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Total Domination IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA

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350 Reviews

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Reviews: 350
Hads: 1,314
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 46
Gots: 256 | 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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Reviews: 350 | Hads: 1,314
Photo of bkilpatr
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/25/09.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of soft beige head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer leaving good lacing and slight retention. Aroma is malty sweet with citric hops.

Taste starts with a pleasant malty sweetness and slight caramel. That is followed by plenty of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and hops. Herbal and citric hops provide a somewhat fruity and bitter finish. Feel is medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Very smooth and almost creamy. The finish is moderately dry. Drinkability is great. The alcohol is completely hidden and it goes down so smoothly. My glass emptied very quickly.

Overall, a very good IPA. Very good hop flavor and great feel. One of my favorite IPAs now.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a big gathering of bubbles held in place by a chalk white foamy ring. Softly hazed light amber color with darker orange highlights. A few handfuls of bubbles and a little weak as far as lace is concerned...otherwise a standard IPA look

S: smells of oranges, lemons, grapefruit, light pineapples, and a few wedges of pine as well. Hops are of the northwest caliber and in a lighter manner than expected...

T: pale malts with a very light biscuit flavor that is more or less in the back seat, if not the trunk, as the hops put on a display. Hops hit the tongue with a good zesty character of lemons, grapefruits, and mostly piney grassed notes. I can taste a smidgin of pineapple zing. Things are evenly balanced and nowhere near "domination." However, very enjoyable none the less, it also houses a slap of green cone oil on the tongue
I am surprised with the lack of hops to be honest

M: not smooth and yet it drinks easy, more glassy in feel. Body is right where it should be at mild

D: the name made me think (and lean) towards a double IPA caliber type beer. On any road, this is a tight IPA with very good drinkability

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Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber with small head and large amount of very fine bubble lacings. Floral piney hop nose. Taste is piney orange grapefruit hops and the malts lend a sweetness that gives this a good balance for the style. A very nice IPA as the hops are plentiful but not overwhelming. Nice long bitter-sweet finish. Mouthfeel is very nice and not overly carbonated. One I find in most local stores and at around $4 US for a bomber it is hard to pass up. One of my regular IPAs.

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

Consumed a couple of pints on-tap at Hill's for $4.50 each. Found out they'd had Hop Henge on just two days earlier. Doh!

Poured a slightly hazy copper-amber color, with a bone-white head. Spotty and "ringy" lace.

Citrus and pine scents mingled with a bitter, leafy hoppiness. Perhaps more of a session IPA is what I thought of the scent.

Like in the nose, this is a good, balanced IPA that is not a huge citrusy hop bomb in the flavor department. The bitter leafy aspects meld well with the citrusy aspects, and seem to win out by the time the swallow was reached, leaving a very dry finish.

Medium bodied, with a moderately oily mouthfeel, but not too loaded down with hop resin to the point where it coats the tongue.

A good, not great IPA. While not a huge flavor bomb of a beer, it was an admirable accompaniment to my pulled pork barbeque sandwich. Though it'd dryness may be off-putting to some, it was not so much of what has become the standard west coast-IPA approach of huge citrus and pine flavors makes it a nice change of pace for me. ABV's definitely higher than I would have thought while drinking it, so perhaps not the best beer to session.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11oz bomber into a tulip style glass.

Poured acopper, brown, amber that was hazy but an aggressive poured offered up a good amount of tiny-bubbled bread-like head. The head lasted a little while throughout and left some ringing and spotty lacing.

Smelled of cotton candy, crisp vegetables, slight malt, and a fresh floral-piney hops. Overall a nice clean smell. but nothing that stated "IPA" too aggressively.

Tasted nice, little bit of pine and floral, caramel malts, and a soapy aftertaste. Something clean in there, but the lasting taste never really was that defineable

Mouthfeel is slightly water-like up front, but mainly a medium bodied feel

The bottle goes down quite nicely, and you could handle one of these easily!


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Photo of cbros
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug.

A- Pours an orange straw yellow. Nice small lite tan head that has a mild cling to the glass. There is a small amount of activity present in the beer after the pour.

S- Strong hints of citrus and hops smell when you put the beer up to your nose. I little alcohol smell present at the end but nothing that you would notice unless you where really smelling or putting your nose right up to the beer.

T- Beautiful combination of hops, citrus(maybe grapefruit and orange) and bitterness. NIce malty finish but not overpowering.

I had this beer while in Eugene a few months back and did not get to review it at the time. I finally broke down and ordered a few off Bottletrek. It is as good as a remember. A very nice IPA that I feel does not get as much credit as it deserves. In fact everything that I have had from Ninkasi has been solid. If this were available to be I would certainly get this on a regular basis. It would definately become a staple of mine.

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Photo of olmatty
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a frothy off white two finger head with poor retention and light lacing. Beer bidy is a hazy copper

Smell- Spicy hops and amber malts

Taste- Spicy, flowery and especially resinous pine hops with notes of apricot. Hops in great quantity against a less powerful amber malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and moderately carbonated, somewhat mouthcoating with hop resins

Drinkability- Huge hop presence will probably prevent this from bing a session beer for most folks, but quite delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of beertunes
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Less than 1/2 inch of off-white head. Some lacing, but it doesn't stick. Typical bright amber IPA color. Hop aroma not as forward as expected. Typical lack of malt backbone. Body is OK, perhaps slightly thin. Nicely drinkable. A solid IPA, but lacking a solid foundation, this should have a bolder hop profile to make an impression. Total Domination? Nope. I suspect people in areas with less access to craft beer would like this a lot, but here in the Northwest an IPA has to be very good to be noticed. This beer is average, not a waste of time but try other options first.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.