Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for this one I've been wanting to test out.
Pours a very very cool color of peachy orangey ambery cloudiness. A nice stark white head lingers well and leaves very nice lacing down the glass.
Nose is quite hoppy with a very floral and cascadey scent. There is a sweetness in the nose, a resiny sweetness. Some perfume and flowery nose as well.
Taste is quite interesting. A complex beer undoubtedly. This one is not your typical balls out west coast grapefruit bomb at all. The malt profile is quite nice, and the bitterness is somewhat subdued, although the hop flavor is huge, the bitterness just isnt as big. Great hop resiny flavor mixes in well with the malt profile. Very nice. A dry and crisp finish with lingering sweetness and super floral hop flavors.
Mouthfeel is good. a bit slick on the palate, and maybe a tiny touch thick, but overall well done. Carbonation is where it should be.
Drinkability is devastatingly good here, as the bitterness is fairly low and the flavor is quite high. A very flavorful and easy to drink beer. The abv is hidden remarkably well.
Overall, A very interesting DIPA. Full of flavor, although I really would like to see more grapefruit action in here and maybe a touch more bitterness, this one will be appreciated by those who love the hop flavor but arent big on ball wrinkling bitterness. A flavorful and very drinkable DIPA, a nice medium between the typical west coast grapefruit bomb and some of the more malt driven euro hoppish IPAs that come out of the east. A good, complex, and interesting beer.
12-15-2008 03:23:00 | More by AKBelgianBeast
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
Pours a hazy burnt orange with a tight head that leaves a ring of lacing.
Smells of bright citrus and pine hops.
Tastes of a solid hop character with a solid malt base. Hops have notes of grapefruit, pine, and a bit of tropical fruit. Malts add a bit of caramel sweetness and some toasted bread. Hops and malts are fairly balanced, but I would like to see more of both.
Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.
Overall, a good price for a solid beer, but needs a little something extra to take it to the next level.
06-24-2011 01:57:25 | More by ocelot2500
4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
22oz. bottle purchased at the SLO BevMo (thanks RJ!) last week.
Poured into a Cigar City snifter.
Appearance: A short, off-white, frothy cap forms following the pour. Retention ain't great; decays to a bubbly halo within thirty seconds. Body is hazy and amber, and I see a ton of suspended sediment when the beer is held to light. Looks nasty! (<- Good nasty) Stringy/spotty lacing all the way down. I dig.
Smell: Pineapple, candied orange, pizza dough, honey, and pine resin. Caramel is also quite apparent. Lots of sugary sweetness. Smells very nice, though it's not what I'd expect from an imperial IPA. Smells kinda like an English barley wine (definitely not a bad thing).
Taste: Toasted bread, pine, and earth form a solid base; but it's the juicy pineapple, mandarin orange, grapefruit, lime, and other tropical fruits that really define the flavor profile. White wine-like esters peek through at the end of each sip. Fantastic balance! A little more bitterness might be nice, but I'm plowin' right through this right now (and I really needed a good beer - it's been a very rough day).
Mouthfeel: Oily, gritty, malty, and sticky. Pretty full in body, and not a whole lot of dryness in the finish. Not a whole lot of bitterness either. All in all, pretty easy-going. I actually wish it was harsher.
Drinkability: This disappeared so quick! And I drank the entire bomber to myself too! A very easy-drinking imperial IPA. Highly recommended.
03-19-2010 00:48:23 | More by ThreeWiseMen
3.78/5 rDev -6.2%
much darker than expected (amber-brown) with a nice almost white head that retains and laces very well.
lots of pine and grassy hops, and plenty of grapefruit and bitter citrus. goes a bit tea-like and minty as well. not much for malty aromas.
hoppy again for the flavor, but a bit more malt mixed in. tropical fruits are added to the grapefruit and bitter, zesty citrus. pine and grass get pushed back a bit and herbal tea and peppery spiciness comes through a lot (which isn't entirely pleasant). malt is bready, caramelly yet not that sweet. good, but not up to par with the greats of this style.
medium bodied with a bit of resin and syrup on the finish.
drinks decent. herbs, tea, and pepper could be cleaned up a bit for this to be one I'd seek out.
01-03-2011 03:29:10 | More by silentjay
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
Appearance is a hazy, dark orange.
The smell is a crisp bit of citrus & pine though not real strong.
The taste is sweet and bitter. It has a pleasant hoppiness and a malt sweetness. It doesn't taste like a IIPA hop bomb.
Mouthfeel is thick and oily.
Drinkability is very good for the ABV.
I like this beer a great deal. It doesn't seem like a typical West Coast IIPA but more balanced than expected. I do like the usual WC IIPAs but find this satisfying too.
10-25-2008 00:13:27 | More by meatyard
3.53/5 rDev -12.4%
Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.
Appearance: A one finger foamyu creamy of white head that had some retention. The color of the beer is a bronze to copper color with orange and red hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is some yeasty floating in the beer with some effervescences.
Nose: A very rich ripe grapefruit, pine and floral bouquet. There is a pleasant toasty note with some phenols and solvent lingering in the background.
Taste: There is a good malty flavor that hold fairly well to the monster hops in this beer. The hops give a very strong grapefruit, pine and floral esters.
Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated, astringent, and crisp. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is almost full. This DIPA okay was expecting more of a rip your mouth off kind and glad that is really wasnt. A nice pleasant beer.
03-10-2010 20:56:23 | More by colts9016
4.45/5 rDev +10.4%
Pours a clear light marigold color with a decent head and minimal lacing after it settled.
Smell of strong grapefruit, citrus, sweet malt, and pineapple and pine needles. Aroma is great on this brew.
Taste of strong grapefruit, citrus, strong flavor of caramelized sugars, pale malt, some residual sweetness and not dried out as some other fantastic examples of DIPA's taste to me. I personally like the slightly wet / sweet flavors of a beer that has some residual sugars left from fermentation. One thing I did notice in the bottom of this beer was a decent amount of yeast that seemed to be not excessive, but more than I see in most bottled DIPAs.
Thick for the style but delicious and very drinkable.
02-22-2010 23:19:47 | More by alpinebryant
4.06/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
05-13-2014 07:27:02 | More by Spikester
3.2/5 rDev -20.6%
22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 40-45F.
Pours lightly hazy orange/amber with a good off-white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing and maintains a small cap.
Aroma is some orange citrus, apricot, good bit of floral hops, a touch of pine, decent bit of caramel malt. Good strength.
Flavor is apricot, orange/grapefruit citrus, some resin, noticeable caramel malt backbone, decent bit of sweetness in the middle, moderate bitterness on the finish and just a little mild alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, oily, moderate carbonation.
Apricot and caramel would be the best way for me to sum this one up, and unfortunately those are not my two favorite flavors in an IPA/DIPA. I could see fans of something like Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute really diggin’ this one though...
07-05-2012 02:16:32 | More by elgiacomo
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
A - Huge head at a few inches. Its foamy and frothy on top of a clear orange body with only a slight amount of carbonation rising.
S - Malt aroma accented by yeast and very faint hops.
T - The hop flavors are smooth and unabrupt. There is certainly come hops here butu they don't overwhelm the beer. Ninkasi does a great job of making sure the malt isn't completely bogged out of the flavor picture by the hops. A job well done in my opinion.
M - Thick and smooth this beer is one I can feel in my mouth without a huge amount of abbrasive carbonation.
~ This is a very good beer. I'm very impressed by the flavors and feel of this beer. The aroma left me wanting a bit more but overall, this is a solid IPA.
04-07-2010 22:15:09 | More by cdkrenz
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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