread and corn on the nose. A touch of apple and fruity hop bitterness. Bright, golden with noticeable carbonation and a lightly frothy head. Corny, bready, a touch of apple, and corn nuts. Light to medium fruity hops - mostly earthy, but some light simcoe fruitiness too. Easy to drink, I like cream ales.