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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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427 Reviews
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Reviews: 427
Hads: 1,591
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 192
Gots: 358 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007

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Reviews: 427 | Hads: 1,591
Photo of theghost3
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a 1-finger, fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing.

The smell is grapefruit and tangerine with piney hops; nothing overwhelming. The flavor is pine, floral, and grapefruity hops with some biscuity malts. The hops are more apparent than the malts, but still, this is fairly balanced. There's a kind of astringent aftertaste that I did not care for. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-bodied.

Overall, this is a decent DIPA. It's not the best DIPA out there, and it's not anything extreme. Still, it's a solid DIPA, which I would love to have access to locally. That's not going to happen.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The obvious complaint is that if it's a double IPA it should be called Biceratops, not Triceratops. Unless they're indicating that Tricerhops has three times as much hops as Ninkasi's standard pale ale which I would be ok with.

Hazy gold with a thin head. A thin veil of retention held on until about mid-glass and left a few speckles. Apathetic bottle art.

Pineapple and citrus with a little floral tilt. Sweet Twinkie malt immersed in it all. Smells spot on but doesn't exactly jump out of the bottle like a good DIPA should. Lazy dino.

The gusto picks up where the olfactories left off: floral citrus amid sweet, sugar cookie malt. Tastes really good but lacks the punch and bravado required of the style. Reserved bitter and not a whole lot of resin. Big creamy body is nice though.

I feel like I'm downgrading this beer because of the label - the style not the dinosaur reference. If this was labeled an IPA I'd be all about it but it lacks the strength of a DIPA. That said, I really like this beer. One of those that I like better than it reviews I guess. Hate the game, not the player.

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Photo of LazyL
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange with a bubbly off white head. The nose is spicy honey with a gentle boozyness. The smell is growing on me as it warms slightly. The taste is orange and a little one dimensional. The mouthfeel is a bit dry and somewhat flat. I would say that this is a good beer but average complexity made it miss the mark a bit.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle brought back from my recent trip to Oregon. Unfortunately, no date on it (at least not that I can decipher). I may have to stop buying un-dated IPAs, as I've got no idea how close this bottle is to how it tasted when brewed.

Pours the color of honey, a medium orange amber. Fluffy white one-finger head; decent retention and good lacing.

Smells quite nice - some strong hoppy aromas, with a good malt backing. Lots of sweet fruit - pineapple and apricots. Plus a bit of pine. Nice subtle variety going on in here.

Taste doesn't have the fruity complexity of the smell. It's got a nice bready caramel malt front, which holds things together nicely until the expected wave of bitterness comes on. And the bitterness comes, but slowly, starting out low and rising to a nice crescendo. Hop-forward, for sure, but mostly in bitter. Very little fruit or floral flavors, and not much malt presence after the initial taste. Sadly, I don't get much flavor other than sweet and bitter. Finish is mostly bitter, with a fruity tingle beneath it.

Medium-bodied, slightly sticky but less so than many DIPAs. Good carbonation, lots of little bubbles lasting throughout the taste. Finish is loooong.

A decent DIPA, with strong malt and hop character. Needs more hops in the flavor though; something to bring it beyond just the bitterness.

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Photo of silentjay
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

much darker than expected (amber-brown) with a nice almost white head that retains and laces very well.

lots of pine and grassy hops, and plenty of grapefruit and bitter citrus. goes a bit tea-like and minty as well. not much for malty aromas.

hoppy again for the flavor, but a bit more malt mixed in. tropical fruits are added to the grapefruit and bitter, zesty citrus. pine and grass get pushed back a bit and herbal tea and peppery spiciness comes through a lot (which isn't entirely pleasant). malt is bready, caramelly yet not that sweet. good, but not up to par with the greats of this style.

medium bodied with a bit of resin and syrup on the finish.

drinks decent. herbs, tea, and pepper could be cleaned up a bit for this to be one I'd seek out.

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Photo of hreb
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours a honey amber color, quite hazy, with very little head. Big grapefruit hop aroma, and I detect that this is going to be a malty, heavy one. Mmm mmm.

Flavor is big hop IPA all the way through. Fairly well balanced, as it needs to be at 100 IBUs and 8.8% ABV, but bitterness takes it just over the edge. Not outstanding, but still a really good big citrusy IPA that's quite enjoyable when that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Amber in color with a deep orange hue. Clarity is good. One finger of white head settles after a short time. Delicate rings of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Tropical and floral scents. Wildflowers, lots of pineapple juice, starfruit, mango, and mandarin orange. Melon rind. Broken pine needles. Doughy malt base with a touch of honeyed granola. A vibrant and playful nose that suggests a relatively tame bitterness.

