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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,130
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 151
Gots: 130 | 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 xpimptastikx
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to djeucalyptus for this brew.

A - A cloudy copper with 2 fingers of off white head.

S - Pine! Lots of grapefruit, orange, and lemon as well.

T - A good balance of zesty hops and malt. Not as much of the kick you in the face pungent-ness of some DIPAs.

M/D - Good carbonation, creamy and full bodied. For some reason I thought this was only 7% till I finished the bottle, and laughed realizing it claims 9.7%. I'd love to have this regularly!

xpimptastikx, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of bcm119
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber with a dense, off-white head. Aroma is all resiny hops, with some underlying bready sweetness. Pine and citrus pith hop bitterness is pervasive, washing over the palate and lingering well after the finish. But a heavy malt sweetness creates a full, slightly viscous mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. The malt is slightly grainy, with toffee and cookie sweetness that is a bit too syrupy and becomes slightly off-putting. Flavors are not well integrated, with a strange disconnect between the supple malts and the pithy bitterness. Drinkability suffers a little from this. Overall, some nice white grapefruit hop bitterness here, but a little too sweet for the style and not an impressive overall package.

bcm119, Jan 02, 2009
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 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 brewandbbq
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz undated bottle at 53 degrees, $9.00 from Malt and Vine.

Pours clear dark copper, with a one inch head of white froth. The foam settled moderately quick to a skim coat on the surface, and left behind streaks and dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with a nice blend of piney resins, grapefruit, and orange citrus. Light malt in the back, and hints of tangerines follow through. Not extremely pungent or floral.

Medium bodied with a tacky, sticky mouthfeel.

Resinous hops, citrus flesh, and juicy pine start the palate. Fairly lush and quite fruity. A firm, drying bitterness steps forward as well as orange oils and grapefruit zest. Light malt and slightly warming alcohol.

Finishes with a lingering pithy bitterness, ripe fruit, and sappy resins.

This one is tasting a bit lackluster. I'm guessing that it may be a few months old and perhaps has seen better days. The hopping does not reak of pellets, so I would bet when fresh, this beer is pretty exceptional.
Still quite drinkable, just coming up short in the aroma and palate.

brewandbbq, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for this one I've been wanting to test out.

Pours a very very cool color of peachy orangey ambery cloudiness. A nice stark white head lingers well and leaves very nice lacing down the glass.

Nose is quite hoppy with a very floral and cascadey scent. There is a sweetness in the nose, a resiny sweetness. Some perfume and flowery nose as well.

Taste is quite interesting. A complex beer undoubtedly. This one is not your typical balls out west coast grapefruit bomb at all. The malt profile is quite nice, and the bitterness is somewhat subdued, although the hop flavor is huge, the bitterness just isnt as big. Great hop resiny flavor mixes in well with the malt profile. Very nice. A dry and crisp finish with lingering sweetness and super floral hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. a bit slick on the palate, and maybe a tiny touch thick, but overall well done. Carbonation is where it should be.

Drinkability is devastatingly good here, as the bitterness is fairly low and the flavor is quite high. A very flavorful and easy to drink beer. The abv is hidden remarkably well.

Overall, A very interesting DIPA. Full of flavor, although I really would like to see more grapefruit action in here and maybe a touch more bitterness, this one will be appreciated by those who love the hop flavor but arent big on ball wrinkling bitterness. A flavorful and very drinkable DIPA, a nice medium between the typical west coast grapefruit bomb and some of the more malt driven euro hoppish IPAs that come out of the east. A good, complex, and interesting beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of chaz410
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fantastic beer all around, this company needs to market on a wider scale, everything i've had from them has been fantastic. This beer is clean and very floral on the nose. I love the smell of this beer, it's like sticking your nose right in the middle of a bouquet of flowers. The taste is tart, sweet and floral. It's crisp mouthfeel really cleans your palate and allows lots of flavors to ring out without dominanting the flavor.

chaz410, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden amber with a pillowy white head and plenty of lacing.

S-Grapefruity hops with plenty of malt behind. Very nice.

T-Caramel malts aplenty up front but the hops take over quickly and last long. Mostly citrus hops with an earthy hop note in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, slightly oily, lingering bitterness.

D-Nicely balanced flavors, very pleasant to drink. High ABV makes it a bit dangerous as there is no real alcohol presence.

A nice comeback after the disappointment of the Total Domination IPA.

