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Total Domination IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA

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347 Reviews

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Reviews: 347
Hads: 1,287
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.68%
Wants: 43
Gots: 238 | 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Jason
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Bubbly white head, hazed pale amber hue. Juicy nose with fruity overtones, both hops and mild alcohol have infiltrated my nostrils. Smooth throughout, balanced hop bitterness is just the beginning ... citrus pith, peppery, powdered aspirin, and pungent. Big juicy kiss of exotic fruit in the middle with a bit of alcohol in tow.

Not half bad for an IPA, not like the rest and seem more of a old school American IPA before the whole hop thing became a pissing match. Decent drinking.

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Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz undated bottle.
Pours with a large creamy head - exceptional, especially for style.

Feel: near medium body is a touch thin but with enough carbonation to lend some crispness, and a bit of creaminess, especially with the head.

Hops: primarily piney with some herbal and little fruit other than a strong grapefruit rind taste that lingers on and on in the aftertaste.

O: Great appearance and find feel, but not my favorite mix of hops.

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Photo of BadgerBeer
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

If you are going to get an IPA from this brewery, spend a little more and get the Tricerahops (was not the biggest fan of that one either, but it's better). I got a bomber of this and about half way through I was wanting to get a different beer. I really like IPAs, but this one was pretty underwhelming.

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Photo of McStagger
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Code on bottom of bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper orange. Finger of head. Good retention. Moderate carbonation. Moderate lacing. Head color is off khaki.

S: Evergreen, grapefruit rind. Lot of grain in this one. Toffee malt sweetness in the nose.

T: Shot of bitterness up front that is walloped by the malt. Milled grain, mild grapefruit bitterness. Finish is a bit rustic. Reminds me of SN's take on the style. Malt dominant for an IPA, with enough bitterness to keep things balanced. Really tastes like more of a pale ale in my book. Lacking the citric bitterness of a west coast ipa.

M: Smooth, a bit heavy, but nothing over the top. Goes down easily enough.

O: A bit lacking in flavor. The hops are there, but they are muted. The malt is there, but it's mostly a nondescript "grain" flavor. Reminds me of an underwhelmed torpedo. Not bad, but I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of souvenirs
2.46/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 650 ml bottle. I haven't really enjoyed the other beers I've tried so far from Ninkasi, so I'm not expecting to love this one, but hopefully it'll be a decent IPA.

A: honey colour, pretty cloudy, a couple fingers of head with decent retention.

S: There's something definitely unappealing about this. Dank and a bit musky, with a slight hint of tropical fruit. To be honest, and I feel like an asshole for saying this, the smell reminds me a little bit of cat urine.

T: Fortunately, the taste is better than the smell! But not that much. Yeast, intense piney/grassy bitterness, the end.

F: Average.

O: I would never buy anything from Ninkasi again. I might end up pouring this one down the drain.

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Photo of dv8sean
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think The Bros may have gotten this one wrong. That, or they ran into a bad batch. Had to ask myself, "Self, do you think they tasted the same beer we did?"

Appearance is classic new world IPA. Honey gold and bright. Poured from a 22oz bottle with ample but not excessive head. Pleasing lace left within glass. Just a trace of sediment.

Smell is all about the dank. "It smells like the art teacher's office." --Lisa Simpson

Taste is plenty bitter, but I wouldn't say teeth-whiteningly bitter. This is an IPA, after all. There's enough malt to provide a counterpoint, and I'm happy to say that there is no cloying sweetness. Long finish reveals complexity.

Mouthfeel is bitter on sharp on the edges and smooth in the middle. Proper levels of carbonation.

Overall, I really like this beer. I've had it about a dozen times, and I suppose there has been some variation in the overall impression, but I've never been disappointed.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Taste is pine, , grapefruit rind, more pine. I wasn't a fan of the first bottle of the 6pack that I picked up. But I gave it a shot the next day, and it was much better, maybe it was a dud.

Smell: Very light, a teeny bit grassy, and I thought it smelled more like a pilsner, than an IPA. This IPA had what I was looking for with a second try. Solid overall.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased from Bring On The Beer.