T: The nose fibs, bitterness is quite substantial. Pine resin, soapy and even a bit catty and oniony. The more playful fruity notes lie underneath the impressive bitterness. Pineapple, mandarin orange, and starfruit. Smashed mango. Doughy and honeyed ,malt base comes through toward the end. A smidgen of alcohol and tropical esters break through very briefly. Tropical hop tastes are played up on the finish as the bitterness fades.

M: Fairly light in body for the style. Creamy, but almost a bit watery as well. A refreshing blast of carbonation holds it all together.

O: Hop bitterness and flavor are nice enough, but it lacks a little something in body. It's a trade off though: the lighter body takes away a little something, but it does add to the drinkability. This is a dangerously easy beer to put back after a long workout, as I just did.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle served in a nonic. Pours a translucent golden orange with a frothy, half-inch, cream-colored head that dissipates into a thin consistent cap. Concentric swaths of delicate lacing coat the glass between quaffs. Nose is fairly subdued - light malts and candied citrus fruit. Taste reveals light toasted malts, floral/fruity notes with a light medicinal bitterness that reveals itself at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even, easy carbonation and a hint of oiliness to the texture. Overall, a bit disappointing - not sure if this was an older bottle; however, I found it a bit dull.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice medium brown color with fine white lacing. Head was substantial with aggressive pour.

S - Pleasant hope aroma, albeit a little faint for a IIPA.

T - A good balance between citrus and pine.

O - Alcohol and hops both seem a little low for IIPA, but the balance of flavors is nice. My first Ninkasi beer, and it's certainly good enough to have again and to try some of their other creations. Prost.

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Photo of carps12
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to suzyGreenberg. Poured into a large ale glass. Color is dark orange with yellow mixed in. Smells mild hops with orange citrus and malt. Taste however is huge. A lot of earthiness with a pineapple taste in the back of the throat with nice pine notes. Only slightly bitter which is perfect. You really taste the pine on the finish that contributes a nice earthiness to the beer. Nicely carbonated yet slick and oily. Solid DIPA.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a snifter. Thin head, chill haze,Dark cheery wood in color.
Smell was resinous, fruity, thick sweet malt, carmel, rotton wood.
Taste was slightly warming with a sugary malt profile. Taste was not as heavy as smell, but had some nice grapefruit and piney hops. bitter end. Like the use of high alfa hops.
Mouthfell was thick and astringent.
This is a nice IIPA, but when I had it on draft it was better tasting. Not sure how old this bottle was because there was no date. A pricey beer but a good one.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark yellow with gold hues and ok carbonation. The head is small white yet leave a bit of lace.

The smell is earthy hops with a few pine and citrus notes.

The taste is fuller nice citrus tasting hops, also a good caramel malt that is equal to the hops.

The mouthfeel is good nice better then medium but less then full body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, not the biggest DIPA on the block but plenty hopy and big that is quite drinkable. Very nice well rounded brew. Prosit, MK

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a tight head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of a solid hop character with a solid malt base. Hops have notes of grapefruit, pine, and a bit of tropical fruit. Malts add a bit of caramel sweetness and some toasted bread. Hops and malts are fairly balanced, but I would like to see more of both.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good price for a solid beer, but needs a little something extra to take it to the next level.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are malts, caramel, and orange/grapefruit. I can also pick up on some pineapple juice. It finishes with a malty aftertaste with undertones of citrus juice and zest.

Overall – There alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden. It drinks almost like a IPA. The taste is well balanced and it has a nice flavour. There isn’t an extreme amount of hop taste going on, so I can see how it might disappoint the hop heads out there. Still a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, big thanks to googzoid10! Review # 1700!

Pours a very clear dark amber orange, medium sized off white head forms, quickly settles to a thick ring around the glass, looks pretty nice. Smell is very fruity, strawberries and cherries, caramel, some sugary sweetness, very fruit, neat tropical fruit aroma, some neat character to this one. Taste is similar, sweet and fruity, strawberries, alcohol comes through, light citrus and grapefruit, sugary, some nice citrus acidity and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth for the ABV, quite nice and a very interesting DIPA. Thanks Greg!

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Photo of Aml42000
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured a dark orange color with a fluffy white head. Floral, perfumed hops swirl from the glass. This is definitely more on the citrus/crisp side of IPA. It lacks some of the depth I would look for in a double, but is pure & quite representative of the west coast style. Medium mouthfeel & quite clean & fresh on the palate.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good brew but not great- i'll certainly drink it but would not seek it out were there better alternatives. Definitely a good amount of bitterness, medium amount of sweetness. No really interesting hop flavors- just some pineapple and a little earthiness. Like a better version of SN Torpedo.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Bright bronze, hazy and oily looking. Lacing is very sticky on the glass.

S. Sweet from the malts, a little bit hoppy (floral and citrusy) and spicy. I also get some musty basement going on.

T. Starts sweet for sure. Nice and caramel like, but bitter hops hit you HARD midstream. The finish is definitely dry.

M. Oily with high carbonation.

D. This beer is quite rich. We split it between 4 people; it was plenty and all I wanted.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Three fingers of off white creamy head dissipates pretty slowly leaving pretty lacing. Hazy copper in color and floaty sediment.

