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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

868 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 868
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 34
Gots: 64 | 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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MagyarPuska

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall Pint Glass from a bomber that isn't dated.

A: A hazy copper/orangish beer with light carbonation rising to the top. A decent head with lacing that dissipated somewhat quickly after the pour.
S: Quite citrusy, grapefruit and maybe some flowery action in there as well.
T: Hello citrus. The smell doesn't lie. It is not a tart citrus though, as it is somewhat sweet. Kind to the taste buds until after the swallow, where the aftertaste lets you know you are drinking an IPA with a bitter touch. Very gentle for an IPA.
M: It isn't very heavy, and it doesn't really tingle on the tongue like a lot of other IPA's. Not a whole lot of alcohol in this one, so that isn't very strong to the tongue either.
D: Since this isn't a very overpowering beer, I could wade my way through a couple of these. They are gentle, while being refreshing.

Overall: I liked this beer, for how simple and refreshing it is. It wasn't anything overpowering or crazy, while remaining enjoyable and flavorful. Sometimes it pays to be modest.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 04:03:00 | More by MagyarPuska
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cetherid

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a tulip

A.

Look is a hazy orange. About a fingers worth of frothy eggshell colored head.

S.

I'm getting some citrus notes in there. Some grapefruit, lemon and even pineapple. Perhaps a slight pine as well as some maltiness in there as well.

T.

Getting a lot of citrus rind taste to it. A pretty big bitter bite up front but other than that, not much else. Almost a watery finish.

M.

about medium bodied but sometimes feels kinda thin and watery. Good carbonation for an IPA.

D.

I'm not sure how fresh this bottle is but this one is nothing really impressive. I'd love to try it on tap, but this beer was a extra and from the west coast so it's probably the only time I'll have this beer. It's no dreadnaught!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 03:11:01 | More by cetherid
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portia99

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle received as a great extra from Arbitrator. Thanks for the opportunity to try this one! Poured into my trusty Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a mostly clear pale orange color. A tall, 3 fingers of dense, fluffy off-white head is barely contained by the glass on a lightly aggressive pour. Foam has excellent staying power and slowly crumbles to the surface with thick sticky spiderwebs of lace left all over the glass. Love a beer with foam that maintains its shape as it descends and leaves a little mountain in the center of the glass.

S - Lots of American hops in here...citrusy especially with grapefruit taking the forefront. I also get a bit of pineapple which blends with the lowish level sweet malt character at the base.

T - Nice citrusy hop presence up front with some muted orange flavor and prominant grapefruit. Hop bitterness is of medium intensity but more than enough to offset the light malt presence in the background. The bitterness seems to have a subduing sugar aspect surrounding it that serves to enhance the fruitiness in the hops. The bitterness is definitely not lacking for an IPA...just well integrated with a bit of a highlight on the flavor aspects of the hops.

M - Medium body with an equivalent carbonation level. Sticky and resiny and loaded with juicy hops.

D - A good IPA overall. Well balanced (and balanced to the hoppy/bitter side) and loaded with hop flavor. This is a recipe for success for me. This doesn't raise the bar or set the standard for the style, but it is a well brewed example and worthy of seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 22:30:43 | More by portia99
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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

Total Domination IPA has a cloudy orange body with a light tan head that is about a finger in height. The head is pretty sticky looking, but only manages to leave a line or two of lace on my glass.

Lots of citrus in the nose from American hops, including grapefruit and a bit of lemon. The malt is definitely understated, but I can tell that it is mostly pale malt.

I like the crisp, bitter hops paired with the pale malt, but something about this IPA is underwhelming. The hops dominate, bringing citrus in the form of grapefruit and lemon just like in the aroma. Some bitterness comes with the hops too, of course. The pale malt is in the background, and it provides just a bit of a cracker-like taste.

Enough body and a good amount of carbonation.

Total Domination is good but not great. Even though the hops dominated the flavor, they weren't especially powerful, and neither was the malt. I guess what I'm trying to say is that "total" domination didn't really happen.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 00:45:29 | More by Hojaminbag
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Total Domination IPA pours a slightly hazy copper with a nice head that leaves lacing on the glass. The aroma is bitter pine and grapefruit, with a hint of caramel. Resiny grapefruit hops feature the flavor with an assertive bitterness balancing out some nice rich malt. Overall not a bad IPA, thought a freshness date would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 05:59:31 | More by ericj551
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4000qtrap

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Source/Serving: 22oz. Bottle

Smell: Grapefruit/orange/pineapple that a damp overall character but is kept fresh up by a slightly acidic juicy note. As it warms mutated floral notes come through. Biscuit is hiding in there somewhere.

