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Believer - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
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."
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 470 | Reviews: 181
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

A well made beer but one that doesn't all the way jive with my tastes personally. It's brick red with a yellowish frothy head with superb retention from the tap. What I like about it is that it's loaded with caramel red malt favors but remains rather dry compared to other beers in the style. That's the good for me. The bad is that it seems overhopped from a bitterness perspective, and has a lot of body for what it is, making it a real slow sipper for me, and it doesn't warm up all that well. Soapy feeling on the tongue but bubbles are good. Usually I like how hoppy their stuff is, but this seems out of whack a little bit.

edit: this is far better in the bottle than it was from the tap in my experience. more balance, more hop character rather than bitterness, and a less sweet malt base. maybe it has been tweaked, maybe that keg was old, but its a lot better for me this second time around. bumping up a few scores to reflect that.

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22 oz shared bottle.
Nice clear red-amber color.
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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.