Tricerahops Double IPA | Ninkasi Brewing Company

Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA
BA SCORE
84.2%
Liked This Beer
4.02 w/ 1,795 Ratings
Tricerahops Double IPATricerahops Double IPA
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 07-30-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,172
Reviews:
466
Ratings:
1,795
Liked:
1,511
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
10.45%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
198
Gots:
476
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,795 |  Reviews: 466
Photo of halo3one
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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 bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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 aussiebeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of msubulldog25
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, I'll forgive the misspelling of "Tricerahops" for such a fine beer; enjoyed this pint at Henry's Tavern, 9/7/2007.

A: Pours a hazy, amber/orange with a 1/4 " cap of creamy head; light soap bubbles and a thin film of frosty cream as it settles. Slow carbonation rising sporadically. Modest lace in thin bands.

S: Big aroma of fresh hop cones; purely citrus and pine. It's nothing intricate, just bold and full, with an ample dose of caramel malt.

T: Oh, wow. Superb balance; it's understandable why this won the Concordia Cup recently as favorite DIPA. Outstanding balance, I was very impressed by the melding of sweet/sugary and chewy caramel malt with a burst of citrus. Bitter bite is minimal in the end, coming off as gently pithy but pleasingly floral and herbal.

M: Silky, medium-full mouthfeel. Nothing syrupy/heavy, just a smooth an balanced feel that expertly masks that nearly 10% alcohol heat.

D: One of the most drinkable DIPAs I've enjoyed. Quite well-balanced, with malt and caramel flavors mashing up beautifully with orange/citrus hoppiness.
This may be my new favorite of the ubiquitous NW IPAs - a treasure worth seeking out!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky amber/unfiltered apple cider. Near white head leaves and chunky clumps and lots of webbed lace remains.

S - Pine and citrus dominate. Some of that pot/cat pee smell.

T - Big caramel center surrounded by equally big hops.

M - Medium to full, nice balance between sweet and bitter. Lush beer.

D - Pretty good for how big and full flavored it is.

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Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

Appearance: Fairly standard honey orange with decent clarity, a big off white head, lots of retention and LOADS of lacing!

Smell: Wet grass, floral hops, honey, and a touch of citrus hops.

Taste: A delicious DIPA that seems more like a "Big IPA" to me. Hops are very present but not as extremely aggressive as other DIPA's. A good dose of sugar and a low malt profile keep this brew all about the hops.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin and crisp for a DIPA but a nice amount of carbonation is very pleasant.

Drinkability: Good for an 8.8 % ABV

This has been my 3rd Ninkasi offering I've tried and my favorite yet.

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Photo of DIPAFAN
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
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 sharpski
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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 ScottP
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brotherloco
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ste5venla
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.82/5  rDev -5%
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 flexabull
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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 ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says 8.8%, not 9.7% ABV as currently stated on BA. Whatever the alcohol level, Tricerahops is one of the best names for a hoppy beer, ever.

Pours a big creamy head that reduces to a very thin layer of sea-foam surprisingly quick. Color is the beautiful orange/red that typifies a double IPA, with a lot of haze creating a nearly-opaque effect.

Aroma fills the nose with grapefruit. Big fat gobs of grapefruit,
but with a spicier backup that recalls peppermint and cinnamon, and plenty of mild, sweeter fruits like peach and pear. Has a kind of musty roundness to it.

Flavor is unripe orange, citrus rind, lemon drop candy, with just a hint of caramel to help with balance. Having had two different Ninkasi beers before, I'm starting to get wise to their game: big kick-ass Northwest hops in abundance. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the big malt base that should be here, and likely IS here, is cut down considerably by the big, piney, fresh, raw, citrus-rind hops. I like, because I like hops, but this also lacks that gooey, creamy essence of a more well-balanced DIPA. Same goes for the texture, which isn't as creamy as I'd like, but still manages to be rounded and slick and a worthy conduit for the flavor.

Best Double IPA ever? Nope. But a totally enjoyable hop-overload that remains drinkable and likable. Very much a product of its region. "Ninkasi" is starting to equal "Pacific Northwest Ale" in my mind...don't know how I missed them when I was actually out there last year. Can't wait to try their other offerings.

Graciously sent VA-way by msubulldog25, thanks Brian!

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richkrull
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Kendo
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the growler into a Piraat tulip. Body is clear orangey/coppery/amber. Small white head leaves behind a little lace.

S: Not too strong on the nose. Toffee and caramel malt are surprisingly the first impression, as the hops are not too strong for the style.

T: OK, now I get the DIPA flavor profile that was missing in the nose: solid hops - mainly of the tropical fruit and citrus variety - over a fairly thick caramel malt base.

M: Medium- to full-bodied in heft, modest carbonation gives it a slightly slick feel.

O: A solid DIPA for my first Ninkasi brew.

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84.2% out of 100 with 1,795 ratings
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