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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

1,140 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 38
Gots: 147 | 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 Beer-Revelry
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ultimate
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KillerWhale
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harvest06
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

great hops. ninkasi knows how to do IPA

Photo of GilGarp
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a shaker pint glass.

Total Domination is a hazy orange color with thick white head. It's short lived but does leave some lacing.

Aroma is hoppy but not overly intense. Typical citrus and pine character familiar in northwest IPAs.

Flavor is more hoppy than the aroma suggests with a nice bitter bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. Balance is on the far end of bitter even for an IPA.

Overall a good IPA but not exceptional. Could use a little more in the aroma and a little less bitterness.

Photo of jooler
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells really fruity. Tastes pretty fruity too. It's also pretty hoppy. Also has a slight taste of an imperial ipa. It's alright

Photo of Tbub18
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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 hopflyer
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this rated so low. Had on tap last night. I remember mostly the head of this beer. Never saw anything like it. It was thick, 1-2 fingers, and stayed that way thru the whole glass. It looked like a marshmallow on top that never melted.

Anyway, the taste was light citrus mango and orange, with good balance of cracker malt.

Feel was light to medium with medium carbonation. Was a bit clean, crisp, and dry.

Photo of RobertColianni
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wolfeyshiz
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 dagubna
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of adhokk7
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of condorsim
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oakenator
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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+

***
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+

Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.