Total Domination IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

341 Reviews
THE BROS
76
okay

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Reviews: 341
Hads: 1,257
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 40
Gots: 216 | 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."
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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. (905 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Truncated notes below. Full review to follow.

A: 4 finger head. White colour. Average across the board, but it does have a good retention (~6-7 minutes ballpark).

Body is a clear copper of average vibrance. It's clean, with no visible sediment.

Sm: Heavier on the pale malt than I'd expect, with some bready caramalt in there too. Hop profile isn't anything special: floral, grassy, a bit funky, citrusy...it's actually a bit off-putting; what is that funkiness?

Mild aromatic intensity. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: There's something off about it, and it seems too bitter. It's a bit detergent-redolent, with some soapiness suggesting it spent too long in primary. The cynic in me wants to say I'm getting some urinal cake notes. Grassy and floral. Pale malts.

Imbalanced and underwhelming, with ample off character.

Mf: Smooth, wet, soft enough, refreshing enough, overcarbonated, crisp. Medium-bodied. Not a perfect companion to the taste, but decent.

O: A drinkable brew with some mildly troublesome drawbacks. Nevertheless, it's tasty and worth trying, honing though it may need. More nice-but-not-great work from Ninkasi. I look forward to reviewing it in more depth.

C+

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01/03/15:

"Total Domination India Pale Ale"

6.7% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass botte with branded pry-off pressure cap purchased as part of a 6 pack at Bubbles Liquor in Castle Rock, CO and served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at high altitude there. Expectations are above average given the brewery and my last experience with this brew. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. White colour. Plump and soft-looking, with nice thickness, creaminess, and fullness. Has a nice even consistency and a fairly shiny complexion. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. No real lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper of good vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated judging by the healthy bubble quantity and activity. A nice looking IPA, but we've seen this kind of appearance before.

AROMA: Floral hop character, bready malts, caramalt, soapiness (indicative that this spent too long in primary fermentation), grassy, nectary, lightly citrusy. I guess there's some vague fruitiness? Pale malts are present, but don't seem to lend too much sweetness. This aroma suggests a decently balanced brew with some rough edges; that soapiness has me worried.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Has a generic caramalt and pale malt base, upon which sits a relatively uninteresting hop profile comprised mainly of generic floral and lighty nectary hop character. Subsidiary hop notes of faint soap, some grassiness, and indistinct fruit round out the favour profile. Unfortunately, the alcohol is far more noticeable than it ought to be (especially at a scant 6.7% ABV), lending it some warmth that sits in the stomach. What does work here is an unexpected graham cracker note, which steers it slightly into English IPA territory without overcommiting. A pleasant surprise.

It's not a shallow brew, but depth of flavour won't impress. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Balance is okay; the hops never seem that well suited to the malts, and the soapiness is disruptive and distracting. It could use more intricacy, nuance, and subtlety, but in fairness it's pretty much average in all respects.

TEXTURE: Crisp and overcarbonated - to the point that it's almost biting. Overly thick and heavy on the palate considering how modest its variety of flavour is. Smooth and wet. Not unrefreshing.

This mouthfeel is a decent companion to the taste, but fails to elevate the beer or accentuate/coax out individual notes from the flavour profile. Decently executed.

OVERALL: A drinkable IPA that just isn't quite there yet. It's above average, sure, but it won't impress the discerning drinker. I'll happily finish my glass and would probably nab this again on-draught if it was the only craft option at a bar, but it's not Ninkasi's best work. It'll scratch your IPA itch.

C+ (4,135 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; very tin lacing, but a lot of it;

S: mostly earthy, with a bit of tropical fruit in the background;

T: muted; follows the nose; tropical fruit comes out more at mid-palate, but there is never a flavor explosion; moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: OK, but not memorable; (401 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber with a medium off-white head that faded to wispy lace.

Smell: Faint hops - pine, floral, citrus. Pretty standard West Coast IPA.

Taste: Very strong bitterness right up front. Some malts back it up, but never stand a chance. Long bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and low-medium thickness.

