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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

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452
Ratings:
1,749
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
20.2%
 
 
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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy orange copper with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts with some floral piney hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with big piney, resiny, tarry hops with a harsh bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a big bitter hop bomb. I remember it being less harsh and more fruity on tap.

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

Nothing amazing going on here. As such, it has negatively impacted my enthusiasm for a detailed review. Worth trying, but with the market being inundated with myriad IPAs, this does nothing to separate itself. It merely establishes itself. In a blind tasting, I would assert its style, but not its superiority. It's lacking the waves and layers of hops that are featured in some of today's aggressive, lean forward IPAs. Too thin, and certainly not enough body for an 8.0 ABV. The industry is catching up; former staples are paying the price.

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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 beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a straight pint glass. The keg blew as my beer was being poured so this probably affects the aroma and taste components. Poured a clear amber/yellow with a thick, white head that had lots of very sticky lacing.

The scent was very hoppy, mostly aromatic, with some floral notes. The most noticeable flavors were citrus with some pine on the finish. This was not a bitter ImpIPA, as the floral flavors were strongest.

The body was on the thin side, even for a west coast hop bomb. This a very drinkable ImpIPA, but the tongue would get fatigued after more than a few.

When I see this again, I'll try it again and if my opinions change, I'll re-review.

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Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head covering clear but with tons of sediment orange golden honey colored.

Nose has some nice hops, nothing too heavy, a bit of citrus and fruit hops, a slight orange zest and some pine, a touch of musty hop resin, and a slight malty sweetness underneath.

Taste starts a bit malty, a slight malty sweetness, but pretty much all pale malts, then some bitterness, fairly bitter but not too heavy, and plenty of hops, mostly bittering hops, but it does bring a bit of pine, fresh musty resinous hop flavors, some orange peel, some citrus, quite a bit or rind, but also a bit soapy and has a slight astringent finish, that doesn't dry as much as I would expect, and leaves itself a little sticky. The astringent and heavy bittering hops add a slight metallic tinge as well. Overall seems to be mostly bittering hops and left out on the aroma an hop flavors more, and what is there for flavor isn't as sharp as it should be, seems muted and flat.

Mouth is medium bodied with lower carbonation.

Drink is OK, not great, hits with just a touch of warming booze, a bit sticky on the finish, and some astringent bittering hops on the finish, as well as a slight metallic twang.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an OK IPA. It doesn't have any standout trait, its just slightly above average across the board. It is in a very crowded market however, and at 7$ a bomber, I don't feel that a repurchase is justified. 7$ goes along way in the west coast IPA market.

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

My first ever in person trade (not counting freeloading of Jeffo's beers) with TheBrewViking got me this beer. Carefully wrapped it made the transatlantic journey and figured we needed to drink this fast before the hops fade turning this into a weak Barleywine.

Poured into a snifter.

Aggresive pour reveals an amber beer with a fluffy two finger foam. A little lacing on the side of the glass after the foam is gone.

The usual suspect on a West Coast IPA. Pine, citrus and hops.

Unexpected malt sweetnes upfront to make way for the hops.

A medium body slight dry finish.

I'd say a decent, not great, double IPA.
Thanks for the hook up, Brooks.

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

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled april 23/09.

pours fairly clear copper orange, turning hazy toward the bottom of the bottle. a small dense white head forms, dropping fast and leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of caramel. earthy and slightly floral. bit of light citrus. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. slightly buttery.

taste is nice. light alcohol. medium bitterness level. earthy and slightly floral. almost perfumey. light citrus. bit of buttery toffee. light caramel. cracker and a bit of white bread. touch of sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced. this one just didn't do it for me. the taste seems a little disjoint and odd, not what i'd expect from an american dipa.

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Photo of bosco7
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper color with nice voluminous head.

Orange, sugar, flowers, and cedar in the nose.

