Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Reviews: 407
Hads: 1,506
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
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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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Reviews: 407 | Hads: 1,506
Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. Nice retention and some lacing.

S - Great IPA aroma. Good burnt toast malt, pine, grapefruit and orange peel.

T - The bitter hop character comes through quite strongly with grapefruit, orange and pine. The caramel and malt flavor takes a back seat to the hops.

M - This is crisp, sharp and finished dry. A medium bodied ale.

D - A very fine double IPA that has a great aroma and packs a delicious hop punch. (491 characters)

Photo of boogyman
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer many times. I would actually this was the very first beer I had that really got me hooked onto Double IPAs and just IPAs in general. Thank you Ninkasi for making my live amazing!

A- Pours a nice copper color with a finger of white head that dissipates leaving some ring of bubbles around the edge. As I look in the liquid the suds have created something in the shape of a skull face... well this could be good or bad but it ain't gonna stop me from drinking this amazing beer.

S- Definitely hits you in the face with pure citrus and hops. Grapefruit, lemons, tart oranges, maybe pineapple. Feels like the citrus just jumps into my nose, it is nice.

T- For being 8.8% ABV, this doesn't have nearly the bite to show it. Gives me fruity hoppyness and leaves only a bit of bitter aftertaste, but enough to remind me it is a DIPA.

M- Goes down fairly smooth. Had had smoother but this one seems to be made that way on purpose as it doesn't bother me, I actually kinda like the tingle as it goes down. No alcohol burn to speak of.

D- Most definitely a drink I could have more then one of, but would get fairly drunk in a hurry. This will likely always be my beer of choice if I want to have some I know will satisfy since I can get it pretty much year round at my local shop. (1,295 characters)

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-13-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam with a decent lacing ring. Carbonation is present with this brew. Dark copper color

S – Roasted malts and hops

T/M – Medium bodied brew that was well blended with the malt to hop ratio. Higher in the hops category.

D – Pretty tasty brew. My first one from Ninkasi and it has impressed. Medium bodied easy drinker. Not too strong in either the malt or hops department but got more hops of course. Have a slighter bitter back bone but nothing that would detour me from having this again. I will have this again and highly recommend it! (635 characters)

Photo of velosuds
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $5.45 at local health food store.

A-Pours a beautiful golden-amber hue with a one finger, bone-white head with good retention and ample lacing. Slightly hazy since not filtered. Very nice appearance.

S- The hops are fragrant, piney, and citrus, especially grapefruit. Also sweet malt aroma present. The aroma is pronounced and pleasant, but not overbearing.

T-A nicely balanced DIPA with an ever-present malt backbone. Hop bitterness followed by a faint malt sweetness that is reminiscent of honey. This is nicely balanced and not a full on hop assault. I like it.

M-At 100+ IBU, the bitterness is predominant, but this is a very smooth brew given its 8.8% ABV. Carbonation level is spot on.

D-A very good DIPA. Would readily enjoy this again. (835 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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. (221 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange with a short white head.

S: Nose is weak, some orange, mango and floral notes.

T: Orange, pineapple, pine, more flowery floral notes, some bitter alcohol astringency.

M: Medium bodied with a typical IPA feel.

O: Yet another example of why I love Ninkasi. Some of their beers may not be so great, but this is definitely a great one. Worth a try, definitely recommended. (382 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Fairly standard honey orange with decent clarity, a big off white head, lots of retention and LOADS of lacing!

Smell: Wet grass, floral hops, honey, and a touch of citrus hops.

Taste: A delicious DIPA that seems more like a "Big IPA" to me. Hops are very present but not as extremely aggressive as other DIPA's. A good dose of sugar and a low malt profile keep this brew all about the hops.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin and crisp for a DIPA but a nice amount of carbonation is very pleasant.

Drinkability: Good for an 8.8 % ABV

This has been my 3rd Ninkasi offering I've tried and my favorite yet. (652 characters)

Photo of chaz410
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fantastic beer all around, this company needs to market on a wider scale, everything i've had from them has been fantastic. This beer is clean and very floral on the nose. I love the smell of this beer, it's like sticking your nose right in the middle of a bouquet of flowers. The taste is tart, sweet and floral. It's crisp mouthfeel really cleans your palate and allows lots of flavors to ring out without dominanting the flavor. (433 characters)

Photo of robbrandes
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bomber.

hazy amber, big fluffy head, nice lacing.

smell - big mix of sweet malts and hops, hops and more hops. taste - a quick hint of the caramel up front and then a citrus/pine/pepper assualt. this is one aggressive beer and always delicious. (266 characters)

Photo of adaman797
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (223 characters)

Photo of olmatty
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a one finger white head with poor retention and moderate lacing. Beer is an orange amber with a slight haze.

