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Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 51
Gots: 30 | 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:
Starting Gravity: 1065
IBUs: 72
ABV: 6.8

(Beer added by: ccrida on 07-13-2010)
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Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +1.3%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Fatehunter, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Offa
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Offa, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

drabmuh, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of towlea25
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.28/5  rDev -17%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +1.3%

hannaho, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -24.1%

jophish17, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of IPAgirl87
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

IPAgirl87, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Dunkelhund
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Dunkelhund, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of cpinto6
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

cpinto6, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Stigs, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of gizmodave
4/5  rDev +1.3%

gizmodave, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +1.3%

twelveinches, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of SRossman
5/5  rDev +26.6%

SRossman, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Sargully, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +1.3%

richkrull, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jenray, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had to have this just based on the name alone. Maiden fucking rules. Too bad the beer does not.

Honey colored pour. Very little head. What there is seems to last forever. The smell is straight on weed. No bones about it. I can not pick out one defined taste on this beer. It's a mess. Pretty much cold and wet. Yeah, a sad phrase but this is awful. Obviously past its prime.

TheDudeRules, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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!!!!

WoodBrew, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of beefandbean22
4/5  rDev +1.3%

beefandbean22, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of corylew
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into two glasses from a 22 oz.

Hazy deep yellow color with a white foamy head that goes away before you know it.

Smells mainly of citrus hops. Almost a wheat-like gluten based malt background, but its far behind the hoppy nose.

Tastes, well, great. Moderate/high amount of hop flavor, but not overly bitter. Citrus hops with small notes of floral and pine. Some flavors of grapefruit. Balances well with the malt, which highlights the hops, allowing them to shine through.

Mouthfeel is good. Bubbly carbonation is relatively high, which helps with the nose. Aftertaste lent mostly to the lingering bitterness of citrus hops.

Overall this is probably my favorite beer by Ninkasi. Refreshing and satisfying. Very well balanced for an IPA. Most breweries hear IPA and go "quick, throw as much hops in as possible! Make it so the bitterness strips your teeth of enamel!" This is not the case, the hops are slightly bitter with lots of flavor, not the other way around. If it wasn't a limited release I'd stock up on a few cases of this.

corylew, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of NWer
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice brassy pour into tulip. Nice head retains well, nice lace. First impression was typical Ninkasi citrus tartness a little too bitter on the front end. However, it grows on me as it warms - and I warm to drinking it.
A very fun beer that went down extremely well. Strong hop feel would overwhelm after a while so a session beer it ain't.

NWer, Nov 12, 2011
Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.