Tricerahops Double IPA
Ninkasi Brewing Company

Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,893
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,975
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 10.17%
Reviews:
479
Ratings:
1,845
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Ninkasi Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
90
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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA
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Reviews: 479 | Ratings: 1,845
Photo of MrOH
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chill haze on orange, thin white head, could have better retention, but nice lace
Lots of orange upfront, herbal background. A bit of spicy resin mixed in
Flavor follows nose, caramel malt background. Doesn't shy away from the bitterness
Medium bodied, clean, and well carbonated
I miss these kind of DIPAs

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Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, citrus. Taste has pine, citrus, tropical fruits, but they seem to be fighting for supremacy instead of playing nicely together, moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of venneman
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I admit some bias, I love Ninkasi Brewing, and this beer is a big reason why. Bold, sharp hoppiness up front, running through the entire pint. This is an excellent example of a Pacific Northwest IPA.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Pours a very clear orange color with an all white head that has decent retention and some great side glass lace.
AROMA: Spicy aromatic hops. Pine reisen, orange zest. Backed up with a touch of bread malts
TASTE: Get some orange in the hop, drying flavor, but the malts are more evident providing a well balanced brew.
FEEL: Slightly bitter, drying.
This was a very good IPA>

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Photo of RyanK252
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours golden copper amber with a frothy khaki head that settles to a firm layer and laces very nicely.

S: Resinous pine, spicy herbal notes, floral, citrus zest, faint fruity notes, toasty biscuity malt, and dark caramel sweetness.

T: Spicy pine, herbal, earthy, a bit floral, some citrus, grapefruit and lemon, light fruity notes, hints of peach and apricot, toasty bready malt, and dark caramel sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, good and sticky.

O: Kind of a dinosaur itself, classic West Coast DIPA. It's growing on me the more I drink it, very well brewed nicely balanced beer. While it might not be my favorite style, it's fun to take trip in the Wayback machine to see how things have evolved.

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Photo of WendyT
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a good tasting beer.

Now, maybe I am being picky (and I say this partly in jest), but....if you are going to call an IPA Tricerahops -- a play on words of Triceratops (the three horned dinosaur) --- then it should be a triple IPA -- not a double.

If you have to use dinosaur metaphors, then a double IPA would be more appropriately associated with Diabloceratops. (Again, tongue firmly planted in cheek.)

As a amateur linguistic and dinosaur lover, I just can't drink this beer without thinking how inappropriate the name is ...

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Photo of Captdolfinpain
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a 12 oz can poured into a coke glass (I know, but it's all I had that was clean). Ninkasi is a local brewery in Eugene that makes some seriously great beer. So far I've like everything I've tried from them.

L - Dark amber, almost like a red ale. Pretty clear, maybe a very slight haze, but it's barely noticeable. It looks really nice. It poured with a solid inch of head, slightly off white with solid retention. Decent lacing, but not incredible.

S - This is a nice smelling beer, reminds me of juicy fruit. Sweet, peaches, grapefruit, and maybe bananas?

T - Wow, malty flavors came outta no where. I couldn't smell a maltiness, but I can definitely taste it. It balances out the aromatic fruity flavors really well. Orange and lemon peels take the undertones. I can really taste bitter citrus oil on the sides of my tongue.

F - Chewy and gummy like a stout, while maintaining a medium body. This is exactly what I want in a double IPA. Thicker than a regular IPA, but still hoppy and refreshing.

O - It's not super complex, not trying to one up any one. It's not the douche bag drinking Heineken playing Wonderwall at the party, it's the chill dude in the corner passing a joint. A nice humble beer with very pronounced flavors, and not overly intense hop bitterness like most DIPA's. I'm not great at pairing beer and food yet, but I bet it would ber great with a light chicken dish.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear gold color with a small white head. A minimal amount of lace.
Citrus aroma against a sweet malt background.
Grapefruit taste, caramel.
Medium-bodied.
An OK beer.

