Quantum Pale Ale | Ninkasi Brewing Company

36 Ratings

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
Starting Gravity: 1052
IBUs: 35
ABV: 5.6%

Added by RedDiamond on 07-19-2008

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 11
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy orange color with a very thin white head that had zero retention or lacing. The aroma was very hop forward, I didn't pickup any malt or grain. The flavors were pretty similar, very much a citrus hop delivery system.

The body was somewhat of a surprise, a bit fuller than the flavors led me to expect. Drinkability was nice, you could have several. Overall, a good brew, but one I'd lean towards calling an "IPA Light" as opposed to a true pale. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy orange color with good carbonation leaving a generous whte cap

S: Citrus hop profile, little bit of breadiness

T: Balanced, malt forward versus hop forward. Some bread, citrus and light floral notes

M: Medium bodied and tasty, Weighs on the palate though

O: Good but not sessionable due to the wight of the body on this Pale

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of dgilks
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark golden colour with a foamy off-white head. Good head retention.

Mild toasted, grainy malt with a hint of earthiness.

Slightly malty but the bulk of the flavour is earthy and bitter with a nice sweetness to the finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. A good beer.

Nice, easy drinking pale ale. There are beers that I prefer to this but it is certainly is decent.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of DrMindbender
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HattedClassic
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is clear and deep gold color. The beer pours a nice white head. The beer has some fairly strong sweet honey notes on the nose and taste and light hop orange notes. The malts are definitely stronger than the hops; making it a kind of odd APA. The beer's body is kind of heavy for the style and gives it a smooth feeling that you don't normally find in the beer. A pretty good beer overall if you're talking about an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ninkasi's pale ale may be easily confused for an IPA on account of its potent citric hop flavor and bittering. Personally, I think a pale should be a pale and an IPA, an IPA. But I love Quantum's cannabis aroma that seems so at home in Eugene. The beer is a gently hazed bright amber with an evenly distributed release of carbonation, a meandering isle of head, and faint remnants of lace.

My chief criticism is the overuse of punchy, lemon-rind hops that pushes Quantum towards tasting more like an IPA. In fact, it almost seems like more of an IPA than Total Domination, which tastes like more of a standard American pale. But how much complaining am I prepared to do about too much hops? Not much, though the abundant greenage leaves the mouthfeel slightly taut.

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

Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with one finger of white head. Lats about ten minutes and leave a good amount of fine bubble lace.
Smell is bready malts with some resinous hops.
Taste is lightly resinous hops with a good amount of malt balance.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with god carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and mildly bitter.
Overall a fine Pale Ale.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mecmd
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured a very clear orange color with streaming carbonation, frothy white head left glass coating lace

S- Very light aroma, getting almost nothing from this other than light brewer's yeast

T- Some citrusy, earthy, and bready notes, but all of the flavor is pretty subdued.

M- Dry, soft carbonation, medium body, pretty smooth

O- Overall a pretty plain bee, nothing more and nothing less.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ninkasi tasting room, 7.18.2010, $3 for 12 oz. glass.

Half finger white head (due to full pour) quick dissipation leading to rather significant lacing. Clear deep gold body, multiple streams of carbonation rising up sides of glass. The nose is malt dominated, sweet and bready with good dose of citrusy hops. The taste is pretty sweet and citrusy up front, meyer lemon more than grapefruit, leading to a moderately bitter finish, pretty well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly dry, above average effervescence with some stickiness. Good drinkabiity, with finish becoming more bitter as the beer warmed. Not my favorite APA but quite drinkable and hop-forward, straddling the line between APA and IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

Photo of iKrystin
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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Quantum Pale Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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