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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%


Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
"8.8%alc./vol. 100+ ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."

(Beer added by: johnmichaelsen on 07-30-2007)
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DCon

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this from Broulin's in Driggs, ID for $7.19.Poured from the Aqua Blue labeled bottle w/ the Ninkasi "N" bold into a 16oz Grand Teton Brewing Co Pint Glass. Does not have a freshness date.

Aroma- Has tons of grassy hop aroma from the beginning and sweetness towards the end. Very well blended aroma, tough to bring out much more.

Appearance- Pours a 3 Finger, frothy and long lasting head. Has a clear, copper colored both with tons of carbonation bubbles. Leaves THICK rings of lacing behind.

Flavor- Starts with tons of nice hop flavors (citrus, mango, and fruit) but then doesn't have much more... Has a light bitterness ending. Wondering whats going on here? A good amount of sweetness and malt are found. Maybe a malt dominant body?

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Creamy, Smooth, and finishes with light alcohol warming.

Overall Impression- Not the 2X IPA I was looking for... This seemed more like a Citrus IPA and didn't have the body or finishing flavors a Double IPA would. Would not turn this down if offered and not a bad brew, I just rate to style here.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:50:48 | More by DCon
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Malibu Sundownder Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some onion and garlic herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop flavor but the hop aromas I am getting are disjointed and muddled.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2013 20:31:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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HopHead84

California

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark gold with a small, half finger head. The head lingers for a short time and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malt. There's a strange smell I can't put my finger on and that I've never smelled in a SDPA. It's a sweet smell that's a cross between a banana and a cantaloupe. Doesn't smell very hoppy and the normal characteristics of the style (pine, citrus, etc.) are not present.

T: Well balanced. Mild hop bitterness for the style. Minimal citrus notes and not a long finish. The alcohol is well masked.

M: Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, and carbonation is lacking.

D: Very drinkable for an 8.8% beer. The low level of bitterness will ward off the palate fatigue for a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 04:04:28 | More by HopHead84
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gregshead

California

3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy appearance. Very Cloudy. Did I mention its cloudy? 1/4 inch head.

S - Pine and a little floral

T - Nothing distinct in the taste for me. Starts off sweet and finishes bitter. A balanced taste and not that bitter considering its a DIPA.

M - A little too gritty for my enjoyment.

D -A drinkable DIPA but not my first choice. For a double IPA, tasted a little bland. Had some similar qualities to the total domination IPA but it didn't make it up to that next level taste of a DIPA except for alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 04:28:48 | More by gregshead
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boralyl

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - From a 22oz bottle it pours a hazy golden orange into the glass. It produces 2 fingers of white head that has decent retention and leaves some very nice lacing.

S - Piny and grassy hops paired with a caramel malt. It's not very pungent, and I am not sure I like the way the aroma meld together.

M - Medium in body with average carbonation. It contains a slight syrupiness.

T - A caramel sweetness up front followed by some grassy, lemony, and piny hops. A syrupy sweetness comes up in the finish with a mild bitterness.

An OK Imperial IPA. It's not terrible, but after having a few Imperial IPAs during my trip, this one just seems very average.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 03:41:19 | More by boralyl
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VincentFrey

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour / Appearance: Pours a light orange with ruby hints. Likely the bits of darker malts to bring up the backbone giving it the reddish tinge. Very clear. Nicely carbed, pours well with quick head dissipation. Head is bone white. Pretty beautiful lacing as it sips. Very pretty DIPA.

Aroma: Bevvy of west coast / north pacific hops. Resinous, piney, hint of spruce. Malt character is pretty light; some caramels and a hint of rye perhaps. Something lending spice. Definite alcohol presence. No real yeast esters, but none really expected.

Taste: First pour was fresh from the fridge. Very, very bitter, but not a ton of character outside it. As it warms, things mellow a bit and the hops start to present individual traits. Definite floral notes, but mostly spicey and piney. Not much else hopwise, so lacking in complexity there. Malt profile doesn't do much to hide the alcohol, and I'm thinking the rye I thought was in the nose was just spicy hops. It's a west coast IPA, but average at that.

