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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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90
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410 Reviews
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Reviews: 410
Hads: 1,523
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 186
Gots: 323 | 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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Reviews: 410 | Hads: 1,523
Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Indiscernible bottle dating.

Three finger head, settling down to a finger with pill like lacing, and a banana yellow tinged head. Slightly fluffy and creamy looking. Real nice opaque deep tangerine body with some small rising carbonation.

Deep hop aroma of dank and strong caramel and burnt sugars. Slight molasses with a bit of citrus hiding in the back but with a slight syrup note. Solid, not great though.

Real nice juiced and solid palate. Large filling citrus orange and mild grapefruit rush in the middle palate, full of flavor and depth. Juicy aftertaste of large fresh grapefruit, very unexpected as the nose really hinted at a very malt forward brew it seemed. Finishes thick and warm, almost creamy with excellent grapefruit juice and mild zesty oil bitterness.

Quite an unexpected and solid enjoyable Double IPA from the guys. (901 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a shaker pint glass. A medium orange amber hue with three solid fingers of sturdy, creamy off-white head that retains its shape well. Aroma is bright, vibrant, hop-forward. Some grapefruit and canned tangerine citrus, overripe passion fruit, kiwi, starfruit, orange, pineapple, pine needles or menthol cough syrup, gooseberry. The aroma is perhaps downplayed but if one goes looking there is a whole cornucopia of fresh perky hop smells. Subtle caramel malt sweetness.

I am pleased to report that the taste largely follows the nose. Sweet, rich, boozy, fruity. The aforementioned citrus and tropical fruit elements translate as tree-ripened, warmed in the sun, slightly fermented on the palate. Some catty character but not overpowering as in its non-imperial stablemate. Think pineapples stuck with pine needles and cloves, draped with orange and grapefruit rinds and drizzled with passion fruit and guava juices. And some alcohol. Deceptively drinkable and smooth though, with the tropical flavors only compounding this attribute. Great stuff. I am finding that the bitterness is subsiding in favor of a fruit bowl chewing gum sweetness. Is that some cantaloupe melon now? Malts are bready and perhaps more salient that the DIPA bible says they should be. Who gives a shit? Its all hanging together. Body on the thick side of moderate. Carbonation is similarly more bold than expected but not caustic. Finishes with a decent degree of citrus rind and peach after all that tropical saccharine to-do. Black tea comes on late.

Evidently this brewery has recaptured my IPA regard after a spotty showing the first time around. Bravo! (1,651 characters)

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an OK IPA. It doesn't have any standout trait, its just slightly above average across the board. It is in a very crowded market however, and at 7$ a bomber, I don't feel that a repurchase is justified. 7$ goes along way in the west coast IPA market. (257 characters)

Photo of demon
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap.

Golden honey color. Light head retention. Very sweet and quite delicious. Light bread taste. Mild malty flavors. The fruit flavors on this one are awesome--strong mango and orange.

Overall, I really liked this IPA. It wasn't knock-you-off-your-feet intense, and satisfied everything I was looking for at the time. Would try again. (348 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear brownish copper color, with one finger of creamy off-white head, good retention, and nice lacing. The aroma was piney and citrus, with just a slight hint of malt. The taste was grapefruit, grapefruit and more grapefruit. I did get some nice pine and bready sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel was nice and crisp, with a bit of carbonation bite on the back of my tongue. Overall, pretty nice beer, but a bit short of the better DIPA/IIPAs. (456 characters)

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

Smells like a double ipa. The taste is more like a hoppier imperial ipa. You can taste the alcohol taste more than the actual hops. It is like a weaker ruinten ipa but overall not so bad (186 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not much on the nose. Balanced taste but definitely leaning on the hoppy side. A little bitterness. Hops were earthy, floral rather than citrusy.
Feel was medium. Good for the style. Nice beer (197 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy orange copper with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts with some floral piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with big piney, resiny, tarry hops with a harsh bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a big bitter hop bomb. I remember it being less harsh and more fruity on tap. (454 characters)

Photo of mschantz
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap. Golden orange color and nearly clear. Nose was surprisingly uneventful. After disappointing nose taste was a very pleasant surprise - big mango and orange flavors with a slightly astringent finish.sparkly mouth feel. (235 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 StoneTSR
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear and bright orange in color. The head foams up to about two fingers thick with a moderately aggressive pour. It settles somewhat quicker than I expected given the foaminess, but it doesn’t vanish altogether. A nice, quarter-inch cap with a little topography remains in place. There is a surprising amount of foam for a Double IPA here. The lacing is consistently layered throughout the glass, covering about 40% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: The smell was evident as the beer was being poured and the head was just beginning to foam. Even at this point, a few minutes after the pour, I can still smell it without putting my nose near the glass. Tangerine hits me first with a very pleasant piney and mildly grassy back. A little resinous, very intense and delicious smell.

