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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,102
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 152
Gots: 120 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

thebigredone, May 29, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
Photo of erha2
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

erha2, May 23, 2012
Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

cbnz, May 22, 2012
Photo of chodinheaven
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clarity in this brilliant amber-orange DIPA. Big and fluffy two finger off-white head that dissapates very slowly, leaving lots of lacing in its wake. A resiny grapefruit citrus smell makes up most of the hop aroma, but its somewhat faint as this beer isn't overly aromatic. Full-body of bready malt makes up the rest of the aroma. Clean and crisp, but wouldn't mind a bit more of a nose-full in the hop department.

The taste starts off with a quick and lightly toasty bready malt that has hints of caramel and gives the beer a nice full body throughout the taste. This moves into a citrusy lemon-orange zest that has a nice dry flavor and sets up a big grapefruity finale. The hops in the back are both bitter and flavorful, tons of grapefruit flavor backed by a combination of somewhat earthy, resiny/grapefruit bitterness that adds a perfect balance to the full body of the beer. The mouthfeel is a great balance of smooth and prickly with a medium carbonation level that doesn't get in the way, but also doesn't seem watery. Alcohol is certainly there, but way in the background as a soft reminder on the breath.

When you put all of these components together, it becomes a fantastically drinkable DIPA. It seems so smooth and with that full body it is so satisfying. The aroma is a bit disappointing but the taste and near perfect balance for a DIPA make this a very good beer. I'm glad I picked a couple of these up, because it has definitely hit the spot today.

chodinheaven, May 21, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

RoryOMoore, May 21, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle.

It pours a deep amber with a frothy white head that leaves some decent lacing.

The smell is pleasant. Nice tropical mango scents, decent malt sweetness, mostly pale malts. Very nice.

The flavor is decent. Some butterscotch and butteriness mars it slightly but nice hop flavor.

A decent dipa.

crossovert, May 18, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 22oz pry-off bottle to my nice Hill Farmstead stem, the oversized wine glass. No bottle dating visible.

Appearance (4.0): Nice pour, body is gorgeous—chill haze through a copper-honey colored body, capped with an off-white head going from one finger to a slight haze on top. The head is a little disappointing in that regard, but that’s not such a big deal. Some lacing on the sides, sudsy spots all around.

Smell (3.5): Nice orange, grapefruit, and some mango in there—more like tangerines with a little caramel pastry underneath. Very nice smelling, could be more fragrant, but what’s there is very nice.

Taste (4.5): This tastes great. Grapefruit pith, pungent pine and seriously dank notes just come through in waves, wave after wave. The finish is long, bitter, and dank. There’s a dirty earthiness behind the hops the whole time, too, which I’m really digging. Floral, earthy, and herbal, all at the same time. Meanwhile, the malt body is sturdy but not overpowering in any way—caramel, wheat bread, a little rye? Very nice. Yeast isn’t particularly noticeable but it’s not so neutral as your typical American ale yeast. Regardless, I dig it. All of it.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Understated carbonation, dry finish, oily feel from the hops, all in all very nice. This would be a great candidate for cask-conditioning.

Overall (4.0): This is a well-balanced, tasteful, satisfying DIPA. The more examples of this category that I try, the more appreciate the little things, like the earthiness somewhere between the malt body and the hop profile, the way the hops walk the line between floral and dank underneath all that citrus, or the burnished, coppery, honey-like color of the beer itself. Very solid brew, glad to have tried and I will definitely seek it out in the future.

fmccormi, May 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, May 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

WesM63, May 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

JamnesCameron, May 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

seeswo, May 12, 2012
Photo of greenmonstah
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into nonic imperial pint

A - Amber-caramel in color with a finger of off-white head. Great retention.

S - Clean tropical sweetness in the form of pineapple. Some caramel sugar, but largely a less-aggressive but hop-forward profile.

T - Bittering hops balanced well with malt sugars, again largely focused on caramel and pineapple. Very clean and straightforward profile, but incredibly refreshing and easy to drink.

M - Medium in body, wettish but slope in the direction of dryness as you swallow and take it all in.

