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Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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88
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336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 51
Gots: 34 | 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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 07-13-2010

Starting Gravity: 1065
IBUs: 72
ABV: 6.8
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Ratings: 336 | Reviews: 118
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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of NWer
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DanielDomigan
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of appenzeller
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hreb
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours straw yellow in color, crystal clear, but forms a generous white foamy head. Bright hop aroma. Mouthfeel has an extremely smooth, creamy fizz. Flavor melds the classic citrus and pine hop flavors at a relatively high volume, but still extremely drinkable. The texture goes a long way towards that drinkability. I'm not usually a fan of IPAs that blend a wide variety of hops and prop it up with such a thin, maltless body, but in this case, it's just the platform this beer needs to support a particularly crisp bitterness. And while I don't think this concept can make for a great beer, this is good drinking.

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Glibber
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Noce straw color with a decent 1/2 white froth that provided some lacing, but generally disappeared after my first half dozen sips. Nice grapefruit citrus hint and easy to drink front end with plenty of carbination. Interesting bitter hops at the back end that really sticks with you. Seems light on the malt, but is easy to drink. Not crazy about the bitter aftertaste, although I understand you expect that with the style.

Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, OR) on 9/2/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thin layer of bright-white head. This retains with mostly some thinnish looking edging which leave back some light spotty lacing. The aroma smells grassy on the edges, with a lot of ripe earthy fruit and sweet malt underneath.

The taste is sweet grains and fruitiness, with a grassy citric bitterness. This is overall giving of a bit of a ripe herbal feel with a moderate dryness to the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly and sharp creaminess to the carbonation that expands the flavors out in the mouth. This has a pretty decent feel in the mouth and the crispness here helps keep this drinkable.

Uh, this was an IPA? I had no idea when I ordered it and although it was forward with citrus flavors, the bitterness here was much more akin to a Pale Ale or even an American Blonde Ale. I mean this was pleasant enough and actually drank well for almost 7% but as an IPA, I wouldn’t say that this quite cut it. I would have been much more disappointed in this while I was drinking it if I had known what it was supposed to be.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked a couple of these up today knowing absolutely nothing about it. Bomber cost about $5.50.

The pour gave me a slightly chill hazed clear yellow-orange body with an eggshell white voluminous 3 finger head. I do love a pale IPA. Throughout the drink good spotty lacing shows up. A thin cap remains the whole time. Definitely bordering on world class looks here.

The aroma hits me before I'm even done pouring. Big fresh tropical pineapple dominate the piney undertones that show up in a best supporting role. Its pretty sweet smelling over all.

Taste is classic PNW. Big pine and bitter grapefruit pith are the stars here. Very lite sweet malts barely come through to balance the big bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin and lightly sticky. Such a light mouthfeel lends to the easy drinkability. Good thing I bought two bottles because I think the other is getting opened up tonight.

I'd go as far as saying that this is a perfect example of what the quintessential North West IPA is. Less tropical shows up in the taste than is typical of a California IPA but the pine really screams Oregon! If you're not yet sold on Ninkasi try this. They just made a big fan out of me.

Photo of souvenirs
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle bought as part of a variety pack. The label calls it a specialty ale, but I'm expecting something resembling an American/West Coast style IPA.

A: golden, a bit cloudy, some carbonation visible, about one finger of head which dissipated fairly quickly.
S: tropical fruits.
T: Pine, lingering bitterness. I found this bitterness unpleasant because it wasn't balanced/backed up with other flavours. I found it kind of one-dimensional.
F: Medium-bodied.
O: One and done.

Photo of ANIMOUL
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sweetish-bitter (bitter sweet?) IPA that tastes very much like many of the Socal IPA currently flooding the market (which is a good thing in my opinion).

Has an initial, slight bitterness - from citrus? - which is soon overcome by the sweet tastes of pineapple & orange. Mild hops with light malt presence.

Definitely worth checking out... good

Photo of Docer
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I did have this on tap at the Oregon Brewers Festival, but will now do the review from the bottle in the comfort of my own home... and minus any intruding odors under the nose... such as raw human body odor.

- Brisk orange, straw yellow... cloudy... finger of off-white foam quickly down to a large white ring and an island of light fizz that looks like Australia in the center of my short-pint glass.

- Light sweetness... brown sugar.. pine, grapefruit, mango, caramel... bread, biscuit.

- Oh my.. smooth balanced sweet hoppy success.. what a fantastic brew... caramel sweetness without the heavy malt-bomb profile... grapefruit hops galore... pine, citrus, lemon zest... bitter pine.. a hoppy flavorful power-punch to the palate... what a great beer. This must be Ninkasi's best tasting beer to date.

- Medium bodied... perfect carbonation for an IPA... and has a slight creaminess to it... only very slight... but near perfect.