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Photo of iguanodon
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

[Original rating 2016-07-23] Bomber. Pours clear orange-gold with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, wood, earth. Taste of grapefruit, flowers, sweet caramel malt, tropical fruit, hint of alcohol. Well balanced, a nice DIPA.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep yellow, verging on golden appearance. The aroma is all hop spiciness with oranged, peaches, lemon peel, and herbs to accompany. Alcohol is front and center in the flavor, but the firm, bready malt base keeps it in check. Flavors range from the bready malt to apricots and other fruit. Full bodied and well balanced.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear amber brew with a big pile of foam in the Copper Kettle goblet. Really sudsy mouthfeel with a bod that's a little lighter than some DIPAs. Still it's quite malty and moderately sweet. Aromatic with lemon peel and orange, with a whiff of resins.

Some mango and woody flavors. Rather bitter and musty, almost metallic in the aftertaste. This is not one of my favorites. The fruit is outweighed by the astringency and grapefruit pith. But the mango is nice while it lasts. From the Co-op market in Mount Vernon, Wash.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tricerahops pours in perfect fashion of a West Coast DIPA. Bright orange, decent clarity, with a smooth yet foamy meringue of an eggshell white cap resting stubbornly on top. It stays as well, and laces the glass with another ring after each sip.

It's not exactly bursting with aromas, but the grapefruit, orange zest, and sticky pine all reside within. A hearty caramel and sweet white bread malt back drop continue to check all the marks.

Orange juice and marmalade take on the initial attack, then a quick slap of Pixie Stix sweetness before a truly dense, sappy, damp pine come in long and strong to finish it off. The slightest inclination of caramel topped lightly toasted bread shows up from time to time, but this thing is all marmalade and pine.

This right here is what wins me over. It claims only 84 ibu, but this lingering bitterness says otherwise. Sweet then hugely bitter, Tricerahops has a pretty sticky, but overall medium body, with decent carbonation and a long dry finish to compliment that wonderful pine. The elevated abv is hidden very well despite this beers brash and unapologetic feel.

This may not be a top DIPA, but if I want to get my bitter as f*#! on, I'll definitely keep this in mind. Cheers.

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Photo of mpyle
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber color, good clarity. Creamy white head with retention

Muted hop and malt aroma. Smells rich and just slightly hoppy

Mix of malt and earthy hop flavors up front, but kind of bland. Intense hop bitterness late, lingers into finish.

Medium full body, med carbonation. Slightly harsh but not astringent. Alcoholic warming, but not overpowering

Hop aroma and flavor a bit muted. Decent as big IBU bomb, but really nothing special

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Photo of Antg8989
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold but there's no visible bubbles...so thats kind of a problem for me. Head and lacing are ok. Aroma is pine and caramel malt. Taste is similar with grapefruit. Feel is lightly carbonated. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
No date


A:
Pours a crystal clear copper
with a cap of beige puff that stays fairly solid throughout. Good retention; lots of lacing. (4.25)

S:
Lemon zest, pine, spicy herbs, rich caramel malt, red fruits. (4)

T:
Thick bitterness with red and yellow flashes of lighter, fruit accents with a long, lingering hop shellac finish with some minerals. (4.25)

M:
Medium-plus body with active carbonation and a dry, sappy finish. (4)

O:
Really nice IIPA.
It pours a beautiful, radiant color with an awesome head. The aroma is all floral/citric hops with herbal spice and thick malt. The flavor is similar, with a wave of citrus rind that progressively darkens and mixes with the malt for a sticky, bitter ending.
Really nice, big, bad beer. I'd have it again in a second. (4.25)

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.04/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not making ANY pretenses, I'm not a beer snob. I don't have a sophisticated palate that can detect the subtle hues and nuances. I don't have a lot of fancy, appropriate words to describe the drink. I like what I like and that's it. The color on this is nice, the smell is OK. But this stuff is just too damn bitter for may liking.

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Photo of e_oly
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear amber with lasting white head

S: Strong piney hops with orange notes as it warms.

T: Bitter, piney hops balanced by a strong malty presence, far more malt backbone than I expect in a West Coast IPA. Very well balanced, especially as it warms. (In fact, my ratings from smell through overall are all .5 higher when it's warmer vs. straight out of the fridge.)

