Total Domination IPA | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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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 bkilpatr
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/25/09.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a finger of soft beige head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer leaving good lacing and slight retention. Aroma is malty sweet with citric hops.

Taste starts with a pleasant malty sweetness and slight caramel. That is followed by plenty of citrus (orange, grapefruit) and hops. Herbal and citric hops provide a somewhat fruity and bitter finish. Feel is medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Very smooth and almost creamy. The finish is moderately dry. Drinkability is great. The alcohol is completely hidden and it goes down so smoothly. My glass emptied very quickly.

Overall, a very good IPA. Very good hop flavor and great feel. One of my favorite IPAs now.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm stoked about Ninkasi being available in bottles. It has been one of my staples on draft for some time. They are the epitome of the Northwest brew scene. Masterfully crafted hop driven beers with dimension and balance. If you enjoy the hoppy brews, you will not be disappointed.

Hazy orange in color this hop driven brew pours with a small white head. The aroma is big and fruity, all hops with an orange, tropical and floral smell. The flavor has a fresh hoppy quality to it with orange rind, and some grapefruit along with some grassiness. There is a touch of caramel malt in there someplace but make no mistake, it is all about the hop.

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Photo of MAB
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better on-tap than it is out of a bottle, I think. This is a bottle review.

Lovely color-- deep amber. Hoppy nose. Nice head.
Hoppy flavor, but overall not too bitter, considering. Well rounded.

The on-tap version featured more bitterness, for whatever reason.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange pour with a white head that shows throughout the glass.
Nice citrus/pine aroma, and it is a very nice inviting hop aroma, the malt aroma is a little different, different aromatics I can't place, but enjoyed it nonetheless.
Taste is sweet and bready, with a nice balance of citrus hops.
Mouthfeel was smooth, and this is a very drinkable beer, I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of mentor
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger yellow-tanned head over a murky light-orange-rust liquid. Smells lemony and piney hops. Mild brettanomyces funk and baby aspirin. Raspberry sorbet.

Tastes lemony hops on the draw with non-descript malt sweet. In steps orange pith and potent grassy cohumulone. Mineral aftertaste that's allowed to stand tall due to strong cleansing carbonation

Overall, the hop flavor is quite intense such that is comes across as a bit brett funky. The hop bitter packs such a punch that the alpha acids sting my tongue. Wowzers, this is as close to bitter hop juice as I've ever gotten. As a hop-head, I'm in love.

Md-thick body despite the cruel hop bitter sting Medium carbonation sting comes across as stronger due to a minerally flavor and the sharp stingy hops. Wonderful example of hop extract dripped onto my tongue.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft sample at IBGF Summer 2009.

Poured dark golden color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate floral and citrus hop and small malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met and good addition to fest.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see these on AK shelves.

Pours a light orange color with an ever so slight haze. A stark white head rises and retains well leaving good lacing.

Nose is chock full of PNW style hops. Seems like maybe some cascades going on in here? Very floral (as in flowers) and some slight spice in the nose as well.

Hmmm. A tasty beer, thats for sure. The hop presence is definitely interesting though. A big potpourri like presence, with ample (really seems like cascade) hop flavors. The bitterness is fairly subdued however, until the finish rolls around and it comes around a little bit. The finish is not as dry as i would like, but this does make it a bit smoother. Some bitterness and really floral spicy hop presence lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel is right about where you'd want it, a little viscous, but this is on the high end of the abv spectrum for a single IPA so it works. Carbonation is right where it oughta be, if anything its a tiny touch low.

Drinkability is quite solid with this beer. Very sessionable and easy drinking, and would definitely go over well with IPA beginners as the bitterness is pretty well masked, and there is no blatant west coast grapefruit slap in the face. As much as i wish there were, there isn't. haha. A solid beer, and crazy sessionable and flavorful. Just keep in mind, this is not a WC hop bomb, its a balanced PNW IPA. Its still ok anyway thought ;)

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly smoky amber colored with a sturdy rise of beige suds.
It noses of grapefruit, guava, caramel, grain, honey, and grass.
A solid malt tapestry lays the groundwork. Nutty in parts, grainy in other, lightly honeyed, and a bit toasty. Hops step to the fore, and hammer down citrus in the form of grapefruit and lime juice. Pine tar and grass add bitterness and resinousness. It concludes with a bittered tropical fruit linger, and a desire to a gulp more.
Medium bodied, lowly but steadily carbonated. It may not entirely standout, but it is cetainly enjoyable.

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Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber with small head and large amount of very fine bubble lacings. Floral piney hop nose. Taste is piney orange grapefruit hops and the malts lend a sweetness that gives this a good balance for the style. A very nice IPA as the hops are plentiful but not overwhelming. Nice long bitter-sweet finish. Mouthfeel is very nice and not overly carbonated. One I find in most local stores and at around $4 US for a bomber it is hard to pass up. One of my regular IPAs.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed orange colored ale with a good-sized tan colored head.

