Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Reviews: 407
Hads: 1,505
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 182
Gots: 305 | FT: 2
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Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of captaincoffee
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, bitter, classic CCC hops flavor profile. This is a reasonably big beer (8%), but not a monster. However, those 100 IBUs really come through in the finish. Basically, a quality uber-hopped IPA, but not a lot to differentiate in terms of a unique profile. (260 characters)

Photo of Ghrymm
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice Double IPA,pours a dark amber with a thin off white head that lasts and one of the best lacing i have seen on a IPA.Wonderful pine and a woody taste. Perfect balance malt to hops. (191 characters)

Photo of adaman797
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark reddish gold color, not much smell at all. Fine carbonation, light mouthfeel. Smooth well balanced flavor with apple, some tropical notes, musty bitter finish. No single stand out flavor profile. Overall great tasting. (223 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden color, decent head , medium thin sticky lace.
Fruity and marmalade nose. Further along I detect more biscuity, bread and malt aroma. Some pear also.
Light feel in the mouth for a DIPA, medium bodied overall. Soft carbonation. Initial taste is grapefruit like. Very hop heavy as they take over. There is, however, a strong malt backbone. Dry resin hops and bitter grapefruit finish. Very drinkable. I liked it a lot. (422 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold to amber under a 2” clingy white head with a fine bead.
S: Resiny piney hops, biscuit, light fruit on the nose
T: Starts creamy and has a little malt sweetness and some pear, slight orange. Long lingering bitterness with a biscuity, fruity sweetness – almost like a jam or marmalade.
F: very creamy and smooth, medium to medium full body, medium carbonation, slight warming.
O: A big well balanced beer. (430 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Dark orange medium haze, with a rapid rate of effervesce. Thick and frothy light beige head is one inch and steady on the hold. Thick sheet coating of lace has a good coverage rate.

S: Citrusy sweet malt aroma, fresh pine juice, settles to a light pine dry hop finish. Lightly dry flowery citrus grind with a decent awareness and average retention.

T: Flavor was sharp wet with citrusy-grapefruit mingling against a sweetly toasted malt backing. Dry grapefruit flower hops follow up with a touch of toasted tropical fruitiness, piney cream hops. Dry bittering finish with a good dose of knock-out hops, bittering, good strength, nice lingering duration.

M: Mouthful leans towards the lighter side of medium, warming hop juice of citrusy-pine with some toasted malt on the inner cheeks provides a nice feel.

O: Overall nice balance of malt and hops, reminds me of a dfh 90 how it drinks and in terms of balance, warming hop juiciness, floral hops, and abv. Warming citrusy-pine juice is soothing making for an enjoyable drink. (1,060 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, resin, hint of pine, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of wood, and a hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of alcohol, resin, hops, slight liquor, hint of wood, sweet malt, and slight citrus hops. Overall, good appearance, good aroma, good complexity, blend is off though which hurts the body. (568 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint tasting glass.
A= Fresh nice looking DIPA, pours orange to amber, head is off white, lasts, and lacing remains.
S= Earthy, piney, and spicy hops, some sweet malt.
T= Sweet malt, maybe honey, lots of citrus and pine hops. Finish is all malt and bread.
M= Full with correct carbonation.
O= Tasty double IPA, balanced with malt, bitterness, and hop flavors. Pine and mixed citrus. (423 characters)

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. (301 characters)

Photo of 11BIRD11
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super hoppy. After 2 or 4 you aren't overwhelmed by the hoppiness. Great beer though. Alcohol content is pretty high and that is good because after 4 or 5 you are pretty much just spitting out pine trees. (204 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured all cellar temperature-like into my tulip. About time, really.

The first thing you need to know is that this is a very pretty IPA. I mean seriously pretty. Radiant orange, rocky, long-lasting, just off-white head, and glamorous lacing. A real looker.

It smells of fragrant pine, hops of the dank, herbal variety I swear I get a little basil and oregano, but I WAS making pizza sauce a half-hour ago), and orange. Bit of honey. A zesty aroma. Yes, that's the word.

Oh, okay. so that's how it is. The flavor just somewhat exploded on my palate. I wasn't quite prepared for that. This tastes like the result of squeezing fresh oranges, lemons, and grapefruit, and then mixing that citrus juice with pure pine needle extract. It's the bread and butter of IPAs: citrus and pine, but turned up to an extravagant level. Not to mention the lovely bready finish with a lingering balance of astringency and malts.

Love the feel. It's got substance, and substantial carbonation, but at the same time a certain softness.

An wonderful example of an ale that proves you don't need a bunch of ridiculously nuanced complexities to be great (don't get me wrong - I like complexity, too). But this is just unabashed, unashamed, IPA deliverance. And it wooks pwerty. :B (1,263 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy orange with a fingers worth of white head that disappears quickly

S-tropical fruits, grapefruit, light caramel

T-more citrus than in the smell, with some pine, and still has the tropical fruit sweetness

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall nice tropical fruits and citrus with decent amount of pine hops (323 characters)

Photo of SublimeZero
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ninkasi, low in my eyes, yet, I find myself "tipping my hat" to this beautiful brew. pouring classic deep yellow IPA rising to a perfect head off white. let the aromatics talk to you, smell, and really breath deep, underneath the hops the smooth nose leave you wanting more. The taste is surprisingly balanced, bitter for the hop lover and balanced for the casual drinker, this is definitely a "go to" (401 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: golden ale, clear; coupla fingers of ivory head left laces down the glass

S: chewy biscuit malts drenched with honey, powerful citrus and pine medley, floral and resinous at the same time

T: sweet caramel malts and fresh, chewy grains underscoring a massive hop profile that is both pithy and resinous at the same time - dank, but with bright citric pith-points

