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Believer | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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528 Ratings

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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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of industrialswill
4.97/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is as close to a perfect beer as I've ever had. It's like drinking a dark, high viscosity IPA.
Dark brown with a thick, creamy head.
Smell is of floral, citrusy hops with roasted malt.
Tastes just like it smells, glorious balance of bitter to sweet.
This is one of my all time favorite beers and it comes as quite a surprise since it has virtually no fanfare.

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Photo of Mikenike
4.82/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite Red Ale! Lots of flavor

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4.79/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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Photo of aaron12
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is the red ale i've been looking for...

dark blood red/brown, with a big pretty, white head.

figs, port, berry jam, hops somewhere in the distance. i'd expect this to be pretty sweet from the smell.

but it's not, it's done just right, the balance is impressive. sweet malts, that quickly fad into citrus hops, with the dry sweet coming back again in the end. there is a taste of alcohol a few seconds later, but that's ok with me, for 6.9 it's not too noticeable, and it almost ends with a nice port flavor.

this beer is rated as a B, and i don't know why.
this shit's good.

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4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - nice deep red with a modest cream colored head.

smell - nice balance of malt and hops; jamie's trademark.

taste - sweet caramel malt profile with a bright cascade hop finish.

mouthfeel - smooth, fitting of the style.

drinkability - oh yeah, pour me another one!

one of jamie's finer concoctions. this beer will make you a believer..

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4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very smooth and light tasting while maintaining a good balance of hops with a light caramel note that is very pleasing.

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4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is way underrated.

A: Pours a deep, red amber with a thick, two-finger head with excellent retention and thin lacing. Looks gorgeous.

S: I get brown sugar, caramel, maple and citrusy hops on the nose.

T: Taste largely follows the nose. This is a complex brew! I get maple, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, and grapefruit. Finishes with bitter hops and a very slight sour tang (almost undetectable). Simply wonderful.

M: Lots of refreshing carbonation, medium body, goes down easy. No booze detected.

O: BA has got this one seriously wrong. RateBeer scored this a 95, an excellent rating for an excellent beer. This brew is so rich and refreshing, with complex hops and caramel interplaying on the palate. It easily rivals Russian River's best offerings - I hope it gets the recognition it deserves on this site, Ninkasi should be rewarded for producing this beer.

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4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
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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4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:poured from a 22oz bomber bottle into a tiny 5.5oz tulip filling it with the deep amber leaving an in of headspace for the light caramel colored head to climb to the apex of the glass. Head dies down to about a quarter of that as it leaves a very bubbley intricately lacing the glass S: Lingering And complex fruity notes of pear and mellow citrus (almost peachy) soar over a presence of caramel and brown sugar, very pleasant hop aroma. T: Very similar to the aroma with an addition of molasses to boot, a very well rounded and firm balance of flavors with neither hop nor malt outdoing the other. Caramelized brown sugar and mellow fruit wash down the tongue harmoniously giving no clue as to the high alcoholic profile, almost refreshing M: bright and bubbley yet not lacking in body this stupendous amber is a exceptional vision on the classic that will certainly get you drunk off your head x_X

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4.52/5  rDev +18.9%

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 528 ratings
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