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Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 52
Gots: 25 | 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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Arbitrator

California

1.83/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Finally got a chance to try a bottle after it was distributed down here. I heard great things about last year's batch, so I picked up a bottle.

A: Pours a peach-colored / apricot body with light hazy. Short-lived off-white head.

S: Mild aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, rind. While not very pungent, I see that the beer is going for my style of IPA, that being citrus-dominated hop flavors.

T: Unfortunately, mild _tastes_ of same. I can tolerate a weak nose, but I'm not so forgiving for a weak taste. Every sip is different: occasional splashes of citrus and rind with staccato appearances of bitterness in the finish. Beer roulette.

M: Weak flavors with a distinctly watery finish. Terrible, terrible mouthfeel on this one.

O: Drainpour. I've seen Ninkasi's quality drop with their expansion, and it seems my experience mirrors others'. I wish I had gotten to try this beer before the cost-cutting hit it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 05:47:25 | More by Arbitrator
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bernat1971

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

09-15-2013 08:55:54 | More by bernat1971
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had to have this just based on the name alone. Maiden fucking rules. Too bad the beer does not.

Honey colored pour. Very little head. What there is seems to last forever. The smell is straight on weed. No bones about it. I can not pick out one defined taste on this beer. It's a mess. Pretty much cold and wet. Yeah, a sad phrase but this is awful. Obviously past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 17:29:23 | More by TheDudeRules
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logicerror

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

09-15-2013 01:54:16 | More by logicerror
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IndyDad

New York

2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

06-20-2014 20:14:03 | More by IndyDad
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Offa

California

2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly cloudy gold, this has a big off-white head slowly shrinking to thin foamy top and some lace.

Aroma is fairly standard, but somewhat more complex than the norm, with grapefruit, pear, pineapple, hints of resin and yeasty dough.

Taste up front is juicy and resiny (as with the aroma) with nice sweet-bitter balance at first, but then it degrades into astringent bitterness that lingers and dominates to the exclusion of all else, ending up being one-dimensionally hoppy bitter with no noticeable malty or yeasty character to provide interest, depth, or balance. Thus, despite some good flavour and a clean, bright character, it is utterly one-dimensional, unbalanced, and thin of character.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:39:03 | More by Offa
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Toynk

California

3/5  rDev -24.2%

07-23-2014 04:54:22 | More by Toynk
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jtosch

Oregon

3/5  rDev -24.2%

02-27-2012 23:00:09 | More by jtosch
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pathead

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -24.2%

04-28-2014 22:21:52 | More by pathead
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-27-2011 20:15:39 | More by jophish17
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2neardead

California

3/5  rDev -24.2%

05-27-2013 23:42:37 | More by 2neardead
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snaotheus

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours slightly cloudy, with a big fat frothy head, straw yellow. Head's fading, leaving big clumpy chunks of lacing. Slightly cloudy is actually not a very good description. It has lots of stationary suspended sediment. It doesn't make it any more appealing, but it's very interesting. Lots of active carbonation. Smell is light and hoppy. Very lemony.

Taste is bright and bitter hoppy. Something unpleasantly soapy very late in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall, I won't get this beer again, mostly due to that soapiness. It's not so bad that it's a drainpour, but it's not that good.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 03:38:35 | More by snaotheus
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A want supplied by Duane. As always, thanks bud!

22 oz bottle split and poured into Central Waters snifters. Extra points not given for, though thoroughly appreciated for, the Iron maiden related font. Nicely done and Eddie approved.

Pours a medium orange with a few small soapy islands and little retention. Lacing is nearly non-existent, which is a bummer for such a supposed highly hopped beer.

Smell is muddled and lightly soapy: citrus, banana?, yeast, and some booze. Neither distinguishable nor particularly vibrant.

Bottle states that seven different hops were used, yet they must all be the shy awkward pre-teen hops that refuse to stand front and center. Rather, they stand in a line, lookin' down at their shoes and hoping not to be recognized. Silly adolescent hops. State your damn case! As is, nothing but a blurry citrus remains followed by a moderate alcoholic bite.

Sticky and low moderate carbonation help to maintain an otherwise listless frame. Overall, this isn't much better than average, which is a shame.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 03:31:11 | More by BarrytheBear
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kemoarps

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No haze here at all, this is a clear straw coloured IPA, with a bubbly white head that dissipates slowly.

Weak nose, but primarily a mild hop mixture. The pine stands out most to me, with a little citrus as well. Little bit of a malt behind it, but not much.

Taste is balanced decently, primarily hoppy, with those citrusy hops being most prominent. Little light malt supports and compliments.

Decent carbonation, drinkable enough, but doesn't really stand out to me. Would consider drinking again if someone offered it, but not one I'm probably going to pick up for myself when there are many better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 21:28:35 | More by kemoarps
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 14:09:33 | More by Kegatron
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souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
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: I wouldn't buy this again. Maybe had I never tried some of the excellent IPAs available in BC/the Pacific NW, this would seem better, but there's no way it holds up against Fat Tug, Lord of the Hops, Space Dust, etc.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 00:51:25 | More by souvenirs
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip. Beer is amber and hazy with a nice white head of small bubbles, decent lacing, moderate to low carbonation, and good retention, looks good. Unfortunately for that this beer really only looks good.

Aroma is sweet, malty, almost no hops at all.

Beer continues to disappoint as the palate is bland with a grainy aftertaste that covers up any implied or perceived presence of hops that might have been there providing some bitterness. This is a huge let down. I've wanted this beer for a while. Maybe it is just old but there is no way to tell since there is no date on the bottle. Date your IPAs geniuses. What a fucking waste.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:33:02 | More by drabmuh
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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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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

12-18-2013 20:56:12 | More by mendvicdog
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111213forlife

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

09-24-2013 05:33:10 | More by 111213forlife
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SMITHAND

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

09-21-2013 19:39:28 | More by SMITHAND
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jbakajust1

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

06-13-2014 02:03:47 | More by jbakajust1
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

11-20-2012 22:26:45 | More by irishgreensoda
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BRYeleJR

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

07-29-2013 02:09:32 | More by BRYeleJR
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

01-08-2013 21:23:45 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.