Maiden The Shade - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Reviews: 124
Hads: 377
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 52
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ccrida on 07-13-2010

Starting Gravity: 1065
IBUs: 72
ABV: 6.8
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Photo of drabmuh
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip. Beer is amber and hazy with a nice white head of small bubbles, decent lacing, moderate to low carbonation, and good retention, looks good. Unfortunately for that this beer really only looks good.

Aroma is sweet, malty, almost no hops at all.

Beer continues to disappoint as the palate is bland with a grainy aftertaste that covers up any implied or perceived presence of hops that might have been there providing some bitterness. This is a huge let down. I've wanted this beer for a while. Maybe it is just old but there is no way to tell since there is no date on the bottle. Date your IPAs geniuses. What a fucking waste. (645 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is mildly hazy and yellow hued with a half inch of pure white head. The aroma brings dank hops, slight must, various citrus. The flavor is decent. The beer tastes fine, but not as bold or delicious as it seems it could be. Potential there but unreached. Light bodied with a bit of sharp harshness in the feel. Overall, pretty good. Could use a few minor tweaks. (407 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
2.57/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had to have this just based on the name alone. Maiden fucking rules. Too bad the beer does not.

Honey colored pour. Very little head. What there is seems to last forever. The smell is straight on weed. No bones about it. I can not pick out one defined taste on this beer. It's a mess. Pretty much cold and wet. Yeah, a sad phrase but this is awful. Obviously past its prime. (375 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oregon micro beers are foreign to me here in Chicago...thank the lord my bro-in-law traveled out West this summer to bring home nectar of the gods...The Ninkasi Brewing Co Maiden The Shade is AMAZING. The color an orange haze, with creamy white head that is lacing. The smell orange and a little spice. The are tender floral notes as well. The taste includes interesting notes from each hop used. The columbus provides some floral taste, the semco give it some body and grapfruit, the amarillo some light citrus. The mouthfeel is medium body mild carbontation. Overall it is awesome....and worth a try!!!! (605 characters)

Photo of corylew
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into two glasses from a 22 oz.

Hazy deep yellow color with a white foamy head that goes away before you know it.

Smells mainly of citrus hops. Almost a wheat-like gluten based malt background, but its far behind the hoppy nose.

Tastes, well, great. Moderate/high amount of hop flavor, but not overly bitter. Citrus hops with small notes of floral and pine. Some flavors of grapefruit. Balances well with the malt, which highlights the hops, allowing them to shine through.

Mouthfeel is good. Bubbly carbonation is relatively high, which helps with the nose. Aftertaste lent mostly to the lingering bitterness of citrus hops.

Overall this is probably my favorite beer by Ninkasi. Refreshing and satisfying. Very well balanced for an IPA. Most breweries hear IPA and go "quick, throw as much hops in as possible! Make it so the bitterness strips your teeth of enamel!" This is not the case, the hops are slightly bitter with lots of flavor, not the other way around. If it wasn't a limited release I'd stock up on a few cases of this. (1,046 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice brassy pour into tulip. Nice head retains well, nice lace. First impression was typical Ninkasi citrus tartness a little too bitter on the front end. However, it grows on me as it warms - and I warm to drinking it.
A very fun beer that went down extremely well. Strong hop feel would overwhelm after a while so a session beer it ain't. (341 characters)

Photo of PerHops
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice looking beer. Looks like a good IPA.

S- Some hop presence, a little citrus and spice

T- Pretty malt driven. Very nice balance, but not for the hop heads in my opinion

M- Drinks well. Very easy for the alcohol content.

O- Not my favorite beer, but a good offering from Ninkasi (287 characters)

Photo of boralyl
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours a light golden-orange with a slight haze. It produces an inch of creamy white head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing on my glass.

S - The nose is a bouquet of citric fruits with flowery notes throughout. Very aromatic.

M - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. It's got somewhat of a creamy feel.

T - The taste has more floral hops than detected in the nose and less citrus notes. It begins with a splash of citrus followed by a mix floral flavors. A touch of orange shows up near the end. It finishes very dry.

