Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,476
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: 1,476 | Reviews: 415
Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are malts, caramel, and orange/grapefruit. I can also pick up on some pineapple juice. It finishes with a malty aftertaste with undertones of citrus juice and zest.

Overall – There alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden. It drinks almost like a IPA. The taste is well balanced and it has a nice flavour. There isn’t an extreme amount of hop taste going on, so I can see how it might disappoint the hop heads out there. Still a good beer nonetheless.

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 Aml42000
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured a dark orange color with a fluffy white head. Floral, perfumed hops swirl from the glass. This is definitely more on the citrus/crisp side of IPA. It lacks some of the depth I would look for in a double, but is pure & quite representative of the west coast style. Medium mouthfeel & quite clean & fresh on the palate.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good brew but not great- i'll certainly drink it but would not seek it out were there better alternatives. Definitely a good amount of bitterness, medium amount of sweetness. No really interesting hop flavors- just some pineapple and a little earthiness. Like a better version of SN Torpedo.

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

A. Bright bronze, hazy and oily looking. Lacing is very sticky on the glass.

S. Sweet from the malts, a little bit hoppy (floral and citrusy) and spicy. I also get some musty basement going on.

T. Starts sweet for sure. Nice and caramel like, but bitter hops hit you HARD midstream. The finish is definitely dry.

M. Oily with high carbonation.

D. This beer is quite rich. We split it between 4 people; it was plenty and all I wanted.

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

My wife picked me up a 22oz bomber of this from Bev Mo for $3.99 - killer price!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden honey-like hue with a solid head that sticks around a bit leaving good amounts of lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: Tons of malt - sweet carmel and toasted grains, fresh made bread with earthy hops coming through at the end. Unfortunately the hops never really establish themselves in the overall smell - pretty weak in the hop department, especially in regards to a west-coast DIPA.

T: Greeted with a good amount of carmel malt up front, followed with a solid balance of earthy mossy hops, with flavors of citrus black tea/herbal tea finishing bready with a bit of booze on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy with proper carbonation for the style finishing with a bit of boozy heat and lingering bitterness.

D: Real easy to drink for nearly 9% ABV but the heavy malt limited me to just two and I was finished, needing something with a cleaner dryer hop bight - Ninkasi IPA is a much better beer and slightly cheaper; I think i'll stick to those in the future.

Photo of Sokool
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mine didn't actually much of a head to speak of, and didn't leave any lacing either. Possibly my sinuses here, but not a lot in the way of an aroma either. Smelled tangy hops and a light biscuit aroma. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer though. I've been drinking a lot of the more fruity/citrusy IPA's lately, and it was nice to drink something with a more buscuity/bready malt profile. The hops were still tangy, and I enjoyed the bitterness of it all. Overall, considering it's availability in my area and relatively low price, I would definitely drink it again... and again.

Photo of mick303
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tricerahops. Pretty good white lacing, medium golden brown colour, very clear. 4 s- floral hops and mildly skunky caramel, yeast and almond notes. T - mild bitterness, fair bit of lemony citrus, orange, floral notes leading to a dry biscuity finish. Unspectacular, not particularly rich flavout. Easy drinkability with a light floral hop character.3.5 light bitter finish, some hop slickness, moderate body and carbonation, bit of citrus hop burn on the end. 3.75 a solid hopped up dipa with citric and floral notes, quite tasty but flavour falls short of potential, feels a bit stale , quite drinkable and light for the abv, lemony and hoppy, but not a lot backing that up, fairly good balance with some pine resins that emerge 4 I would look elsewhere before buying this again.

Photo of illidurit
3.77/5  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.

Photo of Patrick999
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What is with the lack of freshness date? Not that excusable, IMO. But anyway, poured into an imperial pint. Looks quite appetizing, with the typical DIPA sunny orange-gold. And some decent head retention and lacing too.

Aroma....hmmm...some grapefruit and orange, but a good deal of mango and passionfruit...and much more passionfruit than mango. I like that in a DIPA.

This is a pretty big beer in both hop and malt character. It's mostly grapefruit-seed bitterness and caramel malt, lacking much of what was in the nose.

Decent feel, slightly resinous.

I kinda get the feeling that this is trying to be a poor man's Pliny the Elder. And it does a pretty good job of it as far as the tropical fruit nose, but it doesn't have quite the depth of flavor you'd expect.

