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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 | website

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 MaltsOfGlory
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice standard one and a half finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is almost completely white, maybe a hair off white, the head is pretty consistent all around, mostly small bubbles, slightly creamy looking, slightly soapy and foamy looking as well. The head is leaving good lacing throughout the glass. The body has a pretty standard IPA look to it, bight orange, not as cloudy as I would like though. I like it when my IPA's are nice and cloudy, this one is dark enough so you can't see through in completely, but for the most part it's not very cloudy and the visibility is pretty high. The carbonation looks very high, but we will see on the taste. The head has died down and is pretty much gone, but it's left a very nice rim of lacing around the top of the body along with a fair amount of foam on top of the main part of the body. Overall a very nice looking beer here, my only complaint is the lack of cloudiness. The smell is really excellent, huge hops flavor, much more than in there Total Domination, very rough around the edges, which some people might not like, but it's an IPA, it should be rough! You can smell the alcohol in this one, hopefully it's not too bad on the taste. Nice small malt note in there to keep things reasonable. Overall it's a really excellent taste, and on some smells I'm considering giving this a 4.5 on smell, but it's just not quite there yet. The hops are very strange in this beer, not crisp like I like them to be, very bitter, tart and not much bite to them, just boring really. It's hard to explain because there is for sure carbonation, the hops are just...off. You get a bitterness and most of the carbonation up front and then in the end comes the standard hop flavor, they really shouldn't be split up that far in my opinion. Then in the very end comes that alcohol kick, which is pretty standard in beers to have that come in the end, but in this beer it's a little aggressive. Like I said in the beginning this beer is rough around the edges, but I thought I would like that more than I really am. It's just a little boring really, and a little "off" (at least with the hops). There is for sure enough flavor, and it's not watered down or anything, just a little boring and off. With all that being said, it's still a solid IPA, and I can't really complain too much here or there because it's a good beer. If I were to explain this beer the best way I could I would say that you take your average IPA's, your amazing IPA's and your terrible IPA's and this beer kinda falls in a gray area between average and...I dunno where, it's not bad, it's not amazing, it's just off. Still a great beer, and I actually really enjoy it, just off. I really don't want to give this beer a 3.5 on taste, because it's a solid craft brew, but it's just not really doing it for me right now. Mouthfeel is pretty standard for an IPA, not too big, maybe on the small side, but that's ok, the carbonation is exactly where it should be so that's good. Drinkability is a little low just because of the alcohol in the end, but overall it[s not too bad. Overall a very good beer, just not doing it for me in some areas.

As I continue to drink this beer at times I want to give it a 4, but now that I'm down to the last 2/3 of my pint glass (out of a 22) it's really watery. Now, considering that it was off originally, and now a lot of the taste is gone and it's tasting watery, I think 3.5 is pretty justified.

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Photo of vkv822
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip pint.

The beer pours a clear golden yellow with a thick frothy white head.

The aroma is of wonderful grapefruit, citric hops with some really nice tropical fruit as well. Has a light caramel, breaded malt finish. Really impressive nose.

The nose was quite a bit different than the taste, though it is still quite nice. There are more resiny pine notes upfront here, with quitea bit of biscuity malts and a lemony, grassy hop finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with average carbonation.

The nose was awesome, and though the taste was a tad less impressive it was still very enjoyable. Overall a really nice IPA and one I am very happy to have tried.

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

I bought a bottle of this from Brewer's Haven in Boise. I have to say, I really enjoyed this beer. Poured a slightly hazy golden with a somewhat slight head. Smells clean, with light citrusy hops and equally light sweet malt. Tastes very balanced with more slightly sweet malt up front and then spicy, earthy hops with a splash of citrus- particularly on the finish. Smooth and clean on the palate, and restrained rather than exuberant, but what a nice package. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark yellow orangish color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head with average retention and plenty of spotty lacing.

4.5 S: The smell is simply awesome. Big orangy citrus dominates with mango and pineapple not far behind. Some pine in there as well. Doesn't have the "bitter aroma" that some IPAs have. A touch of toasty malts with some toffee as well.

4.0 T: The taste is a bit different than the nose suggests. Hops are more lemony and grassy that I would have expected. There's plenty of orange as well, but not too much mango or pineapple. Malts add a mild caramel. Hop bitterness is very mild for an IPA. Still, pretty tasty.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. No problems here, but could be a lot creamier. Pretty smooth though.

4.0 D: Good solid IPA. Taste is solid, but I think this could benefit from a bit of a thicker body.

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Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam that had some nice retention and left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of big piney aromas with notes of citrus and mango. Some good burnt toast malt in the nose, too.

