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Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 391
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 53
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of ralree
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Gold, relatively clear, nice head, 1/4 finger, Great retention.

S: Honey, hops, apple, spice.

T: Very spicy, lots of malt, lots of hops, really nice fruity finish. Distinct from all other beers I've tried!

M: Clean, dry, very slight astringence, light body.

D: Perfect. Goes down extremely smoothly.

Enjoyed at the Oregon Brewer's Festival 2010

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Photo of ibryce
4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is not only my favorite from Ninkasi but is also one of my favorite beers. Pleasantly bitter with hops like I've never tasted before. Quite pinapple in smell and taste. Such a great summer beer! So tickled it's that time of year again. Thank you Ninkasi, for bringing this back!

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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

man this is a great beer!!

super refreshing! crisp clean hops. lots of citrus notes.

up front you can taste the light presence of the pale malt. then light spice of hops balanced with citrus flavors. ends of with an almost lime flavor.

totally worth trying. esp if you are a hop head.

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Photo of chumba526
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maiden in the shade Ninkasi
The beer appears a slightly hazy yellow color with half an inch of white foam.
It smells very fruity and citrusy: I smell pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and even a berry like smell. There is also a tad bit of grassy hop present in the smell as well. One of the fruitiest smelling IPAs I have come across. There is a slight caramel smell as well but the fruity smell dominates.
Notes of citrus and pineapple paired with a pleasant bitterness dominate the taste. The semisweet flavors of orange, grapefruit and pineapple pair nicely with the profound lingering bitterness of the beer. Perhaps the malt adds a bit of sweetness but the malt flavor of this beer is almost nonexistence. This beer highlights hops in an integrant and creative way. They really outdid themselves with this beer.
The carbonation of this is very good it puts a creamy texture in your mouth. The carbonation helps the flavors of the beer mingle quite well and creates smoothness to the beer.
The beer is bitter, flavorful and fruity yet it is very refreshing and perfect for a hot day. With this said the drinkability is very good I could drink a few of these if I had them available.
Overall an amazing IPA this is easily the best beer I have had from Ninkasi and one of the best IPAs I have had in recent memory. I hope they make this part of their regular lineup. This is a nearly perfect beer I wish I bought more than just one bomber when I had the chance.

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Photo of industrialswill
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This tastes like my homebrew...!
Looks like light malt that's been in the boil for 60 minutes.
Smell is pure citrus. I can't say which hop variety, but it is lovely.
Taste is pure Heaven. Perfect balance for an IPA. At 6.8% it's not the least bit boozy, it's actually slightly stronger than what I brew..too.
I could drink nothing but this stuff from now on in.

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Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear gold with a creamy white head that leaves nice lace. I love pale IPAs.

Smell is huge hops, very bright and pungent, dank resins, major herbals. This is what you want your beer to smell like if you live in Eugene - fantastic!

Taste is great, totally my style, light, clean malt base that is pure hoppy goodness. Not overly bitter, bringing out the sweetness of the bready malt and big hop citrus, which lingers forever on the finish. Awesome IPA. While I appreciate the strength, I think the taste would be perfect if it as 1/2 % less.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick, light bodied.

Drinkability is high. Totally my style of IPA, the best Ninkasi brew I've had, they really need to bring this into year round rotation!

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bomber bottle into a pilsner glass.

great color almost a pale amber color. poured nice two inch head with lacing that lasted the entire glass.

smell was a very citrus floral aroma. very appeasing. made me want to drink the glass in one hand while holding the empty bottle in the other (just for the aroma)
taste justified the aroma, citrus notes ran throughout the flavor profile. hardly any earthy essence present at all
drinkability is incredible. the hops leave a tang afterwards that makes you want to take another drink.
very drinkable, highly recommend.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Took a growler of this home from DeCicco's as it is a rarity in my area.

A: Noticed majority of review from a btl give it a negative review in tis aspect. When poured from growler into Bird Song Brewing Co. pint, it is an orangey-gold color, 6-8 SRM if you prefer. Head is a creamy bright white, 2 fingers worth, and retention is outstanding , lasting half the pint, 6+ minutes with chunky lacing.

S: There are seven hop varieties in this beer, enough said. The malts give sweetness to the citrusy, fruity, spicy, and piney notes contributed by the former.