The beginning is very sweet almost syrupy, very orangey. Pine is the predominant flavor after that. I also can taste some lavender. Hop character is pleasant. Bitterness is very high. Alcohol can be perceived the finish is almost numbing on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy.

This DIPA is good but there are some things I find hard to enjoy, like the sticky sweetness coupled with the big alcohol presence.

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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 BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color when poured into a pint glass was medium amber, with an orange hue. Very little foam and a fair amout of lace on the side of the glass. The smell had the aroma of lightly roasted malts, with a hint of sweet/sour citrus. The taste was of a normal IPA, nothing outstanding. Pine, malt, citrus flavor that had a sweet/bitter/sour finish in the mouth. The bitter mouthfeel last's for a fair amout of time, but no flavor, just bitterness!

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Photo of constantine_272
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a sticky soapy bubbles and a little haze. Smelled of pine. Lots of tree sap and pine resin. Not much else. Taste was again of pine resin and a little floral cherry blossom if you really struggle to find something else. A little agave sweetness is also barely perceptible. Medium heavy dryness. A little more dry than I care for in an ipa. Overall good, but I feel this lacks the finesse of other dipas. This felt more like it was hoppy for the sake of being hoppy and not hoppy in the pursuit of balance.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber into standard pint. Room temp into chilled glass.

A: Dark honey colored and crystal clear with FOUR fingers of foamy, chunky, rocky, BEAUTIFUL slightly off white head. The lacing is intense and it has taken about 5 minutes for it to recede into a chunky foamy mess on top of the beer with a curtain of the stuff left on the sides of the glass. Looks like a golden bubble bath.

S: Hops right up front. Hidden under the hops is a little bit of sweetness. The hops smells earthy and almost dank, like peat. Smells good. Would be great with something roasted I think.

T: That sweetness on the nose is there right away on the palate despite the huge hop presence. After that is a burst of earthy hops that fades into a good bitter. A little alcohol warmth down the throat from the higher abv too.

M: Solid medium body with just enough carbonation to make it not feel like you are drinking malt syrup. Feels good in the mouth.

O: I must be learning to like IPAs because the more I review them the more I like them. Or I just keep trying better IPA. I was scared of this at first since this really isn't my style of beer and doubling it was a terrifying thought for me, especially after trying Total Domination and being overwhelmed with hops. I recommend this brew actually, score for my hometown heroes Ninkasi.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange color with a white head. The nose brings some floral and citrus hops with a bit of rind. The taste is bitter, but doesn't have the bright hop characteristics of the nose. Some light grain and booze in the background. Good bitter and alcohol balance. Pretty good, but doesn't really take it to the next level.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

Very slightly hazy coral liquid with an amber glow and a lasting soapy ivory head. Dense yet thin lacing pastes the sides of the glass, a swirl creates sparkling hieroglyphics that slide apart like a Tibetan sand mandala.

Sweet hoppy aromatics with hints of candied ginger, orange blossom honey, grapefruit zest, and a touch of spice.

Moderately bitter palate entry is offset right away by the malt which impedes the development of hop flavors in some ways. The resulting balance creates a sort of flattening of tastes. Herbaceous notes cut through suggesting evergreen, eucalyptus, and thyme. Vague citrus floats around in the background. Orange zest, bready pale malt, and light fusel notes round out the finish.

Creamy, but slightly thin, yet well carbonated. More warming than the ABV would initially suggest.

Lacks the depth of malt I have come to anticipate from many NW style IPAs - while the hop and alcohol levels are ramped up in this "Imperial" brew, the overall picture is a bit muddled.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a New Belgium globe glass. Beer is amber and mildly hazy with a soft white head of medium and small bubbles, lots of lacing, and moderate carbonation. Looks great.

Aroma is sweet, earthy, almost like hop candy, CTZ if I'm not mistaken.

Beer is medium to thin in body, sweet with moderate bitterness on a dry finish. The hop flavor and character is nice, sweet throughout, subdued a little, earthy, sulfury, mildly piny. Interesting but not my favorite IPA.

