Believer | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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520 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
520
Reviews:
192
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
61
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 520 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erickc
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beaver13
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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

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.

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Photo of sjrider
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mack
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gshak
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BJB13
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of B_B
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morrowd3
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hophugger
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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Photo of delta490
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kips
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Icarus_Ridexx
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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Photo of CMC73
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 520 ratings.
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