O - Overall an IPA that I would be hard pressed to believe is a double, in the sense that it is incredibly easy to drink and not too aggressive. Hops and malts are balanced and in excellent control, this beer has restraint. That said, it doesn't suffer from simplicity, as it has considerable complexity in the background. Great beer!

greenmonstah, May 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

rogerthegill, May 06, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, pine, caramel, honey, bread, and a decent bit of alcohol. Some pretty good aromas, with good strength and balance. Taste of huge orange, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, floral, caramel, honey, bread, and herbal spiciness. Decent amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange, pineapple, grapefruit, floral, pine, caramel, honey, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Great citrus flavor balance with piney bitterness. Maltiness is slightly stronger. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Quite smooth to drink but is still a bit of a sipper. Overall this is a great DIPA! Great hop flavor balance and smoothness; and extremely enjoyable to sip on.

superspak, May 04, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Rereview - The kind folks at LetsPour sent me a replacement bottle after my problems with the first bottle. This beer pours out a nice amber color with two fingers of head that drop down to a centimeter worth of cap. The aroma is nicely balanced between citrus hops and caramel malts, with just a bit of grapefruit. The taste is an easy-drinking combination of tropical and critus hops with just a bit of grapefruit rind. The caramel malts are ever-present, but are not assertive. They're very mellow and lend a nice backbone to the beer. The finish is bitter and hoppy, but again not aggressively. There's a bit of a herbal hop component in here too that tends to get overlooked in the flavor profiles of DIPAs that I find quite welcome.

The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and on the lighter side for the ABV, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, this is just a solid double IPA that could easily be a hometown favorite for it's easy-drinking trait. I'd probably drink this a lot on tap if I lived in the area. It's really funny how just an off level of carbonation can change the whole way that a beer seems to taste. Big ups to LetsPour for sending me a replacement bottle after the problems with my first.

Original score: 3/3/4.5/3.5/3.5

Bad impression 1) This bottle was severely underfilled. I'm talking only 18 ounces out of the supposed 22 ounces. Bad impression 2) Possibly related to the short fill, despite a healthy PSST on opening, there was no head to this beer. The aroma is strong on the caramel malts, with just a touch of piney hops and not much else. The taste though is rather good. It's got a smooth balance at first between the malts and the piney hops, but the hops maintain a slow burn through the finish that fully coats my mouth. Very nicely executed.

The mouthfeel is surely undercarbonated, but that could do with the short fill, so I'm giving it a pass. The drinkability is very good though. I'm kinda disappointed about the poor QC from the brewery on this very short fill that negatively effected their product. The cap very loudly hissed so I know it wasn't a leak during packaging. That said, the flavor was good enough that I still enjoyed this beer. It's not the best first impression though.

shand, May 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

hayesjw, May 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

2beerdogs, May 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

acat25, Apr 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

jsull33, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a nice dark golden color with a 2" off-white head. Nice waves and clumps of lacing remain.

S- some sweet malts and citrus ( orange and pineapple). Aromas not as dominant as other dipa's.

T- sweet caramel, oranges and grapefruit predominantly for citrus flavors. Mostly bitter rind hop flavor but some pine notes in there also.

M- medium body and carbonation. Nice drinkability, a bit slick with semi dry finish from the bitter rind.

O- really liked this beer. Believe this is my first Ninkasi beer and it didn't disappoint. Would get this again given the chance.

kawilliams81, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of FishPondManager
4/5  rDev -0.7%

FishPondManager, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Hanzo, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. No date, but think this is a new batch. Served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy copper orange with very little head formation. Dissipates quickly to a razor thin ring. Tiny bit of lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit, orange, piney dankness with a bit of onion. Sweet caramel malt. A butterscotch note.

A lot of floralness in the initial flavor. Sweetens up through the middle and finishes quite sweet. Citrus, pine, and floral tinged bitterness blossoms nicely through the middle and finish as well. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Just slightly thick.

brotherloco, Apr 20, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.2%

gottago60, Apr 19, 2012
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.