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Believer - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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85
very good

397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | 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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irishgreensoda

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-22-2013 15:00:37 | More by irishgreensoda
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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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olsonv

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-13-2013 20:31:23 | More by olsonv
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pepelemofo

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-03-2013 02:26:49 | More by pepelemofo
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ChugMan

Washington

3.91/5  rDev +3.2%

Food Pairing: Had this with some meaty red sauce lasagne, and the two worked together very well. The hoppy finish of the Believer was quite contrary to this happy joining, however.
A - Beautiful deep red. Prominent head which provided some fine lacing as well.
S - Very mild, but enticing. Carrot, cherry, black licorice.
T - Remarkably creamy coupled with a richness that makes you want to keep on drinking!
M - Begins creamy, with hoppy bites across the tongue throughout which are welcome at first, but outlast and unfortunately overshadow the otherwise charming qualities of its flavor.
O - Difficult to reconcile. On one hand, it has an excellent flavor which is truly outstanding in my experience with this style. On the other, it seems unbalanced with the bitterness of its aftertaste. Absolutely worthwhile on the whole, and one worth revisiting with perhaps more worthy food pairings.

02-27-2013 10:29:05 | More by ChugMan
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alexsergio

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-24-2013 22:42:51 | More by alexsergio
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FalconA

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-22-2013 16:14:13 | More by FalconA
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured into 20oz gladd at Side Door. Great looking dark copper appearance with a nice 1 finger head. I was pleasantly surprised with the taste - nice malty taste with a slgith hoppy balance. A great 'warmer' type of taste. Ninkasi usually underwhems me with their ipa that is everywhere, but this is a pilsner I will return to

02-19-2013 20:08:07 | More by BradMacMullin
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powdersoldier

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-09-2013 00:51:01 | More by powdersoldier
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sam_bliss

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -9%

22oz Bomber into Ninkasi pint glass.

A magnificent inch of caramel-white head tops off this elegant transparent mahogany-amber ale. The foam leaves ample lacing up the side of the pint glass. Grassy hops and red cherry top off the malt-forward aroma of caramel, toffee and some roasted scents. The first sip is pleasant, although much different than my expectations. It tastes like grapefruit spooned out of the half-bowl peel. Carbonation tickles and citric acid prickles. Very complex mix of rich malts fill out the mid-mouth taste. The aftertaste continues to pucker, and leaves an unpleasant grapefruit-like sting in the back of the throat. It's a bit metallic.

This is a much more citrus-heavy beer than I expected (or even smelled!) Like the take on American Amber with no single malt flavor dominating, which allows for a very solid malt canvas on which to paint citrusy hops. The issue is they might have overdone the grapefruit. I'm not sure what makes this a 'double' red - I'd like to know why it is called that. Overall, I like it. Refreshment level is as high as possible for an amber ale.

02-06-2013 04:05:55 | More by sam_bliss
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yoitsarch

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-31-2013 04:47:48 | More by yoitsarch
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-30-2013 22:03:06 | More by carteravebrew
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gunclubchris

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-05-2013 22:50:38 | More by gunclubchris
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MCDub

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-04-2013 20:44:33 | More by MCDub
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-30-2012 00:46:39 | More by DerwinWentworth
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adkieffer

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-17-2012 23:34:36 | More by adkieffer
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jgluck

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-17-2012 22:44:19 | More by jgluck
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TheSixthRing

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

Appearance - Pours a bright, clear ruby red with a slight orange tinge. Off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Solid lace presence with good stick.

Smell - Primarily a sweet, bready malt aroma with hints of caramel, citrus and a peppery spice.

Taste - Bread and faint caramel malts to start, then a slightly peppery bite with orange citrus hops become prevalent mid-taste and last into the finish. Aftertaste rings with a slight metallic character, which is common in a lot of reds.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair, tingly carbonation, but little bite. Finishes with a good amount of dryness.

Overall - Not sure what makes this a double or imperial red, as the label claims. Tastes like your average craft red to me, along the lines of Red Tail Ale or Alleycat Amber. Good balance, but kinda boring.

12-16-2012 23:24:43 | More by TheSixthRing
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

Bomber into standard pint with Ninkasi logo printed on it (my lucky pint glass).

A: a finger of slightly reddish head fell to a decent cap with a few patches of frothier foam. Leaving good lacing on the glass. Somewhat see through dark red. I can't even call this amber because it isn't orange enough. Looks like blood orange.

S: sweet with notes of banana (odd), slight floral notes, and a bit of caramel.

T: opens a little sweet followed by a good hit of rich malty flavor followed up with a shot of hop bitterness.

M: really rich and kinda chewy. feels pretty darn good going down too. would say either the light side of heavy or the heavy side of medium bodied.

O: a little bias here, Ninkasi are hometown heroes and I really love this beer. Nothing fantastic about it but it is one of my go to beers.

12-15-2012 03:57:20 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-09-2012 18:34:55 | More by 4ster
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harrymel

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -9%

Bottled: unk

Pours clear blood orange flesh with a central dome and peripheral etch of light tan foam. Smells of some resiny hops, a bready rye like character and a touch of BO. Flavor is bitter with that nice red beer spicy character (I think this is from Special B malt...). A good dose of sweetened malts, some bits of tea hops and a cinnamon like finish that is longer than anticipated. Medium bodied with reserved carb and a bit of a dry finish. Nice enough beer, but I don't buy it very often anymore due to the price hike (which is miniscule).

12-06-2012 06:40:26 | More by harrymel
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-05-2012 02:09:16 | More by thinwhiteduke
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%

22oz bottle from LetsPour. No discernable bottling info. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours deep murky red brown with about a half finger of off white head that quickly recedes.

Aroma is fairly faint. Caramel, bread and herbal earthy hops.

Flavor is bready malt forward. Toast, caramel, toffee, lemongrass and herbal hops. No real alcohol presence in the taste.

Medium light body with an interesting carbonated zest with each sip that quickly calms to a slow sizzle on the tongue. Long lasting grassy bitter hops in the aftertaste.

Not sure what makes this a "double" red ale because I'm pretty sure it has neither twice the malts nor twice the hops of a standard red ale. It's still a pretty solid beer and I had no problems polishing off a bomber by myself.

11-30-2012 06:11:20 | More by ThickNStout
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BucannonXC5

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

22-oz. bottle into a pint glass on Nov. 27, 2012 (purchased the variety 4-pack for $15.99 at BevMo (with card) in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego) on Nov. 27, 2012. Red amber with 1-2 fingers of khaki white head that dissipated at a normal rate. Sporadic retention on the sides, average and lighter on the top.

Smelled rye, iced tea, molasses, and lots of thick rich malts. Some butter, but not too crazy.

Tasted heavy amber malts. Got thick molasses, rye, iced tea with some slight bitter hops late.

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Long surprisingly bitter finish.

This beer started out well, but as soon as it hit the lips it went downhill. Not something I’d try again.

11-28-2012 06:56:20 | More by BucannonXC5
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

Amber pour but sits dark brown in my festive Thanksgiving mason jar. Big, boisterous head is all bluster and quick to dissipate. No lace and left by a sad, lonely wisp of retention.

Caramel pineapple aroma with a mineral, fruit skin undertone. Tastes like it smells: sweet, sweet caramel pineapple spice hops and Hawaiian Punch. Steely like it was brewed with mineral water.

A brighter, sun shiny version of what is often a thick, heavy, over-carmelized malt laden beer. I like the interpretation.

My first Ninkasi and while I'm impressed by the beer I'm disappointed by the labels. That's not even trying.

11-23-2012 02:17:57 | More by donkeyrunner
Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.