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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

899 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%


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: johnmichaelsen on 07-30-2007)
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Gobzilla

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky golden orange with a thin head and a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: sweet malts up front with caramel citrus aromas and faint hop notes.

T: this one seems to be more of a malty mess then it is a well balanced DIPA. The malts dominate with caramel citrus notes and very little hop character.

M: meduim body with a little carbonation and has a crisp dry finish.

D: drinks well but iam dissapointed on this west coast DIPA. The beer did not give the name any justice, really lacked that hoppy punch

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 18:20:21 | More by Gobzilla
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Arbitrator

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Re-review. First time I had this (courtesy of end 0))), I gave it an A.

A: Pours a clear copper / orange / gold with half a finger of off-white head with several minutes of good retention, thanks to the continual refreshing by generous effervescence up the glass. Recedes to a nice film on the glass with dribbles of sticky lacing down the sides.

S: Primarily fruity hops: peach, pineapple, lychee, and of course grapefruit. Also has a nice undercurrent of sweet caramel and toffee malt. I'm glad to experience such a fresh nose on this one. It's quite nice.

T: All fruit up front, with the aroma components each making a play: peach and lychee in the initial taste, a tart pineapple, and citric grapefruit laying the groundwork. However, amongst the fruit, caramel, toffee, bread, and sugar cookie are very strong. This beer is a step removed from being a barleywine. Don't get me wrong; it's fresh and enamel-peeling, but I'm not blown away by the ratio of hop to malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Some alcohol burn, which is surprising at [only] 8.8%. A very small metallic aftertaste makes me a little annoyed by the end of the bomber, but it's fairly mild.

D: I enjoyed this one, and I'd certainly get more of it if I can be assured freshness. At $4 a bomber, I think it's very fairly priced. Now, it's no A-level DIPA on the level of Pliny and Alpine offerings, and it lags a little behind an upper-tier B like Hop Stoopid, but I'm comfortable giving it something in the lower B range.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 08:41:32 | More by Arbitrator
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Zorro

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed copper colored ale with a tall off-white colored head.

Strong hops in the scent with the scents of toast and tobacco being the strongest, strange. Abundant ethanol carries a melon scent. Scents of leather and caramel smell something like British Imperial Pale Ale.

Starts out woody and herbal with a hop and strong tea flavor. Getting lots of herbal hops with this one and very little C Type Hops. Mostly this is just very herbal.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. The taste of this one is very different; I would classify this as an Imperial BPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 00:35:04 | More by Zorro
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 03:01:43 | More by grub
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augustgarage

California

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

Very slightly hazy coral liquid with an amber glow and a lasting soapy ivory head. Dense yet thin lacing pastes the sides of the glass, a swirl creates sparkling hieroglyphics that slide apart like a Tibetan sand mandala.

Sweet hoppy aromatics with hints of candied ginger, orange blossom honey, grapefruit zest, and a touch of spice.

Moderately bitter palate entry is offset right away by the malt which impedes the development of hop flavors in some ways. The resulting balance creates a sort of flattening of tastes. Herbaceous notes cut through suggesting evergreen, eucalyptus, and thyme. Vague citrus floats around in the background. Orange zest, bready pale malt, and light fusel notes round out the finish.

Creamy, but slightly thin, yet well carbonated. More warming than the ABV would initially suggest.

Lacks the depth of malt I have come to anticipate from many NW style IPAs - while the hop and alcohol levels are ramped up in this "Imperial" brew, the overall picture is a bit muddled.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 02:17:29 | More by augustgarage
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange color with a white head. The nose brings some floral and citrus hops with a bit of rind. The taste is bitter, but doesn't have the bright hop characteristics of the nose. Some light grain and booze in the background. Good bitter and alcohol balance. Pretty good, but doesn't really take it to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 23:25:25 | More by Thorpe429
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a New Belgium globe glass. Beer is amber and mildly hazy with a soft white head of medium and small bubbles, lots of lacing, and moderate carbonation. Looks great.

Aroma is sweet, earthy, almost like hop candy, CTZ if I'm not mistaken.

Beer is medium to thin in body, sweet with moderate bitterness on a dry finish. The hop flavor and character is nice, sweet throughout, subdued a little, earthy, sulfury, mildly piny. Interesting but not my favorite IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:21:43 | More by drabmuh
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber into standard pint. Room temp into chilled glass.

