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Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 51
Gots: 31 | 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 froghop
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a semi-hazy orange with a medium snow-white fluffy head, and great lacing.

smell is of spice, light grapefruit, grass, caramel, and malt in the back.

taste is crisp, some spice, caramel, light hops, light pink grapefruit, and malt, ends somewhat dry and a little bitter.

froghop, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of chumba526
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maiden in the shade Ninkasi
The beer appears a slightly hazy yellow color with half an inch of white foam.
It smells very fruity and citrusy: I smell pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and even a berry like smell. There is also a tad bit of grassy hop present in the smell as well. One of the fruitiest smelling IPAs I have come across. There is a slight caramel smell as well but the fruity smell dominates.
Notes of citrus and pineapple paired with a pleasant bitterness dominate the taste. The semisweet flavors of orange, grapefruit and pineapple pair nicely with the profound lingering bitterness of the beer. Perhaps the malt adds a bit of sweetness but the malt flavor of this beer is almost nonexistence. This beer highlights hops in an integrant and creative way. They really outdid themselves with this beer.
The carbonation of this is very good it puts a creamy texture in your mouth. The carbonation helps the flavors of the beer mingle quite well and creates smoothness to the beer.
The beer is bitter, flavorful and fruity yet it is very refreshing and perfect for a hot day. With this said the drinkability is very good I could drink a few of these if I had them available.
Overall an amazing IPA this is easily the best beer I have had from Ninkasi and one of the best IPAs I have had in recent memory. I hope they make this part of their regular lineup. This is a nearly perfect beer I wish I bought more than just one bomber when I had the chance.

chumba526, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of charliedvrs
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into my pint glass. Thanks to msubulldog25 for another great Ninkasi offering!

A - Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with tons of little particals floating around and up to the fluffy white head. The one finger of foam creates a nice sticky lacing down the whole glass.

S - All hops here. Earth, grass, pine. Little bits of lighter citrus. Pretty strong aroma.

T - Malt profile takes a backseat. The piney hops dominate while little bits of citrus sneak through with hints of pineapple. The taste is sweet and not overly bitter. The grassy notes become stronger in the taste, almost dank, though the whole taste profile seems to take a step back from the nose.

M - Lighter and thin with a nice dry finish.

D - If only I had a case of these. Tastey beer that I [wish I] could drink all day long.

charliedvrs, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep honey gold into a Duvel tulip with an inch of slow-receding fluffy white head. Rich and slightly bitter hoppy aroma with plenty of grapefruit, lemon, and a hint of pine.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel with some subtle caramel sweetness up front. Fairly straightforward hoppy profile throughout with more grapefruit and citrus, especially on the pleasantly tart finish.

As others have observed, this one is very easy-drinking and refreshing (the slightly higher ABV is completely hidden).

grittybrews, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of meatyard
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, tangerine/peach with a large, white, fluffy head that has good retention and nice lacing.
The smell is impressively West Coast, and really more PacNW Coast, with pine, floral citrus but, of course, no real malt aroma.
The taste is Pacific NW fir, some citrus though more pineapple than citrus. There is a very light malt flavor but not enough to worry about. Bitterness is also, nearly, non-existent. Alcohol is not noticeable.
Mouthfeel: It doesn't feel as light as some suggest but leans that way. The characteristics of the feel just seem to make it more drinkable.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, in fact this beer wants you to drink it fast so you can go get another one. Hold off doing this because, unless you bought a bunch of these, the chances are slim that you will get more of them. Enjoy this beer and drink as slowly as you can. This is a beer that I would drink until I was somewhat drunk if I had enough of it. Wish I had a bar with it on tap. Why, oh why, can't someone on the East Coast make a beer like this (or Sculpin for that matter).

meatyard, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of appenzeller
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold, opaque, thick head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, taste is deeply hoppy but complex, citrus, pine, wheat, and with a well integrated undercurrent of sweetness. This is a really nice IPA, hope Ninkasi keeps it going. This is a hop bomb for sure but has the requisite complexity and, well, good integration of other flavors to be a very worthy brew.

appenzeller, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good light golden beer color. Looks tasty for sure. Head is abundant.

S- Smells like I put my head in a bag of hops and grapefruit rinds with a few pine needles for balance.

T- Great hoppy beer. There are lots of hoppy beers out there lately, and this is one of them. But it is very tasty, great hoppy punch in the mouth. Not bitter in a bad nasty way, but in a sexy good way. Nice earthy hop taste with grapefruit and pine, very addicting.

