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Believer - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

384 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 384 | Reviews: 169 | Display Reviews Only:
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heather625

Oregon

5/5  rDev +31.9%

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

Oregon

5/5  rDev +31.9%

02-27-2014 17:48:32 | More by mrcwats
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Jeriba

Arizona

5/5  rDev +31.9%

11-18-2011 00:11:53 | More by Jeriba
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shaunofthedead

Oregon

5/5  rDev +31.9%

02-01-2014 04:01:43 | More by shaunofthedead
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industrialswill

Washington

4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is as close to a perfect beer as I've ever had. It's like drinking a dark, high viscosity IPA.
Dark brown with a thick, creamy head.
Smell is of floral, citrusy hops with roasted malt.
Tastes just like it smells, glorious balance of bitter to sweet.
This is one of my all time favorite beers and it comes as quite a surprise since it has virtually no fanfare.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:51:22 | More by industrialswill
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Sorgasm

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - nice deep red with a modest cream colored head.

smell - nice balance of malt and hops; jamie's trademark.

taste - sweet caramel malt profile with a bright cascade hop finish.

mouthfeel - smooth, fitting of the style.

drinkability - oh yeah, pour me another one!

one of jamie's finer concoctions. this beer will make you a believer..

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2008 23:30:01 | More by Sorgasm
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Braheem

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

11-12-2013 03:52:07 | More by Braheem
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Bricelyn

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

01-30-2014 03:49:58 | More by Bricelyn
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aaron12

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is the red ale i've been looking for...

dark blood red/brown, with a big pretty, white head.

figs, port, berry jam, hops somewhere in the distance. i'd expect this to be pretty sweet from the smell.

but it's not, it's done just right, the balance is impressive. sweet malts, that quickly fad into citrus hops, with the dry sweet coming back again in the end. there is a taste of alcohol a few seconds later, but that's ok with me, for 6.9 it's not too noticeable, and it almost ends with a nice port flavor.

this beer is rated as a B, and i don't know why.
this shit's good.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 00:54:07 | More by aaron12
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Antnego

California

4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is way underrated.

A: Pours a deep, red amber with a thick, two-finger head with excellent retention and thin lacing. Looks gorgeous.

S: I get brown sugar, caramel, maple and citrusy hops on the nose.

T: Taste largely follows the nose. This is a complex brew! I get maple, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, and grapefruit. Finishes with bitter hops and a very slight sour tang (almost undetectable). Simply wonderful.

M: Lots of refreshing carbonation, medium body, goes down easy. No booze detected.

O: BA has got this one seriously wrong. RateBeer scored this a 95, an excellent rating for an excellent beer. This brew is so rich and refreshing, with complex hops and caramel interplaying on the palate. It easily rivals Russian River's best offerings - I hope it gets the recognition it deserves on this site, Ninkasi should be rewarded for producing this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 03:00:17 | More by Antnego
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Bookseeb

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a red amber with a thin head. Smell of sweet caramel malts with fruitiness coming out with the hops. Taste has a nice caramel malt flavor with an earthy grapefruit note that is balanced well with the hops. Mouthfeel is a smooth medium that goes down well with the carbonation.
A definate well made red ale, I particularly like the balanced, although light sweetness that this has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 03:41:24 | More by Bookseeb
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NWer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

09-03-2012 00:23:36 | More by hannaho
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was fantastic. Just wanted to get that out of the way. Served chilled and poured into several pint glasses, this one was consumed on 09/07/2009.
 
The pour was marvelous. Rich dark amber in color with a nice brown consistency to it. A big head of off white comes up and over the top, settling down nicely into a pillow that never really lets go after that point. Really nice touches of lace ring the sides of the glass and complete the look rather well. Enormous aroma of earthy hops, sweet caramel and candy like sugar are damn near spot on. Warming it only serves to make it sweeter. Wonderful touches of warm brown sugar are the first thing I notice. Smooth, super smooth. Big, nearly full bodied feel here delivers tons of bready malts and an overpowering dose of caramel flavor. Just about perfect. Warming up brings out more candied sugar and just the most sweet malt flavors  I could imagine. Nice dose of hops on the finish just brings the whole thing together really quite nicely.
 
Overall this was just superb. A style I don't get to see to often, but if it came out like this I would be dying to try it. Really just top notch and a cut above the rest. I would have to recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 15:54:06 | More by mikesgroove
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calmond72

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

04-11-2012 05:52:13 | More by calmond72
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sevenshubby

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-17-2013 23:54:47 | More by sevenshubby
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-29-2012 02:02:28 | More by gleemonger
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TheBronze

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

06-14-2012 20:59:54 | More by TheBronze
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ricecracker420

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-31-2014 02:09:49 | More by ricecracker420
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snaotheus

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden amber color, with a thick, darkish head and extremely pretty lacing.

Smells sweet and hoppy, maybe a little licorice.

The sweetness and hoppiness are very well balanced -- exactly what I look for a in a hoppy red.

Feels thick but light in the mouth -- not syrupy, but with great substance.

Dangerously drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:45:59 | More by snaotheus
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loren01

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown color. Slightly cloudy with a good sized head and good lacing down the glass
S: Sweet with a nice grassy/earthy hoppiness
T: Caramel/toffee sweetness up front with a nice crisp earthy hoppiness at the end
M: Medium bodied, medium amount of carbonation
D: Very drinkable beer, would try this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 01:45:00 | More by loren01
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wstuart

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

anyone who sips Believer, immediatly becomes a believer. it is very apparent why ninkasi has kept this brew as a year round brew. very aromatic of cascade hops, with a bitter finish that comes on a little strong. great for cool days and outdoor/beach consumption

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 00:23:18 | More by wstuart
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imagese

California

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A great dark amber. Partially opaque with a one finger biscuit head

S: great nose. Oakey brown sugar with a very subtle hint of citrus hop

T: The taste is great. Nice hop kick up front, with a warming malt middle, and a great bitter finish. More a grapefruit rind bitterness

M: slightly high on carbonation. Medium body that has a nice feel on the tongue, and a nice lingering bitterness throughout the mouth

D: for a hopped up red, this is a great session beer. Not as harsh as Green Flash's HHR. Would love to try this dry hopped...

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 02:50:52 | More by imagese
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a shaker pint.

Pours a deep see-thru reddish amber, with a thick, creamy beige head standing "just proud of the rim" a la a pint of Guinness. The head barely reduces in size at all, and leaves plentiful sheets of lacing. Gorgeous beer.

Even blunted by the shaker pint, the nose is very nice, with robust roasted and caramel malt aromas, and a bit of earthiness. The huge maltiness carries over to the flavor, but the earthiness is substantially intensified and joined by a bit citrus mid-swallow . It's medium-thick and chewy, yet quite smooth, with all the flavors seeming to linger and demand attention for several seconds.

Overall impression: If there's a better amber/red ale than this one, I can't wait to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2009 15:32:01 | More by PDXHops
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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.