A: Dark honey colored and crystal clear with FOUR fingers of foamy, chunky, rocky, BEAUTIFUL slightly off white head. The lacing is intense and it has taken about 5 minutes for it to recede into a chunky foamy mess on top of the beer with a curtain of the stuff left on the sides of the glass. Looks like a golden bubble bath.

S: Hops right up front. Hidden under the hops is a little bit of sweetness. The hops smells earthy and almost dank, like peat. Smells good. Would be great with something roasted I think.

T: That sweetness on the nose is there right away on the palate despite the huge hop presence. After that is a burst of earthy hops that fades into a good bitter. A little alcohol warmth down the throat from the higher abv too.

M: Solid medium body with just enough carbonation to make it not feel like you are drinking malt syrup. Feels good in the mouth.

O: I must be learning to like IPAs because the more I review them the more I like them. Or I just keep trying better IPA. I was scared of this at first since this really isn't my style of beer and doubling it was a terrifying thought for me, especially after trying Total Domination and being overwhelmed with hops. I recommend this brew actually, score for my hometown heroes Ninkasi.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 06:06:46 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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mverity

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Orangy amber in color with little head from the pour. When I swirled heavily in my snifter, a creamy white head developed but dissipated quickly. Aroma is mostly malty, with grapefruit and slight piney notes as well. Grapefruit really comes out in the taste. Grapefruit, pine, some kind of spice (coriander maybe), a bubblegum kind of sweetness, a nice bite from the hops, and something else... I can't quite put my finger on the taste. It's a touch off, but this beer is super fresh. Picked up from the brewery less than two weeks ago. It hides the booziness fairly well. but there is still a fair amount of the 8.8% shining through. The mouthfeel is sticky. This beer sticks to your tongue, cheeks, and lips like thin honey; and lingers on the palate for a good minute after you take each and every sip. From what my buddy Eduardo said about Ninkasi, and what I've read from them, I was really hoping this beer was going to live up to the hype. Good, but no where near great.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:32:21 | More by mverity
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BeerManDan

California

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color when poured into a pint glass was medium amber, with an orange hue. Very little foam and a fair amout of lace on the side of the glass. The smell had the aroma of lightly roasted malts, with a hint of sweet/sour citrus. The taste was of a normal IPA, nothing outstanding. Pine, malt, citrus flavor that had a sweet/bitter/sour finish in the mouth. The bitter mouthfeel last's for a fair amout of time, but no flavor, just bitterness!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 21:39:05 | More by BeerManDan
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper color with nice voluminous head.

Orange, sugar, flowers, and cedar in the nose.

The beginning is very sweet almost syrupy, very orangey. Pine is the predominant flavor after that. I also can taste some lavender. Hop character is pleasant. Bitterness is very high. Alcohol can be perceived the finish is almost numbing on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy.

This DIPA is good but there are some things I find hard to enjoy, like the sticky sweetness coupled with the big alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 05:08:01 | More by bosco7
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beertunes

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 19:49:59 | More by beertunes
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 3.24.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bright, hazy orange with a thick, bubbly head.

S - Pine and citrus.

T - Hops/pine, citrus, and slightly like cleaning solution.

D - Pretty bitter.

O - I was a bit let down from this one. I may give it a try at a later date.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 23:44:22 | More by HuskyinPDX
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first ever in person trade (not counting freeloading of Jeffo's beers) with TheBrewViking got me this beer. Carefully wrapped it made the transatlantic journey and figured we needed to drink this fast before the hops fade turning this into a weak Barleywine.

Poured into a snifter.

Aggresive pour reveals an amber beer with a fluffy two finger foam. A little lacing on the side of the glass after the foam is gone.

The usual suspect on a West Coast IPA. Pine, citrus and hops.

Unexpected malt sweetnes upfront to make way for the hops.

A medium body slight dry finish.

I'd say a decent, not great, double IPA.
Thanks for the hook up, Brooks.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 18:19:27 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 03:23:53 | More by jlindros
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MisterClean

California

3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 02:52:17 | More by MisterClean
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this for a while. Great name, and I've heard great things. My sister sent me a bottle, along with some other PDX goodies, for my birthday.

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Much darker pour than I expected. Reddish-orange with a finger of plush foam. Head retains well. Pretty good lacing.