M- Good mouthfeel, not too oily or thick.

D- Yes it is for sure.

Wetpaperbag, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of oberon
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only the second Ninkasi beer I have actually had,the Tricerahops was quite good.Poured into an imperial pint glass a lemony yellow with a tinge of orange, a creamy-like one finger white head that held thru to the finish.West coast hop aromas here,citrusy and piney,lesser grass, and herbal hops.A great summer IPA to be had,its citrusy with leafy/green hop flavors over top of a lightly sweet toasty malt base.This is it,a IPA for the summer,its refreshing and has a badass hopkick,its worth the high rating.Hell yeah!

Gotta love the hop burps!

oberon, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - 22 oz bomber

A - Pours a golden, transparent hue, w/mild white head and lacing.

S - Smell is of citrus fruits (mostly lemon, maybe some grapefruit in there), light caramel malts, pine, and a complex bouquet of different hops.

T - An intricate blend of hops make their presence known on the forefront. Citrus/lemon fruit flavors, and light, bready malts with a slight hint of caramel, along w/some pine notes as well. Bitterness is moderate.

M - Medium-bodied, and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy!

D - ABV doesn't hold this one back one bit. Neither does the hop profile. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but it sure is drinkable!

Overall - A nice limited edition IPA from Ninkasi, with an even cooler name! Although I prefer the maltier, and bigger Tricerahops from this brewery, this is also quite a tasty effort on their part. Too bad it won't be around for long! :/

Flightoficarus, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The maiden pours a peachy gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is so enjoyable in this IPA, with dank earth, light pine, white pepper and a lovely, slightly skunky marijuana aroma. On the palate, this IPA is West Coast all the way, showcasing some light sweet malt that is gently pushed aside by the soft, creamy, hoppy bitterness. The finish is long and dry, with a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is amazing in this IPA, as I get a soft, silky, bitter mouthfeel that just lasts and lasts. As noted with the draft version, drinkability in this beer is about as good as it gets in an IPA/DIPA. The alcohol is literally undetectable, and this beer is just oh so light on it's feet.

Have had this excellent beer on tap and in bottle format, and at present there seems to be very little difference between the two.

Hard not to just gulp this down, it's so tasty and so easy drinking. Unfortunately, my understanding is that not a lot was made, and that Ninkasi apparently has no plans to make it again. That's a shame....

John_M, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to John for this beauty. Trying it practically side by side with the Boy King just revealed how great this beer is.

Pouring light orange/golden with a dense white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this beer looks great. It smells incredible too, just dank, resiny, mildly pine-like with PLENTY of weed, just dank and wet. Awesome. Unlike some of the other west coast IPAs, this isn't particularly citrus or pine-forward, preferring to lean towards wet and dank herb.
The palate opens big, dank, bitter and weed-like, very hop forward with plenty of MJ character. Malt is non-existent, this is all about the hops. Drying, bitter and dank on the finish, this is fantastic stuff. Light in body with a moderate resiny hop character on the finish, this is about as good as it gets for a dank IPA. Fantastic stuff, highly recommended.

DefenCorps, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of philbertk
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ninkasi Brewing Company--Maiden The Shade Specialty Ale--Limited Release 2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.80% ABV. 72 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) IPA? Aromatic floral citrus grapefruit hop pine front erupts from bottle on opening. Lacy dense retained white head.Clear sunshine gold color.Crisp zesty tangy mild sweet wheat hint earthy hop resin pale butter caramel body. Dry citrus mild bitter hot hop end. Balanced. Sampled 7/27/2010. 2 @ $5.50 Each

philbertk, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of ralree
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Gold, relatively clear, nice head, 1/4 finger, Great retention.

S: Honey, hops, apple, spice.

T: Very spicy, lots of malt, lots of hops, really nice fruity finish. Distinct from all other beers I've tried!

M: Clean, dry, very slight astringence, light body.

D: Perfect. Goes down extremely smoothly.

Enjoyed at the Oregon Brewer's Festival 2010

ralree, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a lighter orange color, maybe like honey orange with good carbonation and a nicer white head

S: Some fresh tangerine, hops and grains

T: Very refreshing, some lighter citrus; tangerine and some orange peel, tad bit of grass

M: N ice n crisp, light hop bitternes

D: Very good. Easy to drink, solid, IPA..good for a hot day.

barleywinefiend, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of ENIGma
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of trying this beer at Seattle Beer Fest and had to pick up a bottle when it arrived.