A- pours a clear bright 24k gold with a 2 finger head of foam, does well with the lacing.

S- strong piney nose mixed with that;s almost like a floor wax aroma. I can tell this is going to be bitter but in a good way or a bad way?

T- very piney bitter on first sip with no sign of any balancing malt. The more I sip, the more the pine off shoots to an aspirin bitterness. Again, no sign of any malt and that could have been a saving grace. Long lasting, on the nasty side, bitterness ensues. Oh my.

M- good body and carbonation so no complaints there.

O- Not at all an IPA that suits my fancy. Bitter for bitter's sake? Me thinks so. No.

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Photo of bk2311
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Total Domination is by far one of my favorite beers, it smells and tastes amazing. Total domination was the first IPA I had tried and it completely changed how I look at beer in general now. I have now tried many IPA's but this is truly the best yet.

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

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. 163 A2 2147 is the code on the bottom of the bottle. Reviewed on 6 September 2013.

Pours a ruby-gold color with a small head. Clear, slow fine carbonation. Slight yeasty tang to the aroma, mostly pine.

Taste is pine, toffee, grapefruit rind, more pine. A little flowery sweetness, but heavily toward the bitter side of the balance, but not crazy (coming from a fairly serious hophead, so take it for what it's worth).

Mouthfeel is smooth and nice. Overall, certainly an acceptable beer. One of the variety where I'll say, "Well, at least that's available."

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Photo of hrbuchanan
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA Glass (get one from Sierra Nevada or Dogfish Head if you don't have one!)

Appearance: Ninkasi has sleek, simple labels. They definitely look good on the shelves. Once poured out, the beer rides the line between deep gold and light amber in color, with beautiful head retention (even better than most IPAs in this glass with the nucleation).

Smell: Very light, a teeny bit grassy, and a little bit of what *might* be malt. Hard to tell.

Taste: Your whole mouth get a balanced hop flavor for a second, then it all sits in the back of your throat. Not a bad hop bitterness. With any IPA I hope to either have a good balance of malt and hops (East Coast or English style) or to have a floral hop aroma that makes up for a lack of malt (West Coast style, especially Oregon/Washington). This doesn't seem to have either. The bitterness isn't debilitating, though.

Feel: I give this beer more credit because of the nice body they came out with. If it was too thin it wouldn't be as enjoyable after half the glass, but as it stands, they did strike a balance between refreshing and filling.

Overall: Generally not impressed, but the beer is definitely enjoyable. Would recommend for hopheads (not just IPA-drinkers, people who love IPAs above all else). Doing research for a new homebrew recipe, and I may keep the same kind of bittering hops as Total Domination, but with a bit less, and do something way more aromatic to balance it. We'll see!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 16/8/13

A hazy amber but I can still see streams of bubbles in the center of my glass, the foams as big as you want really just tilt the bottle, the foams sticks around for a while and to my glass with thick rings and cakes the side to the bottom

S orange cream-sicle, citrus and caramel, smells malty for an IPA, grapefruit rind, and a little pine and floral notes

T much like the nose its a little malty or perhaps old but I don't see a bottling date, more pine and hard toffee then I could smell

M full bodied and very creamy, bitter as all hell with heavy grit, pine lingers hard with orange peel

O decent beer but the smell and taste wasn't the highlight and although beautiful to look at its a little malty for this hop head

not sure if its an old bottle but it tastes like a malty or old IPA and either way I wasn't blown away

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- pours a slightly hazed orange amber color with a rather small fizzy white head. The head fades rather rapidly leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of eh glass.

Smell- The aroma of the brew is a mix of lemon and grapefruit citrus hop as well as some notes of grass and pine. Along with these hoppier smells so too are some aromas of a yeasty nature as well as a little bit of a boozy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a citrusy and bready flavor upfront with the citrus being a combination of grapefruit and lemon hop tastes with some sweeter flavors of orange and tangerine. As the flavors advance, some yeast and grassy flavors come to the tongue along with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The caramel fades thought and toward the end the bitterness from the grapefruit and lemon gets stronger and with a light pine hop flavor coming to the tongue as well produces a moderately bitter and slightly fruity flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. The more standard characteristics suit the brews flavor and abv. well and make for a rather nice easy drinker.

