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Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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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447
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1,720
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4.01
pDev:
20.2%
 
 
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Photo of cbarrett4
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Nonic. Tasted several times from various taps in the Portland area.

This is basically an amped up version of Total Domination. More hops, more alcohol, more body, more more more!!! (Do I feel a Billy Idol song coming on?)

A - Typical yet quality IPA appearance, good straw-gold hue with some haze, a nice head and decently persistent lace.

S - Richly aromatic with lots of fresh hops and spice, some hints of citrus and pine.

T - Lots more of the citrus, hops, and spice.

M - Here is where this beer really differs from Total Domination. This is massive, structured, and intense with a soft character to the tannins that prevent this from being way too astringent.

D - It just calls you back for more. This is such a massive IPA, yet balanced and complex. The texture and alcohol are so perfectly matched that it doesn't seem to be over 8%.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Hazy golden-amber color with two and a half fingers of slightly off-white head that retained very well and left all sorts of lacing on the glass.

Smell: I can smell this beer before I even hold it up to my nose! Aromas of citrus and piney hops, pale malt, fruity esters, and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: The tip of the tongue starts off with a sour, acidic lemon punch which gives way into a lovely sweet syrup and pale malt flavor and a small bready flavor. The middle of the palate picks up a light fruity flavor, and the back end finishes up with a nice wallop of bitter piney and grapefruit hops. Alcohol very well disguised, but it's a bit warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, rich, slightly creamy, and medium carbonation. Coats the mouth with a nice thick layer of hop oils.

Drinkability: Extremely high for 8.8% ABV. A lovely sipping beer. Leaves you wanting another sip each time, and goes down extremely well. Not overly filling.

Final Notes: It doesn't actually taste as bitter as the IBUs would let on. Extremely well-balanced and drinkable, and an absolute must to pair against spicy food. If you're a hop lover, check it out.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Jeff for bringing me this beer!

Pours cool into a pint glass. Tricerahops (great name, isn't it?!) pours a deep amber orange color with thick tight head. The head lasts a good long time and leaves lots of lace as it settles.

Aroma is super hoppy and full of citrus and pine like a good DIPA should be. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and pine needles all come through.

Flavor is very good, very bitter, and a bit of a shock. When Jeff said it was his favorite beer, I had no idea he was such a hophead! It's full of bitter pine, grapefruit, citrus rind, and dank hops. It also has a somewhat toasty malt body with a certain biscuit flavor that was unexpected.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Easy drinking for the style but the hops have obliterated my tastebuds by about half way through the bomber.

Overall a very good example of the style. I hope to see this in Colorado soon.

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Photo of charliedvrs
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into my tulip glass. Thanks to msubulldog25 for this one!

A - A nice golden amber color. About a finger of creamy white head with a tint of gold sits at the top of the beer. Tons of lacing and some little unfiltered specs floating around the second glass.

S - Tons of citrusy fruit upfront, though not exceptionally strong. Bits of caramel from the malts sit in the background.

T - The grapefruit flavor of the hops hits you first, but there's something different here than the usual Cascade/Centennial forward DIPAs. It's more of a pineapple-grapefruit with hints of lemon and orange. It's a sweet beer, with a bit of a sugary taste that tends to downplay the bittering aspects of the hops as well as the high alcohol content. The bitterness waits till the very end of the sip to hit you.

M - I would say medium bodied and carbonated, maybe a bit light on the former. Dry, but not until the finish.

D - Quality brew with a very interesting hop profile that I really enjoyed. I could see how someone could come away not liking it due to personal taste. It's somewhere in between a DIPA and an Imperial Amber and really pushes the sweet citrus flavors without being as bitter as one would expect from the style. Hopefully I'll come across another bottle some time soon!

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Photo of dgilks
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop hazed, golden-amber colour with a big, creamy, off-white head. Nice head retention.

Big, tropical fruit aroma with a slightly bitter note (like grapefruit). Plenty of fruity sweetness here. Yum.

