Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #71
Ranked #21,258
3.8 | pDev: 10.79%
May 09, 2022
Jun 23, 2007
Very Good
Notes: An Imperial American Red Ale.

Ninkasi website:
"6.9 % alc./vol. 60ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."
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Photo of maddogruss
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Had this on draft.
A: pours a dark, blood red with an off white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: not much if a smell; subtle sweetness
T: roasted toffee taste; subtle floral notes with an earthy aftertaste
M: full bodied and pretty smooth overall
D: nice feel and taste combo; nice beer

May 09, 2022
3.4 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 08, 2019
4.16 by foghornleghorn22 from Virginia on Aug 10, 2018
3.75 by einman from Minnesota on Apr 24, 2018
Photo of the_benskii
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by the_benskii from Washington

Pours ruby with foamy head which subdues into a thin lace that clings onto the walls into a pint glass. Smells biscuity and after warming up a bit more caramel-like. Taste has a huge earthy hop upfront kick with a strong malt backbone and toasty after taste. Feel and carbonation is normal and overall a decent beer for the price.

Apr 14, 2018
3.89 by sisterofba from Maryland on Apr 07, 2018
3.77 by BarrelAgedG from California on Mar 26, 2018
Photo of goinmobyle
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by goinmobyle from Utah

Deep red color and forms a thick, creamy head when poured right. A well-rounded taste, definitely red!, with the imperial side peeking through the full malty body. @ 6.9%, packs a punch!

Mar 10, 2018
Photo of RB3
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by RB3 from Washington

A good dark pour. Smells OK but there is the sad hint of what is to come: A beautiful beer from an amazing brewery that tastes watered down somehow. Almost like it tries to reign in the hops and alcohol.

I worry that this is Ninkasi's new direction as a brewery.

Feb 16, 2018
4.03 by ChuckTom from Arizona on Feb 11, 2018
4.24 by Colton89 from Texas on Feb 09, 2018
Photo of Lingenbrau
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

Believer pours just as it should claiming the title 'Double Red'. It's aged brick appearance is exceptionally clean, and even more beautiful when held to light as ruby red highlights shine. The khaki, foamy head lingers around the circumference and just paints the glass with spots from head to toe.

Caramel, brown sugar, and sappy, earthy hops swarm out of the glass. A heavy malt sweetness is perceived in the aroma alone with suggestions of raisin and cooked dark cherries.

Very much brown sugary, the intense flavor is met with warmed biscuits, a heavy smear of caramel, and a hefty dose of pine. A wonderful rye like spice tingles on the front of the tongue.

The feel is quite polarizing. It is initially abundant with sweetness, but the floral bitterness seems to linger on forever. The spicy quality is enhanced by a solid medium carbonation and a finishing dryness. Hard to say where this lies exactly, but as with moth Ninkasi beers, I'd give the edge to the bitter side of the spectrum.

As far as reds go, this is pretty damn solid. Maybe a bit more aggressive than most might like, but this is in my wheelhouse. It's intensely bold and interesting, and I'd suggest it to anyone who is seeking just that. Cheers.

Jan 17, 2018
3.86 by JamieCoxx from Washington on Jan 10, 2018
3 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 02, 2018
4.11 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jul 22, 2017
Photo of VeganUndead
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by VeganUndead from Virginia

Boring. Would have enjoyed it more either way, if it had more malty sweetness, or more hoppy bitterness, but its actually just middle of the road boring

Jul 11, 2017
Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by crimsonfloyd from California

Dense reddish brown with cream color head. Smells of roses and berries with a caramel scent as it heats up. Wonderful taste of strawberries and a granular malt dimension. Hops have a grapefruit taste on the finish. Overall, a stellar red ale.

Jun 24, 2017
Photo of Keemohoppy
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Keemohoppy from Colorado

Easy drinking double red (never had such a thing). Color is a cloudy, dark amber. Robust hop aroma. Very flavorful but not overwhelming. Pairable but could stand on its own as well.

