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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,199
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 indiapaleale
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - amazing dark golden in color with suspended sediment that makes it almost look frozen. The head is creamy and resembles pancake batter. Lots of lacing inside the glass makes this pour extremely appetizing.

Aroma - lots of fresh, piney Pacific Northwestern hops come jumping out of the glass. Some sweet, syrupy malt follows and a smell of red licorice as well. Slight hints grapefruit and orange juice combine with cotton candy to round things out.

Taste - big and bitter up front with a boat load of malt backing things up. This is definitely a vamped up IPA with some tongue tingling hoppiness and a warming alcohol level. A bit buttery and citrusy with some very nice piney flavors that coat the inside of the mouth. As a hophead I am not let down, this covers all my needs and then some.

Overall - With so many big IPAs out there its getting nigh impossible to really pick out the great ones from the very good ones. This one is definitely very good and well worth seeking out. Plenty of hop flavor and with a better drinkability than others at this strength.

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. What I wouldn't do to have a pint of this at the brewery the first day it is being poured. Talk about hop heaven.

indiapaleale, Apr 24, 2010
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 srandycarter
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky amber/unfiltered apple cider. Near white head leaves and chunky clumps and lots of webbed lace remains.

S - Pine and citrus dominate. Some of that pot/cat pee smell.

T - Big caramel center surrounded by equally big hops.

M - Medium to full, nice balance between sweet and bitter. Lush beer.

D - Pretty good for how big and full flavored it is.

srandycarter, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a while ago at work.

Appearance- dark golden amber color, thin head

Smell- light hops

Taste- very light hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok but I was expecting more hops from a double IPA. I still enjoyed it and would drink it again.

jeffjeff1, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge head at a few inches. Its foamy and frothy on top of a clear orange body with only a slight amount of carbonation rising.

S - Malt aroma accented by yeast and very faint hops.

T - The hop flavors are smooth and unabrupt. There is certainly come hops here butu they don't overwhelm the beer. Ninkasi does a great job of making sure the malt isn't completely bogged out of the flavor picture by the hops. A job well done in my opinion.

M - Thick and smooth this beer is one I can feel in my mouth without a huge amount of abbrasive carbonation.

~ This is a very good beer. I'm very impressed by the flavors and feel of this beer. The aroma left me wanting a bit more but overall, this is a solid IPA.

cdkrenz, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of charlzm
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Consumed April 6th, 2010.

The color of Tricerahops (love the name) is a clear, deep honey/copper blend. Plenty of carbonation feeds a thin, off-white head that is very sticky.

As one would expect by the name, the beer is quite aromatic in the hop realm. As one might not expect, the smell is light and clean, primarily citrus (lemon) and grass.

The flavor is likewise very hoppy, but not in the typical west coast grapefruit and pinetree way - again, hop flavor, while big, leans toward grassy, grapefruit and lemon notes. There's just a fleeting trace of malt (crystal/caramel?) before the long, bitter finish begins. Flavor is pretty clean, all things considered, though that big bitter finish lingers on for a while.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, but otherwise unremarkable.

Drinkable? Not to me. I like more malt/hops balance and bitterness that ends the same night I drink the beer. For hopheads only.

charlzm, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from BevMo in Sunnyvale.

Pours clear copper with a one-finger white head that leaves a ring as long as the beer lasts.

Aroma is a very nice west coast style hop character. Orange peel, pine, and weed as well as sweet malt.

Flavor is great and very hop-forward and rough. Feels like there are whole leaf hops in there with the beer. Orange peel and grapefruit rind, the wacky tobacky, and some resins.

Very nice palate, with hop oils nearly stripping your enamel off. Medium bodied for a DIPA; not syrupy.

Overall this is a very nice DIPA in the west coast style. Drinkable. For about $4 a bomber, it's one of the better values out there.

nickd717, Apr 06, 2010
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 cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a big thick slightly off white head that lingers for quite some time and leaves a great lacing on the glass

S-the nose is quite nice and all hops. It gives off a very oily piney resignous hop aroma. Grapefruit and tangerine come in at the back to add tropical fruit aromas

T-the taste follows the nose and is big and hoppy. Tons of hop oils and a strong note of pine are right in front. Hop bitterness and grapefruit takes over, lots of bitterness. Its sticky and resignous.

M-full body, chewy, smooth, syrupy, thick. It coats the mouth as it is so thick. Hints of alcohol in the back and well carbonated

D-huge bitterness makes it tasty but definitely takes it's toll on your palate. Big flavors and hops right in your face.

cpetrone84, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of volatilesther
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden amber that left nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is barely present. I got hint of citrus and cooked oats.

The first few sips were very bitter. I love bitter ales but there was something not very balanced about this beer. Perhaps I got an old bottle because the bittering hops are very dominant and I don't taste any flavoring or aromatic hops. It is also a little too tart for the style. After a few sips the maltiness was more apparent and I could taste ripe bananas. Very dry and earthy finish.

