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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,300
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 161
Gots: 188 | 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 nlmartin
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #2 Thanks to Phelps. The beer was chilled and served in my Imperial Pint glass.

A- 4.0 The body of the beer is a slightly cloudy light amber coloration with tight active carbonation. The head resolved quickly into a white ring of foam. Was going to knock this beer to a 3.5 but the cloudy bits of sediment tell me this is unfiltered so I know its going to be good.

S- 4.0 Lightly sweet carmeled malt leads the charge and quickly gets punched in the gooch by floral grapefruit subdued pine. In all honesty I am amazed how subdued the pine notes are in the nose given how pronounced they are in the taste.

T- 4.5 The flavor delivers an unrelenting grass and pine tree and pine cone bitterness. Its a bit of a one hop note but this beer can play that song for me anytime.

M- 4.0 Medium bodied with active carbonation. The bitterness is playing Master and Servant with my palate and I am enjoying being the servant.

O- 4.0 This was a very satisying blast of hop forward beer. In short I am loving this and one bomber wasnt enough I am ready for another fix. I know the beer is alcoholic from the general warming I am experiencing. Alcohol is not present in smell, taste or mouthfeel.

Thanks Phelps for a very excellent hoppy beer treat. The reveal: Ninkasi Brewing Tricerahops DIPA. This beer and brewery wasnt even on my radar. Thanks again Phelps!

Photo of SHODriver
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a reddish orange with a finger of white head that recedes to a small pool with some larger bubbles interspersed
S: Smells spicy and piney with hints of grapefruit and sweetness
T: Starts a little slow with flavors of apple skin, but quickly knocks out the taste buds with a huge wave of pine and some herbal flavors. There's a dash of sweetness to keep things in balance but the aftertaste is a bitter mix of tropical fruit, pine, and citrus
M: Full bodied and smooth with slightly prickly carbonation. Not overly slick and by no means watery
O: This is a world class double IPA that stands toe to toe with Maharajah, Ruination, and 90 Minute IPA

Photo of ebrauser
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: thick off-white head on top of an orange pour

Aroma: sweet hop resins and a flowery NW bouquet

Flavor: strong bitterness with some residual meatiness in the initial drink. Very woody and peppery, with spiciness complementing. Peasant-like maltiness contributes to the hop spice.

MF: large body but sweeetness is lacking the power of the hops. Not the most drinkable but delicious once

Photo of bmerz
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance

Burnt orange snow globe. I'm guessing yeast particulates float around the medium size bubbles.

Smell:

Grapefruit, peach, yeast when it warms. Under-ripe orange with rind on the back

Mouthfeel:

Thicker and more yeast on the back of my throat than is normal for an DIPA or I like from one.

Overall:

Not into it. Why so much yeast. Why boast hops when they aren't complex, well rounded, or that forward in the nose or flavor. Yet it isn't malty enough to imagine they are hiding.

Photo of kswbeer
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty solid Imperial IPA, and ranks among the best.

Our group just called Ninkasi and asked what hops they use. Search for "what hops are in tricerahops" or check out the following link:

http://www.kswbeer.com/2011/05/what-hops-are-in-tricerahops.html

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are malts, caramel, and orange/grapefruit. I can also pick up on some pineapple juice. It finishes with a malty aftertaste with undertones of citrus juice and zest.

Overall – There alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden. It drinks almost like a IPA. The taste is well balanced and it has a nice flavour. There isn’t an extreme amount of hop taste going on, so I can see how it might disappoint the hop heads out there. Still a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange color, hazed and covered with an alabaster head. Sticky.

Aroma is covered by the foam, but eventually releases citrics and a note of mildew. Not bad, mind you. A little more power for top shelf.

Very little malt here to sweeten up the job. Butter cookies with a hint of toffee, and then carbonation. Bigger on the hop end with sugar-crusted citric zest being my main takeaway. Smooth body, not too sticky, and drinkable as hell.

Doesn't blow me away but I enjoy it a lot.

Photo of LazyL
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange with a bubbly off white head. The nose is spicy honey with a gentle boozyness. The smell is growing on me as it warms slightly. The taste is orange and a little one dimensional. The mouthfeel is a bit dry and somewhat flat. I would say that this is a good beer but average complexity made it miss the mark a bit.

Photo of grittybrews
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, cloudy orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of off-white head. Juicy citrus aroma with lots of apricot, orange, and pineapple along with some sweet caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, lighter-than-expected mouthfeel. Slightly bitter up front followed by sweet orange citrus and caramel malt, then another blast of hops that transition from pine into a puckering grapefruit on the reeeally long-lingering finish.

