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Saturday
Apr212012

Ninkasi Total Domination IPA

Picked one of these up because I tend to be a fan of most beers Ninkasi brews.  Weighing in at a very drinkable 6.7% abv Total Domination IPA pours with a big creamy head that sticks around for quite some time.  The aroma, while not strong, contains notes of citrusy hops, pineapple, malt, and touch of sour fruit.  For the most part, the flavor mimics the smell, while not being overly pungent.  There's a decent amount of bitterness, dull citrus hoppyness, a few sour notes, and finishes off with a slight grassy hay flavor.  If you like IPAs that knock you over with hops (See: Pliney the Elder) this isn't really going to be for you.  This is more of a session beer (though a high abv one) that you could enjoy several of without getting burned out.  The mouthfeel is a little thick, but somehow not heavy.  While far from my favorite offering from Ninkasi, Total Domination is a very drinkable departure from your typical overly hopped west coast IPA.  I don't love it, but I wouldn't mind having another again soon.

 

Saturday
Jan142012

Ninkasi Sleighr Dark Double Alt

I tend to shy away from many Christmas beers as I don't tend to like the added flavors many of them have. That being said, I was glad to see that Ninkasi's Sleighr is a much more traditional dark double alt, and not a gimmicky Christmas ale with muddled pine cones, Reindeer extract, and so on. This is a robust dark malty brew that really works well for the winter season. It's also nice to see it weigh in at 7.2% abv, a range that I like to consider the Goldilocks zone for beers, as it can be satisfying no matter the drinking mood you're in. A much higher or lower abv limits the beer to different types of drinking. This is a well balanced beer that you could enjoy on nights where you want to appreciate a single beer slowly, or on nights when you'd want a few when out with friends. It has enough substance to be appreciated without knocking you over. Another great brew from the folks up in Oregon.