Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 377
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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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 Arbitrator
1.83/5  rDev -54.8%
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. (918 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
2.57/5  rDev -36.5%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of Offa
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.08/5  rDev -24%
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. (1,033 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.08/5  rDev -24%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.08/5  rDev -24%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
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. (1,172 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
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: One and done. (481 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is mildly hazy and yellow hued with a half inch of pure white head. The aroma brings dank hops, slight must, various citrus. The flavor is decent. The beer tastes fine, but not as bold or delicious as it seems it could be. Potential there but unreached. Light bodied with a bit of sharp harshness in the feel. Overall, pretty good. Could use a few minor tweaks. (407 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty standard pale peach-colored IPA. Head retention is solid.

Smell: Not a ton here, but it's decent enough. Resinous and minty, with some stonefruit, a bit of bready malt, and a touch of butter and mineral.

Palate: Very herbal. Pine, faint citrus, faint buttery slickness. Plenty of early hop addition bite; could use more (any?) dry hopping to balance things out. Slight chalkiness on the back end. Pretty pleasant medium-light body; the heft is about right, but the hint of diacetyl prevents it from feeling as crisp as I'd like.

Overall: Better than Ninkasi's mediocre Total Domination, but still not overly exciting. I appreciate the Maiden tribute, though. (680 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle $5.99. Yellow color, lots of lacing, decent head. Flavor is subtle grass, subtle lemons, subtle floral qualities. Aroma is slightly floral and citrusy. Easy to drink, crisp, I can see why it is a summer style because there is almost no malt here. Overall not bad but a little too light for me. (306 characters)

Photo of PerHops
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice looking beer. Looks like a good IPA.

S- Some hop presence, a little citrus and spice

T- Pretty malt driven. Very nice balance, but not for the hop heads in my opinion

M- Drinks well. Very easy for the alcohol content.

O- Not my favorite beer, but a good offering from Ninkasi (287 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber with foamy head and great retention. Citrus pine aroma. Hoppy grapefruit, floral, and pine to a fairly clean finish and a light linger. Light caramel sweetness. Light bodied and smooth.

Good light bodied IPA with a pretty clean end to make an easy beer. The hop profile gets a bit muddy as all the flavors mash together. Certainly a nice hoppy beer for the summer. (383 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a mostly clear copper color with a slight chill haze coming out of the refrigerator. Initial two fingers of off white head, mix of small bubbles and tight foam. Retention was good for a few minutes before slowly dissipating, leaving a thick layer of lacing along the edge of the glass, down to a collar of small bubbles. Plenty of fine carbonation floating up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is pretty weak, some grapefruit zest, some tropical fruit, and caramel and biscuit malt. For a beer that boasts of seven hops being used, they might have forgotten a few aromatic hops to help with keeping the nose intrigued.

Taste is a little more interesting nice bitter citrus peel and pith, then a some bitter herbal hop mid tongue with light biscuit sweetness. Bitter herbal hop finish, dry on the tongue, lingering bitterness for quite a while. More malt to balance out the bitterness would have been nice though.

Light to medium bodied with a soft and ample small bubble carbonation, but not quite enough as the beer is oily and slick on the tongue and lingers. Fairly interesting to drink, but be prepared to enjoy the hop bitterness for a long time. (1,203 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopsbreath for this bottle.

A: Pours a straw color with a slightly off-white head and a bit of lacing.

S: Some nice citrus hop aromas with a bit of grass.

T: Again, some citrus. However, there is a bit of a grassy/herbal taste that is a bit unpleasant. Doesn't live up to the nose.

M: Medium body and good carbonation. A little off and slightly mouth puckering, but not necessarily due to the hops.

D: Not bad, but not too good either. Interesting to try, but something about it just wasn't for me. (513 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. No best-by date.

A- Quarter-inch thick white head. Very little retention. Pale-orange color with high clarity. Not appealing.

S- Bitter floral and piney scents. Hop-oil is heavy and fragrant. Light malts.

T- Assault on the taste-buds. Hop-oil is heavy and thick. Floral, bitter hops are the main taste component of this beer. Don't hate it, but I'm not a hop-head.

M- Medium bodied and oily.

O- Unattractive, but nice aroma and harsh taste. Not bad, but not sure it deserves that 90. (575 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Considering this an AIPA, well I poured it into a pint glass.
The appearance was a cloudy yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light speckled lacing here and there.
The smell had a grassy and grainy citrus laden bitter hops leading into a light maltiness.
The taste was mainly sweet and grassy but allowed a light bitterness to come about.
The mouthfeel was slightly harsh but also not too harsh, misleadingly smooth for an AIPA. There was a decent harsh carbonation about it.
Overall, this was an okay AIPA still worthy of having again but nothing to go apeshit about. (638 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an attractive golden amber in the Duvel tulip. Big foam for the first pour, then a nice tower of suds. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Pleasant nose of pineapple and that vanilla smell of Ponderosa pine bark. Later on the fruit aroma is distinctive. Makes me wonder if they are using Mosaic hops.

The malt is present mostly as a sweetness. It's a pretty neutral taste to show off the exuberance of hops. Rather tart in the back of the throat. Overall, a hop firecracker rather than a bomb, but more drinkable than many other IPAs. Plenty bitter but it goes down nicely with a spicy finish. Better than the overly dank Ninkasi brews I've tried.

