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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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427 Reviews
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Reviews: 427
Hads: 1,590
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 192
Gots: 358 | 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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Reviews: 427 | Hads: 1,590
Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of SublimeZero
4.69/5  rDev +17%
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"

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of lewzer99
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Chris33
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of johlac66
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A slightly hazy orange gold with a thick head that took awhile to become extinct, leaving a curtain of lacing.
Citrus pine on the nose followed by the same on the palate, like sweet onion. Nice caramel backbone. Slight bitter finish.
I've been enjoying this one for just over two years. A solid go-to DIPA.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Honey, candied grapefruit, papaya, and melon.

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

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

Firm malt backbone with ample bitterness.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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!

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of demon
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap.

Golden honey color. Light head retention. Very sweet and quite delicious. Light bread taste. Mild malty flavors. The fruit flavors on this one are awesome--strong mango and orange.

Overall, I really liked this IPA. It wasn't knock-you-off-your-feet intense, and satisfied everything I was looking for at the time. Would try again.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear brownish copper color, with one finger of creamy off-white head, good retention, and nice lacing. The aroma was piney and citrus, with just a slight hint of malt. The taste was grapefruit, grapefruit and more grapefruit. I did get some nice pine and bready sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel was nice and crisp, with a bit of carbonation bite on the back of my tongue. Overall, pretty nice beer, but a bit short of the better DIPA/IIPAs.

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Photo of jooler
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a double ipa. The taste is more like a hoppier imperial ipa. You can taste the alcohol taste more than the actual hops. It is like a weaker ruinten ipa but overall not so bad

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Photo of hopflyer
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not much on the nose. Balanced taste but definitely leaning on the hoppy side. A little bitterness. Hops were earthy, floral rather than citrusy.
Feel was medium. Good for the style. Nice beer

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy orange copper with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts with some floral piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with big piney, resiny, tarry hops with a harsh bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a big bitter hop bomb. I remember it being less harsh and more fruity on tap.

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Photo of mschantz
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap. Golden orange color and nearly clear. Nose was surprisingly uneventful. After disappointing nose taste was a very pleasant surprise - big mango and orange flavors with a slightly astringent finish.sparkly mouth feel.

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Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Pours a nice copper color. Smell of citrus and fruit. Beer is juicy and full of citrus. Bitterness almost taste like a grapefruit. Easy to drink. Good balance of fruit with the bitterness. Solid beer from a solid brewery.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear and bright orange in color. The head foams up to about two fingers thick with a moderately aggressive pour. It settles somewhat quicker than I expected given the foaminess, but it doesn’t vanish altogether. A nice, quarter-inch cap with a little topography remains in place. There is a surprising amount of foam for a Double IPA here. The lacing is consistently layered throughout the glass, covering about 40% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: The smell was evident as the beer was being poured and the head was just beginning to foam. Even at this point, a few minutes after the pour, I can still smell it without putting my nose near the glass. Tangerine hits me first with a very pleasant piney and mildly grassy back. A little resinous, very intense and delicious smell.

TASTE: The tangerine from the nose is right up front on this one with a slightly more bitter citrus (lots of grapefruit) character rounding it out near the back of the palate. Some tropical fruits also dance around a weed-like flavor and some subtle grass.

MOUTHFEEL: Exceptionally well balanced; medium to slightly big body with a little sweet followed by a little dry and an increasing bitterness throughout each sip. The carbonation is a little on the light side with just a tickle, but there’s enough to make this beer work.

OVERALL: Excellent beer. I’m very excited to have this one finally arrive in Colorado and look forward to a lot more Ninkasi releases out here.

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Photo of leaddog
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 18/11/14

A clear light copper, lots of bubbles sticking to the side and several streams of slow bubbles feed a short lived finger of foam that leaves some polka dot lace

S orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime, plenty of citrus, some pine wine gums, and a little sweet malt

T rindy compared to the nose, more pine, caramel, and a hint of booze, solid but I preferred the nose

M silky upon entry and slowly creams up, a little slick on the palate with faint heat going down, rind lingers

O pretty solid DIPA, nothing crazy complex or unique but easy enough to drink and not really lacking in any area

nothing to really set it apart but no reason not try it either, nearly 10$ bucks for a bomber I'm not sure if I'd buy a second though

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.