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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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1,111 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 151
Gots: 122 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007)
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Photo of theghost3
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

theghost3, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Varls
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Varls, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of Genghis22
3.8/5  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!

Genghis22, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

ryan1788a5, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of djmichaelk
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

220z bomber into a perfect pint.

A - Hazy, almost cloudy rusty orange. Maybe a finger or so of off-white head, with very little retention, fading to a somewhat thick cap. Great lacing, though.

S - Very hoppy aroma, mostly on the piney side of things. Caramel and some vegetative flavors in the background. There's a hint of maltiness and maybe some breadiness, too. Almost like a DIPA poured into a bowl of cereal. More pleasant than it sounds.

T - Well, this is strange. It tastes not much like the aroma. The hops are there, but backed with a sweetness that I don't get in the nose in any way. Definitely a resiny finish, sticky and sweet. As it warms up it definitely gets better, with the hops becoming more prominent. Very little alcohol present considering the ABV. Tasty stuff.

M - Sticky and medium to full bodied. It has more of a sweet finish than dry, and it lingers for a while. Very nice and smooth going down.

D - The flavor keeps me wanting more, and the ABV is fairly well hidden. I've finished the bomber and I'm not feeling too woozy. I could go for another.

O - Considering the price here, this is a great brew. Very flavorful, not too strong, and even nice packaging. When Ninkasi decides to distribute this to more of the country, they're going to have a hit on their hands. In the meantime, we'll be enjoying this on the left coast.

djmichaelk, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.8/5  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.

DeanMoriarty, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Bowers-Brew, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of carps12
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

carps12, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of McStagger
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had no idea what Ninkasi was a few months ago. Now it's in every single beer shop in this town. Let's see what the buzz is.

A: Pours a fairly hazy beaten copper, with only about a finger off white head. Retention is subdued, lacing is minimal. Ah, the nature of the high octane D/TIPA. Carbonation is fairly vigorous, with tiny bubbles fighting through the ethanol to form the head.

S: Big hop scent. Lot of leafiness, pine and orange pulp. Pineapple notes in there as well, but more subdued. Bit of alcohol heat accentuates the malt sweetness, giving it characteristics of caramel and vanilla. Lot of mulled grain and bread in the nose. The malt bill must be massive.

T: Begins with a huge malt sweetness that borders cloying. Hops comes in with notes of pine, leafiness/woodiness, and a splash of tropical fruit. Finish is oily and resinous bitterness with a bit of the alcohol heat coming through as sweetness.

M: Pretty massive considering the relatively moderate (for a DIPA) abv. Perhaps a bit over the top, with some flabbiness.

O: A good, very bitter DIPA. However, the underlying sweetness of the malt/alcohol is poorly hidden and the mouthfeel is a bit unctuous.

McStagger, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber

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.

spinrsx, May 04, 2011
Photo of LazyL
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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.

LazyL, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a finger of head on a clear, amber colored body.
The aroma is a good mixture of lemon, grapefruit and caramel.
The flavor is big and bold; lots of lemon bitterness with a good edge of malt and caramel to round it out.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable and bold.

Fatehunter, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of SierraJosh
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid IPA. The malt is dominant and pushes the envelope on sweetness, but does have balance. A moderate hop profile with decent bitterness in the finish. Don't get a lot for the sniffer, slight pine and grapefruit. For some reason it reminds me of an English IPA which isn't a bad think just expected a bit more hopaliciousness from this beer. Love the name.

SierraJosh, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

TheBrewo, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper orange with a big rocky head. Lacing grabs onto the sides of my glass and won't let go, even when I try to soak them away while drinking.

Incredibly piney and grapefruit citrus. A tad one-dimensional, but it is oh-so-good, as far as IIPA's go.

Alcohol pokes through, almost like rum or other liquor. SLight tart apple comes up with the minimal carbonation. Double IPA's don't really have much carbonation, not really expecting it, but there's a nice balance in this one.

SurlyDuff, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

donkeyrunner, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I can locate on the bottle. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Pours a clear brassy orange-brown color, with a faint golden amber highlight where the light shines thought at the edges of the glass. Atop the body sits a one-finger foam the color of parchment or aged silk. Retention is moderate, and eventually fades to a thick film of suds across the top and opaque sheets of lacing along the sides.

Smell - Hops dominate with notes of grapefruit, pine resin, and tropical fruitiness along with a faint trace of alcoholic esters. Seems like there is a noticeable element of the the caramel malts to give this one's aroma some heft.

