Total Domination IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,238 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,238
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 39
Gots: 205 | 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: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,238 | Reviews: 351
Reviews by Celtics17:
Photo of Celtics17
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste is pine, , grapefruit rind, more pine. I wasn't a fan of the first bottle of the 6pack that I picked up. But I gave it a shot the next day, and it was much better, maybe it was a dud.

Smell: Very light, a teeny bit grassy, and I thought it smelled more like a pilsner, than an IPA. This IPA had what I was looking for with a second try. Solid overall.

More User Reviews:
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.

Photo of brice5
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Pretty decent IPA smooth but bitter on aftertaste, citrus flavors and malty on the onset, bitterness is moderate afterwards as expected. Happy with this sixer:)

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 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 Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow body that left lots of lace. Bitterness is certainly there, but it wasn't so drinkable or balanced or complex, understated citrus, a muddle of hops. On whole, an average beer and only fair IPA. They sold the bottle, I rate it. Thanks Ken for bringing.

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 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 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 Lane_in_ID
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent but not a great IPA. I will not buy this one again.

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 RoyalT
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This poured a beautiful, hazy deep orange in color with a gorgeous head that left some nice lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This is an excellent mix of hop aromas. First off, the pine is as sharp as I've ever smelled but somehow manages to harmonize with the rest of the other hops. The citrus is a mix of mild white grapefruit and the smell you get from a tangerine minus the orange flavor. That may sound contradictory but when you smell a tangerine you get the big orange aroma of course but then you get an earthy smell from the rind and the pulp and that is what I'm finding here. It's kind of vegetable-green as well.

I feel for the poor malt base that can't some close to standing its own here, but hell this is a PacNW IPA so f' ya. This hop bouquet though is incredibly inviting and really just sets the stage for what must be an amazing flavor profile.

Taste - This delivers in spades at the taste. The hops are so refined and so succinct they define the "crispness" comment you see written so often in IPA reviews. I've had a lot of big pine resin beers before but this characteristic is so clean and fresh it's like the difference between eating frozen green beans and picking them off the vine. The other players from the nose come on righteously at the taste so don't mean to ignore those flavors but the pine in this profile is just phenomenal.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied, again very crisp, with a sharp bitterness that is both big and pleasant. The continuity is incredible as it just starts off sharp, threatens an overpowering bitter mallet, then maintains its cool, and finishes with a flourish of sensations never once offending the drinker.

Drinkability - This is my idea of a killer sipping IPA. I actually had the DIPA by Kinsaki first and was grandly disappointed and am now confused. How could you produce an amazing IPA like this then struggle so mightily with the DIPA? Either way, I'll certainly be buying the rest of the BevMo stock of this ale come the weekend.

Photo of hbensinger
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with a good amount of head and leaves nice lacing in the glass. Very little hop aroma but overall good balance between bitterness and body. It would benefit from more flavor in the middle. Mouthfeel is as expected.
Not my first choice but isn't bad in a pinch.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Quick to foam from a moderate pouring, the epic-sized head dissipates real slow. Amber golden color is completely hazed over. Grapefruit rind, taffy and walnut skin in the nose ... lots of hops, but the yeast shakes things up. Slick medium body, carbonation goes from massive head to nearly nothing. Bitterness is borderline astringent though a toffee flavor and ester alcohol distract the palate enough to produce a disjointed balance. Yeasty and fruity in the middle with a plainly bitter finish. Unfortunately, the yeast dominates a bit too much here--you can taste the potential if the yeast was tapered back.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a 5 oz tasting glass.
It was a rather cloudy golden color typical of an IPA.
As my tastes have evolved, this has become one of my favorite every day IPA's.
Uber-citrus flavor to satisfy the senses if you're a hop head. A very good IPA.

Photo of drinkofczars
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Great color, a light copper look. Looks like a filtered Mannys (Seattle).

S- Smells very hoppy when first pouring. Floral and citrus notes are strong for an IPA.

T&M- Incredibly strong hoppy bite to the taste. The taste experience seems to mellow on the flavors after a few sips; citrus notes coming through later in the drinking of the beer.

One of my favorite IPA's I have tasted. I'm excited to try their Tricerahops Double IPS.

Great Beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet grainy caramel malt and grassy fruity cascade hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a huge grassy bitterness in the finish with some metallic fruit notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, reminds me of a way over the top SNPA. The bitterness had some off notes and was a bit unpleasant (almost charred) in the aftertaste.

Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Bubbly white head, hazed pale amber hue. Juicy nose with fruity overtones, both hops and mild alcohol have infiltrated my nostrils. Smooth throughout, balanced hop bitterness is just the beginning ... citrus pith, peppery, powdered aspirin, and pungent. Big juicy kiss of exotic fruit in the middle with a bit of alcohol in tow.

Not half bad for an IPA, not like the rest and seem more of a old school American IPA before the whole hop thing became a pissing match. Decent drinking.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great single ipa here, a little darker than your average ipa, on the low end carbonation wise. Good aroma. Standard pine and citrus feel, not overpowering.

Taste, continue to be pleased, a little lighter than the appearance would suggest. Pine seems to pull ahead downbottle, citrus remains. Unbalanced in a good way for an ipa, not totally out of whack.

Great price wise, $5 a 22 for a solid beer.

EDIT: I dunno what the deal is, but these keep getting worse. Don't buy at bevmo, always old.

