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Maiden The Shade | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by ccrida on 07-13-2010

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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 419
Photo of SitkaSteve
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Considering this an AIPA, well I poured it into a pint glass.
The appearance was a cloudy yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light speckled lacing here and there.
The smell had a grassy and grainy citrus laden bitter hops leading into a light maltiness.
The taste was mainly sweet and grassy but allowed a light bitterness to come about.
The mouthfeel was slightly harsh but also not too harsh, misleadingly smooth for an AIPA. There was a decent harsh carbonation about it.
Overall, this was an okay AIPA still worthy of having again but nothing to go apeshit about.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sweetish-bitter (bitter sweet?) IPA that tastes very much like many of the Socal IPA currently flooding the market (which is a good thing in my opinion).

Has an initial, slight bitterness - from citrus? - which is soon overcome by the sweet tastes of pineapple & orange. Mild hops with light malt presence.

Definitely worth checking out... good

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Took a growler of this home from DeCicco's as it is a rarity in my area.

A: Noticed majority of review from a btl give it a negative review in tis aspect. When poured from growler into Bird Song Brewing Co. pint, it is an orangey-gold color, 6-8 SRM if you prefer. Head is a creamy bright white, 2 fingers worth, and retention is outstanding , lasting half the pint, 6+ minutes with chunky lacing.

S: There are seven hop varieties in this beer, enough said. The malts give sweetness to the citrusy, fruity, spicy, and piney notes contributed by the former.

M: Hyped as a summer style IPA, but the barley addition does give it a medium albeit slick and fast-moving body. It hits and is gone, which is appreciated. However, I expect more carbonation from a 'summer' beer; the initial sting is low. Pleasant a dry finish.

T/O: Pineapple, sweet orange, honeydew, nectarine, blue spruce resin. Really not that bitter at all, but if you favor balance in your IPAs this is very, very good. Love the complexity of it still, a true "no coast", American IPA.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent copper with a tan ring of head.

S: Pineapple, orange, floral hops in the nose.

T: Orange, pineapple and pine. Nothing that stands out, nothing interesting or complex, but tasty.

M: IPA-like carbonation levels on a medium bodied. Could be smoother.

O: Recommended, but I don't feel like this does the band justice.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle bought as part of a variety pack. The label calls it a specialty ale, but I'm expecting something resembling an American/West Coast style IPA.

A: golden, a bit cloudy, some carbonation visible, about one finger of head which dissipated fairly quickly.
S: tropical fruits.
T: Pine, lingering bitterness. I found this bitterness unpleasant because it wasn't balanced/backed up with other flavours. I found it kind of one-dimensional.
F: Medium-bodied.
O: One and done.

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Photo of DanielDomigan
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

love iron maiden and love ipa's. this is defiantly a special brew for me to try.

a beautiful golden blonde color.

a smack in the face of strait hops! so good. citrus and hops...

hoppy slightly sweet and citrusy

little bit watery and slightly sticky

a damn good ipa.

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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

man this is a great beer!!

super refreshing! crisp clean hops. lots of citrus notes.

up front you can taste the light presence of the pale malt. then light spice of hops balanced with citrus flavors. ends of with an almost lime flavor.

totally worth trying. esp if you are a hop head.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an attractive golden amber in the Duvel tulip. Big foam for the first pour, then a nice tower of suds. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Pleasant nose of pineapple and that vanilla smell of Ponderosa pine bark. Later on the fruit aroma is distinctive. Makes me wonder if they are using Mosaic hops.

The malt is present mostly as a sweetness. It's a pretty neutral taste to show off the exuberance of hops. Rather tart in the back of the throat. Overall, a hop firecracker rather than a bomb, but more drinkable than many other IPAs. Plenty bitter but it goes down nicely with a spicy finish. Better than the overly dank Ninkasi brews I've tried.

