Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 181
Gots: 290 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 1,477 | Reviews: 415
Photo of velosuds
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $5.45 at local health food store.

A-Pours a beautiful golden-amber hue with a one finger, bone-white head with good retention and ample lacing. Slightly hazy since not filtered. Very nice appearance.

S- The hops are fragrant, piney, and citrus, especially grapefruit. Also sweet malt aroma present. The aroma is pronounced and pleasant, but not overbearing.

T-A nicely balanced DIPA with an ever-present malt backbone. Hop bitterness followed by a faint malt sweetness that is reminiscent of honey. This is nicely balanced and not a full on hop assault. I like it.

M-At 100+ IBU, the bitterness is predominant, but this is a very smooth brew given its 8.8% ABV. Carbonation level is spot on.

D-A very good DIPA. Would readily enjoy this again.

Photo of kosmoraios
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a 1-finger white head that laces moderately.

Aroma is immediately of big northwest hops - very citrus with a bit of an herbal undertone.

The hops are quite prevalent, and start out with grapefruit, tart pear and green grape. The malt backbone becomes a bit more pronounced as the ale warms, but this one is about the hops. Some pepper and herbal notes appear above the toasted white bread character of the malts.

Well carbonated though somewhat oily on the back of the tongue. An average NW "Double IPA", pretty drinkable for it's 8.8%.

Photo of davidchollar
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark honey with a generous, just off-white head which settles quickly but never fully disappears. Very standard appearance for the style, but it might be my favorite color of beer hence the high score. The smell is really intense! Huge aroma here even before letting it warm up a bit. Obviously a double IPA with double hops. Really hoppy but a great balance of fruitiness without overdoing it. Tropical fruitiness, pineapple and citrus right up front. Dig a little deeper and there's a delicious, almost cinnamon toast maltiness.

Oh yeah it's bitter. While the smell was absolutely perfect, my first reaction to the taste is that it's a bit one-dimensional. Super hoppy. While probably not as bitter as 90-minute, Tricerahops is certainly NOT for the beer newbie. After just 10 minutes of warming I would say the flavors have opened up and become more pleasant. Hard to believe it's nearly 9% ... until you start to feel it.

My first taste of Ninkasi, and a very well-made beer. I'll definitely try their other offerings if I get a chance.

Photo of jlb307
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from in a recent trade with mykie73.
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A: Dark golden brown color, kind of like caramelized sugar. Surprisingly not much of a head on the first pour, and the second one didn't develop much of a head either. Did have some nice puddles of foam on the surface and some decent lacing.

S: Got a face full of the aroma while I was pouring. Very fragrant. Floral and piny with a lot of citrus. Just a little bit of caramel-like sweetness on the nose.

T: Lots of hop bitterness that quickly gives way to a semi-sweet aftertaste. Loads of pine and grapefruit on the palate that hangs around for a long time. Nice clean finish.

M: Felt a little flat but otherwise very nice. Sticky sweet and medium bodied.

D: Very nice beer and easy to drink.

Photo of lpayette
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up while on vacation in Oregon. A solid choice for limit room (and extra cost) of taking some luggage back with me.

No Date Stamp. So I only know that this is at least 6 weeks old.

Appearance- Cloudy clover honey color with a small head. The limited head produces some lacing.

Smell- Sweet, sweet honey and malt... maybe honey malt? Subdued alcohol fusels. Pine and citrus more in the background.

Taste- Very pleasantly and surprisingly malty for a west coast Double IPA. The malt is just as much a part of this beer as the hops. Excellent balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium, nearly full body. Light syrupy feel (not bad though). Light-moderate carbonation. Just enough to gentley scrub the palate. Finish is slightly bitter, slightly dry, and slightly lingering.

Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy amberish orange color. Very fluffly creamy white 2 finger head that when finally dies down leaves lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Big citrus notes in the aroma right off the get go. Some sweet malty undertones in the backbone of the aroms. Some pine aroma in settle amounts in the tale end of the nose. As this beer warms there is more of a pine tinge in this.

T- Citrus blast right off the get go. Citrus tones of grapfruit and orange with a little pineapple. This pairs well with the middle of the swig which has the sweet malt backbone in it. The ending has the sweet malts clashing with the piney hops in it. As the beer warms there is more piney bitterness in the ending. Very good taste to say the least.

M- Nice medium-light mouthfeel to this. Nice carbonation levels to this makes the beer swill around in the mouth more easily. Hops resin all over the place in my mouth with this beer. Nice citrus hop aftertaste with this as well.

D- This is a fine DIPA but I only would want to drink one at a time. Anything more and I would ruin anything else I had to drink that night.

Photo of Genghis22
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No Bottle On Date

A - Pours a thick and lucious golden honey colro with a dense creamy white head. Looks really thick, can't wait to try it!

S - Big floral, citrus hops. Ripe grapefruit and clementines.

T - There is a big sweet taste that hits the tongue. It is like the calm before the storm, as the hops rush in and hit. Citrus and floral, the hops are there, but not overly bitter, actually quite sweet. The finish is a bit dry, and the aftertaste is full of grassy piney bitter hops.

