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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 beinerso
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy, oddly closer to tan than copper
Smell: Certainly citrus (tropical fruit + grapefruit), apricot, understated sweet malt, a smidge of booze
Taste: Pine, apricot, grapefruit, bitter
Mouthfeel: med body, mod syrup min oily, heavy carbonation
Overall: lots to like about this dino DIPA

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the May Freetail bottle release.

The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is classic double IPA. I get a lot of orange and resiny pine notes from the hops with a little bit of malt mixed in.

The flavor is more of the same. There is a little bit of toffee in the flavor, but what dominates is a spicy hop profile. I get a lot of pine resin as well as a little bit of orange citrus. The bitterness is low to medium and the alcohol is extremely well hidden. The beer is very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, purchased at lovely Bottleworks in Seattle and lugged home in checked luggage

ah yes, the northwest...a magical land of hops, hops and more hops. Oh what a region - i shall live there soon

appearance: poured into a hopleaf tulip, cloudy copper-amber body with a frothy beige cap and light retention...murky and cloudy

smell: a hop dominated nose but not one that jumps out of the bottle to punch you in the skull...a sharp green hop presence, mild bitterness...nice but not overpowingly great

taste: a nice refreshing DIPA, which isnt always the case. This brew has a nice sharp green hop presence with a light pine kick...there is some light pineapple and pear involved. Northwest hops, citrus (grapefruit, not-yet-ripe orange), and a light malt structure.

mouthfeel: light bitterness, very refreshing and drinkable for the style

drinkability: very high

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip. Thanks go to wackyfoot for this in a recent trade.

Pours a clear (and quite effervescent) copper, topped with a finger of off-white frothy head. Retains with a bit of a thin yet creamy looking layer but this flares up very nicely, leaving back a massively sticky latticework of lacing that coats the sides. The aroma is fairly sharp in the nostrils, with floral character, pine, spice, and heat, giving this a fine-tuned hoppy punch. Smooth tropical fruit notes and grainy sweetness help even this out very nicely.

The hops are as strong in the taste, as they were in the aroma, with an assertively sticky and spicy bitterness. That same well done balance (heck, maybe even a bit better) comes courtesy of that same mix of soft feeling tropical fruits and toasted bready malts. Even the finish is balanced, with lingering spice being quickly cut short by a quick splash of malts and fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft and velvety texture to the carbonation that keeps this very easy feeling in the mouth. The ABV is kept in check here, with a steady warmth on the breath, yet this never gets stinging.

Very well done DIPA here from Ninkasi, with a softer and more delicate balance of hops and malt that does a great job of masking that nearly 9% ABV. Quite the flavorful easy sipper here.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy,burnt orange coloured ale, thick creamy creme coloured head. Very nicely hopped aroma..mainlly citrus aromas,some alt in the back ground, nice and fresh. Taste is very nicely hopped, citric in style , but oddly orange peel flavours..like a good darker breakfast marmalade. Strong malt backbone to this..long lasting bitter after taste. Nice on the palate..quite thick and satisfying. Overall a good drink..one of the more balalced DIPAs I have encountered.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #2 Thanks to Phelps. The beer was chilled and served in my Imperial Pint glass.

A- 4.0 The body of the beer is a slightly cloudy light amber coloration with tight active carbonation. The head resolved quickly into a white ring of foam. Was going to knock this beer to a 3.5 but the cloudy bits of sediment tell me this is unfiltered so I know its going to be good.

S- 4.0 Lightly sweet carmeled malt leads the charge and quickly gets punched in the gooch by floral grapefruit subdued pine. In all honesty I am amazed how subdued the pine notes are in the nose given how pronounced they are in the taste.

T- 4.5 The flavor delivers an unrelenting grass and pine tree and pine cone bitterness. Its a bit of a one hop note but this beer can play that song for me anytime.

M- 4.0 Medium bodied with active carbonation. The bitterness is playing Master and Servant with my palate and I am enjoying being the servant.

O- 4.0 This was a very satisying blast of hop forward beer. In short I am loving this and one bomber wasnt enough I am ready for another fix. I know the beer is alcoholic from the general warming I am experiencing. Alcohol is not present in smell, taste or mouthfeel.

