Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 407
Hads: 1,506
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 182
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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: 407 | Hads: 1,506
Photo of olmatty
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a one finger white head with poor retention and moderate lacing. Beer is an orange amber with a slight haze.

Smell- Nothing but fresh pungent hoppiness. Fairly stings the nose.

Taste- Big hop presence, resinous up front, qualities of fresh cut vegetation. There's a decent amber maltiness, but it has a hard time making its case with all those hops around.

Mouthfeel- Below average carbonation, mouthcoating nearly oily hopiness.

Drinkability- Huge flavor, somewhat smooth, but high ABV and big flavor keep drinkability to a beer or two. (563 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from bottletrek, pours an effervescent bronze with 1+ finger of pearl white head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Some citrus hops & honey as this warms

T: Biscuitty & honey malt, lemony & orangey hops, plus a touch of dryness up front. Booze starts sneaking in along grapefruitty & piney hops as this warms, I also get toffee balancing out the hops with the help of some passion fruit & tangerine. Finishes with resiny & citrus hops, caramel, a bit more booze, pineapple & a touch more grapefruit & a good amount of honey

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy with superior balance, skews a bit malty, but I like em that way, a bit hotter than I'd like. Has some stickyness to it as well

Drinks too easy for the style, well put together, just a touch too much boozeyness to session, unless you have a death-wish!

Bring back the Cretaceous Era! (860 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Perfect in apperance, pours an orangish/red color 2 finger width frothy white head, excellent lace down the glass
S: Smell is fruity and sweet. Sweet maltiness along with grapefuity/orange scents
T: Lots of maltiness but well balanced on the back end with a good citrusy/fruity hoppiness. Not too malty not to bitter. Good flavor
M: Moderate to heavy...thick/oily mouthfeel
D: I like this beer, it has a good balance of flavors. Alcohol is well hidden given its ABV. (469 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A nice extra by way of Meatyard in a recent trade. My first from this brewery, but hopefully not my last.

Tricerahops comes out da bottle looking DIPA'ish with a nice mix of hazy gold and orange intertwined, not much of a head but a thick cap, small streaks of lacing. Smell is all tropic fruit with a bunch of mango. Some amount of malt sweetness and sugar. Taste is a mango explosion with grapefruit and very little malt intrusion. A slight sugar cookie in the end. Small alcohol. Feel is perfect nuff said, for beer of this size, it's great. Very fruity and not very bitter, not any pine in this. Medium body low carb, great drinkability. I liked it. (654 characters)

Photo of beerad666
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22oz bomber of this at Belmont Station in Portland OR. It made the journey safely in my luggage back to Chicago. I picked this is up becuase it was a Double IPA and a beer named after a dinosaur how cool is that.

The Tricerahops pours a golden dark amber color with a one finger white head. When you drink it you get that great hops bite and its still very refreshing. There is a decent amount of fruit that comes trough with the grapefruit and the orange. Overall a very drinkable beer especially at this higher ABV.

This was the first Ninkasi Brewing I've had and I will definitely be picking up this Double IPA and something else from Ninkasi the next time I am out in Oregon. (696 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 8.8%. No bottling info is given. Picked up by a friend at Bear Creek Beers in Medford, OR.

A-Pours a semi-hazy dark amber with orange coming through in the light. It is one of the darker DIPAs that I have come across. Starts with a 3/4 off white head that goes to a ring and some film quite quickly. Sporadic bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom. There is a little sediment left in the bottom of the glass. Leaves some decent lace.

S-It has a very fresh, yet subtle hop nose. It is not nearly as strong as most West Coast DIPAs. There is a nice sweet citrus aroma that is present. Pine comes through as it warms and it also has a little musty smell to it.

T-The citrus is quite present. I pick up on lots of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. The citrus taste plays very well with the malt backbone that provides some sweetness. The pine flavor pops in the back of the mouth. At the end there is some slight bitterness, but it is not overpowering. The aftertaste is a combination of bitter grapefruit and grapefruit sprinkled with some sugar.

M-Medium bodied mouthfeel but it is lighter than most DIPAs. Quite smooth, not syrupy, and has good carbonation.

