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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,006
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 139
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
"8.8%alc./vol. 100+ ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007)
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aficionado

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark orange to light brown body with fizzy carbonation and a 1-1/2 finger off white head with a yellow tinge that leaves behind decent lacing.

Interesting smell and taste. Very fruity and bursting with grapefruit and lychee along with some sugar cane and bready malts. Overall, pretty dry. The floral and tropical highlights are quite intriguing. Smoothly bittered, but VERY bitter, yet quite aromatic at the same time (you usually don't get both at high marks). Very different from what I have sampled so far. Points for uniqueness.

Creamy mouthfeel. Strange, but appealing. Moderately high body with a decent amount of fizzy carbonation up front that quickly dissipates.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 17:38:43 | More by aficionado
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evyoung

California

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
-massive yellow head that doesn’t quit (after a vigorous pour)--little valleys appear in it
-crazy thick lacing all the way down

Smell:
-sweet toffee and some floral hops

Mouthfeel:
-lighter than I expected from the appearance and smell, but still great
-only criticism (and I admit I’m nitpicking) is the presence of some wateriness

Taste:
-very sweet malt toffee (just like the smell) that overpowers/covers a good deal of the hop bitterness (I would expect more to come through up front in a DIPA)
-citrus hops pair well with the sweetness
-there is an constant underlying alcohol feel and taste

Overall:
-My first from this brewery, and I will absolutely try some of their other offerings. I really enjoyed this one, but wasn’t as crazy about it as my girlfriend. It’s her new favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 03:23:48 | More by evyoung
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dlbrockmiller

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently discovered this brewery. This was the first of their offerings that I tried and I wasn’t disappointed. It had a nice strong hoppy smell with a really hoppy bite. Really strong flavor and good mouth feel. Overall a nice balanced beer but a little strong at 8.8% so watch out, it will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 22:43:29 | More by dlbrockmiller
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Phelps

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent by flexabull and poured from a bomber with no freshness date into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Chill-hazed vermilion, topped with at least two fingers of frothy off-white marshmallow fluff that crackles away at is leisure. Some craggy patterns of lace remain on the glass as it goes.

Candied grapefruit mixed with spirals of lemon peel in the nose. Overripe oranges, caramel and biscuits make up the backbone in a very solid aroma.

The flavor exhibits equal solidity — sweet tangerine flavors mix with grapefruit bitterness, burnt sugar and sticky alcohol while floral/herbal fumes permeate the mouth. Sugars linger after the swallow, as do pithy bitterness and subtle hits of biscuit.

Smooth yet sticky, the mouthfeel lends itself to the flavor. Microscopic bubbles break out of the medium-light body as it moves, making it even more silky. Hop bitterness an ethanol burn combine to lend the liquid an almost peppery spiciness.

A highly enjoyable sugar-citrus mix that toes the line between IPA and barleywine. Tricerahops won’t stomp all over your taste buds, but it does pack a surprising spiked tail. A good first taste of Ninkasi.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 06:39:10 | More by Phelps
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HopDiggityDawg

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter
Golden, amber color, nice inch to inch and a half head with great lacing.
Smell is citrus, bready
Taste - a lot of citrus, bitter but not too much, slight pine and oil. finishes dry and leaves the tongue prickly. Alcohol is very, very well hidden, not hot in the slightest.
Mouthfeel is very nice, a little chewy and light at the same time.
overall a very good West Coast DIPA. I will try to trade for this one again!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 00:08:02 | More by HopDiggityDawg
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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

22oz bomber bottle poured into Victory Golden Monkey snifter glass. No bottle date, and I have had this one for a couple months.

A: Pours a deep rusty orange color. 1/4 finger off white head. The head dissapates quickly. Good carbonation streaming from bottom of glass. Some alcohol feet.

S: I get a lot of that "cat pee" astringency from this one on the nose. Overpowers what seems like some floral hop aromas. I think I get some grapefruit but it's muted. Mild maltiness is there too.

T: Surprisingly smooth. You get a crisp hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Some of the hop astringency that I smelled. It really mellows on the middle of the tongue. And the close isn't as crisp as I was expecting.

M: Medium bodied. On the lighter side for a DIPA.

O: Pretty darn good beer. I let this one hang in the fridge for a while and kinda wished I didn't. I am actually pretty impressed!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 18:09:16 | More by inlimbo77
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the May Freetail bottle release.

