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Total Domination IPA | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

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

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Reviews: 375 | Ratings: 1,442
Photo of Rogerlb
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours nice, light amber, a might cloudy and bright. Head dissipates quickly but the lacing stays for a while. Aroma is subtle, sweet and citrusy. First taste is a bittery hoppy west coast-style IPA flavor, not too overpowering. A toasty malt contributes to a sweet/slightly metalic bitterness. Side of the bottle says IBU is 65 but It seems higher to me, it's fighting to get through.

Slight nuances in the tastes. Lot of pine and dank, a little melon, all nicely balanced and no one flavor overtakes the others. The feel is oily and syrupy, and malt bitter aftertaste lingers. Still, pretty drinkable. Ultimately this feels hoppier to me than their Tricerahops DIPA, which I like more, but is also more floral and citrusy than this, and is doing stronger DIPA things, more going on. I don't have a side-by-side right now to compare, and it may be the malt in this one makes it seem simpler and actually smoother.

This one works on the IPA score easily, and at $4.00 a bomber you can't go wrong. A great beer.

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Photo of MacPhergus
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good light color, kind of s weak head, very clear. Not much aroma, was expecting more. Bitterness a little edgy but tasty. Body just right for the style.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Faint smell of hops. Tastes of citrus at first and then a strong hop flavor/bitterness to finish. Decent IPA, and at $4 for a bomber it's relatively cheap too.

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Photo of Nichol
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is going to be vague because I'm only reviewing this one so I can remember it later. I only had one that I brought back home from Oregon (I now regret only having one brought back and need to get more somehow). Beautiful shade of amber, nice lacing head. Strong hops right off the top and pleasantly dry mouthfeel. This is a good winter/fall beer, I think. Full flavor and leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy. Must find again.

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

my first beer from Ninkasi - a good overall IPA that hits the marks that one should expect from an IPA. A citrus/pine combo, easy to drink. While it doesn't strike a perfect balance of malt to hops, it's close enough and an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is a clear medium Amber. Nice creamy head. Strong grapefruit and pine notes but still a fairly sweet and honey notes. Feel is a bit on the heavy side. Still good.

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No unicorns were injured in the production of this ale. They deny this is unicorn milk. Anyway, that's what they claim. This is a great IPA in my humble opinion. It is a no-compromise, elite-quality effort to create a delicious, aromatic, balanced ale. Reviewers are going to extremes, forgetting that the essence of enjoyment is balance, not extreme bitterness, pine or fruit for its own sake. Top rated Union Jack is an ester laden fruit bomb, lacking the balance of Firestone wines. Delicious Sierra Nevada - great as it is - is a pine bomb. Yes, it's like drinking a pine meadow, and one of the best. Total Domination, in contrast, is balance incarnate. Pine notes, fruit notes, bitterness, malt in balance and harmony. This ale is good!

The weakness with the ale is that the aroma dissipates. It's great at first but weakens. Stone kills the aroma all the way to the bottom of the glass, and yes Stone is more bitter. Even relatively inexpensive and 45 IBU Rebel, though, (once decanted and thoroughly vented to eliminate the excess of pine when the bottle is cracked open) keeps its bouquet to the bottom of the glass.

Without extensive dry-hopping, Ninkasi's balance is coming at the price of a somewhat subdued aroma. Still, Total Domination's a great IPA.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Surprisingly almost no smell. Slight hops is about it.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine notes.

Overall: Not bad, I have had better IPAs. But it was a free sample!

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

From a bomber into pint glass. Apricot amber in color with light creamy head and nice lingering lacing. Citrus fruit like flavors and tart finish. Prost❗

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold to shiny new copper penny in color with a quarter inch of off white head. The body does not allow much light to get through. Moderate lacing. The nose allots a small bit of pine. I taste more of a citrus hop character. Strangely I taste more of a pine hop profile as the beer warmed. The mouth is dry and lightly chalky. I wonder what a less than 3 1/2 month bottle would taste like.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cellar-like temperature, in my tulip.

Appearance is clear orange-amber with a two-cm cap of just off white foam which remains for a while and leaves some lovely lacing.

The aroma is fairly faint, but what I get is mostly pine, with a little orange and honey.

Now that's a very well-rounded flavor profile. Sweet yet tart citrus, then pine needles, and a drawn-out finish of sweet bread or biscuits. I feel the bitter astringency lingering more a good minute or two after a sip.

The feel is medium, and the carbonation is moderate, feeling just right.

A nice specimen here. Exhibits sufficient balance and bitterness.

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Photo of muldersha
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had from a 12oz brown bottle purchased in Portland, OR

Pours a murky and lightly hazy deep orange color with a solid bone white head. Very good retention and a nice lacing throughout.

Grapefruit, orange, citrus, citrus oil, candy sugar, orange peel caramel candy, peach juice, lemon oil cleaner, and leafy herbs.

Medium to medium-full bodied with a somewhat oily texture and an aggressive wall of bitterness before an astringent finish.

