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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 155
Gots: 144 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Sammy, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

t0rin0, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.7%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Malibu Sundownder Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some onion and garlic herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop flavor but the hop aromas I am getting are disjointed and muddled.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.7%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

zestar, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, May 13, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange color with a white head. The nose brings some floral and citrus hops with a bit of rind. The taste is bitter, but doesn't have the bright hop characteristics of the nose. Some light grain and booze in the background. Good bitter and alcohol balance. Pretty good, but doesn't really take it to the next level.

Thorpe429, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.7%

metter98, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick, rocky head that leaves quite a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Citrusy and piney, with a biscuity base underneath

Taste: Biscuity up front, with a similar malt profile to Total Domination; quickly the pithy and piney hops kick in, and here is where the beer diverges from its sibling as it is less fruity but much more pithy and bitter; after the swallow, the hops dominate, with a hint of residual sugar and mint on the tip of the tongue at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I prefer the more balanced approach of Total Domination to this beer, but still, it is a nice example of the style

Thanks, riversideAK (from the other site), for the opportunity

brentk56, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Tricerahops is double of everything you already love in an IPA. More hops, more malt body and a higher gravity define this Double India Pale Ale. Fiercely flavorful, guaranteed to satisfy."

--Tricerahops Double IPA label

Polished kumquat with a handful of swirling yeast that settle into suspension shortly after the pour. Unfiltered (hoppy) beer looks better, smells better and tastes better. The bone white cap tops out at two fingers and more than does its part to add to the attractive appearance. Hopefully, lotsa lace means lotsa hop resins.

Once the foam melts a little, the nose is able to be appreciated. It's pretty good, but it isn't roaring out of the glass. The citric cheesiness brings Cascade to mind. One other variety might be present; it's hard to say for sure.

This Ninkasi offering isn't a rampaging, slavering, ripsnorting, carnivorous beast of a DIPA, but then triceratops were placid plant eaters, weren't they? Yeah, I'm well aware that the beer's name is TriceraHOPS, but with a name like that it should be hoppier. If the brewery is claiming that this DIPA is twice as hoppy as Total Domination IPA, I don't believe it for a second.

The biggest reason it's still above average is that it's closer to a big IPA (as all versions of the style should be) than a barleywine in disguise. In other words, there isn't so much malt that it gunks up the taste buds with sugars. It provides a modest amount of sugar cookie sweetness, then gets the hell out of the way. Trouble is, hops don't exactly rush into the breach.

Candied lemon and grapefruit peel are present, as is a modicum of funky cheesiness that adds another level of flavor interest. The IBUs might be higher here, but this beer doesn't seem as hoppy as Total Domination... which wasn't a hop bomb anyway. Fresh and right out of the keg it just might be killer. Too bad I'll probably never know for sure.

While the mouthfeel is a fraction lighter than the style average, it doesn't deserve to be dinged for it. It has just enough smooth stickiness to be enjoyable, while still allowing one to sip or drink quickly with equal ease. The ABV tastes and feels like a misprint. I'd have guessed at least two percentage points lower.

Tricerahops is a great name for a DIPA. Too bad the beer isn't as spectacular as the name. I'm sure there are those who think the world of it, but from my perspective, if the brewery wants to keep this offering from becoming extinct, they need to use a bigger shovel when adding hops to the kettle.

BuckeyeNation, May 09, 2008
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

jaydoc, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclejedi for bringing me down tis bottle, which was hads down one of the best, fruity IPA's I have ever had. Served cold and poured into a tall pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 12/29/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich dark amber in color with a light amount of cloudiness and haze. Rich looking with a nice head of about two inches in height and a nice fade into sticky side glass lacing.

The aroma was unreal. Rich fruity notes of peach and orange, hints of lemon and tangerine, so sweet and rich I was beside myself. Not the pungent bitter hops, the light, sweet, fruity notes that I loved. The flavor was more of the same, super sweet light orange and tangerine notes, hints of pineapple and light biscuit malts in the backround. Long sweet, and bitter,dry finish was superb as well. Smooth, mellow carbonation was done just right with an ease of drinkability that had me very impressed with every bit of the 8+ percent no where to be found.

