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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

895 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 34
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: grumpy on 08-23-2006)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 18:53:13 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-25-2012 03:47:03 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slight alcohol kick and a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not very exciting.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 04:28:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of schmoopsbeer. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a dark peach color and is slightly transparent. There is a white head that lasts for a bit and leaves some spotty lacing. The nose is light with just a bit of citrus hops and some light caramel. There is a bit of booze and bread in the background. The flavor brings mostly malt followed by some citrus hops and a slight amount of dry bitterness in the finish along with a surprising amount of alcohol given the ABV. Medium body and carbonation. Not bad, but not all that good either.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 15:26:38 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

--Total Domination label

Polished pineapple-orange with candied lemon peel trim. A fine yeasty haze gives the beer character, as does a birch bark colored cap that looks to be on the sticky side. A copious amount of BB-shot lace is now beginning to appear on the upper reaches of the glass.

The appearance was my first clue that this is a pale malt-dominant India pale ale. The nose is my second. One or more of the C-hops hold sway, to the exclusion of all else. One might say that they Totally Dominate. Freshly zested white grapefruits and lemons bring to mind some combination of Centennial, Cascade and Columbus. Only a wee lack of pungency keeps the score from being one notch higher.

Simply put, an Oregon IPA ought to be more buzzsaw hoppy than this. To be fair, it does say 'balanced' right there on the label. Nevertheless, I'll probably get my minimum daily requirement of alpha acids by the time the bomber is empty.

As suspected, no caramel or toasted maltiness is appreciated. That allows what hops are present to shine brightly. Bitterness stays ahead of sweetness throughout the mouthful, without ever being in danger of outpacing its support. What the hell, this one gets a hophead seal of approval.

Grapefruit and lemon are now joined by orange and pineapple. If you like your IPAs fruit juicy with only a hint of pine, then TD is a good choice. Laid back carbonation results in very few hop burps.

The mouthfeel is built for speed. It's probably a fraction lighter than is optimal, but the beer is so glassy smooth and so gently bubbled that it practically drinks itself. The great hop flavor, the relatively low ABV, and the mouthfeel are leading to gulping rather than sipping. It would be great if I had another bomber waiting in the wings.

Total Domination IPA doesn't quite 'dominate the senses', but it does result in something close to 'total satisfaction'. Good thing I have several other Ninkasi offerings in my cellar because I'm interested to see what else this brewery has up its sleeve.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 22:36:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a firm whipped egg white head; terrific structure to the lacing

Smell: A bit understated, but fairly balanced, with some biscuity malt and "C" hops

Taste: Starts out biscuity but after a few seconds, the lemon and grapefruit flavors arrive; citrusy after the swallow, but balanced throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Clearly on the APA side of an IPA, this is a quite enjoyable beer if you like a balanced approach to an IPA; not totally dominating by any stretch, but still quite tasty to my palate

Thanks, riversideAK (from the other site), for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 22:14:11 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-18-2011 03:32:25 | More by nmann08
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale orange body with a scant white head.

Smell: Minor toasty malt hints with a backing of citrus and pine needles.

Taste: Thin toasted malt flavor and sweetness. Citric, pine hoppiness with a medium amount of hop bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty average India Pale Ale at best. Certainly not the most exciting beer to roll down my gullet that night.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 01:08:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-22-2013 16:16:37 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-02-2012 05:31:23 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-28-2013 22:03:04 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber with a thick yellowish white head that fades fast.

Nose is lemony carmel - not typical IPA nose more of a double IPA nose;

Mouthfeel is medium bodied; nice balance and nice simple bitter pine/grapefruit hops. Pleasant in the mouth and with rich bitter grapefruit with nice undertones of malt - nicely balanced. This is a very good double IPA "flavor" but doesn't have the alcohol. I would peg as a "hoppy double." Drinkable and nice. Grade is not totally just as IPA - since it doesn't have the intensity one expects in an IPA but this is a very well integrated and drinkable brew. Especially good as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 05:35:39 | More by GRG1313
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largadeer

California

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden amber with a slight haze. A hard pour gave me 3 inches of frothy foam, which retains very well.

Smell: Citrus and pineapple from the hops, primarily cascade I'd guess, with a sweet and bready malt backbone. Not as pungently hoppy as I'd like, but decent enough.

Taste & mouthfeel: This is a PNW style IPA all the way, malt coming through plainly and lending quite a bit of caramel sweetness. Hops are nonetheless at the forefront, citrusy and tropical, bringing to mind pineapple, lemon and mango. Medium in body, faint acidity. This one ends on a dry and astringent note, pretty heavy on the tongue. A chore to drink after a while. It isn't an outright bad beer, but I wouldn't drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 03:11:05 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. At home, I shop in Safeway regularly. 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 pale golden orange hue, with two fingers of dense foamy off-white head, which leaves a thin patchwork of curtained lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bitter floral, herbal hops up front, with some mild grapefruit and pine usual suspects stomped down blow, all above some weak bready malt. The taste is less hoppy, with the generic bready, somewhat caramelized malt taking back the flag from the now lazy herbal-led, and pine-trailed hops. The carbonation is quite soft, and a non-issue, the body tending to the light side of medium for weight, and with a bit too much rising 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 envision when presented with the idea of a "Total Domination" IPA. Hops are too muddled, earthy, and well, boring, and the malt fares no better. And the ABV, heretofore unmentioned, while undetectable (points for that, thankfully), is equally unworthy of such a moniker. Next.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 01:45:49 | More by biboergosum
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-10-2013 18:13:32 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whew. There is a lot of apricot on here. Quite tangy. Too much so for the style. Sweetness is well beyond acceptable limits for the style. As an IPA, this really falls very short of the style. The only thing I get that fits is a slight spicy tone from hops. Besides that, it's quite far away from being a well made IPA. It's a drinkable beer, but in no way interesting or inspiring. A shame.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 22:23:46 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 03:58:55 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from bottletrek

