Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 422
Hads: 1,563
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 188
Gots: 336 | 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 cavedave
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks once more to sirdrinknp for another PNW sparkler in my favorite style.

Pours the perfect look for a IIPA, cloudy gold, fleeting off white head, some sticky lace, a nice skim that rides and bubbles the brewtop.

Smell is a light aroma, pure hops, floral, citrus, pine, pine tar, hints of a neutral sweet grain to it. Not strong, but to a hop fiend it says all that's needed to know.

The taste here doesn't disappoint. Hop artistry, sculpted with a bit of sweet to give it symmetry. It is how I like it, a slow motion attack of hoptensity. The sip starts with a light caramel sweet, joined quickly by the sweet citrus brigade, and the pine corps. It marches across the palate, reinforced now by citrus rind, herbal/floral, pine tar, and an earthy bitter that just is mind blowing. It frames a complex finish with a lasting dry that is monumental. How this beer isn't in the top 100 is beyond me. Have tasted fresh Hopslam and Dreadnaught. The taste of this is better. More complex, more interesting, more delicious, more hops goodness. Period.

Mouthfeel is where this lacks, rated for style, though it is quite resinous, low carb., medium body. Improvement here would make a fine finish legendary. Others out there, Hopslam for example, excel here.

Drinkability, due to the addictive nature of the hop profile, is off the charts. Luckily for my health I have only this one bottle.

Impression; Fantastic beer, can't stress enough if you are a IIPA lover get this whatever it takes.

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Photo of colts9016
3.53/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque bronze color with a small beige head that leaves some scattered lacing. Aroma is sort of appley, but not in the same way that Fuggles give off. This is more of a bright, sweet apple note rather than the earthy, stewed flavor of Fuggles. Anyway, there's also some Simcoe-esque mango notes and a fresh bread maltiness. Flavor reiterates the mango and apple and adds piney resin and modest caramel. Not really very bitter. Finishes on the sweet side. Medium body, carbonation a little low. Good, not great.

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Photo of katan
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at monks kettle.

A- pours a light amber color. Strong head formation at 2-3mm. Well retained. Very clear, little carbonation and zero hazing.

s- orange and fruity hop notes, but a bit light by dipa standards. Overall a very light and not direct beer.

t- starts off light and sweet, some caramel and crystal malts. Some bitterness builds, but still malt forward. finishes with a smooth orange and grapefruit note. A very unassuming beer from a taste. Very smooth.

M- smooth beer hides the abv. Not an overwhelming flavor or palette fatigue. Nothing offensive.

Nothing spectacular but certainly a solid beer.


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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of timhoth
5/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

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Photo of mbunje
3.57/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of MURF0320
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of boogyman
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of vacax
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of jdense
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Brandt
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.29/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of carps12
3.81/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of velosuds
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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%.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.