D-The abv is well hidden and it is not super filling for being such a large beer.

I was really impressed with this one. My only knock was that it needs more aroma from the citrus hops. I would love to have access to this on a regular basis. (1,455 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop hazed, golden-amber colour with a big, creamy, off-white head. Nice head retention.

Big, tropical fruit aroma with a slightly bitter note (like grapefruit). Plenty of fruity sweetness here. Yum.

Medium to big bitterness is teemed up with masses of tropical hops and lots of flavour. A good malt backbone serves only to support the hops with out being cloying.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

A really tasty DIPA. This is a great example of the style. (478 characters)

Photo of mattmaples
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 9.6% hop fest is a masterpiece of brewing. It pours light amber in color with a small cap of dense foam. The aroma is huge with orange hops and just a hint of malt sweetness. The flavors is also big on the orange hop profile but the malt brings in some chewy caramel without being overly sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a medium body. This is one of my favorite double/Imperial IPAs. (395 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 9/17/09

Thanks to PDXHops

A - Moderately deep amber in color. Slightly cloudy. Modest retention from a ½ inch head, primarily in the form of spotty bubbles up top. Ok lacing throughout.

S - Hops, hops, hops...Floral, pine & grapefruit. Orange & pineapple notes as well. Hints of dry biscuits without being particularly sweet.

T - Juicy & resiny hop grandeur abounds. Intensely floral to the taste. Citrus & pine linger in the background offering a touch of bitterness to a beer that isn't particularly so. Sweet yet restrained malt backbone.

M - Though medium in body, it maintains an airiness about it. Toward the low side of moderate carbonation. A tad sticky on the tongue.

D - Pretty darn drinkable & full of awesome flavor. I'd certainly seek this out should I ever again make it to the great Northwest. (843 characters)

Photo of seanwhite
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as a dense golden/ brass color that had a minimum amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top and then a thick fluffy white layer of foam on top.

S: Zesty yeast and citrus influenced hops.

T: Flavor is more or less the same as the total domination but packs a bigger alcohol kick and more intensely bitter type of hops. Still has plenty of citrus and grapefruit at work here, but the breaded malts seem to have been drowned out somewhat by the extra dosage of hops. (480 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, cloudy orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of off-white head. Juicy citrus aroma with lots of apricot, orange, and pineapple along with some sweet caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, lighter-than-expected mouthfeel. Slightly bitter up front followed by sweet orange citrus and caramel malt, then another blast of hops that transition from pine into a puckering grapefruit on the reeeally long-lingering finish.

Light feel with a completely masked alcohol presence, but make no mistake -- this brew isn't fooling around, with tons of hop character crammed into a really drinkable package. (Appropriate name, too, as I feel like the flavors went through three pretty distinct phases.) (711 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Citrusy, juicy hops, breadiness, very bold tangerines.

L: Hazy burnt orange, off-white head that dissipates, good lacing.

T: Bright tangerine and bready sweetness followed by a medium citrusy bitterness. Ends with some tangerine peel and slightly dry hop resin.

M: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation. Alcohol just slightly noticeable.

A very solid DIPA. Well attenuated and i really enjoyed the tangerine like aromas and flavors. (439 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at the Horsebrass pub the other night. I confess that I'm a bit surprised that I'm the first one to review this beer, as it's been out for a bit now and, at least in my opinion, is the most impressive beer Ninkasi has made to date.

This beer pours the quintessential light gold/orange DIPA color, with decent head retention and excellent lacing. On the nose one gets a blast of citrus and pine resin. There is no comparison between this beer and the regular IPA (which I confess has never impressed me); it's in a completely different league. This smells like it will be a fabulous DIPA, which of course it is. On the palate this stuff is just hop heaven nectar. Huge hops on the palate, with apple, citrus and pine. The beer does not have a huge malt presence (thankfully - no one will mistake this for an East Coast/midwest DIPA), and in fact it comes across as a bit dry. The beer has a lovely light mouthfeel (for a DIPA), and is a joy to drink. Yes, the abv. is a bit noticeable on the finish, making it a bit tiring to drink, but then again we are talking about a nearly 10% DIPA.