Taste: Solid, strongly flavored IPA. Semisweet tropical fruits and brown sugar up front with a healthy dose of bitterness and acidity. On the bitter side of the bitter/sweet axis but balanced with floral bitterness coming through in the especially thick, sticky, tart finish. Grain character is absent. This beer has some balls and is in your face, but remains well composed and articulate. Thick mouthfeel overall, which is nice at first become overwhelms after awhile limiting its drinkability a bit.

Notes: Bitterness is calculatedly aggressive, but otherwise par for the course

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 04:38:58 | More by 4000qtrap
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srandycarter

California

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber/honey, fairly murky, nice near white head, small but thick. Reduces fast to ring. Lots of cling lace.

S - Like a half grapefruit at diet time. Sweet and tart, citrus to the max.

T - Thick sweet malt intertwined with citrus, predominately grapefruit.

M - Nice balance. Medium body, good carbonation.

D - Nice drinker. Easy to have a few.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 04:16:38 | More by srandycarter
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flagmantho

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, cloudy orange body with two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Your basic West-coast IPA and not a bad looking beer.

Smell: nice citrusy aroma with a good dose of grapefruit. A bit one-note, however, and I feel like the aroma could have more intensity. Still, not too bad.

Taste: grapefruity hops with a big bitterness up front, building into a harsher, very bitter finish. The malt is on the dry side and a little biscuity, but it's a good vehicle for the hops. Quite tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Not brilliant, but not too bad either. Pretty much par for the course.

Drinkability: tasty and refreshing. This might make a damn fine tailgating beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 02:37:03 | More by flagmantho
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mynie

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big name for a medium-sized IPA. Pours fine but it smells pretty tame, like very light grapefruit hops and cereal malt.

Tastes great! The hop profile is rich and varied. It's west coast, of course--big grapefruit, orange, and pine. Very nicely balanced, too. It starts with sweet cereal malt, moves into variegated hops of several shades of green, and then finishes on a combination of yeasty biscuit dough and straight, bitter hops.

This is a very nice, very drinkable strong IPA. It's not quite to the level of Two Hearted, Ale Smith, or Alpha King, but it's still damn good.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 01:54:50 | More by mynie
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paigertx

New York

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger, poured a taste because I had never heard of the brewery and had to get a pint. The hop aroma won me over then the maltlessness(all hop) sealed the deal as I was craving a clean hop with no sweet taste. M - a little chalky aftertaste but smooths over quickly. Packs a punch with abv which might be closer to 7.2% IMO. Wow, very drinkable considering that, but wouldn't want to stay this bitter nor is it sessionable. Definitely order this if you find it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 16:24:32 | More by paigertx
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Arbitrator

California

1.83/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Re-review off a bottle purchased at BevMo Mountain View. No bottling date. I'm assuming this is fresh.

[First review: 3.0 / 4.0 / 4.0 / 3.5 / 3.0 (B+)]

A: Pours a hazy copper / orange / gold with a small off-white head that quickly recedes into a film on the glass. The film remains throughout the drink, generously refreshed with active carbonation. No lace.

S: This doesn't have that pungent fruit aroma I remember. Grapefruit, maybe some pineapple, but it's malty and biscuity.

T: Grapefruit, a touch of pineapple, pine. And yet, it's weak and watery in flavor, more malty than hop-forward, and altogether unsatisfying.

M: Weak, watery flavor. I had this right after a Lagunitas IPA, and I was troubled by how disappointingly thin-bodied this beer was in comparison. It just doesn't measure up.

D: This was terrible; I can't figure out if Ninkasi changed their recipe or if this is an old bottle, but it doesn't have any of the characteristics I remember.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 06:20:27 | More by Arbitrator
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flexabull

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull and hazy gold color, with a nice white head.

Aromas are of stinky hops, resiny, also sweet, and hard candy like.

Taste is sweet and creamy up front, with a hard candy like note. Beer then settles into spicy and bitter flavors. Finish has a pine like note, with a nice dryness.

Mouthfeel is good, with good carbonation, and a nice smooth and full feel.

