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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA
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Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John_M on 07-30-2007

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452
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1,749
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
20.2%
 
 
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Photo of seand
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a thick foamy off-white head. Retains well, leaving long strands of lacing.

S: Floral, grassy, hoppy sweetness. The malt background is pretty light, mainly hops here.

T: Medium sweetness leading into a huge hop finish. Quite a strong bitterness. The malts are still pretty light, so they don't do much to balance out the onslaught of hops.

M: Full body, medium to light carbonation. Dry chewy finish.

D: The hops are so overpowering you want to take this one slow, and you probably don't want much more than a pint.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A. A slightly hazy orange-copper colour with some vigorous carbonation and a persistent white head.

S. The aroma is strongly bready at first, giving way to some citrus notes.

T. An immediate hit of grapefruit. It's not overpowering so there must be some balancing malt sweetness in there but I have to concentrate to taste it, and when I do it comes with strong hints of toffee. This is a citrus hop bomb for sure.

M. Medium-bodied, slightly bitter finish, and the carbonation that looked so lively at first pour is thankfully unobtrusive.

O. Nice, but a shade one-dimensional. It's just all about grapefruit. It could definitely be more rounded.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ninkasi Brewing 'Tricerahops DIPA' @ 8.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $8.80
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hints of prehistoric 100 IBU's
T-bitter & a dry finish
MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-just an ok beer & DIPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of timontheroad
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear brownish copper color, with one finger of creamy off-white head, good retention, and nice lacing. The aroma was piney and citrus, with just a slight hint of malt. The taste was grapefruit, grapefruit and more grapefruit. I did get some nice pine and bready sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel was nice and crisp, with a bit of carbonation bite on the back of my tongue. Overall, pretty nice beer, but a bit short of the better DIPA/IIPAs.

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Photo of JToad
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a bomber, courtesy of juhl31 via my winning the BeerAdvocate2 Fantasy Football League. Thanks Jay for the awesome package!

Pours a cloudy blood orange, with minimal head, yet nice white lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of tiny bubbles.

Smells of grapefruit, bread and some other assorted tropical fruit. Maybe tangerine.

Tastes of tropical citrus, sharp bitterness that doesn't last long. Relatively creamy mouth feel, though not too thick. Wet and sticky, this an extremely well balanced DIPA. Not your typical hop-bomb, yet it has some nice sharp hops throughout the body.

The DIPA for non-hop heads. Very solid and well balanced, the bready profile really evens out the loads of hops. Very easy drinker, it shouldn't be a problem finishing the bomber by myself.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy sunset orange with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention. Lacing runs from streaky to spotty, with good stick.

Smell - A fair balance in the aroma, bringing a moderate amount of orange citrus and lesser tropical and floral hop notes, with a touch of resin and spice. Malts come through well with bread and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Taste - Hops are more prevalent on the tongue than on the nose, though still relatively balanced by the solid malt backbone. Strong orange character upfront and throughout, more juicy to begin, then fades to a strong pith bitterness. Bready malts provide strong support to the hop assault, coming through with an ever-present quality. Touches on pine and a slight black pepper bite. Finishes with citrus pith/skin bitterness that ranges from orange to grapefruit with long, lingering effects.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with moderate, soft carbonation. Smooth, somewhat creamy before a dry finish.

Overall - Strong offering from Ninkasi. I'm a bit perplexed by the name though: a double (not triple) IPA, with 4 hops used in the brewing process... where does 'Tri'cerahops come from? Oh well. Solid brew. Classic West Coast IPA character. Nice balance for a 100 IBU brew.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no dating that I can locate on the bottle. Poured into a 50 cL glass stein with a textured exterior.

Appearance - Pours a clear brassy orange-brown color, with a faint golden amber highlight where the light shines thought at the edges of the glass. Atop the body sits a one-finger foam the color of parchment or aged silk. Retention is moderate, and eventually fades to a thick film of suds across the top and opaque sheets of lacing along the sides.

Smell - Hops dominate with notes of grapefruit, pine resin, and tropical fruitiness along with a faint trace of alcoholic esters. Seems like there is a noticeable element of the the caramel malts to give this one's aroma some heft.

Taste - The promise of the nose comes through, now with more grapefruit and some raw bitterness, like dandelion greens. There are also notes of pale malt and again the bittersweetness from the caramel malts. On the finish, I detect some phenolic fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Slightly on the heavy side of medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a semisweet finish.

