Name: Tricerahops Double IPA
Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Eugene, Oregon
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 8.80%
First Brewed: 2007
Floral notes predominate and play well with citrus and pine hop flavors before a malty sweetness makes an appearance. Despite its heavy dosing of hops and its higher alcohol content, this is a well-balanced beer that is surprisingly smooth and light on its feet.
I hear a lot of good things about this brewery, but I am not sure I have had anything from them. When we were in San Diego, their beers were all over the place. I grabbed 4 of them at BevMo! and am excited to try them all. They actually had a sample pack for $14.99 that included 4 different bombers. I can’t wait to try their Christmas beer. I am looking forward to this one, too.
You know me… I LOVE hops. Nothing beats a good hoppy double IPA. To be honest, since they named this beer after the Triceratops, they should have made it a triple IPA! But that trend hasn’t really caught on yet. Shipyard has a few beers that might classify as a triple IPA. But still, hidden meaning there. I wonder, when the brewer left Steelhead, if there was any legal ramifications for him using a dinosaur name. Regardless if he named both beers, I can still see people getting upset about it.
I am tired. Let’s drink. Cheers!
In the Glass: It has a really nice cloudy appearance and produced a nice thick white head. The lacing is pretty good, too, and just sticks to the glass like glue. Also, I really like the color of the label. It is an almost teal color. The white letters just “pop” off the bottle. I can’t wait to smell this glass of hop juice.
Nose: For a double IPA, it has a fairly weak aroma. I am getting a subtle fruity aroma here, but nothing to write home about. Sure, there is a nice hop prescience. But for a DIPA (I love that, by the way) it just doesn’t deliver. I have had 2 beers tonight that were both just OK. This one better be great! Here goes nothing.
Flavor: That is good! I am not sure the IBU on this, but it is really easy to drink for being 8.80% ABV. There are a few things going on here, but the most important aspect of this beer is the flavor. It has a great hop flavor that is lingering for several minutes after I swallowed. But this is one of those beers that if you gave me a pitcher, I could drink and not even realize I was getting hammered along the way. VERY easy to drink.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this is really nice. I use the word “pillow” to explain it, but unless you drink this or another beer like it, you wouldn’t know what I am talking about. The beer ads a layer of flavor across your tongue, and as you swallow that flavor changes and morphs into a nice dry finish. It is almost thick.
Aftertaste: Hops. Hops. And more hops. The finish is nice and it leaves a nice drying flavor as you swallow. Oh, lick your lips. Man, that’s good. This beer isn’t the best DIPA I have had, but it is a really solid example of the style. I would consider this a great gateway beer from an IPA to a DIPA. I just can’t get over how easy this beer is to drink. Man, that’s good.
I bet Sheryl likes this. She isn’t a big fan of hops, but this is subtle and if she is in a good mood, I bet she will enjoy this beer. She would never believe it is a DIPA. I’ll tell you that! If you can get Ninkasi beers, I would highly recommend you grabbing a bottle of this. Cheers!
Tricerahops Double IPA – The bottle says: “Tricerahops is double everything you already love in an IPA. More hops, more malt body and a higher gravity seine this Double India Pale Ale. Fiercely flavorful and guaranteed to satisfy.”
I really need to get past my attitude about IPAs. I just expect them all to taste about the same to me, so I don’t really expect to like it when we review one. I will try to go into this one with an open mind.
The beer has a foamy head that sticks to the glass even after most of the head dies down. It’s a dark orange color and pretty cloudy in the glass, but I can still see through it a bit. It smells… Like an IPA. It’s a wet, hoppy smell to me. Let’s see how hoppy it tastes.
It tastes… Well, hoppy. And bitter. The taste actually reminds me a little of the IPA that Ricky and I brewed a few years ago. But to me it’s boring. There’s just nothing that special about most IPAs to me because in most of them, the hop bitterness is all you can taste. It overpowers any other flavor the beer may have. This is why I’m not a fan of them. To me, porters, stouts… Other beers… They have flavor. All IPAs are bitter. And the bitterness is so powerful I can rarely taste anything else. There are a few IPAs I have really liked but they are pretty few and far between. One good example of one I like is the Dogfish Head 90 Minute. This is one of the few IPAs that I will order if I am out somewhere and they happen to have it on tap.
This IPA, unfortunately, is just not that impressive to me. I probably wouldn’t find myself wanting to buy it again.