M: medium-weight and soft on the tongue, bittering subtly throughout; smooth, great aftertaste

O: worthy of its ratings and rank - delicious and potent, full of bitterness, fresh grain malts and moderate sugars - top-notch DIPA that drinks like s DIPA but without being too heavy or strong. Get some. (669 characters)

Photo of lewzer99
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Slightly ruby tinted gold with a one and a half finger off white head
S: citrus, orange zest, tropical fruits like pineapple and mango
T: a lot of tropical fruit, sweet with a lingering bitterness
M: crisp and effervescent
O: good, one of the better double IPA's I've had with a tropical fruit profile (304 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no bottling date that I could find. Served in a DFH IPA glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, candied oranges) and piney hops, and some bready and caramel malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some grapefruit and melon noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. This was given to me from one of my friends, nice of him to give me a bottle! It's worth picking up if you've never had it before, glad I got to try it. (699 characters)

Photo of Chris33
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great balance of bitterness and sweet maltiness. Not as juicy and dank as I like but still a top brew. More prominent malt backbone to the hop bitterness than my favorites. Glad I brought this back to Ohio when I was in Arizona a few weeks ago. If I go out west again soon I would snag this again. (300 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Deep amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Slightly hazy.

Nose
Honey, candied grapefruit, papaya, and melon.

Taste
Honey, toffee, honeydew melon, and papaya rind. Bitter grapefruit pith and earthy florals.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and oily. Medium carbonation with a medium-high bitterness.

Overall
Firm malt backbone with ample bitterness. (433 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing amazing going on here. As such, it has negatively impacted my enthusiasm for a detailed review. Worth trying, but with the market being inundated with myriad IPAs, this does nothing to separate itself. It merely establishes itself. In a blind tasting, I would assert its style, but not its superiority. It's lacking the waves and layers of hops that are featured in some of today's aggressive, lean forward IPAs. Too thin, and certainly not enough body for an 8.0 ABV. The industry is catching up; former staples are paying the price. (542 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle: This one pours a hazy dark golden color. There was about a finger of a light tan head on it. Nice nose. Not overly hoppy, pine and floral with some malts in the background. Some lacing. The taste is good. Fairly bitter with some malt sweetness in the background. Some orange and grapefruit flavors. Good malt body. Well balanced. A keeper (351 characters)

Photo of hotmailmsn
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber, not hazy, lack head. piney, sweet tropical fruit aroma, caramel. bitterness comes the front, then malty. short lasting of the 100ibu. similar with many other double ipa, no characteristic. (195 characters)

Photo of vikinggary28
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was not familiar with this Oregon brewery but I was recommended to give it a try. I love double IPA's so Tricerahops looked like a good place to start. The colour is awesome. Dark amber/copper with a off white lacing head. I love pretty looking beers. Aroma comes across hoppy/grassy as you would expect, but balanced well with citrus and malt. Taste is much the same with a difinite hint of citrus peel, grapefruit maybe. Mouthfeel good with a hoppy/slightly citrus aftertaste. A great sipping beer while you BBQ during a warm day. (535 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Indiscernible bottle dating.

Three finger head, settling down to a finger with pill like lacing, and a banana yellow tinged head. Slightly fluffy and creamy looking. Real nice opaque deep tangerine body with some small rising carbonation.

Deep hop aroma of dank and strong caramel and burnt sugars. Slight molasses with a bit of citrus hiding in the back but with a slight syrup note. Solid, not great though.

Real nice juiced and solid palate. Large filling citrus orange and mild grapefruit rush in the middle palate, full of flavor and depth. Juicy aftertaste of large fresh grapefruit, very unexpected as the nose really hinted at a very malt forward brew it seemed. Finishes thick and warm, almost creamy with excellent grapefruit juice and mild zesty oil bitterness.

Quite an unexpected and solid enjoyable Double IPA from the guys. (901 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a shaker pint glass. A medium orange amber hue with three solid fingers of sturdy, creamy off-white head that retains its shape well. Aroma is bright, vibrant, hop-forward. Some grapefruit and canned tangerine citrus, overripe passion fruit, kiwi, starfruit, orange, pineapple, pine needles or menthol cough syrup, gooseberry. The aroma is perhaps downplayed but if one goes looking there is a whole cornucopia of fresh perky hop smells. Subtle caramel malt sweetness.

I am pleased to report that the taste largely follows the nose. Sweet, rich, boozy, fruity. The aforementioned citrus and tropical fruit elements translate as tree-ripened, warmed in the sun, slightly fermented on the palate. Some catty character but not overpowering as in its non-imperial stablemate. Think pineapples stuck with pine needles and cloves, draped with orange and grapefruit rinds and drizzled with passion fruit and guava juices. And some alcohol. Deceptively drinkable and smooth though, with the tropical flavors only compounding this attribute. Great stuff. I am finding that the bitterness is subsiding in favor of a fruit bowl chewing gum sweetness. Is that some cantaloupe melon now? Malts are bready and perhaps more salient that the DIPA bible says they should be. Who gives a shit? Its all hanging together. Body on the thick side of moderate. Carbonation is similarly more bold than expected but not caustic. Finishes with a decent degree of citrus rind and peach after all that tropical saccharine to-do. Black tea comes on late.

Evidently this brewery has recaptured my IPA regard after a spotty showing the first time around. Bravo! (1,651 characters)

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an OK IPA. It doesn't have any standout trait, its just slightly above average across the board. It is in a very crowded market however, and at 7$ a bomber, I don't feel that a repurchase is justified. 7$ goes along way in the west coast IPA market. (257 characters)

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.