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Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 51
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
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Ratings: 332 | Reviews: 115
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

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3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of splendidsplinter
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BoRaeCho
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of joelparker
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of RJLarse
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Swamp in Spokane. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color, clear, with a thin white head.

Smell is strong and sweet pine aroma.

Taste is also pine and sour citrus flavor with dry bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and clean. Just the way a summer IPA should be.

Overall a nice drinkable IPA.

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of slimntubbs
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 kemoarps
3.08/5  rDev -22%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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...

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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 throwerbri
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of dnorton222
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from summer 4 pack purchased 7/15/12 poured into standard pint.

A: clear honey colred with a finger width offwhite head that fell to a very nice cap.

S: slightly sweet with a bit of citrus hops. Honey on the nose quite a bit actually.

T: big hops, kind of grassy and a little bitter even up front. Sweet like on the nose. Reminds me of their barleywine Critical Hit a lot but is lighter. It is quite tasty. The malt isn't outshined by the hops, they dance around eachother deliciously.

M: heavy side of medium, also like Critical Hit. Smooth with a little carbonation.

O: I like this a lot, sad that it is a special release because it is tasty. But another beer named after a metal band from Ninkasi is bound to be great. Go out, find one of these, drink it.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Ninkasi 4 pack purchased at Market of Choice. Pours a very light straw color, almost cheap beer colored. Very clear; minimal head that fades into some lacing. Smell is very nice; light maltiness with a decent amount of citrus hops over the top. Taste is top notch; lots of hops with a very light summer-y maltiness. Almost a lighter IPA in flavor, kind of reminds me of english style IPAs like Meantime. Hops hang in the mouth for a while after sipping, not the greatest aftertaste IMO. A great beer, my only complaint is that it's a bit heavy for a summer beer and at 6.8% not something I'd want to session on a hot summer day. Definitely great for sipping on a beautiful summer afternoon in Eugene, which is what I'm doing!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of calmond72
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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