Again one of the best big IPA's I have ever had. This was so well done and so well balanced and fresh I was just amazed. I have to look for this one again soon.

mikesgroove, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is amber in color with a thin white head and some rings of lacing.

S: The nose is pine all the way with a bit of earth, mild citrus, and some sweet caramel malt.

T: The flavor is a bit sweet, especially considering the nose. A lot of caramel and bready malts with some piney hops and a sharp bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a lower level of carbonation that lends the beer a bit of a syrupy feel.

D: A nice sharp bitterness to the beer, but not all that much going on. And despite the high amounts of pine, it's still on the sweet side.

womencantsail, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange body encircled with a ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Aroma of citrus and apricots with no more than a light touch of malts.

Taste: Slightly bready maltiness with a bit of caramel sweetness. Taste of grapefruit rinds and apricots. Punchy, medium-high hop bitterness. Touch of alcohol on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A passable Double IPA.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -0.7%

SocalKicks, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.21/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Amber colored with a hazy, unfiltered body. The head is lasting and sticky, slightly off-white.

The nose is signature Pacific Northwest IPA, an even mix of bready, slightly caramelized malt and citrusy, grapefruit and orange hoppiness. There's a touch of tropical fruit as well.

It's bready and bitter on the tongue, medium bodied, quite flavorful. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors are prominent, but there's an undertone of tropical fruit. The finish is resiny, grapefruit-like, mildly astringent. Pretty solid stuff, but by no means great.

largadeer, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to hopsbreath and the Support Your Team! BIF for this bottle!

I tried to come up with a clever dinosaur-themed pun to start things off with, but my sleep-deprived mind has not been able to put one together. Sorry. This gigantotherm (who knew I'd learn so much in a 100-level EAS course?) pours a hazy orange amber topped by a finger or so of relatively quickly-dissipating white foam. The nose comprises resin-y pine, sharp grapefruit (both ruby red and t'other), dirty toffee, and a small hint of onion-ish-ness. The taste maintains the hop-forwardness, though the comparatively weak toffee is not completely drowned out. The pine takes precedence over the grapefruit. Just sayin'. Feel the hops, baby! The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a thick, nearly sticky finish. Overall, another powerful West Coast-er; if I were more into the hops, I doubt I'd be able to stop sipping this treat.

TMoney2591, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, a souvenir from a trip through Idaho earlier this summer.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, sediment-suspended medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, rocky pale beige head, with settles slowly, showing off a nicely consistent webbed pattern of lace for its efforts.

It smells of pine oil and sharp white grapefruit and navel orange citrus peel, so pleasingly familiar, over a decent, if unassertive, supporting caramel malt, and an echo of soft booziness. The taste is citrus, pine, and herbal-dominated hops, in cahoots with the same less than thrilling, somewhat caramelized, somewhat bready maltiness. As for the 8 points of alcohol, they sure don't assert themselves much, and to great acclaim.

The carbonation comes off as a bit less than the typical, average zing, which results in an adequately smooth, and airily creamy body, the hovering hops not really interfering with this notion. It finishes off-dry, to be sure, though not overly so, the latent malt merely doing a bang-up job of countering the weakening hoppiness.

A fairly enjoyable brew, with more IPA tendencies, than those of a DIPA, which I suppose speaks well of the whole affair, given that little of the quite elevated ABV shines through. If you can ignore the minor herbal character, drink at will, especially if you are blessed with the friendly grocery-store pricing.

biboergosum, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. Nice retention and some lacing.

S - Great IPA aroma. Good burnt toast malt, pine, grapefruit and orange peel.

T - The bitter hop character comes through quite strongly with grapefruit, orange and pine. The caramel and malt flavor takes a back seat to the hops.

M - This is crisp, sharp and finished dry. A medium bodied ale.

D - A very fine double IPA that has a great aroma and packs a delicious hop punch.

zeff80, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Mar 05, 2014
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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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