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Critical Hit - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%


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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Reviews by Bfarr:
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Bfarr

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, dark copper and thin tan head with good retention. Caramel sweetness and floral hop aroma. Hop bitterness up front with citrus and floral with caramel and a subtle chocolate in the middle. Long hop linger. Slick, sticky feel.

This seems to be a basic but very over-hopped Barleywine that must have been hopped 6 ways from Sunday to be this hoppy after 2 years. There’s no good combination of flavor and the hop bitterness just overpowers any flavor in it. Maybe this will be better in another year or 7 and definitely needs more of a complex malt combination because otherwise it seems more like an Imperial IPA. This is way too expensive and a poor beer as well. Just goes to show, throw a cool label with a serial number on it and some wax on the top and suckers will shell out $13 for a crappy beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:41:37 | More by Bfarr
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mikul93

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

03-24-2014 19:40:41 | More by mikul93
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-22-2014 06:14:25 | More by Rutager
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mc4z

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-11-2014 16:32:54 | More by mc4z
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -17.4%

10-25-2013 18:14:26 | More by kscaldef
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 23:50:31 | More by Alieniloquium
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-08-2013 00:43:04 | More by IrishColonial
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GeorgeH

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-29-2013 03:24:06 | More by GeorgeH
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RangnaR

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-24-2013 13:05:33 | More by RangnaR
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Smurf2055

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 04:21:05 | More by Smurf2055
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afrokaze

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-09-2013 06:44:36 | More by afrokaze
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illidurit

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

07-05-2013 03:57:45 | More by illidurit
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bird22

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-28-2013 01:51:12 | More by bird22
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anson42

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-21-2013 20:19:40 | More by anson42
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Hopmodium

Washington

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-22-2013 02:49:53 | More by Hopmodium
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 22:26:35 | More by johnmichaelsen
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-20-2013 04:24:09 | More by johnnyboy76
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davey101

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Reserve, Bottle #2503/5000, 22 oz bomber into a Bolt Cutter glass.

A - Has that perfect barleywine look to it. A nice burnt amber body that is slightly hazy and three fingers of dense light khaki foam with large bubbles that just coats the sides with killer lacing when swirled.

S - Very boozy with dark fruits, some faded piney hops, and lasting toffee and caramel. Pretty rich and bold, but really just too much of an alcohol presence.

T - A muted combination of toffee and faded piney hops. Slick and oily which is great given the style but everything is just so boring here. Finishes with a high level of bitterness and an unpleasant booziness. Mouth feel is nice and creamy though.

O - This left a lot to be desired. Not sure if its the age on it, but its just not a very interesting barleywine. A bit too boozy and the hops flavors are mostly faded but the bitterness is still kicking around. Meh...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 03:32:07 | More by davey101
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Amerikon

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-13-2013 03:59:39 | More by Amerikon
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Kerfluffel

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 Vintage. 22 oz served in a snifter.

a: deep garnet with a tinge of brown. Head off white that dissipates quickly leaving tight lacing and sticky bubbles on the edge of the glass. Lacing lingers all the way through

s: aroma starts with burnt sugar, almond toffee, toasted grain, dried black mission figs, and a spicy, earthy, and herb note from the hops. Is that a mushroom note in there? Undertone of alcohol and a whiskey like pineapple note.

t: flavor starts with a bright citrus with notes of toffee, caramelized sugar, dates, figs, earthy and spicy hops, bitterness is clean, strong but soft and lingers on. Alcohol noticeable.

m: medium full body with very low carbonation (acceptable to me in this style). Lingering bitterness that shows its age and a fairly dry finish.

o: good barleywine but not as profound as I had expected. Nice and rich full flavor with a great nose.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 00:32:13 | More by Kerfluffel
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-16-2013 17:23:31 | More by powdersoldier
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2010 vintage #2279/5000

A: Poured a sherry-orangish color with good carbonation and a dirty white head. Quite a bit of lacing on this one

S: Faded pine, some citrus and cardboard with some bread

T: initial taste of citrus followed by a dash of heat and then some dish soap, cardboard oxidation, faded hops and a long bittering presence on the end. Really hard to get pass the dish soap and cardboard.

M: Mouthfeel is bitter, well carbonated, medium-big to big body with pine, a tad bit hot.

O: It was not that great fresh and now its just plain harsh. Not a candidate for aging.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 11:46:02 | More by barleywinefiend
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irishgreensoda

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

03-11-2013 04:21:00 | More by irishgreensoda
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 properly cellared bottle poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a reddish coppery amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a thin persistent film and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, sweet dark fruit and a hint of citrus. Flavor of mellow caramel malt, dried dark fruit, alcohol and grassy hops. Finish is somewhat abrupt, but leaves a long lasting grassy, earthy hop bite. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess. Initial flavors are well balance, but subdued; the finish is hot and hoppy. A decent barley wine that could use a bit more balance between the malt/fruit components and the finishing hops and alcohol heat. I'm glad I cellared this for a couple of years, I think the hops would have been overwhelming in the fresh bottle. I will cellar another bottle for a bit longer, I think it will stand up to more aging nicely and may bring better balance.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 03:54:09 | More by LiquidAmber
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ZRBE

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

02-28-2013 05:31:35 | More by ZRBE
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Critical Hit from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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