Mouthfeel is a little light for a DIPA but it is very smooth.

volatilesther, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle purchased at the SLO BevMo (thanks RJ!) last week.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: A short, off-white, frothy cap forms following the pour. Retention ain't great; decays to a bubbly halo within thirty seconds. Body is hazy and amber, and I see a ton of suspended sediment when the beer is held to light. Looks nasty! (<- Good nasty) Stringy/spotty lacing all the way down. I dig.

Smell: Pineapple, candied orange, pizza dough, honey, and pine resin. Caramel is also quite apparent. Lots of sugary sweetness. Smells very nice, though it's not what I'd expect from an imperial IPA. Smells kinda like an English barley wine (definitely not a bad thing).

Taste: Toasted bread, pine, and earth form a solid base; but it's the juicy pineapple, mandarin orange, grapefruit, lime, and other tropical fruits that really define the flavor profile. White wine-like esters peek through at the end of each sip. Fantastic balance! A little more bitterness might be nice, but I'm plowin' right through this right now (and I really needed a good beer - it's been a very rough day).

Mouthfeel: Oily, gritty, malty, and sticky. Pretty full in body, and not a whole lot of dryness in the finish. Not a whole lot of bitterness either. All in all, pretty easy-going. I actually wish it was harsher.

Drinkability: This disappeared so quick! And I drank the entire bomber to myself too! A very easy-drinking imperial IPA. Highly recommended.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of NorCalYeti
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

taste- caramel, citrus, butter, bittering hops, a little alcohol in the finish

color- honey

clarity- slightly brackish

smell- floral, caramel malt, light hoppiness, bacon and earth in the end

body- well balanced, nice clingy hoppy bite at the front of the mouth and a syrupy malt transition in the finish, medium-body and length finish

appearance- color is nice but a little light, delicate creamy lace, appears flat until agitated.

overall impression- a well balanced, above average tasting beer. great body, mouthfeel, and flavor, very easy drinker.

notes and comments- not sure i would call this a double ipa...it borders on a strong ipa.

glassware: tulip

NorCalYeti, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of cavedave
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks once more to sirdrinknp for another PNW sparkler in my favorite style.

Pours the perfect look for a IIPA, cloudy gold, fleeting off white head, some sticky lace, a nice skim that rides and bubbles the brewtop.

Smell is a light aroma, pure hops, floral, citrus, pine, pine tar, hints of a neutral sweet grain to it. Not strong, but to a hop fiend it says all that's needed to know.

The taste here doesn't disappoint. Hop artistry, sculpted with a bit of sweet to give it symmetry. It is how I like it, a slow motion attack of hoptensity. The sip starts with a light caramel sweet, joined quickly by the sweet citrus brigade, and the pine corps. It marches across the palate, reinforced now by citrus rind, herbal/floral, pine tar, and an earthy bitter that just is mind blowing. It frames a complex finish with a lasting dry that is monumental. How this beer isn't in the top 100 is beyond me. Have tasted fresh Hopslam and Dreadnaught. The taste of this is better. More complex, more interesting, more delicious, more hops goodness. Period.

Mouthfeel is where this lacks, rated for style, though it is quite resinous, low carb., medium body. Improvement here would make a fine finish legendary. Others out there, Hopslam for example, excel here.

Drinkability, due to the addictive nature of the hop profile, is off the charts. Luckily for my health I have only this one bottle.

Impression; Fantastic beer, can't stress enough if you are a IIPA lover get this whatever it takes.

cavedave, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of colts9016
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger foamyu creamy of white head that had some retention. The color of the beer is a bronze to copper color with orange and red hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is some yeasty floating in the beer with some effervescences.

Nose: A very rich ripe grapefruit, pine and floral bouquet. There is a pleasant toasty note with some phenols and solvent lingering in the background.

Taste: There is a good malty flavor that hold fairly well to the monster hops in this beer. The hops give a very strong grapefruit, pine and floral esters.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated, astringent, and crisp. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is almost full. This DIPA okay was expecting more of a rip your mouth off kind and glad that is really wasnt. A nice pleasant beer.

colts9016, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque bronze color with a small beige head that leaves some scattered lacing. Aroma is sort of appley, but not in the same way that Fuggles give off. This is more of a bright, sweet apple note rather than the earthy, stewed flavor of Fuggles. Anyway, there's also some Simcoe-esque mango notes and a fresh bread maltiness. Flavor reiterates the mango and apple and adds piney resin and modest caramel. Not really very bitter. Finishes on the sweet side. Medium body, carbonation a little low. Good, not great.

illidurit, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of katan
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

d-

katan, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This came out a thick and rugged orangish-brown in color with a modest head that left good lacing though.

Smell - The hop aroma has a stale grapefruit aspect that kind of turns me off, and the yeast comes on like a bear here. It has characteristics similar to an English bitter. All in all I like some aspects of the nose, such as how the light malts balance some of the harsher hops, but overall it was clumsy to me.

Taste - The hop flavor came out a bit smoother at the taste but this was still an awkward and somewhat embarrassing effort at the style. I'm a big fan of OR IPAs and DIPAs, but this just lost its way.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with some light carbonation and a big bitter finish that will surprise a lot of people.