Overall, a solid, well-balanced double IPA. Easy to drink in spite of being almost 9% abv. However, there is definitely some unapologetic bitterness on the aftertaste, so be warned.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We pop the top and pour a brew of rusty golden brown into our Founders snifters. It throws a frothy one and a half finger tall head of tight and soapy bubbles, showing great retention. Spots of lacing drip down the glass, while tighter archipelagos line the rim. A decent haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be light but diffuse. The aroma is nicely juicy, with bright grapefruit and nectary hops, floral lavender, banana pepper oil, light bubblegum esters, Starburst candy sweetness and fruitiness, strawberries, apricot, and rhubarb, soft bubblegum esters, caramel and clean pale maltiness, lemon rind, pineapple juice, freshly sliced Macintosh apples, and soft copper metallics around the edges. Our first impression is that the hop profile becomes much more bittering and west coast dominant that the nose would suggest, with an equally muddying of the malt profile to match. As we sip, the taste opens up with the sweetness of bubblegum esters, juicy hop oils of citrics, florals, and pine, salty pale and caramel malts, white sugar, plastic phenol warmth, earthen bitterness, and tannic dryness of unused tea bags. The middle comes to a peak with more of a soapy and herbal hop twang, bright booziness, fresh cut grass wetness, foam noodles, almond oil, envelope glue, white chalk, and those clean pale malts. The end comes with harsh plastics, singed rubber, cedar mulch, dirty muddiness, honey sugars, chokecherries, wildly bittering lemon rind and juice, heavy citric and piney hops, dried apricot, green vegetal leafiness, and spicy booze. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of crumbling wax, earth, grassy resins, fresh lemon and grapefruity juiciness, pine sap, herbal hoppiness, aluminum, warm biscuits, soft plastics, and simple syrup sweetness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip is easy on the lip, giving pleasant slurp, smack, cream, froth, pop, and glugability. The mouth is left oily and coated, with pucker from the bitterness of hops and booze, and the faintest tannic dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer, aside from its awesome dinosaur-punning name, was its snout. The aromas wafting off the top are uplifting, fruity, massively hoppy, and juicy, daring the drinker not to partake. This is why the sip was so curiously surprising. It was 50% heavily bittered, and 50% cloying sweet, especially with warmth by the end, taking away from the classically desired balance of the DIPA. Although from Oregon, which is decidedly its own entity in any style of beer, this is a California take. Rating aside, we could definitely see ourselves happily sitting on some porch somewhere with this in hand, sipping the day away, but when it comes down to brass tacks, this isn’t as nice, in the big picture sense of the word, in comparison to other offerings of the style.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great dark orange amber with a thick frothy head and great lacing from top to bottom.

Smells of piney floral hops, which are overpowered by a big bold caramel malt scent, more as it warms. Also smells of booze.

Tastes very boozy on my first impression, some hops and malt, very balanced flavors, however, the flavor doesn't last until the finish, and there isn't much complexity.

The feel is astringent, and thin, the booze are apparent in the astringency, but not the texture. Not a whole lot of body.

Overall this is a good beer. Like a poor man's 90 minute. The malts are slightly overpowering the hops, and for a DIPA, it is lacking a real hops presence that I was expecting from a beer called Tricerahops. While I would definitely drink this again and am glad I tried it, I won't be buying this again, as there are many more DIPAs at my local BevMo that are better.

Dave

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Photo of wordemupg
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 18/11/14

A clear light copper, lots of bubbles sticking to the side and several streams of slow bubbles feed a short lived finger of foam that leaves some polka dot lace

S orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime, plenty of citrus, some pine wine gums, and a little sweet malt

T rindy compared to the nose, more pine, caramel, and a hint of booze, solid but I preferred the nose

M silky upon entry and slowly creams up, a little slick on the palate with faint heat going down, rind lingers

O pretty solid DIPA, nothing crazy complex or unique but easy enough to drink and not really lacking in any area

nothing to really set it apart but no reason not try it either, nearly 10$ bucks for a bomber I'm not sure if I'd buy a second though

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Photo of mschantz
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap. Golden orange color and nearly clear. Nose was surprisingly uneventful. After disappointing nose taste was a very pleasant surprise - big mango and orange flavors with a slightly astringent finish.sparkly mouth feel.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper orange with a big rocky head. Lacing grabs onto the sides of my glass and won't let go, even when I try to soak them away while drinking.

