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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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410 Reviews
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Reviews: 410
Hads: 1,519
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 185
Gots: 320 | FT: 2
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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: 410 | Hads: 1,519
Photo of RedDiamond
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was at first a bit cautious about this one because even before opening the bottle, I noticed lots of little flocs floating around in the beer. Should I let it sit for a few days to settle out? Naw, can't wait.

Poured it into a handled schooner and sure enough, there were lots of tiny suspended yeast flocs floating lazily about in what was otherwise a clear orange-amber beer. They were almost too small to notice and I certainly don't mind drinking them. But if we're judging on technicalities here, they'd count as a detraction. Still, the thick, rocky crown of ivory lather and sticky lace quickly restored confidence in the visual presentation.

This is a piney, resinous beer whose aroma carries beyond the glass. It's a big beer in terms of alcohol and body, but is remarkably well balanced with no excess hop overload. I would never otherwise imagine that Ninkasi pumps this thing with over 100 IBU. It is ripe with pinesap and an integrated hops regimen that is relatively informal - big but not imposing or clumsy. And the body is flawless in its soft plump contours - the liquid equivalent of that perfect pillow you sink into with utter delight.

Dangerously quaffable for an imperial. (1,205 characters)

Photo of NoLiberty
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The guys at Bottleworks in Seattle turned me on to Ninkasi brews and Tricerhops wasn't one to disappointment.

Pours a deep, cloudy peach colored brew with a sticky-thick 1 finger head. Snowbanks of white froth and a lacy velvet cap remain on the beer for the full drink. Nice high streaks of lacing.

The aroma is a big, fresh bouquet of tropical hop flavors: melon, peach, pear, grapefuit, pineapple and moss. A pretty sweet aroma but not too dominating balances the big hop character.

Nice full bodied and soft beer. Good carbonation keeps the beer active but the body holds up well and accentuates the malt sweetness and boldness of the hops. Flavor is carried well and starts fresh and slightly sweet and then gently rolls back and forth between hop and malt - honey, melon, pine, candy sugar, resin. Finishes with strong grapefruit freshness, and bright tartness.

A really nice beer. Wish I could find this big IPA out in PA. (935 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a murkey golden amber with a thin to nil head. Smell has a good amount of balanced malt and hop with piney grapefruit. Taste follows suit with the aroma along with having a bitter lingering in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a good medium and carbonation. A very noteable DIPA that is nicely balanced without the alchohol aroma and flavor. (350 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks once more to sirdrinknp for another PNW sparkler in my favorite style.

Pours the perfect look for a IIPA, cloudy gold, fleeting off white head, some sticky lace, a nice skim that rides and bubbles the brewtop.

Smell is a light aroma, pure hops, floral, citrus, pine, pine tar, hints of a neutral sweet grain to it. Not strong, but to a hop fiend it says all that's needed to know.

The taste here doesn't disappoint. Hop artistry, sculpted with a bit of sweet to give it symmetry. It is how I like it, a slow motion attack of hoptensity. The sip starts with a light caramel sweet, joined quickly by the sweet citrus brigade, and the pine corps. It marches across the palate, reinforced now by citrus rind, herbal/floral, pine tar, and an earthy bitter that just is mind blowing. It frames a complex finish with a lasting dry that is monumental. How this beer isn't in the top 100 is beyond me. Have tasted fresh Hopslam and Dreadnaught. The taste of this is better. More complex, more interesting, more delicious, more hops goodness. Period.

Mouthfeel is where this lacks, rated for style, though it is quite resinous, low carb., medium body. Improvement here would make a fine finish legendary. Others out there, Hopslam for example, excel here.

Drinkability, due to the addictive nature of the hop profile, is off the charts. Luckily for my health I have only this one bottle.

Impression; Fantastic beer, can't stress enough if you are a IIPA lover get this whatever it takes. (1,492 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange marmalade color with a two finger off white head. Nice tight bubbles, good retention and lacing. The aroma is floral with grapefruit, pine, and zest.

Nice combination of sweetness and bitterness, with bitterness getting the upper hand. The flavors I am picking up are grapefruit, zest, caramel malt, pine, and apricots. Nice combination of flavors to make a nice unique DIPA.

