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

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, caramel coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a foamy, frothy, clingy, off-white head. Nose of peppery and floral hops, rich caramel, mossy and grassy notes, and a rich, resinous, bitter pine pitch character. Very vegetal. Flavors are rich and resinous forward, heavy on bitter wet grass and pine pitch, with a solid roasted caramel backbone. Peppery highlights, with herbal and spicy hops throughout. Very balanced, but transitions into a bitter, resinous hop bomb in the aftertaste. Very solid. Bid bodied and oily slick, with a dry, bitter, hop lingering finish. Great beer.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Pour gives 3+ finger head with good retention, nice lacing, and a cap. Beer is a deep copper with a stream of carbonation bubbles.

S: Lots of piney hops up front. Tropical fruit and light malt.

T: Largely follows smell. This is a hop bomb, but with some sweetness on the back end that balances out the bitterness.

F: Medium bodies, light to medium carbonation, pretty good drying. Very little evidence of alcohol.

This is nice.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear amber with a short lived creamy white head. There is a decent amount of small sticky lacing left on the glass. The aroma is caramel malt and pine hops. The taste is much the same, although there is a slight floral hops hint. The body is little lighter on the double IPA side but not watery with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear ruby tinted orange body with frothy two finger head that left lace patches down the glass. Aroma has a dry, earthy hopped smell to it but there are notes of grapefruit and malty sweetness. The hops are the star as the beer is overly dry, bitter, a citric and earthy taste comes from them and the beer finishes dry and there is a bit of sharpness in finish thanks to lively carbonation. Beer has some touches of sweetness that even comes across as sticky at times. One of those IPAs that can possibly nuke your tastebuds but is enjoyable and the touch of grapefruit/malt sweetness keeps the hops in check (thankfully).

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Photo of Beers-es
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bomber, pours a golden orange with a little haze and a 2-finger head that's off-white and dense. Smell is a little muted but I pick up spicy hops, a little pine and citrus. Taste starts with what's on the nose, but quickly rips into a piney bitterness that works well for me. Feel is a little sharp and thin initially, but once the bitterness kicks in it's sticky and resinous. Decent IIPA.

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Photo of gopens44
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One finger foamy head on top an otherwise normal looking golden beer. Nose carried a little bit of piney bitterness, both nothing really overwhelming. Nose fades off with sweet malts. Taste swaps the players around a bit as an initial malt attack happens but quickly turns to grapefruit / pine taste. Finish is dry, a touch tart and leaves behind a bitter blanket on the tongue. With as much malt happening, I checked the date to make sure it was good, and it said February 17 2016, so guessing if they put that out there as a best by date, than this product as reviewed was their intent. So the malt presence IMO was fair game.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass no bottled date nor enjoy by date that i could find
pours amber orange and was slightly cloudy out of the bottle but cleared quickly very small white head faded to nothing fast left a bunch of lacing on the glass
smell fruity hoppy piney initially then floral/botanical ambrosia as the beer warmed
tastes of pine, hops fruity and resiny with a bitter finish
feel flat slightly viscous
solid overall would drink again

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Photo of Buebie
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finally got a replacement to take home and review. I dropped my 3 bottles of Tricerahops in my driveway after getting home from Portland via airplane. I taught the neighbors some pretty neat words and the wife may have doubted our relationship. I was mad, real mad.
But a recent trip to Denver relieved me of this pain, they sell it, yay!

Poured out an unfiltered copper, white head that sits a while. Good amount of clumpy adhering lace.
Aroma was kinda soapy, smelled like someone just took a shower (the Irish never quit). A bit of pine and fermented honey, but man so much soap.
Flavors follow aroma, pine ramps up and delivers. Slick mouth feel, pine maintaining in flavor, not what I remembered but the bottle says fresh. I'm going to pretend it was exposed to much sunlight even though it was in a windowless shop. Maybe we will try it again sometime... If I don't break more of them.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a head that dissipates quickly. Slightly cloudy but not sentiment-y. Very attractive beer, smell is an orangy citrus, a sweet hoppy pineapple or peach with some sour rind, setting what's expected to be a nuanced and complex sweet hop bomb. Lacing is wild.

The fruit promise doesn't quite play out in the taste, which is at first very hoppy and gets bitter right away (though delicious). Citrus barely there because I'm getting a burnt malt/toffee flavor first that is assertive without being aggressive (or arrogant, you know who I'm talking about) then some slight citrus. Spruce rather than pine, really. It's all nicely balancing out with pine or pepper which comes in a little later. None overpowering.

Long aftertaste in which the malt comes in stronger, a little creamy, a nice enjoyable finish with juicy feeling.

The texture is a little sticky and oily and the alcohol is lurking under the surface, making one aware this is a DIPA to sip rather than gulp. Very drinkable without going overboard on any one thing (bitter, citrus or malt) and one of my favorites right now. More nuanced than Ninsaki's Total Domination, and at occasionally less than $5 a bomber when you can find it, this is a great deal.

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