This is a very good IPA. I feel like this may have been sitting on the shelves for a few months, but despite that it's still great. Would love to try it very fresh. (729 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent bomber of 72 IBU, like a 1.5X IPA. Very flavourful citrus that is a bit of a palate shredder and a great hophead delivery. Above average mouthfeel, and good hop aroma. Great drinkability.Peach coloured body with nice retained white whip of a head.
Thanks Augustgarage. (278 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent by felxabull, poured into a tulip. For those who care, Ninkasi calls this a “summer IPA” berwwed with seven different hops: Summit, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus, Crystal, Palisade and Amarillo.

Foggy tangerine, topped with one finger of white froth. The bubbles leave quickly, but leave some nice sticky lace as they do.

Wow. The hops are thousand-watt bright in the nose. In this order, they’re grassy, citrusy and floral. A background of crackers and honey adds snap before mint emerges.

The flavor translates nicely from the nose — tangerine mixed with mint and a big, pithy grapefruit peel bitterness. Fruits are subdued, almost like those in a blonde ale, and crackers make up the malts. A sharp flavor.

Mild carbonation inspirits the medium body, which has been imbued with nice creaminess by the addition of flaked barley. There isn’t a hint of the 7 percent alcohol content. Finish is crisp and very slightly drying.

The brewers at Ninkasi know their way around hops. Maiden the Shade is a mighty fine IPA, displaying all the best qualities of the seven hops entwined in the recipe. (1,121 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ the Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, OR) on 9/2/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a thin layer of bright-white head. This retains with mostly some thinnish looking edging which leave back some light spotty lacing. The aroma smells grassy on the edges, with a lot of ripe earthy fruit and sweet malt underneath.

The taste is sweet grains and fruitiness, with a grassy citric bitterness. This is overall giving of a bit of a ripe herbal feel with a moderate dryness to the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly and sharp creaminess to the carbonation that expands the flavors out in the mouth. This has a pretty decent feel in the mouth and the crispness here helps keep this drinkable.

Uh, this was an IPA? I had no idea when I ordered it and although it was forward with citrus flavors, the bitterness here was much more akin to a Pale Ale or even an American Blonde Ale. I mean this was pleasant enough and actually drank well for almost 7% but as an IPA, I wouldn’t say that this quite cut it. I would have been much more disappointed in this while I was drinking it if I had known what it was supposed to be. (1,172 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
1.83/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Finally got a chance to try a bottle after it was distributed down here. I heard great things about last year's batch, so I picked up a bottle.

A: Pours a peach-colored / apricot body with light hazy. Short-lived off-white head.

S: Mild aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, rind. While not very pungent, I see that the beer is going for my style of IPA, that being citrus-dominated hop flavors.

T: Unfortunately, mild _tastes_ of same. I can tolerate a weak nose, but I'm not so forgiving for a weak taste. Every sip is different: occasional splashes of citrus and rind with staccato appearances of bitterness in the finish. Beer roulette.

M: Weak flavors with a distinctly watery finish. Terrible, terrible mouthfeel on this one.

O: Drainpour. I've seen Ninkasi's quality drop with their expansion, and it seems my experience mirrors others'. I wish I had gotten to try this beer before the cost-cutting hit it. (918 characters)

Photo of Cavery
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer sent to me by my sister in Oregon, then forwarded to my brother Klym, for a family share package that arrived earlier this week.

Poured into a generic tulip.

A: Copper orange with a real clear orange jolly rancher look. Some yellows flash temporarily with movement, and the slightly yellowed white foams crawl down the glass for a weaker than expected lacing. The head was about 2 fingers, and disappeared a bit faster than I would have liked. Interesting color, but the other characteristics were underwhelming.

S: Tropical fruits that leaned heavily to pineapple and mangos with some greeness/skin still attached. A bit of Mandarin orange juiciness in the nose with some slightly green clementines. Only citrus comes off in the spectrum of small oranges. Mostly tropical fruit with just a slight bit of alcohol that's unexpected given that its a single American IPA, but it's not overwhelming, just like a splash of triple sec. Not bad here, just a bit mellow.

