Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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90
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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 181
Gots: 290 | 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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Ratings: 1,473 | Reviews: 415
Photo of TheBrewo
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We pop the top and pour a brew of rusty golden brown into our Founders snifters. It throws a frothy one and a half finger tall head of tight and soapy bubbles, showing great retention. Spots of lacing drip down the glass, while tighter archipelagos line the rim. A decent haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be light but diffuse. The aroma is nicely juicy, with bright grapefruit and nectary hops, floral lavender, banana pepper oil, light bubblegum esters, Starburst candy sweetness and fruitiness, strawberries, apricot, and rhubarb, soft bubblegum esters, caramel and clean pale maltiness, lemon rind, pineapple juice, freshly sliced Macintosh apples, and soft copper metallics around the edges. Our first impression is that the hop profile becomes much more bittering and west coast dominant that the nose would suggest, with an equally muddying of the malt profile to match. As we sip, the taste opens up with the sweetness of bubblegum esters, juicy hop oils of citrics, florals, and pine, salty pale and caramel malts, white sugar, plastic phenol warmth, earthen bitterness, and tannic dryness of unused tea bags. The middle comes to a peak with more of a soapy and herbal hop twang, bright booziness, fresh cut grass wetness, foam noodles, almond oil, envelope glue, white chalk, and those clean pale malts. The end comes with harsh plastics, singed rubber, cedar mulch, dirty muddiness, honey sugars, chokecherries, wildly bittering lemon rind and juice, heavy citric and piney hops, dried apricot, green vegetal leafiness, and spicy booze. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of crumbling wax, earth, grassy resins, fresh lemon and grapefruity juiciness, pine sap, herbal hoppiness, aluminum, warm biscuits, soft plastics, and simple syrup sweetness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip is easy on the lip, giving pleasant slurp, smack, cream, froth, pop, and glugability. The mouth is left oily and coated, with pucker from the bitterness of hops and booze, and the faintest tannic dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer, aside from its awesome dinosaur-punning name, was its snout. The aromas wafting off the top are uplifting, fruity, massively hoppy, and juicy, daring the drinker not to partake. This is why the sip was so curiously surprising. It was 50% heavily bittered, and 50% cloying sweet, especially with warmth by the end, taking away from the classically desired balance of the DIPA. Although from Oregon, which is decidedly its own entity in any style of beer, this is a California take. Rating aside, we could definitely see ourselves happily sitting on some porch somewhere with this in hand, sipping the day away, but when it comes down to brass tacks, this isn’t as nice, in the big picture sense of the word, in comparison to other offerings of the style.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a finger of head on a clear, amber colored body.
The aroma is a good mixture of lemon, grapefruit and caramel.
The flavor is big and bold; lots of lemon bitterness with a good edge of malt and caramel to round it out.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable and bold.

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice medium brown color with fine white lacing. Head was substantial with aggressive pour.

S - Pleasant hope aroma, albeit a little faint for a IIPA.

T - A good balance between citrus and pine.

O - Alcohol and hops both seem a little low for IIPA, but the balance of flavors is nice. My first Ninkasi beer, and it's certainly good enough to have again and to try some of their other creations. Prost.

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

The aroma is great; pine, pineapple, sweet tangerines, and a medium malt sweetness. The taste matches up with the aroma very well. Pine, pineapple, a bit of grapefruit, and bitter pine on the finish.

Medium-full mouthfeel and medium-full carbonation. Slightly on the dry side.

Photo of elNopalero
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This poured a malty orange amber in color with a thick layer of foam.

There’s a delectable aroma of orange and orange marmalade.

Every time I try this beer I keep thinking of it as being overly boozy, a malty-sweet booziness, that contrasts with the orange-citrus of the hops. At first I enjoyed it, then I didn’t mind, but now I find its finish and flavor profile to be off-putting in a way that makes me not reach for it anymore. Boo.

Photo of Matthew_Taylor
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding entry from Ninkasi, a strong double IPA with outstanding characteristics. Pours in a medium amber with a frothy white head about a finger wide.

The smell is strong and hoppy, a floral character. Little to no sweetness on the nose.

A distinctive IPA taste, with strong hops and a bitterness that lasts into the throat. The mouthfeel is great, but it might be a little too carbonated.