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

"Tricerahops is double of everything you already love in an IPA. More hops, more malt body and a higher gravity define this Double India Pale Ale. Fiercely flavorful, guaranteed to satisfy."

--Tricerahops Double IPA label

Polished kumquat with a handful of swirling yeast that settle into suspension shortly after the pour. Unfiltered (hoppy) beer looks better, smells better and tastes better. The bone white cap tops out at two fingers and more than does its part to add to the attractive appearance. Hopefully, lotsa lace means lotsa hop resins.

Once the foam melts a little, the nose is able to be appreciated. It's pretty good, but it isn't roaring out of the glass. The citric cheesiness brings Cascade to mind. One other variety might be present; it's hard to say for sure.

This Ninkasi offering isn't a rampaging, slavering, ripsnorting, carnivorous beast of a DIPA, but then triceratops were placid plant eaters, weren't they? Yeah, I'm well aware that the beer's name is TriceraHOPS, but with a name like that it should be hoppier. If the brewery is claiming that this DIPA is twice as hoppy as Total Domination IPA, I don't believe it for a second.

The biggest reason it's still above average is that it's closer to a big IPA (as all versions of the style should be) than a barleywine in disguise. In other words, there isn't so much malt that it gunks up the taste buds with sugars. It provides a modest amount of sugar cookie sweetness, then gets the hell out of the way. Trouble is, hops don't exactly rush into the breach.

Candied lemon and grapefruit peel are present, as is a modicum of funky cheesiness that adds another level of flavor interest. The IBUs might be higher here, but this beer doesn't seem as hoppy as Total Domination... which wasn't a hop bomb anyway. Fresh and right out of the keg it just might be killer. Too bad I'll probably never know for sure.

While the mouthfeel is a fraction lighter than the style average, it doesn't deserve to be dinged for it. It has just enough smooth stickiness to be enjoyable, while still allowing one to sip or drink quickly with equal ease. The ABV tastes and feels like a misprint. I'd have guessed at least two percentage points lower.

Tricerahops is a great name for a DIPA. Too bad the beer isn't as spectacular as the name. I'm sure there are those who think the world of it, but from my perspective, if the brewery wants to keep this offering from becoming extinct, they need to use a bigger shovel when adding hops to the kettle.

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Photo of mverity
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Orangy amber in color with little head from the pour. When I swirled heavily in my snifter, a creamy white head developed but dissipated quickly. Aroma is mostly malty, with grapefruit and slight piney notes as well. Grapefruit really comes out in the taste. Grapefruit, pine, some kind of spice (coriander maybe), a bubblegum kind of sweetness, a nice bite from the hops, and something else... I can't quite put my finger on the taste. It's a touch off, but this beer is super fresh. Picked up from the brewery less than two weeks ago. It hides the booziness fairly well. but there is still a fair amount of the 8.8% shining through. The mouthfeel is sticky. This beer sticks to your tongue, cheeks, and lips like thin honey; and lingers on the palate for a good minute after you take each and every sip. From what my buddy Eduardo said about Ninkasi, and what I've read from them, I was really hoping this beer was going to live up to the hype. Good, but no where near great.

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

Bottle from Fred Meyer poured into a Bullwinkle pint glass at Grandma's (usually I don't mention that kind of stuff but it seemed funny). Pours a slightly hazy dull orange with two fingers of egg shell colored head. The nose is strongly citrusy, lots of grapefruit and some orange and lemon with just a touch of piney hops. The malt is there but is definitely subdued as compared to the nose. The taste is more of the same with a good dryness. After I swallow I get a distinctly cannabis flavor in my mouth that wasn't really there on the nose. The mouthfeel was good but nothing special. Overall this is a solid DIPA and if it were readily available to me in my area I would definitely pick it up on occasion.

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,749 ratings.
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