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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: 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
Photo of shleepy
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle on 7/6/2011 (going through older notes).

A: Copper, fairly clear. Medium head with small bubbles. Quickly dissipated.

S: Peaches, oranges; pretty intense.

T: Delicious and fruity as heck. Mild bitter aftertaste. Dry but almost has some honey flavor, making it Belgian IPA-like, but not to an extent that I think they were trying to go for that style.

M: Smooth, very drinkable. Seems like it's fairly dry for an IPA.

O: Very enjoyable, and an interesting beer within a style that does not have enough real variance.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of shelby415
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint. Pours out with a burnt orange color. Very nice inch of head that leaves a few nice islands and a bunch of creeping lace as it disappears.

Smells slightly skunked. Behind that, bready and slightly fruity malts. Grassy and slightly citric hops have a background presence. Hope the taste is a bit better.

The taste doesn't exhibit any skunky flavor, thank goodness. Very balanced. Pale malts and citrus mix at the start. There is a slight orange zest sweetness and some floral hops in the middle, with a nice, fresh cut grass finish. A touch heavy on the carbonation, but still smooth enough. Really great, long lasting aftertaste!

I'll grab a few more from a store that stores their beer in a more respectful fashion and update this if needed, but even with slight skunk smell, pretty damn good. I'm glad Ninkasi still gets to SF.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of juliusseizure
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Travisnin
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Hazing golden color, almost transparent, with minimal head.

Amazing smell. Complex. All sorts of citrus: lemon, grapefruit and orange. A muted honey. It is blended perfectly.

No doubt an IPA. Solid bitterness up front, melts away to a mild malt sweetness, quickly followed by lemon bitter.

Pretty crisp, still retains a soft texture though. Moderate carbonation.

The smell is the star of the show, good tasting but nothing special to look at.

Photo of Offa
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly cloudy gold, this has a big off-white head slowly shrinking to thin foamy top and some lace.

Aroma is fairly standard, but somewhat more complex than the norm, with grapefruit, pear, pineapple, hints of resin and yeasty dough.

Taste up front is juicy and resiny (as with the aroma) with nice sweet-bitter balance at first, but then it degrades into astringent bitterness that lingers and dominates to the exclusion of all else, ending up being one-dimensionally hoppy bitter with no noticeable malty or yeasty character to provide interest, depth, or balance. Thus, despite some good flavour and a clean, bright character, it is utterly one-dimensional, unbalanced, and thin of character.

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 towlea25
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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