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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: 20.2%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007

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Photo of Buebie
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally got a replacement to take home and review. I dropped my 3 bottles of Tricerahops in my driveway after getting home from Portland via airplane. I taught the neighbors some pretty neat words and the wife may have doubted our relationship. I was mad, real mad.
But a recent trip to Denver relieved me of this pain, they sell it, yay!

Poured out an unfiltered copper, white head that sits a while. Good amount of clumpy adhering lace.
Aroma was kinda soapy, smelled like someone just took a shower (the Irish never quit). A bit of pine and fermented honey, but man so much soap.
Flavors follow aroma, pine ramps up and delivers. Slick mouth feel, pine maintaining in flavor, not what I remembered but the bottle says fresh. I'm going to pretend it was exposed to much sunlight even though it was in a windowless shop. Maybe we will try it again sometime... If I don't break more of them.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours copper with a head that dissipates quickly. Very attractive beer, smell is an orangy citrus, a sweet hoppy pineapple or peach, as another reviewer said, setting the tone for what's expected to be a nuanced and complex sweet hop bomb.

The promise doesn't quite play out in the taste, which is very hoppy and gets bitter right away (though delicious). I'm getting a burnt malt/toffee flavor that is assertive without being aggressive (or arrogant, you know who I'm talking about) and the citrus, much reduced in the taste compared to the aroma, is nicely balancing out any pine or pepper which comes in a little later.

Long aftertaste in which the malt comes in stronger, a little creamy, but a nice enjoyable finish. I wouldn't call it soapy like others.

The texture is a little sticky and oily and the alcohol is there, making one aware this is a DIPA to sip rather than gulp. Very drinkable without going overboard on any one thing (bitter, malt, or booze) and one of my favorites right now. More nuanced than Ninsaki's hoppy Total Domination, and at $5 a bomber, this is a great deal when you can find it.

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Photo of Tokii
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a warm orange golden color, with a nice fluffy head.
Well balanced and mellow hop character for a DIPA. The floral and citrusy hop pairs well with a toasted malt to lend its self well to the full bodied alcohol level, smoothing out any overly boozy flavors that might be left behind. Over all, a little sweeter than I'd like for it to finish, but immensely drinkable and enjoyable

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Photo of constantine_272
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a sticky soapy bubbles and a little haze. Smelled of pine. Lots of tree sap and pine resin. Not much else. Taste was again of pine resin and a little floral cherry blossom if you really struggle to find something else. A little agave sweetness is also barely perceptible. Medium heavy dryness. A little more dry than I care for in an ipa. Overall good, but I feel this lacks the finesse of other dipas. This felt more like it was hoppy for the sake of being hoppy and not hoppy in the pursuit of balance.

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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 Brad007
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a mild gold color with a small white head into my glass. For $4.99, it seems like a steal already.

Bold hop aroma with mint and pine in the nose.

Buttery malt and bold citrus and pine bitterness. A little sweeter than expected.

Bitterness envelopes the mouth back toward the tongue. A little alcohol heat to boot.

An impressive nod to the old school DIPA with the abundance of pine bitterness!

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Photo of scurfie
4.99/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Lacing outstanding, extremely smooth with an excellent hop bitter finish. Really outstanding brew that's worth looking for and buying.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold, with a small but persistent head. Aroma is sweet, with citrus and pine as expected. The taste is intense, leads sweet but quickly turns incredibly bitter. It seems quite similar to their Total Domination brew, except the bitter hops' kick is substantially bigger. I'm not sure that's a good thing. The bitter flares and alcohol burn are almost too distracting to let you relax and get comfortable with it. Nice texture though, with a perfect viscosity. Overall, I think this is just for showing off, a way to get more and more bitter simply because you could. I can't imagine anyone drinking this casually...

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Photo of Hurlshot
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a pitcher of this for super cheap at a pizza joint in Pismo, and was pretty happy by the time my buddy and I finished it. It has a great IPA smell, very strong hops. Shouldn't it be a triple IPA? No matter, it is a very hoppy IPA with a great color and finish. High on flavor and character.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy copper amber with well-retaining foamy off-white head. Lacing is divine. Smells of resin and orange, both fruit and peel. For the duration, oranges, tangerine, pine, rind, iron, and a touch of soap, companioned with permanent marker in the aftertaste. Plenty bitter but well-balanced. Alcohol really does shine forth if you can get past the hops. Not much for peppercorn here, you might think. But I have a trick for teasing it out. Take a gulp, slosh it around a little. Let sit. Swallow bubbles. Repeat. Then let the rest trickle down your throat via the sides of the tongue as air from your lungs is pumped back out through the nose. You'll find it. Pick out the ground mustard seed while you're at it. In this regard, reminded me of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot. Either way, amazing flavors in this beer, folks. Color, aromas, and taste all match. Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium-ish and make for smooth drinking. It warms mainly the cheeks, and makes the teeth tingle, but affects the throat as well. Very accessible. I really wish I had picked up a few more of these the last time it was in town. Have one or two more waiting for me at least.

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So . . . I like it. You can tell by the rating. I don't like the price, but I really, really like Tricerahops. Is it a beer? Yes, under Germanic laws it should qualify. Yet, it takes beer - that stuff we started quaffing in our teens with the boys while buying up the wine coolers for any ladies we could scrounge up - to a different level. Total Domination is an excellent, balanced IPA which in some respects drinks so smoothly that it's like a pale ale. Tricerahops is the Double IPA that explodes with flavor but is so refined that it's smoother than any IPA you might care to mention. This is beer that's better than wine. It's not industrial swill. It's not your average IPA with some grapefruit and so-so malt that's too bland or too thin. The taste and intensity is completely different but in the overwhelmingly appealing qualities of this double IPA, the balance, and the balanced greatness of the malt, it's like a 21st century SABL.