Drinkability is also good. This is a pretty good IPA. The spicy notes seem a little different and interesting, but I think the hop flavors aren't quite my favorite, especially when it comes to the style. Still a pretty good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 04:30:10 | More by flexabull
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Elimination

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look is A pale hazy yellow, yet a wonderful fluffy white head that really throws the aromatics out.

Smell is a strong bitter hops sweet like brown sugar a bit .

Taste is very hop forwArd strong bitterness a bit of Carmel likeness thrown in there.

Mouthfeel is sharp and stingy has a great thickness to it as well.

Drink is good a very nw ipa for sure

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 22:30:49 | More by Elimination
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Flightoficarus

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a gold/light amber hue, with a decent white-head, and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Smell is of piney hops, lots of citrus notes (lemon, grapefruit, orange), and a strong, caramel malt backbone.

T - Taste is of a strong caramel maltiness up front, with quickly progresses into citrus hop territory, with plenty of orange, grapefruit, and lemon notes. Not too much in the way of piney/uber-bitter hops. In fact, very well balanced actually. Very tasty stuff.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with just the perfect amount of carbonation and creaminess. Major props here.

D - A little strong for sessioning, but a bomber or a couple pints of it is perfect.

Overall - This is a great go-to IPA IMO (That's pretty accessible around here). It's probably too sweet and balanced for the die-hard hop heads, but I'd go as far as calling it one of my favorite "regular IPA's. I like it's big brother, Tricerahops, even more, but this one is easier to drink (they're both great though). It's hard to go wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 07:07:55 | More by Flightoficarus
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TheBeerCarl

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great everyday IPA! The boys at Ninkasi have a good knack for hop pop.

This beer presents itself quite nicely with a light amber color that is slightly opaque and a white head that produced by tiny bubbles. The head has good retention.

An IPA is all about the hops and its presence in the aroma needs to be there for a good IPA. While there are some nice floral and acidity notes on this beer the malt character muddies the hop bouquet.

The flavor of this beer awards it a place in my fridge any day. Good hoppy acidity, not too pungent (which for me is a downer cause for me I love a good amount of hops in my IPAs). The flavor resembles more of an East Coast IPA versus a NWIPA. There is some nice subtle malt sweetness with brown sugar undertones that balances out the hoppy character.

The mouthfeel is really nice with a medium body and carbonation that compliments the hoppy bite at the end.

Overall this IPA is not the greatest one in the world but definitely better than average and I'd drink a pint of it any day. Ninkasi can have my money any day.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 06:03:43 | More by TheBeerCarl
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jdense

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber from local grocery store poured into pint glass.

One finger white head, medium dissipation and lacing over deep gold/light amber clear body with multiple streams of carbonation. Big hop hit in the nose, grapefruit with some pine notes, sweetish malts provide a semblance of balance. Taste mirrors nose, on the hoppy side as it should be, finish is not very bitter. Medium mouthfeel with slightly above average effervescence. Good drinkability. While this is one of the west most popular bombers, IMHO I think Oakshire's IPA is a tad better. In any case, worth a try for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 14:41:58 | More by jdense
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beagle75

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber expresses a ruby glow in the light, with thick patches of off-white, cinnamon-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Rich toasty and caramel malt with spices and vinous bright fruit. Or, effervescent fruitcake with a touch of solvent.

T: Begins with heavy pale malt, slight toffee, and round fruity esters. An expansive middle harbors soft, spicy hops and some acidity that develops into a restrained but slightly astringent bitter finish--leaving a buzz of sensation in the upper corners of the mouth.

M: Medium viscosity feels too-heavy for the style, and is not elevated by the noticeable prickly carbonation.

D: This is a complex beer that comes across as more malt-focused than most others of the style, while also embracing much of the same flavor profile as Ninkasi Tricerahops. Based on these two offerings it seems that Ninkasi has decided to take a different approach to IPAs--with interesting results. IPA enthusiasts should be curious about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 15:16:18 | More by beagle75
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

Obtained via trade with djmichaelk
Pooured in to Duvel tulip

A - Medium orange/yellow colour with one finger of thick, foamy white head and a little bit of lacing.

S - Bitterness up front from the hops with a faint citrus and floral nose to them. A caramel sweetness and very slight sour nose round out the nose. The sourness is a somewhat odd smell that I can't pinpoint.