Medium to full bodied, nice carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. A very nice mouthfeel for this beer. A very nice effort from Ninkasi. (536 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a very nice dark orangish amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt and really nice resinous citrus and piney hops. The taste is sweet malt up front with a very nice citrusy hop profile in the finish. This is not as hoppy as most DIPAs, but it definately packs enough hops to satisfy most hop fixes. There is also a really nice malt backbone, making this beer very smooth and balanced. My bottle says 8.8% ABV, but it is pretty well hidden. Overall, Tricerahops Double IPA is an excellent DIPA that is highly recommended. Yet another solid IPA from the PNW. (616 characters)

Photo of mtrentm
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a snifter

A: Orange/copper color with a nice 2-finger off-white head.

S: Hops...Lots of hops! Citrus fruits & slightly sweet toasted malt notes lingering in the background.

T: Just like the nose, sweet citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit. Caramel flavors are present from the malts. A very well balanced DIPA.

M: Medium-full bodied, thick yet creamy mouthfeel. Really nice.

D: A very drinkable DIPA one of my favorites by far! If you can get your hands on this you must try it! (503 characters)

Photo of Caedus
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Golden Amber with Orange hue, nice 3 inch fluffy head with lacing.

S: Citrus notes with some passion fruit ripeness, grapefruit rind and a nice resinous hop character.

T: Nicely balanced between the ripe passion fruit and bittering hops on the back end. Finishes well, leaves a bit of a lingering bitterness. A bit of alcohol can be felt on the back end as well. The citrus and ripe malts come through well, but are balanced well by the very present hop character.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, a bit of sugar present but leaves a slight bitter linger.

D: Very nice, very smooth, well balanced, very much enjoyed.

Full review here: http://bit.ly/WlkjHP (665 characters)

Photo of benclimbs
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious brew from a solid brewery that has only recently made it onto my beer awareness chart.

pours golden, red off-opaque with a one finger head and a good bit of lacing down the glass - what a big ipa should look like.

smell is excellent - uber west coast hops, tons of grapefruit cascades, pine, and a bit of strawberry coming to the palate as well - woody and fruity, mmm mmm.

taste is also beautiful not as pronounced as some of its west coast cousins, but very unique nonetheless.
a big malt backbone drives this hop-filled beast, this blends nicely with the extremely fruity hops to create this unique strawberries and cream sweetness - lovely actually, like a hoppy desert beer. it is rather sweet, but so are a lot of double ipas...big ass beer. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky for me though.

Overall, for a sweet, 9% double ipa, i'd rank the drinkability pretty damn good...great beer, psyched i tried it. (921 characters)

Photo of davidchollar
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark honey with a generous, just off-white head which settles quickly but never fully disappears. Very standard appearance for the style, but it might be my favorite color of beer hence the high score. The smell is really intense! Huge aroma here even before letting it warm up a bit. Obviously a double IPA with double hops. Really hoppy but a great balance of fruitiness without overdoing it. Tropical fruitiness, pineapple and citrus right up front. Dig a little deeper and there's a delicious, almost cinnamon toast maltiness.

Oh yeah it's bitter. While the smell was absolutely perfect, my first reaction to the taste is that it's a bit one-dimensional. Super hoppy. While probably not as bitter as 90-minute, Tricerahops is certainly NOT for the beer newbie. After just 10 minutes of warming I would say the flavors have opened up and become more pleasant. Hard to believe it's nearly 9% ... until you start to feel it.

My first taste of Ninkasi, and a very well-made beer. I'll definitely try their other offerings if I get a chance. (1,054 characters)

Photo of mshannon
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz into pint glass.

A- Gorgeous dark amber color, very clear, creamy head, long retention and thick lacing, definitely inviting

S- citrus and floral hops, also nice caramel/biscuity malts

T- relatively big hops, not what I was expecting with double IPA, but tasty and citrusy, same malts, alcohol is mild, nice balance

M- thick and bubbly

D- awesome, very drinkable though not really double, I'll buy it again (416 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear and bright orange in color. The head foams up to about two fingers thick with a moderately aggressive pour. It settles somewhat quicker than I expected given the foaminess, but it doesn’t vanish altogether. A nice, quarter-inch cap with a little topography remains in place. There is a surprising amount of foam for a Double IPA here. The lacing is consistently layered throughout the glass, covering about 40% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: The smell was evident as the beer was being poured and the head was just beginning to foam. Even at this point, a few minutes after the pour, I can still smell it without putting my nose near the glass. Tangerine hits me first with a very pleasant piney and mildly grassy back. A little resinous, very intense and delicious smell.

