Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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Reviews by wordemupg:
4.29/5 rDev +8.3%
650ml bomber poured into tulip 15/8/13
A golden yellow with a fair bit of suspended particles being slowly moved around by a few tiny that feed a short lived finger of foam that leaves just a few spots of lace
S big tropical nose with a little bit of everything, pineapple, passion-fruit, lemon, lychee, tangerine, and grapefruit, somewhat floral, faint pine and a little caramel and cereal preventing a complete hop runaway, great smelling beer
T not quite the tropical blast the nose had going but that still leaves a healthy amount, more pine and citrus rind I didn't notice on the nose, more cereal and it creates a nice balance although still lopsided towards the green stuff
M lighter side of medium, a solid bitter snap, almost creams up and a little gritty, lingering rind on the finish
O other then a basic look this hop bomb hits the mark, smells great and went down way to fast, great intro to this brewery
I grabbed this one a whim while on vacation in BC and I'm glad I did, for a random brew I'd never heard of it's safe to say I lucked out
08-16-2013 01:48:45 | More by wordemupg
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
10-23-2011 01:29:12 | More by Sammy
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
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
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
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
Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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