Smell- Nothing but fresh pungent hoppiness. Fairly stings the nose.

Taste- Big hop presence, resinous up front, qualities of fresh cut vegetation. There's a decent amber maltiness, but it has a hard time making its case with all those hops around.

Mouthfeel- Below average carbonation, mouthcoating nearly oily hopiness.

Drinkability- Huge flavor, somewhat smooth, but high ABV and big flavor keep drinkability to a beer or two. (563 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from bottletrek, pours an effervescent bronze with 1+ finger of pearl white head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Some citrus hops & honey as this warms

T: Biscuitty & honey malt, lemony & orangey hops, plus a touch of dryness up front. Booze starts sneaking in along grapefruitty & piney hops as this warms, I also get toffee balancing out the hops with the help of some passion fruit & tangerine. Finishes with resiny & citrus hops, caramel, a bit more booze, pineapple & a touch more grapefruit & a good amount of honey

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy with superior balance, skews a bit malty, but I like em that way, a bit hotter than I'd like. Has some stickyness to it as well

Drinks too easy for the style, well put together, just a touch too much boozeyness to session, unless you have a death-wish!

Bring back the Cretaceous Era! (860 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.26/5  rDev +6%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Perfect in apperance, pours an orangish/red color 2 finger width frothy white head, excellent lace down the glass
S: Smell is fruity and sweet. Sweet maltiness along with grapefuity/orange scents
T: Lots of maltiness but well balanced on the back end with a good citrusy/fruity hoppiness. Not too malty not to bitter. Good flavor
M: Moderate to heavy...thick/oily mouthfeel
D: I like this beer, it has a good balance of flavors. Alcohol is well hidden given its ABV. (469 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A nice extra by way of Meatyard in a recent trade. My first from this brewery, but hopefully not my last.

Tricerahops comes out da bottle looking DIPA'ish with a nice mix of hazy gold and orange intertwined, not much of a head but a thick cap, small streaks of lacing. Smell is all tropic fruit with a bunch of mango. Some amount of malt sweetness and sugar. Taste is a mango explosion with grapefruit and very little malt intrusion. A slight sugar cookie in the end. Small alcohol. Feel is perfect nuff said, for beer of this size, it's great. Very fruity and not very bitter, not any pine in this. Medium body low carb, great drinkability. I liked it. (654 characters)

Photo of beerad666
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 22oz bomber of this at Belmont Station in Portland OR. It made the journey safely in my luggage back to Chicago. I picked this is up becuase it was a Double IPA and a beer named after a dinosaur how cool is that.

The Tricerahops pours a golden dark amber color with a one finger white head. When you drink it you get that great hops bite and its still very refreshing. There is a decent amount of fruit that comes trough with the grapefruit and the orange. Overall a very drinkable beer especially at this higher ABV.

This was the first Ninkasi Brewing I've had and I will definitely be picking up this Double IPA and something else from Ninkasi the next time I am out in Oregon. (696 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 8.8%. No bottling info is given. Picked up by a friend at Bear Creek Beers in Medford, OR.

A-Pours a semi-hazy dark amber with orange coming through in the light. It is one of the darker DIPAs that I have come across. Starts with a 3/4 off white head that goes to a ring and some film quite quickly. Sporadic bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom. There is a little sediment left in the bottom of the glass. Leaves some decent lace.

S-It has a very fresh, yet subtle hop nose. It is not nearly as strong as most West Coast DIPAs. There is a nice sweet citrus aroma that is present. Pine comes through as it warms and it also has a little musty smell to it.

T-The citrus is quite present. I pick up on lots of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. The citrus taste plays very well with the malt backbone that provides some sweetness. The pine flavor pops in the back of the mouth. At the end there is some slight bitterness, but it is not overpowering. The aftertaste is a combination of bitter grapefruit and grapefruit sprinkled with some sugar.

M-Medium bodied mouthfeel but it is lighter than most DIPAs. Quite smooth, not syrupy, and has good carbonation.

D-The abv is well hidden and it is not super filling for being such a large beer.

I was really impressed with this one. My only knock was that it needs more aroma from the citrus hops. I would love to have access to this on a regular basis. (1,455 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop hazed, golden-amber colour with a big, creamy, off-white head. Nice head retention.

Big, tropical fruit aroma with a slightly bitter note (like grapefruit). Plenty of fruity sweetness here. Yum.