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz undated bottle.
Pours with a large creamy head - exceptional, especially for style.

Feel: near medium body is a touch thin but with enough carbonation to lend some crispness, and a bit of creaminess, especially with the head.

Hops: primarily piney with some herbal and little fruit other than a strong grapefruit rind taste that lingers on and on in the aftertaste.

O: Great appearance and find feel, but not my favorite mix of hops.

Photo of Auraan
3/5  rDev -18%

Poured a purely clear amber body with a one finger bubbly white head. A pretty, though standard looking IPA. Scents of orange flesh and zest, lightly floral hops, light pine resin, a slight spiciness, which is odd for a West Coast IPA, yet pleasant, a hint of earthy, vegetal hops and a light malt presence. Overall impression of aroma is of a very orange-forward aroma that showcases what I believe are Amarillo hops. The light malt adds balance and makes the aroma quite pleasant. The other aromas are true to form and balanced. Not the most robust aroma, but it is pleasantly balanced and quite pleasant. The spiciness in the background is also a nice addition. Flavor begins lightly bitter with flavors of pale malt that is lightly sweet, with a medium-light pine resin flavor and moderate notes of orange flesh, floral hops and. Light grapefruit peel. Middle is slightly more bitter with notes of orange zest, grapefruit peel, a still present sweet pale malt backbone that balancing. Finish is moderately bitter with notes of orange zest, pine resin, a hint of alcohol, grapefruit peel, and a light malt backbone balancing. Aftertaste is grainy, bready and sweet malt, pine resin and indeterminate citrus peel. Overall impression of flavor is of a nicely done IPA that is relatively standard in its overall flavor profile, but is hoppy yet balanced enough to be quite pleasant to drink. Well done, but not amazing. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-light carbonation with a slick feel and resinous finish. Overall impression is of a nice IPA mouthfeel that is true to style and quite well done. Overall this is an alright IPA. It has a nice aroma and flavor, even if in most respects it is rather standard. It is pleasant, but there are better IPAs, though I do appreciate the orange forward flavor profile. Not bad, but not amongst the best.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dull orange tea like color with a little fizz of bubbles passing through the clear liquid.  The head is thin, off white and quick to disappear.  A faint oil slick of hop goodness rests on top of the brew.  A good sign for an IPA. 

The nose is a nice touch of pine and light citrus pith.  Mild but distinctly an IPA.   In the background is a strong foundation of malts, sweet and toasted.

Taste is simple and not as bold as I'd like for an IPA.  There are touches of citrus and resiny pine with bits of that sweet malt bleeding through.  Tasty with a nice hop bitterness that pinches the cheeks. 

Mouthfeel is wonderful with that great hop bitterness and light carbonation sizzle.  The malts give just enough sweetness to balance the brew and produce a slightly dry finish that is a nice end to each sip.  All in all a good flavored and feeling brew.  Not my favorite IPA but one I can drink again and again.  Well worth checking out if you ever run into it

Photo of crowsoup
2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours with promise, a good head on its shoulders - I felt hope for a moment. I was under the impression that I might be able to lay back into the foam, rest on the lacing, point my nose to the ceiling and call it a day. I had the wrong impression. The carbonation faded in the blink of an eye and the nose knows nothing. A slight hint of stale, flat air and nothing more. The only saving grace here was the actual appearance of a good IPA, which only counts on camera, and since nobody was filming me drink it, that didn't really matter. Oh well, at least at 6.7% ABV I got a nice, end of the day buzz...so there's that.

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

22oz bottle, in my Seattle-adjacent hotel room. At home, I shop in Safeway regularly, so in off-ramp Northern Washington state, I am enamoured by the 'microbrew' aisle at an identical-looking store, something we sure as hell don't have back in the so-called Great White North.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden orange hue, with two fingers of puffy and densely foamy off-white head, which leaves a thin patchwork of curtained lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of bitter floral, herbal hops up front, with some mild usual suspect grapefruit and pine stomped down blow, all above a stodgy bready caramel malt, and perhaps a touch of white pepper spice. The taste is slightly less hoppy, with the generic bready, doughy, and somewhat caramelized malt taking back the flag from the now lazy-seeming, herbal-led, and pine-trailed hops. A tame metallic booziness starts to creep in as things warm a tad.

The carbonation is quite soft in its low-key frothiness, and a non-issue, the body tending to the light side of medium, weight-wise, and with a bit too much rising hop dryness on the palate to pledge total smoothness upon. It finishes off-dry, natch, the bitter leafy, herbal hops eking it out over the everyman malt stalwart.

Not what I quite envision when presented with the idea of a "Total Domination" IPA. Hops are too muddled, earthy, and well, uninteresting, and the malt has no better excuse. The middle of the road ABV, heretofore mostly undetectable (points for that, thankfully), is equally unworthy of such a moniker. Maybe it's just my expectations, having just dropped into the heart of the PAC-NW, but, next!

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Safeco. Review from notes.

A: Pours a amber/copper color with a small off-white head on top. Decent retention with lots of thin lacing let behind.

S: Nice grapefruit aroma with some light citrus. There is a bit of caramel malt and a hint of spice.

T: Nice citrus and grapefruit flavor. There is a bit of lemon/orange zest mixed in a strong caramel bite on the finish. Slight bready malt presence as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

O: A solid IPA, was very happy to have it at Safeco vs. some of the other offerings.

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.