Total Domination IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,098 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 39
Gots: 131 | 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:
Ninkasi website:
"6.7% alc./vol. 65 ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."

(Beer added by: grumpy on 08-23-2006)
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Photo of Immortale25
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you SatlyMalty for my first Ninkasi ever! Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch head that retains a bit before settling at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and big bubbles on the surface. Lacing tries to hang on but falls down the glass quickly leaving a thin line behind.

S- Strange hop aroma that seems a bit stinky but I don't know if it's due to spoilage or if that's just the way it's supposed to smell since there's a sharpness that you don't normally get with light struck or oxidized beer. Notes of wet grass and alcohol fume.

T- Much smoother on the palate. Tangy hop bite at first that smooths out in the middle with some light malt flavor before finishing with a tight, almost metallic bitterness. Very quaffable.

M- As mentioned before, very tight with a bite that makes the palate recoil a little, but not unpleasantly so. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- This happens to me sometimes where I like the taste but not the aroma or vice versa. In this case, the former is true. The aroma literally creates a skunky scent, to me. The flavor is good and the mouthfeel is fine, I'm just not a fan of the strange fragrance that emanates from the bouquet.

Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Paige
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of dvmin98
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this through Letspour to fill out a 12 pack for free shipping.

Color is a hazy orange. There is about a 1 cm head that lingers for about a minute.

Smell has mild citrus. Don't get a big sense of hops on the nose.

Taste is very mild for an IPA. Very little bitterness lingers, and what does is short lived. Not sure if I got an old bottle, because from the other reviews, my bottle is not even close.

The mouthfeel is easy on the tongue. Not a lot there.

Overall this is an average IPA. There are way more IPAs that I would buy over this one. I'm ok to have just bought one to finish out a shipment.

Photo of stlunatic15
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark golden color, a few flakes floating around. White head, nice lacing. Nothing special.

S - A bit of orange, citrus, and pine. Standard aroma for a west coast IPA.

T - The pine pulls through a lot more than the citrus. Lot of hop flavor, definitely bitter.

M - Pretty carbonated, medium thickness, and goes down smooth for the most part but with a touch of booze at the end. Also very dry - after taking a sip, I feel like taking another just a few seconds after.

O - Meh. Definitely not bad, but none of its characteristics really stood out to convince me otherwise. A little too dry & bland for my taste, but I've definitely had worse.

Photo of Rich540
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of NateMac13
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of csurowiec
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of dan38
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slight alcohol kick and a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not very exciting.

Photo of BrutalBeerFan
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of elNopalero
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a honeyed orange-gold color with gobs of bright white foam.
There is a light orange-hop note on the aroma, and the flavor has some orange-citrus and pine notes. A light bittering and a lean finish, this one becomes more interesting and beguiling yet approachable as it warms with more citrus-grapefruit pine notes emerging.

Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ninkasi total domination IPA

A: mostly clear yellowy copper in color though there are some fine particled floaties in the mix. Forms a moderate white head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing.

S: a light bit of sweetness with citrus, orange, and orang blossom.

T: light pale malts, with just a touch of caramel. A little sweet. Orange, citrus, and pine to a lesser extent.

M: medium bodied. Mild to moderate bitterness. Medium bodied.

O: cant complain, a good, everyday IPA

Photo of En29356
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of dmatsui
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2 finger off white khaki head, good retention and lots of soapy lacing. The brew is a classic burnt orange IPA gold.

CItrus, grapefruity, piny notes with some astringency. Booze is present. A hint of something sour. Brown sugary, bready malt base.

More character in the taste than the nose. Nice juicy, bitter hops with a very oily mouthfeel. There is a particular tartness in this brew that's hard to desrcribe, maybe from the hop variety. Notes of lemon pith. Malt bill is understated, and the hops come through. Lots of interesting flavors at the back of the palate, very long and dry finish.

It's a tart, sharp and bright IPA, very well worth a buy.

Photo of XRAIG
1/5  rDev -72.7%

Photo of hoptitsbrews
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, citrus, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts out with grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some light pine hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, pine, and grassy hops with some bitterness and some sweet biscuit malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hop profile with good bitterness and a good malt and hop balance.

Photo of Huffaroma
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Simple, very appealing label. Nothing fancy. Nice color scheme and love the Ninkasi Seal concept.

Appearance: Poured out of 22oz bomber into a 16oz English Pint. Pours out a slightly hazy golden amber color with an airy 2 finger off white foam head that slowly dissipates into a thin frothy coating. Head retention is 3min 17sec. A great deal of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is great.

Smell/Aroma: Smells very citrusy. Huge orange and grapefruit aromas can be detected. Slight bread-like malt aroma is also detectable.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very bitter. Citrus taste and floral hop bitterness come through on the front end. Pine bitterness tasted throughout. Bread-like malt taste is slight and overpowered by the bitterness. Different flavor profile than most west coast IPAs.

MouthFeel: Medium bodied with almost the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth and very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: A unique taste for a west coast IPA. Great combination of flavor and drinkability for a really solid brew. I enjoyed this beer. Classified as an American IPA at 6.7% ABV.

Photo of tedho21
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jar66su
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of SCZ
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Beaver13
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet grainy caramel malt and grassy fruity cascade hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a huge grassy bitterness in the finish with some metallic fruit notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, reminds me of a way over the top SNPA. The bitterness had some off notes and was a bit unpleasant (almost charred) in the aftertaste.

Photo of tjsjostrom
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.