Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Reviews: 408
Hads: 1,508
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 182
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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: 408 | Hads: 1,508
Photo of drpimento
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber I got at Sam's in Chicago 'bout 6 weeks ago. Poured with a nice off-white head and some lace. Color is a medium hazy amber. Aroma is a really nice caramel and hop. Flavor is much more interesting: not as sweet as the nose suggests; a little dry up front and a sweetish finish. There's a little fruit in there - citrus and maybe a little crisp pear. Body is good too - almost a champagne carbonation, full effervescence, not thin, but not heavy. Great American IPA finish. Very good beer. Don't pick up the alcohol. (528 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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 mudbug
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange copper with a small head and decent lacing, smell is basically slightly astringent floral hops.
Taste, well, it's a west coast IIPA for sure, piney hops upfront, I get a slight grainy middle don't know why, but it's OK. Slick finish lots of aftertaste of bitter in the good way.
This is very good, but I've had Pliny the Elder and I know what excellence tastes like, this is close and I would relish another bottle. (437 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a straight pint glass. The keg blew as my beer was being poured so this probably affects the aroma and taste components. Poured a clear amber/yellow with a thick, white head that had lots of very sticky lacing.

The scent was very hoppy, mostly aromatic, with some floral notes. The most noticeable flavors were citrus with some pine on the finish. This was not a bitter ImpIPA, as the floral flavors were strongest.

The body was on the thin side, even for a west coast hop bomb. This a very drinkable ImpIPA, but the tongue would get fatigued after more than a few.

When I see this again, I'll try it again and if my opinions change, I'll re-review. (662 characters)

Photo of LauraAlberts
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden - Sticks to glass well

Smell: Hops - tons of hops.

Taste: Hops, sweet malty - french onion dip, grapefruit - balanced citrus.

Mouthfeel: Soft, Tannic, well balanced

Drinkability: classic double ipa - very drinkable - quenches that hop thirst! I highly recommend! (287 characters)

Photo of MrMonkey
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a one finger tan head that fades slowly to a thin cap leaving a thick sheet of lace in its wake. A steady column of carbonation rises up. This one looks great!

Smell is rather muted, but there are some floral hops, orange peel and grapefruit rind on top of a bready malt background.

Taste begins with some caramel and bready malts before some bitter hops kick in. Grapefruit rind and pine resins lead to a dry, bitter finish.

Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

Quite drinkable and a very tasty beer. (525 characters)

Photo of peck95
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured with a lot of suspended yeast, looked like my homebrewed saison should, wonderfull lacing saved this beer from an atrocious appearance score.

smell is very nice and hoppy with a strong alcohol scent.

taste is awesome!!! malt, strong grapefruit hop, and smooth alcohol following

m/d fall mostly in line with descriptions from taste/smell (356 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.57/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somebody snagged this one in WA and brought it to our homebrew club meeting.

A - Pours copper with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.

S - Grapefruit, rose, and toffee. It smells a little bretty, it may be infected.

T - Honey, toffee, light flowers, and bittering hops.

M - Finishes dry with thinness and a good balance between hops and malts.

D - Good, but very dry and am unsure if I liked the hop combination they used. (454 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hopbomb style double IPA. Pour grapefruit with lots of white soapy head, leaving traces of lace, greater the later in the bottle. Gets better later in the bottle. Earthy and hop aroma, and it tastes most natural and earthy up front. Drinkable stuff, but this is an assault of hops melange, malted down to get it down. Not the greatest of the style. Creaminess making it all the more palatable. (393 characters)

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask poured into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a hazy glowing golden with a finger of frothy, frothy white head that last forever. Aroma is resinous citrus and piney hops with a touch of caramel malt. The bouquet is just amazing on this beer. The Flavor is identical to the aroma but with a long last sweetness and a pleasant bitterness. Its medium-bodied and just a touch sticky. Very delicious beer and extremely smooth on cask. (428 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Revisit: 11 Mar 2015
12oz. Bottle

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, with a one-finger creamy off-white head, leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some malt notes, citrusy, slight pine note. The taste is hoppy, with a nice touch of malts, slight citrus. Medium body, nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a tasty brew, worth buying again. Nice to see this one here in UT.

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange/yellow color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus, very slight pine. The taste is very sweet for an DIPA, hoppy, but more on the malt side, citrus, very slight pines. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew. My first from this brewery, thanks Brian. (881 characters)

Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled april 23/09.

pours fairly clear copper orange, turning hazy toward the bottom of the bottle. a small dense white head forms, dropping fast and leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of caramel. earthy and slightly floral. bit of light citrus. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. slightly buttery.

taste is nice. light alcohol. medium bitterness level. earthy and slightly floral. almost perfumey. light citrus. bit of buttery toffee. light caramel. cracker and a bit of white bread. touch of sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced. this one just didn't do it for me. the taste seems a little disjoint and odd, not what i'd expect from an american dipa. (819 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, big thanks to googzoid10! Review # 1700!

