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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

900 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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timhoth

Oregon

5/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 08:09:57 | More by timhoth
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beertunes

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a straight pint glass. The keg blew as my beer was being poured so this probably affects the aroma and taste components. Poured a clear amber/yellow with a thick, white head that had lots of very sticky lacing.

The scent was very hoppy, mostly aromatic, with some floral notes. The most noticeable flavors were citrus with some pine on the finish. This was not a bitter ImpIPA, as the floral flavors were strongest.

The body was on the thin side, even for a west coast hop bomb. This a very drinkable ImpIPA, but the tongue would get fatigued after more than a few.

When I see this again, I'll try it again and if my opinions change, I'll re-review.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 19:49:59 | More by beertunes
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2008 03:51:13 | More by SurlyDuff
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mattmaples

Oregon

4.3/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2008 00:49:18 | More by mattmaples
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Dubbercody

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 06:39:15 | More by Dubbercody
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, I'll forgive the misspelling of "Tricerahops" for such a fine beer; enjoyed this pint at Henry's Tavern, 9/7/2007.

A: Pours a hazy, amber/orange with a 1/4 " cap of creamy head; light soap bubbles and a thin film of frosty cream as it settles. Slow carbonation rising sporadically. Modest lace in thin bands.

S: Big aroma of fresh hop cones; purely citrus and pine. It's nothing intricate, just bold and full, with an ample dose of caramel malt.

T: Oh, wow. Superb balance; it's understandable why this won the Concordia Cup recently as favorite DIPA. Outstanding balance, I was very impressed by the melding of sweet/sugary and chewy caramel malt with a burst of citrus. Bitter bite is minimal in the end, coming off as gently pithy but pleasingly floral and herbal.

M: Silky, medium-full mouthfeel. Nothing syrupy/heavy, just a smooth an balanced feel that expertly masks that nearly 10% alcohol heat.

D: One of the most drinkable DIPAs I've enjoyed. Quite well-balanced, with malt and caramel flavors mashing up beautifully with orange/citrus hoppiness.
This may be my new favorite of the ubiquitous NW IPAs - a treasure worth seeking out!

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2007 02:47:08 | More by msubulldog25
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ccrida

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a nonic on draught at the Beer Stein in Eugene, Ticerhops poured a cloudy light rust color with a thin, off-white collar and surface skim, leaving light lace.

The aroma is very strong hops, all pine, with a touch of alcohol as it warms.

The taste is fantastic, more complex the then nose, and remarkably balanced in spite of the extreme hops and high ABV. Still all about the piney, earthy hops, but tempered with a nice english ale yeast fruitiness and enough pale and crystal malts to give it backbone without making it to sweet or heavy. Very smooth, with a firm, bitter finish. I can see why this won the cup, it's very well crafted.

The mouthfeel is oily yet has a moderate amount of creamy carbonation. It's medium bodied.

This is a very tasty IPA, so smooth and easy drinking, you can really get into trouble if you loose track of the ABV, which is barely noticeable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2007 18:36:12 | More by ccrida
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josiahschlender

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When at the Concordia Ale House, found out that this beer was the best Double IPA out of 10 competitors in the Concordia Cup. I had to try one for myself.

The Tricerahops came out hazy, golden orange with a white moderate head that left a decent amount of lacing as I drank it.

Despite not much of a head, the aromas wafted powerfully out of the glass the whole time I drank it. You know how it's hard to smell some beers when you get all the way down and have just a little bit a the bottom? Not so with this one. Pine, citrus and floral hops all mingle and assault my nostrils. Very complex. Sweet smelling, as well. I'm not sure if it's a little of the malts coming through, or just the nectar citrus/floral hop smells.

I was a little surprised with how cold it came out. I was expecting it to be served a little warmer. Even so, the taste was also excellent. A huge surprise was the difference of taste from the nose. Taste was much more earthy than I expected. The citrus and pine hops were still stong, but definitely got a bit of a dust/earth taste that I'd expect from the hops used in a porter or stout. Very interesting. The malts are mild, not as sweet as some other DIPAs I've tried. I didn't notice much alcohol flavor, or smell, but it also doesn't seem like it should be too hard to hide with the overpowering hops.

Mouthfeel was about medium body, not as thick as some DIPAs, with a long finish. I also noted the dry finish, which complimented the earthy flavors.

Overall, an excellent, very interesting beer. I hope I make it back soon enough to try this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2007 05:23:58 | More by josiahschlender
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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....

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2007 03:29:39 | More by johnmichaelsen
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a really hazy orangish/straw color with a small foamy off white head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma of strong grapefruit, orange, citrus skins, and caramel malt.

T-Taste is also of strong grapefruit and citrus zest up front, followed by caramel malt, grass, and some pine.

