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

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Added by John_M on 07-30-2007

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Photo of imagese
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date. Poured into perfect pint

A- Hazy golden orange with a faint head that lingers, but leaves no lacing

S- Sugared citrus, floral hops, earthy grain, and a slight pine hop finish

T- Bitter tangerine combined with a nice floral hop kick, followed with a nicely balanced sweet malt finish. Slight booze kick as well, but not in a bad way

M- nice body, great carbonation, but for me, it's a little too dry. I want more of the bitterness to linger

D- Overall a strong DIPA. Easy to sit back and sip, but also can go down fast quite easily. I kept taking big sips to try to experience as much of the flavor as possible

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wetpaperbag for this one.

A - Clean, slightly hazed golden orange in color. Two finger foamy head with decent retention and good lacing.

S - Strong aroma of sweet caramel dominated by citrusy hops. Lots of grapefruit and a little lemon in this one. The sweetness provides just enough backing. Excellent DIPA aroma.

T - Light caramel sweetness initially, very sticky. Hops quickly come in and take over the palate. Big citrus notes, primarily grapefruit. The taste is very much in line with the aroma. Finishes with a very clean bitterness.

M/D - Medium bodied and a touch on the creamy side of things. Good carbonation. A little on the balanced side of the DIPA spectrum, but still very much a hop bomb. Alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange in color with a barely-there sheen of forced head. Decent rings of lace across the back of the glass.

Nose is quite earthy, with light pine and woody hops. Getting more citrus in the second pour, with orange and light grapefruit.
Lots going on here. Also, a decent alcohol burn.

Herbal hops up front with a touch of pine midstream. Touch of tangerine in the finish with a roasted malt backbone. Really nice finish. Not overly dry, nor overly sweet.

Resiny feel, slightly thick, and supportive of the rich texture in the nose and taste.

A very nice DIPA and one I would seek out again.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to hopsleeroy for sharing this gem at the Austin BA tasting. As a vertebrate paleontologist, I feel it is my duty to have tried Tricerahops at least once in my beer-drinking tenure.

The bomber pours a hazy, orange-caramel hue into my pint glass; a bit too cloudy and syrupy-looking for my liking. As expected, lots of lacing and head retention from the light khaki foam. The aroma became significantly better as this IIPA warmed up past the 45-degree mark. When cold, a strange, cooked squash/veggie note is all that emits from the glass; however as it warms, Tricerahops delivered pleasant hop and yeast notes in the form of citric mandarin orange, fresh cut grasses, and mint leaves.

Flavor is very solid for the style, with fresh, hoppy citrus and tropical fruits layered all across the palate. Malts lay down a solid backbone of biscuit and caramel before the finish is assaulted by a bitter (but restrained) pine and resin note. Good carbonation level despite what the appearance says, and the medium-thick body is creamy without becoming too syrupy or sticky. Overall, a solid IIPA with a great name and a delicious hoppiness that will probably lead me back for more in the future.

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Photo of jdense
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purloined at Whole Foods E. Eastburn poured into the usual suspect tulip.

Deep amber clear body one finger head, quick dissipation minimal lacing. Prominent piney hops in the nose, balanced by bready malts. Grapefruit/Pine on the tastebuds, becomes more prominent after a bit of warming, a bit of bready malt for balance, but a pretty significant hop bomb. Good carbonation, active mouthfeel with a pretty bitter finish, though once again a bit more fruitiness after warming. One bomber is enough, though this is pretty tasty. My best comparison would be Stone IPA, and that is a compliment. Worth a try...or two.

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

A: Very hazy burnt orange in color with a thin, tan head.

S: Lots of citrus hops with a hint of sweet malts in the background.

T: Pretty well balanced double. Some nice citrus hops and grapefruit with a good, sweet malt backbone. Not the best double IPA, but much better than most. I'd have this again in a second.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Orangish-amber with a fluffy long-lasting (and large bubbled) head with large lazy loops of lacing. (Try saying that three times fast.)

S. Dank, resinous hopping with a small onion / garlic garnish over a sweet caramel malt aroma.

T. Grapefruit pith, apricots, pine resin, and a touch of garlic and mint for the hopping flavors. Just barely on the dry side of the sweet/dry continuum. What smelled like a caramel malt actually presents on the tongue as a vaguely 75% biscuit malt and 25% caramel malt sort of flavor.