M: Hyped as a summer style IPA, but the barley addition does give it a medium albeit slick and fast-moving body. It hits and is gone, which is appreciated. However, I expect more carbonation from a 'summer' beer; the initial sting is low. Pleasant a dry finish.

T/O: Pineapple, sweet orange, honeydew, nectarine, blue spruce resin. Really not that bitter at all, but if you favor balance in your IPAs this is very, very good. Love the complexity of it still, a true "no coast", American IPA.

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Photo of ZekeMillz
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Definitely my favorite beer from Ninkasi. Lighter than most IPAs, which makes it a perfect beer for Summertime, for those who still crave hops when it's hot.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed glass from a 22oz bottle.

appearance - citrusy orange/yellow with very light transparency, generous head, strong retention and lacing

smell - pungent citrus and resinous hops, floral and earthy, many hop varieties

taste - earthy and resinous hops followed by citrus with a malt body

mouthfeel - medium bodied, full carbonation, frothy

drinkability - complex and bold hop profile, very tasty, amazing flavor for a single ipa...borders on iipa territory

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Photo of santomark
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very clear, gold, vibrant, yellow, orange tint body. Little to no head, 1 finger width, disappeared nicely. As expected from an IPA.

S - Beautiful, just beautiful, tangerine, mango, pineapple, oranges, very tart fruits coming off in the nose, sweet malt, bready, biscuit. I could sniff this for hours.

T - I must say, the taste, is very good, but not great, nothing compared to the nose. Very mild fruits on the palate, no tartness, no sweetness. This highlights the hops very minimally. Bread up front, balanced malt backbone.

M - Silky, mild carbonation, a dryness at the end leaving you wanting more.

O - This is a great brew, I want this doubled up though. An IPA version of this would be fantastic! The nose is wonderful, spot on, perfect. If they made a DIPA version of this, I would want to taste the complexity of the hops. This beer can only get better if they considered making a DIPA of this. However, back to the topic, this beer is refreshing, a wonderful IPA, and beautifully showcases the West Coast IPA style that invites everyone of all palates to enjoy. Well done! Cheers!

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Photo of meatyard
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, tangerine/peach with a large, white, fluffy head that has good retention and nice lacing.
The smell is impressively West Coast, and really more PacNW Coast, with pine, floral citrus but, of course, no real malt aroma.
The taste is Pacific NW fir, some citrus though more pineapple than citrus. There is a very light malt flavor but not enough to worry about. Bitterness is also, nearly, non-existent. Alcohol is not noticeable.
Mouthfeel: It doesn't feel as light as some suggest but leans that way. The characteristics of the feel just seem to make it more drinkable.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, in fact this beer wants you to drink it fast so you can go get another one. Hold off doing this because, unless you bought a bunch of these, the chances are slim that you will get more of them. Enjoy this beer and drink as slowly as you can. This is a beer that I would drink until I was somewhat drunk if I had enough of it. Wish I had a bar with it on tap. Why, oh why, can't someone on the East Coast make a beer like this (or Sculpin for that matter).

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Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to take the opportunity to write my first BA review on this sensational beer. Grabbed the very last bomber from a local QFC after seeing that it was slated to be Ninkasi's entry at the 2010 Oregon Brewer's Festival. Have not been this excited for a beer in a very long time, partly due to its rather original style listing as a "super-hopped IPA" on the OBF website.

A: Very pale, almost straw-colored but with an orange-ish tinge. Aggressive pour produced a luscious 2-inch head which gradually faded to a small but enduring cap. Gorgeous lacing.

S: Hop heaven. Very piney, herbal, floral. Undercurrents of citrus.

T: This is how an IPA should taste. The emphasis is obviously on the floral and herbal hops, but with enough of a malt character in the middle to balance out the profile. This is one delicious brew, rivaling and possibly surpassing its cousin Tricerahops.

M: Possibly the one weak point (if you can call it that), the feel is a bit thin and oily, but redeems itself with perfect carbonation and weight.

D: I had to exercise all my powers of restraint to keep myself from swilling this eminently drinkable IPA. At 6.8% ABV it's not exactly sessionable, but boy howdy is it smooth and tasty.

