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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

343 Reviews
THE BROS
76
okay

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Reviews: 343
Hads: 1,272
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 41
Gots: 228 | 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."
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 343 | Hads: 1,272
Photo of Strat58cat
4.85/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

No unicorns were injured in the production of this ale. They deny this is unicorn milk. Anyway, that's what they claim. This is the greatest IPA in my humble opinion. It is a no-compromise, elite-quality effort to create a delicious, aromatic, balanced ale. Reviewers are going to extremes, forgetting that the essence of enjoyment is balance, not extreme bitterness, pine or fruit for its own sake. Top rated Union Jack is an ester laden fruit bomb, lacking the balance of Firestone wines. Delicious Sierra Nevada - great as it is - is a pine bomb. Yes, it's like drinking a pine meadow, and one of the best. Total Domination, in contrast, is balance incarnate. Pine notes, fruit notes, bitterness, malt in balance and harmony. This ale is a treasure. (762 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Surprisingly almost no smell. Slight hops is about it.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine notes.

Overall: Not bad, I have had better IPAs. But it was a free sample! (298 characters)

Photo of raiderob
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber into pint glass. Apricot amber in color with light creamy head and nice lingering lacing. Citrus fruit like flavors and tart finish. Prost❗ (156 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold to shiny new copper penny in color with a quarter inch of off white head. The body does not allow much light to get through. Moderate lacing. The nose allots a small bit of pine. I taste more of a citrus hop character. Strangely I taste more of a pine hop profile as the beer warmed. The mouth is dry and lightly chalky. I wonder what a less than 3 1/2 month bottle would taste like. (395 characters)

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)

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.