M. Slightly undercarbonated for the heavier side of medium body. But at least it's smooth in texture.

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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 joe1510
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

This was thrown in as an extra in a box I recieved today from msbulldog25, thanks again Brian! Ninkasi's Tricerahops enters the glass a hazy apricot orange that glows when the beer is backlit. A soft pour didn't produce much head so I sped things up on the second half of the glass and was met by a dense three finger ecru head. The head slooowly fell to a finger and left sticky webbed lacing all over the glass on its way. I don't see much carbonation rising to the surface but what's there crawls very slowly. This is how an IIPA should look!

The smell comes across with a solid spattering of grapefruit rind. A few lightly sugared grapefruit segments here and there compete with alcohol soaked apricots, both finishing nose to nose. There seems to be a little earthiness flashing through along with a squeeze of orange oil. The malts show signs of caramel, orange blossom honey, and a cake like sweetness that stays where it should, in the back.

The flavor seems to follow the aroma closely. The flavors in this beer are mellow and come together very nicely. The hops are the main point in the flavor profile and come across as grapefruit, both sweetened and bitter. The quick apricot zing flashes through and orange peel shows itself throughout but stays back enough to let the grapefruit do its thing. Caramel maltiness lays down the base and tries to balance this beer out but falls just short. The grapefruit tends to linger on the swallow just the way I like it.

The body of this beer is close to perfect for the style and something I don't come across too often in IIPAs. The mild carbonation and moderate weight make the body of this beer slide through the mouth like velvet. It's incredibly silky smooth.

The drinkability for the style is high. I have to force myself to slow down with this glass but I keep picking it up regardless. This drinks more along the lines of an IPA which could easily get me in trouble.

Ninkasi makes a damn fine IIPA. I wouldn't mind having a couple more of these. It's not as big and bold as others of the style but that's part of the reason it's so refreshing and a nice change of pace. I'm digging this one. Thanks Brian!

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

Picked up at the Portland St Market in Klamath Falls, Or.

Pours a deep rust, copper, marmalade color with a frothy & bubbly 2 finger deep bright white head.

Big citric hop aroma, grapefruit, lemon/lime zest, sweet honey, sweet maltiness makes itself known.

Nicely balanced between caramel maltiness & citrus and pine hop character. Tastes great.

Smooth, sticky, oily, earthy, moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied.

This is right in my wheel house. I could handle a couple bottles no problem. Well maybe it's a problem. My doctor would probably tell me it's a problem. What does he know. He drives a bigass gas guzzling SUV. Dummy.

A fine example of an IIPA. Not a hop bomb. A nicely balanced, tasty, drinkable IIPA. Woo hoo.

Go get some.

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

Glad I tried this one. Has a nice solid, not too heavy, not too light mouthfeel. There is as some others have noted a significant malt presence that provides an excellent backdrop to the strong and very nice grapefruit, grapefruit peel, and bitter hoppiness. Beautiful long lasting three finger cream colored head and nice dark amber color to the beer. Will definitely be buying this again if and when available.

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

A big thanks to djeucalyptus for this brew.

A - A cloudy copper with 2 fingers of off white head.

S - Pine! Lots of grapefruit, orange, and lemon as well.

T - A good balance of zesty hops and malt. Not as much of the kick you in the face pungent-ness of some DIPAs.

M/D - Good carbonation, creamy and full bodied. For some reason I thought this was only 7% till I finished the bottle, and laughed realizing it claims 9.7%. I'd love to have this regularly!

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Photo of Tokii
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a warm orange golden color, with a nice fluffy head.
Well balanced and mellow hop character for a DIPA. The floral and citrusy hop pairs well with a toasted malt to lend its self well to the full bodied alcohol level, smoothing out any overly boozy flavors that might be left behind. Over all, a little sweeter than I'd like for it to finish, but immensely drinkable and enjoyable

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Photo of peck95
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured with a lot of suspended yeast, looked like my homebrewed saison should, wonderfull lacing saved this beer from an atrocious appearance score.

smell is very nice and hoppy with a strong alcohol scent.

taste is awesome!!! malt, strong grapefruit hop, and smooth alcohol following

m/d fall mostly in line with descriptions from taste/smell

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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 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 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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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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