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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ninkasi Brewing Tricerahops Double IPA

More goodness from Ninkasi Brewing... this time in the shape of the bold Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA.

Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA poured a mostly clear golden honey color into the glass, topped with a creamy white head.  The nose was dominated by stone fruits like peach and apricot with notes of caramelized sugar.

Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA hit my palette with a sweet start of stewed apples, oats, and brown sugar; sweet but still dry enough to not be cloying.  A rind bitterness sat in the background and became more dominant as the sweetness faded.  As sweet as it was, Tricerahops ended on a pretty dry note and stayed refreshing through the entire 22oz. bottle.

Similar to Ninkasi Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops is a big, bold beer that hides it's ABV well.  Also like Total Domination, for such a big version of the style it is a little bit lacking in nuance.  There really aren't stages to it, what you taste in the first sip is what you'll taste in the fade.  All of Ninkasi's beer has a "candy for adults" aesthetic; highly enjoyable, heavy but easy to drink, flavor bombs that deliver a fun drinking experience.

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