Tricerahops is a radiant orange in the evening light of my house. It has some cloudiness to it, although not as much as some ales. The head is a gorgeous off-white that builds, lasts, and laces.

The best descriptor for Tricerahops is that it's Total Domination amplified, but that's terrible for anyone who hasn't enjoyed Total Domination. It's a blend of citrus of several types, all delicious, and just enough dark resinous pine to let you know that this Dino means business. Not a false note. The aroma stays great to the bottom of the glass, not getting a little weak like Total Domination.

The taste is everything you would hope for. Yes, there's the grapefruit, and the other citrus and tropical fruits, and they are bitter just like such fruits are - but never too much. All that goodness is in there with a malt that's just excellent. It's what we never imagined beer could be in the 1980s. The IBU is 100 but you would never know it. The bitterness is in proportion to the flavor.

The feel is smooth. This double IPA is full and deep. The flavors have a lot to offer and the malt is there to hold them up and hold it all together.

I can't speak for her, but imagine that Ninkasi favors this beverage. Fermentation perfected?

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Photo of pmangold
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

good overall double IPA - it's a big resinous hop forward ale that doesn't pull any punches. bitter hops/pine in the nose and the taste. I enjoy those kind of beers even though I would rather a little more balance. the best of the three ninkasi pales we get here in FL.

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Photo of beinerso
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy, oddly closer to tan than copper
Smell: Certainly citrus (tropical fruit + grapefruit), apricot, understated sweet malt, a smidge of booze
Taste: Pine, apricot, grapefruit, bitter
Mouthfeel: med body, mod syrup min oily, heavy carbonation
Overall: lots to like about this dino DIPA

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Photo of AnalogErik
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big hop front, but smooth drinker. To quote the bottle share buddies "that was a double?" - Good citrus smell, but the flavor is more muted. Overall a great double.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear medium Amber. Lots of lacing. Nice sweet honey malt note. Medium grapefruit bitter hop note. Smooth but feels lighter Bodied than most DIPAs. Pretty good.

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Photo of ZachT
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Big, bold in your face double IPA. Superb hop aroma ranging from piney/resiny to citrusy and tropical fruit. The hops are supported by a big, complex malt body that balances out the 100 IBUs extremely well.

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Photo of Shemmy
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glad I tried this one. Has a nice solid, not too heavy, not too light mouthfeel. There is as some others have noted a significant malt presence that provides an excellent backdrop to the strong and very nice grapefruit, grapefruit peel, and bitter hoppiness. Beautiful long lasting three finger cream colored head and nice dark amber color to the beer. Will definitely be buying this again if and when available.

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Photo of Omnium
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Clear gold with two fingers of foamy densy white head, lots of suspended yeast in here.
S - Lots of sweet orange and tangerine, bread, some pine, pineapple, pear.
T - Malt is slightly sweet but not ovebearing, lots of orange and some tropical notes, bitter earthy pine.
M - Full bodied yet not chewy or sticky.
O - Solid Double IPA

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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 captaincoffee
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, bitter, classic CCC hops flavor profile. This is a reasonably big beer (8%), but not a monster. However, those 100 IBUs really come through in the finish. Basically, a quality uber-hopped IPA, but not a lot to differentiate in terms of a unique profile.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice Double IPA,pours a dark amber with a thin off white head that lasts and one of the best lacing i have seen on a IPA.Wonderful pine and a woody taste. Perfect balance malt to hops.

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Photo of adaman797
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish gold color, not much smell at all. Fine carbonation, light mouthfeel. Smooth well balanced flavor with apple, some tropical notes, musty bitter finish. No single stand out flavor profile. Overall great tasting.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden color, decent head , medium thin sticky lace.
Fruity and marmalade nose. Further along I detect more biscuity, bread and malt aroma. Some pear also.
Light feel in the mouth for a DIPA, medium bodied overall. Soft carbonation. Initial taste is grapefruit like. Very hop heavy as they take over. There is, however, a strong malt backbone. Dry resin hops and bitter grapefruit finish. Very drinkable. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold to amber under a 2” clingy white head with a fine bead.
S: Resiny piney hops, biscuit, light fruit on the nose
T: Starts creamy and has a little malt sweetness and some pear, slight orange. Long lingering bitterness with a biscuity, fruity sweetness – almost like a jam or marmalade.
F: very creamy and smooth, medium to medium full body, medium carbonation, slight warming.
O: A big well balanced beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Dark orange medium haze, with a rapid rate of effervesce. Thick and frothy light beige head is one inch and steady on the hold. Thick sheet coating of lace has a good coverage rate.

S: Citrusy sweet malt aroma, fresh pine juice, settles to a light pine dry hop finish. Lightly dry flowery citrus grind with a decent awareness and average retention.

T: Flavor was sharp wet with citrusy-grapefruit mingling against a sweetly toasted malt backing. Dry grapefruit flower hops follow up with a touch of toasted tropical fruitiness, piney cream hops. Dry bittering finish with a good dose of knock-out hops, bittering, good strength, nice lingering duration.

M: Mouthful leans towards the lighter side of medium, warming hop juice of citrusy-pine with some toasted malt on the inner cheeks provides a nice feel.

O: Overall nice balance of malt and hops, reminds me of a dfh 90 how it drinks and in terms of balance, warming hop juiciness, floral hops, and abv. Warming citrusy-pine juice is soothing making for an enjoyable drink.

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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