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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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1,036 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,036
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 139
Gots: 93 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
"8.8%alc./vol. 100+ ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007)
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DanSmith17

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-08-2013 18:56:39 | More by DanSmith17
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rao2100

Malaysia

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

10-08-2013 13:06:15 | More by rao2100
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ReverendJon

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-08-2013 03:58:26 | More by ReverendJon
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 03:50:32 | More by LambicPentameter
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SlightlyGrey

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-08-2013 03:48:11 | More by SlightlyGrey
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sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-07-2013 23:49:44 | More by sneaks2210
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9uns

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-07-2013 05:53:54 | More by 9uns
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Icedogs

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

10-03-2013 00:41:31 | More by Icedogs
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jds8411

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-30-2013 03:25:12 | More by jds8411
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TheBaumer

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-30-2013 01:08:36 | More by TheBaumer
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Nolen12

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-29-2013 17:18:04 | More by Nolen12
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 21:37:03 | More by TheBrewo
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Chris00710

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-28-2013 11:53:30 | More by Chris00710
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

09-27-2013 03:59:58 | More by jkball01
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Lofreqwave

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.84/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:42:56 | More by Fatehunter
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wlynch

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-23-2013 00:02:58 | More by wlynch
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vesisxptlk

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-22-2013 06:08:05 | More by vesisxptlk
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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 22:16:45 | More by Bowers-Brew
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waston

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

09-21-2013 16:12:20 | More by waston
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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arfenhouse

California

4.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 07:35:50 | More by arfenhouse
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fsck

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

09-19-2013 04:22:28 | More by fsck
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

09-17-2013 06:15:03 | More by zestar
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.