T - It had a strong pine flavor with a burnt toast malt backbone. Some citrus and other tropical fruits came through with the hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really tasty IPA. I'm glad I got to try this. Thanks drfabulous.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks JohnGalt1 for this, Ninkasi seems to slowly makes it way down here, but just the core styles. The pour is a bright orange, very inviting with a soft billowy head. The bitter hoppiness on this is refreshing as well as not to overpowering to make this one of the easier drinking ipa's out there. Awesome beer, maybe this will show up in a BevMo soon.

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

Bottle from Liquid Gratitude. No discernible freshness date. Served in a Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of creamy white foam that settles to a thick cap and leaves spotty fingers of lace. Lightly hazed peach-apricot body.

S - For a beer that I'm guessing is nearing three months old, this still has a good amount of tropical and peachy hop character - smells like textbook Amarillo and Simcoe. There's also some light citrus zest and leafy character coming from some of the other five hop varieties that are supposedly in here. Malt character is light toffee and sugar cookie but it's well in the periphery.

T - Taste has more grapefruit and orange citrus rind character, grass, under-ripe peach, and a lightly sweetened bread malt backbone. Bitterness mounts fairly quickly for "only" 72 IBUs. Very San Diego feel to this one, and more West Coast than Workhorse.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, extremely dry finish and enamel-coating residual feel.

D - This is exceptionally drinkable. I was shocked to see my glass nearly empty after only about 10 minutes. I'll have to be ready for this one when it comes out again next summer, as I'm guessing it's even better when fresh.

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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 callmemickey
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden peach body. Massive white frothy head. Good retention. Sheet like lacing.

S: Delicate grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Beautiful grassy hops. The grass notes are reminiscent of a fresh german pilsner hop profile. This beer is a tad on the older side of things, but still quite nice. Looking at past reviews it seems the citric notes have faded a little compared to fresh.

T: A nice assertively hopped up IPA. A bit of grass, pine, grapefruit and orange. Moderate bitterness for the flavor. Malt bill is a real clean lightly biscuity base. A good canvas for the flavor explosion.

M: Smooth creamy body. Moderate carbonation that works well with the grassy notes. Crisp refreshing finish.

D: Who can complain when a beer is named in honor of Iron Maiden, features artwork from Jerry Garcia's daughter, and is made by a brewery that knows hop to make a good IPA. Oh, and rocking out to some Maiden doesn't hurt the experience either.

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Photo of livewire78
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sdawson for another on my wants list.

Pours a medium yellow gold with a average head but decent lacing. Not the typical IPA color and I like it.

Smells of citrus. Lemony zesty grapefruity citrus. Sounds like a candy description but actually its for beer.

Tastes ridiculously good. Smooth. Citrusy flavors intermingle with each other instead of competing for attention. Grapefruit and lemon zest. A little bit of grass if that makes sense? The bitterness is there but only for flavor and not mouthfeel. Which I think is why it's so dang smooth.

Love the mouthfeel. Light and airy but full enough to carry immense amounts of flavor. No bitter feeling in the mouth. Very different for an IPA.

Wow! What a surprise! Wasn't expecting this to be this good. So far I'm an IPA guy (until my tastes change) and this is one of the top ones I've had.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a mug.

Appearance: dank yellow-orange hue with a murky haze and a few floaties. Head is three fat fingers of ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: pungent, citrusy, funky and herbal hop aroma. There's no malt here, just a plethora of funkitude. I actually quite like this particular blend of aromas.

Taste: more of the same funk in the flavor. Citrus is toned down a bit, but there is some floral character that is really nice. The maltiness is sweet and pretty full-bodied; it stands up to the hops. Bitterness is pretty huge. I like it, although not quite as much as I like the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly well-integrated carbonation. This beer is much creamier than most IPAs I'm used to. Like it!

Drinkability: for a funk-centric hop bomb, this beer is surprisingly well-rounded. I think I'm going to have to start buying this more often ... it rocks.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 22 two ways. Poured into globe glasses. Reviewed 8/7/2010.

