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Believer - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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86
very good

402 Ratings
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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | 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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Reviews by climax:
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climax

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Not tough to believe in this one after the pour. The mahogany body sits under a nice sticky finger of mocha head. Retention and lacing are very nice, good start.

It smells the part of a bold west coast Amber Ale. The citrus tones from the Centennial hops accent the massive malt bill. Sweet caramel and buttery biscuit smells indicate whats to come.

The beer becomes much more balanced as the Summit hops amp up the bitterness. The toasty biscuity malt profile is still massive, yet held more in check. The balance is very good.

The acidic characteristics pucker the cheeks a bit. Sharp carbonation resonates through the dry pithy finish. This is the most impressing beer so far from Ninkasi; it's bold, balanced, and drinkable.

02-17-2012 02:13:48 | More by climax
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NWer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

03-04-2011 04:21:41 | More by NWer
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freshflesh

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-12-2014 23:58:16 | More by freshflesh
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-21-2012 21:11:34 | More by EROCK83
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Beerswag

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

05-01-2013 04:01:18 | More by Beerswag
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mctizzz

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-12-2013 23:30:31 | More by mctizzz
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IDYVM

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-20-2013 18:42:03 | More by IDYVM
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chossboss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-04-2014 05:15:14 | More by chossboss
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virinow

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-18-2013 00:56:11 | More by virinow
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ohmybock

Georgia

2.48/5  rDev -34.7%

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.

06-10-2008 00:05:23 | More by ohmybock
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sourdog

California

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

04-08-2014 05:56:55 | More by sourdog
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-10-2012 23:51:23 | More by chickenm
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mj001jk

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

10-12-2010 04:54:46 | More by mj001jk
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-13-2014 19:25:36 | More by HoppySeb
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Beer21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-21-2013 01:10:39 | More by Beer21
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-15-2012 04:36:49 | More by WaydeRafnel
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ste5venla

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

03-18-2014 04:55:37 | More by ste5venla
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-10-2013 04:24:22 | More by InfernoBoss
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heather625

Oregon

5/5  rDev +31.6%

02-19-2012 04:01:41 | More by heather625
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Taiwan

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-16-2013 00:27:32 | More by intoxabroad
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-13-2013 21:00:08 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Sargully

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-07-2012 04:03:24 | More by Sargully
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TheSixthRing

California

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance - Pours a bright, clear ruby red with a slight orange tinge. Off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Solid lace presence with good stick.

Smell - Primarily a sweet, bready malt aroma with hints of caramel, citrus and a peppery spice.

Taste - Bread and faint caramel malts to start, then a slightly peppery bite with orange citrus hops become prevalent mid-taste and last into the finish. Aftertaste rings with a slight metallic character, which is common in a lot of reds.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair, tingly carbonation, but little bite. Finishes with a good amount of dryness.

Overall - Not sure what makes this a double or imperial red, as the label claims. Tastes like your average craft red to me, along the lines of Red Tail Ale or Alleycat Amber. Good balance, but kinda boring.

12-16-2012 23:24:43 | More by TheSixthRing
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-14-2014 15:23:08 | More by Griffith
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

Apparently the Sumerians praised the goddess Ninkasi for the miracle of fermentation. It is indeed a wonderful process, and I do hope this beer is worthy of worship. I also love that I can pretend this beer is named after the great metal band Believer...to the pour...

Thin and creamy light-tan head leaves strings and dots of lace all around the glass, while the color is a rusted reddish-brown.

Aroma gives equal time to malt, hops and something akin to a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon. Quite toasty, even reminding of fried dough. I recently had a beer that tried to emulate the flavor of a chocolate donut and it sucked. This, however, reminds me of a fresh-basked donut.

Flavor fills the mouth with a familiar NW hops layer that doesn't quit. It's nice, although a bit too grassy, without the balance I'd expect the malt to provide. Grassy astringency hangs out in the finish, brash and unceasing. Feels like it'll coat the inside of my mouth forever. Brief flashes of sugary spices peek through, but there's really no getting through the rough and raw hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is nicely soft, just enough carbonation to feel it but it's more about buttery lightness, which helps the bitter flavor ride through even stronger.

An enjoyable slice of the Pacific northwest, Believer takes me back to my Oregon visit last year. Has the signature rawness that I found in various brewpubs out there (New Old Lompoc, Lucky Labrador, and Amnesia, among others). Unfortunately the flavor seems to lack balance. I love hop-bombs, but this isn't even that. It's just not well balanced. More malt, please!

[Thanks to msubulldog25 for this bottle. Go Cubs!]

07-04-2008 19:24:16 | More by Metalmonk
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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.