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Total Domination IPA | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
"6.7% alc./vol. 65 ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."

Added by grumpy on 08-23-2006

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Photo of Stevem68
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lightly hazy light golden color. Aroma citrus and sweet malts. Flavor is citrus, with a little bitterness. Light carbonation and a little thin body but not bad. Overall a nice drinkable beer.

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

Full-bodied flavor for a regular IPA. Heavier on the bittering hops and not so much on the aromatic hops. The emphasis was more on the malt foundation than hoppiness. A great change-up to the proliferation of overly hopped IPA offerings.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 04/20/16:

Semi-clear at first, then hazy and quite opaque as the rest is added to 16oz glass from 22oz bomber. Cuprescent amber topped with foamy light-tan head of decent retention. Resin, raisin, sweet orange, apple, berry aromas. Much the same on the palate, albeit spicier and fruitiness more subdued, apart from berries. Rind and nearly soap in the finish. Fuller end of medium-bodied, sloshy, semi-smooth, plenty of tingly then sudsy carbonation.

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Photo of Beejay
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orange apricot in color, very hazy with a light tan head. d

S: Fruity with hints of berries on a background of tropical fruit.

T: A bit more bitter than I would have imagined. Solid bitterness up front, followed by a touch of malt sweetness, and an earthy and citrus lingering bitterness. I wish the flavor was as juicy as the aroma.

M: Medium with fairly low carbonation.

O: I like the aroma, but otherwise it is fairly ho-hum.

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

This is horrible. This is not an IPA! It tastes like it's a wheat beer. I'm returning it because it's not what it says it is. I hate wheat beer and I hate this beer. I love hoppy IPAs and this is pure false advertising. Going to the store to return it. I signed up for a BA account just to warn others about this beer. Utterly undrinkable.

Poured it down the drain, and I don't do that very often.

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Photo of Kinger22
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bubbles form a thin, creamy head atop a dark gold pour. A strong fruity scent with levels of hops as well. The taste is strong on hops with hints of the fruit flavors. An easy-drinking beer that sits well.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: A swarm of bubbles create a large, creamy white head atop a fizzing, clear, dark gold body. A pretty beer.

Smell: Floral hops mixed with juicy orchard fruit, mostly peaches and pears. Pale malt brings an almost hay-like quality to the aroma. Balanced, sweet, and refreshing.

Tate: Toasted honey sweetness and pale biscuity malt are well-balanced by floral and citrus hop flavors. The medium bitterness is just high enough to confirm this as an IPA. A bit of grapefruit and golden pear adds some interesting brightness. There is a grainy cheerio flavor in the aftertaste that is somewhat distracting.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body and high carbonation are ideal for the style. Crisp, with a finish that is both dry and frothy, as the head lasts throughout the drinking session.

Overall: A great IPA for those who are just starting to get into hops--the tasty sweetness provided by the malt and fruit flavors is impossible to ignore, but it manages to complement the bitterness rather than working against it. It has sour patch candy appeal--sweetness with a bite!

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Day 2 of my Cali road trip/west coast ipa binge. Carmel to Big Sur.

Honey color with decent retention. Smells like pink grapefruit hops. Tastes like pink grapefruit candy wedges. Kinda juicy. Sharp, lasting bitter.

The name is bigger than the IPA.

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Photo of Buzzsaw68
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like IPAs, you'll like Total Domination. If you prefer "hoppier" tasting IPAs, you'll enjoy this beer. It's doesn't have a high IBU and has no "surprise" bitterness. It's citrusy taste, Cascade hops, and more than normal carbonation has an almost refreshing ability for indulging in the evening, not so much during the day as it is a filling beer. When going a bit "over board" one night, it seems to leave you with less of a hangover. There's no science or reasoning, but has been repeated many times haha. Good stuff, a must if you've never had it or first time tasting Ninkasi beers. Cheers

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Photo of MAB
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better on-tap than it is out of a bottle, I think. This is a bottle review.

Lovely color-- deep amber. Hoppy nose. Nice head.
Hoppy flavor, but overall not too bitter, considering. Well rounded.

The on-tap version featured more bitterness, for whatever reason.