Jun 24, 2017
3.68 by Needmorebeer312 from Washington on Jun 19, 2017
3.87 by sunsjammer from Arizona on Jun 17, 2017
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

The appearance has a nice rich malty red looking body with a huge lumpy foamy white head that rises above the pint glass and once it dies after a good minute it sinks to a valley of lumpy white goodness. The smell is based around caramel malts with some bitterness but to me it seems like its just bitterness for the sake of bitterness. The taste has some dried caramel malty flavoring - to me this doesn’t really show much in the taste. There is super dry caramel aftertaste that leads to a very dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium on the body, and tries to show a sessionable quality that ends up in the end not being as sessionable as one might hope but still not exactly a sipper either. Overall, it's a decent beer. Bunch of different amber ales I'd rather come back to.

Jun 09, 2017
3.71 by avisong from Virginia on May 27, 2017
4.23 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho on May 13, 2017
3.54 by erickc from Washington on May 07, 2017
Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
by Beaver13 from Colorado

12 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is cola malt with some nutty cardboard leather.

The flavor is sweet nutty cola and caramel malt with a bit of a bitter alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's not well balanced with overly sweet cola malt and an overly bitter finish that just doesn't all go together.

May 07, 2017
Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by TX-Badger from Texas

Pours a clear reddish coppery color with off-white head. Caramel malt, toast, dark fruit, and some light hay and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more malt and toast.

May 05, 2017
3.88 by sjrider from California on Apr 23, 2017
Photo of NastyNorseman
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by NastyNorseman from New York

Red and coppery with fluffy two-finger, beige head with lacing. Smells of caramel, dark malts, and hops. Tastes rich and sweet with dark fruits and caramels. Nice bittersweet balance with hops dates and fig notes. Finishes nicely. Medium-bodied.

Apr 16, 2017
3.67 by Mister_Faucher from Washington on Apr 15, 2017
3.89 by OregonGrown7 from Oregon on Apr 09, 2017
3.78 by Mack from Canada (QC) on Mar 30, 2017
3.98 by gshak from Texas on Mar 28, 2017
3.92 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Mar 23, 2017
Photo of BJB13
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by BJB13 from Maryland

12 oz. bottle poured into a narrow mug.

Pours a deep reddish-brown, deep enough that at first look it appears rather murky but is actually almost clear. The two finger off white head had a slight red tint to it and gradually lessened to about half a finger with good lacing that stayed for the duration. The nose was subdued and consisted mostly of slightly sweet caramel malt with a hint of of hop aroma. Malt forward with toasted biscuit and very little sweetness it is fairly well balanced and finishes bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a little creamy in the mouth, it drinks nice and smooth .

I really enjoyed this. Glad I have 5 more.

Mar 22, 2017
Photo of TBoneJones
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TBoneJones from Texas

Pours deep copper with ample foamy head and some nice lacing, too.
There's not much to the nose, slight malt hints if anything.
Taste is toasted bready malts with molasses, then hops in the finish, and an even slighter medicinal taste. Solidly so.
Feels smooth and slick, with a bitter, drier finish.
Although I grabbed this leftover single bottle for sale in March, I can see this being an occasional go-to for the season just prior.

Mar 17, 2017
4.33 by B_B from California on Mar 15, 2017
3.84 by morrowd3 from Vermont on Mar 11, 2017
3.34 by Donkster46 from Washington on Mar 07, 2017
Photo of hophugger
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by hophugger from Virginia

A good red ale with a nice malt backbone that does not detract to much from the hop goodness. Cool feel and a great balance on this one. Finish is nice with a touch of bitterness on the end

Mar 07, 2017
Photo of delta490
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by delta490 from Virginia

It's a beautiful deep clear red, almost brown. It's got about a finger of moderately foamy light tan head with great retention and leaves some small sticky lacing. There isn't much in the aroma, just some vague hints of caramel. The taste is similar but with a little bit of earthy hops. The body is lighter with a small amount of carbonation.

Feb 26, 2017
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