Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Reviews: 407
Hads: 1,505
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 182
Gots: 305 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was not kidding. Its poor graphic design and relatively unknown brewery lead me to believe that i was buying a dud, but something in my heart said push on. to buy... two... Now that i think about it that was probably my childhood (and continuing) love of the triceratops.

Definitely the most bad ass of plant eating dinos, I gave this beer blind hope and was rewarded with a delicious DIPA.

The nose was citrus, grassy pine, fresh bread and a hint of dinosaur blood (probably extracted from an amber bound mosquito. The taste was sweeter/creamier than any west coast IPA i have had since Bear Republic's Apex. Reminded me of a less over the top version of FFF's apocalypse cow. It was extremely balanced and very very delicious. (741 characters)

Photo of timhoth
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily my favorite IPA i have ever had. First off its a double, which is awesome in itself. The great thing about it is that i couldnt taste any of the bitter taste you can get with a double, and the beer drank so smooth i just wanted to down it all at once. A couple of these and i was feeling really good so i would recommend this to everyone even if you do not like to drink IPA. I had a couple friends with me and they all agreed is was very good and easy to drink and they are not big into IPA or even dark beers. (526 characters)

Photo of mbunje
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a deep slightly hazy golden color with hints of orange and a light toffee head, with nice carbonation and lacing.
It has a resiny pine hopped scent, backed by soome light floral and citrus. The flavor is a hoppy pine and floral mix, with nice hints of citrus. And while the malts add some nice sweetness, it is not overpowering. The mouthfeel is decent and a bit slick, but nothing outstanding. I enjoyed trying this DIPA very much, but with such an awesome name as Tricerahops, I was expecting a bit more hopiness. (552 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light marigold color with a decent head and minimal lacing after it settled.

Smell of strong grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt, and pineapple and pine needles. Aroma is great on this brew.

Taste of strong grapefruit, citrus, strong flavor of caramelized sugars, pale malt, some residual sweetness and not dried out as some other fantastic examples of DIPA's taste to me. I personally like the slightly wet / sweet flavors of a beer that has some residual sugars left from fermentation. One thing I did notice in the bottom of this beer was a decent amount of yeast that seemed to be not excessive, but more than I see in most bottled DIPAs.

Thick for the style but delicious and very drinkable. (709 characters)

Photo of MURF0320
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Slightly cloudy orange, minimal white head, good lacing.
*Smells nice. Floral hops, citrus, and pine.
*The hops and malts are both distinctive, but neither are overpowering. Bitterness of grapefruit, citrus, and pine stand out slightly. Nicely balanced DIPA.
*The balanced ones always go down too easily.
*Had this later on the same day as a Pliny the Elder, so it had a lot to live up to. Not as perfectly balanced, but held its own. I would highly recommend giving it a try. Even if it wasn't good I'd buy it for the name alone. (531 characters)

Photo of boogyman
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer many times. I would actually this was the very first beer I had that really got me hooked onto Double IPAs and just IPAs in general. Thank you Ninkasi for making my live amazing!

A- Pours a nice copper color with a finger of white head that dissipates leaving some ring of bubbles around the edge. As I look in the liquid the suds have created something in the shape of a skull face... well this could be good or bad but it ain't gonna stop me from drinking this amazing beer.

S- Definitely hits you in the face with pure citrus and hops. Grapefruit, lemons, tart oranges, maybe pineapple. Feels like the citrus just jumps into my nose, it is nice.

T- For being 8.8% ABV, this doesn't have nearly the bite to show it. Gives me fruity hoppyness and leaves only a bit of bitter aftertaste, but enough to remind me it is a DIPA.

M- Goes down fairly smooth. Had had smoother but this one seems to be made that way on purpose as it doesn't bother me, I actually kinda like the tingle as it goes down. No alcohol burn to speak of.

D- Most definitely a drink I could have more then one of, but would get fairly drunk in a hurry. This will likely always be my beer of choice if I want to have some I know will satisfy since I can get it pretty much year round at my local shop. (1,295 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Not very active, hazy, copper, minimal head fades fast to ring, patchy lacing.

SMELL takes a swirl to get much, but a bold malty base is balanced nicely by a variety of hop influences. What I get is nice, wish there was more.

TASTE Big sweet malty base blends well with floral and fruity hip flavors. Bitterness is well balanced until the finish but then increases. Boozy esters add complexity, finishes dry. Full, rich, complex.

