Total Domination IPA | Ninkasi Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
1,469 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:
1,469
Reviews:
379
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.11%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
352
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow body that left lots of lace. Bitterness is certainly there, but it wasn't so drinkable or balanced or complex, understated citrus, a muddle of hops. On whole, an average beer and only fair IPA. They sold the bottle, I rate it. Thanks Ken for bringing.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of GRG1313
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber with a thick yellowish white head that fades fast.

Nose is lemony carmel - not typical IPA nose more of a double IPA nose;

Mouthfeel is medium bodied; nice balance and nice simple bitter pine/grapefruit hops. Pleasant in the mouth and with rich bitter grapefruit with nice undertones of malt - nicely balanced. This is a very good double IPA "flavor" but doesn't have the alcohol. I would peg as a "hoppy double." Drinkable and nice. Grade is not totally just as IPA - since it doesn't have the intensity one expects in an IPA but this is a very well integrated and drinkable brew. Especially good as it warms.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slight alcohol kick and a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not very exciting.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a unique ipa that has the uncommon feature of being both fruity and citrusy in hop profile, but then also being punishingly bitter. the finish on this is one of the most bitter in any beer i have ever had, which is totally unexpected. its a little less nuanced than tricerahops, but is like its slightly younger brother. still extremely robust on the hop front with literally unrivaled bitterness. light orange glow to a hazy pale beer with an inch or so of lasting white foam head. nose and taste of grapefruit hops, maybe columbus, with the fruit up front and again, insane bitterness after the swallow. malts are medium bodied but minimally flavorful. just two row and some crystal with a bit more color. carbonation is great, really lively, but the bitterness on the tongue hurts the mouthfeel and after a few sips, inhibits my ability to taste the first half of the beer. i genuinely appreciate it for what it is, and am stoked on its freshness, but the bitterness doesn't add anything for me.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of herbal and pine resin hops are present in the nose along with notes of orange citrus and caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but is a little maltier and starts out with flavors of caramel followed by the notes of citrus and herbal hops, the latter of which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The hop flavors strengthen as the beer warms up and hints of pine linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer starts out tasting like a malty East Coast IPA but once it warms up the hops kick in and it begins resembling its hoppier West Coast counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber of this for around $5. Pours a mostly see through yellow/orange, smallish white head to it. Not much in the aroma department. Taste is alright, bit of an odd mouthfeel. Somehow manages to not be overly hoppy, but no maltiness to back it up either. A bit of a confusing beer, the hops just do not shine through like you'd expect. Would be hard to recommend this one.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, in my Seattle-adjacent hotel room. At home, I shop in Safeway regularly, so in off-ramp Northern Washington state, I am enamoured by the 'microbrew' aisle at an identical-looking store, something we sure as hell don't have back in the so-called Great White North.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden orange hue, with two fingers of puffy and densely foamy off-white head, which leaves a thin patchwork of curtained lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of bitter floral, herbal hops up front, with some mild usual suspect grapefruit and pine stomped down blow, all above a stodgy bready caramel malt, and perhaps a touch of white pepper spice. The taste is slightly less hoppy, with the generic bready, doughy, and somewhat caramelized malt taking back the flag from the now lazy-seeming, herbal-led, and pine-trailed hops. A tame metallic booziness starts to creep in as things warm a tad.

The carbonation is quite soft in its low-key frothiness, and a non-issue, the body tending to the light side of medium, weight-wise, and with a bit too much rising hop dryness on the palate to pledge total smoothness upon. It finishes off-dry, natch, the bitter leafy, herbal hops eking it out over the everyman malt stalwart.

Not what I quite envision when presented with the idea of a "Total Domination" IPA. Hops are too muddled, earthy, and well, uninteresting, and the malt has no better excuse. The middle of the road ABV, heretofore mostly undetectable (points for that, thankfully), is equally unworthy of such a moniker. Maybe it's just my expectations, having just dropped into the heart of the PAC-NW, but, next!

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Truncated notes below. Full review to follow.

A: 4 finger head. White colour. Average across the board, but it does have a good retention (~6-7 minutes ballpark).

Body is a clear copper of average vibrance. It's clean, with no visible sediment.

Sm: Heavier on the pale malt than I'd expect, with some bready caramalt in there too. Hop profile isn't anything special: floral, grassy, a bit funky, citrusy...it's actually a bit off-putting; what is that funkiness?

