Ninkasi Maiden the Shade

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - American Ipa -

ABV: 6.8% | IBUS: 72 | SRM: N/A What the brewer says

“This sum­mer-style IPA cap­tures a balanced hops com­plex­ity. An ad­ven­tur­ous hops bou­quet of eight se­lect va­ri­eties is com­ple­mented by the use of flaked bar­ley to cre­ate a beer that is as ro­bust as it is easy to sip.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Or­ange, le­mon, pineap­ple, cherry, plum—a clean hops pro­file with some es­ters one doesn’t ex­pect in an IPA. Some pine resin in the back­ground adds a nice com­plex­ity. Some malt breadi­ness.” Fla­vor: “Fruit-for­ward with the usual sus­pects (mango, le­mon, pine) and a few odd play­ers: the stone-fruit es­ters are bright, but odd. Bal­ance is good with the es­ters pro­vid­ing a touch of sweet­ness mid-palate that fades be­neath the dry fin­ish and lin­ger­ing bit­ter­ness. Over­all a lit­tle heavy, es­pe­cially given the lighter color and fo­cus on fruitier hops qual­i­ties.” Over­all: “Interesting take on the style. Straight­for­ward IPA with­out a lot go­ing on. The in­di­vid­ual el­e­ments are good, and the hops fla­vors es­pe­cially are well done, but it’s a bit too sweet to bal­ance and tie ev­ery­thing to­gether.”

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