Photo of Arborescence
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Rather light coloured, pale and yellowish. Pours a moderately creamy less than one finger white head.

Aroma: Intense hops, with grapefruit, and a hint of fruity sweetness.

Taste: Sharp and bitter at first, but mellows a bit after that. Alcohol is evident, but the strong double IPA hops support it well; there's also a malty backbone even though it's overwhelmed by the hops and alcohol. It's refreshing and stinging at the same time.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, with a little bit of thickness just from the alcohol. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good double IPA. It's quite nicely balanced even though the alcohol content is rather high. The hops are just about right, but I think this could use a stronger malt element (even though it's there). Good stuff in any case.

Photo of Auraan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured a clear amber red body with a half finger white bubbly head. Fairly nice looking, a pretty DIPA. Scents of grassy hops, orange peel, grapefruit peel, fresh pine resin, some light malty sweetness, light alcohol and earthy, vegetal hops and not much else. Overall impression of aroma is of a rather simple, bit very nice DIPA aroma. It is crisp, citrusy, piney and clean, with a certain freshness too it. Bolder than the Total Domination, but not overwhelming. It is quite nice. Flavor begins moderately bitter with notes of orange flesh, orange zest, a sweet malt backbone and a light pine resin. This moves into a medium-high bitter middle with notes of all the above flavors, with pine resin becoming more prominent and grassy hops appearing at a moderate level alongside light alcohol. Finish is dry with a strong presence of grapefruit and orange peel, a medium-high character of pine resin and grassy hops and a light malt backbone and alcohol presence. Aftertaste is orange zest and flesh, sweet malt and light alcohol with a very light pine resin. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice, clean hop-forward beer that is pleasant, but lacking in the full depth and boldness of other examples. Not as bitter and bold as Stone's offerings, which is actually nice, but lacking the depth of a Hoptimum or some other good examples of the style. Still not bad and quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a resinous feel with a smooth, slick finish. Overall impression mouthfeel is of a good DIPA that is true to style. Overall this is a good DIPA. It is well hopped, flavorful and balanced, though not the most bold or complex in either aroma or flavor. It cannot compete with the best, but it is good and well worth trying. A nice DIPA for a beginner for sure.

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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 slightly hazy, sediment-suspended medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, rocky pale beige head, with settles slowly, showing off a nicely consistent webbed pattern of lace for its efforts.

It smells of pine oil and sharp white grapefruit and navel orange citrus peel, so pleasingly familiar, over a decent, if unassertive, supporting caramel malt, and an echo of soft booziness. The taste is citrus, pine, and herbal-dominated hops, in cahoots with the same less than thrilling, somewhat caramelized, somewhat bready maltiness. As for the 8 points of alcohol, they sure don't assert themselves much, and to great acclaim.

The carbonation comes off as a bit less than the typical, average zing, which results in an adequately smooth, and airily creamy body, the hovering hops not really interfering with this notion. It finishes off-dry, to be sure, though not overly so, the latent malt merely doing a 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, drink at will, especially if you are blessed with the friendly grocery-store pricing.

Photo of beagle75
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear medium reddish-amber. One finger of white foam head diminishes to a thick, persistent residue. Scant lacing remains on the glass. Yeast sediment is visible at the bottom of the glass.

S: Very sweet with intense pine, apricot, and some spices. Some medicinal quality is detectable.

T: Potent spicy aromatic hops lead, accented dry bright fruit and white wine. Bitterness builds quickly and lingers as the aromatic flavors dissipate. Just-off-dry malt is present from the start through most of the finish. Faint alcohol swirls around in the background.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly sticky, with light carbonation.

D: This beer attempts to stand beside some of the biggest double IPAs and fares remarkably well, despite a somewhat lower abv than its peers (such as Port Hop 15 at 10%). Balance in this style is rare, and this beer delivers a hoppy version of it, without making hop flavors the only attraction. With a detectable malt backbone and a drying finish, this beer pairs well with food. The qualities of the hops present remind strongly of Oskar Blues Gubna, with complex spicy, and even savory, flavors developing.

Photo of leaddog
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a copper amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, grapefruit peel, citrus, hint of pine resin, bready caramel malts.

Taste - Citrus hops followed by a pungent hit from the grapefruit peel then goes into the bready caramel malts, citrus, and hint of pine resin.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the grapefruit peel.

