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Critical Hit - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 03-22-2010

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 22
Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2013 version, bottle 1605 out of 10000, 10.4% abv.
A: Brilliant deep copper gold under a thin, copper head that produces spots of lace. Does have legs.
S: Not a big nose – slightly darkened sugar to caramel with some wine notes.
T: Malt and light fruit introduce the palate leading to a lingering bitter finish that is more quinine than citrus rind or roast. The bitterness becomes bigger as the beer warms.
M: Starts a little thin for a big beer, medium low carbonation. Mild alcohol warming. O: A decent but not outstanding American Barleywine.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

as much a double ipa or something as a big barleywine. i feel like this is as much about the hops as it is about the grain, if not more so, which sort of turns the american barleywine back into the ipa range. its pale in color too, less of the caramelized toasty toffee barley we usually look for in the style, and not nearly enough body to get there either. the hops are nice though, pine forward and sticky, and also impressively bitter, more than enough bitterness in this one to balance out the residual grain sweetness, which again i think doesnt necessarily lend itself to the style, but is well resolved here. carbonation is also really high, much higher than barleywine in truer forms really needs, but with all the hops it makes sense, really carries the beer, and gives it a much quicker finish than most. the alcohol shows through a lot, largely i think because it is so light and thin, but i do kind of want to taste it in this style. i like the beer pretty well, but i dont think its up to the ninkasi standard for quality, and i definitely dont think it satisfies the palate looking for a true american barleywine, but perhaps we have defined the style too narrowly, and this takes it to a new place...

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AndrewGoria
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerNW
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harvest06
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.52/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of woemad
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.37/5  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!

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of mc4z
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Critical Hit from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.