Brewer says this is 72 IBUs. I don't know why they want to call it a "specialty ale" on the lable. They also call it a "summertime IPA" which is quite descriptive. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Pioneer Market in La Conner, Washington.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 15/8/13

A golden yellow with a fair bit of suspended particles being slowly moved around by a few tiny that feed a short lived finger of foam that leaves just a few spots of lace

S big tropical nose with a little bit of everything, pineapple, passion-fruit, lemon, lychee, tangerine, and grapefruit, somewhat floral, faint pine and a little caramel and cereal preventing a complete hop runaway, great smelling beer

T not quite the tropical blast the nose had going but that still leaves a healthy amount, more pine and citrus rind I didn't notice on the nose, more cereal and it creates a nice balance although still lopsided towards the green stuff

M lighter side of medium, a solid bitter snap, almost creams up and a little gritty, lingering rind on the finish

O other then a basic look this hop bomb hits the mark, smells great and went down way to fast, great intro to this brewery

I grabbed this one a whim while on vacation in BC and I'm glad I did, for a random brew I'd never heard of it's safe to say I lucked out

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650mL bomber as part of the Ninkasi 4-pack - which was a pretty fantastic marketing package and included a "soundtrack" music download. The music download was meh to me but the beers were better. All four were hop-forward beers, which is definitely Ninkasi's forte.

Nose: I found this one surprisingly closed. It's 6.8% ABV and 72 IBU so it's not exactly a mild beer, but there isn't that bouquet of flowers, or bowl of citrus, or forest of pine that you often get with a big IPA. It's often one of my favourite things about IPA's. So this was a little bit of a disappointment, but really just means you have to get in closer to get a good sense of what's going on. Resiny, oily, some pine and some citrus.

Taste: Things open up as soon as a sip is taken, though. Big citrus - grapefruit and lemon zest. Floral as well, and a bit of pine especially towards the end. The lemon and grapefruit have a sweetness to them in that citrusy way. Very bright flavour overall.

I was pretty happy with this. I prefer it considerably over Total Domination.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a bright yellow-orange colour. The nose has all the classic West Coast IPA notes: grapefruit, cannabis/resin, grass, pine. Super inviting. The taste is good and bitter with a little bit of fruity sweetness. Ninkasi calls this a "specialty ale," but it definitely drinks like an IPA.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a blonde colour for an IPA but the 6.8% ABV stop it from being a ISA. The beer has a quite a fruity note to the hops which work well with the lighter look. I had no problem finishing the bottle off and give it high marks for drink-ability. A fair amount of complexity in this beer , enough to make it worth buying again.

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Photo of brodericksloth
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light amber and clear. Summer IPA.

The taste is sweet citrus fruits; grapefruit, lemons. Crisp grains carry the beer. Not overly malty. Tropical smell. Grassy and piney citric bitterness and long aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly and sharpness but still creamy. Enough complex flavors and aromas to carry the beer and keep you sipping. No alcohol bite due the complexity of all going on.

chewy piney simcoe and chinook hop flavors. I don't understand why it's not hoppy enough for some tasters, but mine was fresh from the brewery on tap.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Maiden the Shade came in a 22oz four pack at Costco. It poured a lager like straw color with a thin 1 finger foam head with tight bubbles. Good malt smell to this one with a citrus pineapple aroma. It was a great taste and well balanced as I got a biscuity malt hitting the palate followed by a soft enveloping bitterness that hit the top of the mouth and tip of the tongue. I hope to buy this again in the future.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It came in a four pack of different Ninkasi beers.

Appearance- copper color, thin head, nice lacing

Smell- floral, citrus hops, wonderful

Taste- floral, citrus hops, well balanced, very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This beer is very good. I am very impressed with it! Definitely one to get again!

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Photo of Murrhey
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. No best-by date.

A- Quarter-inch thick white head. Very little retention. Pale-orange color with high clarity. Not appealing.

S- Bitter floral and piney scents. Hop-oil is heavy and fragrant. Light malts.

