Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
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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: 1,468 | Reviews: 414
Photo of decafron
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a proper pint glass from a 22oz. bomber. golden amber with tons of carbonation and excellent long lasting lacing.

smells of caramel, pine, and of course hops, hops, hops. i can't help but think of spring rain when i put my beak in there.

tastes of massive hops, citrus, rock candy as well as malt in the middle of the palate. probably the maltiest DIPA i've ever come across which isn't a bad thing at all.

mouthfeel is somewhere between a medium to heavy body with lots of carbonation.

a damn fine drinkable DIPA that hides the 8.8% very well. not quite the hopmonster i was expecting, but pleasantly balanced and refreshing. at about $5 i'll gladly be buying more of this. thanks ninkasi!

Photo of mshannon
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz into pint glass.

A- Gorgeous dark amber color, very clear, creamy head, long retention and thick lacing, definitely inviting

S- citrus and floral hops, also nice caramel/biscuity malts

T- relatively big hops, not what I was expecting with double IPA, but tasty and citrusy, same malts, alcohol is mild, nice balance

M- thick and bubbly

D- awesome, very drinkable though not really double, I'll buy it again

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. The foam overtook the top of the glass, settled nicely and I finished the pour.

A - Beautiful perfectly clear dark amber appearance, foamy bronze head that persisted for quite a while.

S - The citricy smell was noticeable as soon as I popped the cap and only got better as I filled the glass. Smelled of grapefruit.

T - More grapefruit - and hops. Lots of hops and more hops.

M - The beer feels very pleasant in the mouth and the aftertaste is very pleasant.

D - The only thing preventing me from having another is the alcohol content.

For a hophead like myself, I feel I have died and gone to Heaven. Ninkasi the goddess would be pleased.

Photo of davedahl
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful golden ale w/crystal clarity, thick tight tan head.

Smell: hops hops hops (w/a little caramel).

Taste: juicy big hops, pretty well balanced by rich caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: full, round, but not a gullet-stuffer.

Damn tasty. Overall, smooth hop aroma, citrus, little pine, maybe some catpiss (in a good way). Brilliant clarity, tan head. First sip smacked me a bit of a hop-pucker from the hops. Clean fermentation big bitterness (earthy hops?), balanced caramel backbone, taste cleans up with creamy pine and citrus. Alcohol (8.8%) is present, but not overbearing.

Good stuff.

Photo of velmalikevelvet
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz bottle into a chilled mug on 6/30/10.

Coppery-orange & slightly clouded, with a generous, creamy head with staying power, leaving substantial lacing & no doubt it was there.

As soon as the cap was popped, the bouquet jumped out! This is the first beer I can really say smelled "floral". Grapefruit, too, in nice measure. Massive hops, just like you'd expect in a DIPA, with a nice bite. Just like it says on the bottle: "Fiercely flavorful."

Chewy in the mouth, with a decent tingle-factor. Great carbonation. Fairly begs to be paired with something spicy.

All around great beer!

Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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 hoppyhampy
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at bevmo last week but no other freshness info. 22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Good inch and a half of frothy head with very nice lacing and above average retention. Color is a cloudy orange-amber. Sweet, biscuity malt and mild, fresh hops on the nose. Rich and full bodied. Syrupy without much carbonation leaving room for improvement in the mouthfeel and drinkability departments. The malt definitely slows the onset of the hops but they come through with a fury. Very bitter and resiny but also light and fresh. I like how the malt comes through first and you are left with the hops to enjoy. Overall very good effort, especially for the price.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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

Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy orangish color with a white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- For double IPA I expected a lot more. A bit of pine here with grapefruit hop as well. Followed by a strong malt backbone.

T- Hops are up front with a citrus and pine background but are balanced out by a bready malt backbone. For a double IPA I wasn't really impressed not enough hops here.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation.