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is classic double IPA. I get a lot of orange and resiny pine notes from the hops with a little bit of malt mixed in.

The flavor is more of the same. There is a little bit of toffee in the flavor, but what dominates is a spicy hop profile. I get a lot of pine resin as well as a little bit of orange citrus. The bitterness is low to medium and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. The beer is very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 20:15:49 | More by Mora2000
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

22oz bottle, a souvenir from a trip through Idaho earlier this summer.

This beer pours a hazy, sediment-suspended medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, rocky pale beige head, with settles slowly, showing off a nice consistent webbed pattern of lace for its efforts. The aroma is one of pine oil and citrus peel, so familiar, over a decent, if unassertive, supporting caramel malt, and echo of soft booziness. The taste is citrus, pine, and herbal hops, over the same less than thrilling, somewhat caramel, somewhat bready maltiness. For the 8 point 8 points of ABV, they sure don't assert themselves much. The carbonation is a bit less than the expected average zing, which result in an adequately smooth, and airily creamy body, the loitering hops not really interfering with this notion. It finishes off-dry, to be sure, though not overy so, the latent malt doing a fairly bang-up job of countering the weakening hoppiness.

A fairly enjoyable brew, with more IPA tendencies, than those of a DIPA, which I suppose speaks well of the whole affair, given that little of the quite elevated ABV shines through. If you can ignore the minor herbal character, this an enjoyable enough big-ass IPA - drink at will, especially with the friendly grocery-store pricing.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:36:53 | More by biboergosum
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vande

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a bottle colored deep golden bronze with a 2 finger layer of head floatin on top....leaving nice laced rings along the pint glass as it disappears...

S: Hops... Citrus hops and bready malt braided together ... Very appealing.

T: Like the smell, there's the tropical citrus fruit presence, yet balanced out nicely with the malt back-bone too..

M: Smooth, appeasing kind a creamy... not too heavy and not light, good viscosity... slightly bitter and dry at the back...

O: Love it

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:08:00 | More by vande
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kflorence

California

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden, amber orange in color with a nice inch thick, creamy head that lasts for a long time and leaves lacing around the glass. Carbonation levels look good.

S: The malts in this one are actually quite prominent; a nice mixture of citrus hops, barley and toasty, breaded malts. Maybe a little spice, and a hint of pine.

T: Follows the nose well. Quite balanced for a double IPA. Bitter, citrus hops and toasty, breaded malts blend together pretty well up front, followed by a bittering hop flavor and finishing crisp and dry with a lingering citrus hop character. I'm a sucker for a good citrusy IPA and this one hit the spot.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation, a bit of oil, a good amount of substance and a bit of chewiness. This one goes down smooth and easy and remains very drinkable for a double IPA at higher ABV levels.

O: Very pleasantly surprised by this one. I expected more of a hop bomb, but this was actually very balanced and quite flavorful. It is on the heavier side substance wise, but it's still very drinkable and actually even a bit refreshing. I was pleased to find plenty of citrus hops instead of the pine variety and I will definitely be checking out other beers from this brewery, this being my introductory brew. Picked this up on a whim and glad I did! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 19:36:49 | More by kflorence
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RJLarse

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a b22 oz bottle of Tricerahops in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright gold color and is slightly hazy. Frothy white head caps the beer, and leaves a little lace on the glass.

Smell is very sweet and fruity. There is a strong citrus aroma along with a pine scent.

Taste is a malt flavor up front, sweet bread and caramel, with a sweet citrus, pink grapefruit flavor, followed by a mild bitter pine finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, light for the style, with a fairly clean finish.

Overall a very drinkable DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:31:27 | More by RJLarse
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky peach with a dense cap of off-white foam that lingered. Good head retention, lots of lacing. Grapefruit and lemon aroma, pine and caramel, oranges and stone fruits. Bitterness was strong, but not harsh, with plenty of citrus pith flavour and biscuity, cookie dough maltiness. Velvety carbonation with medium to full body. Overall, very nice and easy drinking. There are plenty of hops, but they're not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 03:32:24 | More by DrJay
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into imperial pint glass.
No bottled-on date that I could find.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, and clover honey. Mmmm, mmm!

Appearance: Copper body, which is translucent from chill haze. 2 fingers of off-white thick, foamy head. Excellent, sudsy Belgian lace does not go anywhere.

