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Believer | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial American Red Ale.

Ninkasi website:
"6.9 % alc./vol. 60ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."

Added by Cascadia on 06-23-2007

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Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 492
Reviews by sam_bliss:
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber into Ninkasi pint glass.

A magnificent inch of caramel-white head tops off this elegant transparent mahogany-amber ale. The foam leaves ample lacing up the side of the pint glass. Grassy hops and red cherry top off the malt-forward aroma of caramel, toffee and some roasted scents. The first sip is pleasant, although much different than my expectations. It tastes like grapefruit spooned out of the half-bowl peel. Carbonation tickles and citric acid prickles. Very complex mix of rich malts fill out the mid-mouth taste. The aftertaste continues to pucker, and leaves an unpleasant grapefruit-like sting in the back of the throat. It's a bit metallic.

This is a much more citrus-heavy beer than I expected (or even smelled!) Like the take on American Amber with no single malt flavor dominating, which allows for a very solid malt canvas on which to paint citrusy hops. The issue is they might have overdone the grapefruit. I'm not sure what makes this a 'double' red - I'd like to know why it is called that. Overall, I like it. Refreshment level is as high as possible for an amber ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Turbo
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from a seasonal four pack. Very rewarding purchase given I might not have tried this beer if it wasn't included as one of the four. Another fine beer from Ninkasi. Pours dark red. Nice head retention.
Very hoppy for a red ale. Great citrus aftertaste kept me going back for more. Pleasant and very drinkable.
Not an IPA but trying to masquerade as one.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant reddish brown under a 1” persistent white to cream colored foam collar that clings to the side of the glass. Rich and malty nose, creamy, malty, tastey palate with a decent hop balance. A little above medium body and a little below medium carbonation.

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Photo of ohmybock
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Well, the bottle states this brew has a "rich dark malt complexity" among other things. I'd certainly have to agree after tasting it. Unfortunately, I don't care for that rich dark malt complexity at all in this red ale. For my tastes, that dark, bitter, harsh, roasted character doesn't work for me at all here. I like my red ales "red", but without an overpowering harsh chocolate/roasted character. I did like the hop character which is mingled in with the other flavors. I also liked the color and clarity of this brew. There could have been more head, but that's not a big deal. Overall, this brew just didn't work for me. Oh well, that's why they make lots of different brews, right? Everybody has different likes and dislikes.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mj001jk
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red amber with a hazel-colored foam. A thin lacing remains for a while in the glass.

Earthy hops and nutty aromas with caramel and roasted marshmallow accents. A little bit of alcohol bite on the nose but it adds character and lets you know what to expect.

Earthy wood and subtly roasted malt flavors with a fig-like character and pronounced bitterness at the end. The flavors linger and fade out nicely a minute or so later.

I really like this sort of a red ale, dark and brooding - yet fresh and balanced.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

22 oz shared bottle.
Nice clear red-amber color.
Rather ordinary aroma but a very rich flavor with enough hop balance to leave a mildly bitter finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 492 ratings.
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