T- Assault on the taste-buds. Hop-oil is heavy and thick. Floral, bitter hops are the main taste component of this beer. Don't hate it, but I'm not a hop-head.

M- Medium bodied and oily.

O- Unattractive, but nice aroma and harsh taste. Not bad, but not sure it deserves that 90.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty limited release from the hard-to-find Ninkasi Brewing Company. Maiden the Shade pours a hazy peach color with a decent white head that leaves a good amount of lace. A slight breadiness quickly gives way to tropical fruits (mango, pineapple) and pine resin hop aromas. Flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, and mango, as well as a hint of grass dominate the pallet with just a touch of toasted bread providing the malt backbone. Medium-light in body, Maiden the Shade finishes crisp with a moderate level of carbonation. Great to finally get our pallet on a Ninkasi brew!


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Photo of AgentMunky
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: A finger of off-white head churns and fades. Hazy-clear straw-gold. Vaguely matte.

S: Really strong hops. Absolutely lovely! Dryish malts, juicy grapefruit, crisp pine.

T/M: Tasty, crisp, and lightly dry. Hops are prevalent and dominant. Zesty citrus and a thin body. The aftertaste is dry and bitter. As it warms, hops grow slightly garlicky. Well-made.

O: Great IPA! Highly recommended and drinkable. Would have again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, and unsweetened grapefruit juice. There is an alcohol kick and a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a almost clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, floral, and pine hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of grapefruit, floral, and grassy hops with some resiny bitterness and some sweet caramel and bready malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and resiny finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good overall balance with a nice hop profile and bitterness throughout.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the brewpub

A- Poured a super clear golden orange color with tons of streaming carbonation, frothy head that left chunky lace

S- Nice aroma of tropical fruit and floral notes, nice but not strong or complex

T- Big astringent pineapple, peach, and tropical fruit notes. Pretty big grapefruit and floral notes

M- Very high carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish, pretty refreshing

O- A really nice IPA with moderate to high bitterness and tons of juicy fruit flavors

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale orange with a one finger frothy white head which fades slowly to the rim leaving nice rings.

N: Citrus (orange, grapefruit), floral, some pine and tropicals too. Faint malty note.

T: Lots of aggressive hops with resin and oils. Floral with citrus and some pine. Mild malt backing.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry and slightly astringent bitterness on the finish.

O: Decent easy drinking summer IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a meaty and hearty IPA. Not so much that it's just a massive hop bomb for the sake of it, but it's a good mix of malts and hops. Makes it pleasant to drink; so much so that I just keep on sipping and have to push myself to write something about it quickly, before it is too late.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bomber into a glass on 8/29/12

A: Dark goldish color, mostly clear. Surprisingly little head at first pour, dies down to a thin layer on the surface. Lacing is decent, but I'd like to see more. Carbonation seems to die down a bit early.

S: Not much, really, but what's there is pleasant. I'm catching something there that I can't quite identify . . . but it's ok, not off-putting.

T: Clean, light, very drinkable, a bit sweeter than I'd expected for an IPA. Pleasant from start to finish. Hops aren't really as strong as I'd like, but definitely a great summer evening drink. As it warms in the glass the flavor remains pleasing, and the hops seem to come out just a bit more (yay!).

M: Smooth, I like the mouth feel, just a bit sticky.

O: Nice overall brew, might have to get another one. For about $5 for a bomber at the Made-in-Oregon store in Salem, I was happy (yeah, I wasn't planning on getting a brew there, but the girls were shopping, lol). That 6.8 ABV seems a bit conservative.

Note: Bravo to Ninkasi for bring these nods to old bands around once in a while. I enjoyed their Sleigher winter brew, and am happy to see this come around, too.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Swamp in Spokane. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color, clear, with a thin white head.

Smell is strong and sweet pine aroma.

Taste is also pine and sour citrus flavor with dry bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and clean. Just the way a summer IPA should be.

Overall a nice drinkable IPA.

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