Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Reviews: 407
Hads: 1,504
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 182
Gots: 304 | FT: 2
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Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
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: 1,504
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)

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 mudbug
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange copper with a small head and decent lacing, smell is basically slightly astringent floral hops.
Taste, well, it's a west coast IIPA for sure, piney hops upfront, I get a slight grainy middle don't know why, but it's OK. Slick finish lots of aftertaste of bitter in the good way.
This is very good, but I've had Pliny the Elder and I know what excellence tastes like, this is close and I would relish another bottle. (437 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of LauraAlberts
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden - Sticks to glass well

Smell: Hops - tons of hops.

Taste: Hops, sweet malty - french onion dip, grapefruit - balanced citrus.

Mouthfeel: Soft, Tannic, well balanced

Drinkability: classic double ipa - very drinkable - quenches that hop thirst! I highly recommend! (287 characters)

Photo of MrMonkey
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a one finger tan head that fades slowly to a thin cap leaving a thick sheet of lace in its wake. A steady column of carbonation rises up. This one looks great!

Smell is rather muted, but there are some floral hops, orange peel and grapefruit rind on top of a bready malt background.

Taste begins with some caramel and bready malts before some bitter hops kick in. Grapefruit rind and pine resins lead to a dry, bitter finish.

Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

Quite drinkable and a very tasty beer. (525 characters)

Photo of peck95
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured with a lot of suspended yeast, looked like my homebrewed saison should, wonderfull lacing saved this beer from an atrocious appearance score.

smell is very nice and hoppy with a strong alcohol scent.

taste is awesome!!! malt, strong grapefruit hop, and smooth alcohol following

m/d fall mostly in line with descriptions from taste/smell (356 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somebody snagged this one in WA and brought it to our homebrew club meeting.

A - Pours copper with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.

S - Grapefruit, rose, and toffee. It smells a little bretty, it may be infected.

T - Honey, toffee, light flowers, and bittering hops.

M - Finishes dry with thinness and a good balance between hops and malts.

D - Good, but very dry and am unsure if I liked the hop combination they used. (454 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hopbomb style double IPA. Pour grapefruit with lots of white soapy head, leaving traces of lace, greater the later in the bottle. Gets better later in the bottle. Earthy and hop aroma, and it tastes most natural and earthy up front. Drinkable stuff, but this is an assault of hops melange, malted down to get it down. Not the greatest of the style. Creaminess making it all the more palatable. (393 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask poured into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a hazy glowing golden with a finger of frothy, frothy white head that last forever. Aroma is resinous citrus and piney hops with a touch of caramel malt. The bouquet is just amazing on this beer. The Flavor is identical to the aroma but with a long last sweetness and a pleasant bitterness. Its medium-bodied and just a touch sticky. Very delicious beer and extremely smooth on cask. (428 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Revisit: 11 Mar 2015
12oz. Bottle

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, with a one-finger creamy off-white head, leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some malt notes, citrusy, slight pine note. The taste is hoppy, with a nice touch of malts, slight citrus. Medium body, nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a tasty brew, worth buying again. Nice to see this one here in UT.

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange/yellow color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus, very slight pine. The taste is very sweet for an DIPA, hoppy, but more on the malt side, citrus, very slight pines. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew. My first from this brewery, thanks Brian. (881 characters)

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