Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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4.64/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
Serving type: growler
06-18-2014 23:04:34 | More by orcrist_cleaver
Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.