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 lordofstarside
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes
No bottle date, should be pretty fresh though

Pours a vibrant golden orange with two fingers of foam. Mild carbonation, good retention and lacing

Smell's pretty tropical. Strong orange and mandarin, followed by pineapple and passionfruit. Malt on this is pretty bready with caramel notes, finishing with a hint of alcohol

Taste follows alright. Hops are pretty much the same, lots of tropical fruits- pineapple, mandarin, orange, grapefruit, followed by a strong and sweet caramel malt, finishing with some alcohol

Finish is a medium body, moderate bitterness, and low carbonation. Alcohol's hidden well, pretty easy to drink

Overall this isn't a bad beer. It falls short in a lot of ways, but it's ideal for a hot summer day, which is exactly what it was made for. It hits it's mark well, giving it a extra little score boost

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Considering this an AIPA, well I poured it into a pint glass.
The appearance was a cloudy yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light speckled lacing here and there.
The smell had a grassy and grainy citrus laden bitter hops leading into a light maltiness.
The taste was mainly sweet and grassy but allowed a light bitterness to come about.
The mouthfeel was slightly harsh but also not too harsh, misleadingly smooth for an AIPA. There was a decent harsh carbonation about it.
Overall, this was an okay AIPA still worthy of having again but nothing to go apeshit about.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ANIMOUL
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sweetish-bitter (bitter sweet?) IPA that tastes very much like many of the Socal IPA currently flooding the market (which is a good thing in my opinion).

Has an initial, slight bitterness - from citrus? - which is soon overcome by the sweet tastes of pineapple & orange. Mild hops with light malt presence.

Definitely worth checking out... good

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Took a growler of this home from DeCicco's as it is a rarity in my area.

A: Noticed majority of review from a btl give it a negative review in tis aspect. When poured from growler into Bird Song Brewing Co. pint, it is an orangey-gold color, 6-8 SRM if you prefer. Head is a creamy bright white, 2 fingers worth, and retention is outstanding , lasting half the pint, 6+ minutes with chunky lacing.

S: There are seven hop varieties in this beer, enough said. The malts give sweetness to the citrusy, fruity, spicy, and piney notes contributed by the former.

M: Hyped as a summer style IPA, but the barley addition does give it a medium albeit slick and fast-moving body. It hits and is gone, which is appreciated. However, I expect more carbonation from a 'summer' beer; the initial sting is low. Pleasant a dry finish.

T/O: Pineapple, sweet orange, honeydew, nectarine, blue spruce resin. Really not that bitter at all, but if you favor balance in your IPAs this is very, very good. Love the complexity of it still, a true "no coast", American IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 474 ratings.
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