All in all, a stellar beer.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color when poured into a pint glass was medium amber, with an orange hue. Very little foam and a fair amout of lace on the side of the glass. The smell had the aroma of lightly roasted malts, with a hint of sweet/sour citrus. The taste was of a normal IPA, nothing outstanding. Pine, malt, citrus flavor that had a sweet/bitter/sour finish in the mouth. The bitter mouthfeel last's for a fair amout of time, but no flavor, just bitterness!

Photo of pdooley98
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Annabelle's bar and bistro in SF

Color could be a bit better (I prefer a more toasted copper)

Nice aroma; perfect balance of malt and hops for an IIPA; in my opinion too many beers in this style are too sweet / not balanced correctly.

Love the mix of citrus/pine in both the nose and taste.

Not my favorite IIPA but it's a welcome choice when it's available

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

Good solid IPA. The malt is dominant and pushes the envelope on sweetness, but does have balance. A moderate hop profile with decent bitterness in the finish. Don't get a lot for the sniffer, slight pine and grapefruit. For some reason it reminds me of an English IPA which isn't a bad think just expected a bit more hopaliciousness from this beer. Love the name.

Photo of mverity
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Orangy amber in color with little head from the pour. When I swirled heavily in my snifter, a creamy white head developed but dissipated quickly. Aroma is mostly malty, with grapefruit and slight piney notes as well. Grapefruit really comes out in the taste. Grapefruit, pine, some kind of spice (coriander maybe), a bubblegum kind of sweetness, a nice bite from the hops, and something else... I can't quite put my finger on the taste. It's a touch off, but this beer is super fresh. Picked up from the brewery less than two weeks ago. It hides the booziness fairly well. but there is still a fair amount of the 8.8% shining through. The mouthfeel is sticky. This beer sticks to your tongue, cheeks, and lips like thin honey; and lingers on the palate for a good minute after you take each and every sip. From what my buddy Eduardo said about Ninkasi, and what I've read from them, I was really hoping this beer was going to live up to the hype. Good, but no where near great.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Malibu Sundownder Tasting Room in Westlake Village, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some onion and garlic herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice citrus forward hop flavor but the hop aromas I am getting are disjointed and muddled.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure Robbrandes sent me the bottle. Thanks.

Appearance: A nice, very light chill haze on a solid burnt orange/amber. Head is white and creamy. Drops to a small cap and collar after a few minutes, but leaves sheets of lacing, sheets and sheets. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Sweet caramelized bready malt. Sweet without being cloying. Cooked. Hops run heavy on the citrus pushing a ton of orange and grapefruit. Some backing bitterness with a deep floral element. Some pineapple. Slightly bitter, but more balanced than anything else. A clean yeast profile with something that smells an awful lot like Chico. Vaguely almost salty thing in the back.

Taste: Caramel and bread. Doughy, undercooked bread. A solid cooked and caramelized malt backbone. Hops run with a little bit less depth than the nose indicated. A solid tropical undercurrent adds mostly pineapple. Some lingering bitterness and oily pine needle. Grapefruit zest with some pithy bitterness as well. Some green onion mixed in there. That element grows as the beer warms. Ends up a bit heavier on the hop presence, losing some of the balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. A bit creamy up front, but finishes with a lingering sweetness and bitterness that dry the tongue. Somehow, it comes across as juicy overall, despite the dry thing.

Overall: Probably better that it's not a carnivore.

It's a west coast DIPA that never goes too far. It's got all the right flavors, if a little light on the citrus in the long run. The onion thing gets a bit much, but the malts help counter it in the long run. If memory serves from trips to the PNW, the price per bottle on this makes it well worth picking up.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Amber in color with a deep orange hue. Clarity is good. One finger of white head settles after a short time. Delicate rings of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Tropical and floral scents. Wildflowers, lots of pineapple juice, starfruit, mango, and mandarin orange. Melon rind. Broken pine needles. Doughy malt base with a touch of honeyed granola. A vibrant and playful nose that suggests a relatively tame bitterness.

T: The nose fibs, bitterness is quite substantial. Pine resin, soapy and even a bit catty and oniony. The more playful fruity notes lie underneath the impressive bitterness. Pineapple, mandarin orange, and starfruit. Smashed mango. Doughy and honeyed ,malt base comes through toward the end. A smidgen of alcohol and tropical esters break through very briefly. Tropical hop tastes are played up on the finish as the bitterness fades.

M: Fairly light in body for the style. Creamy, but almost a bit watery as well. A refreshing blast of carbonation holds it all together.