F: Slick, full mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Very nice, although not quite a "double" at 8 percent ABV. But this is one of the beers I always look forward to getting on my annual trip to the PNW, and I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Gorgeous DIPA. Copper with no clarity, sediment floating, 1 full finger of head, and nice lacing left on top of the brew and all over the glass

S - Piny hops, citrus, and malty. Smells delicious

T - Bitter and tropical. Very piny! Well done!

F - Medium body and carbonation.

O - An excellent strong IPA (I won't call it double at 8%). Very hop forward, well balanced between bitter and citrus

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a semi-dark copper/rust color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sly trickling lace, somewhat messy.
The aroma had a nice blend of sturdy bitter pine to citrusy hop qualities coating the caramel/toffee malt character, somewhat bready and unyielding.
The flavor brought all of this together sweetly with an embracing hop bitterness slowly moving in quaintly. Aftertaste was a mobile sort of malty to hoppy sweet to bitter blend.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Some stickiness in the finish, but acceptable.
Overall, nice "West Coast" styled DIPA worthy of more pours, yes, even for a Vermonter like me, I like this.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bomber to a big mouth wine glass.
Enjoyed after spicy (chicken) Mexican soup.

Golden orange, dense. Rather thin, creamy head, with plenty of lacing.
Seems prone to particles, but not to the 'junk in the trunk' level.

Initial scent seems to simply be citrus malt, with a secondary floral aroma.

Creamy, with a slight sour tang. A more harmonious balance, between the malt and hops, there could never be!

A Perfect change of pace from the hop boldness of, say, a Maximus, or the unforgettable malty trek of a Go West .

Perfect for drinking at home; the booze (and bitterness) is so well hidden, that one may easily be ambushed.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a very cloudy consistency. There was an inch or so of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, pine, light fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of a fair shot of pine resin (just enough), a little bit of malt, lots of hops (again, just enough), a bit of citrus, some floral notes, and some caramel as well. In general, this is a well-balanced flavor, with a lot of hops and pine shining through. Pretty tasty for sure.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well done, easy drink DIPA. Mellower than some others of the style, but this isn't a bad thing.

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Photo of Dontlikebud
2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I bought a 22 oz bomber because I was in a small town without much selection. When I got to my room and read the bottle and saw "balance " and that it's only 84 ibu I had the feeling that it would be disappointing and it was. The nose has that sweet smell that means there isn't much hop flavor and is belgian like. Same for the taste. Not my style.

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Photo of chicanopower83
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being from Washington, this is one of the first double IPA's I had because it's brewed in the pacific north west. I was blown away by how in your face hoppy it is and it makes me sad that I can only get it in a seasonal variety pack in my area because I can never find it in a 6 pack. It's definitely one if my favorites from Ninkasi.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 6.47 (Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.293/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Undated bomber at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter.
Aroma – pine.
Head small (Maximum < two cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy but dense, rapidly diminishing to an irregular one to three mm ring with some clinging head trying to be lacing and a small rocky island.
Lacing – fair. Some segments of rings, mostly tiny bubbles with a few gaps.
Body – medium yellow, slight haze. Some debris in the bottle bottom, from the dry hopping, no doubt.
Flavor – Nicely bitter with the pine resin sticking to my hard palate. Very smooth and easy to drink with some floral aftertastes. Malt and alcohol are not evident in the taste. No diacetyl.
Palate – medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation.

I first had Tricerahops several years ago (Pre-BA days) when I was vacationing in Oregon, primarily in the Columbia River Gorge. This was my favorite beer from that trip and I’m happy to see it’s as good as I remember.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of Philsadvns
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Excellent balance. I'd put it in the same category as the dogfish head 90 min IPA. Malt and hip flavors are equally present with neither dominating. I would personally prefer a bit more on the hop side of things. Smells malty, looks good, not a lot of carbonation but I think this bottle is a bit outdated. Good beer but nothing crazy. Totally drinkable. However for the price I might go for something a little cheaper considering it's not really outstanding enough to warrant an $11 4 pack. Give it to me in like a 13 dollar 6 pack and I totally dig it. Definitely not a west coast style IPA. If you're looking for hop forward resin and fruit, look elsewhere, if you like very balanced malt/hop ratios then this might just be for tou

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1845 ratings