Total Domination IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

339 Reviews
THE BROS
76
okay

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Reviews: 339
Hads: 1,253
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 40
Gots: 215 | 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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Photo of Kuaff
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cellar-like temperature, in my tulip.

Appearance is clear orange-amber with a two-cm cap of just off white foam which remains for a while and leaves some lovely lacing.

The aroma is fairly faint, but what I get is mostly pine, with a little orange and honey.

Now that's a very well-rounded flavor profile. Sweet yet tart citrus, then pine needles, and a drawn-out finish of sweet bread or biscuits. I feel the bitter astringency lingering more a good minute or two after a sip.

The feel is medium, and the carbonation is moderate, feeling just right.

A nice specimen here. Exhibits sufficient balance and bitterness. (622 characters)

Photo of muldersha
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had from a 12oz brown bottle purchased in Portland, OR

Pours a murky and lightly hazy deep orange color with a solid bone white head. Very good retention and a nice lacing throughout.

Grapefruit, orange, citrus, citrus oil, candy sugar, orange peel caramel candy, peach juice, lemon oil cleaner, and leafy herbs.

Medium to medium-full bodied with a somewhat oily texture and an aggressive wall of bitterness before an astringent finish.

Loads of bitter orange and grapefruit. Could potentially be a great cocktail ingredient as a drier substitute for Aperol or Campari. (575 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours gorgeous brilliant gold under a 2” sudsy, clingy white foam collar.
S: Bready malt, resiny hops, floral, spice, light fruit, slight earthiness.
T: Malty, bready flavors ride a wave of creaminess through your mouth and then the hops start moving in to provide a balance leading to a lingering bitter finish. The hop flavors are layered with traces of fruit.
F: Carbonation is medium and body is medium high.
O: This is a big beer with solid, tonic level bitterness. (479 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on tap at bobbique with lunch and some ribs. transparent orange color thin head. nose and taste is a rich syrupy hop but the taste has a fairly massive bitter blast on the finish. on the sweeter side of the spectrum. ok, not bad but not great either. (250 characters)

Photo of jhavs
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a nonic tasting glass
A: Gold to amber with slightly off white foamy head.
S: Hops up front with some pine and citrus, rind. Get some malt, caramel, toasty aroma as well.
T: I get the sweet malts up front, maybe a bit too much, but pine, resin, and citrus flavors and bitterness ensue.
M: Beer has medium body and moderate carbonation.
O: A good IPA, easy to drink, good balance of ABV and mouth feel for a repeat. IMO the malt and hop balance was a little out of whack, to much malt sweetness up front. Bottle was fresh, so don't think that was the issue. Would like to try on tap to see if that improves my opinion. (656 characters)

Photo of DT509er
2.31/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Too citrusy and sweet for me. The taste, flavor and flow of this beer taste better when consumed from the bottle, no beer-glass/pint needed. After this 6-pack, I'll find something else for myself.

Like The Bro's say, "Okay"..but thats about it for this IPA. (259 characters)

Photo of ChestnutsRLazy
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

One of my personal favorites, I tried it because they sell it at the gas station next to my house. Beautiful appearance and lacing, citrusy, lots of grapefruit. I've had lots of IPAs, many of the best rated and is TD up there with them? No, but if you like a grapefruit profile give this one a shot, you won't be disappointed. I moved to a state where I can't get it except for one restaurant (Utah). This place has hundreds of beers (and also includes the BA rating on the menu!) and I go for this every time I miss it so much. (528 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have to concur with much of what has already been written about this beer. It's a fun colour, it smells the way an IPA should, and it has plenty of raw resin in the hop profile. Overall, it's a solid IPA, but it a far cry from the top of its class. (250 characters)

Photo of 11BIRD11
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just a mediocre IPA Hoppy taste that is a bit too overwhelming to me. Not that great, but good. Live in the area and drink a lot of it, so may just be tired of it. (163 characters)

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. (696 characters)

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. (151 characters)

Photo of vladdswrath
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this one quite a bit more than everyone else around here, it would seem. I'm not sure why but the grapefruit kick of the hops hits my taste buds perfectly, every time. (174 characters)

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! (181 characters)

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. (1,331 characters)

