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Maiden The Shade | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.94/5
Very Good
482 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,862
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
482
pDev:
10.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
101
Trade:
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Ratings: 482 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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 stumac
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grnmtnman
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CNoj012
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Slongie
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WeedWolf
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Stanley23
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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 DrMindbender
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ik97
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of khmel
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tally
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of airpup
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tzieser
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 SamuelR
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmbeer
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Blazer22
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of THoff94
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very refreshing and smooth beer. Light and citrusy but does not lack in IPA taste and hoppiness.

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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 482 ratings
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