Smell: Oily orange citrus hops.

Taste: Pretty well balanced. Was expecting a bit more hoppy bitterness. Fruity malts and a slightly bitter finish. Masks the alcohol very well.

Feel: Kinda syrupy. Sticky sweet.

Overall: Pretty ok. Doesn't feel like a double neccisarily but is still a killer IPA. At $12 for a four pack, there are others I enjoy much more. Dirtwolf comes to mind. Certainly worth a shot but I don't know that I'll be returning.

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Photo of Genghis22
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No Bottle On Date

A - Pours a thick and lucious golden honey colro with a dense creamy white head. Looks really thick, can't wait to try it!

S - Big floral, citrus hops. Ripe grapefruit and clementines.

T - There is a big sweet taste that hits the tongue. It is like the calm before the storm, as the hops rush in and hit. Citrus and floral, the hops are there, but not overly bitter, actually quite sweet. The finish is a bit dry, and the aftertaste is full of grassy piney bitter hops.

M - Thick, chewy and extremely syrupy. Feels like a topping for an ice cream sundae. Low carbonation, feels a bit under carbonated.

D - Deceptively smooth. This bad boy goes down easy! Sweet and delicious, very balanced DIPA, especially coming from the West Coast. I'm glad the bitter hops show up in the end. I'd drink another!

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked me up a 22oz bomber of this from Bev Mo for $3.99 - killer price!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden honey-like hue with a solid head that sticks around a bit leaving good amounts of lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: Tons of malt - sweet carmel and toasted grains, fresh made bread with earthy hops coming through at the end. Unfortunately the hops never really establish themselves in the overall smell - pretty weak in the hop department, especially in regards to a west-coast DIPA.

T: Greeted with a good amount of carmel malt up front, followed with a solid balance of earthy mossy hops, with flavors of citrus black tea/herbal tea finishing bready with a bit of booze on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy with proper carbonation for the style finishing with a bit of boozy heat and lingering bitterness.

D: Real easy to drink for nearly 9% ABV but the heavy malt limited me to just two and I was finished, needing something with a cleaner dryer hop bight - Ninkasi IPA is a much better beer and slightly cheaper; I think i'll stick to those in the future.

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Photo of Sokool
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mine didn't actually much of a head to speak of, and didn't leave any lacing either. Possibly my sinuses here, but not a lot in the way of an aroma either. Smelled tangy hops and a light biscuit aroma. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer though. I've been drinking a lot of the more fruity/citrusy IPA's lately, and it was nice to drink something with a more buscuity/bready malt profile. The hops were still tangy, and I enjoyed the bitterness of it all. Overall, considering it's availability in my area and relatively low price, I would definitely drink it again... and again.

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Photo of mick303
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tricerahops. Pretty good white lacing, medium golden brown colour, very clear. 4 s- floral hops and mildly skunky caramel, yeast and almond notes. T - mild bitterness, fair bit of lemony citrus, orange, floral notes leading to a dry biscuity finish. Unspectacular, not particularly rich flavout. Easy drinkability with a light floral hop character.3.5 light bitter finish, some hop slickness, moderate body and carbonation, bit of citrus hop burn on the end. 3.75 a solid hopped up dipa with citric and floral notes, quite tasty but flavour falls short of potential, feels a bit stale , quite drinkable and light for the abv, lemony and hoppy, but not a lot backing that up, fairly good balance with some pine resins that emerge 4 I would look elsewhere before buying this again.

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Photo of illidurit
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque bronze color with a small beige head that leaves some scattered lacing. Aroma is sort of appley, but not in the same way that Fuggles give off. This is more of a bright, sweet apple note rather than the earthy, stewed flavor of Fuggles. Anyway, there's also some Simcoe-esque mango notes and a fresh bread maltiness. Flavor reiterates the mango and apple and adds piney resin and modest caramel. Not really very bitter. Finishes on the sweet side. Medium body, carbonation a little low. Good, not great.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What is with the lack of freshness date? Not that excusable, IMO. But anyway, poured into an imperial pint. Looks quite appetizing, with the typical DIPA sunny orange-gold. And some decent head retention and lacing too.

Aroma....hmmm...some grapefruit and orange, but a good deal of mango and passionfruit...and much more passionfruit than mango. I like that in a DIPA.

This is a pretty big beer in both hop and malt character. It's mostly grapefruit-seed bitterness and caramel malt, lacking much of what was in the nose.

Decent feel, slightly resinous.

I kinda get the feeling that this is trying to be a poor man's Pliny the Elder. And it does a pretty good job of it as far as the tropical fruit nose, but it doesn't have quite the depth of flavor you'd expect.

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.