O: Hop bitterness and flavor are nice enough, but it lacks a little something in body. It's a trade off though: the lighter body takes away a little something, but it does add to the drinkability. This is a dangerously easy beer to put back after a long workout, as I just did.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Normal half glass from Bed, Bath and Beyond
From: Rotten Robbie’s in Healdsburg, Calif.
Price: $6.99 (I think)
Purchased: July 17, 2013
Consumed: July 17, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark caramel amber color with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Sporadic foamy lacing on the sides. Average retention on the top.

Smelled lime, pine, Cascade hops, lemon and citrus hops.

Tasted similar to the nose. Lime, pine, smooth and citrus hops. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Nice and smooth.

Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.

This beer really grew on me. Very sooth for a DIPA.

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

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-caramel malt, citrus, floral, pine

T-citrus, caramel malt, orange, pine, floral notes, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a good DIPA with nice balance of flavors and nicely priced

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

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured a dark semi-hazy orange color with off-white ring of head and no lace

S- Some big citrusy hops, big caramel sweetness, some piney notes

T- Lots of juicy citrus notes, piney hops, lots of caramel sweetness. Lots of bitterness on the finish, balancing out a big sweetness from the malt and hop juiciness

M- Very dry, prickly carbonation, medium body, really smooth

O- Really solid DIPA with lots of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Nice pungent hop character.

Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ninkasi, poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a burnt orange somewhat hazy, a finger of foamy white head.

S-Smells strongly of hops and sweet resin, some floral and citrus notes.

T-Strong hoppy bitterness, resin sweetness. Taste follows nose as there is also some light citrus and floral notes.

M-Medium to full body, lightly carbonated.

O-Very delicious DIPA, it strikes a good balance of hoppy bitter, sweetness and zest.

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 cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to blackcloud for this awesome extra. consumed from a SN ipa glass.

a - brew poured the classic ipa transparent orange with a big foamy white/off-white head that hung out and left massive chunky lacing. the nucleation on the bottom of the glass really made the carbonation jump from the bottom of the glass. looks great.

s - crisp and clean, almost soapy pine. floral, citric and in general appeasing and nice. not too intense, fairly balanced by the malt, but the hop is the superstar.

t - yum. very tasty. much like the nose, a nice floral fruity hop, but rather balanced with the malt. bouquet of flowers, citric, oranges...with a tad of bitterness of the finish, but hardly so. soft caramel notes in the background.

m - soft and easy drinking finish has subtle bitterness, but mostly fruity and floral.

o - overall, this is a really nice ipa. it was surprising to be a west coast ipa with so much malt presence to balance out the hop. not sure if this is old, but the balance is really nice for west coast. paint me impressed.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy sunset orange with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention. Lacing runs from streaky to spotty, with good stick.

Smell - A fair balance in the aroma, bringing a moderate amount of orange citrus and lesser tropical and floral hop notes, with a touch of resin and spice. Malts come through well with bread and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Taste - Hops are more prevalent on the tongue than on the nose, though still relatively balanced by the solid malt backbone. Strong orange character upfront and throughout, more juicy to begin, then fades to a strong pith bitterness. Bready malts provide strong support to the hop assault, coming through with an ever-present quality. Touches on pine and a slight black pepper bite. Finishes with citrus pith/skin bitterness that ranges from orange to grapefruit with long, lingering effects.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate, soft carbonation. Smooth, somewhat creamy before a dry finish.

Overall - Strong offering from Ninkasi. I'm a bit perplexed by the name though: a double (not triple) IPA, with 4 hops used in the brewing process... where does 'Tri'cerahops come from? Oh well. Solid brew. Classic West Coast IPA character. Nice balance for a 100 IBU brew.

Photo of smekermann
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This brewery's been getting a lot of hype in BC. Everywhere I turn, I see NINKASI. I go to Facebook, I see NINKASI being hyped by the distributor. I go to Brewery Creek, I see NINKASI beer in the staff recommendations list. They have NINKASI tap takeovers. Obviously, this brewery has something to prove. I avoided them in the past on account of a friend (hello largoderr) saying he wasn't too impressed with their stuff. He's generally someone whose taste I trust, but at the same time, I couldn't take all the hype anymore. I had to try one of their beers. I was in the mood for some goddamn IPA this evening, so I got a bottle of this, a bottle of Tofino Brewing Hoppin' Cretin and a sixpack of Lagunitas Sucks from Brewery Creek. When I asked the cashier about this beer, he told me that if I liked being punched in the mouth with hops, I would definitely enjoy this. Welp, seeing as my favorite pastime is being abused, assaulted and being held hostage by hops, I assumed this beer would deliver. Sigh. One of these days I'm going to have to stop being so trusting of people.