Strong C type hops dominate this beers scent. Scents of grapefruit, pine, and eucalyptus. Malt doesn't make much of an appearance in the smell of this beer.

Starts out a little sweet with a quick hop hit and a strong bitter finish. Quite strong hops in this one, enough to make your tongue tickle. Strong grapefruit in this IPA, not real complex but it is tasty. Pretty much this beer is all cascade hop or really close to it.

Mouthfeel is good and on the thick side for an IPA.

Very good drinkability for hop heads. Nothing world class about this beer but it is an enjoyable IPA that is hopped like a DIPA.

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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 MagyarPuska
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall Pint Glass from a bomber that isn't dated.

A: A hazy copper/orangish beer with light carbonation rising to the top. A decent head with lacing that dissipated somewhat quickly after the pour.
S: Quite citrusy, grapefruit and maybe some flowery action in there as well.
T: Hello citrus. The smell doesn't lie. It is not a tart citrus though, as it is somewhat sweet. Kind to the taste buds until after the swallow, where the aftertaste lets you know you are drinking an IPA with a bitter touch. Very gentle for an IPA.
M: It isn't very heavy, and it doesn't really tingle on the tongue like a lot of other IPA's. Not a whole lot of alcohol in this one, so that isn't very strong to the tongue either.
D: Since this isn't a very overpowering beer, I could wade my way through a couple of these. They are gentle, while being refreshing.

Overall: I liked this beer, for how simple and refreshing it is. It wasn't anything overpowering or crazy, while remaining enjoyable and flavorful. Sometimes it pays to be modest.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber/honey, fairly murky, nice near white head, small but thick. Reduces fast to ring. Lots of cling lace.

S - Like a half grapefruit at diet time. Sweet and tart, citrus to the max.

T - Thick sweet malt intertwined with citrus, predominately grapefruit.

M - Nice balance. Medium body, good carbonation.

D - Nice drinker. Easy to have a few.

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Photo of BDJake
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- clear golden amber with nice finger of lingering off-white head

S- bitter, piney, grapefruit-tinged hoppiness

T- grapefruit, hops, bready malt backbone with a bitter finish

M- slick, moderate carbonation, dry aftertaste

D- I could drink this all night

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Multiple hops collide in balanced perfection, dominating the senses, achieving total satisfaction. From the Pacific Northwest, birthplace of the modern IPA, comes a beer whose name says it all."

--Total Domination label

Polished pineapple-orange with candied lemon peel trim. A fine yeasty haze gives the beer character, as does a birch bark colored cap that looks to be on the sticky side. A copious amount of BB-shot lace is now beginning to appear on the upper reaches of the glass.

The appearance was my first clue that this is a pale malt-dominant India pale ale. The nose is my second. One or more of the C-hops hold sway, to the exclusion of all else. One might say that they Totally Dominate. Freshly zested white grapefruits and lemons bring to mind some combination of Centennial, Cascade and Columbus. Only a wee lack of pungency keeps the score from being one notch higher.

Simply put, an Oregon IPA ought to be more buzzsaw hoppy than this. To be fair, it does say 'balanced' right there on the label. Nevertheless, I'll probably get my minimum daily requirement of alpha acids by the time the bomber is empty.

As suspected, no caramel or toasted maltiness is appreciated. That allows what hops are present to shine brightly. Bitterness stays ahead of sweetness throughout the mouthful, without ever being in danger of outpacing its support. What the hell, this one gets a hophead seal of approval.

Grapefruit and lemon are now joined by orange and pineapple. If you like your IPAs fruit juicy with only a hint of pine, then TD is a good choice. Laid back carbonation results in very few hop burps.

The mouthfeel is built for speed. It's probably a fraction lighter than is optimal, but the beer is so glassy smooth and so gently bubbled that it practically drinks itself. The great hop flavor, the relatively low ABV, and the mouthfeel are leading to gulping rather than sipping. It would be great if I had another bomber waiting in the wings.

Total Domination IPA doesn't quite 'dominate the senses', but it does result in something close to 'total satisfaction'. Good thing I have several other Ninkasi offerings in my cellar because I'm interested to see what else this brewery has up its sleeve.

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Photo of Rutager
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Hazy orange-gold with 2 fingers of white sticky head that leaves some sexy lacing.

Smell. Piney hops, sweet caramel, pineapple and yellow grapefruit.

Taste. Toasty light grain that quickly gives way to piney hops and yellow grapefruit rind. Fairly clean finish with some lasting grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low smooth creamy carbonation.

Overall. Nice ipa. Goes down real easy.

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Photo of velosuds
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass on tap at a pizza restaurant.

