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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

906 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 906
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 34
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
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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Topher78

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-19-2011 03:53:30 | More by Topher78
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beefandbean22

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-19-2011 03:36:00 | More by beefandbean22
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KayH

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-19-2011 02:50:11 | More by KayH
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hoesweizen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-18-2011 19:23:09 | More by hoesweizen
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-18-2011 03:32:25 | More by nmann08
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doughanson78

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-15-2011 09:43:57 | More by doughanson78
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3/5  rDev -18%

11-15-2011 03:36:28 | More by leftoverburrito
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rrock44

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.3%

11-15-2011 01:40:18 | More by rrock44
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ninkasi Total Domination IPA

Pours a burnt orange color with a sizable head and some lacing. Aroma is of orangey citrus, faint pine and floral qualities as well. In the taste, resinous, mild pine, earth and distant rind like qualities. Mildly malty, but mostly bitter, as the hops due tend to dominate here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and quite smooth. Overall, a solid IPA, with a nice bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 00:53:14 | More by Stinkypuss
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Offa

California

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy dark gold, big off-white head, steadily-slowly shrinking to a thin, rocky-foamy top and some nice frothy lace. It looks good.

Aroma is grapefruit, strong yeasty juiciness, raisiny bread dough, overall very nice and well-balanced.

Taste is nicely juicy and resiny, leafy, citrusy, and doughy up front. At first it seems well balanced and well rounded, but then it becomes to sharply and astringently bitter in the finish, with an astringent, slightly overly sharp medicinal bitterness lingering too assertively and unpleasantly afterwards This is too bad because it has some good character and up front starts out very nicely rounded and balanced before the sharp bitterness takes over with everything else vanishing to allow that sharp bitterness to linger unpleasantly and unchallenged.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 05:07:42 | More by Offa
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, OR) on 9/2/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright-white froth. This doesn’t lose a whole lot, retaining with about a ¼ finger or so and slathering the sides of the glass with some rich and sticky lacing. The aroma smells leafy and herbal in the nose, which is layered on top of an underlying mix of bitter citrus and sweet grains that combine to give off a ripe and earthy feeling twang in the nostrils.

Bitter citrus drives the taste with some force, also spreading some herbal textures out in the mouth. The finish is dry and lightly spicy. A sweet and toasty graininess brings the bulk of the sweetness to this but there is also a bit too much of a light darkness to the malts as well that throws this off a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a initial sharpness on the tongue, yet this smoothes out a bit more into a creamy crispness as this stars to move around in the mouth. Alcohol is well hid for almost 8%, with this just having some fullness to the body but that’s about it.

I had this one in the bottle a couple of years ago and remember really enjoying this.
Unfortunately, this pint here at the brewery just wasn’t quite as a robust and flavorful as I remembered for that experience. I don’t want to really comment on the quality of their beer here as they continue to expand and get bigger but I will say that this beer fell far short of what I remember from 2 years ago.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 14:24:40 | More by Kegatron
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH snifter at 52 degrees. Received from trade.

This beer has a nice dark, amber color. Decent had with a lot of lacing.
The smell is a little weak. A muted floral scent is all I get.
A nice bitter, but not overly bitter taste, with a nice, crisp finish.
Feels pretty good in the mouth, seems a little chewy for an IPA, has the feel of what I'd expect from a DIPA.
Overall I enjoyed this beer, but it's not as good as many of the other IPA options out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 02:17:55 | More by DaveHack
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crowsoup

California

2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours with promise, a good head on its shoulders - I felt hope for a moment. I was under the impression that I might be able to lay back into the foam, rest on the lacing, point my nose to the ceiling and call it a day. I had the wrong impression. The carbonation faded in the blink of an eye and the nose knows nothing. A slight hint of stale, flat air and nothing more. The only saving grace here was the actual appearance of a good IPA, which only counts on camera, and since nobody was filming me drink it, that didn't really matter. Oh well, at least at 6.7% ABV I got a nice, end of the day buzz...so there's that.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 02:08:57 | More by crowsoup
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devilben02

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling amber-orange color, with a thick, billowy cream-colored head. The aroma is bursting with bold, citrusy combination of orange and grapefruit. The flavor is likewise jammed with grapefruit, with a juicy, lingering, pithy bitterness that is only partially balanced by a light caramel sweetness and some earthy undertones. The texture is light and smooth, yet the sticky, resinous hops don't readily fade away. Overall, although the flavor isn't a rot-your-molars kind of bitterness, it is certainly substantially hopped, resulting in a wonderfully bright and flavorful IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 14:22:06 | More by devilben02
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peacebone116

California

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

Poured from a 22-oz bottle, which I picked up in Bend, OR over 4th of July weekend, into a tulip glass on 7/29/2011.

A: Cloudy orange with thick white finger of long lasting head.

N: Light pine and...grape???

T/M: Bitter pine and earth with a nice light caramel backing. Beer is oily and finishes dry with a nice bitter after taste. Did I note that this is bitter? It's bitter. Light body.

Very decent taste, but really lacks a nose. A little 2-dimensional, but very good for the price. Not too sure about this particular bottle, which I actually note as being slightly different from the past tastings I have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:51:21 | More by peacebone116
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Hazy orange/yellow with a dense beige cap that left a lot of staky/clumpy lacing on the glass. The aroma was fairly nondescript, a little grain and a hint of lemony hops, some pale malt. The flavour was better, but still lackluster. Moderate bitterness, grainy malt sweetness, a little citrus. Nice texture though, medium bodied with very creamy carbonation. Total Domination is a bold name for an IPA, and one that this beer just didn't live up to. It requires a substantial increase in hop content to even get close to living up to its name.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 23:50:05 | More by DrJay
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katybee

Oregon

2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured deep golden yellow, with quickly disipating head of creamy foam.

smelled very lightly of citrusy hops.

emphasis on a citrus hop experience, but towards grapefruit, and only mildly, compared to double or imperial IPA styles. Only lightly malty. Somewhat one-dimensional, but pleasant enough and more flavorful than an average American lager.

light to medium bodied; clear, not creamy.

