Posts Tagged ‘ Ninkasi ’

The Allies Win the War

So this is where the Ninkasi half of the collaboration went. I thought only 21st amendment brewed the beer.

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Has that distinctive Ninkasi hop profile, but this beer is still tasty. B/B+

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Finally Back in PDX

So, besides getting dinner, getting gas for my car, this was the first thing that I did upon arriving in portland.

Of course I opened a beer.

God I missed PDX craft beer. I missed it even though I brought a growler of Laurelwood to Aspen haha.

Beer:  Believer Double Red Ale

Brewery: Ninkasi

Style: Red Ale

ABV: 6.9%

Location: Eugene, OR

Appearance: Looks to be dark purple/red when it’s just sitting in the glass, but definitely turns a deep shade of red when put up to the light.

Aroma: Lots of malt balanced by citrusy hops and pine.

Taste: Grapefruit as well as other citrus fruits blended in with some nice pine. Caramel and roasted hops form the back bone of this beer. Quite balanced despite how aggressively hopped this beer is.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some prickly carbonation. The mouthfeel of this beer after swallowing would be kind of creamy though, it’s weird. You’ll understand once you try it.

Drinkability: Maybe it’s because I’ve been drinking Bud Light for the past few days but I believe (haha pun not intended) I could probably finish 2-3 bombers of this without much trouble

Beer Advocate Grade: B+ (89)

My Grade: B+

For the IPA lovers

You guys will want to try this as much as I do. Three brilliant breweries that are all great at brewing IPAs….making one together as a team.

 

They have my attentions now.

More info here: http://beernews.org/2011/12/more-brown-than-black-ipa-collaboration-debuts-monday/

I Feel Like Santa Today.

While walking around the grocery store, I decided to close my eyes in front of the beer shelf and blindly grab a bottle. Luckily, I grabbed something I wasn’t familiar with, so here goes the review. I really hope that this beer doesn’t taste like shit.

Hah, Santa is fat.

Description: A delicious Northwest seasonal brewed with winter in mind. A dark double alt – malty, nourishing and delicious- it’s sure to keep the winter at bay, and yes, Sleigh’r does rock! The ancient sumerians worshipped the beer they made, and praised the Goddess Ninkasi for the miracle of fermentation. Beer is a staple of civilization. Worship the Goddess!

Beer: Sleigh’r

Brewery: Ninkasi

Style: Double Alt

ABV: 7.2%

Location: Eugene, OR

Appearance: Dark mocha, looks pretty much black until you put it up to the light, where you can then see brown. Two and a half fingers of head that leaves some nice lacing but dissipates quickly, leaving little foam islands in my glass.

Aroma: malty, bready, and maybe a little boozy.  Doesn’t smell very strong, so I’m grasping at straws here.

Taste: Malty, some all-spice or something. Little boozy, and kind of nutty. Reminds me of a ginger snap cookie?

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with high carbonation. Carbonation is a little abrasive and prickly, but that does well to break up the bread like characteristics of this beer.

Drinkability: Goes down easy.

Beer Advocate Grade: B+

My Grade: B-

This beer is good, but the style as a whole doesn’t really do it for me. Definitely give it a shot though, I can definitely see a lot of people liking this one, just not me.

Next Beer

Here’s the next beer from my time at Belmont Station….

Description: This is Ninkasi’s famous Tricerahops DIPA hopped using fresh amarillo hops. Amarillo hops are incredibly difficult to get fresh, and the only other fresh amarillo hop beer I’ve had is Fresh Hop Twilight, which is basically a hop revolution in a glass. This beer has some serious shoes to fill.

Beer: Fresh Hop Tricerahops

Brewery: Ninkasi

Style: DIPA

ABV: No idea, not listed on Beer Advocate

Location: Eugene, OR

Appearance: Dark orange, with a finger and a half of head that lingers for a while.

Aroma: Amarillo hops, and that’s it.

Taste: This beer is delicious. Really pronounced floral, citrus, and pine notes that only amarillo hops can provide. The hops are nicely balanced out by the malt backbone of the beer. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth but leaves a little bit of a film in the mouth, which I’m perfectly okay with.

Drinkability: If only Belmont Station filled growlers…..I would have filled two.

Beer Advocate Grade: N/A

My Grade: A