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Believer - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 15
Gots: 37 | 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: 466 | Reviews: 181 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of claybob43
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wilsonbaron
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big red, big body and good carbonation. Enjoyed the hops on this and while I hate ambers/reds, this was still enjoyable.

Photo of Lurkerson
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz. poured into a nonic. A dark reddish mahogany brown with two fingers of very creamy, frothy beige head. Leaves some lacing that looks like a map of the world (I shit you not, would attach a photo if I could!). Color falls exactly between an amber and a true brown ale.

Aroma is unassuming and mellow but pleasant enough, some candied pineapple, papaya, white grapes, and toffee coming through. Slight chocolate. Taste is far toastier and nuttier than the nose would suggest. Big toasted biscuit flavor coupled with oily walnuts, baker's molasses, orange and grapefruit rind, canned pineapple rings, caramels, nectarine, tannic black tea. Hops are bold but fall just short of a "red IPA" level. Some of the dry bitterness tastes malt-derived.

Body on the thick side, with rather subdued carbonation. Finish is where the citric and tropical hops really shine. More puckering tea-like tannins with a squeeze of lemon and lime. I am appreciating this red ale. Robust toasty malts with fruity hops providing a foil. Flavor develops nicely as the brew warms. Sweetness, toast/nuts, and hops nigh perfectly balanced.

Photo of lehueve
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of timoteo833
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Marvicsin
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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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.