Total Domination IPA | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA
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3.66/5
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1,509 Ratings
Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
"6.7% alc./vol. 65 ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."

Added by grumpy on 08-23-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,443
Reviews:
389
Ratings:
1,509
pDev:
13.11%
Bros Score:
3.31
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
374
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Photo of DigitGrowler
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ahypercube
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is a better beer than this rating gives it credit. It's too piney/herbal on the hop profile for my taste, but has a solid balance, substantial texture, and a very fresh hoppy aroma. Poured this guy into a pilsner flute and it looks just gorgeous.

L: Fine sudsy white head from the pour and lots of it. Lacing in thick bands as it slowly dissipates, lingering eternally as a fine film over the top. The body is an orange honey color; transparent, but speckled with tiny globs of yeast sediment. Even after not disturbing for several minutes, the carbonation keeps the contents churning.

S: Passion fruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, basil, and pine notes smeared across a plain but present canvas of bready sweetness, like brown rice syrup. Nice aroma.

T: The pine is strong with this one. I also get a good dose of grapefruit rind on the finish. The tropical fruit gets mostly demolished by the bitterness but comes through enough to accentuate what would otherwise be a very forgettable beer.

F: Thick and satisfying, but with an unending clingy hop bitterness. Drinks like a significantly stronger IPA.

O: Not my favorite, but a very good IPA.

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Photo of Kayakguy
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caleb_the
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Got this brew after collaborating with a grocery store's beer and wine manager. He had helped me months before to purchase wine as a gift, as I knew nothing about wine. Recommends Total Domination IPA for those who like the hops, so I thought I'd try it.
I cracked a cold one right out of the fridge, and went in first with the sniffer. Mild smell, hardly notable. Poured a glass and was not excited about the color or head. Very yellow, a bit orange, and traps some light. Some foaminess lingered for the entire experience, like scum in a bath. The taste was sharp, and then bitter. Made for a disappointing IPA experience, and a slight metallic tinge from the taste made it feel cheap, though I picked up a six pack for $9.99. Did I get a bad batch?
The beer didn't stand out, or smell superior, the color of the beer looks good, but didn't reflect the beers performance nicely. Wouldn't buy again, but maybe it should be enjoyed a bit warmer, if there's a next time. I struggled putting this one down, I could have guessed it at first scent. I know this beer isn't what I've learned to enjoy most, but it also had qualities I personally avoid. I would still recommend this to anyone trying lots of IPAs.

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rdagley823
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hawaiipa
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taybeh
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought this one in Vegas last year and brought it home to drink. Wish I had picked a different beer.

Deep amber, hazy beer with little head and no retention. OK but not a standout beer.

Smell was floral and pine, with an air of skunkiness that I couldn't get away from. Not pleasant.

Taste was resinous and pine with a long bitter finish. Meh.

Mouthfeel was somewhat oily and it coated my tongue... not too pleasantly.

Overall a subpar IPA IMHO. Wish I was back at the Paris Las Vegas so I could pick up a different brew.

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Photo of Illdoone
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kingtusk
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pretendeer
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thymine
2.54/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Heard good things about this IPA, so I was excited going into this one. Picked up a 22oz bomber, poured into a conical pint glass. Aroma reminded me of a sour beer, and the taste, aside from a general bitterness, was pretty much the same. Very yeasty in flavor. Not sure if I got a bad batch, so I might give it another go, but for now this is a definite no go from me.

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Photo of Toynk
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Tritom22
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber with a creamy white foam receding to a thin film leaving layers of lace.

Smell is floral with a hint of orange blossom and pine at first, and some apple and toast following later.

Taste is bitter but delicate pine, while also exhibiting a floral character. Total Domination showcases hops without much fruit, but also without any unwanted off-flavors. It has a slant towards woodiness, and a hint of toast, achieving a really soft balance via a medium body, nice froth, and a semi-dry, slightly bitter finish.

Wild. Is this what a West Coast IPA is truly supposed to be like prior to the abuse and lengthy travel they take to get to us on the other side of the country? I like it.

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Photo of sisterofba
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TwoBeers
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattknueven
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,509 ratings