Maiden The Shade
Ninkasi Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #11,987
3.95 | pDev: 10.89%
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Starting Gravity: 1065
IBUs: 72
ABV: 6.8
Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 497 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer for the Modest Mouse concert with my brother last week. Not sure what makes it a "Summer IPA" but it does provide the more traditional dry, piney, citrus led hop blast that we have grown used to over the years. It looks and smells the part, and has a thick, oily mouthfeel that allows for a long aftertaste. Solid effort.

Oct 18, 2018
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gandres from Philippines

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunday, July 15, 2018 5:39 PM 12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: amber, slightly hazy, small foam
Smell: hoppy smell, not to big
Taste: very good, medium bitterness
Mouthfeel: good carbonation, sticks to the palate, good follow through, dry finish,long bitter aftertaste
Overall: Very good beer. ok to repeat, look for

Jul 16, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Bottle
Best By: JUL 25 2018

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. The taste is nice, hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), piney. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a nice little brew.

Jun 02, 2018
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RB3 from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy out of the bottle uniform and without particulate. Head is kind of there and whisks up the side of the glass. Exactly what the packaging suggests: Bold but not overwhelming. Exactly what I expect and want from a Summer IPA. A tad flowery without being obnoxious.

Feb 16, 2018
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint 6oz bottle.
A: Pours a off clear light gold amber.
S: Nice citrus with pine and hops.
T: Citrus notes pine resin and hops .
F: Medium body nice carbonation with a clean finish.
O: A nice hoppy bitter IPA great on a hot day.

Aug 18, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper, with 2 fingers of head, nice lacing left on the glass

S - Citrus hops dominate. Oranges, tangerines

T - Citrus forward, tangerines, nice malty backbone on the finish

F - Medium body and well carbonated

O - An excellent fruit/citrus forward IPA. Well done

Jun 25, 2017
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pianoguy from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. No visible bottling date info
(my wife's son manages a bar in Seattle and brings home samples that the distributor gives him. This is one of those samples. Thank you to Schuyler!)

Pours a body that's almost clear with a white head. Lots of retention and thin lacing

Smell is somewhat prominent overall. I'm getting a lot of tropical fruits mostly pineapple. Also getting a slight whiff of malt, but it's a little different then the common "bready malt" scent.

Taste follows with a wonderful bitterness. (I like my beers bitter, like Brittany Spear's divorce!)

Feel is a fairly even but more velvety then most IPA's. A bit unusual but good. True to the style? maybe not but I like it a lot! Almost gave the feel a 5...

Wow, I might have to actually pay for another six pack of this beer . As I read the label it says they use "flaked barley" to malt this beer. That's probably what made the feel so unique. I can taste the work that somebody put into brewing this beer...Bravo !

Jun 18, 2017
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy straw gold with a big pillowy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malt and tropical fruit with some resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with lots of fruit and a resiny hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruity resiny IPA.

Jun 17, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance was a nice hazy golden yellow to orange color allowing a fairly decent carbonation to be seen rising throughout the beer. The smell had a decent amount of bitter citrus hops and a slight grassy note rolling underneath. There are some light sweet malts coming through as it warms. The taste was mainly sweet through a combination of the citrus hops and grassiness to the malts. However, the bitterness does come back to make a play on my taste buds to add just a touch of itself to the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. I was hoping it would have been more sessionable. I mean the sessionability seemed to be there for the most part but I thought this would have been more. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA worthy of having again but not exactly worth the hype that surrounds it.

Jun 09, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a gorgeous golden color, very nearly clear, two fingers of light tan head. Aromas are heavy citrus and some pine.

The pine is more forward on the taste, and then the dank citrus kicks in, and there's a nice malt backbone to let you know you're drinking a full-bodied beer. I'm not sure what makes this a "summer IPA," but it's a very nice beer.

May 25, 2017
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Nugganooch from California

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Jan 04, 2017
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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).

Oct 20, 2016
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Sep 21, 2016
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Spikester from Oregon

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Sep 05, 2016
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Sep 04, 2016
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AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Aug 06, 2016
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bilbobrewer from Oregon

3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Jul 12, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Jul 06, 2016
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Jul 02, 2016
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IpaBeerDrinkers from California

2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
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

Jun 30, 2016
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BikeChef from District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Jun 19, 2016
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TrueOregonian from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Jun 13, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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...

Jun 08, 2016
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Lobina from Arizona

4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Jun 03, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

May 25, 2016
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