Believer | Ninkasi Brewing Company

very good
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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: I have no fancy glasses to pour properly, but it poured very similar to every other description. That delicious amber color, with a nice off-white, almost cream colored head. Looks quite nice to have a few sittin up on the balcony, having a smoke and watching the people go by.

Smell: As a lover of amber and red ales, I found it hard to complain in any way of how it smelled. It was decadent; citrusy and bitter, but round on the edges because of it. Each individual aroma of the beer adds to its fullness, and you have the pleasure of enjoying it on each and every sip.

Taste: It was perhaps a little bitter to my taste, but it only has 60 IBUs so it can't be too overwhelming. I found the flavor entirely satisfactory when the brew is particularly cold. I would highly recommend drinking it fast or in a chilled glass, as the flavors sort of muddle together as you finish.

Mouthfeel: There was a slight pastiness I felt, but it goes away quickly. The bitterness likes to linger, so if you're not a fan of that you might want to shy away like a puss. All joking aside, the flavors and its highly bubbly nature finish well going down; it's hard to not gulp it!

If you're bouncing back and forth between an IPA for bitterness, and an amber ale for that rich and robust flavor, this should be your go-to choice. This is a front-runner in my book of best red ales.

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Believer from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 528 ratings.
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