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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 cjgator3
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a very nice dark orangish amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt and really nice resinous citrus and piney hops. The taste is sweet malt up front with a very nice citrusy hop profile in the finish. This is not as hoppy as most DIPAs, but it definately packs enough hops to satisfy most hop fixes. There is also a really nice malt backbone, making this beer very smooth and balanced. My bottle says 8.8% ABV, but it is pretty well hidden. Overall, Tricerahops Double IPA is an excellent DIPA that is highly recommended. Yet another solid IPA from the PNW.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are malts, caramel, and orange/grapefruit. I can also pick up on some pineapple juice. It finishes with a malty aftertaste with undertones of citrus juice and zest.

Overall – There alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden. It drinks almost like a IPA. The taste is well balanced and it has a nice flavour. There isn’t an extreme amount of hop taste going on, so I can see how it might disappoint the hop heads out there. Still a good beer nonetheless.

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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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold to amber under a 2” clingy white head with a fine bead.
S: Resiny piney hops, biscuit, light fruit on the nose
T: Starts creamy and has a little malt sweetness and some pear, slight orange. Long lingering bitterness with a biscuity, fruity sweetness – almost like a jam or marmalade.
F: very creamy and smooth, medium to medium full body, medium carbonation, slight warming.
O: A big well balanced beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no bottling date that I could find. Served in a DFH IPA glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, candied oranges) and piney hops, and some bready and caramel malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some grapefruit and melon noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. This was given to me from one of my friends, nice of him to give me a bottle! It's worth picking up if you've never had it before, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a bunch SatlyMalty! Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random tufts of surface foam. Splotchy lacing.

S- Effervescent hop aroma that's citrusy and grassy. Notes of grapefruit, pine and some astringency from the alcohol

T- The hops sink their teeth in and then let go like they were almost never there. The bitterness is so abrupt but subtle. There's a splash of tropical fruit flavor like grapefruit, orange zest and lemon but it all quickly recedes leaving a dry finish with a modest lingering bite. Alcohol is nicely subdued.

M- Oily and crisp with medium carbonation and an average body.

O- I rarely find an IPA that can be this hoppy yet still be so balanced and restrained. Definitely the best I've had from Ninkasi thus far.

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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 DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky peach with a dense cap of off-white foam that lingered. Good head retention, lots of lacing. Grapefruit and lemon aroma, pine and caramel, oranges and stone fruits. Bitterness was strong, but not harsh, with plenty of citrus pith flavour and biscuity, cookie dough maltiness. Velvety carbonation with medium to full body. Overall, very nice and easy drinking. There are plenty of hops, but they're not overpowering.

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Photo of Brad007
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a mild gold color with a small white head into my glass. For $4.99, it seems like a steal already.

Bold hop aroma with mint and pine in the nose.

Buttery malt and bold citrus and pine bitterness. A little sweeter than expected.

Bitterness envelopes the mouth back toward the tongue. A little alcohol heat to boot.

An impressive nod to the old school DIPA with the abundance of pine bitterness!

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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 Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, big thanks to googzoid10! Review # 1700!

Pours a very clear dark amber orange, medium sized off white head forms, quickly settles to a thick ring around the glass, looks pretty nice. Smell is very fruity, strawberries and cherries, caramel, some sugary sweetness, very fruit, neat tropical fruit aroma, some neat character to this one. Taste is similar, sweet and fruity, strawberries, alcohol comes through, light citrus and grapefruit, sugary, some nice citrus acidity and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth for the ABV, quite nice and a very interesting DIPA. Thanks Greg!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 3.24.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bright, hazy orange with a thick, bubbly head.

S - Pine and citrus.

T - Hops/pine, citrus, and slightly like cleaning solution.

D - Pretty bitter.

O - I was a bit let down from this one. I may give it a try at a later date.

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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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Photo of drpimento
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber I got at Sam's in Chicago 'bout 6 weeks ago. Poured with a nice off-white head and some lace. Color is a medium hazy amber. Aroma is a really nice caramel and hop. Flavor is much more interesting: not as sweet as the nose suggests; a little dry up front and a sweetish finish. There's a little fruit in there - citrus and maybe a little crisp pear. Body is good too - almost a champagne carbonation, full effervescence, not thin, but not heavy. Great American IPA finish. Very good beer. Don't pick up the alcohol.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Matilda glass. Thanks to Spycow for this one...Pours a murky orange/copper, dull and uninspiring. There is a white head, provides some decent lacing...The aroma is floral with citrus notes, oranges mostly. A little soapy but the alcohol is hidden...The taste is a big let down, not sure if its old or just not that good of a dipa. Soapy, floral hops, bitter, not as much of the citrus comes through. Pretty boring, wasn't inspired to drink this.

A decent beer but with so many dipa options I wouldn't have this again. Would try it on tap to see if its better fresh.

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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 Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle served in a nonic. Pours a translucent golden orange with a frothy, half-inch, cream-colored head that dissipates into a thin consistent cap. Concentric swaths of delicate lacing coat the glass between quaffs. Nose is fairly subdued - light malts and candied citrus fruit. Taste reveals light toasted malts, floral/fruity notes with a light medicinal bitterness that reveals itself at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even, easy carbonation and a hint of oiliness to the texture. Overall, a bit disappointing - not sure if this was an older bottle; however, I found it a bit dull.