Medium to big bitterness is teemed up with masses of tropical hops and lots of flavour. A good malt backbone serves only to support the hops with out being cloying.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Silky.

A really tasty DIPA. This is a great example of the style.

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Photo of ReDave
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours one of the most cloudy beers I've seen this side of a Hefe.... Rather dark amber with some golden edges in the light.

Aroma was slight pine hops, some malt in there,
[couldn't find a date stamp, this may have been a little old]

Pretty nice big double IPA bite up front, malt backing. Pretty good balance, not bad,
Especially when you factor in the price. Probably the cheapest DIPA out there right now...

I'd get this again, not the best DIPA, but not bad at all, and at under 4 bucks, quite a deal.

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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 allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged at a run-down station across the street from Pacific U. I love Oregon! Poured into plastic dorm cup. This is a nice, somewhat hazy amber color with a fine white head on top. Those is a tad faint, with pleasant enough citrusy-hops, and a hint of malt, but really not a lot there. Disappointing flavor as well. While sufficiently bitter, hop flavor presents nothing more than a moderate grapefruit cascade taste. Might have been exciting twenty years ago, but it doesn't stand up in the crowd of excellent DIPAs today.

Not bad for a tiny gas-station find. Hopefully I can seek out something better later this week in downtown Forest Grove.

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Photo of decafron
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a proper pint glass from a 22oz. bomber. golden amber with tons of carbonation and excellent long lasting lacing.

smells of caramel, pine, and of course hops, hops, hops. i can't help but think of spring rain when i put my beak in there.

tastes of massive hops, citrus, rock candy as well as malt in the middle of the palate. probably the maltiest DIPA i've ever come across which isn't a bad thing at all.

mouthfeel is somewhere between a medium to heavy body with lots of carbonation.

a damn fine drinkable DIPA that hides the 8.8% very well. not quite the hopmonster i was expecting, but pleasantly balanced and refreshing. at about $5 i'll gladly be buying more of this. thanks ninkasi!

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Photo of mshannon
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz into pint glass.

A- Gorgeous dark amber color, very clear, creamy head, long retention and thick lacing, definitely inviting

S- citrus and floral hops, also nice caramel/biscuity malts

T- relatively big hops, not what I was expecting with double IPA, but tasty and citrusy, same malts, alcohol is mild, nice balance

M- thick and bubbly

D- awesome, very drinkable though not really double, I'll buy it again

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. The foam overtook the top of the glass, settled nicely and I finished the pour.

A - Beautiful perfectly clear dark amber appearance, foamy bronze head that persisted for quite a while.

S - The citricy smell was noticeable as soon as I popped the cap and only got better as I filled the glass. Smelled of grapefruit.

T - More grapefruit - and hops. Lots of hops and more hops.

M - The beer feels very pleasant in the mouth and the aftertaste is very pleasant.

D - The only thing preventing me from having another is the alcohol content.

For a hophead like myself, I feel I have died and gone to Heaven. Ninkasi the goddess would be pleased.

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Photo of davedahl
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful golden ale w/crystal clarity, thick tight tan head.

Smell: hops hops hops (w/a little caramel).

Taste: juicy big hops, pretty well balanced by rich caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: full, round, but not a gullet-stuffer.

Damn tasty. Overall, smooth hop aroma, citrus, little pine, maybe some catpiss (in a good way). Brilliant clarity, tan head. First sip smacked me a bit of a hop-pucker from the hops. Clean fermentation big bitterness (earthy hops?), balanced caramel backbone, taste cleans up with creamy pine and citrus. Alcohol (8.8%) is present, but not overbearing.

Good stuff.

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Photo of velmalikevelvet
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz bottle into a chilled mug on 6/30/10.

Coppery-orange & slightly clouded, with a generous, creamy head with staying power, leaving substantial lacing & no doubt it was there.

As soon as the cap was popped, the bouquet jumped out! This is the first beer I can really say smelled "floral". Grapefruit, too, in nice measure. Massive hops, just like you'd expect in a DIPA, with a nice bite. Just like it says on the bottle: "Fiercely flavorful."