TASTE: The tangerine from the nose is right up front on this one with a slightly more bitter citrus (lots of grapefruit) character rounding it out near the back of the palate. Some tropical fruits also dance around a weed-like flavor and some subtle grass.

MOUTHFEEL: Exceptionally well balanced; medium to slightly big body with a little sweet followed by a little dry and an increasing bitterness throughout each sip. The carbonation is a little on the light side with just a tickle, but there’s enough to make this beer work.

OVERALL: Excellent beer. I’m very excited to have this one finally arrive in Colorado and look forward to a lot more Ninkasi releases out here. (1,501 characters)

Photo of Goliveidaho
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

CO2 growler into a 12oz glass. Foamy head with big floral aroma, lacing delicate, EKG graph circling the glass. Mouth feels very malty and satisfied. Floral oils in complex waves breaking like a gentle surf from tongue to cheek. No hint of the 8.8 ABV. I have drank this beer several times in the past and it is consistently great. The best from Ninkasi. Delightful, cheers! (374 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit dark for an IPA, but it's a double, so I'll cut it some slack. A dark peach color, maybe a dirty orange. Dark enough to be mostly opaque. Head is only around for a short bit, but it provides a decent lace.

A lot of stuff going on in the nose. A big fight between citrus and pine, and malt and bready yeast. Not a bad problem to have. Nothing dominates, though the citrus is the winner, as all scents are present.

If you're going to make a DIPA, it might as well taste like this...like someone soaked a grapefruit and a Christmas tree in a barrel of ale. Pacific Northwest flavors at their best.

Lots of grapefruit and pine, on a bed of bready goodness. Citrus and earthy. Acidic. Cleansing in that the IBUs shred your palate, but in a nice way. Almost sweet in the beginning, giving way to citric, before Dr. Jekyll takes over for a bitter finish. Crisp. Medium bodied.

I'm partial to Pacific Northwest IPAs and this is an example of why. It's a stellar beer. Overall, it's got a great taste and it's easy to drink despite wicked high hops and just as high ABV. But it's smooth and goes does a little too easy. (1,120 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very cool label and color scheme with the Ninkasi seal as the centerpiece. Give a small description and small background about the beer on the side of the label.

Appearance: Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a 13oz tulip glass. Pours out a slightly hazy copper orange hue with an airy 2 finger white foam head of light density. Head initially fades quickly but slow considerably with head retention at 3min 30sec before finally settling to a thin foam coating and ring.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of very sweet citrus hops with grapefruit and orange being the prominent aromas. Hints of pineapple sweetness and a slightly floral hop scent can be detected as well. Smell is delicious and intoxicating!!!

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of citrus sweetness mixed with pine and floral hop bitterness all atop a bready malt backbone!!!! Extremely bitter on the back-end and aftertaste. Excellent!!

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation but not overly filling. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: A very very good double IPA with a great smell and flavor profile. Above average to excellent across the board. Classified as a Double/Imperial IPA at 8.8% ABV. Consumed 12-4-12. (1,212 characters)

Photo of lewzer99
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Slightly ruby tinted gold with a one and a half finger off white head
S: citrus, orange zest, tropical fruits like pineapple and mango
T: a lot of tropical fruit, sweet with a lingering bitterness
M: crisp and effervescent
O: good, one of the better double IPA's I've had with a tropical fruit profile (304 characters)

Photo of dlbrockmiller
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently discovered this brewery. This was the first of their offerings that I tried and I wasn’t disappointed. It had a nice strong hoppy smell with a really hoppy bite. Really strong flavor and good mouth feel. Overall a nice balanced beer but a little strong at 8.8% so watch out, it will sneak up on you. (312 characters)

Photo of meatyard
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy, dark orange.
The smell is a crisp bit of citrus & pine though not real strong.
The taste is sweet and bitter. It has a pleasant hoppiness and a malt sweetness. It doesn't taste like a IIPA hop bomb.
Mouthfeel is thick and oily.
Drinkability is very good for the ABV.

I like this beer a great deal. It doesn't seem like a typical West Coast IIPA but more balanced than expected. I do like the usual WC IIPAs but find this satisfying too. (459 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a brown 22 oz. bomber, picked up in Ponderay, Idaho. Pours out a slightly hazed copper hue, tall foamy ivory head with impressive retention.