D- Fairly easy to drink I expected a lot more outta this one. Fairly disappointed here.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of popery
2.99/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big disappointment. I tried this beer on tap at this year's DIPA Festival at The Bistro and was surprised to find it wanting. Optimistically, I didn't review it, hoping that the sampler didn't do it justice. I have a fresh bottle, now, and can honestly say this does not live up to its reputation.

Tricerahops pours a bright amber, transparent, with a white head. The aroma is dominated by hops, though rather weak, and there are some pine/citrus notes in there, somewhere, but, unfortunately, it's more a body odor/gym socks hoppiness. The flavor also definitely lacks for hops (I'm aware of the limitations of IBU counts and don't put much stock in them, but I'm surprised at Ninkasi's claim that this clocked in 100+). It isn't nearly bitter enough. However, I'll give it some credit for not being sweet, either. The mouthfeel is a tad thin, and the finish is bland with those same mediocre, body odor hop flavors.

I appreciate that Ninkasi is trying to make relatively affordable craft beer, but this is a poor effort. Lagunitas absolutely blows them out of the water, in this respect. I hate to be harsh, but I just don't get this beer and have not been a fan of their other offerings thus far.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With such an awesome name, I expected more.

Pours a golden-ish amber/orange hue. Big white foam head.

Smells mostly of pine, but there's some grapefruit rinds and sweet white grapefruit there also. It actually smells better than it tastes.

The hops are too muted in the flavor. Too much malt, and a weird sweet herbal aftertaste. Some grapefruit, some sticky citrus resin, but it's a bit off kilter for a DIPA.

Good mouthfeel.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a nice long-lasting white head, good lace.

S: Tropical fruit salad, complex and fragrant.

T: Sweet pineapple, passion fruit, guava, very tropical. Malt is nice, almost a cake batter flavour, with some strawberry and grapefruit in the finish.

M: Medium/full-bodied, long aftertaste, very light carbonation.

D: I'm glad this was finally available at BevMo, after Ninkasi's been available for a couple months I wondered when this was going to show up. Under $5 a bomber for a DIPA of this quality, an easy buy.

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

Pour - amazing dark golden in color with suspended sediment that makes it almost look frozen. The head is creamy and resembles pancake batter. Lots of lacing inside the glass makes this pour extremely appetizing.

Aroma - lots of fresh, piney Pacific Northwestern hops come jumping out of the glass. Some sweet, syrupy malt follows and a smell of red licorice as well. Slight hints grapefruit and orange juice combine with cotton candy to round things out.

Taste - big and bitter up front with a boat load of malt backing things up. This is definitely a vamped up IPA with some tongue tingling hoppiness and a warming alcohol level. A bit buttery and citrusy with some very nice piney flavors that coat the inside of the mouth. As a hophead I am not let down, this covers all my needs and then some.

Overall - With so many big IPAs out there its getting nigh impossible to really pick out the great ones from the very good ones. This one is definitely very good and well worth seeking out. Plenty of hop flavor and with a better drinkability than others at this strength.

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. What I wouldn't do to have a pint of this at the brewery the first day it is being poured. Talk about hop heaven.

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

A good clear, amber/autumn appearance. Minimal head and lacing. Great hop pine aroma.

Great amounts of hops and bitterness coat the palate. Not heavy malt wise. Good mouthfeel, nothing resonates to take away from its hop character (and that's why we drink DIPA right?). Not just absurd bitterness, but plays well with the dry hop taste.

Alcohol remains hidden very well, very pleased to be getting this beer in NorCal, much less for only $5.99 a 22. One of many great, nationally under the radar ipa's coming out of Oregon.

EDIT: How many old bottles did Bevmo pick up of this? The last 3 times, old, faded. An A- when fresh.

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

A - Murky amber/unfiltered apple cider. Near white head leaves and chunky clumps and lots of webbed lace remains.

S - Pine and citrus dominate. Some of that pot/cat pee smell.

T - Big caramel center surrounded by equally big hops.

M - Medium to full, nice balance between sweet and bitter. Lush beer.

D - Pretty good for how big and full flavored it is.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a while ago at work.