Pours a very clear dark amber orange, medium sized off white head forms, quickly settles to a thick ring around the glass, looks pretty nice. Smell is very fruity, strawberries and cherries, caramel, some sugary sweetness, very fruit, neat tropical fruit aroma, some neat character to this one. Taste is similar, sweet and fruity, strawberries, alcohol comes through, light citrus and grapefruit, sugary, some nice citrus acidity and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth for the ABV, quite nice and a very interesting DIPA. Thanks Greg! (626 characters)

Photo of cbros
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark straw yellow with a nice eggshell white medium head. Good cling and nice head retention. There is some carbonation activity after the poor.

S- Nice big hop aroma,pine and citrus notes present.

T- Nice hoppy flavor that is balanced perfectly. Good flavor combination of sweet malt and the citrus from the hops. Smooth start that finishes somewhat dry.

I orginally had this in Eugene while there for a Ducks game and thought it was kickass. So much so that I finally broke down and ordered a few bottles from Bottletrek. Beautiful flavor combinations that mask its strength. If this were available here this could definately be in my regular rotation. I have been throughly impressed with everything that Ninkasi has put out. In my dreams/future I am living in Oregon and buying and drinking this on a regular basis. My only regret is that I didn't take advantage of my visit to Eugene more and buy way more of this than I did. I got caught up in trying as many beers as possible instead of sticking with what I liked the best. Can't wait to have this again. Excellent beer, great representative of an Imperial IPA. "If you have the means I highly recommend picking it up." (1,248 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to hopsleeroy for sharing this gem at the Austin BA tasting. As a vertebrate paleontologist, I feel it is my duty to have tried Tricerahops at least once in my beer-drinking tenure.

The bomber pours a hazy, orange-caramel hue into my pint glass; a bit too cloudy and syrupy-looking for my liking. As expected, lots of lacing and head retention from the light khaki foam. The aroma became significantly better as this IIPA warmed up past the 45-degree mark. When cold, a strange, cooked squash/veggie note is all that emits from the glass; however as it warms, Tricerahops delivered pleasant hop and yeast notes in the form of citric mandarin orange, fresh cut grasses, and mint leaves.

Flavor is very solid for the style, with fresh, hoppy citrus and tropical fruits layered all across the palate. Malts lay down a solid backbone of biscuit and caramel before the finish is assaulted by a bitter (but restrained) pine and resin note. Good carbonation level despite what the appearance says, and the medium-thick body is creamy without becoming too syrupy or sticky. Overall, a solid IIPA with a great name and a delicious hoppiness that will probably lead me back for more in the future. (1,197 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Docer
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a ton of bombers at Belmont Station over here of this.. one to try, and others to trade as it doesn't get out much :-)

- Perfect light amber/copper color and slightly cloudy as I would expect from an 'A' IIPA. (Just reviewed Leafer Madness before this bomber). Much the same,

- Sweet pungent hop aroma with dark and rich caramel malts.. really smells like something that can be drank like water. Slight roasted notes there as well... along w/ some honey.

- Ok here we go... Oh... mm... smooth hop 'n honey syrup.. taste is there, and is fantastic. Hardly a taste of alcohol until it hits the throat and gut. Wow... fantastic.

- Not overly bubbly which I really like... smooth, not dry.. not bitter, not sour.. just balanced so well the mouthfeel is a 'give me more' feel.. maybe a tad chewy, but needed.

- Way too drinkable.. I told myself I would stip after this one... we'll see!!

Get it if you can!

** Edit.. this is the west coast style Hopslam for sure (972 characters)

Photo of NoLiberty
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The guys at Bottleworks in Seattle turned me on to Ninkasi brews and Tricerhops wasn't one to disappointment.

Pours a deep, cloudy peach colored brew with a sticky-thick 1 finger head. Snowbanks of white froth and a lacy velvet cap remain on the beer for the full drink. Nice high streaks of lacing.

The aroma is a big, fresh bouquet of tropical hop flavors: melon, peach, pear, grapefuit, pineapple and moss. A pretty sweet aroma but not too dominating balances the big hop character.

