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Believer - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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86
very good

449 Ratings
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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An Imperial American Red Ale.

Ninkasi website:
"6.9 % alc./vol. 60ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."

(Beer added by: Cascadia on 06-23-2007)
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Bomber from a seasonal four pack. Very rewarding purchase given I might not have tried this beer if it wasn't included as one of the four. Another fine beer from Ninkasi. Pours dark red. Nice head retention.
Very hoppy for a red ale. Great citrus aftertaste kept me going back for more. Pleasant and very drinkable.
Not an IPA but trying to masquerade as one.

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Well, the bottle states this brew has a "rich dark malt complexity" among other things. I'd certainly have to agree after tasting it. Unfortunately, I don't care for that rich dark malt complexity at all in this red ale. For my tastes, that dark, bitter, harsh, roasted character doesn't work for me at all here. I like my red ales "red", but without an overpowering harsh chocolate/roasted character. I did like the hop character which is mingled in with the other flavors. I also liked the color and clarity of this brew. There could have been more head, but that's not a big deal. Overall, this brew just didn't work for me. Oh well, that's why they make lots of different brews, right? Everybody has different likes and dislikes.

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Pours dark red amber with a hazel-colored foam. A thin lacing remains for a while in the glass.

Earthy hops and nutty aromas with caramel and roasted marshmallow accents. A little bit of alcohol bite on the nose but it adds character and lets you know what to expect.

Earthy wood and subtly roasted malt flavors with a fig-like character and pronounced bitterness at the end. The flavors linger and fade out nicely a minute or so later.

I really like this sort of a red ale, dark and brooding - yet fresh and balanced.

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Nice clear red-amber color.
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22oz bottle. Believers? I believe I'll have another beer, I do.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, bubbly and generally frothy tan head, which leaves a thick band of snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells softly of semi-sweet biscuity and bready caramel malt, a small, sort of sour dark orchard fruitiness, and leafy, weedy, and weakly piney hops. The taste is more pastry-like grainy caramel malt, biscuity toffee, bruised apples and pears, overripe orange and lemon rind, tart maraschino cherry, and a further tame earthy, floral, and perfumed hop bitterness.

The bubbles are average in their fizzy demeanor, and mostly just fulfilling their contractual support role, the body a bit on the light side of medium weight for the style, and perhaps a touch too strident in its edgy 'smoothness'. It finishes off-dry, that biscuity caramel malt sweetness persisting, alongside some mumbling and bumbling mixed hop bitters.

A bit too metallic and tight seeming overall, even if the underlying flavours have got it all going on - given that the ABV is a bit on the low side for anything deemed 'double' or 'imperial', that should not be a problem. Anyways, drinkable enough, I suppose, once that craft brewer awareness cognitive dissonance kicks in.

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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.