Thanks Phelps for a very excellent hoppy beer treat. The reveal: Ninkasi Brewing Tricerahops DIPA. This beer and brewery wasnt even on my radar. Thanks again Phelps!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from my BA buddy, millerbaffoon...thanks man!

A - Pours a hazy amber orange color with a foamy, white head, sticky lacing with lots of retention on the sides of the glass and small amounts of carbonation.

S - Acidic tropical fruit rinds - oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, resinous pine, and caramel malt. The aroma is good, but not overly strong, sort of a borderline between light and moderate.

T - A little bit hebrally in the background, but mainly tropical fruit with a light caramel backbone. The fruit side is slightly acidic when it hits the tongue, sweet up front, and finishes with a moderate dose of grapefruit bitterness right before the alcohol warming in the back of the throat. I want to say there's a small trace of mint in there as well but I haven't yet been able to pinpoint the exact flavor. There is some alcohol effervescence on the back side.

M - Body is half way between medium and heavy and carbonation is gentle and smooth on the tongue.

O - This is a very well brewed Double IPA from the NW, I wish we could get this one here. Enjoyable and worth seeking out.

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Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on cask at Moon and Sixpence in Portland, OR.

I really enjoy a good beer on cask and this one was a pleasure. It had a nice golden color with some haze, a nice head and good lacing. It's got a citrusy, malty aroma and a smooth flavor with citrus and a mild sweetness. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my.. 4th Ninkasi beer? So far nothing has been able to top their oatmeal stout.

Pours a slightly hazy copper that turns golden towards the edges.

Rocky white foam recedes and leaves some nice lacing.

Faintly smells of that simcoe cat urine smell, but it's not as bad as Stone beers. Floral, hoppy, cat piss.

Taste is pretty killer. Smooth, nice bitterness, great malt backbone to support this beast of a beer. Alcohol is faint, but present. Hops are piney, but incredible bready and biscuity malts are the star of this beer.

This beer lingers like an 8% ABV beer. What do you expect? I think this category is useless. Carbonation levels seem spot on.

Overall this is right up there with Ninkasi's best offerings. Not the hop bomb that most IIPAs tend to be, but the balance this beer exhibits really makes it shine. Great beer, will be seeking more out in the future.

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Photo of vtblackdog
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly cloudy, slightly orange hue. Nice head that hangs.

S - Piney hoppy aroma very nice.

T - A nice hop bite but not too biting. I really like the hop malt balance on this one.

M - A nice gentle hop bite with a medium body.

O - A very good example of a double IPA.

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Photo of Onslow
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

interesting name for this brewery in the US .. very solid smooth bitterness .. great beautiful lacing ... medium orange brown colour like the colour of a basketball at the knicks game, beeeeautiful!, stupid guvo, the patriots suck gweedo ... bottle from Bottletrek in Oregon, whats up travis ... very easy to drink, the bitterness level is right on with a nice backbone ... hides the ABV absolutely magically ... marble sure is happy .. again, whats up with the name ninkasi, am i in japan? i sure wish i had some general toe (just fuckin with ya, Gigi.. who? bla bla bla) .. this could be quite popular around the US with draft distribution, i mean bottle is wonderful but there are DIPA's that match this ...

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pine, floral, and grassy hops with some sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine, grassy, and floral hops come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malts. The finish is a mix of pine, grapefruit, and grassy hops with some resiny bitterness and some sweet bready malts.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice hop profile and bitterness throughout with good overall balance.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type - 22 oz bomber into pint glass

A - pours a deep, orange-ish amber. A smooth pour results in minimal head and lacing. Somewhat clear.

S - Holy hop-bomb batman! This one has a strong hop bite in the smell, but along with it is pine, grapefruit, orange, and biscuit like malts lingering about.

T - Yum! Big bold, pine and grapefruity hoppiness is very well balanced with a big, biscuity malt backbone. Now this is what DIPA should be, An emphasis on hops without being a complete bitter assault on the tastebuds. This is gooood.

M - Surprisingly light for the style, but by no means too thin. It makes this beer deceivingly sessionable.

D - Nearly 9% ABV, really? Yikes! Caution is advised.

Overall - Highly worth seeking out for IPA/DIPA fans.

