Maiden The Shade | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Maiden The ShadeMaiden The Shade

Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Starting Gravity: 1065
IBUs: 72
ABV: 6.8

Added by ccrida on 07-13-2010

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle format – Imperial nonic glass
Last noted on 09/29/15

This one took me by surprise with its bold and fresh hoppiness.
Straw gold body with some well-defined clearness. A dense pillow top of bone white froth comes together, holding true for a few prolonged minutes. Lots of streaky lace decorates my glass as well. Citrus fruit abounds from the glass. A great melding of tangelo, grapefruit, and lemon. Dashy of leafy herbals and resinous greens there. Light malt backing with touch of sugary cracker. Zings on the palate with those zesty citric hops and an upper amount of bittering kettle additions. Lemony, with tangerine, pine, and grapefruit. Slightly herbal and grassy. Sugary malt cracker presents with some modest alcohol notes. Rather clean with a nice drying lift in the finish. A nice summer crusher right here.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 07/07/16:

First pour is moderately clear, not what I’d call hazy, but some measure of opacity. Added the rest, unsurprisingly much more hazy. Orange amber capped by fluffy, light biscuity tan head of superior retention. By the way, there was a fermented critter of some sort in this, looked...well-preserved very small. I guess that happens in the industry, didn’t really bother me. Smells of resin, raisin, booze, stone fruit, citrus oil, grain aromas. Malty-tart and caramel base but definitely hop-forward: light perfume, a lot of stone fruit character, almost mango, small parts resin/pine, more so rind/soap. Light pepper in the finish, but more so just perfumey and bitter. Overall tastes IIPA-like. Medium to full in body, velvety but tingly suds throughout. Not terribly warming. Which is good, I assume as a “Summer Style” IPA, it is supposed to be refreshing, and it is somewhat is (albeit heavy on the flavor).

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in early July for $1.99. Summer seasonal good thru the end of August - been in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured golden orange with a decent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is citrus forward, very nice.

Taste is citrus forward that melds nicely with the pale malt base. Pine lingers in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of refreshing yet smooth.

Overall one of the better Ninkasi offerings. Glad I got to try it this year!

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Photo of Spikester
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with two fingers of white head. Sheets of lace.
Smell is dank hops with bready malts.
Taste is dank hops with good malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is medium with good amount of carbonation.
Overall a fine IPA.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ninkasi Brewing 'Maiden The Shade' @ 6.8% , originally tasted at GCBF'13 on tap & a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
T-enjoyable summer session ale , dry swallow
MF-ok carbonation , big/medium body
Ov-I kinda like it as summer session ale , easy drinking
prost LampertLand

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After a spirited ride around Eugene on a hot summer day, nothing (OK, quite a few things) beats a Ninkasi Maiden the Shade. Ninkasi knows their way around an IPA and this is no exception. It has a pretty hazy golden color and a light hoppy nose, appropriately malty for a West Coaster, and a great bitter bite. I drank the whole bomber myself and was ready for another bike ride at the end!

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz bottle from PDX grocery store. Again, no bottling/freshness info...shame on Ninkasi. Cute name, cool label.

As impressive as "8 select hops" sounds, these have combined to impart little more than basic IPA bitterness...not an exotic result at all.
It is crisp in the mouth, the tongue is dry, the aftertaste plain old bitter.

Another disappointment. I'm finding it easier and easier to ignore Ninkasi products altogether.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy/hazy bright yellow color with white head. Light fruits, floral notes, citrus, and some pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with light fruit and piney resinous tones. Nice summer IPA.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour, low head but rich lacing.
Smells like a fresh, long yet subtle bunch of dank.
Tastes like a sweet citrus mix with great malt backdrop. Orange and grapefruit are present, with the underlying dankness that was initially the scent.
This feels medium and smooth, with a fresh chewy feel, a quaffable IPA.
Not sure about the reviews on this. It should hit the mark highly for those who like resinous citrus hops; yet it's not ovedone with the bitterness as malts/ flaked barley rounds it out nicely. Finished somewhat dry, but with plenty of juicy citrus rind in the pleasant aftertaste.
This is just fine.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First...i cant believe people are calling this "dank"... must only be dank by nw standards.
Pours cloudy; promising. I was excited, it went down hill fr there. Moldy wet hop smell, but I dont believe this is wet hop. Grassy, pissy, moldy. Body is fair enough.