Taste - The promise of the nose comes through, now with more grapefruit and some raw bitterness, like dandelion greens. There are also notes of pale malt and again the bittersweetness from the caramel malts. On the finish, I detect some phenolic fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Slightly on the heavy side of medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a semisweet finish.

Overall, a solid, well-balanced double IPA. Easy to drink in spite of being almost 9% abv. However, there is definitely some unapologetic bitterness on the aftertaste, so be warned.

LambicPentameter, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of brotherloco
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. No date, but think this is a new batch. Served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy copper orange with very little head formation. Dissipates quickly to a razor thin ring. Tiny bit of lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit, orange, piney dankness with a bit of onion. Sweet caramel malt. A butterscotch note.

A lot of floralness in the initial flavor. Sweetens up through the middle and finishes quite sweet. Citrus, pine, and floral tinged bitterness blossoms nicely through the middle and finish as well. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Just slightly thick.

brotherloco, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Sokool
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Sokool, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy sunset orange with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention. Lacing runs from streaky to spotty, with good stick.

Smell - A fair balance in the aroma, bringing a moderate amount of orange citrus and lesser tropical and floral hop notes, with a touch of resin and spice. Malts come through well with bread and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Taste - Hops are more prevalent on the tongue than on the nose, though still relatively balanced by the solid malt backbone. Strong orange character upfront and throughout, more juicy to begin, then fades to a strong pith bitterness. Bready malts provide strong support to the hop assault, coming through with an ever-present quality. Touches on pine and a slight black pepper bite. Finishes with citrus pith/skin bitterness that ranges from orange to grapefruit with long, lingering effects.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate, soft carbonation. Smooth, somewhat creamy before a dry finish.

Overall - Strong offering from Ninkasi. I'm a bit perplexed by the name though: a double (not triple) IPA, with 4 hops used in the brewing process... where does 'Tri'cerahops come from? Oh well. Solid brew. Classic West Coast IPA character. Nice balance for a 100 IBU brew.

TheSixthRing, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great dark orange amber with a thick frothy head and great lacing from top to bottom.

Smells of piney floral hops, which are overpowered by a big bold caramel malt scent, more as it warms. Also smells of booze.

Tastes very boozy on my first impression, some hops and malt, very balanced flavors, however, the flavor doesn't last until the finish, and there isn't much complexity.

The feel is astringent, and thin, the booze are apparent in the astringency, but not the texture. Not a whole lot of body.

Overall this is a good beer. Like a poor man's 90 minute. The malts are slightly overpowering the hops, and for a DIPA, it is lacking a real hops presence that I was expecting from a beer called Tricerahops. While I would definitely drink this again and am glad I tried it, I won't be buying this again, as there are many more DIPAs at my local BevMo that are better.

Dave

Drinkerofales, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy light cider colored. Practically no head or lacing to speak of.

S: Citrus and grass hops along with a bit of alcohol.

T: Citrus hops are the predominant flavor. Grassy hops follow along with some malt base that is oddly spiced from the yeast.

M: Mildly carbonated with a heavy resiny body.

D: A must try double IPA, however, the spicy aftertaste from the yeast leaves something to be desired. The hops bouquet present in the nose and initial first sip are worth the imperfections though.

itsfreeasinbeer, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of JToad
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a bomber, courtesy of juhl31 via my winning the BeerAdvocate2 Fantasy Football League. Thanks Jay for the awesome package!

Pours a cloudy blood orange, with minimal head, yet nice white lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of tiny bubbles.

Smells of grapefruit, bread and some other assorted tropical fruit. Maybe tangerine.

Tastes of tropical citrus, sharp bitterness that doesn't last long. Relatively creamy mouth feel, though not too thick. Wet and sticky, this an extremely well balanced DIPA. Not your typical hop-bomb, yet it has some nice sharp hops throughout the body.

The DIPA for non-hop heads. Very solid and well balanced, the bready profile really evens out the loads of hops. Very easy drinker, it shouldn't be a problem finishing the bomber by myself.

JToad, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of seand
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a thick foamy off-white head. Retains well, leaving long strands of lacing.

S: Floral, grassy, hoppy sweetness. The malt background is pretty light, mainly hops here.

T: Medium sweetness leading into a huge hop finish. Quite a strong bitterness. The malts are still pretty light, so they don't do much to balance out the onslaught of hops.

M: Full body, medium to light carbonation. Dry chewy finish.

D: The hops are so overpowering you want to take this one slow, and you probably don't want much more than a pint.

seand, Oct 30, 2010
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.