Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.84/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
We pop the top and pour a brew of rusty golden brown into our Founders snifters. It throws a frothy one and a half finger tall head of tight and soapy bubbles, showing great retention. Spots of lacing drip down the glass, while tighter archipelagos line the rim. A decent haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be light but diffuse. The aroma is nicely juicy, with bright grapefruit and nectary hops, floral lavender, banana pepper oil, light bubblegum esters, Starburst candy sweetness and fruitiness, strawberries, apricot, and rhubarb, soft bubblegum esters, caramel and clean pale maltiness, lemon rind, pineapple juice, freshly sliced Macintosh apples, and soft copper metallics around the edges. Our first impression is that the hop profile becomes much more bittering and west coast dominant that the nose would suggest, with an equally muddying of the malt profile to match. As we sip, the taste opens up with the sweetness of bubblegum esters, juicy hop oils of citrics, florals, and pine, salty pale and caramel malts, white sugar, plastic phenol warmth, earthen bitterness, and tannic dryness of unused tea bags. The middle comes to a peak with more of a soapy and herbal hop twang, bright booziness, fresh cut grass wetness, foam noodles, almond oil, envelope glue, white chalk, and those clean pale malts. The end comes with harsh plastics, singed rubber, cedar mulch, dirty muddiness, honey sugars, chokecherries, wildly bittering lemon rind and juice, heavy citric and piney hops, dried apricot, green vegetal leafiness, and spicy booze. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of crumbling wax, earth, grassy resins, fresh lemon and grapefruity juiciness, pine sap, herbal hoppiness, aluminum, warm biscuits, soft plastics, and simple syrup sweetness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip is easy on the lip, giving pleasant slurp, smack, cream, froth, pop, and glugability. The mouth is left oily and coated, with pucker from the bitterness of hops and booze, and the faintest tannic dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips nicely.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer, aside from its awesome dinosaur-punning name, was its snout. The aromas wafting off the top are uplifting, fruity, massively hoppy, and juicy, daring the drinker not to partake. This is why the sip was so curiously surprising. It was 50% heavily bittered, and 50% cloying sweet, especially with warmth by the end, taking away from the classically desired balance of the DIPA. Although from Oregon, which is decidedly its own entity in any style of beer, this is a California take. Rating aside, we could definitely see ourselves happily sitting on some porch somewhere with this in hand, sipping the day away, but when it comes down to brass tacks, this isn’t as nice, in the big picture sense of the word, in comparison to other offerings of the style.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2013 21:37:03 | More by TheBrewo
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4.06/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from bottle into rocks type glass thing in my hotel room.
Nice thick-ish head sits atop for a while and laces nicely. Clear, just shy of amber coloration. Aroma leans to the tropical side, but some resinous tones are there as well. Taste starts off really malty, but bitterness isn't far behind. This is a pretty bitter beer that needs the strong malt backbone to bring it through. Mouthfeel consists of good but not too much carbonation with a thick, chewy, looong finish. Satisfying and even though you know with the assertive malt that it's going to be high gravity and even with the aggressive hopping, it comes across smooth and drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 04:37:38 | More by slackattack
3.71/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours an amber/hazy orange color with a white head roughly one finger in height.
Aroma: The abundance of hops in the beer give off strong earthy and floral aromas. Some subtle grapefruit aromas are present as well.
Taste: Similar to the aroma with some strong hop flavors. The citrus is more present in the taste but the earthy and floral notes are still fully there. Almost no malt in the flavor so the freshness of the hops can be appreciated.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with a smooth mouthfeel that makes it very drinkable. For a beer with 8% ABV, it is very smooth and pretty refreshing.
Overall: A very good NW IPA. The freshness of the hops is wonderful and not overpowering in the bitterness aspect. Very drinkable and a good beer to drink on a summer evening. It also has one of my favorite names of any beer.
Serving type: on-tap
07-03-2014 15:28:58 | More by BobbySue22
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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