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Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 52
Gots: 25 | 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 Glibber


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
Photo of brotherloco


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
Photo of dgilks


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
Photo of Klym


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
Photo of nataku00


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
Photo of BarrytheBear


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
Photo of 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
Photo of draheim


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
Photo of snaotheus


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
Photo of gpogo


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
Photo of 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
Photo of peacebone116


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
Photo of Azurescens


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
Photo of doughanson78


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
Photo of jdense


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
Photo of flexabull


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
Photo of ibryce


4.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is not only my favorite from Ninkasi but is also one of my favorite beers. Pleasantly bitter with hops like I've never tasted before. Quite pinapple in smell and taste. Such a great summer beer! So tickled it's that time of year again. Thank you Ninkasi, for bringing this back!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 03:05:11 | More by ibryce
Photo of HuskyinPDX


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

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a pale, dull cloudy orange with a creamy-yellow colored head that has good retention.

S - Very mild citrus and sweet malts.

T - Again very mild, more grassy, floral, some more malts, and citrus.

D - Lots of carbonation here, dare I say, almost too much.

O - Very easy drinking. Mild, so nothing really stood out.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 02:22:59 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of MaltsOfGlory


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice standard one and a half finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is almost completely white, maybe a hair off white, the head is pretty consistent all around, mostly small bubbles, slightly creamy looking, slightly soapy and foamy looking as well. The head is leaving good lacing throughout the glass. The body has a pretty standard IPA look to it, bight orange, not as cloudy as I would like though. I like it when my IPA's are nice and cloudy, this one is dark enough so you can't see through in completely, but for the most part it's not very cloudy and the visibility is pretty high. The carbonation looks very high, but we will see on the taste. The head has died down and is pretty much gone, but it's left a very nice rim of lacing around the top of the body along with a fair amount of foam on top of the main part of the body. Overall a very nice looking beer here, my only complaint is the lack of cloudiness. The smell is really excellent, huge hops flavor, much more than in there Total Domination, very rough around the edges, which some people might not like, but it's an IPA, it should be rough! You can smell the alcohol in this one, hopefully it's not too bad on the taste. Nice small malt note in there to keep things reasonable. Overall it's a really excellent taste, and on some smells I'm considering giving this a 4.5 on smell, but it's just not quite there yet. The hops are very strange in this beer, not crisp like I like them to be, very bitter, tart and not much bite to them, just boring really. It's hard to explain because there is for sure carbonation, the hops are just...off. You get a bitterness and most of the carbonation up front and then in the end comes the standard hop flavor, they really shouldn't be split up that far in my opinion. Then in the very end comes that alcohol kick, which is pretty standard in beers to have that come in the end, but in this beer it's a little aggressive. Like I said in the beginning this beer is rough around the edges, but I thought I would like that more than I really am. It's just a little boring really, and a little "off" (at least with the hops). There is for sure enough flavor, and it's not watered down or anything, just a little boring and off. With all that being said, it's still a solid IPA, and I can't really complain too much here or there because it's a good beer. If I were to explain this beer the best way I could I would say that you take your average IPA's, your amazing IPA's and your terrible IPA's and this beer kinda falls in a gray area between average and...I dunno where, it's not bad, it's not amazing, it's just off. Still a great beer, and I actually really enjoy it, just off. I really don't want to give this beer a 3.5 on taste, because it's a solid craft brew, but it's just not really doing it for me right now. Mouthfeel is pretty standard for an IPA, not too big, maybe on the small side, but that's ok, the carbonation is exactly where it should be so that's good. Drinkability is a little low just because of the alcohol in the end, but overall it[s not too bad. Overall a very good beer, just not doing it for me in some areas.

As I continue to drink this beer at times I want to give it a 4, but now that I'm down to the last 2/3 of my pint glass (out of a 22) it's really watery. Now, considering that it was off originally, and now a lot of the taste is gone and it's tasting watery, I think 3.5 is pretty justified.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 07:37:59 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Photo of vkv822


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

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a thick frothy white head.

The aroma is of wonderful grapefruit, citric hops with some really nice tropical fruit as well. Has a light caramel, breaded malt finish. Really impressive nose.

The nose was quite a bit different than the taste, though it is still quite nice. There are more resiny pine notes upfront here, with quitea bit of biscuity malts and a lemony, grassy hop finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with average carbonation.

The nose was awesome, and though the taste was a tad less impressive it was still very enjoyable. Overall a really nice IPA and one I am very happy to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 04:48:36 | More by vkv822
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this from Brewer's Haven in Boise. I have to say, I really enjoyed this beer. Poured a slightly hazy golden with a somewhat slight head. Smells clean, with light citrusy hops and equally light sweet malt. Tastes very balanced with more slightly sweet malt up front and then spicy, earthy hops with a splash of citrus- particularly on the finish. Smooth and clean on the palate, and restrained rather than exuberant, but what a nice package. Really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 21:45:02 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark yellow orangish color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head with average retention and plenty of spotty lacing.

4.5 S: The smell is simply awesome. Big orangy citrus dominates with mango and pineapple not far behind. Some pine in there as well. Doesn't have the "bitter aroma" that some IPAs have. A touch of toasty malts with some toffee as well.

4.0 T: The taste is a bit different than the nose suggests. Hops are more lemony and grassy that I would have expected. There's plenty of orange as well, but not too much mango or pineapple. Malts add a mild caramel. Hop bitterness is very mild for an IPA. Still, pretty tasty.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. No problems here, but could be a lot creamier. Pretty smooth though.

4.0 D: Good solid IPA. Taste is solid, but I think this could benefit from a bit of a thicker body.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 02:28:18 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of zeff80


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam that had some nice retention and left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of big piney aromas with notes of citrus and mango. Some good burnt toast malt in the nose, too.

T - It had a strong pine flavor with a burnt toast malt backbone. Some citrus and other tropical fruits came through with the hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really tasty IPA. I'm glad I got to try this. Thanks drfabulous.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 23:04:14 | More by zeff80
Photo of chickencoop


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

Thanks JohnGalt1 for this, Ninkasi seems to slowly makes it way down here, but just the core styles. The pour is a bright orange, very inviting with a soft billowy head. The bitter hoppiness on this is refreshing as well as not to overpowering to make this one of the easier drinking ipa's out there. Awesome beer, maybe this will show up in a BevMo soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:11:27 | More by chickencoop
Photo of MasterSki


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

Bottle from Liquid Gratitude. No discernible freshness date. Served in a Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of creamy white foam that settles to a thick cap and leaves spotty fingers of lace. Lightly hazed peach-apricot body.

S - For a beer that I'm guessing is nearing three months old, this still has a good amount of tropical and peachy hop character - smells like textbook Amarillo and Simcoe. There's also some light citrus zest and leafy character coming from some of the other five hop varieties that are supposedly in here. Malt character is light toffee and sugar cookie but it's well in the periphery.

T - Taste has more grapefruit and orange citrus rind character, grass, under-ripe peach, and a lightly sweetened bread malt backbone. Bitterness mounts fairly quickly for "only" 72 IBUs. Very San Diego feel to this one, and more West Coast than Workhorse.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, extremely dry finish and enamel-coating residual feel.

D - This is exceptionally drinkable. I was shocked to see my glass nearly empty after only about 10 minutes. I'll have to be ready for this one when it comes out again next summer, as I'm guessing it's even better when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 21:48:05 | More by MasterSki
Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.