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Photo of ezra_shroomer
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite brew ive had hands down. Ninkasi does a great job and their TD IPA is my go to drink for a good night. Love love love. Keep the wonderful brews coming (:

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer's aroma is classically piny in every sense of the word. Sure, there are also hints of melon, caramel, and table sugar, but this one is all about the pine in particular. Dare I say it smells like a forest? It doesn't particularly pop, but neither does it seem overly harsh or biting. It tastes much the same way - that is to say, it's a pine bomb. It starts with plenty of pine, grass, and lemon; and finishes with a surge of toffee and caramel. Light fruit esters pop up after a while. Though I don't find it THAT bitter on the palate, make no mistake: it's astringent and very dry, with carbonation that's ample enough to cleanse things nicely. On the other hand, it feels a bit too bulky on the tongue. I expected a brutal pine bomb, but this is actually quite nice. A classic, old-school IPA that shows what the style used to be like, and still offers enjoyment compared to all the tropical juice beers currently out there today.

3.45/5: An old-school IPA through and through, but still quite charming

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Photo of GetSmokedOn
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 5

Purchased from local beersman.

Poured from a bottle into my mouth.

APPEARANCE: A cold wind blew as I powerfully gripped the bottle. Nice condensation on the bottle, good sticker. No twist top? No problem! Used a hammer to gently destroy the top of this bottle. Good foamy stuff on top and the glory rating would be strong to quite strong.

SMELL: The delicious pine drifted into my nasal unit. After removing the pine pieces I smelled the beer. It smelled like a pretty good IPA. There was a hint of chocolate with music notes and I could also smell my finger and I got a hint of my house because I was in my house.

TASTE: First, the flowery taste hit my mouth muscle like a veritable tour de france of hops. I was then lead down the primrose path to a hint of citrus. I took that hint and solved the riddle. There was mad citrus. There was a beery aftertaste. There was also a beery beforetaste with a beery nowtaste.

PALATE: Really bubble.

OVERALL: This beer. If I could put it into a word, I would say "This beer was so good". Of all the beer I did have this was one of the beers that I did have and didn't not have. There were good times and there were bad and I think that I had this before at my friend Jeff's house.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bottle poured into a pint glass
no bottle or enjoy by date
pours a golden orange to slightly amber and somewhat cloudy
moderate white head that hung around and left some lace on the glass
smell was somewhat complex and subtle pine citrus and hops initially then ambrosia as the beer warmed
taste similar to the nose slightly sweet with floral pine and citrus also a perfume ambrosia taste as well
feel is medium body and somewhat viscous
i like ninkasi especially sleigh'r and tricerahops
total domination was not as good but ok overall

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Photo of woodychandler
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know that I should be laser-focused on The CANQuest (tm), but I have been curious about Ninkasi's beers for a while and when I spied this at The Fridge, I decided to bring a 12-fl. oz. bottle home with me for review. Little did I know that it would be so unhappy in my fridge - twice, it tried to commit suicide by falling off of the shelf when I opened the door! Fortunately, I have a small bit of foam there for just such circumstances, having lost a couple that way. No worries, mate! Today, you shall have your freedom returned and you will experience the glory of recycling thereafter!

From the bottle: "Multiple hops collide in balanced perfection, dominating the senses and achieving total satisfaction. From the Pacific Northwest, birthplace of the modern IPA, comes a beer whose name says it all."

As I held the bottle up to the cold, hard light of the burgeoning day, I saw floaties in the kick of the bottle, suggesting a) hopping to the point of saturation/oversaturation and b) that a VERY gentle pour was in order. The cap Pop!ped off quite easily and so began the aforementioned pour. This raised only a skim of foam, but I managed to leave most of the lees (?) in the bottle, so I consider it a win. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pine hops quality, but it was not as dominant as the name had led me to expect. Mouthfeel was medium, but the tight CO2 bubbles gave it a prickly quality on the tongue. I was not really impressed by the taste. It was like the hops had total domination, not the beer having total domination over me. It was highly unbalanced, which I generally like, but this was like licking a pine tree without any respite. Don't get me wrong - I remain a self-avowed hophead, but the hops were unabating here. Finish was quite dry, naturally, since the malts were either absent or hiding out in their having been totally dominated.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.59/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this one in Buffalo during GABER 2015. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-looser, foamy white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a good cap with foamy lacing. Hazy amber orange in color with no carbonation. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some chunky lacing down the glass. A little too loose and foamy here.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel, pineapple, melon, passion fruit and light lemon citrus on the nose. Bold enough and characterful.

