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Total Domination IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,213 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,213
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 40
Gots: 188 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: grumpy on 08-23-2006

Ninkasi website:
"6.7% alc./vol. 65 ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."
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Ratings: 1,213 | Reviews: 345
Photo of ckornmannn
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honey to amber in color, a tiny bit hazy, very aromatic, perfect amount of carbonation. One of my favorite IPAs.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep golden ale with a few fingers of off-white head; plenty of stretchy lacing left behind

S: aromas of pine and citrus, underscored with some dankness and resin, caramel maltiness and fresh-baked breads

T: caramel-sweet malts infused with juiciness; grapefruit-like pith and spritz, some bittering pine, and a pleasing level of dankness

M: medium-weight, modest carbonation, smooth but with a bit of tingle; subtle bittering starts slow but wraps around the tongue nicely after a few sips

O: a real nice IPA, easily in that "go-to" category, as it has a reliable malt and hop profile, a manageable abv, and a nice weight and feel, so that you can enjoy a few without feeling it too much.

Photo of Safa1
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Palate wrecker. Period. Very good.

Photo of THoff94
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet and malty. Good but not amazing.

Photo of hotmailmsn
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6.7%abv, 65ibu. hazy, orange color, finger head. honey, piney, hint of lemon while the bubble come up. bitterness came very last, as well as the malty.

Photo of vikinggary28
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Average IPA look, average IPA aroma, slightly above average taste and mouthfeel. A descent IPA in a pinch, but I expected more from this brewery. Their Tricerahops brew is the bomb!

Photo of harvesttime707
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not as good as we expected from this company. Not one to remember!

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious discernable bottle date that I can figure out, something etched on the bottom but can't make sense of it.

Thick and soupy, but somewhat foamy three finger head. Controlled but with a very banana cream yellow to white color. Good island and ring like top with pill lacing to match. Body color is opaque amber orange to lemon yellow, giving just a little bit of carbonation. Solid looking IPA.

Interesting hop angle. Floral and perfume like, with a mild sweet character. Honey like malt sensation and a sweet white sugar quality. Doesn't quite hint at bitterness, but also doesn't come off particularly large either. Malt forward a bit as well.

Palate comes in a bit of an oddity. Decent mouthfeel, not great but not sugary or thick, but big enough to just walk out of the way and let the flavors come out. Indistinct bitterness, somewhere between pith and very oiled grapefruit. Dry and chalky finish quite a bit, and big astringency, almost too much with a level of almost medicinal quality. Almost juiced palate, but not quite, lack of any fruit, or tropic note really doesn't help either in that quest here.

Definitely an interesting character but just doesn't bring those IPA specialty notes to life. Drinkable but skippable more so unfortunately.

Photo of 98green
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Needed a review to justify low score. No hops smell, no hops taste.

Photo of flixjones303
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. If there's a best by date I can't find it. Fairly pleasant but unspectacular aroma. Flowers. Grapefruit. Taste is fairly sweet. Moderate hop character. Tastes like it might be a little old. Fairly generic ipa but definitely drinkable.

Photo of FreeBeer_Score99
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ideal place for this beer: after a tenacious day of work in the PNW, you buy this stupendous beer at any quiky mart on your way home. While drinking/decompressing you feel privileged that this beer is abundant in your area (the same reason this beer is heavily under-rated (seriously under-rated)).

Photo of Lard_City
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light like most Ninkaski beers I have tried but Light like most Ninkaski beers I have tried but makes this IPA different from the other west makes this IPA different from the other west coast IPAs. Not bad. coast IPAs. Not bad.

Photo of Hammerhead18
4.51/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good taste and good feel. Overall quality beer.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste like cannibis? Smells a lil like it?

Photo of atryes
1/5  rDev -72.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer tastes like ear wax.

Photo of DoctorEvil
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on an Alaska Air flight... If you close your eyes, it could pass for a slightly more bitter Sierra Nevada, but much higher ABV... pleasant surprise for an airplane beer...