Chewy in the mouth, with a decent tingle-factor. Great carbonation. Fairly begs to be paired with something spicy.

All around great beer!

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Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle received in a trade with calinalu. Thanks! Chose this over some fresh Pliney to try this afternoon...

Pours much darker than expected, a cloudy rusted copper with a very large, rocky cream colored head. The head has amazing retention and lacing, but the appearance just seems off for a DIPA. Aroma is sticky and sweet, caramel and crystal malts with a weak hop presence with some grapefruit and citrus resin. Flavor has a very strong, potent malt body, again very caramel like and resiny and the hops are not quite as interesting or pronounced as expected. Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation, the finish lingers with citrus resin and a strong hop presence than the body, citrusy and piney. Overall, a rather disappointing DIPA, but a very nice, drinkable beer. Reminds me more of an imperial amber, like an aged nugget nectar or rogue's XS imperial red, not the best example of a west coast DIPA.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What is with the lack of freshness date? Not that excusable, IMO. But anyway, poured into an imperial pint. Looks quite appetizing, with the typical DIPA sunny orange-gold. And some decent head retention and lacing too.

Aroma....hmmm...some grapefruit and orange, but a good deal of mango and passionfruit...and much more passionfruit than mango. I like that in a DIPA.

This is a pretty big beer in both hop and malt character. It's mostly grapefruit-seed bitterness and caramel malt, lacking much of what was in the nose.

Decent feel, slightly resinous.

I kinda get the feeling that this is trying to be a poor man's Pliny the Elder. And it does a pretty good job of it as far as the tropical fruit nose, but it doesn't have quite the depth of flavor you'd expect.

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Photo of hoppyhampy
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at bevmo last week but no other freshness info. 22oz bomber poured into a tulip. Good inch and a half of frothy head with very nice lacing and above average retention. Color is a cloudy orange-amber. Sweet, biscuity malt and mild, fresh hops on the nose. Rich and full bodied. Syrupy without much carbonation leaving room for improvement in the mouthfeel and drinkability departments. The malt definitely slows the onset of the hops but they come through with a fury. Very bitter and resiny but also light and fresh. I like how the malt comes through first and you are left with the hops to enjoy. Overall very good effort, especially for the price.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky golden orange with a thin head and a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: sweet malts up front with caramel citrus aromas and faint hop notes.

T: this one seems to be more of a malty mess then it is a well balanced DIPA. The malts dominate with caramel citrus notes and very little hop character.

M: meduim body with a little carbonation and has a crisp dry finish.

D: drinks well but iam dissapointed on this west coast DIPA. The beer did not give the name any justice, really lacked that hoppy punch

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Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy orangish color with a white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- For double IPA I expected a lot more. A bit of pine here with grapefruit hop as well. Followed by a strong malt backbone.

T- Hops are up front with a citrus and pine background but are balanced out by a bready malt backbone. For a double IPA I wasn't really impressed not enough hops here.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation.

D- Fairly easy to drink I expected a lot more outta this one. Fairly disappointed here.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to zestar for this one. Poured from a bomber into a Blue Point snifter. Shared with capra12.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger fluffy white semi-coarse head with decent retention. Beer is a semi-clear reddish-orange. Lacing is frothy with little cling.

S: Pine, grass, and cane sugar. Slightly sour hop in the background. Very clean and clear overall with a generous nose.

T: Piney, grassy, and slightly astringent hops dominate with little malt balance. A "west-coast" style offering for sure. Slight sour hoppiness in the background that's more fruity than anything and adds an interestingly different dimension to the experience. Finish is messy with a hop bitterness that lingers on the palate.

M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, and probably the smoothest IPA I've had in a long time. Soily and almost oily on the tongue, this one just slides down the throat and really lathers the palate. Finish is messy and aftertaste is rather strong.

D: An average nose and taste/balance at best, this one has a ridiculous mouthfeel which just seems to pull everything together. I'd definitely give it another shot if only to see how else the feel can enhance other aspects of this beer.

