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Believer - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
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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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

chickenm, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Opaque umber, not particularly pretty. Relatively little head, but decent tracing and lacing. Some bubbles visible within.

S: Smells pretty great. Almost a perfect amber ale, actually. Buttery, sweet, rich, malty, with pleasant floral-bitter hops.

T: More bitter than anticipated, but with a rich molasses on the endtaste to lend balance. This is a very well-crafted beer. Malt-heavy, on the tongue and in the flavour profile. Hops are not as present as in the nose, to the slight detriment of the taste, I feel. Still, there is a bit of resin on the aftertaste and citrus in the maintaste.

M: Full, sweet, and wet. It has presence, if not gravitas.

O: I'm really impressed. Even better than Tricerahops? Highly recommended; will definitely have again. One of the best (Imperial?) red ales I've ever tasted.

AgentMunky, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. The color has a really nice looking caramel and ruby tint to it. It's is one of the reddest "Red" ales I've seen. A thin but sticky tan head covers the top and is already all over the glass. Great looking beer.

The aroma shows a good amount of toasted and caramel malts to it. I get a modest citrusy hop presence to it as well with a little pine and grapefruit coming through.

The taste also has a pretty bold caramel and toasted grain flavor to it. I get a little toffee in the finish as well. Like the aroma, the hoppiness is pretty reserved but it does show a little herbal citrusness at times.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer. t was nicely flavored and easy drinking. It had a nice malty base to it, but the citrusy hops could have come out a little more. Overall a pretty solid beer though.

billab914, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of natemort13
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby amber with a tan head that sticks around for a bit.

Nose is caramelly with some citrusy hops. Some toffee as well.

Taste brings out a lot of caramel malt with an overarching hoppiness. Somewhat coppery flair to the malt.

Mouthfeel is crisp carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall nice big slightly hoppy balanced red. nice complementing bitterness from the hops and smooth/sweetness from malt. Not a bad red but nothing too special.

natemort13, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Hophead101
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle label #8 courtesy of flexabull

A: 4.5 pours a beautiful looking burgundy color with a moderate sized off white/ tan head. the head seemed to last quite a while as it was still around after taking some notes. it left a nice collar and top film with more than abundant lacing.
S: 3.5 a very ho hum smell. sweet caramel malts, minimal hop presence.
T: 3.5 more hops in the taste. but mostly dominated by caramel malts, biscuit and some mild spiciness.
M: 4 medium body, plenty of carbonation. some lingering bitterness.
D: 4 not bad.

Hophead101, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Sargully
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
Photo of shelby415
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
Photo of juliusseizure
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
Photo of pdxbeerdrinker
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
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

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

BroTucker, Jan 14, 2012
Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.