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

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
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0
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Hop_God
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wow. What a let down. I can't believe this POS cost 16 bucks. This is embarrassing. 2013 reserve. Overly bitter. Unbalanced. Truly sad. I may be done purchasing ninkasi brews because of this. They should be ashamed.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, brown sugar, candied citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but it is quite bitter with the hop additions used.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of msumike89
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

as much a double ipa or something as a big barleywine. i feel like this is as much about the hops as it is about the grain, if not more so, which sort of turns the american barleywine back into the ipa range. its pale in color too, less of the caramelized toasty toffee barley we usually look for in the style, and not nearly enough body to get there either. the hops are nice though, pine forward and sticky, and also impressively bitter, more than enough bitterness in this one to balance out the residual grain sweetness, which again i think doesnt necessarily lend itself to the style, but is well resolved here. carbonation is also really high, much higher than barleywine in truer forms really needs, but with all the hops it makes sense, really carries the beer, and gives it a much quicker finish than most. the alcohol shows through a lot, largely i think because it is so light and thin, but i do kind of want to taste it in this style. i like the beer pretty well, but i dont think its up to the ninkasi standard for quality, and i definitely dont think it satisfies the palate looking for a true american barleywine, but perhaps we have defined the style too narrowly, and this takes it to a new place...

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Harvest06
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of lysergicdream
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dshansen1184
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Zach122
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of woemad
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber of the 2010 vintage. According to the label, this was bottle # 647 out of a total of 5,000. I have no idea where I purchased this, but there’s a price sticker indicating it was for $13.99. If I had to guess I suppose I bought it at either Enoteca or Huckleberry’s.

Poured a dark amber color that took on a more orangey color when held up to light. Big, creamy beige head that hung around for quite a while and left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

Surprisingly “hot” aroma from this – I had assumed it would be mellower after 4 years. Piney and citrusy hops were the primary aroma – the hops did not seem to have “faded” to any great degree. When this was fresh, it must have been an absolute hop bomb. Biscuity malt aromas rose to be detected once the beer had warmed up a bit.

Surprisingly bitter hop blast up front, and more herbal than the nose indicated. Quite boozy as well – yes, there’s still quite a lot of “heat” to this one.

Full bodied, with a prickly, coating mouthfeel.

Bigger and brasher (is that a word) than I expected for something that’s been laid down for several years. I can only imagine how big this was when it was fresh. Unless I were to somehow discover that this bottle was an aberration, I would sit on a similarly aged bottle for a while longer before I tried it.

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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 kk73
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mikul93
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mc4z
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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