M - Thick, chewy and extremely syrupy. Feels like a topping for an ice cream sundae. Low carbonation, feels a bit under carbonated.

D - Deceptively smooth. This bad boy goes down easy! Sweet and delicious, very balanced DIPA, especially coming from the West Coast. I'm glad the bitter hops show up in the end. I'd drink another!

Photo of drpimento
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber I got at Sam's in Chicago 'bout 6 weeks ago. Poured with a nice off-white head and some lace. Color is a medium hazy amber. Aroma is a really nice caramel and hop. Flavor is much more interesting: not as sweet as the nose suggests; a little dry up front and a sweetish finish. There's a little fruit in there - citrus and maybe a little crisp pear. Body is good too - almost a champagne carbonation, full effervescence, not thin, but not heavy. Great American IPA finish. Very good beer. Don't pick up the alcohol.

Photo of mjl21
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 8.8%. No bottling info is given. Picked up by a friend at Bear Creek Beers in Medford, OR.

A-Pours a semi-hazy dark amber with orange coming through in the light. It is one of the darker DIPAs that I have come across. Starts with a 3/4 off white head that goes to a ring and some film quite quickly. Sporadic bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom. There is a little sediment left in the bottom of the glass. Leaves some decent lace.

S-It has a very fresh, yet subtle hop nose. It is not nearly as strong as most West Coast DIPAs. There is a nice sweet citrus aroma that is present. Pine comes through as it warms and it also has a little musty smell to it.

T-The citrus is quite present. I pick up on lots of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. The citrus taste plays very well with the malt backbone that provides some sweetness. The pine flavor pops in the back of the mouth. At the end there is some slight bitterness, but it is not overpowering. The aftertaste is a combination of bitter grapefruit and grapefruit sprinkled with some sugar.

M-Medium bodied mouthfeel but it is lighter than most DIPAs. Quite smooth, not syrupy, and has good carbonation.

D-The abv is well hidden and it is not super filling for being such a large beer.

I was really impressed with this one. My only knock was that it needs more aroma from the citrus hops. I would love to have access to this on a regular basis.

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

Pours a hazy orange copper with a small head and decent lacing, smell is basically slightly astringent floral hops.
Taste, well, it's a west coast IIPA for sure, piney hops upfront, I get a slight grainy middle don't know why, but it's OK. Slick finish lots of aftertaste of bitter in the good way.
This is very good, but I've had Pliny the Elder and I know what excellence tastes like, this is close and I would relish another bottle.

Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of LauraAlberts
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden - Sticks to glass well

Smell: Hops - tons of hops.

Taste: Hops, sweet malty - french onion dip, grapefruit - balanced citrus.

Mouthfeel: Soft, Tannic, well balanced

Drinkability: classic double ipa - very drinkable - quenches that hop thirst! I highly recommend!

Photo of MrMonkey
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a one finger tan head that fades slowly to a thin cap leaving a thick sheet of lace in its wake. A steady column of carbonation rises up. This one looks great!

Smell is rather muted, but there are some floral hops, orange peel and grapefruit rind on top of a bready malt background.

Taste begins with some caramel and bready malts before some bitter hops kick in. Grapefruit rind and pine resins lead to a dry, bitter finish.

Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

Quite drinkable and a very tasty beer.

Photo of peck95
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured with a lot of suspended yeast, looked like my homebrewed saison should, wonderfull lacing saved this beer from an atrocious appearance score.

smell is very nice and hoppy with a strong alcohol scent.

taste is awesome!!! malt, strong grapefruit hop, and smooth alcohol following

m/d fall mostly in line with descriptions from taste/smell

Photo of MisterClean
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somebody snagged this one in WA and brought it to our homebrew club meeting.

A - Pours copper with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.

S - Grapefruit, rose, and toffee. It smells a little bretty, it may be infected.

T - Honey, toffee, light flowers, and bittering hops.

M - Finishes dry with thinness and a good balance between hops and malts.

D - Good, but very dry and am unsure if I liked the hop combination they used.

Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hopbomb style double IPA. Pour grapefruit with lots of white soapy head, leaving traces of lace, greater the later in the bottle. Gets better later in the bottle. Earthy and hop aroma, and it tastes most natural and earthy up front. Drinkable stuff, but this is an assault of hops melange, malted down to get it down. Not the greatest of the style. Creaminess making it all the more palatable.

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

Cask poured into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a hazy glowing golden with a finger of frothy, frothy white head that last forever. Aroma is resinous citrus and piney hops with a touch of caramel malt. The bouquet is just amazing on this beer. The Flavor is identical to the aroma but with a long last sweetness and a pleasant bitterness. Its medium-bodied and just a touch sticky. Very delicious beer and extremely smooth on cask.

Photo of Wasatch
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Revisit: 11 Mar 2015
12oz. Bottle

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, with a one-finger creamy off-white head, leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some malt notes, citrusy, slight pine note. The taste is hoppy, with a nice touch of malts, slight citrus. Medium body, nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a tasty brew, worth buying again. Nice to see this one here in UT.