Nice full bodied and soft beer. Good carbonation keeps the beer active but the body holds up well and accentuates the malt sweetness and boldness of the hops. Flavor is carried well and starts fresh and slightly sweet and then gently rolls back and forth between hop and malt - honey, melon, pine, candy sugar, resin. Finishes with strong grapefruit freshness, and bright tartness.

A really nice beer. Wish I could find this big IPA out in PA. (935 characters)

Photo of Onslow
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

interesting name for this brewery in the US .. very solid smooth bitterness .. great beautiful lacing ... medium orange brown colour like the colour of a basketball at the knicks game, beeeeautiful!, stupid guvo, the patriots suck gweedo ... bottle from Bottletrek in Oregon, whats up travis ... very easy to drink, the bitterness level is right on with a nice backbone ... hides the ABV absolutely magically ... marble sure is happy .. again, whats up with the name ninkasi, am i in japan? i sure wish i had some general toe (just fuckin with ya, Gigi.. who? bla bla bla) .. this could be quite popular around the US with draft distribution, i mean bottle is wonderful but there are DIPA's that match this ... (710 characters)

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

A solid pour produces a three finger thick, light tan color that forms some nice lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is brilliantly clear and shows a nice red color, when held up to the light it shows a red copper color. The aroma smells quite smooth with a focus on bright fruit and caramel. Aromas of ruby-red grapefruit, bergamot, lots of lychee and candied orange creams. a touch of cracker like malt rounds out the finish. The aroma has a nice hop-fruit focus to it, a touch of pine / herbal notes would be nice and the overall volume of the hop character could definitely be turned up quite a bit more. This is quite nice though and is a pleasure to smell for a couple minutes.

Served lightly chilled (near 60ºF / ºC) the beer has a certain dryness to it that is offset by the sweet tasting hop fruit notes. Flavors of lychee, candied grapefruit zest, perhaps a touch of pineapple, a nice mix of essential citrus oils and even some nice, off-setting pine needle flavors and a touch of menthol. The malt is definitely secondary here (as it should be); it adds some accentuating caramelized notes that accentuate the hop fruitiness and there is a touch of cracker-like grain to the finish as well as a touch of chewy bread crust flavors that peeks through from time to time. This is quite smooth in the flavor, the bitterness is quite mellow with only a touch of a bite (at least comparatively to other Double IPAs). This has a medium'ish body to it that is just about the right lightness for a Double IPA; it has that quaffable quality to it that is critical for the style.

This is a nice Double IPA, it could use a touch more vibrant hop character for my tastes, but that might just be a freshness thing. This is quite hoppy, and quite a nice beer. I definitely like that the beer is fairly light, and does not have the heaviness that some Double IPAs have. (1,884 characters)

Photo of mtrentm
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a snifter

A: Orange/copper color with a nice 2-finger off-white head.

S: Hops...Lots of hops! Citrus fruits & slightly sweet toasted malt notes lingering in the background.

T: Just like the nose, sweet citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit. Caramel flavors are present from the malts. A very well balanced DIPA.

M: Medium-full bodied, thick yet creamy mouthfeel. Really nice.

D: A very drinkable DIPA one of my favorites by far! If you can get your hands on this you must try it! (503 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, somewhat cloudy brownish amber color. Thin head, slight lacing, a little bit of thick sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation rises slowly.

Smells piney, citrusy, and a little yeasty. I think the big note is citrus.

Tastes bitter and hoppy, sweet with a very piney aftertaste, a slightly sour note left in the mouth to finish (making me want another sip).

Feels thick and heavy in the mouth.

Overall, good beer, but probably a one-in-a-nighter for me. (480 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wetpaperbag for this one.

A - Clean, slightly hazed golden orange in color. Two finger foamy head with decent retention and good lacing.

S - Strong aroma of sweet caramel dominated by citrusy hops. Lots of grapefruit and a little lemon in this one. The sweetness provides just enough backing. Excellent DIPA aroma.

T - Light caramel sweetness initially, very sticky. Hops quickly come in and take over the palate. Big citrus notes, primarily grapefruit. The taste is very much in line with the aroma. Finishes with a very clean bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied and a touch on the creamy side of things. Good carbonation. A little on the balanced side of the DIPA spectrum, but still very much a hop bomb. Alcohol is well masked. (741 characters)

Photo of Mauerhan
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this from pdxhops. I have been waiting to open this up for a while.

pours golden orange with a layer of white head. nice lacing.

smells good and hoppy. piney. reminds me of a sculpin a bit. I like it...I like it a lot.

taste is good. nice hop presence. leaves a great citrusy flavor.

I would drink this again. a rather nice double ipa. a short review but im on my phone and the battery is dieing (406 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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)

Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.