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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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1,138 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 151
Gots: 133 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007)
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Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Burgundian

A: Pours a clear amber color with one finger off-white head, very nice head retention with sheets of lacing down the glass.

S: Nice piney aroma upfront with some lighter citrus underneath, a bit of grapefruit and orange. A bit of caramel.

T: Nice combination of citrus/pine and caramel malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Enjoyable, not amazing, but easy drinking with a nice flavor profile.

mdaschaf, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.7%

DrBier, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of John_M
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....

John_M, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tricerahops is a tri-coloured beer - all three of them varying shades of gold. Its base is bright yellow, its torso tarnished golden and, at its top, it is blistered enough to be considered amber. (Of course, holding it at different angles, against different strength lights, is bound to shuffle everything up and/or accentuate one tone over the other.)

If you homebrew, you know that smell that comes over the garage once you drop those hop pellets into the boil or what it smells like to clean the carboy out after it's had two weeks of dry-hopping. Cracking the crown on this bottle had the same smell which, for those who haven't made their own, is that of pungent herbals and rank, bitter citrus.

There's plenty of lemon zest and dried orange peel shavings in the flavour, enough that you'd suspect the actual fruits might have been added. But no, they have not, such is simply the mystical properties of hops. Hard water minerals trigger an almost bronze-like note that, short of becoming metallic, is washed away by yet more soapy hop character.

The alcohol pokes a few holes in the beer, but never succeeds in tearing things apart; this toasty maltiness is tightly knit enough to withhold the eight something percent (and a little warming too). It's sturdy, but designed so as not to stunt the blossom of those fruity, floral hops. Indeed, they're completely unencumbered on the finish.

Tricerahops is indeed a great beast; like the dinosaur that this cheesy (but clever) pun is based on, it has a large bony frill (toasty malts) over which hang three sharp, protruding horns (Amarillo, Centennial, Palisade hops). Fortunately I don't think we have to worry about this guy going extinct any time soon - Ninkasi is sure to be around for a long, long time.

biegaman, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -0.7%

rab53, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark orange with a soft, off white, foamy cap of head

S - grapefruit, mango, some pineapple, faint bread

T - orange, grapefruit, mango, mild pine, mild bitterness

M - medium bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This is a very nice, citrusy, full flavored, hoppy beer. This is simply delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed this one from beginning to end. I will definitely have it again.

tdm168, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a hazy copper color with a modest white head to it. The head faded to a thin sticky covering and immediately started to leave some thick sheets of lacing.

The aroma not surprisingly shows mostly hops to it. It has some grapefruit and pine, along with some hints of pineapple and mango. It's not overly intense with hops compared to other versions of the style, but it's nice.

The taste also has a lot of hoppy flavors going on. It starts out with some sweeter flavors coming through with some hints of some tropical, fruity, hoppy flavors. As you get to the finish more of the grapefruit and pine come through to give it more of a bitterness. The grapefruit bitterness lingers for a while too.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it was a pretty nice hoppy beer. I didn't find it overly intense with hops, but the hops were nicely done and flavorful. I really liked the bit of tropical like hoppy flavors I got out of it. Pretty nice beer overall.

billab914, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Kelp, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

dmorgan310, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, big thanks to googzoid10! Review # 1700!

Pours a very clear dark amber orange, medium sized off white head forms, quickly settles to a thick ring around the glass, looks pretty nice. Smell is very fruity, strawberries and cherries, caramel, some sugary sweetness, very fruit, neat tropical fruit aroma, some neat character to this one. Taste is similar, sweet and fruity, strawberries, alcohol comes through, light citrus and grapefruit, sugary, some nice citrus acidity and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth for the ABV, quite nice and a very interesting DIPA. Thanks Greg!

Viggo, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up over the weekend at Belmont Station... poured tonight into my Chimay goblet.

1" head... doesn't stick around too long.. but it does leave fairly nice looking sheets of lace... the brew is bright glowing orange with a soft haze.

piney... and citric with some slight caramel sweetness... doesn't exactly strike me as overbearing as many PNW DIPA's can be... I like the nose on this one... nice and balanced for the style.

pretty good bitterness out of the gate.. caramel and to a lesser extent pale malts.... melts into a fruity hoppiness.. first the pine.. slight though.. then a nice blast of pineapple... tangerine zest .. and a little bit of orange... maybe even some orange juice... finish is a long lingering oily hoppiness.. a little bit of pine sap. Body is maybe a little light for the style.. but nothing worth bitching about.. carbonation may also be a little light but that bumps up the drinkability in my mind.

