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Quantum Pale Ale | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Starting Gravity: 1052
IBUs: 35
ABV: 5.6%

Added by RedDiamond on 07-19-2008

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 32
Photo of HattedClassic
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is clear and deep gold color. The beer pours a nice white head. The beer has some fairly strong sweet honey notes on the nose and taste and light hop orange notes. The malts are definitely stronger than the hops; making it a kind of odd APA. The beer's body is kind of heavy for the style and gives it a smooth feeling that you don't normally find in the beer. A pretty good beer overall if you're talking about an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured a very clear orange color with streaming carbonation, frothy white head left glass coating lace

S- Very light aroma, getting almost nothing from this other than light brewer's yeast

T- Some citrusy, earthy, and bready notes, but all of the flavor is pretty subdued.

M- Dry, soft carbonation, medium body, pretty smooth

O- Overall a pretty plain bee, nothing more and nothing less.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy orange color with good carbonation leaving a generous whte cap

S: Citrus hop profile, little bit of breadiness

T: Balanced, malt forward versus hop forward. Some bread, citrus and light floral notes

M: Medium bodied and tasty, Weighs on the palate though

O: Good but not sessionable due to the wight of the body on this Pale

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Photo of Monicagm
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber color. Light carbonation with a thin head. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Has a floral scent because of the hops.

Sour taste with a weak body. Bitter finish.

Moderate mouthfeel.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I'm not a fan of the IPA style but the general taste outweighs the bitterness.

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Photo of dgilks
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark golden colour with a foamy off-white head. Good head retention.

Mild toasted, grainy malt with a hint of earthiness.

Slightly malty but the bulk of the flavour is earthy and bitter with a nice sweetness to the finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. A good beer.

Nice, easy drinking pale ale. There are beers that I prefer to this but it is certainly is decent.

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy orange color with a very thin white head that had zero retention or lacing. The aroma was very hop forward, I didn't pickup any malt or grain. The flavors were pretty similar, very much a citrus hop delivery system.

The body was somewhat of a surprise, a bit fuller than the flavors led me to expect. Drinkability was nice, you could have several. Overall, a good brew, but one I'd lean towards calling an "IPA Light" as opposed to a true pale. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Doesn’t have a head, that’s probably the waiters fault though. Other than that, it looks pretty solid. It looks like what a pale ale should look like. It’s somewhat amber looking, but for sure brighter and more lively. It looks pretty good overall, despite the no-head. It smells very refreshing on the nose, it has a nice fresh water smell, followed by a nice hop smell. There are probably some caramel malts in here. It smells pretty balanced overall and pretty damn good. Hmm, well the flavor is a little weaker than I had anticipated, not very much in the way of hops, a little bit, but not enough for a pale ale. The maltiness is what it should be, it’s there for sure, but the beer overall is just a little watery and is short on the hops. There may be some distant flavors of fruit, but if there are any, they are barely there at all. Overall the flavor is god and refreshing, but not as big as it should be. The mouthfeel however is pretty nice, it’s not huge, but it’s big enough to support a pale ale. The drinkability is also very nice, it’s a clean and crisp beer, and it’s not hard to drink at all, it goes down very well. Overall this is a good beer, but it doesn’t have enough flavor to be considered a solid pale ale. I would be happy to drink this anytime, but not if I was presented with a Deschutes NWPA or something like that first.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ninkasi tasting room, 7.18.2010, $3 for 12 oz. glass.

Half finger white head (due to full pour) quick dissipation leading to rather significant lacing. Clear deep gold body, multiple streams of carbonation rising up sides of glass. The nose is malt dominated, sweet and bready with good dose of citrusy hops. The taste is pretty sweet and citrusy up front, meyer lemon more than grapefruit, leading to a moderately bitter finish, pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly dry, above average effervescence with some stickiness. Good drinkabiity, with finish becoming more bitter as the beer warmed. Not my favorite APA but quite drinkable and hop-forward, straddling the line between APA and IPA.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ the brewery.
a dark golden beverage, a fine aroma of barley malt, a bit of pine and some faint esters from the yeast. malt heavy with a good hop balance mingling with the subtle esters - feels like a touch of apple. a bit grainy but not overly so. would've liked a bit more hop aroma at the end but its quite a drinkable pale. craziness down there at the brewery with all that construction.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ninkasi's pale ale may be easily confused for an IPA on account of its potent citric hop flavor and bittering. Personally, I think a pale should be a pale and an IPA, an IPA. But I love Quantum's cannabis aroma that seems so at home in Eugene. The beer is a gently hazed bright amber with an evenly distributed release of carbonation, a meandering isle of head, and faint remnants of lace.

My chief criticism is the overuse of punchy, lemon-rind hops that pushes Quantum towards tasting more like an IPA. In fact, it almost seems like more of an IPA than Total Domination, which tastes like more of a standard American pale. But how much complaining am I prepared to do about too much hops? Not much, though the abundant greenage leaves the mouthfeel slightly taut.

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Quantum Pale Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.