Overall: A decent style example of the increasingly defined west coast branch of American IPAs. Still, no great intangibles and no real complexity to the hope profile I'd expect in a DIPA.

Bottom Line: Probably cheaper in Oregon. I've got no urge to have it again at the price I got it, but would be solid if it was cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 21:53:40 | More by VincentFrey
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This came out a thick and rugged orangish-brown in color with a modest head that left good lacing though.

Smell - The hop aroma has a stale grapefruit aspect that kind of turns me off, and the yeast comes on like a bear here. It has characteristics similar to an English bitter. All in all I like some aspects of the nose, such as how the light malts balance some of the harsher hops, but overall it was clumsy to me.

Taste - The hop flavor came out a bit smoother at the taste but this was still an awkward and somewhat embarrassing effort at the style. I'm a big fan of OR IPAs and DIPAs, but this just lost its way.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some light carbonation and a big bitter finish that will surprise a lot of people.

Drinkability - This was not as bad to drink as you'd think from the review. I actually enjoyed some of the flavors but it certainly was not a classic DIPA and most definitely fell short of my expectation of a OR effort.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 03:09:29 | More by RoyalT
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jeffjeff1

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a while ago at work.

Appearance- dark golden amber color, thin head

Smell- light hops

Taste- very light hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok but I was expecting more hops from a double IPA. I still enjoyed it and would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 02:31:53 | More by jeffjeff1
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy orangish color with a white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- For double IPA I expected a lot more. A bit of pine here with grapefruit hop as well. Followed by a strong malt backbone.

T- Hops are up front with a citrus and pine background but are balanced out by a bready malt backbone. For a double IPA I wasn't really impressed not enough hops here.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation.

D- Fairly easy to drink I expected a lot more outta this one. Fairly disappointed here.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 08:13:15 | More by nrbw23
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a brownish translucent orange with an inch of head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of resinous hops, onion, garlic, and hints of tropical fruits. Taste is more of the resiny hops along with the onion and garlic flavors. Very dank and garlicy. Medium bodied. This one somewhat reminds me of Gubna. Not sure about the garlic/onion hop flavors on this one. Overall, its alright but I think im done after this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 06:30:33 | More by PicoPapa
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bcm119

California

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber with a dense, off-white head. Aroma is all resiny hops, with some underlying bready sweetness. Pine and citrus pith hop bitterness is pervasive, washing over the palate and lingering well after the finish. But a heavy malt sweetness creates a full, slightly viscous mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. The malt is slightly grainy, with toffee and cookie sweetness that is a bit too syrupy and becomes slightly off-putting. Flavors are not well integrated, with a strange disconnect between the supple malts and the pithy bitterness. Drinkability suffers a little from this. Overall, some nice white grapefruit hop bitterness here, but a little too sweet for the style and not an impressive overall package.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 20:28:42 | More by bcm119
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hopbomb style double IPA. Pour grapefruit with lots of white soapy head, leaving traces of lace, greater the later in the bottle. Gets better later in the bottle. Earthy and hop aroma, and it tastes most natural and earthy up front. Drinkable stuff, but this is an assault of hops melange, malted down to get it down. Not the greatest of the style. Creaminess making it all the more palatable.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 21:55:12 | More by Sammy
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colts9016

Idaho

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger foamyu creamy of white head that had some retention. The color of the beer is a bronze to copper color with orange and red hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is some yeasty floating in the beer with some effervescences.

Nose: A very rich ripe grapefruit, pine and floral bouquet. There is a pleasant toasty note with some phenols and solvent lingering in the background.

Taste: There is a good malty flavor that hold fairly well to the monster hops in this beer. The hops give a very strong grapefruit, pine and floral esters.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated, astringent, and crisp. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is almost full. This DIPA okay was expecting more of a rip your mouth off kind and glad that is really wasnt. A nice pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 20:56:23 | More by colts9016
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allengarvin

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged at a run-down station across the street from Pacific U. I love Oregon! Poured into plastic dorm cup. This is a nice, somewhat hazy amber color with a fine white head on top. Those is a tad faint, with pleasant enough citrusy-hops, and a hint of malt, but really not a lot there. Disappointing flavor as well. While sufficiently bitter, hop flavor presents nothing more than a moderate grapefruit cascade taste. Might have been exciting twenty years ago, but it doesn't stand up in the crowd of excellent DIPAs today.