Mild aromatic intensity. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: There's something off about it, and it seems too bitter. It's a bit detergent-redolent, with some soapiness suggesting it spent too long in primary. The cynic in me wants to say I'm getting some urinal cake notes. Grassy and floral. Pale malts.

Imbalanced and underwhelming, with ample off character.

Mf: Smooth, wet, soft enough, refreshing enough, overcarbonated, crisp. Medium-bodied. Not a perfect companion to the taste, but decent.

O: A drinkable brew with some mildly troublesome drawbacks. Nevertheless, it's tasty and worth trying, honing though it may need. More nice-but-not-great work from Ninkasi. I look forward to reviewing it in more depth.

C+

***
01/03/15:

"Total Domination India Pale Ale"

6.7% ABV. 12 fl oz brown glass botte with branded pry-off pressure cap purchased as part of a 6 pack at Bubbles Liquor in Castle Rock, CO and served cold into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at high altitude there. Expectations are above average given the brewery and my last experience with this brew. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. White colour. Plump and soft-looking, with nice thickness, creaminess, and fullness. Has a nice even consistency and a fairly shiny complexion. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. No real lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper of good vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated judging by the healthy bubble quantity and activity. A nice looking IPA, but we've seen this kind of appearance before.

AROMA: Floral hop character, bready malts, caramalt, soapiness (indicative that this spent too long in primary fermentation), grassy, nectary, lightly citrusy. I guess there's some vague fruitiness? Pale malts are present, but don't seem to lend too much sweetness. This aroma suggests a decently balanced brew with some rough edges; that soapiness has me worried.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Has a generic caramalt and pale malt base, upon which sits a relatively uninteresting hop profile comprised mainly of generic floral and lighty nectary hop character. Subsidiary hop notes of faint soap, some grassiness, and indistinct fruit round out the favour profile. Unfortunately, the alcohol is far more noticeable than it ought to be (especially at a scant 6.7% ABV), lending it some warmth that sits in the stomach. What does work here is an unexpected graham cracker note, which steers it slightly into English IPA territory without overcommiting. A pleasant surprise.

It's not a shallow brew, but depth of flavour won't impress. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Balance is okay; the hops never seem that well suited to the malts, and the soapiness is disruptive and distracting. It could use more intricacy, nuance, and subtlety, but in fairness it's pretty much average in all respects.

TEXTURE: Crisp and overcarbonated - to the point that it's almost biting. Overly thick and heavy on the palate considering how modest its variety of flavour is. Smooth and wet. Not unrefreshing.

This mouthfeel is a decent companion to the taste, but fails to elevate the beer or accentuate/coax out individual notes from the flavour profile. Decently executed.

OVERALL: A drinkable IPA that just isn't quite there yet. It's above average, sure, but it won't impress the discerning drinker. I'll happily finish my glass and would probably nab this again on-draught if it was the only craft option at a bar, but it's not Ninkasi's best work. It'll scratch your IPA itch.

C+

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a firm whipped egg white head; terrific structure to the lacing

Smell: A bit understated, but fairly balanced, with some biscuity malt and "C" hops

Taste: Starts out biscuity but after a few seconds, the lemon and grapefruit flavors arrive; citrusy after the swallow, but balanced throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Clearly on the APA side of an IPA, this is a quite enjoyable beer if you like a balanced approach to an IPA; not totally dominating by any stretch, but still quite tasty to my palate

Thanks, riversideAK (from the other site), for the opportunity

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden amber with a slight haze. A hard pour gave me 3 inches of frothy foam, which retains very well.

Smell: Citrus and pineapple from the hops, primarily cascade I'd guess, with a sweet and bready malt backbone. Not as pungently hoppy as I'd like, but decent enough.

Taste & mouthfeel: This is a PNW style IPA all the way, malt coming through plainly and lending quite a bit of caramel sweetness. Hops are nonetheless at the forefront, citrusy and tropical, bringing to mind pineapple, lemon and mango. Medium in body, faint acidity. This one ends on a dry and astringent note, pretty heavy on the tongue. A chore to drink after a while. It isn't an outright bad beer, but I wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of schmoopsbeer. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a dark peach color and is slightly transparent. There is a white head that lasts for a bit and leaves some spotty lacing. The nose is light with just a bit of citrus hops and some light caramel. There is a bit of booze and bread in the background. The flavor brings mostly malt followed by some citrus hops and a slight amount of dry bitterness in the finish along with a surprising amount of alcohol given the ABV. Medium body and carbonation. Not bad, but not all that good either.

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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