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Total Domination IPA | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Total Domination IPATotal Domination IPA
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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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Photo of washburnkid
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by a guy at the SLO BevMo. Poured into a .5L stein.

A: Almost 3 fingers frothy ivory head over lightly hazed amber. Nice bursts of orange at the edges. The retention on this beer is seismic...and there's some really great lacing gracing my stein. What a gorgeous beer!
S: Huge pine and floral hops. Nice light citrus balanced out by a toasted caramel malt. Dark fruits in there, too.
T: Mmm...the first thing I notice here is the balance. The explosion of hops (definitely West Coast with the grapefruit bitter backdrop and an emphasis on the pine). The floral on the hops is heavy, but still there's that balance. The toasted biscuit and caramel malt keep the hops in check while still allowing the juicy hops to engulf every taste bud and corner of my mouth.
M: Light to medium with a good amount of carbonation for the style.
D and notes: This is an IPA I can drink all day. I look forward to trying more from this brewery, especially if the beers are anywhere near as close to their respective styles as this one is.

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4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug.

A- Pours an orange straw yellow. Nice small lite tan head that has a mild cling to the glass. There is a small amount of activity present in the beer after the pour.

S- Strong hints of citrus and hops smell when you put the beer up to your nose. I little alcohol smell present at the end but nothing that you would notice unless you where really smelling or putting your nose right up to the beer.

T- Beautiful combination of hops, citrus(maybe grapefruit and orange) and bitterness. NIce malty finish but not overpowering.

I had this beer while in Eugene a few months back and did not get to review it at the time. I finally broke down and ordered a few off Bottletrek. It is as good as a remember. A very nice IPA that I feel does not get as much credit as it deserves. In fact everything that I have had from Ninkasi has been solid. If this were available to be I would certainly get this on a regular basis. It would definately become a staple of mine.

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4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your run-of-the-mill IPA for sure but hang in there and taste the interesting blend of earthy, piney, hoppy goodness

Appearance: Cloudy golden with a light head

Smell: Piney, earthy, and citrus notes with a slight hint of malt

Taste: Earthy piney hops with some yeast and a bit of funk

Mouthfeel: Long lasting flavor and bitterness

Drinkability: Complex and a sipping beer; it's not as strong as other Ninkasi beers but definitely worth a taste

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4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orange color, white head.

S: Satsuma oranges dominate the nose, along with orange, grapefruit and a general citrus aroma.

T: More satsuma, tangerine, orange and grapefruit on a perfect malt backbone. Delicious!

M: Medium bodied, smooth for an IPA.

O: An excellent IPA. Definitely worth a try.

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4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this one all day. Really good IPA.

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4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly aggressive pour yields an inch-thick head that calms to half the size rather quickly, leaving wicked lace patterns in its wake. The color is an earthy copper-gold.

Hops positively glow in the aroma, having a sweet honeyed aura and not seeming to have much in the way of big malt presence. It's very hoppy, particularly very Northwest hoppy. If you've ever been there, or have had an abundance of IPAs from the area, you'll know exactly what that means. Citrus/evergreen nirvana...

Big-ass fresh hop attack in the flavor too. Not overdone, far, far from undrinkable, but still an intent focus on resiny, prickly, piney hops. Malt just kind of clocks in and watches the boss entertain, doing its job but not hogging the spotlight. Not a ton of depth here, but toasty and fruity elements add to the experience, although they remain bit players. Surprise, surprise...the finish slathers the tongue with a coat of hops. Mouthfeel is on the sharp side, and with the amount of bubble activity in the body, it's no wonder. Works well with the aggressive nature of the beer.

Bitter beauty. One of the truest examples of the Northwest IPA...seek it out if you're an IPA lover, a hophead, and particularly if you've been to the NW and need a reminder of the region's signature beer style. If you already live there: lucky bastards! [And many thanks to lucky bastard msubulldog25 for hooking this up.]

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4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orangeish light copper with a thin lasting white head that leaves strands of lacing.

The smell is of a complex hop aroma - grapefruit, orange/lemon, tea-leaf, cedar/pine and peppery spicing.

There is a near hop explosion on the palate. Yet, bitterness is held in check by an elusive in flavor, yet present malt sweetness rounding it out in the finish. Not of citric/tropical fruits - orange, lemon, grapefruit, mango - with black pepper, tea-leaf and pine all coming together nicely. Delicious hop taste, and bitter but not puckering due to a light but present sweetness.

Very smooth. Ample,not nearly fizzy, carbonation makes this one glide away. Alcohol is well-covered and this just seems to disappear "too" quickly. Very drinkable and enjoyable! A great American IPA!

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4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful pour in an orange body with a head of super pale tan starting out a 2 inches and fading ever so slowly. The truth can be found in the lacing... I bet this is gonna be some sticky stuff!

S - Strong hops in a citrus form with an accent of pine. It has to be consumed. This is a fantastic aroma.

T - This is a unique IPA. It has a charcoal flavor I'm not used to in any hoppy brews. The hop flavor is very good consisting of citrus and tall grass. The bitterness is evident but by no means overwhelming. The flavors are really, really good together.

M - The feel is smooth at the beginning and then moves to mildly coarse as it nears the end. This assists in bringing out some of the unique flavors in the hops. My only issue here is that it's not quite as sticky as be I had anticipated.

~ This is a very good beer. I will definitely be on the lookout for this brew in the future. The only downfall is that I live in Wisconsin and this dominatrix isn't available here. Perhaps I'll have to take another trip to Oregon, hopefully sooner than later.

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4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The total domination is a damn fine brew. It poured a light orange color with a solid finger foam head and some snowflake lacing.

The aroma is Northwest hops in your face. Nice cascade aromas. Smell some citrus and pine. The flavor is an initial balanced hop/malt profile that is soon annihilated by the hops. The finish of the beer is leaving you the tongue coated loveliness of the hops. My mouth was totally dominated by this IPA and with the DIPA they produce I think they are on their way to the namesake. Wonderful American IPA.

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4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color, hazy; lots of bubbles form a thick fluffy white head.

Great smell...floral hops and citrus dominate.

Best-tasting IPA I've ever had. Instead of being completely overwhelmed by hops, the citrus is prevalent as well and helps balance the flavor.

Lots going on in the mouth. Starts off sweet, due to the citrus; then bitter from the hops kicks in and stays well into the finish.

This is really a top notch beer. Looks and smells great, taste is very complex being both sweet and bitter and it packs a 7.0% ABV punch.

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4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,494 ratings
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