Total Domination IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,098 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 39
Gots: 131 | 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:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of GRG1313
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of herbal and pine resin hops are present in the nose along with notes of orange citrus and caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but is a little maltier and starts out with flavors of caramel followed by the notes of citrus and herbal hops, the latter of which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The hop flavors strengthen as the beer warms up and hints of pine linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer starts out tasting like a malty East Coast IPA but once it warms up the hops kick in and it begins resembling its hoppier West Coast counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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 StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Kegatron
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
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

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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