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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Reviews: 422
Hads: 1,561
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 19.95%
Wants: 186
Gots: 337 | 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

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Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007

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Photo of Brad007
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a mild gold color with a small white head into my glass. For $4.99, it seems like a steal already.

Bold hop aroma with mint and pine in the nose.

Buttery malt and bold citrus and pine bitterness. A little sweeter than expected.

Bitterness envelopes the mouth back toward the tongue. A little alcohol heat to boot.

An impressive nod to the old school DIPA with the abundance of pine bitterness!

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Photo of scurfie
4.99/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Lacing outstanding, extremely smooth with an excellent hop bitter finish. Really outstanding brew that's worth looking for and buying.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold, with a small but persistent head. Aroma is sweet, with citrus and pine as expected. The taste is intense, leads sweet but quickly turns incredibly bitter. It seems quite similar to their Total Domination brew, except the bitter hops' kick is substantially bigger. I'm not sure that's a good thing. The bitter flares and alcohol burn are almost too distracting to let you relax and get comfortable with it. Nice texture though, with a perfect viscosity. Overall, I think this is just for showing off, a way to get more and more bitter simply because you could. I can't imagine anyone drinking this casually...

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Photo of Hurlshot
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a pitcher of this for super cheap at a pizza joint in Pismo, and was pretty happy by the time my buddy and I finished it. It has a great IPA smell, very strong hops. Shouldn't it be a triple IPA? No matter, it is a very hoppy IPA with a great color and finish. High on flavor and character.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy copper amber with well-retaining foamy off-white head. Lacing is divine. Smells of resin and orange, both fruit and peel. For the duration, oranges, tangerine, pine, rind, iron, and a touch of soap, companioned with permanent marker in the aftertaste. Plenty bitter but well-balanced. Alcohol really does shine forth if you can get past the hops. Not much for peppercorn here, you might think. But I have a trick for teasing it out. Take a gulp, slosh it around a little. Let sit. Swallow bubbles. Repeat. Then let the rest trickle down your throat via the sides of the tongue as air from your lungs is pumped back out through the nose. You'll find it. Pick out the ground mustard seed while you're at it. In this regard, reminded me of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot. Either way, amazing flavors in this beer, folks. Color, aromas, and taste all match. Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium-ish and make for smooth drinking. It warms mainly the cheeks, and makes the teeth tingle, but affects the throat as well. Very accessible. I really wish I had picked up a few more of these the last time it was in town. Have one or two more waiting for me at least.

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So . . . I like it. You can tell by the rating. I don't like the price, but I really, really like Tricerahops. Is it a beer? Yes, under Germanic laws it should qualify. Yet, it takes beer - that stuff we started quaffing in our teens with the boys while buying up the wine coolers for any ladies we could scrounge up - to a different level. Total Domination is an excellent, balanced IPA which in some respects drinks so smoothly that it's like a pale ale. Tricerahops is the Double IPA that explodes with flavor but is so refined that it's smoother than any IPA you might care to mention. This is beer that's better than wine. It's not industrial swill. It's not your average IPA with some grapefruit and so-so malt that's too bland or too thin. The taste and intensity is completely different but in the overwhelmingly appealing qualities of this double IPA, the balance, and the balanced greatness of the malt, it's like a 21st century SABL.

Tricerahops is a radiant orange in the evening light of my house. It has some cloudiness to it, although not as much as some ales. The head is a gorgeous off-white that builds, lasts, and laces.

The best descriptor for Tricerahops is that it's Total Domination amplified, but that's terrible for anyone who hasn't enjoyed Total Domination. It's a blend of citrus of several types, all delicious, and just enough dark resinous pine to let you know that this Dino means business. Not a false note. The aroma stays great to the bottom of the glass, not getting a little weak like Total Domination.

The taste is everything you would hope for. Yes, there's the grapefruit, and the other citrus and tropical fruits, and they are bitter just like such fruits are - but never too much. All that goodness is in there with a malt that's just excellent. It's what we never imagined beer could be in the 1980s. The IBU is 100 but you would never know it. The bitterness is in proportion to the flavor.

The feel is smooth. This double IPA is full and deep. The flavors have a lot to offer and the malt is there to hold them up and hold it all together.

I can't speak for her, but imagine that Ninkasi favors this beverage. Fermentation perfected?

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Photo of pmangold
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

good overall double IPA - it's a big resinous hop forward ale that doesn't pull any punches. bitter hops/pine in the nose and the taste. I enjoy those kind of beers even though I would rather a little more balance. the best of the three ninkasi pales we get here in FL.

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Photo of beinerso
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy, oddly closer to tan than copper
Smell: Certainly citrus (tropical fruit + grapefruit), apricot, understated sweet malt, a smidge of booze
Taste: Pine, apricot, grapefruit, bitter
Mouthfeel: med body, mod syrup min oily, heavy carbonation
Overall: lots to like about this dino DIPA

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Photo of AnalogErik
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big hop front, but smooth drinker. To quote the bottle share buddies "that was a double?" - Good citrus smell, but the flavor is more muted. Overall a great double.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear medium Amber. Lots of lacing. Nice sweet honey malt note. Medium grapefruit bitter hop note. Smooth but feels lighter Bodied than most DIPAs. Pretty good.

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Photo of ZachT
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Big, bold in your face double IPA. Superb hop aroma ranging from piney/resiny to citrusy and tropical fruit. The hops are supported by a big, complex malt body that balances out the 100 IBUs extremely well.

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Photo of Shemmy
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glad I tried this one. Has a nice solid, not too heavy, not too light mouthfeel. There is as some others have noted a significant malt presence that provides an excellent backdrop to the strong and very nice grapefruit, grapefruit peel, and bitter hoppiness. Beautiful long lasting three finger cream colored head and nice dark amber color to the beer. Will definitely be buying this again if and when available.

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Photo of Omnium
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Clear gold with two fingers of foamy densy white head, lots of suspended yeast in here.
S - Lots of sweet orange and tangerine, bread, some pine, pineapple, pear.
T - Malt is slightly sweet but not ovebearing, lots of orange and some tropical notes, bitter earthy pine.
M - Full bodied yet not chewy or sticky.
O - Solid Double IPA

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Photo of Dikfour
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Three fingers of off white creamy head dissipates pretty slowly leaving pretty lacing. Hazy copper in color and floaty sediment.

Smell: Oily orange citrus hops.

Taste: Pretty well balanced. Was expecting a bit more hoppy bitterness. Fruity malts and a slightly bitter finish. Masks the alcohol very well.

Feel: Kinda syrupy. Sticky sweet.

Overall: Pretty ok. Doesn't feel like a double neccisarily but is still a killer IPA. At $12 for a four pack, there are others I enjoy much more. Dirtwolf comes to mind. Certainly worth a shot but I don't know that I'll be returning.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Ghrymm
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of adaman797
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of jhavs
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of 11BIRD11
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.