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Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 52
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Starting Gravity: 1065
IBUs: 72
ABV: 6.8

(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-13-2010)
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Phelps

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent by felxabull, poured into a tulip. For those who care, Ninkasi calls this a “summer IPA” berwwed with seven different hops: Summit, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus, Crystal, Palisade and Amarillo.

Foggy tangerine, topped with one finger of white froth. The bubbles leave quickly, but leave some nice sticky lace as they do.

Wow. The hops are thousand-watt bright in the nose. In this order, they’re grassy, citrusy and floral. A background of crackers and honey adds snap before mint emerges.

The flavor translates nicely from the nose — tangerine mixed with mint and a big, pithy grapefruit peel bitterness. Fruits are subdued, almost like those in a blonde ale, and crackers make up the malts. A sharp flavor.

Mild carbonation inspirits the medium body, which has been imbued with nice creaminess by the addition of flaked barley. There isn’t a hint of the 7 percent alcohol content. Finish is crisp and very slightly drying.

The brewers at Ninkasi know their way around hops. Maiden the Shade is a mighty fine IPA, displaying all the best qualities of the seven hops entwined in the recipe.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 08:36:05 | More by Phelps
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 14:09:33 | More by Kegatron
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Arbitrator

California

1.83/5  rDev -53.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 05:47:25 | More by Arbitrator
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Cavery

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 02:54:28 | More by Cavery
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Bfarr

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 13:30:56 | More by Bfarr
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dirtylou

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

welcome home college football.

appearance: goofy artistic label - served in a NG shaker pint. hazy orange-copper body, light white film with minimal retention

smell: nice nose - quite hoppy - oregon pine, tangerine zest, sugary sweet

taste: really nice hop profile - quite piney, tangerine zest, lemon, grapefruit rind, tropical fruit. A very nice IPA - competitive with many of the high profile west coast IPA's

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, oily medium body

overall: quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 00:40:30 | More by dirtylou
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to screamforme for a terrific unexpected local extra...

A dull hazy golden with a good steady head...

Surprisingly pungent hop aromas come wafting out of my NB globe... Lots of citrusy orange and grapefruit with a touch of booze and maybe some ganja as well... This smells dank!!!

Bitter citrusy hops dominate with an ample malt base to ride upon... Showcases the hop varieties rather well in my opinion... Blastingly bitter at times while juicy and delicious at others... Best brew I've had from this brewery as of yet... Delicious...

Man, I'm glad I got to try this beer... It's loaded with hop flavors and bitterness and surpasses my expectations... Cool name as well.. I think this is an ode to Iron Maiden and it's a worthy brew...

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 18:28:40 | More by Tilley4
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augustgarage

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Carrot orange, orange peel, amber, and gold blend together in a cloudy gradient, topped by a perpetual fist of ivory stiff-peak foam. Dense soapy lacing coats the glass.

Seven different varieties of hops went into this resulting in an intensely aromatic melange - as soon as you pop the cap, the air fills with floral, citrus, and light herbal and tropical notes. Held closer to the nose, there is a touch of green grapes, pink peppercorn, Fruit Loops, and more. Superlative. It gets just a tiny bit catty as it warms, kepping it just a step away from perfection really...

Spicy and bright palate entry - packed with grapefruit, orange, and persimmon flavor among so many other things...yet the blend really works as a whole. The finish is increasingly spicy with hints of cinnamon and fennel. Dry, moderately bitter throughout, with a delicate not-quite sweet maltiness for balance. Delicious.

Well carbonated, medium-light bodied, creamy, yet crisp. Zesty mouthfeel with just a touch of warmth to slow you down.

One of the best IPAs I've had in recent memory from the NW...and a good value to boot.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 06:57:18 | More by augustgarage
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industrialswill

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This tastes like my homebrew...!
Looks like light malt that's been in the boil for 60 minutes.
Smell is pure citrus. I can't say which hop variety, but it is lovely.
Taste is pure Heaven. Perfect balance for an IPA. At 6.8% it's not the least bit boozy, it's actually slightly stronger than what I brew..too.
I could drink nothing but this stuff from now on in.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:57:59 | More by industrialswill
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Glibber

Idaho

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 03:29:10 | More by Glibber
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brotherloco

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Served in a plastic cup due to circumstances beyond my control. Sigh.

