Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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88
very good

364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 52
Gots: 50 | 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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 07-13-2010

Starting Gravity: 1065
IBUs: 72
ABV: 6.8
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.
Thanks Augustgarage.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale orange with a one finger frothy white head which fades slowly to the rim leaving nice rings.

N: Citrus (orange, grapefruit), floral, some pine and tropicals too. Faint malty note.

T: Lots of aggressive hops with resin and oils. Floral with citrus and some pine. Mild malt backing.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and slightly astringent bitterness on the finish.

O: Decent easy drinking summer IPA.

Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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....

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at the COOP over the weekend.. poured into my Old Guardian goblet... short lasting white head... the brew is slightly hazed lite golden.

Great punch of citrus hops that outweigh but don't blow out some nice pale maltiness.

Not quite bitter enough for a big PNW IPA, but the hops mid palate more than make up for it... Again, some pale malts help keep things in perspective.

Good body and carbonation.. finish reminds me of tangerine juice without the sweetness.... I guess maybe just tangerine zest.

3.5/4/4/3.5/4.5

Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oregon micro beers are foreign to me here in Chicago...thank the lord my bro-in-law traveled out West this summer to bring home nectar of the gods...The Ninkasi Brewing Co Maiden The Shade is AMAZING. The color an orange haze, with creamy white head that is lacing. The smell orange and a little spice. The are tender floral notes as well. The taste includes interesting notes from each hop used. The columbus provides some floral taste, the semco give it some body and grapfruit, the amarillo some light citrus. The mouthfeel is medium body mild carbontation. Overall it is awesome....and worth a try!!!!

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice orange amber with a moderate white head with decent retention and lacing. Nice fresh hop and citrus aroma. Strong, flavorful hops and mild citrus. Citrus hop finish. A top class IPA. Well done.

Photo of flagmantho
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a mug.

Appearance: dank yellow-orange hue with a murky haze and a few floaties. Head is three fat fingers of ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: pungent, citrusy, funky and herbal hop aroma. There's no malt here, just a plethora of funkitude. I actually quite like this particular blend of aromas.

Taste: more of the same funk in the flavor. Citrus is toned down a bit, but there is some floral character that is really nice. The maltiness is sweet and pretty full-bodied; it stands up to the hops. Bitterness is pretty huge. I like it, although not quite as much as I like the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly well-integrated carbonation. This beer is much creamier than most IPAs I'm used to. Like it!

Drinkability: for a funk-centric hop bomb, this beer is surprisingly well-rounded. I think I'm going to have to start buying this more often ... it rocks.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked a vibrant yellow and tangerine color, foamed up quite nice, this was a looker. Aroma, seemed to be big on amarillo and simcoe. Very pungent, really came through on the nose.

Taste wasn't a letdown at all, all that dry, astringent hopfeel came through, but didn't leave a super bitter mouthfeel, just the right balance between a big fresh floral hop mouthfeel and a good amount of bitterness that made you want more, rather than take a second or some water to clear the palate. Far more depth to it than your average ipa. Says 72 ibu, but the bitterness just plays so nice. It combines to leave a good lip smack sensation, good tang. Mostly tangerine, then grapefruit, even the slightest amount of tropical citrus feel, although I wouldn't necessarily call it pineapple (especially after drinking Oracle and Hopsoulution a lot lately), or if I did, I'd say its very slight.

Very drinkable, and that's even before considering that this is a $5 bomber. Kudos, Ninkasi has done it again. Would be very interested to see if we ever get some of their ipas in 4/6 packs in the future.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a pale, dull cloudy orange with a creamy-yellow colored head that has good retention.

S - Very mild citrus and sweet malts.

T - Again very mild, more grassy, floral, some more malts, and citrus.

D - Lots of carbonation here, dare I say, almost too much.

O - Very easy drinking. Mild, so nothing really stood out.

Photo of wordemupg
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 15/8/13

A golden yellow with a fair bit of suspended particles being slowly moved around by a few tiny that feed a short lived finger of foam that leaves just a few spots of lace

S big tropical nose with a little bit of everything, pineapple, passion-fruit, lemon, lychee, tangerine, and grapefruit, somewhat floral, faint pine and a little caramel and cereal preventing a complete hop runaway, great smelling beer

T not quite the tropical blast the nose had going but that still leaves a healthy amount, more pine and citrus rind I didn't notice on the nose, more cereal and it creates a nice balance although still lopsided towards the green stuff

M lighter side of medium, a solid bitter snap, almost creams up and a little gritty, lingering rind on the finish

O other then a basic look this hop bomb hits the mark, smells great and went down way to fast, great intro to this brewery

I grabbed this one a whim while on vacation in BC and I'm glad I did, for a random brew I'd never heard of it's safe to say I lucked out

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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.