Flavor: Very well-balanced up front--a skillful blend of bitterness and malt. Pineapple, some alcohol, honeylike (but not syrupy) sweetness, then a dry, but not overwhelming finish that fades--wait, then reappears for a very bitter, lingering finish. Like with the spicy heat in some foods, this one reappears with a bitter vengeance.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium-full body, and a warming, slightly peppery alcohol.

Overall: Another in-your-face DIPA! The initial, seemingly tame balance, got me hook, line, and sinker. I appreciated the drier malt profile, and know that many will appreciate the monstrous hop bitterness. Give it a shot!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:28:17 | More by mdvatab
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MEsoJD

California

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/amber color with a creamy/foamy head.

S: Smells of citrus, hops, and malt. Grapefruit and mandarin stays in mind.

T: Nothing really strikes me sadly. I mentioned grapefruit and mandarin, but after tasting this, lemon comes up. I maybe desensitized, but the hops don't shine(spoiled by the stone imperial black ipa perhaps) in this for me. It's also slightly creamy/malty and sweet.

M: Smooth and medium carbonation.

O: I have to admit that I was a little disappointed. With a name like Tricerhops, I was expecting the hops to come off as bold but I found a balanced beer. Goes to show you that ibus doesn't mean anything. It's a good balanced drink but it lacks any significance.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 03:39:06 | More by MEsoJD
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

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

Reviewed on 8-13-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam with a decent lacing ring. Carbonation is present with this brew. Dark copper color

S – Roasted malts and hops

T/M – Medium bodied brew that was well blended with the malt to hop ratio. Higher in the hops category.

D – Pretty tasty brew. My first one from Ninkasi and it has impressed. Medium bodied easy drinker. Not too strong in either the malt or hops department but got more hops of course. Have a slighter bitter back bone but nothing that would detour me from having this again. I will have this again and highly recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 17:59:49 | More by FreshmanPour77
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from my BA buddy, millerbaffoon...thanks man!

A - Pours a hazy amber orange color with a foamy, white head, sticky lacing with lots of retention on the sides of the glass and small amounts of carbonation.

S - Acidic tropical fruit rinds - oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, resinous pine, and caramel malt. The aroma is good, but not overly strong, sort of a borderline between light and moderate.

T - A little bit hebrally in the background, but mainly tropical fruit with a light caramel backbone. The fruit side is slightly acidic when it hits the tongue, sweet up front, and finishes with a moderate dose of grapefruit bitterness right before the alcohol warming in the back of the throat. I want to say there's a small trace of mint in there as well but I haven't yet been able to pinpoint the exact flavor. There is some alcohol effervescence on the back side.

M - Body is half way between medium and heavy and carbonation is gentle and smooth on the tongue.

O - This is a very well brewed Double IPA from the NW, I wish we could get this one here. Enjoyable and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 00:39:07 | More by jzeilinger
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hardy008

Minnesota

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

Pours a cloudy orange marmalade color with a two finger off white head. Nice tight bubbles, good retention and lacing. The aroma is floral with grapefruit, pine, and zest.

Nice combination of sweetness and bitterness, with bitterness getting the upper hand. The flavors I am picking up are grapefruit, zest, caramel malt, pine, and apricots. Nice combination of flavors to make a nice unique DIPA.

Medium to full bodied, nice carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. A very nice mouthfeel for this beer. A very nice effort from Ninkasi.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 02:58:22 | More by hardy008
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Sky2625

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a straight side pint glass (this review from notes taken 8/2/11).

A - Poured a tawny amber orange, with 1/2-finger off off-white medium-to-large bubble head. Great retnention, moderate lacing. Shines bright orange in the light.

S - Lemony/orangey citrus hop, with a little bit of herbiness. Hints of apple, bit of honey, and lavender.

T - Well-balanced citrus/pine hop with orange and caramel sweetness, followed by mild bitterness and notes of sage. Herby and buttery finish.

M - Creamy texture, medium body. Light carbonation tingles the tongue. A bit of warmth with biting bitterness at the back and sides of the tongue.

D - A very good beer. Great citrus/herb hop flavor, and not too bitter. Very pleasant and refreshing, though dry enough to leave you wanting more.

