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Believer - Ninkasi Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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very good

470 Ratings
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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 15
Gots: 39 | 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."
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Ratings: 470 | Reviews: 181
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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.
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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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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super deep mahogany color bordering almost on brown with a one finger head of thick off-white foam. The head sits there with tons of retention, fading over ~ a 10 min time frame to eventually leave tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a toasted malt smell with a large showing of caramel and brown sugar. Along with these aromas comes some lighter dark fruit smells of cheery and plum as well as a little bit of a more grainy smell. Some hop aromas are present in the nose as well with bot a citrus and earthy aroma being mixed with the rest.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather heavily roasted malt and relatively caramel and fruity (cherry and plum) flavor. There are some lighter hop flavors present at the start with both a grapefruit and earthy flavor being on the tongue. Some more grainy and more fruity flavors join the tongue at the middle, overall sweetening the taste a bit. In the end the bitterness really steps it up, bringing on much more dank earthy and piney flavors to the tongue, and while I would normally like that, they don’t seem to meld with the other flavors in this one, creating a somewhat unbalanced and slightly off flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker body and lower carbonation seem to up the off dank flavors at the end, and in conjunction with the rest of the flavors, accentuates the mix of rather odd flavors a bit too much.

Overall – Nothing too spectacular here in my opinion. The flavor profile was a bit off with no real melding and complementation. Some may like, but I will likely pass.

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Edit: Originally rated 2/5, though increased to 3/5 upon tasting second bottle straight from fridge. This beer benefits greatly from being imbibed cold, and suffers greatly from being imbibed slightly warmed.

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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.