Ar: Bright hop, resin, grapefruit, lemon, clean mild pale malt, nice fresh resin, tropical fruit, excellent fresh resinous hop, *floral, light vegetative

Ap: Clear golden, white head, good retention

T: Resin, Ninkasi taste, vegetative hints, fresh hop, grapefruit, lemon, tropical fruit, pine, nice resin/flavor balance, not overly complicated/deep but solid and well brewed, very hop forward, dry, *earthy/herbal hop

M: Medium/high carb, creamy mouthfeel, medium body, nice resin end, *rather drinkable

O: very hop forward, pleasant, classic ninkasi, *sharp, *not super refined (9)

*=ideas from fellow taster

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Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. My pour was a little hard, so the head took up about half the glass. It took a long time for it to die down to where I could take a sip of anything but foam, so retention is good. Head gets a wonderful chunky look when it does die down a bit. Lacing is very strong-you can see each sip you took in the glass.

S: Big citrus and pine, a little bready, and a little earthy. All of the aromas you would expect from a NW IPA, but they are exceptionally bright.

T: Grapefruit!!! Big, bright grapefruit flavors with a bit of pineapple. Some pine and grass flavors, followed by bitter grapefruit rind and a bit of spiciness.

M: A tad thicker than I would have expected for such a light, bright beer, but it works. Moderate-high carbonation. Pretty dry.

D: I'm gonna be real sad when this one disappears from the shelves-it really epitomizes what I love about IPAs.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopsbreath for this bottle.

A: Pours a straw color with a slightly off-white head and a bit of lacing.

S: Some nice citrus hop aromas with a bit of grass.

T: Again, some citrus. However, there is a bit of a grassy/herbal taste that is a bit unpleasant. Doesn't live up to the nose.

M: Medium body and good carbonation. A little off and slightly mouth puckering, but not necessarily due to the hops.

D: Not bad, but not too good either. Interesting to try, but something about it just wasn't for me.

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Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this one. 22oz bottle received as a great extra from psiweaver in the Math Trade 2 BIF. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a well hazed translucent and glowing orange color. A big fluffy 2 fingers of head with excellent staying power sits atop. As it dies, endless spiderwebs of sticky lacing are left on the glass. A gorgeous IPA.

S - Tons of citrus up front. At first I'm hit with sweet oranges, but that is quickly followed by a fresh grapefruit aroma mixed with a hint of peaches and a touch of pine. Just a faint malt component in the aroma - very light caramel and some sugary sweetness.

T - A very full bitterness is my first impression. The bitter hops somewhat overpower the other flavor components. However there is a fair amount of citrus that gets thru notably grapefruit. Malt makes more of a presence in the flavor than it did in the aroma with some nice toffee and some bready notes too. Flavor is quite good, but still somehow a bit of a letdown after the impressive aroma and appearance.

M - Medium bodied and resiny. Carbonation is fizzy and at a medium-high level. Bitterness lingers forever into the aftertaste. Very dry and crisp.

D - A very good IPA and worth seeking out. Not my favorite IPA of all time, but one that I would like to have again, for sure. Alcohol is in check at 6.8% making it almost sessionable. This 22oz bottle didn't last very long - definitely went down quickly.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up at the COOP over the weekend.. poured into my Old Guardian goblet... short lasting white head... the brew is slightly hazed lite golden.

Great punch of citrus hops that outweigh but don't blow out some nice pale maltiness.

Not quite bitter enough for a big PNW IPA, but the hops mid palate more than make up for it... Again, some pale malts help keep things in perspective.

Good body and carbonation.. finish reminds me of tangerine juice without the sweetness.... I guess maybe just tangerine zest.


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Photo of biglobo8971
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bomber bottle into a pilsner glass.

great color almost a pale amber color. poured nice two inch head with lacing that lasted the entire glass.

smell was a very citrus floral aroma. very appeasing. made me want to drink the glass in one hand while holding the empty bottle in the other (just for the aroma)
taste justified the aroma, citrus notes ran throughout the flavor profile. hardly any earthy essence present at all
drinkability is incredible. the hops leave a tang afterwards that makes you want to take another drink.
very drinkable, highly recommend.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed glass from a 22oz bottle.

appearance - citrusy orange/yellow with very light transparency, generous head, strong retention and lacing

smell - pungent citrus and resinous hops, floral and earthy, many hop varieties

taste - earthy and resinous hops followed by citrus with a malt body

mouthfeel - medium bodied, full carbonation, frothy

drinkability - complex and bold hop profile, very tasty, amazing flavor for a single ipa...borders on iipa territory

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Photo of Docer
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I did have this on tap at the Oregon Brewers Festival, but will now do the review from the bottle in the comfort of my own home... and minus any intruding odors under the nose... such as raw human body odor.

- Brisk orange, straw yellow... cloudy... finger of off-white foam quickly down to a large white ring and an island of light fizz that looks like Australia in the center of my short-pint glass.