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Photo of MURF0320
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Slightly cloudy orange, minimal white head, good lacing.
*Smells nice. Floral hops, citrus, and pine.
*The hops and malts are both distinctive, but neither are overpowering. Bitterness of grapefruit, citrus, and pine stand out slightly. Nicely balanced DIPA.
*The balanced ones always go down too easily.
*Had this later on the same day as a Pliny the Elder, so it had a lot to live up to. Not as perfectly balanced, but held its own. I would highly recommend giving it a try. Even if it wasn't good I'd buy it for the name alone.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a nice long-lasting white head, good lace.

S: Tropical fruit salad, complex and fragrant.

T: Sweet pineapple, passion fruit, guava, very tropical. Malt is nice, almost a cake batter flavour, with some strawberry and grapefruit in the finish.

M: Medium/full-bodied, long aftertaste, very light carbonation.

D: I'm glad this was finally available at BevMo, after Ninkasi's been available for a couple months I wondered when this was going to show up. Under $5 a bomber for a DIPA of this quality, an easy buy.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful red-amber color, bright as crystal. Vigorous pour yields a modest head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Nice citrus in the nose. Big juicy grapefruit hop flavor with pine and peppery alchohol toward the finish. The peppery effect builds up over the course of the bottle, somewhat limiting drinkability. Good carbonation to lighten the load.

This is a very well done example of the style that seems on the verge of greatness with just a little tweaking. Next time I am on the left coast, I will seek out more Ninkasi.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a slight head. Slight lacing. Nice hop aroma, although somewhat subdued for the style imo. Still, a nice bouquet. Taste is weighted in the hop direction with plenty of juicy citrus notes. Nice bready malt backing that doesn't intrude on the hop's territory. Oily hop goodness is the story here, though. Not at all brash, actually pretty easy drinking for 8.8%. This drinks like a plain-jane IPA. A finely crafted brew. Hats off.

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Photo of flexabull
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are of bright citrus, grapefruits, oranges, and hard candies. This is a nice smelling DIPA, with lots of citrus hop notes.

Taste starts of with a sugary creamy malt backdrop. Beer then settles into a mixture of citrus hops flavors, starts out a little bit tart and sour, then finishes bitter, with candied grapefruit, and hints a resin.

Mouthfeel is nice. Full and smooth, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This is a very fine DIPA, drinks easy, with very nice hop flavors that are balanced with a nice malt backbone. I am impressed with how easy drinking this is, reminds me more of an IPA. Well done Ninkasi!

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Photo of CaptainTripps
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Brownish-orange color. Slightly hazy. Excellent 2 fingers worth of head. Great retention, amazing amount of lacing.

S- Fruity hops, carmel malts are present. Man does this thing smell good.

T- Fruity hops and malts dominate. While the taste is much more calmer then the smell, it is still amazing. I would say mango meets grapefruit on this one. Citrus finish. Hops not to over the top. Alcohol well hidden

(reviewer note: as the beer warmed up a little bit, alcohol was a little more present but nothing to harm the taste.)

M- Smooth and almost creamy, different from most DIPA I have had. Good amount of carbonation.

D- Very high for this is a very tasty brew. I believe this is an excellent representation of the style. One of my favorite DIPA's around. Good job Ninkasi.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into imperial pint glass.
No bottled-on date that I could find.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, and clover honey. Mmmm, mmm!

Appearance: Copper body, which is translucent from chill haze. 2 fingers of off-white thick, foamy head. Excellent, sudsy Belgian lace does not go anywhere.

Flavor: Very well-balanced up front--a skillful blend of bitterness and malt. Pineapple, some alcohol, honeylike (but not syrupy) sweetness, then a dry, but not overwhelming finish that fades--wait, then reappears for a very bitter, lingering finish. Like with the spicy heat in some foods, this one reappears with a bitter vengeance.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium-full body, and a warming, slightly peppery alcohol.