TASTE: Passion fruit, melon and caramel up front. A little grainy at the swallow, with a bolder and lingering finish of grainy malts, hop bitterness and light melon flavors. Quite bitter and grainy for sure, without the advertised character of the nose. Grainy and bitter.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry. Bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This is really grainy and bitter. Pretty simple without much of the fruity character that makes this style so wonderful. The nose had some of the right stuff going on, but the flavor just lost it. Not a good example of the style and yet another disappointing Ninkasi IPA.

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Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful orange-amber with a thin fizzy white head. The head has almost no retention but still leaves a smattering of sticky small lacing. The aroma is astringent hops and not much else. The taste is similar but with just a hint of caramel malt sweetness and a little tropical fruit. The body is lighter, mostly smooth but with a little bit of carbonation.

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

On 12 oz bottle, poured on wine glass, with dinner
Color/Look: cloudy yellow no head
Smell: hoppy smell, not to big
Taste: bland taste, not balance, not a lot of bitterness common in good IPAs

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber color. Mild haze. Off-white head settles after only a short time. Spotty lacing.

S: Grassy and herbal hops. Earthy. Faint whiffs of sliced tangerine and grapefruit. Sweet and toasty malt base.

T: Grassy and floral hop flavors morph and go earthy and herbal soon thereafter. Pine. Sharp and oily bitterness. Bitter grapefruit rind. Soapy. Sweet caramel and toast malt base. Grainy toward the finish. Very bitter hop finish.

M: Medium body. Slightly chewy and creamy, but it ultimately feels a bit watery. Sharply carbonated.

O: Bitey and perhaps a bit too bitter for its own good. Body leaves a bit to be desired too. It's a little harsh and doesn't leave me longing for another. It will be difficult for this one to tread water in a saturated IPA market.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours nice, light amber, a might cloudy and bright. Head dissipates quickly but the lacing stays for a while. Aroma is subtle, sweet and citrusy. First taste is a bittery hoppy west coast-style IPA flavor, not too overpowering. A toasty malt contributes to a sweet/slightly metalic bitterness. Side of the bottle says IBU is 65 but It seems higher to me, it's fighting to get through.

Slight nuances in the tastes. Lot of pine and dank, a little melon, all nicely balanced and no one flavor overtakes the others. The feel is oily and syrupy, and malt bitter aftertaste lingers. Still, pretty drinkable. Ultimately this feels hoppier to me than their Tricerahops DIPA, which I like more, but is also more floral and citrusy than this, and is doing stronger DIPA things, more going on. I don't have a side-by-side right now to compare, and it may be the malt in this one makes it seem simpler and actually smoother.

This one works on the IPA score easily, and at $4.00 a bomber you can't go wrong. A great beer.

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Photo of MacPhergus
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good light color, kind of s weak head, very clear. Not much aroma, was expecting more. Bitterness a little edgy but tasty. Body just right for the style.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Faint smell of hops. Tastes of citrus at first and then a strong hop flavor/bitterness to finish. Decent IPA, and at $4 for a bomber it's relatively cheap too.

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Photo of Nichol
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is going to be vague because I'm only reviewing this one so I can remember it later. I only had one that I brought back home from Oregon (I now regret only having one brought back and need to get more somehow). Beautiful shade of amber, nice lacing head. Strong hops right off the top and pleasantly dry mouthfeel. This is a good winter/fall beer, I think. Full flavor and leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy. Must find again.

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Photo of pmangold
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first beer from Ninkasi - a good overall IPA that hits the marks that one should expect from an IPA. A citrus/pine combo, easy to drink. While it doesn't strike a perfect balance of malt to hops, it's close enough and an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is a clear medium Amber. Nice creamy head. Strong grapefruit and pine notes but still a fairly sweet and honey notes. Feel is a bit on the heavy side. Still good.

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