Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 422
Hads: 1,564
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 188
Gots: 339 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of kagent777
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber purchased from a Fred Meyer in Pocatello, Idaho on the way back from a trip to Yellowstone. In a cold case, come on Utah, are you going to let Pocatello show us up? Who am I kidding, the Utah legislature does not read beeradvocate reviews before they purchase beer. This beer was poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden with a long lasting one fingered sandy head. Looks fine. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Does not smell exactly like a fresh DIPA. Crystal malts and a touch of honey more than hop flavors. The hops smell like a pine forest with a touch of citrus grove thrown in.

Taste: The label says that this has 100 IBUs, I am searching for about 70 of them. without the label, I would not have guessed DIPA. I would have said IPA. The malts are a touch sweet up front with a good flavor. The sweetness gives way to a light lingering bitterness on the tongue. 8.8 ABV is well hidden. Hints of tangerine and grapefruit. With this bottle, I am underwhelmed. It is tasty, but seems way off for the style.

Mouthfeel: Slick and medium to full. Carbonation is medium low. Flavors spread easily over the mouth.

Overall: I am confused with this one. So little hops aroma or blatant hops taste. Maybe I have become jaded and cannot taste anything under 50 % cold pressed extra virgin hop extract, but I do not think so. An odd duck, which I do not think represents the style.

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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No Ninkasi on the East Coast, pumped to find this fresh in a deli in San Diego, bottle reviewed in hotel.

A- From the bomber pours a honey orange brew with some haziness from the yeast in solution. A snow white cap forms to about a finger with pretty good retention. Plentiful lace builds quickly and spotty lace follows on the lower portion of the glass.

S- Hops are prominent with a bit of caramel malts in the backdrop. The cones leave notes of grapefruit, peach, citrus zest, flowers and pine. Bright and inviting.

T- Hop highlights from the aroma are carried into the taste nicely. Dank citrus and pine with tropical fruits and floral hop notes. Just enough caramel and yeast hints to compliment but not quite balance the dominant hops. Grapefruit, orange, clementine, peach, onion, sweetness and pineapple come to mind.

MF- Creamy moderately thick bodied. Carbonation at a medium high level. Finishes on the palate with good hop bitterness. Creamy texture helps support the hoppy flavors.

For almost 9% the focus is certainly on the hops and it comes off clean. Big citrus and fruity flavors satisfy the style and it is a good intro to Ninkasi.

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

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours a honey amber color, quite hazy, with very little head. Big grapefruit hop aroma, and I detect that this is going to be a malty, heavy one. Mmm mmm.

Flavor is big hop IPA all the way through. Fairly well balanced, as it needs to be at 100 IBUs and 8.8% ABV, but bitterness takes it just over the edge. Not outstanding, but still a really good big citrusy IPA that's quite enjoyable when that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Opaque brushed copper body. Cream, bone-white head. Nice lace and ok retention.

S - Caramel malt, touch of orange citrus, green bitters.

T - Malt forward profile. Caramel, bread crust, malt powder. Green plant stem bitters through the finish.

M - Medium body up front, but ends a little thin.

O - The bitterness is raw and feels a little disconnected from the slightly overly sweet body.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber to a snifter for a better smell. No freshness date

Pours a vibrant golden orange with a half finger of foam. Yeast chunks floating around, strong carbonation stemming from the center. lacing is meh

Smell of tropical and citrus hops, rich caramel malt, and a nice touch of alcohol. Very strong on the fruits, a little sweetness coming from them. A little too fruity for me, but it comes together pretty well in the end

Taste is with the nose, strong tropical and citrus hops are immediately up front. Nice strong bready caramel malts follow and finishes with a bit of alcohol

Feel is a medium body with a wet finish. Nice mixture of sweet and bitterness, alcohol concealed well also. Easy to drink, no problems finishing the bottle

Overall a solid offering exploring the more fruity side of an ipa as opposed to a piney and grape fruity one. Sort of in the same vein as Fresh Squeezed or Hop Henge. Really great buy for $4.99, wish these were in Nevada

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Photo of JohnG190
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with a quickly dissipating white head. OK lacing. Aromas of apricot, tangerine with whiffs of earthy, herbal notes. Bitterness throughout the palate with solid sweet malt backbone. Finishes dry and smooth with lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall, a pleasantly surprising Double IPA from Ninkasi. Extremely well crafted and drinkable.

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

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I can locate on the bottle. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Pours a clear brassy orange-brown color, with a faint golden amber highlight where the light shines thought at the edges of the glass. Atop the body sits a one-finger foam the color of parchment or aged silk. Retention is moderate, and eventually fades to a thick film of suds across the top and opaque sheets of lacing along the sides.

Smell - Hops dominate with notes of grapefruit, pine resin, and tropical fruitiness along with a faint trace of alcoholic esters. Seems like there is a noticeable element of the the caramel malts to give this one's aroma some heft.

Taste - The promise of the nose comes through, now with more grapefruit and some raw bitterness, like dandelion greens. There are also notes of pale malt and again the bittersweetness from the caramel malts. On the finish, I detect some phenolic fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Slightly on the heavy side of medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a semisweet finish.

Overall, a solid, well-balanced double IPA. Easy to drink in spite of being almost 9% abv. However, there is definitely some unapologetic bitterness on the aftertaste, so be warned.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.81/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of arfenhouse
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of Matthew_Taylor
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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!

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Photo of pdooley98
3.93/5  rDev -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

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Photo of Arborescence
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of SierraJosh
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of mverity
3.69/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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