Pours a hazy but bright gold with a big off-white sea foam head. Tons of lacing.

Aroma is mainly citrus and some piney hops. Caramel malt sits directly behind this.

Taste is more of a blend of floral, earthy, grassy, and citrus hops than the nose. Caramel malt sweetness sits at a pretty perfect level for this IPA. Very nice lingering bitterness in the finish.

Body and carbonation are both about medium, and work well for a summer beer.

This is a great tasting brew, and my kind of summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 20:45:04 | More by brotherloco
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dgilks

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colour with a small white head. Fair head retention.

Crisp tropical fruit aroma. Mild malt. Some citrus. Good.

Crisp, tropical fruit with some passionfruit and grapefruit. light but slightly sweet malt. Really nice IPA.

Medium light malt with moderate carbonation. Good.

A perfect, summer IPA. Great fruity flavour and nice balance. Awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 11:22:44 | More by dgilks
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Klym

California

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really excited to try this; I've always wanted to try this beer but while we get Ninkasi stuff for some reason this beer never makes its way down, even at the nicest stores in the state it seems. Luckily my sister was in Oregon and she was kind enough to pick up two bottles for my brother and I. Big props to family!

A: Pours a very honey gold with darker hues than your typical IPA. Somewhat translucent with striped lacing that drips down and leaves a little pollock on the glass.

S: Some sharp bitterness mixes in with apricots, mangos, orange, and a tad of lime. Usually the fruitiness is either dominantly citrus or tropical fruits in IPAs but this one has a really nice balance, with apricot really playing the dominant fruit role in my opinion.

T: Been drinking this for a little while now and you definitely need to let this one warm up a little once out of your fridge. For a single IPA, this one has really nice detail and strength of flavor. Dried apricots, juicy mango, orange, peach, nectarine, and a little lime all press together to make a really nice fruit cocktail that is very balanced with an apricot skin/citrus rind bitterness. Taste is light, but more powerful than most single IPAs and linger for quite a while and fades with a nice sweetness. I really love how the bitterness in this has such distinct apricot/fruit skin character instead of being that anonymous, plain hop bitterness. Really great flavor character.

M: A crisp, small carbonation body spreads throughout the mouth and disappears leaving just the flavors, besides a somewhat oily feel in the middle of the tongue that carries the sweeter characters. I feel like the mouthfeel really matches the flavors here.

O: Honestly among single IPAs this ranks really highly for me. Would love to try this on tap. If IPAs are your thing you should definitely seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 05:38:25 | More by Klym
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nataku00

California

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 21:50:50 | More by nataku00
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 03:31:11 | More by BarrytheBear
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claspada

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a dark lemony yellow color with a tinge of orange, a creamy 1 inch fluffy, white head that pillowed nicely and slowly slowly settled leaving nice sticky lacing.
Aromas begin with typical west coast hop aromas of lemony citrusy and pine, with lesser grassiness mixed in as well. Light bready and pale malts in the background; kinda "dank" if you know what I mean. Kinda lacking overall but it's hard to wow in this category anymore these days.
The tastes begin with a slight pale/toasty maltiness which is immediately overcome with the pungent and sweet lemony and grapefruit citrusy hop flavors, lesser amounts of grassiness and pine flavors are present but the lemony/grapefruit dominate this IPA; same "dank" quality that was in the aroma is present here once again in the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium with nice medium carbonation. Nice dry finish from the hops which linger on the tongue/palate just the right amount for an IPA; definitely not a palate wrecker. A great crisp refreshing summer IPA.
Overall this is a winner from Ninkasi and an IPA which would be a Summer go-to for me if it was readily available on the East Coast. Definitely recommended, not mind-blowing, but extremely solid and worth sampling if available to you. Overall the IPA scene has bored me and let me down recently, but this definitely shines and leaves me with hope for the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 22:33:35 | More by claspada
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draheim

Washington

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a tulip.

Honey amber color w/ a sudsy 2-finger white head, patches of lace.

Aroma is the standard IPA citrus/pine combo. As it warms, a slightly dank aroma from some hop varieties creeps in.

Taste is a blast of hops and a lot of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit balanced by clean pale malt. This is surprisingly tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and balanced with a sharp bitter finish.

Overall this is a drinkable and refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 06:13:59 | More by draheim
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snaotheus

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 03:38:35 | More by snaotheus
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gpogo

California

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden orange body with some sediment floating around. Large fluffy white head. Head left a nice lacing.