Overall- A decent IPA but nothing exceptional. Fairly easy drinking and overall rather enjoyable.

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Photo of Lep
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle. Head was average if not less. Not overly fizzy as described by the bros. Poured very cold, probably 36F, which may have contributed.

Scent was mild, not what I expected for a dominating ipa. Again cold may have limite smell.

First taste. Definitely heavier than a mainstream beer but was mildly sweet followed by solidly hop bitter. My uneducated palette savored the hoppy bitter that seized the majority of my gustatory experience.

Further explorations yielded more of the same; an unequivocal hop bouquet but lacking in any real depth or complexity despite the claim of exceptional balance on the label.

All in all, a liquor store bottled stalwart that might fall at the taps of draught crafts if available. However, in Alaska, I will buy this beer again....

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Photo of lsummers
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange amber, slightly cloudy with a 1 finger dissipating head.

Smells Pine, woody, slightly herbal grapefruit with some honey and toffee. Pretty nice smelling actually but there is a very slight medicinal note.

Tastes of pine and orange,lemon,grapefruit right away. Slight herbal and rye bread. Burnt note on the back end. I can't get over a medicinal note on the aftertaste that is dragging the beer down.

Mouthfeel is fairly sticky. Light enough to keep it drinkable.

Overall, This is a fair ipa. Nothing I would seek out again unless I could try it again on tap. If your a fan of Ninkasi, I would try it. It could be my least favorite of their beers.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - crystal clear golden copper, thumb of white head retained at half a finger with whispy lacing
S - some citrus and grass, fairly grainy, and a hint of an alcohol tickle
T - there are grassy and piney hop flavours there but there are not DIPA big, fairly big grainy hop presence, a minerally quality, along with some adjunct, generally average for the style
M - light but a touch on the watery side, some bitter and dryness, but thin through the finish
O - this had some promise upon first glace but it just doesn't make the cut, especially when it come to Pacific Northwest DIPA's, would opt for another option next time

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

clean amber pour with 2 fingers of white head giving off nice amounts of lacing. lots of carbonation bubbles shooting rapidly down the center. smells of pineapple, cereal, orange peel. the flavor is very citrusy sweet with enough earthy bitterness to even out the palate hop-wise, lots of bready backbone, with a soapy after-taste. medium body with moderate carbonation. a little watery.

i'd been wanting to try this one out for a while since it's supposedly one of the better ninkasi ales? i wasn't all that impressed to be honest, but i also was not let down. it's a decent ipa, but i was expecting more of a hop bomb from the west coast.

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Photo of sam_bliss
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22ouncer into a pint glass

Looks very carbonated. The head is foamy, thick, and persistent, capping a deep orange bubbly glass of brew. Smells of citrus and freshly mowed lawn. The aroma has a tiny bit of adjunct in it. The taste open up with some buttery toffee, and some bready malts fill out the mid-mouth, but hops totally dominate this IPA. Vodka, pineapple, and bubble gum, which I normally don't like much, are also present. A puckering white grapefruit finish leaves some wetness but no stickiness. The mouthfeel is not super full but very carbonated.

This IPA is very refreshing and citrusy. I like it.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark golden straw color. Light foam. Excellent frothy foam that leaves sticky rings.

S: Lemon zest. Maybe a hint of grapefruit. Good, but not much else there.

T: Same story with the smell. Lemon and grapefruit notes, but not much else. Tiny hints of malt on the hop forward finish.

M: Smooth and not too heavy at first, but it seems to build as it goes down. A bit of a lingering finish, but mostly clean.

O: I've had a number of these, but it's not usually my go to. I like a floral citrus ipa which this hits, but for some reason I just feel stuffed after a pint of this. It never leaves me wanting more.

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.