Review: Ninkasi Brewing Company Maiden the Shade | Craft Beer & Brewing
Ninkasi Brewing Company Maiden the Shade
89 out of 100

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.8 IBU: 72

89/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 3

Ninkasi Brewing Company Maiden the Shade

What the brewers say

“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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