- What can I say? I am floored at how great this brew is... even out of the bottle it is a pure masterpiece of sheer brewing genius. Thanks Ninkasi, and cheers to anyone that can get their hands on this stuff.

Also on a side note, I love Iron Maiden... and this brew captures their drive! The first pour is amazing from the bomber... the second just doesn't hold up to the first.

Photo of nataku00
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a mostly clear copper color with a slight chill haze coming out of the refrigerator. Initial two fingers of off white head, mix of small bubbles and tight foam. Retention was good for a few minutes before slowly dissipating, leaving a thick layer of lacing along the edge of the glass, down to a collar of small bubbles. Plenty of fine carbonation floating up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is pretty weak, some grapefruit zest, some tropical fruit, and caramel and biscuit malt. For a beer that boasts of seven hops being used, they might have forgotten a few aromatic hops to help with keeping the nose intrigued.

Taste is a little more interesting nice bitter citrus peel and pith, then a some bitter herbal hop mid tongue with light biscuit sweetness. Bitter herbal hop finish, dry on the tongue, lingering bitterness for quite a while. More malt to balance out the bitterness would have been nice though.

Light to medium bodied with a soft and ample small bubble carbonation, but not quite enough as the beer is oily and slick on the tongue and lingers. Fairly interesting to drink, but be prepared to enjoy the hop bitterness for a long time.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at the COOP over the weekend.. poured into my Old Guardian goblet... short lasting white head... the brew is slightly hazed lite golden.

Great punch of citrus hops that outweigh but don't blow out some nice pale maltiness.

Not quite bitter enough for a big PNW IPA, but the hops mid palate more than make up for it... Again, some pale malts help keep things in perspective.

Good body and carbonation.. finish reminds me of tangerine juice without the sweetness.... I guess maybe just tangerine zest.

3.5/4/4/3.5/4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice orange amber with a moderate white head with decent retention and lacing. Nice fresh hop and citrus aroma. Strong, flavorful hops and mild citrus. Citrus hop finish. A top class IPA. Well done.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It came in a four pack of different Ninkasi beers.

Appearance- copper color, thin head, nice lacing

Smell- floral, citrus hops, wonderful

Taste- floral, citrus hops, well balanced, very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This beer is very good. I am very impressed with it! Definitely one to get again!

Photo of largadeer
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty standard pale peach-colored IPA. Head retention is solid.

Smell: Not a ton here, but it's decent enough. Resinous and minty, with some stonefruit, a bit of bready malt, and a touch of butter and mineral.

Palate: Very herbal. Pine, faint citrus, faint buttery slickness. Plenty of early hop addition bite; could use more (any?) dry hopping to balance things out. Slight chalkiness on the back end. Pretty pleasant medium-light body; the heft is about right, but the hint of diacetyl prevents it from feeling as crisp as I'd like.

Overall: Better than Ninkasi's mediocre Total Domination, but still not overly exciting. I appreciate the Maiden tribute, though.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a bright yellow-orange colour. The nose has all the classic West Coast IPA notes: grapefruit, cannabis/resin, grass, pine. Super inviting. The taste is good and bitter with a little bit of fruity sweetness. Ninkasi calls this a "specialty ale," but it definitely drinks like an IPA.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale orange with a one finger frothy white head which fades slowly to the rim leaving nice rings.

N: Citrus (orange, grapefruit), floral, some pine and tropicals too. Faint malty note.

T: Lots of aggressive hops with resin and oils. Floral with citrus and some pine. Mild malt backing.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and slightly astringent bitterness on the finish.

O: Decent easy drinking summer IPA.

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a dark lemony yellow color with a tinge of orange, a creamy 1 inch fluffy, white head that pillowed nicely and slowly slowly settled leaving nice sticky lacing.
Aromas begin with typical west coast hop aromas of lemony citrusy and pine, with lesser grassiness mixed in as well. Light bready and pale malts in the background; kinda "dank" if you know what I mean. Kinda lacking overall but it's hard to wow in this category anymore these days.
The tastes begin with a slight pale/toasty maltiness which is immediately overcome with the pungent and sweet lemony and grapefruit citrusy hop flavors, lesser amounts of grassiness and pine flavors are present but the lemony/grapefruit dominate this IPA; same "dank" quality that was in the aroma is present here once again in the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium with nice medium carbonation. Nice dry finish from the hops which linger on the tongue/palate just the right amount for an IPA; definitely not a palate wrecker. A great crisp refreshing summer IPA.
Overall this is a winner from Ninkasi and an IPA which would be a Summer go-to for me if it was readily available on the East Coast. Definitely recommended, not mind-blowing, but extremely solid and worth sampling if available to you. Overall the IPA scene has bored me and let me down recently, but this definitely shines and leaves me with hope for the future.

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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.