TASTE: The tangerine from the nose is right up front on this one with a slightly more bitter citrus (lots of grapefruit) character rounding it out near the back of the palate. Some tropical fruits also dance around a weed-like flavor and some subtle grass.

MOUTHFEEL: Exceptionally well balanced; medium to slightly big body with a little sweet followed by a little dry and an increasing bitterness throughout each sip. The carbonation is a little on the light side with just a tickle, but there’s enough to make this beer work.

OVERALL: Excellent beer. I’m very excited to have this one finally arrive in Colorado and look forward to a lot more Ninkasi releases out here. (1,501 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a copper amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, grapefruit peel, citrus, hint of pine resin, bready caramel malts.

Taste - Citrus hops followed by a pungent hit from the grapefruit peel then goes into the bready caramel malts, citrus, and hint of pine resin.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the grapefruit peel.

Overall - An enjoyable DIPA. This one is solid in all areas. A definite try for those who are new to the style. (542 characters)

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

650ml bomber poured into tulip 18/11/14

A clear light copper, lots of bubbles sticking to the side and several streams of slow bubbles feed a short lived finger of foam that leaves some polka dot lace

S orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime, plenty of citrus, some pine wine gums, and a little sweet malt

T rindy compared to the nose, more pine, caramel, and a hint of booze, solid but I preferred the nose

M silky upon entry and slowly creams up, a little slick on the palate with faint heat going down, rind lingers

O pretty solid DIPA, nothing crazy complex or unique but easy enough to drink and not really lacking in any area

nothing to really set it apart but no reason not try it either, nearly 10$ bucks for a bomber I'm not sure if I'd buy a second though (786 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured a clear amber red body with a half finger white bubbly head. Fairly nice looking, a pretty DIPA. Scents of grassy hops, orange peel, grapefruit peel, fresh pine resin, some light malty sweetness, light alcohol and earthy, vegetal hops and not much else. Overall impression of aroma is of a rather simple, bit very nice DIPA aroma. It is crisp, citrusy, piney and clean, with a certain freshness too it. Bolder than the Total Domination, but not overwhelming. It is quite nice. Flavor begins moderately bitter with notes of orange flesh, orange zest, a sweet malt backbone and a light pine resin. This moves into a medium-high bitter middle with notes of all the above flavors, with pine resin becoming more prominent and grassy hops appearing at a moderate level alongside light alcohol. Finish is dry with a strong presence of grapefruit and orange peel, a medium-high character of pine resin and grassy hops and a light malt backbone and alcohol presence. Aftertaste is orange zest and flesh, sweet malt and light alcohol with a very light pine resin. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice, clean hop-forward beer that is pleasant, but lacking in the full depth and boldness of other examples. Not as bitter and bold as Stone's offerings, which is actually nice, but lacking the depth of a Hoptimum or some other good examples of the style. Still not bad and quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a resinous feel with a smooth, slick finish. Overall impression mouthfeel is of a good DIPA that is true to style. Overall this is a good DIPA. It is well hopped, flavorful and balanced, though not the most bold or complex in either aroma or flavor. It cannot compete with the best, but it is good and well worth trying. A nice DIPA for a beginner for sure. (1,808 characters)

Photo of BrewChatKen
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

I remember enjoying this one a lot more so I have a feeling I may have just gotten an old bottle. Having said that, not much going on here. Floral, citrus, grapefruit aroma with a bit of pine, I thought it was more malty than hoppy. Poured a deep golden color with a white head. Taste was mostly what I got from the aroma, mainly citrus fruit, grapefruit, and some caramel malt. In a word: boring. I was surprised but I'm willing to give this one another chance. (462 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Brenda, for sneaking this one back from LA in the suitcase.

A: Opaque amber. A white one-finger head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Light grapefruit and citrus elements. Biscuity malts.

T: Smooth. Citrus-y without the bitter finish. A terrific infusion of caramel malts and citrus. Sweet. Easy drinking.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: After a trip across the country in a suitcase and sitting in my closet for 2 months, I didn't know if this DIPA would hold up. But it did, admirably. My first Ninkasi and not my last. (579 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle label and brewery web site list the ABV as 8.0%.

The body reveals a orange/gold body with a thick, creamy, white head (4.0). Citrus hop aroma with a caramel malt sweetness in the aroma; orange marmalade (3.75). Nicely balanced flavor of just-right sweet malt grains with a brisk yet soothing hop bitterness; caramel flavors (4.0). Medium-heavy body; smooth and silky mouthfeel (4.0).

Munich malt in the grain bill seem to really help with the color and malt flavors plus provide a nice, balanced counterpoint to the huge hop bitterness and big ABV. And another malt, Carahell, that I haven't heard of before, also must play a big roll in keeping the grain flavors from being lost in the hops. Big taste depth and complexity with a nice alcohol buzz factor makes for an excellent after-dinner quaff. (807 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the growler into a Piraat tulip. Body is clear orangey/coppery/amber. Small white head leaves behind a little lace.