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a Red Racer pint glass. Golden amber with a finger or two of frothy off-white head resembling dirty dish suds.

Pungent aroma that seems to alternate between cloying sweet fruit and weedy resinous herbs and vegetables. I am thinking guavas and passion fruit, currants, overripe cucumbers, hashish, maybe a whiff of litter box. Its ... rather fetid but not necessary in a bad way.

As the nose would suggest, rather unique, this. Ample old school "catty" tomato leaf and skunked currant flavor, particularly at first, with a huge tropical juiciness kicking in for the second half. Particularly sweet, even in the finish. There is a creeping bitterness but even near the end of a pint I am surprised at the peculiar sequence of events. Starts bitter in a weedy green sense and ends with a sweet tropical kiss. At least its different. The malts are faintly nutty. A little on the flat side carbonation wise and thick bodied to boot. Getting some spice flavors and lemon drop late.

I am conflicted. When all is said and done the beer lacks that crisp citrus rind and pine bitterness one expects in the style. It is overly sweet and in the throes of an identity crisis. Much of this review probably reads like damning via faint praise. I do appreciate the atavistic turn of the century hop aroma and taste that manages to exert itself early and is comparatively rare in a modern IPA.

Photo of mingsngerbs
4.83/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Significant hop flavor, but nicely balanced with an almost "grassy" undertone. Nice PNW IPA.

Photo of Aneda76
2.49/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I've had better ipa, it's not my favorite but it's not terrible.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found this at the craft beer outlet. Don't know if Ninkasi is coming to area. But if this is a precursor then bring it on.
Total Domination had no bottle date.
Pours an amber color with a modest sized head leaving some lacing in it's wake.
The aroma was fresh and fruity.
A good beer thats not overly hopped. T/D is nicely balanced which is the way I like my IPA's. Hops are fruity with floral hints and the malts are bold with some biscuit notes.
Feels smooth on the palate with a dry and semi bitter finish.
I liked this beer. It was balanced and easy drinking.

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

great hops. ninkasi knows how to do IPA

Photo of GilGarp
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a shaker pint glass.

Total Domination is a hazy orange color with thick white head. It's short lived but does leave some lacing.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly intense. Typical citrus and pine character familiar in northwest IPAs.

Flavor is more hoppy than the aroma suggests with a nice bitter bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. Balance is on the far end of bitter even for an IPA.

Overall a good IPA but not exceptional. Could use a little more in the aroma and a little less bitterness.

Photo of jooler
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells really fruity. Tastes pretty fruity too. It's also pretty hoppy. Also has a slight taste of an imperial ipa. It's alright

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As many times as I have had this, I'm glad to remember to finally say something on this wonderful AIPA. My only qualms is probably the fact that its an AIPA and Ninkasi doesn't put bottling dates on any of their beers. Wish they did as it would probably get better ratings if people noticed the date. Somehow I think I heard something's in the works, well, anyways, sorry for that rabbit trail, but on with the beer.
Today this was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange with a light carbonation to be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a one finger rocky foamy white head. It mushroom caps a bit and moderately dissipated leaving a light ringy lacing sticking finely to the glass.
To me, the smell has a nice big burst of citrus/grapefruit with a mild spice on the back end.
The taste is moderately bittersweet with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Its quite dry in the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me. It's bittersweetness rolls over my tongue nicely.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA that I always come back to and love with mushroom and anchovie pizza.

Photo of hopflyer
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this rated so low. Had on tap last night. I remember mostly the head of this beer. Never saw anything like it. It was thick, 1-2 fingers, and stayed that way thru the whole glass. It looked like a marshmallow on top that never melted.

Anyway, the taste was light citrus mango and orange, with good balance of cracker malt.

Feel was light to medium with medium carbonation. Was a bit clean, crisp, and dry.

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,213 ratings.