Light feel with a completely masked alcohol presence, but make no mistake -- this brew isn't fooling around, with tons of hop character crammed into a really drinkable package. (Appropriate name, too, as I feel like the flavors went through three pretty distinct phases.)

Photo of abaer123
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice offering from Ninkasi. A double IPA with sharp hop bitterness on the beginning, smoothed over by rich fruit apricot flavors. The bitterness continues to linger and reminds me of the initial sharpness. I hope this one will stay in my nose for a while to remind me of its hoppy goodness.

Appearance - golden amber color, rich

Smell - fruity and sharp with hops

Taste - sharp bitterness to begin, smooth fruit middle, bitterness linger and linger and linger. :)

Mouthfeel - light carbonation makes this an easy drinker. 8.8% abv says go easy.

Overall - one of my favorites.

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

On tap, poured into a standard pint glass

Clear amber color with a finger of white head. The foam recedes slowly leaving excellent lacing. Smells of sweet malt and citrus hops. Nice. Taste starts out bitter but is quickly balanced by a sweet malt backbone. Orange, tangerine, and mango are prominent. Not much in the way of pine. Finish is lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a medium level of carbonation, which works well here. ABV is well masked by the balanced, smooth character of this offering from Ninkasi. Overall a nice iteration of my favorite style.

Photo of KMDouds
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong contender in a very strong & crowded field of American Double IPAs. Unlike it's weaker sibling brew, Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops delivers return consideration...

Decent appearance and smell, hops that frame without overwhelming or dominating the taste and aftertaste. An extremely well balanced bitter sweet mouthfeel that actually got better with each successive swallow. In fact, it's hard for this beer lover to believe this is a 100+ IBU Beer. This will definitely not be a one & done Beer!

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

I am truly a fan of just about everything this Brewery makes - and I only say just about because A: I haven't tried everything they make and B: Maiden the Shade is okay, but while the nod to Bruce Dickinson and company is very cool, the beer is still just okay. On the other hand you have this 8.8% ABV, 100 IBU Jurassic stomper that is just absolutely awesome. Very, very well balanced, the hops definitely don't overwhelm as one would expect at 100 IBU. A warm, caramel, toffee malt backbone and almost velvety mouthfeel (out of the ordinary for the style) pervade throughout the pint, and contrary to what another reviewer said, I think this beer gets even better as it warms. The hops are ever present, floral and remind me of fresh cut marigolds, but they don't whack you over the head like some extra IPA's. Behind all that love is a nice lingering aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Would pair very well with chicken tikka masala.

Photo of ms11781
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sirdrinknp. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a half finger off white head. Decent foamy lacing sticks to the glass.

The nose is made up of some light citrus aromas, some piny hops and a bit of malt sweetness. The citrusy hops come across first before a bite of pine and some resiny hops that can be a bit skunky at times. There is a bit of a malt sweetness that balances the hops fairly nicely.

The taste follows the nose, perhaps the malt is a bit more present and the piny hops a touch stronger. Starts with the same light citrusy and fruity hops along with a malt sweetness that stays in the background. In the middle a round of dank, resinous hops provide a bitter kick but seem to pull back a bit and let the sweet malt come back out at the finish. What I find odd is that the malt is strong in the finish, with little hop presence, yet a few second after each sip there are bitter, sticky hops left on the tongue. As teh beer warms the alcohol becomes more evident and there is a slight burn as it goes down.

A medium body with low/medium carbonation makes the beer feel slick and oily. Bitter hops do linger on the tongue for a bit.

Drinkability is ok. It's gets tougher to drink as the beer warms and the 8.8% ABV peeks its head out. The strong bitterness that lingers makes it a one and done. Overall, it's an ok beer. There's nothing about it that stands out nor is there anything that is all that bad.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Photo of Rutager
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Rich amber with small clumps of white sediment. A finger of sticky looking, off white head. A little chunky lacing.

Smell. Pine, lemon candy, grapefruit rind, mixed citus juice. Nice.

Taste. Yellow grapefruit, Orange rind, and a little caramel malt. Lasting floral, citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation. Alcohol present.

Drinkability. Pretty thick and satisfying. Not a bad drinker, just very satisfying.

Photo of Glibber
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been seeing Ninkasi beer showing up in the stores lately and decided to give one a try since I found it on tap. Nice clear amber beer with a adequate off white head that laced the glass well. Not very pungent, but hops could be detected. I liked the citrus grapefruit sweetness. A fresh, clean tasting beer. I've had so many great imperial IPAs lately, this was a good one, but didn't really stand out.

