Believer | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#16,182
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
531
pDev:
11.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
63
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Glendale Tap in Glendale, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a better hop presence in the taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

A well made beer but one that doesn't all the way jive with my tastes personally. It's brick red with a yellowish frothy head with superb retention from the tap. What I like about it is that it's loaded with caramel red malt favors but remains rather dry compared to other beers in the style. That's the good for me. The bad is that it seems overhopped from a bitterness perspective, and has a lot of body for what it is, making it a real slow sipper for me, and it doesn't warm up all that well. Soapy feeling on the tongue but bubbles are good. Usually I like how hoppy their stuff is, but this seems out of whack a little bit.

edit: this is far better in the bottle than it was from the tap in my experience. more balance, more hop character rather than bitterness, and a less sweet malt base. maybe it has been tweaked, maybe that keg was old, but its a lot better for me this second time around. bumping up a few scores to reflect that.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Believers? I believe I'll have another beer, I do.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, bubbly and generally frothy tan head, which leaves a thick band of snow rime lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells softly of semi-sweet biscuity and bready caramel malt, a small, sort of sour dark orchard fruitiness, and leafy, weedy, and weakly piney hops. The taste is more pastry-like grainy caramel malt, biscuity toffee, bruised apples and pears, overripe orange and lemon rind, tart maraschino cherry, and a further tame earthy, floral, and perfumed hop bitterness.

The bubbles are average in their fizzy demeanor, and mostly just fulfilling their contractual support role, the body a bit on the light side of medium weight for the style, and perhaps a touch too strident in its edgy 'smoothness'. It finishes off-dry, that biscuity caramel malt sweetness persisting, alongside some mumbling and bumbling mixed hop bitters.

A bit too metallic and tight seeming overall, even if the underlying flavours have got it all going on - given that the ABV is a bit on the low side for anything deemed 'double' or 'imperial', that should not be a problem. Anyways, drinkable enough, I suppose, once that craft brewer awareness cognitive dissonance kicks in.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear copper that verges on mahogany with a rocky beige head that leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Piney and pithy, with undertones of caramel and nuts

Taste: After an initial blast of caramel and nuts, the flavor grows increasingly piney and then pithy, with a biting dose of tangerine peel; after the swallow, the residual sweetness returns to balance out the hops; somewhat earthy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: All in all, one of the better examples of the amber style; sure, I would like it to explore the IPA dimensions a bit more but that is not what this beer is about

Thanks, mabermud, for the chance to re-visit

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(got this very recently though). Pours fairly crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, caramel, pine, herbal, floral, pineapple, bread, toast, and honey. Very nice aromas with nice strength and malt/hop balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange, caramel, pineapple, biscuit, pine, toast, floral, herbal, and light honey. Fair amount of pine/citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, caramel, herbal, bread, toast, and honey on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors; with just enough hoppiness to let the malt profile shine through, and yet it is still a very hop forward brew. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an excellent imperial red! Very nice hop flavor profile and complexity, with great malt balance. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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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3.8/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks nice with the fine-grained foam and darkish amber color. Quite carbonated in the mouth. Peculiar woody flavor that slides into something like old oxidized wine. The hops start out OK but overwhelm the other flavors. General effect is an Old Ale with a hop attack. Lots of malt is the nice touch, but the elderly fruit flavor gets very old.

Another brand that apparently only BevMo carries, which is another reason to avoid BevMo.

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Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. The color has a really nice looking caramel and ruby tint to it. It's is one of the reddest "Red" ales I've seen. A thin but sticky tan head covers the top and is already all over the glass. Great looking beer.

The aroma shows a good amount of toasted and caramel malts to it. I get a modest citrusy hop presence to it as well with a little pine and grapefruit coming through.

The taste also has a pretty bold caramel and toasted grain flavor to it. I get a little toffee in the finish as well. Like the aroma, the hoppiness is pretty reserved but it does show a little herbal citrusness at times.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer. t was nicely flavored and easy drinking. It had a nice malty base to it, but the citrusy hops could have come out a little more. Overall a pretty solid beer though.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Empire Ale House, Mt. Vernon, WA

Poured into a pint glass, a nice clear reddish-brown, with a small but dense white head. Toasted bread and dark sugars in the aroma. Toasted malts and bread in the taste, caramel, nuts, followed by a hop bitterness and a touch of apple and orange zest. A touch of alcohol. Medium bodied and quite drinkable.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up from bottletrek

Pours orange/chestnut one finger of tan head. some floaties in the bottom of the bottle. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Cakey, but not much else

T: Toasty malt, herbal & leafy hops & a touch of roasted malt up front. As this warms the flavor oscillates from cocoa to charred grain & back with lots of leafy hops & a touch of fruittyness (figs & pears), plus a bot of brown sugar. finishes dry with some caramel & more leafy hops, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Light/medium bodied with light, but persistent carbonation; fairly good balance

Fairly drinkable for the abv, but really lacks the malt guts to really suck me in. A nice winter warmer from a pretty good brewery

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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 531 ratings
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