Edit: I've had quite a few more of this beer and learned quite a bit more about IPAs, and this is one I have to say is near the top. Changed score to reflect that.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. My pour was a little hard, so the head took up about half the glass. It took a long time for it to die down to where I could take a sip of anything but foam, so retention is good. Head gets a wonderful chunky look when it does die down a bit. Lacing is very strong-you can see each sip you took in the glass.

S: Big citrus and pine, a little bready, and a little earthy. All of the aromas you would expect from a NW IPA, but they are exceptionally bright.

T: Grapefruit!!! Big, bright grapefruit flavors with a bit of pineapple. Some pine and grass flavors, followed by bitter grapefruit rind and a bit of spiciness.

M: A tad thicker than I would have expected for such a light, bright beer, but it works. Moderate-high carbonation. Pretty dry.

D: I'm gonna be real sad when this one disappears from the shelves-it really epitomizes what I love about IPAs.

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

Thanks JohnGalt1 for this, Ninkasi seems to slowly makes it way down here, but just the core styles. The pour is a bright orange, very inviting with a soft billowy head. The bitter hoppiness on this is refreshing as well as not to overpowering to make this one of the easier drinking ipa's out there. Awesome beer, maybe this will show up in a BevMo soon.

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Photo of Klym
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really excited to try this; I've always wanted to try this beer but while we get Ninkasi stuff for some reason this beer never makes its way down, even at the nicest stores in the state it seems. Luckily my sister was in Oregon and she was kind enough to pick up two bottles for my brother and I. Big props to family!

A: Pours a very honey gold with darker hues than your typical IPA. Somewhat translucent with striped lacing that drips down and leaves a little pollock on the glass.

S: Some sharp bitterness mixes in with apricots, mangos, orange, and a tad of lime. Usually the fruitiness is either dominantly citrus or tropical fruits in IPAs but this one has a really nice balance, with apricot really playing the dominant fruit role in my opinion.

T: Been drinking this for a little while now and you definitely need to let this one warm up a little once out of your fridge. For a single IPA, this one has really nice detail and strength of flavor. Dried apricots, juicy mango, orange, peach, nectarine, and a little lime all press together to make a really nice fruit cocktail that is very balanced with an apricot skin/citrus rind bitterness. Taste is light, but more powerful than most single IPAs and linger for quite a while and fades with a nice sweetness. I really love how the bitterness in this has such distinct apricot/fruit skin character instead of being that anonymous, plain hop bitterness. Really great flavor character.

M: A crisp, small carbonation body spreads throughout the mouth and disappears leaving just the flavors, besides a somewhat oily feel in the middle of the tongue that carries the sweeter characters. I feel like the mouthfeel really matches the flavors here.

O: Honestly among single IPAs this ranks really highly for me. Would love to try this on tap. If IPAs are your thing you should definitely seek this out.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This a great beer for the summer, and every season thereafter. Pours a very good looking orange/gold/yellow with fluffy and sticky white head. Yum

Nose has that hop character; pine, citrus and grass. Also contains some spices, like white pepper and coriander, albeit a hint of the latter.

Flavor follows the nose. Citrus and pine dance well together with grass and flower cutting in here and there, but not intruding. Spices occupy the sidelines but do get noticed. Bitterness is dry and the middle of tongue gets the most of it.
Carbonation may be a bit much as it takes away too much at the end. But that just means I need more...

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Photo of DanielDomigan
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Docer
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of sirdillon
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bomber into a sierra nevada pint glass. pours a gorgeous clearish light orange, plenty of bubbles coming to the top, and a decent white head. pretty good lacing. smells of floral and piney hops, and a bit of sweetness. somewhat light mouthfeel, clean hop flavor hitting first giving way to an effervescent slighty toasty sweetness, then ending with some hop bitterness. the perfect beer for sitting on the porch and being rather blissfully nostalgic. i love it.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Maiden the Shade came in a 22oz four pack at Costco. It poured a lager like straw color with a thin 1 finger foam head with tight bubbles. Good malt smell to this one with a citrus pineapple aroma. It was a great taste and well balanced as I got a biscuity malt hitting the palate followed by a soft enveloping bitterness that hit the top of the mouth and tip of the tongue. I hope to buy this again in the future.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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