Appearance- dark golden amber color, thin head

Smell- light hops

Taste- very light hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok but I was expecting more hops from a double IPA. I still enjoyed it and would drink it again.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Huge head at a few inches. Its foamy and frothy on top of a clear orange body with only a slight amount of carbonation rising.

S - Malt aroma accented by yeast and very faint hops.

T - The hop flavors are smooth and unabrupt. There is certainly come hops here butu they don't overwhelm the beer. Ninkasi does a great job of making sure the malt isn't completely bogged out of the flavor picture by the hops. A job well done in my opinion.

M - Thick and smooth this beer is one I can feel in my mouth without a huge amount of abbrasive carbonation.

~ This is a very good beer. I'm very impressed by the flavors and feel of this beer. The aroma left me wanting a bit more but overall, this is a solid IPA.

Photo of charlzm
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Consumed April 6th, 2010.

The color of Tricerahops (love the name) is a clear, deep honey/copper blend. Plenty of carbonation feeds a thin, off-white head that is very sticky.

As one would expect by the name, the beer is quite aromatic in the hop realm. As one might not expect, the smell is light and clean, primarily citrus (lemon) and grass.

The flavor is likewise very hoppy, but not in the typical west coast grapefruit and pinetree way - again, hop flavor, while big, leans toward grassy, grapefruit and lemon notes. There's just a fleeting trace of malt (crystal/caramel?) before the long, bitter finish begins. Flavor is pretty clean, all things considered, though that big bitter finish lingers on for a while.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, but otherwise unremarkable.

Drinkable? Not to me. I like more malt/hops balance and bitterness that ends the same night I drink the beer. For hopheads only.

Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from BevMo in Sunnyvale.

Pours clear copper with a one-finger white head that leaves a ring as long as the beer lasts.

Aroma is a very nice west coast style hop character. Orange peel, pine, and weed as well as sweet malt.

Flavor is great and very hop-forward and rough. Feels like there are whole leaf hops in there with the beer. Orange peel and grapefruit rind, the wacky tobacky, and some resins.

Very nice palate, with hop oils nearly stripping your enamel off. Medium bodied for a DIPA; not syrupy.

Overall this is a very nice DIPA in the west coast style. Drinkable. For about $4 a bomber, it's one of the better values out there.

Photo of womencantsail
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is amber in color with a thin white head and some rings of lacing.

S: The nose is pine all the way with a bit of earth, mild citrus, and some sweet caramel malt.

T: The flavor is a bit sweet, especially considering the nose. A lot of caramel and bready malts with some piney hops and a sharp bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a lower level of carbonation that lends the beer a bit of a syrupy feel.

D: A nice sharp bitterness to the beer, but not all that much going on. And despite the high amounts of pine, it's still on the sweet side.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a big thick slightly off white head that lingers for quite some time and leaves a great lacing on the glass

S-the nose is quite nice and all hops. It gives off a very oily piney resignous hop aroma. Grapefruit and tangerine come in at the back to add tropical fruit aromas

T-the taste follows the nose and is big and hoppy. Tons of hop oils and a strong note of pine are right in front. Hop bitterness and grapefruit takes over, lots of bitterness. Its sticky and resignous.

M-full body, chewy, smooth, syrupy, thick. It coats the mouth as it is so thick. Hints of alcohol in the back and well carbonated

D-huge bitterness makes it tasty but definitely takes it's toll on your palate. Big flavors and hops right in your face.

Photo of volatilesther
3.02/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden amber that left nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is barely present. I got hint of citrus and cooked oats.

The first few sips were very bitter. I love bitter ales but there was something not very balanced about this beer. Perhaps I got an old bottle because the bittering hops are very dominant and I don't taste any flavoring or aromatic hops. It is also a little too tart for the style. After a few sips the maltiness was more apparent and I could taste ripe bananas. Very dry and earthy finish.

Mouthfeel is a little light for a DIPA but it is very smooth.

Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.