I really... really like this... tastes very fresh and juicy.. No one is gonna mistake this for an unbalanced monster of a DIPA... instead.. it should be considered a lesson of walking the fine line where many breweries go overboard.. very balanced.

4/4/4.5/3.5/4

JohnGalt1, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good clear, amber/autumn appearance. Minimal head and lacing. Great hop pine aroma.

Great amounts of hops and bitterness coat the palate. Not heavy malt wise. Good mouthfeel, nothing resonates to take away from its hop character (and that's why we drink DIPA right?). Not just absurd bitterness, but plays well with the dry hop taste.

Alcohol remains hidden very well, very pleased to be getting this beer in NorCal, much less for only $5.99 a 22. One of many great, nationally under the radar ipa's coming out of Oregon.

EDIT: How many old bottles did Bevmo pick up of this? The last 3 times, old, faded. An A- when fresh.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -0.7%

KAF, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky peach with a dense cap of off-white foam that lingered. Good head retention, lots of lacing. Grapefruit and lemon aroma, pine and caramel, oranges and stone fruits. Bitterness was strong, but not harsh, with plenty of citrus pith flavour and biscuity, cookie dough maltiness. Velvety carbonation with medium to full body. Overall, very nice and easy drinking. There are plenty of hops, but they're not overpowering.

DrJay, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -0.7%

PEIhop, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -0.7%

ShanePB, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark gold with a small, half finger head. The head lingers for a short time and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malt. There's a strange smell I can't put my finger on and that I've never smelled in a SDPA. It's a sweet smell that's a cross between a banana and a cantaloupe. Doesn't smell very hoppy and the normal characteristics of the style (pine, citrus, etc.) are not present.

T: Well balanced. Mild hop bitterness for the style. Minimal citrus notes and not a long finish. The alcohol is well masked.

M: Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, and carbonation is lacking.

D: Very drinkable for an 8.8% beer. The low level of bitterness will ward off the palate fatigue for a while.

HopHead84, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden-bronze with an off-white head, light retention & initial lace.

S: Not a huge aroma for a DIPA, but it's nice: pine, mango, citrus, sponge toffee...

T: Nice piny resin, assertive bitterness, but not all harsh. Mango, nectarine, apricot, sponge toffee, hint of biscuit. Alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a light hop acidity with a crisp finish.

O: Certainly hop-accented, but not at all unbalanced. Incredibly drinkable for a brew of this strength.

Derek, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 3.24.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bright, hazy orange with a thick, bubbly head.

S - Pine and citrus.

T - Hops/pine, citrus, and slightly like cleaning solution.

D - Pretty bitter.

O - I was a bit let down from this one. I may give it a try at a later date.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of beertunes
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.

beertunes, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

atrocity, May 02, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Cynic-ale, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

TurdFurgison, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
thanks goes out to yuriruley for sending this one my way.

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, pine, hops, malts,

taste: little hops, mostly malts, spices

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this was a let down. I guess I was hoping for more hop flavors then I got. Maybe need another bottle to see if it was the beer or just me.

cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, purchased at lovely Bottleworks in Seattle and lugged home in checked luggage

ah yes, the northwest...a magical land of hops, hops and more hops. Oh what a region - i shall live there soon

appearance: poured into a hopleaf tulip, cloudy copper-amber body with a frothy beige cap and light retention...murky and cloudy

smell: a hop dominated nose but not one that jumps out of the bottle to punch you in the skull...a sharp green hop presence, mild bitterness...nice but not overpowingly great

taste: a nice refreshing DIPA, which isnt always the case. This brew has a nice sharp green hop presence with a light pine kick...there is some light pineapple and pear involved. Northwest hops, citrus (grapefruit, not-yet-ripe orange), and a light malt structure.

mouthfeel: light bitterness, very refreshing and drinkable for the style

drinkability: very high

dirtylou, Oct 08, 2008
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.