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Critical Hit - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-22-2010)
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

GeorgeAKeim, Monday at 03:57 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

lysergicdream, Oct 06, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -3%

dshansen1184, Sep 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

HoppySeb, Sep 11, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Seattle_Suds, Aug 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Zach122, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of woemad
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber of the 2010 vintage. According to the label, this was bottle # 647 out of a total of 5,000. I have no idea where I purchased this, but there’s a price sticker indicating it was for $13.99. If I had to guess I suppose I bought it at either Enoteca or Huckleberry’s.

Poured a dark amber color that took on a more orangey color when held up to light. Big, creamy beige head that hung around for quite a while and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

Surprisingly “hot” aroma from this – I had assumed it would be mellower after 4 years. Piney and citrusy hops were the primary aroma – the hops did not seem to have “faded” to any great degree. When this was fresh, it must have been an absolute hop bomb. Biscuity malt aromas rose to be detected once the beer had warmed up a bit.

Surprisingly bitter hop blast up front, and more herbal than the nose indicated. Quite boozy as well – yes, there’s still quite a lot of “heat” to this one.

Full bodied, with a prickly, coating mouthfeel.

Bigger and brasher (is that a word) than I expected for something that’s been laid down for several years. I can only imagine how big this was when it was fresh. Unless I were to somehow discover that this bottle was an aberration, I would sit on a similarly aged bottle for a while longer before I tried it.

woemad, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber share courtesy of RateBeer's one and only dcschiller, thanks again Dave. It pours with a murky amber body that has some golden hues and supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up big musty malt sticky pine hops, a sliver of grapefruit and then some molasses. The taste has a nice mix of resiny pine hop heavy bitterness and then streams of molasses to midway. Malts bubble forward for a moment before the resiny pine hop bitterness and a sliver of sweetened citrus hops take over and bring this to a rich rewarding finish. Solid bold American style Barleywine. Wow!

BigMcLargeHuge, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kk73, May 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

mikul93, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Rutager, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mc4z, Feb 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

kscaldef, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Deep orange. Small white head. Retains well.

Smell - Citrus hop. Grapefruit. Slight oxidation. Sweet caramel malt. Smells like a standard barleywine.

Taste - More of a balance to the hops and malt. Grapefruit. Sweet caramel. Oxidation. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation. Tastes like it's getting old.

Overall - Generic, but it's tasty.

Alieniloquium, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

IrishColonial, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

GeorgeH, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

RangnaR, Jul 24, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a four way blind barleywine taste test.

Pours orange-tan color. Pretty murky.

Smell is a bit mild, somewhat malty.

Taste was bitter, a bit boozy, but good balance between malt and hops. Fruity and spicy, and a good bitter kick.

Very drinkable considering abv.

Decent, but nothing over the top. Probably not worth the money though. Better than Dick's, but not as good as Green Flash or Full Sail.

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

afrokaze, Jul 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

illidurit, Jul 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

bird22, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

anson42, Jun 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Hopmodium, May 22, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 2009 version, on tap at Bier Stein the other day.

The beer pours a somewhat darker, copper amber color with good head retetention and lacing. The nose is impressive in this one, as I get considerable malt, dry citrus, vanilla and brown sugar. This beer smells like a big old, hoppy barleywine. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and put me in mind of an aged version of Bigfoot. There beer has some nice, slightly oxidized, aged ale flavor components that is pretty nice, which blends well with the brown sugar, sweet malt and considerable hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly full in this moderately sweet beer, and the finish is long and fairly dry, due to the considerable boost of hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable, but this beer is not at all hot or tiring on the palate.

A fine beer, but I was happy with the small taster I got of it at BS. That's really all I needed.

John_M, May 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

johnnyboy76, Apr 20, 2013
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Critical Hit from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.