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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

1,142 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,142
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 38
Gots: 148 | 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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3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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+

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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1.5/5  rDev -59%

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1/5  rDev -72.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +13.7%

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3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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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;

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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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.

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,142 ratings.