Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 391
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 53
Gots: 64 | 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:
Beer added by: ccrida on 07-13-2010

Starting Gravity: 1065
IBUs: 72
ABV: 6.8
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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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Photo of largadeer
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pretty standard pale peach-colored IPA. Head retention is solid.

Smell: Not a ton here, but it's decent enough. Resinous and minty, with some stonefruit, a bit of bready malt, and a touch of butter and mineral.

Palate: Very herbal. Pine, faint citrus, faint buttery slickness. Plenty of early hop addition bite; could use more (any?) dry hopping to balance things out. Slight chalkiness on the back end. Pretty pleasant medium-light body; the heft is about right, but the hint of diacetyl prevents it from feeling as crisp as I'd like.

Overall: Better than Ninkasi's mediocre Total Domination, but still not overly exciting. I appreciate the Maiden tribute, though.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No haze here at all, this is a clear straw coloured IPA, with a bubbly white head that dissipates slowly.

Weak nose, but primarily a mild hop mixture. The pine stands out most to me, with a little citrus as well. Little bit of a malt behind it, but not much.

Taste is balanced decently, primarily hoppy, with those citrusy hops being most prominent. Little light malt supports and compliments.

Decent carbonation, drinkable enough, but doesn't really stand out to me. Would consider drinking again if someone offered it, but not one I'm probably going to pick up for myself when there are many better options out there.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This a great beer for the summer, and every season thereafter. Pours a very good looking orange/gold/yellow with fluffy and sticky white head. Yum

Nose has that hop character; pine, citrus and grass. Also contains some spices, like white pepper and coriander, albeit a hint of the latter.

Flavor follows the nose. Citrus and pine dance well together with grass and flower cutting in here and there, but not intruding. Spices occupy the sidelines but do get noticed. Bitterness is dry and the middle of tongue gets the most of it.
Carbonation may be a bit much as it takes away too much at the end. But that just means I need more...

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 8/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice orange amber with a moderate white head with decent retention and lacing. Nice fresh hop and citrus aroma. Strong, flavorful hops and mild citrus. Citrus hop finish. A top class IPA. Well done.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from summer 4 pack purchased 7/15/12 poured into standard pint.

A: clear honey colred with a finger width offwhite head that fell to a very nice cap.

S: slightly sweet with a bit of citrus hops. Honey on the nose quite a bit actually.

T: big hops, kind of grassy and a little bitter even up front. Sweet like on the nose. Reminds me of their barleywine Critical Hit a lot but is lighter. It is quite tasty. The malt isn't outshined by the hops, they dance around eachother deliciously.

M: heavy side of medium, also like Critical Hit. Smooth with a little carbonation.

O: I like this a lot, sad that it is a special release because it is tasty. But another beer named after a metal band from Ninkasi is bound to be great. Go out, find one of these, drink it.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Ninkasi 4 pack purchased at Market of Choice. Pours a very light straw color, almost cheap beer colored. Very clear; minimal head that fades into some lacing. Smell is very nice; light maltiness with a decent amount of citrus hops over the top. Taste is top notch; lots of hops with a very light summer-y maltiness. Almost a lighter IPA in flavor, kind of reminds me of english style IPAs like Meantime. Hops hang in the mouth for a while after sipping, not the greatest aftertaste IMO. A great beer, my only complaint is that it's a bit heavy for a summer beer and at 6.8% not something I'd want to session on a hot summer day. Definitely great for sipping on a beautiful summer afternoon in Eugene, which is what I'm doing!

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Photo of shleepy
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle on 7/6/2011 (going through older notes).

A: Copper, fairly clear. Medium head with small bubbles. Quickly dissipated.

S: Peaches, oranges; pretty intense.

T: Delicious and fruity as heck. Mild bitter aftertaste. Dry but almost has some honey flavor, making it Belgian IPA-like, but not to an extent that I think they were trying to go for that style.

M: Smooth, very drinkable. Seems like it's fairly dry for an IPA.

O: Very enjoyable, and an interesting beer within a style that does not have enough real variance.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint. Pours out with a burnt orange color. Very nice inch of head that leaves a few nice islands and a bunch of creeping lace as it disappears.

Smells slightly skunked. Behind that, bready and slightly fruity malts. Grassy and slightly citric hops have a background presence. Hope the taste is a bit better.

The taste doesn't exhibit any skunky flavor, thank goodness. Very balanced. Pale malts and citrus mix at the start. There is a slight orange zest sweetness and some floral hops in the middle, with a nice, fresh cut grass finish. A touch heavy on the carbonation, but still smooth enough. Really great, long lasting aftertaste!

I'll grab a few more from a store that stores their beer in a more respectful fashion and update this if needed, but even with slight skunk smell, pretty damn good. I'm glad Ninkasi still gets to SF.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.