Where to start with this beer? I guess I'll start by saying that I had a couple of the Lagunitas Sucks bottles first, because I knew they were pretty goddamn amazing (and they were), and then I had the Tofino Brewing Hoppin' Cretin because it was a single IPA so I figured I should have that before having the TRICERAHOPS, because the TRICERAHOPS was a double IPA, you see. Thus, it contained, like, DOUBLE the amount of palate-wrecking hops contained in a meager bomber of Hoppin' Cretin.

Sadly, this beer is completely underwhelming. It pours ok. I guess I'm really bad at gauging a beer's quality by its color (and really, I hardly understand the point of a rating based upon it), but it poured a pretty nice cloudy amber. It smelled... not like a double IPA would smell. The hops were fairly anemic and kinda generic, in the way "wet grass" would smell. The malts were very noticeable in the smell, as well, which is never a great sign in a supposed "hop bomb" double IPA.

The taste was just... bland. Generally, when I have a double IPA, I expect to be smacked down by the hops. It's not masochism on my part, I've just come to expect it from the style. This beer's hop profile could barely compare to the Hoppin' Cretin single IPA I had prior to it. You could definitely tell you were drinking an IPA, but you'd be hard-pressed to pinpoint any exact flavors or aromas. When your double IPA fails to overpower or, hell, even stack up to a single IPA, you have some issues on your hands.

Initial mouthfeel isn't bad. Good carbonation, decent crispness from the hops, but then the malt just overpowers everything else. This sort of malt backing would be ideal to an overpowered, 11% IPA with an obscene amount of hops (like Hop Henge, maybe). In this beer, though, it just overpowers everything and just makes it kinda sweet and slightly cloying.

Maybe I didn't have the freshest bottle. I wouldn't know, since NINKASI (HYPE HYPE HYPE) doesn't date their bottles. I've been running into this problem quite often recently. Breweries, seriously, how about you start dating your goddamn IPAs? Regardless, I'm pretty sure I'd have many of the same qualms with it even fresh. At 8.8% ABV, I can't see the hop profile balancing out the huge malt body this beer has.

Overall, I think this is proof that hyping a beer to hell and back works. 91 rating on BA? Seriously? There are way better examples of double IPAs in Oregon, Washington, and, hell, even in BC, Canada. They don't have an awesome hype campaign like this brewery, though, so they're nowhere near as well known.

HYPE IS AWESOME NINKASI HYPE HYPE BEST BEER (if you like things that suck)

Photo of McStagger
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had no idea what Ninkasi was a few months ago. Now it's in every single beer shop in this town. Let's see what the buzz is.

A: Pours a fairly hazy beaten copper, with only about a finger off white head. Retention is subdued, lacing is minimal. Ah, the nature of the high octane D/TIPA. Carbonation is fairly vigorous, with tiny bubbles fighting through the ethanol to form the head.

S: Big hop scent. Lot of leafiness, pine and orange pulp. Pineapple notes in there as well, but more subdued. Bit of alcohol heat accentuates the malt sweetness, giving it characteristics of caramel and vanilla. Lot of mulled grain and bread in the nose. The malt bill must be massive.

T: Begins with a huge malt sweetness that borders cloying. Hops comes in with notes of pine, leafiness/woodiness, and a splash of tropical fruit. Finish is oily and resinous bitterness with a bit of the alcohol heat coming through as sweetness.

M: Pretty massive considering the relatively moderate (for a DIPA) abv. Perhaps a bit over the top, with some flabbiness.

O: A good, very bitter DIPA. However, the underlying sweetness of the malt/alcohol is poorly hidden and the mouthfeel is a bit unctuous.

Photo of dertyd
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to my tulip glass

A:auburn orange color with almoast no head and little lace

S;piney citruss with a little bready malt smell

T:bitter hops with a big malt back bone almoast no sweetness or citruss

M:crisp and wet leaves my mouth watering

O:a nice beer verry smooth for a dipa not as hoppy as I wanted but preaty good

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

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.

Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.