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: 144 | Ratings: 458
Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle $5.99. Yellow color, lots of lacing, decent head. Flavor is subtle grass, subtle lemons, subtle floral qualities. Aroma is slightly floral and citrusy. Easy to drink, crisp, I can see why it is a summer style because there is almost no malt here. Overall not bad but a little too light for me.

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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 Greywulfken
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pale gold and clear, though I spotted some floaties in the bottom of the bomber; two fingers of bright white fluffy head left lace clouds down the glass

S: floral and bright, with pinpoints of citrus and light herbs; suggestions of something breezy, grassy and green

T: light and bright - lemon citrus pith and fresh grassy grains, lots of floral character - very summery

M: light-weight, medium carbonation, crisp and quick, low bitterness

O: a light, bright and easy summery ale, floral and citric in most aspects, but nothing that particularly stood out above the rest. Worth a try and buy.

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Photo of ZekeMillz
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Definitely my favorite beer from Ninkasi. Lighter than most IPAs, which makes it a perfect beer for Summertime, for those who still crave hops when it's hot.

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Photo of hreb
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours straw yellow in color, crystal clear, but forms a generous white foamy head. Bright hop aroma. Mouthfeel has an extremely smooth, creamy fizz. Flavor melds the classic citrus and pine hop flavors at a relatively high volume, but still extremely drinkable. The texture goes a long way towards that drinkability. I'm not usually a fan of IPAs that blend a wide variety of hops and prop it up with such a thin, maltless body, but in this case, it's just the platform this beer needs to support a particularly crisp bitterness. And while I don't think this concept can make for a great beer, this is good drinking.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks for sneaking this one in the suitcase from LA, Brenda.

A: Light gold, opaque with a white one-finger head that didn't last long. Good lacing.

S: Grassy hops and citrus notes. Grapefruit and oranges.

T: A terrific malt/hop balance. Piney hops and bready malts blend well with low bitterness. Grapefruit drops by for a visit. Smooth, sweet and pleasant.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Even with 2 months in the closet, this IPA held up very well. I hope to try this one again, without 5 other party guests vying for a sip.

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Photo of Brackh
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold and orange with a small head. Awesome smell. Juicy and fruity (citrus). Great taste. Very subtle and not over the top. You can taste the carbonation if that makes sense. Could have had several of these.

Didn't share any with my wife.

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Photo of santomark
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very clear, gold, vibrant, yellow, orange tint body. Little to no head, 1 finger width, disappeared nicely. As expected from an IPA.

S - Beautiful, just beautiful, tangerine, mango, pineapple, oranges, very tart fruits coming off in the nose, sweet malt, bready, biscuit. I could sniff this for hours.

T - I must say, the taste, is very good, but not great, nothing compared to the nose. Very mild fruits on the palate, no tartness, no sweetness. This highlights the hops very minimally. Bread up front, balanced malt backbone.

M - Silky, mild carbonation, a dryness at the end leaving you wanting more.

O - This is a great brew, I want this doubled up though. An IPA version of this would be fantastic! The nose is wonderful, spot on, perfect. If they made a DIPA version of this, I would want to taste the complexity of the hops. This beer can only get better if they considered making a DIPA of this. However, back to the topic, this beer is refreshing, a wonderful IPA, and beautifully showcases the West Coast IPA style that invites everyone of all palates to enjoy. Well done! Cheers!

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Photo of abstractpablo
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An interesting take on a summer beer. The hops give the beer a clear floral aroma and taste. The taste is less forward than the aroma. I'm not too certain about "floral" flavors, but I'd say this has a bit of a rose taste to it. Nothing too intense, however. It drinks nicely. The light-bodied beer finishes clean and is an interesting beer to have on a hot day.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -12.5%

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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Photo of ANIMOUL
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent copper with a tan ring of head.

S: Pineapple, orange, floral hops in the nose.

T: Orange, pineapple and pine. Nothing that stands out, nothing interesting or complex, but tasty.

M: IPA-like carbonation levels on a medium bodied. Could be smoother.

O: Recommended, but I don't feel like this does the band justice.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle bought as part of a variety pack. The label calls it a specialty ale, but I'm expecting something resembling an American/West Coast style IPA.

A: golden, a bit cloudy, some carbonation visible, about one finger of head which dissipated fairly quickly.
S: tropical fruits.
T: Pine, lingering bitterness. I found this bitterness unpleasant because it wasn't balanced/backed up with other flavours. I found it kind of one-dimensional.
F: Medium-bodied.
O: One and done.