A- Lots of citrus aromas, grapefruit and orange peel.

T- Bitterness hits first, but is an interesting meld of citrusy hop flavors and fruity flavors like peach. Alcohol and pale malt finish the flavor, lending to a nice warming feel.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth drinking beer. Dries my mouth out slightly.

D- Enjoyable IPA. I obtained it in a 4 pack sampler.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 03:40:23 | More by gpogo
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 01:03:26 | More by biegaman
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peacebone116

California

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another of the great bombers I picked up while visiting Bend, OR over the 4th of July weekend in 2011. Poured into tulip glass only a few days after purchase.

A: Golden straw color with beautiful white head. Carbonation rises up throughout the glass. Slightly hazy, but good clarity.

N: Citrus and pineapple.

T/M: The bitter abides! Citric flavors of lime and pineapple are in the spotlight here, while the light biscuity malt plays a supporting part as it leaves just enough flavor so that the bitter sitric notes are not overpowering. The beer has an oily, dry texture, but is light to medium bodied making it a great summer brew.

Again, Ninkasi has put out a great hoppy brew for a very reasonable price. Considering that this is a summertime IPA, it is a perfectly bodied beer. Does not disappoint!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 20:15:36 | More by peacebone116
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Azurescens

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, but this just hit shelves so I know it is fresh. Poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 7/19/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with fluffy off-white head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Lots of hops, both citrus and tropical fruit with some faint malt notes as well.

T: Definitely maltier than the nose led me to believe but far from being overly malty. Some hop bitterness up front with resinous hop flovors of both citrus and other fruit, definitely some grapefruit in there as well as some tangerine. Nice pale malt backbone that holds all the hop flavors quite well without overpowering them. Leaves a lingering taste of citrus.

M: Medium resinous body with moderate carbonation and dry finish.

O: Really drinkable, great hop flavor and aroma with a nice malt profile to hold it all together. Very solid offering from Ninkasi.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:17:49 | More by Azurescens
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doughanson78

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Nice yellowish orange. Very clear. One finger rocky white head. Good retention. Alright lacing.

S: Big pine hops upfront. Followed by a mix (good/bad?) of citrus hops and caramel malt. Mostly orange, followed by pineapple and grapefruit. A soapy-floral hop aroma also.

T: A grassy-earthy bitterness followed by pine, light citrus notes and a lightly toasted caramel backing. Maybe a slight smokiness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Slightly creamy. Crisp, smooth, finishing dry.

O: A good IPA considering it isn't a DIPA or IIPA. Haven't had a Ninkasi beer let me down yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 07:04:45 | More by doughanson78
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jdense

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Freddy's Hawthorne PDX $5.49 poured into Delirium Tremens snifter 7.10.11.

One finger white head small bubbles, medium dissipation results in fairly thick layer of head on top of deep gold/orange clear body, multiple streams of carbonation rising from etched bottom of glass, a small bit of lacing retained. Nose is *really* grapefruit, meat no pith, some bready malts for balance. Fairly citrusy up front on the tastebuds though bready malts are fairly pronounced, decent balance, muted tropical notes, but this initial impression led to a fairly bitter finish, some resiny hops present on back-end, lingering bitter finish, a bit of stickiness.. Mouthfeel is a bit on the full side of medium, fairly coating, not a lot of effervescence. Creeper bitterness may turn off the less devoted IPA drinker. Not as much sweetness as Total Domination, a fairly different animal.I know drinkability isn't a review factor anymore, but given big hop taste/palate fatigue I can't possibly imagine having more than one of these at a time. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 03:09:36 | More by jdense
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flexabull

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the mixed summer 4 pack.

Pours a bright gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are hoppy, floral, with some mixed citrus, mango, oranges, and tangerines. Nice nose.

Taste is hoppy, but not overly so. Light creamy and bready malts sit in the background, with some light toast, quite nice. Finish is clean, crisp, and dry, with some floral hops, and light citrus. The taste is really clean and not as overly hoppy as the nose suggests. Nice beer.

Mouthfeel is nice, full and smooth.

Overall, this is a tasty well refined IPA. Not overly hoppy as I've mentioned, but plenty tasty. Nice offering from Ninkasi.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 03:37:06 | More by flexabull
Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.