S-Floral hops dominate with a faint malt sweetness in aroma. Very pleasant.

T-Very hoppy, but balanced by a nice malt presence that is faint, but not overly sweet. Bitter up front, but finishes without the taste buds being assaulted. This was quite good.

M-Smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another. Taste improves as it warms.

I wish this were available in 12 oz. bottles by the six pack. Available only on tap or in 22 oz. bombers for $3.99. A good IPA. Taste is very similar to Tricerops DIPA, but much more drinkable. Well done.

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Photo of froghop
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy amber-orange, with a small egg-shell head, great lacing.

smell is light grapefruit, caramel, touch of citrus, nice earthy undertones.

taste is creamy and smooth, touch of grapefruit hops, some caramel, dry leaves, some lemon, nice bitter ending.

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Photo of Elimination
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look is A pale hazy yellow, yet a wonderful fluffy white head that really throws the aromatics out.

Smell is a strong bitter hops sweet like brown sugar a bit .

Taste is very hop forwArd strong bitterness a bit of Carmel likeness thrown in there.

Mouthfeel is sharp and stingy has a great thickness to it as well.

Drink is good a very nw ipa for sure

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Photo of mudbug
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at a local food market in Gold Beach, Oregon.
Pours a nice clear orange with a small head that dissipates with some lacing down the side of the glass, smell is floral hops but held in check, not a IIPA for sure
Taste is balance between sweet malt and bitter hops, an overall very nice IPA, one that I cant wait to try next week in Eugene on tap.
A very good brew!

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Photo of Stigs
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. one of many great surprises in a trade with JohnGalt1...thanks man!

A - crystal clear dark golden beer with about an inch of big and frothy eggshell colored foam. lacing like crazy already.

S - big nose of sweet citrus hops, dominant sugared grapefruit. small notes of a sweet caramel backbone. smells really nice, only complaint is that it isnt too strong.

T - big bitterness right away, then slightly floral and citrus op flavors take over. solid IPA, without any flashiness.

M - a little thin on the body (bad) but somehow a bit sticky in the mouth (good). carbonation could be toned down a bit.

D - no problems with this one. a good IPA that falls just short of being great. glad to have tried this.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this rated so low. Had on tap last night. I remember mostly the head of this beer. Never saw anything like it. It was thick, 1-2 fingers, and stayed that way thru the whole glass. It looked like a marshmallow on top that never melted.

Anyway, the taste was light citrus mango and orange, with good balance of cracker malt.

Feel was light to medium with medium carbonation. Was a bit clean, crisp, and dry.

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Photo of FLima
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber color with a thin thick head with short retention, but leaving a thin layer.
Delicious tropical aroma with tons of passion fruit, mango, pineapple, white bread and nectarines.
Hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, caramels, toasted malts, mango, spices, pine, fresh oranges, American yeast and flowers. Quite dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness. It shows its powerful 65 IBUs.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.7% abv is absent.
This feels bitter as it should, with another welcome plus of tropical scent and flavor complexity. It does not necessarily have a unique character, but it is well crafted and intense. In my opinion it is underrated. I don’t really understand why some complain it is too bitter (hello, this is called Total Domination!), and others that is not bitter enough given its name. Please do humanity a favor and hang yourselves.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Nice orangish amber color, extremely good lacing. Hazy and cloudy, lots of bits suspended in the liquid.

S- Nice fruity hop notes, a little piney too.

T- Well balanced, doesn't overwhelm the palate. Great well balanced IPA, has just the right amount of what you would look for, bitterness, fruitiness and a melow malt note.

M- Very wet finish, probably this beers best attribute. Finish is long and taste is much the same as the initial taste. Delightful.

D- Very good. One to go back to for sure.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up this weekend at Belmont Station.... poured into my New Belgium goblet....

3 finger head... nice lace... looks like a leopard print but in reverse... brew is a hazy .. yet glowing orange.

lemon and grapefruit zest dominate the nose.. some fruity pineapple notes... the hops sorta curl the nose hairs... some bready pale malts... but they play waaay in the background.

good bitterness out of the gate.. but smooth pale malts give way quickly to a fairly large juicy hop palate.. really very balanced.. more lemon and grapefruit... and some more pineapple.. never goes over the top.. carbonation may be a bit light for the style.. but that adds to the overall drinkability.. this brew tastes exceedingly fresh... not a hop bomb by the stretch of most imaginations... but again... this bottle seems very fresh and vibrant.. I could drink this all day no problem.... now Ninkasi just needs to make it across Oregon's Eastern border and I will be a very happy BA.

FYI... I also had Ninkasi's Sleigh'r over the weekend on tap... an "Imperial Alt".. that was probably one of the most unique Holiday Seasonals I've ever had... I wish I would have taken notes... try both if you can.


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Total Domination IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,459 ratings.
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