Maiden The Shade | Ninkasi Brewing Company

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469 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
Ratings:
469
Reviews:
149
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
99
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 469 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of alew_os
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestd
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peachy-tay
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of keeping_track_of_beers
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After a spirited ride around Eugene on a hot summer day, nothing (OK, quite a few things) beats a Ninkasi Maiden the Shade. Ninkasi knows their way around an IPA and this is no exception. It has a pretty hazy golden color and a light hoppy nose, appropriately malty for a West Coaster, and a great bitter bite. I drank the whole bomber myself and was ready for another bike ride at the end!

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Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SippinSlow
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kalenclayton
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Casey3236
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bilbobrewer
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz bottle from PDX grocery store. Again, no bottling/freshness info...shame on Ninkasi. Cute name, cool label.

As impressive as "8 select hops" sounds, these have combined to impart little more than basic IPA bitterness...not an exotic result at all.
It is crisp in the mouth, the tongue is dry, the aftertaste plain old bitter.

Another disappointment. I'm finding it easier and easier to ignore Ninkasi products altogether.

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Photo of weezarc
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonnydrinker
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBuckley73
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy/hazy bright yellow color with white head. Light fruits, floral notes, citrus, and some pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with light fruit and piney resinous tones. Nice summer IPA.

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Photo of tjmiller718
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gmartin75
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TBoneJones
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour, low head but rich lacing.
Smells like a fresh, long yet subtle bunch of dank.
Tastes like a sweet citrus mix with great malt backdrop. Orange and grapefruit are present, with the underlying dankness that was initially the scent.
This feels medium and smooth, with a fresh chewy feel, a quaffable IPA.
Not sure about the reviews on this. It should hit the mark highly for those who like resinous citrus hops; yet it's not ovedone with the bitterness as malts/ flaked barley rounds it out nicely. Finished somewhat dry, but with plenty of juicy citrus rind in the pleasant aftertaste.
This is just fine.

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Photo of florisj135
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tubeyes
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of williahd
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

First...i cant believe people are calling this "dank"... must only be dank by nw standards.
Pours cloudy; promising. I was excited, it went down hill fr there. Moldy wet hop smell, but I dont believe this is wet hop. Grassy, pissy, moldy. Body is fair enough.

Maybe im spoiled in Cali. Even at 5$/bomber this was a wasted purchase. Maybe its because it was side by side with Modern Times. But this beer is representative of why i dislike nw ipa

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Maiden The Shade from Ninkasi Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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