Medium to big bitterness is teemed up with masses of tropical hops and lots of flavour. A good malt backbone serves only to support the hops with out being cloying.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

A really tasty DIPA. This is a great example of the style. (478 characters)

Photo of mattmaples
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 9.6% hop fest is a masterpiece of brewing. It pours light amber in color with a small cap of dense foam. The aroma is huge with orange hops and just a hint of malt sweetness. The flavors is also big on the orange hop profile but the malt brings in some chewy caramel without being overly sweet. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a medium body. This is one of my favorite double/Imperial IPAs. (395 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 9/17/09

Thanks to PDXHops

A - Moderately deep amber in color. Slightly cloudy. Modest retention from a ½ inch head, primarily in the form of spotty bubbles up top. Ok lacing throughout.

S - Hops, hops, hops...Floral, pine & grapefruit. Orange & pineapple notes as well. Hints of dry biscuits without being particularly sweet.

T - Juicy & resiny hop grandeur abounds. Intensely floral to the taste. Citrus & pine linger in the background offering a touch of bitterness to a beer that isn't particularly so. Sweet yet restrained malt backbone.

M - Though medium in body, it maintains an airiness about it. Toward the low side of moderate carbonation. A tad sticky on the tongue.

D - Pretty darn drinkable & full of awesome flavor. I'd certainly seek this out should I ever again make it to the great Northwest. (843 characters)

Photo of seanwhite
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as a dense golden/ brass color that had a minimum amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top and then a thick fluffy white layer of foam on top.

S: Zesty yeast and citrus influenced hops.

T: Flavor is more or less the same as the total domination but packs a bigger alcohol kick and more intensely bitter type of hops. Still has plenty of citrus and grapefruit at work here, but the breaded malts seem to have been drowned out somewhat by the extra dosage of hops. (480 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, cloudy orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of off-white head. Juicy citrus aroma with lots of apricot, orange, and pineapple along with some sweet caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, lighter-than-expected mouthfeel. Slightly bitter up front followed by sweet orange citrus and caramel malt, then another blast of hops that transition from pine into a puckering grapefruit on the reeeally long-lingering finish.

Light feel with a completely masked alcohol presence, but make no mistake -- this brew isn't fooling around, with tons of hop character crammed into a really drinkable package. (Appropriate name, too, as I feel like the flavors went through three pretty distinct phases.) (711 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Citrusy, juicy hops, breadiness, very bold tangerines.

L: Hazy burnt orange, off-white head that dissipates, good lacing.

T: Bright tangerine and bready sweetness followed by a medium citrusy bitterness. Ends with some tangerine peel and slightly dry hop resin.

M: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation. Alcohol just slightly noticeable.

A very solid DIPA. Well attenuated and i really enjoyed the tangerine like aromas and flavors. (439 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at the Horsebrass pub the other night. I confess that I'm a bit surprised that I'm the first one to review this beer, as it's been out for a bit now and, at least in my opinion, is the most impressive beer Ninkasi has made to date.

This beer pours the quintessential light gold/orange DIPA color, with decent head retention and excellent lacing. On the nose one gets a blast of citrus and pine resin. There is no comparison between this beer and the regular IPA (which I confess has never impressed me); it's in a completely different league. This smells like it will be a fabulous DIPA, which of course it is. On the palate this stuff is just hop heaven nectar. Huge hops on the palate, with apple, citrus and pine. The beer does not have a huge malt presence (thankfully - no one will mistake this for an East Coast/midwest DIPA), and in fact it comes across as a bit dry. The beer has a lovely light mouthfeel (for a DIPA), and is a joy to drink. Yes, the abv. is a bit noticeable on the finish, making it a bit tiring to drink, but then again we are talking about a nearly 10% DIPA.

This is an outstanding beer. Frankly, I've not been as impressed as others by Ninkasi beers, but this one had me going "wow." I guess the name is a nod to the background of the brewer, who as I recall worked previously at Steelhead Brewing. Hoposauraus Rex and now the tricerhops.... two huge, mammoth, dinosaur of a DIPA. Very well done.... (1,456 characters)

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

taste- caramel, citrus, butter, bittering hops, a little alcohol in the finish

color- honey

clarity- slightly brackish

smell- floral, caramel malt, light hoppiness, bacon and earth in the end

body- well balanced, nice clingy hoppy bite at the front of the mouth and a syrupy malt transition in the finish, medium-body and length finish

appearance- color is nice but a little light, delicate creamy lace, appears flat until agitated.

overall impression- a well balanced, above average tasting beer. great body, mouthfeel, and flavor, very easy drinker.

notes and comments- not sure i would call this a double ipa...it borders on a strong ipa.

glassware: tulip (666 characters)

Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.