Not bad for a tiny gas-station find. Hopefully I can seek out something better later this week in downtown Forest Grove.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 20:35:42 | More by allengarvin
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ebrauser

Utah

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: thick off-white head on top of an orange pour

Aroma: sweet hop resins and a flowery NW bouquet

Flavor: strong bitterness with some residual meatiness in the initial drink. Very woody and peppery, with spiciness complementing. Peasant-like maltiness contributes to the hop spice.

MF: large body but sweeetness is lacking the power of the hops. Not the most drinkable but delicious once

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 02:38:16 | More by ebrauser
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MEsoJD

California

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/amber color with a creamy/foamy head.

S: Smells of citrus, hops, and malt. Grapefruit and mandarin stays in mind.

T: Nothing really strikes me sadly. I mentioned grapefruit and mandarin, but after tasting this, lemon comes up. I maybe desensitized, but the hops don't shine(spoiled by the stone imperial black ipa perhaps) in this for me. It's also slightly creamy/malty and sweet.

M: Smooth and medium carbonation.

O: I have to admit that I was a little disappointed. With a name like Tricerhops, I was expecting the hops to come off as bold but I found a balanced beer. Goes to show you that ibus doesn't mean anything. It's a good balanced drink but it lacks any significance.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 03:39:06 | More by MEsoJD
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DaveAnderson

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in the Portland airport, post-security. Ninkasi bottles are not dated, but they seemed to be selling a lot of beer, so I took a chance on freshness.

The beer pours into my goblet, and briefly forms a light head of pure white. There is no haze or sediment, and the color is on the coppery side of straw.

What is it with the tropical fruit these days? It seems like my last several beers were devoid of citrus and pine. This is more of the trend. Very fruity, but no citrus.

Once in the mouth, this beer can't pretend to be anything but an IIPA. Heavy in body and slightly sweet, it still delivers a bitter kick in the end, and the alcohol is clearly present.

It's a pleasant beer, but I'm not sure I want to drink a whole bomber. I will, of course, but I'll probably regret it in the morning.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:40:11 | More by DaveAnderson
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mbunje

California

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this before...Ticerahops. Nice. I will give it a shot.
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - small head on a fairly rough pour. Color is a nice brassy tone. Crystal clear. Looks enticing

S - Thick nose of skunky pine, malt and bread there too. Smells like a hop bomb

T - Definitely some hops here. Fruity sweet taste makes it seem juicy. Pine and a mild bitterness. Too much malt here. Not bad, but not the right b alance (for my taste)

MF - not very carbonated, makes the beer feel watery in a way. I think with better carbonation, this could be much improved.

D - pretty high ABV. But it was less than $5. So an affordable IIPA. So I say it is above average.

Overall, not bad, but seems to be a novice effort. Lacks the carbonation to close the deal and there is too much sweetness from the residual sugars. A few tweaks and this could be great.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:31:24 | More by mbunje
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MisterClean

California

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somebody snagged this one in WA and brought it to our homebrew club meeting.

A - Pours copper with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.

S - Grapefruit, rose, and toffee. It smells a little bretty, it may be infected.

T - Honey, toffee, light flowers, and bittering hops.

M - Finishes dry with thinness and a good balance between hops and malts.

D - Good, but very dry and am unsure if I liked the hop combination they used.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 02:52:17 | More by MisterClean
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this for a while. Great name, and I've heard great things. My sister sent me a bottle, along with some other PDX goodies, for my birthday.

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Much darker pour than I expected. Reddish-orange with a finger of plush foam. Head retains well. Pretty good lacing.

Restrained hop aroma. Caramel sweetness, plus a little citrus and piney/herbal bitterness.

Flavor follows. Lots of sweet malt, with a dry, resinous finish. Not a whole lot of hop flavor, especially for a West Coast DIPA. I expected much more.