Brewer says this is 72 IBUs. I don't know why they want to call it a "specialty ale" on the lable. They also call it a "summertime IPA" which is quite descriptive. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Pioneer Market in La Conner, Washington. (893 characters)

Photo of Glibber
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Noce straw color with a decent 1/2 white froth that provided some lacing, but generally disappeared after my first half dozen sips. Nice grapefruit citrus hint and easy to drink front end with plenty of carbination. Interesting bitter hops at the back end that really sticks with you. Seems light on the malt, but is easy to drink. Not crazy about the bitter aftertaste, although I understand you expect that with the style. (424 characters)

Photo of Cavery
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer sent to me by my sister in Oregon, then forwarded to my brother Klym, for a family share package that arrived earlier this week.

Poured into a generic tulip.

A: Copper orange with a real clear orange jolly rancher look. Some yellows flash temporarily with movement, and the slightly yellowed white foams crawl down the glass for a weaker than expected lacing. The head was about 2 fingers, and disappeared a bit faster than I would have liked. Interesting color, but the other characteristics were underwhelming.

S: Tropical fruits that leaned heavily to pineapple and mangos with some greeness/skin still attached. A bit of Mandarin orange juiciness in the nose with some slightly green clementines. Only citrus comes off in the spectrum of small oranges. Mostly tropical fruit with just a slight bit of alcohol that's unexpected given that its a single American IPA, but it's not overwhelming, just like a splash of triple sec. Not bad here, just a bit mellow.

T: This beer really does just taste mellow. Some nice flavors of pineapple, but little else besides a light grassiness of a fading hop. A mellow flavor of bamboo chutes that I like, but it all comes off to light and watery. It's like drinking an IPA that had ice in it, and the ice melted. Once again, some nice light flavor, but it just seems disproportionate in its lightness.

M: Really nice mouth, very buttery with some silky smoothness. The mouth really doesn't come off so watery, it just seems light and silky. A slight peanut oil like thickness that gives it a bit of a medium feel. Definitely a bigger more complex mouth than I would have ever expected for a beer that tastes like this. Really light bubble presence, but it's not lost as the slight oiliness fills in the gaps very well.

O: I think this would be really worth trying plucked off the line straight from the brewery. If this was super fresh I'd be very anxious to compare this bottle with that. The flavors were simple but good; but I found myself really frustrated with its lightness. I'm all for drinkable IPAs, but this really had a melted ice factor to the flavor that I didn't dig. I'm torn as the mouth feel was really very solid, and I am not certain of the age or condition of this beer. I'd definitely revisit, but honestly there wasn't so much in the flavor that makes me want to buy another bottle. Then again maybe I would if I was positive about its freshness. This is at least worth a try. (2,453 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, and unsweetened grapefruit juice. There is an alcohol kick and a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion. (527 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bomber into a glass on 8/29/12

A: Dark goldish color, mostly clear. Surprisingly little head at first pour, dies down to a thin layer on the surface. Lacing is decent, but I'd like to see more. Carbonation seems to die down a bit early.

S: Not much, really, but what's there is pleasant. I'm catching something there that I can't quite identify . . . but it's ok, not off-putting.

T: Clean, light, very drinkable, a bit sweeter than I'd expected for an IPA. Pleasant from start to finish. Hops aren't really as strong as I'd like, but definitely a great summer evening drink. As it warms in the glass the flavor remains pleasing, and the hops seem to come out just a bit more (yay!).

M: Smooth, I like the mouth feel, just a bit sticky.

O: Nice overall brew, might have to get another one. For about $5 for a bomber at the Made-in-Oregon store in Salem, I was happy (yeah, I wasn't planning on getting a brew there, but the girls were shopping, lol). That 6.8 ABV seems a bit conservative.

Note: Bravo to Ninkasi for bring these nods to old bands around once in a while. I enjoyed their Sleigher winter brew, and am happy to see this come around, too. (1,173 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours straw yellow in color, crystal clear, but forms a generous white foamy head. Bright hop aroma. Mouthfeel has an extremely smooth, creamy fizz. Flavor melds the classic citrus and pine hop flavors at a relatively high volume, but still extremely drinkable. The texture goes a long way towards that drinkability. I'm not usually a fan of IPAs that blend a wide variety of hops and prop it up with such a thin, maltless body, but in this case, it's just the platform this beer needs to support a particularly crisp bitterness. And while I don't think this concept can make for a great beer, this is good drinking. (662 characters)

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650mL bomber as part of the Ninkasi 4-pack - which was a pretty fantastic marketing package and included a "soundtrack" music download. The music download was meh to me but the beers were better. All four were hop-forward beers, which is definitely Ninkasi's forte.

Nose: I found this one surprisingly closed. It's 6.8% ABV and 72 IBU so it's not exactly a mild beer, but there isn't that bouquet of flowers, or bowl of citrus, or forest of pine that you often get with a big IPA. It's often one of my favourite things about IPA's. So this was a little bit of a disappointment, but really just means you have to get in closer to get a good sense of what's going on. Resiny, oily, some pine and some citrus.

Taste: Things open up as soon as a sip is taken, though. Big citrus - grapefruit and lemon zest. Floral as well, and a bit of pine especially towards the end. The lemon and grapefruit have a sweetness to them in that citrusy way. Very bright flavour overall.

I was pretty happy with this. I prefer it considerably over Total Domination. (1,056 characters)

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