T: This beer really does just taste mellow. Some nice flavors of pineapple, but little else besides a light grassiness of a fading hop. A mellow flavor of bamboo chutes that I like, but it all comes off to light and watery. It's like drinking an IPA that had ice in it, and the ice melted. Once again, some nice light flavor, but it just seems disproportionate in its lightness.

M: Really nice mouth, very buttery with some silky smoothness. The mouth really doesn't come off so watery, it just seems light and silky. A slight peanut oil like thickness that gives it a bit of a medium feel. Definitely a bigger more complex mouth than I would have ever expected for a beer that tastes like this. Really light bubble presence, but it's not lost as the slight oiliness fills in the gaps very well.

O: I think this would be really worth trying plucked off the line straight from the brewery. If this was super fresh I'd be very anxious to compare this bottle with that. The flavors were simple but good; but I found myself really frustrated with its lightness. I'm all for drinkable IPAs, but this really had a melted ice factor to the flavor that I didn't dig. I'm torn as the mouth feel was really very solid, and I am not certain of the age or condition of this beer. I'd definitely revisit, but honestly there wasn't so much in the flavor that makes me want to buy another bottle. Then again maybe I would if I was positive about its freshness. This is at least worth a try. (2,453 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange amber with foamy head and great retention. Citrus pine aroma. Hoppy grapefruit, floral, and pine to a fairly clean finish and a light linger. Light caramel sweetness. Light bodied and smooth.

Good light bodied IPA with a pretty clean end to make an easy beer. The hop profile gets a bit muddy as all the flavors mash together. Certainly a nice hoppy beer for the summer. (383 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

welcome home college football.

appearance: goofy artistic label - served in a NG shaker pint. hazy orange-copper body, light white film with minimal retention

smell: nice nose - quite hoppy - oregon pine, tangerine zest, sugary sweet

taste: really nice hop profile - quite piney, tangerine zest, lemon, grapefruit rind, tropical fruit. A very nice IPA - competitive with many of the high profile west coast IPA's

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, oily medium body

overall: quite nice. (500 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to screamforme for a terrific unexpected local extra...

A dull hazy golden with a good steady head...

Surprisingly pungent hop aromas come wafting out of my NB globe... Lots of citrusy orange and grapefruit with a touch of booze and maybe some ganja as well... This smells dank!!!

Bitter citrusy hops dominate with an ample malt base to ride upon... Showcases the hop varieties rather well in my opinion... Blastingly bitter at times while juicy and delicious at others... Best brew I've had from this brewery as of yet... Delicious...

Man, I'm glad I got to try this beer... It's loaded with hop flavors and bitterness and surpasses my expectations... Cool name as well.. I think this is an ode to Iron Maiden and it's a worthy brew... (752 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Carrot orange, orange peel, amber, and gold blend together in a cloudy gradient, topped by a perpetual fist of ivory stiff-peak foam. Dense soapy lacing coats the glass.

Seven different varieties of hops went into this resulting in an intensely aromatic melange - as soon as you pop the cap, the air fills with floral, citrus, and light herbal and tropical notes. Held closer to the nose, there is a touch of green grapes, pink peppercorn, Fruit Loops, and more. Superlative. It gets just a tiny bit catty as it warms, kepping it just a step away from perfection really...

Spicy and bright palate entry - packed with grapefruit, orange, and persimmon flavor among so many other things...yet the blend really works as a whole. The finish is increasingly spicy with hints of cinnamon and fennel. Dry, moderately bitter throughout, with a delicate not-quite sweet maltiness for balance. Delicious.

Well carbonated, medium-light bodied, creamy, yet crisp. Zesty mouthfeel with just a touch of warmth to slow you down.

One of the best IPAs I've had in recent memory from the NW...and a good value to boot. (1,174 characters)

Photo of industrialswill
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This tastes like my homebrew...!
Looks like light malt that's been in the boil for 60 minutes.
Smell is pure citrus. I can't say which hop variety, but it is lovely.
Taste is pure Heaven. Perfect balance for an IPA. At 6.8% it's not the least bit boozy, it's actually slightly stronger than what I brew..too.
I could drink nothing but this stuff from now on in. (361 characters)

Photo of Glibber
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of Klym
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (1,862 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (1,203 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.08/5  rDev -24%
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. (1,033 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (1,374 characters)

Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.