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Photo of popery
2.99/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big disappointment. I tried this beer on tap at this year's DIPA Festival at The Bistro and was surprised to find it wanting. Optimistically, I didn't review it, hoping that the sampler didn't do it justice. I have a fresh bottle, now, and can honestly say this does not live up to its reputation.

Tricerahops pours a bright amber, transparent, with a white head. The aroma is dominated by hops, though rather weak, and there are some pine/citrus notes in there, somewhere, but, unfortunately, it's more a body odor/gym socks hoppiness. The flavor also definitely lacks for hops (I'm aware of the limitations of IBU counts and don't put much stock in them, but I'm surprised at Ninkasi's claim that this clocked in 100+). It isn't nearly bitter enough. However, I'll give it some credit for not being sweet, either. The mouthfeel is a tad thin, and the finish is bland with those same mediocre, body odor hop flavors.

I appreciate that Ninkasi is trying to make relatively affordable craft beer, but this is a poor effort. Lagunitas absolutely blows them out of the water, in this respect. I hate to be harsh, but I just don't get this beer and have not been a fan of their other offerings thus far.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this for a while. Great name, and I've heard great things. My sister sent me a bottle, along with some other PDX goodies, for my birthday.

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Much darker pour than I expected. Reddish-orange with a finger of plush foam. Head retains well. Pretty good lacing.

Restrained hop aroma. Caramel sweetness, plus a little citrus and piney/herbal bitterness.

Flavor follows. Lots of sweet malt, with a dry, resinous finish. Not a whole lot of hop flavor, especially for a West Coast DIPA. I expected much more.

Medium-heavy body. Slick, oily texture. Fairly low carbonation is appropriate. Decently easy drinker. Ending bitterness is a tad harsh, knocking the drinkability down a notch. Tricerahops could possibly be a pretty good intro PNW DIPA.

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Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With such an awesome name, I expected more.

Pours a golden-ish amber/orange hue. Big white foam head.

Smells mostly of pine, but there's some grapefruit rinds and sweet white grapefruit there also. It actually smells better than it tastes.

The hops are too muted in the flavor. Too much malt, and a weird sweet herbal aftertaste. Some grapefruit, some sticky citrus resin, but it's a bit off kilter for a DIPA.

Good mouthfeel.

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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 indiapaleale
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - amazing dark golden in color with suspended sediment that makes it almost look frozen. The head is creamy and resembles pancake batter. Lots of lacing inside the glass makes this pour extremely appetizing.

Aroma - lots of fresh, piney Pacific Northwestern hops come jumping out of the glass. Some sweet, syrupy malt follows and a smell of red licorice as well. Slight hints grapefruit and orange juice combine with cotton candy to round things out.

Taste - big and bitter up front with a boat load of malt backing things up. This is definitely a vamped up IPA with some tongue tingling hoppiness and a warming alcohol level. A bit buttery and citrusy with some very nice piney flavors that coat the inside of the mouth. As a hophead I am not let down, this covers all my needs and then some.

Overall - With so many big IPAs out there its getting nigh impossible to really pick out the great ones from the very good ones. This one is definitely very good and well worth seeking out. Plenty of hop flavor and with a better drinkability than others at this strength.

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. What I wouldn't do to have a pint of this at the brewery the first day it is being poured. Talk about hop heaven.

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

A good clear, amber/autumn appearance. Minimal head and lacing. Great hop pine aroma.

Great amounts of hops and bitterness coat the palate. Not heavy malt wise. Good mouthfeel, nothing resonates to take away from its hop character (and that's why we drink DIPA right?). Not just absurd bitterness, but plays well with the dry hop taste.

Alcohol remains hidden very well, very pleased to be getting this beer in NorCal, much less for only $5.99 a 22. One of many great, nationally under the radar ipa's coming out of Oregon.

EDIT: How many old bottles did Bevmo pick up of this? The last 3 times, old, faded. An A- when fresh.

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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