T - The unusual smell in the nose is the first thing I notice on the palate. It is slightly sour with a specific flavour that I can't put my finger on. The bitter hops are very apparent in the palate as well but the flavour is a bit lacking - some citrus notes, but overall the bitterness comes through more so than the citrus flavour does. There is also a very sweet malt profile here.

M - Light to medium body, lightly carbonated.

D - Not an IPA I would hunt down in the future but it was decent.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 16:53:28 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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mentor

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger yellow-tanned head over a murky light-orange-rust liquid. Smells lemony and piney hops. Mild brettanomyces funk and baby aspirin. Raspberry sorbet.

Tastes lemony hops on the draw with non-descript malt sweet. In steps orange pith and potent grassy cohumulone. Mineral aftertaste that's allowed to stand tall due to strong cleansing carbonation

Overall, the hop flavor is quite intense such that is comes across as a bit brett funky. The hop bitter packs such a punch that the alpha acids sting my tongue. Wowzers, this is as close to bitter hop juice as I've ever gotten. As a hop-head, I'm in love.

Md-thick body despite the cruel hop bitter sting Medium carbonation sting comes across as stronger due to a minerally flavor and the sharp stingy hops. Wonderful example of hop extract dripped onto my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 06:27:58 | More by mentor
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gregshead

California

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy. Inch of head that dissipates pretty quickly. A little trace of head stays on top.

S - Floral hop smell but not a strong smell to it.

T - Starts with a sweet floral taste. Finishes with a pine taste. A good bitter/dry after taste.

M - light mouthfeel. The cloudy taste comes through in the mouthfeel with a little bit of a gritty feel.

D - Enjoyable because it has a different taste and mouthfeel than most IPAs. Overall, I would have it again and enjoy it, especially at the simple 4 dollar a bomber price at bevmo.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 04:09:04 | More by gregshead
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chumba526

Oregon

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

Appears golden in color with about half an inch of white head.

Smells very citrusy: I smell a mix of orange and grapefruit. There is also a strong caramel flavor as well.

It tastes much like it smells. There is a nice bitter citrusy flavor: much like orange zest. To complement the citrus flavor there is a dose of caramel flavored malts. The taste ends with a substantial citrusy bitterness. There is a nice subdued citrusy sweetness that complements the bitterness.

The carbonation is around medium.

The drinkability is quite good. I often have three pints of these a night if it's the only thing I like that is on tap.

Overall a nice IPA that has a nice citrus flavor a nice hop flavor and a nice malty caramel flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 01:23:03 | More by chumba526
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scout19d3

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap this poured as a golden straw colored ale, clear and bright with less than an inch of head. There is an apparent hoppy aroma that followed with a similarly dominant slight-hoppy taste followed by the expected bitters - very tasty. I stopped with one. Not to discount its drink-ability, there are just several others I wish to try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 00:04:32 | More by scout19d3
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nataku00

California

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in an old fashioned glass. A finger of pale yellow head on top of a golden orange beer. Very good persistent carbonation.

Smells mostly of grapefruit hops on the nose. Not much else that I was able to detect.

Good bitter citrusy hops, with some malty sweetness to balance it out a bit. Not the most bitter IPA but a good hop flavor.

Very clean beer when swishing it around my mouth. Perhaps a little too clean.

I would be able to have a couple of Total Dominations in a session

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2010 17:32:00 | More by nataku00
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arizcards

Arizona

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

Picked up a bomber at the Hoodland Thriftaway in Welches this week for $3.99.

Beer poured orange with a nice head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is a nice dose of citrus hops. Taste has a light malt backbone with a healthy dose of pine and citrus hops, with a fair amount of citrus zest lingering. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Overall drinkability is good. This beer does exactly what the name implies, it is a total hop domination of the palate. Nice beer, glad i had the opportunity to try!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 22:17:40 | More by arizcards
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cbarrett4

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Nonic. Tasted at least two dozen times from taps all over Portland. This is one of my go to brews!

A - Slightly hazy straw hue with a nice head and decent lace retention.

S - Fresh and green hops with a pine, citrus aroma, some hints of spice and earth.

T - The best part! Lots of fresh hops that just keep coming, but they're not overpowering or too tannic. The spice and citrus frames everything nicely.

M - Full bodied with good, creamy texture, smooth tannins, and balanced alcohol and acidity.

It doesn't get much better than this for standard NW IPA. Add to that the regularity of finding this on tap at even the most obscure bars in the Portland area and you have a consistent winner!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 20:53:21 | More by cbarrett4
Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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