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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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Reviews by boralyl:
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4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours a light golden-orange with a slight haze. It produces an inch of creamy white head that has great retention and leaves tons of lacing on my glass.

S - The nose is a bouquet of citric fruits with flowery notes throughout. Very aromatic.

M - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. It's got somewhat of a creamy feel.

T - The taste has more floral hops than detected in the nose and less citrus notes. It begins with a splash of citrus followed by a mix floral flavors. A touch of orange shows up near the end. It finishes very dry.

This is a very good IPA. I feel like this may have been sitting on the shelves for a few months, but despite that it's still great. Would love to try it very fresh.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow with a white head.Nose is citrusy, sweet and floral. Comes together on the palate like a spiked lemony sugar cookie blast with a strong bitter to finish it. Forceful and well made.

I paired this with two dishes. A light salad with apples and a lemon dressing and some home made breaded chicken with a sweet chili and liime dipping sauce.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only the second Ninkasi beer I have actually had,the Tricerahops was quite good.Poured into an imperial pint glass a lemony yellow with a tinge of orange, a creamy-like one finger white head that held thru to the finish.West coast hop aromas here,citrusy and piney,lesser grass, and herbal hops.A great summer IPA to be had,its citrusy with leafy/green hop flavors over top of a lightly sweet toasty malt base.This is it,a IPA for the summer,its refreshing and has a badass hopkick,its worth the high rating.Hell yeah!

Gotta love the hop burps!

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Photo of jpwadd
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Nice brassy pour into tulip. Nice head retains well, nice lace. First impression was typical Ninkasi citrus tartness a little too bitter on the front end. However, it grows on me as it warms - and I warm to drinking it.
A very fun beer that went down extremely well. Strong hop feel would overwhelm after a while so a session beer it ain't.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Looked a vibrant yellow and tangerine color, foamed up quite nice, this was a looker. Aroma, seemed to be big on amarillo and simcoe. Very pungent, really came through on the nose.

Taste wasn't a letdown at all, all that dry, astringent hopfeel came through, but didn't leave a super bitter mouthfeel, just the right balance between a big fresh floral hop mouthfeel and a good amount of bitterness that made you want more, rather than take a second or some water to clear the palate. Far more depth to it than your average ipa. Says 72 ibu, but the bitterness just plays so nice. It combines to leave a good lip smack sensation, good tang. Mostly tangerine, then grapefruit, even the slightest amount of tropical citrus feel, although I wouldn't necessarily call it pineapple (especially after drinking Oracle and Hopsoulution a lot lately), or if I did, I'd say its very slight.

Very drinkable, and that's even before considering that this is a $5 bomber. Kudos, Ninkasi has done it again. Would be very interested to see if we ever get some of their ipas in 4/6 packs in the future.

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Photo of DanielDomigan
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

love iron maiden and love ipa's. this is defiantly a special brew for me to try.

a beautiful golden blonde color.

a smack in the face of strait hops! so good. citrus and hops...

hoppy slightly sweet and citrusy

little bit watery and slightly sticky

a damn good ipa.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of appenzeller
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold, opaque, thick head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine, taste is deeply hoppy but complex, citrus, pine, wheat, and with a well integrated undercurrent of sweetness. This is a really nice IPA, hope Ninkasi keeps it going. This is a hop bomb for sure but has the requisite complexity and, well, good integration of other flavors to be a very worthy brew.

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kmbeer
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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