Total Domination IPA | Ninkasi Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
1,478 Ratings
THE BROS
76
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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
Ratings:
1,478
Reviews:
383
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.11%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
359
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Azpittil57
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SamQ
4.94/5  rDev +35%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the finest IPA style beers I have ever indulged. Flowing, smooth flavor. Not too bitter. Unbelievable presentation upon pour. Flawless head ratio. Perfect pigmentation. Although to be fair, the aroma was lacking. This specimen is by favorite IPA's. Well worth picking up.

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

Photo of huthuty
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent amber, smell is light but delicious. The taste isn't anything special for this class of ales but it is solid, I'm not picking up on the yeast mentioned in some reviews, perhaps the recipe has changed, altogether a very solid ale few could deny

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Photo of dsa7783
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Joes Stone Crab in Las Vegas. Pours a ruddy copper hue with ample frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a moderately rusty orange sort of color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Light speckled lace.
The aroma had a soft sweet cracker to biscuit to caramel/toffee malt base moving forward over some piney to citrusy and floral hop portions adding a touch of hop spice at the end.
The flavor was moderately sweet but taking that hop spice a bit more forward as it warmed. Some bitterness seemed to blend as it went further down. Aftertaste of the hop spice, some bitterness, and the cracker to caramel malt.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Hop spice harshness seemed to hit against the hop bitterness components.
Overall, do-able AIPA, yes West Coast styled and I'd give it another shot.

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Photo of takusan1000
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oilcan01
4.74/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of MKrauss
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gangstabobangsta
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

I used to drink this beer before the whole IPA craze blew up. It was on tap at so many local pubs in my area, and the only IPA at a one time frequented spot. Then I just forgot about it. Revisited opinion: It's ok. Golden amber, mostly clear. Creamy head with streak lacing. Aroma is bread, very ripe fruit, yeast, and some herbal/earthy qualities. The flavor is fruit, yeast, and spice. A tad bit on the bitter side, thick and chewy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Not as well balanced as it could be. There are way better beers out there, but I would rather drink this over so many too. It has at least stood the test of time.

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

Photo of Sidd
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Smells wonderful, but doesn't feel well balanced, toffee malts, piney bitterness shows up later, cloudy amber, pours with minimal head. Doesn't dominate as expected

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Photo of DerekCarruth
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IDnotvalid
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hawkssb04
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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

Photo of andrew8626
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of user785335
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WOLFGEIST
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I've been drinking this beer for the better part of a decade. It used to be one of my favorites. It was fruity and had layers of floral notes that balanced the extreme hoppiness. I have been drinking whiskey/not drinking beer for the last couple of years and occasionally i'll randomly get a craving for this beer alone. I have fond memories of drinking this and playing Starcraft 2 in 2011-2012.

I decided to pick up a 6 pack while at Fred Meyers (I live in Portland) and noticed the very distinct black and teal label is now replaced with a beautiful painting of a mountain range. While I do like the new label, I do miss the old label, it was very distinctive and unique and allowed me to instantly find this beer. This beer has been about $10 for a six pack as far back as I remember. It was on sale for around $8 which was rare in the past.

To put it frankly I was completely surprised and utterly bummed out to discover that this tasted like an average IPA with no real discerning or unique characteristics that made it so delightful. It was just bitter and had no real features to redeem itself. Is it just me? Did Ninkasi change their recipe? Do they brew larger batches and lose consistency in mixing ingredients? Did they cut out some of the more expensive ingredients? Did they get too big for their britches? Is it an old batch?

Some of the reviews on this site seem to affirm my experience. I may try this again in the future but if it tastes like this batch tastes I will probably never buy it again, sadly, as it was my favorite beer and really the only beer I ever truly craved.

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Photo of matcris
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A fairly clear amber, with loads of carb rising, and a 2 finger, foamy head that sticks to the glass, a bit. The aroma is mild grapefruit and orange and same with the flavor. A fair amount of bitterness up front that continues to build and linger. There is enough malt sweetness to basically balance the beer, but it is quite bitter, on the whole. The feel is average carbonation, a little sticky, but, dry on the finish, and medium-ish bodied. Overall, a little too bitter, overall, for me. It stays with you.

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Photo of smcolw
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Large bubble, but small head. It recedes like soda pop on ice. No lace at all. The liquid is orange-amber and cloudy.

The smell is light and slightly off. I'm getting a bit of plastic to the nose. Overall, I'd say this is more malty than hoppy, but neither come through in a solid way.

The malt only shows up in the swallow as a bit of fruity sweetness. It is very brief. The body is thin and the carbonation slightly high. The hop is the story of this beer. It's strong and weedy on the swallow. It creates a long, white pepper-like aftertaste. I get a faint bit of alcohol immediately after the swallow, but the sensation is fleeting.

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Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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