Overall: Okay West Coast IPA, but mostly just a hop-delivery system. Needs more body to back up the tidal wave of bitterness. (455 characters)

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

Appearance - Pours a amber copper with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, grapefruit peel, citrus, tropical fruits (mango, passionfruit), bready caramel malts.

Taste - Citrus hops upfront then goes into a nice bitter punch from the grapefruit peel followed by citrus, tropical fruits, and the bready caramalts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the hops and grapefruit peel.

Overall - A pleasant IPA from Ninkasi. I like the hop profile in this one; the bitterness from the grapefruit peel in particular. The aroma could of been a little more pronounced with the hops. All in all, its nice to see another American brewery especially from Oregon available here in Cowtown. (757 characters)

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:) (160 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (988 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev +6%

The beer comes in an orange amber.

The beer offers what I suspect is Centennial hops as there are similarities to Two Hearted. Up front with floral, grapefruit flesh, a touch of herbal and pine. A good amount of malt sweetness to back up the beer with a medium minus bitterness.

A decent brew that I wouldn't have guessed it having a lower rating. (349 characters)

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. (1,858 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Cloudy pale amber color. Medium sized whitish head, creamy and long lasting.

Some grapefruit/citrus hop aroma. Not much malt. Smells a bit weird. More malt and a hint of alcohol as warms.

Subtle malt sweetness melds with citrus hop flavor fruitiness. Gentle transition ot a bigger finish. Stoutly bitter, but not overpowering.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency despite the hops. Minimal alcohol warming.

A pleasant west coast IPA. Well made, but nothing out of the ordinary. (497 characters)

Photo of huck99
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a 4-pack of different Ninkasi bottles from Costco for $13. Good buy for such a high quality beer.

Caramel appearance. Slightly cloudy.
Hoppy / citrus smell
Taste is slightly bitter - not what you'd expect from something called Total Domination, though. (265 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber gift from my gf friend. Split up and poured into a pint glass. Paired with triscuits and goat cheese.

A&S: Heads is a pure white and has pretty good retention. Beer is a transparent semi-lively light orange color. Majority of the aroma is citrus: orange peel, lemons. Some spice and a light malt profile as well.

T&M: Similar to the aroma as far as citrus characteristics. Slight alcohol kick. A little overly bitterness in the finish. Some spiciness in the finish. Very drinkable. Has a carbonation bite but remains semi smooth.

Overall: With a name like total domination, I would expect something super intense. This beer wasn't super intense however it was still good and definitely refreshing. Nothing I seek out in particular, but I found it well put together and right for the mood I was in. (809 characters)

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

Boring as far as IPAs go. Nose is muted and I don't get much of the citrusy, fruity goodness I usually get with IPAs. Taste is just... Bitter. There's not much fruit or pine in the hop profile. There is a pleasant malty sweetness under the hoppiness. Overall, I'd say this is a rather one-dimensional and mediocre IPA. (318 characters)

Photo of Rob23
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

2.75 out of 5.I expected a bit more but all in all not terrible.Slightly too bitter without any sweetness to back it up.Pours great and looks good.Some kind of odd smell that didn't appeal to me.Not sure if I will try this again.Maybe if it is on tap.I will try their others if I see them though. (296 characters)

Photo of Modernrickk
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased a single of this beer - right off the first couple of sips I'm glad it's only one bottle -

First things first the name total domination is awesome reminds me of the UFC -

Pours a sweet orange color. Looking through the glass is like being underwater.

I enjoyed this beer out of my favorite tulip. I really wanted to get a good whiff of this beer but there was hardly any smells coming out of it .. Maybe a little nuttiness combined with bland malts

First sip was real cold, masking a bunch of my favorite IPA features.
Taste is a ton of lite malts - kinda like the taste you get after chugging bud light
Very watery . Hops sneak in the back door a little too late making the after taste real bitter

Swirling a bit and sippin right after provides a somewhat rewarding mouthfeel - crisp but not over carbonated

Overall there's no way I can see myself purchasing this again - not out here in the land of the IPAs (929 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Light orange. Mostly clear, ever-so-slight of a haze. Super thin head.
S: Can not make out any hop aroma. A little malt aroma is all I smell.
T: Small malt profile. Big on the pine and tar hops. Some citrus. Dr
M: Medium-high carbonation. Dry.
O: Good IPA. But it tastes like every other super hoppy NW IPA. (310 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a fairly clear orange color with soapy off-white head that left no lace.

