Total Domination IPA
Ninkasi Brewing Company

Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
From:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,645
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,912
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 13.39%
Reviews:
402
Ratings:
1,151
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 22, 2022
Added:
Aug 23, 2006
Wants:
  59
Gots:
  388
SCORE
83
Good
Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA
Notes: The Willamette National Forest, our brewery’s backyard, is notorious for Bigfoot sightings. We’ve yet to see one, but if we did we’d offer it a Total Dom, a wild IPA that hits you like a mountain thunderstorm. It’s a sweet, piney hop encounter you won’t forget. Real or not, it’s good to know that if Bigfoot does exist, this is where it would call.

Tasting Notes: Total Domination IPA has a citrusy, floral hop aroma, and big hop flavor balanced with a richness imparted by Carahell and Munich malts. This beer is a big, flavorful Northwest IPA that maintains its drinkability, and as such, has garnered great admiration from the novice craft drinker and the seasoned hop-head alike.

Food Pairings: Poultry, Seafood, Sharp Cheeses, Spicy Mexican or Thai Foods.
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Carahell
Hops: Summit, Amarillo, Crystal
IBU: 81
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
 
Rated: 1.66 by Armotekma from California

Jun 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by 1509er

Dec 26, 2021
Photo of frankdatank1337
Reviewed by frankdatank1337 from California

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This has been around for a while and it still holds up. Its a West coast style IPA; crafted before the juice craze. Its a bit bitter/sour but otherwise goes down smooth.
Sep 22, 2021
 
Rated: 3.52 by Justinprintz from New Jersey

Sep 13, 2021
Photo of BenDorigan
Rated by BenDorigan from Oregon

2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Way too aggressively hopped. Can’t get the bitterness out of my mouth. Maybe the only flaw, but it’s a big flaw, in my opinion.
May 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.37 by ncherf from Washington

Mar 02, 2021
Photo of TheBricenator
Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look: Slightly opaque burnt orange with a quick-forming white head that rapidly settles to a lid, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Orange, grapefruit, pine, raw bread dough, lemon, freshly baked bread, and light berry notes
Taste: A huge pithy but slightly sweet citrus fruit bomb starts things off and quickly joined by some moderately strong cane berry notes and pine. Lots of bready malt make their presence known before pine and citrus reconvene for the finish along with a good bite
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, fairly clean feeling throughout, and moderate dryness on the finish
Overall: I dig it. I’ve always liked this beer and even picked it in my top three in a blind IPA taste-off my brother, dad, and I did a few years ago and did so for the same reason my family didn’t – its dryness. I like my WCIPA’s a touch dry and this one has that aspect to it. A solid malt base, and good citrus, pine, and berry flavors/aromas make this one of my go-to’s when I need a hop fix. Solid and recommended
Mar 01, 2021
 
Rated: 2.98 by PilsnerInspector from Oregon

Nov 19, 2020
Photo of BNSlums
Reviewed by BNSlums from Washington

3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from can with enjoy by date, 12/11/20. CLaims to be for mountainclimbers. A Northwest American IPA

L: A medium to pale amber, srm 6-9, slight haze and a fluffy inch head well retained forms at the top. Few bubble fizzing inside. Look is promisng.

S: Light lemon masked by pines, notes of myrcene. As if bigfoot were spring cleaning its cave.

T: Diversified citrus on the palette, then peppery. Floral notes finished by a big wash of bitterness across the whole tongue (81ibu).

F: Actually feels quite smooth, almost velvety until the end when it is overridden by bitterness leaving the mouth drier. The juiciness is soft, like a blanket on the tongue.

Total Domination represents the Northwest IPA scene very well, as I live in the region and ninsaki is quite common. The elements of citrus and pine are true to their style, but lemon is more pronounced here. I was surprised at the strength of pepper on the nose and palette. For the high bitterness the mouthfeel was impressively soft, its most redeeming quality. I'd say it is a better Northwest IPA, but not as fantastic when ranked next to all APAs.
Oct 31, 2020
 
Rated: 3.08 by deereless from Colorado

Oct 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.79 by funku2 from Colorado

Jul 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.67 by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

Jun 14, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 16, 2019
Photo of travolta
Reviewed by travolta from California

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: golden color with apricot colored edges. Good white lacing with a nice egg whipped head.