Drinkability - This was not as bad to drink as you'd think from the review. I actually enjoyed some of the flavors but it certainly was not a classic DIPA and most definitely fell short of my expectation of a OR effort.

RoyalT, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was not kidding. Its poor graphic design and relatively unknown brewery lead me to believe that i was buying a dud, but something in my heart said push on. to buy... two... Now that i think about it that was probably my childhood (and continuing) love of the triceratops.

Definitely the most bad ass of plant eating dinos, I gave this beer blind hope and was rewarded with a delicious DIPA.

The nose was citrus, grassy pine, fresh bread and a hint of dinosaur blood (probably extracted from an amber bound mosquito. The taste was sweeter/creamier than any west coast IPA i have had since Bear Republic's Apex. Reminded me of a less over the top version of FFF's apocalypse cow. It was extremely balanced and very very delicious.

gregmoscetti, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of timhoth
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily my favorite IPA i have ever had. First off its a double, which is awesome in itself. The great thing about it is that i couldnt taste any of the bitter taste you can get with a double, and the beer drank so smooth i just wanted to down it all at once. A couple of these and i was feeling really good so i would recommend this to everyone even if you do not like to drink IPA. I had a couple friends with me and they all agreed is was very good and easy to drink and they are not big into IPA or even dark beers.

timhoth, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of mbunje
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this before...Ticerahops. Nice. I will give it a shot.
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - small head on a fairly rough pour. Color is a nice brassy tone. Crystal clear. Looks enticing

S - Thick nose of skunky pine, malt and bread there too. Smells like a hop bomb

T - Definitely some hops here. Fruity sweet taste makes it seem juicy. Pine and a mild bitterness. Too much malt here. Not bad, but not the right b alance (for my taste)

MF - not very carbonated, makes the beer feel watery in a way. I think with better carbonation, this could be much improved.

D - pretty high ABV. But it was less than $5. So an affordable IIPA. So I say it is above average.

Overall, not bad, but seems to be a novice effort. Lacks the carbonation to close the deal and there is too much sweetness from the residual sugars. A few tweaks and this could be great.

mbunje, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of vkv822
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

vkv822, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light marigold color with a decent head and minimal lacing after it settled.

Smell of strong grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt, and pineapple and pine needles. Aroma is great on this brew.

Taste of strong grapefruit, citrus, strong flavor of caramelized sugars, pale malt, some residual sweetness and not dried out as some other fantastic examples of DIPA's taste to me. I personally like the slightly wet / sweet flavors of a beer that has some residual sugars left from fermentation. One thing I did notice in the bottom of this beer was a decent amount of yeast that seemed to be not excessive, but more than I see in most bottled DIPAs.

Thick for the style but delicious and very drinkable.

alpinebryant, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of MURF0320
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Slightly cloudy orange, minimal white head, good lacing.
*Smells nice. Floral hops, citrus, and pine.
*The hops and malts are both distinctive, but neither are overpowering. Bitterness of grapefruit, citrus, and pine stand out slightly. Nicely balanced DIPA.
*The balanced ones always go down too easily.
*Had this later on the same day as a Pliny the Elder, so it had a lot to live up to. Not as perfectly balanced, but held its own. I would highly recommend giving it a try. Even if it wasn't good I'd buy it for the name alone.

MURF0320, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of boogyman
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer many times. I would actually this was the very first beer I had that really got me hooked onto Double IPAs and just IPAs in general. Thank you Ninkasi for making my live amazing!

A- Pours a nice copper color with a finger of white head that dissipates leaving some ring of bubbles around the edge. As I look in the liquid the suds have created something in the shape of a skull face... well this could be good or bad but it ain't gonna stop me from drinking this amazing beer.

S- Definitely hits you in the face with pure citrus and hops. Grapefruit, lemons, tart oranges, maybe pineapple. Feels like the citrus just jumps into my nose, it is nice.

T- For being 8.8% ABV, this doesn't have nearly the bite to show it. Gives me fruity hoppyness and leaves only a bit of bitter aftertaste, but enough to remind me it is a DIPA.

M- Goes down fairly smooth. Had had smoother but this one seems to be made that way on purpose as it doesn't bother me, I actually kinda like the tingle as it goes down. No alcohol burn to speak of.

D- Most definitely a drink I could have more then one of, but would get fairly drunk in a hurry. This will likely always be my beer of choice if I want to have some I know will satisfy since I can get it pretty much year round at my local shop.

boogyman, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Not very active, hazy, copper, minimal head fades fast to ring, patchy lacing.

SMELL takes a swirl to get much, but a bold malty base is balanced nicely by a variety of hop influences. What I get is nice, wish there was more.

TASTE Big sweet malty base blends well with floral and fruity hip flavors. Bitterness is well balanced until the finish but then increases. Boozy esters add complexity, finishes dry. Full, rich, complex.

FEEL very rich, thick and full. Luxurious.

OVERALL Gets better as it warms. Another very good IIPA. And this sample was past its prime, and likely compromised. Fresh one would likely be even better.

sprucetip, Dec 21, 2009
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.