Tricerahops Double IPA
Ninkasi Brewing Company

Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,351
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,861
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 10.42%
Reviews:
485
Ratings:
1,863
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Ninkasi Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
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Year-round
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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light tan fine soft foam head forms from can to tulip glass. Head settles quickly to a thin top leaving some light loose lace.

Color is deep gold to orange with lots of fine suspended particulate and about 50% transparency. I like the tiny flecks , it reminds me of Bell's Amber Ale.

Nose is rather weak with some malt, maybe a touch of yeast, and some unidentified fruit note.

Taste comes off rather plain with nary a touch of malt and pronounced astringent bitter pine hops. Not crazy bitter but it just stays on the sides of the tongue and mouth and feels metallic, alcoholic and leads to an astringent finish.

Mouthfeel presents as light medium body to start moving to dry one note bitterness and alcohol notes. Finish is astringent and sticky.

This beer is too restrained in flavor and too amped in strong hops that either promote the alcohol taste or tend to mimic it. I would have preferred some more flavor notes from the hops and a bit more malt to counter the strong alcohol vibe. I'll stick to Myrcenary for my Imperial IPA.

Oct 11, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good.

Smells like water.

Taste like rust, water, malt and dead malts.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good for such a high abv.

Got in Mt Shasta City, having in Redding the same day, Aug 15, 2020.

Aug 16, 2020
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entheos from California

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Really a great beer!! It has the carbon of strength and the feel of a punch. It’s what a double IPA should provide. Hearty hops with a punch and fulfilling aftertaste!

Jul 12, 2020
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UWDAWG from Washington

3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a snifter.

Look- Amber brown, visible sediment, light cream colored frothy head, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Bready, piney, citrus.

Taste- Pine bomb, piney, bready, boozy.

Feel- Below average carbonation, high bitterness, sticky astringent boozy finish.

May 22, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a modest head that slowly dissipates. Not much lacing. In the nose, it is piney resin and a bit of citrus. In the mouth, it is similar. Nice DIPA!

Jan 18, 2020
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2019-11-11 in Las Vegas, NV from a 12oz can with no date

A - Murky golden-orange with a 2 finger offwhite head and decent lace

S - Mild aroma with peach, orange, floral and light bread

T - Orange flesh and zest, musk melon, barely toasted bread, light pepper, earthy spice. Moderately bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Moderately resinous.

O - West Coast leaning DIPA. Good balance. Didn't blow my socks off though.

Nov 11, 2019
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MrOH from Maryland

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

Jul 24, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 05, 2019
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venneman from Colorado

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.

Jun 29, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

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>

Jun 11, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

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.

May 16, 2019
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WendyT from California

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 ...

Mar 01, 2019
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Captdolfinpain from Oregon

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.

Feb 08, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

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.

Nov 19, 2018
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iguanodon from Utah

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.

Oct 24, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

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.

Apr 21, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

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.

Mar 22, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

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.

Mar 07, 2018
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mpyle from Maryland

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

Dec 25, 2017
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

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.

Aug 27, 2017
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

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)

Aug 24, 2017
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SirWilliamIvory from Virginia

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.

Aug 10, 2017
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e_oly from Indiana

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.

Jul 24, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

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

Jul 01, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 23, 2017
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1863 ratings