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Believer - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

446 Ratings
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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
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 sinistermadman:
Photo of sinistermadman
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber/brown in color with minimal head. Subtle, but pleasant aroma of hops and earthy malt. I've had this on tap, but first time trying the new bottle...

Nice hop bittering upfront, with citrus rind twang in tow. Solid, husky, toasted malt body that balances out the hop profile. Quite drinkable at 6.9%. Medium full mouthfeel with a slightly toasty, almost chocolate tinged aftertaste. Doesn't linger too long, just enough to be pleasant. I'm glad to see Ninkasi is bottling, and also glad the beers are at the market next door because I'd like another. Cheers.

sinistermadman, Mar 08, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NWer, Mar 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

freshflesh, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

EROCK83, Apr 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Beerswag, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mctizzz, Oct 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

IDYVM, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

chossboss, Apr 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Taylor88, Nov 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

virinow, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of ohmybock
2.48/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

ohmybock, Jun 10, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

sourdog, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

chickenm, Mar 10, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mj001jk, Oct 12, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

HoppySeb, May 13, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

22 oz shared bottle.
Nice clear red-amber color.
Rather ordinary aroma but a very rich flavor with enough hop balance to leave a mildly bitter finish.

chinchill, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Beer21, Sep 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

WaydeRafnel, Jul 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

LXIXME, Oct 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

ste5venla, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

InfernoBoss, Jun 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

heather625, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

intoxabroad, Sep 16, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

biboergosum, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Aug 13, 2013
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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.