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. (242 characters)

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)). (298 characters)

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. (227 characters)

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... (180 characters)

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. (1,400 characters)

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. (564 characters)

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. (546 characters)

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. (1,225 characters)

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. (432 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thin thick head with short retention, but leaving a thin layer.
Delicious tropical aroma with tons of passion fruit, mango, pineapple, white bread and nectarines.
Hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, caramels, toasted malts, mango, spices, pine, fresh oranges, American yeast and flowers. Quite dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness. It shows its powerful 65 IBUs.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.7% abv is absent.
This feels bitter as it should, with another welcome plus of tropical scent and flavor complexity. It does not necessarily have a unique character, but it is well crafted and intense. In my opinion it is underrated. I don’t really understand why some complain it is too bitter (hello, this is called Total Domination!), and others that is not bitter enough given its name. Please do humanity a favor and hang yourselves. (905 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Truncated notes below. Full review to follow.

A: 4 finger head. White colour. Average across the board, but it does have a good retention (~6-7 minutes ballpark).

Body is a clear copper of average vibrance. It's clean, with no visible sediment.

Sm: Heavier on the pale malt than I'd expect, with some bready caramalt in there too. Hop profile isn't anything special: floral, grassy, a bit funky, citrusy...it's actually a bit off-putting; what is that funkiness?

Mild aromatic intensity. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: There's something off about it, and it seems too bitter. It's a bit detergent-redolent, with some soapiness suggesting it spent too long in primary. The cynic in me wants to say I'm getting some urinal cake notes. Grassy and floral. Pale malts.

Imbalanced and underwhelming, with ample off character.

Mf: Smooth, wet, soft enough, refreshing enough, overcarbonated, crisp. Medium-bodied. Not a perfect companion to the taste, but decent.

O: A drinkable brew with some mildly troublesome drawbacks. Nevertheless, it's tasty and worth trying, honing though it may need. More nice-but-not-great work from Ninkasi. I look forward to reviewing it in more depth.

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01/03/15:

"Total Domination India Pale Ale"

6.7% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass botte with branded pry-off pressure cap purchased as part of a 6 pack at Bubbles Liquor in Castle Rock, CO and served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at high altitude there. Expectations are above average given the brewery and my last experience with this brew. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. White colour. Plump and soft-looking, with nice thickness, creaminess, and fullness. Has a nice even consistency and a fairly shiny complexion. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. No real lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper of good vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated judging by the healthy bubble quantity and activity. A nice looking IPA, but we've seen this kind of appearance before.

AROMA: Floral hop character, bready malts, caramalt, soapiness (indicative that this spent too long in primary fermentation), grassy, nectary, lightly citrusy. I guess there's some vague fruitiness? Pale malts are present, but don't seem to lend too much sweetness. This aroma suggests a decently balanced brew with some rough edges; that soapiness has me worried.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Has a generic caramalt and pale malt base, upon which sits a relatively uninteresting hop profile comprised mainly of generic floral and lighty nectary hop character. Subsidiary hop notes of faint soap, some grassiness, and indistinct fruit round out the favour profile. Unfortunately, the alcohol is far more noticeable than it ought to be (especially at a scant 6.7% ABV), lending it some warmth that sits in the stomach. What does work here is an unexpected graham cracker note, which steers it slightly into English IPA territory without overcommiting. A pleasant surprise.

It's not a shallow brew, but depth of flavour won't impress. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Balance is okay; the hops never seem that well suited to the malts, and the soapiness is disruptive and distracting. It could use more intricacy, nuance, and subtlety, but in fairness it's pretty much average in all respects.

TEXTURE: Crisp and overcarbonated - to the point that it's almost biting. Overly thick and heavy on the palate considering how modest its variety of flavour is. Smooth and wet. Not unrefreshing.

This mouthfeel is a decent companion to the taste, but fails to elevate the beer or accentuate/coax out individual notes from the flavour profile. Decently executed.

OVERALL: A drinkable IPA that just isn't quite there yet. It's above average, sure, but it won't impress the discerning drinker. I'll happily finish my glass and would probably nab this again on-draught if it was the only craft option at a bar, but it's not Ninkasi's best work. It'll scratch your IPA itch.

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.