S: Not too strong on the nose. Toffee and caramel malt are surprisingly the first impression, as the hops are not too strong for the style.

T: OK, now I get the DIPA flavor profile that was missing in the nose: solid hops - mainly of the tropical fruit and citrus variety - over a fairly thick caramel malt base.

M: Medium- to full-bodied in heft, modest carbonation gives it a slightly slick feel.

O: A solid DIPA for my first Ninkasi brew. (578 characters)

Photo of Curtis
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tried this one at random in a 22 oz bottle. Poured a beautiful dark gold. Clear, no chunks, wonderful color. Great lacy head that 20 minutes later and after writing another review, still has a good 1/4 inch on it. Mouthfeel is very good, carbonation near perfect. Te initial hop bite is slightly bitter, bit tasty... a little bit of "hop twang" here, but not enough to ruin it. A little more aroma would improve this beer. Finish is good with no aftertaste/off flavors. Tasty, drinkable... I like it. (500 characters)

Photo of slackattack
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into rocks type glass thing in my hotel room.

Nice thick-ish head sits atop for a while and laces nicely. Clear, just shy of amber coloration. Aroma leans to the tropical side, but some resinous tones are there as well. Taste starts off really malty, but bitterness isn't far behind. This is a pretty bitter beer that needs the strong malt backbone to bring it through. Mouthfeel consists of good but not too much carbonation with a thick, chewy, looong finish. Satisfying and even though you know with the assertive malt that it's going to be high gravity and even with the aggressive hopping, it comes across smooth and drinkable. (652 characters)

Photo of BobbySue22
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an amber/hazy orange color with a white head roughly one finger in height.

Aroma: The abundance of hops in the beer give off strong earthy and floral aromas. Some subtle grapefruit aromas are present as well.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with some strong hop flavors. The citrus is more present in the taste but the earthy and floral notes are still fully there. Almost no malt in the flavor so the freshness of the hops can be appreciated.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with a smooth mouthfeel that makes it very drinkable. For a beer with 8% ABV, it is very smooth and pretty refreshing.

Overall: A very good NW IPA. The freshness of the hops is wonderful and not overpowering in the bitterness aspect. Very drinkable and a good beer to drink on a summer evening. It also has one of my favorite names of any beer. (836 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a hazy orange, with a fizzy half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells fairly strong and fresh, smells earthy, herbal, and piney, with a bit of grapefruit citrusy goodness.

The taste is similar. West-coast style at heart, very little malt backbone. Grapefruit and lemon up front, then some bracing pine bitterness that stops short of being too much. Very fresh, juicy, and bitter, the way I like my IPAs.

Medium bodied, crisp smooth mouthfeel. Very, very drinkable. Medium carbonation.

I've wanted to try this one for a while now, I'm glad I got a chance to today. (631 characters)

Photo of Spikester
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light amber with some suspended particles. Good two fingers of head and average lacing for the style. Smell is fruity resinous hops with lots of caramel malt.
Taste is similar to the smell but lots of hop resins grapefruit caramel malt.
Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is just right. Easy drinking for a 100 IBU beer. The bottle lists abv as 8.0% not 8.8%. Overall a fine DIPA. (388 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a tourist trap at fishermans wharf, San Francisco. $8 for a 20oz(?) glass. Aroma is sort of muted, maybe it's the beer, maybe it's my allergies, maybe it's because I drank three Alpine Nelsons earlier. It's mostly grain and citrus, not bad. Flavor is better, malty but citrusy, it ain't west coast but it's hoppy. A little sugary and a little sticky, it works. Mouthfeel was really smooth, I liked that the best. Very fruity, citrus, a good DIPA and I'm usually completely biased towards real West Coast IPA's. (520 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades fast at first, but settles to a very persistent thin white foam film that floats atop the brew. This foam film lasts for quite some time, eventually fading to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather light for an imperial IPA. It is strongest in a grapefruit citrus aroma that is nearly matched by some orange and tangerine smells. Along with these smells are some other hoppy aromas of a grassy and floral nature with a bit of a bready smell rounding them all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slightly sweet flavor of a tropical fruit and tangerine nature. At the start of the taste there is a doughy flavor with this taste being maintained throughout the flavor profile. Some hop flavors of a pine and floral nature are present from the start as well with these fading a bit as the flavor advances forward. While the aforementioned hop flavors fade, a grapefruit hop flavor comes to the tongue, with it growing stronger and stronger, both replacing and well surpassing the other hop flavors. The grapefruit hop really picks it up a notch at the end of the taste, which overall ends up leaving a rather lingering bitter grapefruit rind like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both the qualities really accentuate the hop flavors of the brew and really accentuate the grapefruit hop flavors of the brew, which is quite good for the style.

Overall – A decent but not out of this world double IPA. The bitter grapefruit is a little to overpowering at the end of the taste bringing a bit of unbalance. Overall though a decent try. (1,880 characters)

Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.