Medium-heavy body. Slick, oily texture. Fairly low carbonation is appropriate. Decently easy drinker. Ending bitterness is a tad harsh, knocking the drinkability down a notch. Tricerahops could possibly be a pretty good intro PNW DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 04:23:39 | More by Gyle41386
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zestar for this one. Poured from a bomber into a Blue Point snifter. Shared with capra12.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger fluffy white semi-coarse head with decent retention. Beer is a semi-clear reddish-orange. Lacing is frothy with little cling.

S: Pine, grass, and cane sugar. Slightly sour hop in the background. Very clean and clear overall with a generous nose.

T: Piney, grassy, and slightly astringent hops dominate with little malt balance. A "west-coast" style offering for sure. Slight sour hoppiness in the background that's more fruity than anything and adds an interestingly different dimension to the experience. Finish is messy with a hop bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, and probably the smoothest IPA I've had in a long time. Soily and almost oily on the tongue, this one just slides down the throat and really lathers the palate. Finish is messy and aftertaste is rather strong.

D: An average nose and taste/balance at best, this one has a ridiculous mouthfeel which just seems to pull everything together. I'd definitely give it another shot if only to see how else the feel can enhance other aspects of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 00:24:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle received in a trade with calinalu. Thanks! Chose this over some fresh Pliney to try this afternoon...

Pours much darker than expected, a cloudy rusted copper with a very large, rocky cream colored head. The head has amazing retention and lacing, but the appearance just seems off for a DIPA. Aroma is sticky and sweet, caramel and crystal malts with a weak hop presence with some grapefruit and citrus resin. Flavor has a very strong, potent malt body, again very caramel like and resiny and the hops are not quite as interesting or pronounced as expected. Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation, the finish lingers with citrus resin and a strong hop presence than the body, citrusy and piney. Overall, a rather disappointing DIPA, but a very nice, drinkable beer. Reminds me more of an imperial amber, like an aged nugget nectar or rogue's XS imperial red, not the best example of a west coast DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 19:19:54 | More by yourefragile
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Matilda glass. Thanks to Spycow for this one...Pours a murky orange/copper, dull and uninspiring. There is a white head, provides some decent lacing...The aroma is floral with citrus notes, oranges mostly. A little soapy but the alcohol is hidden...The taste is a big let down, not sure if its old or just not that good of a dipa. Soapy, floral hops, bitter, not as much of the citrus comes through. Pretty boring, wasn't inspired to drink this.

A decent beer but with so many dipa options I wouldn't have this again. Would try it on tap to see if its better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 15:37:41 | More by jrallen34
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head covering clear but with tons of sediment orange golden honey colored.

Nose has some nice hops, nothing too heavy, a bit of citrus and fruit hops, a slight orange zest and some pine, a touch of musty hop resin, and a slight malty sweetness underneath.

Taste starts a bit malty, a slight malty sweetness, but pretty much all pale malts, then some bitterness, fairly bitter but not too heavy, and plenty of hops, mostly bittering hops, but it does bring a bit of pine, fresh musty resinous hop flavors, some orange peel, some citrus, quite a bit or rind, but also a bit soapy and has a slight astringent finish, that doesn't dry as much as I would expect, and leaves itself a little sticky. The astringent and heavy bittering hops add a slight metallic tinge as well. Overall seems to be mostly bittering hops and left out on the aroma an hop flavors more, and what is there for flavor isn't as sharp as it should be, seems muted and flat.

Mouth is medium bodied with lower carbonation.

Drink is OK, not great, hits with just a touch of warming booze, a bit sticky on the finish, and some astringent bittering hops on the finish, as well as a slight metallic twang.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 03:23:53 | More by jlindros
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper color with nice voluminous head.

Orange, sugar, flowers, and cedar in the nose.

The beginning is very sweet almost syrupy, very orangey. Pine is the predominant flavor after that. I also can taste some lavender. Hop character is pleasant. Bitterness is very high. Alcohol can be perceived the finish is almost numbing on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy.

This DIPA is good but there are some things I find hard to enjoy, like the sticky sweetness coupled with the big alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 05:08:01 | More by bosco7
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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