Maybe im spoiled in Cali. Even at 5$/bomber this was a wasted purchase. Maybe its because it was side by side with Modern Times. But this beer is representative of why i dislike nw ipa

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Photo of BikeChef
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An unexpectedly dank "summer IPA". Sort of tastes like a lighter version if Deviant Dale's. Not what I was expecting at all, but it's good for what it is.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice aroma on this one, dank herbal hops. Smells like skunk a Heineken.
Taste is a nice herbal hop.. uniquely different from most ipa's I've had.
Will grab this beer again in the summer of 2017 for sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pretty strong for a beer i thought was fashioned as a session ipa, not that you taste the alcohol or anything, i could be wrong, maybe its just another ipa, not a session type, either way its tasty. summer ipa is an odd term. moving past that, the beer is nice, pale just slightly past golden in color, and very lively on the carbonation and accumulation of white foamy head. the nose is less juicy than expected, but still citrus forward, notes of tangerine and lemon zest are there, but there is actually a little more malt flavor to this than i anticipated. not quite bready, drier than that, maybe crackery is better, and the fruity notes lift right off of that. its clean and dry in the finish, which helps it be seasonally right, but to me it doesnt taste all that hoppy. there is still some bitterness in the later stages, and a pleasant fruity element in the flavor, but the hops dont run away with this like they ought to in an ipa, its extremely mild. very light body but still with some roundness, not watery at all, and actively carbonated. good beer, i could drink pint after pint of this, but it doesnt seem particularly flavorful to me at the end of the day...

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Photo of Lobina
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a chilled pint gave it a good head and nice coler. Great aroma. Loved the hop smell. Taste was great starting out. Faded a bit for me. Overall an above average IPA. Would have it again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out looking sexy, all that yellow and orange you wanna see in an ipa. About 3/5" white head. Aroma dropped a good degree of dry hopping, not sure what kind, but came of as a Simcoe and Amarillo vibe.

Taste was a light honey and pale malt lightly toasted and dry malt presence, good hopping, dropping above that 60ibu range, an amount of alcohol that doesn't hit the palate as hot or as big as its number abv wise. Plenty of citrus, a slight amount of tropical hop notes. Affordable bomber, wouldn't repeat that purchase, but if I saw it in a 12 oz four or six pack, I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice grapefruit essence to this, both in the aroma and taste. Hoppiness lingers on the palate (nicely, not overpowering). Slightly hazy golden body, fine carbonation, thin silky head. Citrus nose, pine, flowers. Really, really nice.

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Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, grapefruit peel, pine resin, orange, mango, bready caramel malts.

Taste - Citrus and piney hops upfront. The bitter grapefruit peel, orange follow suit. The pine resin and bready caramel malts finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

Overall - A stand out IPA. The hop profile is reminiscent of biting into a bitter grapefruit and orange. This is definitely one for those hop lovers out there.

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would not call this a summer IPA if blind-tasted vs others, because it's robust, strong, good.

A: Pours a super hazy pale orange with a one finger frothy white head
It fades slowly leaving lots of lace.

S: Big. Citrus, orange, grapefruit, floral, lots of pine and grass too. Faint malt..

T: Follows smell with lots of aggressive hops with resin and oil. Spicy floral with citrus and pine. Mild malt underneath.

M: Medium body and carbonation. I like the dry and astringent bitterness on the finish.

