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Total Domination IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA

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342 Reviews

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Reviews: 342
Hads: 1,271
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 40
Gots: 227 | 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 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. (444 characters)

Photo of SickBrew
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this with a friend from a 22oz bottle.

Pours fair with one finger of head. The beer is yellow orange with a fair amount of suspended particulate. Nose is somewhat grassy and not as dominating in the hop category as I was expecting. I was hoping for a bigger punch. Taste is a little to sweet and there something different in there, almost medicinal in fact. I was definitely expecting more bitterness in this beer. Mouthfeel and carb levels are medium but don't make up for or balance out the sweetness. A heaver malt background might be what this beer needs.

Prost (574 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel glass.

A: Took a pretty aggressive pour to coax a 1-finger off white head. The head surprisingly lingered til the end, though, with decent lacing. Havy, with a nice looking orange/caramel color.

S: Floral, citrus, fresh cedar lumber, and something I can't figure out at first. As it warms up, it occurs to me that I smell a hint of very fresh marinara sauce??? Well, that's a first for me! Not a particularly aromatic brew, but pleasant enough

T: Intensely resiny and sticky with hops, not a lot of malt balance (I'm not one who frowns upon unbalanced beers, though). A bit of biscuity malt in the background, but not a lot of sweetness. Vibrant carbonation really accentuates the sharpness of the hops. The combination of really sizzles, and leaves an aftertaste like you just chomped on a couple of dried hop cones. Definitely a hophead's beer.

M: Medium body. Nothing subtle about the mouthfeel at all- the carbonation and almost harsh hop flavors really work you palate over. Very 'sharp'.

D: Works the palate over, in a good way. (1,073 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear copper with a very thin white head and little lacing.

S-Like grapefruit juice with a little sweet malt in the background. I love the hops though so that's cool.

T-Starts off very strong with a little malt that is quickly overtaken by grapefruit hops (and a lot of them). But the finish is disappointingly short as the hops just trail off.

M-A bit thin for the style, and the short finish is also felt here.

D-Nice but forgettable for the reason mentioned above.

HV (485 characters)

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

Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of grassy hops and grapefruit. Flavor is more citrusy with some grapefruit in the background. Nice IPA, nothing terribly exciting though.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20
3.7/5 (281 characters)

Photo of bbothen
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Adams beer geek NASA glass. Queens Of The Stone Age boot from SF 2007 playing in background.

Pours a hazy marmalade like color with a thick & creamy 2 finger deep off white head. Head aint going anywhere soon. Lots of sticky webbing & lacing on glass.

Smells of faint citric hops, piney & earthy hops, bisquity, grainy, bready maltiness. All fairly subdued.

Bitter up front, hoppy citrus like flavor, grainy maltiness, tinny or metallic flavor.

Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, lingering metallic flavor.

This started off great looking at it. Wouldn't buy again. Not horrible by any means. Just better options in the IPA realm out there. (664 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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 (647 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sholland119 for bringing me back a bottle of this.

A-Slightly hazy orange tinted copper with a medium off white head that reduced to a thin film and left spotty lace. Fruitier notes come through much later after significant warming.

S-Light, spicy, musty pineapple, pine and a bit of malt sweetness. Not overly aromatic.

T-Aggressive spicy pine bitterness upfront with a muddle musty maltiness in the background. Not a flavour profile that I crave but the more I drink the better it gets.

M-Medium bodied with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. Fairly crisp too.

D-Decent stuff. Does not carry a hop profile that is built for my taste, but I do feel the beer is well made. I grew use to the taste and having one is fine...but I do not see myself craving this one, good thing since I cannot get Ninkasi beers with ease! (837 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up this weekend at Belmont Station.... poured into my New Belgium goblet....

3 finger head... nice lace... looks like a leopard print but in reverse... brew is a hazy .. yet glowing orange.

lemon and grapefruit zest dominate the nose.. some fruity pineapple notes... the hops sorta curl the nose hairs... some bready pale malts... but they play waaay in the background.

good bitterness out of the gate.. but smooth pale malts give way quickly to a fairly large juicy hop palate.. really very balanced.. more lemon and grapefruit... and some more pineapple.. never goes over the top.. carbonation may be a bit light for the style.. but that adds to the overall drinkability.. this brew tastes exceedingly fresh... not a hop bomb by the stretch of most imaginations... but again... this bottle seems very fresh and vibrant.. I could drink this all day no problem.... now Ninkasi just needs to make it across Oregon's Eastern border and I will be a very happy BA.

FYI... I also had Ninkasi's Sleigh'r over the weekend on tap... an "Imperial Alt".. that was probably one of the most unique Holiday Seasonals I've ever had... I wish I would have taken notes... try both if you can.