M-Average carbonation with a slight bitter finish.

O-Overall a delicious DIPA had to get another bomber.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 20:25:45 | More by reebtaerG
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Goliveidaho

Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

CO2 growler into a 12oz glass. Foamy head with big floral aroma, lacing delicate, EKG graph circling the glass. Mouth feels very malty and satisfied. Floral oils in complex waves breaking like a gentle surf from tongue to cheek. No hint of the 8.8 ABV. I have drank this beer several times in the past and it is consistently great. The best from Ninkasi. Delightful, cheers!

Serving type: growler

03-15-2014 00:04:06 | More by Goliveidaho
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kevanb

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, undated so I'll assume it to be fresh as it was a very recent purchase, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy, cloudy apricot color, hues of copper and gold with a taught, firm white head, only a finger or so, even with an aggressive pour that has moderate retention but yields a tremendous amount of lace. The aroma is bitter, a bit tropical and fruity, some dankness as well, but generally earthy, sappy and resinous. The flavors follow nicely, but are much more remarkable, the fruit character is much juicier, pungent and delicious, sappy pine, thats smooth but firm, a touch of earthy grass and weeds, some tangy grapefruit with a bit of an abrasive alcohol quality at the finish, but this is still really flavorful on the tongue. The body is crisp and refreshing, just enough carb to keep things zippy and lively, coats the mouth well and finishes with a lightly dry kick.

Verdict: A delicious DIPA from Ninkasi and definitely my favorite beer from them. It's simple and straightforward but balanced and refreshing. The nose could use some complexity and layering but boy does it taste good. I'd really love to be able to enjoy this more often.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:59:21 | More by kevanb
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an enjoyable ipa that has the unique feature of smelling and tasting extremely fruity up front, and finishing with a palate destroying amount of bitterness. usually its one or the other, but this is somehow both, and it really works. almost bright orange in color with a lasting thick white head like a nitro pour, and a high degree of clarity. it smells like oranges and mangoes and other tropical fruit. it also has a pretty sturdy grain base, some sweetness, and a lot of body from what i can tell. the flavor starts off with all the fruit, its juicy and fresh and definitely west coast in style with all the resins of the hops sticking up the flavors. the finish is brutally bitter, bust be well over 100 ibus, and its dry and long lasting, almost like my tongue is being pinched. the fruity flavors dry right up, and so does the grain sweetness. long long long bitter finish, punctuated by aggressive carbonation and a lot of body. a tasty glass of beer, but i was glad to be sharing the bomber. it gets even more intense with temperature. great use of hops here, and a very well disguised alcohol strength. solid double ipa.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 18:48:52 | More by StonedTrippin
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THE-DUDE

Missouri

4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:50:55 | More by THE-DUDE
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BierJager89

California

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange with a short white head.

S: Nose is weak, some orange, mango and floral notes.

T: Orange, pineapple, pine, more flowery floral notes, some bitter alcohol astringency.

M: Medium bodied with a typical IPA feel.

O: Yet another example of why I love Ninkasi. Some of their beers may not be so great, but this is definitely a great one. Worth a try, definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:06:39 | More by BierJager89
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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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troobie

California

3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Where is the bite? I need that bite.

A: Cloudy brown/red nearing cider under the light color. Small head holds the entire glass with very strong lacing.

S: Barleywine? Less hoppy and more rounded than expected. Could be mistaken for Bigfoot all day long. Alcohol is definitely there.

T: Once again, barelywine. Where is the hop bite? Sure there is some serious hop bitterness, but it's well rounded and there is no bite. Salt/garlic/onion super-hop flavor.

M: Chewy, oily, medium-high carbonation from a soft pour.

O: Would buy again and enjoy, but not what I expected. I can buy a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Torpedo for less money than a bomber of this and the Torpedo would be just as, if not more, enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 10:05:07 | More by troobie
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, not sure of the bottled date. Pours a bright orange with a one inch fluffy white head, that leaves behind some lace. Smell is tangerine, grapefruit, pine, and hard apple candy. Taste is very aggressive grapefruit, with a supporting role for the other flavors. Medium body, nice amount of life, a little dry, and drinks easy if you like aggressive IPAs. I like it, Ruination and Hop Wallup you will like this, but it does have a larger body then the other 2.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 22:28:53 | More by SawDog505
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BastardKing24

Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bold gold, amber, with lots of head that falls to lacing that holds for a while.

Smell is faint floral hops and pine. Kinda meh for a double IPA.

Taste is not too bad with pine and citrus, mildly bitter, with a decent malt backbone that can hit you in the face if you've had a few beers already.

Feel is just about right with a middle of the road slickness and medium carbonation.