HV

sholland119, Dec 06, 2008
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 LilBeerDoctor
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours a murky orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus and fruits. Flavor of nice fruity notes (most citrus but also some tropical fruits and apple) and light hops in the finish. Nicely balanced. This is what a IIPA should be like! Not too sweet/bitter/syrupy at all!! Excellent IIPA.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 5/5
Overall: 16/20
4.1/5

LilBeerDoctor, Nov 20, 2008
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 bbothen
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the Portland St Market in Klamath Falls, Or.

Pours a deep rust, copper, marmalade color with a frothy & bubbly 2 finger deep bright white head.

Big citric hop aroma, grapefruit, lemon/lime zest, sweet honey, sweet maltiness makes itself known.

Nicely balanced between caramel maltiness & citrus and pine hop character. Tastes great.

Smooth, sticky, oily, earthy, moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied.

This is right in my wheel house. I could handle a couple bottles no problem. Well maybe it's a problem. My doctor would probably tell me it's a problem. What does he know. He drives a bigass gas guzzling SUV. Dummy.

A fine example of an IIPA. Not a hop bomb. A nicely balanced, tasty, drinkable IIPA. Woo hoo.

Go get some.

bbothen, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of RedDiamond
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was at first a bit cautious about this one because even before opening the bottle, I noticed lots of little flocs floating around in the beer. Should I let it sit for a few days to settle out? Naw, can't wait.

Poured it into a handled schooner and sure enough, there were lots of tiny suspended yeast flocs floating lazily about in what was otherwise a clear orange-amber beer. They were almost too small to notice and I certainly don't mind drinking them. But if we're judging on technicalities here, they'd count as a detraction. Still, the thick, rocky crown of ivory lather and sticky lace quickly restored confidence in the visual presentation.

This is a piney, resinous beer whose aroma carries beyond the glass. It's a big beer in terms of alcohol and body, but is remarkably well balanced with no excess hop overload. I would never otherwise imagine that Ninkasi pumps this thing with over 100 IBU. It is ripe with pinesap and an integrated hops regimen that is relatively informal - big but not imposing or clumsy. And the body is flawless in its soft plump contours - the liquid equivalent of that perfect pillow you sink into with utter delight.

Dangerously quaffable for an imperial.

RedDiamond, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of cannabanaceae
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a snifter. Thin head, chill haze,Dark cheery wood in color.
Smell was resinous, fruity, thick sweet malt, carmel, rotton wood.
Taste was slightly warming with a sugary malt profile. Taste was not as heavy as smell, but had some nice grapefruit and piney hops. bitter end. Like the use of high alfa hops.
Mouthfell was thick and astringent.
This is a nice IIPA, but when I had it on draft it was better tasting. Not sure how old this bottle was because there was no date. A pricey beer but a good one.

cannabanaceae, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of beerad666
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22oz bomber of this at Belmont Station in Portland OR. It made the journey safely in my luggage back to Chicago. I picked this is up becuase it was a Double IPA and a beer named after a dinosaur how cool is that.

The Tricerahops pours a golden dark amber color with a one finger white head. When you drink it you get that great hops bite and its still very refreshing. There is a decent amount of fruit that comes trough with the grapefruit and the orange. Overall a very drinkable beer especially at this higher ABV.

This was the first Ninkasi Brewing I've had and I will definitely be picking up this Double IPA and something else from Ninkasi the next time I am out in Oregon.

beerad666, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of meatyard
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy, dark orange.
The smell is a crisp bit of citrus & pine though not real strong.
The taste is sweet and bitter. It has a pleasant hoppiness and a malt sweetness. It doesn't taste like a IIPA hop bomb.
Mouthfeel is thick and oily.
Drinkability is very good for the ABV.

I like this beer a great deal. It doesn't seem like a typical West Coast IIPA but more balanced than expected. I do like the usual WC IIPAs but find this satisfying too.

meatyard, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to unclejedi for a generous gift.
Pours a hazy dark gold, looks like apple cider.
Smells of lush green hops, slightly sweet malts, almost candy-like.
Taste is not as hoppy as expected. There is a lot of bitterness in the finish which lingers quite a while. The malts add quite a bit of sweetness. Hops lend a slightly herbal note, not a lot of citrus. This is fairly well balanced, it's not all about the hops. Smooth and creamy with a lush feel.

kirok1999, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Bright bronze, hazy and oily looking. Lacing is very sticky on the glass.

