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Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 52
Gots: 32 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a bright yellow-orange colour. The nose has all the classic West Coast IPA notes: grapefruit, cannabis/resin, grass, pine. Super inviting. The taste is good and bitter with a little bit of fruity sweetness. Ninkasi calls this a "specialty ale," but it definitely drinks like an IPA.

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Thishops4u
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of sevenshubby
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of canucklehead
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a blonde colour for an IPA but the 6.8% ABV stop it from being a ISA. The beer has a quite a fruity note to the hops which work well with the lighter look. I had no problem finishing the bottle off and give it high marks for drink-ability. A fair amount of complexity in this beer , enough to make it worth buying again.

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of 1424IpA
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Rau71
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of brodericksloth
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light amber and clear. Summer IPA.

The taste is sweet citrus fruits; grapefruit, lemons. Crisp grains carry the beer. Not overly malty. Tropical smell. Grassy and piney citric bitterness and long aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly and sharpness but still creamy. Enough complex flavors and aromas to carry the beer and keep you sipping. No alcohol bite due the complexity of all going on.

chewy piney simcoe and chinook hop flavors. I don't understand why it's not hoppy enough for some tasters, but mine was fresh from the brewery on tap.

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of 510a
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of smesy7
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of forestkcary
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of MikeRice1969
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of fizzyted
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Maiden the Shade came in a 22oz four pack at Costco. It poured a lager like straw color with a thin 1 finger foam head with tight bubbles. Good malt smell to this one with a citrus pineapple aroma. It was a great taste and well balanced as I got a biscuity malt hitting the palate followed by a soft enveloping bitterness that hit the top of the mouth and tip of the tongue. I hope to buy this again in the future.

Photo of Coastal_Brew
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It came in a four pack of different Ninkasi beers.

Appearance- copper color, thin head, nice lacing

Smell- floral, citrus hops, wonderful

Taste- floral, citrus hops, well balanced, very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This beer is very good. I am very impressed with it! Definitely one to get again!

Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of beagle75
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.