Incredibly piney and grapefruit citrus. A tad one-dimensional, but it is oh-so-good, as far as IIPA's go.

Alcohol pokes through, almost like rum or other liquor. SLight tart apple comes up with the minimal carbonation. Double IPA's don't really have much carbonation, not really expecting it, but there's a nice balance in this one.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle: This one pours a hazy dark golden color. There was about a finger of a light tan head on it. Nice nose. Not overly hoppy, pine and floral with some malts in the background. Some lacing. The taste is good. Fairly bitter with some malt sweetness in the background. Some orange and grapefruit flavors. Good malt body. Well balanced. A keeper

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Photo of SierraJosh
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid IPA. The malt is dominant and pushes the envelope on sweetness, but does have balance. A moderate hop profile with decent bitterness in the finish. Don't get a lot for the sniffer, slight pine and grapefruit. For some reason it reminds me of an English IPA which isn't a bad think just expected a bit more hopaliciousness from this beer. Love the name.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Deep amber with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Slightly hazy.

Nose
Honey, candied grapefruit, papaya, and melon.

Taste
Honey, toffee, honeydew melon, and papaya rind. Bitter grapefruit pith and earthy florals.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and oily. Medium carbonation with a medium-high bitterness.

Overall
Firm malt backbone with ample bitterness.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

220z bomber into a perfect pint.

A - Hazy, almost cloudy rusty orange. Maybe a finger or so of off-white head, with very little retention, fading to a somewhat thick cap. Great lacing, though.

S - Very hoppy aroma, mostly on the piney side of things. Caramel and some vegetative flavors in the background. There's a hint of maltiness and maybe some breadiness, too. Almost like a DIPA poured into a bowl of cereal. More pleasant than it sounds.

T - Well, this is strange. It tastes not much like the aroma. The hops are there, but backed with a sweetness that I don't get in the nose in any way. Definitely a resiny finish, sticky and sweet. As it warms up it definitely gets better, with the hops becoming more prominent. Very little alcohol present considering the ABV. Tasty stuff.

M - Sticky and medium to full bodied. It has more of a sweet finish than dry, and it lingers for a while. Very nice and smooth going down.

D - The flavor keeps me wanting more, and the ABV is fairly well hidden. I've finished the bomber and I'm not feeling too woozy. I could go for another.

O - Considering the price here, this is a great brew. Very flavorful, not too strong, and even nice packaging. When Ninkasi decides to distribute this to more of the country, they're going to have a hit on their hands. In the meantime, we'll be enjoying this on the left coast.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice soft citrus elements to this beer, hoppy but not overly bitter. Orange/amber with creamy head, lots of sticky lacing. Grapefruit aroma with taste following the citrus notes and accented with some tangy hops and caramel malt. Well done!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a finger of head on a clear, amber colored body.
The aroma is a good mixture of lemon, grapefruit and caramel.
The flavor is big and bold; lots of lemon bitterness with a good edge of malt and caramel to round it out.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable and bold.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. No date, but think this is a new batch. Served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy copper orange with very little head formation. Dissipates quickly to a razor thin ring. Tiny bit of lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit, orange, piney dankness with a bit of onion. Sweet caramel malt. A butterscotch note.

A lot of floralness in the initial flavor. Sweetens up through the middle and finishes quite sweet. Citrus, pine, and floral tinged bitterness blossoms nicely through the middle and finish as well. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Just slightly thick.

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Photo of McStagger
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had no idea what Ninkasi was a few months ago. Now it's in every single beer shop in this town. Let's see what the buzz is.

A: Pours a fairly hazy beaten copper, with only about a finger off white head. Retention is subdued, lacing is minimal. Ah, the nature of the high octane D/TIPA. Carbonation is fairly vigorous, with tiny bubbles fighting through the ethanol to form the head.

S: Big hop scent. Lot of leafiness, pine and orange pulp. Pineapple notes in there as well, but more subdued. Bit of alcohol heat accentuates the malt sweetness, giving it characteristics of caramel and vanilla. Lot of mulled grain and bread in the nose. The malt bill must be massive.