Pours honey/amber with 1 finger of ivory colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Slight honey malt, then a ton of citric hops. Biscuitty malt shines once warm

T: Citrussy hops, biscuitty malt & pineapple fruittyness up front. Apricot fruittyness along with piney & grapefruitty hops as this warms. finishes a touch dry, fruitty & hoppy

MF: Medium bodied with nice creamy softness, & great balance

This drinks very easy, what I look for in a session IPA, enough hops to hold your attention, but not rip your taste buds out. A damn good AIPA, probably too tame (balanced) for most hopheads

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 17:15:06 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber IPA poured into a tulip, beer is amber and hazy with a nice off white head of small bubbles, relatively low retention and some lacing on the glass.

Beer smells sweet, malty, mildly piny / earthy on the palate.

Beer is medium in body, leads off with some sweetness and some more sweetness before giving way to a mild hop palate of sulfury / earthy hops. I don't know what to think about htis beer honestly. It tastes fine but I wanted a hoppy IPA, this is not that, it is a malty IPA. I drank it but I don't think I'll return.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:35:52 | More by drabmuh
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, OR) on 9/2/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white froth. This doesn’t lose a whole lot, retaining with about a ¼ finger or so and slathering the sides of the glass with some rich and sticky lacing. The aroma smells leafy and herbal in the nose, which is layered on top of an underlying mix of bitter citrus and sweet grains that combine to give off a ripe and earthy feeling twang in the nostrils.

Bitter citrus drives the taste with some force, also spreading some herbal textures out in the mouth. The finish is dry and lightly spicy. A sweet and toasty graininess brings the bulk of the sweetness to this but there is also a bit too much of a light darkness to the malts as well that throws this off a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a initial sharpness on the tongue, yet this smoothes out a bit more into a creamy crispness as this stars to move around in the mouth. Alcohol is well hid for almost 8%, with this just having some fullness to the body but that’s about it.

I had this one in the bottle a couple of years ago and remember really enjoying this.
Unfortunately, this pint here at the brewery just wasn’t quite as a robust and flavorful as I remembered for that experience. I don’t want to really comment on the quality of their beer here as they continue to expand and get bigger but I will say that this beer fell far short of what I remember from 2 years ago.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 14:24:40 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-26-2013 19:41:57 | More by Slatetank
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-30-2014 04:20:38 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a unique ipa that has the uncommon feature of being both fruity and citrusy in hop profile, but then also being punishingly bitter. the finish on this is one of the most bitter in any beer i have ever had, which is totally unexpected. its a little less nuanced than tricerahops, but is like its slightly younger brother. still extremely robust on the hop front with literally unrivaled bitterness. light orange glow to a hazy pale beer with an inch or so of lasting white foam head. nose and taste of grapefruit hops, maybe columbus, with the fruit up front and again, insane bitterness after the swallow. malts are medium bodied but minimally flavorful. just two row and some crystal with a bit more color. carbonation is great, really lively, but the bitterness on the tongue hurts the mouthfeel and after a few sips, inhibits my ability to taste the first half of the beer. i genuinely appreciate it for what it is, and am stoked on its freshness, but the bitterness doesn't add anything for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 21:43:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 07/16/11 notes. Bottle my girlfriend brought back from Oregon 2 weeks ago. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. An inch of head stays throughout drinking it and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, and light pine hops. Not overly hoppy or strong, but enjoyable.

t - Tastes of light citrus hops, fruity malts, honey, and light pine hops. Again, not too strong in the hops, and quite bitter.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness in the mouth.

o - Overall a decent IPS but I didn't find it that hoppy, and found it very bitter. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 22:08:05 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled May 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, light tan colored head; the head has lots of structure to it and leaves lots of thick lacing on the sides of my glass as well as falling with a very varied, rocky surface. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a lightly hazed amber color when held up to the light. Bright citrus, tangelo and lychee mix with soft, toasted malt, caramelized grain and perhaps a touch of sweet tea like aromatics. The malt towards the finish combines with sharper pine-hop notes and some pepper herbal notes. The aroma doesn’t quite have the bright hoppy notes that I prefer (I wonder if age has anything to do with it), but it does have a nice mix of fruit and herbal notes from the hop as well as a supporting malt character that doesn’t quite get in the way of the hops.

Fairly smooth textured, even creamy, I must have knocked out a fair amount of carbonation during my pour. The beer has a firm bitterness throughout that lingers on the palate; there is also a sort of menthol character that lingers in the finish. Lychee flavors mix with kumquat zest, tangelo and some other softer tropical fruit notes. The hop character also has some softer notes of pine, spicy herbal notes. There is a soft malt sweetness to this beer that accentuates the fruity hop character, and the sweet tea note that was found in the nose, is quite a bit reduced here in the flavor; almost non-existent. As the beer warms up, the herbal and pine notes come out a bit more. The body has a medium’ish character to it, though it is not on the heavy side for an IPA; it is just enough that it is not still quaffable like an IPA should be.

Not a bad IPA, my guess it is perhaps not at its freshest, but I don’t have a way of checking.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 14:24:41 | More by Gueuzedude
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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.