Overall: Another in-your-face DIPA! The initial, seemingly tame balance, got me hook, line, and sinker. I appreciated the drier malt profile, and know that many will appreciate the monstrous hop bitterness. Give it a shot!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to blackcloud for this awesome extra. consumed from a SN ipa glass.

a - brew poured the classic ipa transparent orange with a big foamy white/off-white head that hung out and left massive chunky lacing. the nucleation on the bottom of the glass really made the carbonation jump from the bottom of the glass. looks great.

s - crisp and clean, almost soapy pine. floral, citric and in general appeasing and nice. not too intense, fairly balanced by the malt, but the hop is the superstar.

t - yum. very tasty. much like the nose, a nice floral fruity hop, but rather balanced with the malt. bouquet of flowers, citric, oranges...with a tad of bitterness of the finish, but hardly so. soft caramel notes in the background.

m - soft and easy drinking finish has subtle bitterness, but mostly fruity and floral.

o - overall, this is a really nice ipa. it was surprising to be a west coast ipa with so much malt presence to balance out the hop. not sure if this is old, but the balance is really nice for west coast. paint me impressed.

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clarity in this brilliant amber-orange DIPA. Big and fluffy two finger off-white head that dissapates very slowly, leaving lots of lacing in its wake. A resiny grapefruit citrus smell makes up most of the hop aroma, but its somewhat faint as this beer isn't overly aromatic. Full-body of bready malt makes up the rest of the aroma. Clean and crisp, but wouldn't mind a bit more of a nose-full in the hop department.

The taste starts off with a quick and lightly toasty bready malt that has hints of caramel and gives the beer a nice full body throughout the taste. This moves into a citrusy lemon-orange zest that has a nice dry flavor and sets up a big grapefruity finale. The hops in the back are both bitter and flavorful, tons of grapefruit flavor backed by a combination of somewhat earthy, resiny/grapefruit bitterness that adds a perfect balance to the full body of the beer. The mouthfeel is a great balance of smooth and prickly with a medium carbonation level that doesn't get in the way, but also doesn't seem watery. Alcohol is certainly there, but way in the background as a soft reminder on the breath.

When you put all of these components together, it becomes a fantastically drinkable DIPA. It seems so smooth and with that full body it is so satisfying. The aroma is a bit disappointing but the taste and near perfect balance for a DIPA make this a very good beer. I'm glad I picked a couple of these up, because it has definitely hit the spot today.

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. Nice retention and some lacing.

S - Great IPA aroma. Good burnt toast malt, pine, grapefruit and orange peel.

T - The bitter hop character comes through quite strongly with grapefruit, orange and pine. The caramel and malt flavor takes a back seat to the hops.

M - This is crisp, sharp and finished dry. A medium bodied ale.

D - A very fine double IPA that has a great aroma and packs a delicious hop punch.

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Photo of boogyman
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer many times. I would actually this was the very first beer I had that really got me hooked onto Double IPAs and just IPAs in general. Thank you Ninkasi for making my live amazing!

A- Pours a nice copper color with a finger of white head that dissipates leaving some ring of bubbles around the edge. As I look in the liquid the suds have created something in the shape of a skull face... well this could be good or bad but it ain't gonna stop me from drinking this amazing beer.

S- Definitely hits you in the face with pure citrus and hops. Grapefruit, lemons, tart oranges, maybe pineapple. Feels like the citrus just jumps into my nose, it is nice.

T- For being 8.8% ABV, this doesn't have nearly the bite to show it. Gives me fruity hoppyness and leaves only a bit of bitter aftertaste, but enough to remind me it is a DIPA.

M- Goes down fairly smooth. Had had smoother but this one seems to be made that way on purpose as it doesn't bother me, I actually kinda like the tingle as it goes down. No alcohol burn to speak of.

D- Most definitely a drink I could have more then one of, but would get fairly drunk in a hurry. This will likely always be my beer of choice if I want to have some I know will satisfy since I can get it pretty much year round at my local shop.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-13-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured one finger of foam with a decent lacing ring. Carbonation is present with this brew. Dark copper color

S – Roasted malts and hops

T/M – Medium bodied brew that was well blended with the malt to hop ratio. Higher in the hops category.

D – Pretty tasty brew. My first one from Ninkasi and it has impressed. Medium bodied easy drinker. Not too strong in either the malt or hops department but got more hops of course. Have a slighter bitter back bone but nothing that would detour me from having this again. I will have this again and highly recommend it!

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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