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RATINGS: 725   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Flagship Series. Total Domination IPA has a citrusy, floral hop aroma, and big hop flavor balanced with a richness imparted by Carahell and Munich malts. This beer is a big flavorful Northwest IPA that maintains its drinkability, and as such, has garnered great admiration from the novice craft drinker and the seasoned hop-head alike.

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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
22oz bottle -

I really, really hope that sometime in the future that brewers will be required to put a bottling date on their products. Since they dont seem to have the motivation of doing it, perhaps there can be a ground roots movement to persuade them and help them see the light. IPAs should never been in position like the one I had last night, because anyone whos just now getting into the love of the style would be sorely disappointed. If this isnt an old beer, then my opinion of Ninkasi has just dropped a notch.

The beer pours out a very nice golden-orange body, mostly clear with an off-white fluffy cap. Aroma was mostly dominated by malts and toasted bread. The hops were just buried under the malts, which is a crying shame. Flavor was just as strong in the malt department, and it seems that this beer is aptly named. The malts had total domination over any inkling of hops that were used in the receipe. Either this was an old bottle and the hops had faded (and if so, shame on them for not dating their bottles) or the hops where never there in the first place, and that should be equally disappointing to them, especially coming from Oregon. Ive had other Ninkasi products so I know they are quality brewers. This however, was not a quality IPA. At least this bottle wasnt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7305) - Utah, USA - DEC 16, 2011
22oz bottle from Phil
Appearance: Clear amber with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Tropical fruit, biscuity, light caramel and grapefruit
Taste: Fruity, bready, dusty caramel with a light bitterness in the finish
Nice and easy going, flavorful

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mxpx5678 (4) - Lathrop, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011 does not count
I really love this beer. I didnt even like IPAs before having this and now it is one of my favorite styles.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Clear orangish golden with a fizzy white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, and light pine. Tastes of grapefruit, orange, and caramel and finishing with an almost eucalyptus like taste. Sticky palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1606) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle shared by sloth. Golden orange in color, nice little head. Hoppy nose. Taste is a nice drinkable IPA. Light flower, grapefruit, light bitterness. Well balanced. Medium body. Thanks bert!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2868) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Thin offwhite head with fair retention and lace. Lightly hazy copper/orange hued ale. Nose is flowery, citrusy, gently. Body is lightly medium, creamy smoth, soft carbonation, faint resin. Nicely balanced with lightly sweet malts and citrusy hops, lil bready and yeasty. Dry finish with a decent hop bite. An easy quaffer. Props to 5000 for the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2300) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Pours a nearly clear pale amber with a 3 finger, creamy ivory head. Aroma is sweet orange, floral hops, lemon zest, doughy yeast, toast, caramel and a touch of cereal grain. Flavor is immediately citrus and spicy hops, pear heavy tree fruit, more doughy yeast, a touch of stone fruit, grainy malt, sweet caramel and some bitter citrus hops along with a nice mineral note to the finish. Palate is medium body creamy throughout and has a nice, moderate, blanketing carbonation. Pretty nice IPA all around, Id probably make this an occasional purchase if it were available locally.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1009) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Light amber. Wow! Aroma/Flavor is a blast of orange, lemon, 5-alive citrus drink. Yum, reminds me a bit of Bells 2 hearted. Very very good. Medium body. Ill be getting this again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle from Bevmo: Created a thick fluffy layer of head while the liquid appeared as a dense golden straw color. The aroma is spicy and soapy with a combination of zesty yeast and typical west coast hops with a heaping squeeze of citrus. Flavors are moderate and serve a honey oat breaded malts with a piney base of hops and citrus. Sort of soapy in the aftertaste, but other than that a standard ipa.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (778) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle at Metrovino (yup...wine bar but with small decent beer list) in Portland...pours a cloudy orange with nice head....decent blend of malts and hops...hoppy but not to excess....enjoyable plus plus....an A.


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