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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,322
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 166
Gots: 216 | 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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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-13-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam with a decent lacing ring. Carbonation is present with this brew. Dark copper color

S – Roasted malts and hops

T/M – Medium bodied brew that was well blended with the malt to hop ratio. Higher in the hops category.

D – Pretty tasty brew. My first one from Ninkasi and it has impressed. Medium bodied easy drinker. Not too strong in either the malt or hops department but got more hops of course. Have a slighter bitter back bone but nothing that would detour me from having this again. I will have this again and highly recommend it!

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.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Orangish-amber with a fluffy long-lasting (and large bubbled) head with large lazy loops of lacing. (Try saying that three times fast.)

S. Dank, resinous hopping with a small onion / garlic garnish over a sweet caramel malt aroma.

T. Grapefruit pith, apricots, pine resin, and a touch of garlic and mint for the hopping flavors. Just barely on the dry side of the sweet/dry continuum. What smelled like a caramel malt actually presents on the tongue as a vaguely 75% biscuit malt and 25% caramel malt sort of flavor.

M. Slightly undercarbonated for the heavier side of medium body. But at least it's smooth in texture.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a brownish translucent orange with an inch of head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of resinous hops, onion, garlic, and hints of tropical fruits. Taste is more of the resiny hops along with the onion and garlic flavors. Very dank and garlicy. Medium bodied. This one somewhat reminds me of Gubna. Not sure about the garlic/onion hop flavors on this one. Overall, its alright but I think im done after this one.

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.

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DrMindbender
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of VonZipper
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of katan
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
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 DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded orange-golden color with a large white head with a hint of yellow. Aroma is very pleasant. Nice hoppy scent with LOTS of pineapple. I get a ton of tropical fruit in the nose of this DIPA. Lots of mango as well. Taste is very similar. Usually I get the citrus fruits from DIPAs...a lot of times I get melon flavors as well. This one definitely has a tropical fruit profile. The tropical fruits definitely overpower all other flavors, even the mild hoppiness. This beer tastes great, but would be SO MUCH better if the hops we're as "in your face" as the tropical fruit flavors. Mouthfeel is fairly nice, although possibly a bit watery. Drinkability is high. Great beer overall.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure Robbrandes sent me the bottle. Thanks.

Appearance: A nice, very light chill haze on a solid burnt orange/amber. Head is white and creamy. Drops to a small cap and collar after a few minutes, but leaves sheets of lacing, sheets and sheets. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Sweet caramelized bready malt. Sweet without being cloying. Cooked. Hops run heavy on the citrus pushing a ton of orange and grapefruit. Some backing bitterness with a deep floral element. Some pineapple. Slightly bitter, but more balanced than anything else. A clean yeast profile with something that smells an awful lot like Chico. Vaguely almost salty thing in the back.

Taste: Caramel and bread. Doughy, undercooked bread. A solid cooked and caramelized malt backbone. Hops run with a little bit less depth than the nose indicated. A solid tropical undercurrent adds mostly pineapple. Some lingering bitterness and oily pine needle. Grapefruit zest with some pithy bitterness as well. Some green onion mixed in there. That element grows as the beer warms. Ends up a bit heavier on the hop presence, losing some of the balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A bit creamy up front, but finishes with a lingering sweetness and bitterness that dry the tongue. Somehow, it comes across as juicy overall, despite the dry thing.

Overall: Probably better that it's not a carnivore.

It's a west coast DIPA that never goes too far. It's got all the right flavors, if a little light on the citrus in the long run. The onion thing gets a bit much, but the malts help counter it in the long run. If memory serves from trips to the PNW, the price per bottle on this makes it well worth picking up.

Photo of beagle75
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear medium reddish-amber. One finger of white foam head diminishes to a thick, persistent residue. Scant lacing remains on the glass. Yeast sediment is visible at the bottom of the glass.

S: Very sweet with intense pine, apricot, and some spices. Some medicinal quality is detectable.

T: Potent spicy aromatic hops lead, accented dry bright fruit and white wine. Bitterness builds quickly and lingers as the aromatic flavors dissipate. Just-off-dry malt is present from the start through most of the finish. Faint alcohol swirls around in the background.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly sticky, with light carbonation.

D: This beer attempts to stand beside some of the biggest double IPAs and fares remarkably well, despite a somewhat lower abv than its peers (such as Port Hop 15 at 10%). Balance in this style is rare, and this beer delivers a hoppy version of it, without making hop flavors the only attraction. With a detectable malt backbone and a drying finish, this beer pairs well with food. The qualities of the hops present remind strongly of Oskar Blues Gubna, with complex spicy, and even savory, flavors developing.

Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked me up a 22oz bomber of this from Bev Mo for $3.99 - killer price!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden honey-like hue with a solid head that sticks around a bit leaving good amounts of lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: Tons of malt - sweet carmel and toasted grains, fresh made bread with earthy hops coming through at the end. Unfortunately the hops never really establish themselves in the overall smell - pretty weak in the hop department, especially in regards to a west-coast DIPA.

T: Greeted with a good amount of carmel malt up front, followed with a solid balance of earthy mossy hops, with flavors of citrus black tea/herbal tea finishing bready with a bit of booze on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy with proper carbonation for the style finishing with a bit of boozy heat and lingering bitterness.

D: Real easy to drink for nearly 9% ABV but the heavy malt limited me to just two and I was finished, needing something with a cleaner dryer hop bight - Ninkasi IPA is a much better beer and slightly cheaper; I think i'll stick to those in the future.

Photo of BKotch
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DOCRW
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit dark for an IPA, but it's a double, so I'll cut it some slack. A dark peach color, maybe a dirty orange. Dark enough to be mostly opaque. Head is only around for a short bit, but it provides a decent lace.

A lot of stuff going on in the nose. A big fight between citrus and pine, and malt and bready yeast. Not a bad problem to have. Nothing dominates, though the citrus is the winner, as all scents are present.

If you're going to make a DIPA, it might as well taste like this...like someone soaked a grapefruit and a Christmas tree in a barrel of ale. Pacific Northwest flavors at their best.

Lots of grapefruit and pine, on a bed of bready goodness. Citrus and earthy. Acidic. Cleansing in that the IBUs shred your palate, but in a nice way. Almost sweet in the beginning, giving way to citric, before Dr. Jekyll takes over for a bitter finish. Crisp. Medium bodied.

I'm partial to Pacific Northwest IPAs and this is an example of why. It's a stellar beer. Overall, it's got a great taste and it's easy to drink despite wicked high hops and just as high ABV. But it's smooth and goes does a little too easy.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy sunset orange with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention. Lacing runs from streaky to spotty, with good stick.

Smell - A fair balance in the aroma, bringing a moderate amount of orange citrus and lesser tropical and floral hop notes, with a touch of resin and spice. Malts come through well with bread and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Taste - Hops are more prevalent on the tongue than on the nose, though still relatively balanced by the solid malt backbone. Strong orange character upfront and throughout, more juicy to begin, then fades to a strong pith bitterness. Bready malts provide strong support to the hop assault, coming through with an ever-present quality. Touches on pine and a slight black pepper bite. Finishes with citrus pith/skin bitterness that ranges from orange to grapefruit with long, lingering effects.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate, soft carbonation. Smooth, somewhat creamy before a dry finish.

Overall - Strong offering from Ninkasi. I'm a bit perplexed by the name though: a double (not triple) IPA, with 4 hops used in the brewing process... where does 'Tri'cerahops come from? Oh well. Solid brew. Classic West Coast IPA character. Nice balance for a 100 IBU brew.

Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ncelauro
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of leftoverburrito
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,322 ratings.