Nose: herbal with astringent happiness up front. Pine and resin with a touch of pepper.

Taste: crisp carbonation up front. Light caramel and resin in the middle. Tangerine and grapefruit in the middle which leads to a hop driven “wet” finish. A dry, or toasted white bread taste at the very end.
Oct 19, 2019
Photo of Phyl21ca
Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good amount of lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops notes with light residual sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is also a mix of citrusy hops notes, light resin with some residual sugar note and subtle bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable west-coast IPA but nothing to write home about.
Oct 11, 2019
Photo of ZipDipper
Reviewed by ZipDipper from California

3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
The color is golden, with a slight haziness. The smell and flavor have a slight sourness, which I found distracting. The bitter finish was also less than I had hoped for.
Jul 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.78 by kkarimi from Texas

Jun 09, 2019
Photo of jadpsu
Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
LOOK: Another IPA that is filtered and crystal clear. More orange than amber in color. Slightly off white cream colored
head that has decent retention as well as side glass lace.
AROMA: Herbal, stringent hops and bread malts. Some pine.
TASTE: Moderately tart, resinous, not really picking up the usual IPA citrus. Some faint caramel attached to the malt base.
OVERALL: Name would suggest a stronger IPA that would win over the hop heads. This one probably would disappoint the hop heads, but not me.
Jun 04, 2019
 
Rated: 2.76 by Demolition from Oregon

May 27, 2019
Photo of RyanK252
Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy beige head that settles to a firm layer and laces very nicely.

S: Resinous, peppery spice, herbal, slightly floral, a touch of citrus, and toasty bready malt, without even the faintest hint of sweetness.

T: Resinous pine, herbal, earthy, peppery, citrus, some zest and pith, grapefruit, lemon, and a little tangerine, faint floral notes, slightly toasty bready malt, and only the tiniest hint of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Don't know how I haven't had this one until now. Classic west coast IPA with dare I say a little English influence. Haven't had a good IBU smack to the face like this in a while. Definitely lives up to the name.
May 12, 2019
 
Rated: 2.67 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 10, 2019
 
Rated: 1.92 by a_smith4254 from Oregon

Mar 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by TheBeerMaster1 from New York

Feb 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.6 by Mister_Faucher from Washington

Feb 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.63 by ghasting from Washington

Jan 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.53 by Nunya from Ohio

Jan 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.54 by jpaulreese from New York

Dec 23, 2018
Photo of Corvallis
Reviewed by Corvallis from Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
I like hoppy. I like a beer that gets your attention with the first taste of the first bottle. This is hoppy, and made in Eugene, Look is so objective, and I drink from a bottle; so I don't see it. Feel ...it fights back with the first swallow. I don't sniff beer; I drink it. Oregon. 20 Dec.2018
Dec 20, 2018
Photo of sjrider
Reviewed by sjrider from California

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Disclaimer 1st - drank 2 bombers during performance of a play "Christmas at Pemberley". Quaffed from bottles so can't say what it looked like but it smelled good ,was well within the drink by date and tasted great. The play wasn't bad either.
Dec 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland

Nov 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by Eric_Standard from Canada (BC)

Nov 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.54 by mltobin from Connecticut

Nov 02, 2018
Photo of iguanodon
Reviewed by iguanodon from Utah

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
[Original rating 2015-05-15] Pours deep gold with a medium off white head, A little hazy. with some fine carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma is bready malt, a little citrus and pine. Taste is sweet malt with a bitter citrus and pine finish. Over all a solid IPA.
Oct 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.39 by BeerLover99 from Illinois

Oct 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by Hondo from Nevada

Aug 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.4 by WindUpBird from California

Aug 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.89 by StoutBoi from New York

Aug 01, 2018
Photo of Vetbidder
Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I think I may like this a bit more than most. To me it’s got a nice slightly sweet flavor that limits the bitterness a bit. Easy to drink and decent body with a bit less carbonation. I like this.
Jul 17, 2018
Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1553 ratings