A) This beer has a very light yellow-gold color and a fantastic two inch head with good retention. Carbonation bubbles seem to last forever.

S) A nice poor gave me an aroma that dominated with pine and pineapple hops and a lingering sweet malt.

T) I'm getting the citrus and piney hop bitterness up front with the malt body and floral hop character in the middle with a bitter finish that's balanced by a malty and pineapple finish.

M) The beer is pretty light and could have benefited from a slightly bigger body. It does have a good level of carbonation which helps enhance the flavors.

D) At 6.8% this beer is a very easy drinker. It's thin body helps it disappear from my glass far too quickly.

This is a great PNW IPA, in my opinion surpassing Ninkasi's other IPAs (Tricerahops and Total Domination).

ENIGma, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of bridgetowhophead
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to take the opportunity to write my first BA review on this sensational beer. Grabbed the very last bomber from a local QFC after seeing that it was slated to be Ninkasi's entry at the 2010 Oregon Brewer's Festival. Have not been this excited for a beer in a very long time, partly due to its rather original style listing as a "super-hopped IPA" on the OBF website.

A: Very pale, almost straw-colored but with an orange-ish tinge. Aggressive pour produced a luscious 2-inch head which gradually faded to a small but enduring cap. Gorgeous lacing.

S: Hop heaven. Very piney, herbal, floral. Undercurrents of citrus.

T: This is how an IPA should taste. The emphasis is obviously on the floral and herbal hops, but with enough of a malt character in the middle to balance out the profile. This is one delicious brew, rivaling and possibly surpassing its cousin Tricerahops.

M: Possibly the one weak point (if you can call it that), the feel is a bit thin and oily, but redeems itself with perfect carbonation and weight.

D: I had to exercise all my powers of restraint to keep myself from swilling this eminently drinkable IPA. At 6.8% ABV it's not exactly sessionable, but boy howdy is it smooth and tasty.

Edit: I've had quite a few more of this beer and learned quite a bit more about IPAs, and this is one I have to say is near the top. Changed score to reflect that.

bridgetowhophead, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of sirdillon
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bomber into a sierra nevada pint glass. pours a gorgeous clearish light orange, plenty of bubbles coming to the top, and a decent white head. pretty good lacing. smells of floral and piney hops, and a bit of sweetness. somewhat light mouthfeel, clean hop flavor hitting first giving way to an effervescent slighty toasty sweetness, then ending with some hop bitterness. the perfect beer for sitting on the porch and being rather blissfully nostalgic. i love it.

sirdillon, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of hopsbreath
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked a couple of these up today knowing absolutely nothing about it. Bomber cost about $5.50.

The pour gave me a slightly chill hazed clear yellow-orange body with an eggshell white voluminous 3 finger head. I do love a pale IPA. Throughout the drink good spotty lacing shows up. A thin cap remains the whole time. Definitely bordering on world class looks here.

The aroma hits me before I'm even done pouring. Big fresh tropical pineapple dominate the piney undertones that show up in a best supporting role. Its pretty sweet smelling over all.

Taste is classic PNW. Big pine and bitter grapefruit pith are the stars here. Very lite sweet malts barely come through to balance the big bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin and lightly sticky. Such a light mouthfeel lends to the easy drinkability. Good thing I bought two bottles because I think the other is getting opened up tonight.

I'd go as far as saying that this is a perfect example of what the quintessential North West IPA is. Less tropical shows up in the taste than is typical of a California IPA but the pine really screams Oregon! If you're not yet sold on Ninkasi try this. They just made a big fan out of me.

hopsbreath, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear gold with a creamy white head that leaves nice lace. I love pale IPAs.

Smell is huge hops, very bright and pungent, dank resins, major herbals. This is what you want your beer to smell like if you live in Eugene - fantastic!

Taste is great, totally my style, light, clean malt base that is pure hoppy goodness. Not overly bitter, bringing out the sweetness of the bready malt and big hop citrus, which lingers forever on the finish. Awesome IPA. While I appreciate the strength, I think the taste would be perfect if it as 1/2 % less.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick, light bodied.

Drinkability is high. Totally my style of IPA, the best Ninkasi brew I've had, they really need to bring this into year round rotation!

ccrida, Jul 13, 2010
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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.