Photo of leedorham
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep reddish orange with a thick white head. Nice sticky lacing.

S - Strong citrusy, musty, and a bit skunky in the aroma category. There is a nice depth to it.

T - Malty backbone and rich hop flavor. Sweet on the finish, drinking a bit like a barleywine.

M - Smooth and slightly viscous. Medium carbonation.

D - A very drinkable DIPA. I enjoyed it.

Photo of bennetj17
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep copper color, clear, with moderate carbonation and thin head. Smell lacks pungency, it's got mostly an orange-citrus splash with a hint of minty hops in the background.

The taste is well balanced, not in your face hops. Tangy citrus hops paired with just enough malt sweetness seem to carry on through toward a moderately finish. It is very smooth and goes down rather easily for 8.8% ABV, it's just that the flavor lacks much complexity and starts to get redundant after a few sips. Appropriately carbonated.

With a name like Tricerahops I was expecting more "wow" factor, but this was just a pretty average Double IPA. Too many better options out there for me to try this again...

Photo of imagese
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date. Poured into perfect pint

A- Hazy golden orange with a faint head that lingers, but leaves no lacing

S- Sugared citrus, floral hops, earthy grain, and a slight pine hop finish

T- Bitter tangerine combined with a nice floral hop kick, followed with a nicely balanced sweet malt finish. Slight booze kick as well, but not in a bad way

M- nice body, great carbonation, but for me, it's a little too dry. I want more of the bitterness to linger

D- Overall a strong DIPA. Easy to sit back and sip, but also can go down fast quite easily. I kept taking big sips to try to experience as much of the flavor as possible

Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange in color with a barely-there sheen of forced head. Decent rings of lace across the back of the glass.

Nose is quite earthy, with light pine and woody hops. Getting more citrus in the second pour, with orange and light grapefruit.
Lots going on here. Also, a decent alcohol burn.

Herbal hops up front with a touch of pine midstream. Touch of tangerine in the finish with a roasted malt backbone. Really nice finish. Not overly dry, nor overly sweet.

Resiny feel, slightly thick, and supportive of the rich texture in the nose and taste.

A very nice DIPA and one I would seek out again.

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

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with a slight brown hue to it and a sea of microbubbles racing to the surface. There is a thick creamy beige head that last a good bit.
S- The sweet malt notes of honey malt and caramel malt are soon taken over by woody green hops that full the air. There is some light buttery orange notes that come through as the beer opens up.
T- The sweet malt caramel flavor blends with green grapefruit zest hops and some orange juice notes to the hops with a pungent hop finish that lingers a bit.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a nice malty sweet backbone that supports a full hop profile with some bitterness and some nice depth.

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

A: Very hazy burnt orange in color with a thin, tan head.

S: Lots of citrus hops with a hint of sweet malts in the background.

T: Pretty well balanced double. Some nice citrus hops and grapefruit with a good, sweet malt backbone. Not the best double IPA, but much better than most. I'd have this again in a second.

Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head covering clear but with tons of sediment orange golden honey colored.

Nose has some nice hops, nothing too heavy, a bit of citrus and fruit hops, a slight orange zest and some pine, a touch of musty hop resin, and a slight malty sweetness underneath.

Taste starts a bit malty, a slight malty sweetness, but pretty much all pale malts, then some bitterness, fairly bitter but not too heavy, and plenty of hops, mostly bittering hops, but it does bring a bit of pine, fresh musty resinous hop flavors, some orange peel, some citrus, quite a bit or rind, but also a bit soapy and has a slight astringent finish, that doesn't dry as much as I would expect, and leaves itself a little sticky. The astringent and heavy bittering hops add a slight metallic tinge as well. Overall seems to be mostly bittering hops and left out on the aroma an hop flavors more, and what is there for flavor isn't as sharp as it should be, seems muted and flat.

Mouth is medium bodied with lower carbonation.

Drink is OK, not great, hits with just a touch of warming booze, a bit sticky on the finish, and some astringent bittering hops on the finish, as well as a slight metallic twang.

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Solid medium amber with some floatees , foamy tan head of average retention.

S: Very piney then a little grassy & woody, possibly a little grapefruit way in the back. Totally not the hop aroma of midwest DIPA.

T: Unbelieveably sophisticated. The big ibu's and abv's totally masked. The flavor starts as a tart grapefruit, a little caramel, the flavor notes just balance together.

D: You could definately get three sheets to the wind in a hurry and never realize what happend. Most subtle of the DIPA's I've had this season. But a real adult beverage in the dryness and totally unique flavors. Wish I could get on a regular basis, and I'd kill to have on tap.

Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,300 ratings.