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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Reviews: 460 | Ratings: 1,771
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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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 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 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 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 scurfie
4.99/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Lacing outstanding, extremely smooth with an excellent hop bitter finish. Really outstanding brew that's worth looking for and buying.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold, with a small but persistent head. Aroma is sweet, with citrus and pine as expected. The taste is intense, leads sweet but quickly turns incredibly bitter. It seems quite similar to their Total Domination brew, except the bitter hops' kick is substantially bigger. I'm not sure that's a good thing. The bitter flares and alcohol burn are almost too distracting to let you relax and get comfortable with it. Nice texture though, with a perfect viscosity. Overall, I think this is just for showing off, a way to get more and more bitter simply because you could. I can't imagine anyone drinking this casually...

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Photo of Hurlshot
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a pitcher of this for super cheap at a pizza joint in Pismo, and was pretty happy by the time my buddy and I finished it. It has a great IPA smell, very strong hops. Shouldn't it be a triple IPA? No matter, it is a very hoppy IPA with a great color and finish. High on flavor and character.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy copper amber with well-retaining foamy off-white head. Lacing is divine. Smells of resin and orange, both fruit and peel. For the duration, oranges, tangerine, pine, rind, iron, and a touch of soap, companioned with permanent marker in the aftertaste. Plenty bitter but well-balanced. Alcohol really does shine forth if you can get past the hops. Not much for peppercorn here, you might think. But I have a trick for teasing it out. Take a gulp, slosh it around a little. Let sit. Swallow bubbles. Repeat. Then let the rest trickle down your throat via the sides of the tongue as air from your lungs is pumped back out through the nose. You'll find it. Pick out the ground mustard seed while you're at it. In this regard, reminded me of Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot. Either way, amazing flavors in this beer, folks. Color, aromas, and taste all match. Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium-ish and make for smooth drinking. It warms mainly the cheeks, and makes the teeth tingle, but affects the throat as well. Very accessible. I really wish I had picked up a few more of these the last time it was in town. Have one or two more waiting for me at least.

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

So . . . I like it. You can tell by the rating. I don't like the price, but I really, really like Tricerahops. Is it a beer? Yes, under Germanic laws it should qualify. Yet, it takes beer - that stuff we started quaffing in our teens with the boys while buying up the wine coolers for any ladies we could scrounge up - to a different level. Total Domination is an excellent, balanced IPA which in some respects drinks so smoothly that it's like a pale ale. Tricerahops is the Double IPA that explodes with flavor but is so refined that it's smoother than any IPA you might care to mention. This is beer that's better than wine. It's not industrial swill. It's not your average IPA with some grapefruit and so-so malt that's too bland or too thin. The taste and intensity is completely different but in the overwhelmingly appealing qualities of this double IPA, the balance, and the balanced greatness of the malt, it's like a 21st century SABL.

Tricerahops is a radiant orange in the evening light of my house. It has some cloudiness to it, although not as much as some ales. The head is a gorgeous off-white that builds, lasts, and laces.

The best descriptor for Tricerahops is that it's Total Domination amplified, but that's terrible for anyone who hasn't enjoyed Total Domination. It's a blend of citrus of several types, all delicious, and just enough dark resinous pine to let you know that this Dino means business. Not a false note. The aroma stays great to the bottom of the glass, not getting a little weak like Total Domination.

The taste is everything you would hope for. Yes, there's the grapefruit, and the other citrus and tropical fruits, and they are bitter just like such fruits are - but never too much. All that goodness is in there with a malt that's just excellent. It's what we never imagined beer could be in the 1980s. The IBU is 100 but you would never know it. The bitterness is in proportion to the flavor.

The feel is smooth. This double IPA is full and deep. The flavors have a lot to offer and the malt is there to hold them up and hold it all together.

I can't speak for her, but imagine that Ninkasi favors this beverage. Fermentation perfected?

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Photo of pmangold
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

good overall double IPA - it's a big resinous hop forward ale that doesn't pull any punches. bitter hops/pine in the nose and the taste. I enjoy those kind of beers even though I would rather a little more balance. the best of the three ninkasi pales we get here in FL.

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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 AnalogErik
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big hop front, but smooth drinker. To quote the bottle share buddies "that was a double?" - Good citrus smell, but the flavor is more muted. Overall a great double.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear medium Amber. Lots of lacing. Nice sweet honey malt note. Medium grapefruit bitter hop note. Smooth but feels lighter Bodied than most DIPAs. Pretty good.

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Photo of ZachT
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Big, bold in your face double IPA. Superb hop aroma ranging from piney/resiny to citrusy and tropical fruit. The hops are supported by a big, complex malt body that balances out the 100 IBUs extremely well.

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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 Omnium
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Clear gold with two fingers of foamy densy white head, lots of suspended yeast in here.
S - Lots of sweet orange and tangerine, bread, some pine, pineapple, pear.
T - Malt is slightly sweet but not ovebearing, lots of orange and some tropical notes, bitter earthy pine.
M - Full bodied yet not chewy or sticky.
O - Solid Double IPA

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,771 ratings.
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