FEEL very rich, thick and full. Luxurious.

OVERALL Gets better as it warms. Another very good IIPA. And this sample was past its prime, and likely compromised. Fresh one would likely be even better. (646 characters)

Photo of vacax
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a New Belgium glass. This is probably the third time I've had this beer, I really dug it the first time I had it and so have gone out of my way a couple times to get it again. Given all the options, Eugene just may be the best city for local IPAs. This one pours out a deep orange color with a full finger of light khaki colored head. The retention is a little run of the mill, but there is some decent lacing left behind here. What little ring of foam is left is surprisingly fine and attractive, though.

The aroma is mostly comprised of a gamut of fruitiness. Jackfruit comes through in large amounts along with grapefruit, papaya, and a good amount of peppery notes. The flavor starts fruity with papaya and grapefruit with a distinctive tangy twist, then lots of peppery hops (chinook) develop on the palate. Finish is uniquely both peppery and oddly sweet, with a bit of cookie on the end. Feels relatively heavyish in the world of pales, sticky with a thick, even carbonation. Unique brew, not my favorite right now, but the one-of-a-kindness of this DIPA is one that helped me turn into a hophead back when I first had it. (1,150 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purloined at Whole Foods E. Eastburn poured into the usual suspect tulip.

Deep amber clear body one finger head, quick dissipation minimal lacing. Prominent piney hops in the nose, balanced by bready malts. Grapefruit/Pine on the tastebuds, becomes more prominent after a bit of warming, a bit of bready malt for balance, but a pretty significant hop bomb. Good carbonation, active mouthfeel with a pretty bitter finish, though once again a bit more fruitiness after warming. One bomber is enough, though this is pretty tasty. My best comparison would be Stone IPA, and that is a compliment. Worth a try...or two. (628 characters)

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

22 oz bottle into a tulip. Thanks go to wackyfoot for this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear (and quite effervescent) copper, topped with a finger of off-white frothy head. Retains with a bit of a thin yet creamy looking layer but this flares up very nicely, leaving back a massively sticky latticework of lacing that coats the sides. The aroma is fairly sharp in the nostrils, with floral character, pine, spice, and heat, giving this a fine-tuned hoppy punch. Smooth tropical fruit notes and grainy sweetness help even this out very nicely.

The hops are as strong in the taste, as they were in the aroma, with an assertively sticky and spicy bitterness. That same well done balance (heck, maybe even a bit better) comes courtesy of that same mix of soft feeling tropical fruits and toasted bready malts. Even the finish is balanced, with lingering spice being quickly cut short by a quick splash of malts and fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft and velvety texture to the carbonation that keeps this very easy feeling in the mouth. The ABV is kept in check here, with a steady warmth on the breath, yet this never gets stinging.

Very well done DIPA here from Ninkasi, with a softer and more delicate balance of hops and malt that does a great job of masking that nearly 9% ABV. Quite the flavorful easy sipper here. (1,337 characters)

Photo of Brandt
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a copper amberish color with a nice white head to accompany

there are notes of apple, orange, light citrus hops in here and the ever faintest malt tinge

the taste is a rich caramely beer that is overwhealmed with a strong bitterness and some of the orange hoppy flavors that the smell presents

this is a nice med bodied beer that has a great dry bitterness and really hits the ticket for DIPA (416 characters)

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

Serving type - 22 oz bomber into pint glass

A - pours a deep, orange-ish amber. A smooth pour results in minimal head and lacing. Somewhat clear.

S - Holy hop-bomb batman! This one has a strong hop bite in the smell, but along with it is pine, grapefruit, orange, and biscuit like malts lingering about.

T - Yum! Big bold, pine and grapefruity hoppiness is very well balanced with a big, biscuity malt backbone. Now this is what DIPA should be, An emphasis on hops without being a complete bitter assault on the tastebuds. This is gooood.

M - Surprisingly light for the style, but by no means too thin. It makes this beer deceivingly sessionable.

D - Nearly 9% ABV, really? Yikes! Caution is advised.

Overall - Highly worth seeking out for IPA/DIPA fans. (760 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 cvfish
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a bright orange color that produced a fluffy white head that had a decent amount of retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a subtle sweet caramel malty taste and a helping of citrus hops

T - The taste of this beer wasn't anything close to what the label stated, tasted more like an IPA than a DIPA, not to say the blend of caramel malts and citrus hops wasn't good, but not DIPA standards

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer, as said, was no DIPA, but this was a good grab for a kid who was in love with dinosaurs as a kid (662 characters)

Photo of carps12
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (435 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 velosuds
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $5.45 at local health food store.