I'm a big fan of Tricerahops.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 04:57:14 | More by Sky2625
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robbrandes

Oregon

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

poured from a 22oz bomber.

hazy amber, big fluffy head, nice lacing.

smell - big mix of sweet malts and hops, hops and more hops. taste - a quick hint of the caramel up front and then a citrus/pine/pepper assualt. this is one aggressive beer and always delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 04:47:20 | More by robbrandes
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle brought back from my recent trip to Oregon. Unfortunately, no date on it (at least not that I can decipher). I may have to stop buying un-dated IPAs, as I've got no idea how close this bottle is to how it tasted when brewed.

Pours the color of honey, a medium orange amber. Fluffy white one-finger head; decent retention and good lacing.

Smells quite nice - some strong hoppy aromas, with a good malt backing. Lots of sweet fruit - pineapple and apricots. Plus a bit of pine. Nice subtle variety going on in here.

Taste doesn't have the fruity complexity of the smell. It's got a nice bready caramel malt front, which holds things together nicely until the expected wave of bitterness comes on. And the bitterness comes, but slowly, starting out low and rising to a nice crescendo. Hop-forward, for sure, but mostly in bitter. Very little fruit or floral flavors, and not much malt presence after the initial taste. Sadly, I don't get much flavor other than sweet and bitter. Finish is mostly bitter, with a fruity tingle beneath it.

Medium-bodied, slightly sticky but less so than many DIPAs. Good carbonation, lots of little bubbles lasting throughout the taste. Finish is loooong.

A decent DIPA, with strong malt and hop character. Needs more hops in the flavor though; something to bring it beyond just the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 17:14:30 | More by zeledonia
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Hatzilla

California

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

Bomber into a tulip, no freshness date.

A - A rusty gold pour with a foamy one inch head.

S - Citrus hops and pine.

T - Follows the scent with citrus, pine and caramel malt. The aftertaste is citrus (grapefruit) all the way.

M - Smooth and oily with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O - A nice double IPA with a great balance between hops and malt. Both are allowed to shine in this fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 04:10:39 | More by Hatzilla
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Tricerahops is a tri-coloured beer - all three of them varying shades of gold. Its base is bright yellow, its torso tarnished golden and, at its top, it is blistered enough to be considered amber. (Of course, holding it at different angles, against different strength lights, is bound to shuffle everything up and/or accentuate one tone over the other.)

If you homebrew, you know that smell that comes over the garage once you drop those hop pellets into the boil or what it smells like to clean the carboy out after it's had two weeks of dry-hopping. Cracking the crown on this bottle had the same smell which, for those who haven't made their own, is that of pungent herbals and rank, bitter citrus.

There's plenty of lemon zest and dried orange peel shavings in the flavour, enough that you'd suspect the actual fruits might have been added. But no, they have not, such is simply the mystical properties of hops. Hard water minerals trigger an almost bronze-like note that, short of becoming metallic, is washed away by yet more soapy hop character.

The alcohol pokes a few holes in the beer, but never succeeds in tearing things apart; this toasty maltiness is tightly knit enough to withhold the eight something percent (and a little warming too). It's sturdy, but designed so as not to stunt the blossom of those fruity, floral hops. Indeed, they're completely unencumbered on the finish.

Tricerahops is indeed a great beast; like the dinosaur that this cheesy (but clever) pun is based on, it has a large bony frill (toasty malts) over which hang three sharp, protruding horns (Amarillo, Centennial, Palisade hops). Fortunately I don't think we have to worry about this guy going extinct any time soon - Ninkasi is sure to be around for a long, long time.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 05:24:54 | More by biegaman
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rye726

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Up for review is a 22oz bottle of Tricerahops from Ninkasi out of Oregon. Pours a cedar orange with a nice beige head. Nose has floral hosp and malts. As does the taste. Nothing too special here. Body a bit thin, but drinks well. Not bad, but lack depth.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:34:17 | More by rye726
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a white, sticky foam. Sweet, resinous hop aroma with a decent undertone of caramel malt. A bit of biscuit and caramel malt flavor that is quickly overtaken by huge, bitter, grassy hops. A lingering hop bitter finish. Medium body and somewhat light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 01:37:51 | More by AaronHomoya
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ocelot2500

Arizona

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

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a tight head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of a solid hop character with a solid malt base. Hops have notes of grapefruit, pine, and a bit of tropical fruit. Malts add a bit of caramel sweetness and some toasted bread. Hops and malts are fairly balanced, but I would like to see more of both.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good price for a solid beer, but needs a little something extra to take it to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 01:57:25 | More by ocelot2500
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,006 ratings.