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Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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88
very good

318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 51
Gots: 30 | 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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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Sargully, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

SRossman, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of ralree
5/5  rDev +26.6%
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

ralree, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of costello99
5/5  rDev +26.6%

costello99, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.95/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

MikeMilanoDesign, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of ibryce
4.95/5  rDev +25.3%
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!

ibryce, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of chumba526
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

chumba526, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of industrialswill
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

industrialswill, Aug 23, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

RYthebeerGUY, Mar 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Hop_Czar, Apr 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Keepnitrl, Jul 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

JSails, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of ccrida
4.7/5  rDev +19%
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!

ccrida, Jul 13, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

biglobo8971, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

orcrist_cleaver, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of meatyard
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
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).

meatyard, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

eatabagofbooger, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of santomark
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

santomark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of djbreezy
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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

djbreezy, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of IPAgirl87
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

IPAgirl87, Dec 22, 2011
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.

augustgarage, Aug 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

throwerbri, Jul 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

calmond72, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

bnewms87, Jul 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.