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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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Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

man this is a great beer!!

super refreshing! crisp clean hops. lots of citrus notes.

up front you can taste the light presence of the pale malt. then light spice of hops balanced with citrus flavors. ends of with an almost lime flavor.

totally worth trying. esp if you are a hop head.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an attractive golden amber in the Duvel tulip. Big foam for the first pour, then a nice tower of suds. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Pleasant nose of pineapple and that vanilla smell of Ponderosa pine bark. Later on the fruit aroma is distinctive. Makes me wonder if they are using Mosaic hops.

The malt is present mostly as a sweetness. It's a pretty neutral taste to show off the exuberance of hops. Rather tart in the back of the throat. Overall, a hop firecracker rather than a bomb, but more drinkable than many other IPAs. Plenty bitter but it goes down nicely with a spicy finish. Better than the overly dank Ninkasi brews I've tried.

Brewer says this is 72 IBUs. I don't know why they want to call it a "specialty ale" on the lable. They also call it a "summertime IPA" which is quite descriptive. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Pioneer Market in La Conner, Washington.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 15/8/13

A golden yellow with a fair bit of suspended particles being slowly moved around by a few tiny that feed a short lived finger of foam that leaves just a few spots of lace

S big tropical nose with a little bit of everything, pineapple, passion-fruit, lemon, lychee, tangerine, and grapefruit, somewhat floral, faint pine and a little caramel and cereal preventing a complete hop runaway, great smelling beer

T not quite the tropical blast the nose had going but that still leaves a healthy amount, more pine and citrus rind I didn't notice on the nose, more cereal and it creates a nice balance although still lopsided towards the green stuff

M lighter side of medium, a solid bitter snap, almost creams up and a little gritty, lingering rind on the finish

O other then a basic look this hop bomb hits the mark, smells great and went down way to fast, great intro to this brewery

I grabbed this one a whim while on vacation in BC and I'm glad I did, for a random brew I'd never heard of it's safe to say I lucked out

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650mL bomber as part of the Ninkasi 4-pack - which was a pretty fantastic marketing package and included a "soundtrack" music download. The music download was meh to me but the beers were better. All four were hop-forward beers, which is definitely Ninkasi's forte.

Nose: I found this one surprisingly closed. It's 6.8% ABV and 72 IBU so it's not exactly a mild beer, but there isn't that bouquet of flowers, or bowl of citrus, or forest of pine that you often get with a big IPA. It's often one of my favourite things about IPA's. So this was a little bit of a disappointment, but really just means you have to get in closer to get a good sense of what's going on. Resiny, oily, some pine and some citrus.

Taste: Things open up as soon as a sip is taken, though. Big citrus - grapefruit and lemon zest. Floral as well, and a bit of pine especially towards the end. The lemon and grapefruit have a sweetness to them in that citrusy way. Very bright flavour overall.

I was pretty happy with this. I prefer it considerably over Total Domination.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a bright yellow-orange colour. The nose has all the classic West Coast IPA notes: grapefruit, cannabis/resin, grass, pine. Super inviting. The taste is good and bitter with a little bit of fruity sweetness. Ninkasi calls this a "specialty ale," but it definitely drinks like an IPA.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a blonde colour for an IPA but the 6.8% ABV stop it from being a ISA. The beer has a quite a fruity note to the hops which work well with the lighter look. I had no problem finishing the bottle off and give it high marks for drink-ability. A fair amount of complexity in this beer , enough to make it worth buying again.

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Photo of brodericksloth
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light amber and clear. Summer IPA.

The taste is sweet citrus fruits; grapefruit, lemons. Crisp grains carry the beer. Not overly malty. Tropical smell. Grassy and piney citric bitterness and long aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly and sharpness but still creamy. Enough complex flavors and aromas to carry the beer and keep you sipping. No alcohol bite due the complexity of all going on.

chewy piney simcoe and chinook hop flavors. I don't understand why it's not hoppy enough for some tasters, but mine was fresh from the brewery on tap.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Maiden the Shade came in a 22oz four pack at Costco. It poured a lager like straw color with a thin 1 finger foam head with tight bubbles. Good malt smell to this one with a citrus pineapple aroma. It was a great taste and well balanced as I got a biscuity malt hitting the palate followed by a soft enveloping bitterness that hit the top of the mouth and tip of the tongue. I hope to buy this again in the future.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It came in a four pack of different Ninkasi beers.

Appearance- copper color, thin head, nice lacing

Smell- floral, citrus hops, wonderful

Taste- floral, citrus hops, well balanced, very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This beer is very good. I am very impressed with it! Definitely one to get again!

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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 458 ratings.
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