Believer | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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85
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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 BikeChef
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely on the malty side, with toffee and caramel notes blending in with a good dose of hops. A very solidly made beer that's balanced well. Don't expect a double red IPA, though-- this is more of a malt-focused winter brew, which I appreciate it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - It says "seasonal" but no reference as to which season. No freshness date, but it appeared recently on the shelf at Winco, Bremerton, WA from what I noticed.

Pours deep ruby tinted crimson with a fluffy off-white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of soft caramel with a subtle earthy, musty touch.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with a hint of dark fruit (fig). Leafy, floral spicy hops gives it a dry balance in the long finish.

It is very smooth. Just about full-bodied. Alcohol very well-hidden. Refreshingly balanced.

Malt-forward, but with a nice hoppy dryness in the finish. A pleasant red ale with a boost of extra flavor and body. Very nice!

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

Photo of Libeertarian
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes taken 04/19/16:

I've had this one for just under a year. Relatively high alcohol, proper storage. I've had this fresh and I remember it was good but I think it is better slightly aged.

Mostly clear but incredibly dark brownish copper. Much more opaque and variegated in the light on the second pour. Vigorous pour, yet only two-finger head. Fine, foamy, film-forming and then almost creamy tan, good retention and lacing. Dates, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, toffee aromas, perhaps hint of resinous, leathery hops. Very sweet-smelling. Plums, dates, earthiness, toastiness, berries, toffee, brown sugar, resin, and leather to the taste. Excellent flavors. Extremely sweet, barely enough hops to prevent cloying. Full-bodied, but lighter end of it, syrupy, smooth, lots of softer carbonation. Mouthfeel is perfect for the palate. Alcohol isn’t extremely high for this style, but what’s there is well-disguised. Solid 4.25 across the board.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Applebys. Dark amber with thick, foamy head. Sourish hoppy nose. Taste has a metallic tinge with dry finish. Good, but not best, still recall the metallic tinge to this day.

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Photo of pajfuwen
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

This is malty sweet and somewhat sharp. Rough edges meet a hint of cloying caramel and somehow play nice. Style bias aside I can remember a time when I would have been excited by this beer.

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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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Photo of DucksFan16
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gottiline559
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of GMan310
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ok red nothing makes it stand out.

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Photo of MIrvine
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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 gammajlo50
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Molson2000
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZakFaruki
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Philvillani
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Irish12
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BMESSER88
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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