Critical Hit | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
ninkasibrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-22-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
97
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
13.85%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.93/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chugamugofsud
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber share courtesy of RateBeer's one and only dcschiller, thanks again Dave. It pours with a murky amber body that has some golden hues and supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up big musty malt sticky pine hops, a sliver of grapefruit and then some molasses. The taste has a nice mix of resiny pine hop heavy bitterness and then streams of molasses to midway. Malts bubble forward for a moment before the resiny pine hop bitterness and a sliver of sweetened citrus hops take over and bring this to a rich rewarding finish. Solid bold American style Barleywine. Wow!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some brown sugar, grapefruit and pine hops, and some booze.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and caramelized sugars with some brown sugar, a touch of dark fruit, and some grapefruit and citrus hops and bitterness. Through the middle, some pine hops come through with some more resiny bitterness with some more caramelized malts. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, caramelized sugars, grapefruit and pine hops, some bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice big bold barleywine with a surprisingly high level of smoothness and drinkability.

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Photo of AndrewGoria
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of irishgreensoda
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of pixieskid
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 2009 version, on tap at Bier Stein the other day.

The beer pours a somewhat darker, copper amber color with good head retetention and lacing. The nose is impressive in this one, as I get considerable malt, dry citrus, vanilla and brown sugar. This beer smells like a big old, hoppy barleywine. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and put me in mind of an aged version of Bigfoot. There beer has some nice, slightly oxidized, aged ale flavor components that is pretty nice, which blends well with the brown sugar, sweet malt and considerable hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly full in this moderately sweet beer, and the finish is long and fairly dry, due to the considerable boost of hoppy bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable, but this beer is not at all hot or tiring on the palate.

A fine beer, but I was happy with the small taster I got of it at BS. That's really all I needed.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2013 version, bottle 1605 out of 10000, 10.4% abv.
A: Brilliant deep copper gold under a thin, copper head that produces spots of lace. Does have legs.
S: Not a big nose – slightly darkened sugar to caramel with some wine notes.
T: Malt and light fruit introduce the palate leading to a lingering bitter finish that is more quinine than citrus rind or roast. The bitterness becomes bigger as the beer warms.
M: Starts a little thin for a big beer, medium low carbonation. Mild alcohol warming. O: A decent but not outstanding American Barleywine.

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Photo of hayesjw
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerNW
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgeH
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2014 Reserve - very Dungeons and Dragons in its theme, which makes my eyes glaze over, before I've even approached this one's heady measure of ABV.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium red-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and lightly bubbly tan head, which leaves some limestone grotto lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, reduced brown sugar, some candied citrus notes (think of those discount store 'orange' slices), some prominent leafy, earthy, and piney green hop bitters, and a loitering metallic booziness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some lessened toffee sweetness, a still rather sweet citrus and pome pithiness, further muddled dark orchard stone fruit, some subtle earthy mustiness, and more evolving leafy, floral and certainly piney hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their quotidian frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, if one harbouring some heavy-set aspirations, and generally smooth, with a wee creaminess arising as those fridge temperatures ebb a little bit. It finishes still sweet, the big-ass malt, meandering fruit, and hard to pin down booziness sealing the proverbial deal.

Overall, this could be considered a big-ass Yankee DIPA, sure, if no one was looking all that closely at it - big malt, big fruity and verdant hoppiness, and yes, big booze. I get that the delta between the two styles is minimal, but this is the example that proves the point, if there is even any merit in doing so.

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Photo of ambruns1979
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Critical Hit from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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