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Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 52
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Starting Gravity: 1065
IBUs: 72
ABV: 6.8

(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-13-2010)
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Reviews by augustgarage:
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augustgarage

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Carrot orange, orange peel, amber, and gold blend together in a cloudy gradient, topped by a perpetual fist of ivory stiff-peak foam. Dense soapy lacing coats the glass.

Seven different varieties of hops went into this resulting in an intensely aromatic melange - as soon as you pop the cap, the air fills with floral, citrus, and light herbal and tropical notes. Held closer to the nose, there is a touch of green grapes, pink peppercorn, Fruit Loops, and more. Superlative. It gets just a tiny bit catty as it warms, kepping it just a step away from perfection really...

Spicy and bright palate entry - packed with grapefruit, orange, and persimmon flavor among so many other things...yet the blend really works as a whole. The finish is increasingly spicy with hints of cinnamon and fennel. Dry, moderately bitter throughout, with a delicate not-quite sweet maltiness for balance. Delicious.

Well carbonated, medium-light bodied, creamy, yet crisp. Zesty mouthfeel with just a touch of warmth to slow you down.

One of the best IPAs I've had in recent memory from the NW...and a good value to boot.

08-23-2011 06:57:18 | More by augustgarage
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

Only the second Ninkasi beer I have actually had,the Tricerahops was quite good.Poured into an imperial pint glass a lemony yellow with a tinge of orange, a creamy-like one finger white head that held thru to the finish.West coast hop aromas here,citrusy and piney,lesser grass, and herbal hops.A great summer IPA to be had,its citrusy with leafy/green hop flavors over top of a lightly sweet toasty malt base.This is it,a IPA for the summer,its refreshing and has a badass hopkick,its worth the high rating.Hell yeah!

Gotta love the hop burps!

08-11-2010 21:29:01 | More by oberon
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jpwadd

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-24-2013 05:57:44 | More by jpwadd
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NWer

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Nice brassy pour into tulip. Nice head retains well, nice lace. First impression was typical Ninkasi citrus tartness a little too bitter on the front end. However, it grows on me as it warms - and I warm to drinking it.
A very fun beer that went down extremely well. Strong hop feel would overwhelm after a while so a session beer it ain't.

11-12-2011 00:46:38 | More by NWer
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Beerswag

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-05-2014 04:06:43 | More by Beerswag
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BurdockBoy

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1%

07-26-2014 01:31:59 | More by BurdockBoy
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-28-2014 19:40:27 | More by HoppySeb
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%

Looked a vibrant yellow and tangerine color, foamed up quite nice, this was a looker. Aroma, seemed to be big on amarillo and simcoe. Very pungent, really came through on the nose.

Taste wasn't a letdown at all, all that dry, astringent hopfeel came through, but didn't leave a super bitter mouthfeel, just the right balance between a big fresh floral hop mouthfeel and a good amount of bitterness that made you want more, rather than take a second or some water to clear the palate. Far more depth to it than your average ipa. Says 72 ibu, but the bitterness just plays so nice. It combines to leave a good lip smack sensation, good tang. Mostly tangerine, then grapefruit, even the slightest amount of tropical citrus feel, although I wouldn't necessarily call it pineapple (especially after drinking Oracle and Hopsoulution a lot lately), or if I did, I'd say its very slight.

Very drinkable, and that's even before considering that this is a $5 bomber. Kudos, Ninkasi has done it again. Would be very interested to see if we ever get some of their ipas in 4/6 packs in the future.

10-02-2010 04:10:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DanielDomigan

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

love iron maiden and love ipa's. this is defiantly a special brew for me to try.

a beautiful golden blonde color.

a smack in the face of strait hops! so good. citrus and hops...

hoppy slightly sweet and citrusy

little bit watery and slightly sticky

a damn good ipa.

11-16-2013 08:42:33 | More by DanielDomigan
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1%

12-02-2011 04:03:52 | More by richkrull
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +1%

08-11-2013 14:27:07 | More by ste5venla
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-16-2013 10:18:13 | More by InfernoBoss
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heather625

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-19-2012 04:01:59 | More by heather625
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-13-2013 21:02:07 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Sargully

Oregon

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-04-2011 17:04:39 | More by Sargully
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

07-02-2013 21:07:00 | More by mdaschaf
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-14-2014 15:21:50 | More by Griffith
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appenzeller

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a light gold, opaque, thick head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, taste is deeply hoppy but complex, citrus, pine, wheat, and with a well integrated undercurrent of sweetness. This is a really nice IPA, hope Ninkasi keeps it going. This is a hop bomb for sure but has the requisite complexity and, well, good integration of other flavors to be a very worthy brew.

08-15-2010 08:31:44 | More by appenzeller
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

12-12-2011 02:44:02 | More by Stigs
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IPAgirl87

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-22-2011 04:42:24 | More by IPAgirl87
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Excellent bomber of 72 IBU, like a 1.5X IPA. Very flavourful citrus that is a bit of a palate shredder and a great hophead delivery. Above average mouthfeel, and good hop aroma. Great drinkability.Peach coloured body with nice retained white whip of a head.
Thanks Augustgarage.

10-23-2011 01:29:12 | More by Sammy
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev +1%

07-21-2013 04:38:14 | More by dertyd
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dirtylou

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

22oz bottle

welcome home college football.

appearance: goofy artistic label - served in a NG shaker pint. hazy orange-copper body, light white film with minimal retention

smell: nice nose - quite hoppy - oregon pine, tangerine zest, sugary sweet

taste: really nice hop profile - quite piney, tangerine zest, lemon, grapefruit rind, tropical fruit. A very nice IPA - competitive with many of the high profile west coast IPA's

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, oily medium body

overall: quite nice.

09-02-2011 00:40:30 | More by dirtylou
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

Oregon micro beers are foreign to me here in Chicago...thank the lord my bro-in-law traveled out West this summer to bring home nectar of the gods...The Ninkasi Brewing Co Maiden The Shade is AMAZING. The color an orange haze, with creamy white head that is lacing. The smell orange and a little spice. The are tender floral notes as well. The taste includes interesting notes from each hop used. The columbus provides some floral taste, the semco give it some body and grapfruit, the amarillo some light citrus. The mouthfeel is medium body mild carbontation. Overall it is awesome....and worth a try!!!!

11-24-2011 02:41:41 | More by WoodBrew
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazing golden color, almost transparent, with minimal head.

Amazing smell. Complex. All sorts of citrus: lemon, grapefruit and orange. A muted honey. It is blended perfectly.

No doubt an IPA. Solid bitterness up front, melts away to a mild malt sweetness, quickly followed by lemon bitter.

Pretty crisp, still retains a soft texture though. Moderate carbonation.

The smell is the star of the show, good tasting but nothing special to look at.

01-15-2012 01:32:14 | More by Fatehunter
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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.