4/4/4/3.5/4.5 (1,206 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Claudia's sports bar yesterday.

The beer pours the expected orange IPA color, but is a bit darker then most IPA's I see. Head retention and lacing are very impressive in this beer, and kept going right through the mini pitcher I ordered at Claudia's. The nose is not particularly pronounced, though there is some nice citrus there. On the palate this is a decent IPA, though very much on the light side. The beer is fairly dry and hoppy, and is somewhat restrained for a West Coast IPA. Mouthfeel is pretty light and I admit this beer seemed to get better and better the more I drank of it. Not sure what the abv. is, but it doesn't seem too high.

A nice beer. While it's never wowed me the way the Tricerahops has, it was still a nice IPA. (752 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  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. (715 characters)

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

A: Copper color body with a hint of haze to it. Head is off white and about a 1 finger depth. Good amount of lacing and medium head retention.

S: a good balance of malt and hop bitterness.

T: same as smell.

M: the solid malt profile makes this one a touch thicker when it comes to mouthfeel.

D: A good IPA when you are in the mood for a slight malt profile. Hops still deliver though! (389 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly aggressive pour yields an inch-thick head that calms to half the size rather quickly, leaving wicked lace patterns in its wake. The color is an earthy copper-gold.

Hops positively glow in the aroma, having a sweet honeyed aura and not seeming to have much in the way of big malt presence. It's very hoppy, particularly very Northwest hoppy. If you've ever been there, or have had an abundance of IPAs from the area, you'll know exactly what that means. Citrus/evergreen nirvana...

Big-ass fresh hop attack in the flavor too. Not overdone, far, far from undrinkable, but still an intent focus on resiny, prickly, piney hops. Malt just kind of clocks in and watches the boss entertain, doing its job but not hogging the spotlight. Not a ton of depth here, but toasty and fruity elements add to the experience, although they remain bit players. Surprise, surprise...the finish slathers the tongue with a coat of hops. Mouthfeel is on the sharp side, and with the amount of bubble activity in the body, it's no wonder. Works well with the aggressive nature of the beer.

Bitter beauty. One of the truest examples of the Northwest IPA...seek it out if you're an IPA lover, a hophead, and particularly if you've been to the NW and need a reminder of the region's signature beer style. If you already live there: lucky bastards! [And many thanks to lucky bastard msubulldog25 for hooking this up.] (1,399 characters)

Photo of ralree
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried at the Brewer's Fest in Portland.

A: Orange, cloudy, decent head, not much retention.

S: Fruity, decent hoppage, flowering hops, yeast, wheat.

T: Very citrusy and hoppy, but apricot instead of grapefruit flavor is dominant. Apricot hangs around with wheat flavor after swallowing. Pretty bitter. Hops aren't the best quality or concentration.

M: Medium-bodied, over-carbonated just slightly, a little astringent.

D: Drinks OK, but not something I would seek out. (473 characters)

Photo of froghop
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy amber-orange, with a small egg-shell head, great lacing.

smell is light grapefruit, caramel, touch of citrus, nice earthy undertones.

taste is creamy and smooth, touch of grapefruit hops, some caramel, dry leaves, some lemon, nice bitter ending. (262 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Baileys in Portland.

Dark gold and having a full head I was ready for the hop blast but alas the beer seem subdued. I enjoy lighter IPA's but with the name Total domination I thought that they would pump up the IBU's. When the beer warmed up the hops came out more but the mouthfeel stayed soft and the beer never quite made enough inpact. (350 characters)

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

Dark burnt orange coloured ale, slightly hazy. With a pure white head. Strong piney hop aromas, good malts in the back. A very "soft" IPA strong semi-sweet malts then a rolling piney hop bitterness..just flows. Good on the palte, "soft" and just rolls around the tongue. Good IPA. (280 characters)

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

After downing a pint of Quantum Pale Ale I returned to the bar at the Starlight Lounge to catch the last of their happy hour special - $2 pints of Ninkasi. With the Quantum fresh in mind I ordered a pint of Total Domination IPA and was puzzled to find that it tasted less hoppy than the pale ale. TD is an ale of soft-focus yellow-gold with a thin film of sustained head. A sweet, piney aroma emerges after some coaxing. Its taste accents citric bittering with a gracious balance of light, fruity malts.

Not bad, but not a standout NWIPA. Doesn't live up to the hype. (569 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite NW IPAs on draught, but how does it do from the bottle? This 22 oz'er pours to a pint glass.

Label lists an ABV of 6.7%.