Bright burst of grapefruit hops on the nose, and after much sniffing, not much else. No complaints here though.

The flavour is straight up, in your face, mouth puckering grapefruit citrus hops. A hint--if not simply just a glimmer of the imagination--of bready, biscuit malt can be discerned behind it all, however that may only be urban legend at this point.

Medium-full mouthfeel, full silky smooth texture, with medium carbonation that has its brisk moments.

Everything I'm personally looking for in a regular American IPA, it's lacking some malt backbone or balance for a DIPA, but who cares, this is delicious. Wish I would have picked up more. Really enjoyable stuff, worth seeking out more. (847 characters)

Photo of erikm25
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a huge orange and copper golden hue. There are hazy tangerine and amber undertones. Overall this one just glows in the glass. Amazing retention and a full halo of draped frosty lacing that coats from top to bottom all the way through. So much lacing that if I look closely I begin to decipher an ancient Mayan code.

S: Nice pine resin and citrus hop aroma balanced against delicate earthy undertones. A perfect blend of citrus acidic grapefruit and sweet floral aromas. Very subtle yet fruity, full, and rounded.

T: While hoppy, as expected, this is mildly refreshing. Like crisp pine soaked pineapple. Subtle honey limed and floral taste with a well balanced tart tinge. No malts present here. Very smooth and absolutely perfect finish without the slightest nod that this is a double.

M: Medium body with a long perfect finish and minimal carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable and delicious. Besides that the name is just flat out cool. I plan to put this one in regular rotation. Note to self, try as many other offerings I can from this brewery. (1,057 characters)

Photo of vande
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a bottle colored deep golden bronze with a 2 finger layer of head floatin on top....leaving nice laced rings along the pint glass as it disappears...

S: Hops... Citrus hops and bready malt braided together ... Very appealing.

T: Like the smell, there's the tropical citrus fruit presence, yet balanced out nicely with the malt back-bone too..

M: Smooth, appeasing kind a creamy... not too heavy and not light, good viscosity... slightly bitter and dry at the back...

O: Love it (485 characters)

Photo of cbak999
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand delivered from my brother in Oregon. Sticking with the 'hop' named beers tonight. This one pours a deep orange color with a big, white head that really hangs around. Smells and tastes are of piney, citrusy hops. Great hop taste, but nothing that is so bitter that it hangs around too long after the sip...which is great balance between the hops and malts. I do taste some caramel malt, but not too much. A great beer from Ninkasi. (435 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my SA beer glass. Hazy, bright orange with a faint little white frothy head. Aromas of pine & citrus. Head quickly dissipates leaving a white ring of film.
Sweet taste at first, which becomes piney and chalky. Very drinkable for 9%...almost too easy. Honey in the mouthfeel...dry hop finish. Very clean for a big IPA like this. (339 characters)

Photo of Donnie2112
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured into a shaker pint (and a bit into a corsendonk tulip)

a. orange-red in color, solid carbonation, limited in terms of head retention and also doesn't lace the way I'd prefer. When I poured into the tulip glass the head retention was of course greatly improved and the lees created a hazy brown affect. In my mind the best beers look good even in a shaker pint, this one doesn't look great in that condition but it looks better when it's put into glassware that helps cover its weaknesses.

s. all subtle citrus fruit, lime rind, oranges and grapefruit, mild herbal floral notes on the nose. I also smell something a bit spicy, almost like pumpkin bread baking

t. bready but like sourdough bready on the start, rolls into a sour-bitter lime like finish. Extremely solid in the flavor department. There is a pleasurable, teeth rattling oily astringent hop presence that lingers for minutes on end. Solid

m. This beer could use a bit more body, it seems rather light and thin.

d. On the other hand because it's so light and thin I find it extremely easy to drink especially considering alcohol content. This stuff drinks almost like a light lager as opposed to an IPA w/ 8.8 ABV.

It's solid stuff and I'm glad I finally tried this brewery, can't wait to check out more of their stuff. (1,295 characters)

Photo of Dubbercody
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Concordia Ale House, served in a pint glass. Holy cats, this is a nice beer. Nice combination of malt and hops in the nose. This follows into the taste too. Great balance for a double IPA. Alcohol doesn't come out and hit you, it's nicely incorporated.

Can't wait to have this in a bottle soon. (309 characters)

Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.