Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
Excellent bomber of 72 IBU, like a 1.5X IPA. Very flavourful citrus that is a bit of a palate shredder and a great hophead delivery. Above average mouthfeel, and good hop aroma. Great drinkability.Peach coloured body with nice retained white whip of a head.
10-23-2011 01:29:12 | More by Sammy
3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
10-05-2012 01:44:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.4/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
09-05-2010 01:51:11 | More by Thorpe429
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
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!
08-11-2010 21:29:01 | More by oberon
4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
A - Poured out a clear, copper color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam that had some nice retention and left some soapy trails of lace.
S - It smelled of big piney aromas with notes of citrus and mango. Some good burnt toast malt in the nose, too.
T - It had a strong pine flavor with a burnt toast malt backbone. Some citrus and other tropical fruits came through with the hops.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
D - This is a really tasty IPA. I'm glad I got to try this. Thanks drfabulous.
11-08-2010 23:04:14 | More by zeff80
3.3/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
08-21-2012 01:56:49 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev +1%
This is a meaty and hearty IPA. Not so much that it's just a massive hop bomb for the sake of it, but it's a good mix of malts and hops. Makes it pleasant to drink; so much so that I just keep on sipping and have to push myself to write something about it quickly, before it is too late.
08-31-2012 05:45:18 | More by RblWthACoz
4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
Bottle from Liquid Gratitude. No discernible freshness date. Served in a Stone pint glass.
A - Pours with two fingers of creamy white foam that settles to a thick cap and leaves spotty fingers of lace. Lightly hazed peach-apricot body.
S - For a beer that I'm guessing is nearing three months old, this still has a good amount of tropical and peachy hop character - smells like textbook Amarillo and Simcoe. There's also some light citrus zest and leafy character coming from some of the other five hop varieties that are supposedly in here. Malt character is light toffee and sugar cookie but it's well in the periphery.
T - Taste has more grapefruit and orange citrus rind character, grass, under-ripe peach, and a lightly sweetened bread malt backbone. Bitterness mounts fairly quickly for "only" 72 IBUs. Very San Diego feel to this one, and more West Coast than Workhorse.
M - Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, extremely dry finish and enamel-coating residual feel.
D - This is exceptionally drinkable. I was shocked to see my glass nearly empty after only about 10 minutes. I'll have to be ready for this one when it comes out again next summer, as I'm guessing it's even better when fresh.
10-14-2010 21:48:05 | More by MasterSki
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
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
3.6/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
09-05-2013 03:41:31 | More by mactrail
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
A: Poured a lighter orange color, maybe like honey orange with good carbonation and a nicer white head
S: Some fresh tangerine, hops and grains
T: Very refreshing, some lighter citrus; tangerine and some orange peel, tad bit of grass
M: N ice n crisp, light hop bitternes
D: Very good. Easy to drink, solid, IPA..good for a hot day.
07-24-2010 01:15:36 | More by barleywinefiend
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
I bought a bottle of this from Brewer's Haven in Boise. I have to say, I really enjoyed this beer. Poured a slightly hazy golden with a somewhat slight head. Smells clean, with light citrusy hops and equally light sweet malt. Tastes very balanced with more slightly sweet malt up front and then spicy, earthy hops with a splash of citrus- particularly on the finish. Smooth and clean on the palate, and restrained rather than exuberant, but what a nice package. Really enjoyable.
06-11-2011 21:45:02 | More by Georgiabeer
District of Columbia
3.28/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
01-06-2012 09:32:16 | More by Huhzubendah
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
On-tap at Monk's Kettle, in San Francisco.
Maiden The Shade, somewhat ironically, has a sunny complexion. Its blistering golden colour and light haze are fairly standard fare for the style and its head, which appears to be on its last legs and struggles to tack on any lace at all, isn't exactly exemplary either.
The smell is impressively citric and bitter, but doesn't set off any fireworks with regards to excitement. Beyond the default grapefruit and orange peel, fruitiness fails to jump out of the glass, in part because of such a strong bready malt presence. A little posse of alcohol esters seemed to have soaked in as well, even before the beer had a chance to warm up.
The taste is fairly boilerplate, which, fortunately, being from the Pacific Northwest is enough to earn you a considerable score. The hops lead off with a peach-y fruitiness that quickly gives way to bigger notes of under-ripe melon and bitter orange peel, with an alcohol-doused pale maltiness ushering in in the clean-up spot. Nice, but again nothing out of the ordinary.
Too many kettle hops for my liking. I'm all for bitterness, don't get me wrong, but just as jazz music playing in the washrooms doesn't make a restaurant any fancier, adding a bunch of bittering hops doesn't automatically make an IPA bigger and more characterful. It just makes it more bitter, and if there's not enough flavour to make it worthwhile, why bother?
I was disappointed by Maiden The Shade because I found it to be too much like Ninkasi's other IPAs (Tricerahops and Total Domination). Truth be told it's a fairly pedestrian offering and, on the whole, simply not that impressive. In fact, I prefer the other two. Also, I'm not sure I understand the need to have all three of those beers in the regular lineup; I'd concentrate on making any one of them better and going with just that for now.
07-26-2011 01:03:26 | More by biegaman
4.45/5 rDev +12.4%
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...
08-15-2012 22:59:09 | More by Mebuzzard
4.38/5 rDev +10.6%
The maiden pours a peachy gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is so enjoyable in this IPA, with dank earth, light pine, white pepper and a lovely, slightly skunky marijuana aroma. On the palate, this IPA is West Coast all the way, showcasing some light sweet malt that is gently pushed aside by the soft, creamy, hoppy bitterness. The finish is long and dry, with a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is amazing in this IPA, as I get a soft, silky, bitter mouthfeel that just lasts and lasts. As noted with the draft version, drinkability in this beer is about as good as it gets in an IPA/DIPA. The alcohol is literally undetectable, and this beer is just oh so light on it's feet.
Have had this excellent beer on tap and in bottle format, and at present there seems to be very little difference between the two.
Hard not to just gulp this down, it's so tasty and so easy drinking. Unfortunately, my understanding is that not a lot was made, and that Ninkasi apparently has no plans to make it again. That's a shame....
07-29-2010 15:21:41 | More by John_M
Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.