A: A hazy golden-copper color, capped with about 1-finger of creamy, near-white head, pockmarked with bubbles of varying sizes. Lace sticks in broad bands, marking each sip look like rings of a tree trunk. Some demerits for flecks of dark yeast sediment floating in the first half of the pour...bottle purchased recently at New Seasons (where there's alot of turnover), so I'd think this is fresh, just 'filtered' in the loosest of terms.

S: Love that aroma! Big juicy hops and a sticky sweet caramel maltiness. Doesn't rewrite the book on NW IPAs, just smells strong and blends sweet malts and citrus and evergreen hops in a magical way.

T: While I like this flavor, I can't help but compare it to the versions I've tasted on-tap. Still has a nice balance between toasty grain and robust green hops, yet the bittering here seems more pronounced - a pithy, medicinal sort of bitterness that announces its 'hoppiness' in a big way, yet detracts from the beer's sweeter side, which includes subtle fruits.

M: From a 'regular' IPA, this one has a big mouthfeel. Borderline 'full' feeling, this one loads up on sticky malts and clingy/cheek-drawing hop bittering. The tongue curls a little, a bitterness sits heavy on the middle and back of the tongue.

D: I'm a fan of the Ninkasi Brewing Company and have taken a liking to the stuff they're brewing. This gets a good score from me out of the bottle, but not as high a score as it would get from the tap. Has a full range of flavors and definitely appeals to the NorthWest/Hophead palate. Still, a good one from Ninkasi and one I'll continue to enjoy. And one of my 'go-to' brews... (1,775 characters)

Photo of mnstorm99
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange pour with a white head that shows throughout the glass.
Nice citrus/pine aroma, and it is a very nice inviting hop aroma, the malt aroma is a little different, different aromatics I can't place, but enjoyed it nonetheless.
Taste is sweet and bready, with a nice balance of citrus hops.
Mouthfeel was smooth, and this is a very drinkable beer, I quite enjoyed it. (374 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Humulone_Red. Thanks!
Pours murky orange with no lasting head. Smell is a bit dirty, funky, and hoppy. Interesting peachy taste, but earthy, mellow and dirty mustiness coming from the hops. Decent, but not what I was expecting, nor usually like. (262 characters)

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

22 oz bottle purchased from liquidsolutions

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Liquid is an opaque-ish, tan crayon color with a head of eggshell white foam that laces nicely and stays around awhile as well. Very nice to look at. If you look close you can see little Co2 bubbles rising up through it to keep the head going.

The smell is very tropical fruitish, not what i expected from an IPA. It definitely has a mango/passionfruit nose with a biscuity background. Like a hot biscuit with mango/passionfruit jelly on it. Odd for a beer, but appetizing just the same.

Taste is up front bitter citrus hops. The bitterness and bit last for awhile into the sip making me want to swallow a couple times. After swallowing the flavor then turns to a slightly malty aftertaste with just slight lingering hoppiness. I think a slight more balance would rate this one a bit higher.

This one is light and airy feeling in the mouth. It isnt heavy like most big IPAs, which is very nice for the weather.

This one is easy to drink. I am not getting much alcohol, bottle reads 6.7%. It feels like a session beer for sure. This one, to me, seems to be a combination of the west coast and east coast IPAs, so we will go with Northwest IPA. Big hop flavor without feeling like I am drinking hop juice oil squeezed straight from the flower, if that makes sense. (1,348 characters)

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

Received this in a trade from yllwsmly. Poured a nice orange and a bit hazy. decent initial head that faded to a thin swirl. Some spotty lacing. Lots of orange citrus in the nose along wih a hint of mango, and a good bit of clean, honeyed malt underneath. Fairly mellow flavors, but very nicely melded together. More swweet malt and orange citrus and mango, but there is also a bit of spicy pine in the finish. Extremely smooth with a body on the lighter side, and carbonation that is just enough. Stronf mango and passion fruit flavors continue to grow as the beer warms. A nice interpretation of an IPA. By no means a hop bomb, and I certainly don't feel totally dominated, but it was a pleasant experience and very drinkable. (728 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber color with an off-white head with some yeast floating around in the glass. The aroma is a balance of sweet malt and citrusy hops with some hints of tropical fruit as well. The taste much like the aroma features a solid biscuity malt backbone and a dry and bitter citrusy hop finish. Overall, Total Domination is spot on for a PNW IPA that is a great hoppy brew. Recommended. (448 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow color that is slightly cloudy - with a small head and below average lacing and under carbonated. Sweet smell of crisp fruity hops. First taste is extremely light not just for an IPA but for a pale ale as well. Not worth your time or money as this beer is lacking flavor. (291 characters)

Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.