An average beer; nothing objectionable, but not really memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 02:20:36 | More by katybee
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richalexander78

Florida

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft in Oregon. Nice color and aroma. I was hoping for something a little different. This a very good ipa. I would Def get it again. Nice bitterness. Lacks pine but does have a classic hoppy ipa profile. I well done beer with a good long finish. Try one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 22:45:52 | More by richalexander78
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dgilks

Australia

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

Clear golden colour with a creamy white head. Fair head retention.

Bright citrus aroma with notes of orange and great floral notes. No malt. Good.

Bright, fresh floral hop flavour with a touch of apple. Not as bright and citrussy as expected. Some grainy malt.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A really well balanced IPA with just a hint too much malt in the flavour for me. A little disappointing given the good flavour.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 11:29:57 | More by dgilks
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jbakajust1

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their new 12oz bottle into a beveled pint on Ntl IPA Day

A - Clear copper w/ 1 finger off white head that slowly fades to nice cap w/ nice lacing

S - Candied papaya, sweet orange peel, sweet breads, nice & hoppy, floral, mango and peach, roses, kind of catty as it warms

T - Tropical fruits, nice bitter bite, bready and nutty finish, nice caramel sweetness, grapefruit lingers afterwards

M - Dry, crisp, bitter finish on back of tongue, med body, smooth carb

O - Nice & hoppy, balanced w/ nice malty backbone, lots of tropical hops and flowers, good finish, bitterness presents itself, but doesn't kill you. Good IPA

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 16:33:44 | More by jbakajust1
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Kaie

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this beer, however It's not my favorite IPA. But it is excellent to pick up a 6pack and crack a few open with some lunch or just to wet the whistle.

My favorite part about this beer actually is the smell. It smells VERY good. Effing amazing to be honest. Coincidentally it doesn't taste like it smells; but thats ok because the taste is still nice on its own accord.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:13:55 | More by Kaie
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birchstick

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a caramelly brownish orange

S - smells of caramel malts and some bitter pine hops

T - taste follows the nose. Caramel malts open this up, which fade to bitter pine hops with a bit of grapefruit. Nice bitterness for the IPA.

M - creamy mouthfeel that foes down well

D - nice IPA. Good bitterness from the hop onslaught and well balanced at the same time from the caramel malts. Good IPA, however I can't say I was totally dominated. Really good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 22:57:38 | More by birchstick
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at P.F. Changs in Hillsboro.

Pouring a moderately hazy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a great looking IPA. The nose is decent. Rather herbal and green with a leafy, citrus aroma, there's some grapefruit and orange. It smells like a lot of Cascades were used here. The malt character is mild, moderately biscuit-like. The palate opens with a moderate hop flavor with a blend of mildly vegetal hop and some fresh citrus. Bitterness is moderate, there's moderate hop flavor here. There's a toasted malt flavor as well here. Moderately bitter and drying on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body with smooth, creamy carbonation and dries out quite nicely on the finish. Not the best IPA out there, but a solid offering, nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2011 00:37:54 | More by DefenCorps
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled May 2011
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, light tan colored head; the head has lots of structure to it and leaves lots of thick lacing on the sides of my glass as well as falling with a very varied, rocky surface. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a lightly hazed amber color when held up to the light. Bright citrus, tangelo and lychee mix with soft, toasted malt, caramelized grain and perhaps a touch of sweet tea like aromatics. The malt towards the finish combines with sharper pine-hop notes and some pepper herbal notes. The aroma doesn’t quite have the bright hoppy notes that I prefer (I wonder if age has anything to do with it), but it does have a nice mix of fruit and herbal notes from the hop as well as a supporting malt character that doesn’t quite get in the way of the hops.

Fairly smooth textured, even creamy, I must have knocked out a fair amount of carbonation during my pour. The beer has a firm bitterness throughout that lingers on the palate; there is also a sort of menthol character that lingers in the finish. Lychee flavors mix with kumquat zest, tangelo and some other softer tropical fruit notes. The hop character also has some softer notes of pine, spicy herbal notes. There is a soft malt sweetness to this beer that accentuates the fruity hop character, and the sweet tea note that was found in the nose, is quite a bit reduced here in the flavor; almost non-existent. As the beer warms up, the herbal and pine notes come out a bit more. The body has a medium’ish character to it, though it is not on the heavy side for an IPA; it is just enough that it is not still quaffable like an IPA should be.

Not a bad IPA, my guess it is perhaps not at its freshest, but I don’t have a way of checking.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 14:24:41 | More by Gueuzedude
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. Three fingers of creamy/frothy off-white head. Retention is average and lots of non-uniform lacing is left.

3.0 S: The aroma is surprisingly subtle. Bready malts with a touch of crystal. Hops offer a slight orange and grapefruit. Fairly simple and tame.

3.0 T: Like the nose, this is tame and unassuming. Orange and grapefruit again with a strange sourishness. Bready malts with a good bit of crystal sweetness.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy.

2.5 D: Not horrible, but unimpressive on every account.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 19:39:56 | More by DavoleBomb
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