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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

342 Reviews
THE BROS
76
okay

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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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Reviews: 342 | Hads: 1,271
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. (305 characters)

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. (527 characters)

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. (446 characters)

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. (304 characters)

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. (890 characters)

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. (715 characters)

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. (935 characters)

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. (359 characters)

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. (682 characters)

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. (250 characters)

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." (601 characters)

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! (1,475 characters)

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 (874 characters)

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. (1,363 characters)

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.... (786 characters)

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. (673 characters)

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 (623 characters)

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. (642 characters)

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. (614 characters)

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. (613 characters)

Photo of Daktyls
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color with a half finger head that recedes to a patch of fine lacing that is thicker ins some areas than others. Present in the beer is a column of sediment that seems to be slowly travelling downward.

S: As others have noted, a very yeasty smell is present along with a a slight amount of citrusy hops in the background. I can't really pick up on anything else.

T: Tastes just like the smell, some yeasty flavors are present along with some notes of citrusy, piney hops. Not a whole lot else that I can pick up on.

M: Light on the tongue, smooth, almost watery, easily drinkable.

O: Overall, a decent IPA, not overly bitter like most IPAs, yet nothing particularly special either. (714 characters)

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

Good middle of the road IPA deep copper color

smooth, not overly hopped...good food beer; fish, chicken

very little and short lasting white head

citrusy; peppers with slight onion taste (don't knock it until you've tried it) not much else going on

overall a very easy to drink and appreciate beer (300 characters)

Photo of AshleyKing
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is variable: some bottles really still have that floral hoppy sweet malt that makes all adults happy in our abode. But sometimes it can just be the bitter shell of a beer than has sat in transport and warehouses too long to be a good sample of what it was when fresh. This is a really great IPA that can vary from bottle to bottle. On tap, in Anchorage, it is really quite above average.

So what were the Bros drinkin'? (429 characters)

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

Pours very hazy gold orange color with a very thick 2 finger foamy bright off white head that looked like a cloud with tons of bubbles in it and faded slowly, leaving foamy good lacing as it went down as well as rings. I was shocked the lace didn’t stick more based on how it looked as it was dissipating and the foamy layer that stayed on top.

Smells of pineapple, grapefruit and orange peel up front, followed by citrus hops, tangerine, biscuit, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, coriander, floral hops and herbs; pretty much all citrus in the nose, with some grains adding a little balance and piney notes kicking in.

Tastes like it smells, with pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, citrus hops, tangerine, coriander, pine cone/piney hops, biscuit, caramel, floral hops, rose petals, Saltine cracker, spices like pepper, herbs, tea leaf, and it almost seems like dried weed was sprinkled in the mix; one of the most bitter beers that I’ve ever drank, but not obnoxiously bitter. It is grapefruit bitter, and has just enough malt backbone and balance to make this OK to drink. The spices are mild, but the citrus flavor is “total domination” to the point of almost being unbalanced in a too hoppy way.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body that’s almost chewy and very bitter finish that bites and seems like biting a grapefruit. As smooth as the physical feel was, the palate feel was almost like an assault by napalm hops taking out all sensory capabilities after each sip – it felt smooth as it slid down, but did not taste smooth which took away from the overall experience, especially compared to the Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA.

It was good, but there are so many other IPA’s that go down easier; Total Domination is a bold choice to name an IPA, and Ninkasi must have meant that the domination would be in the bitterness classification. Get the Tricerahops if you can as that was a lot better overall. (1,970 characters)

Photo of jhutch31
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I heard a lot about this brewing company so I bought a four pack of their beers. Tried total domination. Poured in a pint glass out of a 22.

Appearance: beer poured a dark amber for an IPA. Some chill haze with a small white head that quickly dissipated leaving moderate lacing.

Smell: very floral/piney smell. I couldn't detect any citrus aroma that usually accompanies IPA's

Taste: very bitter with not much hop flavor. The malt backbone was strong with bready/biscuity notes. Piney and floral.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: I was a little disappointed with this beer. I think had it not been hyped so much than I wouldn't have been so let down. All and all, it's a decent beer, just not my type of IPA. (728 characters)

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