Critical Hit | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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:
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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a small glass mug.

L: Pours a clear deep amber color with a minimal head and a little lacing..

S: Pretty light nose, mostly dark fruit and caramel.

T/F: Starts off with the fruit and malt in front, then the aggressive hops come in and a strong bitter finish. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this one. Medium feel and good carbonation.

O: First try in the barleywine style. Overall a good beer, and I'm interested in trying others of this style.

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Photo of GoBeerGo
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of beergoot
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Unique bottle label data: 2014 Reserve, 11% ABV, BOTTLE NUMBER 07298/20000

Dark reddish-copper body; thick, sticky head; spidery fingers of lacing along the glass. Very fruity aroma infused with heavily sweet grain scent; raisins, plums and red grapes. Cereal grain flavor base with a harsh bitterness; boozy. Heavy body; hot alcohol notes.

A rather hot, harsh beer which delivers some malt sweetness yet that is overridden by a rather overly-aggressive bitterness and alcohol presence.

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Photo of Beervana
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 QuakeAttack
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gubbser2
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Recieved a 2013 bottle as a gift from a friend, very excited ad I have recently had some barley wine that I really liked and wanted to see what the local brewer Ninkasi had to offer. Looked great and smelled sweet as it poured with nice head and lace. Once settled noted many "floaters". Wish the taste matched the smell! Had a strong roasted barley taste with a touch of sweet, then the hops kicked in with a strong bitterness. Feel is sticky everything but the actual taste of this points to sweet is it hiding behind the hops? Definitely glad I didn't drop spend the $15 for this as I am disappointed.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2014 Edition, bottle #14972/20000

Look (4): Pours a pretty blood red hue. Filtered, white/tannish head that retains well.

Smell (3.5): Malty biscuits, big piney hop resin and bitter aromas. Boozey flavors really come out that I had to blow off.

Taste (3.5): I definitely opened this too early. There is a boozey and malty taste that's unbalanced with some major bitterness that's a bit much. As it warms up it gets a bit better, caramel syrup like. Has some spicy pepper components at the end.

Mouthfeel (3.25): Medium plus to full bodied. Think feeling with some stickiness. A dry ending.

Overall (3.75): I should have waited to open it. At least one to two more years. I'll have to go buy another because I can almost imagine it getting more mellow and balanced out.

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

Photo of agjohnson82
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drone
1.96/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of arizcards
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead at the end of October for $13.99. This is the 2013 version, bottle 3760 out of 10000. This is 10.4 % abv, 100 IBU.

Beer poured amber-brown with a beautiful head upon the initial pour.

Nose is slightly boozy but nothing much beyond that.

Taste is very unbalanced. Initially the traditional barleywine malt bill was there but be prepared to be slammed by mega alpha hops. I suspect if you aged this beer another 4-5 years it could be pretty good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth.

Overall not a bad beer but not worth the price of admission.

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

Photo of stevoj
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Brewers Haven, 2013 vintage. Big malt bomb. Hazy dark copper body with small creamy, soapy head. Aroma : malt; taste : malt. Big hop finish coupled with slow building warmth. Medium weight, silky feel, bitterness lingers, coupled with pleasing simmering heat. Nice warmer.

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Photo of spoony
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrJolly
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Hootie159
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy barleywine. If you prefer the English traditional this is not for you. I do prefer the English but there are a few merits. The bittering juxtaposes, but works with the sweet malt. The heavier carbonation helps the favors bite into the tongue.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 1424IpA
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of GoneARye
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage, bottle.
A murky brown pour. Pillowy head that fades quickly to a thin rim of lacing. Aromas of toffee, burnt sugar, malt, and brown flavors. Taste follows nose, adding sweetness and raisins, with a string dose if bitterness, almost too much for the style. Mouth is mildly alcoholic, with a spreading warmth and mild carbonation. Would buy again, but hard to truly classify as a barleywine to me. Sort of its own thing. Would be interesting to taste fresh given the aggressive hopping.

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Photo of gouettn
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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