Overall this is what I expected from this brewery for a 9% 2xIPA , and its definitely worth the price I paid, but its nothing out of the ordinary really. It's sort of blah in terms of double IPAs. It needs aroma hops and just a bit more malt.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:19:39 | More by BastardKing24
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass. 12/1

Light orange amber appearance, light foam. Hazy throughout. Strong grapefruit pine nose. Floral aromatic. Sharp lemon, open bitter, slight harshness that ebbs. Big grapefruit taste couple with a willing bitter. Bright and juicy. Firm carbonation and really strong bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 20:53:35 | More by KTCamm
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santomark

California

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a shallow copper gold and gold fusion. Nice 2 finger thick head.

S - Very subtle in the nose. When I think of DIPA's, I imagine, big everything. This has very subtle breathes of oranges, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, bit of a pine towards the end of the sniff.

T - Everything happens very fast with the taste. It's a second of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, then ends with that familiar dryness from the hops. Not too bitter, nice complexity from the hops. I just wish this had more dimensions from the hops, idk, it's missing something along the stickyness.

M - This is a big beer that cloaks the palate, thick, silky, oily, slight burning sensation from the carbonation.

O - This beer is great in subtly amazing in terms of the taste and smell. My only complaint is it's too subtle at times. Other than that, it's refreshing, nice ABV makes this ideal for sessions and it paired well with some medium heated food. All in all, this is a keeper in my book. But I wouldn't rush to the store to buy it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 08:07:38 | More by santomark
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South2NW

Oregon

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to IPA glass.

A: Honey/Amber in color. About a 2 finger, dense head. Good retention, and lacing.

S: Hops dominate. Also smells of citrus fruits.

T: Very well balanced flavors of floral hops, pine, and citrus fruits. A little bit of malt to offset some of the bitterness.

M: Creamy, high carbonation.

O: Great IPA, very refreshing. Easy drinking for 9%.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 23:27:04 | More by South2NW
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kagent777

Utah

3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber purchased from a Fred Meyer in Pocatello, Idaho on the way back from a trip to Yellowstone. In a cold case, come on Utah, are you going to let Pocatello show us up? Who am I kidding, the Utah legislature does not read beeradvocate reviews before they purchase beer. This beer was poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden with a long lasting one fingered sandy head. Looks fine. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Does not smell exactly like a fresh DIPA. Crystal malts and a touch of honey more than hop flavors. The hops smell like a pine forest with a touch of citrus grove thrown in.

Taste: The label says that this has 100 IBUs, I am searching for about 70 of them. without the label, I would not have guessed DIPA. I would have said IPA. The malts are a touch sweet up front with a good flavor. The sweetness gives way to a light lingering bitterness on the tongue. 8.8 ABV is well hidden. Hints of tangerine and grapefruit. With this bottle, I am underwhelmed. It is tasty, but seems way off for the style.

Mouthfeel: Slick and medium to full. Carbonation is medium low. Flavors spread easily over the mouth.

Overall: I am confused with this one. So little hops aroma or blatant hops taste. Maybe I have become jaded and cannot taste anything under 50 % cold pressed extra virgin hop extract, but I do not think so. An odd duck, which I do not think represents the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 01:13:13 | More by kagent777
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No Ninkasi on the East Coast, pumped to find this fresh in a deli in San Diego, bottle reviewed in hotel.

A- From the bomber pours a honey orange brew with some haziness from the yeast in solution. A snow white cap forms to about a finger with pretty good retention. Plentiful lace builds quickly and spotty lace follows on the lower portion of the glass.

S- Hops are prominent with a bit of caramel malts in the backdrop. The cones leave notes of grapefruit, peach, citrus zest, flowers and pine. Bright and inviting.

T- Hop highlights from the aroma are carried into the taste nicely. Dank citrus and pine with tropical fruits and floral hop notes. Just enough caramel and yeast hints to compliment but not quite balance the dominant hops. Grapefruit, orange, clementine, peach, onion, sweetness and pineapple come to mind.

MF- Creamy moderately thick bodied. Carbonation at a medium high level. Finishes on the palate with good hop bitterness. Creamy texture helps support the hoppy flavors.

For almost 9% the focus is certainly on the hops and it comes off clean. Big citrus and fruity flavors satisfy the style and it is a good intro to Ninkasi.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 08:23:53 | More by cbutova
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hreb

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours a honey amber color, quite hazy, with very little head. Big grapefruit hop aroma, and I detect that this is going to be a malty, heavy one. Mmm mmm.

Flavor is big hop IPA all the way through. Fairly well balanced, as it needs to be at 100 IBUs and 8.8% ABV, but bitterness takes it just over the edge. Not outstanding, but still a really good big citrusy IPA that's quite enjoyable when that's what you're looking for.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 03:10:44 | More by hreb
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.