A-Pours a beautiful golden-amber hue with a one finger, bone-white head with good retention and ample lacing. Slightly hazy since not filtered. Very nice appearance.

S- The hops are fragrant, piney, and citrus, especially grapefruit. Also sweet malt aroma present. The aroma is pronounced and pleasant, but not overbearing.

T-A nicely balanced DIPA with an ever-present malt backbone. Hop bitterness followed by a faint malt sweetness that is reminiscent of honey. This is nicely balanced and not a full on hop assault. I like it.

M-At 100+ IBU, the bitterness is predominant, but this is a very smooth brew given its 8.8% ABV. Carbonation level is spot on.

D-A very good DIPA. Would readily enjoy this again. (835 characters)

Photo of kosmoraios
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a 1-finger white head that laces moderately.

Aroma is immediately of big northwest hops - very citrus with a bit of an herbal undertone.

The hops are quite prevalent, and start out with grapefruit, tart pear and green grape. The malt backbone becomes a bit more pronounced as the ale warms, but this one is about the hops. Some pepper and herbal notes appear above the toasted white bread character of the malts.

Well carbonated though somewhat oily on the back of the tongue. An average NW "Double IPA", pretty drinkable for it's 8.8%. (568 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 jlb307
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from in a recent trade with mykie73.
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A: Dark golden brown color, kind of like caramelized sugar. Surprisingly not much of a head on the first pour, and the second one didn't develop much of a head either. Did have some nice puddles of foam on the surface and some decent lacing.

S: Got a face full of the aroma while I was pouring. Very fragrant. Floral and piny with a lot of citrus. Just a little bit of caramel-like sweetness on the nose.

T: Lots of hop bitterness that quickly gives way to a semi-sweet aftertaste. Loads of pine and grapefruit on the palate that hangs around for a long time. Nice clean finish.

M: Felt a little flat but otherwise very nice. Sticky sweet and medium bodied.

D: Very nice beer and easy to drink. (794 characters)

Photo of lpayette
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up while on vacation in Oregon. A solid choice for limit room (and extra cost) of taking some luggage back with me.

No Date Stamp. So I only know that this is at least 6 weeks old.

Appearance- Cloudy clover honey color with a small head. The limited head produces some lacing.

Smell- Sweet, sweet honey and malt... maybe honey malt? Subdued alcohol fusels. Pine and citrus more in the background.

Taste- Very pleasantly and surprisingly malty for a west coast Double IPA. The malt is just as much a part of this beer as the hops. Excellent balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium, nearly full body. Light syrupy feel (not bad though). Light-moderate carbonation. Just enough to gentley scrub the palate. Finish is slightly bitter, slightly dry, and slightly lingering. (776 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy amberish orange color. Very fluffly creamy white 2 finger head that when finally dies down leaves lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Big citrus notes in the aroma right off the get go. Some sweet malty undertones in the backbone of the aroms. Some pine aroma in settle amounts in the tale end of the nose. As this beer warms there is more of a pine tinge in this.

T- Citrus blast right off the get go. Citrus tones of grapfruit and orange with a little pineapple. This pairs well with the middle of the swig which has the sweet malt backbone in it. The ending has the sweet malts clashing with the piney hops in it. As the beer warms there is more piney bitterness in the ending. Very good taste to say the least.

M- Nice medium-light mouthfeel to this. Nice carbonation levels to this makes the beer swill around in the mouth more easily. Hops resin all over the place in my mouth with this beer. Nice citrus hop aftertaste with this as well.

D- This is a fine DIPA but I only would want to drink one at a time. Anything more and I would ruin anything else I had to drink that night. (1,139 characters)

Photo of Genghis22
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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! (821 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber I got at Sam's in Chicago 'bout 6 weeks ago. Poured with a nice off-white head and some lace. Color is a medium hazy amber. Aroma is a really nice caramel and hop. Flavor is much more interesting: not as sweet as the nose suggests; a little dry up front and a sweetish finish. There's a little fruit in there - citrus and maybe a little crisp pear. Body is good too - almost a champagne carbonation, full effervescence, not thin, but not heavy. Great American IPA finish. Very good beer. Don't pick up the alcohol. (528 characters)

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