T: Begins with a huge malt sweetness that borders cloying. Hops comes in with notes of pine, leafiness/woodiness, and a splash of tropical fruit. Finish is oily and resinous bitterness with a bit of the alcohol heat coming through as sweetness.

M: Pretty massive considering the relatively moderate (for a DIPA) abv. Perhaps a bit over the top, with some flabbiness.

O: A good, very bitter DIPA. However, the underlying sweetness of the malt/alcohol is poorly hidden and the mouthfeel is a bit unctuous.

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Photo of theghost3
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a 1-finger, fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing.

The smell is grapefruit and tangerine with piney hops; nothing overwhelming. The flavor is pine, floral, and grapefruity hops with some biscuity malts. The hops are more apparent than the malts, but still, this is fairly balanced. There's a kind of astringent aftertaste that I did not care for. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium-bodied.

Overall, this is a decent DIPA. It's not the best DIPA out there, and it's not anything extreme. Still, it's a solid DIPA, which I would love to have access to locally. That's not going to happen.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The obvious complaint is that if it's a double IPA it should be called Biceratops, not Triceratops. Unless they're indicating that Tricerhops has three times as much hops as Ninkasi's standard pale ale which I would be ok with.

Hazy gold with a thin head. A thin veil of retention held on until about mid-glass and left a few speckles. Apathetic bottle art.

Pineapple and citrus with a little floral tilt. Sweet Twinkie malt immersed in it all. Smells spot on but doesn't exactly jump out of the bottle like a good DIPA should. Lazy dino.

The gusto picks up where the olfactories left off: floral citrus amid sweet, sugar cookie malt. Tastes really good but lacks the punch and bravado required of the style. Reserved bitter and not a whole lot of resin. Big creamy body is nice though.

I feel like I'm downgrading this beer because of the label - the style not the dinosaur reference. If this was labeled an IPA I'd be all about it but it lacks the strength of a DIPA. That said, I really like this beer. One of those that I like better than it reviews I guess. Hate the game, not the player.

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Photo of LazyL
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange with a bubbly off white head. The nose is spicy honey with a gentle boozyness. The smell is growing on me as it warms slightly. The taste is orange and a little one dimensional. The mouthfeel is a bit dry and somewhat flat. I would say that this is a good beer but average complexity made it miss the mark a bit.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle brought back from my recent trip to Oregon. Unfortunately, no date on it (at least not that I can decipher). I may have to stop buying un-dated IPAs, as I've got no idea how close this bottle is to how it tasted when brewed.

Pours the color of honey, a medium orange amber. Fluffy white one-finger head; decent retention and good lacing.

Smells quite nice - some strong hoppy aromas, with a good malt backing. Lots of sweet fruit - pineapple and apricots. Plus a bit of pine. Nice subtle variety going on in here.

Taste doesn't have the fruity complexity of the smell. It's got a nice bready caramel malt front, which holds things together nicely until the expected wave of bitterness comes on. And the bitterness comes, but slowly, starting out low and rising to a nice crescendo. Hop-forward, for sure, but mostly in bitter. Very little fruit or floral flavors, and not much malt presence after the initial taste. Sadly, I don't get much flavor other than sweet and bitter. Finish is mostly bitter, with a fruity tingle beneath it.

Medium-bodied, slightly sticky but less so than many DIPAs. Good carbonation, lots of little bubbles lasting throughout the taste. Finish is loooong.

A decent DIPA, with strong malt and hop character. Needs more hops in the flavor though; something to bring it beyond just the bitterness.

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Photo of silentjay
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

much darker than expected (amber-brown) with a nice almost white head that retains and laces very well.

lots of pine and grassy hops, and plenty of grapefruit and bitter citrus. goes a bit tea-like and minty as well. not much for malty aromas.

hoppy again for the flavor, but a bit more malt mixed in. tropical fruits are added to the grapefruit and bitter, zesty citrus. pine and grass get pushed back a bit and herbal tea and peppery spiciness comes through a lot (which isn't entirely pleasant). malt is bready, caramelly yet not that sweet. good, but not up to par with the greats of this style.

medium bodied with a bit of resin and syrup on the finish.

drinks decent. herbs, tea, and pepper could be cleaned up a bit for this to be one I'd seek out.

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,749 ratings.
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