Overall - An enjoyable DIPA. This one is solid in all areas. A definite try for those who are new to the style.

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

Pours a light orange color with a below average head, average lacing and average carbonation. The dominate smell is heavy citrusy floral hops and mild malts. First taste is light, sweet, and a very crisp hoppy note. Light in body and taste. The 9% ABV is very well hidden. Not bad.

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

I have been seeing Ninkasi beer showing up in the stores lately and decided to give one a try since I found it on tap. Nice clear amber beer with a adequate off white head that laced the glass well. Not very pungent, but hops could be detected. I liked the citrus grapefruit sweetness. A fresh, clean tasting beer. I've had so many great imperial IPAs lately, this was a good one, but didn't really stand out.

Photo of glazeman
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Split with airohead2001, thanks for sharing this with me.

A: Dark orange in color with a 1 finger off-white head. Moderate retention and lacing on the head. I got the second half of the bottle, and my pour had a ton of floaties in it.

S: A little bit of sweet fruit on the nose, but overall not that strong of a smell.

T: The drink starts with a semi-sweet orange flavor up front. Then there is a lot of hop bitterness in the middle as well as some pine. The finish is a medium metallic taste with some bitterness as well. I feel that the overall balance of this beer is a little to far toward the malt end of the spectrum for what I would expect of this style. It does have a pretty good taste though.

M: About what you'd expect with this style. Medium-body with a good level of carbonation.

D: Fairly high drinkability, although somewhat hindered by this being on the sweeter side. The alcohol is undetectable.

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

Pours one of the most cloudy beers I've seen this side of a Hefe.... Rather dark amber with some golden edges in the light.

Aroma was slight pine hops, some malt in there,
[couldn't find a date stamp, this may have been a little old]

Pretty nice big double IPA bite up front, malt backing. Pretty good balance, not bad,
Especially when you factor in the price. Probably the cheapest DIPA out there right now...

I'd get this again, not the best DIPA, but not bad at all, and at under 4 bucks, quite a deal.

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick, rocky head that leaves quite a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Citrusy and piney, with a biscuity base underneath

Taste: Biscuity up front, with a similar malt profile to Total Domination; quickly the pithy and piney hops kick in, and here is where the beer diverges from its sibling as it is less fruity but much more pithy and bitter; after the swallow, the hops dominate, with a hint of residual sugar and mint on the tip of the tongue at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I prefer the more balanced approach of Total Domination to this beer, but still, it is a nice example of the style

Thanks, riversideAK (from the other site), for the opportunity

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades fast at first, but settles to a very persistent thin white foam film that floats atop the brew. This foam film lasts for quite some time, eventually fading to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather light for an imperial IPA. It is strongest in a grapefruit citrus aroma that is nearly matched by some orange and tangerine smells. Along with these smells are some other hoppy aromas of a grassy and floral nature with a bit of a bready smell rounding them all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slightly sweet flavor of a tropical fruit and tangerine nature. At the start of the taste there is a doughy flavor with this taste being maintained throughout the flavor profile. Some hop flavors of a pine and floral nature are present from the start as well with these fading a bit as the flavor advances forward. While the aforementioned hop flavors fade, a grapefruit hop flavor comes to the tongue, with it growing stronger and stronger, both replacing and well surpassing the other hop flavors. The grapefruit hop really picks it up a notch at the end of the taste, which overall ends up leaving a rather lingering bitter grapefruit rind like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both the qualities really accentuate the hop flavors of the brew and really accentuate the grapefruit hop flavors of the brew, which is quite good for the style.

Overall – A decent but not out of this world double IPA. The bitter grapefruit is a little to overpowering at the end of the taste bringing a bit of unbalance. Overall though a decent try.

Photo of rye726
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours a rich, creamy dark orange. The head is crazy on my beer, very creamy with good retention and sticky lacing. Nice.

The smell isn't as strongly hoppy as I figured, but still bery nice. Citrus, hops, spices.

Taste is very smooth and creamy. The hops are NOT overwhelming. Very balanced with the other floral and citrus flavors. A little citrus hop bite in the backend but not overwhelming.

Feels creamy and rich on the tongue, but it leaves you hoping for a few more rich flavors.

Pretty drinkable. Not too much of anything.

I hoped for more but still a good beer.

Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.