S. Sweet from the malts, a little bit hoppy (floral and citrusy) and spicy. I also get some musty basement going on.

T. Starts sweet for sure. Nice and caramel like, but bitter hops hit you HARD midstream. The finish is definitely dry.

M. Oily with high carbonation.

D. This beer is quite rich. We split it between 4 people; it was plenty and all I wanted.

MMAJYK, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy,burnt orange coloured ale, thick creamy creme coloured head. Very nicely hopped aroma..mainlly citrus aromas,some alt in the back ground, nice and fresh. Taste is very nicely hopped, citric in style , but oddly orange peel flavours..like a good darker breakfast marmalade. Strong malt backbone to this..long lasting bitter after taste. Nice on the palate..quite thick and satisfying. Overall a good drink..one of the more balalced DIPAs I have encountered.

Reidrover, Oct 12, 2008
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
Photo of julian
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pale cloudy tangerine in color with a thin layer of foam across the top.

S: sweet aromatic smell of tropical fruits, malt, and hops.

T: right up front there's a blast of citrus hops. This mellows after a few sips allowing for the real fruity (grapefruit, orange, lemon) flavors to take more of a center stage. The taste is rounded out by a caramel like malt sweetness and an prominent American hops aftertaste.

M: Nice amount of carbonation, good mouthfeel all around beginning with that fruity bitter blast upfront and finishing with a smoother, creamier feel.

D: As far as DIPA's go, this is right up there. I also just noticed this was 8.8% (listed on bottle) and you wouldn't be able to tell. This drinks very easily and is abundantly flavorful.

julian, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of erikm25
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a huge orange and copper golden hue. There are hazy tangerine and amber undertones. Overall this one just glows in the glass. Amazing retention and a full halo of draped frosty lacing that coats from top to bottom all the way through. So much lacing that if I look closely I begin to decipher an ancient Mayan code.

S: Nice pine resin and citrus hop aroma balanced against delicate earthy undertones. A perfect blend of citrus acidic grapefruit and sweet floral aromas. Very subtle yet fruity, full, and rounded.

T: While hoppy, as expected, this is mildly refreshing. Like crisp pine soaked pineapple. Subtle honey limed and floral taste with a well balanced tart tinge. No malts present here. Very smooth and absolutely perfect finish without the slightest nod that this is a double.

M: Medium body with a long perfect finish and minimal carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable and delicious. Besides that the name is just flat out cool. I plan to put this one in regular rotation. Note to self, try as many other offerings I can from this brewery.

erikm25, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of WonderfulSam
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Deep, honey colored, slightly opaque, glowing, with a smallish white head that fades to a white bubbly haze on the surface. The smell is all hops. It doesn't come off as a complex smell at first, but after repeated huffing a myriad of aromas becomes apparent: fruity, citrus, pine hops lifted my spirits! Fruit and honey malt starts to come through, and I get really excited to have a drink. I am not disappointed. Herbal, floral, and pine hops are right up front, with a bit of sweet malt in the middle. It finishes crisp, with a slightly bitter pine hop edge. Medium bodied, with good interplay between the carbonation and the hop crispness. Dry but smooth. Very, very easy drinking for a DIPA!

WonderfulSam, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mid to dark gold with a healthy head. The nose is pretty pungent hops. This is one tasty DIPA with a serious hop taste but a smooth finish. Very well constructed and way to easy to drink at that ABV. I need to find more of these bad boys next time I am in Portland

canucklehead, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says 8.8%, not 9.7% ABV as currently stated on BA. Whatever the alcohol level, Tricerahops is one of the best names for a hoppy beer, ever.

Pours a big creamy head that reduces to a very thin layer of sea-foam surprisingly quick. Color is the beautiful orange/red that typifies a double IPA, with a lot of haze creating a nearly-opaque effect.

Aroma fills the nose with grapefruit. Big fat gobs of grapefruit,
but with a spicier backup that recalls peppermint and cinnamon, and plenty of mild, sweeter fruits like peach and pear. Has a kind of musty roundness to it.

Flavor is unripe orange, citrus rind, lemon drop candy, with just a hint of caramel to help with balance. Having had two different Ninkasi beers before, I'm starting to get wise to their game: big kick-ass Northwest hops in abundance. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the big malt base that should be here, and likely IS here, is cut down considerably by the big, piney, fresh, raw, citrus-rind hops. I like, because I like hops, but this also lacks that gooey, creamy essence of a more well-balanced DIPA. Same goes for the texture, which isn't as creamy as I'd like, but still manages to be rounded and slick and a worthy conduit for the flavor.

Best Double IPA ever? Nope. But a totally enjoyable hop-overload that remains drinkable and likable. Very much a product of its region. "Ninkasi" is starting to equal "Pacific Northwest Ale" in my mind...don't know how I missed them when I was actually out there last year. Can't wait to try their other offerings.

Graciously sent VA-way by msubulldog25, thanks Brian!

Metalmonk, Aug 12, 2008
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,130 ratings.