Loads of bitter orange and grapefruit. Could potentially be a great cocktail ingredient as a drier substitute for Aperol or Campari.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours gorgeous brilliant gold under a 2” sudsy, clingy white foam collar.
S: Bready malt, resiny hops, floral, spice, light fruit, slight earthiness.
T: Malty, bready flavors ride a wave of creaminess through your mouth and then the hops start moving in to provide a balance leading to a lingering bitter finish. The hop flavors are layered with traces of fruit.
F: Carbonation is medium and body is medium high.
O: This is a big beer with solid, tonic level bitterness.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on tap at bobbique with lunch and some ribs. transparent orange color thin head. nose and taste is a rich syrupy hop but the taste has a fairly massive bitter blast on the finish. on the sweeter side of the spectrum. ok, not bad but not great either.

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Photo of jhavs
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a nonic tasting glass
A: Gold to amber with slightly off white foamy head.
S: Hops up front with some pine and citrus, rind. Get some malt, caramel, toasty aroma as well.
T: I get the sweet malts up front, maybe a bit too much, but pine, resin, and citrus flavors and bitterness ensue.
M: Beer has medium body and moderate carbonation.
O: A good IPA, easy to drink, good balance of ABV and mouth feel for a repeat. IMO the malt and hop balance was a little out of whack, to much malt sweetness up front. Bottle was fresh, so don't think that was the issue. Would like to try on tap to see if that improves my opinion.

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Photo of DT509er
2.31/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Too citrusy and sweet for me. The taste, flavor and flow of this beer taste better when consumed from the bottle, no beer-glass/pint needed. After this 6-pack, I'll find something else for myself.

Like The Bro's say, "Okay"..but thats about it for this IPA.

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Photo of ChestnutsRLazy
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

One of my personal favorites, I tried it because they sell it at the gas station next to my house. Beautiful appearance and lacing, citrusy, lots of grapefruit. I've had lots of IPAs, many of the best rated and is TD up there with them? No, but if you like a grapefruit profile give this one a shot, you won't be disappointed. I moved to a state where I can't get it except for one restaurant (Utah). This place has hundreds of beers (and also includes the BA rating on the menu!) and I go for this every time I miss it so much.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have to concur with much of what has already been written about this beer. It's a fun colour, it smells the way an IPA should, and it has plenty of raw resin in the hop profile. Overall, it's a solid IPA, but it a far cry from the top of its class.

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Photo of 11BIRD11
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just a mediocre IPA Hoppy taste that is a bit too overwhelming to me. Not that great, but good. Live in the area and drink a lot of it, so may just be tired of it.

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

A: deep golden ale with a few fingers of off-white head; plenty of stretchy lacing left behind

S: aromas of pine and citrus, underscored with some dankness and resin, caramel maltiness and fresh-baked breads

T: caramel-sweet malts infused with juiciness; grapefruit-like pith and spritz, some bittering pine, and a pleasing level of dankness

M: medium-weight, modest carbonation, smooth but with a bit of tingle; subtle bittering starts slow but wraps around the tongue nicely after a few sips

O: a real nice IPA, easily in that "go-to" category, as it has a reliable malt and hop profile, a manageable abv, and a nice weight and feel, so that you can enjoy a few without feeling it too much.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6.7%abv, 65ibu. hazy, orange color, finger head. honey, piney, hint of lemon while the bubble come up. bitterness came very last, as well as the malty.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a big foamy head. The aroma is citrusy but light, you really have to dive into the glass to get it. I like this one a bit more than everyone else around here, it would seem. I'm not sure why but the grapefruit kick of the hops hits my taste buds perfectly, every time. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, not too thick, but not too fleeting either.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Average IPA look, average IPA aroma, slightly above average taste and mouthfeel. A descent IPA in a pinch, but I expected more from this brewery. Their Tricerahops brew is the bomb!

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

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No obvious discernable bottle date that I can figure out, something etched on the bottom but can't make sense of it.

Thick and soupy, but somewhat foamy three finger head. Controlled but with a very banana cream yellow to white color. Good island and ring like top with pill lacing to match. Body color is opaque amber orange to lemon yellow, giving just a little bit of carbonation. Solid looking IPA.

Interesting hop angle. Floral and perfume like, with a mild sweet character. Honey like malt sensation and a sweet white sugar quality. Doesn't quite hint at bitterness, but also doesn't come off particularly large either. Malt forward a bit as well.

Palate comes in a bit of an oddity. Decent mouthfeel, not great but not sugary or thick, but big enough to just walk out of the way and let the flavors come out. Indistinct bitterness, somewhere between pith and very oiled grapefruit. Dry and chalky finish quite a bit, and big astringency, almost too much with a level of almost medicinal quality. Almost juiced palate, but not quite, lack of any fruit, or tropic note really doesn't help either in that quest here.

Definitely an interesting character but just doesn't bring those IPA specialty notes to life. Drinkable but skippable more so unfortunately.

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Photo of flixjones303
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. If there's a best by date I can't find it. Fairly pleasant but unspectacular aroma. Flowers. Grapefruit. Taste is fairly sweet. Moderate hop character. Tastes like it might be a little old. Fairly generic ipa but definitely drinkable.

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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,442 ratings.
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