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Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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very good

313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 52
Gots: 28 | 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 Huhzubendah
3.28/5  rDev -17%

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
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

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

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

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

cpinto6, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Stigs, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

twelveinches, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

SRossman, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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

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

jenray, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of corylew
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

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%

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
Photo of PerHops
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%

A- Nice looking beer. Looks like a good IPA.

S- Some hop presence, a little citrus and spice

T- Pretty malt driven. Very nice balance, but not for the hop heads in my opinion

M- Drinks well. Very easy for the alcohol content.

O- Not my favorite beer, but a good offering from Ninkasi

PerHops, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of boralyl
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

A - The beer pours a light golden-orange with a slight haze. It produces an inch of creamy white head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing on my glass.

S - The nose is a bouquet of citric fruits with flowery notes throughout. Very aromatic.

M - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. It's got somewhat of a creamy feel.

T - The taste has more floral hops than detected in the nose and less citrus notes. It begins with a splash of citrus followed by a mix floral flavors. A touch of orange shows up near the end. It finishes very dry.

This is a very good IPA. I feel like this may have been sitting on the shelves for a few months, but despite that it's still great. Would love to try it very fresh.

boralyl, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Excellent bomber of 72 IBU, like a 1.5X IPA. Very flavourful citrus that is a bit of a palate shredder and a great hophead delivery. Above average mouthfeel, and good hop aroma. Great drinkability.Peach coloured body with nice retained white whip of a head.
Thanks Augustgarage.

Sammy, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

Phelps, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

Kegatron, Sep 22, 2011
Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.