O: Nothing summer about it.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours straw colored with a large but frail head. Aroma is light and flowery, even with the slight dankness from the hops. It's apt, as this is labeled as a summer-style beer. Flavor wise it's a nice, sweet bread malt balanced out by a bitter pine that never feels disruptive. It's also a wonderfully chewy and creamy...I wish they'd make this brew one of their full-time flagships, so the price would come down a bit...

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a speiglau glass.

Look is light straw and hazy. Thin head.

Aroma is herbal and dank.

Taste is a balance with biscuit malt and dank hops.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden light orange with thick frothy white head and a good amount of floaties. Smell is dank, pine and citrus with some bread from the malt. Taste is much the same except the pine seems more muted and the malt allows the citrus to shine. Definately a lighter summer feel to this one with a sort of spice flavor on the back end that tingles the ton. Very refreshing.

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A great summer IPA. Not much for aroma but it more then compensates with flavor and feel. Very nice floral bitterness balanced with light biscuit-y malt. I'm a big fan of the hop profile in this brew. Has a good tang in the mouthfeel which I am quite fond of in a IPA. Well done!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. For some reason, every time I had heard about this brew up until now, I thought it was an Iron Maiden tribute, but maybe I was just naively (or lazily) misguided by their Sleigh'r offering.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely frothy, and mildly rocky ecru head, which leaves some spackled snow rime lace around the glass as it gently blows off.

It smells of musty, kind of dank pine resin, muted citrus pith, bready and doughy caramel malt, further grassy, herbal, and leafy hops, and a softly lilting alcohol edginess. The taste is grainy, bready caramel malt, much less dank in their general bearing pine and earthy forest floor detritus, still muffled citrus rind esters, and more mildly herbal, leafy, and fresh-cut grassy hops - summery? Sure, why not?

The bubbles are rather heady and active throughout, what with their steady and sturdy frothiness, the body a dense middleweight, and actually smooth, the hops having left early, because, y'know, it's Friday afternoon on a summer long weekend, or something. It finishes off-dry, the malt not about to let these laid-back, hammock-humping hops have all the fun, no sirree!

I have to say, when a seasonal is released by a brewery, without any tangible ingredients that would justify it as such, I get weary and wary. Turns out I didn't have to expend that sort of negative energy here, since after only a few gulps, I was hooked on the fresh, fruity, and yet still duly bitter nature of this IPA's gross hopitude. Yeah - sun AND shade friendly, fo sho.

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Photo of tzieser
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L: poured from a 22oz bottle into a imperial pint glass. Dull hazy orange in color with a foamy white head. Lack of does wonders for the look of this beer

S: nose is a bit muted for a beer in this style (west coast, summer/session ipa). Grassy hops are there with a bit of pine earthiness. Sweet malts linger in the background but it's all a bit underwhelming for the style

T: thankfully the taste is much better than the nose. Copious amounts of lemon and orange hop flavor. Pine bitterness is stronger than expected yet pleasant, balancing out the aforementioned fruity hops. Malts are biscuity, cracker-like and a tad sweet. Finishes with lingering bitterness.

M: sticky and a bit chewy. Wish it finished drier. Not bad though

O: an excellent IPA yet not worth the $7 price tag. Worth a try but you can get a better beer for a couple dollars less in FW Union Jack

Paired well with homemade smoked baby back ribs, fingerling potatoes and a 108° Arizona afternoon!

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, burnished, honey-gold color; quite turbid—loads of feathery-white sediment; pretty active head, mellowing out to a nice, thin-but-solid white ring; good bite to the malting, which is otherwise very light; in some ways more like the hopped-up "Imperial Pilsners" that have pleasantly dotted the market in recent years, rather than a "Summer IPA", per se; very nice bittering, solid florality—though leaning more to the herbal than the floral, I'd say—and not a lot of sweetness, but a lot of dryness, from the malt, thus presenting a clear and clean avenue for the hopping. Refreshing, and not inappropriate for summer—but probably better suited for an Oregon's mid-June than one in Arizona, since it's much better fresh from the fridge than at all warmed.

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