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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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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful pour in an orange body with a head of super pale tan starting out a 2 inches and fading ever so slowly. The truth can be found in the lacing... I bet this is gonna be some sticky stuff!

S - Strong hops in a citrus form with an accent of pine. It has to be consumed. This is a fantastic aroma.

T - This is a unique IPA. It has a charcoal flavor I'm not used to in any hoppy brews. The hop flavor is very good consisting of citrus and tall grass. The bitterness is evident but by no means overwhelming. The flavors are really, really good together.

M - The feel is smooth at the beginning and then moves to mildly coarse as it nears the end. This assists in bringing out some of the unique flavors in the hops. My only issue here is that it's not quite as sticky as be I had anticipated.

~ This is a very good beer. I will definitely be on the lookout for this brew in the future. The only downfall is that I live in Wisconsin and this dominatrix isn't available here. Perhaps I'll have to take another trip to Oregon, hopefully sooner than later.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 04:12:33 | More by cdkrenz
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The total domination is a damn fine brew. It poured a light orange color with a solid finger foam head and some snowflake lacing.

The aroma is Northwest hops in your face. Nice cascade aromas. Smell some citrus and pine. The flavor is an initial balanced hop/malt profile that is soon annihilated by the hops. The finish of the beer is leaving you the tongue coated loveliness of the hops. My mouth was totally dominated by this IPA and with the DIPA they produce I think they are on their way to the namesake. Wonderful American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 22:17:17 | More by cswhitehorse
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a firm whipped egg white head; terrific structure to the lacing

Smell: A bit understated, but fairly balanced, with some biscuity malt and "C" hops

Taste: Starts out biscuity but after a few seconds, the lemon and grapefruit flavors arrive; citrusy after the swallow, but balanced throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Clearly on the APA side of an IPA, this is a quite enjoyable beer if you like a balanced approach to an IPA; not totally dominating by any stretch, but still quite tasty to my palate

Thanks, riversideAK (from the other site), for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 22:14:11 | More by brentk56
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RickS95

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color, hazy; lots of bubbles form a thick fluffy white head.

Great smell...floral hops and citrus dominate.

Best-tasting IPA I've ever had. Instead of being completely overwhelmed by hops, the citrus is prevalent as well and helps balance the flavor.

Lots going on in the mouth. Starts off sweet, due to the citrus; then bitter from the hops kicks in and stays well into the finish.

This is really a top notch beer. Looks and smells great, taste is very complex being both sweet and bitter and it packs a 7.0% ABV punch.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 20:20:03 | More by RickS95
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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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rkuhnel

California

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

From a 22 oz bottle that I picked up for $3.99 at Market of Choice in Ashland, Oregon, this poured a hazy orange with a light yellow head and sticky lacing. Very powerful citrus hops nose, with pine and floral hops backing it up. Good mouthfeel. Really great flavors with a wonderful long and bitter finish. A really great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 20:44:03 | More by rkuhnel
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

Brought this back from my trip to the Northwest.

An interesting dark copper/amber color with a decent amount of visible carbonation. Finger and half of foamy white head that shows decent retention. Light lacing.

The aroma is fantastic Very bread like, orange notes.. other lighter citrus and slightly sweet.

This is a wonderful IPA. Initially gives you a sense of balance, then the lingering hops slap you in the face and remind you that this is a big IPA. Initial brown sugar sweetness immediately gives way to lots of fruit flavors and then a ton of bread flavors. Some bitter grapefruit flavors and then the long slow burn of glorious hop bitterness.

Medium/Light body, light prickle of carbonation. Oily.

Wonderfully drinkable. Wish I had brought back a 2nd bottle of this one. I will have it again on my next trip out west.

Excellent. Just love bready, fresh, bitter IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 01:11:32 | More by Reagan1984
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industrialswill

Washington

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

I picked up a 22ozer at RiteAid for $3.79. I originally came in to get a 12 pack of Schmidt, but they were out.
So, this bottle of "Yuppie beer" is my consolation prize.
No sense in me re-hashing what's already been so very well said about this stuff. I think it's just about as good as Sierra Nevada Torpedo. This is excellent beer and I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 02:05:17 | More by industrialswill
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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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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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grumpy

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty simple to describe this one - it's a glass of grapefruit juice. Not pink grapefruit like Oggi's HopWhompus, but white grapefruit, or yellow, or whatever a regular grapefruit is.

Pours a slightly cloudy, straw-copper color with a moderate white head that leaves little lace. Smells of grapefruit, tastes of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium, malts are muted by the high IBU. Not a big DIPA type beer, but really tasty. That is, if you like grapefruit juice.

Sidebar: The brewery is up and going (obviously!) and has established tap accounts around the region. Nothing is being bottled yet, and to my knowledge, the IPA is all that's available right now. I apologize to the proprietor if that's incorrect. Expansion of the beer production, and construction of a tasting room are in the works. If Total Domination is any indication, they are off to a good start.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2006 16:31:44 | More by grumpy
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Aroma is strong and hoppy with a fruity underpinning that is surprisingly more pomme (apple/pear) than citrus and a firm hint of yeast. It pours a clear dark amber with a thick, though not persistent, white head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is hoppy and woody, somewhat bitter, with a somewhat sweet undertone of pear and a hint of honey. Fizzy and smooth texture leaves a hoppy, fruity and slightly woody finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 02:47:37 | More by Cyberkedi
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Drunkenass

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

07-06-2013 05:58:38 | More by Drunkenass
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EROCK83


4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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rhinonau

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

11-08-2013 19:20:43 | More by rhinonau
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intoxabroad

Taiwan

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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Anselmi78

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

07-20-2012 19:40:30 | More by Anselmi78
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SB_Brewmaster

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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poopsmitherson

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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Monkeypaws

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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Booner818

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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Spaz7

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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confusedidols

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

08-15-2012 20:23:37 | More by confusedidols
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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

04-26-2013 23:29:22 | More by kjfinnerty
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Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.