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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

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Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 165
Gots: 213 | 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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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark orange with a soft, off white, foamy cap of head

S - grapefruit, mango, some pineapple, faint bread

T - orange, grapefruit, mango, mild pine, mild bitterness

M - medium bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This is a very nice, citrusy, full flavored, hoppy beer. This is simply delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed this one from beginning to end. I will definitely have it again.

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed copper colored ale with a tall off-white colored head.

Strong hops in the scent with the scents of toast and tobacco being the strongest, strange. Abundant ethanol carries a melon scent. Scents of leather and caramel smell something like British Imperial Pale Ale.

Starts out woody and herbal with a hop and strong tea flavor. Getting lots of herbal hops with this one and very little C Type Hops. Mostly this is just very herbal.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. The taste of this one is very different; I would classify this as an Imperial BPA.

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

(Served in a tulip)
A- This beer pours a hazy deep orange body with a slight brown hue to it and a sea of microbubbles racing to the surface. There is a thick creamy beige head that last a good bit.
S- The sweet malt notes of honey malt and caramel malt are soon taken over by woody green hops that full the air. There is some light buttery orange notes that come through as the beer opens up.
T- The sweet malt caramel flavor blends with green grapefruit zest hops and some orange juice notes to the hops with a pungent hop finish that lingers a bit.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a nice malty sweet backbone that supports a full hop profile with some bitterness and some nice depth.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of HopHead84
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark gold with a small, half finger head. The head lingers for a short time and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet malt. There's a strange smell I can't put my finger on and that I've never smelled in a SDPA. It's a sweet smell that's a cross between a banana and a cantaloupe. Doesn't smell very hoppy and the normal characteristics of the style (pine, citrus, etc.) are not present.

T: Well balanced. Mild hop bitterness for the style. Minimal citrus notes and not a long finish. The alcohol is well masked.

M: Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied, and carbonation is lacking.

D: Very drinkable for an 8.8% beer. The low level of bitterness will ward off the palate fatigue for a while.

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a hazy copper color with a modest white head to it. The head faded to a thin sticky covering and immediately started to leave some thick sheets of lacing.

The aroma not surprisingly shows mostly hops to it. It has some grapefruit and pine, along with some hints of pineapple and mango. It's not overly intense with hops compared to other versions of the style, but it's nice.

The taste also has a lot of hoppy flavors going on. It starts out with some sweeter flavors coming through with some hints of some tropical, fruity, hoppy flavors. As you get to the finish more of the grapefruit and pine come through to give it more of a bitterness. The grapefruit bitterness lingers for a while too.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it was a pretty nice hoppy beer. I didn't find it overly intense with hops, but the hops were nicely done and flavorful. I really liked the bit of tropical like hoppy flavors I got out of it. Pretty nice beer overall.

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

Tricerahops is a tri-coloured beer - all three of them varying shades of gold. Its base is bright yellow, its torso tarnished golden and, at its top, it is blistered enough to be considered amber. (Of course, holding it at different angles, against different strength lights, is bound to shuffle everything up and/or accentuate one tone over the other.)

If you homebrew, you know that smell that comes over the garage once you drop those hop pellets into the boil or what it smells like to clean the carboy out after it's had two weeks of dry-hopping. Cracking the crown on this bottle had the same smell which, for those who haven't made their own, is that of pungent herbals and rank, bitter citrus.

There's plenty of lemon zest and dried orange peel shavings in the flavour, enough that you'd suspect the actual fruits might have been added. But no, they have not, such is simply the mystical properties of hops. Hard water minerals trigger an almost bronze-like note that, short of becoming metallic, is washed away by yet more soapy hop character.

The alcohol pokes a few holes in the beer, but never succeeds in tearing things apart; this toasty maltiness is tightly knit enough to withhold the eight something percent (and a little warming too). It's sturdy, but designed so as not to stunt the blossom of those fruity, floral hops. Indeed, they're completely unencumbered on the finish.

Tricerahops is indeed a great beast; like the dinosaur that this cheesy (but clever) pun is based on, it has a large bony frill (toasty malts) over which hang three sharp, protruding horns (Amarillo, Centennial, Palisade hops). Fortunately I don't think we have to worry about this guy going extinct any time soon - Ninkasi is sure to be around for a long, long time.

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....

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up over the weekend at Belmont Station... poured tonight into my Chimay goblet.

1" head... doesn't stick around too long.. but it does leave fairly nice looking sheets of lace... the brew is bright glowing orange with a soft haze.

piney... and citric with some slight caramel sweetness... doesn't exactly strike me as overbearing as many PNW DIPA's can be... I like the nose on this one... nice and balanced for the style.

pretty good bitterness out of the gate.. caramel and to a lesser extent pale malts.... melts into a fruity hoppiness.. first the pine.. slight though.. then a nice blast of pineapple... tangerine zest .. and a little bit of orange... maybe even some orange juice... finish is a long lingering oily hoppiness.. a little bit of pine sap. Body is maybe a little light for the style.. but nothing worth bitching about.. carbonation may also be a little light but that bumps up the drinkability in my mind.

I really... really like this... tastes very fresh and juicy.. No one is gonna mistake this for an unbalanced monster of a DIPA... instead.. it should be considered a lesson of walking the fine line where many breweries go overboard.. very balanced.

4/4/4.5/3.5/4

Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky peach with a dense cap of off-white foam that lingered. Good head retention, lots of lacing. Grapefruit and lemon aroma, pine and caramel, oranges and stone fruits. Bitterness was strong, but not harsh, with plenty of citrus pith flavour and biscuity, cookie dough maltiness. Velvety carbonation with medium to full body. Overall, very nice and easy drinking. There are plenty of hops, but they're not overpowering.

Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden-bronze with an off-white head, light retention & initial lace.

S: Not a huge aroma for a DIPA, but it's nice: pine, mango, citrus, sponge toffee...

T: Nice piny resin, assertive bitterness, but not all harsh. Mango, nectarine, apricot, sponge toffee, hint of biscuit. Alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a light hop acidity with a crisp finish.

O: Certainly hop-accented, but not at all unbalanced. Incredibly drinkable for a brew of this strength.

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a touch of haze to the body. One thick finger of bubbly ivory foam caps the experience. Pretty good, altogether.

Smell: earthy, slightly funky hop aroma with highlights of citrus running through the base. There is a little malt smell underpinning the hops, but it is definitely not the main event.

Taste: quite citrusy. The hops balance on top of a quite-malty and very-slightly-biscuity base which sort of reminds me of an imperial red ale. The overall effect is quite fruity; not just grapefruity, but an interesting citrus salad kind of mix. It's rather tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. Feel is silky and somewhat creamy. Actually, it's rather above average for what I would consider a "standard" Northwest type beer. Good job, Ninkasi.

Drinkability: refreshing citrusy flavors overcome the high ABV for making this beer drinkable. Bitterness is way up there and gets to be kind of much, but the interesting flavor combination keeps me coming back.

Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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

A good clear, amber/autumn appearance. Minimal head and lacing. Great hop pine aroma.

Great amounts of hops and bitterness coat the palate. Not heavy malt wise. Good mouthfeel, nothing resonates to take away from its hop character (and that's why we drink DIPA right?). Not just absurd bitterness, but plays well with the dry hop taste.

Alcohol remains hidden very well, very pleased to be getting this beer in NorCal, much less for only $5.99 a 22. One of many great, nationally under the radar ipa's coming out of Oregon.

EDIT: How many old bottles did Bevmo pick up of this? The last 3 times, old, faded. An A- when fresh.

Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,319 ratings.