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Believer - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

413 Ratings
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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 172
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Sargully, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of piclee
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

piclee, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy copper, red in the sunlight. A nice light head leaves some lacing.

Smell is citrus hop, roasted malt and a hint of sweet.

Taste is similar to nose. The hops surround and fill the mouth, the malts are in the middle, with a hint of sweet finish.

Smooth with a light hop tang. Almost creamy for a medium light brew.

A great beer and price. Plenty of flavor going on, will definitely have some more.


Drinkerofales, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of jtosch
3/5  rDev -21.1%

jtosch, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

shelby415, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of surlytheduff
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

surlytheduff, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of heather625
5/5  rDev +31.6%

heather625, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of climax
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

climax, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of mrkinnex
3/5  rDev -21.1%

mrkinnex, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of kchannel9
4/5  rDev +5.3%

kchannel9, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger creamy khaki head. Reddish brown coloration, very cloudy. Lacing is quite nice

S- Floral hops and fruity. Smells quite nice, but too subtle for me.

T- Burnt sugar, raisins, bittering hops, metallic linger. Can taste slight booziness notes. Interesting and very flavorful.

M- Very full bodied and dry. Carbonation is just right.

O- I had middling expectations for this beer and was surprised with a nice, tasty brew.

Murrhey, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Hoolihan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Hoolihan, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

juliusseizure, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Brewers Haven, Boise ID. Served in a shaker.

A: Pours a very dark amber color...off white head leaves some lace behind. Clear and carbonated.

S: Caramel & toffee amber malts, bitter pine hops, notes of herbal hops. Pretty balanced.

T & MF: Creamy body, flash of toffee sweetness, bitter pine, herbal & grassy...touch of grapefruit as well, with faint woody and toasted grain notes. Creamy medium body...finish is dry. Malt presence is sweet but not cloying or overly so.

O: An enjoyable bigger red; though the booze isn't noticeable it feels a little larger than 6.9% abv. Very drinkable and enjoyable though. Wouldn't have minded more hops.

Scotchboy, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

pdxbeerdrinker, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: Dark mahogany red in color with a 1/4 inch off white head and ok retention with great circular lacing

Smell: Some piney hops and caramel malt

Taste: The beer is very malt forward and the hops actually get lost in the back ground. Subtle notes of caramel pine and a earthy spice

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation and a bit dry

Overall: For a red ale I found it to be lacking a bit, I would have loved more hops on the palate instead of so much malt. This is definitely not my favorite red ale but it is not bad either

DarthKostrizer, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

BroTucker, Jan 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

BigCheese, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

isualum12, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy reddish-brown color. Tan head turns to a film and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Nice caramel malt aroma, with some hop undertones.

Taste: Dark, roasted malts - a bit of caramel, but not particularly sweet. Strong bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Generally smooth.

Drinkability: A bit tough to drink - alcohol seems to kick in fast, but the taste is a bit difficult, combined with the full-bodied feel.

Not a big fan here. Something seems "off", even if I can't put my finger on it.

mithrascruor, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

AlaskanYoung, Dec 22, 2011
Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.