S- Some citrusy hops, herbal hops, and sweet oatmeal notes.

T- Lots of sweet oatmeal notes, bready, some citrusy, herbal, and earthy hops. Moderate to high bitterness.

M- Prickly carbonation, lighter bodied, and semi-dry finish.

O- Hard to believe I have given a proper review to the most popular beer in Eugene. It is not really what I look for in an IPA, lots of the herbal and earthy bitterness that I expect in hoppy Ninkasi beers that just is not really my thing. It was one of the first beers I had when I moved to Oregon and seemed fitting to give it a proper one month before I move away from Oregon. Glad to see Ninkasi's growth and they are an easy brewery to support since they do so many great things in the community, but just not my kind of IPA. (882 characters)

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. (285 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at Ground Kontrol, Portland

Pale amber with off white film.
Pissy, Lemonhedz nose.
Toasted caramel popcorn with pine, sour lemon, and resin hops.
Ruthless pith finish and aspirin linger.
Light, crisp, dry.

Big hop hit but clean finish. Sessionable in that it cleans up after itself. IBU hit over aroma and body - definitely one for the hop heads. Whole is greater than the sum of the parts, but still not a patch on Tricerahops. (440 characters)

Photo of Buebie
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into the Sam Adams turbulator.

Pale golden color with some haze and a thick creamy head. Thick coats of lace line the glass.
Aroma is sweet cereal grains, lots of pleasant unfermented honey and fruity hops. Hops seem somewhat subdued in aroma.
Tastes almost as it smells with less of the grains, still a good amount of sweet honey and a smack of bittering resin with fruity hops and finishing quite bitter. A real nice ipa that follows the style nice with a pleasing added touch of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is slick and full bodied finishing crisp and clean.
Very nicely done. (598 characters)

Photo of JG-90
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Total Domination is a slightly hazy, golden peach color with a moderate sized, creamy and dense light tan head. Head has good retention and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is headlined with stale bread. Also has some orange and lemon rinds and musty grapefruit, a touch of sweet juiciness.

Taste starts with a dry and bready bitterness, moving to musty citric rinds, and finishing with more stale bread and nondescript bitterness. Feel is light with high carbonation. (466 characters)

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

This poured a simple golden amber with a slightly off-white head. It showed mild carbonation and minimum retention.

For an American IPA, the aroma was not too citrusy; it displayed more peachy fruit esters and a medium-dry malt character with grassy undertones. Overall, this smells cool and sweet.

The taste is sharp and crisp supported by some substantial grain character and a powerful hoppy finish. I found the hop character to be a little one-dimensional; they seem to be going for shock value rather than complexity and balance.

It feels good in the mouth, but a tad too light and frothy for my taste.

Overall, this was a strongly mediocre IPA. Definitely not the best that I've had but drinkable. (708 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a robust gold with a big billowing white head that sticks to the edges of the glass.

Smell is loads of hops. Orange, lemon, pine, some caramel malt.

Taste is the same with a decent malt whallop, accompanied by fresh hops. Pine and citrus stands out but there are some fruity tones as well like pineapple and mango.

Feel is pretty good, nice carbonation with a balanced thickness.

Overall this is a solid IPA from a great brewery. I do prefer the double IPA from Ninkasi though its got just a bit more kick. (516 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orange color, white head.

S: Satsuma oranges dominate the nose, along with orange, grapefruit and a general citrus aroma.

T: More satsuma, tangerine, orange and grapefruit on a perfect malt backbone. Delicious!

M: Medium bodied, smooth for an IPA.

O: An excellent IPA. Definitely worth a try. (305 characters)

Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.