Tricerahops Double IPA | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

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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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.49/5  rDev +12%
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 +6%
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 -32.7%
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 +20.2%
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 +3.7%
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 -13.5%
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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Photo of Mikey440
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this one on tap from the brewery and not long after, got a 22oz bottle. Much better on tap in my opinion, but that might be because it was fresh from the brewery. Regardless, a very good double IPA.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in a pint glass. Nice copper color and white, lacey carbonation. Earthy aroma, medium body feel, and great bitter finish. I've had a few IPAs from Ninkasi and really dig the long, lingering bitter finishes that stay on the palate.

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Photo of jxmichael
2.42/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

22oz bomber, no date.

A - Dark copper, hazy with no bubbles. Minimal head with decent lacing.

S - Metallic, earthy.

T - Flat, pretty much zero carbonation. Malty, earthy with minimal alcohol taste and fairly drinkable for an 8% brew.

F - Full-bodied, sweet somewhat heavy finish.

O - Flat, flat, flat! Boring, one dimensional and not something I'll be having again.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

hazy orange, limited head.

Piney earthy scent. Accompanied with a difficult to identify medicinal smell. Perhaps a band aid or rubbing alcohol.

Earthy malts, light backbone, with a smooth transition to flowery tropical hops. Real dry, Champagne qualities. Slight spice with the alcohol and long hop finish.

Well crafted DIPA delivering the hoppy malts goods without trying to do too much.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Auburn and deep copper appearance, 1/3" white head. Kicks down a nice piney dry hop aroma.

Taste envelopes the palate with a hefty amount of bitterness and hops. Sticky crystal and caramel malt. Hides the alcohol well. The larger this brewery's distribution footprint got, the more the quality declined. They don't bottle date and they form big business agreements with retail, so who knows if this stuff is just older and on warm shelves.

No doubt when its fresh its good.

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Photo of Pencible
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like light citrus.
T: It tasted like citrus hops and sugary malt. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice IPA, but the scent and taste were very basic. The body was solid and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. Good but forgettable.

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Photo of jonwiseman
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas. Matt pours a generous serving. Malt is evident up front. Hops take over in the middle. Finishes dry and smooth. A decent one inch head initially but somewhat less carbonation than I prefer. Scant lacing. Love the unfiltered look and taste. Can't escape the malts. Feel is not as full due to the less carbonation. Smell is very mild. Deceptive alcohol onboard. Great beer

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Photo of BethanyB
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The big, slightly off-white head is smooth and creamy, leaving even, 360-degree rings around the glass. While hazy, the body is a lovely medium amber.

The smell is sweet, yet happily hoppy: peaches, nectarines and caramel mix well with sharp citrus rinds and thick cuts of sticky resin.

The aroma serves as an accurate introduction to the taste, which is a round, well-balanced caramel malt and resinous hop combination. The medium-high bitterness is nicely countered by notes of peaches and toffee. Not nearly as boozy as other DIPAs, Tricerahops is a gentle giant: refreshing, amiable, and satisfying.

The medium body is milky smooth, with moderate carbonation that allows the flavors to take top billing. Alcohol warming is barely noticeable, a warm undercurrent on a breezy day.

Reminds me of Avery's Maharajah in its comforting hoppiness with a spoonful of sugar. It's flavors span the spectrum, but the end result is still so simply balanced.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great balance of malt to hops. Smells citrusy. Having from a bottle so don't have stats on looks tough there is a small head and lacing noticed in the bottle. Floral and citrus notes. Great amount of malt to balance the bitterness of the hops and hid the abv. Delish.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. No bottling info.

Pours a clear golden body with a white head. Some retention, good lacing.

Smell is a grapefruit citrus at first, but as it warms it becomes a little more floral. A very slight malt detected too.

Taste has the citrus/floral hops balanced out with a lot more malt then I detected in the scent. It's a great balance that really hides the alcohol.

Feel was under carbonated. Watery and somewhat flat. My 3.25 rating on the feel is generous. Did I get an old one ?

Overall; See feel.... Other wise it was great ! Almost gave it a 4, but with the funky feel I just couldn't.
I will drink this again ... and if the feel is better I will update this review.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer, pours amber, hazy with a very mild white foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is hops all over the place, citric and resinous, very appealing. Taste is extremely good, very good balance between malt swetness and hops. Great beer, too bad It´s impossible to get in Mexico. Cheers

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours golden with a lasting thin head that leaves spotted lacing.

The smell is citric (grapefruit), earthy, floral. Some pine, some black pepper.

The taste is of grapefruity, earthy/floral hops. Caramelized bread from malt backing in the middle. Herbal, bitter-leaning finish. Some peppery alcohol shows in the spicy finish.

Medium-bodied, towards full-bodied.

Bitterness lingers pleasantly. A bit different (in a good way). Enjoyable.

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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 Buck89
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a thin white head. Good lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, earth tones, and sticky malt. The taste is malty but not overly sweet. Primarily citrusy hops with some dankness and complexity.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out with an amber appearance and a soapy bone colored head. This one had some sediment floating about and also left some nice lacing down the glass.

The smell was a strong punch of hops, citrus, grapefruit and pine blasting out.

The taste is a big punch of grapefruit followed by a bittersweet citrus than comes some pine with a hint of a malt backbone. A very powerful and fully loaded flavor profile.

Mouth feel borders on the medium with a bitter hops finish.

This one is listed at 100 IBU's and I really do not get that. The hops punch is strong but not overly bitter. I do believe this one sits right on that fence though. If there was more hops punch it may tip it over to a point where it would be overly bitter for me. Also of note is the ABV is tucked very nicely into the beer and does not jump out. There was a bit of hops oil coating my lips upon finishing this refreshing beer.

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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 donspublic
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into hotel glass, minimal head. Nice golden color, somewhat viscous on the pour. Smells dank, taste of malt, piney again going with the dank descriptor. Nice beer, grabbed bomber at 7-11, good choice. Would buy this in six packs if it was available in Tx. Nice beer

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Photo of Beginner2
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Next confession... I'm not a hop-head.
And doubling the malt won't make me a fan of hops either.
I'm glad I had this after exercising and I needed a quench. And it quenched... but was hard to finish.
Pretty much below average across the board except for the citrus aroma.

This beer is listed on the "1001" and does not deserve to be there... but with your 90, probably does.

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Photo of kgammell1
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Got to say I was pleasantly surprised. This was left in my house by a friend in a typical screw top growler. I forgot about it for a week and when I cracked it open, I thought I was going to get a flat, dull beer. This was great. Beautiful fluffy, white head retention. Notes of mango, pine, dank citrus and a pleasant sweetness smacked me in the nose. I don't know what hops they used but it certainly seems like a Centennial and Simcoe combo. Hops are forward (duh) in the taste but the strong malt backbone balances it out. This Dino coats the mouth and while the alcohol is strong with this one, it isn't apparent in the taste. Strongly recommend.

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