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange/yellow color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus, very slight pine. The taste is very sweet for an DIPA, hoppy, but more on the malt side, citrus, very slight pines. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew. My first from this brewery, thanks Brian.

Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled april 23/09.

pours fairly clear copper orange, turning hazy toward the bottom of the bottle. a small dense white head forms, dropping fast and leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of caramel. earthy and slightly floral. bit of light citrus. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. slightly buttery.

taste is nice. light alcohol. medium bitterness level. earthy and slightly floral. almost perfumey. light citrus. bit of buttery toffee. light caramel. cracker and a bit of white bread. touch of sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced. this one just didn't do it for me. the taste seems a little disjoint and odd, not what i'd expect from an american dipa.

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

Photo of cbros
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark straw yellow with a nice eggshell white medium head. Good cling and nice head retention. There is some carbonation activity after the poor.

S- Nice big hop aroma,pine and citrus notes present.

T- Nice hoppy flavor that is balanced perfectly. Good flavor combination of sweet malt and the citrus from the hops. Smooth start that finishes somewhat dry.

I orginally had this in Eugene while there for a Ducks game and thought it was kickass. So much so that I finally broke down and ordered a few bottles from Bottletrek. Beautiful flavor combinations that mask its strength. If this were available here this could definately be in my regular rotation. I have been throughly impressed with everything that Ninkasi has put out. In my dreams/future I am living in Oregon and buying and drinking this on a regular basis. My only regret is that I didn't take advantage of my visit to Eugene more and buy way more of this than I did. I got caught up in trying as many beers as possible instead of sticking with what I liked the best. Can't wait to have this again. Excellent beer, great representative of an Imperial IPA. "If you have the means I highly recommend picking it up."

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

Props to hopsleeroy for sharing this gem at the Austin BA tasting. As a vertebrate paleontologist, I feel it is my duty to have tried Tricerahops at least once in my beer-drinking tenure.

The bomber pours a hazy, orange-caramel hue into my pint glass; a bit too cloudy and syrupy-looking for my liking. As expected, lots of lacing and head retention from the light khaki foam. The aroma became significantly better as this IIPA warmed up past the 45-degree mark. When cold, a strange, cooked squash/veggie note is all that emits from the glass; however as it warms, Tricerahops delivered pleasant hop and yeast notes in the form of citric mandarin orange, fresh cut grasses, and mint leaves.

Flavor is very solid for the style, with fresh, hoppy citrus and tropical fruits layered all across the palate. Malts lay down a solid backbone of biscuit and caramel before the finish is assaulted by a bitter (but restrained) pine and resin note. Good carbonation level despite what the appearance says, and the medium-thick body is creamy without becoming too syrupy or sticky. Overall, a solid IIPA with a great name and a delicious hoppiness that will probably lead me back for more in the future.

Photo of loren01
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Perfect in apperance, pours an orangish/red color 2 finger width frothy white head, excellent lace down the glass
S: Smell is fruity and sweet. Sweet maltiness along with grapefuity/orange scents
T: Lots of maltiness but well balanced on the back end with a good citrusy/fruity hoppiness. Not too malty not to bitter. Good flavor
M: Moderate to heavy...thick/oily mouthfeel
D: I like this beer, it has a good balance of flavors. Alcohol is well hidden given its ABV.

Photo of Docer
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a ton of bombers at Belmont Station over here of this.. one to try, and others to trade as it doesn't get out much :-)

- Perfect light amber/copper color and slightly cloudy as I would expect from an 'A' IIPA. (Just reviewed Leafer Madness before this bomber). Much the same,

- Sweet pungent hop aroma with dark and rich caramel malts.. really smells like something that can be drank like water. Slight roasted notes there as well... along w/ some honey.

- Ok here we go... Oh... mm... smooth hop 'n honey syrup.. taste is there, and is fantastic. Hardly a taste of alcohol until it hits the throat and gut. Wow... fantastic.

- Not overly bubbly which I really like... smooth, not dry.. not bitter, not sour.. just balanced so well the mouthfeel is a 'give me more' feel.. maybe a tad chewy, but needed.

- Way too drinkable.. I told myself I would stip after this one... we'll see!!

Get it if you can!

** Edit.. this is the west coast style Hopslam for sure

Photo of NoLiberty
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The guys at Bottleworks in Seattle turned me on to Ninkasi brews and Tricerhops wasn't one to disappointment.

Pours a deep, cloudy peach colored brew with a sticky-thick 1 finger head. Snowbanks of white froth and a lacy velvet cap remain on the beer for the full drink. Nice high streaks of lacing.

The aroma is a big, fresh bouquet of tropical hop flavors: melon, peach, pear, grapefuit, pineapple and moss. A pretty sweet aroma but not too dominating balances the big hop character.

Nice full bodied and soft beer. Good carbonation keeps the beer active but the body holds up well and accentuates the malt sweetness and boldness of the hops. Flavor is carried well and starts fresh and slightly sweet and then gently rolls back and forth between hop and malt - honey, melon, pine, candy sugar, resin. Finishes with strong grapefruit freshness, and bright tartness.

A really nice beer. Wish I could find this big IPA out in PA.

Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.