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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No Ninkasi on the East Coast, pumped to find this fresh in a deli in San Diego, bottle reviewed in hotel.

A- From the bomber pours a honey orange brew with some haziness from the yeast in solution. A snow white cap forms to about a finger with pretty good retention. Plentiful lace builds quickly and spotty lace follows on the lower portion of the glass.

S- Hops are prominent with a bit of caramel malts in the backdrop. The cones leave notes of grapefruit, peach, citrus zest, flowers and pine. Bright and inviting.

T- Hop highlights from the aroma are carried into the taste nicely. Dank citrus and pine with tropical fruits and floral hop notes. Just enough caramel and yeast hints to compliment but not quite balance the dominant hops. Grapefruit, orange, clementine, peach, onion, sweetness and pineapple come to mind.

MF- Creamy moderately thick bodied. Carbonation at a medium high level. Finishes on the palate with good hop bitterness. Creamy texture helps support the hoppy flavors.

For almost 9% the focus is certainly on the hops and it comes off clean. Big citrus and fruity flavors satisfy the style and it is a good intro to Ninkasi.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades fast at first, but settles to a very persistent thin white foam film that floats atop the brew. This foam film lasts for quite some time, eventually fading to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather light for an imperial IPA. It is strongest in a grapefruit citrus aroma that is nearly matched by some orange and tangerine smells. Along with these smells are some other hoppy aromas of a grassy and floral nature with a bit of a bready smell rounding them all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slightly sweet flavor of a tropical fruit and tangerine nature. At the start of the taste there is a doughy flavor with this taste being maintained throughout the flavor profile. Some hop flavors of a pine and floral nature are present from the start as well with these fading a bit as the flavor advances forward. While the aforementioned hop flavors fade, a grapefruit hop flavor comes to the tongue, with it growing stronger and stronger, both replacing and well surpassing the other hop flavors. The grapefruit hop really picks it up a notch at the end of the taste, which overall ends up leaving a rather lingering bitter grapefruit rind like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both the qualities really accentuate the hop flavors of the brew and really accentuate the grapefruit hop flavors of the brew, which is quite good for the style.

Overall – A decent but not out of this world double IPA. The bitter grapefruit is a little to overpowering at the end of the taste bringing a bit of unbalance. Overall though a decent try.

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Photo of Rutager
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Rich amber with small clumps of white sediment. A finger of sticky looking, off white head. A little chunky lacing.

Smell. Pine, lemon candy, grapefruit rind, mixed citus juice. Nice.

Taste. Yellow grapefruit, Orange rind, and a little caramel malt. Lasting floral, citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium carbonation. Alcohol present.

Drinkability. Pretty thick and satisfying. Not a bad drinker, just very satisfying.

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

Reviewed from notes:
thanks goes out to yuriruley for sending this one my way.

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: citrus, pine, hops, malts,

taste: little hops, mostly malts, spices

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this was a let down. I guess I was hoping for more hop flavors then I got. Maybe need another bottle to see if it was the beer or just me.


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Photo of AgentMunky
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Supplemented by a review from notes done on 20 January 2011.

A: A relatively brief finger of head tops a coppery-clear beer. Not the best-looking beer I've seen. Scattered lacing.

S: Strong, resiny hops. This bottle is not as balanced as the one I had in January; perhaps it's fresher. Still, a splash of cream helps out. Nice.

T/M: A bit of citrus with a deep undercurrent of hops that manages to not be overbearing. Dry-sweet-malts and spot-on carbonation make for very pleasant drinking.

O: This beer improves as it warms, enhancing the pine bitterness while still somehow mellowing it. Good, but not great. I would drink again, but the friend who recommended it to me may have overhyped it a bit. Still, I would certainly recommend it to others and will drink again. Great name!

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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 ccrida
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a nonic on draught at the Beer Stein in Eugene, Ticerhops poured a cloudy light rust color with a thin, off-white collar and surface skim, leaving light lace.

The aroma is very strong hops, all pine, with a touch of alcohol as it warms.

The taste is fantastic, more complex the then nose, and remarkably balanced in spite of the extreme hops and high ABV. Still all about the piney, earthy hops, but tempered with a nice english ale yeast fruitiness and enough pale and crystal malts to give it backbone without making it to sweet or heavy. Very smooth, with a firm, bitter finish. I can see why this won the cup, it's very well crafted.

The mouthfeel is oily yet has a moderate amount of creamy carbonation. It's medium bodied.

This is a very tasty IPA, so smooth and easy drinking, you can really get into trouble if you loose track of the ABV, which is barely noticeable.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a tourist trap at fishermans wharf, San Francisco. $8 for a 20oz(?) glass. Aroma is sort of muted, maybe it's the beer, maybe it's my allergies, maybe it's because I drank three Alpine Nelsons earlier. It's mostly grain and citrus, not bad. Flavor is better, malty but citrusy, it ain't west coast but it's hoppy. A little sugary and a little sticky, it works. Mouthfeel was really smooth, I liked that the best. Very fruity, citrus, a good DIPA and I'm usually completely biased towards real West Coast IPA's.

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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