Ninkasi Brewing Company

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #81
Ranked #21,786
3.82 | pDev: 10.73%
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
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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Reviews: 200 | Ratings: 541
Reviews by canucklehead:
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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After being underwhelmed by Spring Reign I am glad to be rewarded by a great double Red Ale. Poured dark reddish brown with a huge head. The beer is malt forward but with lots of hops. Thick mouthfeel which is right for the style. You never feel that you are drinking an IPA but rather a big malty cousin that still has the hops. Big long finish with little sweetness. Good stuff

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Photo of cpanossian
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Brown Jug in Anchorage Alaska, enjoyed in Tarrytown New York. Poured from bottle to pint glass - dark amber red with a nice 1-2 finger head. Left good beige lacing around glass. Aroma of roasted sweet malt similar to a nut brown. Very sweet taste with a strong hop sting like a nut brown. Excellent dinner beer (I had a bomber of it with a freshly roasted chicken covered with Himilayan sea salt, mashed potatoes, and wilted kale). Great Fall season beer too - hearty, rich, robust. One or two pints and then it's off to nap land for me.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was fantastic. Just wanted to get that out of the way. Served chilled and poured into several pint glasses, this one was consumed on 09/07/2009.
The pour was marvelous. Rich dark amber in color with a nice brown consistency to it. A big head of off white comes up and over the top, settling down nicely into a pillow that never really lets go after that point. Really nice touches of lace ring the sides of the glass and complete the look rather well. Enormous aroma of earthy hops, sweet caramel and candy like sugar are damn near spot on. Warming it only serves to make it sweeter. Wonderful touches of warm brown sugar are the first thing I notice. Smooth, super smooth. Big, nearly full bodied feel here delivers tons of bready malts and an overpowering dose of caramel flavor. Just about perfect. Warming up brings out more candied sugar and just the most sweet malt flavors  I could imagine. Nice dose of hops on the finish just brings the whole thing together really quite nicely.
Overall this was just superb. A style I don't get to see to often, but if it came out like this I would be dying to try it. Really just top notch and a cut above the rest. I would have to recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of Hoolihan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, OR) on 9/2/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear ruby in the glass, with a thin layer of bright-white head. This maintains some foamy edges, leaving back a cascade of spotty lacing that sticks a bit to the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and touch dank, which sits on top of a big tangy punch of sweet caramel malt and green citrus with some roasty feeling edges to it. Alcohol is coming out here in the nose a bit, giving this maybe a bit too much of a warm stickiness in the nostrils.

The taste has a firm grapefruit bitterness up front, balanced by a LOT of sticky caramel sweetness before heading into more of a roasted feeling backend. Hops finish this fairly strong though, with green citrus, pine, and dry spice hanging tough. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a solid crispness that spreads out. There is a touch of underlying heft to the feel but the alcohol overall feels pretty right on for the flavors, giving this a warming presence but not coming off as too big.

This was a pretty solid Double Red Ale here, with a fairly well balanced profile (although the malts did threaten to overrun things at bit at certain points) and just the right amount of alcohol being present so as not to turn this into an overly sticky and boozy mess. I enjoyed this and will probably seek this out in the bottle at some point to try again.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of smttycty
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first sample from the much talked about brewer Jamie Floyd. From a 22 oz. bomber to my long-necked snifter, this is a deep, deep ruby colored ale with a short lived custard hued crown. Minimal lacing but longish legs. The aroma is full of piney hops, a touch of smokey orange essence like a splash of Grand Marnier, and a soft note of tart fruit (pomegranate?).

The flavors are hop-forward, piney and citrus, supported by a mellow oaky malt base. That faint tart fruit is dancing off on the side of the palette as well. Though rare, I like when the aroma matches with the flavors. The finish is a gentlemanly bitter affair with out brashness. A very nice display of hoppy flavors without the 2x4 whack to the palette.

The medium body of this beer is softly effervescent as it swirls around but feels more tingly as it washes away. A finely crafted ale with nice subtleties. I will look for this on tap.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Bookseeb
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a red amber with a thin head. Smell of sweet caramel malts with fruitiness coming out with the hops. Taste has a nice caramel malt flavor with an earthy grapefruit note that is balanced well with the hops. Mouthfeel is a smooth medium that goes down well with the carbonation.
A definate well made red ale, I particularly like the balanced, although light sweetness that this has to offer.

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Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Pugs78
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of vande
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ozer poured into a nice Goose Island pint...

A ~ a thick looking brownish red with a slight dirty tannish lace hugging the glassware

S ~ coppery malts w/ hops right away

T ~ To be honest, somewhat reminds me of lagunitas "chronic" - Censored.. another beer I like! Malty, hoppy, rich... Very good!

M ~ bit creamy textured...light-to medium feel.

0 ~ a tasty beer found in this bottle!

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Photo of Turbo
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of illidurit
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours sort of orange but sits a deep clear amber in the glass. Nice foamy beige head. Aroma isn't too robust for the style. It's hoppy but not a tropical citrus blast like Winter Yulesmith etc. Notes of pine sap and caramel with a little solvent and grapefruit. Flavor is a letdown. Barely anything there. The body is so thin that it seems like the flavor is washed away before I can taste it. Fleeting bready malts and an herbal hoppiness along with a tobacco note, however faint. One positive here is the bitterness, which is very substantial. Carbonation is a little on the low side. All it needs is body and it could be a decent beer.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Hophead101
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle label #8 courtesy of flexabull

A: 4.5 pours a beautiful looking burgundy color with a moderate sized off white/ tan head. the head seemed to last quite a while as it was still around after taking some notes. it left a nice collar and top film with more than abundant lacing.
S: 3.5 a very ho hum smell. sweet caramel malts, minimal hop presence.
T: 3.5 more hops in the taste. but mostly dominated by caramel malts, biscuit and some mild spiciness.
M: 4 medium body, plenty of carbonation. some lingering bitterness.
D: 4 not bad.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of 1759Girl
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ninkasi believe double red

Appearance- not very lively but gorgeous otherwise. Super lacy. Nice vanilla head with good retention. 4.5

Smell- smokey , hops, slt metal 3

Taste- nice, complex for it's style. Sweet but nice resiny finish.4

Mouf- good.4

Drinkability- very 4

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Cascadia
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a big beer. Jamie brews up this heatmizer-winter warmer more often now, due to the high demand. I'm not as big of a fan of this one as some of his other brews, but this one has a hard-core following here in the Willamette Valley.

Pours a cloudy dark brown, think muddy maple syrup. Lots and lots of hops in the nose, with a strong alcoholic bite at the end. Tastes are huge, tons of hops attack your palate, followed by a big wallop of malt and burning heat. Big all the way through. Best drunk in the colder months, for me at least, this one is a sipper.

Overall, a good warmer, but be warned, this one dosen't have training wheels.

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Photo of amnesia85
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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