This is an outstanding beer. Frankly, I've not been as impressed as others by Ninkasi beers, but this one had me going "wow." I guess the name is a nod to the background of the brewer, who as I recall worked previously at Steelhead Brewing. Hoposauraus Rex and now the tricerhops.... two huge, mammoth, dinosaur of a DIPA. Very well done.... (1,456 characters)

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

taste- caramel, citrus, butter, bittering hops, a little alcohol in the finish

color- honey

clarity- slightly brackish

smell- floral, caramel malt, light hoppiness, bacon and earth in the end

body- well balanced, nice clingy hoppy bite at the front of the mouth and a syrupy malt transition in the finish, medium-body and length finish

appearance- color is nice but a little light, delicate creamy lace, appears flat until agitated.

overall impression- a well balanced, above average tasting beer. great body, mouthfeel, and flavor, very easy drinker.

notes and comments- not sure i would call this a double ipa...it borders on a strong ipa.

glassware: tulip (666 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in the mail from CCrida, thanks! I love the name.

Amber color with a very small white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

Not a strong smell, just a little floral hops.

Tasty. Bitterness up front gives way to citrus in the middle. Follows with a little dry piney flavor. I notice just a little sweet malt backbone in the finish. VERY smooth. Maybe the smoothest DIPA I've had, and well balanced too. Great brew, medium bodied.

This is a very drinkable beer. Smooth, well-balanced. Super high drinkablitity. Shared this with a few guys who aren't BA's and they loved it too. (587 characters)

Photo of leedorham
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish orange with a thick white head. Nice sticky lacing.

S - Strong citrusy, musty, and a bit skunky in the aroma category. There is a nice depth to it.

T - Malty backbone and rich hop flavor. Sweet on the finish, drinking a bit like a barleywine.

M - Smooth and slightly viscous. Medium carbonation.

D - A very drinkable DIPA. I enjoyed it. (366 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden copper haze of a beer, with a huge 2 inch tightly formed head. Very long lasting head at that. Watch out how you pour this.

S- Honey, great red grapefruit, and a nice earthy malt note. Lots of hops for sure.

T- Great malts, but the hops are the star. Grapefruity, yet other citrus notes are there. The hops aren't overpowering, but a very well balance DIPA. Very tasty and delicious.

M- Thick, but not overly thick, great feel for the mouth.

D- Very drinkable! (479 characters)

Photo of uturn
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into Dogfish Head snifter.

A: The beer poured with a fluffy one finger head and left a small thin lacing on the glass.

S: The initial smell was sweet almost honey like, then I picked up some citrus/grapefruit.

T: The initial taste of this beer was mildly sweet from the malts, and then it finished with mild bitterness of grapefruits. Nothing over the top here, just a very well balanced beer. It was much less "hoppy" then expected from a Imperial IPA, but not disappointed due to the excellent balance of this beer.

M: The mouthfeel was just a tad under a thin syrup and had a very nice carbonation level for this style of beer.

D: I would definitely drink this one again in the summer, fall, winter or spring. I would have this beer with brunch, lunch, dinner or just by itself. (810 characters)

Photo of 11BIRD11
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super hoppy. After 2 or 4 you aren't overwhelmed by the hoppiness. Great beer though. Alcohol content is pretty high and that is good because after 4 or 5 you are pretty much just spitting out pine trees. (204 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours a murky orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus and fruits. Flavor of nice fruity notes (most citrus but also some tropical fruits and apple) and light hops in the finish. Nicely balanced. This is what a IIPA should be like! Not too sweet/bitter/syrupy at all!! Excellent IIPA.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 5/5
Overall: 16/20
4.1/5 (379 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)

Photo of THE-DUDE
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...great IPA. Very floral, citrusy, orange pineapple grapefruit flavors. This is a very citrusy beer. I wouldn't consider this a full double IPA as much as i would consider it a well balanced IPA. The 8.8 ABV is full front, not hidden at all. Overall, this beer is excellent. (279 characters)

Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.