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Believer - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

459 Ratings
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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 15
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:
Beer added by: Cascadia on 06-23-2007

An Imperial American Red Ale.

Ninkasi website:
"6.9 % alc./vol. 60ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 459 | Reviews: 179 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of skyheart
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sillyhed8
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peachy-tay
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep and dark mahogany ruby red. Forms a half finder of light rusty brown head that quickly dissipates down to a film.
S - Sweet hops upfront, sweet malts in the back. At first it could've fooled me for an IPA, coming back for another smell, it could now fool me for a porter. Quickly and constantly developing beer as the temperature rises. Quite complex.
T - Lightly sweet and bitter hops upfront and the same with malt in the back, like a perfect mix between an IPA and a porter somehow, surprisingly complex and in-depth, especially for the style it is.
O - A damned good and pleasantly surprising red ale. Will definitely have again if I get the chance to do so.

Photo of Harvest06
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Turbo
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobertColianni
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anthony-martinez
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of FLima
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite reddish color with a thick beige head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Aroma of red fruits, pineapples and caramels.
Sweet, but Increasingly bitter flavor with notes of apple juice, toasted malts, spices, American yeast, tea leaves, grapefruit, soap and dark fruits peel.
Quite dry aftertaste with a nice bitterness.
Medium body with milder carbonation. Alcohol of 6.9% is well hidden in its body.
Pleasant Double Red Ale, fruity and flavorful, but it could have a lower body or even more hops to tame its body and make it less balanced, or more, depending if it is a hop head judging it... In my opinion all Doubles should use hops freely.

Photo of utopiajane
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a sultry and seductive brick orange with shades of reds browns and rust. Has fiery golden yellow highlights as well. Tan head of creamy foam that lasts and leaves lace. Good clarity . Nose is firm with caramel. It's hard to explain but this is firm caramel. Not soft, not too sweet. It has a lovely biscuity malt scent and a beautiful orange peel on the nose. A wild bit of herbal and a touch of brown sugar. As it warms some needle like pine come s to the nose. Taste is seductive with malt that sports more complexity than I would have thought . it is a creamy biscuit, it's dry and crisp and it has this firm caramel. it's not terribly sweet. And for even the little bit of sugar it is still not awfully sweet. It is powerful malt presence in this beer. The hops are grand with a dry powdery floral and a bit of herbal. There's tangerine and the fruit and the pith of the tangerine. It's the sweetest thing. This fruit presence and yet it's shy and hangs back a bit. The beer finishes with a lovely bit of resin to coat the palate and leave behind that needle like dry pine in it's and that brilliantly complex malt in it's biscuity glory with that firm caramel. Like I said it's not too sweet and the bitter is outstanding. A moderate bitter takes hold and flourishes in the aftertaste.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.