- Light sweetness... brown sugar.. pine, grapefruit, mango, caramel... bread, biscuit.

- Oh my.. smooth balanced sweet hoppy success.. what a fantastic brew... caramel sweetness without the heavy malt-bomb profile... grapefruit hops galore... pine, citrus, lemon zest... bitter pine.. a hoppy flavorful power-punch to the palate... what a great beer. This must be Ninkasi's best tasting beer to date.

- Medium bodied... perfect carbonation for an IPA... and has a slight creaminess to it... only very slight... but near perfect.

- What can I say? I am floored at how great this brew is... even out of the bottle it is a pure masterpiece of sheer brewing genius. Thanks Ninkasi, and cheers to anyone that can get their hands on this stuff.

Also on a side note, I love Iron Maiden... and this brew captures their drive! The first pour is amazing from the bomber... the second just doesn't hold up to the first.

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Photo of froghop
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a semi-hazy orange with a medium snow-white fluffy head, and great lacing.

smell is of spice, light grapefruit, grass, caramel, and malt in the back.

taste is crisp, some spice, caramel, light hops, light pink grapefruit, and malt, ends somewhat dry and a little bitter.

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Photo of chumba526
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maiden in the shade Ninkasi
The beer appears a slightly hazy yellow color with half an inch of white foam.
It smells very fruity and citrusy: I smell pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and even a berry like smell. There is also a tad bit of grassy hop present in the smell as well. One of the fruitiest smelling IPAs I have come across. There is a slight caramel smell as well but the fruity smell dominates.
Notes of citrus and pineapple paired with a pleasant bitterness dominate the taste. The semisweet flavors of orange, grapefruit and pineapple pair nicely with the profound lingering bitterness of the beer. Perhaps the malt adds a bit of sweetness but the malt flavor of this beer is almost nonexistence. This beer highlights hops in an integrant and creative way. They really outdid themselves with this beer.
The carbonation of this is very good it puts a creamy texture in your mouth. The carbonation helps the flavors of the beer mingle quite well and creates smoothness to the beer.
The beer is bitter, flavorful and fruity yet it is very refreshing and perfect for a hot day. With this said the drinkability is very good I could drink a few of these if I had them available.
Overall an amazing IPA this is easily the best beer I have had from Ninkasi and one of the best IPAs I have had in recent memory. I hope they make this part of their regular lineup. This is a nearly perfect beer I wish I bought more than just one bomber when I had the chance.

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Photo of charliedvrs
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into my pint glass. Thanks to msubulldog25 for another great Ninkasi offering!

A - Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with tons of little particals floating around and up to the fluffy white head. The one finger of foam creates a nice sticky lacing down the whole glass.

S - All hops here. Earth, grass, pine. Little bits of lighter citrus. Pretty strong aroma.

T - Malt profile takes a backseat. The piney hops dominate while little bits of citrus sneak through with hints of pineapple. The taste is sweet and not overly bitter. The grassy notes become stronger in the taste, almost dank, though the whole taste profile seems to take a step back from the nose.

M - Lighter and thin with a nice dry finish.

D - If only I had a case of these. Tastey beer that I [wish I] could drink all day long.

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

Poured a deep honey gold into a Duvel tulip with an inch of slow-receding fluffy white head. Rich and slightly bitter hoppy aroma with plenty of grapefruit, lemon, and a hint of pine.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel with some subtle caramel sweetness up front. Fairly straightforward hoppy profile throughout with more grapefruit and citrus, especially on the pleasantly tart finish.

As others have observed, this one is very easy-drinking and refreshing (the slightly higher ABV is completely hidden).

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Photo of meatyard
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, tangerine/peach with a large, white, fluffy head that has good retention and nice lacing.
The smell is impressively West Coast, and really more PacNW Coast, with pine, floral citrus but, of course, no real malt aroma.
The taste is Pacific NW fir, some citrus though more pineapple than citrus. There is a very light malt flavor but not enough to worry about. Bitterness is also, nearly, non-existent. Alcohol is not noticeable.
Mouthfeel: It doesn't feel as light as some suggest but leans that way. The characteristics of the feel just seem to make it more drinkable.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, in fact this beer wants you to drink it fast so you can go get another one. Hold off doing this because, unless you bought a bunch of these, the chances are slim that you will get more of them. Enjoy this beer and drink as slowly as you can. This is a beer that I would drink until I was somewhat drunk if I had enough of it. Wish I had a bar with it on tap. Why, oh why, can't someone on the East Coast make a beer like this (or Sculpin for that matter).

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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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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.
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