Ninkasi Brewing. with a name that sounds almost Japanese, delivers a solid Double India Pale Ale (IPA) actually comes out of the Great State of Oregon, in the City of Eugene, which I have visited multiple times. Nice little town. Tricerahops. It’s not a wild hop monster like I have had in the past (see my reviews from Parallel 49), but comes in at 8.0% and a robust 84 International Bittering Units (IBU).
The labeling, as one would expect from an Oregonian offering, leaves very little to be desired, this time featuring the infamous triceratops dinosaur and a hop plant.
This offering appears to be unfiltered by appearance, with the typical rich colouring one would expect from an IPA of this standard.
I first had this at a tavern in Vancouver known for its beer selection, and this bottled version holds up its weight in (as you can see) my Belgian-style 330cl glass.
Taste-wise, Tricerahops is heavier on malt than I’m used to, yet floral and very smooth. The hops definitely come through nicely, though – but again, nothing like some of the hopmonster IPAs that I have tried in the past.
The alcohol in this IPA is masked gently by the malty flavour, that’s for sure.
I can’t say I’m a particular fan aesthetically to unfiltered beers, but after all, this is from Oregon, the undisputed Home of Craft Beer, and Tricerahops does much to enhance that reputation and perhaps alter my perception of said issue.
Looks like I know how to pick ’em, if I do say so myself, even if trying it on tap beforehand amounts to some form of cheating.