Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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1.83/5 rDev -53.8%
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.
09-21-2011 05:47:25 | More by Arbitrator
2.5/5 rDev -36.9%
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.
11-27-2011 17:29:23 | More by TheDudeRules
2.78/5 rDev -29.8%
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.
01-13-2012 01:39:03 | More by Offa
3.03/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
07-30-2011 03:38:35 | More by snaotheus
3.08/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
08-05-2011 03:31:11 | More by BarrytheBear
3.08/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
08-19-2012 21:28:35 | More by kemoarps
3.13/5 rDev -21%
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.
09-22-2011 14:09:33 | More by Kegatron
British Columbia (Canada)
3.15/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
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.
11-17-2013 00:51:25 | More by souvenirs
3.18/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
01-12-2012 02:33:02 | More by drabmuh
Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.