Restrained hop aroma. Caramel sweetness, plus a little citrus and piney/herbal bitterness.

Flavor follows. Lots of sweet malt, with a dry, resinous finish. Not a whole lot of hop flavor, especially for a West Coast DIPA. I expected much more.

Medium-heavy body. Slick, oily texture. Fairly low carbonation is appropriate. Decently easy drinker. Ending bitterness is a tad harsh, knocking the drinkability down a notch. Tricerahops could possibly be a pretty good intro PNW DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 04:23:39 | More by Gyle41386
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zestar for this one. Poured from a bomber into a Blue Point snifter. Shared with capra12.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger fluffy white semi-coarse head with decent retention. Beer is a semi-clear reddish-orange. Lacing is frothy with little cling.

S: Pine, grass, and cane sugar. Slightly sour hop in the background. Very clean and clear overall with a generous nose.

T: Piney, grassy, and slightly astringent hops dominate with little malt balance. A "west-coast" style offering for sure. Slight sour hoppiness in the background that's more fruity than anything and adds an interestingly different dimension to the experience. Finish is messy with a hop bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, and probably the smoothest IPA I've had in a long time. Soily and almost oily on the tongue, this one just slides down the throat and really lathers the palate. Finish is messy and aftertaste is rather strong.

D: An average nose and taste/balance at best, this one has a ridiculous mouthfeel which just seems to pull everything together. I'd definitely give it another shot if only to see how else the feel can enhance other aspects of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 00:24:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle received in a trade with calinalu. Thanks! Chose this over some fresh Pliney to try this afternoon...

Pours much darker than expected, a cloudy rusted copper with a very large, rocky cream colored head. The head has amazing retention and lacing, but the appearance just seems off for a DIPA. Aroma is sticky and sweet, caramel and crystal malts with a weak hop presence with some grapefruit and citrus resin. Flavor has a very strong, potent malt body, again very caramel like and resiny and the hops are not quite as interesting or pronounced as expected. Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation, the finish lingers with citrus resin and a strong hop presence than the body, citrusy and piney. Overall, a rather disappointing DIPA, but a very nice, drinkable beer. Reminds me more of an imperial amber, like an aged nugget nectar or rogue's XS imperial red, not the best example of a west coast DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 19:19:54 | More by yourefragile
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Matilda glass. Thanks to Spycow for this one...Pours a murky orange/copper, dull and uninspiring. There is a white head, provides some decent lacing...The aroma is floral with citrus notes, oranges mostly. A little soapy but the alcohol is hidden...The taste is a big let down, not sure if its old or just not that good of a dipa. Soapy, floral hops, bitter, not as much of the citrus comes through. Pretty boring, wasn't inspired to drink this.

A decent beer but with so many dipa options I wouldn't have this again. Would try it on tap to see if its better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 15:37:41 | More by jrallen34
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mbunje

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:31:24 | More by mbunje
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bcm119

California

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber with a dense, off-white head. Aroma is all resiny hops, with some underlying bready sweetness. Pine and citrus pith hop bitterness is pervasive, washing over the palate and lingering well after the finish. But a heavy malt sweetness creates a full, slightly viscous mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. The malt is slightly grainy, with toffee and cookie sweetness that is a bit too syrupy and becomes slightly off-putting. Flavors are not well integrated, with a strange disconnect between the supple malts and the pithy bitterness. Drinkability suffers a little from this. Overall, some nice white grapefruit hop bitterness here, but a little too sweet for the style and not an impressive overall package.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 20:28:42 | More by bcm119
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 21:55:12 | More by Sammy
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colts9016

Idaho

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 20:56:23 | More by colts9016
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allengarvin

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged at a run-down station across the street from Pacific U. I love Oregon! Poured into plastic dorm cup. This is a nice, somewhat hazy amber color with a fine white head on top. Those is a tad faint, with pleasant enough citrusy-hops, and a hint of malt, but really not a lot there. Disappointing flavor as well. While sufficiently bitter, hop flavor presents nothing more than a moderate grapefruit cascade taste. Might have been exciting twenty years ago, but it doesn't stand up in the crowd of excellent DIPAs today.

Not bad for a tiny gas-station find. Hopefully I can seek out something better later this week in downtown Forest Grove.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 20:35:42 | More by allengarvin
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.